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Plot idea: 97% of the world’s scientists contrive an environmental doomsday crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires and oil companies.

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trickle down….?

Posted: May 21, 2014 in money in politics, politics

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Cantor-6-30-11-color2-640x487From The Rachel Maddow Show

House Republicans on Friday approved a $156 billion corporate tax break.  How’d they pay for it?  They didn’t even try.

The “fiscally responsible” party only cares about deficits when it feels like it.

voting-republican-1Most everyone agrees that the Republican party and their policies favor the wealthy.  In fact, a recent New York Times/CBS News poll showed that 70 percent of all Americans believe that the policies of the congressional Republicans favor the rich, at the expense of the poor and middle class.  Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of tax cuts for millionaires and corporations.  In 2012, Obama’s “Buffet Rule,” which would place a minimum tax rate of 30% on millionaires received only one Republican vote in Senate, while most Americans (72%) supported the bill.

The question:  If so many people believe that a particular political party has only the best interests of a small elite in mind, why do so many still continue to vote for them?  Why do working class, low and middle income families continue to support a party that gives little to no benefit to them, and in fact, whose policies continue to harm them?

It makes economic sense for the wealthiest Americans to vote for the Republican party because they want to protect their own private finances without giving others the chance for more upward mobility. What makes people scratch their heads is the idea of a working class person, who earns $50,000 a year, voting for a party that continues to give tax breaks to the wealthy and pays for it by cutting the programs that benefit lower and middle class income families.

Wayne Flynt has written about why Americans often vote against their best interests in his book “Poor but Proud.”romney_bumper_sticker

“It’s because preachers tell them that the Democratic Party is a godless party, and because the rich (the owners of FOX News) tell them that the Republican Party is God’s party.”  

Dr. Flynt points out that in many southern states, Evangelical Christians make up the majority of the voters, most of them Republican.

With the recent insurgence of the Tea Party movement into the national Republican party, Christianity has made its way into secular society. Today, more than ever before, religion has found its way out of the home and church and into the political process, a place where religion was never intended to be when our founding fathers crafted the United States constitution.  And what conservative Christianity has emphasized more and more over the past few decades, over justice, over equality, over speaking out against oppression, over attending to the needs of the “least among us,” is sex (abortion, homosexuality, birth control, etc.).

“If you are a truck diver, a plumber, an electrician or a steel worker and you live in Alabama, and you are surrounded by conservative Christians, you figure that everybody thinks the way you do…and you vote Republican, because you’ve been told that that’s the “right” way for Christians to vote, that it is God’s Party because it is the “moral party,” regardless of how the Republican Party hurts you, your family and your community.”

“When conservatives leave church on Sunday, they go home and turn on the TV to Fox News, or set the radio dial to Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck or Michael Savage – and, of course, those programs are owned by rich Republicans, and their message is loud and clear:  ‘Vote Republican…it’s God’s party.'”

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corporations_are_sociopaths_mouse_pads-r99e945c1fde5439daf6f3d519103473b_x74vi_8byvr_324Ok, so corporations are people, according to the Supreme’s Citizens United decision.  Let’s assume that’s true.  The problem?  Corporations are sociopathic people.   With very few exceptions (Ben & Jerry’s comes to mind)…

corporations will always act in their own self interest

which is to maximize profits for themselves and their shareholders, at the expense of all other considerations.  In fact, they are legally required to do so!  

Corporations will always consider their own financial self interest at the expense of what’s best for society, the images-269earth, the next generation, their employees….

This is pretty much just how sociopaths behave.  And these “people” are running our country.  Be very concerned.

Click here for more:  Why Corporations Behave Like Sociopaths

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Whyphoto-8 do so many of our laws and practices favor the rich, at the expense of the rest of us?  How did we become an oligarchy (according to a recent Harvard study)?  Why is the middle class slowly disappearing?  This might be part of it….

 

From the Washington Times, April 21st

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America is no longer a democracy, according to study.

Never mind the democratic-republic envision by Founding Fathers. America has taken a turn down elitist lane and become a country led by a small dominant class comprised of powerful members who exert total control over the general population — an oligarchy, said a new study jointly conducted by Princeton and Northwestern universities.

One concluding finding in the study: The U.S. government now represents the rich and powerful, not the average citizen, United Press International reported.

In the study, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups and Average Citizens,” researchers compared and contrasted 1,800 different U.S. policies that were put in place by politicians between 1981 and 2002, and found that most benefited the average and wealthy American, or the special interest group.

Researchers then concluded that U.S. policies are formed more by special interest groups, than by politicians properly representing the will of the general people, including the lower-income class, UPI said.

“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,” the study found, UPI reported.

The study also found: “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose.”

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