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Power Corrupts

We’ve all heard the phrase, power corrupts. However, it’s easy to forget exactly how corruptible it is.

I’ve witnessed a marked increase in the amount of power corrupting our local governments.

Has anyone complained about all the cameras pointing in every direction on every street corner in America. Some poor fool probably thought this would be good to help protect our citizens, but never spent a moment considering how extremely dangerous this is to our privacy and safety.

All it takes is a suspicion that you’re working for the Evil Terrorists and you will disappear forever. What if you’re car is seen in the proximity of suspicious events? With the license-plate recognition software available and in use, today, your police can track every move you make in your vehicle.

You have no way to know that this information isn’t being abused, or sold. We need to demand to be informed what this information is being used for and if it’s really necessary.
Throughout America, there has also been a notable increase in the number of unmarked police cars. A hidden and covert police force is not in our best interest. Sure, each force needs a few unmarked cars, but to avoid a Police State, we need to be able to watch and restrict the powers of our police forces.

There are many similar examples all around us every day. We need to stop and take notice, and write letters to the police chief, and the newspaper, expressing our concerns over this encroachment on our privacy and our loss of control over the power of our local police force.

The Siege on the Poor

Don’t let the wealthy, in charge of our media, tell you that you’re not under attack. Class warfare is in full swing in America.

That, my dear reader, is why the wealthy are getting insanely rich while the rest of us are doing with less and less. Don’t listen to the fools that try to sell you the zero-sum-game nonsense. Some would argue that the rich can get richer without taking away from others. This is just plain nonsense.

It takes no more than a sliver of common sense to know that the owners are becoming multi-billionaires while those jobs they provide are receiving far less than comparable jobs in other companies. Too bad the other companies are no longer in business. The rich are getting richer at the expense of the rest of us.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the ruthlessly greedy aren’t content to just take from the rich. They take from anyone they can. Kill a needy patient, save a buck.

Does a poor person in America benefit from being an American any more than if they were a citizen in a 3rd world country? Obviously, poor is poor, no matter what country you live in. The poor do not benefit from living in America nearly as much as the wealthy do. Of our tax dollars, the very poor might get $1,000 worth of benefit, but a multi-billionaire receives billions because he lives and works in America.

Who should be paying the highest taxes?

The ignorance of the “Trickle Down Theory” is amazingly deficient. If you have one million poor people with $100, they’ll be spending $100 to survive. Give that same hundred million dollars to a muli-billionaire and he’ll spend absolutely no more than he would have spent without it.  Zero dollars trickle down. Zero dollars are put back into the economy. Trickle-down is a fallacy.
The American dream of making it rich is a wonderful dream that America needs to keep alive. The dream to be a multi-billionaire at the expense of the poor and the middle class is immoral.  Income needs to be taxed based on a combination of net worth and income. If you’re a multi-billionaire, and you make $100 of income, you should be paying 90% tax.

You wouldn’t have made a dime if it wasn’t for the rest of American.

Millionaires are good for America, billionaires are bad. Hence, our tax rates should be something more like:

First 0-$20,000 income, 2% tax
First 20,000 – 50,000, 5% tax
First 50,000 – 100,000, 7%
First 100,000 – 500,000, 14%
500,000 – 1 million, 20%
1 million – 2 million, 40%
2 million – 100 million 75%
100 million and above, 90%.

This means you can make $50 million in 50 years and never  pay more than 20% tax. That’s good for America!

Opposing Universal Health Care

Why do all the other first-world countries have universal health care and LOVE it, but America doesn’t? Really! Stop and ask yourself, why.

If you can’t guess the answer, I’ll give you a hint. Who spent hundreds of millions of dollars airing misleading and fictitious ads to defeat Clinton’s attempt to fix our broken health care system?

You guessed it, the Health Care Industry. Since the defeat of Clinton’s Universal Health Care campaign, many tens of thousands of Americans have suffered and died needlessly, so the Health Care Industry can make record profits.

Does that strike anyone as immoral?

We will never be able to pool our tax dollars into a non-profit Health Care System until we can defeat the industry’s multi-million dollar marketing monster. Since Clinton failed, I can only say that there must have been a better way to do it. Perhaps soliciting for donations from the voters to help educate America using the real facts. I really don’t know, but I know that it can and IT MUST be done or we will fail as a country.

But, voters, BEWARE! There is hardly a politician that doesn’t feel at least a little bit obligated to this immoral monster. You even hear politicians offering up “Guaranteed Coverage”. Say WHAT? Guarantee the insurance companies get record profits? Guarantee the medical industry gets record profits? Are you nuts? The only reasonable Universal Health Care is the system that takes  unreasonable money out of the equation.

If you haven’t yet, I strongly suggest going and seeing Michael Moore’s Sicko. He does a good job of proving that Universal Health Care works absolutely great for almost everyone. Everyone but the companies that want more and more of your money with nothing paid back in return. No, it’s not perfect, but it’s a whole lot better than what we have now, and we can only get to the perfect solution by taking the first step.

But, be ready for the fight of your life. There are immoral companies out there making billions off dollars a year at your expense. Billions of dollars! They will sell their souls to the devil to keep your money pouring into their pockets. Be prepared to spend a little of your own money to help educate the mis-informed.

Like every journey, this has to start with a first step. When will it be?

Set the iPhone Free!

Set the iPhone Free!

This summer’s hottest high-tech gadget is Apple’s iPhone. But
along with its slick design and slicker marketing campaign, this
device is a bellwether for the future of the open Internet – and
the signals it’s sending aren’t good.

Ben Scott, Guardian
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