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  •  The capture of our government (20+ / 0-)

    happened some time ago. Your "elected" representatives now work for the corporations, not for you. When Wall Street can engineer a stock market crash to scare the shit out of politicians who then get back in line ... well, we're toast.

    Next up: IMF style adjustments -- say hello to privatized water, privatized everything -- and say goodbye to social security and medicare. It's already in progress via the "deficit commission" which is taking its marching orders from uber-wingnut Pete Peterson.

    Tell me why no state is moving to open a state-owned bank like North Dakota has ... why the very representatives who say they're clamping down on Wall Street (like phony Blanche Lincoln) have inserted loopholes big enough to drive mac trucks through ... why Bernanke is Time's man of the year ... why we have a president without the power to flush out crookedness and cronyism and corruption (from the MMS and every other destroyed agency supposedly there to protect the welfare of citizens, not private shareholders) ... tell me why nothing changes. Wait, I already know. Our system is rotted at the core. We have no representatives; we support with our tax dollars paid shills for corporate oligarchy. Meanwhile, hedge fund traders pay a lower tax rate than you do. We pay more for our representatives to screw us than the people who benefit from the screwing! It's madness.

    I like this guy (David DeGraw - click link below). Watch and weep. I think he nails it. There is a 3-part interview to watch (front page, left side).

    http://ampedstatus.com/

    •  Adding insult to injury, our (11+ / 0-)

      It's already in progress via the "deficit commission" which is taking its marching orders from uber-wingnut Pete Peterson.

      President Obama is a longtime Pete Peterson acolyte.

      For a quarter-century, Peterson has been exaggerating long-term costs of Social Security and Medicare. In truth, Social Security is close to balance -- its 75-year projected deficit is just one-half of 1 percent of gross domestic product. Medicare is seriously in deficit, but reform of Medicare consistent with high-quality health care depends on tackling the deeper drivers of medical inflation.

      The Peterson Foundation and its president, David Walker, already know exactly what they want -- strict budget caps on social outlay, enforced by a rigid formula, with cuts in Medicare and Social Security leading the way.

      http://www.prospect.org/...

      Peterson is very important in the etiology of Obama's "deficit commission." The "commission" can be described in more honest English as Obama's excuse to cut Social Security. With fall elections safely behind, the "commission" will issue its predetermined "report" calling for Medicare and S.S. cuts. Obama will use that report to justify proposing cuts. He will pretend to have no other choice. It's amazing how dumb that nice young president we worked to elect thinks we are.

      As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he ever were to break wind in the echo chamber, he would never hear the end of it. --Bulwer-Lytton Contest entry

      by Wom Bat on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 03:02:41 PM PDT

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      •  Then it will be time for a third party (6+ / 0-)

        Not an ego-driven vanity party, but a party of folks like us organizing at a local level.  Because there will be no lesser evil anymore.

        We may be crushed a-borning, but at least we will have put up a fight.

        www.bushwatch.net - Kicking against the pricks since '98!

        by chuckvw on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 04:40:57 PM PDT

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        •  I agree, am about there now. The Dems r hopeless- (1+ / 0-)
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          bought, paid for, don't even hide it anymore. Think for many that S.S. betrayal will be the last straw. We got snookered in 2006 re impeachment & the wars. Then Obama kicked it up several tiers.

          As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he ever were to break wind in the echo chamber, he would never hear the end of it. --Bulwer-Lytton Contest entry

          by Wom Bat on Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 06:43:33 PM PDT

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