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The 99 percent of the United States need a champion in the White House (and a lot more in Congress) and Joe Biden is not that person. Biden is a virtual employee of the super-rich, Wall Street executives and big corporations.

The corporate news media made a big play for Biden’s candidacy both before and when he entered the Democratic Party primary. This pushed Biden out to a big polling lead over the anti-Wall Street progressive candidates, such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Biden initially polled in the mid-40 percent range after he announced his candidacy.

This was never a good sign for Biden because he needed to poll over 50 percent in order to win the Democratic Party candidacy. As the twenty or so Democratic candidates fall by the wayside during the state primaries, the eventual progressive candidate who will oppose Biden will likely receive the vast majority of votes that otherwise would have gone to the failed progressive candidates.

Biden’s poll numbers have gradually dropped to the mid to late 20s as his record as a representative of the filthy rich and as an opponent of the vast majority of American citizens are exposed.

For example, Biden has proposed cutting Social Security benefits for working Americans on three occasions. He has also proposed cutting Medicare. As a US senator, Biden was one of the few Democrats to vote to export millions of United States jobs, and redistribute hundreds of billions (if not trillions) of dollars from working Americans to the rich, when he voted for NAFTA. The difference between the old higher US pay the new lower Mexican pay goes straight into the pockets of the rich year after year for as long as those former US jobs exist in Mexico.

Likewise, Vice President Biden was a big booster of the ill-fated Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that would have exported millions more US jobs overseas and redistributed trillions of dollars a year from working Americans to the wealthy in the process.

Many American voters are worried about income and wealth inequality in favor of the affluent. Like Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden, Biden is an architect of these inequalities, and he has the record to prove it, though nobody will hear him brag about it unless it is to the billionaires in private.

Biden is the wrong person at the wrong time for the vast majority of US citizens, and more and more Democratic Party voters can smell the stench of Wall Street all over Joe Biden. Billionaire investors have marked Biden and Wyden the same as cats mark their territory and property.

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Income and wealth inequality continues to rise in favor of the richest 0.5 percent in the United States and throughout the world. This is due solely to political corruption, often presented as making common sense. Former President Bill Clinton, who, like his wife, is owned by billionaires, is a perfect example of such political corruption, as much as any RepubliCon party politician, and that political party is the epidemy of corruption.

Twenty-five years ago, Clinton campaigned on an idea for limiting excessive pay for American CEOs by capping the tax deductibility of top executives’ compensation at $1 million, and corporations, not wanting bigger tax bills, might reel in their pay. Under the Clinton backed legislation, corporations couldn’t deduct CEO pay over $1 million unless it was “performance-based.” So stock options and performance-based bonuses became the norm. We were told this was a good thing, but, like many things the US public has been told by its corrupted political and business leaders, as well as the corrupted news media, this was a lie, and most likely a deliberate lie.

This lie has resulted in chief executive officers earning more money in less than an hour as much as their typical employee earns in an entire year. Notice the corruption of both political parties has decided not to rescind Clinton’s legislation that he signed on behalf of the rich and their corporations. Notice Joe Biden, an old, sleazy Wall Street pawn, hasn’t said a word either.

USA Today reported a month or so ago that “Stock options – which are often indicative of CEO performance – are not taxable, however, and as such, are often a preferred form of CEO compensation reported.”

Clinton’s legislation gone bad is one of the reasons why stock buybacks have become so popular with CEOs. 59 percent of corporate profits in recent years has gone toward stock buybacks, according to a story in the Guardian a few months ago. This is an easy way to manipulate stock prices higher and make an extra buck in the process. Corporations buy their own lousy stock, driving the prices higher, and then turn around and gradually sell their stock at the higher prices. Any high school student in the same position as any CEO would do the same since the result is higher CEO compensation.

Of course, CEO’s also drive wages, salaries, and benefits downward in order to increase their own compensation via stock options and bonuses. The result has been unprecedented income and wealth inequality. Thank you RepubliCon Party, Bill Clinton, and Joe Biden.

According to USA Today’s report, the most overpaid CEOs are:

1. Arthur L. Peck
• Company: The Gap Inc.
• CEO annual pay: $20.8 million (3,566 times the typical employee)
• Median annual employee pay: $5,831
• Annual corporate profit: $1.0 billion

2. Ynon Kreiz
• Company: Mattel Inc.
• CEO annual pay: $18.7 million (3,408 times the typical employee)
• Median annual employee pay: $5,489
• Annual corporate profit: -$531.0 million

3. Joseph M. Hogan
• Company: Align Technology Inc.
• CEO annual pay: $41.8 million (3,168 times the typical employee)
• Median annual employee pay: $13,180
• Annual corporate profit: $400.2 million

4. Kevin P. Clark
• Company: Aptiv PLC
• CEO annual pay: $14.1 million (2,609 times the typical employee)
• Median annual employee pay: $5,414
• Annual corporate profit: $1.1 billion

5. Brian R. Niccol
• Company: Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
• CEO annual pay: $33.6 million (2,438 times the typical employee)
• Median annual employee pay: $13,779
• Annual corporate profit: $176.6 million

For a list of the top thirteen, as well as the full story, click on the link below.

CEO’s Made 1000 Times More Than Their Employees

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Former United States Vice President Joe Biden announced that he was entering the 2020 Democratic presidential primary last week. Biden is the well-acknowledged Democratic National Committee (DNC) establishment candidate, which means he is the candidate of Wall Street, and not of the 99.9 percent of United States citizens.

Wall Street investment bankers, such as hedge fund managers who steal hundreds of millions of dollars per year in compensation and call it earnings, already completely own the Republican Party and most of the Democratic Party. However, they do not control the progressive wing of the party, which is represented by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and several others running for the Democratic Party nomination.

In fact, Biden has entered the race in order to cut those candidates off at the pass. The news media, which is controlled by billionaires, has also been doing its best to keep the primary race news centered around Biden. Even before he announced his candidacy, the media kept Biden’s name in the spotlight by continuously including the then noncandidate in polls, and pointing out how high he was in the polls.

Bernie Sanders wants higher taxes on the rich, taxes on Wall Street transactions, the curtailment of Wall Street control over the United States federal government acting solely on behalf of the rich, the $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, a reduction in wealth and income inequality, an end to exporting United States jobs to cheap labor nations, etc…. Biden, of course, is against all of these.

Essentially, the United States government is no longer Democratic; it has been transformed into an Oligarchy, which is control by a small group. Biden represents that small group of people, as does, US Senator Mitch McConnell, as well as the rest of the Republican Party.

If you want to be represented in the United States government, and you want to restore democracy in government, vote Bernie or Elizabeth Warren. Biden is not your candidate.

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Elizabeth Warren announced yesterday that she was forming an exploratory committee to determine whether or not she should make a run for the United States presidency.

Meanwhile, as of last week, former Wall Street Senator Claire McCaskell has been making the rounds on national television shows to voice complaints against newly elected United States Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. She does not mention Ocasio-Cortez by name. Claire simply alludes to her existence, and she is very critical of what that existence stands for. As a Senator, McCaskell’s voting record shows she was clearly controlled by Wall Street money. For example, McCaskell successfully co-authored a bill that rolled back regulations on Wall Street investment firms. Ocasio-Cortez is against relaxing regulations against Wall Street.

This suggests the Democratic Party Leadership, which Wall Street controls, is using McCaskell as a high profile figurehead in its attack against the progressive insurgency within the Democratic Party. Ocasio-Cortez is the most visible member of the progressive wing in the US House of Representatives. Elizabeth Warren is another high profile progressive, and perhaps the most anti-Wall Street of the bunch.

Much like Warren, Cortez campaigned on issues such as the $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, free college for all, and the rest of the Bernie Sanders platform. McCaskell was against all those things, all of which would cut into corporate and Wall Street profits if enacted.

McCaskell had the audacity to suggest progressive politics was a vote-losing strategy, and this is why the Democratic Party has been losing elections at all levels of government for over a decade. In reality, more and more grassroots Democratic Party voters realize the party leadership is controlled by Wall Street, and the party has abandoned its progressive past, which is represented by such historic legislation and programs as the New Deal, social security, minimum wages, shared prosperity, etc…. This is why Democrats have lower turnouts and have lost so many elections. The party has not represented working people for four decades. McCaskill is a perfect example of this.

While Missouri citizens voted McCaskell and her Wall Street agenda out of office last November, 68 percent of them voted to increase the state’s minimum wage. The initiative was heavily supported by small business owners.

McCaskell may be voicing her own opinions, but it is just as likely that she is being used by Wall Street controlled Democratic Party leadership as a spearhead in their war against the progressive movement within the Democratic Party. This may not only be the beginning of the war against Ocasio-Cortez, but part of a grander strategy leading up to the conclusion of the 2020 presidential election.

Several progressive Democrats are reportedly looking at that election, which a progressive should easily be able to win if that candidate can get through the Democratic party primary. Besides Warren, Vermont’s U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley have also been mentioned as possible candidates.

Wall Street’s opening shots in the war of words, lies, and smears have likely been launched against the progressive movement with McCaskell’s December tour of news shows. The billionaire owned and controlled corporate news media will close ranks behind Wall Street’s point-of-view, which means it will paint progressives as negatively as possible while attempting to create a false impression of impartiality, just like when Bernie Sanders ran for president against Wall Street’s chosen candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

This suggests the battle for the soul of the Democratic Party has begun in earnest and in preparation for the 2020 presidential election. Expect Wall Street’s favorite, Hillary Clinton, or Joe Biden, to be the Wall Street Democratic party presidential candidate choice.

As for Elizabeth Warren; she could and should be the first female president of the United States in 2020.

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Vice President Joe Biden is toying with the idea of entering the race to become the presidential nominee of the Democratic party for 2016. The question is why? The answer may be Bernie Sanders.

Sanders is developing a following as he builds a monster of a grassroots campaign that all the money in the world will not be able to match. Some polls have shown him charging ahead of Hillary Clinton, Wall Street’s choice to be the Democratic candidate, and a person who has deep pockets because of her ties to Wall Street.

A Quinnipiac poll released on Thursday showed Sanders edging Clinton in Iowa, even with Biden in the race. On Wednesday, an NBC/Marist poll showed Sanders wiping out Clinton in New Hampshire, with Biden also included in the polls.

Biden hasn’t entered the race yet, but the polls list him as a candidate. Why?
The answer might be that Sanders would be wiping out Hillary by wider margins, and Wall Street doesn’t want that.

Biden has long been touted as a man of the people. Yet his record suggests he is a man of the people along the lines of Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden, who always votes liberal on social issues while always voting to economically rape and pillage the 99 percent on behalf of Wall Street and the 0.01 percent. In other words, Biden is Wall Street’s wolf in sheep’s clothing.

The idea here is that Biden’s largely false reputation as a man of the people is being used to attract Democrats who otherwise would vote for Sanders. Sanders, instead of beating Clinton by 1 percent in Iowa, and 11 in New Hampshire, would likely be winning by 15 to 20 percent in both states against Wall Street’s favorite female candidate.

Wall Street’s dirty tactics against Sanders haven’t even begun yet, but Biden’s toying with his candidacy suggests those tactics are right around the corner, the more that Sanders gains strength against Clinton.

That’s the way the Democratic leadership works on behalf of Wall Street. Vote for Biden, the stealth candidate. Don’t buy it. Vote Sanders.

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monsanto-in-argentina

From filmsforaction.org

“American biotechnology has turned Argentina into the world’s third-largest soybean producer, but the chemicals powering the boom aren’t confined to soy and cotton and corn fields. They routinely contaminate homes and classrooms and drinking water. A growing chorus of doctors and scientists is warning that their uncontrolled use could be responsible for the increasing number of health problems turning up in hospitals across the South American nation.”

Numerous peer reviewed academic studies link GMOs to health problems across the globe. These studies include genital deformities, infertility, autism, allergies, cancer, liver damage, and much more. Even some leaked studies by Syngenta, one of the largest producers of GMOs, show the harmful impacts of their products, and yet, the US propaganda machine, falsely known as a the news media, keeps you ignorant of all of this.

“In the heart of Argentina’s soybean business, house-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities found cancer rates two to four times higher than the national average, as well as higher rates of hypothyroidism and chronic respiratory illnesses. Associat

Many provinces in Argentina forbid spraying pesticides and other agrochemicals next to homes and schools. The bans range in distance from 50 meters to as much as several kilometers from populated areas. The Associated Press found many cases of soybeans planted only a few feet from homes and schools, and of chemicals mixed and loaded onto tractors inside residential neighborhoods. In the last 20 years, agrochemical spraying has increased eightfold in Argentina- from 9 million gallons in 1990 to 84 million gallons today. Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up products, is used roughly eight to ten times more per acre than in the United States. Yet Argentina doesn’t apply national standards for farm chemicals, leaving rule-making to the provinces and enforcement to the municipalities. The result is a hodgepodge of widely ignored regulations that leave people dangerously exposed.”

In the United States, Monsanto has representatives present during the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest international income and political power redistribution scam falsely labeled as a trade agreement in the history of the world. These representatives have pushed the negotiators to include provisions prohibiting the citizens of the twelve effected nations from voting to label or ban the planting of GMOs on state, county or local levels.

Backed by the corporate Republican Party, and many corporate Democrats, such as Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden and Wall Street President Barack Obama, Monsanto will successfully steal your right to vote in order to continue poisoning you without your knowledge if the Trans Pacific Partnership passes through congress.

President Obama has called on congress later this month to give him imperial authority over US trade policy, which legislation called Fast Track will do. If Fast Track is passed, debate on the TPP will be limited, so you won’t know about it; no amendments to the treaty can be made, and worst of all for the citizens of the United States, no filibuster will be allowed in the senate on the TPP, which means it can sail through the senate with only fifty votes, since Vice President Joe Biden will vote for the TPP as the tie breaker. The president most likely doesn’t have sixty votes in the senate on this issue to override any filibuster, leaving the TPP dead in the water, and your voting rights safe.

Click the link below for more on this story.

Argentina: The Country Monsanto Poisoned–FilmsforAction.org

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From Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director of
CITIZENS TRADE CAMPAIGN

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) just took over as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee — one of the most powerful positions in the entire federal government. As such, Senator Wyden will play a deciding role in how trade policy moves forward in this country.

Please sign our “floppy disk” petition urging Senator Wyden to use his power to put an end to Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and future trade agreements.

Senator Wyden has repeatedly called for transparency in the TPP negotiations. At a constituent event this month, he promised to continue pushing for it, and over two years ago, he wrote our Oregon affiliate saying, “U.S. trade negotiators should be required to — at a minimum — share with the public the proposals they are putting forward, as they put them forward, in negotiations. Obama’s trade negotiators cannot be allowed to shroud their goals in secret because, after all, they are supposed to be negotiating on our behalf — on behalf of workers and everyone who simply seeks to make a decent income for an honest day’s work.”

Now Senator Wyden is in a position to make transparency in U.S. trade negotiations a reality. The first step is abandoning the outdated and inappropriate Fast Track mechanism, which allows trade negotiators to keep their proposals hidden from the public until after pacts are signed, amendments are prohibited and changes become all be impossible.

Fast Track was first cooked up during the Nixon Administration, when trade policy primarily covered tariffs, quotas and customs practices. As questionable as rushing trade agreements through Congress was back in the 1970s, it is clearly ill-suited for modern times when trade deals also cover energy policy, Internet protocols, medicine patents, labor rights, environmental protections, government procurement, financial regulations and more.

A healthy economy, environment and democracy — whether locally, nationally or globally — require transparent and participatory public policy-making, not obsolete Congressional rubber-stamps.

TAKE ACTION: Sign our “floppy disk” petition urging Senator Wyden to say NO to Fast Track for the TPP and other trade pacts. Your electronic petition signature will be printed out, adhered to an old-fashioned 5.25″ floppy disk and hand-delivered to Senator Wyden’s office to drive home the point that Fast Track outdated and needs to come to an end.

Thanks to your efforts, our campaign to end Fast Track has been incredibly successful in recent months. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have both spoken out against it — and even Vice President Joe Biden has admitted that Fast Track faces an uphill battle.

As new chair of the committee that decides whether or not Fast Track will move forward, Senator Wyden is in a position to retire this obsolete and undemocratic policy-making procedure once-and-for-all. Please help us defeat Fast Track by signing the petition to Senator Wyden now.

Click here to sign the petition. It should be pointed out that Senator Wyden on all economic issues has sided with Wall Street and the 1 percent against the 99 percent 100 percent of the time. Don’t let this weasal do it again. Sign the petition now

As a final note it should be pointed out that these free trade treaties are primarily designed to push US wages down, ship jobs overseas, and create jobs overseas that would otherwise be created in the USA. The difference between the old higher US wages and the new lower overseas wages is redistributed into the pockets of the 1 percent. Wyden is not the dumb idiot he pretends to be. He knows this.

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