They Want to Take It All

The rich aren’t Americans. They live in Richville, Anywhere. They travel in their nifty little planes or yachts or chauffeur driven sports cars to homes on mountain tops or shores. Servants cook and clean and baby sit for them. They barely notice the cost.
How did they get to be so wealthy and how do they maintain it? There is a history of theft. It started with slavery in the US after chasing and killing the natives. It went on from there and has never stopped. For example, they used near-to-slave Chinese labor to build a railroad across the US. Today, the US has wars all over the world. The US propaganda machine tells us that the US is trying to bring democracy to other lands by getting rid of their evil leaders. This do-good scheme is a pretense to get our tax money.
We are funding attacking foreign leaders and nations with tax money which drops to zero. Forget the lies folks. People in the war industry make a lot of money which pays for their extravagant lives. They produce and we pay for their war toys. They steal the natural resources from the attacked nations and now are coming to steal from you.
The Corona Virus set us up for mega theft. With businesses and schools closed everywhere, no money coming in to pay rent and mortgage, to pay workers during closure. Citizens are in increasingly victimized positions. Under the press of Covid 19, Congress gave the needy, that’s us, a Care package which we were happy to hear about. But no, forget your expectations. Its trillion plus went to mega corporations including holiday ships and air lines, next to nothing to small shop owners and schools and hospitals; and closed restaurants to pay their waiters, and have something to start again when the virus is less virulent or medically controlled.
What will we the common people have then? Some say we should be hopeful, But hope for change coming from the same governing people is uncalled for. They have already shown their hand. The government which gave our money to the wealthiest, has nothing left for us. Shops will remain closed until the rich ones buy what they like. Care money given to them covers the purchase price. Do the rich feel bad about their take-over? They are like horses wearing blinders to keep from getting frightened by approaching cars. The rich ones have different kinds of blinders. Their eyes are on the money.
We need to act as a group. all of us together, regardless of any kind of subdivision. Letters and calls have no power. We need to get out on the street. Cops will arrest some until they join us as another underclass. We need to start a third party or more. The Democrats and Republicans call each other names and then vote for the same betrayal We need to stop being pleased with crumbs as AOC said before she voted (hand raised no official count to be noted and announced) to give our money to the rich. Betsy DeVos wants to close all public schools and set up Christian schools and charters. We need to reject crumbs and to stop worshiping the rich. They are thieves whose hands are in our pockets. Do not fall for our so-called impoverished government. Money can be printed. Vote for 3rd party candidates (or a forth or fifth… who says two is the right number?) Choose those who agree with you about a need for public care. Vote for someone whose behavior supports their words. Nothing less . See what they did before they ran for office. Do not fall for lies again.

Homeless

Let Them Eat Cake

Marie-Antoinette, when confronted by the starving French who asked for bread said “let them eat cake.”. She is with us today. The rich are taking more and more of our tax money, promising us cake some day if we just wait long enough.


Our private hospitals, many of them closed to make apartments for the rich, are set up to bring in the bucks. As a result, they do not buy equipment for unexpected disasters like the Corona virus. Masks and ventilators are too few and hospitals are understaffed. Too many virus patients with too few nurses lead to triaging care. Staff has to choose who will be treated and who will not and die from a lack of care. Nurses and doctors get sick as well because of missing protective equipment like having to wear the now infected mask for a week. The Corona virus fills the air and brings them down.


Factory workers are regarded as replaceable and unimportant. In a country run by the super rich, all labor is being dumped into that category. Meat packers are removed from Corona contaminated.factories which then are closed. The disease spreads in the factory because workers lack protective gear. When virus infected pork and beef and chicken processing plants are closed, animals are not slaughtered to be sold and eaten. President Trump saw the coming meat shortage and demanded workers go back to work, still unprotected. He said that those who stay home will not get unemployment. It is a choose your kind of death situation.


Farmers cannot sell produce to people who lack money. The government which claims to be insolvent forces farmers to chop up their vegetables growing in the field and then plow them under. Note that our government never runs out of money for planes and bombs and war. Why doesn’t it pay the farmers for what they grow and distribute it to the hungry folk whose line stretches for miles waiting for a bag of groceries? There is no profit in harvesting crops and feeding the impoverished. Capitalism is not attracted to performing acts of charity.


What of the homeless people living in subway stations? The local government kicks them out and forgets them. Those on the street are treated no better. People in charge of human disaster do not think of using empty hotel rooms. In a time of ever increasing difference between rich and poor, the poor become invisible.


We live in a capitalist society. Making a profit is it’s goal. Our so-called liberals in Congress make speeches about how sad they feel about the homeless, how upset they are about children whose public schools are overcrowded and understaffed. These same officials give huge amounts of our tax money to corporations and to the super rich. They give money to organizations that pay no taxes.


Having recently given trillions to them, our country will be unable to serve the rest of us for generations And still these elected official sell-outs speak to win our hearts. They have an ability to emote. Most congressional people can do this unless they play the opposite role and attack the needy as parasites (a la Mitch McConnell and Trump).


We vote for these people. We are like young children who are too frightened of abandonment and death to think that our parents do not care for us. There are almost no honest people in our governing body. Nancy Pelosi who is 100 million dollars rich, instead of offering Medicare to Covid sufferers, wants to give them Cobra which covers the cost of insurance while they are unemployed, for a fee of course. She rescues an industry which gives the insured little and takes a lot. Metaphorically speaking, Pelosi’s bread is buttered on the same side.


Do you believe that Republicans and Democrats are different? Look at how they vote. People like Bernie Sanders wail about what is being done to the poor and then vote to give tax money to the rich. Sanders is like a clown that distracts the audience from workers sweeping up horse shit at the circus.
Marie-Antoinette said “Let them eat cake.” when the impoverished French demanded bread. We are all waiting for that illusory cake instead of going on strike to demand a living wage, health care and retirement benefits. Let them know that we are hungry for real food in return for a life of real work.

Homeless

Time’s Up

Now the Republicans have voted to take it all away. Sure, they did it little by little before but now they want it all. Why do they need it since they already own what they want to buy? It has nothing to do with growing the economy since there will be zero trickle down. Instead it will destroy the economy when the middle class can purchase little or nothing.They want to wear a crown.  How did we get into creating royalty, people born to a class we are supposed to serve and worship? True they’ll have the castle on the hill and we will live in small houses or in one large construction divided up by families. 

 You can look at it from a positive side. We can become a group instead of solitary individuals entranced by the shallow TV dramas or newscasts touting war, watched alone or with spouse and child.What are we going to do about our relatively impoverished situation? We need to  learn how to meet our needs when the social system fails. If we run out of food, the supermarket  is sold out and we don’t have money to pay for their stuff. We can hate and rob our neighbors for having what we lack. Thinking and doing this enforces our true poverty.

The newly created royals are for out hating each other. They work to turn us against each other, white against black against gay against Latino against trans. Getting us to blame each other keeps them safe. The royals are frightened of the people impoverished by their the self-created royal’s theft. Even slave masters slept with a gun beneath their pillow. It wasn’t enough to separate people speaking the same language, to keep them from learning to read and consider, work them from dark to dark. It wasn’t enough to insist they all came here on slave ships and had no skills despite the growing evidence that black sailed and inhabited the world a thousand years before the mythic Christ (look at the work of Ivan Van Sertima and David Imhotep) .It wasn’t enough to lie about black history so that the current “owners” can claim divine right.

We need to think of ourselves as a loving population, to figure out how to grow food, to create natural medications from herbs and plants, to share our skills, to trade services and goods. We need to store the food we grow. We need to turn away from the criminal or worthless classification passed down from the rich. We need to create a life we can enjoy with friendship and mutual support as its basis.

I found this written in my computer. Was this written by me or dictated by my muse or another person? Thanks to the heart/mind that created it.. May we all follow its advice, live and be well.

Resist

Ordinary people are coming awake. They see that they are caught in a climate change catastrophe due to flood or drought so that nothing grows or are baked by the sun or sickened by disease carrying insects or… the negative possibilities are endless. They lack the money to flee. They cannot keep their heads in the ground a la ostrich. They cannot say “not me.”
First to resist extractive corporations attacking Mother Earth are the Indigenous people. Unarmed Indians in the US North West stood against white men with attacking dogs and guns who wanted to put a pipe across the Cheyenne River to carry abrasive Tar Sands oil to the other side. The Cheyenne River leads to many others. Tar sands oil has already had many breaks. Oil sellers tell us we have no other choice. Indians are forced to defend their resistance to pollution in court.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, is cutting down trees in the Amazon to make money which includes raising cattle there for hamburgers. He denies deforestation causes a loss of oxygen for us all. He calls cutting down Amazon trees his national right. Those who come to cut the trees murder natives who stand in their way. We hamburger eaters kill for that.

The Marshall Islands, 2 meters above the ocean speak of building walls. All over the world, people who live on their own produce are dying of starvation. Young girls are put into marriage merely to survive.

Then there are children first stimulated to act by now 16 year-old Greta Thunberg who points out that politicians sold their souls to the money makers a long time ago. These politicians must be pushed aside. She speaks real facts to the fantasy of life-saving changes made some day. Young folk flock to her. They know that it is their lives are on the line. They cannot be turned away from incipient disaster.

Then there are the unions. So long pushed into non-existence by the corporate world that wants barely paid and dutiful workers. They are coming together again as a powerful force. The teachers are treated as non-entities in schools that barely count. They are on strike. They are supported by parents, holding out for smaller classes, available books, computers and trips and free lunches. They hold out for not letting impoverished schools damage their children. They do not want aggressive testing that leads nowhere. Expensive schools do not make education a trial.


The automobile industry is rising-up against allowing corporatists take their jobs to where people work for way less, no pensions, no health care, no vacations. It is a growing recognition that all of us poor folk and shaky middle classes need to hang together. The demonically driven wealthy want to sap our strength in order to feed their bank accounts. They need us to comply. There is no more profit if we don’t give in.

As Richard Wolfe, Ph.D. says, workers need to take over their factories planning to leave the country to go where labor is cheap. These trained workers need to set up a relatively flat hierarchy of workers who redistribute profits among themselves, not have an owner who takes the money elsewhere.


Richard Wolfe, PhD loves Mondragon, a coop started by a priest in Spain some 50 years ago. The Mondragon community has grown to perhaps 50,000 workers in all kinds of shops. You can take courses there and learn how to bring Mondragon to where you live. There is very little salary difference from those with a lot of training and those with less. There is little income threat in Mondragon society although Spain is wrecked by inflation.

Union membership, worker ownership, these are forms of genuine civilization. Let us join them.

Trump May Be Impeached.

The impeachment hearings are just a distraction from what is really going on. Every time Trump does some new anti-social, anti-decent, anti-climate, anti-human action like dropping out of the Paris Climate talks, the true actors, the robbers, the ones who are making things happen in their favor, can act  behind the scenes which makes them happy. They are pleased with Trump’s latest attention getting bruhaha. It is like the clown within a circus who distracts the audience by sweeping up saw dust while the workers are setting up props for the next act.

Trump got elected by saying that he represented the workers, poor folk and then gave millions of dollars to the very rich. Now Congress including the Democrats, including Nancy Pulosi and Chuck Schumer, renewed the Patriot Act, a way to corner anyone who is out of line. Now food stamps for the poor are on the firing line. But who notices this wave of stealing when the news babbles about impeachment!

Greedy Democrat try to distinguish themselves from greedy Republicans, by screaming about outside danger. Rachel Maddow, a daily internet news reporter at the cost of 30,000 dollars per show, talks about the encroachment of Russia. However in Court, she recently admitted that the Russia threat was only her fantasy and people do not take it seriously. But they do. She is a Russia-gate person. She said that Trump is in Putin’s pocket. She said that Russia stole our election.  

She is well paid to be a Democratic shill. Why do the Democrats need this? This is another get you distracted game. Get everyone flustered and worried about Russia, and they will not notice that most of the Democrats have no more intention of supporting the middle class and poor than do the Republicans.

The pay off for this distracting real and made-up news is that Congress can vote to spend our tax money the way they want, with tax breaks for their corporate “donors” means bosses and paybacks to themselves. The money goes to the military attacking the world to fight “terrorism.” The distracted public ignores that we receive little or nothing. Trump gave billionaires huge tax breaks. We lack funds to save our schools, to pay for Medicare, to remove pollution, to preserve our parks. Not a cent. But our attention has been taken away from our mounting poverty by excitement about Trump’s latest faux pas.

War consumes money. At a recent accounting which was forced-on the military, they could not account for vanishing millions. They had never thought to discuss the huge stacks of cash sent to Afghanistan seemingly blown away in the wind. Hypnotized by the impeachment imbroglio and distracted by the Russia threat, no one in the “public” is yelling about the money not available to the schools and medical treatment as a social right and  care for the elderly and stopping pollution and saving life on earth. .

We need to wake up to reality and get out in the street to protest.

­­The Trump EPA Will Not Protect You

                                               

Trump selected as the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) leader), Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist. Wheeler and now Trump deny the serious consequences of burning coal. You know: “clean coal.” Now Wheeler has a far greater field of human health to spoil with his greed-based focus. EPA is supposed to test any product accused of causing sickness. Wheeler decided to stop testing reported dangerous sick-makers unless the identity of the person claiming sickness is revealed. Most people feeling sick due to product contamination will not accept such an invasion of their privacy, especially in a nation that attacks “truth tellers.” By refusing to test the product, Wheeler saves the contaminating business a lot of money.

Our president is removing environmental rules and restraints everywhere and as soon as he can. He quit the Paris Climate Accord whose focus is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Trump avoids or cancels relationships with many friendly European nations. He stated you can always get a new friend. He thinks that scientists are out to “get him.” He is in sync with emerging oligarchs as members of the same take-it-all gang. He acts as if he is one of super rich. I think his claim to be a billionaire has to do with hiding his tax returns which likely show a lot of illegal activity as well as a gross-exaggeration.

Trump and his extract all you can from Mother Earth cronies seem to think they can survive a climate disaster locked off from all those dying around them. Hence his love for fences. He raves about the need for a southern fence to keep out the starving southern population of climate escaping immigrants. He calls them criminal. Separates them from their children who will never recover to punish these people  for coming here; also Muslims, blacks, women, the list of undesirables who will hurt him goes on and on.

He claims that “climate change” is a Chinese hoax but secretly believes it. That is why he protects his Scotch golf course from a rising sea level. Who are his supporters? Followers are mostly poor Christians who turn their eyes away from biblical definitions of goodness when they choose him. They focus on his being against abortion. We know he has had at least one sex partner who aborted their child. His religious followers say that he is like a child just learning the rules. Some give into hysterical adulation by calling Trump “god” which he happily endorses. Seeing the one who robs you as a god helps you avoid the pain of a seeing yourself as his victim.  

Trump lives in the world of money. He only asks of most decisions, will this make me money. This includes digging for oil and cutting trees in national parks. He sees enemies as those who would interfere with his intent to plunder. He rejects those who want to end oil extraction. He applauds the pipes that carry Canada’s dirty “Tar Sands” oil to the coast. These pipes constantly break flooding huge areas of wetlands.

As Naomi Klein, the great environmentalist and writer said, we need to make a change of all things related to burning carbon and we need to do it now. We need public transportation everywhere, free education; buildings powered by sun and wind and earth. War is a great polluter. We need to spend money on survival. If we all act together, we can do this. There is no other place to go.

Prisons Support Crime

Prisons have become a business, a very sadistic, thoughtless affair. The business of jailing is increasingly cut off from rehabilitation. Being tough on crime” means not allowing prisoners to attend college there, not teaching them a skill which will earn an income once they are out. Being in prison means working for a few dollars as you are rented out to large corporations.  Once arrested there is very little chance to support your dream of becoming a useful member of society.

Let us start with parole. The parole board is an essential part of inflicting hopelessness. Because of the way it operates, I have to say that it should not exist at all. Let’s say that the prisoner has served his time often allocated by a judge, because he was too frightened to appear before a jury and also, because he would serve a huge amount of time in jail awaiting trial since he lacks the money to post bail.

Say that now his judge-allotted time has been served so he comes before the parole board to discuss leaving confinement. But they do not look at his excellent time there, no fights, no drugs, doing volunteer work – you know earning the kind of report card that gets young people into college. No. It does not count. The parole board talks about the original crime that got him/her there and gives another 5 years locked up based on that and another 5 years again after the next appearance before them. What does a person so trampled down by all this learn in prison? To go on with a life of crime, the only profession that he knows.

So, we need to end parole. Reinstate education and psychotherapy and social work for the prisoner and their entire family. But the prison corporation “screams” we can’t afford that. A lie. The cost of keeping a person locked up in jail is more than all of the suggested therapies and education combined.

Do we want a peaceful society where people trust each other? Institute a society of mutual regard and help. Then we won’t need to lock our doors.

People who can’t get past their own early disturbing life can live in places that do have locks but are otherwise set out to teach and help and care. If society was set up to educate and help the entire population instead of stealing social services from the non-rich (Medicaid, Medicare, Aid to Dependent Children, providing oil or gas to heat the homes of poor people in Vermont, and on and on), to give that money to the super rich in terms of tax breaks…..those who already have servants and planes and yachts and homes …. the prison population would disappear.