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As the 99% Movement Evolves, It’s Time to Go All In on Money Out

May 30th, 2012 | Filed under Activism, Feature, Hot List, News, Politics & Government, Pop Cult, Video . Follow comments through RSS 2.0 feed. Click here to comment, or trackback.

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By David DeGraw

“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
– Bob Dylan

For those of us in the 99% Movement who started organizing Occupy in the spring of 2011, Flag Day June 14th marks the one-year anniversary since we first gathered in Zuccotti Park and 22 other locations across the country. It also marks the anniversary of the Bloombergville occupation, which serendipitously began on the very same day just a few blocks away at City Hall. On one hand, it is astonishing to see how far we have come and how much we have accomplished since then. On the other, this is exactly what we set out to do and planned on happening. Having learned from our brothers and sisters in Egypt and Spain, it was obvious that the tactic of occupation was the most effective form of protest. The sense of community and solidarity in occupations that had sprung up throughout the world made it clear to anyone who was paying attention. It was a proven way to win public support and build a solid base. All it took was a critical mass of about 300 people on American soil to realize this and begin organizing what would quickly help spark a game-changing movement.

Focusing our protests against Wall Street was also the obvious target. After engaging in trillions of dollars of fraudulent activity that plunged the global economy and drove tens of millions of people into poverty, anyone with half a clue could see that they were responsible for creating our crisis. Now, a year later, to those with an ear to the ground, as Dylan put it, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” It has become obvious that a new critical mass has emerged and it is time for us to sharpen our focus and enter the next phase of our evolution toward freedom and justice.

As I type, thousands of working groups are spread throughout the country organizing toward the same goal: ending the corrupt culture that has consumed our government by getting money out of politics.

It’s time to Occupy Democracy.

Ending the auction of our democracy has clearly emerged as the most unifying issue, and it is at the root of the many problems that we are currently working to solve. Whatever issue is of most concern to you — healthcare, education, taxes, debt, war, environment, jobs, etc — it has become self-evident that the underlying cause of that particular problem is the corrupting influence of money in politics. Through a system of legalized bribery — campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door between Washington and the most powerful global corporations — our government has devolved into a rigged system of exploitation.

It doesn’t matter what your political views are — left, right, center, democrat, republican, independent, conservative, liberal, progressive, libertarian, anarchist, communist, capitalist, socialist — if you believe in self-governance, self-determination, freedom and justice, ridding our governmental process of the corrupting influence of money must be an urgent strategic priority.

Our strategy moving forward inevitably needs to run on two tracks. Track one is achieving legitimate democracy by getting money out of our political process. Track two is creating the alternatives, so once we claim our rights new ways of living can flourish and evolve our obsolete system of rule to a participatory, sustainable and prosperous future, for the 100%.

For those of us paying attention, as Tom Paine explained, this is all “common sense.”

So let’s get to work and make this happen already! As the election season heats up and the mainstream media narrative further devolves into how much money paid off candidates are raising, we will focus our energy on striking at the root of evil by ending the system of political bribery that holds our future hostage.

Here are two vital new efforts that have inspired me to action.

The first is a Public Service Announcement campaign to pump the message out to the masses. Here’s the first 30-second spot to come out of the new 99% Get Money Out campaign:

The second effort is a campaign that I am currently focusing my time on, and is without a doubt the most ambitious project I have ever been part of. The #MoneyOutPack is a collaborative community and social network dedicated to, you guessed it, getting money out of politics and combating government corruption. The campaign and website are still in development, but it is a highly participatory citizen empowered movement driven by a decentralized and distributed network of power, effectively maximizing and riding the wave of communication technology that the internet has created for new movements of change to thrive.

As you will see on the Money Out Pack development site, a long and diverse list of organizers, celebrities, organizations and influential people on the issue are already joining forces to make the corrupt culture in Washington the number one issue in the minds of the general public. The most exciting part to me is that you can join the Start Up Team and take an active role in planning and building the movement from the ground UP.

It’s a movement led by you. It’s the next idea whose time has come. The next phase, the next wave that is beginning to take shape, and it is going to be a HUGE one.

Get your surfboards ready! It’s ON >>

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  1. Alan8 said:

    With both mainstream political parties on the take, it’s important to build an alternative. That alternative is the Green Party.

    The Green Party doesn’t accept corporate money and it represents the 1%. 5% of the vote will get the Green Party matching Federal funds and send a message to the corporate parties that selling out the people to the 1% will cost them votes.

    And this message is sent even if the Green you vote for loses.

    VOTE GREEN!

  2. Jeff said:

    Was wondering where you’ve been hiding. Was expecting something big, congrats, this is even bigger than i expected.

    Let me go get my wetsuit, there’s a-storm a-brewin ;-)

  3. Linda said:

    Wowowowow

    Great job summing it all up and driving an important point home.

    Beautiful 30-sec spot! MOP looks awesome!

  4. Alan8 said:

    CORRECTION: That should be: “The Green Party doesn’t accept corporate money and it represents the 99%.”

  5. Dan said:

    Aww shhhhhhit…

    It’s time for #A99 to #MOP up Washington

  6. Ron Jarrett said:

    Now if we can get the whole nation to Occupy The White House, the Halls of Congress, all the Lobbyist offices on K Street, and the HQ of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party in Washington, DC for six months, with a written agenda of the 101 things we want all of these supplicants of the 1% to do to set things right for the 99% we just might get some attention that matters.

    For instance, I want these folks to invest the $500 billion annually, for the next two decades, on infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers has been telling us for decades that this is needed to bring our crumbling infrastructure up from 16th in the world to first in the world. What is more, in three years this would put everyone in this country to work in a good job with great benefits.

  7. Micah said:

    Well, well, look who’s back! I’ve missed you David.

    Bring it brother!

  8. Janis said:

    It seems like Occupy / 99% has lost its way. I love the movement but as far as I can see, it has become too much about fighting with the police and reactionary. Good luck trying to get people focused on getting money out. I just don’t think many of the protesters care about strategy as much as they care about protesting for the sake of protest. And this is coming from a person who loves and supports the movement. Let’s hope better strategy takes hold.

  9. Tom said:

    C’mon people!

    This IS all COMMON SENSE

  10. Samuel said:

    Play it again Sam…

    “Ending the auction of our democracy has clearly emerged as the most unifying issue, and it is at the root of the many problems that we are currently working to solve. Whatever issue is of most concern to you — healthcare, education, taxes, debt, war, environment, jobs, etc — it has become self-evident that the underlying cause of that particular problem is the corrupting influence of money in politics. Through a system of legalized bribery — campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door between Washington and the most powerful global corporations — our government has devolved into a rigged system of exploitation.

    It doesn’t matter what your political views are — left, right, center, democrat, republican, independent, conservative, liberal, progressive, libertarian, anarchist, communist, capitalist, socialist — if you believe in self-governance, self-determination, freedom and justice, ridding our governmental process of the corrupting influence of money must be an urgent strategic priority.”

  11. Maggie Zhou said:

    1. On the surface, getting money out of politics seems an uncontrovertible demand. But is it truly possible to do under the capitalist economic framework? Even if campaign financing is no longer funded by private donations, how should policies be decided in practice? Should lobbying continue to exist? If so then surely the rich, the corporations, continue to enjoy the uncontested upper hand in employing the most number of lobbyists. If not, from where/whom does the govt get input to determine policies? All the well-funded, well-established “non-profits” are in fact funded primarily by corporate-backed foundation money, and usually directed by board of trustees from the corporate/political complex, and steeped in the ideologies of the “free market” not only to be perpetuated here, but also to be imposed on the rest of the world. So long as capitalism remains, the society remains defined by “interest groups”, and everyone belongs to some interest groups or other, and social discourse will continue to be characterized by the conflicts among various interest groups, as they are by definition charged only with looking after their own interests and not the interests of the whole society, or of future generations at large.

    2. Similarly, the problem with “revolving doors” between political and corporate circles can not be solved, as it would be neither fair nor practical to require that anyone serving or ever served in the govt must never enter the private sector and vice versa, or demanding that their friends and relatives must be similarly cleared of such corrupting influence, as well as requiring mandatory disclosure of all of their personal financial dealings, bank accounts and their taxes. But without such strict separation, it is impossible to safeguard against shady dealings, kickbacks, and “revolving doors” type of politics, because the underlying economic system is still driven by private profit and gain, instead of by the goals of the common good.

    3. In addition to money in politics, if one is opposed to exporting of jobs to developing countries due to “free trade” and the free flow of labor and capital, dictated by costs and profit margins, then one must realize that capitalism, whether in a country whose politics/democracy is corrupted by money or not, is fundamentally exploitative and labor-unfriendly, on top of possessing a complete disregard to the environmental costs of round-the-globe transport of materials at every level of production of all goods, rare or common.

    So, addressing the “corrupting influence of money in politics” is in itself addressing the superficial, and therefore can’t succeed ultimately. What we need is demanding an end to the profit-driven economic system itself, so that human activities will neither exploit other humans, nor destroy our planet. Such a socialistic goal must also be accompanied by democratic means of decision making and governing, so as to avoid the trap of all previous socialist countries’ authoritarian mode of thinking and governing, which inevitably lead to repression, public revulsion and policy failures due to lack of wisdom by the ruling oligarchies. In this regard, recent developments in the field of social anthropology regarding the relationship between our argumentative mind and collective intelligence is quite relevant (limited time free access to article: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21428661.200-the-argumentative-ape-why-were-wired-to-persuade.html?full=true)

  12. Simon said:

    Maggie,

    Try to think like a strategist instead of an academic ideologue.

    What you want accomplished will never happen until money is out of politics.

  13. Eric said:

    I was impressed by the PSA so I also checked out the MoneyOutPack network thinking you were hyping it too much. Turns out you under sold it. You guys are not fucking around. Awesome, inspiring work. It is ON >>

  14. Greg O. said:

    David-

    What do you mean “obsolete system of rule”? Our consitution, when propery observed, guarantees representation by every voting age citizen of this country. That, by the way, is the difference between a constitutional republic (The United States of America) and a democracy, which, in it’s purest form, always leads to MOBocracy- rule by majority with no voice given to the minority. Our system of government is perfectly sound when helmed by people of integrity.

    I’m not trying to mince words or make arcane points here- we’re looking at full blown Mussolini-style fascism if we don’t do something NOW- but the idea that the USA is a democracy is the biggest fallacy of the past 50 or 60 years in this country. Yes, the “system of political bribery” that currently exists does need to go, but I think we need to better define where we were and what we have lost before we determine where we are going.

  15. Dorothy ADAMS said:

    I applaud you all , we the People are coming.
    Please read “THE UNIVERSAL ECONOMY” written by Thomas W. ADAMS…. someone with a sense of belonging and a Love of the Human Race, and prosperity for all, NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, WHICH COUNTRY YOU LIVE IN; THIS BOOK HAS NO BARRIERS and it is possible to achieve.
    Just imagine this….NO HOMELESS PEOPLE…..ABUNDANT FOOD SUPPLIES….JOBS FOR EVERYONE……..MONEY AS YOU NEED IT……HAPPY CONTENTED FAMILIES…….ETC…
    I urge you to read the book.
    “OCCUPY ” THE WORLD YOU LIVE IN.

  16. Jeff said:

    Given modern technology, direct democracy is truly possible for first time. That’s the way forward. To get there we need to get money out. Once we do that, the natural flow of the people’s will will lead us to direct democracy. It’s evolution, fight that and you will lose.

    Free the people! Get money out!

  17. Hugh said:

    If you want to slay the monster then you have to chop off it’s head; ABOLISHING the FEDERAL RESERVE should be the primary objective!!!

    Stay focused; achieve that one goal and we win. The readability available and cheap fiat currency is THE problem.

    “Get the money out of politics”? What the hell is that? This is too convoluted and too broad a mission for everyone to rally behind.

    The Occupy movement will never succeed unless and until they unite under a single banner.

    Everything else is BS and just a manufactured distraction.

  18. Simon said:

    Hugh,

    I’m down to End the Fed, but to do it we need to get money out of politics. As long as the banks can buy politicians and legislation, the Fed is not going to be broken up. Think strategically.

  19. Gabrielle said:

    I couldn’t leave a facebook comment for some reason. Just want to say that I 100% agree with this focus. No matter which way you shake it, we need to get money out. Occupy has to make this a BOLD & CLEAR objective.

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  21. Maggie,

    You’re absolutely right.

    We’ve seen, over the past 60 years, what unfettered capititalism produces and its corporate fascism from the perspective of Constitutional precepts upon which this nation was founded. We now only have one man one vote when all are penniless.

    Prof. Hans Herman Hoppes informs us that the fundamental objective of a democratic republic is to support the inevitable concentration of monopolistic power to create debt into the hands of the Plutocratic state. We see that process now with its destruction of liberty, security and the general welfare of Americans. We are not more secure today, even though we have a monolithic security apparatus. We have witnessed the loss of habeas corpus, and the smothering dictums of the Patriot’s Act all in the name of securing the Homeland, primarily from internal resistance to fascist policies.

    Hoppes also instructs that no Democracy will allow debt free currency competition. The State becomes the sole issuer and determiner of what kind of exchange medium will be used and how it will be valued and transacted. In a truly competitive state there would be no constraint on the various forms used as mediums of exchange other than willingness of two or more parties to accept the medium in exchange for goods and services. Credit creating monoply by the state is the primary cause in the failure of society to sustain egalitarianism.

    This movement’s intentions are laudable but there needs to be an alternative to the “money” thing. If it’s to be replaced by prohibitive laws, well, that’s just not enough. There are always workarounds for the rich and powerful. What we see as the root of this societies decline is the inequitable distribution of the inequities created by a monetary sytem based upon debt. As long as that system prevails there will never be an equitable distribution of the equities.

    Society must transition to debt-free money a la, Lincon’s Greenbacks. Doing so delivers a costless government, from Federal to local levels. Treasury would be authorized, by Congress, to issue debt free currency to all jurisdiction based upon vetted and approved needs. Gone would be the bond markets, and their associated debt based Ponzi schemes. Federal and local taxation would be gone because the sole issuer of debt-free currency would have no need for revenue. Inflation would be controlled through interest rate policy rather than as is the case now, through income tax policies.

    We may never get to Maggie’s “elimination of profit driven systems,” but we can at least get government to refuse to pay interest on currency it would otherwise issue debt-free.

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  23. JennieWalsh said:

    The IRS, itself, is a fraudulent organized crime institution. The 16th amendment was never legally ratified by the states. (See “The Law That Never Was by Red Beckman.) According to the Paperwork Reduction Act, all government forms must have an OMB number assigned to them. The IRS forms do not qualify for OMB numbers because nowhere in the massive, confusing, deliberately deceiving so-called “tax code” is there a law that requires an American citizen to pay income taxes on income earned within the USA. (Such a law would be UNconstitutional and ILLegal.) So, the fraudulent, criminal IRS just put fraudulent “OMB” numbers on its fraudulent forms. See: freeenterprisesociety.com and get their free catalogue. Order the DVD by Robert Lawrence which shows how he inquired in court to the IRS attorney about OMB numbers. The IRS attorney pleaded the 5th amendment and dropped the IRS’s case against Robert Lawrence. “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”. American people must wake up and realize that we are living under the criminal economic tyranny and dictatorship of organized crime’s IRS and the Federal Reserve which were both set up by members of organized crime in congress in order to fill their own pockets. This is just one of the MANY ways that the international bankster-gangsters ( the so-called “shadow government”/Kingdom of Satan/global organized crime cartel) have corrupted, plundered and are fast destroying America.

  24. [...] ALL agree that we need to get money out of our political process! “Ending the auction of our democracy has clearly emerged as the most unifying issue, and it [...]

  25. Maggie Zhou said:

    Robert Bostick,

    It is interesting you seem to agree with me (and my post argued that capitalism is the underlying problem, and that we can’t get money out of politics without doing away with capitalism), but then you’re all over the theories of Hans-Hermann Hoppe, whom according to Wikipedia, is a “libertarian anarcho-capitalist philosopher”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Hermann_Hoppe

    If you read the section on “Analysis of democracy” at the above link, Hoppe critiques democracy compared to monarchy, saying a democratically elected ruler “is more akin to a renter, or temporary custodian of the state due to the shorter time he has to use his power for his benefit”, compared to a monarch. Clearly, his analysis applies only to “democratically” elected RULERS who are actually bought by moneyed interests, and rules with the objective of furthering the interests of him/herself and those who bought him/her, in a system where “democracy” is merely a show, and no real checks and balances are permitted by the moneyed interests to exist that would have prevented such abuses of power. In a real democracy where the goal of governing and of the entire economy, as well as the checks and balances in the system, are all set by the people who elected the officials, and not set for private profit, there would not have been this inevitable ruler-renter kind of dynamic that ends up being worse than a rational monarch.

    So it is unclear to me why prof. Hoppe himself would at the same time advocate libertarian anarcho-capitalism, as if by adding the “libertarian” and “anarcho” restrictions on state power, capitalism is then somehow transformed into a magic vessel for achieving social equality, justice and stability. In fact under such a scheme, those who started off with the greatest wealth (based on past exploitation/crime/war), or later by whatever means accumulated the most wealth, are at liberties to maintain their private military, police, and thugs, while the rest of the society as well as the planet’s ecosystems get a powerless state to “protect” them – if there is even a state at all.

  26. Maggie Zhou said:

    Simon said:

    “Try to think like a strategist instead of an academic ideologue.
    What you want accomplished will never happen until money is out of politics.”

    My post (#11) explained why it is not possible to get money out of politics while keeping the capitalist system, and it will just waste us more precious time that our planet does not have anymore. The extremely desperate situation that our only planetary home is in is the main reason that the real “strategic” thinking for us should be the bolder, more honest thinking, rather than fooling ourselves into thinking that there is “an easier way out”.

    I would actually say that the knee-jerk reaction to name anyone who calls for doing away with the capitalist system an “ideologue” is very much lacking strategic thinking, if the accuser is on our side, but indeed the product of rather strategic thinking if the accuser is in fact on the side of the powers that be. And I’m not accusing you of being the latter, Simon, as I know nothing about you, but merely making a reasoned statement.

    Besides the now pervasive online army of fake individual commenters that are actually part of social engineering/psychological operations of the national security apparatus, there has also been a long tradition of giant corporation funded philanthropic foundations in turn funding vast armies of “non-profit organizations”, that arduously promote “social changes” and “environmental policies” that are first of all non-system threatening, always incremental, always promoted as “strategic”, and always lamenting any lack of progress as being the result of those evil right-wingers/Republicans, therefore re-enforcing the myth that all progressives must vote Democratic. Despite the good intentions and hard work of most staff in these organizations, the leadership is either from the start controlled by, or often co-opted later by, the controllers of the money strings, such that these foundations and the non-profits and academic institutions they massively fund use all that’s in their power to discredit any suggestion that we ought to consider educating the public about the more fundamental problems that are endemic to the capitalistic system, and build up public opinion in support of a system change. This is the philanthropy-academia arm of the ruling elites that has been conditioning us into boxed-in thinking and tamed political behavior for a good part of the last century, with ever perfecting skills. See Arundhati Roy’s excellent article:
    Excerpt:
    http://wrongkindofgreen.org/2012/03/17/rockefeller-to-mandela-vedanta-to-anna-hazare-how-long-can-the-cardinals-of-corporate-gospel-buy-up-our-protests/
    Full article:
    http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?280234

    Also this from Michael Barker: “The Counter-Insurgent Function of Non-Profits” http://kasamaproject.org/2010/06/24/20857/

  27. MountainHome said:

    It will take thousands of people to ‘take a stand’ against the corruption as you mentioned. It’s happening in Spain this week with over 80 protests across the country. Thanks for the well written article.

  28. Jonathan said:

    The Occupy Movement was stillborn before it even began. Pretty ridiculous to stand around holding signs, marching and yelling, and expecting this sort of action to change anything.

    One of the most misguided movements in the early 21st century, the “Occupy” movement a year later is just as dead as it ever was. Don’t mistake attendance for “progress” or “change” as the past year shows very well — nothing has changed, no progress whatsoever has been made.

    Stop playing to their rigged game. If you’re serious, then GET SERIOUS.

  29. clarence swinney said:

    TAX FINANCE
    The Tea Party is saying that taxes on land and financial assets punish the “Job Creators”.
    The wealthy claim they need to be pampered with tax preferences to invest and employ labor, while the 90% need to be kicked and prodded to work harder and get paid lower wages.
    These falsehoods are seen easily as false by looking at 1945-1980 when individual and corporate taxes were highest in history yet we had highest growth in history.
    Reagan started the transfer upward of income and wealth with his 60% tax cut for the top rate plus his spend/borrow fiscal policies. He spent more in 8 than prior 50 years. He increased debt by 189%.
    How can the rich justify the Fed printing $13Trillion to bail our bankers and scream were it to do the same for federal-grants-in aid to states and cities to vitalize our economy by creating millions of jobs
    Think about helping 90% not the top 10%.
    Our cities and states need revenue. Reagan axed Revenue Sharing which would be vital today.
    Bush II tried to outdo Reagan on Spend/Borrow with 92% increase in Spending and 112% increase in Debt giving us a Great Recession and 2,700,000 jobs outsourced to just China. Plus destroying our Housing Industry. Plus created two awful unneeded wars. Invade two unarmed, destitute nations.
    Shame on us is what history will read. Clarence disgusted swinney

  30. clarence swinney said:

    Mitt #4 on horrid list God Save America.
    THE BIG THREE
    Republicans 1980-2009 controlled Presidency for 20 years—Senate for 18 years-House for 12 years-6 years of total control
    In those 20 years our budget went to 3500 Billion from 600 Billion under Carter.
    Of course Clinton added a little of that 2900 increase.
    The Big 3 took Carter under 1000B debt to 10,000.
    Took Clinton surplus to a 1400B deficit. First time to exceed 1000B.
    Took Carter record job creation of 218,000 per month down to 99,000 per month.
    “Initiated” our involvement in 10 foreign conflicts. In 12, Carter + Clinton=0
    The Big 3 had recession in all or part of 7 years.
    The Big 3 destroyed our wonderful Savings and Loan Industry which was instrumental in the housing boom for Middle Class 1945-1980.
    The Big Three smashed our Housing Industry. !945-1980, it took 2.5 years of average income to buy an average size home to 5.4 years.
    The Big Three allowed Wall Street to Outsource entire Industries and in past decade close 58,000 plants. I can show plenty in my home town.
    The Big Three alienated 1500 Million Muslims by invading their destitute unarmed Iraq
    of only 15 million adults. What had those 15M done to us?
    The Big Three invaded a Muslim nation of 50% illiterates, third poorest nation and no arms.
    The Big Three allowed Wall Street Gamblers to turn into Casino Derivative Of America.
    The Big Three allowed Inequality of Wealth And making us #4 in OECD nations.
    The Big Three penchant for tax cuts for the richest made us #3 As least taxed in OECD just below Chile and Mexico.
    The Big Three allowed us to become #2 in OECD in least tax on corporations
    Want a BIG FOUR then elect Mitt Romney.
    Want to cut the minimum wage?
    Want to change Social Security and Medicare?
    Want to waste more on our overloaded wasteful killing machine empire?
    Want to invade Iran?
    A disgusted Independent

  31. clarence swinney said:

    INEQUALITY YES expanded repeat but oh oh so important for the Middle Class
    Net Wealth-2010
    1%=35%
    5%=635
    10%=77%
    80%=11%
    Financial Wealth
    1%=42%
    5%=72%
    10%=85%
    80%=5%
    OECD rank–4th on inequality–3rd as Least Taxed–2nd as Least tax on corporations
    Reagan began redistribution upwards with his 60% tax cut for top incomes.
    Ask any friend to guess how much we pay in federal-state-local taxes as a percent of gdp.
    No one I asked ever said under 50%. It is 27%. 27%.

    In Fiscal 2012 federal tax revenue was 2450Billion. We borrowed 1100 Billion.
    Our national income is 14,000 Billion. 2450 is a Tax Rate of 17.6%

    Since 1980, we borrowed 15,000 Billion which let the rich off the hook to retain and grow their wealth.
    They pay most of individual income tax but little of income in payroll tax. The big question is how much of Total Income do they pay not the Adjusted Gross Income which has their deductions.

    Mitt Romney is proposing a 20% tax cut which means more borrowing like Bush who gave top 5% 48% of his tax cuts and borrowed 6100 Billion(5800 on 9-30-1 to 11.900 on 9-30-09) or doubled our debt in 8 years.
    We have the Income to balance our budget but we must tax the top10% to do it.
    Clarence Swinney political historian Lifeaholics of America –burlington nc
    author-Lifeaholic—Success by working for a Life not just a Living.

  32. clarence swinney said:

    SPEND & BORROW
    Bush increased spending by 90%
    His last budget increased by 17.9%
    Obama Record
    2010—fell 1.8%
    2011—rose 4.3%
    2012—set to rise 0.7%
    2013—set to fall 1.3% to $3580 Billion
    So, if he hits that $3580 he will have increased spending from $3520 Billion
    to $3580 or 2%.

  33. clarence swinney said:

    PLANNED PARENTHOOOD
    35%=test-treat sexually transmitted disease
    35%=contraception—big abortion prvention
    16%=cancer screen + prevention
    10%=other women services
    3%=abortion education advisory
    1%=other services
    2009—11.4 million services administered
    why would any humane Christian desire to cut off essential life saving services for the poorest amongst thee? Only a Republican ??What would Jesus Christ say????? “GET AWAY FROM ME YOU HEARTLESS ONES”?

  34. clarence swinney said:

    $250,000 “up” get tax increase. Opponents ploy the $250,000 number but no one ploys the 4000 Million Income “down”. Do incomes of 100 million to 4000 million deserve a tax cut or tax increase in hard times??
    Bush Tax Cuts, Payroll Tax Cuts, Sequestred Spending cuts.
    A great debate on each. No good solutions. People get hurt
    on each. Result of tax cuts was more debt debt debt.
    Spending cuts mean loss of jobs in federal government.
    Each party is playing talk politics not common sense positive solutions.

  35. clarence swinney said:

    SUCCCESS FAILURE
    Obama
    added 8 years to Medicare solvency
    recovered 10.7 B in crackdown on fraud
    preventative services to 47M
    800,000 youths added to parents insurance
    unemploy=8.6% in 2011—5.4% in 1996

  36. clarence swinney said:

    $1T Welfare
    Fox news having a ball with that number.
    Correct number is $746 Billion
    Congressional Research Service has a detailed report.
    FY 2008=$563B
    FY 2009=$692B
    FY 2010=$733B
    FY 2011=$746B
    + 33% since Great Recession
    Fox does not mention that tax exemptions are almost twice the 746 number.
    Republicans have not presented a tax increase since 1990.
    Yet! They borrowed $10,000 Billion.
    Take good care of fifteen million ultra rich. Shaft seventy million.

  37. clarence swinney said:

    16.4T Debt
    How did it occur?
    Reagan began by increasing it 289%.
    Clinton ended with 5800B plus a surplus
    Bush ended with 11,900B
    Obama has 16.4T
    Almost tripled in 12 years.
    Bush two wars, huge tax cut, part D unfunded
    Obama payroll tax cut
    Great Recession
    Bail out too big to fail banks
    Republican refusal to tax to get revenue to pay our way.
    14,000B Income and we tax 2900B and borrow 900 in 2013 fiscal year.
    Wee must increase taxes for the needed revenue.
    We rank third as least taxed in Oecd nations.
    Our corporations rank second as least taxed.
    We rank fourth on Inequality
    We rank First as per cent of workers lowest paid

  38. Jessica Olsen said:

    Fix your money out pack account!!

  39. clarence swinney said:

    VIJAY SINGH
    NBC Golf channel has made a career on it.
    They predict a Suspend on it.
    Wrong. Reprimand would be proper.
    He did nothing wrong intentionally.
    He took a material which included several substances one of which was illegal.
    He did not know it.
    He made a goof.
    Reprimand to assure no repeat.

  40. clarence swinney said:

    ELECTION SYSTEM BROKEN
    President Obama said:
    “we have to fix it”.
    When? Who? How?
    I voted for several Democrats. Then reviewed my votes. Every vote was for a Republican.
    I went to nearby Democratic Headquarters to ask for an investigation of that machine.
    Found no problem.???
    Voter denied right to vote-Untrained poll workers—Misapply voter AD and provisional ballot laws—Frantic Voting—Last minutes changes such as new polling sites—Failed voting machines–
    Deception phone calls to voters. Long registration lines for early voters.
    OBAMA, WHEN WILL IT BE FIXED???

  41. clarence swinney said:

    HEALTH CARE COSTS
    Here are few reasons we spend twice that of next nation.
    Wife-High blood Pressure–$100 Nitro Patch on chest for night–$6000
    Wife high blood pressure—gave her a hand held breathalyzer-
    One in her purse cost $32—They charged $500
    Cloth gauze shoulder to elbow—Charged $600
    Roll to do two arms $20 at K Mart–
    Raise xxxx and cut to $100
    11 hours sleep check with small monitor–$4400
    I am certain these are not unusual but normal rip offs at for pro-profit hospitals.

  42. clarence swinney said:

    WHO PAYS TAXES?
    ITEP just released latest study. http://www.whopays.org
    Combing all taxes in state and local taxes the overall effective tax rates by income group are:
    11.1% for bottom 20%
    9.4% for middle 20%
    5.6% for top one percent.
    State consumption taxes are especially regressive with average 7 percent for the poor, a 4.6 percent rate for middle incomes and a 0.9 percent rate for top incomes

  43. clarence swinney said:

    TORTURE
    As the result of one man’s (Osama Bin Laden) Revenge did the Bush Administration begin a Torture Program that took place in over 50 nations. The Open Society Foundation study revealed that the number of countries (54)that either hosted CIA “black sites” or tortured prisoners sent by the USA
    or otherwise were involved in the program. The invasion of Iraq was based on information given under torture and later recanted. That invasion soured 1500 Million Muslims toward America. It was unnecessary and dumb. The oil was a factor to Cheney and Bush both oil men with close friends in the oil industry. It was the beginning of big time spending and borrowing. In eight years, Bush more than doubled our Debt (5800B to 11,900B) and Spending by 90% (1800 to 3500). Since the year of surplus, 2000, we have borrowed 10,600 Billion. Bush last budget had 3500B in spending and 2100B in Revenue. He borrowed 1400B. The start of 1000B deficits.
    Add on his tax cuts to debt disaster that followed. Republicans will not allow taxes on wealth to reduce the deficit and begin to pay down the horrendous Debt they helped create. The eight years of Bush were a tragedy for the middle class. The median wage has shrunk from $52,546 in 2008 to $50,054 in 2011. The top 1.0% of wage earners had 8.2% wage growth 2009-2011 and bottom 90% fell 1.2%
    Labor is available but not in demand in most industries. China has the jobs we need.

  44. clarenceswinney said:

    INFORM THE MASSES
    Since 1980, you have been ripped off via redistribution of income and wealth .
    It began with Reagan 60% tax cut for top incomes.
    Today, the tax book exemptions are distributed with bottom 20% getting 3% and top 20% getting 66%.
    One half of tax payers take 87% of individual income and 70 Million take 13%.
    Minimum wage has the purchasing power of 1968 dollar.
    400 have as much wealth as 50% of the population
    One family has more wealth than 90% of families.
    The Republican do not tax ideology has helped create this inequality.
    In 2009, we spent 3500B, taxed 2100B and borrowed 1400B
    Our income is 14,000B so 2100B is a 15% tax rate.
    The individual income was taxed at 10.06% tax rate.
    We have the wealth and income to balance the budget and begin paying down that horrid debt.
    We must change. Tax Wealth is necessary.
    Since 2000 surplus we borrowed 10,600B due to Bush tax cuts, two wars and failure to tax wealth.
    The top 10% own 73% of net wealth, and 83% of financial wealth.
    Had we kept Clinton fiscal and foreign policies we would have no debt.

  45. clarence swinney said:

    PRESIDENT ALBERT GORE, JR
    AL GORE WON AND WAS ELECTED( NOT SELECTED)
    A LOOK AT A DIFFERENT 2010
    He would have continued Clinton/Newt Fiscal Policies of Pay Your Way
    We would continue to have Surpluses not Debt as far as the eye can see
    Debt today would be 6000B not 15000B
    2010 Budget would be 3000B not 3800
    Unemployment would be 5% not the real 17%.
    Food Stamp Roll would be 10% not 46%
    Unemployment Insurance Roll would be low
    Redistribution of Wealth back to Middle Class would have continued
    The top 1% would own 20% not 43% of Total Financial Wealth
    He would have continued Taxing the top 1%
    Wall Street Regulators would be under experts not Partners In Crime
    We would have 400 military bases not 800 worldwide
    We would not have two wars
    We would not have lost thousands of lives of young youths
    Hundreds of thousands of Muslims would still be alive
    Thousands of young Muslims would still have legs feet and minds
    America would still be the most admired nation on Earth not the most despised
    We would go back to behaving as a Christ-Like nation via our national policies
    Millions would own homes not foreclosure notices
    States would not be laying off hundreds of thousands in such important jobs as
    Teaching and Policing California would have a balanced budget
    John Kerry would be President.
    Sound common sense policies would continue.

  46. clarence swinney said:

    NEW–PRESIDENT ALBERT GORE, JR
    AL GORE WON AND WAS ELECTED( NOT SELECTED)
    A LOOK AT A DIFFERENT 2010
    He would have continued Clinton/Newt Fiscal Policies of Pay Your Way
    We would continue to have Surpluses not Debt as far as the eye can see
    Debt today would be 6000B not 15000B
    2010 Budget would be 3000B not 3800
    Unemployment would be 5% not the real 17%.
    Food Stamp Roll would be 10% not 46%
    Unemployment Insurance Roll would be low
    Redistribution of Wealth back to Middle Class would have continued
    The top 1% would own 20% not 43% of Total Financial Wealth
    He would have continued Taxing the top 1%
    Wall Street Regulators would be under experts not Partners In Crime
    We would have 400 military bases not 800 worldwide
    We would not have two wars
    We would not have lost thousands of lives of young youths
    Hundreds of thousands of Muslims would still be alive
    Thousands of young Muslims would still have legs feet and minds
    America would still be the most admired nation on Earth not the most despised
    We would go back to behaving as a Christ-Like nation via our national policies
    Millions would own homes not foreclosure notices
    States would not be laying off hundreds of thousands in such important jobs as
    Teaching and Policing California would have a balanced budget
    John Kerry would be President.
    Sound common sense policies would continue.

  47. clarence swinney said:

    OECD RANKINGS OF AMERICA
    #1=highest percent with low income
    44 per cent of workers at minimum wage
    #2=least tax on corporations
    #3-least tax on workers (fed-state-local=30% of gdp)
    #4 -Inequality
    What can be done to reverse these sorry stats?
    Increase minimum wage
    Increase tax rates on wealth—estates and incomes
    One family owns more wealth than 90% of families.
    10% get 43% individual income-pay 18% tax rate
    25% get 66% individual income-pay 15% tax rate
    50% get 87% individual income-pay 12.5% tax rate
    137 million earners paid 10.06% tax rate in 2009
    We Must tax to get revenue to balance the budget and
    start paying down that horrid debt plus reduce spending on Defense and Medicare
    clarence swinney

  48. clarence swinney said:

    RETURN TO DEMOCRACY
    SINCE 1980 WE BUILT A PLUTOCRACY
    Today, 10% control 73% of net wealth, 83% of financial wealth and get 43% of individual income.
    Top 400 have more wealth than 50%.
    SOLUTIONS
    Tax Code—Tax top 10% at 50% effective tax rate
    Top 20% get 60 % of exemptions—Bottom 20% get 3%
    Vote System change—6 months –3 primary—3 general—free equal tv time
    a debate a week=12=adequate to evaluate candidates.
    No personal or outside money contributions.
    Money out of government—Illegal for any Federal official to accept anything with a monetary value.

  49. clarence swinney said:

    —NEW–RETURN TO DEMOCRACY
    SINCE 1980 WE BUILT A PLUTOCRACY
    Today, 10% control 73% of net wealth, 83% of financial wealth and get 43% of individual income.
    Top 400 have more wealth than 50%.
    SOLUTIONS
    Tax Code—Tax top 10% at 50% effective tax rate
    Top 20% get 60 % of exemptions—Bottom 20% get 3%
    Vote System change—6 months –3 primary—3 general—free equal tv time
    a debate a week=12=adequate to evaluate candidates.
    No personal or outside money contributions.
    Money out of government—Illegal for any Federal official to accept anything with a monetary value.

  50. clarence swinney said:

    GET SMART TIME
    1945 -1980 we taxed high incomes and estates to pay down WWII debt.
    In those years we had fabulous economic growth.
    The Middle Class had much economic growth.
    Now, it is payoff time.
    We need to pay down the Republican Tax Cut Debt.
    Our income is $14,000 Billion.
    The 2013 budget calls for $2900B in revenue and a $900B deficit.
    It is a disgrace that we will not pay our way instead of leaving it for our kids to pay.
    We rank 4th on Inequality in OECD nations. Richest on earth. Yet! We rank third as Least taxed in OECD nations. Only Chile and Mexico tax less of GDP than America. Yes! We rank number two on taxing our corporations even though our top rate is highest. Obviously, something is crazy in America.
    Since 1980, our tax rates have been cut cut cut to favor the wealthy.
    In 2008, the top 50% got 86% of all individual income and paid 12..5% tax rate.
    That ratio has been similar for years.
    70,00,000 workers took home 14%.

    We Must return to taxing Wealth and high incomes. Would a higher estate tax hurt the ONE family which owns more wealth than 90% of our families. Romney wants to zero it not raise it to help balance our budget and pay down some of the debt that helped him get very rich.

    We CAN balance our budget. We CAN pay down our debt. The rich will fight any change.
    The Middle Class needs help to regain a good Standard Of Living. Help them. Clarence Swinney

  51. clarence swinney said:

    TAX CUTS MUST TARGET ECONOMIC GROWTH
    Broad cuts have not filled the promises of job growth
    Reagan 750B cut with 60% for top (70-28%) got only 140B increase in income tax revenue
    His job growth was 175,000 per month to Carter’s 218,000.

    Bush tax cuts were targeted for the top incomes and go 31,000 jobs per month to Clinton’s 237,000.

    Bush had the worst economic and foreign policies in history.
    It was Robber Baron era all over again.
    Since 1945, Democratic presidents created twice s many jobs as Republican presidents.

    Since 1980-2009, three Republican presidents—Republican Senate for 18 years—Republican House for 12 years plus total control for 12 years by Republicans.
    Took 600B budget to 3500B
    A surplus to 1400B Deficit
    Added 9000B of debt to a 1000B of debt in 1980
    Created 99,0000 jobs per month to Carter + Clinton 222,000 per month
    Initiated our involvement in 10 foreign conflicts
    Carter + Clinton initiated zero.
    Gave us Housing Disaster
    Gave us Great Recession
    Let Wall Street turn into a Gambling Casino not business investment Goliath
    Flushed Wealth to top10%
    Outsourced our industries and middle class jobs
    Closed 58,000 plants in ten years
    Hurt middle class by not increasing minimum wage to keep up with inflation
    Destroyed union jobs
    all for Wall Street $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ GOD
    Left Obama a Hell on Earth

  52. clarence swinney said:

    PAY OFF DEBT
    remember 2000..cbo projected a 10,000b surplus in 2010 if we stayed with Clinton Fiscal policies
    Had Gore won we would have, today, a surplus not deficits of 1000+ and a debt of 5800 or less not horrid 16,000B.
    It will require a Congress willing to raise needed revenue via tax code and reduce spending
    in Defense—Social Security—Medicare–Medicaid–Interest.
    It will require cutting the exemptions of 1300 Billion
    It will require increasing tax rates at the top.
    It will require eliminating the Casino Derivative Of America that is for wealthy only.
    That wealth should be used for the common good of building industries and jobs.
    Tis a disgrace that the richest nations ranks in OECD nations
    #4 on Inequality–#3 as Least Taxed–#2 as Least tax on corporations
    A shame that in 2012 we taxed 17% of our Income yet borrowed 1100B.
    Our 2013 budget projects to tax 20% of Total Income and borrow 900B

    WE CAN ELIMINATE OUR DEBT—WE MUST DO IT FOR OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS clarence swinney

  53. clarence swinney said:

    JOBS that pay a living wage is our greatest need. We shipped our middle class jobs overseas.
    Multi-national corporations are doing very very well.
    We have allowed the rich to get very rich by failure to tax them at a higher rate.
    We borrowed instead of tax.
    The biggie was Bush Tax Cut for the rich, Two expensive wars and a Part D unfunded.
    Since 2000 Debt increased from 5800 to 16,400 or 10,600B.
    We cannot get out of our mess without a highter tax rate on rich and wealth in estates.
    Spending cuts will not be enough.
    We must tax more liike 1945-1980. A Must.
    A few million control most of our wealth.
    We borrowed to let rich get ultra-rich so it is payback time for the middle class.

  54. clarence swinney said:

    DAVID KOCH $100M WON
    He bought 50 Tea Party seats in the House to do just to things—cut spending and save his huge Bush Tax Cut.
    Non-Defense spending is expected to hit 50-year low.
    Welfare programs and other government spending on such as law enforcement, education, transportation(pot holes), national parks and Research.
    House Republicans voted as one to kill the Minimum Wage Hike.
    Koch is pleased. Forth Four Million are displeased. Koch got huge pay increase via tax cut but fights against workers and the poor.

  55. clarence swinney said:

    NO MORE BUSH IN WHITE HOUSE
    Barbara Bush said it.
    In the past, she placed her sons’ problems on Cheney and Rumsfeld.
    The day after inauguration Cheney was heard telling Rumsfeld “Prepare to Invade Iraq”
    GW Bush was not qualified to be President.
    He was a poor education student in High School and College.
    He admitted to 20 years of hard drinking.
    He dodged the draft.
    His record as President will be recorded as one of the worst in history.
    Two unnecessary wars.
    Increased Spending by 90%.
    Increased Debt by 112%
    Increased Deficit surplus to 1400B Deficit.
    Created 3785,000 jobs per year lowest since the Great Depression
    Created the Great Recession
    It has been well documented that he and 11 staffers told 935 LIES in 2100-2002 to convince the people and Congress that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction.
    He alienated `1500 Million Muslims by killing their brethren.
    We will suffer more bombings due to that hatred.

  56. clarence swinney said:

    OBAMACARE + MINIMUM WAGERS
    Wendy’s changed projected cost per store from $25,000 to $5000 per year.
    Popeyes have had only 5% sign for it at only $2.50 per week.
    Low wagers will be forced to choose: pay the premiums or pay the penalty.
    January 14, millions will get affordable coverage for the first time.
    This should lessen the load and costs of emergency care.

  57. clarence swinney said:

    For instance, I want these folks to invest the $500 billion annually, for the next two decades, on infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers has been telling us for decades that this is needed to bring our crumbling infrastructure up from 16th in the world to first in the world. What is more, in three years this would put everyone in this country to work in a good job with great benefits.

    May 30th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

  58. clarence swinney said:

    SUFFOCATION POLICIES
    The Job growth is fine but 11 million job seekers cannot find a job.
    There is no growth in manufacturing. Misguided tax and spending policies as the Sequesters cuts are just beginning. The good news is in Housing and measures to control inflation by the Fed and the stock market increase.
    Many Republicans believe reducing government spending is the key to economic recovery.
    The CBO projects Sequester will cost 700,000 jobs. The Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of last six presidential elections. The GOP is represented in Congress by conservative whites meaning a minority constituency. The Koch 50 in the House have been a disaster with their cut government, cut taxes and a continuing effort to destroy anything presented by the President.
    The House is a mess divided and out of control by their leadership.

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