RFK, Jr. Calls Koch Brothers “Deadly Parasites On American Democracy”

I fell into a burning ring of fire. But I found this year’s Waterkeeper Alliance conference in Boulder, Colorado, by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. who delivered a provocative unscripted keynote that lambasted the carbon lobby for undermining democracy and subverting the common right to a healthy environment.

The text of RFK, Jr.’s speech can be found on ringoffireradio.com.

The video of RFK, Jr.’s speech can be found on youtube.com.

The Wizard of Oz is a story for the USA

Bill Haschke recently wrote “History is great at increasing understanding.”

The Wizard of Oz has been a family favorite movie since its beginning in the late 1930’s. It holds all the makings of a classic – good vs evil, fantasy to reality, flawed characters developing new strengths, and a journey into the unknown. Over the years I’ve enjoyed the movie with my family many times.

In a recent FB post there was a YouTube video link to a documentary by Bill Still about the real meanings of the Wizard of Oz. I know of Bill Still from his YouTube reporting videos and think that he’s a serious reporter. If you are concerned about the future of the USA then you need to have a perspective on USA history. I give you; The secret of Oz.

Capitalism’s Sacrifice Zones

Moyers and Company July 2012. Bill Moyers and Chris Hedges discuss Hedges book ‘Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt’. The interview then segues into Hedges motivation to report as he does on the capitalist destructive connection to greed and why he takes personal front line action against corporations.

Here you have two brilliant people engaged in a discussion that is filled with pearls of wisdom, such as, what is the difference between truth and news.

Six Minutes to Understanding

Wealth Inequality in America

Published on Nov 20, 2012

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

Via politizane

I found this video in a FB post from my Senator. The clear description is perfectly supported by the animated graphics. Together, the dramatic message is powerful and undisputable.

Vermont! Everybody in, nobody out

Vermont goes all in by setting up their very own ACA single payer system.

The program will be fully operational by 2017.There will be no more premiums, deductibles, copay’s, hospital bills or anything else aimed at making insurance companies a profit. Further, all hospitals and healthcare providers will now be nonprofit.

This system will provide an instant boost to the Vermont economy. On the one side, you have workers that no longer have to worry about paying medical costs or a monthly premium and are able to use that money for other things. On the other side, you have the burden of paying insurance taken off of the employers side, who will be able to use the saved money to provide a better wage and/or reinvest in their company through updated infrastructure and added jobs. It is a win-win solution.

via www.occupydemocrats.com

Mitch McConnell The Enemy From Within

Mitch McConnell: Citizens United Amendment Is An ‘Absurd Proposal’

Since he’s against it, you know it must be good, honest, and right!

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized a proposed constitutional amendment to eliminate corporate personhood rights on Friday, calling the idea “absurd.”

The amendment, proposed by Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Tuesday, would establish that corporations are not people with constitutional rights. This would overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which holds that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited funds on political campaigns as long as that spending is independent from candidates and political parties.

After McConnell gave a speech on the First Amendment at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington Free Beacon reporter asked him about the Democrats’ proposal.

“They were not uncomfortable with corporate free speech when corporations that owned newspapers or television stations were engaging in it,” McConnell said. “They only become uncomfortable with it when the Supreme Court said, ‘Why should there be a carve-out for corporations that own the media outlet and for no one else?’ It’s an absurd proposal and it won’t go anywhere.”

Prediction: he will proven wrong.

Make No Cuts to Social Security


Make No Cuts to Social Security

Any cuts to Social Security are theft from the people who have earned and paid for these benefits over their entire working life. By paying extra into the system since 1983, we have built up a $2.7 TRILLION surplus. This is enough to cover any shortfalls for decades to come.

Delaying retirement age by an additional year is stealing an average of $15,000 from each future retiree.

Reducing the cost-of-living adjustments is stealing a similar amount over the average retiree’s lifespan.

We’ve already paid more in SS taxes. We’ve already suffered increasing the retirement age. Now don’t take Our Money away again.

This is the WE THE PEOPLE petition at whitehouse.gov. You will need to create an account to sign the petition. It’s very easy to do.

Click here to sign the petition.

Percents Matter!

Today I was notified of two financial changes that matter to me and many Americans.

1. Social Security is enabling a 1.7% cost of living increase starting 2013.

2. Medicare payments are increasing by 4% starting 2013.

This means those Americans who get only Social Security will have 2.3% less money in 2013 than 2012. While I’m grateful for a 1.7% COLA I’ve worked hard and paid into the tax system. Now I see the wild inflation of Medical costs driving up medical insurance premiums that diminish everyones Social Security benefits. This trend is going in the wrong direction and it needs to be reversed now.

Here’s how: pass a federal law that fixes a two percent buffer for Social Security COLA against corresponding Medicare increases. Another way of saying it is Medicare increases can be not more that two percent of the corresponding years Social Security COLA.

Example: SS COLA is 1.7%, Medicare increase is 0%.

Example: SS COLA is 3.5%, Medicare increase is up to 1.5%.

Example: SS COLA is 2.3%, Medicare increase is up to .3%.