How many intellegent books (not fantasy / love junk) have you read in the past year?
How often do any of you watch the Senate or Congressional Channel and take notes on who is saying/doing what?
We are in the mess we are in because everyone out there is either playing video games, watching Dancing with the Stars or reading fantasy books.
The average person wakes up, gets ready for work, watches 30-60 minutes of (news) propaganda, goes to work, works comes home, eats dinner, watches
more propaganda or some inane program and goes to bed.
Most people think that if they watch a hour of news and read a newspaper (all of which are owned by large corporations and a handful of the most
powerful people on the planet) that they are "educated" in the matters of state.
Here is my reading list over the past year and a half.
Hostile Take Over by David Sirota
A Nation Of Sheep by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
The Constitution Of The United States by Thomas Jefferson
The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
Broken Governemnt How Republican Rule Destroyed The Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches by by John W. Dean
Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich and Cheat Everybody Else by David Cay Johnston
Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston
Dreams of My Father - Barack Obama
The Evolution of God by Robert Wright
The Lucifer Principle by Howard Bloom
Conservatives Without Conscience by John W. Dean
Secret and Suppressed: Banned Ideas and Hidden History by Jim Keith
Too Many Secrets by Kathleen McErlain
(Part of haven't finished) The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 by David Ray Griffin
Guess what - I saw this "financial crisis coming" I also saw the American People being lied and manipulated into this war (Read Fraud by Paul
We are in the mess we are in as a country and as a planet because the average person hasn't a real clue as to what is going on and is too damn
stubborn to admit it.
The news media is now completely owned by the large Corporations. You think they are going to report what is really going on without a "slant" -
Our government like the media is now owned by the large Corporations and the handful of the elite that run and own these behemoths.
Profit and money is the number one priority and to hell with the people.
CEO's sit at a table much like a king with a platter full of meat and we, the rest of us working smucks are like a pack of hungry dogs on the floor.
The king for amusment throws out a few tiny pieces of meat and watches all of us dogs bite and scratch each other to get those tiny few morsels. and
the dogs are to mucking stupid to turn around, jump on the table, kill the friggin king and share the platter of meat.
From Hostile Takeover by David Sirota PAGE 2 "And that's exactly the problem - at the very same time corporate abuse has been allowed to become such
a regular part of daily life, average citizens have been stripped of the rights and the tools to protect themselves. Our government - which used to
be in the business of protecting us, now sits by and allows us to be abused, or worse - actually helps the abusers. Put another way, government's
business has become protecting business, not people".
In reading the posts here on ATS I am amazed at how someone can lie to you 262 times, all documented lies - and people still think GWB was a "good
president" or no one should blast the liar and thief.
"Bush can simply never acknowledge that not only was he born with a silver spoon in his mouth he's been eating off it ever since....He doesn't just
get a head start by being his father's son, it remains the single most salient fact about him for most of his life. He got into Andover [Phillips
Academy] on a legacy. He got into Yale on a legacy. He got in Harvard Business School as a courtesy. He got into the Texas National Guard through
Daddy's influence". -- - columnist and author Molly Ivins (Site: www.geocities.com...
Page 3 of Hostile Takeover: "Over the last thirty years, Corporate America has applied its most effective business tactics to the task of purchasing
the one commodity that's not supposed to be for sale: American democracy. From the model of the door to door salesman, we get the slick business
How many books have you folks out there purchased and or read that contain vital information concerning OUR freedom and what is really going on?
I have been saying it over and over again folks. Put down that damn remote, start reading some books that will educate your mind.
We're being over worked, side tracked and each year more and more of our money is being robbed from us.
Tax Cuts Offer Most for Very Rich, Study Says
by EDMUND L. ANDREWS - Published: January 8, 2007
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 — Families earning more than $1 million a year saw their federal tax rates drop more sharply than any group in the country as a
result of President Bush’s tax cuts, according to a new Congressional study.
Skip to next paragraph The study, by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, also shows that tax rates for middle-income earners edged up in
2004, the most recent year for which data was available, while rates for people at the very top continued to decline.
Based on an exhaustive analysis of tax records and census data, the study reinforced the sense that while Mr. Bush’s tax cuts reduced rates for
people at every income level, they offered the biggest benefits by far to people at the very top — especially the top 1 percent of income
Though tax cuts for the rich were bigger than those for other groups, the wealthiest families paid a bigger share of total taxes. That is because
their incomes have climbed far more rapidly, and the gap between rich and poor has widened in the last several years.
The study offers ammunition to supporters and opponents of Mr. Bush’s tax cuts, which are all but certain to touch off a battle between the
president and the Democrats who just took control of Congress.
Democratic leaders have taken pains to avoid an immediate fight over the tax cuts, most of which are scheduled to expire at the end of 2010. But
Democrats are looking for ways to increase revenue well before then, in part because they want to spend more on education and energy without
increasing the deficit.
Economists and tax analysts have long known that the biggest dollar value of Mr. Bush’s tax cuts goes to people at the very top income levels. One
reason is that two of his signature measures, tax cuts on investment income and a steady reduction of estate taxes, overwhelmingly benefit the
We are in the mess we are in because the average person doesn't have a clue as to what is really going on.
[edit on 20-7-2009 by ofhumandescent]