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Mon May 04, 2015 at 10:36 AM PDT

On Sanders Being A Socialist

by csainvestor

The entire country has moved so far to the right we need to understand what the true meaning of these parties are.

Republicans are now Fascists
Democrats are the new Republicans
Socialists are the new Democrats

The entire premise of the US government was made to provide checks and balances. With the overwhelming red tide the Republican party has stormed the country at almost every level. We need a true Socialist to act as a stalwart against the fascist battering ram that is at the gates.

At this point in time, the Democratic brand for the general population has a negative connotation, The Republican brand elicits a nauseating response. Socialism probably has a better reputation among non voters than the failed capitalism that American workers has had to endure.

Sanders being a modern styled European Socialist is exactly what the country needs. It isn't an impediment, it is his greatest strength.

Its the true change that we need.

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Congress gets benefits, and a pension. Their constituents are lucky if they can afford a holiday dinner. Many members of congress are complaining that their salaries aren't sufficient.

Once they move to DC, they realize that it's is an expensive place to live. That rents are out of control, and food is expensive. But if they can't make it on a $175,000 a year, they know that their constituents won't be able to make it on $17,500 or less.  Refusing to raise the minimum wage, slashing food stamps, and killing unemployment insurance will just add to the misery.

Now i don't know about you, but i would rather see the Walmart and McDonald's workers making 175k and congress making 17.5k for the privilege of serving this great nation.

My point isn't to limit Congressional pay. It is to raise the pay for the rest of us. If they make ten times what tens of millions of Americans make, what does that say about citizen poverty and Congressional hypocrisy on the minimum wage.

Congress has the power to  give Americans a raise, but they refuse to do so. That is why i make the comparison.

The median net worth of congress members is one million. The median net worth for the rest of America is sixty six thousand.

The wealthy are already in charge.

Analysts at Bloomberg News examined new Census data and found that the area surrounding the nation's capital is now the richest in the nation:

Collective Net Worth of Congress Increased $390 Million from 2008 to 2012
Freshman Members Of Congress' Net Worth $1 Million More Than Average American Household

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Wed Nov 05, 2014 at 01:02 PM PST

Grimes Probably voted for Rmoney

by csainvestor

Don't forget Rmoney won the white women vote.

Look at the Obama track record:

stock market highs
unemployment lows
deficit cut by half
millions with health care for the first time ever
Multi year lows on oil
MPG highs on new cars
The rich are richer than they have ever been

And these idiots ran away from Obama's domestic policy.

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The Republicans have a Mandate. Do Democrats have Ebola?
This isn't a traditional America anymore.

Americans no longer want social security, nor do they want a living wage.
In this Christian nation, the majority of voting age women wish to rescind (lose) all reproductive rights.

The majority of voting age citizens, wish to rescind (lose) the right to vote.  
A plurality wishes to elevate billionaires into feudal (fascist) lords, while the rest of us live in squalor, while we toil for basic sustenance.

The demographics are changing, creatures of the right (Walker, Ernst, Brownback, Bcconnell) have won.

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More innocent civilians will be shot, and killed in Chicago this weekend than in Israel.

Did i miss the headline where chitown got 300 million in emergency funding before recess?
What could Detroit do with 300m in emergency funding, or that 3 Billion we gift to Israel each and every single year.

Don't get me wrong, if Israel didn't have 300 Billion in yearly GDP, i would say that 300 million to save Israeli lives (because of Iron Dome) was some of the best tax money i ever spent. But they make 300 Billion dollars each and every single damn year, and its growing. That 300 Billion equates to a GDP per capita of 35K per Israeli, that is almost the same as the per capita GDP of the UK, France and Japan.

Pretty soon, the way the economy is going for the middle class in the USA, their per capita GDP might exceed our own.

Israel can afford to pay retail for iron dome.

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Would you rather send 300 million to

87%36 votes
12%5 votes

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Lets not forget that California has thirty million people, and an economy so large, it could power a nation.

Texas was able to entice Toyota with 40 million. This will probably result in the loss of 3- to 5 thousand jobs.

My question:
Will this move cause any Californians to rethink a future Toyota purchase?  

When corporations move from state to state, they do it to suppress wages, and to collect tax rebates subsides and credits. In the end, this type of race to the bottom competition will only harm the nation.

Toyota sells the Prius line like hotcakes in CA, in Texas, sales are lacking.
Do California residents have an obligation to punish Toyota for their disloyalty?
Does Toyota think by moving to Texas, sales will go up in Texas, and will remain static in CA?

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If You Live In CA- will you still purchase a Toyota?

22%48 votes
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So here we have billionaires and millionaires, a group of "free market capitalists" that tout meritocracy, conspiring and colluding to cripple wages for their workers.

That DOJ suit became the basis of a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of over 100,000 tech employees whose wages were artificially lowered — an estimated $9 billion effectively stolen by the high-flying companies from their workers to pad company earnings
Last week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied attempts by Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe to have the lawsuit tossed, and gave final approval for the class action suit to go forward.
The secret wage-theft agreements between Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, and Pixar are described in court papers obtained by PandoDaily as “an overarching conspiracy” in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act, and at times it reads like something lifted straight out of the robber baron era that produced those laws. Today’s inequality crisis is America’s worst on record since statistics were first recorded a hundred years ago — the only comparison would be to the era of the railroad tycoons in the late 19th century.
Read it all here.
http://pando.com/...
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three hundred thousand west Virginians have been warned not to drink, touch, or smell the water coming out of their pipes. And the company that gave these citizens this special liberty water is aptly named “freedom industries”  oh the irony.

That's right, if you are a citizen of west Virginia, hopefully you didn't drink that freedom flavored H20 before the warnings came out.

Who the fuck is gonna clean up this mess? Who is going to pay for this monumental fuckup? Is it going to be the invisible hand of the free market?

If West in texas is any gauge, we won't see anything come of this. But lets not forget that unpaid volunteer firefighters died because of corporate malfeasance in texas. Now we are talking about drinking water for scores of people, is anyone going to ask why “freedom industries” was able to use the commons for free, and why they were able to poison the environment at will- who will bear those costs?

Industry has the freedom to poison and kill at will. Liberty  means killing the EPA, fuck yeah. USA USA!

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If most jobs will no loner require humans- where does that leave capitalism? If no one wants to purchase  a workers wages, we hit a dead end.

Watch this documentary, you will most certainly learn something new.

https://www.youtube.com/...

Robotics are much further along than i could have possible imagined.
Self driving taxis, and trucks are coming in a few short years-  paid drivers will go away.

this won't just affect so called blue collar jobs. Advanced AI and robots are moving up the corporate ladder.

Take Surgery as an example.  A machine will offer precision cutting, - this is coming, very soon surgery performed by hand will be a thing of the past.

Remember when a cockpit was full of pilots? now, not so much. So will it go for almost all professions.

Watch that documentary above, it will get your imagination working overtime.

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Murray: Compromise was necessary on military pension cuts

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CNN's Dana Davidsen
Updated 12:54 p.m., 12/18/2013

(CNN) – Sen. Patty Murray, co-crafter of the bipartisan budget agreement and member of the veterans affair committee, said Wednesday cuts to pension benefits for some military veterans under the spending plan was a part of a compromise to avoid billions in cuts to the defense industry.

"We had to look at how we could find compromises. There are things in this I like and there are things in this I don't like," the Senate Budget Committee chair and Democrat from Washington State said in an interview on CNN's "New Day."

"But at the end of the day, if we couldn't find a compromise on how we move forward, then we would be facing a 20 billion dollar hit to our defense industry - meaning layoffs, uncertainty and a lot of furloughs, harming a lot of families across the country," Murray told CNN anchor Kate Bouldan.

Argh! She looks weak, and lost, Fredo like.. Cuts to the military families today, in the name of compromise! no No NO! You don't work with the dark side, you don't compromise with them, not on this. Cuts to military families today, and cuts for the rest of us tomorrow all in the name of compromise.
Ayotte: 'No' on Ryan-Murray budget deal

Published December 16, 2013FoxNews.com

New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Monday she will vote against the Ryan-Murray bipartisan budget deal because of a provision that takes money away from military retirees .

Ayotte was referring to the part of the deal brokered last week by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., that cuts $6 billion over 10 years from the benefits of military retirees.

“The message we’re sending them right now is you, of all people, in this agreement will be singled out and that you will receive less,” Ayotte said on "Special Report with Bret Baier."

“I think that’s wrong,” added Ayotte, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"Why is it in this budget deal that they are the only group that gets cuts to their benefits?" Ayotte said to CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead" on Tuesday. "Of all the people we would cut first - our veterans, our disabled veterans."

Sen. Patty Murray said Wednesday the budget deal she struck with Rep. Paul Ryan “wasn’t easy,” but it had to be done to rebuild trust in Washington and clear the way for work on tax and entitlement reform.
Mrs. Murray, Washington Democrat, said she knew both sides of the political spectrum would not be pleased with everything that went into the deal, but that’s the price of compromise.
“In order to deal with the long term challenges that our country faces … we have to have the trust of the American people, we have to have the trust of each other in Congress — in a divided Congress — to do that,” she told CNN’s “New Day.”
Does this even need any further commentary?

And 3. 2. 1. wait for the backpedal. Ahh here it is. Now, i see, It was a Technical error, a glitch, it just got in there accidentally. Someone did do the math though, and they were proud to state that the cuts to retirement benefits, for disabled military retirees, would save $6 billion over 10 years. But they did the math by accident, it got in there by magic.

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In the richest nation on earth, ensconced in the same city as wall street, in the finance capital of the universe, there are twenty-two thousand homeless children living amongst the largest collection of billionaires known to man.

These billionaires have accumulated more wealth than half the population on earth combined, yet they need not leave the country, nor the city to find impoverished children living in hellish conditions, these poor children live just a few short city blocks from one of the largest concentrations of wealth, and power the world has even known.

read this article, and remind me that this is talking place in America, and not in some dilapidated, banana republic run by a two bit dictator.

http://www.nytimes.com/...

http://www.newyorker.com/...

We print our own money, and lately we have been printing trillions and trillions of it, and for what, the war machine, the surveillance state, the war on drugs, the oligarchy of banking and finance. We print our own money, it isn't backed by anything other than our ability to project global empire, but in the empire state, we can only project death, decay, and a dilapidation of empathy.

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Once upon a time, i was raised Catholic, and i believed. Then i learned about Buddhism, and Hinduism, and Mormonism, then i grew up.
My hometown, city, state, country, and deity, aren't the center of the universe; once that life lesson in learned, many will change their worldview.
Some won't, or can't, so they watch and withdraw into FOXland.

So many of these republican true believers are attorneys, Bachman, Cruz, yes, even Gohmert- they aren't stupid, but they are children and they still believe in magic.

P.S.
officially, i am not an atheist, more agnostic, but this new pope seems to understand the real world, not fox world, and for that, I'll gladly accept that cafeteria Catholic label. Plus i am ecstatic that he is pissing off the Rand/Catholic wing of the population.

P.P.S
ok, alright, some fox watchers are missing a few tools in the shed :)

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