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How do the rich get rich? In many cases it’s achieved off the backs of taxpayers. Wisconsin is offering over a billion dollars in tax incentives to Taiwanese billionaire Terry Gou to build a factory of some sort in Wisconsin.

You’ve heard of Foxconn. Apple Inc. products are made in a Foxconn factory in China, rather than in the USA. Conditions were so bad there workers committed suicide by jumping off high areas of the factory in large numbers. They did so because they were not allowed to leave. They were de facto prisoners. Factory management decided to do something about that. They installed nets to stop the workers from jumping to their deaths.

This is precisely why Apple manufactures its products in China. It’s virtual slave labor there. Now Foxconn is coming to Wisconsin and Koch Brothers Governor Scott Walker is awfully proud, as he should be, since Foxconn obviously represents the position the idle rich should be in vis-a-vis those who labor.

According to Ourfuture.org, “Wisconsin taxpayers will, if this deal gains expected state Senate approval, hand Foxconn $1.35 billion for building a factory complex that will employ 3,000 workers. The total package of “incentives” for Foxconn could hit $3 billion — with $2.85 billion of that in taxpayer cash and another $150 million in various tax breaks — if Foxconn’s operation in Wisconsin ends up employing 13,000 workers.

How much per job would Wisconsin be shelling out? One likely scenario: about $500,000 per job. The worst-case scenario: as much as $1 million per job. And neither number here takes into account the Foxconn deal’s eventual environmental cost. Foxconn will be receiving, besides the taxpayer cash, an exemption from regulations that protect Wisconsin’s wetlands.

So Foxconn gets mountains of cash and a free pass to pollute. What do the people of Wisconsin get? One of the largest “economic development” projects the United States has ever seen, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker crowed last month at a White House ceremony announcing the deal with Foxconn’s Terry Gou and President Donald Trump.”

However, taxpayers are really getting a financial spanking so that billionaires like Terry Gou can get richer off the average Joe. All of which is intended to widen the already historically huge income and wealth gaps in the United States.

For more on this story, see Wisconsin’s Foxconn Deal Enriches Billionaires With Taxpayer Cash–OurFuture.org


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When the government increases taxes on the rich, they have less money to purchase politicians, which means government can pretty much follow policies the majority of voters want, such as creating jobs by spurring the demand for goods and services. Minnesota’s next-door-neighbor is Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker slashed the state’s budget and programs in order to make room for millions of dollars of tax cuts for mostly out-of-state billionaires and millionaires. The result was a decrease in demand for goods and services and nearly last in the nation in job creation.

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At a recent protest in front of Democratic Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden’s Portland Oregon office, a gentleman from the Tea Party clapped his hands and cheered with the rest of us as the speaker from Black Lives Matter said, “We’ve got to stop President Obama and Senator Wyden from pushing through Fast Track Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” These two issues embody what’s wrong with our political system and major political parties, and what’s right about them.

What’s right with one of the most corrupt political systems in the world in the USA?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Fast Track Authority (FTA) have united much of the grassroots of both parties against the leadership of both parties: Tea Party Republicans, right wing Christian groups, anti-abortion groups, National Rifle Association members, and John Birch Society associates are teaming up with progressive Democrats, labor union leaders and members, Sierra Club members, left wing Christian groups, gay rights organizations, and Black Lives Matter to stop Fast Track and the TPP.

Unfortunately, a large segment of the grass roots of both parties are behind the eight ball on these issues, and that’s one of the things that embodies what’s wrong with our political system, and what’s rotten to the core about the Democratic and Republican parties, especially on the national level.

There are the people who remain ignorant of the issues. They vote Democratic or Republican via name recognition and party affiliation mostly, but these people can be educated to understand the political duopoly controlled by Wall Street currently ruling the USA. Unfortunately, there are the political party patriots.

For example, Josh Winter Bookseller lives somewhere in Illinois. He has a Facebook page and enjoys writing that Tea Party members are stupid, are racists, and vote against their interests. Bookseller would never in his right mind be seen hobnobbing with Ben Carson, although a lot of Tea Party members would love to shake Carson’s hand, but Josh doesn’t consider himself racist. Josh also posts news about the evils of right to work for less laws, and the evil that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker embodies.

No doubt Josh is correct about some members of the Tea Party, but those certainly are not the Tea Party people who were cheering on the speaker from Black Lives Matter.

Josh also likes to post things about the evils of only white racism, the great wonderful Democratic Party, the awesomeness of labor unions, and he will never say a bad word about President Obama.

Because of these emotional predilections, or you could say pig-headiness, Josh will not mention on Facebook the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Fast Track, or the fact that labor union leaders are livid over President Obama about the TPP and Fast Track. Josh doesn’t want his Facebook followers to know this stuff. In fact, Josh can’t believe the lies of the right-wing media that Obama would do such a thing via the treaty as;

1. Take away his right to vote on state and local levels when it comes to health, food and safety laws.
2. Ship away hundreds of thousands of jobs, perhaps millions, many of them labor union jobs.
3. Raise the prices of pharmaceutical medicine.
4. And a myriad of other negative things.

In other words, Josh is the mirror image of the stereotypical Tea Party members he rants against on Facebook because he votes and posts against his own interests, making himself look stupid, by his own definition. He’s not only supporting President Obama on the TPP and Fast Track, he’s also siding with arch Republicans such as Wall Street Senators Orrin Hatch and Mitch McConnell. Josh must be confused and can’t figure out life.

Josh is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. He’s a cheerleader, “Go Democrats! Go! Get them Republicans!” Or more simply put, based on his Facebook timeline going back a few years, his attitude is simple; Democrats good, Republican’s bad.

There are plenty of Republicans who have the same attitude; Republicans good, Democrats bad.

Josh insults anybody who tries to entice him to see beyond the false labels of Democrat and Republican, and to write something about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “You’re stupid,” he’ll tell you.

Republican and Democratic Party? Those labels are meaningless because Wall Street investment banks and other rich businesses and individuals control the leadership and most of the representatives and senators of both parties in Washington D.C., and increasingly so on state and local levels.

Like some Republicans, Mr. Bookseller worships an empty shell of a political party, as well as the leader of that party, even as his team pushes the TPP.

Still, there is hope. Despite Josh and his kind, Americans are coming together as US citizens and in sizeable numbers for the first time since 9-11. I’ve been standing with it all around me at protests against the TPP and Fast Track. Dividers and haters like Josh Bookseller on both sides of the political aisles will always exist, but they will be overcome.

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“MSNBC host and labor advocate Ed Schultz blasted the Obama administration for not standing up for labor workers on “The Ed Show” Tuesday.

One day after Scott Walker dealt another blow to unions by signing right-to-work into law in Wisconsin, Schultz said Obama and the administration have been a “no show” since taking office.

“I have wanted to say this for a long time,” Schultz started. “’All of the sudden President Obama and Vice President Biden are concerned about the depletion of union membership in America and the general attack on unions.'”

Schultz also castigated the president, as well as other democrats such as Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden, for supporting Fast Track Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); the latter is a job killing, income and political power redistribution scam falsely marketed as a free trade agreement. It has almost nothing to do with trade. It’s about redistributing the income and voting rights of the 99 to the 1 percent. It’s about bypassing Wall Street regulations, which will allow investment banks to drive the US economy into the next Great Depression, which coincidentally, the economy is already bracing for.

The TPP is the most secretive treaty of all time, and we know very little about it since what we know has been leaked.

If congress gives the president Fast Track Authority, then there will be almost no public input and congressional debate on the TPP, no amendments will be offered, and no senate filibuster will be allowed once TPP is introduced into the legislature.

Check out Ed’s show on these issues at the link below.

President Obama is a No-show on Labor Union Issues–Daily Caller

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker granted a $6 million tax break to a local furniture company allowing it to lay off half of its workforce in Wisconsin. In return, the furniture company’s executives made a sizable donation to Walker’s re-election effort.

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A judge in Madison, Wisconsin on Monday found Wisconsin labor relations officials in contempt for enforcing parts of Gov. Scott Walker’s bargaining restrictions despite a ruling that they’re unconstitutional. This clears the way for hundreds of school district and municipal worker unions to negotiate with their employers again. Walker is a corrupt, well known, puppet of the notorious Koch Brothers.

Click on the link below for the complete story.

Labor Unions Win Court Ruling Against Koch Puppet Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker–Politico.com

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Actually, what Warren asks is, If the minimum wage had been allowed to grow at the same rate as productivity growth since 1960, it would be $22 an hour today. So who got all the money?

The answer is simple. The 1 percent redistributed all the money to themselves using federal legislation, while orchestrating a propaganda campaign via the corporate propaganda machine known as the news media, to ensure public opinion has been for the things that redistribute income from the 99 to the 1 percent, such as trickle down economics, freely shipping jobs overseas treaties, and tax cuts for the rich. Of course, it helps that legislators such as Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden are so easily bought off.

So today, rather than a robust economy with strong demand because people are earning more money, we have an incredibly bad economy because demand is weak. We also have a massively corrupt federal government, along with state and local politicians that are also corrupted by big money, such as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. That’s what all the income redistributed from the 99 to the 1 percent over the last 33 years has purchased.

In 1979, the 1 percent received about 7-8 percent of all the income earned in the United States. Nowadays, they’re stealing over 30 percent, which leaves less money for the 99 percent to demand goods and services. And the economy is getting weaker because this thief from the 1 percent continues. They’ve stolen 95 percent of all the income growth in the US since 2009. And all that money they’re stealing goes toward purchasing more government corruption, more Wall Street scams, more income being redistributed from the 99 to the 1 percent, and more propaganda from the misnamed corporate news media to make us stupid and ignornant. Thank you, Senator Wyden, Wall Street’s useful idiot.

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