Sunday, October 4, 2015

Do you want a New Deal? Then, feel the Bern. Do you want Wall Street to continue to suppress your wages? Then vote for Hillary Clinton. Do you like fraud, pollution, and old-age poverty? Then vote for a Republican.


(In this two-and-a-half minute video, U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders explains the failure of trickle-down economics. Does Hillary Clinton have a presentation like this? If not... why not? Do Republican presidential candidates have a presentation like this? No, because they're the ones who created this mess by giving colossal tax breaks to the super-wealthy, demonizing unions, and promoting illegal tax evasion. YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcsJGOTnQ1E.)

Bernie Sanders just drew more than 20,000 people to his speech at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, more than twice Barack Obama's crowd eight years ago: "The senator has also exceeded another Obama marker by becoming the first candidate to reach 1 million online donations nearly five months earlier than the president did" ("Bernie Sanders Draws More Than 20,000 People At Boston Rally," Huffington Post, October 4, 2015).

Of course, the corporate-controlled media, and the big-wigs of the Democratic Party, want you to believe that Sanders is still a fringe candidate who can't possibly be elected. And they expect (demand?) that you shape your thoughts accordingly and vote for a candidate with strong ties (or rather, puppet strings) to Corporate America.

Meanwhile, as Sanders is drawing record crowds and a record number of donations from middle- and low-income Americans, "Hillary Clinton lets big banks off the hook for [the] financial crisis, "rakes in Wall Street cash amid [insincere] tough talk,"and "leads all candidates [in receiving Wall Street Cash], with $432,610 from big banks' executives, employees and their spouses. This includes banks like JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Goldmans Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, UBS, Barclays, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank" (and, of course, she's receiving even more cash assistance from millionaires & billionaires through additional channels, e.g., her super-pacs) ("Wall Street Is Putting Money Behind These Presidential Candidates," Huffington Post, July 23, 2015).

And as Hillary Clinton rakes in mounds of corporate, ill-gotten cash, Republican presidential candidates, as always, want to cut taxes for the super-wealthy, and cut taxes for people born into wealth, and cut taxes for Corporate America - thereby forcing the revenue burden down on to the middle-class and poor (again), at the state & local level, with increased (and regressive) taxes, tolls, fees, fines, and utility rates. For example, thanks in part to Republican engineered tax-cuts-for-the-wealthy at the federal level over the last 35+ years, "Virtually every state tax system is fundamentally unfair, taking a much greater share of income from low- and middle-income families than from wealthy families" ("Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States, Fifth Edition," Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, January 2015).

So, do you want a New Deal (i.e., higher wages, more opportunities, better medical care, punishment for white collar crime, and lower student loan debt)? Then, feel the Bern. Do you want Wall Street to continue to suppress your wages? Then vote for Hillary Clinton. Do you like fraud, pollution, and old-age poverty? Then vote for a Republican.

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