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Corporate Overreach

            A disturbing trend is that both nationally and worldwide corporations are taxed less, able to move money outside the country where it is made, less subject to laws, less subject to disclosure, and dramatically contributing towards an unequal society. Both major parties eagerly contribute to this.  The Supreme Court in a series of decisions without legal precedent - such as the 2010 Citizens United case, McCutcheon, Hobby Lobby and others – also speed this disastrous approach.  

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Our Crumbling Infrastructure

The basis for our economy and prosperity is our infrastructure. It is one of the ten planks of the Unified Platform. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth century wealth could not be massively accrued by individuals or corporations without a strong national infrastructure. Unfortunately with outsourcing and out of country tax havens, that is no longer true.  The tragedy of our declining educational system, internet, power grid, roads, and bridges will take years to correct and we are already far behind other countries.

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We are no longer a democratic republic.

The reason is we are no longer operating under the constitution. See this study  and Civil Rights.

We can either pretend that everything is all right and continue to vote for democrats or republicans or begin the hard work of real and substantial change.

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Global Killing of Environmentalists Increases

Future generations who pay the price for our foolishness will hold a very low opinion of us.  See this report.

And the climate deniers are the ones who are angry!

As Isaac Asimov said, “And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly.

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

 

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15 Questions

These questions and responses are very familiar to those of us in the New Progressive Alliance. If you want to explain your frustration to someone, it might save time to just print this list and have your friend read it.  Click here for the 15 questions.

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Workers rights and gaming "Compacts"

My "Letter to the Editor" gets published in the Broward County, Florida "Sun Sentinel:"

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/letters/fl-letter-alan-maki-20140413,0,1031438.story

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Iran Stands By its UN Envoy. So Should We

Hamid Aboutalebi was Iran’s ambassador to Australia, the European Union, Belgium, Italy and got a US visa in the 1990s when he was a member of Iran's UN delegation. Iran recently appointed this career diplomat as its new Envoy to the UN - but the Obama Administration effectively nixed the appointment my denying Aboutalebi a visa - making entry to the U.S., where the UN is headquartered - impossible. 
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When Does This Police Brutality End?

Unless the people vigorously insist upon and demand justice, nothing is ever done to these racist, killer cops... a case in point is Bemidji, Minnesota. 

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More Problems With "Obamacare"

Now there is another problem with Obamacare.

This time it is about forcing people to insure their children. The claim being made by the government is that paying for health care for children is a "parental responsibility."

The controversy arose because members of the Church of Scientology don't want to be forced to insure their children.

Senator Harry Reid wants to make accommodations for this outfit.

Both positions prove why the ACA is a farce, and a profit-gouging fiasco.

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Thompson Knew In '72

Go to GoodReads, search on Hunter S. Thompson, and you’ll get first-page results like this:

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’”

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