ydoaPs Posted March 8, 2011 Share Posted March 8, 2011 (edited) plu·toc·ra·cy [ploo-tok-ruh-see] –noun, plural -cies. The rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy. A government or state in which the wealthy class rules. A class or group ruling, or exercizing power or influence, by virtue of its wealth. Now, you might think I'm crazy to even suggest the possibility. I mean, we elect our representatives, right? So, they act in the interest of the People rather than those that paid to get them into office, right? Let's take a look and see whether American politics is for the People or the wealthy 2% and the corporations. Cutting teacher training, job training, and help for the poor in favour of help for oil companies that trash our shores, companies who send their work overseas because it's cheaper than hiring US workers, and the top 2% income? That's a bit suspicious. Perhaps we should look at other programs that were cut or in serious danger of being cut. Tax on Companies that ship jobs overseas- A bill that would have eliminated a tax break that companies get when they ship jobs overseas. Republicans blocked this, allowing companies to keep the tax break they receive when they ship jobs to other countries. Political Ad disclosure bill- Would have required all donors to political campaigns to reveal themselves. Republicans blocked this, not once but twice. Subpoena Power for the Committee investigating the BP Oil Spill – Give subpoena power to the independent committee responsible for investigating BP’s roll in the oil spill. Republicans attempted to block this. The Small Business Jobs Act -would give LOCAL, community banks access to billions of dollars to loan to small businesses. Republicans blocked this, then attempted to block it a second time and failed. ... Senator Franken’s Anti-Rape Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill – Makes it so that women raped overseas while working for foreign contractors have the right to have their case heard in an American court instead of having their case mediated by the company they work for. Only Republican men voted against this, but it passed. Benefits for Homeless Veterans- Would have expanded benefits to homeless veterans and homeless veterans with children. Republicans blocked this. ... The Jobs Bill- Offsets the payroll tax for 1 year for companies that hire new employees, or people receiving unemployment insurance. Also gives other tax incentives to companies hiring new employees. Republicans attempted to block this. Wall Street Reform- Puts stricter regulations on the banks, preventing them from becoming “too big to fail”. Curbs reckless spending practices that caused the banking crisis. Republicans attempted to block this. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act- Pumped billions of dollars into state and local Governments to prevent us from sinking into a second Great Depression. Republicans opposed this but now want to take credit for the parts of it that we know are successful. Oil Spill Liability- Raises the liability on what companies can be made to pay to clean up after an oil spill. Republicans blocked this. ... Fair Pay Act of 2009- Also called the Lily Ledbetter bill. Requires that women receive equal compensation to men for doing the same work. Republicans attempted to block this. Blocking legislation that would raise liability for causing billions of dollars in damages and attempting to block subpoena power to investigate should a company actually cause such damages? Hmm...That's a bit suspicious too. They blocked taxes on companies that send jobs overseas, tried to block legislation that would spur local small business, and attempted to block legislation that would give companies incentive to hire new people. Next time a Republican asks "Where are the jobs?" point them to where they killed them. This too is awfully suspicious of a plutocracy. Tax breaks to corporations that don't need them(and send American jobs overseas) but try to block help for local small businesses that could actually use the help? That's REALLY suspicious. Let's take a moment to see how the People balance the budget vs the allegedly bought politicians. Now, let's look at what is perhaps the most blatantly obvious example of our government being more influenced by the rich and the corporations than the People. Governor Walker of Wisconsin and his crusade against the middle class. Despite what the people of Wisconsin want, what the people of the US want, and despite the fact that Walker's proposal actually costs money, Walker is beating on with his fight. By the way, Wisconsin isn't even really broke. FOX "News" has taken up his cause and used its standard tactics of dishonest footage and outright lies to do so. If FOX is on your side, you're probably on the wrong one. FOX even had a reporter claim to have been punched by a protester. Luckily, protesters have cameras and proved that as a lie. After FOX posted footage of a violent protest during a discussion of Wisconsin, the protesters took it in stride and brought inflatable palm trees so FOX could still use that dishonest footage. 3% raise in taxes on the top 2% is just too much, but a 10% pay cut for those making $50,000 is justifiable? And now there is legislation to block college students from voting because they're "voting as a liberal. That's what kids do". In Georgia, this bill cuts taxes on overseas corporations, raises taxes on gasoline, and makes food subject to sales tax. This one seems like blatantly padding the wallets of the super-rich at the expense of the poor and the middle class. So, have I caught the Glenn Beck crazies, or is there something to this? Edited March 8, 2011 by ydoaPs 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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