My family always voted Democrat. I won Democratic nominations to the US Congress twice. Once in Maryland, and once in California. Both times I lost to heavily funded Republican incumbents in the General elections. I won these nominations because I believed in providing social programs that good Democrats created, such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Obama offered huge cuts in these programs in negotiations with Republicans. No truly Democratic President would consider such a betrayal to the 99%.
Instead of doctors, nurses and other front-line healthcare workers, Obama met with insurance company lobbyists before the healthcare reform bill was written, and supported Democrat Senator Max Baucus when he prevented doctors and nurses speaking at a public hearing on the healthcare bill!
Bill Moyers recently stated that both major political parties now represent corporations. This is the truth.
Obama signed a phony credit card “reform” bill that had no cap on interest rates. His veto could have saved us from 30% or more usury rates. Instead, he acted in favor of the credit card companies.
Democrats used to vote for legislation that protected unions. Not anymore. The unions get promises before elections, but nothing after the votes are cast.
Millions of American jobs have been outsourced to foreign countries where the corporations can escape child labor laws, environmental regulations, minimum wage laws, worker safety laws, and overtime wages. When the Democrats had the majority in the House and Senate, and Obama as president, they did nothing to stop outsourcing of jobs. They were already in the pockets of the corporations.
When Bush’s multi-trillion dollar tax cuts for rich individuals were about to expire, Obama and both Democrats and Republicans extended these tax cuts for 2 more years!
And now Obama has presented his 2013 budget plan that will make PERMANENT 79% OF THE BUSH TAX CUTS TO RICH INDIVIDUALS! This will cut taxes of $ 4.1 trillion over ten years.
This loss of this tax revenue will cause states to fire more teachers, firefighters and police. States will be forced to close more public libraries. There will be less money to maintain our public parks. Ultimately, the quality of life in America will continue to decline precipitously for the 99%.
And Obama has not ignored his corporate friends. His 2013 budget plan includes more tax cuts for corporations. He visited Boeing Aircraft on February 17, 2012, and announced his new tax breaks for corporations.
Obama is doing exactly what George W. Bush did to receive contributions for his presidential campaigns. He is ignoring the needs of the 99% and catering to the rich.
Do U.S. corporations need tax cuts? Positively not! In fact Boeing Aircraft has not paid a nickel in taxes in ten years, and their pre-tax profits during these 10 years totaled $32 billion!
Do other corporations need tax cuts? NO! In the years 2001-2010 GE paid only 3% taxes on $85 billion in pre-tax profits. 67 of the 280 largest and most profitable corporations paid LESS THAN 10%.
Compared to other nations, the U.S. corporations pay HALF the actual collected taxes that foreign corporations pay. The published tax rates of US corporations are phony. Congress has injected all types of tax breaks for corporations.
The November elections are giving the 99% no choice. Both political parties are in bed with corporations. Obama has lost support from his liberal base, from Independents, and from young voters. He is depending on his huge fundraising to reelect him.
When he ran in 2008, I was a delegate for him in the Colorado county and state conventions. Because he has broken so many promises, I can never vote for him again.
In the 1980’s, Canadians voted out both major political parties. If they can do it, so can we.
We must break the control of our government by corporations. There must be a separation of corporation and state.
The major issue in the 2012 elections is jobs. Americans need a government who represents the needs of our workers. We have no party today who does.
And yet, there IS an organization that has been fighting for workers’ safety, workers’ wages, and workers’ benefits for decades. The U.S. unions.
In many, many countries there are vibrant Labour parties representing their workers. So, why not America?
by Howard M, Greenebaum
Howard M. Greenebaum is a former congressional candidate who won the Democratic nomination to U.S. Congress in Maryland in 1984 and California in 1988. Since the 80’s he has been a prominent environmental activist, persuading the San Diego City Council to drop their waiver to the Clean Water Act and modernize their centralized sewage system. Having been involved in international commerce as a successful business owner for upwards of 50 years, Greenebaum, now 82, moved to New Zealand in early 2010 with his wife, Hilary. He continues to oversee operations of one his businesses, an insurance agency based in Colorado.
His new book, Don’t Do It Like They Did – In Washington!, is available in e-book and paperback formats through Amazon.