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Attack of the “stakeholders”…The Corporate Coup that overthrew what was left of the Republic

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Everything we do is said to be a “contract”, from simply buying a cup of coffee to purchasing access to the federal government. It is necessary to view every possible action we may undertake in our daily lives as being some form of contract, no matter how idiotic the example, in order for us to accept that our government itself is one big corporate contracting monstrosity that has less to do with governing the country constitutionally, than it does as a fiduciary profiteer. Key to that profiteering is privatization of what are to be tasks and services performed by the government. Simply put, creating and/or empowering a contracting corporation to perform tasks and services the government is prohibited from engaging in outside of the the enumerated powers in the Constitution.

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Social Security, Medicare & Public Education Now on the U.S. Government Chopping Block

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As Secret Deals are Made by President Obama & Members of the U.S. Congress this week
 
http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/?q=social-security
 
July 26, 2011
 
President Obama and a “Gang of Six” members of the U.S. House and Senate have placed Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid on the chopping block in secret, ongoing debt ceiling negotiations.  In these secret negotiations, far away from public enlightenment or debate, deals are being cooked-up to undermine, cut or privatize these important and highly beneficial programs.  With a vote on the impending national debt ceiling deadline these programs may be cut at any time in the next few days.
 
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate several times this week.  We can support his efforts to protect these vital programs by contacting our elected officials.
 
His Speech on Social Security and Medicare is on this link:
http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/content/bernie-sanders
 
Take Action Today to Stop immediate cuts to these programs.  According to several members of congress the cuts to these programs will begin this year after proposed changes are made to the CPI Consumer Price Index so that no cost of living increases will be made to recipients, only cuts.
 
(The Toll Free Number for any member of the U.S. House or Senate is:  (1866) 220-0044)

Who is Lt. Eric Shine, and why should we care?

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Source: Martial Law 911

Lt. Eric Shine is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and is an expert in the history of the United States Merchant Marine, as well as issues relating to shipping and national security.

In his role as a whistle blower, Lt. Shine has taken his USMM oath, Acto Non Verba or “Deeds Not Words” to new heights. Lt. Shine has been the subject on hundreds of articles and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs nationwide including shows on Air America, Voice of America, and Pacifica Radio.

The Drive to Eliminate Social Security in America

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Live Link:  Global Research

By Shamus Cooke

“What will the reformed Social Security look like? Again, the Conservative think tanks have an idea waiting in the wings: personal savings accounts.  In the same way that 401(k)s killed the pension, Social Security is set to be privatized for the mighty benefit of Wall Street.”

Global Research, February 23, 2010

In Washington each new day brings a fresh call to reform entitlement programs Social Security, Medicare, etc., (in Congress, the word reform now means to eliminate, or drastically reduce).  Tackling Social Security has been on the to-do list of the corporate elite for years, and they’re not waiting any longer.  After years of promoting this cause, conservative think tanks have now garnered solid support from the political establishment as a whole, which includes the Republican and Democratic parties. 

The newest liberal recruit to the destruction of Social Security is Thomas Friedman, the influential columnist for The New York Times, who wrote recently:

The president needs to persuade the country to invest in the future and pay for the past… We have to pay for more new schools and infrastructure than ever, while accepting more entitlement cuts than ever [Social Security, Medicare, etc.] when public trust in government is lower than ever.  (February 20, 2010). More

Today we know why they wanted to privatize Social Security

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For more than three years I have written about the dangers of privatizing Social Security.  As I said before, all you would own is the money you invested and only so long as the selected stock or fund was solvent.  So many people had come to believe that they would own something; they didn’t know what…but something and many thought they could become rich.   

 

Those funds would be subject to rolling management fees, service fees, brokers’ fees and taxes.  The taxes were the big winner here, amounting to nearly 50% once you needed to tap into those retirement funds.

 

When you did need to tap into them, a formula would be used to determine if and how much you could draw out and at what price to the account.  The truth of the matter was and is, by the time all the fees were assessed and all the taxes were applied, and the formula was calculated you would receive little if anything from these privatized accounts.  And why? You ask.  Because there was never any intention for anyone to reap any profit, much less any of the principle invested from these accounts except for those who owned the stock or fund…..which wouldn’t be you.  Gone would be the days when certain indexed stocks and funds had to vie for investors.  Under the privatization plans, money would flow in on a consistent basis.  As anyone knows who has invested in the markets, one day you are up and the next day you aren’t.  If you have money to risk without endangering your own financial stability this might not concern you.

 

Privatization was seen simply as a cash infusion into a risky and unstable market.  It was a cash flow that has long been coveted by Wall Street if for no other reason than it is a constant and massive amount that rolls in day after day, week after week.  

 

While we are assailed with the horror stories of “unfunded liabilities” concerning Social Security, those telling these tales very carefully never mention that the SS fund has consistently produced a massive surplus since its inception.  No fund that produces a consistent annual surplus can possibly be going broke; unless, of course, some outside force is tampering with it. 

 

One argument used to convince workers that privatization was necessary was, “In 1960 there were sixteen workers for every one person collecting benefits, and now there are only three for every claimant”.  What they didn’t tell you was that those three today are making more than the sixteen altogether.  Not only are they making more, they are paying in at a higher rate. 

 

Not one of these promoters of privatization mentioned that every president since Johnson, who made the SS fund available to the general fund to finance the Viet Nam war, have spent every last dime of each and every surplus each and every year since then.  Bush has used this surplus to cover the loss of revenue to give all his elite buddies and friends those massive tax breaks.  SS has been funding the day to day operations of the federal government since then. 

 

In what has to be a joke, the Electronic Social Security E-booklet, says, “

 

“SSI is paid for by U.S. Treasury general funds, not the Social Security trust funds”.

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/11000.html

 

Since the Social Security funds are added to the general treasury slush fund, I really don’t know how they can make this statement.  There is no trust fund….just ask any politician.  Every surplus from every or any program out there is immediately consumed and spent by the federal government. 

 

As major banks crumble and fall as a result of unregulated trade, unscrupulous CEO’s, and free trade capitalism without regulation, we can clearly see why Bush & Co. wanted to co-opt Social Security.  These people knew first hand what they were doing and knew without the needed influx of forced market investments what the result would be.

 

None of this was supposed to happen the way it did.  Those of us out here were to take the loss, but that would come many years from now when it was far too late to hold those responsible, accountable. As it is, taxpayers are going to bail out these financial giants one way or the other.  Our investments in SS will continue to finance everything but our retirements, and now we will be taxed into extinction so one more corrupt institution can remain afloat.  Regardless of who wins this next election, taxes on the middle class are going to have to rise to cover the bailout of AIG and others.  The super wealthy will not see any rise in their taxes because as we all know its unfair for them to have to contribute.   

 

Try asking your senator or representative what the shortage would be in federal funds if the SS investments were secured against theft, by those in government, and used only for the intended purpose.  And it is theft, plain and simple.

 

© 2008 Marti Oakley

 

www.landrights.org…The fight against control over YOUR property.

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You can send testimony until April 30th

Vast Expansion of Corps of Engineers Regulatory Power!

We call this bill the National Corps of Engineers Wetlands Land Grab Bill

 

Wetlands Testimony
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April 16th
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Testimony For The Record  HR 2421

NEW DOCUMENT UNCOVERED FROM THE GREEN LAND GRABBERS:
The Oberstar “White Paper”
Executive Summary  Complete Document

Please print and fill out this Testimony Questionnaire (starts page 6) and fax or e-mail it to your Congressman and each of the Members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  Alternatively here is a file (starts page 6) you can edit and then fax or email.

Click here for a copy of the latest e-mail about HR

 

Excerpted:

This is a must read.   April 30 Deadline for Testimony.

—–The Real Goal of HR 2421, the Clean Water Restoration Act Is to give Corps and EPA Control Of All Watersheds Which Means National Land Use Control.   It will give the Corps and EPA control over your property.


—–Besides private property, HR 2421 threatens businesses, agriculture, small communities, grazing, forestry, mining and many other uses on private and Federal land.  It will affect many kinds of manufacturing companies and businesses.


—–Congress is considering expanding the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act of 1972 to include all waters of the United States and all “activities affecting these waters.” not limit it to “navigable waters” as is currently the law under two Supreme Court Decisions, the Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court Decisions of 2006 and 2001.


—–An example is that the Federal bureaucracies will gain control over all the watersheds in the United States.  That includes dry land inside or adjacent to watersheds.  That means everything.  Because all land is in a watershed.


—–HR 2421 is the biggest threat to private property since CARA and
actually affects far more land and people. Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN) and others are trying to overthrow the Supreme Court decisions.


—–You have until Wednesday, April 30th to get your testimony in to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.Please go to   

http://www.landrights.org   for further explanation

http://www.landrights.org   for further explanation

 

 

 

Please!  Go to this site and read what the Water Restoration Act is REALLY about.  This is tied directly to NAFTA, CAFTA and the intent to turn water into a globally traded commodity rather than a human right.

CAFTA provisions cannot be fully implemented with regards to the privatization of all water from any source unless the Federal government can claim authority and control over all water systems.  The intent of this water confiscation act is to enable the governemnt to sell off our water supplies, and our rights to them to multi national corporations.  IF this act is passed, privatization will begin immediately. 

OF course it will be preceded by national news reporting saying that our water infrastructure is failing and there are no funds to repair it followed by reports of the cost saving benefits of privatizing this human necessity….the truth is that water will become unaffordable. 

Please go to the site listed above and fill out the survey.  Also, send them an email and let them know you are supporting their efforts. 

The United States and Canada are the only two countries who have refused to sign the declaration of the UN stating that water is a HUMAN RIGHT.

Water privatization backgrounder by Public Citizen.org

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Excerpted:   

“Corporations and investors are ramping up a concerted, multi-pronged effort aimed at forcing governments to privatize public services and to commodify water in the global commons. Already, much of England and France have privatized water systems. The result has been rate increases, deteriorating service, loss of local control and increased corruption. Since water services were privatized in France, customer fees have increased by as much as 150%. A number of public officials have been convicted of accepting bribes from companies bidding on public service contracts and sentenced to time in prison.

Private corporations seek to increase profit margins by cutting costs; hence lay-offs and inferior services almost always accompany privatization. In England, private companies fired nearly 25% of the work force, approximately 100,000 workers, when they acquired rights to the water system. Delays in service and accidents routinely follow the firing of often the more experienced personnel. Since 1999, Thames Water, the largest water and wastewater company in England, has been convicted of environmental and public health violations two dozen times and fined roughly $700,000 after allowing raw sewage to flow into open waterways, over streets, onto people’s lawns and over children’s toys—even into people’s homes.

The same multinational corporations aggressively taking over the management of public water services around the world are now vying for the lucrative U.S. market, one of the world’s largest with annual revenues estimated at $90 billion. A change to the U.S. tax code in 1997 opened the way to greater private sector involvement in the U.S. water delivery and treatment business. Companies are now able to bid on 20-year contracts that include the operation, design of new plants or upgrades, maintenance and even complete transfer of ownership of water systems to the private sector. Until now, mainly small public utility operators have controlled the U.S. water industry. In rural areas, small, privately owned utilities were common, but multinational corporations are rapidly buying even these out. These companies have weaseled into venues like the U.S. Conference of Mayors where they peddle privatization as a simple, cost-saving solution to cities’ aging infrastructures and regulatory compliance headaches.

On a global scale, water privatization is being pushed by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in dozens of financially-strapped countries, where global water conglomerates are dramatically raising the price of water beyond the reach of the poor and profiting from the Global South’s search for solutions to its water crises. Corporations, such as Vivendi, Suez, RWE and Bechtel, cherry pick the profitable urban water systems while letting shantytowns and rural areas fall by the wayside. The World Bank has made privatization of urban water systems a condition for receiving new loans and debt cancellation. In Ghana in 2001, the World Bank required urban water rates to be increased 95% to prepare for privatization by making the water system appear more lucrative for international bidders. Following these rate increases, a number of people were jailed for being unable to pay their water bills. Many people who live in urban slums without access to tap water pay even higher prices for water delivered by private tanker truck operators. The poor, particularly women or girls whose traditional duties include collecting water, and babies suffer considerable hardship, illness and even death when they are forced to consume unsafe water after public supplies become too expensive.”

http://www.citizen.org/cmep/Water/activist/articles.cfm?ID=9589

This is a large article but well worth reading.  Please note the comment that corporations have only one duty…..to make money.  Privatizing our water supplies is not in the interest of the public. 

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