The Federal Deficit Myth

OR: We Have the Money to Have Good Things

With tax day just having come and gone like a deadly meteorite with countless annual casualties, now may be a good day to discuss the federal deficit (and national debt), so often mentioned to justify federal budget decisions. In connection with this, here is one of Stephanie Kelton’s best (or so I think) interviews:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “There IS Money For Good Things – Professor Stephanie Kelton”)

Gist: As Stephanie Kelton explains, the federal deficit is created when the federal government spends – say, a $100 billion – but collects only – say, $90 billion – in fees and taxes. The resulting $10 billion red ink of the government is someone else’s black ink. Someone else got $10 billion out of it.

Let’s think this through a little: In our current corrupt system, this “someone” who got the $10 billion black ink is mostly a gang consisting of billionaires and their corporations, banks, Wall Street predators, CEOs, and affiliated millionaire shareholders. So, a growing federal deficit doesn’t mean that we all are sinking as a nation. It merely means that the government-created money was spent but not fully circulated back; and that, as a result of where it was left, some parts of the country rose up while others didn’t. If we raise up those who are already floating high in the clouds, while we leave struggling members of our nation in the dust, that is the real problem.

We therefore shouldn’t worry about the federal deficit but about how we invest and distribute wealth and income. In the most prosperous country in human history, we have the prosperity (measured with money) for good things for us all. Unfortunately, and stupidly, we give way too many of the good things to the robber billionaires. That’s why they fly around the globe in gold-plated cloud castles (made from private jumbo jets), have a luxury mega yachts parked in every major harbor in order to one-up each other, have multiple palaces waiting for each of them in every place they might choose to visit on Earth (most of them standing empty when they choose not to visit), have whole fleets of Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini luxury cars parked in all these palaces, own the best pieces of land on Earth where the rest of us may not “trespass” and can only dream of ever visiting, hold in their possession the factories, offices, hotels, banks, shops, construction and transport companies, and such, where we work and are forced to grovel before them and their managers. It’s also why they can pour money into politics to bring it to heel and make the government serve them instead of its people.

Quote (Kelton answering why people should care): “People should care because … the deficit is normally trotted out by policymakers and pundits and others as the reason that we can’t do more for the economy, more for people who are struggling — saying »Oh we’d love to be able to put more money in education or to deal with infrastructure, but we can’t because of the deficit.« So, … it’s just this impediment to allowing better policy to create programs and lift people up, to allow us to have a safer cleaner more prosperous economy. The deficit [myth] is this barrier that prevents us from getting better economic policy.”

This, indeed, is the true nature of the oh-so-scary federal deficit or the national debt it builds up over the years: it’s nothing more than a lame excuse for the corrupt gangsters at the top to justify their cutting of government programs and redirection of that government money into their own pockets, say when they give themselves huge tax breaks or pump up government military spending (which raises the profits of those billionaires who control the arms industry)… Never ever do we hear claims that our government can’t afford those giant expenditures and revenue cuts. Only when we, the people, whom the government should actually serve, ask for government investment in us (such as our schools, healthcare, transportation, career development, jobs, or to help us climb out of poverty), only then the chorus breaks out with two-faced politicians and media pundits howling about the deficit and asking where the money should come from. It’s so hypocritical that all my life I have marveled at people believing this obvious scam.

By the way, yesterday’s publication on The Revolution Continues has lots of awesome graphic memes.

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Video Weekend 04-14-2018 (11 videos)

Some videos I wanted to share for weeks kept slipping through the cracks (what with me having all sorts of existential battles to fight each week and day). Here they finally are, and then some. There’s a lot of bern in this compilation.

  1. Inequality
  2. Mentality
  3. Party Corruption
  4. Media
  5. Foreign Policy
  6. War

 

I. Inequality

To start, here is the full recording of the inequality town hall of Bernie Sanders which you probably have seen already somewhere (I think I may have shared at least a small clip from this already). More videos further below refer to it. If you want to (re-)watch or search through the whole event, you can do it right here:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie’s Inequality in America National Town Hall – TYT Summary “)

  • Note: Very important point: the top 10% (not just 1%) do well enough and therefore do everything in their power to block the 90% below them from doing better.
  • Question: How are people who can’t get a job join a labor union?
  • Note: 44% of homeless people have a job but get paid too little to afford a home.
  • Good comment by Darrick Hamilton: Can we simply work hard and study hard and [thereby] adress inequality. The answer is no.
  • 1:08:45: How ourcorrupt laws are written.
  • Note: Another good point: the establishment not only rigs our elections and legislative process but also works on lowering our expectations so we let it all happen.
  • Noteworthy phrases: people being cut out of the game, shaming the poor
  • Nice quote from Bernie: ”… this 1% that wants it all and is prepared to step on everybody.”

Comment: Dubious (neo?)-liberals wooing progressive voters are always saying that they and we want equality of opportunity. I am not satisfied with that. I want a less cruel system. In fact, I want a system that is NOT cruel.

And here is the TYT summary:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie’s Inequality in America National Town Hall – TYT Summary”)

… and Kyle Kulinski’s commentary:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Michael Moore: Dems Need To Be A Party For Workers“)

… and “The Rational National’s” commentary:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie And Michael Moore Slam Corporate Media’s Failure On Poverty “)

Everybody is empathetic, a self-serving “conservative” says (except he, apparently, who places the “Free Market” god above compassion and solidarity that he believes we simply cannot afford): — It’s sometimes helpful to check up on the other side of the fence in our divided society. So, under this link you can listen to a well-to-do, comfortable-all-his-life GOP/libertarian supporter ignorantly philosophizing over economics and reinforcing the to him so convenient belief that helping the disadvantaged is simply not possible or will miraculously happen by itself through the profit-driven market which doesn’t give a rat’s tail about people’s misery. (btw, loosing abysmal jobs with slave wages is actually a good thing, not a bad thing, if we make it possible to replace them with better alternatives – and the example of McDonalds replacing people with machines happened actually in the context of McDonalds having had record profits; furthermore, Bill Gates created only a microscopic portion of “his product”, so why does he get almost all the profit? … Like many confused folks, this guy does get some points at least somewhat right, such as that rising student loans without university price regulations drives the prices for university attendance up (it’s only part of the story, though, as usual). For the same reason, by the way, a universal basic income or federal job program shouldn’t come without safeguards like rental price control to prevent rent usury that could undo any widened prosperity).

 

II. Mentality

People’s inside diseases result in a sick society. Meet the quasi-religious mentality at the top of our dungheap society pooping down on us below:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Religion Of Libertarianism“)

 

III. Party Corruption

Topics: a fool’s errand to run as an honest candidate inside a corrupt party; no law enforcement concern over Americans stealing elections from Americans (only Russian suspects of minor electoral shoplifting seem to matter), election officials who tear up ballots, immunity of white-collar criminals, corporate and government crimes being the biggest of all crimes by far, helping culture and society instead of only a few individuals, etc.:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[106] Democrats Destroy Democracy, Banks Launder Money For Terr¤rists w/ Tim Canova“)

 

IV. Media

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Keeps Shíttíng On The Media & It’s Glorious “)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Hammers Corporate Media: They Cover Stormy Daniels Instead Of Poverty!“)

If it doesn’t get too repetitive, here is a similar commentary by Mike Figueredo.

 

V. Foreign Policy

The “World Police” fosters dictatorships and war:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Stands Up To War Machine! Introduces Yemen Resolution “)

 

VI. War

An exact replay of last year’s media stunt[1] to legitimize yet another American war crime in the Middle East[2]:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “WEB EXCLUSIVE: Strikes In Syria – The Hard Facts (with Max Blumenthal)”)

Note: the U.S. Military Industrial Complex creates and supports Islamist terrorism (together with Saudi Arabia and Turkey). Are some eyes finally opening?

 

VII. Special Conversation

In this excellent conversation of two champions, Nick Braña from the Movement for a People’s Party talks with Tim Canova about leaving the “Democratic Party” and a lot more:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Tim Canova leaves the Democratic Party! Takes on Debbie Wasserman Schultz as an independent!“)

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So Funny and True (a hilarious political video)

Except for calling the corrupted wing of the “Democratic” party “centrist”. The real term is corporatist (A.K.A. neoliberal, A.K.A. neocon, A.K.A. plutocratic, kleptocratic, gravy train, graftist, corrupt…).

(The “BernieWouldaWon” slight, if I understand it correctly, is a bit off too, in my book at least, since nationwide election theft – whether in the primaries or elsewhere – is not a trifle, but the rest of this sketch is truly delightful.)

So, anyway, have a lot of fun watching Francesca Fiorentini’s clever rant in this witty, spot-on Newsbroke video:

 

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrat Vs. Democrat: The Fight Between Progressives And Centrists”)

Have a happy start of the week! ;-p

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Video Weekend 04-07-2018 (8 videos – some long with segment pointers and commentaries)

This weekend compilation shares videos on a variety of subjects mostly dealing with our systemic corruption, its sad consequences, and the narratives and mindsets that support it:

Categories:

  1. System Analysis
  2. Mindset
  3. Media (and some fun)
  4. Candidates Facing Political Corruption
  5. Economy
  6. Political Conversation

 

I. System Analysis

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness“)

Quotes:

  • Tariq Ali: “This total, uncritical acceptance of capital and corporate power is not the way the world is going to move forward. An alternative to that is what needs to be mounted. And, on it’s success or failure will depend the future not just of this country but of the planet.”
  • David Korten: “If you look at where we are headed as a nation and as a species, we’re going where nobody in their right mind will want to go. This is a very decisive moment. We have to literally choose our future as a nation and as a species.”
  • Tariq Ali: “Who owns this country? Not its people. It is owned, essentially, as is the case elsewhere in the world, by the rich and the very rich — which George W. Bush, when he was president, put in [these] very memorable words: ‘We are on the side of the haves and the have-mores.’” (perhaps he refers to this event)

 

II. Mindset

Edifying lords of corruption such as genocide-scale war profiteers who, on the side, also de facto erased our Bill of Rights:

More on the loss of our morals — we celebrate war criminals instead of prosecuting them:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bush Era War Criminals Embraced By Establishment Media“)

 

Money, The New God

The wrong mindset sets us up for hurt, flipping our priorities and supporting economic inequality and widespread corruption.

This documentary makes some very good points but also has passages I don’t approve of, the kinds that divide people over religion. The good points and the news on a whistleblower who was fired, threatened and jailed for exposing the banksters’ money laundering of criminals and other rich goons are definitely well worth watching. Below the clip, I point to various segments in the video that you can skip to:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Money, happiness and eternal life – Greed (director’s cut) | DW Documentary“)

Segments:

  1. The real beef starts at 28:07 min into the video.
  2. 42:02: “We became consumed with consumption.”
  3. A question asked by a kid: why do people do wrong, or right, knowingly? My answer: various conditions and motives depending on their living circumstances: greed, narcissism, and status-whoring in the case of the rich and well-to-do; despair, resignation, and the next survival move on the list in case of the rest.
    When you have to struggle to pay this month’s rent, the global climate shifts a notch down on your list of worries. And when you are a rich lord, seeing yourself as a god and living the life of a demon lord stomping on everyone else, your head is in the clouds because you don’t want to look down on the ones you are stepping on (unless you are a cruel psychopath actually enjoying the blood on your feet).
    So, most of us are wearing blinders of some kind, much enabled by our mainstream media and politicians, of course.
  4. 1:18:13: Wisdom and compassion… how to spread it among the young?
  5. 1:20:59: Finally someone other than myself addressing the idea of a mortality and a fulfilled, meaningful life.

Ending words: only by melting the ice in the heart of man, man will have a chance to change and start using his knowledge wisely.

 

III. Media (and some fun)

A little fun with the media (talking about what really matters rather than just chanting gang slogans):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kyle Kulinski Of Secular Talk Utterly Baffles Fox News Talking Heads“)

 

IV. Candidates Facing Political Corruption

When the “Democrats” rig their primaries, running as a Dem is pointless:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz Opponent Tim Canova Dumps Democrats“)

 

V. Economy

Dirty tricks and mindsets to get and stay rich and shaft the public, gender pay, slave-like over-work, homeless children…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Socialism Past, Present, and Future“)

 

VI. Political Conversation

We all need to have political conversations with our fellow Americans to lift our awareness and debunk myths and manipulative narratives and come to fully understand what we need to demand and implement for a better future. These are real conversations about real issues that we must have, not the popularized bleating, barking, and repeating of party slogans and propaganda. If you want a sample, you can be a fly on the wall at this conversation between Jamarl Thomas and Debbie Lusignan (I liked the early part best; later it unraveled a bit):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debbie Lusignan, the SaneProgressive, Live! Not To Be Missed!“)

The best part: Get to know the mafia-like powers controlling our government and open up to realism, going beyond partisanship. (this part is to challenge our believes and drive our awakening further; not easy if you haven’t advanced enough, yet; it’s about us needing to deprogram ourselves from the manipulative narratives, sugar-coating, and warped perceptions that have been instilled in us our entire lives):

Here is an example. You get yourself elected, maybe with partially good intentions mixed in with the plan to get rich – say, you wanted to reverse the torture and war terror of the Bush-Cheney regime – but the forces behind the curtain convince you otherwise and you flip:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Famous Victim Of US Torture Speaks Out”)

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Video Weekend 03-31-2018 (9 videos)

This weekend’s video compilation deals with our growing poverty, a historic review of how we have been sliding down the drain in a sequence of steps, a system analysis with an eye on mentality and egotistical partisanship (such as of those who have a pretty good life and turn a blind eye to their victimized fellow Americans), systemic corruption, gun violence, and getting to know Lee Camp and Richard Wolff a little better (for example, their beginnings). Other figures of note: Bill Moyers, Robert Reich, Paul Jay, Jamarl Thomas, and Lauren Steiner…

  1. Growing Poverty
  2. System Analysis
  3. Corruption
  4. Economy
  5. Gun Violence
  6. So, who is Lee?

I hope you enjoy another informative and interesting video weekend.

 

I. Growing Poverty

Humanitarian Crisis In America! That’s why we need a universal basic income (and federal job programs for additional improvements) as a guaranteed insurance of income not only for the rich, as it is currently done, but for everybody — a failsafe against conditions like this:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Humanitarian Crisis In Hollywood “)

 

II. System Analysis

America’s long slide down the drain and today’s glimpse of hope:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Robert Reich – The Common Good”)

America’s Class Society (speech video) . Paul Jay gives a good account how in our system different classes of our inequality pyramid are played against each other and dominated by the top class (this makes a good follow-up to Wednesday’s article which shone a light on the very top whereas Paul Jay here reminds us of their henchmen in the upper middle part of our wealth and income pyramid):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Paul Jay: Threats Facing Humanity, Basic Income & Importance of Historical Context “)

 

III. Corruption

Boundless and institutionalized corruption from the top is where all the suffering comes from:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “13 Ways We Are The Most Corrupt Nation”)

More on the criminal collusion between bought government and the billionaires’ corporations:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Were You Drinking Micro-Plastics From Your Water? | America’s Lawyer on RT America | “)

 

IV. Economy

A look five years back (the weakness of Dodd-Frank and regulations within our fundamentally corrupt system, Richard Wolff and his message becoming known, the globalist inequality-economy, capitalism vs democracy, American team spirit, Wolff encouraging our college students to organize…):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What Has Capitalism Done for Us Lately?”)

Note: The preceding Wolff interview was shared here previously.

 

V. Gun Violence

An attempt to approach the issue of mass shootings and gun violence with a calm head:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “AntiGun Protesters March Totally Miss Point. Dems & Reps Positions Are Also Absurd. Here’s TRUTH!”)

Gist: The big question in gun violence is why, and this isn’t really being addressed by background checks. Poverty and our systemic injustice are the main causes of gun violence in America and should be cured. Lines are – and obviously must be – drawn as to what kinds of weapons are allowed in private hands (assault rifles, nuclear bombs…); so that at least that part of the current public discussion makes sense…

More on gun violence (and the immoral values of our system) :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[104] The Gun Debate Not Allowed On Corporate Media”)

 

VI. So, who is Lee?

Lee Camp being interviewed in part about himself:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Conversation with Lee Camp of “Redacted Tonight””)

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Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and Geek Squad Spying Update (short video)

… and a reasonable voice in the current din:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “BREAKING: Facebook Admits To Tracking Android User’s Calls & Text. Be Aware!”)

Jamarl Thomas at his best. I couldn’t add anything to make it better.

 

 

Video Weekend 03-24-2018 – Part 2

A worthy long speech.

I have heard (and therefore probably shared) much of this speech before (perhaps it was only a segment), but I can’t find it in my archives, so I am sharing it now in case I didn’t before. The speech starts slow and has some lulls in it, but it covers many important issues very well. So, if you can make the time to listen for an hour and a half (that’s what weekends or similar times off are for), you may want to check it out, maybe passing over the long lull at the start by skipping ahead to 12:34 minutes into the clip:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Global Capitalism: Cut Taxes, Deport Immigrants, Impose Tariffs [March 2018]”)

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Video Weekend 03-24-2018 (10 videos & comments)

This weekend’s video compilation covers various areas:

  1. U.S. Barbarity
  2. Voter Manipulation
  3. Economy
  4. Corrupt Politics
  5. Shamestream Media
  6. Change

 

I. U.S. Barbarity

Finalizing the transformation of the U.S. into a country of 100% barbaric brutality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bolton Fabricated Lies that Justified War on Iraq “)

Note: Let’s be careful not to make this only about Trump. Reagan invaded Granada. G.H.W. Bush invaded Iraq. Bill Clinton ravaged flourishing Yugoslavia leaving a clutter of tiny, weak, and poor new nations behind. G.W.-Cheney invaded Afghanistan and Iraq (war for oil). Obama expanded our wars and drone-based from-the-sky terrorism on civil populations in many nations (the kind of horror which breeds violent terrorism coming back at us). Trump is just the latest and possible last step. (Let’s see how much our domestic corporate police state brutality, not discussed in this news video, will also be revved up during his tenure.)

 

II. Voter Manipulation

Twitter, Facebook, Cambridge Analytica…

More on political social media abuse, the corrupt government-corporation marriage, etc.:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “‘Pro-Hillary Bots’ Used Twitter Bots on Sanders Supporters | America’s Lawyer on RT America | “)

More confirmation of the Cambridge Analytica Meddling and also an example of how money can mess with integrity. After all, the oligarchs have their paid foot soldiers:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Brittany Kaiser, former Cambridge Analytica director: ‘I voted for Bernie’“)

If you missed them, here are this week’s articles on electoral rigging via Twitter and Facebook:

  1. Corporate Greed Shredding Democracy — Meet the Twitter Bots
  2. The Cambridge Analytica & Facebook Story — (Spying and Electoral Manipulation)

 

III. Economy

Richard Wolff on creating inequality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Capitalism Breeds Inequality“)

 

Robert Reich on why are we working harder than ever and getting nowhere. It’s the rigged “Political Economy” which structures the market against us.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Robert Reich, “Saving Capitalism”“)

Gist: The market vs government debate is a distraction. There is no market without a government (that sets and enforces the market rules, like what is legal tender, what is fraud, contract fulfillments, etc.). So, the real question is whether the market-government system (which is the real economy) works for most of us or merely a small number at the top. The other common myth that is utter nonsense is that (in our current system) people get paid what they are worth. Also, trusts and lobbying create behind-the-scenes pre-distributions which shift wealth and income to the top while they raise our living expenses.

Good point: If we give up on politics, we give up on a good nation and world.

 

More government rigging for the Robber Billionaires:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “On Contact: The New Gig Economy with John McDonagh“)

Note: So, New York’s taxis were limited by number to some 13,000 for umpteen years. Then, Uber comes in, promises the regulators comfy kickback jobs on its board, and suddenly 100,000 more taxi-like Uber cars are allowed into the market, and the taxi drivers – whose earnings have been ruined in one fell swoop – get levied an additional congestion tax to penalize them for all the extra cars. Their garages switch from splitting profits with their drivers to charging them a whopping $120 leasing fee each morning, putting them into a hole they must try to dig themselves out of in the next 16 hours or so of uninterrupted work and customer-hunting, while the garage owners income is thereby secured. And, eventually, a taxi driver who can’t take it anymore drives right up to the front of City Hall and blows off his own head with a shotgun. That’s how our rigged market-government economy is screwing workers and coddling the top and their corrupt political handmaidens until life for the rest of us becomes an agonizing ordeal we prefer not to stay in anymore.

 

IV. Corrupt Politics

The GOP raiders and their Dem enablers committing the latest Wall Street deregulation:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Cites “Corruption” as Reason for Wall Street Deregulation Push “)

 

Change on the Outside, Continuity on the Inside (the roll-back of Dodd-Frank by a Repucratic-Dempublican alliance):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrat’s Playbook To Sell You Out Revealed “)

 

V. Shamestream Media

Why we need independent media:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Calls Out Media’s Obsession with Stormy Daniels Scandal“)

 

VI. Change

An academic analysis of our flawed world and a suggestion for how to fix it:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Is Another World Possible? – Leo Panitch on RAI (4/4) “)

Notes: Living conditions were actually improving during much of the 20th century under a system of capitalism held to certain limits and socially responsible rules by a political upheaval and lingering political awareness of the citizenry. But when these improved lives led to a slothing off of public political awareness and participation, the plutocrats that had been left in their seats of imbalanced power, started rolling back the societal advances so we ended up in our current mess echoing medieval conditions of autocracy and serfdom. Now we need to think about change, fundamental change, so it won’t be rolled back again. Various ideas are being discussed.

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Video Weekend 03-10-2018 (9 videos)

This video weekend compilation deals with our rigged economy, rigged elections (and cures for them), the fate of the wealth the rich wrench from us, and multi-topic discussions of Kyle Kulinski with Jimmy Dore and Ron Placone with Jamarl Thomas. Other stars in the videos: Richard Wolff, Lee Camp, Tulsi Gabbard, and Debbie Lusignan. Enjoy! Have a happy weekend! 🙂

  1. The Rigged Economy
  2. The Rigged Elections
  3. Where the Fruits of our Labor go
  4. Final Discussions

 

I. The Rigged Economy

Very good episode by Richard Wolff. Ever wondered how much the ““Democratic” Party ever was on the right side?

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: A System Rigged Against Us“)

 

The rigging and the wealth of the robber billionaires’ system that imprisons and enslaves us:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Amazon Is Screwing America“)

 

II. The Rigged Elections

So, you have been wondering if governments try to influence elections in other countries, including our own heavily home-rigged elections? As I have been saying, (1) yes, this has always been going on, (2) the U.S. does most of it, and (3) Russia is dwarfed by others:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “British Data Company Admits Meddling In U.S. Elections w/Lee Camp“)

 

Worried about election hacking (whether real or the overblown Russia narrative)? Here’s the thing to do:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Here’s How To Secure Elections-“Paper Ballot” Bill Introduced By Tulsi Gabbard “)

Finally some action instead of the endless Russia distraction! 🙂

 

Chipping away at the party rigging of the electoral process:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive “Blue Revolution” Activists Confront Dem. Party at California Convention“)

Reminder: if we don’t fix the system profoundly, these incremental advances will simply be rolled back again. This time we must walk the last mile or we may never get another chance to overcome the tyranny with its rapid advancement of surveillance, brain washing, mind games, and control from the top.

 

At this point it might help to travel a year back to review our electoral rigging (Debbie Lusignan monitored the entire 2016 election rigging, and here she draws conclusions):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “On Post Partisan People’s Movement & Yes, Virginia, Election Fraud is Real (cc Justice Democrats)“)

Quotes:

We need a post-partisan people’s movement where we are bringing thinking people together of all the American people that are done with this cesspool of a duopoly that is utilizing this bi-partisan division to keep the American people from uniting to truly take our power. F**k uniting the left. Unite the American people and take away that partisan divide so we can actually heal.”

Hillary Clinton did not win the 2016 primaries. There was mass purging of voter rolls. We know that for sure. We have mass evidence of vote flipping on the machines with the exit polls not matching the official results. We have mass evidence of absentee ballot stuffing and caucus rigging and every other dirty trick in the book.”

Conclusion: What’s needed are candidates who commit to prosecuting election theft that denies them victory and voters who vote only for candidates who will do that and take no corporate money.

 

III. Where the Fruits of our Labor go

Following in the wake of the Vapid Lives of Destruction mini-series, here is another video documentary exposing what all that money is spent that gets funneled to the rich by plundering us with paycheck deductions, rents, interests, and taxes — all money that finds its way into the vaults of the robber billionaires and their millionaire minions.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Million Dollar Rooms-The life of rich millionaires Rich,Bold,beautiful and spectacular “)

Comment: A personal ATM machine in your home adds an entire new dimension to gated living, doesn’t it?

 

IV. Final Discussions

Both of the following two discussions are worthwhile to listen to if or when you can make some time:

Wrestling with the corporatist “Democrats” (Kyle Kulinski & Jimmy Dore):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Did Progressives Win In Texas Primaries? w/Kyle Kulinski “)

 

Two smart young men discussing our country (lots of topics):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ron Placone of the Jimmy Dore Show and 5 Chords & The Truth, Live!”)

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month to research and write for this site and work on my book. Please share links to these articles or help in other ways. Thanks. Only together can we change this messed-up world. 🙂

 

Barnum & Bailey’s Trump: The Only Sensible Evaluation of The Donald PLUS a Bomb-Shell Economic Insight

Noam Chomsky has a long history of close observation and deep insights in our national affairs. In the below interview he gave a spot-on analysis of Trump’s role in the current fire sale of our country to the robber billionaires, followed by an often overlooked insight into our nation’s corporate takeover that could make people smack their foreheads asking themselves how they never noticed this tell-tale connection. Much of our bought-and-paid-for government’s role in a global heist is laid bare here:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Special Interview: Noam Chomsky”)

Good points to mention:   Continue reading