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“The most anti-business president in history” says Mitch McConnell about Barack Obama. Corporate leaders agree. “He’s a socialist,” they say. But corporate profits under Obama have surged to the highest share of the U.S. economy in history, and CEO pay has never been higher. The Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and other right-wing billionaires are pouring tens of millions of dollars into Senate and House races to elect Republicans. But their fortunes have grown faster under Obama and the Democratic Senate than at any time since the 1920s. Wall Street CEOs say new regulations are stifling them but bank profits and CEO pay have soared to record levels, especially now that the banks are too big to fail. The barons of the oil and gas industry complain about “excessive” regulation but oil and gas has never done as well (including their $7 billion a year in tax subsidies).

So why are they complaining? I think it’s a smokescreen designed to hide from the rest of America the reality that more income and wealth are going to the top than ever before, and corporate welfare is out of control. What’s your explanation?

I think you’ll see “Google” and “Amazon.com” feel the waters to see if it’s the right time to launch their corporations political career and actually run for and serve if elected. They figure they spend all this money lobbying anyway, it might make for better profits margins.

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The best part is, this post actually does something, it offers support, unlike one of those useless “reblog if you care” posts.

Exactly. Which is why I’ll reblog this one.

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Today, most Americans know and don’t know the truth about mass incarceration. For more than three decades, images of black men in handcuffs have been a regular staple of the evening news. We know that large numbers of black men have been locked in cages. In fact, it is precisely because we know that black and brown people are far more likely to be imprisoned that we, as a nation, have not cared too much about it. We tell ourselves they “deserve” their fate, even though we know— and don’t know— that whites are just as likely to commit many crimes, especially drug crimes. We know that people released from prison face a lifetime of discrimination, scorn, and exclusion, and yet we claim not to know that an undercaste exists . We know and we don’t know at the same time.

Michelle Alexander (via azspot)

What unlucky, doesn’t ,”look or talk like me” group will fill these spaces? It is an excellent question. When Reagan started his “Government is the problem” crusade who knew what a strange road reality finds itself to be strapped to. In this case privatization was the word! Private businesses would run “x” better because “insert some bullshit about economics here”. Now I’m not in College anymore but if you do yourself some detective work on the internet you might find that “privatization” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Don’t get me wrong, you have stock in a private prison stock then you are doing quite well.

One thing that is apparent is a “corporation” will do what it needs to do to survive and give money back to investors. Boy, do the PPC’s (private prison corporations) have it rigged in their favor in most towns. They’ll have a clause that says basically, if you fall behind of providing this many inmates we still get to charge you for “x” amount of inmates up to 100% where “x” is some number that was probably bought and paid for by “pick your Lobby organization”.

I know, you want to know what about all those great crime prevention programs and stuff. Wouldn’t that be sweet, do crime prevention but pick the category, like hmm, urinating in public. Collect stats, show that you have successfully deterred the crime of public urination and use that extra grant money to go do a drug buy. Yep, should never have privatized a lot of things, but probably one of the stupidest was the prison system. Really add a layer that has no incentive to see their customers leave.

And yet again, America turns to the huddle masses to help them…line their pockets and callously disregard the rights of another human being.

North Dakota Finds Itself Unprepared To Handle The Radioactive Burden Of Its Fracking Boom

The Frackers are still screaming “just ignore that man behind the fracking curtain!”

Ooops, spell check has accepted “fracking” for “fucking” as a word substitute. Those sci-fi guys, always ahead of their time. Hat off to you Battlestar Galactica.

I think you don’t give up hope on these things. We have— look at the American political tradition. Look at the— one of the interesting things that Piketty says is that serious progressive taxation of high incomes and great wealth is an American invention. We invented it, and we invented it in the early 20th century, right at the peak of our Gilded Age. And somehow we found it in ourselves to turn— to find political leaders, people like Teddy Roosevelt, who are willing to say, “This is a bad thing, we do not want the society that is emerging here.” So I think things can change. What— if you ask, you know, are we going to get a wealth tax, a global wealth tax before the 2016 election? Well no, we’re not. Might we get one by the 2024 election? Possibly.
Paul Krugman

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Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

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The Republicans have been setting the stage for this. Decrease education spending, decrease social safety service funding, befuddle what you can, hate what you swear to serve and uphold. And the majority blindly follow.

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