meus intuitus

Archive for the ‘Power’ Category

Why Occupy Wall Street?

leave a comment »

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law enacted in response to the first Great Depression that separated retail (your savings) and investment banking, was repealed in 1999.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.

Written by meusintuitus

October 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

comedy central is no joke

leave a comment »

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.

Written by meusintuitus

September 23, 2010 at 8:26 pm