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The Collective Consciousness may be the secret weapon of the 99%

6:55 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

I do believe in the power of  collective thought as a form of energy that somehow creates great shifts in human endeavors bringing real change and new innovations.  A  critical mass of enough people thinking the same thoughts are  somehow like the building pressure and resulting power that shifts geophysical plates miles below the earth and creates earthquakes on the surface.

I could feel that happening today when I read an article written by Jim Hightower titled:  ”If you are not Outraged, You are not Paying Attentions:  5 Major Ways Corporate Elites are Degrading America.”

” If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention”–I have written and spoken the very same words many times over the past year and so have many other Americans.  It’s not that we are copying one another.  It’s that we are collectively reaching the same truthful conclusion and that is very powerful.

Hightower is right and many have written these same words as well:  ”While it can be disheartening to see the smallness of those in power, don’t let it get you down, for the want us to become so disheartened that we give up.”

Yes, absolutely yes. That is precisely the game of the 1%–to overwhelm and dishearten us so that we give up ad give in to the continuation of their wicked criminal behavior that makes them richer and the majority of us poorer. They can only defeat us if we allow it.  That is absolutely the only way!  If we allow it by believing their propaganda, we will be like an elephant tethered by a rotten string believing the string has the power to hold us in place.

Close to 100% of the disinformation that comes out of the mouths of politicians in Washington, Crooks on Wall Street and their stock monkey pundits on corporate owned and sponsored media are nothing but bold-faced lies.  Know that and stop acting as if these liars are doing anything more than trying to manipulate us for their own selfish purposes and you will have taken the first steps toward taking control to shape your own destiny and the destiny of our nation.

The overwhelming majority of those in Congress and the White House are liars.  They lie to us on a daily basis. They purposely hide the truth from us.  They know EXACTLY what they are doing when they do things like hide the renewal of the Patriot in a Medicare renewal bill or a billion dollar appropriation to the IMF in a military appropriations bill for Iraq.  They know EXACTLY.  They intentionally lie to the majority of the people whom they are supposed to represent.  Over the summer break in 2009, Chuck Grassley knew that he was lying to his constituents when he told them there were death panels in the health care bill.  He was on the committee that created that bill.  He knew there were no death panels and he lied.  They hide the truth from us and lie to us on a daily basis and nothing will change until they are ALL voted out of office and replaced by non millionaire, non-Wall Street stock owning Americans.

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If You think that one political party is better than the other, you have not been paying attention.

(Repost from IfLizWereQueen September 26, 2011)

Wall Street and Washington have Betrayed America

The financial sector invested more than $5 billion in political influence purchasing in Washington over the past decade, with as many as 3,000 lobbyists winning deregulation and other policy decisions that led directly to the current financial collapse, according to a 231-page report issued  by Essential Information and the Consumer Education Foundation. –  The executive summary is here.

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Many Americans (due in great part to the myth-making aficionados of Wall Street Corporate owned media) honestly believe that the two parties offer two widely choices.

They do not, but you must hand it to Wall Street Corporate owned media and their side-show Bob pundits for creating and selling all these great contrasts where there are none. It would seem, at least until late, that the majority of the American public have been buying these myths.

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1.  44% of Congress are multimillionaires who are all heavily invested in Wall Street. These people own hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock and in some instances, millions of dollars.  The same goes for BOTH parties. One party does not have millions more than the other party.  The wealth cuts both ways for both parties.

2. In 2006 the American people elected a Democrat Party majority in BOTH houses on a clear mandate to end the war in Iraq and bring ALL U.S. troops home no later than the end of December 2008. What did they do instead?  They continued to rubber-stamp George Bush’s requests for unfunded military allocations AND they voted to send 100,000 more American soldiers over to Iraq before they had even been in office for 7 months.  How is that ANY different from what a Republican majority would have done?

3.  In 2008 the American people elected a Democrat for President on the mandate to  bring all the troops home no later than the end of 2009, to create a health care system that at the least offered a public option, to reduce corporate influence and corruption in our government, to close Guantanamo, to restore some of our civil liberties that we lost under Bush, and to let the Bush Tax cuts expire. President Obama, along with a Democrat majority Congress, renewed the Patriot Act;  three years later we still have over 50,000 American troops in Iraq who are finally set to leave the end of December only because iraq is kicking us out; the “health care” system that was created essentially mandates that Wall Street gets 50 million new customers; and Obama along with the Democrat majority Congress renewed the Bush tax cut for millionaires.  I don’t see how a Republican would have done it much differently.

4. With a Democratic majority in BOTH houses, Congress voted overwhelmingly to defund ACORN on the flimsy evidence of a highly and obviously doctored video that had been created by James O’Keefe, a known right-wing operative. ACORN’S only “crime” was to empower the poor by registering them to vote.  Only 75 Democrats in the House stood up for justice and decency and only 7 in the Senate.  So called “liberals” like Russ Feingold, Al Franken, Barbara Boxer and John Kerry voted to defund ACORN.  Shame on them all!

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The only real difference between a Democrat and a Republican/Tea Party politician is their rhetoric.

It’s time for representation of the real majority–the 87% who earn less than $100,000 a year. (Note: I draw the line at $100,000.  I believe that those who have the most to lose are really 87% and not 99%.  Of course, another way to look at this perhaps more correctly would be to say that 100% stand to lose if we continue to follow the leadership of the 1%–including them.  Unfortunately they are blinded by their own greed and unable to see that they are shooting themselves in the foot.)

We can do it, but not by voting for the same plutocrats that are currently in Congress.

We can do it if Americans all over the USA stand up for Democracy and run for office themselves against the liars and thieves that currently run our country.

The Wall Street Sponsored Police State is now rolling down Main Street

3:41 pm in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross post from Iflizwerequeen

SHAME ON CONGRESS—ALL OF THEM!  Democrat and Republican/Tea Party Jerks alike!

Shame on them for their lies and criminal legislation against the people.

BUT MOST OF ALL–SHAME ON THE REST OF US, for putting up the the 1% and their crimes against humanity. We can still stop them in 2012 if we stand up and believe in ourselves and make sure that we do have other choices in 2012.  Find out what you must do to run for Congress in 2012 as an Independent. It would be a start if we outnumbered them in the House of Representatives in January of 2012.  It can happen, but not without you and me.

If any American comes up to me in 2012 and makes a comment that they must choose between “the lessor of two evils”, they won’t be liking what they hear coming out of my mouth.  We will have no one but ourselves to blame if this happens.  Now, if you needed a push in the direction of running for office, here is just one more reason to kick the ass of every incumbent up for election in 2012 out of office–those in power are creating laws and bringing weaponry into play that they are already using against the 99%!

YOU must do something now.  Don’t wait for someone else to stand up.  If not you, then who?  The other fellow you say?  Why he or she may be waiting for you.  We need hundreds of leaders to step up to the plate for 2012–at least 435 of them.  We can do it.  We have 435 U.S. Congressional Districts.  Their average population per district is 600,000 people.  Surely we each have one qualified person per district who can do a superior job to the current incumbent.  I know we do!   Please stand up and run as an Independent.  Don’t worry that you don’t want to–in fact, that’s a plus for the people. No one in their right mind actually wants to go to that hell-hole with those greedy Wall Street demons, but we must.  We really must.

Time is running out in many states for candidates to file to run as Independents for US Congress.  Go to your the website for your state’s Secretary of State or call their office and find out what hoop you must jump through to run as an Independent candidate in 2012.  Texans!  You only have a few more days.  December 15 is the last day to file your intent to run as an Independent.

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Another First for the Obama Presidency, but I don’t think Obama will add this to his bragging list.

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Police are using Sound Weapons use to “Fight Terrorism” on Occupy Protesters.

The Political Fail blog reports that “Out of the tragic events that unfolded on September 11, 2001 came what feels like an entire new world, some might even call it a new world order. Since that day the fear level of many people went up as a result of government and media propaganda designed to keep people from realizing that everything is always changing and the past can no longer hurt us. The most unfortunate on-going effect from that collective consciousness alteringday is the fact that so many people have been trained to always be waiting for something bad to happen, and as a result have become their own terrorists by creating tools meant to harm and/or control other humans. One of the tools created out of fear of what might happen is called an LRAD machine, (Long Range Acoustic Device) which emits a debilitating high pitched noise that can be concentrated and directed at a group of people or even a single person. The devices were designed to be used against foreign “enemy” combatants such as pirates or other dangerous people, but are now being used by domestic law enforcement as crowd control tools, even when the crowd is in full control of their actions. . .”

Addendum to link above:  be patient.  it takes about 20 seconds to load because there are two videos associated with the article.

Don’t get too excited about the NY “Tax overhaul” or any of their claims

11:09 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Crosspost from iflizwerequeen

ProPublica sets us straight on what the NY “Tax Overhaul” really means:

“The tax overhaul that New York state passed this week has been widely described in news reports as raising taxes on the rich and cutting them for the middle class — even as a win for Occupy Wall Street protesters and a possible blueprint for Congress.

But perhaps New Yorkers need to take a closer look.

Under the overhaul, which was passed on Thursday, one bracket of wealthy New Yorkers will get a bigger tax cut than the taxpayers in any other bracket. Specifically, individuals making between $500,000 and $2 million will pay 2.12 percent less in state income taxes for 2012. In contrast, individuals making between $40,000 and $150,000 are only getting a reduction of 0.4 percent, as this New York Times chart shows. .”

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Do  they think we are stupid?  Obviously they do or they would not continue to try to pass off their gifts to the 1% as gifts to the majority.

ILWQ COMMENTS:   LOOK THE GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH–ESPECIALLY IF IT IS A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN ELECTED OFFICIAL.

In case you haven’t noticed, the overwhelming majority of them are Wall Street politicians–whether Democrat or Republican.  They should be called “The Wall Street Party” —  They are not “bipartisan.”  They are one party representing the 1% all the way–regardless their propaganda to the contrary.

Following the example of our errant Boy Scout President, they are experts at making their actions look like actions that support the majority, when in fact they most certainly do not.  Most of them are outright liars and they know that they are lying and stretching the truth.   You can fully expect them all to go into over drive during 2012 proving how much they have done for all of us.  Don’t believe a damn word of it.  Toss them all out!

In the case of ALL INCUMBENTS, look the “gift horse” in the mouth–but be careful because their breath is as toxic as carbon monoxide.

Texans:  You only have two more days to file your intent to run as an Independent candidate for the U.S. Congress.  Please do it.  Here are the details. Nothing will change until we kick them all out and replace them with non-millionaire, non Wall Street owning Americans.

I got a great gift for you.  Just stand behind my tail. [Are we going to continue to be fools and listen to them?  If so, I guess we haven't been kicked in the head enough times.]

 

Why should we support those who support murderers?

6:29 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

ILWQ Cross Post

Why anyone, much less a body of elected officials, invest in an evil system that is destroying not only our nation, but our planet?  It is no hyperbole to say that Wall Street corporations pay others to murder people who threaten their profiteering all over the planet.  Here are a few that fall into the category of murderers according to many who offer up convincing proof:  Chiquita Brands, Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo.

Many others do it through skipping on the quality of their building materials and hiring unskilled workers to do the work required by skilled labor such as electricians.  Why do they skimp?  They skip so they can pay dividends to their middle men–the wealthy investors like members of Congress.  In this category you can include just about all corporations listed on just about any stock exchange.  We have examples like Halliburton whose shoddy wiring in Iraq led to the “accidental” electrocution of American soldiers. As far as I’m concerned that was no accident.

We have BP who poisoned the Gulf of Mexico and destroyed thousands of small businesses in a fiasco that the people in the Gulf states will take years if ever to recover from.  And why?  Because BP chose to take a risk with the quality of the lives of millions of Americans by not purchasing a safety valve that would have prevented this disaster.  And the people we elected in Congress allowed them to do this. Instead of passing legislation to protect the majority.  Why?  Because at least 30% of them own stock in oil and gas corporations like BP.  In fact, many BP stock owners like James Sensenbrenner, and Joe Barton sat on Congressional committees that “investigated” BP. We have a cynical bunch of rotten human beings  in Washington DC who mock the American people at every turn.

All members of Congress are invested in Wall Street.  44% of the US Congress are Multimillionaire Wall Street Stock investors who have increased their personal wealth by hundreds of thousands of dollars–some of them like Pete Sessions and Nancy Pelosi, by millions–most likely by trading on insider information.  ALL ON THE BACKS OF THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN WORKERS.

Wall Street has made millions for members of Congress over the past four years as American jobs have been slipping out of existence and our homes into foreclosure. How has this money been made?  It has been made by cutting costs.  Cutting costs puts money into the Corporate coffers and into the pockets of their wealthy investors. How to do they cut costs?  They cut costs by firing Americans and selling off assets of the companies where Americans once worked.

There is overwhelming evidence that members of Congress vote to increase and protect their own personal wealth–even when such votes go against the best interests of the majority of their constituents.  Afterward, they are so cynical and callous that they have the nerve to brazenly promote what they have done as if it is a benefit to the people they are supposed to serve.  Pete Sessions, for example, in the 32nd U.S. Congressional district of Texas has been going around bragging about the Korean Trade Agreement that was recently passed.

To listen to Sessions, you would think that the Korean Trade Agreement was going to create thousands of jobs in his district of over 192,000 children living in poverty.  His rhetoric is nothing but a collection of bold-faced lies.  The U.S. Congressional Budget Office has declared that the Korean Trade Agreement will ship 169,000 jobs overseas and will increase the US Trade deficit by $16 billion.  These three one-sided trade agreements passed by an overwhelming vote of our Wall Street Congress and our Wall Street White House Administration will make them and their Wall Street buddies richer and the rest of us and our nation, poorer.

And it’s not just Republicans.  The Democrats are as bad as the Republicans.  They are all there to protect their personal wealth.

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Two initial qualifying questions for all candidates in 2012.  Unless the answer is “no” to both questions, look elsewhere for another candidate.

1. Are you a millionaire ?

2. Do you own any Wall Street stock?

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Don’t tell me that choices are limited!  Go to the website for your Secretary of State today and see what it takes for you to run as an Independent candidate.  We can create our own candidates to replace the shysters who currently pretend to serve us in Washington D.C.

NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE UNTIL WE REMOVE THE MAJORITY OF THOSE CURRENTLY SITTING ON THEIR ASSES IN WASHINGTON DC.  That folks is the final word.  We can protest until the cows come home and go back out to pasture again.  Nothing will change until we unseat the majority of the bastards who are now in Congress and the White House. We must replace them with Americans who actually do care about the majority of us.

Believe it and start acting on it while there is still time for the elections of 2012 if you give a damn about the USA.

Congress has a different perspective from the majority of the American people.  Their votes and the legislation they have been supporting for the past 10 years makes perfect sense for them.  It is good for them.  Some of them even assuage their guilt by saying that it will “trickle down” to the rest of us.  It’s been 11 years of the Bush tax cuts for the rich.  How much “trickle” have you seen?

Wake up folks before they literally take the shirts off our children’s backs.  BE A PATRIOT.  STAND UP AND RUN FOR OFFICE AS AN INDEPENDENT.  You never know what you can do until you do it.  If I can do it, ANY American can do it. No I may not win, but I may be able to light the way for another.

One thing is certain, people who care will keep the conversation focused on topics that matter.  We will make those who don’t look like the greedy idiots that they are.  We must be out there and publicly pushing the real issues and challenging the rest of them on their phony political rhetoric and standard cliches.

You may be just the person we need, but we will never know it unless you stand up and take a chance.

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ADDENDUM ADDED AFTER POST:

Special Appeal to All Texans:  You have three days left.  December 15 is the last day you have to file an Intent to Run as an Independent for U.S. Congress in 2012. We have 32 Congressional district.  I believe it is possible to replace at least 16 of them with Independents from the 99%.  That’s a lot of folks to send to Washington.

Tell your friends.  Pass this information on.

It doesn’t cost a dime.  All you need to do is download a one page form.  Complete it and fax it to the person at the Texas Secretary of State’s office who handles these filings, Kim Thoule.

HERE IS THE FORM:

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/a2-5.pdf

Complete it.  Get it notarized and then fax it to:

Kim Thoule
Fax:  512-475-2811

You can always change your mind if you decide not to run, but after December 15 you cannot change your mind if you do decide to run–not in Texas anyway.

Go here for more information on registering as an Independent in Texas.

They use our Children as cannon fodder to feed their Cash Cow

12:49 pm in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

IfLizWereQueen  cross-post

If you are still among those who buy into their patriotic hogwash and nationalistic propaganda, then perhaps you will believe it a little less after reading this:

and when they are done, the bodies of our children who died in their fake wars are dumped in a landfill

The Air Force dumped the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops in a Virginia landfill, far more than the military had acknowledged, before halting the secretive practice three years ago, records show. The landfill dumping was concealed from families who had authorized the military to dispose of the remains in a dignified and respectful manner, Air Force officials said. There are no plans, they said, to alert those families now.

Read William Rivers Pitt’s full article:  The Final Indignity, the Last Insult, the Real America They don’t care what happens to us as long as their stock portfolios continue to swell.

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Look at the defense spending increases and this does not even include Homeland Security–the government agency we pay taxes to feel us up at airports:

And, if you still believe that there is a difference between a Democrat or a Republican on their stance regarding war, you need a history lesson:

1. In 2006 the American people elected a Democrat majority in BOTH houses on a clear mandate to end the war in Iraq and bring the troops home no later than the end of December 2008.

2. This Democrat majority continued to rubber stamp George Bushes unfunded requests for military appropriations.

3. In July of 2007, only a few months after being in office, this Democrat majority in both Houses voted, not to bring troops home, but to send 100,000 more over there.

4.In 2008 we elected a Democrat for President and indeed eventually  in 2010 he did bring home the 100,000 that the Democrats send over to Iraq in 2007.  Now in December of 2011 the remaining 50,000 America soldiers will leave Iraq, but only because the Iraqi people are telling us to get the hell out.  It wasn’t like the Obama administration didn’t try every trick in to book to keep them there.

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And the fake wars and killing and cynical disposal of our children will continue as long as those who profit from war are allowed to vote for it.

The current jerks in Congress are raising hell about cuts to the Defense Budget that amount to 15%.  They claim that it is “unprecedented.”  Apparently they are unaware of history.  Perhaps they are blinded by their own greed because no war means less money in their pockets.

From Foreign Policy.com, we have the following statistics on cuts to the defense budget–15% is a measly cut.

Eisenhower cut the defense budget by 27%
Nixon cut the defense budget by 29%.
Bush Senior by 17%
Reagan by 10%

and look at the money they have invested in supporting Wall Street war profiteers and then tell me how this is not a conflict of interest:

Look to the various Wall Street investments of Congressional members into War Profiteers and you’ll find the root cause for endless wars.

More than a quarter of senators and congressmen have invested at least $196 million of their own money in companies doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) that profit from the death and destruction in Iraq.

According to the latest reports, 151 members of Congress invested close to a quarter-billion in companies that received defense contracts of at least $5 million in 2006. These companies got more than $275.6 billion from the government in 2006, or $755 million per day, according to FedSpending.org, a website of the watchdog group OMBWatch.

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Here is a list of the most outstanding Congressional War profiteers.  As you can see, Democrat or Republican–little difference when it comes to making money off the deaths of our children.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) $28,872,067 $38,209,020
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) $12,081,050 $49,140,000
Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC) $9,232,037 $37,105,000 (no longer in Congress but serves as chairman of the NC Republican party)
Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis) $5,207,668 $7,612,653
Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif) $2,684,050 $6,260,000 (no longer in Congress, but this explains her stance as a hawk)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich) $2,469,029 $8,360,000
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa) $2,000,002 $2,000,002
Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis) $1,365,004 $5,800,000
Rep. Kenny Ewell Marchant (R-Texas) $1,163,231 $1,163,231
Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) $1,000,001 $5,000,000

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AND WHAT CAN DO YOU DO ABOUT IT?

You can stop buying into the phony three-ring circus of the “two-party” system.

You  can run for office yourself as an Independent.

You can support non-milionaiare, non-Wall Street investor vultures.

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Voting for war and supporting Wall Street in their continuing policy of firing Americans and sending them jobs overseas makes the majority of Congress richer.  They are not going to stop and they are not going to stop making cannon fodder of our children in their fake wars.  We must stop them by voting them out of office in 2012.

Pondering Newt’s current reign as favorite candidate.

7:05 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross post from IfLizWereQueen

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Herman Cain’s philandering is not OK, but Newt’s philandering is?

Newt Gingrich is a Shining Star of Moral Hypocrisy — Will evangelicals vote for that?  The Republicans appear to be applying their notion of Philanderers rather discriminately:

It’s Not OK for a black guy to be a philanderer.

It’s Not OK for a Democrat to be a philanderer.

It’s perfectly ok for an ugly fat white guy to be a philanderer.

What is behind that kind of thinking?

All good questions that Robert Scheer ponders in a recent column he wrote titled Government-Sponsored Sinner.

Sheer points out that serial philanderer Newt Gingrich betrayed not one but two wives while they were enduring serious medical difficulties.  Additionally, Gingrich was carrying on an affair with a congressional staff member 27 years his junior during the same years that he shamelessly stoked the Clinton sex scandal.

However Gingrich’s sexual hypocrisy is not the only glaring example of hypocrisy that this toad has exhibited.

How is he going to make one of the standard Republican talking points  that government-sonsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac forced the poor banks into making bad housing loans.  You see, Gingrich was on the payroll of Freddie Mac to the tune of $1.6 million.

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A Trip down Memory Lane:  January 22, 1999 Gingrich was disciplined (by a Republican majority Congress) for ethical wrongdoing.  Gingrich admitted to it.  It’s not like he can cry foul play.

The House voted overwhelmingly yesterday to reprimand House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and order him to pay an unprecedented $300,000 penalty, the first time in the House’s 208-year history it has disciplined a speaker for ethical wrongdoing.

The ethics case and its resolution leave Gingrich with little leeway for future personal controversies, House Republicans said. Exactly one month before yesterday’s vote, Gingrich admitted that he brought discredit to the House and broke its rules by failing to ensure that financing for two projects would not violate federal tax law and by giving the House ethics committee false information.

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But then It takes a liar and a hypocrite to Serve the Wall Street Masters.

But then a liar and a hypocrite seem to be the stuff that Presidents are made of so perhaps Gingrich, as the most practiced and eloquent liar and hypocrite of all the Republican candidates, has the best chance. Perhaps the Republicans know what they are doing after all. But they should be very careful in making their choice because most studies indicate that  philanderer only dally more as their power increases.  Newt is not going to stop. Apparently his wife is smart (or insecure) enough to realize this since she insists on being copied on all his emails and she pitches a fit if he is to stay overnight on the campaign trail.

But hey!  Perhaps the Gingrich candidacy is the biggest scam of all to come out of our one-party system. What greater excuse for not passing meaningful legislation for the American people than to have a sex scandal to consume all legislative  activities of Congress and our Wall Street owned and sponsored corporate media–Americans glued to the television watching the latest titillating story of the toad’s latest sexual exploit–cheap programming and skyrocketing ratings.

Perhaps another Ken Star is lurking in the wings, hoping for a Gingrich victory.  Perhaps one has already been selected by the Republican/Democrat corporation known as “the commission on Presidential Debates”  (a group that Walter Winchell referred to as “the greatest scam ever perpetuated on the American voter.”  Yes, folks we are a nation of one party.  However, their propaganda is so well-crafted that most Americans still believe the two-party myth.

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ESCAPE AT LEAST MOST OF THE LIES BY VOTING FOR AN INDEPENDENT, NON MILLIONAIRE, NON WALL STREET STOCK-OWNING AMERICAN IN 2012. Yes there will be some duds among them, but it won’t be nearly the 100% ratio that you are sure to find among either the Democrat or Republican candidates or a millionaire Wall Street stock owning candidate.

Run for office yourself.  Support an independent candidate in your district, municipality or state.  Work on their campaign.  Help them win.  Nothing will change until we clean house (both of them) in Washington D.C.

 

Corruption and Crony Capitalism in Washington is worse than many realize

6:54 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Posted from IfLizWereQueen

We can beat them simply by voting them out of office in 2012.  We can leave the rest of  their justice-due up to the higher authority.

Corruption and Good Ole Boy Cronyism between Elected Officials in Washington DC and Wall Street Corporations is so bad that the American Taxpayers are actually paying billions each year to Wall Street Corporations who don’t pay ANY taxes!  AND they are spending more money for lobbyists on K Street than they are for taxes.

And what do we get for our money?  We get trade agreements like the Korean Free Trade Agreement that according to the Congressional Budget Office will ship 169,000 American jobs overseas and increase the US trade deficit by $16 billion.  The crooks running Congress don’t give a damn about deficits as long as it increases the value of their own personal stock portfolios.  And our own President has the CEO (Jeffrey Immelt) of one of the worst offenders  (General Electric) as a financial advisor.  How cynical is that?  Over the past three years GE has made  over $10 billion in U.S. profits, gotten a $4, 737 billion tax rebate from the American taxpayers and forked over $85.35 million to lobbyists to make sure the golden goose keeps giving.

And to those Americans who wonder why the 99% marched on K Street yesterday, I say:  WAKE THE F UP and stop acting like you belong to the 1%.  If you live in the DC area, you should have been marching with them.

The table below is from Think Progress.  It shows the 3 year totals for U.S. profits, Federal Income taxes paid and lobbying expenses in millions (2008-2010).  Although 22 of the 30 corporations made profits in excess of a billion dollars, only one of the 30 paid a cent in U.S. income taxes:  Federal Express. All of the rest got tax rebates from the American people even though they didn’t pay a dime of taxes, and all of them spend more money on lobbyists than they spent on taxes.

The ONLY reason that this situation exists is because of the corrupted individuals from BOTH parties that we have currently sitting in our Senate and House of Representatives–many of whom have been there for 20 years or more. If they represented  the majority instead of their own personal Wall Street stock portfolios, this situation would not exist.  From just 29 Wall Street corporations the American taxpayers have paid out over $10 billion dollars over the past three years.

And these people have the nerve to gripe about the 35% corporate income tax when not only do they pay zero taxes, they rob from the Americans who do pay taxes.  This is money that should go to support the infrastructure that is shared by all.

None of this will change until BOTH “temples” in Washington D.C. are cleared of their moneychangers and profiteers and replaced with members of the 99% who are not millionaires and who do not have a Wall Street stock portfolio.

Job Creation #1 Priority

9:25 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross post from IfLizWereQueen e

OCCUPY CONGRESS IN 2012!

As an Independent candidate for the 32nd U.S. Congressional District of Texas, I’m currently writing my responses to issues that I consider important.  Unlike Congress, with their pseudo issues and fake “problems” such as Social Security and deficit ceilings, job creation will be at the top of my list.

Job Creation Today

Job Creation has been on the back-burner for elected officials in Washington DC for at least the past 10 years.  In fact, instead of creating jobs, they are destroying jobs for Americans. The watered down solutions offered by the Obama administration are almost as worthless as what the Republicans have not even bothered to offer.  In fact, after three years of Obama’s leadership, we are still near the Zero job growth benchmark set by George Bush during his eight year term.

What we have in the USA today as we near the end of 2011, is an absurd situation where banks and financial institutions are sitting on at least $3 trillion dollars–much of which was lent to them by the American people.  They are hoarding this money like misers. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer via the corrupt system of Wall Street whereby enormous wealth has been created over the past three years–not by producing goods and services, but by cutting costs and passing the savings along to the wealthy shareholders as dividend payments.

And how does a Wall Street corporation cut costs?  They cut costs by firing workers and selling off assets.  Thus while millions of Americans have been losing their jobs and their homes, members of our 44% millionaire Wall Street invested Congress have been getting richer and richer–Democrat and Republicans alike.  Wall Street operates exactly on the same principles as a multilevel marketing level pyramid scheme. Wall Street is a huge scam run by the rich for the benefit of the rich.

Pete Sessions, the Republican incumbent for the 32nd US Congressional District numbers among the millionaire Congressional members who have gotten richer on the backs of working Americans.  In 2008, Sessions reported a net worth of $3,376,000.  One year later in 2009 he reported a net worth of $4,904,000.  Thus in the time period in which 7.3 million Americans  lost their jobs, Mr. Sessions made $1,528,000 off his Wall Street investments.

The money that Wall Street makes and pays to their shareholders like Sessions primarily comes from corporations cutting costs by firing workers and selling off assets. It is no hyperbole whatsoever to say that Sessions and others like him in Congress are literally making fortunes off the backs of working Americans who lose their jobs.  Think of it this way:  if you lost a job in 2008 or 2009, no doubt part of what was once your salary was given to people like Pete Sessions as well as the salaries of the CEOs of these corporations.  In addition, your taxes help to pay Mr. Sessions $174,000 salary and his government sponsored health care.

Is this the kind of representation you want, someone who profits off the backs of the majority,  or do you want someone who will make the best decisions for the majority of those in the 32nd district?   That is the question that the people of my district and U.S. Congressional Districts all over the USA will decide, but one thing is certain:  I plan to make sure that the majority of them from my district are fully aware of what they are choosing and how it affects the lives of the people in their community.

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Job Creation Solution #1  REPLACE CONGRESS IN 2012

Nothing of any significance will happen until we stop listening to their promises and replace Congressional Wall Street Millionaires–forget about party. There is not enough daylight of difference for consideration between the leadership of the Democrat Party and the leadership of the Republican/Tea Party.

Until we remove those from Congress who continue to benefit from the current corrupt situation whereby their personal stock portfolios increase from the job losses of Americans, don’t expect any significant change.  I ask you to think:  where is their incentive to push job creation?  There is certainly no incentive for at least 44% of Congress such as Pete Sessions who are millionaires. Their inaction on job creation bills is testimony enough for where they really stand.

So the first step is to remove these Wall Street profiteers from office. Stop thinking that appealing to them will change their behavior.  How much more proof of their self-serving corruption do we need?

Sacrifice? How dare they speak of sacrifice!

7:06 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

Where exactly is THEIR sacrifice?


You can certainly count me among the growing number of wide-awake Americans.  In 2008 I watched all the pundit shows and all the presidential “debates” of both parties.  In 2011 I watch about 3 hours of television a week and I have not watched a single Republican debate.  Watching one of those “debates” is about as stimulating as watching the “Orange County Housewives”  or the “Kartrashians”.

But this does not mean that I am apathetic.  Quite the contrary.  I blog.  I participate in Occupy Dallas.  I work with others to see that the truth is told regarding the Tar Sands Keystone pipeline and other important issues.  I am running in 2012 as an Independent and member of the 99%  for US Congress for the 32nd Congressional District of Texas.

Few things make me angrier than to hear a member of Congress speak to the American people of “making sacrifices” unless it is for one of them to call the 30 million and rising out of work and desperate Americans “lazy.”  I am mad as hell and I and millions of others like me are doing plenty about it.  If they think that having their hired goons to stomp on the Occupiers will stop this tidal wave against them, they will find out that a new “sheriff” is in town after the elections of 2012 and this new sheriff will go by the name of 99%.  And instead of guns, most of them will come armed with brains and values designed to support ALL Americans–not just the upper 1% who live in the apex of the pyramid multilevel marketing scheme called “Wall Street.”

My Message to Congress:

2012 is the year that politicians will have to do a lot more than offer up their standard political cliches to get our vote.  No, we won’t be chanting back your standard made-in-China flag pin phrases about democracy, greatness, American “exceptionalism” and freedom. We will be doing all we can to change your rigged fake “two-party” system by introducing real candidates for the majority with real platforms and real plans. You dare to talk to us of sacrifices when we send our sons and daughters  to fight and die in your useless, unwinnable wars that provide you and Wall Street corporations with huge profits. How dare you!

You’ve got a great awakening coming your way in 2012 and you can count me as one American who is dedicated to seeing that as many of you are removed from office as possible.

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Where is Wall Street’s “Sacrifice”?  Can you see it in the chart below?  It looks to me like they made more money and paid even less taxes.

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Where are the Members of Congress and their “Sacrifice”?

The net worth of members of Congress has risen by 23.6% between 2008 and 2010!

The collective wealth of members of both houses of Congress rose 23.6 percent between 2008 and 2010, according an analysis conducted by Roll Call. The newspaper calculated “minimum net worth” of each congressman and senator based on financial disclosure forms each fills out. It found that Congress’s collective wealth jumped from an estimated minimum of $1.65 billion in 2008 to $2.04 billion in 2010. ”Minimum net worth,” as the name suggests, doesn’t included every source of wealth for members of Congress (such as home values), meaning it’s a big underestimation.  SOURCE

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The 99% can win! Here are your instructions.

Where is the justice for those murdered by Wall Street?

9:12 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

Few realize the enormity of the crimes that our elected officials allow the evil crooks on Wall Street to continue to commit while they look the other way and pass legislation to fatten their own personal stock portfolios.  The number of murders resulting from both the actions and inactions of Congress as well as Wall Street leadership literally dwarf the number of all who have died in all the wars of the 20th and so far the 21st centuries.  Yet justice has not been meted out to any of these people. Why? Are the rich to be allowed to murder the rest of us with impunity?

Where is the justice for the 2,800 trade unionists in Colombia who have been murdered since 1989? Where is the justice for the 190 trade unionists in Colombia who have disappeared in Colombia since 1989? Over 98% of these cases remain unresolved. [These statistics are not even current.  They are from a Colombia's Confederation of Workers 2010 report.  Even more have died and gone missing since then.]  A recent report issued by the ITUC revealed that more trade unionists were murdered in Colombia in 2010 than in the rest of the world combined: 49 out of 90.  And the killing continues and it is funded by “businessmen” –many of who are Wall Street CEOs who live in the USA.

Where is the justice for the Colombian Unionists who were murdered by an AUC goon squad paid for by Chiquita Brands executives? For an answer to this question, you can ask the current Attorney General of the USA, Eric Holder.  He is the lawyer who got Chiquita officials off the hook for murder.  In 2007 Chiquita, as part of a plea agreement, admitted that what it called protection payments had been given to Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, or AUC. AUC was named a terrorist organization by the United States in 2002, making it a crime to give them money.  AUC ‘s primary targets are unionists and small farmers who stand up and fight when they wealthy try to drive them off their land.

Where is the justice for the millions who died as a result of Goldman Sachs commodity traders manipulating the wheat market in 2008? Where is their Nuremberg? There is no “free” market.  That is a myth and as long as we believe this disinformation, Wall Street murderers will be allowed to continue to get away with murder. Markets are manipulated by people on Wall Street and they should be held responsible when they do it and they should be brought to trial for their crimes.

The myth of the “free” market is central to Milton Friedman’s conservative economic theory that is held by most in Washington, including those in the Obama administration.  Markets are manipulated by people at the top of the financial food chain and for their own personal gain.  As long as we believe the myth of a “free” market, then murderers will be allowed to go free.  “After all, it’s not their fault, it’s just the unfortunate circumstances of a free market acting capriciously.”

Many of these Wall Street financial moguls and other financial titans all over the world need to be tried for crimes against humanity.  No better example than Lloyd Blankfein and the executives of Goldman Sachs.  They should all be tried for crimes against humanity for what the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index traders pulled off in 2008–the year of the largest wheat production in 100 years.

Since money is their goal, they don’t give a damn about service or the good of the 99% of the world.  These people are in it for the money.  Period.  Anything that makes more money for them is justified–even murder.  Some of them may from time to time donate 1% of their wealth to have a hospital built and named after them to fluff up their vanity, but these “gifts” are peanuts compared to the wealth that they steal from others.

When there is a surplus of a product such as wheat, it is cheaper on the market–a good thing for the 99% and a bad thing for the boys on Wall Street and their wealthy investors.  So they create a bubble that inflates the value of the product or commodity.  They manipulate the market.  In this example from 2008, the Goldman Sachs traders bought and bought and bought wheat and then didn’t sell it.  This creates the appearance of a shortage of wheat on the market and thus drives up the price of wheat.

As a result, in 2008, a year of the largest wheat production in 100 years, millions more all over the world starved to death because they could not afford to purchase their daily bread.*  At the end of 2008, all the huge amounts of surplus wheat left over was sold as cattle feed to corporate livestock farms.  This single act of criminality on a global scale committed by Wall Street resulted in the unnecessary deaths of millions of human beings–more than the  number of deaths resulting from all World Wars–and yet no one has been punished for this evil act that was knowingly committed.  Where is the justice for the millions who starved to death because of greedy Wall Street bankers?  Where is their Nuremberg?

*Note:  Frederick Kaufman published an article on this topic in Harpers Magazine in August, entitled “The Food Bubble: How Wall Street Starved Millions and Got Away with It”  The article chronicles Kaufman’s attempt to get to the bottom of the 2008 food crisis, and the real reason behind why millions of people were shoved into food insecurity and starvation in 2008.

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We can have justice–but not before we send most of Congress home and replace them with Independents from the 99% who don’t own Wall Street stock.

If we want justice, were are going to have to start electing people to Washington DC who represent the 99% and not those who singularly represent their own personal stock portfolios and wealthy Wall Street investors. That is the starting part and now is the time to find replacements for these Wall Street yes men and women in Congress.  Find people in your community to run as Independents.  It won’t do any good if 2012 arrives and our choices are Wall Street Frick Republican and Wall Street Frack Democrat.

  • Over half of Washington DC need to be sent home in 2012 and you can start with the 44% who are millionaires.  The goal should not be to run government like another Wall Street corporation  or a profit-making business–or worse, to treat government as a superfluous appendage to be sliced off and replaced by the council rule of a few global financial corporations and their CEOs.