Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween is coming...

10-29-10 stormy brain
Halloween is coming.... are you afraid yet?

Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor, and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley recently wrote THIS..... the article starts like this.... A Perfect Storm.

It’s a perfect storm. And I’m not talking about the impending dangers facing Democrats. I’m talking about the dangers facing our democracy.

First, income in America is now more concentrated in fewer hands than it’s been in 80 years. Almost a quarter of total income generated in the United States is going to the top 1 percent of Americans.

The top one-tenth of one percent of Americans now earn as much as the bottom 120 million of us.

Who are these people? With the exception of a few entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, they’re top executives of big corporations and Wall Street, hedge-fund managers, and private equity managers. They include the Koch brothers, whose wealth increased by billions last year, and who are now funding tea party candidates across the nation.

Which gets us to the second part of the perfect storm. A relatively few Americans are buying our democracy as never before. And they’re doing it completely in secret.... Hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring into advertisements for and against candidates — without a trace of where the dollars are coming from.

I fear, none of this can be good for our country.... what do you think? Maybe you think I am just overly paranoid?

In a few days the American public gets a chance to vote our opinion.... but even that privilege doesn't feel very satisfying this year. There is so much misinformation out there, so many lies, so much manipulation of the whole system, by both parties... by rich corporations... by secret groups. They want to "own us". But what happens when most Americans can no longer afford to buy products produced by these corporations?

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