Hell yeah Trump is a TRAITOR.
In 2010, the top 100 donors contributed $73 million for federal elections.
In 2012, they gave $380 million
In 2016, they donated OVER $900 MILLION.
I wonder if this has any impact on what government does? In 6 years, the top 100 donors gave 12X the money as before. This political corruption must be issue #1
The real impact of an unregulated campaign finance is on policy, and the proof is in this year’s tax bill.
In the United States of America, there is no LOGICAL REASON why Healthcare or Education should be considered “For-Profit Enterprises”.
$100 Billion would make all Further Education Tuition Free up to a PhD (An Educated Labor Force is the most important thing a Nation can have in the 21st Century)
As for Healthcare, we have 140 Years of Emperical Evidence since the Bismark Reforms of Germany, that Universal, Compulsery, Public Health Insurance that everyone pays into, with no profit seeking, running at an overhead of no more than 5% of its revenue blows Private for Profit Health Insurance out of the Water, I would go even further stating that the British National Health Service which essentially operates like the Military with Medical Facilities being State Owned and Medical Professionals being Civil Servents is the Best of All Systems.
I would go further and say that much of the “Insurance Industry” should be Operated by the State and publically owned, for instance Car Insurance could be made public and Included in the Private when you qualify to Drive on Public Roads. Supplementary Private Insurance can exist strictly on a non-Profit Basis, but even this is not necercery.
The same with Public Utilities, Energy Production and Distribution, Water, Transport, Ports, Airports, the Private Sector need not be involved in these Sectors that should be Public and Part of “The Commons”.
The Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Sector is essentially parasitic, produces nothing of Value and must be kept to an absolute Minimum to serve the Public Good. Going further, the United States of America should return to the Corporate Situation of the pre-1880s, when Corporations were created by Legislation, were creatures of Law with Specific Purposes and could only be created as “Artifical Persons” if they could prove they would serve the Public Good.
“Artificial Persons” are servents of “Natural Persons” and Society at Large and have no Place in Influencing Politics that is the Realm of “Natural Persons” and “The Commons”.
Abolish “Corporate Personhood” forever, via an Amendment to the US Constitution that specifically Sets in Stone that the Constitution applies only to “Natural Persons”, and that “Artificial Persons” are not entitled to any Rights and only Privileges set down by enacted Legislation.
–63% of families today could not withstand a $500 emergency.
We have pensions collapsing, communities that have been wiped out, and the Republican plan to fix all of this is to go to the Chinese government, borrow $2.3 trillion, and bring it back to the US to give to the wealthiest people in the country?
SHARE if you agree: That won’t fix a thing for hardworking families who need a boost. Republicans need to ditch this disastrous plan.
This is your state on Republicans
“Less than six hours after its passage by the Republican-controlled state legislature, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law this week a measure that, effective immediately, allows candidates to raise unlimited sums of money for super PACs, which can then promptly spend that money supporting those candidates — or attacking their rivals.”
It’s part of an agenda to tip the playing field in one direction.
For the first time in United States History since Labor Secretary Francis Perkins urged Franklin Delano Roosevelt to include Universal healthcare in the Social Security Act of 1935 (The only plank that Francis Perkins demanded of FDR if she was to become Labor Secretary that did not get through) Full Medicare For All is starting to become a real possibility.
You are going to hear arguments from ALL Republicans and many Democrats that “Capitalist Market based Solutions are best”
This is erronious to anyone who understands the history of Capitalism and has read Economist Micheal Hudson, the original Classical Economists like Adam Smith said that you needed to get rid of the Parasetic element in the economy for it to work efficiently.
All “For-Profit” Insurance of any type is parasetic because it drains income from Workers and Firms into the pockets of Idlers that do nothing.
A Publically funded system through Taxation is much more efficient as there is no profit motive.
The United States of America is slowly turning into Nazi Germany under our new FACIST DICTATOR DONALD TRUMP.
Anyone who is remotly switched on to Politics in the United States (Which about 50% of the US Population are not, as shown by Voter Turnout) understand the root of Curruption in the United States Political System; “Money”, through Corporate Personhood which is a legal notion that comes of the 14th Amendment which does not differentiate between “Natural Persons” and “Artificial Persons”, which is a concept that goes back to the English 9th Century Common Law, Corporations since the 1880s have increased their power more and power of public policy, but it really went on steroids and human growth hormone during the Richard Nixon Adminstration, when Lewis Powell wrote the “Powell Memo” and was appointed to the Supreme Court, obvioulsy there are other issues, but generally what currupts Politics in the United States in the private financing of Political Campaigns at the Federal, State and Local Level.
There really is no “Progressive Left” in the United States, certainly not at the Federal Level, with the possible exception of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and a few (certainly not all) members of the House Progressive Caucus, the entire US Political Establishment is supportive of extreme far-right policies.
Its widley know what the Problem is in the United States, the question is, is their the public consciousness and will to change it?.
Just electing a President wont do, Barrack Obama did not change a thing, and Donald Trump has proven that he was never an Independent Actor, boths these figures appointed Wall Street Bankers to their Administrations.
So do the American People have what it takes to peacefully overthrow the Corporatocracy (as John Perkins calls the Ruling Class) in the spirts and methods of Martin Luther King?.