The parties are 2 sides of the same coin. A vote for either is a vote against hope and change.
“1) President Obama is on the verge of approving a Free Trade deal with Colombia, despite the murder of union organizers in that country. Not content with establishing similar deals with Panama (which has to do with enlarging tax havens) and South Korea, the administration is now embarking on a much vaster Trans-Pacific Partnership deal with countries all over Asia. And it’s being negotiated entirely in secret, with corporate and government officials the only ones allow to be in the room. Trade is a significant driver of lower wages.
2) President Obama just pushed for and signed the JOBS Act, which is a substantial relaxation of regulations and accounting requirements on corporations seeking to go public. Bill Black has many four letter words to describe this bill, but it’s basically a license for Wall Street to commit fraud in the equity markets. The SEC is beginning to promulgate instructions on how this will work.
3) President Obama just refused to issue an executive order forcing campaign spending disclosure by government contractors. President Obama actually criticized the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United at a State of the Union address, but as with yesterday’s speech on raising taxes on millionaires, there was actually no there there.”
Howard Dean: Lobby and bribe both sides. They’re both ignorant of actual issues, but totally respond to ads and donations. That is what matters, not what is best for Americans.
This is how it works. Do not fool yourself that the government is for the people. If that was ever the case it is clearly no longer.
Vote out all incumbents and those who take corporate money or work with Super PACs.
Michigan Republicans: Flagrantly breaking the law/constitution to institute insane, dictatorial laws.
HOLY SHIT. This is crazy. Please watch and then share/reblog/etc.
Out of control.
Money is corrupting our democracy, and Rootstrikers wants to help fix it. We launched The Anti-Corruption Pledge so that citizens can tell elected officials that their dependence on special interest cash—and not the people—has to end.
If you could give your rep a performance evaluation, what would you say? We’re asking for a grant so that we can record groups of citizen lobbyists confronting their reps and asking them to take the pledge. Rootstrikers will collect the footage, and mobilize a media campaign showing citizens taking the lead to define the change we need.
“The contingent of senators that successfully blocked a bill that would have ended tax breaks for the five biggest U.S. oil and gas companies received $23,582,500 in career contributions from the industry, as reported by Rebecca Leber at Think Progress.”
“The biggest beneficiaries:
Senate Republic Leader Mitch KcConnel (R-Ky.) — $1,154,011 in his career including $759, 450 since 2006.
John Cornyn (R-Texas) — 1,877,550 in his career including $1,197,275 since 2006.
John McCain (R-Ariz.) — $2,870,491 in his career including a whopping $2,622,764 since 2006.”
Lessig has a unique and incredibly accurate diagnoses of drivers of our lost of democracy. Hint: Money = influence and rich people/corporations have more of it than you