Isn't there a lot of fear in this country? Where does all this fear come from?
There's no denying that Fear sells newspapers, it sells advertised products on television newscasts, it sells and it sells and it sells. What is the overall effect on normal, everyday Americans though?They are fearful too. Fearful of terrorism, fearful of economic failure, fearful of losing their jobs, fearful of losing their peace of mind, and fearful of their neighbors. Just about everyone here in America have been indoctrinated into the belief that what they own is about to be taken from them by the government, by their neighbors, or by unseen forces that are lurking around the corner.Politicians prey on these fears. They promise Americans that are ever shrinking piece of the American Pie will be taken from us if we end up voting the wrong guy into office. The Republicans point to the Democrats and declare the Democrats are there to confiscate your stuff. The Democrats point to the Republicans and proclaim the same. Then they both turn towards Bernie Sanders and declare that he's going to be the "King Taker-Awayer of Stuff".
With all this fear mongering going on, there's only one thing we Americans need to remember this election season: Both parties play this game, both parties have been purchased outright by monied interests, and both parties will represent only one type of constituent this presidential election: The 1%'ers. They own our Political System. Plain and simple.Let's look at Clinton first and discuss why she should not get your vote:
Here's a picture of Hillary at a small, discrete fundraiser in New Jersey... Isn't this nice. Who exactly is she pandering to at $2,700 per plate?
Here's a list of top donors who have contributed to Hillary in the past, and/or are contributing now:
Citigroup Inc $824,402
Goldman Sachs $760,740
DLA Piper $700,530
JPMorgan Chase & Co $696,456
Morgan Stanley $636,564
EMILY's List $609,684
Time Warner $501,831
Skadden, Arps et al $469,290
University of California $417,327
Sullivan & Cromwell $369,150
Akin, Gump et al $364,478
Lehman Brothers $362,853
21st Century Fox $340,936
Cablevision Systems $336,613
Kirkland & Ellis $329,141
National Amusements Inc $328,312
Squire Patton Boggs $328,306
Greenberg Traurig LLP $327,890
Corning Inc $322,450
Credit Suisse Group $318,120
It's like she's got all of Wall Street lined up behind her. Do you, a normal everyday American Citizen believe, even for a moment, that she's going to pursue any kind of reform if she gets elected to the Presidency? Absolutely not. You will see the continued reaming of the American Middle class under Hillary's watch.How about Jeb Bush? Prior to the arrival of Donald Trump, Jeb Bush was the most likely candidate. Let's see who's financing him:
Goldman Sachs $197,900
Neuberger Berman LLC $95,500
Bank of America $84,910
Cushman & Wakefield $62,650
Citigroup Inc $55,150
Morgan Stanley $49,740
Wal-Mart Stores $46,175
JPMorgan Chase & Co $45,753
Tenet Healthcare $44,615
Credit Suisse Group $41,600
Rooney Holdings $40,500
DLA Piper $40,300
NextEra Energy $39,200
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher $38,150
Jeb 2016 (Employees) $37,982
CSX Corp $37,800
Greenberg Traurig LLP $37,750
Southern Strategy $33,800
Xpo Logistics $33,200
See the trend? PACs and SuperPACs collect money for both political parties from the same group of donors. Goldman Sachs doesn't care who gets elected president? It's already purchased it's influence from both candidates. Same with Citigroup, JPMorgan, and all the other Wall Street parasites.Why was no Wall Street firm criminally prosecuted after the financial meltdown of 2008? Easy. They owned the government. Like Bernie Sanders says, "Government doesn't handle Wall Street, Wall Street handles our government".What about Trump? He is the oddball, isn't he?
To me, Trump is the poster boy for the exploitation that we've all suffered from the hands of our new nobility here in America. Money talks and BS walks, and Trump might make you think that the best way to combat evil is with an even better evil. Perhaps, but too risky. What exactly can he do? He says he'll handle the Chinese, "because I'm a businessman, and I deal with them all the time". Okay. He's feeding into American xenophobic fears of illegal immigrants and he'd like to build a wall and send the bill to the Mexican Government. How well do you think that'd work?
Frankly, my biggest issue with Trump is the fact that he's a billionaire profiting on the broken American system when he shouldn't be a Billionaire. He's bankrupted a few companies along his career and he's always been very good at insulating his personal finances from his poor business deals. Worse yet, he'll be the first one to point a finger at someone else and declare the fault lies with this someone else; despite him being at the head of these bankrupted businesses. That doesn't instill in me the sense of trust I'd want to place in a potential commander-in-chief and leader of the free world. We have 318 Million private citizens in this country. Do we NOT have anyone better than this clown? I mean, hey... If you want to elect a billionaire, businessman into the position, couldn't we at least get Ross Perot back into the game? I at least think his heart was in the right place. I just don't want to see the 20-foot tall, golden letters of "TRUMP" rising up on the side of the building located at 1600 Pennsylvania Blvd. in Washington.
So, this leaves us with Bernie Sanders. Why MUST we elect HIM as our next President?
First, he has a message for all of us:
Because he's the only one who cares. Because he's the only one who is being surreptitiously sabotaged by intentional lack of media coverage. He's got all these SuperPAC donaters listed above scared. They don't like him, they don't want him, and they'll do whatever it takes to derail his path to the White House. Precisely why we need to elect him as our next President. I know, I know... It's going to be a weird race. Many of you will enter the voting booth with what you see as two choices: "I need to vote for Hillary, otherwise Trump may win - I gotta vote for the lesser of two evils", or, "I need to vote for Donald, otherwise Clinton may win - I gotta vote for the more entertaining of the two evils".I can see your dilemma. But vote for Bernie. Even if Bernie loses, you'll know that you voted for the "Right" candidate this time around. How can I be so sure?
The Wall Street Journal wrote a piece that declared if Bernie Sanders became President, he'd add more than $18 Trillion dollars more debt to our deficit over the next 10 years. Just a cursory review of this data shows it to be crazy talk. Here's some figures to consider:#1 - The don't list any of the money that a Sanders' administration would be recovering in the form of Tax Subsidies, Loopholes, and Havens that the very wealthiest citizens enjoy. It's estimated that up to $2.1 Trillion dollars a year is off shored by our corporations and wealthiest citizens in an effort to avoid paying taxes on these funds. This could account for $620 Billion dollars a year in recovered tax money. Or, $6.2 Trillion for that 10 year period described in the WSJ. There's a third of Sanders' money right there. Without taking another nickle out of your pocket. Just through closing loopholes and offshoring.
#2 - You can count on Sanders trying to reduce the amount of money we spend on our Defense Industry. When you have Armed Forces that are so overwhelmingly armed compared to the rest of the world, then it's time to reduce, and constrict our spending. We currently spend $610 Billion a year, and outspend the next 7 highest spending countries in the world. Our nearest competitor, China, spends only about $225 Billion a year. We can reduce our spending by $250 Billion a year, drop down to a budget of $360 Billion, still outspend the Chinese, and save $2.5 Trillion dollars over a 10 year period. This now brings us to $9 Trillion dollars. We're halfway to funding Bernie's grand plan.
#3 - How much do you currently spend on Health Care? I have to spend $400 a month, and my company matches that with their $400. I still have copays, deductibles, and I expect to spend an additional out-of-pocket expense in fees of about $2,500 this year. This means between myself and my company, I'm paying in excess of $12,100 a year for my medical. If Bernie offers a single plan that provides free health care for all (and will include all my payments, deductibles, co-payments, and any hospitalizations that I require as I get older), then I'd be fine re-routing my current medical expenses into federal taxes that pays completely for my medical care.
So, I'd be paying $12,000 a year in taxes instead of routing all this money directly to health insurance companies. There are 318 Million Americans in this country. Let's say that two-thirds of us are working, and can support ourselves and can pay this tax. Let's also round it out and say 200 Million Americans paying this tax for full coverage health insurance. This amounts to $2.4 Trillion dollars a YEAR or $24 Trillion dollars for that same 10 year time frame. Holy cow! My Taxes (or health care expenses) are going to be CHEAPER than what I currently am paying now. Plus, EVERYONE in our country will be covered. PLUS, with the US government in the game, they (like most industrialized nations) would be able to negotiate the best prices for services and drugs so we're not getting gouged anymore by the insurance profiteers...
I just don't see how we can stay in our current system. How can we NOT throw our hat into the ring for Bernie Sanders?
Seems to me that keeping our current system is going to bankrupt us all, and WE NEED to elect Bernie Sanders to balance the system, and restore some semblance of sanity to our country.
I know... But he's a socialist... A SOCIALIST! <cue hysterical music and wailing now>.
Socialism is not something to be afraid of. We've had it beat into our skulls that Socialism is equatable to Nazi Germany. It isn't. Nazism is the purest form of government working with industry to form the perfect, fascist system (something our current system actually is more akin to). People have also had it drummed into them that Socialism is Communism. Wrong again. Communism is Socialism on Steroids and includes the nationalization of all industry, and making every industry ran by the government. A far cry from the added regulations that Democratic Socialism would add to our out of control finance and banking sectors. It was the removal of regulations and governmental oversight that LED to the 2008 financial meltdown. Pure, free capitalism benefits very few people, while degrading the lives of the majority of people. You can also think of it this way:
Next time you fall asleep with a cigarette in your hand, and your house catches on fire, please let it burn. Don't let those socialistic firemen destroy your freedom by wasting our tax dollars putting out your fire.
Next time a you want to go to the store, show us your principals and don't drive your cars on our socialistic roads that stolen tax dollars were used to build.
While you're at it, please stay off all highways and interstates. You anti-Socialist people should stick to your principals and not let your high standards be swayed by any use of socialistic programs.
I could go on, but you get the point. Apparently, in the anti-socialist viewpoint, spending a Trillion dollars in fighting an unjust war in Iraq was a good use of taxpayer funds, but trying to figure out a way to send our young people to college so they may compete globally with the young people from other countries (who do receive free schooling) is equatable to Stalinism?
Better that we give Billions of dollars in subsidies and tax grants to already profitable corporations who offshore their profits and avoid paying even more in taxes, THEN actually improve our health care system and work to prevent our elderly people from going bankrupt when they go broke paying for the care from the highest cost health care system in the world.See. We can make a better system. It can be capitalistic, it can be Democratically Socialistic as well. Remember when FDR pulled us out of the depths of the Great Recession? He did it through Democratic Socialism. Remember that Hot Dog you had at the ball game on Labor Day? You were celebrating a Socialistic holiday. Matter-of-fact. The weekends you enjoy puttering around your house? Socialist, through their blood and tears earned you those days off. Socialism is deeply embedded in this country.It's not about hand-outs. It's not about free "Obama Phones". It's about restoring our middle class, it's about wresting the control of our country's destiny out of the hands of the Billionaires who currently run it. It's a rebuttal to our two major political parties who are really only one party now, and owe all their allegiance to their owners now. Bernie Sanders has the credibility, the integrity, and the honesty to help us rebuild our nation into something it was always meant to be: A safe haven for the world's best and brightest middle class!
Vote Sanders 2016!