How About Some Government Accountability?

It’s unannounced and being downplayed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and his cohorts (including President Trump) BUT the current “tax reform” Congress is debating includes a little known NEW tax bracket to the tune of 45.6%. That’s rather shocking to say the least. People who make a million dollars per year would be in this new tax bracket which is almost 50% of their income. For the rest of us little will change and that includes the working poor being forced to continue paying the bulk of the income tax to support our now greed ridden and irresponsible government. Why am I NOT surprised?

Anytime Congress suggests “tax reform” you’d better be on alert because typically and historically it means they are about to SCREW you! And that’s exactly what they do. I have another suggestion, however. How about some government FINANCIAL responsibility instead of the out of control free spending routine we’ve seen from government for decades now? The financial mismanagement in government is out of control and it’s time for changes to be made. Congress and government in general seems to have the idea that they have access to a bottomless money pit and they make no secret about it either. However, when it comes time for them to account for certain spending anyone and everyone in Congress and government becomes “mysteriously” silent and dumb. Again, why am I not surprised? Continue reading

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Is America a Fascist State?

by Viktor Sukov

A lot of hype and misinformation surrounded the past presidential election not to mention a good dose of “fake news.” All of this “fake news” is really nothing new as it used to be called “Propaganda.” Now that Donald Trump has been elected POTUS many Americans are trying to sort through the propaganda in an effort to find truth and one of the things some people are trying to figure out is if America is now a fascist state.

america-first1Fascism is a broad term and many people don’t even know what it means. So what is “fascism”? When we think of fascism we typically think of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis which was one sort of fascism but the fascism exposed by Italian dictator Mussolini was another sort of fascism and the fascism exposed by Spain’s dictator Francisco Franco was yet another sort of fascism. Here are some core tenets of fascism but keep in mind that not all fascists or fascist regimes embrace all of these tenets.

Nationalism is s big thing when it comes to fascism and what we are seeing now in America is the rise of “populism” which can be taken as a form of nationalism but this is only one tenet of fascism and it does not mean America is now a fascist state. Further, simply taking pride in one’s own country and/or ethnicity or culture can also be considered a form of nationalism but that doesn’t mean you are a fascist. Totalitarianism (dictatorship) is another tenet and fascists regimes who embrace this tenet most often have dictators such as German, Italy, Spain, and Argentina’s Juan Peron during WW2. The US does not have such a dictatorship. Our Constitution is still in tact even though it’s been badly battered for the past 8 years under the Communist Barack Obama (and yes I consider Obama to have been a Communist). Our democratic institutions remain in tact as well and the powers of the presidency remain limited so America does not have a totalitarian regime.

Anti-democratic ideology and a one party system are two more tenets of fascism that fascists may or may not embrace. Like I said, our democratic institutions remain in tact and America doesn’t have a one party system so, again, America has not embraced these two tenets of fascism. Another tenet of fascism is what is known as a “personality cult.” That is, the nation rallies around some prominent public figure usually the leader. Germany rallied around Hitler. Italy rallied around Mussolini. Spain around Franco and Argentina around Peron. Hitler ha a personality cult going on as did the others but to a lesser extend I think. In America it is rather difficult to rally around some public figure including the president. Yes, Trump supporters tend to rally around him and likely see him as a “savior” of our nation and that would be a sort of “personality cult” but many Americans do not feel this way about him. However, he does have a bit of a personality cult going on but nowhere near that seen with Hitler, Franco, or the others during WW2. Continue reading

Trump Guts TPP!

In his first Monday in the Oval Office President Trump signed an Executive Order gutting the Trans Pacific Partnership one of Obama’s signature pieces. The trade agreement was never passed by Congress. “Great things for the American worker,” the President said as he signed the order claiming it would have greatly damaged US manufacturing.

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Trump also met with several US business leaders today and pledged to slash regulations and cut corporate taxes and warned them he would take decisive actions on trade deals like the TPP that he feels are unfair to American workers. Trump also said those US companies who have chosen to outsource American jobs to foreign countries will pay a very high price in terms of a border tax.

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Trump expressed he’d like to cut corporate taxes to the 15-20% range down from the present 35% to spur jobs and expansion of US business. Business leaders told him today that reducing regulations is key and Trump promised to ax many of the regulations imposed by the Obama administration on American businesses. “We think we can cut regulations by 75%,” Trump told the gathered business leaders today.

Well something’s got to give because for the past 8 years government regulations have been strangling American businesses so I’d say this is a step in the RIGHT direction!

Sources:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/01/23/trump-signs-order-withdrawing-u-s-from-trans-pacific-trade-deal/21660877/

America FIRST!!

commentary by Viktor Sukov —

trump_3President-elect Donald Trump has launched his “Thank You Tour” with the intention of thanking his supporters across America which is a first in case you didn’t know it. It’s nice to see someone with gratitude and hopefully by his example all of us can learn to be grateful in a society that is far too often not grateful for anything. As he launched his tour he let it be known that he intends to nominate retired US Marine Corp General James Mattis, aka “Mad Dog,” as his Defense Secretary which hopefully well bring the US military our of its PC nightmare and we’ll once again have real soldiers again and real military leadership. Mattis is a man with a set between his legs and is just what America needs to drive home to our enemies that the USA isn’t going to take anymore of their bullshit!

On his tour President-elect Trump also outlined his “America First” policy which is something this nation has been in need of for a long, long time now. Speaking in Cincinnati, Ohio said, “NOW is the time to embrace the one thing that truly unites us….AMERICA!” He went on to say, “There is NO global anthem! There is no global flag, no global currency, no global citizenship. We will be united as AMERICANS.” Speaking further Trump said that attempts to “separate us by race, by age, by income, by place of birth, and by geography” are O-V-E-R! Additionally, he added, “We hear a lot of talk about how we are becoming a globalized world, but the relationships that people value in this country are LOCAL.”

“We pledge allegiance to one flag and that flag is the AMERICAN flag! From now on its going to be AMERICA FIRST,” Trump told the gathered crowd adding that never again will any other interest come before our national interest. “…when America is UNITED nothing is beyond our reach. We are going to have a country that is so great, in so many different ways….we WILL compete in the world….in a world that is a two-way road, not the one-way around! The advantages will come back to our country as they haven’t for many years,” Trump went on to say. “We’re going to put OURSELVES FIRST! We seek peace and harmony with the nations of the world BUT that means recognizing the right of every country, INCLUDING OUR OWN, to look after its citizens. We’ve put other countries first and we’ve had people running our country that truly did not know what the HELL they were doing!” Trumps statements were interrupted numerous times by applause and cheers.

In terms of the American worker Trump said his administration is going to protect the American worker that past administrations have forgotten and they’ve forgotten that it was the American worker who truly built this country. He promised his administration WILL NOT FORGET! He pointed out that one of the major reasons America is so divided today is due to our government’s failure to protect the American worker and their families. “We are not unified,” Trump said, “but WE WILL BE!”

Referring to Washington politicians (namely that WORTHLESS body we call Congress) Trump told the crowd “Washington politicians have spent to long appealing to particular interests, they’ve forgotten how to appeal to the NATIONAL INTERESTS! Our goal is to strengthen the bonds of trust between our citizens, to restore the sense of membership in our shared NATIONAL COMMUNITY.” Continue reading

US Workers Take to Streets Over Wages!

WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!!

uniteNow more than ever the American workers need to unite and fight against the ruthless predatory powers that be for a decent wage. For far too long American workers have been exploited and it is time to STAND UP. American workers have been little more than SERFS for the past 10 years and the GROSS LACK of action by that absolutely WORTHLESS body called “Congress” proves it beyond any shadow of doubt.

Fact is it is impossible to live on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour without also being on public assistance. All of our politicians claim they want to cut public assistance roles so why don’t they raise minimum wage so people can earn a descent living without being on such assistance? It’s because they are NOT serious about public assistance “reform” as it keeps the American worker in a state of servitude and that is exactly where the elites wish to keep us. SERFS!

The federal minimum wage today of $7.25 is worth LESS today than it was in 1968 when adjusted for inflation. That is absolutely ASTOUNDING! The federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009 and that is equally astounding considering the HUGE price increases we’ve seen over the past 6 years in terms of food, rent, gasoline, and all other costs of living.

Some states have taken it beyond themselves to raise state minimum wage to at least $12 per hour but that doesn’t happen until 2020 which is FOUR YEARS FROM NOW! Why is this state min wage not taking effect NOW? Again…..SERFDOM! Exploitation of the working poor! And this $12 per hour falls short of what many workers have been demanding which is $15 per hour. Continue reading

Who Runs America? It ain’t poor or working White People!!

Who REALLY runs this nation? Well it sure as hell isn’t poor or working White people! Take a look at the following stats:

1. America today has MORE wealth and income inequality than any major developed country on the planet.

2. The gap between RICH and everyone else in this country is WIDER than at any time since the 1920s!

3. The top 1/10th of 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%.

4. An astounding 58% of all new income since the Wall Street crash has gone to the top 1%.

5. We have an overflow of millionaires and billionaires in this nation YET at the same time millions of not-rich Americans work longer hours and for LOWER wages!

6. America has one of the HIGHEST child poverty rates of any developed country on the planet!! And yet we are the richest nation on the planet?

These are pretty DISGUSTING statistics for a nation who prides itself for being the richest nation on earth and a fortress for social justice, equality, opportunity, freedom and democracy!!

And yet, these stats PROVE beyond doubt who is REALLY running things in this nation and who has been for MANY decades now. It’s time for a REALITY CHECK America! It’s time to identify the REAL OPPRESSORS in this nation!!

And solutions to all this:

Go to the following and read it….

https://berniesanders.com/issues/income-and-wealth-inequality/