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Reagan Legacy 32 Years Of The Sweat Shop Economy


Conservatives who talk about free markets don’t know what they say.  There’s no such thing as the free market economy; it doesn’t exist it’s a license to steal and rob from us.  The rapid expansion of Walmart is the result of public money given to them by our federal government. They receive more than 1.2 billion dollars per super center store across the USA;  in addition they receive, free land, infrastructure assistant, very low financing interest rates, special grants from their state and their local governments.  Finally, it receives indirect subsidies to pay for the healthcare of their employees like medicaid because Walmart the richest retailer in the world provides no benefits to its employees this is shameful. Walmart refuses to pay it’s employees a living wage, or offer its employees any kind of healthcare benefits making its employees rely on government welfare to survive;  Paving The Way For Poverty in the state of Arizona where I live new employees are hired on a part-time bases working less than 35 hours per week at minimum wage of $7.70 an hour. Arizona is a right to work state that doesn’t allow organized labor to get a foot hold here. Walmart’s CEO Mike Duke earns more money in one hour than the average employee earns in a year,  stealing from it’s employees, making deliberate mistakes on payroll deductions, cheating employees out of hours worked, human rights violations, and violating minimum wage laws. They block any attempt for its employees to unionize, they use scarce tactics to intimate employees, they terminate employees without a just cause.   The abuses inflicted on the workforce is the driving force behind Walmart employees relying on the social safety-net that our government provides in order for their employees to survive; in fact, 80% of Walmart’s employees receive food stamps and government medical insurance. Walmart is the third largest corporation in the world grossing 446 billion dollars annually and pure profit of 15  billion a year while they pay their executives lavishly. Mike Duke Walmart’s CEO 2011 received a compensation package worth 18.1 million dollars; already a millionaire 10 times over. The Walton Family do even better than that they control the corporation through stock ownership they own 48% of Walmart’s stock; making the Walton Family one of the richest families in the world with 102 billion in assets. Walmart hired hands rely on 2.66 billion dollars in government assistant, or 466 thousand dollars in government assistant making their employees the largest group by an organization on welfare because they pay poverty wages this is sad, and disgusting.

The Free Trade Agreements that  the USA signed with China, Europe, Japan, North America, South America, and other  foreign governments made it possible for Walmart to purchase its inventory for pennies on the dollar making it virtually impossible for local businesses to complete; devastating entire cities across the USA, leaving debris behind empty abandoned stores, and empty buildings where once factories existed. It make the USA look like a third world country. Maxist Socialism Banana Republic USA most people who live in the USA think that sweat shops only exist in third world countries, but they’re in backyards in Canada, Mexico, and the USA. The people living in North America should be outraged at these multi-national corporations because their robbing us of our  tax dollars and  stealing our pride. Large corporations have lobbied politicians at the local level and at federal level changing tax laws to send jobs overseas. To third world countries where living conditions are deplorable, they have no running water, contaminated drinking water, no bathrooms, one room small shacks with multiple families, and no labor laws to protect the workers. These global corporations were able to get Congress to pass sweat shop anti-workers legislation that made it possible for US corporations to move their production to third world countries where labor is dirt cheap to the point of criminal.

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‘Fiscal cliff’ deal: After rush of relief, debt ceiling clash already looms



'Fiscal cliff' deal: After rush of relief, debt ceiling clash already looms (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Just 10 hours before the New York stock exchange opened on Wednesday, the GOP-controlled House passed the Senate's "fiscal cliff" bill, 257-167, marking the first time that Republicans have, effectively, voted to raise income taxes in 20 years. Markets from Tokyo to Wall Street surged at the news that…

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Politics Roundup: Gun Restrictions And The Fiscal Cliff



Evening politics roundup: Gun restrictions, fiscal cliff patches (via NJ.com)

  In the wake of the Newtown school shootings, lawmakers and government officials have begun to set the stage for gun reforms. Public sentiment has surged as the national debate about gun control continues. Assemblyman Joseph Cryan (D-Union) said today that he plans to introduce a bill that would…

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The Insanity Of Texas Gov. Rich Perry That Social Security And Medicare Violate The 10th Amendment Of US Constitution


“Governor of Texas Rick Perry writing new legislation to amend the 10th Amendment of the Constitution to end Social Security, and Medicare as we know it for none other than Newt Gingrich; Rick Perry beliefs that it violates the US CONSTITUTION. That how deranged these REPUBLICANS are. This is an insurance policy to protect workers from a serious illness, a serious accident, that can disable you for the rest of your life, or retirement due to old age. Without this protection you would live in poverty, in misery, and very ill until your death unless you were very rich.” Life without Social Security was extremely difficult for the disabled and seniors to survive and especially for those who were seriously ill that, that they often committed suicide.

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1. What Is the Basic Issue in the World Today?

    The basic issue in the world today is between two principles:  Individualism and Collectivism.
   
Individualism holds that man has inalienable rights which cannot be taken away from him by any other man, nor by any number, group or collective of other men. Therefore, each man exists by his own right and for his own sake, not for the sake of the group.
    Collectivism holds that man has no rights; that his work, his body and his personality belong to the group; that the group can do with him as it pleases, in any manner it pleases, for the sake of whatever it decides to be its own welfare. Therefore, each man exists only by the permission of the group and for the sake of the group.
    These two principles are the roots of two opposite social systems. The basic issue of the world today is between these two systems.

    2. What Is a Social System?

    A social system is a code of laws which men observe in order to live together. Such a code must have a basic principle, a starting point, or it cannot be devised. The starting point is the question: Isthe power of society limited or unlimited?
    Individualism answers: The power of society is limited by the inalienable, individual rights of man. Society may make only such laws as do not violate these rights.
    Collectivism answers: The power of society is unlimited. Society may make any laws it wishes, and force them upon anyone in any manner it wishes.
    Example: Under a system of Individualism, a million men cannot pass a law to kill one man for their own benefit. If they go ahead and kill him, they are breaking the law — which protects his right to life — and they are punished.
    Under a system of Collectivism, a million men (or anyone claiming to represent them) can pass a law to kill one man (or any minority), whenever they think they would benefit by his death. His right to live is not recognized.
    Under Individualism, it is illegal to kill the man and it is legal for him to protect himself. The law is on the side of a right. Under Collectivism, it is legal for the majority to kill a man and it is illegal for him to defend himself. The law is on the side of a number.
    In the first case, the law represents a moral principle.
    In the second case, the law represents the idea that there are no moral principles, and men can do anything they please, provided there’s enough of them.
    Under a system of Individualism, men are equal before the law at all times. Each has the same rights, whether he is alone or has a million others with him.
    Under a system of Collectivism, men have to gang up on one another — and whoever has the biggest gang at the moment, holds all rights, while the loser (the individual or the minority) has none. Any man can be an absolute master or a helpless slave — according to the size of his gang.
    An example of the first system: The United States of America. (See: The Declaration of Independence.)
    An example of the second system: Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany.
    Under the Soviet system, millions of peasants or “kulaks” were exterminated by law, a law justified by the pretext that this was for the benefit of the majority, which the ruling group contended was anti-kulak. Under the Nazi system, millions of Jews were exterminated by law, a law justified by the pretext that this was for the benefit of the majority, which the ruling group contended was anti-Semitic.
    The Soviet law and the Nazi law were the unavoidable and consistent result of the principle of Collectivism. When applied in practice, a principle which recognizes no morality and no individual rights, can result in nothing except brutality.
    Keep this in mind when you try to decide what is the proper social system. You have to start by answering the first question. Either the power of society is limited, or it is not. It can’t be both.

    3. What Is the Basic Principle of America?

    The basic principle of the United States of America is Individualism.
    America is built on the principle that Man possesses Inalienable Rights;

  • that these rights belong to each man as an individual — not to “men” as a group or collective;
  • that these rights are the unconditional, private, personal, individual possession of each man — not the public, social, collective possession of a group;
  • that these rights are granted to man by the fact of his birth as a man — not by an act of society;
  • that man holds these rights, not from the Collective nor for the Collective, but against the Collective — as a barrier which the Collective cannot cross;
  • that these rights are man’s protection against all other men;
  • that only on the basis of these rights can men have a society of freedom, justice, human dignity, and decency.

The Constitution of the United States of America is not a document that limits the rights of man — but a document that limits the power of society over man.

    4. What Is a Right?

A right is the sanction of independent action. A right is that which can be exercised without anyone’s permission.
If you exist only because society permits you to exist — you have no right to your own life. A permission can be revoked at any time.
If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society — you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Do not make the mistake, at this point, of thinking that a worker is a slave and that he holds his job by his employer’s permission. He does not hold it by permission — but by contract, that is, by a voluntary mutual agreement. A worker can quit his job. A slave cannot.

    5. What Are the Inalienable Rights of Man?

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Public pays price for privatization – POLITICO.com Print View


There is a dignity in the Hoover Dam, a massiveness that speaks to a grand national purpose. A country — our country — decided to build it. As the Hoover Dam was constructed, in the middle of the Great Depression, the nearby city of Las Vegas stretched itself from a sleepy town of 5,000 to accommodate tens of thousands of new residents: the people building the dam and staffing the associated businesses.In 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower embarked on the most aggressive public works project in U.S. history — the jobs-producing interstate highway system. And throughout the 1930s and ’40s, the government designed an elaborate set of public financing vehicles to build the great postwar suburban housing stock.America used to be a country that built things — using public and private resources. Great works of infrastructure provided jobs and returned an incredible social investment. It is inconceivable to imagine the modern economy without the vast investments in infrastructure made by preceding generations — everything from rural electrification to developing the Internet.So why aren’t we building more of it? One way to think about the question is: Why did we build infrastructure in the first place?The answer is complicated. We need to look to the political coalitions behind our immense public works and ask which coalitions today support the current infrastructure rhetoric. Seen through that lens, the real trend in infrastructure today is not building more of it but privatizing what exists.After all, building infrastructure implies the ability to build things here and being able to use the power of taxation to finance them. Privatizing infrastructure requires the ability to securitize revenue flows. Which one do you think modern America does better?Privatization takes inherently governmental functions — everything from national defense to mass transit and roads — and turns them over to the control of private actors, whose goal is to extract maximum revenue while costing as little as possible.Republicans have long advocated this in the name of free markets — saying that privatizing government services reduces the size of government. Democrats express more mixed support, but they sometimes go along for the privatizing ride.Yet it isn’t true, as a general rule, that privatization shrinks the public sector. When investor demand for high returns is combined with the natural monopolies of public assets, what often results instead is citizens finding themselves saddled with high fees and poor service.Even more perniciously, selling infrastructure such as toll roads puts the coercive power of the state in the hands of private actors. We have great public assets built by prior generations. We should and could be building a better country for our children, rather than liquidating what we have.The last great era of public works — the New Deal’s roads, bridges, arts programs and schools — did not come from great planning and bipartisan concern over U.S. infrastructure. It came from the desperation of then-new-economy industrialists, who sought an economic structure in which they could profit and a populace seeking to govern its own country.It was initiated by an unemployed and hungry citizenry and supported by builders clamoring for a government-backed housing-finance system, auto companies demanding roads and airlines seeking airports. The scorching class conflict of the Great Depression led to a national consensus in favor of avoiding unemployment that lasted until the 1970s.The greatest public works project of all time — the interstate highways — was begun in 1956 after heavy lobbying by the auto industry. It was financed straight up by gasoline taxes and provided jobs and an on ramp to the new suburbs, which solved pressing postwar housing needs.That period was unique in its political alliance between labor unions and capital-intensive industries that provided a continuously rising standard of living for most Americans. American firms had no rivals internationally, so free trade meant higher sales and profits for all.The political coalition today augurs for far different policies — despite what the politicians may say. The New Deal coalition melted in the 1970s, the political scholar Tom Ferguson points out, as international competitiveness and environmental costs drove the logic of cost reductions into our political order. Today, we are still living in the Ronald Reagan-Paul Volcker era of low taxes, low regulations, low pay, low spending and high finance.

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