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The Voters’ Revolution – “Too Big to Fail”

“The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
Woodrow Wilson

“The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.”
Gore Vidal

“There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of
guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.”
Robert Heinlein

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.
Lily Tomlin

I’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn’t work. Of course it doesn’t work. We are supposed to work it.
Alexander Woollcott

We surely must realize that the strangle hold Big Corporations have on the citizens of our country constitutes a greater threat to our security — and thus the national security — than the wars or even terrorism. The Corporate Conglomerates continue to use the “too big to fail” model to destroy the jobs and lives of MILLIONS of Americans, while they feel entitled to use their strength and our taxpayer money to lobby for more benefits for themselves.

We could let them fail if our Congressional leaders weren’t being paid in campaign donations to save them. It would be difficult and a bit risky, but it could be done. I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it — We the People demand swift and forthright action. We the People come first. The Big Corporations fail to realize that by destroying us, they destroy their consumer base. This goes for the medical insurance and Big Pharma companies as well.

Breaking The Monopolies – That’s the answer: Cut them down to size, so they are no longer “too big to fail.” The United States of America is too big to fail.

They are killing us. It must STOP.

“The Voters’ Revolution”

1) Use the Anti-Trust laws to break up AIG (and other corporate giants) so it is no longer possible to be “too big to fail.”

2) Reinstate the Glass Steagall Act.

3) Repeal the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1998 and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000.

4) Demand that the House and Senate set term limits for themselves. No elected legislator may serve more than four terms in office. This acknowledges that it does take some acquired experience to function effectively. They will be placed on probation for the first two years of each term. They will be judged on the basis of accomplishments and not on their rhetoric. A voter’s referendum will then be held to determine their performance. If they fail, they will be replaced by a lottery from the pool of registered voters in their state.

5) Demand reform of the system of campaign contributions. Each Legislator may add to their individual “war chests” only the contributions of individuals. All corporate contributions must go into a general fund to be distributed equally to ALL candidates for election. This includes not just the Reps and Dems but the smaller parties as well. This would effectively level the playing field and give us voters more options. “Money talks” in campaigns. We voters must therefore control the money.

6) Eliminate using the filibuster as a threat to force a super-majority vote. Eliminate the filibuster “cloture vote.” Make them actually DO a filibuster. Bring out the cots. Lock up the bathrooms. No food, no water. Make the filibuster so difficult to accomplish that Legislators will hesitate before thinking of using it.

7) Eliminate lifetime terms for Supreme Court Justices. Demand the right to recall them by referendum.

8) Repeal all laws or portions thereof which give rights to “corporate persons.”

Cross-posted from “Politickin'”, Newsvine, and Daily Kos.  Originally posted May 2010

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I got my BA in Philosophy in 1973, having worked my way through college tutoring Natural Deductive Logic. I am a former Star Trek "fan fiction" writer, with several stories and a novella published in the ST fanzine "Elysia", from 1986 to 1991. My Tribute to Challenger, "Red Sky In Mourning Glory" was also published there, and in the Company Newsletter at Bank of America #791.

I was formerly the Reviews Coordinator for Sime~Gen.com, a volunteer position. Some of my Star Trek fan fiction has been posted online there.

My full work history is quite varied. I have been a tutor; school bus driver; instructional aide for aphasic children; real estate loan service clerk; gas station cashier/assistant manager/manger; inventory auditor; punch press operator; forklift driver; electrical-harness tester; and CNA .

My husband and I have experienced homelessness several times in the last decade. While we still lived in Oregon, we once lived for several weeks on the nickel deposit on aluminum cans, and on glass and plastic bottles, walking an average of seven miles a day to collect them.

Together, we have worked as a grape harvesters; day laborers at a recycling yard; carnival rider operators; ranch caretakers; orchard caretakers; cement spreaders; ditch diggers; landscapers; and many more jobs I can't remember. Most recently, I worked as an overnight stocker for Wal-Mart for nearly two years. I was forced to quit because of ill health and related job stress. My husband's last job - not counting day-labor, was as a breakfast cook. He has also worked for two recycling yards as Yard Foreman. We live in our motor home, set up in a trailer park in Prescott, AZ.

I am now disabled, and our entire income is my SSD. My husband is a Viet Nam-era veteran, an Air Force Med-Tech. He has Hepatitis C and COPD and has applied for VA benefits.

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My Sime~gen Staff Page
http://www.simegen.com/staff/midge/

My Star Trek fan fiction
http://www.simegen.com/fandom/startrek/elysia/

My Challenger Tribute
http://www.simegen.com/fandom/startrek/elysia/elysia1/stories/redsky.html

My Author Interviews:

Elizabeth Moon:
http://www.simegen.com/writers/spotlights/science/emoon/

Victoria Graydale:
http://www.simegen.com/writers/spotlights/romance/Graydale/

Linnea Sinclair:
http://www.simegen.com/writers/spotlights/science/Sinclair/

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