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Gibson writes: "He's not the one running the show, but rather, his strings are being pulled by Wall Street bankers and hedge fund managers."

President Barack Obama in Tucson, Arizona, 01/12/11. (photo: Jewel Samad/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama in Tucson, Arizona, 01/12/11. (photo: Jewel Samad/Getty Images)

President Obama, One Corporate Puppet Among Many

By Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News

14 April 13


his year, the New Deal turned 80. And those same New Deal programs championed by FDR, a Democrat, defined the bedrock of the American left political achievements for all others who would seek the presidency. Now, the corporate takeover of our government has proven that those New Deal programs can be slowly dismantled by a Democrat president, as the Obama administration fully digs its heels in on an austerity agenda.

He's not the one running the show, but rather, his strings are being pulled by Wall Street bankers and hedge fund managers like Pete Peterson, who is most of the wallet behind the corporate-funded "Fix the Debt" sham campaign. Even one of Fix the Debt's key spokesmen admitted that their goal was to create an "artificial crisis" that would justify gutting Social Security.

Jack Lew, Obama's Treasury secretary, is leading the administration's doublespeak on austerity. In Europe, he's told political leaders to lighten up on austerity measures. But in America, Lew is telling Congress to endorse President Obama's proposals to cut earned benefits for vulnerable Americans who need them to survive, even though Social Security doesn't contribute to the deficit. Lew is also a pawn of the corporate and financial string-pullers, coming from Citigroup before his years in the Clinton administration's division of budget. He was even guaranteed a bonus by Citigroup if he was able to secure a "high-level" federal job.

The corporations running our government want our public resources, too. The White House is currently mulling a proposal to sell off the Tennessee Valley Authority, which FDR's New Deal established as the nation's largest publicly-owned power company. Privatization of public resources is one of the key austerity measures being forced by the European Union right now, particularly in scorched-earth economies like Greece and Spain. Privatization of public resources, the selling off of a public good for corporate profit, means that the people who depended on that service are usually subject to frequent price gouging, while under the thumb of an unaccountable private corporation.

Privatization is especially high on the agenda, considering the ten oil spills that happened in America over just two weeks' time and the Senate's recent endorsement of the Keystone XL pipeline. A large public drinking water supply was tainted with 5,000 barrels of tar sands oil in Mayflower, Arkansas. Yet Bill Clinton, the only former US president from Arkansas, has been noticeably silent on Exxon's catastrophe even though Little Rock is just 25 miles North of Mayflower.

The silence from both Clinton and Obama on Mayflower is deafening, especially as Exxon has declared the area over the spill a no-fly zone, which has been enforced by Obama's FAA. Arkansas attorney general Dustin McDaniel, a Democrat, has even privatized oil spill cleanup, allowing a company that investigative journalist Steve Horn recently revealed is notorious for oil spill coverups. And since a loophole in federal law says that Exxon's spilled tar sands oil is bitumen and not oil, they won't have to pay for the cleanup. The cleanup and coverup job for Mayflower will be paid for by the taxpayers, while the corporations who created the entire mess draw more record profits. BP did the same thing after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that ruined an entire region's economy Ð wrote it off on their taxes as a loss, shifting the cost to suckers like us. The corporations who run our state and federal governments don't care which party is in power, as long as they can still control their agenda.

President Obama is also caving to the meat industry's demands to privatize poultry inspection, despite mainstream chicken producers like Tyson just recently paying a multimillion-dollar settlement for ammonia accidents. Obama's quiet signing of the Monsanto Protection Act, which exempts GMO crops from judicial review and was written by a senator who received money from Monsanto, is another indicator of the White House's subservience to big agriculture.

None of these measures are because corporations are struggling and need help from the government to survive. On the contrary, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 have rallied to zoom past pre-recession levels, and corporate profits are at record highs, precisely because workers' wages are so low. Yet the only bone Obama has thrown to the poor was a proposal to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9. This would make an unremarkable difference in the lifestyles of low-wage workers. As Elizabeth Warren rightly pointed out, had the minimum wage kept up with executive pay, or even just the cost of living, it would be roughly $20 an hour today.

The left has made plenty of fuss over the president's latest proposal to gut one of the programs near and dear to Americans of all political stripes. They've even promised to offer primary challengers to all Democrats running for re-election who support Obama's plan to gut Social Security. Obama has been hearing for years from the left about how Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit, and has been quoted saying that he would raise the pay-in cap to ensure the program's solvency when he was campaigning for his first term. But the corporate owners of our government want our Social Security money to become a treasure trove of poker chips for their next gambling spree, and have finally gotten a Democratic president to begin chipping away at his own party's key legislative victory of the 20th century.

Instead of following his own words of the past, or heeding the calls of the people, President Obama is meeting with Wall Street bankers to enlist their help in selling his austerity agenda to the American people. While most Americans voted for the lesser of two evils last November, we still voted for evil. And with the revealing of Obama's latest plans, that evil side is showing its face even more these days. In his "American Dream" monologue, the late George Carlin warned us of our "owners" taking our retirement money, because "they don't give a fuck about you." Turns out, he was right.

The people of the United States should rightly interpret this latest slew of betrayals in government as proof that we live under the thumb of a corporate tyranny, not a legitimate constitutional republic. And we should come together to decide what a functional new government would look like, and reject the assumed legitimacy of our corporate ownership's puppet government.

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+96 # phrixus 2013-04-14 14:24
"President Obama is also caving..."

That statement reflects a keen grasp of the obvious.

"...we live under the thumb of a corporate tyranny, not a legitimate constitutional republic."

Yes. We know that.

"...reject the assumed legitimacy of our corporate ownership's puppet government."

I think most of us find our current situation illegitimate.

Now for the sixty-four dollar question: What can we do about it when the people whom control the government and the making of laws are essentially corporate whores?

What tools do we have? Please, somebody...or are we just screwed?
+48 # indian weaver 2013-04-14 16:11
You are "screwed" if you think you are screwed and give up, cave in just like o the baby boy toy Obama et. al - the u.s. government in other words. Do the Taliban think they are "screwed" just because amerika is trying to wipe them out, same as amerika is trying to wipe out me and The People in America? No, the Taliban have not laid down and rolled over. Remember, the Taliban and The People of America have the identical enemy. Think about this: "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" - a well known strategy in war. And then decide if you Want to be "screwed", or not. Decide first for yourself, because courage is required to know that "No, I'm not screwed". I'm going to act against my mortal enemies, the government - meaning the individual well-known whores who earn their living by working on and promoting terrorism, torture, assassinations, lies; those who now pose a threat to my existence, my mortal enemies. Who scares you more: Obama or the Taliban? Think about it.
+19 # phrixus 2013-04-14 17:32
Sounds good. What sort of action do you propose?
+18 # treadlightly 2013-04-14 21:11
Not the sort of action that could lead to indefinite detention surely. Perish the thought. Why that would be outright revolution. That's no way to start a country.
+22 # Erdajean 2013-04-15 07:41
"Not the sort of action that could lead to indefinite detention...." Great shot, treadlightly. Right out of the mouths of the unctuous "liberal" leaders in this country.

Damn a place where NOTHING is ever WRONG enough to bring good people to stand and take a risk! And damned it appears we are.

So as it leaves only us BAD people to act, I think it is way past time we got together and with whatever is at hand -- pine-knots and pitchforks -- swarmed on Washington and cleaned it out. YES! Lots of us would get killed -- but there's far more peace and honor in that than in cringing down and becoming whatever this gang of criminals and thieves commands us to be.

With the MESS in control now, nobody of conscience and decency stands a chance, anyway. I think old people should do it -- we've got nothing but poverty and misery left to lose! God knows we ought to be mad enough!
+12 # indian weaver 2013-04-15 11:32
ha ha, revolution is exactly how the usa got started, and that is what it'll take now to get a new government. nothing new here, same ole same ole abuse of power gets payback sooner or later, sooner preferably, like starting today.
+11 # treadlightly 2013-04-14 21:23
I could get behind a movement with a name like "El Nueva Dia".
+5 # cymricmorty 2013-04-15 09:10
The acronym is END, which is fitting as in end of corporate oppression...
+3 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 09:45
Yes, or "El Nuevo Dios" instead of money.
+29 # DPM 2013-04-14 23:59
Before anything else, we have to rally the people. Spread the word. Spread stories such as this (you know, the truth). These things affect us all. All but the "puppet masters". We have to have a "cause". Not a lot of them, but one something to rally around. Gun legislation, abortion rights, gay marriage, school prayer are all important, but get us fighting amongst ourselves, just as our "leaders" want. Wall Street should be our target. It's people, their property and prestige should be what we go after. Mock trials, strikes, actions and mass and I do mean mass protests. Shut things down. It means trouble. They will strike back. There will be discomfort, but perhaps it will bring a better future for our children and grandchildren. You asked. Are you willing?
+8 # RLF 2013-04-15 06:46
I need my guns so I can rob banks to fund my retirement. There will be no other way.
+4 # indian weaver 2013-04-15 11:35
that's your money in the bank anyhow. they stole it. steal it back or take out the president and other officers of the bank(s). and then take their vehicles, homes, family hostage, stuff like that is necessary. they don't have my money, and never will now, except here in small local banks that our neighbors run.
+2 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 04:50
Tax rates for the wealthiest Americans have never been lower than 70% when the nation has been involved in a war. TAX THEM!
+2 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 09:57
Wait until all those benefits cuts and Social Security and Medicare cuts from previously Rethuglicon controlled Congresses kick in. You'll have your raison d'etre. If getting mugged in the pocketbook doesn't wake this country up, then it's time to move to New Zealand or Iceland.

We haven't had such a gap between the rich and the poor in this country since 1774; two years before this country erupted in revolution. I think we are good for another revolution.

I think Obummer has known about this all along and this is why the drone attacks on the four US citizens, the threats of drone attacks, the intimidation with Sgt. Manning, Julian Assange, the beefing up of Guantanamo, the building of torture prisons in places like Albania, and his not restoring habeas corpus or rescinding posse comitatus; all the sock puppets KNEW what they were doing would end with the US imploding and they stand ready to kill us in order to have global domination.

We can't let this happen. We can't let them dominate a lemonade stand let alone America. Talk about citizen's militia!
+1 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 04:52
You mean "a well-regulated" militia?
+4 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 04:47
Howard Zinn said the south would have lost the Civil War immediately had the slaves just sat down and refused to work. Strikers have had similar results, but the government has always called in the military in corporate America's behalf when protestors have made progress. They've got even bigger guns these days and I don't think even our assault weapons stand a chance against them. It would seem that the voting booth is our only chance, so spreading the word is paramount. Thank all of you for doing so.
+21 # Mrcead 2013-04-15 04:39
I have a radical idea. We start a movement of our own. Complete system boycott. Reject anything and everything corporate, keep it local and support small farmers and foreign businesses not partnered with politicians. UNFORTUNATELY, the people are too weak to do anything remotely this radical. The parasites MUST be cut off. Their cash flow MUST be cut off. They do as they please because the people will NOT band together to fight them. This is of course a fantasy. The best time to have done this was during the crux of the recession where a number of people were already against the ropes with little to nothing to lose. My point is that the people need to stop worshiping the hand that stabs them and crush "the market" somehow in order to effect change. Unfortunately, our system of finance and commerce REQUIRES a player who wishes a measure of prosperity to invest enough "skin in the game" to prevent just that - betrayal. Your neighbour WILL turn against you should you try.
+7 # indian weaver 2013-04-15 06:37
The Recession deepens, is getting worse, and more folks have quit working for work, right along the collapse continues. If you believe what anyone says about any "recovery", that means only they are recovering, not The People. It will get horrible. At some point, like many of us, when the enemy is clear and The People can no longer survive anything like we once lived, then it gets ugly, not pleasant. Yes Neighbors may attack neighbors for food, water and shelter. eventually these national collapses lead to extreme violence, worse even than this country already promotes domestically and internationally . You get homeless, or merely bankrupt and move in with family, that will be enough to make you really mad, believe me. Enough really mad folks will start defending ourselves against our threatening oppressors. No recovery is happening. Listen to enough government lies, enough times, and lots of folks do believe it. We cannot trust or believe anything this Obama or anyone else in power says.
+2 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 10:05
Now I know why Pat Robertson and his crowd have been telling their followers for years to build bomb shelters and stock them with enough food for three to five years. These (blanks) had this on the planning board decades ago!
+3 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 05:05
Eat beans, not beings! Do you have any idea how it would affect corporate America if we just quit "buying" meat?
+15 # Kathymoi 2013-04-15 07:07
Companies no longer offer retirement funds and IRA's have been pushed on us as our retirement plan, so the majority of Americans are invested until they are seventy in mutual fund IRA's. This was the plan, and it has been amazingly successful. Even if people move their checking account out of a big bank, it's not easy to move your IRA out of a 500 fund or out of a big brokerage house. The middle class didn't use to own stocks,not much anyway. Now they do, still not much but it is their retirement. We need a plan, a workable plan, somewhere to put our retirement fund that doesn't support the fortune 500 companies (the banks, walmart, the oil companies, the coal companies, monsanto, coca cola, the tobacco companies, all the big money makers0. And we still need a retirement fund. We can't even count on having social security and medicare! So, let's get some ideas out there, good safe places to put our IRA's that get our money out of the pockets of the very corporations that are killing us.
+5 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 10:08
Do you honestly think, with all that has gone on in recent years with Goldman Sachs and the banksters that your IRA's are untouchable? Especially with a president that is a Right-winger willing to give them everything and more?
+4 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 10:03
How about a complete walk-out of the whole nation, just like France does on a regular basis. If everyone stays home, nothing gets done (no money being made.) This will surely bring them to the brink of attacking us and once they do, all bets are off. Any government willing to drone attack or use police against its own people has just made a clear statement of their rabid nature and declared themselves unfit to rule or run anything. Out they go.

And remember, We the People are not bound by obligation to any laws born of corrupt intent. Garbage laws get garbage compliance.
+3 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 05:10
The government has been attacking "the people" for 500 years and counting and we're just taking notice because we are the "victims of comfort" (Moore).
+3 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 05:14
And, by the way, talking about revolting against the government is, I believe, considered sedition so it is very difficult for "the people" to organize.
+2 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 05:01
Recession? Someone needs to tell the entertainment industry there's a recession going on. Americans are addicted to entertainment, much of it filled with violence. Forty years ago my spouse and I read "Walden" by Thoreau and adopted his policy: "Live simply that others may simply live."
+3 # noitall 2013-04-15 21:39
Quoting phrixus:
Sounds good. What sort of action do you propose?

Whatever action, better be sure to have a good tap into the media and secure consistent prime time air, to report the truth of the action, and an accurate account of the push-back from the "Patriots" (as they will surely portray themselves; activists will be "terrorists" and "anti-governmen t gunmen"). Without truth going out to the public, the movement wouldn't grow any legs and will die on the road. This country has eroded to the point that it is, completely because of the control that they have over what the people of this country believe to be true. THEY are working in sync forwarding this looting, the politicos, the media moguls, Wall Street, Mayors and their police, Private prisons, even the Supreme Court majority. Have the means to get the TRUTH out and there is a chance, anything less is martyrdom.
+5 # Firefox11 2013-04-15 18:57
"Who scares you more: Obama or the Taliban? Think about it." Wow. Good question.
+10 # Walter J Smith 2013-04-14 22:08
We are more or less scewed, depending upon how much and how well we can listen to and collaborate with others while creating lives increasingly independent of corporations and the US Government.

And we can build trust with others; Rosenberg's Non Violent Communication offers profoundly successful skills for practicing while learning how to discover the allies in those with whom we disagree on some things, but not everything.

And, yes, we do have leaders. We may have forgotten or never learned how to see them in our midst, but they are here and there and everywhere we welcome their leadership.

You are correct that elected prostitutes are not leaders. But both major parties are full of them "not leaders". Leaders are both intelligent and courageous, as Elizabeth Warren and, sometimes, Bernie Sanders (why he supports the F-35 program is the same reason Obama worships Wall Street) both exhibit.

Courage is not the same thing as pandering or bluster, as Alan Grayson and Paul Ryan exhibit routinely.
+4 # brux 2013-04-15 00:23
That IS the question.

AND ... since the answer is complicated and involves people cooperating and the "thing" is good at disrupting people and isolating them, making the hate each other, or taking advantage of behaviors in people that provoke us to hate each other ... meaning I think there are technologies of neurology and psychology way beyond what we can understand being used against us ... we, the people, have very little chance or coming into existence as a political entity - until maybe if it is possible to develop a kind of distributed operating system for people so they can fight this "thing".

I means we have to unplug from the system, stop watching TV, stop buying their shit products, stop participating, stop RE-acting to provocations at place like this when someone says something that touches your funny bone, stop reacting emotionally.

We have to evolve, and that is very very hard, because it means we have to start developing behaviors to deal with things that we do not really see. Obama is the enemy in one aspect, but superficially and popularly, in the media, in the MASS REALITY, he is the President. We need an alternative ... maybe we need an alternative President.

I hereby want to run for anti-President of the United States to express a different reality from a different level of our society that REALLY represents everyone fairly in the big picture ... want to vote for me! ;-)
+1 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 05:26
The internet seems to be the tool of "the people," probably why they are voting on ending our privacy rights any day now. Barack Obama probably won two elections in large part because of the internet. Signing and originating petitions seems to be doing some good. Realizing that the president is not a dictator, that our three-branched government requires a cooperative effort places the blame on more than the president.
+2 # brux 2013-04-17 23:32
Oh ... really, your privacy is pretty much ended since there is no regulation on what anyone does with internet traffic. Every character you type including backspaces is sent out into the ether(nbet) and can be intercepted and stored somewhere and statistically run against whatever metrics they want and you can be classified without having any idea what is going on or what the assumptions about you are.

Unless you know tech it's a bit difficult to really even grasp the enormity of this. It's worse than 1984 ... because even Orwell had no real experience with the Internet.
+1 # treadlightly 2013-04-18 22:05
Yes isn't it a comfort to know that all those Cray computers are just humming away down at the Inn Essay.
0 # RobertMStahl 2013-04-15 03:37

Here is something that is not a trick, deftly related to energy, but with so many of these types of tricks, the worst being too awful to mention, do you think that it might be good to develop standards of refereeing, or, in this case with regard to The Grand Unified Theory of Classical Physics?

Look it up, then test it. There have been many recent recipients of Nobel prizes in physics WHERE the answer has been provided in this free textbook for much much longer, online and comprehensive.

STANDARDS of REFEREEING, especially in science, both organic and inorganic, is what is needed. The late Francisco J. Varela and the late Gregory Bateson come to mind, the former on cognition, the latter on psychology.

At this very moment, the world economic situation is being manipulated by gold that does not exist aside from the paper trail. Paul Craig Roberts explains all you need to know, but $25 billion in fake gold was sold short on Friday, alone, with this 'leader' losing $1.7 billion for the decision while the nation-states dissolve in rivers.
-1 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 05:29
Spending and investing money that does not exist, which simply stated is what caused the financial crisis, is a greedy, ruining scheme.
+5 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-04-15 04:07
We live under a "concierge system." The corporate lobbyists introduce the politicians to money. Have anyone ever heard of politicians "complain about the concierge system?'
+14 # RLF 2013-04-15 06:45
What a disaster that our first African American president is a right wing piece of crap!
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 05:31
What a disaster that our first African American president had a right wing piece of crap congress and supreme court to work with.
+14 # Wolfchen 2013-04-15 07:27
There is one central requisite for cleaning up our d it is Public Financing of Elections. That should be demanded from every politician running for office. Any failure to do so should be a disqualificatio n from holding office.

Further, all media licenses must have a condition for balanced free air time during election periods.

We have the power to bring about these changes, if we unify our votes so as to demand such changes. Stop letting these crooks divide and conquer us. Yes, I'm talking to members of all Political Parties...stop acting like idiots and join forces.
0 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-04-17 05:06
Yes, and also on the 'absolutely need to do list': wrongful disenfranchisem ent and/or election fraud becomes a felony (with mandatory sentencing). Paper ballots only, with an anonymous number on each ballot. Immediate scanning of voter's completed ballot, and public showing (on an overhead screen at each polling place) of for whom and what this anonymous number voted, plus tallies included.

Minimal public financing only of shortened campaigns is absolutely needed, along with an online, public, accurate, easily accessible endorsed info. sheet, re. all candidates past voting, activities, public and fiscal support of which issues and candidates, IRS entries for past five years, etc.

Bring about change we must. Disaster looms.
+2 # HowardMH 2013-04-15 08:52
Yes most americans are screwed and to dumb to do anything about it -- that is the P R O B L E M !!!!

Until there are two hundred thousand (OK I will concede there are not that many that even understand what is going on in Washington DC, much less get pissed off about it so lets say 5 thousand) really, really pissed off people on Capital Hill (all at the same time – with base ball bats, or 2 x 2s) raising some serious hell against the Lunatics, and idiots absolutely nothing is ever, ever going to happen to these totally bought and paid for by the richest 50 people in the world that are becoming more and more powerful with each passing rigged election thanks to the stupid people.

How much success have you had with the TOTALLY NON VIOLENT protests over the last few years?

I’m no fan of Sarah’s but this comment is just so appropriate. So how is that Hopei, Changie working out for you now?
+2 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 10:21
I think if we go at them with baseball bats first, then they get to say they were only protecting themselves when they drone attacked us. The better way is a complete shut-down of the country. But they WILL retaliate by cutting off money, water, food, etc., and then things will only escalate from there.

I guess we have to decide how far things should go. But my best guess is that when the confrontation comes, it's going to happen like a flash mob and there won't be a whole lot of reasoning going on.
+3 # tahoevalleylines 2013-04-15 11:35
Corporate ownership runs on oil. Corporate mindset is against renewable energy. That's one place to start. Transport based on imported oil relies on military (oil lanes) protection. If the most efficient commercial scale land transport is steel wheel on steel rail railways, then rebuild of the local railway connectors as seen 1900-1950 is major part of the solution set.

Because the major railway trunk lines are so wedded to oil & coal movement, the local railway effort would die in the crib if a large constituency was not at hand to assure renewable generation links to railway propulsion was the new "normal".

Pushback from the road gang is part of the fun of the game! It will take a sad period of gas/diesel rationing to make railway rebuild national priority. Meanwhile, we will have a period in which only locales near railway connectivity will thrive. See for "Railway Map Atlas " publications showing railway lines past & present in your choice of residence.

Isolation is suicidal, as you can expect roving gangs whose main mission is to live off the booty they run across off the beaten track- -Got Gold?- -Away from railway lines and the Federal protection that always is part of our "Second Dimension Surface Transport Logistics Platform".
+1 # Firefox11 2013-04-15 18:56
"And we should come together to decide what a functional new government would look like, and reject the assumed legitimacy of our corporate ownership's puppet government."
+2 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 10:37
The first things we do is get a Constitutional Amendment that bans corporate personhood.

Then we go back to "all corporations must completely disassemble after 40 years" (our grandparents devised this, and for good reasons.)

Then nationalize the health system and outlaw insurance companies (another face of the banksters.)

Then we make all of the Supreme Court justices have to run for office; no more political appointments. This way we can clean out the trash and leave the good ones like Bader-Ginsburg and Breyer.

And we SURELY need to have Campaign Finance Reform. Do you realize that if each US citizen gave one to ten dollars a year, that would be enough to secure a TV channel that could run all of the candidates running for office and that would be the end of big money in politics? Just think about that; ten bucks and no more campaign fund raising and no more advertising agencies making fortunes off of what should be a sacred public function instead of another excuse for yet another corporate circus (at our expense).
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 05:39
Excellent comment (am I the first to read it?). How do we get people to watch that channel instead of Fox News?
0 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-04-16 11:40
Yep, phrixus: and 'screwed' is a.k.a. 'enslaved', with constant, ongoing, MSD (manipulation, spin, distraction).

In my opinion, the last MSDing happened yesterday, following this great article appearing. And, egregious and then some, but no big surprise, was the MSDing 'terrorist attack' at the Boston Marathon. With a 'bought off' pres., a man I had such hopes for and who I now call Oh Bomb Ah, a pres. who hesitates not at all to kill kids/civilians via droning, and guts our rights without hesitation (i.e. signing not vetoing the NDAA), who with even an ounce of sense cannot connect the dots and surmise that this 'terorist' action in Boston was not once again a manipulation of we the sheeple? Cannot have this POLICE STATE AIN'T GREAT undermined, can the villainaire rulers (certainly including the Military/Indust rial/Terrorism Complex - MITC), with tossing out of the longtime coming coup d'etat.

And, Oh Bomb Ah promises us 'justice' when the terrorist(s) are identified. Yeah, sure, just like he was gonna close Guantanamo, for justice's sake. Duh.

I betcha, with no hesitation whatsoever, that the 'terrorists' in this attack were govt. operatives, who will never, ever be identified/pros ecuted by Oh Bomb Ah's also sold out Dept. of Justice. Not accidental this happened the same exact day that protests all over the U.S. and across the globe, were damning MITC's constant warmode.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 05:42
Do you also believe that 9/11 was a conspiracy?
0 # treadlightly 2013-04-18 23:00
You are clearly dissatisfied with our current government. As are millions of your fellows. Some of whom may be taking it to a level beyond what is comfortable for most Americans.
+24 # indian weaver 2013-04-14 15:21
we have no leaders, because leaders have courage and we have no such good people in leadership positions. This is especially true of Obama, strikes me he never grew up, never matured, has done nothing exceptional or creative of note, and serves his masters slavishly: the baby boy toy of money, terrorism and torture, and war for money. Everything about Obama licks the - oh well - of his masters. He sold out the second he stepped foot into the Black House. And Black House he and dibble de dubya have made it. Karma exists and everyone pays, but you know, Justice is Slow, and it's painfully slow when the criminals continue to destroy us, The People. A former government requiring such cowards, liars and idiots like dubya into the leadership position is not a government. It is a fascist terrorist state supported by worldwide assassinations, faking war so the War Machine criminals get rich. All that Pentagon money with no bid contracts ... I'd get in on the gravy train but you know, some humans, most of us, actually have a conscience. Not so Obama ... on and on...
+3 # RLF 2013-04-15 06:49
A baby boy of privelge. Just another harvard lawyer out to make hi chunk at any cost.
0 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 10:42
I'm hoping Elizabeth Warren will emerge our champion as president and begin the process of taking us out of all of this. I certainly hope she never drinks the corporate kool-aid.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 05:46
When I read "A People's History of the United States 1492 to Present" by Howard Zinn I learned that what you say about our government is true, not just because of Obama or Bush. So all this Obama bashing and name calling just makes us sound like racists.
+39 # Jaysson Brae 2013-04-14 17:14
Short of attempts at citizen's revolution (which will fail), people can organize locall, around progressive/dem ocratic solutions to local and state issues. The local scale of action is about all that's left, for now.

Exampl, via the article above: progressive residents in Tennessee could at least try to build a state-wide grassroots organization dedicated to transforming the TVA into a publicly run, state-owned co-operative, instead of letting it just be sold-off to private interests by the feds w/o a fight.

Where such large public cooperatives have been successfully set up before, evidence shows that it always first takes a dedicated core of competent citizen visionaries to initiate the vision/goal --- i.e., a few people who usually begin to co-ordinate their common efforts at the sub-local level (neighborhoods) , and then move to coordinate the effort into bigger but still- manageable action scales, from there.

You might want to study David Korten's various listings of successful citizen movements/proje cts in the current era (plus read his books, like: When Corporations Rule the World, before you give up hope

It'll never be easy at this point to create even a semblance of a government of, by, and for The People. The People never really had one to begin with, in the case of the USA.
Still, the fatal vulnerability of today's corporate tyrannies lies in their self-dehumanizi ng hugeness. Like Goliath, they're blind to the savvy movements of David.
+6 # wantrealdemocracy 2013-04-14 22:18
"Progressive Democrats" are Democrats and Democrats have the same agenda as the Republicans. Limiting ourselves to a choice between the evil corporate puppets is how we got in this mess. Stop voting for the corrupt scum that have a little D pr R after their name.

We need to demand a Constitutional Convention to rewrite our Constitution. The one we have is, just a a Bushie once said, is just a piece of paper. We need to mandate direct democracy where the elected officials are the servants of the people and must vote as we tell them to. This can be done with our current technology. Important matters like going to war, bankrupting the country by throwing trillions at the banksters or cutting Social Security need to be put to a vote by all the people. Same with Medicare for all. 74% of the people wanted that when that evil witch Peelosi said. "OFF THE TABLE!" Let's kick out the corrupt and start over.
+7 # insomniac4hire 2013-04-14 22:31
Quoting Jaysson Brae:
Short of attempts at citizen's revolution (which will fail)...

Out of curiosity, why do you think a citizen's revolution would fail?
+3 # angry 2013-04-15 08:07
I don't think it would fail. It may be costly and I'd rather see a volunteer shift from political corruption, but that seems not in the cards.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 05:52
Have you ever heard about the weapons our government possesses (and they know how to use them)?
+3 # DPM 2013-04-15 00:01
Are you willing to try? Get out of your comfort zone? Take a chance for a better future? Or, just complain?
+1 # cymricmorty 2013-04-15 08:28
I'd be willing to hit the streets for that.
+4 # Phlippinout 2013-04-15 09:48
really? You mean our comfort zone where we get beaten up by police for protesting? That comfort zone?
+1 # cymricmorty 2013-04-15 11:23
Yes, THAT comfort zone.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 05:55
I am willing to reduce, re-use, and recycle, but not willing to get shot.
+2 # brux 2013-04-15 00:26
I think one of the problems here is that the local space is owned and controlled by the enemy. local, state governments are the ones that are really owned by financial interests ... so much so that that system had to evolved before they took it to washington and the federal government. there used to be some kind of diversity of public accountability to the people ... not any more.

I think we all know that almost all of the people in America are dependent on the supermarket, fast food, job corporate tyranny system ... so how can they fight that ... how can they even see it, or if they see it, how can they talk about it ... IT'S A TYRANNY, as Noam Chomsky so correctly states.
+1 # indian weaver 2013-04-15 06:49
Some space and communities are locally controlled to this day without much connection to anything corporate. This is true of Cortez, CO. This is a remote small town (~8000 with a county population of 17,000) in the high desert of southwestern Colorado, bordered by Ute and Navajo Reservations, all clean air / water / earth, plenty of room for survival without any intervention of any government. (1000 years ago, this area was twice as populated with Ancient Puebloans - decades long droughts emptied the region of humans - by 1230, this area was mostly abandoned - and then gradually Utes and Navajos populated this same space beginning in the 14th century). These are some of the reasons we moved here. Read: "Dead Run - The Murder of a Lawman and the Greatest Manhunt of the Modern American West" by Dan Schultz (pub. St Martin's Press, 2013) and you will understand the depth, breadth and commitment) of survivalist mentality extant here. In general, this area hates the government, and is armed to the teeth against intruders and federal interference. The degree and extent of survival strategies well emplaced here would amaze most of The People in America, who have no such possibility for survival when the systems collapse. You'll be amazed at this book's true story, a very recent one beginning in 1998.
+1 # tahoevalleylines 2013-04-15 12:47
Water. Clear, cool, water...

As good a spot here as any to refresh the general readership recollection of the "North American Water & Power Alliance" suite of water supply and hydropower features... See the Lyndon LaRouche page for NAWAPA details.

Survivalist mentality has not been tested by a determined Federal force equipped with surveillance capabilities beyond imagination. The birds & bees are watching you...
+1 # brux 2013-04-15 12:48
That sound great to me, but it is not relevant to what is going on with 350 million Americans.

What I wonder about with your "community" is this ... you hate the government ... but how much do you support each other, and how much cohesion would you have if the goverment went under ... would you start breaking up and breaking out and attacking each other trying to replace that government that you hate so much? Quite a few of the survival people I think are just psychopaths waiting for an environment they can be themselves in ... ever watch "The Walking Dead" ... think of the Governor! ;-)
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:03
Thanks for the book recommendation.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:01
For one thing, we know that the government doesn't give a damn about our health, so we must take responsibility for our own health by eating wholesome, not fast, food, and you'd be surprised at how healthful that is. There are other ways to not support corporate America, too, but they aren't quite as comfortable as the status quo.
+3 # m... 2013-04-15 06:02
There is also what seems to matter most in our consumer-corpor atacracy- MONEY!
That leads to the idea that you can VOTE everyday of your purchasing life through purchase-non-pu rchase decisions.
If companies advertise within 'politically active' media outlets you do not like, don't buy those products. If a Corporation is obviously ProCorporcratic -Anti-We-the People Government and a BIG Lobbyer for a 'Smaller Government' that is anti your best interests, then you can ignore their goods and services.
If there are huge media empires which own 24/7 Cable 'News' Networks, TV and Radio Stations, TV and Movie Production and Distribution Enterprises, Newspapers and Book Publishing that you feel are acting against your best interests, then ignore them with your money. If a huge Business Conglomerate that produces a wide variety of products also Lobbies against your interests-- you know what you can do.
No need for 'Revolution' or 'Overthrows.' Just do what nips at their financial capacity to Purchase OUR Republic for their profit.
You also have the option of voting Third Party. At this stage, why not if you're now voting out of fear of one of the two Corporate Owned Parties you like least wining?
Maybe things can be changed through millions of non-purchase pin pricks.
After all, some BIG MONIED INTERESTS are 'Voting' with their MONEY through Lobbyist and destroying our Democracy and ruining the lives of millions in the greedy process.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:15
Agree with what you say except about voting for a third party. Historically, it hasn't worked because with unlimited funds corporate America has unlimited tricks and devices to use to convince people to vote for them. Why else would anyone earning under $150,000 per year (@95% of U.S.) vote republican?
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 05:50
Let's hope so!
+4 # Walter J Smith 2013-04-14 20:49
RE: "The corporations running our government want our public resources, too. The White House is currently mulling a proposal to sell off the Tennessee Valley Authority, which FDR's New Deal established as the nation's largest publicly-owned power company."

Okay, sell them the TVA, with the proviso they remove every one of the dams in accordance with currently established environmental laws and regulations within five years while seamlessly replacing the lost hydro power with solar power.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:15
Good proviso. Damn dams!
0 # brux 2013-04-17 23:34
you're crazy if you think you can replace the TVA with solar ... it's already there ... it's a bad decision to get rid of it right now.
+6 # ganymede 2013-04-14 22:37
Thank you Carl Gibson for yet another incisive rundown of our current situation. I never thought I'd say this but I think we've reached the tipping point with our belovered leader, who is now playing his cards much too close to the vest. Many of us have been impressed with him as a strategist and his desire to outwit the hapless GOP, but it appears that he's losing control and has lost sight of who the real enemy is, namely, Wall Street, the corporationists , and sundry banksters plus, of course, his bought and sold advisers.If he doesn't shape up very soon, he's going to lose the support of his core supporters, many of whom have already fallen away. I wonder what it's going to take for him to repair the damage he's doing. He at least should invoke the spirit of FDR and maybe have a talk with Elizabeth Warren.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:17
So sad. Many of us were so hopeful.
+8 # rradiof 2013-04-14 22:53
Business International Corporation (BIC) was Obama's first job out of college. BIC is a well-known CIA front for infiltrating progressive organizations. Obama's professional career has been a nonstop ride of infiltrating progessive organizations. He is their top dog. John Frankenheimer must be smiling in his grave as he sees the culmination of the "Manchurian Candidate" program ensconced at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. By the way, a little trivia for you'all. Where did Robert F. Kennedy spend the night before his assassination? Answer: the home of John Frankenheimer. Just sayin'. Over and out.
0 # Majikman 2013-04-15 11:40
rradiof, Have you been reading my private e-mails with a few trusted like minded friends? Interesting that an unknown "community street organizer" should rocket to the top of the food chain overnight. His rabbi sure is in deep cover.
+5 # angry 2013-04-14 22:53
We must start at a local basis and throw the bastards out if the do not sign on to public funding of campaigns. see
+9 # curmudgeon 2013-04-14 23:56
Hard to resist when all 3 branches are bought and paid for.

Just where are the torches and pitchforks when you need them?
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:19
Oh yeah, torches and pitchforks are just what we need.
+9 # geraldom 2013-04-15 00:08
What amazes me is that whenever an individual joins the military or most any law enforcement agency, they have to swear an oath to support, uphold, and protect the United States Constitution, not the United States government in Washington or the various state governments, or the corporations, but the Constitution. And yet the only reason why our government can get away with all of this is because members of those agencies and organizations like our military have, for the most part, violated their oath to protect and uphold our Constitution by protecting the very entities that violate our Constitution daily.

They, in effect, have committed treason and are in fact traitors when it comes to the oath they take to uphold and protect our Constitution which no longer exists anymore. But they can get away with this because our local, state and federal court systems have all become corrupted with judges and prosecutors who have become political pawns of the rich and the powerful.

And where there is an honest judge, like the one in Wisconsin who struck down the law that kills collective bargaining or the one that requires a voter id in order to vote, the state legislature then passes a law that says that attorneys can strike down unpopular decisions made by state judges. I reference the following URL:

How can you fight a system like this?
+2 # indian weaver 2013-04-15 06:55
You cannot fight this system. You can only check out of it. Consider moving to a remote area where you can survive with hard work with no connection to the federal government. That has been our strategy, a major commitment to gain invisibility and self reliance, like the Native Americans. Take their example and run with it, and develop it to suit your environment. They did, that is what makes a "native": reliance only upon oneself and nearby trusted colleagues / society. It means risk, hard physical labor and doing without - but, the rewards are practically not within your understanding if you've never experienced real freedom from oppression. And that is why these native societies were based on respect and honoring Mother Earth. They know that once raping and fuc...g her begin, like our society does with reckless abandon, the society is in a death thrall. Get away from that asap. Find a home apart from population centers (like I describe our town of Cortez, Colorado above - plenty of such space exists when you start looking around).
+2 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 10:57
This is a great idea, indian weaver, but what if you are too old to do the manual labor to raise all your own food. And if we are home owners in other (red) states, how do we sell these homes in states where the housing market is still a flat-liner?
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:28
We are fortunate to share your sentiments and your strategy which is basically living simply, cheaply, laboring hard, and not buying into all the necessities and junk that support corporate/wealt hy America, even though some of our best friends do.
+13 # Savage 2013-04-15 00:14
I am grossly disappointed in Mr. Obama. The only dirrerence between him and the opposition is the speed with which we are racing to the bottom. Regretfully, his great speeches mask his lack of intestinal fortitude, ethics, and character. In my opinion, it's time to stop settling for the 'lesser evil' and do something that will bring change. To that end, I propose the creation of a virtual political party that would pull in all the splinter and individual movements (Move-On et all)which would then pool their resources and focus meaningful financial and political support on a candidate (of whatever existing political party) who is willing to take on the gargantuan Wall Street forces by legislative and intestinal fortitude to lead us out of this tragic predicament. The Internet is here and could be a unifying force for all who feel the disappointment with this President.
+1 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 11:00
The problem with this suggestion is you are relying on the fact that the government, through their corporate cronies, won't pull the plug on your ISP connection. This is why I keep suggesting people join Occupy. It is local, it's organized, there can be an exchange of information and hopefully people will expand it to help each other out when the government gets down and dirty; which we all know it will.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:30
Yes, OCCUPY! Let's not let that movement die.
+7 # Milarepa 2013-04-15 00:58
Yes, Indian weaver, Obama is fracked. As you say, he never grew up. He was a good-looking boy, charming beyond compare. Smart, too, and a great orator. No wonder he made history. Look at his face today, how it has changed! As far as what he does, like his Terrible Tuesday decisions to kill innocents, horrible as it is it's also predictable, even boring. Maybe power didn't corrupt him because there was little to corrupt. Power just took over. As you say, there IS karma. Obama too, like all of us, has his personal destiny, has to confront himself. That may be a long way off. Look at Dubya, he's turning into an interesting fine arts painter. If God is love and forgiveness, which I believe, we are all contained in love and all forgiven, including Obama. My own life is full of mistakes, some of them horrible. If I didn't believe in love and forgiveness I'd have nothing. You, Indian weaver, with your Buddhist understanding, know all this. As for how to change it peacefully, I see 2 ways. One, change myself. Two, look to the late Thomas Naylor's work, Second Vermont Republic secession movement. If but one US state seriously starts seceding, that old worn-out US sweater will unravel in no time. Then we can think fresh, former smaller 'unions', etc etc.So of course there is plenty of hope. Indeed hope is all there is.
-1 # James Marcus 2013-04-15 01:21
The Corporate Hucksters, their Wall Street Banker/Financie rs, as well as their Armies of Thugs/Enforcers , are , Like Obama, also only Petty Whores in all this!
Patsies, and Fall Guys, all. All Expendable, and easily replaced, once the Utility Value is extinguished .
As we know, 'Swapping Whores', a mesmerizing, but fruitless distraction, leaves us fucked, yet unsatisfied !
I say this not to Insult them (why bother?), but to redirect any angry Energy-of-Trans formation.
The 'Real Bad Guys'...never left the golf course! or ever dirty their hands.....
Follow the money.....
How about (in an orderly fashion):
Fire Everyone;
New Publicly Funded Elections. No Contributions, Gifts etc, AT ALL, To Candidates, their families or Legal Entities, Office holders, (or past Office Holders, for 5 years), by anyone (Or 'Persons'),
Cut all Office Holder salaries and end 'Perpetuity Benefits.
This is Public Service, not a 'Ticket-to-Ride '
I'm told drones also fly 'golf courses'.
+6 # m... 2013-04-15 01:30
I used to think it had become just the new American National Anthem... But now I realize that it is the Global Corporate Anthem--- Sung to the tune of Yellow Submarine:

OH..... We ALL live in a Corporatacracy, a Corporatacracy, a Corporatacracy.
We ALL live in a Corporatacracy, a Corporatacracy. a Corporatacracy.
We ALL live in a Corporatacracy, a Corporatacracy, a Corporatacracy.

It seems the be the Glorious Accomplishment of and for a Few...
Including The Orator In Chief.

What separates Obama from Bush besides two extra syllables and a brain..?
+8 # cymricmorty 2013-04-15 02:20
"...we live under the thumb of a corporate tyranny, not a legitimate constitutional republic."

We're living under a fascist regime. I don't want to help them out and I won't go down quietly.
+3 # cordleycoit 2013-04-15 03:26
Sell out and tyrant are the best description of Obama.http://re adersupportedne /277-75/16949-p resident-obama- one-corporate-p uppet-among-man y#
+13 # Marxian 2013-04-15 04:40
It all started when Henry VIII enacted the Enclosure Act to take away the public Commons from the people. Now capitalism is at it again (did they ever quit?) with all the "privatization" schemes to sell off the public assets (TVA, etc.) Now we pay for what used to be free to all citizens and "we live under the thumb of a corporate tyranny, not a legitimate constitutional republic." And they have made "socialism" into a dirty word! Time to realize the actual meaning of that word and seek alternatives. Don't wonder what to do and look for "leaders", just do what you know to be right and start right at home.
+1 # brux 2013-04-16 23:29
Yes, this is exactly the crux of the issue, the destruction of the public space, when man and nature will be the slave to people who want to think they are gods.
+7 # RMDC 2013-04-15 04:45
In his campaigns, Obama promised to protect social security. But he's doing the opposite. We need a recall election.

This article is correct. He is a corporate puppet. He lies when he speaks to the public. All presidents have been corporate puppets in the last half century. They all lie. US politics is over. I don't see any possibillity of reform. Corporations always over reach and they and their puppet government will collpase. Probably they will destroy the dollar. Its value will fall to near zero. Rich people will leave the US.
+12 # RHytonen 2013-04-15 05:05
Elizabeth Warren should run on the Green Party ticket.
0 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 11:06
Tell her that; she needs to know what we out here are thinking and the reasons we are thinking it.
+15 # Lute_Harmony 2013-04-15 05:19
As I've written before in RSN: Prof. Cornel West at Princeton called Obama a "black mascot for Wall Street." That was over three years ago. He was right then and is still right.
None of the proven felons at HSBC are in prison, nor any of the felons at other banks. And now Obama is chipping away at Social Security.
QED: "black mascot," indeed.
+9 # RnR 2013-04-15 05:27
Cut off any and all donations to the Democrats, with the exception of maybe, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Don't give them 1 cent. I'm not and when I get their smarmy little emails chirping for money I send them back and suggest they go get it from Monsanto.
+7 # Ritchings 2013-04-15 09:32
I sympathize completely with the sentiment behind this proposal. But it isn't enough and it'll only make the right wing richer and more powerful.

The key to turning this whole mess around is a constitutional amendment ending corporate personhood: "Congress shall make no law establishing corporate entities with the same rights enumerated for individuals in the Bill of Rights." Without the 'free speech' right to spend money to buy public officials, this measure will begin to end corporate dominance of our government at every level.

Institute public financing of all political campaigns, and end completely the corporate welfare state in which taxpayer's money is spent to support business in a thousand different ways, and we will be well on our way back to a government controlled by the people, a political system where candidates have to compete on the basis of their ideas and not the size of their war chests, and a genuine free market economy.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:39
Overturn Citizens United.
0 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 11:12
Bernie Sanders belongs to the Independent Party; he isn't a Democrat.

Also, there are other Progressive politicians we should be supporting like Tammy Duckworth or Jeff Markey. The biggest thing is to look at the voting records of anyone you are thinking of contributing to... until we get campaign finance reform in place.

Which brings up the subject: Every year bills are introduced into Congress in the House and Senate to reform campaign financing and every year they vote them down. This keeps us in the status quo. We need to force a change in this area and we can start by cutting down on K Street.
For right now, all of K Street needs to be banned from The Hill. That would be a game changer.
+11 # RnR 2013-04-15 05:39
Another thing, I can't believe people are surprised by this. His vote for the telecoms should have been enough proof. This constant looking for a savior is self destructive. *We* are our saviors, *we* are the ones who have to stop this, and it can be done using our wallets.

Even parroting corporate shills will notice the lack of money from the masses.
+16 # walt 2013-04-15 06:06
Obama seems like the kid who is bullied and decides that the way to deal with bullies is to placate them.

This is not the person so many of us supported. He needs to find his spine and take on the corporate vultures who would deprive us of earned benefits.

However, Carl is right. People should stand together and decide on what our government should look like. We are not seeing it in either of the two parties.

Another wake-up call, America!
+3 # Okieangels 2013-04-15 14:09
Green Party in the white house, and both houses of Congress.
+3 # Susan1989 2013-04-15 07:13
Milarepa....I agree with you. The basic, flaw is in the human psyhe and until people evolve one by one we will only replicate the same mistakes. Deep in the human brain is the motivation to survival and a subconscious selcishness.
+8 # MidwestTom 2013-04-15 07:44
How does anyone think an unknown great speaker with no qualifications defeated Hillary in the Primaries? It takes big money my friend, and big money wanted Obama knowing that he would be easy to control.
0 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 11:19
That isn't the only reason. Hillary is a full blown corporate war hawk; her voting record will tell you this. Forget Hillary Clinton. We need her like we need austerity as our operating budget. She's yesterday's bad news. If you want a spark of hope for the future, Elizabeth Warren is our best bet; smart with lots of common sense, warm, compassionate and doesn't put up with any snow jobs being dished out by anyone. She's fabulous!
+8 # JSRaleigh 2013-04-15 08:54
Obama's caving? Don't you actually have to stand up for something before you can cave?
0 # Hey There 2013-04-15 12:12
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+7 # Sweet Pea 2013-04-15 09:04
We are now a country of "of the people, by the wealthy, for the wealthy".
Presidential and most national elections cannot be won without the support of the wealthy. So, once the "Wealth Puppet" is in office, the strings are pulled, and actions are guided by the wealthy.
Perhaps Dennis Kucinich would have been the best choice, but at what point would he have been bought out by the wealthy? "Government by the people" is a hoax being pulled on us.
+11 # reiverpacific 2013-04-15 09:27
Oops: those of us getting this Social Security that we've earned had better get back to work!!!
Oops (2): there ain't no jobs either!
I like the bit about Lew's telling Europe to lighten up on austerity then turning on his own population.
Goes to show, two political Rights don't make right: just corporate-milit ary might!
How many cases of grassroots back-stabbing can you people take before you achieve enough solidarity to mount a general strike and revolution.
Of course there are grassroots finks who will betray their own for a corporate carrot.
+9 # Phlippinout 2013-04-15 09:46
I live under capitalism and everyday i feel as though I am being held upside down and shaken until my pockets are empty. I feel as though the filthy rich let me live as long as i am farmed for tax money. I am not encouraged to help my neighbor or those who need help, they are seen as lazy and poor. Capitalism gives us shifty leadership that has turned me against my government and shown me how to pray to God that someone destroy this evil empire that sucks the world of its natural beauty and has captured all the innocence and thrown it in a heap like yesterdays garbage. I only sit quiet until the hell begins! Please come Hell, i no longer believe in heaven. I cant afford heaven....
+2 # da gaf 2013-04-15 10:06
HUMMM..OBVIOUSL Y THINGS ARE getting worst every day-this world has never really had any real civilization that didn't have some sort of barbaric practice- and all the so-called GOD religions has failed completely also ..everyday these ugly politicians and leaders are bringing us closer and closer to a global nuclear suicide..and don't think we have much more time as for myself..i see only that what can be done is to reach one's own BUDDHA within and understand that we are not our body ..we are not our mind..these are only mechanical device that are born and will die..we are not these things we are all part of the Cosmic consciousness that is eternal- never born never dies..and once one understands that- then what to worry? life is..death is- the circle is complete but we are not the waves on the ocean- we are the ocean! we are eternal.....but you gotta find it yourself- experience it-i have! because beliefs will not get you anywhere..all beliefs are lies! sorry if i hurt someone feelings...your own experiences are your truths..never has hearsay been the truth.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:46
You can't help feeling bad for those who aren't as fortunate as yourself, though, can you, and want to try to help?
+3 # Muckety 2013-04-15 10:34
You obviously don't realize that oil spills are good for you. As Exxon noted, they affect primarily “venomous snakes.”
+2 # Nominae 2013-04-15 15:15
Quoting Muckety:
You obviously don't realize that oil spills are good for you. As Exxon noted, they affect primarily “venomous snakes.”

Well, now I AM "enlightened" ! Thank you ! And it is some *seriously* hi-tech oil that can thus distinguish between Poisonous and NON-poisonous snakes ! But, you know the old saw about "takes one to know one !"

Yessiree, that magic Exxon is just a TREASURE TROVE of good will and FANTASTIC (in the dictionary definition of the word "fantasy") IDEAS ! What a CORP !

When WILL it become a corpus ~ you know, being a "person" and all ?
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:47
Biocidal Profiteers.
0 # reiverpacific 2013-04-15 19:08
Quoting Muckety:
You obviously don't realize that oil spills are good for you. As Exxon noted, they affect primarily “venomous snakes.”

Trouble is the most Venomous Snakes are BP, Chevron, Shell, Monsanto their lobbyists, lawyers and patsies in congress -----!
They don't seem to hurtin' at all.
-5 # jwb110 2013-04-15 11:50
That Wall St and Corp. America are pulling the strings may very well be true. I think this President may have a long arc strategy to place the Democratic Party in a good position for the mid-term election and the next Presidential election.
I, for one, refuse to believe that I am at the affect of a Corporate takeover. The people will not stand for it, not matter what the naysayers posit. We are the real power in America and we need to re-energize that.
The strings may be there but the strings can be yanked the other way.
+2 # Firefox11 2013-04-15 19:02
"I think this President may have a long arc strategy to place the Democratic Party in a good position for the mid-term election and the next Presidential election." Wishing does not make it so. Enough of the rose colored glasses with Obama.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:50
Approximately 95% of U.S. earn less than $150,000 a year. That's a HUGE MAJORITY. Let's unite!
+2 # co-jones2010 2013-04-15 12:47
I may not be up-to-date on all the b.s. that our "government" is throwing at us, but the general image that I'm getting is that stuff is getting crazy. What I want to know is this: what can I, a 28 year old with no political experience, do to get a change started? Should I just blow off my daily responsibilitie s, grab a gun (or pitchfork), and then march to the capital hill demanding change or else? If thats what its going to take I'M DOWN. But when it's all said and done, I don't want my dead body to be the only one there.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:52
You can walk your talk and "live simply that others may simply live" (Thoreau).
+2 # luvdoc 2013-04-15 13:44
Protest! 198 Methods fo Non Violent Action download @ If 300 million people take one small action...luvdoc
+3 # co-jones2010 2013-04-15 15:05
I understand the philosophy of non violent action but when it comes down to it, our nation may need a martyr to get the ball rolling in the right direction. It just seems that apathy, or a lack of initiative maybe, has taken control of way too many people!
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:53
Needs more than one martyr. Maybe those Tennesseans will "volunteer."
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:52
+5 # Okieangels 2013-04-15 14:06
A national strike would work, if enough people would do it.
0 # Vern Radul 2013-04-15 21:07
+1 # Cappucino 2013-04-15 21:10
I just cannot afford to play these little mind games where we all pretend that anyone more liberal than Obama would ever have been elected. I just can't. The health care bill is my one and only chance to have affordable health care. I'm self-employed, so I can't get insurance through work; I have a pre-existing condition (as does almost 50% of America), so I would be rejected by any company. And Obama was the only candidate who actually said that he would support stem cell research (as he has!! He's done everything he promised to do in that area.) That is my only hope for a cure for the rare genetic disease I have. My sister has run for senator for the Green Party three times over a period of 8 years in two separate states-- and even SHE can't find out if that party even has any kind of position on stem cell research.

So if anyone thinks they can afford to play the game... have fun. I CAN'T.
+1 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 11:27
You need Single Payer/Medicare for All, as do the rest of us. We don't need more insurance company intervention with ever rising costs, benefits cutting and endless tangles of fine print. We need to get rid of these insurance companies; money for nothing and their kicks for free.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:58
True, but that wasn't on the table was it? Like I said before, our president is not a dictator, but I'm inclined to think he would have accomplished a lot for U.S. had he had such power.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 06:56
Thank you for giving some credit to a president who was doomed as soon as Mitch McConnell said his party's biggest goal was to make Obama a one-term president. Talk about tyranny!
0 # j.a.o 2013-04-16 06:36
"Now for the sixty-four dollar question: What can we do about it when the people whom control the government and the making of laws are essentially corporate whores?

What tools do we have? Please, somebody...or are we just screwed?" When people are unjustly oppressed what have they done in this country's history? They've had a revolution. I believe that this is NOT extreme. What is extreme is what corporations and political leaders are doing to our liberties as American Citizens. The Constitution is eroding away each day these stories come out. "If the people will lead , the leaders will follow" We the people must lead,and that takes coordination and cooperation. None of which is happening in Washington or at the State levels.
+1 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 11:37
Step One: Stop playing their game. If they don't shape up, they get pink slipped.

Step Two: Stop playing their game. If you recognize them as legitimate while they are doing corruption to the max, disengage. Find another party, even if only temporarily.

When they write you letters that contain drivel, call them on it. Tell them flat out, your mad as hell and your not going to take it any more. Tell them to shape up.

Part of the problem is that we are so busy being politically correct and speaking in soft voices that they just know they don't have to be bothered listening. Just stop playing their game.

And if they demand respect, tell them "Earn it." And then tell them We the People have absolutely NO intentions of being bound by corrupt laws based in self-interest chicanery. Try this for openers.

And be sure to write the Supreme Court and tell them the same things: Shape up or get pink slipped, we have no intentions of binding ourselves to laws born of corruption or self-interests. Do the work and will of the people or get tossed. That should get their attention.
+1 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 07:06
When women prostituted, they outlawed it. As for the constitution, historian Howard Zinn said it was written by wealthy politicians linked together through business and family who designed the constitution for the minority to control the majority: an extensive republic to maintain peace and avoid disorder; and states' rights to make it almost impossible for the poor to organize or dissent. It seems they have accomplished what they set out to do.
+1 # WestWinds 2013-04-16 09:40
However, being the president, it makes him the Sock-Puppet-in- Chief. Sad. He could have been one of our greatest presidents of all time. What a legacy that would have been. But I guess eleven million dollars is a bigger incentive for this president. Sad.
0 # onewatcher 2013-04-16 11:36
Wow, DaGaff, right-on with the experience/trut h revelation!!!!!
Obama lacks both...little experience,no truth......just that hope & change B.S.
with which he twice bought my vote. Wasn't much of a "buy" against Madman McCain &
"I'm da 2ond commin" Romney. Hey Milarepa & Da Gaff, what's with the, "only way out is to go within"????
+5 # tm7devils 2013-04-16 13:15
Within the first 100 days, and Obama didn't charge, try and convict the Bush Executive branch for treason (Iraq war); didn't rein in Wall Street; and didn't charge and convict those in big business that nearly brought down our entire financial system, I knew...I KNEW!...that the status quo would not change for the next 8 years.
I do not take any pleasure, whatsoever, in knowing what I believed was spot on. But hey!...we have 3+ years to go...anyone want to put money down that I will end up being wrong?
I have also heard talk of yone want to make another bet on which side the police and our military will be on during that frackas?
Don't's the "Government against the People"...not "Government FOR the People". Which has been proven time and time again.
Remember, you can vote your representatives into congress...but you can't make them vote for you once they are there.
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-04-17 07:12
I am sorry to say that your "Good" comment is all too true but I'm hoping for a miracle.

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