Listing of articles, videos, and interviews with and by Rudy Avizius
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Are your actions really consistent with your religious beliefs and your love of country?
Posted March 31, 2011
Are your actions really consistent with your religious beliefs? Are your actions really consistent with your love of country?
While I attended the Bradley Manning protest in Quantico, Virginia, the crowd was chanting “free Bradley Manning. However there was a woman who was yelling “kill Bradley Manning”. I approached her and asked her why she was saying that. She said that he was a traitor. I then asked her if she was Christian. She responded that she was. So I asked her how she could reconcile the fact that she claimed to be Christian, and yet could stand in a crowd and yell for someone to be killed………..
Symptoms of a Police State?
Posted March 21, 2011
Our nation’s founding fathers understood well how governments can become coercive and self serving, so they were very careful to include a Bill of Rights into our constitution to prevent this. The most fundamental of these rights is the belief that holds that a person is innocent until proven guilty. The Sixth Amendment was written to give the accused the right to a “speedy trial” and the Eighth Amendment was written to prohibit excessive bail, excessive fines, and cruel and unusual punishment.
Posted March 17, 2011
I heard this recently at a rally and it pretty much explains how the financial and corporate elites have successfully divided what is left of the middle class in this nation and have redirected the anger away from them, instead having us turn on each other:
3 people come to a table with 12 cookies on it, a wealthy financial elite, a Tea Party member, and a union member.
The wealthy guy immediately takes 11 of the 12 cookies. He then looks at the Tea Party guy and says “watch out for that union guy or he will take a bigger piece of that cookie than you”
Posted March 15, 2011
The people are asking why the state bus mechanic has medical benefits.
They should be asking why they do not!
The wealthiest pay an effective tax rate of only 17%, which is less than their secretaries, nannies, chauffeurs, and gardeners pay.
2 out of 3 corporations pay no tax at all. Exxon pays no tax! GE received a tax rebate of $1 BILLION! Bank of America pays no tax!
Because the puppet politicians whom they bought, have created a 7,000 page tax code full of loopholes that favor these same wealthy elites.
Student Debt Burden Solution – Part 3 of 3
Posted March 10, 2011
What we have is a classic divide and conquer where the elites turn the workers on each other as a diversion, while they continue to amass huge fortunes and continue to buy the politicians through campaign contributions to write even more tax breaks into the already huge 71,000 page tax code.
Instead of the people asking why the state bus driver still has benefits, they should be asking why they do not! Do not forget that it was NOT the elementary teachers and public hospital nurses, and police that caused this economic mess and the subsequent decline in tax revenues.
The crisis was caused by massive bank fraud, Wall Street over leveraging, and speculator derivative trading. So why are the victims of this economic mess being blamed and asked to pay for the mistakes of the wealthy elites?
Student Debt Burden Solution – Part 2 of 3
Posted March 10, 2011
In the last video we presented information on how the gap between the wealthy and the rest of us has been growing wider and wider, and how the financial elites were not only NOT suffering but were actually thriving in this economic environment, while the rest of us struggle to make ends meet and endure draconian cuts in the social safety net programs and aid to education. All while the financial elites showered themselves with huge tax cuts. Well, unfortunately the situation is even worse than the first video presented.
Student Debt Burden Solution – Part 1 of 3
Posted February 17, 2011
Students are deeper in debt today than ever before and two out of three college students graduate with significant debt burdens . While most colleges are struggling to keep costs under control, the cost of a college education is rising faster than the cost of medical care and as much as three times as fast as consumer prices in general.
Students borrow because they see little choice. They see college education as a key to success. However In the case of student loans, there is no walking away. Unlike most other forms of debt, student loans carry almost no consumer protections and little ability to refinance. By law, they can’t be wiped out in bankruptcy. These draconian laws would make a mobster envious.
These huge debt burdens threaten the vitality of our nation as they leave our future productive workers mired in debt and are certainly not good public policy. So is there any way the nation could help our future workers to become well educated and become productive members in our society?
A Better Solution Than TARP (Video)
Posted May 31, 2010
Our government has committed $12,200 Billion in bailouts, guarantees, and backstops to the very same people who created this economic mess. Most of this money has not found its way to Main Street but instead has lined the pockets of the Wall Street types. Part of this was the $700 Billion TARP program. This video explains how instead of TARP, we could have used this money to LEVERAGE productive endeavors on Main Street that would have both employed our people and helped to reduce the federal deficits.
Also published in Market Oracle, June 2010
The Economic Crash (YouTube Version)
Posted May 6, 2010
YouTube limits its videos to 10 minutes, so it had to be split into 2 parts. The Vimeo version of “The Economic Crash” is shown below. This version is complete and has better audio.
With the exponential growth of debt and derivatives, a sovereign debt default could trigger economic shockwaves that would make the previous 2008-09 economic collapse look like the pre-shocks of a much larger earthquake. This video presents one possible scenario on how a dollar collapse would affect one family. The goal here is to both entertain and to inform.
Supreme Court Hands Nation Over to Corporations
Posted January 25, 2010
Thursday January 21 2010, will go down in history as a dark day. This is the day that a divided Supreme Court, in a case of unbelievable overreach removed all limits on corporate political campaign spending. If you thought our politicians were corrupt and beholden to corporations before, things are about to get a LOT WORSE now that all limits have been removed. Justices Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy swept aside decades of legislative restrictions on the money from corporations in political campaigns and ruled that companies can use corporate funds to support or oppose candidates. These 5 justices have just opened the floodgates and the strangle hold the banks have over the nation’s wealth will now be amplified by this Supreme Court ruling that has totally removed all limits on campaign financing by corporations. This black day will go ultimately go down in history where the Supreme Court officially validated the takeover of the government by the corporations.
The Big Picture – Part 3 – What can we do?
Posted February 5, 2009
In Part 2, we examined how the government response has essentially rewarded the same people who created this economic mess with massive bailouts, guarantees, cash injections that have the taxpayer on the hook for $trillions. The article showed how the government people running the bailout were complicit in this fraud, how its actions have essentially been ineffective in rescuing the banks that are effectively insolvent, and have failed to stop the downward spiral of the economy. Part 2 also showed how those people in our financial system add nothing to the productivity of the nation and how they are in fact parasites that skim money from the productive sectors of our nation for their own personal wealth. It also showed how the money was being wasted in unproductive mergers and acquisitions. One would be hard pressed to look into history and see any society where national savings have been defrauded on such a scale and the perpetrators rewarded with more money.
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