The Democratic Party in a nutshell
A few farm facts for your Thanksgiving dinner:
• The vast majority of farms are in fact “family farms” meaning they are not owned by corporations, but by households.
• Despite huge productivity gains, the majority of these farms (~70%) net less than $20k per year, requiring off-farm jobs from members of the household.
• The reason for this is the unceasing suppression of prices. The price of corn, milk and all other farm commodities is well below the cost of production, requiring support through the farm bill and putting entire sectors of the economy at risk of extinction.
• Family farms typically work on contracts with “big ag” – companies like Perdue, Smithfield, Monsanto, etc.
• “Big ag” is not agricultural. It is a corporate layer to manage the sourcing, selling, and PRIMARILY the price manipulation and speculation on farm commodities.
• Big ag does not even own much in the way of infrastructure – grain storage, slaughterhouse, meat-packing, shipping, etc. These too are usually smaller privately-held companies working at will or on contract for the large corporations.
• When we talk about “big ag” we’re talking about Wall Street. If you want to understand how this works read “Merchants of Grain” by journalist Dan Morgan, which explains the business model of Cargill, the world’s largest privately-held corporation.
• Here’s the upshot – big ag needs a monopoly not so they can profit on retail sales. The monopoly on contracting and pricing, and precise knowledge of farmer activity gives companies like Cargill a monopoly on INFORMATION, which they leverage into price suppression and success in the commodity futures markets. Why do you think the Chicago Mercantile Exchange turns over $1 quadrillion per year in mostly agricultural futures?
That is big ag’s harvest, and farmers pay dearly for it. Cargill and Butterball can’t afford to let turkey farmers or any other farmers have independence and leverage because it takes away this monopoly.
There are two simple federal laws that will solve this problem, put family farms back on the road to prosperity, and help grow and modernize rural America.
1) A 1% Wall Street Sales Tax. A tax on derivative speculation will hit big ag harder than anyone, and totally change the perverse incentives in agriculture.
2) “Parity”- a guaranteed federal price floor for agricultural commodities. The USDA monitors the production cost of every commodity – factoring in the costs of land, labor, fuel, seed, etc. Farmers must be guaranteed a price for what they produce that reflects those costs plus a livable wage. This requires only a threat from the USDA to purchase these products, and food marketers have no option but to pay the same.
Happy Thanksgiving, and please spare a thought for the hard-working, too often overlooked family farms that put food on your table today!
“Obama, for example, gratuitously appointed General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt to the White House Jobs Council—an odd choice, given that Immelt’s company was a notorious pioneer in offshoring American jobs to foreign nations. Immelt subsequently admitted that he was motivated by GE’s bottom line: American wages were too high, he explained, so he intended to lower them. He succeeded.”
A new report offers a bracing autopsy of the 2016 election—and lays out a plan for revitalization.
Looks like we are the majority. ✊️
The poll also finds that Sen. Bernie Sanders maintains his position as the country’s most popular major politician.
The real problem with the Democratic Party – its run by Republicans
From the most basic level (the Democratic Town Committee) all the way to the top (the DNC), the party has been hijacked by the right. People in leadership positions at all levels advocate the same failed policy and push the same bogus talking points as the right wingers – they are one in the same.
The slow lurch to the right began in the 70’s. After the civil rights movement and subsequent civil rights act, the Democratic Party lost their historic support base, the South. No longer able to rely on the South for a guaranteed congressional majority, they resorted to corporate cash. This was the beginning of the end.
Soon the Democrats went full corporate with the inception of the Democratic Leadership Council. The New Democrats were born and began espousing the “Third Way” philosophy of liberal policy towards social issues and conservative stances for economics. The act of “triangulation” was perfected by Bill Clinton, who was able to wreak more damage on the regulatory structure and social safety net than any Republican could ever get away with, under the guise of a social liberal. Obama continued with the neoliberal policies that have all but destroyed the middle class of this county while increasing income inequality, environmental degradation, and winner take all capitalism.
Today we have a generation of “leaders” in the Democratic Party who have been thoroughly indoctrinated with the Third Way kool aid. They push identity politics at all costs and prevent any talk of government action to influence the highly monopolized and exploitive “markets”. Gone are the days of FDR’s progressivism or the Democratic party’s populist roots. Today’s Democrat is to the right of Eisenhower, but since they support marriage equality they are self proclaimed super liberals. These people don’t know what a liberal democrat is.
A conservative economist in Denmark is to the left of the Democratic Party in America. Think about that
“While promoting themselves as champions of human rights on individual popular issues (such as Gay Marriage), our fundamental and most basic rights to unionize, control our fertility, engage in the political system, blow the whistle, receive a fair trial, and be protected from government intrusion into our lives (NSA and Homeland Security ring any bells?)…are disappearing or already gone…with the full support of both parties. Oh, I meant to say, the one party that runs our country.”
The Party of Political Capitalism Rules America (Establishment Dems Won’t Help) Posted by March Twisdale | Oct 16, 2017 | 0 | If you are a #DemEnter enthusiast, I’m going to ask you to hang tight. I fully support efforts to reclaim control of both Political Party Machines, from the ground up. Howeve…
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Registering to vote for a major party and voting in the primaries is how we eliminate bad incumbents like Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
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The deadline to register to vote for 2018 midterms ( yes that’s right 2018 midterms) is now for many states. Make sure you’re registered and turn out to vote. When we show up progressives win big!
The entire point of infiltration is voting bad incumbents out of the parties and taking them over. We have a wave of progressive candidates running in the primaries that dwarfs the Tea party takeover. We need progressives registered to vote in the primaries to win elections.
We’re starting to see even money isn’t an issue when progressives vote in the primaries. If people don’t vote in the primaries bad incumbents will continue to win.
“Out West in New Mexico, Brian Colón, state Democratic Party chair, lost spectacularly in a run-off election for mayor of Albuquerque, despite out-raising his Our Revolution-backed opponent Tim Keller, with over $800,000 in his campaign coffer. The final run-off election will be on November 14.”
“General election voters might award the winner, but primary voters are the ones who set up the match, and that’s a decision that should be made by more than just 5 percent of the people.
So, in the end, if you think that your opinion and your vote doesn’t matter, think again! The people in office now are making decisions that will affect your life now and later! This is why it’s important to get involved and be heard now. Let your vote be counted.”
Nina Turner ✊️✌️❤️