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We need a progressive movement that will serve to end the welfare state of the corporations, bring a halt to disaster capitalism, and return gov\'t representation to We The People. Campaign Finance Reform is imperative.

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The Public Hates SCOTUS, the tool of the wealthy...



Published on May 21, 2015


Via Ring of Fire: http://www.youtube.com/golefttv

The Big Picture: Tame Wall Street



Published on May 18, 2015

Robert Reich says, "Wall Street screwed you once." Don't let it happen again.

Discussed: Dodd-Frank Act, Resurrect Glass-Steagall Act, Small Fed. Transaction Tax on Trades, Anti-Trust Laws.

I'll add one they forgot, jail time instead of fines.

(Note: I understand the lack of interest in this video, we are so used to being screwed & some of the solutions have been discussed ad nauseum, they are well known, and nobody seems to be listening, these are working solutions, so why aren't our "reps" listening & acting? We know why, it's that damned revolving door, it's too good & profitable to close for good.)

An Uncompromising Message, Against Corruption & Austerity...Spain's Podemos



BBC/April 7, 2015



They're Robbing You, They Robbed You Yesterday & They're Gonna Rob You Again

Austerity and Neoliberalism in Greece, Richard Wolff & Barry Herman / The New School



by Richard Wolff and Barry Herman.
Published on May 14, 2015

Development, Thought and Policy Lecture Series: Austerity and Neoliberalism in Greece, sponsored by the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, at the Milano School for International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. Professors Richard Wolff and Barry Herman share their insights.

Austerity is about shifting the burden of an economic crisis from one part of the population to another. The mass of Greek people did not force Andreas Papandreou to borrow money. The mass of the Greek people didn’t know about or have much to do with fiscal policy at the national level. In fact, governments, bankers, leading industrialists, ship builders, the major players of the Greek economy, got together, as their counterparts did elsewhere, to produce the decisions that then, in the wake of the international collapse of capitalism, became unsustainable, producing a crisis in Greece. Once that had happened, there was only one question left: Who was going to pay the cost of all the debt Greece has run up or all the production decisions made that have left Greece without the capacity to export, with a dependence on imports etc.? And at that point, as has happened in every country – Greece is in no way unique – the wealthy and the business community went to work, with their resources and their business connections, to make sure that they didn’t pay the price. http://www.rdwolff.com/content/austerity-and-neoliberalism-greece

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Bio: Richard D. Wolff is a Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York. He is the author of many books, including Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, and Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA.
Wolff hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI, 99.5 FM, New York City (Pacifica Radio). More: http://rdwolff.com/content/about

http://www.rdwolff.com

For more info or donations: http://www.democracyatwork.info/

Note: Used by permission of Prof. R.D. Wolff.

Prof. Richard Wolff's Global Capitalism: May 2015 Monthly Update



Bio: Richard D. Wolff is a Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York. He is the author of many books, including Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, and Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA.
Wolff hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI, 99.5 FM, New York City (Pacifica Radio). More: http://rdwolff.com/content/about

http://www.rdwolff.com

For more info and to make donations: http://www.democracyatwork.info/

Note: Used by permission of Prof. R.D. Wolff.

Don't Overlook Fast Track Will Give Any President Authority Over the Next 6 Years...Elizabeth Warren

Finance & Society: Senator Elizabeth Warren



Johnson Introduces Warren about the 12:00 mark, she touches on TPP toward the end.

From Baltimore to Bernie: Why the Mainstream Media Will Always Fail (Majority Report)



Published on May 6, 2015

The Young Turks and Turner Movie Classics host Ben Mankiewicz explains why the MSM always fails in covering Police brutality and poverty. Why cable news fails again and again. How we can cover Bernie Sanders and fight against media narratives that don’t take him seriously. The Clinton machine and why isn’t Jerry Brown running for President?…

Filling in for Sam Seder: Majority Report contributor Michael Brooks

This clip from the Majority Report, live M-F at 12 noon EST and via daily podcast at http://Majority.FM

Posted by mother earth | Sat May 9, 2015, 07:41 PM (0 replies)

I've no doubt she has some small donators who work for corporations. My link is not bullshit, it

stands.

If HRC had a grassroots movement going, no doubt, we'd hear ALL ABOUT IT.

Bernie, however, does. His millions made in 3 days came from small donations.

You cannot argue big money is buying the election, on both sides, billions of dollars are set to be spent, while poverty and income inequality grows at staggering rates due to the corporate influence in gov't and politics. SCOTUS has enabled this, it is about Citizens United, and with TPP in the balance, TSIHTF.

You are trying to wash this abomination of power and influence away, simply by stating these are small donors who are simply employed by powerful vested interests, corporations. This is where we part ways.

If you are going to embrace a corporate candidate, at least acknowledge it. She is not being funded by tiny donations by the middle class and impoverished because they believe in her, heart and soul. She is being funded by big money, plain and simple. Hey, we could do worst, we could get a GOP'er, but at least we can both acknowledge where that money comes from, wouldn't you agree?

I know it is hard, but in this election, big money is buying the candidate, on BOTH sides. For some reason, it isn't Bernie, and that tells me all I need to know.

As for caps on donations, they no longer exist:
http://www.newser.com/story/184722/supreme-court-strikes-cap-on-political-donations.html
Supreme Court Strikes Cap on Political Donations



Decision, split 5-4, will allow individuals to donate as much as they want overall
Posted by mother earth | Thu May 7, 2015, 07:12 PM (1 replies)

Warren Support Shifting to Bernie Sanders, Sanders Not Just About Influencing Issues

http://gawker.com/like-elizabeth-warren-vote-bernie-sanders-1702274116

Though we wish it could be so, Elizabeth Warren is not running for president. The dominant narrative has already become: Warren’s supporters will now have to settle for trying to exert influence on Hillary Clinton. Not so fast, narrative!

Elizabeth Warren Is Right About Everything


This afternoon, Massachusetts Senator and presidential non-candidate Elizabeth Warren spoke to a…(Read more: http://gawker.com/elizabeth-warren-is-right-about-everything-1696835237)


If you are a person who cares about economic inequality, and the inordinate influence of money on our democracy, and Wall Street’s unaccountability and plunder of public resources—a well-informed person, in other words—you were probably disappointed to learn that Elizabeth Warren would not be running for president, because she is the strongest mainstream political voice in America who speaks out intelligently in favor of addressing those very issues. Some would have you believe that Warren’s decision not to enter the race means that those of you who believe in the causes that she champions should not slide over into the camp of The Inevitable Nominee Hillary Clinton, who will reward you with, perhaps, a gentle leftward nod and wink during the course of her staunchly centrist campaign.

“There are frequent references to a Warren wing of the Democratic party and to the need to appeal to it,” Bloomberg writes. “Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, is openly courting her.” In the New Yorker, Ryan Lizza says that “Clinton has taken notice” of Warren, already making overt efforts to enfold her in the comforting embrace of Planet Hillary.

I say to everyone who supports Elizabeth Warren’s eminently reasonable positions on issues of basic fairness: hope is not lost. You do not have to throw up your hands in despair and slide your support over to Hillary Clinton. The inevitability of Hillary Clinton’s triumph is a facade, manufactured by a team of political consultants for the purpose of making her victory easier by encouraging any and all opponents to give up and fade away. There is absolutely no reason that progressives should lay down and surrender to Hillary Clinton—who is a calculating and talented politician who is better than a Republican, but who cannot be called a progressive if that term is to mean anything. Even as Hillary Clinton mouths platitudes about fighting inequality, her own legion of Wall Street backers does not take any of it seriously. “She’s not saying that a hedge fund manager shouldn’t be making what they’re making,” one financier shrugged to Politico. “Just that someone in another job shouldn’t be making 300 times less.”

In fact, a hedge fund manager shouldn’t be making what they’re making. If you have enough of a sense of justice to understand that, there is no reason for you to feel that your vote is already a foregone conclusion, a year and a half before the actual election. Even without Elizabeth Warren, there is a candidate in the race who represents true progressive ideals. That candidate is Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders favors strong progressive taxation to fight the ongoing trend of massive accumulations of wealth among a tiny elite.

Bernie Sanders favors an expanded social safety net to protect the poor.

Bernie Sanders favors a single-payer public health care system for all.

Bernie Sanders favors breaking up the “Too Big to Fail” Wall Street banks that pulled the world into a global recession in 2008.

Bernie Sanders favors a $15 per hour minimum wage.

Bernie Sanders favors stronger support for organized labor.

Bernie Sanders also favors legalizing marijuana, by the way.

Compare the positions of Bernie Sanders with those of Elizabeth Warren. Anyone who feels strongly about the economic and social causes championed by Warren will have little choice but to recognize that Bernie Sanders fully embraces most of the same causes, and the same policy solutions. There is no need to make some emotional, over-the-top, campaign ad-style plea here. Look at what the candidates believe. Vote for the candidate who represents what you believe.

Three and a half decades of rising inequality must stop, or else. Bernie Sanders should have the support of everyone in this country smart enough to understand that. Everyone including Elizabeth Warren.
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Once you realize how very much support was evident for a Warren run, it is no longer a case of Bernie Sanders swaying the inevitable nominee during the campaign season, hell no...it is far more...all of that Warren love is now Bernie Sanders love...and it is just in the beginning stages. To know Bernie Sanders and what a fighter he is, is to love him, and those of us who already do know his stances on the issue couldn't be happier. I'm thinking Elizabeth Warren agrees wholeheartedly.
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