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Picking A President: Issues Candidates Are Ignoring

by Lumiere (writer), NYC, October 10, 2008


Democrat versus Republican, Two Sides of the Same Greedy Coin.

Some people will go to the polls and vote a straight party ticket. I like variety, and knowing that although my Presidential Vote, is subject to the electoral college, my Vice Presidential Vote is based on majority rule whether Democrat or Republican. If I am not satisfied with Palin or Biden, I can write in someone elses name on my ballot. The Democratic versus Republican race wears on me after a while because neither party represents the needs of myself, my family or the needs of the 'average citizen.' They are simply two parties, of the same greedy coin fighting over Corporate funds and our tax dollars.

The mess the Republicans and Democrats have made is apparent, just look at the world financial market today and our economy. While each party will quickly point fingers at the other in blame like children who spilled a glass of milk on the carpet. No, you did it! No, he did it!  Are either party really capable of working as a team and creating solutions outside of Corporate agendas for America?  Absolutely not. They cave in and cater to Corporations, not the will of the people. I consider our government, employees of "we, the people" and right now, we need to clean house and eliminate some Congressional Staff. Bush has stated on several occasions that he thinks the Constituion is "just a piece of paper" well so are the job descriptions of everyone on Capital Hill. We elected you in, we sure as hell can pull you out by request or by Revolutionary force.

Neither Obama or McCain represent the 'average citizen' with the heiress fortune on one hand, high paying government salaries, corporate sponsorships and a $991,296 dual income on the other. They have no literal comprehension of the needs of the average, 80% of American citizens who receive a minimum wage of $6.55 per hour, which is less than a yearly salary of $13,000 after taxes. Yes, they can relate in theory but not in reality, it is all sales talk. Republican or Democrat, once in office, when push comes to shove, their personal Corporate interests win over the well being and quality of life for the citizens of the United States. It has been proven time and time again. They may smile and wave from a platform, but someone else behind the scenes is always pulling their strings, and I am tired of the poor performances of both parties.

The Green Party did not have an opportunity to speak at the Presidential Debates this year. Although they had enough votes from the swing states to qualify for the debates, the Democrats and Republicans shut them out. Presidential Candidates: Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente are the real voice of the citizens and not some twisted Corporate agenda. I think in America, all Presidential candidates should be heard on an equal platform.  And they have a simple chart on their website that breaks down the issues based on Green, Democrats and Republicans that you should take some time to review before casting your vote. There is more to the ballot than Obama and McCain.

Neither the Democrats or Republicans are discussing real issues effecting our lives and civil liberties, and at least the Green Party is:

12) Reinstating Posse Comitatus Legislation: In October 2006, Bush signed into law the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007. Quietly slipped into the law at the last minute, at the request of the Bush administration, were sections changing important legal principles, dating back 200 years, which limit the U.S. government's ability to use the military to intervene in domestic affairs. These changes would allow Bush, whenever he thinks it necessary, to institute martial law--under which the military takes direct control over civilian administration.  Sec. 1042 of the Act, "Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies," effectively overturns what is known as posse comitatus. The Posse Comitatus Act is a law, passed in 1878, that prohibits the use of the regular military within the U.S. borders.U.S. troops returning from duty in Iraq will be carrying out homeland patrols in America from October 1st in complete violation of the Constitutional Law of Posse Comitatus for the purposes of helping with “civil unrest and crowd control” - which could include dealing with unruly Americans after a complete economic collapse

11) Congress & Bush teaming up to pass Hitler's style legislation, Directive 51: The President right now, has the ability in the case of a “National Emergency” (declared by him, entirely at his discretion) to take direct control of ALL branches of government. This would very literally make him, by definition, a dictator. Not only would congress loose all power, but they could be dismissed by the president, and all decisions would be made directly by the president, with no oversight and no checks on powers. There is not limit… no limit… to what the presidential powers would include.

10) "Frankenmeat," The Food and Drug Administration is opening the way for grocery stores to sell food made from genetically engineered (cloned) animals. And the agency is proposing that these products, called “Frankenfoods” by some, be sold to you and your family without your knowledge. Mystery meat mmm-mmm good.

9) Republican / Bush administrations adoption of arsenic-in-drinking water standards ten times higher than the EPA's own scientists consider acceptable. The most conservative estimates based on the data indicate that more than 34 million Americans drink tap water supplied by systems containing average levels of arsenic that pose unacceptable cancer risks.

8) Increased Regulatory Standards Preventing Real Estate Price Gouging, Corrupt Builders & Landlords. Price gouging is when the price of a market increases more than 25% in a year, beyond the salary of minimum wage.  Twenty seven million dollar mansions, $500k for a 1 bedroom in NYC, by chance does mother nature, the trees or the forest receive commissions for the exploiting of their lumber?

7) Universal Health Care: According to the Center for Budget Policies and Priorities, " The number of Americans in poverty climbed by 816,000 in 2007... But the poverty rate remained higher, median income for working-age households remained lower, and the number and percentage of Americans without health insurance remained much greater than in 2001, when the last recession hit bottom. This marks the first time on record that poverty and the incomes of typical working-age households have worsened despite six consecutive years of economic growth. The new data show that in terms of poverty and median income, the economic expansion that started at the end of 2001 was the worst on record.  The data provide fresh evidence that the gains from the expansion were quite uneven and flowed primarily to high-income households."

6) Minimum Wage Increase based of profitability of the GDP of the United States. The numbers show that the profit portion of the gross domestic product has risen mildly in recent years, while the wage-and-salary share has shrunk.  " The share of the economy devoted to workers' wages and benefits has eroded in the United States over the last five years. The portion of the economy going to the workers in wages and benefits is perhaps the broadest measure of the workers' share of economic growth. The numbers are based on how many workers are employed and how much they are paid for their toil. In the United States, this economic slice, including wages, health insurance and pension benefits, declined 2.5 percentage points from 2000 to 2005, to 56.5 percent of gross domestic product, according to the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the last year, wages have risen only enough to keep pace with inflation. In real terms, the wages of nonmanagement employees in the United States are now 10 percent below their level in the early 1970's, according to Labor Department statistics. "

5) Codex Alimentarius: Legislation coming to the United States December of 2009. CODEX is a UN, WHO & FAA treaty initiative intended to block our access to vitamins and minerals within the therapeutic range, as well as organic foods and dietary supplements in order to weaken our immune systems, and make us sick.   The WHO estimates that 3 Billion people will die due to Codex Alimentarius, 2 Billion from undernutrition and 1 Billion from malnutrition.

4) REX 84 Program (FEMA Concentration Camps): " The Rex 84 Program was established on the reasoning that if a "mass exodus" of illegal aliens crossed the Mexican/US border, they would be quickly rounded up and detained in detention centers by FEMA. Rex 84 allowed many military bases to be closed down and to be turned into prisons. There over 800 prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to be operated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) should Martial Law need to be implemented in the United States and all it would take is a presidential signature on a proclamation. The camps all have railroad facilities as well as roads leading to and from the detention facilities. Many also have an airport nearby. The majority of the camps can house a population of 20,000 prisoners. Currently, the largest of these facilities is just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. The Alaskan facility is a massive mental health facility and can hold approximately 2 million people." If you would like a list of Executive Orders supporting Rex 84 or locations please click the link above.

3) North American Union: Can we please discuss why neither Presidential candidate has discuss Bush & Co pushing legislation to dissolve our American borders between Canada and Mexico in order to abrogate U.S. sovereignty.

2) RFID Chip Implants: The current plan is to approve state by state legislation for a Global GPS tracking devices to be implanted in all citizens and corporate employess. Your every move will be monitored, your freedom will disappear. According to a Findlaw article, Outlawing Employer Requirements that Workers Get RFID Chip Implants "California became the third state (after North Dakota and Wisconsin) to prohibit employers from forcing employees to have Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) chips implanted under their skin. Other states are considering similar legislation.  Some industry groups have called the bill unnecessary, but they are wrong. The technology exists, and people already getting RFID implants. Moreover, there is at least one precedent for employer use: During 2006, a Cincinnati video surveillance company asked two employees who work in its secure data center to be implanted with RFIDs embedded in their forearms, and they did so. It was the first time in the United States that workers were chipped on the job."  

1) Immediately Reinstating the Writ of Habeus Corpus: I am not sure about you but my preference as a citizen is the protection of my right to due process of law.  Unfortunately Bush and the Republican stripped citizens of this right a few months ago. Now you can be thrown in jail without bail, without being told why and rot in solitary confinement for 3 years without an attorney.

Now ask yourself why your beloved President Bush , the Republican Party and a Democratic Congress would endorse such legislation?  Simply because there are members of both parties who support a fascist Corporatized Government, not the United States as a Sovereign Republic, for the people by the people.

Well with the exception of Ron Paul, but he won't be President any time soon...

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Native Texan full of Southern Charm, ;) Art Director and Fashion Photographer with a background in Luxury Apparel. Producer of a Television show called " Art4Charity " that spotlights Philanthropists, non-profits, volunteers, and companies doing positive deeds around the world. Volunteer Art Therapy teacher to homeless children and activist.
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1 comments on Picking A President: Issues Candidates Are Ignoring

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By Heather Renee on October 10, 2008 at 04:31 pm

Great article. Good information!

The sad reality is that the people that would benefit from receiving this information are too poor to own a  computer or went to an American public school that wasn't funded or running properly, thereby creating an illiterate society.

The few who do vote and choose outside of the Rep./Dem., may even contribute to an upset, where the votes meant for the lesser of the two evils, ended up in the ballot boxes of third-party voters and may ultimately sway the results. I'm not saying not to choose who you want. Like Julian said, the change is needed, but  "I don't see that happening any time soon."

How do you effectively get this information to the voting masses...not just those who are interested in an educated vote.

Good stuff!

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