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Dennis Kucinich and Chris Hedges on the 99 Percent

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Posted on Oct 6, 2011
AP / Craig Ruttle

Unions gave a high-profile boost to the long-running Occupy Wall Street protest against economic inequality, with their members joining thousands of protesters in a lower Manhattan march.

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Chris Hedges: Many similarities. First of all, it’s driven by highly educated—these, most of the people are very young and very smart and very well educated. That was also true in Egypt. They’re very tech-savvy, and that’s also true. They’re very, very adept at using social media. Not as a form of activism, because it’s useless as activism; but it is very useful in terms of communication, communicating a message; and so again, that’s very similar with Egypt. And I think finally, the third similarity would be that many people at Wall Street, you know, they did everything right; they worked hard, they studied, they went to good schools; they got massive loans to do it; got out in the wider society, did not want to be whores for JP Morgan Chase or Goldman Sachs or somebody, and realized that everything had dried up. They’d been had. We are no longer a society that remunerates anything that has to do with truth or beauty or education or journalism, or art or teaching; we only pay public relations, which is propaganda and corporate management, and that’s about it. And so they sort of got hit in the face with a two-by-four. And again, that’s similar to Egypt. I mean, these are highly talented, creative people who frankly should be in positions where they can help us reorient ourselves in a time of severe climate change, and weaning away our dependence on fossil fuels, and you know, they’re the best among us. I mean, that was the last line of a column I wrote, but it’s true. And the society has just pushed them to the margins. And so they have a kind of consciousness about the degradation of the American political system that I think perhaps others have up to this point lacked, but I think are beginning to see.

Peter Scheer: Let me just ask you a final question. You wrote in your last column that you mentioned, “The state and corporate forces are determined to crush this. They are not going to wait for you; they are terrified this will spread.” And it is starting to spread. You’ve been calling for movements like this for a long time. Is this real? Is this happening, or do you see it fizzling out?

Chris Hedges: No, it’s real. And it’s happening. But I’m too good a reporter to tell you where it’s going. You never know where it’s going, you know; I will say that, certainly, having spent a lot of time with the Wall Street protesters, they are very determined and very resilient. And even if the cops shut this thing down tonight, there is within the DNA of the hundreds, perhaps few thousand people that have been through that park, a kind of consciousness that wasn’t there before. And in that sense, they’ve already won. Where is it going to go? Can they shut it down? Will it spread? These are just unknowable questions. These kinds of movements, when they spring up, have a kind of centrifugal force that even the purported leaders—and I used the example of East Germany—don’t grasp; I mean, they don’t know where it’s going and none of us know where it’s going. I’m certainly going to work overtime to make sure it goes somewhere.

Peter Scheer: Chris Hedges, thanks so much for speaking with us about this.

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Peter Scheer: Earlier today, Josh Scheer spoke with populist Congressman Dennis Kucinich about the 99 Percent Movement, his new jobs bill and the redistricting that could force him from office.

Josh Scheer: Congressman, we’re talking about H.R. 2990. What is it, and what is it going to do for America?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Well, what it will do, it’ll help secure America’s economic future by providing the resources to build America’s infrastructure. With 14 million people out of work, and the government saying well, we can’t create any programs because we can’t afford it, we’re missing something that is fundamental to our economy, and that is that while the Fed has been busy creating over $2 trillion for banks since the fall of 2008 through programs like quantitative easing [rounds] 1 and 2, and you’ve got banks that got $700 billion in bailouts and they too can create money out of nothing through fractional reserve banking—meanwhile, we’re being told that the government can’t do that. Well, actually, it’s a sovereign power that resides in the government: the ability to coin or create money. I’m saying government needs to reclaim that power, spend the money into circulation to create jobs, to put millions of people back to work rebuilding our roads, bridges, water systems, sewer systems, and put the Federal Reserve under Treasury so we have control over what they do, and end fractional reserve banking, which in this historic period has actually helped to contribute to the wave of speculation that swamped our economy in 2008.

Josh Scheer: In the bill itself, you talk about the 14 million people unemployed, the 12 million people in low-wage jobs, 3 million estimated homeless. What exactly do you think your bill [is] going to do, and then what about the Obama jobs bill that he’s been kind of promoting?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: We need to go very deep into the underlying questions of why do we have poverty in America? Why is the wealth of the country being accelerated upwards? And one of the chief reasons is our monetary policy, which in 1913 was privatized, which gave the Federal Reserve the ability basically to direct the economy through the banks and be able to create money out of nothing, give it to banks. And banks are using money right now for mergers, acquisitions, parking it, gaining interest, but they’re sure not, you know, helping to create jobs on Main Street, which is why in August we had a defined stall in job creation. So what we need to do is to reclaim the power of government to be able to spend money into circulation and not borrow from the banks. Why should we have to borrow money from China to fund our economy? Or Japan, or South Korea? Why should we have to borrow money from banks? The government itself has this power to be able to get our economy moving, to create the jobs. We need a job program of New Deal-type proportions. And that’s what I have ready; I have the actual infrastructure job numbers and all the infrastructure categories on how we can put 7.2 million people to work creating good, full-time, permanent jobs with good take-home pay, distributed evenly across the United States, and create an average of 16,500 new jobs per congressional district.

Josh Scheer: Now, I want to ask you, because the way you’re talking and the way—obviously, there’s a lot of problems going on in this country, and we see these protests across the country like Occupy Wall Street. I wanted to get your take on that. What do people in Congress—but especially you—when you see this, what do you guys think?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Well, first of all, I think that the occupation of Wall Street is a very important protest that needs to gather strength around the country. Because Americans have to be visible in our objections to the fact that the wealth in our country is being concentrated at the top. And unemployment leads to the concentration of wealth. When you have the top 1 percent of Americans owning half of the country’s stocks, bonds and mutual funds; when you have the top 1 percent of America taking in more of the nation’s income than at any time since the 1920s; we have to be concerned about the impact on our democracy, because an economic democracy is a precondition of a political democracy. And so what’s happening in our economy is manifestly unjust; people have finally caught on; they’re taking to Wall Street and cities across the country to be heard about the demand that we have a government that is responsive to the practical aspirations of people for jobs, health care, education, retirement security and peace.

Josh Scheer: You know, I was just at Occupy L.A. today, and there were a lot of peace signs and people—obviously, the wars are important. And obviously, you’ve been a strong opponent of the war since it first started. What do we need to do with the wars? How much is this costing us?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Well, if you look at Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes’ report on Iraq alone, they said that—they called that the $3 trillion war. The cost of the war in Afghanistan this year hit the half-trillion dollar mark. We are squandering the resources of our nation on wars—the war in Iraq based on lies, and the war in Afghanistan based on an abysmal misreading of history. We need to start understanding that every bomb that’s being dropped and every war machine that’s being put together is really a denial of the educational aspirations of our children; a denial of the crisis in housing we have with the rising foreclosures; a denial of the unemployment problem. Why can’t America get its priorities straight and say that our priority should be to create jobs for all, health care for all, education for all, housing opportunities for all, retirement security for all, and peace? Why can’t America stand for that instead of becoming so famous as standing for war wherever our government so chooses to wage war?

Josh Scheer: There was a Pew study, actually, a Pew poll that says 1 in 3 veterans of the post-9/11 military believes that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting at all. So, I mean, it’s not even with just the general public or the Congress; it’s now with soldiers who are actually fighting, or were fighting, in those wars. So, I mean, we obviously have to do something about that. I want to get into something that also came out today, a poll that says Congress’ approval ratings are at 14 percent, very obviously a low. And I want to know what you can do in Congress, and what other members of Congress—are they doing anything? Do they care about these polls?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Well, Congress should pay attention to how the American people feel about the declining economy. This is a synergistic matter; it’s Congress, it’s the administration, it’s a failure of the government to be able to address people’s practical aspirations for jobs and health care and education, retirement security, for peace. And government has become too much of an insider’s game. And as a result, the American people are finding that 14 million are unemployed; 50 million people without health insurance; 6.5 million people will lose their homes, perhaps, in the next year to foreclosure; business is failing. Meanwhile, the wealth accelerates to the top, wars continue. People have a right to be upset with their government—Congress, the administration—and they have a right to demand that their basic concerns be met, and that’s not happening. And it’s really a function of the failure of both political parties; of the legislative and the executive branches of government; failure of the judicial branch of government with its decision on Citizens United and before that Buckley v. Valeo, which basically have given corporations carte blanche to be able to set an agenda for their own narrow concerns, adverse to the broad interests of the American people. America’s in trouble. But it’s not as though we can’t chart a path out of that trouble. And so that’s what my legislation, H.R. 2990—called the NEED Act , the National Emergency Employment Defense Act—that’s aimed at putting America back to work. You know, imagine—imagine, instead of 14 million people out of work, we chopped it down and could cut the unemployment in half in this country with a bill that just has the simple concept of instead of borrowing money from banks or China, Japan, South Korea, we spend the money into circulation—which, by the way, is consistent with Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution. The founders understood the importance of that provision to coin or create money. And so that’s what this legislation is based on. It really is one of the most important pieces that is in the Congress right now to deal with the problem of massive unemployment, which is really undermining our democracy.

 


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By Pacific, October 12, 2011 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

Thanks for all your reports.  As a former resident of Los Angeles, I found the venders report and the impact of “Community Security” staggeringly insulting.  The linking of local law enforcement with Homeland Security and immigration was one of my biggest fears since childhood, and as an adult, since 9/11. 

As a child, we had a Mexican nanny who was a second mother to me and my sister, and who was whisked away one night by immigration officials while my parents were out to dinner.  A green and white patrol car pulled up to the house, and an official in what looked like a train steward’s cap came to the door wanting to talk to our nanny, Julia.  I was five or six at the time, and happily brought her to the door.  He questioned her briefly, then led her out to the awaiting car.  I lived for a long time with the guilt of having turned her over to the “ferderales,” even though she returned weeks later, and worked for us for years to come.  She eventually found work with another family, but I would run into her walking around town on occasion well into my late teens, and was always greeted with the big embrace of a long lost son.  I loved her like my own mother.  This is probably a “luxurious” example of the plight of undocumented workers, but one that has stayed with me all my life.

I remain of the opinion that we should open the “floodgates” to Mexican and Central American workers, document them, give them drivers licenses (of course), and help integrate them into the mainstream of American life..regardless of current unemployment statistics.  As second and third generation Mexican-Americans have proven, they are at least equally if not better prepared to meet the challenges of an increasingly difficult “American Dream,” and with all that they have contributed to the dreams of others, we are obligated to afford them similar opportunities that we once offered the same immigrants during better economic times.
Keep up the good reporting of “The Occupation” (sic).

Bangkok, Thailand

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By Night-Gaunt, October 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment

A real leader wouldn’t care what pressure Kos, the President, or anyone else placed upon him.

A real leader would say, “Fuck off! I’m not voting for a bill that was written by a former WellPoint executive and which forces people to buy junk insurance.”

Real easy for you to say. They were going to help the Republicans and DINOs to unseat him. Now wouldn’t you just be sitting pretty if they did? Where would be the good in that? His vote wasn’t important for the numbers, just for the appearance. I’m glad he did. I’d like to see you do that? Lose everything over one item. “Smart” and short sighted you are.

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By Lafayette, October 8, 2011 at 7:30 am Link to this comment

TANGIBLE REFORMATIONAL CHANGE (OF OUR POLITICAL CLASS)

CH: But they can be snarky and snide and dismissive of the left, because the left has no power within this country, yet. I mean, let’s hope that that changes.

If CH believes this, then he has a bad misunderstanding of the “Left” in America. Perhaps he’s spent too much time abroad, watching leftist demonstrations with red banners,

It is true that the Latins (French, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese) will descend into the streets at the drop of a hat. Americans don’t have that custom. Nowadays, we bitch-in-a-blog – which is about as progenitive as is masturbation. In fact, that’s all it is – mental masturbation.

MLK showed the way with his Million Man March in ’95. He wanted attention and no TV channel could possibly overlook 837,000 people camped on an esplanade in DC. Let’s hope that progressives have learned a lesson from that bit of history.  It was a grassroots movement, just like the present one, and it must be followed by something more than just oratory.

A meaningful Progressive Agenda is what would precipitate that coalescence into a political movement.

The question remains nonetheless, How does such a movement advance reformative politics? Some are hoping for a third party – but history shows that Americans tend to eschew such parties. So, it appears that the best chances for bringing about concrete reformational change in our political class is from within the more progressive of the existing parties.  (That’s the Dems, of course.)

Besides, in an election such as the presidency, two candidates on the Left will only split the vote; thus allowing the sole candidate on the Right to waltz into the Oval Office.

A PROGRESSIVE AGENDA

Without a well-written Progressive Agenda designating the primary objective of addressing Income Distribution Fairness in America, it is unclear how all the present effort can obtain eventually a conclusive electoral result. Meaning, stay focused on what is really important and let, for the moment, the ancillary objectives to wait just a bit.

Otherwise the movement becomes diffused, loses focus and dissipates. This is particularly the threat on the Left, which tends to be a rainbow profusion of political colours.

Can the Left learn to sing off the same hymn sheet as do the mindless Replicants? Which is the key to success, I submit. That is, as long as the hymn sheet in question is an attractive Progressive Agenda.

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By Mark A. Goldman, October 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment
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How to Fix the Economy
http://www.gpln.com/howtofixtheeconomy.htm

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By MK77, October 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

“Mk77 don’t you remember the pressure put upon [Dennis Kucinich] by the DailyKos who said they would do all they can to unseat him if he didn’t vote for it?”


A real leader wouldn’t care what pressure Kos, the President, or anyone else placed upon him.

A real leader would say, “Fuck off! I’m not voting for a bill that was written by a former WellPoint executive and which forces people to buy junk insurance.”

But alas, we don’t have leaders anymore. What we have are a bunch of nervous sell-out types afraid to stand up to bullies and speak the truth.

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By Night-Gaunt, October 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

Why weren’t people doing this during Reagan‘s time? There were some protesting against wars usually. The Bush‘s had hundreds of thousands protesting in major cities but were ignored. If it weren’t for the cops brutalizing people the Corporate Main Stream Media has finally lent part of an ear. The Reich wing are doing spin control but too many others see through that. Especially now that even some Tea Party types are there now too on the side of the protestors!

Dennis Kucinich can’t run for president since his party doesn’t like his point of view. They would deep-six him like the did before. We should have him as president not that faux Progressive, the Regressive Obama.

Mk77 don’t you remember the pressure put upon him by the DailyKos who said they would do all they can to unseat him if he didn’t vote for it? <b><i>Do some research. (Secretly the corps were for it all along as are the Republicans but they have put themselves into this strange position of being against all things Democrat even if it agrees with them!)

The police have shown that overall they still are for the bankers and hedge fund millionaire managers over us. But not all of them.

The Tea Party doesn’t get hassled by the police because they are on the side of the police. Ever wonder about that?

Shouldn’t it be the 90%ers? Since the top 10% own about 50%-75% of this country and how many of them are on our side? Not many I’d wager, not many at all.

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By Philip Feeley, October 7, 2011 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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Why weren’t these massive, sustained protests happening during the Reagan/Bush years? The problem was just as bad when they were in charge.

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By EmileZ, October 7, 2011 at 8:49 am Link to this comment

@ cpb

Indisputable Fair and Balanceshipmanhood is a rare achievement and it bestows great honors upon you and your magnificent brain.

Congratulations.

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By EmileZ, October 7, 2011 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

@ cpb

You are indisputably fair and balanced.

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By cpb, October 7, 2011 at 8:35 am Link to this comment

Follow up to previous…  Let’s not forget the guy that
pretended to be a Koch brother and called the governor of
Wisconsin, suggested agent provocateur tactics to deal
with the growing protests, and received in reply
confirmation that such had indeed been considered and
debated.  They didn’t try it, for whatever reason, but
they thought about it. 

Let’s not be naive.

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By cpb, October 7, 2011 at 8:32 am Link to this comment

“It is amazing to see what can happen at a protest if a
small group of “anarchists” in all black DOES NOT show
up and start smashing things up.”

- Emilez

Worth pointing out that while many who show up in black
and smash shit may identify as anarchist, they do not
define the philosophy nor are they representative of the
majority of those who would so identify.

It is perhaps more important to point out that often
those that show up and smash shit, dressing the
stereotypical part, are paid members of the security
apparatus. 

Black Bloc is not a club - it is a tactic.
Agent Provocateur is not a person - it is a tactic.

If one fears that the state will inevitably “deal with
it”, then one should expect the latter tactic to be
considered and possibly employed.  During last years G20
in Toronto there was ample evidence suggesting that the
violence that did ensue was possibly instigated and most
definitely accommodated.  The PR gained was invaluable.

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By Lafayette, October 7, 2011 at 2:04 am Link to this comment

KUDOS TO DK

DK: The district that I’m running in right now is a district that has been created through the merging of two congressional districts

I am an American who lives in France, but I vote in Massachusetts.

First, I want to thank Rep. Kucinich for his tireless efforts to stop the “gerrymandering”  that ossifies our nation into a two party system - which is so easy to control by manipulation (of politicians and electoral spending).

I want to congratulate him for the fine work he has done in representing the state of Massachusetts and his brand of progressive Social Democracy 
to which I have become accustomed these long years I’ve lived in Europe.

I would be pleased that one day we have a similar faction of Social Democracy firmly ensconced in the Democrat Party. It would do America a world of good to foster and implement Social Democrat policies.

It has worked wonders in Europe, which has generally a far lower level of Income Inequality (see here ) than the US.

Who needs more proof than that?

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By Marian Griffith, October 7, 2011 at 1:55 am Link to this comment
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@Basofflakes
There are two critical changes that need to be made to the current system.
One, as you pointed out, is to limit campaign contributions. Evidence is abundant that the candidate with most money tends to win elections. So if most americans can afford to contribute perhaps 100 dollars to a campaign and a billionair spends a million, this means that the billionaire’s vote is worth 10000 times as much as that of the average american. So, if we limit contributions to 100 dollars most americans can have their vote back and we starve the perverse system that is based not on an exchange of ideas but of on who can pump out the most and most effective character assassination ads on television.

The other critial change that needs to be made is to reign in the financial markets. Fiat banking is not, in and of itself, a bad thing. However it needs strict regulations and tight ovesight. Any oversight that is not hated is not doing its job right after all. The most glaring, and damaging, part of it is how the banks keep invented new ways to gamble with the same money and pretend it is an entirely new contribution to the economy. Ultimately a share is nothing but a promissory of a percentage of the profit of a company. Trading in those shares does not add anything economically, and it does not determine the ‘value’ of the company in any way or form. That is putting the horse behind the cart really. Things get even worse if banks then start trading in projected share values at a future date, and add the volume of that to their ‘economic production’. And not satisfied with that they added insurance against default to their ‘production’, and trading in that insurance, and collaterised insurance, and trading in that, and insurance against that, and trading in -that- insurance. The newest ‘invention’ is gambling how well somebody can manage to predict changes in stock values.
And all that ‘trade’ in those ‘products’ is added to the ‘economic production’ that banks claim to represent, while it all really boils down to that one share that promises a percentage of a company’s profit that is sold a thousand times in different guises, often by people who never had nor never will have the share to begin with.
And now we have an immense hot air balloon full of money that is tied to economy in only the most tenuous ways, but that is direction the fate of entire nations and hundreds of millions of people. We -must- cut through all the pretense and self importance and get back to a situation where -economy- rules the economy, and not arbitrary numbers in a computer somewhere that say that somebody has 40 billion and the right to tell who lives and who dies.

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By EmileZ, October 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment

RE Hedges/Occupy Wall Street.

It is amazing to see what can happen at a protest if a small group of “anarchists” in all black DOES NOT show up and start smashing things up.

Insightful commentary by Mr. Hedges.

This is a unique event in many many ways.

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By Carson, October 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment

The reason for Occupy Wall Street and the 99% er’s. Gaze upon it if you dare.

Maybe this will help make the danger of fiat money clear.

Imagine you and me are setting across from each other. We create enough money to represent all of the world’s wealth. Each one of us has one SUPER Dollar in front of him.

You own half of everything and so do I.

I’m the government though. I get bribed into creating a Central Bank.

You’re not doing what I want you to be doing so I print up myself eight more SUPER Dollars to manipulate you with.

All of a sudden your SUPER Dollar only represents one tenth of the wealth of the world!

That isn’t the only thing though. You need to get busy and get to work because YOU’VE BEEN STIFFED with the bill for the money I PRINTED UP to get YOU TO DO what I WANTED.

That to me represents what has been happening to the economy, and us, and why so many of our occupations just can’t keep up with the fake money presses.

http://photos.imageevent.com/stokeybob/followthemoney/Supersingle640x537.jpg

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By christian96, October 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment

Well, after reading a few comments, maybe Dennis is
like other politicans.  All smoke(talk) and no
fire(action.)  I guess God is going to have to
search for 10 good people on Capitol Hill instead
of 9.  I hope you people know what you are talking
about.

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By MK77, October 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment

Dennis,
Why did you, a so-called single-payer advocate, vote for the Corporate Healthcare Bill?

You know, the one that forces everybody in the country to give their hard-earned money to insurance companies like Aetna—the one that doesn’t even have an anemic public option?

Talk is cheap. When the chips were down, you cast your lot with the corporations just like everybody else in Washington.

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By Jason Pacifico, October 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment

Where is—- Congressman Kucinich—(1)  a Guarantee Jobs Bill, (2)a new minimum wage of $15.40 an hour ($32,000. a year), (3) a Marxist “wage multiplier,” as the Banks and Wall Street have “30 to 1 banking multipliers”—$100. in deposits creates $3000 for the banks.(4) Wage multipliers, for example, of 8 to 1 ,  the employers like Wal-Mart only need to put in $4000. in their payroll account which multipliers to create the $32,000 in their payroll account for the yearly jobs. ..

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By christian96, October 6, 2011 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

I was thinking about Sodom and Gomorrah this morning.
God told Abraham that he would spare them if he could find 10 good people.  He couldn’t and they
were destroyed.  Could God find 10 good people on
Capitol Hill?  I think Dennis Kucinich would be one.
Could God find 9 more?

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By Artsy, October 6, 2011 at 11:37 am Link to this comment

Dennis and Chris are 2 of my favorite people on this planet. Thank you both for all that you do!

....Add Ron Paul to the mix who gets very little media attention and we have 3 strikes against the other side! We need 3 strikes to get one corporate con out!

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By christian96, October 6, 2011 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

This morning I was thinking about Sodom and Gomorrah.
God told Abraham he would spare them if he could
find 10 good people.  Obviously, he couldn’t and
they were destroyed.  What if God made the same
offer today about people on Capitol Hill?  Could
God find 10?  I think Dennis Kucinich would be one.
Could God find 9 more?

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By Basoflakes, October 6, 2011 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

The solution to America’s problem begins with the elimination of unlimited private funding of candidates and the resulting influence of lobbyists and corporatocracy.  This can be done by two simple ideas - public funded elections and written platforms.

Without elections that are bought and paid for by Wall Street, Corporate America, and the wealthy, we can return to a democracy by the people.  Without it, we will linger in a purgatory of our current system.

What do we learn from the Trillions spent by candidates on their elections and the ‘debates’ - nothing but flip-flopping drivel.  Instead of spending all that money, bring back the idea of a platform.  Candidates establish their goals in a written platform, and reduce their time on air to answering questions about that platform.

Simple, straight to the point, non-refutable, unwielding, and truthful - but especially, innexpensive and democratic - likely the reason no existing Congressman, Senator or President would go for it.

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By Artsy, October 6, 2011 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

Hooray for the protesters! I seriously hope we grow into the millions.

We are suffering under the rule of an antagonistic Government and big business. This is not new or due to this President alone - many before have contributed to our slated demise. They are intent on taking away our rights and running the world. They need to be stopped in their tracks because that is not their job. The bail-outs were WRONG and the lack of regard for the Constitution is also WRONG. The criminals who ignore it should be arrested and imprisoned for treason against the American people.

The corporate war mongers force unjust wars on us and the people who live in them are a disgrace. They have instigated the aggression towards our country and they are effectively breaking us economically. Our honored soldiers are forced to risk life and limb for BIG BUSINESS, not us. The White House, administration, Senate, Congress and corporate lobbiests allow for this corrupt police state and fraudulent media conglomerates keep it moving ahead. The military / industrial complex must fail or our country is done.

“We the people” want our country back and since peaceful protest is our only means to maintain our freedom, we MUST support them and join them if possible. There is no other way.

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By Trish Roberts, October 6, 2011 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Dennis and Chris

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By MycallMcb, October 6, 2011 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

>Dennis you have the right questions and the best answers I’ve heard….please run for president, we need an alternative to corporate plutocracy…

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