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What you need to know for 01/22/2018

Gov’t no longer ‘for the people,’ but for the corporations

Gov’t no longer ‘for the people,’ but for the corporations

*Gov’t no longer ‘for the people,’ but for the corporations

Gov’t no longer ‘for the people,’ but for the corporations

I guess we know now where this country is headed. No more “Government of the people, by the people and for the people” as proclaimed by President Lincoln at Gettysburg and included in the American’s Creed.

Never has this become more evident than by the recent events in Congress. OK, the world as we know it didn’t end March 1 when sequestration took effect. Although one cut did cause great, very loud outrage: The White House tours were suspended!

Other cuts began taking place, very quietly, to Head Start, Meals on Wheels, medical assistance programs providing cancer drugs to patients in need, programs such as WIC that provide basic nutrition for women, infants and children living below the poverty level.

Eleven percent cuts to unemployment are starting now. Unfortunately, these groups don’t have the power of corporate lobbyists fighting for them.

On April 22, lo and behold, the world stopped briefly: The FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] furloughs, as mandated by the sequestration, began, inconveniencing travelers, including congressional members and lobbyists. On April 25, the House passed a bill to end the furloughs, 361-41. Amazingly, this Senate, which has required not just a 51-vote majority but 60 votes to even debate most bills, managed to pass an act, unanimously, to allocate funds to de-sequester the FAA sequester cuts at lightning speed!

Our esteemed lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans, will be able to fly home for the weekend without delays. (Or perhaps, some are on their way to the Koch brothers’ secret conference!)

It is reported that one in six Americans struggle with hunger every day. I wonder what percentage of Americans had to wait in line at the airports on their way to corporate meetings or vacation?

Maybe it started with the Citizens United decision of the Supreme Court, but for whatever reason, it seems that the new Creed is as follows:

I believe in the United States of America as a government of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the 1 percent, an oligarchy in a corporatocracy, a sovereign plutocracy of a very few capitalists; a perfect union, one and inseparable of millionaires and billionaires; established upon those principles of freedom to own as many automatic weapons as desired, inequality in the tax burden, and absence of any feelings of humanity for the 99 percent, for which the 1 percent avoided sacrifice of their lives or their fortunes.

I, therefore, believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support the Second Amendment of the Constitution, but not the 15th [right to vote] and 19th Amendments [women’s right to vote], to respect its flag by continually spending time trying to pass an amendment to prohibit its desecration, and to defend our position against the middle class.

Marcia Sykes


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