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Forum Post: Robots and Robber Barons

Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 11, 2012, 9:34 a.m. EST by WSmith (1986) from Cornelius, OR
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Duchebags working overtime, jackoffs never taking time off.

We Voted, they lost, but it's just the beginning! The Cons are frantic.

Our government is corrupt. We need to fix it. We have a plan. We need your help. The American Anti-Corruption Act.

Randi Rhodes

Monday, December 10, 2012

Last week, Michigan Republicans jammed through legislation making Michigan a “right to work” state. If you’re not familiar with “Right to Work” acts, they basically give workers the right to work for less. President Obama may have saved the jobs of Michigan autoworkers, but Michigan Republicans just found a way to make those jobs worth a lot less. The law includes a provision intended to make it harder to overturn it with a ballot referendum. At least Republicans learned something from Wisconsin and Ohio—if you you’re going to screw people, make sure they stay screwed.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/12/07/1300981/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-michigan-gops-right-to-work-assault-on-workers/

There’s a new movement to get money out of politics. Take a look at what they’re proposing... before money finds out about this. It’s called the American Anti-Corruption Act. The Act closes the revolving door between Congress and K Street. That’s not even an accurate metaphor anymore—the door has been completely removed. As it stands now, Congressmen who leave office can take high paying jobs with organizations whose purpose is to influence Congress—a process we call “Jim DeMint-ing.” The Act also aims to stop the influence of secret money on elections. This Act is essentially trying to unite the citizens... to fight Citizens United.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uDAnLnMWFY

http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/roundtable-ii-week-politics-17918553?tab=9482930&section=1206874&playlist=17919121

GOP Congressman Bob Corker says that Republicans should agree to raising taxes on the rich... because later they can use the debt ceiling to slash Social Security and Medicare. So they’ll agree to one common sense idea, if we consent to one absolutely crazy idea. Corker said the debt ceiling limit gives Republicans “leverage.” Yes, if by “leverage” you mean “the ability to hold the American people hostage.”

Even if we go over the fiscal cliff and taxes on the middle class go up in January, there is a way that Obama can protect the middle class from the tax hike. That’s where we’re at—we need lifeboats to save us from Republicans. Even if the tax rates go up, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has the power to decide how much is actually withheld from paychecks. So just because Congress lets us go over the cliff, that doesn’t mean we have to fall. We would end up like the Coyote in the Roadrunner cartoons when he goes over the cliff—we’ll be suspended in midair. The problem with that—and with the paycheck withholding fix—is that it only works for a little while.

Read more: http://www.randirhodes.com/main.html#ixzz2EkeiKEu0

http://www.randirhodes.com/pages/homework.html?feed=364336&article=10629546

Robots and Robber Barons

By PAUL KRUGMAN

The American economy is still, by most measures, deeply depressed. But corporate profits are at a record high. How is that possible? It’s simple: profits have surged as a share of national income, while wages and other labor compensation are down. The pie isn’t growing the way it Wait — are we really back to talking about capital versus labor? Isn’t that an old-fashioned, almost Marxist sort of discussion, out of date in our modern information economy? Well, that’s what many people thought; for the past generation discussions of inequality have focused overwhelmingly not on capital versus labor but on distributional issues between workers, either on the gap between more- and less-educated workers or on the soaring incomes of a handful of superstars in finance and other fields. But that may be yesterday’s story.

More specifically, while it’s true that the finance guys are still making out like bandits — in part because, as we now know, some of them actually are bandits — the wage gap between workers with a college education and those without, which grew a lot in the 1980s and early 1990s, hasn’t changed much since then. Indeed, recent college graduates had stagnant incomes even before the financial crisis struck. Increasingly, profits have been rising at the expense of workers in general, including workers with the skills that were supposed to lead to success in today’s economy.

Why is this happening? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/opinion/krugman-robots-and-robber-barons.html?_r=0

Unite with us to end government corruption.

Across the United States of America, citizens are disappointed in their government.

While the nation grapples with historical debt, a recession, energy dependence, inflation , terrorism, and wars we cannot afford, our politicians are asleep at the wheel.

The system is broken. Our government has been corrupted by money. We need Congress to solve the nation’s problems, instead our politicians are out raising money for re-election. The country is run by lobbyists - fighting on behalf of big oil, pharmaceuticals, military contractors, labor unions, trial lawyers, insurance companies, food corporations, and on and on. We may never get rid of lobbyists and big financial donors. But we all agree: citizens should come first.

Our government is corrupt. We need to fix it. We have a plan. We need your help.

http://act.unitedrepublic.org/event/cosponsor/6863

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[-] 1 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 1 year ago

The system is broken; we now borrow 46% of federal spending; as spending increases revenue is very obviously decreasing proportionately; that day when government finally concludes it must borrow 100% of its expenditures lurks dangerously in the future. In the meantime the financiers grow ever richer.

I think we should all make plans to leave this country.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1986) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Please Sign this petition!!

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1986) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

"We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers salaries and take away their right to strike" May 2, 1933 Adolf Hitler

[-] 0 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

The solution is simple. Stop electing globalists.

You wonder why this nation is a shell of what it could be.....

[-] -1 points by WSmith (1986) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Is it Class War?

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[-] -1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

You think Dems will sign this?! Let me know when Schumer or Pelosi gives their endorsement.

Reid wont audit the Fed. he's a bum too.

hahaha....

What a sucker.

[-] -1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Actually over 50% said fuck this bullshit system.

[-] 1 points by WSmith (1986) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Just think how high it really was before the RepubliCon Voter Suppression Campaign!!

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

And the RepubliCon gerrymandering of districts!!

[-] 1 points by WSmith (1986) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

More Votes for Congressional Dems, post GOP Suppression. If Dems drew those abstract lines, the Cons would shut down Congress!!

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

Damn right!

[-] -1 points by WSmith (1986) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Did hc transform into OPT?

Is it too partisan to say that the GOP-1% are conducting a post election loss Tet Offensive while they have a Lame Duck window??? Cuz it's ON!!

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

The opposition is a house of mirrors, constantly shifting names and tactics, but their goal remains the same, to divide us on ourselves, and to misrepresent our motives. Once we see these aims, identifying them as representitives of the 1% becomes easy.

What we must not do is allow them to achieve their aims.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1986) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Absolutely, and you can tell a united effort against "them" makes them very nervous, hence the dingbats that deceitfully insist the opposition is on BOTH sides.

We have to broadcast what is happening and remind people when there is a Vote: it's RepubliCons holding the country hostage over the Fiscal Cliff! It's RepubliCons trying to pay for 1% tax breaks with UI, Medicare, and other social contracts! It's RepubliCons killing Unions in Michigan and everywhere else!!

Which means we also have to retrieve the comprehensive News Media we took for granted and let the 1% Big Media Monopolies seize, gag, pillage and pervert!! We're down to a small handful of Prog Radio stations, the internet, Moyers, Frontline, still strong but dwindling news print and books, and the occasional Inside Job doc. But car and headset radios are the key.

Otherwise, come elections, CU-Koch Bros-RNC ads will be the only source of Voter "knowledge."

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

True. They would like us to believe there is a right-wing faction to occupy. That is a fabrication designed to both split us, and decieve us into believeing we are splintered. We are not.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1986) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Then let's exercise some Unity and tell Congress: "Quit sabotaging and holding the country hostage! The people have spoken, now act accordingly! Work with our duly elected POTUS and Tax the Rich!!"

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

I am in full agreement with that. We must demand of our elected representitives that the will of the people, as expressed in the last election, be carried out.

For myself, I am only concerned that the reforms we have demanded are carried out, and clearly the first avenue for that to happen would simply be for our elected officials to recognize our will.

So now, at this very moment, we must do everything possible to make it clear to them what that will is, and to accept nothing less.

To tax the rich seems only the begining of what must be done now for humanity to prosper, or even to remain alive on earth.

The stakes are very much higher now than they have been before, and so if the Democrotarts are the party of the people, it has finally come time for them to turn their backs on vested interest and advocate for the people. If they don't then they must also be swept away. We are fighting now for planetary survival, and those Democrotarts who put their enrichment over the needs of humanity must learn that their private party is over.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1986) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Of course there are many many things we must do to catch up with the rest of the world, progress and carry on with this Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness, but probably the major monkey wrench in our main cogs is the tyranny of the 1% and all that goes with it: subservience, redistribution, graft, fraud, neglect, bankruptcy, unemployment, foreclosure, homelessness, poverty, wage slavery, Big Insurance (middleman) Health Care, bogus wars, Big Oil dependence, Big Pharma gouging, on and on. I guess the term "tax the rich" is short hand.

I had found this wonderful set of graphs showing a variety of things we could pay for with tax cuts and misdirected funds, but I can't F-ing find it!!!

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

Agreed. I hope you find that graph. I really think what is called for is a great leap in human consciousness. Fortunately, I think that is finally possible.

[-] 1 points by WSmith (1986) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

I immediately think of all the other things that could be remedied/funded with the funds we let go to less worthy causes. Plus, things you can't find multiply in significance the more you can't find them.

[-] 1 points by WSmith (1986) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

FOUND IT!!!

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/12/10/1311041/infographic-homelessness-christmas-decorations/

Never underestimate the capacity of the American People to fall right back to sleep just after achieving great feats of consciousness.

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

Great graph, but the homeless are the stick. There used to be a carrot and a stick in this country, now there's just a stick.

Know what I mean?

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

Winston Churchill said, "You can count on Americans to do the right thing, once they've exhausted every other option." Let's hope he was right:)

[-] 0 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

The system is bought out regardless who has power as the last 4 years prove.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

You're starting to sound a little desperate. Wait till people re-discover they actually can change the world through political engagement. That process has barely begun:)

12/12/12

[-] -1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Begun? It hasnt even started yet. The bombs are still dropping, and the banks are still taking in over 40 billion of our money a month.

Wheres the protests?

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

They are everywhere.

[-] -1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

No they arent. The state beat the shit out of the people and arrested them. Where the fuck are you?

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

No, you guys aren't getting off that easy. Sorry to burst your bubble.

[-] -1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Oh, so you liked everyone going to jail? Fuck you. Let me know when you grow some and go. Until then have fun posting on the internet and pretending. The 70;s were over forty years ago. Get with it. Good night.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

Sorry if I called your game.

Good night.

[-] 0 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

What an idiotic response. Thanks for embarrassing us again.

Im sure the voter id thing made over half the public say fuck it.

There are problems much deeper than you allude to. hence ows.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1986) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

OK hc, sorry I have failed this site.