Banana Republic – We The People

“There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That’s the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.” Lawrence Lessig

Lessig’s talk is snappy, hard-hitting, and make a compelling case that no matter what you think the most important issue is, you’re just not going to get it until this problem is addressed. Like many pundits, Lessig feels a need to decorate his speech with a bit of “both sides do it” (in this case, saying that real small government Republicans are also losers because the system provides little incentive for politicians to let go of the levers that give them some power over the money men) without owning up to the fact that the left (otherwise known as the positions, economic well-being, and security of a large majority of Americans) takes the brunt of the damage in this rich get richer system.… Read the rest

So how’s that “Trickle Down” working?

wealth will trickle down

On Jan. 1, Social Security payroll taxes rose 2 percentage points after a temporary tax cut expired. That sliced about $1,000 from the annual take-home pay of a household earning $50,000.

Isn’t that what these companies have been asking for? Make all those “entitled” people in the working class who want “government hand outs” pay more so we can protect the tax cuts for the super wealthy CEO’s of these same companies.

So how’s that “Trickle Down” working? Not enough “Trickle Down” to keep your customers coming in? Maybe you can do like Papa John and raise the price of your products and put all your employees on part time to decrease their benefits, let them go on Medicaid., but whatever you do don’t decrease your profits and don’t give the workers anymore spending power.… Read the rest