Saturday, October 29, 2011

U.S. Presidential Candidates: Do They Represent the 99% Majority in America? Take Care Who You Vote For and Be Careful What You Wish For

Shaila Dewan has a nice take at the New York Times Politics page on the fact that Most Presidential Candidates Are Not the 99 Percent who make up the "not rich" majority in America.

As Dewan writes to start off her article:
"Occupy Wall Street protesters have touched a nerve with their slogan, “We are the 99 percent.” It has focused attention on the ground gained by the rich even as a brutal economy has pushed the typical American family backward. Economic inequality may or may not become a central issue in the presidential race, but the candidates have at least one reason to hope it does not.

A look at the finances of those vying for the presidency shows that almost all of them rank at the very top of the country’s earners. In other words, they are the 1 percent."
THINK, before you vote,
or, even better,
think BEFORE you vote.

Do not be blinded by slogans, political party allegiances and allegedly simple solutions.

The REAL SOLUTIONS will take time and need to be planned long-term.

You want a great country without paying for it?

You want to be Number One in the World
and merely rake it in but not put back a share proportional to your winnings?

It will not happen. Forget it.

All those candidates promising lower taxes
AND better times from that in the future are lying to you.

Lower taxes mean Armageddon.
The country will fall apart,
and if it does, it is the ruling elites historically who lose their heads.

Vote for candidates who are working for YOU, the voter, and not primarily for their own interests, or the interests of a chosen few.

Such candidates, by the way, will be hard to find.

Everybody is stocking their OWN pantry.

That is a problem we have always had that mankind has not yet solved optimally.

How do we get "the hunters" to share the spoils of the hunt for the good of the entire community?

Representative democracy has proved to be a partial solution to the tyrannies of money and power, but such a democracy is of no value if elections result in the rule of selfish financial elites.

Be careful who you vote for.

Spiegel Online International on the Second Gilded Age: Has America Become an Oligarchy?

Thomas Schulz at Spiegel Online International
reports on income and wealth inequality in the United States
in The Second Gilded Age:

Has America Become an Oligarchy?

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