Legal Bribery in Washington.

There is a history of campaign reform however, it has yet to be enough.

lobbyist

This effort to bring about more comprehensive campaign finance reform began in 1907 when Congress passed the Tillman Act, which prohibited corporations and national banks from contributing money to Federal campaigns. The first Federal campaign disclosure legislation was a 1910 law affecting House elections only.

The Act of Congress was amended in 1974 to place legal limits on the campaign contributions. The amendment also created the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

In 2002, The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act was fought for by Sen. John McCain and Sen. Russ Feingold. This act prohibited large contributions by wealthy individuals and corporations to national party committees, all of whose receipts were publicly disclosed. But, perversely, the ban on “soft money” left individual and corporate donors free to direct their funds to outside groups, where donations are concealed from public scrutiny.

101130_mccain_feingold_ap_382

Enthusiasts of McCain-Feingold said the law would restore trust in the political system. Some suggested the parties would “thrive” because they would be forced to rely on small donors. Critics, however, predicted it would precipitate a tectonic shift of political power away from the parties and toward outside groups, which were likely to be far more extreme and far less accountable. These critics were absolutely correct. Interests groups like the NRA and anti-abortion extremists can legally hide the amounts of money given to politicians.

Legal bribery is happening right out in the open in Washington. Political action committees and lobbying is legally bribing politicians.

Lobbyist vs_ Voter[2]

PAC’s have been around since the 1940s. Lobbying began in 1830 but was not what it is today. People would stand around and wait to get a word with a politician. Occasionally they would bribe them. In the 1970s is when lobbying became what it is today.

In 2015 3.2 billion dollars was spent on lobbying politicians. The last election in 2014 1.7 billion was spent on PACs. How anyone can think this money is because the banks, corporations, drug companies, and Unions actually like this politician. Anyone could be running, they want a politician that will do what they want. These groups want certain things for their investment. These are the top companies in the country. They have business sense, they are not going to waste money. More often than not the companies will get what they desire.

 

2016
The top line is special interest and individual corporate donors. The bottom number is individual donations. 2016 Election Primary spending.

 

Some will argue that it’s not bribery because there is no guarantee what the politician is going to do you are giving all of this money to. That is partly true, but it’s still influence which is not done by the people. This is a corporate influence. Corporations have been running the country for an extremely long time.

 

 

example
American Crossroads a Conservative SuperPAC. This is not a Presidential election year. They spent almost 42 million on ads against Democrats only 5 million on the issues.           American Crossroads

 

This is not limited to the Republican Party. Hillary Clinton has a SuperPAC as well. When President Obama ran for re-election the amount of money spent was ridiculous.  With The Presidents at a whopping 964 million dollars between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama they spent a total of 2 billion dollars.

2012 election
2012 Presidental election spending. Blue, Barack Obama. Red, Mitt Romney.                         2012 Presidential Race.

 

Our political system is beyond repair while donor money is rampant. Why would anyone in Washington fight for this to stop? Power and greed, it’s clear politicians want the money and doing what these interest groups want will keep that money flowing. Have you noticed you never hear politicians mention lobbyists or PACs especially if they’re getting the bulk of the money?

 

The only Presidential candidate that even  has the plan to solve this is Bernie Sanders. I know he would like Citizens United overturned but that is not the only issue. I am hoping he goes one step further and stops any money  going into Washington. The people are the only ones that should have the politicians ear. CEOs, banks, hedge fund managers, the NRA, etc. should not.

Stoping bribery will be impossible, but finding bribery to be illegal would be a definite start.

It’s All About The Money.

2685802_orig

They say money makes the world go around and this is completely accurate. Money is the root of all evil. When you’re young you do not think that way. I guess that would depend on what kind of home you grew up in. Either way, you don’t have to worry about much when you’re a kid. As a child, your parents take care of things and you are oblivious to the problems they go through, for the most part.

kids-and-money-photo.jpg

The older you get the more your perspective on life can change. You begin to learn by trial and error just how important money really is. In Washington it means everything. The politicians have their hands out and the lobbyists are eager to get their ear.

Looking at the current Presidental election, it is clear who the big money players are. Everywhere you look you see Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out which media outlets are bought and paid for by campaign money.

anonymous-money-politics-lobbying_0

If you look at history whoever puts the most money into their campaign is usually the winner. This is not always true although it is normal for top spenders to win. If this election is anything like the past Hillary is on top with Jeb Bush coming in close second. Top Campaign Spenders Open Secrets

Donald-Trump-Money-01_zpsxajxpmyd

Donald Trump is not even in the top three for campaign funds. That being said his mouth has helped him out tremendously. His money has helped as well if he was broke no one would listen to him. He reminds me of a drunken homeless person just saying whatever he can to get people to listen.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.” -Donald Trump

So Trump is assuming some immigrants are good people, let’s hope his wife can get her English down if he does become President. The fact that he seems dead set against immigration is pretty humorous since ever wife he’s ever had has not been an American Citizen.

11-gabriel-sherman-column-jeb-bush.w529.h352

In second place is Jeb Bush, this is not shocking at all. The Bush family will do whatever they can to keep the power they once had. Don’t get me wrong they are still an extremely powerful family dating all the way back to 1825 in the United States. The family was one of the first in the Railroad industry and Wall Street. The Bush family has stepped on anyone to get to where they are. They will stop at nothing to get Jeb into the primaries. All the money in the world can not fix what George W. Bush did to this country. I’m quite sure even the Republicans do not want another Bush in office. They do however make excellent puppets for the Republicans with half a brain.

hilmoney

Topping the money in the election is Hillary Clinton. Unlike the Bush family Bill and Hillary made their own money. Clinton has a strong backing from the Democratic National Committee. It is clear based on Television stations such as MSNBC that they clearly back her as well. It would be nice to see how much money the family has contributed to NBC. In several articles it states NBC and it’s affiliate’s fundraising for Hillary. That is all well and good. The problem is the money, just because she has money does not make her Presidential material. Money can buy many things hopefully it doesn’t buy her the primary.

tdy_gabe_afuenza_151219.nbcnews-ux-1080-600
Money buys anything in this country. If you kill someone, but have enough money you can walk. Does that sound like justice? Just recently a teenager decided to get drunk and get behind the wheel. He killed four people but did not serve jail time because he has “affluenza” a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation. This is the reason this teen got off free because the poor kid was too wealthy and didn’t know any better. What is this country coming to? This is not justice. What about the families of the 4 people he killed? Do they not count for anything? I would love to see how much money this teens Dad passed out to get him off almost free of any charges.

bruce-jenner-plastic-surgery-3
This is not the only recent instance look at Bruce Jenner, a former Olympic Gold medalist and current step-father and father of attention whore gypsies. Almost the same thing except it wasn’t called affluenza. Jenner got behind the wheel and killed a woman. The prosecutor had said at minimal Bruce would get manslaughter charges, yet no charges came what-so-ever. The family of the 65-year-old woman that was killed filed a lawsuit against Jenner, it was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. Bruce was at fault for this accident, he crashed into the back of her car, yet he walks. This is just another case of money prevailing over justice.

religion_money

Look at religion in the past and in recent times. I was raised Catholic, married in a Catholic Church, and my children have all been baptized Catholic. If you speak with a Preist and let him know you are planning to marry, this is the process you will go through. He will want to counsel you, taking a marriage class is mandatory (that normally has a cost), and he will  ask for a specific fee to marry you. OK so now you’re married you paid your fee, you go to church every Sunday and put money in the collection plate. You have a baby next. You go to the Preist and say that you would like to baptize your child. Again, the priest will ask for a specific amount of money to do this service. Let’s say your spouse dies. You go to church and tell the Preist you would like him to perform the service for your departed husband, again a specific fee will be involved. I find this absolutely repulsive, how a church can scam people like that is ridiculous. You do not need to pay money to get right with God or to pray. The Catholic church has 8 billion in assets, I’m quite sure they do not need more money.

Money-Around-The-World-psd51446
Money can buy you everything in this country, it’s sad but true. No matter how wealthy you are, remember one thing you can not do is buy class. It’s far too apparent in recent times. One day I hope this changes if it does not you better make that money. Seems not having money in this country and making a slight mistake can land you in jail for a very long time. Maybe one day this will change. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like this will happen in the near future.

Freedom in the US? Not even close!

 

 

I keep seeing freedom posts on Facebook and Twitter and I just keep thinking why on earth do people think we are free? It’s actually quite amusing. The only thing we are free of is the tax England put on us. We still pay taxes we are actually taxed more than once on most purchases, we vote but the results seem altered… at best, we have various stupid laws that take away much of our so-called freedom, and I can’t carry a gun in a major city (legally) exactly how is that free? We may have a few perks other countries do not have, but as far as I see it no freedom here. Freedom of speech is kind of a joke too, most people would sue you if you say the wrong thing. I still am able to blog, score one for the US, but I can still potentially get sued if I offend someone. I am not really afraid of being sued, so if that is your goal stand in line.
Proof inbreeding is real!

 

This guy is living the dream. Does this make you proud to be American?

 

No caption necessary

 

 The world seems to be going backwards instead of forwards. The News keeps scaring the hell out of everyone, first I see people are dying of bird flu, then I see North Korea is threatening to attack us. The news is run by the government, they have to get approval of what gets out to the public. The real news is hush hush, best thing to do is watch BBC News problem with that is I believe they are holding back information as well. When the news starts to scare you that means our government is pulling one over on everyone. I do not doubt that. The Republicans, Democrats, and Independents are mere puppets they will do anything for money and it is quite scary that the corporations are running these men and women. The problem is no one will stop them. The protests were really quite cute but did not do a damn thing. I am proud of the 99% for wasting their time, I’m just glad I did not jump on that bandwagon. Be individuals not sheep, try and thinking for yourselves for a change. The government fears this and this is what will save us. If the people do not do something and I mean pretty soon, we will all be screwed. Protesting in a line with signs is not working, I think that was proved. There are other ways, and I do not mean illegal things. The problem is we will not stand together. I will stand next to a Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Liberal, Independent, whoever, we all have the same goal why don’t we work together. Our lovely government can not agree, but we can be the bigger people and let them know we are unhappy. I am not saying that to be against any party, it is all of them. They act like children! At the end of the week, they stomp their feet and say “I’m taking my ball and I’m going home”. That stuff really needs to stop!

Washington Corruption

If you watch television for any length of time you will see all kinds of garbage. If you watch any news programs for any length of time you will see what they want you to see. They conceal the truth and focus on stories that play with peoples emotions. Concealing the truth is what they have to do in order to stop a public uprising or riot. If the majority of the American people knew what was happening behind the scenes the riots would have began years ago.

 

Corruption in Washington is something most people are aware of. The level of corruption taking place in present day is a whole different ball game. They sure do hide it better then they used to. It seems everyone in Washington or that works for the federal government has their hands out. If a nuclear facility was dumping radioactive material in your drinking water do you think the EPA would not go for a bonus check in lieu of doing his or her job? If you believe they would report that company and not take the money you are really naive. This indeed has happened just recently in Vermont. You realize that this debt deal everyone is talking about is a diversion to get more money and for congress to steal their way to the top. These diversions are what makes this country keep moving. Think of the Casey Anthony trial, in 2008 out of 16 states 180 children were murdered by a parent. The focus on this trial was another diversion. Playing on peoples emotions is something I mentioned earlier, this is one example. People were furious with Casey Anthony, yet this happens more often then people think and it is not televised like this trial was.

Sure the economy is in shambles and since everyone in government has their hands out, it will never be saved. The only answer they have lets print some more money. It is just like a greedy child in a toy store. One toy just is not enough for these guys. Our money is worthless, good paying jobs are a thing of the past, people are going hungry, homeless, and losing families and for what? So those suits in Washington can work as little as possible and steal money. Let us not forget the fact that they get paid when they are out of office (for the rest of their lives).

The US government spent 33 billion dollars in 2007 on foreign aid. Yet 744,000 people were estimated to be homeless that very year. 1 billion of that foreign aid could have went to those 744,000 people to at least feed them and give them some form of shelter. What is this country coming to? People are homeless, hungry, and jobless but lets not help those people we may need Cairo’s resources tomorrow that billion should go to them. What is good for our people is good for our country. Of the countries we send money to not all are allies. We can easily get blown to bits by one of the countries we fund.

I have wrote about the government giving to corporations before, but now is not the time. Why on earth would the US government help fund major corporations that net billions themselves? I read the budget deal, it will change how anyone on social security lives in 2012. However, it did increase the pell grants for education which surprised me. Obama got something for himself. The whole thing is upsetting. People you need to pay attention to what is going on. The United States is trying to consume your mind by giving out false information and brainwashing you with gadgets from China.

Now is the time to do something, no one is going to hold your hand. Every American needs to stick together they are screwing everyone. Oh, except for the wealthy and foreign countries. If you want to be proud of your country no time like the present. Either do something or watch Americans get dumbed-down. That is what is happening.

 

 

 

Peace is needed to stop the incited violence of Beck and Palin!

Peace is something this country takes for granted. Not to say that other countries are any better. I would like to apologize to my readers. If at anytime I suggested violence or doing something drastic, those were definitely not my intentions. My blog is to inform and to give some incite into what I see is happening. Of course it also is to show just how wrong Glenn Beck, the Tea Party, and the people that support them really are. I’m not telling anyone to get violent. This is never the answer. Blogging helps, so does taking medication if you need it. When I say to get a gun, it’s not to be used in violence. Protection and food are my key ideas on why you should obtain a weapon.

Firearms, should have stricter laws. Any joker can get a license to obtain a weapon. As long as you have no criminal felony charges a gun can be in your hands in a day. Some sort of psychological exam should be conducted. This can get expensive, however there are other solutions. A questionnaire as basic as it sounds can weed out some unstable individuals. This may just be the barrier that holds these psychologically unsound people from obtaining a firearms license. Politicians have their work cut out for them. Hunting is a sport, shooting at targets can be fun, guns don’t kill the people that hold them do. There are many people on the right side of the political spectrum that really don’t want to change the gun laws. After the tragedy in Tuscan it was found that an unstable individual was able to legally purchase a high powered assault weapon. There is another argument here, if someone really wants a gun and can’t legally buy one. Its not very hard to obtain one illegally in this country either. So why the talk?

Violence is the main issue, if people could think before acting that might be of help. Which brings me to Sarah Palin. The previous blog has the target poster that was posted on Palins website and facebook page. Instead of taking the high road, Sarah takes the sewer. Palin made herself out to be the victim of this tragedy. Instead of being the bigger person when several people criticized her she got below their level. This is unmistakeably the downfall of Mrs. Palin, how unfortunate. Another case of thinking before reacting. Palin had days to think before she spoke. Making herself the victim was the wrong answer here. There were 16 victims in this tragedy and Sarah Palin was not one of them. Palins 8 minute speech is below if one can tolerate the, “how dare you” attitude.

Sarah Palin’s deal breaking speech
Glenn Beck posted “We must stand together against all violence” on his website. While he was holding a gun on the left hand side of his web page. Beck is a highly delusional paranoid. “I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. … No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out. Is this wrong?” These are actual words out of his mouth. Here is your proof on inciting violence Mr. Beck. At the beginning of each week he takes some poor soul and does a weeks worth of material dedicated to make this person look to be satanic. It’s quite disturbing and makes you think can we commit Beck? Beck takes his debates to a new level on his show. He posts in print the definition of ENEMY : one that is antagonistic to another; especially : one seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound an opponent. This reminds me of things he says every time I view his work (if you can call it that) when speaking of President Obama. Beck is the definition of an enemy. He speaks of the constitution frequently. The constitution stands for democracy, so it’s appealing that he actually uses that to his advantage. Jon Stewarts moment of zen was Glenn Becks radio show. Beck stated this about Spiderman “It’s one of the best shows I have ever seen, it was breathtaking.” How can anyone say that this man isn’t off his rocker? Thank you Mr. Stewart!

1931 political cartoon

As for republican and democratic parties are concerned, violence is not the answer. Politicians on both sides need to find a common ground. The right and left may have different ideas and opinions, but both parties are Americans. Keep it civil, speak the truth. I know lies and politics go hand and hand it doesn’t need to. Be true to yourself and your beliefs, money and power isn’t everything.

1931 political cartoon

Lastly, I want to thank President Obama for your moving speech at the Tuscan memorial service. Politics would be a brighter world if it was seen through the eyes of a child.  Innocence is something American adults lack.

        President Obama’s speech Tuscan memorial