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Galindez writes: "Donald Trump and his ilk are exploiting people's frustrations and fear by blaming the boogeyman. ISIS is not depressing wages, immigrants are not taking away workers' pension plans, Mexicans are not price gouging so medications are unaffordable, and African Americans are not raising the cost of a college education. It is Wall Street and the billionaire class that are causing millions of Americans to struggle to make ends meet, and only one candidate for President gets that."

New York Stock Exchange. (photo: Getty)
New York Stock Exchange. (photo: Getty)


Wall Street, Not ISIS, Is Destroying the American Dream

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

11 December 15

 

onald Trump and his ilk are exploiting people’s frustrations and fear by blaming the boogeyman. ISIS is not depressing wages, immigrants are not taking away workers’ pension plans, Mexicans are not price gouging so medications are unaffordable, and African Americans are not raising the cost of a college education.

It is Wall Street and the billionaire class that are causing millions of Americans to struggle to make ends meet, and only one candidate for President gets that.

Bernie Sanders understands that Americans from across the political spectrum are angry. He understands that they have the right to be afraid of what the future holds. He often talks about the anger of the Tea Party, saying it is misdirected at scapegoats. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and even the so-called moderates are exploiting the justified anger that working class “Reagan Democrats” feel. Instead of blaming the billionaire class, who have rigged the system to take away their ability to get ahead and climb up the economic ladder, they are pitted against others like themselves who are seeking the American dream.

It’s always been this way. It used to be and still is the “negroes” who were taking away the jobs. Then it was the women: they had no business working jobs that should be going to men. Now it’s the immigrants. The other distraction is ISIS and Muslims – never mind that we meddled in their countries and caused way more death and destruction than they have caused here. Remember the Shah in Iran? We sold weapons to Iran within weeks of their holding Americans hostage. How about the weapons we gave Saddam in Iraq? We are not an innocent victim in the Middle East.

Of course ISIS is a problem that needs to be dealt with, but it doesn’t justify a war with Islam like Donald Trump right down to Jeb Bush want. Muslims are not closing factories and moving overseas for cheap labor. Muslims are not fighting to keep the minimum wage at $7.25 an hour. Muslims are not forcing seniors to choose between prescription drugs and food. Muslims are not forcing our young people to go into debt to get an education.

The moneyed class has rigged the system, and they are happy to have the blame directed at undeserving scapegoats. What Donald Trump is doing is un-American. It’s not patriotic. There is absolutely nothing anti-establishment about Donald Trump: he is the establishment, and he is blaming immigrants and Muslims for the oppressive tactics of his establishment. As long as the pitchforks are pointed at others, the establishment is happy.

Bernie gets it. He is ready to take on Donald Trump and the rest of the billionaire class that the Republicans and the corporate Democrats represent. Bernie wants to put people before profits. Bernie is not scapegoating weak targets to exploit people’s anger and fear to get votes. It’s time to rise up and face the real enemy. It is the greed of Wall Street that we must defeat. When big business starts putting the common good of the American people ahead of their profit margins, the American dream can become a reality for everyone again, not just for winners at the top.

Donald Trump has no interest in making America great again for all of us, including immigrants and the poor. He just wants us to dominate the world again and exploit the poor, be they American or foreign. He wants the poor to be grateful for the crumbs the establishment gives them. He wants those same poor people to defend his wealth because they believe they are defending the greatest nation on earth, even if they are not sharing in its riches.

Bernie wants us all to thrive and realize the American dream. Wake up before it’s too late.



Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott will be spending a year covering the presidential election from Iowa.

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+72 # rich black 2015-12-11 16:25
Multinational oligarchs destroyed the American Dream and used Wall Street and offshore banks to money launder their ill gotten gains. The trickle down theory is horse crap, as the oligarchs have proven time and time again that money flows from the bottom to the top.

Americans who, in the 1700s, would have been indentured servants, are indentured debt serfs today. Once pensions are busted and entitlement programs are cut, the debt serfs will have to depend on the underground economy or become penniless beggars living in tent cities. It's already happening in Hawaii and California.
 
 
+29 # ritawalpoleague 2015-12-12 04:20
And, rich black, add Colorado to your 'egregious' treatment of the poor. Thank the ACLU we must, in what they recently won to protect the poor/homeless and their right(s) to exist. Colorado Springs city council backed off and cancelled endless numbers of citations given the poor, for daring to hold signs begging for help. This cancellation followed a court decision in the Denver area. And now....

Keep pushing hard we must, to push through passage of the 'right to rest' act here in Colorado, one of the lowest of the low functioning states in the U.S. in helping the poor, homeless, disabled and attempting to survive living on the streets, while fingers, toes, hands, and feet get so frozen that they are lost.

One last dreadful plight - one out of three not surviving, while attempting to 'live on the street' are vets, many of whom cannot get acknowledged as being disabled during time of service, and, even if acknowledged as disabled, cannot get the medical assistance required for their survival. And, then there's so many vets not getting their own money, given by the VA to specified banks, which can and do profit well, while the vet is refused use of his own monthly payments and savings, for his placement in assisted living.

Wake up we must, and get Bernie Sanders nominated as the Dem. candidate, then elected, insofar as.....

SANDERS PANDERS NOT, TO THE 1%
 
 
+7 # rich black 2015-12-12 09:23
Colorado Springs was once called "the epicenter of hate", when it got the anti-gay measure, Amendment 2, passed. It is also the home of the Navigators, Focus on the Family, Ted Haggard and Doug Bruce.
 
 
-5 # MidwestTom 2015-12-12 11:05
I read this article twice, and I agree with everything in it, but being an engineer by education I have a problem. Being against something and for something is great. No candidate is going to say he is for Wall street, and no candidate is gong to say he is against the citizens. I can rant and rave Against Wall Street and voters would love it, but if I have no plan they should not support me.

What I want to hear is exactly how they intend to change things. By what change or mechanism do they expect to achieve their objective. I know that he is not Presidential, and he has no traction in the polls, but Rand Paul is actually telling people HOW he would achieve the same objectives the Bernie seeks.

How does Bernie expect to achieve his objectives? Especially if he wins and faces Congress controlled by the other party.
 
 
0 # Karlus58 2015-12-14 11:38
How? Well if you stop and listen to him....then you would know. He's been shouting his message and proposals for over 30 years, yet folks are asking this ridiculous question as you just have. Most engineers I know are detailed oriented. The others must have been sleeping in class.
 
 
+51 # Blackjack 2015-12-12 00:05
Bernie knows what ails America, but he's getting no help from Corporate Shill Dems across the country who are coming out in support of HRC. When Howard Dean endorsed her that just about did it for me. He knows better. I thought his backbone was stiffer than that, but apparently not. Never mind that Bernie's poll numbers show that he is more likely to beat ANY of the Repuke candidates than HRC, the party just keeps refusing to face that reality. Dems and the party will find an Obama clone (with a feminist slant) as their nominee if they stick with their present tactics. Apparently, the present Country Club Dems have forgotten what the party once stood for and Bernie's constant reminders just make them uncomfortable.
 
 
+14 # HowardMH 2015-12-12 10:15
Blackjack, totally agree with you!

How about calling and writing CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC etc., etc., etc. and tell them to cover Bernie the way they cover HRC. In many cases HRC talks and they cover her whole speech, and on the same week Bernie talks and NO ONE EVEN Knew it unless you were at the event.

As Bernie says we got to get the movement going with several MILLION Supporters and do it NOW!
 
 
+23 # imaginethat 2015-12-12 00:09
Thank you, Scott Galindez! I am so pleased to read a post that speaks a well rounded truth! Thank you, very much.
 
 
+20 # nancyw 2015-12-12 00:23
We know who that is: BERNIE!!
 
 
+18 # capt400 2015-12-12 01:50
The middle class is turning poor. The poor not only don't share the American dream but they pay for it with a debt and lost buying power due to the QEs.
 
 
+22 # Old4Poor 2015-12-12 02:04
Yes, indeed. I was upper middle class and am now poor (and old) and living as off the financial grid as possible.

I have no credit cards and use a local Credit Union for my few banking needs.
(Social Security no longer sends checks but deposits directly into a bank account, making one necessary.)

Big Financial = Banks, Insurance Companies, The AMA, etc., are trying to control every aspect of our lives.

Go, Bernie!
 
 
+21 # jdd 2015-12-12 06:06
A return to Glass-Steagall would expose the Wall Street casino and is the necessary first step towards bankruptcy reorganization of our entire financial system. Anything else is just talk. Bernie supports it, so does O'Malley. Hillary is opposed and the American people need to be reminded of it every day in every possible way, including this column.
 
 
+16 # rich black 2015-12-12 07:22
Hillary is opposed to the return of Glass-Steagall, because her husband, Bill, as President, repealed the original Glass-Steagall Act, when he signed the Gramm-Leach-Bli ley Act. How could a true Democrat sign anything sponsored by Phil "Nation of Whiners" Gramm?

"I do not intend to support any public works project in the United States.” — Gramm, 10/9/75

“We’re the only nation in the world where all our poor people are fat.” — Gramm, 9/6/81
 
 
-3 # Ray Kondrasuk 2015-12-12 07:44
How could Bill sign the bill?

Senator Phil Gramm (R-Tex, the author), amassed enough votes, both D & R, to override any potential Clinton veto.

-So, Nil-will Bill quills Phil's bill.
 
 
+14 # rich black 2015-12-12 08:24
Phil Gramm may have sponsored the bill, but it was crafted by Robert Rubin, Clinton's Treasury Secretary and former Goldman Sachs CEO, on behalf of Sandy Weill, who had already violated Glass-Steagall, when he had Citi buy Travels Insurance. Clinton was totally on board, and he has been financially rewarded by the bankers ever since.

Rubin went on to work for Citi, and ran it into the ground, and Gramm went on to UBS, and helped to run it into the ground. Clinton went on to make over $100 million in the next eight years, paid to him by the oligarchs who ran the US into the ground.
 
 
+3 # lfeuille 2015-12-12 17:17
Quoting Ray Kondrasuk:
How could Bill sign the bill?

Senator Phil Gramm (R-Tex, the author), amassed enough votes, both D & R, to override any potential Clinton veto.

-So, Nil-will Bill quills Phil's bill.


If he was against he should have vetoed it anyway.
 
 
+11 # rich black 2015-12-12 07:14
In the words of King George Bush II, "this sucker could go down”. Current stock prices have been propped up by stock buybacks, and buybacks weaken balance sheets. When 9/11 hit, the market was already on the verge of tanking. All it will take is one major US terrorist incident, and this market will crash. Junk bonds are already crashing:

" On Monday, a high yield bond ETF known as JNK crashed through the psychologically important 35.00 barrier for the very first time since the last financial crisis."

The only thing propping up asset prices, be it stocks or real estate, are the extraordinary low interest rate measures being taken by central banks. There is worldwide slowdown, and sooner or later this will be reflected in the market. Just look at commodities prices.

Recent surveys show that three quarters of Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck, and that 62% have less than $1,000 in savings. Aggregate auto loan debts and student loan debts are over a record $1 trillion, each. America has the highest number of working age people out of the workforce in recorded history (since 1948), and there is a world wide labor glut. This economy is balanced on the head of a pin. This is why America needs a "break up the big banks" person (Bernie Sanders, comes to mind) more than ever.
 
 
+12 # walt 2015-12-12 07:14
Right on, Scott.

It's the same old game of diverting attention from the real criminals and shifting the blame to others. Keeping people afraid and fighting among themselves allows the real culprits to maintain control. The GOP candidates are trying that tactic yet again because they're all lackeys for big money.

Bernie Sanders is the right choice for real change.
 
 
+12 # RMDC 2015-12-12 07:43
Yes, the bankers now rule the world. They intend to do to every nation on earth just what they did to Greece -- defraud everyone and steal most of the accumulated wealth in Greece. The Greek people now are working mainly to pay the debt to bankers like Goldman Sachs.

It is happening in the US too. And it will get a lot worse.

All the bullshit about terrorism, the war on terror, ISIS, Donald Trump and the rest is just a distraction from the real issue of bankers looting the world. forgt ISIS. Forget Trump. Time to shut down the big investment banks and hedge funds. Just close them down and seize their assets -- if there are any assets. The people who run these banks are addicted gamblers and they piss away every billion or trillion dollars they steal.
 
 
+4 # hd70642 2015-12-12 11:05
odd thing it's oil. drugs and previous metals that makes money for the. middle east . Go to. alternative. energy and the terrorists are defanged declawed. and pretty tied up ad well
 
 
+8 # Wally Jasper 2015-12-12 09:14
Beautifully said, Scott. I just wish more people beyond the RSN readership would see this. You're preaching to the choir over here. Maybe you can write some op-eds for MSM newspapers?
 
 
+5 # bigkahuna671 2015-12-12 10:22
I'm going to have to do this in several posts, so here goes. When are people going to realize that what Donald Trump is doing is an old tactic, taken from the playbook of people like Hitler and Goebbels. First, you get the people all excited about one boogeyman, in Trump's case illegal immigrants, then when the furor of that starts to decline, you add another to the mix, then another and another. And why does someone whom everyone claims is anti-establishm ent do something like this? Simple, Trump really isn't anti-establishm ent. He's a part of that 1% of our society that wants to protect their wealth and standing and are willing to do anything they have to to do that. He has never really talked about the real problems of our society - the tremendous gap between rich and poor and the continuing growth of that gap; illegal immigrants, Muslims, and African-America ns aren't depressing wages, that was done when the 1% decided to start shipping their companies overseas, thus eliminating jobs and making the competition for jobs so heavy that people are willing to do the same jobs for much less; these groups aren't responsible for the steep rise in college costs, if anything the cost of a college education should be declining as there are more colleges and nearly empty classrooms in all of them - the rise in cost is simple greed; all these people are not stealing from our pension plans, you can blame the 1% Wall St. bankers for that and the corporate bosses as well; (More below)
 
 
+5 # bigkahuna671 2015-12-12 10:24
Pt. II - all these people have nothing to do with the in-fighting among American citizens over gun ownership and abortion; and finally, these people are not responsible for the rapid rise in the cost of health care and medications, you can blame greedy HMOs and for-profit hospitals that are doing that.....and NO, it's not Obamacare that's responsible either, it's just simple greed. Wake up folks and start to think for yourself. Quit playing the blame game, that's what they want you to do. They want us to fight among ourselves and ignore what they're doing to us. I see my friends on the right and they complain about the same things, but they've bought into the blame game and have their boogeymen, so they just blame, blame, blame. And my liberal friends have their's too, they blame the right over and over. Hell, we're all to blame if we won't recognize who's really responsible - the folks that have the most to lose if the American people wake up and take control of their OWN lives are the mega-wealthy and they'll do whatever they need to to continue to control OUR lives: buy most of our politicians from the state level on up; buy our court system by funding judges from the state level all the way to the Supreme Court, how else could you explain something as utterly stupid as claiming a corporation is a person?; and threaten us with economic downfall by announcing they'll have to ship MORE jobs overseas because the American worker is demanding TOO much - what? (More below)
 
 
+5 # bigkahuna671 2015-12-12 10:25
Pt. III - How can the American worker be responsible for all of the economic turmoil when CEOs, CFOs, COOs and every other senior management member of our corporations receives huge salaries and annual bonuses that exceed the combined salaries of everyone in the factory? Hey, I've taught American History, Government, and Economics, so I want to play Paul Revere, Dr. Sam Prescott, Israel Bissell, Sybill Ludington, and William Dawes and SHOUT out the message - WAKE UP, MY FELLOW AMERICANS AND SAVE YOURSELVES. By the way, for those of you who don't know who Prescott, Bissell, Ludington, and Dawes are, my old students should remember, they also made rides to warn that the British were coming. How many want to join me and warn that the CON-MEN are already here and we need to throw them all out. Guess that's enough ranting for today, but I'm tired of Hillary and the entire cast of characters on the Right. I'm holding my breath on Sanders, so we'll see...lots more research to do on that one.
 
 
+3 # rich black 2015-12-12 11:18
Big k, if you want to do research, start by researching your fellow Americans. If you could do a poll of Trump supporters, and asked them this one question:

Would America be better off if its population was made up of only white Christians?

What percentage of Trump's supporters do you think would answer 'yes' to that question? Trump is singing to his choir, and he knows what songs his choir loves to hear. I'm guessing that the majority of the members of Trump's choir are more concerned with fanning their own fear and hate than they are with their own well being.
 
 
0 # bigkahuna671 2015-12-20 22:45
Of Trump supporters? I'd say 100%.
 
 
+4 # hd70642 2015-12-12 11:00
How the term. Reagan democrat ever evolved is beyond me only goes to show the price society pays for the poorly. ran educational system ! If you had a proper. educational. system. instead of all that. new age. pma. nonsense with social promotion Reagan and ayn rand's. ideas would never taken hold !

.
 
 
+1 # reiverpacific 2015-12-12 12:20
Quoting hd70642:
How the term. Reagan democrat ever evolved is beyond me only goes to show the price society pays for the poorly. ran educational system ! If you had a proper. educational. system. instead of all that. new age. pma. nonsense with social promotion Reagan and ayn rand's. ideas would never taken hold !

.


No disrespect intended but either you have a malfunctioning, stuck on the period keyboard and space bar or you might want to take a few basic English lessons.
I agree with the basic intent of y'r post (including the reference to the "poorly RAN' (sic) educational system) when I eventually figured it out after a couple of reads but it was a bit of work.
 
 
+2 # hd70642 2015-12-12 15:13
Well. typing from a smart phone does present some difficulties. So the periods are more abundant than I care for !
 
 
-3 # Nominae 2015-12-12 22:06
Quoting hd70642:
Well. typing from a smart phone does present some difficulties. So the periods are more abundant than I care for !


Then perhaps you might benefit from an attempt to master your medium, or use a medium with which you are more familiar.

Garble-dee-gook is not a language, and if you truly care to communicate a cogent idea, it would be good to get an American English translator of some type to help you accurately express your thoughts and ideas.

Cheers !
 
 
+2 # hd70642 2015-12-13 01:48
I am sure ever one makes errors in grammar
and punctuation and spelling from time to to time The main thing is your logic of the idea valid you are trying to present ! Being a stickler for grammar does not bolster a weak idea any more than using a robust vocabulary make an idiotic idea seem more valid especially if you are paying attention to whats being said! A. prime example of this was Ronald Wilson Reagan who was a master of style over substance .
Another example is Donald Trump anti Muslim statement that violates the first
amendment! Simply they are billions of Muslims if they were mostly violent then there would be more violence than what is currently happening !
 
 
0 # Nominae 2015-12-13 09:09
Quoting hd70642:
I am sure ever one makes errors in grammar
and punctuation and spelling from time to to time....


Of course they do. That's why RSN gives us all an icon we can use to edit our own comments after we post them (notepad and pencil icon in lower left corner).

The simple point I was attempting to make was that no one *knows* whether you are making logical and cogent points one way or another if they can't understand your writing to begin with.

Clarity in print is up to the author of the comment. It is not incumbent upon the readers to "guess", "estimate" or attempt to "fathom" what may or may not have been in the mind of the writer.

Once a reader has an idea of what a writer IS saying, then, and only then, can the conversation proceed in a logical fashion.

I am as interested in understanding your ideas as you are in presenting them. Accurate writing is the only way we can effectively "meet in the middle".

All the best to you.
 
 
+2 # hd70642 2015-12-13 10:15
I readily admit mistakes in both linguistic and logical when typing using any media even writing things . It is well within the parameters of your first ammendment rights to point them out as vigorously as you chose ! I would prefer if you thought my logic was impaired since it would lend it self to a much more interesting conversation
! I admit also to leaving words out of sentences. Like I said previously
I prefer substance. over style any day
Yes typing with this smartphone is rather frustrating since it automatically injects periods. when they are. not needed
you can finely gift wrap garbage and it still stinks The Reagan administration was
well communicated nonsense it was the emperors new clothes on steroids !


recommended. reading

the man sold the world
sleep. walking thorough history
Tear down this myth
America what went wrong
America. who stole the dream
 
 
+1 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2015-12-13 12:14
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+3 # hd70642 2015-12-13 13:40
Well as gramatical. errors I have some but prefer somebody to point mistaken ideas . I think all in all Reagan's policies were a nightmare on main street with a whole legion of z Freedy Krugers. on speed and steroids despite how well the great communicator expressed it. !A falsehood expressed in perfect grammar is never as valuable as poorly. phrased simple truth in atrocious grammar !
 
 
+5 # djnova50 2015-12-12 11:40
I don't know if it's too late; but, if all the Bernie supporters can find the DFA survey and vote for Bernie, then it might be possible to get DFA to endorse Bernie instead of Hillary.

After I voted, I did get email from Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders encouraging me to vote for them. I have not gotten an email from Hillary. But, I did get one from Howard Dean stating why he is voting for Hillary in the DFA survey.

Bernie understands what's wrong and has some good ideas on how to go about fixing our country. We need to help him get elected.

FUSE Washington also had a survey which I completed and I got a chance to explain why I'm supporting Bernie.

Bernie for President 2016
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2015-12-12 17:27
I voted for Bernie too and I did get emails from all three, but after I already voted. I really don't know enough about the composition of DFA's membership to guess how it's going to go, but I got a similar email from working families. I voted for Bernie in that also and he won by 87% or something like that. I got one from NARAL also. It was for pro-choice candidates, not specifically Dems, but the only ones who qualified where the Dem candidates.
 
 
+4 # Robbee 2015-12-13 08:53
"ISIS is not depressing wages ..."

- and so begins a brilliant litany!

- thanks scott! go bernie!
 
 
+3 # Robbee 2015-12-13 10:14
a congregation can have a litany - repeated item-by-item at every service - here’s one model -

ISIS is not depressing wages,
immigrants are not taking away workers’ pension plans,
Mexicans are not price gouging so medications are unaffordable,
African Americans are not raising the cost of a college education.

Muslims are not closing factories and moving overseas for cheap labor.
Muslims are not fighting to keep the minimum wage at $7.25 an hour.
Muslims are not forcing seniors to choose between prescription drugs and food. Muslims are not forcing our young people to go into debt to get an education.

to this worthy litany i would sharpen the image and add -

Muslims are not fighting to deny women equal pay.
Muslims are not fighting to privatize social security.
Muslims are not fighting to deny citizens healthcare.
Muslims are not fighting to pollute our world.
Muslims are not fighting to oppress most citizens.

every litany item has a repeated audience response - one that would do -

- republicans are!
 

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