Fight for your Right to Parlez

photo: Patrick GenselWe all know why the change still isn’t come, the change being the massive groundswell around Obama in 2008, the stomping feet of the people demanding that somebody clean house before we do it for them. That change did not happen because of the following billionaires:

Rupert Murdoch ($14.6 billion, misinformation)
Charles Koch ($41.6 billion, oil)
David Koch ($41.6 billion, oil)
Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal ($21.3 billion, oil)

Saudi Arabia sees climate talks as the biggest threat to Saudi national security.The head of the Saudi delegation to U.N. talks on climate change said so in front the United Nations. There are literally hundreds of people around the world who agree with him, all of them heavily invested in fossil fuels.  This is their way of life and it is threatened.

We all know that local billionaires in America are jumping on the bandwagon. God bless Art Pope. People who are not oil billionaires but wish they were. Texas tea. All the Tea in China. It just sounds classy. Also, the power trip of denying millions of people what they want is undeniable. A few hundred Americans versus half of America and we’re still WINNING. The change continues not to come because of the following billionaires:

Trevor Rees-Jones ($4.6 billion)
Robert Rowling ($5.2 billion)
Jerry Perenchio ($2.6 billion)

Trevor Rees-Jones is a shale gas billionaire, because that’s happening, even though 40% of fracked wells are forecast to fail, spewing methane into the air and groundwater.  Jerry Perenchio is #686 on Forbes’ The World’s Billionaires, to give you an idea of the scope of this problem. If 680 wealthier billionaires have at least $2.6 billion each, and the six listed above have $128.9 billion combined, that’s $1.8 trillion dedicated to keeping politics dirty.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce collects donations from foreign corporations around the world, many of them state owned, such as VTB Bank of Russia.This means that Vladimir Putin could influence the outcome of US elections by contributing money to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which would not disclose the source of the donation. Not that he did, necessarily, but it would be possible for him to do so.

Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig has a plan to reform the way political campaigns are funded by 2016. It’s crazy, crowdsource funding for a superPAC, pay the ransom to get the House floor, stonewall just like the Tea Party did over Obamacare, with the sole issue being campaign finance reform. Then again, Senator McCain championed campaign finance reform. 90-97% of Americans agree that campaign finance reform is necesary. This might be the key to the current gridlock.

Will we be any worse off if they destroy the earth with fossil fuels, or enslave the urban populations when the oil runs out, sending them to work on collective farms? What good will our money do then? The top 1% own 40% of the wealth in America, and the bottom 80% own 7%. Our money is already worthless to them. Let’s use it while it’s still worth something to the federal government.


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