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Why Occupy Wall Street?

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The top 1% hold 42% of America’s financial wealth.  Over the last 30 years, average CEO salary has increased from 50x that of workers to over 300x (http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html).

Job growth is actually the worst in this last decade with a 35% top marginal tax rate compared to other decades with 50%, 75%, and even 90% (http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/06/marginal_tax_employment_charticle.html).

The Glass-Steagall Act, a bank regulatory law enacted in response to the first Great Depression that separated retail (your savings) and investment banking, was repealed in 1999.

Citizens United v. FEC (2010) grants corporations the right to spend unlimited sums of money on politics on the grounds that they have “personhood” and so have free speech rights.

Income inequality has been increasing since the 1970s: The “top 1%” are getting wealthier while the poor stagnate and the middle class shrinks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_inequality_in_the_United_States).

The solution:  Campaign finance reform.  Get corporate money out of politics.

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October 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

comedy central is no joke

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The Daily Show, with John Stewart, featuring recent guests like Tony Blair, Jimmy Carter, and King Abdullah II (of Jordan)–discussing extremism, distortion in American media, and the middle east peace talks.

I watched the Daily Show today and caught Mr. Stewart’s interview with King Abdullah II. I was extremely impressed. Television is bullshit. History Channel, Discovery Channel, Scifi, CNN, FOX–it’s all bullshit. Then, there’s Comedy Central… oh my there is Comedy Central. Comedy Central is a troll in the idiocratic sea of cable television. With the premise of providing shits and giggles, Comedy Central engages viewers who laugh, at first, but think… and think critically, at last. It’s subtle. It’s smart…

Jimmy Carter: “I’ve heard about a rally. So you’re getting involved in politics?”

John Stewart: “No, but it’s going to be pretty funny.”

…It’s the seed of exactly what America needs.

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September 23, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Protecting the American way of Life

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Whatever happened to Osama bin Laden? The last account of his existence was in December of 2001 when he released a videotape after an intense U.S. bombing campaign.  In this video he “looked sallow, his speech was slow, and his left arm [was] immobile” according to a TIME article in 2002.  He has been silent since.  He has been silent for over seven years now.  Furthermore, during an interview in 2007, Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto stated that bin Laden was murdered by a man named Omar Saeed Sheikh.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we got him.” Not just Saddam Hussein, but Osama bin Laden too.  By our original war on terror mission statement, we are victorious.  It is time to pack up, close a few bases, stop torturing, bring our troops home, and save the taxpayers some money.  This, however, is exactly the opposite of Obama’s plans for the middle east.

The New York Times reports “the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David D. McKiernan, was forced out Monday [by Obama] in an abrupt shake-up intended to bring a more aggressive and innovative approach to a worsening seven-year war.” Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal is the new top dog.  This move means that American operations in the middle east will be expanded—not reduced, as voters were led to believe.  Getting out of Iraq in no way meant getting out of the middle east.

We have 6000 troops in Panama, 2000 troops in cuba, 4000 troops in the Persian Gulf, 10 thousand troops in Hungary and Bosnia, 20 thousand sailors at sea, 75 thousand troops in Japan and South Korea, and 100 thousand troops spread across Europe.  That’s over 200 thousand troops deployed across the globe in areas that have not seen significant conflict for decades.  Now we are dug into the middle east.

This is our empire and its going bankrupt.

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May 22, 2009 at 12:05 am