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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Obama Fails The Occupy Movement By Acting Like Warren G. Harding

(It is happening in Oakland, California, and now in Atlanta, Georgia!!! The top officials in those states are being read the riot-act by the rich corporate elite to stop Occupy Atlanta and Occupy Oakland. They have been told, more than likely, to finish off the protesters with tear gas, rubber bullets, sonic tanks, etc. Atlanta has not gone that far, but it is happening, nonetheless. 

So, what city is next? Remember folks, as Americans were attacked by cops for protesting the Vietnam War, average citizens got behind the movement.

What we are seeing now is a Herbert Hoover/Warren G. Harding president--Barack Obama--keeping his head in the sand as he remains silent over an actual citizen revolt blooming throughout the nation. He should be ashamed because this silence indicates to Americans that he IS the Manchurian President with his strings being pulled by the Wall Street corporate thieves and its own arm of what we can call a financial organized crime syndicate. The Bankstas, and the war profiteers don't like descent and trouble from the masses.

I don't condone protesters carrying assault weapons but the law in Georgia allows it, yet the Governor says that in itself has become a public hazard. 

What has become a public hazard in the eyes of the 1% are the remaining 99% getting very pissed off at them. In Greece, the EU has said that the banks must write-off 50% of their debt. But not here in America! No--the government, as dictated by the Wall Street financial elite says no write-offs required. But what is required are massive bailouts and Federal Reserve cash handouts in exchange for taking on the toxic debt and putting it onto the laps of taxpayers and future taxpayers.

Today we have extremely wealthy Wall Street corporate thieves who make their profits by milking the Treasury and taxpayers because they are not capable of earning profits only in the private sector. For example, the military profiteers are such entities. War, occupation, Homeland Security, worldwide bases and more have become an industry for the corporate elite to cash in on the wealth of the nation at the expense of sustainable, domestic jobs that ripple throughout the nation building a viable and long term economy.)

Meet the 0.01 Percent: War Profiteers

There's the top 1% of wealthy Americans (bankers, oil tycoons, hedge fund managers) and there's the top 0.01% of wealthy Americans: the military contractor CEOs.
If you've been following the War Costs campaign, you already know that these corporations are bad bosses, bad job creators and bad stewards of taxpayer dollars. What you may not know is that the huge amount of money these companies' CEOs make off of war and your tax dollars places them squarely at the top of the gang of corrupt superrich choking our democracy. These CEOs want you to believe the massive war budget is about security -- it's not. The lobbying they're doing to keep the war budget intact at the expense of the social safety net is purely about their greed.

In many areas, including yearly CEO salary and in dollars spent corrupting Congress, these companies are far greater offenders than even the big banks like JP Morgan Chase or Bank of America.
Egregious Military Contractor CEO pay

The top 0.01% of earners make at least $9.14 million per year, a rarefied strata of income that includes defense company CEOs and Wall Street bank chieftains alike. But a deeper dive demonstrates how defense companies outpace the big banks' knack for enriching themselves at the expense of everyone else. 

Military Contractor CEO Pay in 2010
Just to put that in context, consider how these annual payoffs compare to the people we're used to thinking of as poster children for the top 1 percent:

Financial Sector CEO Pay in 2010
Considering how they stack up to financial sector heads, war industry CEOs aren't just members of the 1%; they're the super-elite among them, the one-hundredth of a percent

Lobbying Domination

Disgusted by the overwhelming corporate influence in Congress? Look no further than the big military contractor companies, whose flagship companies spend enough on lobbying to dwarf even financial sector titans. 

War Industry Lobbying Expenditures for 2010
  • Lockheed Martin: $12.7 million.
  • Northrop Grumman: $15.7 million.
  • Boeing: $17.89 million.
  • Again, just to provide some context, here are the same lobbying totals for some of the most recognized names in the financial sector.

    Financial Sector Lobbying in 2010
    The war industry gets away with blowing our money on job-killing spending because it can bend Congress to its whim. In the process, the industry is like a vacuum sucking up brain power and engineering resources that could and would establish and grow entirely new wholesome industries. It's no surprise that Americans confront a 9.1% unemployment rate and an under-employment rate flirting with 20 percent this year. 

    Want to know where all the money went that could be putting people back to work or keeping U.S. manufacturing industries competitive? The war industry CEOs dumped lobbying cash on Congress and diverted all that wealth to their private bank accounts. 

    Striking a blow for democracy

    The war contractors' iron grip on the wealth and politics of our country has caught the attention of our friends at Occupy Wall Street, who are targeting war profiteers in its draft list of demands with a call to bring home "all military personnel at all non-essential bases" and to end the "Military Industrial Complex's goal of perpetual war for profit." 

    We're allies of the Occupy movement, which swells from the 99%'s disgust and dysfunction with our system. A democracy for and of the people that favors the 0.01% at the expense of the 99.99% of us is no democracy at all.
    We here at Brave New Foundation and the War Costs campaign have been inspired by the incredible work of the Occupy movement, so we created our latest video to help push this critical piece of their message: war for profit has to end. We're asking viewers to share our video with their local Occupy groups and organize a guerrilla screening at an Occupy protest in your city.

    The Occupy protests have a lot to teach us, and the leaderless movement is at minimum an indictment of our political system. They've stopped whispering, and we've all started shouting.

    Occupy your city and show this video to your community.

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