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January 20, 2020

25 people own the government

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:49

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  1. What’s so disheartening is there’s not a whole lot we can do about it.

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    Comment by Nan — January 20, 2020 @ 12:17

    • Hello Nan. There is really something’s we can do. Other countries have balanced the equation of have and have nots by taxing the haves enough to create a better balance. Yes not every person will live the life of the great wealthy, but they will get to live a life of quality and meaning, not grounded in suffering and crushing despair. The US has that same chance now. It must be seized just as our founders seized the chance of freedom from a king. The biggest hoax the wealthy have pulled over the country is that it must be this way. That it is not only normal but good that we have such an existence and wealth gap. History has shown that the wealthy and powerful try this tactic to the extreme until it breaks and the country simply has a revolution. The wealthy in our country tries to prevent that result with the corporate democrats. Who are paid to lose. They are the steam safety valve. They win just enough to keep up the idea that there is a reasonable fight going on, but at the same time the country moves more and more far right and the wealth gap keeps increasing more and more. I have tried to look into this. It is clear this has been a strategy from the 1950’s, accelerated in the late 1970’s early 1980’s. The 1980’s were called the time of greed when the slogan “Greed is good” came out. Equality is not in the interest of big business nor of the uber wealthy. The biggest supporters of blue dog Democrats are the corporate PAC’s and the right leaning wealthy. They are paid to lose and to pull the Democrats right. On the ACA the biggest problem was the blue dog Democrats. They tried to sabotage the entire thing. They refused to support a public option nor any kind of medicare buy in. This is our government. The wealthy gather and talk politics all the time, yet they have managed to convince the poor we are not to talk about politics at all. Sort of one sided isn’t it, and why they keep winning. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — January 20, 2020 @ 13:07

      • Scottie, no. I disagree. The average citizen can do little. Yes, we can vote to get the party in control that we think will work to our favor. But in essence, it IS the wealthy that run this country (even among the Democrats). And as depressing as it may sound, it’s not going to change. As you wrote … “Equality is not in the interest of big business nor of the uber wealthy.”

        IMO, the most we can do is get democratic thinking people in control (for as long as possible) to try and get (back) some kind of balance. But unfortunately, as history has shown, the scales will tip again. Unfortunately, it’s the nature of the (political) beast.

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        Comment by Nan — January 20, 2020 @ 13:16

        • Hello Nan. The people in Hong Kong are facing the entire might of China, yet they have been in the streets for 5 months, fighting and struggling to fight back. They have stopped commerces and state schooling. They face jail and horrendous ruin, yet they keep fighting. We can at least call our congress people. We can write letters, not just online petitions that they ignore. We can write editorial letters to our local newspapers such as Keith does. Sorry Nan, but too many of us including myself just don’t do enough. Very few of us have called our local congress office, our Senator’s offices to register our voices. The stakes are too high right now. How many of us give to our Democratic candidates that are not taking corporate donations? Ron and I give several times a month and we have little to spare but we think it is very important. My point Nan is the wealthy and powerful want you to think it is over, they won, they cannot be beaten. However history shows that not to be true. But the people in this country have to get off their butts and join the fight. Here is a shocking fact. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 2 to 1, yet we don’t have Democrats in all the offices. Why? Because most Democrats simply don’t vote. Or they give in to false narratives of propaganda and vote third party. It is horrible that in our country to get up to 40% of the population to vote is unusual. The wealthy have convinced a lot of people their vote simply doesn’t count, they make it harder and harder to vote, they limit advance voting, and a lot of people can not take a day off work to wait 6 hours in line to vote. This is the Republican plan to keep winning when they are the minority. It is time to wrestle our democracy back. But it will take effort on all our parts. Hugs

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          Comment by Scottie — January 20, 2020 @ 14:17

          • I can’t argue with what you say but I’ve lived enough years on this planet to know that (most) people are going to vote their party. Period.

            I’m NOT saying that we shouldn’t “make some noise” because there always a chance we can influence the “fringe group members” who aren’t totally brain-washed. But when I consider, for example, the women’s marches and the little effect they had on any changes being made in their favor under this administration … well, it’s pretty difficult to get worked up.

            Let me add to this, however. It’s people like YOU that this country really needs. Only problem is, there’s not enough of you. Perhaps you should look into cloning?

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            Comment by Nan — January 20, 2020 @ 14:58

            • Hello Nan. Thank you , that is a grand complement. Really I never thought of my self doing more than anyone else. But if there were more of me my cats would go totally nuts with that many of me to rub on, purr against, and to lay on at at night time. It would tear them apart. I think it would violate several laws of the universe and cause a big black hole to open . Hugs

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              Comment by Scottie — January 20, 2020 @ 15:40


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