I am tired of idiots asking, “What does the Occupy movement want?” I am one who hates mission statements with a passion. I have been a member of more than one new organization that never got off the ground as founding members could not agree on a mission statement. To me a mission statement is just taking direct action towards what you want to accomplish. I’m not about to get a committee together to address how to save a drowning man. The Occupy movement is so grassroots and large it can’t have a mission statement. If it ever starts to have a definite mission statement I won’t be interested in it as that will tell me it has been co-opted by politicians and bureaucrats.
The only guy who really needs a mission statement is Rip Van Winkle. For God’s sake take a look around at how screwed up our country is and understand people want all the shit that is f#&+!d up to end. Don’t politicians and economists ever learn from their mistakes? The movement is being told we have no answers. The answer is simple; let’s not keep doing what doesn’t work. Taxes on the rich have been cut over and over and NEVER leads to increased investment, economic growth or prosperity for anyone but the 1%. Meanwhile, services erode, costs are shifted to the middle class, and the money supply tightens. Anyone who even suggests more “trickle down economics” should immediately be put in a straight jacket. Right before trickle down economics was started, in the 1980’s, the U.S. was the #1 Exporting country in the world, the #1 Product manufacturing country in the world and the #1 Financial lender in the world. After 30 years of trickle down “Reaganomics” the U.S. is near the bottom of exporting and manufacturing and is now the #1 money borrower in the world! Trade agreements like, NAFTA and GATT have ruined this country. Yet, our idiotic “representatives” have passed more and more of these agreements. The vast majority of Americans want these trade agreement abolished yet they are expanded. Are you congressmen and senators all a bunch of deaf f#*ks? Quit doing what doesn’t work it seems pretty damn simple to me.
Our present pack of GOP cockroaches has so much hatred of President Obama that they would rather see the 99%ers all in the poor house before they pass a jobs bill or any other bill that would help the people they are supposed to be representing. To them I say, “Get over it you morons the majority of the electorate voted for President Obama, he wasn’t put in power by the Supreme Court like the last sorry ass president.” I’m sorry GOP, but making the 1% richer, exporting jobs, cutting social welfare while increasing corporate welfare, weakening the EPA, lowering safety standards, cutting funding for ACORN and Planned Parenthood, and turning our country into one big oil spill is not a jobs bill. Those are a corporate wish list that you have been granting for too damn long. The salary that taxpayers pay you is a perfect example of what wasteful government spending really is. While you have not been earning your pay from taxpayers you have done a first class job for the 1% that owns you.
A recent report by the Citizens for Tax Justice looked at 280 companies, all of them members of the Fortune 500, and found that “while the federal corporate tax code requires big corporations to pay a 35 percent corporate income tax rate, on average, the 280 corporations in the study paid less than half that. They also noted, 30 of those companies averaged less than a zero tax bill in the last three years, 78 had at least one no-tax year.“These 280 corporations received a total of nearly $224 billion in tax subsidies,” said Robert McIntyre, Director at Citizens for Tax Justice and the report’s lead author. “This is wasted money that could have gone to protect Medicare, create jobs and cut the deficit.” Financial services received the largest share of all federal tax subsidies over the last three years. More than half the tax subsidies for companies in the study went to four industries: financial services, utilities, telecommunications, and oil, gas & pipelines. Any guess to which four industries donate the most to politicians? If Corporations are “people”, why aren’t they taxed like we are?
The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto. It passed 396-9. Eight democrats voted ‘no,’ as did Republican Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan. The Bill, introduced by Rep. Randy Forbes of Virginia, who called the motto “an integral part of United States society since its founding” and recognizes God “as the source of our rights.” Forbes does not know his history as it was not a part of our founding and didn’t come into being until 1956. Amash argued, “The fear that unless ‘In God We Trust’ is displayed throughout the government, Americans will somehow lose their faith in God is a dim view of the profound religious convictions many citizens have.” He continued, “Trying to score political points with unnecessary resolutions should not be Congress’s priority.” I agree with Congressman Amash but I think Representative Forbes bill illustrated something that is really needed…….term limits. We need jobs and these imbeciles are busy passing this kind of B.S. legislation.
The Constitution has language stating there shall be no religious test to hold office. This “In God We Trust Bill” was a religious test. The nine voting against it have provided ammo for anyone who wants to run against them. These nine will be painted as being as anti-Christian, which makes them victims of the religious test the Founding fathers sougth to exclude. These high and mighty Christians like, Rep. Forbes aren’t really interested in honoring God. That is because they worship at the altar of sacred cows like the NRA, corporations, Wall Street and the 1%. If the GOP was honest they’d change the motto to, “In God’s name we steal from the poor and give to the rich.” Another one could be, “In God’s name we go to war and send the poor to make the rich even richer.”
This 99% in this country are like a continually battered wife. We have been afraid to defend ourselves and let the husband (the 1%) batter us because he controls the money. We kept thinking the battering would stop but it didn’t. With the solidarity of the Occupy movement we have quit being afraid and are striking back. It’s the only way we can end the cycle of violence on the poor and middle class and is long overdue. To aid in helping end the battering start by voting no on Issue 2 and Issue 3 in Ohio.
Liz Warren takes on an obnoxious “tealibaner” who tries to shout her down then cowardly flees instead of listening to her answer. The guys a real “Kochroach.”
Corporations get tax breaks.
Singer/songwriter Jann Klose is coming to the Lemon Grove! Friday Nov. 11 at 7 PM. He is touring to support his critically acclaimed CD “Reverie.” I’ve heard Jann play and he has an incredible voice and some great songs. Get your tickets in advance at Record Connection in Niles. Charge by phone: 330 219-0016. Online at www.surfthevalley.com for more info:email@example.com
Jann Klose: Doing Time
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An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought. ~Simon Cameron US financier & politician (1799 – 1889).