Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Citizens United

In January 21, 2010 the campaign finance case came through the Supreme Court: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commissio. The ruling on the case opened the flood gates of corruption. The Supreme Court, in a 4 to 5 decision, basically said that corporations and labor unions can spend as much as they want to convince people to vote for, or against a candidate.

". . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their 'personhood' often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established."
             ~Supreme Court Justice Stevens, January 2010

There was a part that stated that corporations could not give money directly to a candidate so PAC's were created. PAC's are Political Action Committees that are set in place to help fuel the election process. Corporations are permitted to give the large sums of money to a third party who shells out the money to the politicians and legally bribe them into making political decisions for the 1% opposed to the entire United States.

I will use the Koch brothers as my example. The Koch family has the second largest privately owned company in the United States and their net worth is about 100 Billion. In 1977 they founded CATO which is a libertarian Think-Tank dedicated to funding other entities, laboratories, media and candidates to influence and sway our people and government under a political guise of "Freedom". Freedom for them to cut their business taxes, strip the workers of healthcare, living wages, pension and give to CEO's without prosecution.

This Wonderful and Informative Graphic is from the Washington Post. 
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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Big Money Owns Our Government, How?

I placed this under Acts and Legislation because the people and their positions directly relate to the decisions and policies being made for our country. 
Bernie Sanders calls for a Political Revolution where we do not blindly follow but lead by passion and knowledge. 
It is our responsibility as citizens to research, understand, discuss and Vote candidates in that are looking out for the people not the money. 

Educate. Research. Discuss. Become Involved. 

Glass-Steagall Act

I want to bring forward various Acts and Legislations that have been set into law that have directly and negatively impacted our citizens. Policies that are extremely visible and being felt by todays mellinials.  
I want to bring you and show you the injustice that is being done in a way that makes sense, uses reason, fact and numbers backed by reputable that you can form an educated and compassionate opinion .
 Sometimes that is by sharing with you, albeit embarrassing at times - real stories I have experienced and dealt with first hand. 

I would like to start off by telling you a little bit about my first and true “Ah-Ha!” moment. 

The Glass-Steagall act of 1933 , is actually four provisions to the US banking Act that limited commercial banking securities from being mixed in with commercial banks and security firms. Basically this Act separated risky speculation banking from normal banking. 

Now you maybe asking, “Why in the world did we even need Glass-Steagall Act to begin with?’ 
I’ll tell you… it was an enacted as an emergency response to the failure of nearly 5,000 banks during the Great Depression. 
It boils down to the fact that the Glass-Steagall Act was enacted so that we would not have another great depression. 
That was our safety wall... that was our safeguard.... that was our net.

In 1999 under the Clinton administration,  Bill Clinton and Republicans led by Sen. Phil Gramm repealed Glass-Steagall at the insistence of the big banks. The repeal of this act is directly related to the toxic mortgage situation of 2008. 
We were right back in the 20’s again, banks using insured depositories to underwrite private securities and then hand over to their clients, and ridiculous financing with bankers selling corrupt securities and we - let me be frank - didn’t learn a DAMN THING from 1933. 

My mother is one of the hard working single mothers who lost everything seemingly overnight. My brother and I were so, so, so lucky to have a strong bond with our paternal grandmother, and great grandmother & great grandfather that they helped my mother raise us. Some women don’t have supportive (no-so-ex) In-laws like we did. Her house note tripled over night and one thing led to another and everyone gets that sense of doom when all the bills are due at once and you have children to feed. 

My mothers house was part of the illegal US Bank / Home Mortgage foreclosures that took place. After $100,000 lost, a foreclosure, repossession, completely ruined credit...and all of her life savings depleted, you know what else she received? 
A Slap In The Face. 
US Bank and Home Mortgage along with other banks lost the settlement case and were ordered to pay people back....My mother got a letter that said, “Sorry.” and a check for $500.

Glass-Stegall is just one of the heartless examples of how the government has turned their back on the middle class and if it isn't changed ...will lead to yet another form of Great Depression. 

Were you or a loved one affected by the repeal of Glass-Stegall? Or were impacted another way?
If so tell me in the comment section. 

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