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The Rich Get Richer, Then Buy Elections

It’s a perfect storm. And I’m not talking about the dangers facing Democrats. I’m talking about the dangers facing our democracy. First, income in America is now more concentrated in fewer hands than it has been in 80 years. Almost a quarter of total income generated in the United States is going to the top 1 percent of Americans. The top one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans now earn as much as the bottom 120 million of us. Who are these people? They’re top executives of big corporations and Wall Street, hedge-fund managers and private equity managers. They include the Koch brothers, whose wealth increased by billions last year and who are funding Tea Party candidates across the nation. Which gets us to the second part of the perfect storm. A relative few Americans are buying our democracy as never before. And they’re doing it completely in secret. And with a passage of the 2015 government spending bill they get to increase their buying power. Billions of dollars will pour into advertisements for and against candidates – without a trace of where the dollars are coming from. They’re laundered through a handful of groups. Fred Malek, whom you might remember as deputy director of Richard Nixon’s notorious Committee to Reelect the President (dubbed “Creep” in the Watergate scandal), is running one of them. Republican operative Karl Rove runs another. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a third. The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission made it possible. The Federal Election Commission says only 32 percent of groups paying for election ads are disclosing the names of their donors. By comparison, in the 2006 midterm, 97 percent disclosed; in 2008, almost half disclosed. We’re back to the late 19th century, when the lackeys of robber barons literally deposited sacks of cash on the desks of friendly legislators. The public never knew who was bribing whom. The House passed a bill that would require that the names of all such donors be publicly disclosed. But the bill couldn’t get through the Senate. Every one voted against it. Here’s the third part of the perfect storm. Most Americans are in trouble. Their jobs, incomes, savings and even homes are on the line. They need a government that’s working for them, not for the privileged and the powerful. do we have that now? Our state and local taxes are rising. And our services are being cut. Teachers and... read more

Consumerism Is An Epidemic

Have you ever felt that you’re living through a nightmare of consumption? That you wish you could un-hook yourself and reconnect with a life that is somehow more real and vivid? I know I have. Today we live in a time when there is little to no understanding of how the goods we consume and take for granted came into being. Without this we lack the knowledge to understand the true costs of our consumption, and the power to take action. As a result we have become disconnected. What is the fascination with having the next big thing? It seems we are consumed by our desires to have the biggest house, the newest car and the latest iPhone. Think about it, each time Apple launches a new iPhone, it’s a spectacle. Crowds cheer as they rush to stores in the eternal quest to obtain the latest and greatest gadget. But the blind fervor over Apple devices masks a darker aspect of iPhone mania: People go to truly desperate lengths to get their hands on one. Since the first iPhone shipped out in 2007, fans have gotten in fist fights, sold organs and even trafficked children in exchange for the devices. These are all true by the way. Others risked their own safety to recover lost phones. Robbers have killed just to make a buck feeding the iPhone black market. Americans are shelling out big bucks annually to outfit the entire household with Apple products. And they are spending hundreds – if not thousands of dollars – more each year for the unexpected Apple “taxes” — add-ons that lock them into the Apple system: iTunes downloads for music, movies and games, along with subscriptions and accessories. Why are we so obsessed? Are you awake Yet? Stay in touch and receive more insights with the America’s Great Awakening Newsletter. If you would like to to see a sample newsletter, click the link below. This is free and we encourage you to distribute to your friends and family. VIEW FREE NEWSLETTER If you are ready to sign up to receive our monthly newsletters, click... read more

Did Anyone Read The New Government 1.1 Trillion Dollar Spending Bill?

Our Congress that has done virtually nothing for two years is wrapping up 2014 with a bang. Dozens of policy provisions are tucked into a 1,603-page bill that will keep the government open through next September 2015. The provisions affect everything from campaign finance laws to financial regulations, marijuana possession and even the government’s purchase of white potatoes. Oh, did you not hear about that in the news? Most the provisions are notable because House Republican leaders frequently tout a transparent process. But there were a lot of items added at the last minute to this massive funding bill that were never discussed in any committee hearing, or voted on as part of any of the nearly dozen spending bills that were rolled into one package to result in the 1,603-page legislation. I wonder why? Here is a quick list of some of the changes: Blocking new marijuana legalization bill in Washington, D.C.: Is it just me of does this really need to be in a government spending bill? Wealthy donors allowed to give more to political parties: The bill increases the individual limits that donors can give to national parties to help fund conventions, building funds and legal proceedings, such as recounts. The change would effectively allow rich donors to give ten times more than they can today to support political parties. This is very bad folks. More wheat bread for school lunches: Republicans wanted to block new nutritional requirements for school lunches under a program championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. But instead of wiping out the rule, Republicans and Democrats agreed to give local schools more flexibility on how they decided to include whole grain items on school menus. No more taxpayer money for expensive portraits: Committee chairs and other high ranking government officials in Washington often commission large, often very pricey portraits of themselves to hang in hearing rooms. Under the bill they would need to use private money to pay for any new portraits. Oh wait, you didn’t know you paid for these? And… this is the most important one. Are you paying attention? Banks allowed to use taxpayer money to engage in potentially risky trades: The bill rolls back a provision that was part of financial reforms for Wall Street banks. It reverses a rule that was enacted in 2010 that barred banks from using taxpayer backed funds from trading in derivatives. Democrats argue these often risky trades helped contribute to the financial... read more

Money is Corrupted by Men, Not the Other Way Round

Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. But when you see that in order to produce it, you need to obtain permission from those who produce nothing… you will know that your society is doomed. It is rare that a man of honor, like Mike Maloney, let’s his hair down, but that is exactly what happens during this 20 minute video. This was produced during one of the company meetings at GoldSilver.com and is one of the greatest explanations of what is happening in and to our society today. Mr. Maloney is reading from Atlas Shrugged and at a couple of different points during the reading his voice cracks, the words don’t seem to flow as easily and it is quiet clear that the words are having a profound effect. If you have an ounce of concern, a willingness to learn and a desire to understand what is happening to our society and the means by which it is being created, spend the next 20 minutes watching and listening to this speech. It just may change your life and if does, great, if it does not, take another 20 minutes and put on your best listening ears and your clearest watchful eyes. Otherwise, you may already be dead inside. We are all in this mess together. After watching and listening to the delivery of this speech you should have a much better understanding of why we say this. Are you awake Yet? Stay in touch and receive more insights with the America’s Great Awakening Newsletter. If you would like to to see a sample newsletter, click the link below. This is free and we encourage you to distribute to your friends and family. VIEW FREE NEWSLETTER If you are ready to sign up to receive our monthly newsletters, click... read more

Police Lie In Court, Man Is Falsely Charged

A New Jersey man who was facing years in prison after being falsely charged with resisting arrest has had all charges against him dropped after a second police dash cam video was shown in court. Had is not been for this second video, this man would surely have been convicted. It shows just how easy a police officers can lie or skew the truth to convict you. If there is no video it’s your word against theirs. And who do you think they will believe with in court? This is why we write about police corruption. Are you getting the message here? I thought they were suppose to protect and serve. It wasn’t that long ago that a grand jury’s decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo of the NYPD. Pantaleo placed Eric Garner in a chokehold, a maneuver which has been prohibited by the department since 1993, eventually killing the man. The video showed that Garner was not resisting. The decision by a grand jury not to indict in the death of Eric Garner is a miscarriage of justice. It’s an outrage, it’s a disgrace, it’s a blow to our democracy and it should shock the conscience of every single American who cares about justice and fair play. Grand Juries Almost Never Indict Police Officers Who Kill Citizens There have been close to 1,700 people killed by police since January 1, 2014. Criminal defense and civil rights attorney Ron Kuby told the Latin Post that the only way for police to be held accountable for crimes they commit against the citizenry is through “an independent statewide prosecutor for police misconduct…that’s the only way you will get police accountability, because local district attorneys are locally elected, they frequently rely on many of the same police officers who are investigating other police officers, and they are very reluctant as a rule to second guess the police involving line of duty killings. Sometimes they won’t even present the case to a grand jury.” Just how big is this issue of police killing citizens? Check out this Wikipedia page. It will open your eyes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_killings_by_law_enforcement_officers_in_the_United_States Nearly two times a week in the United States, a police officer killed someone during a seven-year period. While we all can agree there are some great cops out there. But it’s very obvious their intent is to rule us, not protect us. The situation of police corruption, specifically policemen planting evidence, stealing contraband for their own... read more
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