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Bernie and Veterans

Bernie Sanders is on Meet the Press today, and the subject is about why poor people aren’t voting for him.

Bernie Sanders is basing much of his campaign on income inequality, and yet he’s losing the battle for the Democratic primary against Wall Street’s chosen millionaire candidate among poor people. This is surprising because Sanders is campaigning against the massive income inequality going on today.

Sanders noted while campaigning in Baltimore, “If you are born in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhood, your life expectancy is almost 20 years shorter than if you’re born in its wealthiest neighborhood,” the senator from Vermont said, adding that “15 neighborhoods in Baltimore have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Two of them have a higher infant mortality rate than Palestine’s West Bank.”

In the 17 states with the biggest income inequality that have voted so far, Wall Street presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has won 16 of them.

“Poor people don’t vote. I mean, that’s just a fact,” Sanders said in an interview that will air Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” “The last election, in 2014, 80 percent of poor people did not vote.”

Sanders also stated that his campaign has “had some success with lower-income people.”

The U.S. has one of the lowest voter turnouts of any major country, mostly by design.

“If we can significantly increase voter turnout so that low-income people and working people and young people participated in the political process,” Bernie said, “if we got a voter turnout of 75 percent, this country would be radically transformed.”

There is truth to his words, but something else needs to be said. Those poor folks that do vote often vote against their interests, oftentimes because they’re not very politically informed, and rely heavily on soundbites and name recognition. Okay, most Americans rely on soundbites and name recognition.

According to a friend who has called voters in several states for Bernie, in the south, socialist security card carrying folks simply told him they were voting for Clinton because Sanders “is a socialist.” Oftentimes, however, registered southern Democrats preferred Clinton over Bernie, sometimes because they hadn’t heard of him, not even the day before their state primary. Other Clinton supporters couldn’t name a thing she’d done, or an office she’d held, but they did know her name.

This may explain why Clinton has outperformed Sanders among voters making less than $50,000 a year, according to CNN exit polls. In Florida, half of voters were in that category — and 65 percent backed the Wall Street candidate. In Texas, 38 percent of voters made less than $50,000 and Hillary won 66 percent of their vote. In Georgia, 43 percent of voters made under $50,000, and 70 percent voted for Clinton.

A 2014 Pew study estimated that about 46 percent of non-voters in the U.S. have family incomes of less than $30,000 a year, and that only 19 percent of voters are from low-income families. Fully 45 percent of non-voters in that study said they had trouble paying bills in the past year, versus 30 percent of voters. See

The Party of Nonvoters

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“New Balance management on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of walking back its promised bribe made to them to consider the Boston-based shoe maker for a potential Pentagon contract after the company reluctantly loosened its stance on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), an income and political power redistribution scam for the 1 percent.”

The president bribed the company to back down on its criticism of the jobs destroying income redistribution scam known as the TPP by offering management a pentagon contract. The pentagon, however, does not purchase US made athletic shoes. Instead, it purchases Chinese made Nike, and other foreign brands. The TPP will destroy the last US shoe factories, five of which are in Maine with 1400 employees, along with tens of millions of other US jobs. The Obama administration is intent on redistributing trillions of dollars from the 99 to the 1 percent via the TPP. See The Op-Ed about the Trans Pacific Partnership the Liberal and Conservative Press Doesn’t Want You To See.

“Speaking to the Boston Globe, New Balance’s vice president of public affairs, Matt LeBretton, said the sneaker company was told it had a chance at a lucrative deal with the Defense Department if it relented criticism directed at the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potential trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim countries.”

“We swallowed the poison pill that is TPP so we could have a chance to bid on these contracts,” said Matt LeBretton, New Balance’s vice president of public affairs. “We were assured this would be a top-down approach at the Department of Defense if we agreed to either support or remain neutral on TPP. [But] the chances of the Department of Defense buying shoes that are made in the USA are slim to none while Obama is president.”

Click here for more on the story from the Washington Post.

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President Ohama has already written his signature on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), according to the Oregonian newspaper. The TPP is the biggest income and political power redistribution scam in world history. Income, wealth and political power will flow from the 99 to the 1 percent if the TPP becomes law.

This scam has been negotiated between twelve nations, but it hasn’t been introduced into congress yet. It won’t be until after the November elections because political leaders don’t want to arouse the wrath of the American public until it’s too late. So the TPP hasn’t been debated in congress, not even in committee. So why would the president sign something into law that hasn’t even been introduced to congress?

The answer is all about the future; his and ours. The TPP is an important gift the Democratic Party Establishment is giving to major corporate campaign donors, and especially Wall Street banks. The TPP will redistribute trillions of dollars of income from the 99 to the 1 percent, pushing stock prices and CEO compensation to levels never seen before. See https://johnhively.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/the-trans-pacific-partnership-the-op-ed-the-liberal-and-conservative-corporate-media-doesnt-want-you-to-see/. But it’s going to totally wreck the US economy for the rest of us.

As our jobs are shipped overseas, the difference between the higher US wages and the new lower Chinese and Vietnamese wages will be redistributed to the rich via higher corporate earnings, rising share prices, and surging dividends. But it will leave the US an economic wasteland with higher unemployment, and declining real wages and salaries. The TPP will also be redistributing to the rich our tax dollars (through the loss of jobs) that go toward supporting our teachers, infrastructure, social security, social safety nets, and other public necessities.

The TPP will also unconstitutionally take away our voting rights on the local and state levels. This is because the TPP sets up secret tribunals. If we want to, for example, successfully vote on a law demanding GMO labeling in a state, a GMO corporation can sue that state through the TPP secret tribunal. If the tribunal, made up of corporate lawyers for the most part, vote for the corporation, then that law goes out the door.

By signing this scam before it’s even been introduced into committee, the president and the Wall Street Democratic Party Establishment is sending a message to rich campaign donors that the Democratic Party has their interests covered, and all at the expense of 99.9 percent of US citizens.

Of course, after President Obama leaves office there are plenty of $250,000 speeches to be made to these same contributors.

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Franklin Roosevelt

The next recession is unfolding, and it’s going to be the worst one since the Great Depression. I’ve been watching this historically weak US economic expansion unravel since November 2015. See https://johnhively.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/the-coming-recession-and-us-senator-elizabeth-warrens-seniors-and-veterans-emergency-benefits-act-save-benefits-act/. We will officially go into recession somewhere between late this year and June 2017.

Nothing can stop it. Not declining gasoline and oil prices, not falling interest rates.

The corrupt US government has passed legislation over the decades that have redistributed massive amounts of income and wealth from the 99 to the 1 percent. The 1 percent currently steal over 37 percent of all income produced in the US compared to 8 percent in 1980. See https://johnhively.wordpress.com/2015/12/29/new-study-the-middle-class-is-losing-ground-as-wall-street-senators-ron-wyden-mitch-mcconnell-orrin-hatch-and-others-continue-to-use-the-federal-government-and-the-federal-reserve-to-redistribute/. Now the 99 percent can’t purchase enough goods and services to keep the economy and the financial markets chugging along. The economy is set to collapse upon itself. However, there is even worse news.

Sometime between the November elections of 2016 and whenever the new president is inaugurated Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden will introduce the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) into committee. This is the largest income and political power redistribution scam in world history. The TPP is falsely marketed as a trade agreement, but it has virtually nothing to do with trade.

President Obama, ever the servant of Wall Street executives, has already signed this scam without a single word of debate in the halls of one of the most corrupt political bodies in the world–the US congress. So the TPP becomes law, unconstitutionally at that, if it passes through the US House and the US Senate.


The TPP will only make matters worse for the 99 percent as this recession swings into full gear. The TPP will redistribute trillions of dollars of income from the 99 to the 1 percent on a yearly basis, as well as steal their state and local voting rights in many cases.

Here’s how bad this coming recession will be without the TPP:

* Effective interest rates will sink into negative levels, like in Europe.
* The nation will flirt with deflation, and possibly fall into it, because trillions of dollars have been redistributed from the 99 to the 1 percent, so demand for goods and services will be weaker than at any time since the Great Depression.
* Instead of 48 million Americans on food stamps, like during the current so-called economic expansion, 60 to 90 million Americans will be on food stamps.
* Unemployment will hit 10 to 18 percent, and will stay above 10 percent for years.
* Mortgage defaults will hit record levels.
* Home prices will decline 20 to 60 percent, and maybe more.
* On average, stocks will lose 20 to 60 percent of their values.
* We’re still feeling the impact of the last recession, and so too will we feel the impacts of this recession for years and years unless….
* Anticipate a possible political revolution as grassroots insurgents take over both major political parties.
* Anticipate possible violence as the police and military crack down on protesters.
* Anticipate a US political and economic rejuvenation after many years of hard struggle. People like Wyden, one of the principal architects of this recession, will be a historical footnote.

This Depression will be worldwide.

Imagine what this recession will be like with the TPP.

Now, if we can just stop Wyden and the TPP in congress, that will make our task of a restored America for everyone much easier in the long run. And it will be in the long run that we win.

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This ad, courtesy of br luck via YouTube, compiles several moving moments from Bernie Sanders’ speeches and combines them with images that really hit home for viewers. He talks about income inequality and how so many of us are working more while earning less while the rich have rigged the game in their favor.

Some of Sanders’ best quotes and promises are included in this 4-minute ad, including “There is no justice when so few have so much and so many have so little,” and “We can be a nation, where everyone, no matter their race, their religion, their disability or their sexual orientation, realizes the full promise of equality that is our birthright as Americans.”

Sanders asks,

“How can we talk about morality and justice when we turn our backs on the children of our country? We have in this country sufficient amounts of money to put more people in jail than any other country on earth but apparently we do not have enough money to provide jobs and education to our young people.”

Sanders also talks about how the 1 percent and their corporate propaganda machine try to rip Americans apart, on the one hand, while raping us financially with the other hand.

“In the description of this ad, the creator describes it as an “unofficial campaign ad.” They then go on to say, “’Bernie’s message is a deeply moving and inspiring one. I hope this video does him justice.’” Based on the way that it combines some of the best moments of Sanders’ best speeches with images that are both inspiring and heartbreaking, it seems safe to say that this video definitely does Bernie justice.”

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A new Marquette Law School poll released yesterday shows that Bernie Sanders is leading Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin by 49-45, raising the possibility that Sanders will win there. However, as Sanders continues to develop his message and grassroots support, it is likely he will defeat Hillary by a larger margin. Many months ago, Hillary was beating Bernie by 50 points in Wisconsin.

In addition, a new LA Times poll shows Sanders beating Clinton 45 to 37 percent. Sanders came from way back. And just like in Wisconsin, Bernie’s lead is likely to grow.

In my lifetime, we’ve seen the 1 percent go from getting 8 percent of the total income produced in the United States to 37 percent. I’ve seen tens of millions of jobs exported overseas, and the difference between the old higher US pay and the new lower overseas pay goes straight into the pockets of the 1 percent via higher corporate earnings, rising dividends, and surging share prices. I’ve seen a government and both its major political parties become intensely corrupted by that money. Bernie says enough is enough. I agree, and so do a lot of other people. The more his message gets out, the more people flock to him.

As for Hillary. It becomes difficult to like Clinton as more people get to know about her ties to Wall Street, her support for exporting jobs overseas, her support for deregulating Wall Street way back when, and her strong backing for legislation making it more difficult for people to go bankrupt, which helps the big banks who support her. And that’s just a few of the things people don’t like about her.

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bernie sanders beating Clinton nationally

A new Bloomberg poll shows Bernie Sanders has a slight national edge over Hillary Clinton, earning 49 percent of support to Clinton’s 48. This is only the second poll ever to show Sanders with a lead of any sort, and is at odds with other recent polls showing Clinton with a double-digit lead. But it’s clear that it accurately reflects one facet of the Democratic race: Clinton had massive leads over Sanders in every poll a year ago, as much as 54 percent. This lead has continually narrowed until today, it no longer exists.

This suggests that Sanders grows stronger with every passing day, while Wall Street’s candidate grows weaker.

The Bloomberg poll asked Democrats who they thought would be better at handling a number of issues that will face the next president. Clinton came out on top on issues of foreign policy; Sanders on economic issues.

Hillary’s tight relationship with the parasites of Wall Street is a consistent liability, and she isn’t considered trustworthy because she lies a lot, such as her support, and then nonsupport, of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a scam which will enrich Hillary’s Wall Street cronies by shipping millions of jobs overseas and redistributing trillions of dollars of income from working people in the USA to the 1 percent in the process.

In another poll, Sanders came out on top in trustworthiness by a wide margin over all the other candidates for president regardless of party affiliation. Hillary was near the bottom.

The federal government, and to a lesser extent state governments, have been using legislation to redistribute income from working Americans to the 1 percent for 35 years. Hillary supports this, while Bernie is against it.

Currently, the 1 percent steal 37 percent of all income produced in the United States compared to 8 percent in 1980. Bernie has said “enough is enough.” Hillary shows through her action that “enough isn’t enough.”

One thing is made obvious by these poll numbers. Bernie may be behind in the delegate count, but he can still win. It isn’t over until it’s over.

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