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GOP’s plot against democracy: Why it really wants to depress the vote

GOP’s plot against democracy: Why it really wants to depress the vote | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Bipartisan reforms to our embarrassing voting system have been proposed. Here's what's holding up their passage

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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I have friends and family that are strong libertarian style GOP. They think of democracy as a dirty word and put it into the same category as socialism and communism...…Who would have ever thought that 50 years or even 25 years ago. The main billionaire individuals and corporate citizen players that have the money to put this idea into people's heads through mass media are billionaires that have perverted the libertarian ideals, original tea party ideals and the GOP to the to look after the rich at all cost and anything goes agenda.

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Study in Norway/Tuition/Scholarships/Tuition fees/

Study in Norway/Tuition/Scholarships/Tuition fees/ | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Information about studies and research in Norway
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One may need to speak and write the language and pass test to get into programs....but this is an idea we need to go for. Maybe those that don't complete without a very good reason should have to pay back the cost.

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Eight Republicans And A Nunn Battle For Georgia's Open Senate Seat

Eight Republicans And A Nunn Battle For Georgia's Open Senate Seat | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The retirement of Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss has unleashed a scramble for the job. Eight Republicans are trying to out-conservative one another in battling for the nomination. And Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen.
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This should be interesting to watch. Will North Carolina contiue to buy everything the Astro-Tea Party is selling to them? It Ain't Paul's Tea Party ....It's the Koch's Tea Party and it's all about de-regulation and helping  the 1% line their  pockets with eveyone else's money and efforts.!

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Morning Reads: NSA Spying Illegal; Sen. Warren Wants to Refi Student Debt

Morning Reads: NSA Spying Illegal; Sen. Warren Wants to Refi Student Debt | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Good morning, and happy National Pie Day!
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Good reads! I'll break out some key ones later, but for those that want the moring mother load here it is.

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Most Of The Rich Are Undeserving Of Their Wealth & Income

Most Of The Rich Are Undeserving Of Their Wealth & Income | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Are The Rich Really Deserving Of Their Wealth?
Paul Krugman wrote a very important article a couple days ago.
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What do you think? Here Krgman's opinion!

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Chomsky Describes US Domestic Policy in Two Words: 'Pure Savagery'

Chomsky Describes US Domestic Policy in Two Words: 'Pure Savagery' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Well said Mr. Chomsky!

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Nearly half of black men are arrested by age 23: study

Nearly half of black men are arrested by age 23: study | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Nearly 50 percent of black men and 40 percent of white men are arrested at least once on non-traffic-related crimes by the time they turn 23, according to a new study.
    
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I'm hoping this number isn't true!

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How Occupy Wall Street Won In One Chart

How Occupy Wall Street Won In One Chart | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The protests in 2011 dramatically changed the global thinking.

Via Luís António Santos
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I think this is so true! I think the hacker/crackers and leakers also changed the global thinking and opened debate. I'm hoping more and more people read and learn and get in on this debate and others and help shape our direction as a nation and a world with proactive, participative action.That is how democracy for the people by the people really works. 

 

While I know mob and or popular mass rule is not always an answer in cases like equality and bigotry or pushing  personal values on others......mass participation by an informed public would work in most all other cases. No one can pay attention to everything all of the time, but if most of us act as watch dogs to something we will most likely have it well looked after.

 

This is not the age of having to send two guys off on a horse for a long trip to decide for us when we can't all go there our self......Now there is no excuse for us not to attend through modern technology.  I bet our enemies know more then our citizens and that was true long before Showden and Hammond let the people in on it.

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Facing the Truth in China

Facing the Truth in China | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Gail Pellett is a Bill Moyers veteran, a producer, director and co-writer who over 13 years worked on a variety of projects with Bill, including including Close to Home: Moyers on Addiction, On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying, God & Politics and The...
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This is a fascinating read about China. 

Martin Luther King:

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

 
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Of Coaches and Presidents: How the Corporatization of Universities Destroys Higher Education | Nomadic Politics

Of Coaches and Presidents: How the Corporatization of Universities Destroys Higher Education | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Coaches are the highest paid public employees in the US. And university presidents salaries are on the rise despite cuts in education. How has the "corporatization" of universities destroy higher education in the USA?
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Take a look at how Corporatization is affecting Universities.

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The Disenchantment of American Politics

The Disenchantment of American Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Considering the problems we face as a nation, the torpor and lassitude of current politics in America seems like a kind of offense against history. What other people have allowed circumstances to run

Via Greg Russak
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Are we enhancing our own problems with our collective apathy and lack of action instead of empowering our lives through collective interest and action?

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, January 17, 2014 11:42 PM

"The financial disturbances of recent years especially have trashed millions of households, yet the fat middle (no pun intended) of the broad public (ditto) seems strangely content with all the tawdry sideshows of the day — Black Thursday, the Kardashians, the NFL playoffs, Twitter, texting, twerking, side boobs — taking little-to-no interest in politics while their prospects for a habitable future swirl around the drain. How might we account for such supernatural passivity?" - James H. Kunstler


An excellent question.

Have most Americans become more passive than in generations past? Is it out of apathy, or perhaps resignation to conditions that seem too large for mere citizens to change? Are the issues more complex than in the past, requiring too great an investment of time and effort when free time seems to be a thing of the past and Facebook memes, Tweets, and corporate media shouting seem to be all that's needed or desired to ostensibly feel informed?

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Video: How the New Hampshire Rebellion will make corruption the #1 issue of 2016

Want to walk with the #NHRebellion? You can sign up here: http://march.nhrebellion.org/march/default.asp Can't walk but want to support us? Help us pay for t...

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Corruption of our polictical process should be the #1 issue!

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Greg Russak's comment, January 17, 2014 1:17 PM
Dan, I'm pretty sure you already knew the answer to your question. Almost all were incumbents. According to Politico, 10 House Dems and 13 House GOP reps lost in 2012 (http://www.politico.com/blogs/charlie-mahtesian/2012/11/election-incumbents-defeated-148708.html). Only 1 Senator, Scott Brown (R) in MA was ousted. According to Lessig, 95% of House election winners were the ones who spent the most money (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuSerfOsIXI). <br><br>You describe it pretty well above, so I have to ask are you sincerely asking if a cycle of corruption exists?
Party Recon's comment, January 17, 2014 1:50 PM
Sorry, but I felt the need to spell it out completely Greg. I think it is important to point out that money is just a tool. It can be used for good or for evil. I was trying to put an exclamation point on the evil nature of its use in politics by showing the true cause and affect of money -- corruption of the system.
Greg Russak's comment, January 17, 2014 4:47 PM
Please don't apologize and, instead, let me offer you my apology. I should have trusted my first instinct about what you were doing, which is exactly what you've said above.
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Scorecard: Will Obama Hit the Mark on Real NSA Reform?

Scorecard: Will Obama Hit the Mark on Real NSA Reform? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Click to view image full-size.On Friday, President Barack Obama will announce changes and potential reforms he will make to the National Security Agency (NSA). What can we expect?
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We are watching how will he he perform?

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Jamie Dimon Gets Pay Raise After Raking Up $25 Billion In Legal Fees

Jamie Dimon Gets Pay Raise After Raking Up $25 Billion In Legal Fees | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Earlier this week we reported that at JPMorgan, the many will pay for the crimes of the few, after the bank revealed that compensation for most workers would be flat with 2012, and no raises were planned for the bank's employees as a result of the...

Via Andre JACQUEMET, Jocelyn Stoller
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Well, ......I don't know what to say about this,,,,,,at least not something nice to say!

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Dana Hoffman's curator insight, January 24, 2014 11:57 AM

Now that is the biggest crock for the day!

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At Least Five Homeless People Froze To Death Last Week

At Least Five Homeless People Froze To Death Last Week | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A woman in Maine stands out in the cold to collect change from passing cars.
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She died where she lived: at the bus stop.
Willie Mae White loved to dance. She told stories about her boyfriends.
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Surely there is a better way.

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Rich Man Calls Rising Income Inequality 'Fantastic'

Rich Man Calls Rising Income Inequality 'Fantastic' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
One Canadian entrepreneur couldn't have been more excited to learn that the 85 richest people on Earth are now worth as much half the world's population.
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I think the host of that show said it right! ....."Really"?

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The Internet's Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist's Struggle for Online Freedom

The Internet's Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist's Struggle for Online Freedom | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
One year ago this month, the young Internet freedom activist and groundbreaking programmer Aaron Swartz took his own life.
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A look at "The Intenet's Own Boy"!

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The Shocking Truth about Freedom Fries, the French Boycott and Fox News | Nomadic Politics

The Shocking Truth about Freedom Fries, the French Boycott and Fox News | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The story of how conservatives vilified the French, and attempted a boycott of French products for not joining the US in an illegal and unnecessary war. What role did Fox News play in this fiasco?
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A great history lesson that is certainly worth everyones time to read over and think about!

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People of Albany NY Speak Against NDAA - YouTube

Over 100 people showed up to stop the NDAA in Albany, NY October 5th, 2013. These are the powerful speeches that bent the council's will to the people. Join ...

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This is something folks have not been talking about as much lately as they were before. Glad to see this critical topic staying in our focus. We need many more folks to tune into the many important issues going on today to make sure our officials don't forget WE are not going to forget what matters most!

 

Please be sure to share the knowledge. I bought a breast cancer shirt from someone today that said, "Knowledge is the best defense against breast cancer." As I read that I thought Knowledge is the best defense against just about everything. So spread the important knowledge around and increase our defense.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, January 20, 2014 11:48 PM

Everyone needs to watch this and share this video. Citizens making a difference!


Coffee Party friend and PANDA (http://pandaunite.org/) Event Coordinator, Bobby Rodrigo, introduces and also speaks, along with a broad coalition of concerned citizens, to the Albany City Council prior to their 11-0 vote on Oct 7, 2013, to nullify the indefinite detention provision of the National Defense Authorization Act.

 

"What was so wonderful about tonight was the cross-section of activist groups that showed up to support and to speak. Ideology was put aside for the common liberty goal, and to protect the first, the fifth, the sixth, and the fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution. The City of Albany and the Common Council, and particularly the sponsors of the bill led by Mr. <Anton> Konev <11th Ward Councilman>, should be commended not only for their work and what they did this evening, but as a shining light as to what needs to be done in the future by other government bodies"  - Bobby Rodrigo,  PANDA Event Coordinator


Also see http://pandaunite.org/ndaa-victory-new-york-capitol-unanimously-passes-anti-ndaa-resolution/

Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, January 21, 2014 12:09 AM
Good Pod Cast!
Greg Russak's comment, January 21, 2014 11:45 AM
You're welcome, Jonson, and thank you, Monica, for your enthusiastic support. Yes, knowledge is the best defense against everything, especially misinformation and corruption. Every little bit that everyone does to share knowledge contributes to the greater understanding of us all.
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Happy MLK Day, America — let's summon the courage to live for what he lived for

Happy MLK Day, America — let's summon the courage to live for what he lived for | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

The Washington Post writes: "The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was seen by some as a radical and a troublemaker. The truth is that he had considerable faith in America. He believed that when people saw the unfairness of the caste system that had grown up in their country — in a nation founded on the principles of equality before the law, the opportunity to advance in life according to one’s merits, the right to choose the people who govern us — they would understand how truly un-American it was and it would all come to an end, and much of it has."  [MORE]


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This says it all!

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▶ The Secret Government: Bill Moyers (1987) - YouTube

Most Americans have been touched by addiction, including renowned journalist Bill Moyers, whose oldest son struggled with drugs and alcohol. In this frank an...
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This is history. I think it is both sad and highly informative and rings all too loud of an echo on today's world.

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Sequester Cuts and Killing Unemployment Benefit Extensions: When GOP Values Make no Sense | Nomadic Politics

Sequester Cuts and Killing Unemployment Benefit Extensions: When GOP Values Make no Sense | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Republican conservatives principles conflict when it comes to budget cuts from sequestration and their filibuster of unemployment benefits.Given the historic number of long-term unemployed in the US now, can the GOP actually win elections by...

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This is an interesting look at the outcome of the sequester cuts have on the unemployed and the retraining efforts that many Republicans have said is what the saved unemployment money should go towards.

 

All this also begs the question of what jobs exactly are they going to train for? Are all these people going to be IT specialist, math and science teachers, geniuses, business owners and technology start ups? Somehow I don't think everyone on the planet is going to be needed in those fields.

 

Many of the unemployed already have 20 to 30 years of experience and others already have 1,2,and 3 degrees. The GOP appears clueless to the reality that they are treating these people like bums with no ambition. Many of those unemployed are also in their 50 and 60s but are now going back into debt to go back to school. Anyone has to wonder how far the leaders of the GOP are removed from the  average guy not to realize that.

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FEC votes on partisan lines not to punish Karl Rove's Super-PAC for violations of law during 2010 election

FEC votes on partisan lines not to punish Karl Rove's Super-PAC for violations of law during 2010 election | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

by THOMAS CATAN, Wall S. Journal


Campaign-finance activists vowed to take the Federal Election Commission to court Thursday after it disregarded a finding by its staff that Crossroads GPS, conservative nonprofit backed by Karl Rove, likely broke campaign laws during the 2010 elections.
 

On Friday, the FEC quietly released a legal opinion by its staff lawyers that found that the “major purpose” of Crossroads GPS was to elect federal candidates, despite being registered as a “social-welfare” nonprofit group. The FEC’s general counsel recommended holding a formal investigation into the group.

 

However, the FEC decided not to take any action after a deadlocked 3-3 vote by its commissioners along party lines. On Thursday, that decision drew sharp criticism from campaign-finance activists.
 

“The rationale of the Republican bloc of commissioners is tortured and obstructionist,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, one of the groups that brought the original complaint. The groups said in a statement they plan a new suit that will argue the FEC’s dismissal of the case “was arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion and contrary to the law.” 


Crossroads GPS declined to comment on the FEC staff findings or the latest threat by campaigners to sue the election regulator. But it repeated earlier denials that it’s a political committee or mainly engaged in electioneering.
 

“I’m pleased that the Commission decided that GPS is not a political committee, and now we can move on from this politically-motivated complaint,” Tom Josefiak, general counsel to Crossroads GPS, said in an emailed statement.
 

If the FEC had decided to act on it and forced the group to register as a political committee, it might have had to disclose the identities of anonymous donors that contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the Republican group.
 

Crossroads GPS “has spent nearly $100 million on election ads since 2010 without disclosing its donors,” said Paul Ryan, Senior Counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, which will also join the lawsuit against the FEC. “A ruling by the FEC that Crossroads GPS is a political committee would result in this disclosure for past and future elections.”
 

Social-welfare groups, known in the tax code as 501(c)(4) groups, aren’t supposed to make electioneering their primary activity.


But their use in campaigns has soared in the last two years, in part because they can accept donations of unlimited size and don’t have to disclose the names of their donors. [MORE]


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This is one of the reasons people pushed the IRS to look into this tax exempt status for groups that were actually fund raisers for political campaigns.

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Greg Russak's curator insight, January 19, 2014 4:07 PM

The American Anti-Corruption Act ensures this kind of corruption and abuse of the tax code ends. 

 

Become a Citizen Co-Sponsor at 

http://unitedrepublic.actionkit.com/event/cosponsor/9815/

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▶ Lawrence Lessig talks about the New Hampshire Rebellion (Animated) - YouTube

Want to walk with the #NHRebellion? You can sign up here: http://march.nhrebellion.org/march/default.asp Can't walk but want to support us? Help us pay for t...
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You can only make the world a better place if you act! Be the change you want to see...Spread the word about the New Hampshire Rebellion against corruption of political policy in our nation. A 3 year campaign that started Jan. 11 2014 with the 1st, 185 mile walk across the state begins with that walk. Here are the details!

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North Carolina Just Gave Millionaires a Tax Cut, Raised Taxes on the Poorest 900,000 Working Families | News & Notes, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

North Carolina Just Gave Millionaires a Tax Cut, Raised Taxes on the Poorest 900,000 Working Families | News & Notes, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The 900,000 poorest working families in North Carolina just got another tax hike from the conservatives who swept state legislature elections in 2010.
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We elect these people to express and promote the will of the people, not the interets of a few rich donors. They need to hear a strong message from those in North Carolina and get a report card and maybe a pink slip and maybe even a fine to pay if they are corrupting the process.

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Koh Chee Kiat's curator insight, January 20, 2014 6:24 AM

Reading this article, I find that you cannot trust conservatives and probably they are the main reasons why poverty exist till now. Firstly. conservatives wants to maintain this system of the rich being rich and the poor being poor (hence conservative) but yet even though how rich they are, they still try to gain benefits such as in this article states, to give a tax cut to millionaires and raise tax on poor people to balance the tax cut of the rich. What is worst is that they lie about supporting EITC. At first they show ''support'' to the idea, however it was never implemented. I feel that the rich could afford the tax easily but yet this kind of stuff happens, and whenever the rich benefits, who shoulders it? The poor who barely has enough to go by everyday. I think that in order to help all these poor family we need to rethink our policies since the government is helping the rich and ignoring the poor.

Tan Sian Liang's comment, January 29, 2014 10:25 AM
I agree to your insight. Due to the say of the rich, it has caused much inequality. The poor will keep getting poorer until avervage income increases, where the gap of inequality will be closed slightly before it widens again. This is said to be due to capitalism and this will not change unless something is done. Not enough focus is given on poverty.
pdeppisch's comment, January 29, 2014 11:13 AM
Most so called "democracies" are in fact plutocracies! Government by the rich for the rich! Robert Michels coined the Iron Law of Oligarchy which states that a state must have a bureaucracy to function. Bureaucracies have power. Power corrupts! The ancient Greeks coined the term plutocracy! The answer is to limit power and keep things small. Don't allow laws that can create mega-corporations which seem to then be above the law. Cheers