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More evidence that our middle-class is sliding towards the Third World.

This may be shocking to some of us. And please also read the Comments:


And thanks to Corporate America. This is what they are striving for: Less for everybody else,
and more only for the few of them.

30 companies had a combined profit of $163+ billion, but paid less than zero taxes. I.e.,

they had a tax liability of MINUS 10.6 billion. The American middle-class gets
hammered. And we, the American people are basically doing nothing about it.
In fact, few of us even know anything of the above. I certainly didn't.

And there are thousands of companies doing the same thing. If the super-rich
paid the same rate of taxes as the middle-class did, there wouldn't have been
a national debt to begin with.

So, are we going to let this nonsense and insanity go on forever?

It's high time that we, the middle-class, banded together in a united front
and DEMAND that the super-rich pay the same rate of taxes that we do.
And we must keep on making this demand loud and clear until it actually
gets done.


Psychopaths (people with anti-social personality disorder) make up 4% of the general population.

As long as they are around, there will people trying for empire. Whether or not they will succeed
is another story. It is a part of their personlity to want to make money and exercise power and
control over others by all means - both fair and foul. They cannot help but follow this drive.

Science has detected 4 or 5 genes that are present in those with psychopathic or sociopathic
personalities, and the environmental influences one has experienced during one's formative years
certainly also play an important role in helping them become one.

Maybe someday scientists could learn how to manipulate one's genetic make-up, so that all
new-born babies will be free of this taint. But, until then, they make up 4% of our population.
And with them around, there always will be trouble.

So, do we need another Clinton for president? Let's start early clamoring for someone with

integrity, idealism and love of the American people -- Elizabeth Warren, for instance.
If we start now, by 2016 she will be a well-known household name.

SmileyRose: Crossing Over is a new birth, like a flowerbud blossoming out in all its beauty & Glory

Dear Rose:

Thank you for such a warm, loving, sincere and generous message. It
is a gift that comes right from your heart, since each and everyone of
us will be facing the same thing you are going through -- the
difference is only a question of time. My sister is receiving hospice care
at home. She, too, doesn't have much time left.

To tell you something about myself: I follow no particular religion, but
I do have a philosophy of life which is sometimes called "Spirituality."
There are no dogmas and no doctrines. We only accept what resonates
within ourselves. The reason is this: What resonates within us is what
we are ready to accept at that particular time. We each are at some
level of spiritual development. At age 20 I thought differently from the
time I was 10. At 40 I thought differently from the time I was 20, etc...
The same thing applies spiritually. We are all growing and continue
changing at our own pace -- hopefully for the better. We come across
new ideas every now and then. What we might not accept today, we
could very well accept another time. Unlike fear-based religious sects,
there are no threats of any kind -- ever. The emphasis is on love.

I believe that we all are souls using a temporary physical body to
experience and learn whatever we came on earth to experience and
learn. Our physical body comes with, or soon acquires, an ego -- the
selfish human part, which we have to learn to deal with. Our souls
are all portions of the One Spirit -- God, if you will. The major
religions do teach that we are made in the "image and likeness" of
God. Hence, we are all One. There are no "others." Whatever we do
to "others" we are also doing to ourselves.

When asked what is the opposite of life, most people would answer
"death." But isn't "birth" the opposite of death? The minute one is
born, each further minute one lives is a minute closer to death, when
the body finally dissolves and returns to the elements of nature.
Spirit, on the other hand, does not die. Life or spirit has no opposite.
Spirit, without a body, returns to its true home.

I also believe that while on earth, the way we think, feel and behave
is greatly influenced by our body's wants and needs. When separated
from the body, the soul is freed from those not always pleasant wants
and needs. It probably will feel a great big relief -- like getting rid of a
millstone from around one's neck.

I think it would be of benefit to frequently remind yourself that you will
soon be in that state where all earthly pains and difficulties are over;
and that you will be where all of us would like to be, and will be, some
day. Soon you will already have made it! Soon you will be reborn into
the world of spirit, our true home, where we all belong.

For those of us still on earth, it will take a little while longer, and then
the real we, all our loved ones and friends, will be together again, and
much more intensely and consciously together than we are, and have
ever been, on earth. When you cross over, it will be like a beautiful
flower-bud, a beautiful blossom opening up and unfolding in all its
glory and splendor!!! (Please click the link below).


Peace, love and blessings,


Fat chance of this ever happening. I voted both times for Obama, but

I don't regret it. Just look at the alternative. It's even worse.
A complete Fascist takeover has been prevented until 2016, at
which time, we'll see how the elections will go.

It seems to me that Hillary Clinton will not be too much unlike
Obama. I'd rather take my chances and vote for Sen. Sanders,
Elizabeth Warren, or Alan Grayson. It's high time that we get a
real Democrat -- for a change. I've had it up to here with
Centrists. No more Centrists for me!!

And both are likely to be Dems., since the Dems. average out to be quite a lot older. Or do you

see other reasons for two of them to leave?

By the way, both Nostradamus and an Irish mystic and saint of the 12th century

had made a list of future popes. This new pope is the last one in both
their lists. They simply named no other.

Now, what's that supposed to mean? Your guess is as good as mine.

An excellent post, and welcome to DU. Will pass on your post to friends.

It's too early for me to be saying anything about Pope Francis, but Obama seems

to overvalue his idea of bipartisanship. In fact, he seems to be
obsessed with it. Having bipartisanship with an extreme rightist is
like having Al Capone as your business partner.

In general I'd agree bipartisanship is an excellent idea. But one has
to choose one's partner carefully. Of all people, Obama has chosen
a sociopath -- and sociopaths are known to be incapable of change!
But Obama is so obsessed with bipartisanship, that he doesn't see this.

I anticipate that the coming 4 years will be like the past 4 years. The
good news is that, a possible change of our country to becoming a
dictatorship has been delayed for the moment. It remains to be seen
what the elections of November, 2016, will bring.

Returning to Pope Francis, I like to remain optimistic. I hope that
he may turn out to be like another John XXIII, and with more than a
mere 4-1/2 years.

By the way, this present pope is the last one mentioned by both
Nostradamus and a 12th Century Irish mystic and saint (whose name
I can't recall). Both of them ended their lists of future popes with him
as the last item on their lists.

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