The Problem: "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell and organize." On that principle the Great American Middle Class was forged by our grandparents, in union sit-ins, suffrage marches and civil disobedience against second class citizenship. Today it is threatened by political dysfunction as dark money buys crooked politicians.
With Citizens United, SOCTUS has made bribery legal. Our Pols have been bought. Corrupting "dark" money, exemplified by best by the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove, corrupts at every level, school board to White House. We must stop the money laundering machine to take our democracy back from dark money interests that answer to no one. Their goal to stifle government as they amass fortunes ruining earths climate and stealing our pensions and social safety net. So it is not just the Great American Middle Class at risk, it is the garden planet and sustainable human society.
Today voting rights are in the Koch machine's targets. They know they can't win elections so they must steal office instead, with Dark Money Laundering to hide illegal campaign activities. This is GBT, Government By Troll.
Twelve Solutions: Twelve Steps to End Political Dysfunction restores democracy by the people to the people, by eliminating today's "mothers milk of politics", corrupting Dark Money, and it's illegal Laundering. It establishes national voting rights, regulates the big banks and restores the public responsibility for justice.
The American Middle Class needs an offense. Arguing Republican talking points one by one has been a losing strategy.
The media needs a story, let it be the people's Twelve Steps to End Political Dysfunction. Solve the problem that begets all problems, Dark Money.
Do The Math
It’s simple math: we can emit 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxideand stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Burning the fossil fuel that corporations now have in their reserves would result in emitting 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide – five times the safe amount.
Oil and Honey
Oil and Honey is McKibben’s account of these two necessary and mutually reinforcing sides of the global climate fight—from the center of the maelstrom and from the growing hive of small-scale local answers. With empathy and passion he makes the case for a renewed commitment on both levels, telling the story of raising one year’s honey crop and building a social movement that’s still cresting. (read more)
Thousands of Stories of Hope
Do you feel that? The tension in the United States in palpable.
The feeling derives from the ever-increasing awareness that a tiny group of wealthy individuals have a hammerlock on our political system that prevents new ways of approaching education, agriculture, health, energy, banking, trade, taxes or climate change. (read more)
Two Scenarios for 2014
November 5, 2014 -
Congress remained divided as a result of yesterday's election. The Democrats lost three seats in the Senate, but managed to hang onto control by a margin of 52 to 48, counting the two independents who caucus with the Democrats. They picked up eight seats in the House, but not enough to dislodge Republican control.
November 5, 2014 -
Democrats surprised veteran observers by gaining two seats in the senate, making their effective margin 57 to 43, and taking back the House. The new House of Representatives will have 236 Democrats and 199 Republicans. The Democrats managed to win about three out of every four districts that were closely in play.
The outcome was almost unprecedented, since the president's party nearly always loses seats in the sixth year of his incumbency. But observers credited Obama's dramatic shift to his "give-'em-hell, Barry" tour of this past summer, where he dropped his usual red-state/blue state unity plea and came out swinging at Republicans obstructionists.
Obama also jettisoned the theme of deficit-reduction that he began embracing in late 2009 in favor of a plea for good jobs and a demand that corporate elites start paying more taxes so that less privileged Americans can catch a break. "This recovery is just not good enough. It hasn't reached Main Street. I will keep fighting the Republicans and their Wall Street friends until regular people start benefiting," Obama declared.
The People's Pledge