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The Soul of America…

Having lived on Earth for 70 years, warehoused in a dozen federal prisons for 20, and now “free” for the past three, my knowledge and experience with all this compu-high tech is limited. Tech-wise, I might as well have been on a prison asteroid.PrisonMiningColony

America, the land of the world’s largest prison gulag system in the history of the world, currently 2.4 million souls and growing, will most definitely usher in prisons on asteroids. I can almost predict how it’ll go down.

Prisons have become punitive projections of the sociopathy of conservatives.

Prisons are, in fact, a growing regimen of surplus labor for corporatist private prison enterprise primarily designed to drive down the wages of free-world labor and destroy unions.

Today, some 85% of prison inmates are former mental, veteran, homeless and unemployed being warehoused as surplus labor. The vast majority are convicted of conservative moral and consensual “crimes.”

Justice is also caught up in presidential prison politics. Obama, the candidate of Hope & Change pardoned (post-prison) 22 of 1,019 applications (one in 50). Reagan pardon 1-in-3, Clinton 1-in-8 and Bush 1-in-16.

Obama commuted the sentence of one prisoner out of 5,000 applicants that made it past the Justice Department’s Pardons Attorney, a woman dying of leukemia. Reagan commuted 1-in-100 applicants, Bush 1-in-1,000 and Obama 1-in-5,000.

I suppose all this makes conservative-corporatist, political sense, since practically all justice is political to begin with.

Earthside or otherwise, I can easily perceive private enterprise having future “gov’t” serve almost exclusively as corporatism’s theft of public monies to build the infrastructure the ruling elite use to aid their accumulation of personal wealth and power.

That will certainly include repositioning high-value mineral asteroids into moon orbit in order to be mined by super-cheap prisoner labor. Actually, Hollywood has forecast all that.

Their health and lives will be as cheap as postbellum private convict-leasing of ex-slaves. True criminal predator population (3-to-15%) will serve as overseers as they have in the past as well as what certain colonial minorities did for their imperial masters.  Science-fiction? I think not…we’re already halfway there.

Justice itself will be mostly tailor-made. Need non-predator, hard-working miners? Prisoner doctors? Nurses? Equipment operators and engineers? Contractors, etc.?NewWorld Order

No problem. Pull ’em up on the social media, sort ’em out, and criminalize them to order.  No problem with their return; few will be coming back, if any.

And when the whole project is mined out of profitable ore? Evacuate management personnel and high value tech, and set the jettison drive to shoot the whole shebang into the sun.

Hardly any new laws even need be passed. Those that already exist in the Patriot Act and Homeland Security are more than enough. Most haven’t even yet been used; they sit there made-for-future-order.

But we’re not wholly there yet…  When I went to prison back in 1990 it was another three years before the World Wide Web even went on-line. Now when things are happening anywhere in the world, the news is practically instant.

Which brings me back to today and one of my favorite politicos, Senator Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist (Independent) from Vermont.

You can link to his entire article on the Huffington Post or catch my edited version below. Bernie has a pretty good take on the continuing heist the ruling elite and their political flunkies are pulling off here and now.

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By Senator Bernie Sanders, 09Jan. 2013:

The “great debate” taking place in Washington has relatively little to do with financial issues. It’s all about ideology, all about economic winners and losers, and all about the power of Big Money. It’s all about the Soul of America.

In the nation today, we have the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country on earth, and more inequality than at any time period since 1928. The top 1% owns 42% of the financial wealth of the nation, while, incredibly, the bottom 60% owns only 2.3%. The Walton family of Wal-Mart, one family, owns more wealth than the bottom 40% of Americans.6percent[1]-1

In terms of income distribution, the top 1% took 93% of all new income while the bottom 99% shared the remaining 7%. Despite the reality that the number of Americans living in poverty is at an all-time high, the Republicans and their billionaire backers want more, more, and more. Class warfare.

What these deficit-hawk hypocrites won’t talk about is their spending. They dug the country into a $1 trillion deep deficit hole. They waged wars in Afghanistan and Iraq without paying for them. They gave away huge tax breaks for the rich.

They squandered taxpayer dollars on the pharmaceutical industry by making it illegal to let Medicare bargain for lower drug prices. They also rescinded financial regulations that enabled Wall Street to operate like a gambling casino, leading to a severe recession that eroded tax revenue and left more than 14% of American workers unemployed and underemployed.

Now, despite the enormous suffering, the Republicans want to cut Social Security, veterans’ programs, Medicare, Medicaid, education, nutrition programs, and virtually every program which benefits low- and moderate-income Americans.

Today corporate profits are at an all-time high, while corporate income tax revenue as a percentage of GDP is near a record low.

In 2011, corporate tax revenue as a percentage of GDP was just 1.2% — lower than any other major country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, including Britain, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Norway, Australia, South Korea, Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Ireland, Poland, and Iceland.

In 2011, corporations paid just 12% of their profits in taxes, the lowest since 1972.

In 2005, one out of four large corporations paid no income taxes at all while they collected $1.1 trillion in revenue over just that one-year period.

We know where the Republicans are coming from. What about the Democrats? Will President Obama fulfill his campaign pledge to “protect the middle class” or will he surrender to right-wing blackmail?

Will Democrats in the House and Senate stand with the vast majority of our citizens…in the fight against cuts to Social Security and veterans’ programs, or will they agree to a disastrous corporate-backed “chained CPI” concept which makes major benefit cuts and raises taxes on low-income workers?

The simple truth is there are relatively easy ways to deal with the deficit crisis — without attacking the elderly, the children the sick or the poor.

For example, a tax code that allows corporations and the wealthy to avoid more than $100 billion in taxes every year by setting up offshore tax shelters in places like the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and the Bahamas.

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Further, we must also end tax breaks for companies shipping American jobs overseas. The Joint Committee on Taxation (the official revenue scorekeeper in Congress) has estimated that we could raise more than $582 billion in revenue over the next decade by eliminating just these offshore tax loopholes.

Establishing a 0.03% Wall Street speculation fee, similar to what we had from 1914-1966, would dampen the dangerous level of speculation and gambling on Wall Street and reduce the deficit by more than $350 billion over 10 years.

We are entering a pivotal moment in the modern history of our country. Do the elected officials in Washington stand with ordinary Americans — working families, children, the elderly, the poor — or will the extraordinary power of billionaire campaign contributors and Big Money prevail? The American people, by the millions, must send Congress the answer to that question.

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On the other hand, should they see fit to continue their criminal class war, history has often demonstrated other alternatives.  Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, their lawyers and elite royals all came to meet and greet with Mssr. Guillotine.

Having presented two possible futures, at my age (70) I’m only sorry I won’t be around long enough to see the latter come to pass. Oh well, at least I’ll splash a few coins in the revolutionary Wishing Well for our progeny.

Dr. Publico

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3 Responses
  1. I think the Bernie Sanders part, however interesting in itself, wanders too far from the discussion of religions. I assume that, as you usually do, you will grant me permission to reprint that first portion in gendinsjournal.

  2. I think the Bernie Sanders part, however interesting in itself, wanders too far from the discussion of prisons. I assume that, as you usually do, you will grant me permission to reprint that first portion in gendinsjournal.

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