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The problem with our economy is political corruption

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Written by Jack Lohman   
Friday, 13 July 2012 22:45
Nothing else really matters.

Our nation's problems are 100% due to politicians taking cash bribes and then giving taxpayer assets in return. Who pays off whom, for fewer regulations or more subsidies or less taxes. There is a political price for everything, and money works as intended.

So we watched the Bush tax cuts destroy revenue of the government, and now we wonder about why the country is losing money.

How long are taxpayers going to allow politicians to dip into their families' income and future wealth? How long are we going to allow them to destroy our economy and schools and jobs and climate, and transfer wealth to themselves and those at the top?

This is NOT an issue between Republicans or Democrats. It *IS* an issue between which politician gets the most in campaign bribes and from whom. Yes we need more economic stimulus, as some economists are calling for, and perhaps the best stimulus would be “we congressmen will no longer take campaign bribes. We'll run the country under not just a free-market but also a fair-market basis. No more crony-capitalism!” Wow!

But here we have it. The government is spending money on Medicare and Social Security and other so-called entitlements for the poor, and the Fat Cats want it in their pockets instead. But if our politicians were not bought and paid for by special interests, including unions and corporations, these jokers would be running the country like we'd expect any board of directors to be running a quality company... with common sense and favoring success for everyone rather than just the few at the top.

Clearly there are abuses both on the left and the right. People are gaming the system of government programs and that must stop. Food stamps when not needed, undeserved city and state pensions and the like.

But as well abuses exist at the top. Those 1% must pay fair taxes. That's the way it is in a fair society. It creates revenue to pay for the basics.

Indeed we have some at the top who got there by cheating those at the bottom, and they are no bettor than those at the bottom gaming the government. The abuses at both ends must be prosecuted. But critically we have a system where the Fat Cats have everything already but want more, and are willing to bribe politicians to get it. And it works.
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+5 # SanFraner 2012-07-15 04:02
We need public financing of campaigns.
 
 
+2 # SanFraner 2012-07-15 04:04
prosecuting someone because they are gaming the system so that they actually have a living income, instead of poverty pay is cruel when bankers are, as the article points out stealing $trillions!
 
 
+1 # jlohman 2012-07-15 07:14
And let me say that political corruption works all too well. Over 95% of congressmen are re-elected, thus they'd shun it. And while they ARE corrupt, they are NOT stupid.
 
 
-4 # Innocent Victim 2012-07-15 16:43
your articles are too long.
 
 
0 # lark3650 2012-08-01 05:55
"Character is more valuable to nature than wealth. Wealth is material and dissolves but character is moral and has lasting effects.
If it was not for character whereby man would make every known sacrifice, even to giving up life itself for the sake of principle, human beings would be no better than the beasts of the field.
A good character produces high aims that lead to an ambitious and successful life.
Thinking pure thoughts develops strong mental functions that plan large undertakings.
THE WILL TO DO RIGHT CREATES THE MASTER CHARACTER." - Alfred W. Lawson
THIS IS THE PROBLEM!!
 
 
+1 # RMDC 2012-08-03 04:59
Thanks for saying this. You are exactly right. Great wealth produces nothing more than corrupt governments.

Supreme court justice Louis Brandeis said, "We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."

This is a political truism. Of course now all of our supreme court justices are bought off and corrupted by money from our oligarchs, so we don't even have a justice who will say the truth.

This is how nations die. The oligarchs simply destroy the political institutions by corrupting them and looting them. The political institutions cannot defend themselves because the people who run them are bribed, bought off, and intimidated. Only a revolution can throw out the oligarchs. We need to bring back the guillotine and set it up in Time Square. At the stroke of midnight on New Year's eve, instead of the dropping ball we need to see on TV screens worldwide the falling blade.

If you think that is harsh, just realize that the oligarch would execute you for any crime. They execute whole nations like Iraq or Libya just to get their wealth. They've murdered about 7 million people in eastern Congo just to get rare minerals. And they are setting up to loot your social security and medicare so you will suffer and die early.

This is class war. Either the people win or the oligarchs win. It is war and their already is bloodshed, only it is all on the side of the poor.
 

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