This is from Bill 1488 on the link that was in my last post.  Take a look at this.

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This is how our country’s budget looks.

* U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
* Federal budget: $3,820,000,000,000
* New debt: $1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cut: $38,500,000,000

Let’s remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget: This is so people can understand it better. I know it was helpful for me.

* Annual family income: $21,700
* Money the family spent: $38,200
* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
* Total budget cuts: $385

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The post below was made by a guy going under the handle Stan1518703 on an MSN conversation.  He made a really good point, so I’m reposting it here with a link to go see the conversation for yourselves.  It’s regarding all the riots going on in major cities and the Wall Street/Corporate greed.  Personally, I think the protestors are American heroes as long as they protest peacefully.   It’s freedom of speech at work baby!

Protesting Wall Street’s Greed

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It’s the new era of the “Robber Barons”.

If the super-rich are allowed to take everything, they will. And they will use whatever means, legal or otherwise, to do it.

This is not a new phenomenon. And the government has had to step in before. See The Interstate Commerce Act of 1887, the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914, et. al.

The government, time and again, has had to pass laws to insure that the monied interests cannot run roughshod over the “lesser classes” in this country. Because, if they can they certainly will.

Most people in the world want a job making a decent wage that they can live a decent life on and support their family.

The 1 percenters want all the money they can get. To them, it’s their scorecard. Whoever amasses the most money wins.

What individual really needs 20, 30 or 50 billion dollars in personal wealth. That is an obscene amount of money. More than they can spend in their entire life.

But, to them, it doesn’t represent a “style of life”. It’s power, pure and simple. Power over others, power to get what they want, power to make others do their bidding.

I don’t care what they have “created” as far as a business or products go. No person should have so much power (money) that they can control an entire country. And many of the super-rich do. There’s no question about it. Just look a K Street. For a paltry few hundred million or so, you can buy the entire Congress of the United States. And they do. And now, foreign powers can too. Thank you, Citizens United.

We, the people, get our one vote every few years. But the rich vote every day. Every dollar they use to bribe (and yes, it’s bribery, there’s no other word for it) are their votes. Many more votes than the people ever get. If they give a politician a million dollars (through all of the loopholes that the FEC and Supreme Court can lavish on them), their opinions and desires are worth so much more to that politician than the masses of people that just gave them a stupid vote a couple of years ago.

Money talks and in Washington, it screams. Votes are meaningless. Whoever wins the vote will get the money of the super-rich and super-powerful. And that is who they will represent, regardless of their political party. Republicans and Democrats alike are money grubbing whores. I’m sorry if that word offends, but there is no more apt word to describe them.

The People are powerless. That is why there are protesters, right now, in every major city trying to give a voice to the common people who have been left out of the system.

And if you do not agree with them… you should. It’s your country too. It doesn’t just belong to them.

And to claim that those protesters are nothing but lazy, unemployed, dope smoking, good-for-nothings is the most disingenuous argument one can make. You just put a derogatory label on them to make them and their arguments mean nothing. That’s the Faux News tactic. I would say strategy rather than tactic, but I do not think Faux is actually capable of strategic thought.

The truth is that the protesters are us. The 99 percenters. Mostly employed, except for about 9.1% at this time. Heavily taxed, more as a percentage of income than the 1%. Under water in our mortgages, if not being thrown out of our homes by the same big banks that WE BAILED OUT WHEN THEY ALMOST DESTROYED THE WORLD ECONOMY. And with absolutely no voice in our government. Et cetera.

Argue that.

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Not even sure what to say about this. This guy makes George “Dubya” look like a freaking genius.

 

pMany political pundits and conservative politicians have seized the opportunity to criticize President Obama’s planned vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) said he wouldn’t be doing the same if he were president, and the political paper Politico even consulted a group of “political strategists” to compile a list of less politically [...]/p

via The Real Vacation Outrage: The U.S. Is The Only Developed Country Where Citizens Aren’t Guaranteed Paid Vacation.

pIn 1995 — then serving as Texas’ Agricultural Commissioner — Rick Perry bought stock in Movie Gallery, which until its bankruptcy in 2010, was the largest distributor of pornography in America, the second-largest video rental company behind Blockbuster and one of the few that rented pornography in its stores. According to tax records, Perry acquired [...]/p

via 16 Days For $1,000 Bucks: Rick Perry’s Dabble In The Porn Industry.

pA top Bank of America executive was caught on camera yesterday whispering to Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), “Bank of America. We’ll help you out,” as the GOP presidential candidate attended New Hampshire’s Politics and Eggs breakfast. The executive has been identified by the financial website Zero Hedge as James Mahoney, Director of Public Policy for [...]/p

via CAUGHT ON TAPE: Bank Of America’s Director Of Public Policy Tells Rick Perry ‘We’ll Help You Out’.

Seriously, if you have friends or family that lives in Texas, please forward them this link and the youtube video.  A project was approved that a 3 year study said could pollute the ground water.  Ironically one of Rick Perry’s biggest campaign donors benefits from it.   That is some bullshit straight out of the Erin Brockovich movie.

Rick Perry’s Campaign Donors