Quotes with Wisdom
Inequality hardens society into a class system, imprisoning people into the circumstances of their birth — a rebuke to the very idea of the American Dream
Elections are supposed to resolve conflicts in a great democracy, but our next one will not. The elites will face off against the elites to a standoff, and the issues animating the class war in both parties won’t even be on the table.
‘Occupy Wall Street’ is about saying “No.”
“No” to institutionalized greed of such vast width and breadth that it plunders our country even as it smiles around a mouthful of filet mignon.
“No” to the ocean of corporate cash that drowns our democracy.
“No” to rewarding the failure of frauds who proudly carry the banner of capitalism even as they enjoy the galloping socialism of the government bailout.
William Rivers Pitt
Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?
William O. Douglas
The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarch, more insolent than autocracy, and more selfish than a bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at the rear is my greatest foe.
In the Middle Ages, 2% of the people owned 90% of the wealth, now 1% of the people owe 95% of the wealth. We are worse than in the Middle Ages. We are serfs, and it is time for the serfs to revolt.
What is happening in Europe, and particularly in Germany, is beyond belief – a plan to prop up the hopelessly bankrupt financial states through deregulation of the financial sector. If legislation allow all this to happen you could have revolution in Germany and other countries. It is a frightful situation.
In the USA of all countries in the world, the police should have been deployed to PROTECT the protesters – not a giant brass bull that is the ultimate symbol of greed and corruption in America.
The police priority is to protect the biblical golden calf at the foot of the Temple of Greed where the elites worship their gods and Lloyd Blankfein does “God’s Work”. 2000 people occupy a square in New York to protest Wall Street greed, and there is hardly any mention of it in the corporate controlled media. More on this story…
Washington politicians must think we’re stupid. They take money from powerful corporate interests like Big Oil and Wall Street. They introduce, debate and pass legislation that boosts the bottom lines of these companies. And they expect us to believe that the campaign cash has nothing to do with how they vote.
The public is in the process of realizing that corporate America, the financial sector and government are a criminal enterprise where fraud and criminality goes unprosecuted.
Eliminating crucial protections [through deregulation] is not a way to make more jobs, no matter how many times Big Business and its allies in Congress say so. The reason so many millions are out of work now is that a deregulated financial sector destroyed the economy.
All Senators and Congressmen must wear a listening device with video camera 24/7 and be required to use ONE cellphone only, which is publicly streamed over the Internet. So we can hear what the scheming lying lobbyists say to them.
My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.
Go figure that 300 million Americans have not one single suite on K Street. Not even a single kiosk. Nothing.
The human population is composed of two personality types. The masses are the worker bees, and a small minority are human parasites who live off the masses through deception and manipulation.
Hungry people will do anything for food. Those who control food supply can use it as leverage.
Perpetual war for perpetual peace will continue and our elderly will starve and go without health care to insure early death, thus relieving government of the burden of having to care for them.
Nine months have passed since the robo-signing scandal broke, yet there still hasn’t been a serious investigation of its reach. That’s because states, suffering from severe budget troubles, lack the resources for a full investigation — and federal officials, who do have the resources, have chosen not to use them.
The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
If a ‘reformer’ does not speak to the need to reform the financial system, the huge advantages and subsidies being given to the corporations and the ultra rich who control them, it is a fairly good indication of what sort of a reformer they really are, and who is pulling their strings.
“Deficits don’t matter”
The next time you boast of making a “killing” trading that health care stock, you are absolutely correct.
There’s class warfare, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”
Fascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.
Any nation that year after year continues to raise the Defense budget while cutting social programs to the neediest is a nation approaching spiritual death.
Rev. Martin Luther King
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
Rather than embark on debt restructure and systemic reform, the national leaders dominated by the banker syndicate chose to dole of multi-$trillion welfare for the big US banks, redemption at nearly full value of their toxic bonds, coverage of the endless bills at the black holes in Fannie Mae and AIG, and blind approval of executive bonuses for those largely responsible for the national collapse.
Jim Willie CB
Our debt and our inability to revive capitalism and cut the waste in government will be our demise. Sadly, the only glimmer of hope I see is that Corporatocracy will destroy itself. I say sadly because it will destroy the average American citizen like some parasite that kills it’s host.
D. Sherman Okst
A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. It celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money. It churns out stunted human products, lacking the capacity and vocabulary to challenge the assumptions and structures of the corporate state. It funnels them into a caste system of drones and systems managers. It transforms a democratic state into a feudal system of corporate masters and serfs.
The costs of the Iraq war alone could have kept every foreclosed family in their home, provided health care for every American child, and wiped out the student loans of graduates who cannot find jobs because they have been outsourced to foreigners.
Joseph Stiglitz – Nobel Memorial Prize Winner in Economic Sciences (2001)
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