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Help Overturn Citizens United

The Supreme Court’s wrong-headed Citizens United decision unleashed an unprecedented wave of big money into our elections. On the fifth anniversary of Citizens United, it’s time to overturn the decision once and for all.

Urge your senators to support overturning the Citizens United decision.

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Medea Benjamin Interview: Money In Politics Works Against National Security Interests (by Dennis Trainor, Jr)

Published on Feb 11, 2013

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The We the People Amendment is the only amendment that deals with both Supreme Court doctrines that grant constitutional rights to artificial entities and that define spending money as free speech. I spoke with Medea Benjamin about a world where Move To Amend succeeded.


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Tell corporations to pay their fair share

Click here to access the petition.

This week marks Tax Day. Each and every year, major profitable corporations avoid paying billions in taxes by exploiting complicated tax loopholes like inversions, valuation discounts and real estate investment trusts.

In 1952, the corporate income tax accounted for about 32 percent of all federal tax revenue. Today, despite record-breaking profits, corporate taxes bring in just 11 percent.

But some members of Congress still don’t think that corporations should pay what they rightfully owe.

Although we have an $18 trillion national debt, some members of Congress refuse to raise revenue by asking these corporate giants to pay their fair share. Now, some of these same members of Congress are saying we need savage cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other programs that help the most vulnerable Americans in order to pay down the debt.

Let’s make sure these profitable corporations pay what they owe. The Obama Administration can use executive actions to close egregious loopholes and stop corporations from hiding profits in offshore tax havens like the Cayman Islands.

Sign the petition by Daily Kos & a wide coalition to President Obama and Treasury Secretary Lew to take action and eliminate corporate tax loopholes that are robbing American taxpayers.

Click here to access the petition.

Something to watch this week:

“Shareholders of [Starbucks] will vote at its March 20 annual meeting on a proposal by John Harrington, who owns 800 shares, to ‘adopt a policy prohibiting the use of corporate funds for any political election or campaign.’”

And these shareholders will see some public pressure too:

“WashPIRG and Public Citizen plan to deliver petitions to Starbucks headquarters Tuesday asking CEO Howard Schultz to institute a corporate policy against spending money in elections and to ask other CEOs to do the same.”

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Ten Reasons to Smash Capitalism
By Gary Engler
  1. Capitalism is a cancer taking over our planet. Capitalists make profits from global warming, from destroying our oceans, from pumping ever more chemicals into the atmosphere and from patenting everything they can, including life itself. Only by getting rid of capitalism can we rescue our environment.
  2. Capitalism is not a friend to democracy but ultimately its enemy. When pushed, capitalists choose capitalism over democracy. If people use democracy to weaken the power of capitalists the rich and powerful turn to various forms of fascism in order to keep their privileges.
  3. Capitalism proclaims the virtue of naked self-interest, but self-interest without regard for morality, ecology or common sense leads to environmental degradation, destruction of Indigenous communities, colonialism, war and other forms of mass destruction. Self-interest leads capitalists to seek profit absolutely everywhere, regardless of the damage done to other people and the health of the planet’s ecosystem. Self-interest leads capitalists to destroy any rival economic system or way of thinking (such as indigenous communal land use and respect for nature) that can be a barrier to their endless quest for profit.
  4. Capitalism is a system in which the principle of one dollar, one vote, dominates that of one person, one vote. Those who own the most shares (bought with their dollars) control giant corporations, many of which are more powerful than all but a few governments. Rich people also use their money to dominate the elections that are supposed to give us all one, equal vote. Under capitalism those with the most money are entitled to the most goods and services as well as the most say in directing our governments and our economy.
  5. Capitalism requires the largest propaganda system the world has ever known to convince us it is the only system possible. It turns people into consumers through advertising, marketing, entertainment and even so-called news. Millions around the world are employed to use their creativity to twist our feelings of love, desire, human solidarity and fairness into tools of manipulation, so that ever more profits can flow into the hands of a tiny minority.
  6. Capitalists denigrate co-operation and collectivism, but create mass production processes that rely on both from workers. Their system requires us to be cogs in a giant profit-making machine, but because they fear the power this gives us we are told working together for our own interests is illegitimate and bad. Thus capitalists undermine unions and other organizations that encourage workers to co-operate with each other and act collectively.
  7. Capitalists praise freedom and individualism, but they destroy freedom and individualism for everyone but themselves. The vast majority of us who work for a living are daily asked to uncritically follow orders, to act as if we are machines, and limit our creativity to what profits our bosses.
  8. Capitalism is a system of minority privilege and class rule based on the private ownership of means of livelihood. This gives a few rich people the power to buy and sell jobs, which means they can build or destroy entire communities that depend on those jobs.
  9. Capitalism encourages greed. But greed is only good for capitalists. For normal people it is anti-social and soul-destroying, not to mention very bad for our communities, which rely on altruism, compassion and a generalized concern for others.
  10. Capitalist corporations suffer from a personality disorder characterized by enduring antisocial behavior, diminished empathy and remorse, and are rewarded by shareholders for acting that way. If corporations could be sent to a criminal psychologist’s office they’d be diagnosed as psychopaths and locked away forever.
Goliath Gets Bigger: Prop. 1 War Chest Grows to $16.4 Million!

Goliath Gets Bigger: Prop. 1 War Chest Grows to $16.4 Million!

Originally Published in the Daily KOS & Indybay.org

by Dan Bacher

The debate over the pros and cons of Proposition 1, Jerry Brown’s $7.5 billion water bond, is very important, but an even bigger issue in any environmental battle or process is the money behind the campaign.

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Fixing the First Amendment?

Fixing the First Amendment?

Senate Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, are proposing to amend the Constitution. The idea is to fix the First Amendment.

Yes, fix it.

The argument is, money that influences elections should be regulated. Are public donations considered free speech? Democrats don’t think so. Apparently, forty-six Senate Democrats believe the First Amendment is an impediment to re-elections.

 

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The Senate Tried to Overturn ‘Citizens United’ Today. Guess What Stopped Them?

But this fight is far from over.

yeah….nice to know our government’s “saviors” in the Republican party decided to block something that would be good for the nation in getting corporate money out of political campaigns. I guess they keep wanting to have billion dollar election campaigns and only rich people in office getting richer and making the rich richer…thanks. 

Remember this in a few months, people, you need to vote in FAVOR of these things, in FAVOR of progress…and it’s obvious Republicans aren’t for it.

my incredibly conservative government teacher always talks about how america is the greatest country on earth, and to be honest, I’ll never quite understand how people can think that when we as a nation value money and power over the lives of our own citizens

Shaheen for New Hampshire Releases New Radio Ad: “The People’s Pledge”

Shaheen for New Hampshire Releases New Radio Ad: “The People’s Pledge”

Scott Brown Boasts About the People’s Pledge He Now Refuses to Sign

Concord, NH — Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign has released a new radio ad highlighting Scott Brown’s hypocrisy and calling on him to sign the People’s Pledge to stop third party advertising in the New Hampshire senate race. The ad uses audio of Brown boasting about the same exact People’s Pledge he created in Massachusetts, but is now…

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