YES! The banksters & corporate elite have made it that way.
YES! And the private prisons are probably in on it too.


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David J. Cyr 2 years 40 weeks ago


legislation passed to protect the rich who are guilty, and to punish the poor who are innocent


what only the poor and working poor people's crimes are

anything an accused person has done, if they can't afford an exceptionally skilled attorney

defense attorney:

a lawyer who is either rich or poor, dependent upon whether they represent clients judged "innocent" because they are rich, or judged "guilty" because they are poor

The APT: American Political Terms:

samsnead 2 years 40 weeks ago

That 47% drivel and corporations are people too crap combined with the President's re-election should be all he needs to assert a mandate from the people to improve the human condition in the nation. However, it seems at times he is posturing for another election. Christ sakes he has the political capital to spend on domestic policy, HE SHOULD SPEND IT!!!! JFK,in repeating Truman, said that congress is too concerned with accomodating the special interests so it has to be the President who looks out for the interests of the people, the non special interests. EAT THE POOR seems to be turning into President Obama's domestic policy mantra. It's disappointing.

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washnwmn 2 years 40 weeks ago

In a state where there are no for-profit prisons, it would likely cost more to jail the poor than to ignore them. In states where politicians pander to profit, it's cheap/slave labor.

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Aliceinwonderland 2 years 40 weeks ago

I think "washnwmn" hits it on the head. This is a major ingredient of financial terrorism du jour. Sleep on a subway train, go to jail; destroy the nation's (and arguably, the world's) economy, and skate free. And yes, inmates are a source of slave labor. Welcome to the Twenty First Century! - Alice I.W.

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SHFabian 2 years 40 weeks ago

We now have mandatory no-rights workfare labor that can be paid a fraction of the minimum wage. That's cheaper than keeping people in prison. It's also an adequate replacement workforce, much cheaper than middle class workers -- and according to what I've read, the middle class supports workfare labor.

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SHFabian 2 years 40 weeks ago

I think that what passes for progressive media today is the most responsible for increasingly turning the US into something like a feudal society. The issue of poverty was censored out. Today, it's all about/only about middle class workers, the better off. Because of this, we lost track of the fact that the conditions of our poor directly effect the conditions of the middle class. There is no way we can "rebuild the middle class" without addressing poverty, and no way to save the middle class unless we take a legitimate look at all those factors that so powerfully trap people into permanent poverty today. Instead, all we hear is a relentless pandering to middle class consumers.

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Craig Bush 2 years 40 weeks ago

We watch our children die from lack of adequate health insurance. The ones who survive are saddled with a lifetime debt if they choose higher education of any value. Relationships among the young are diminishing. The birthrate declining. Single income families are now prevented from home ownership. They are forced to rent for more money.

Baby Boomers are dying younger many before retirement. Many seniors who make it to social security are found at the recycling centers to supplement their income. The ones that have lost their jobs and have no savings are forced to survive without shelter. There has been no discussion for those who use to be middle class.

Without shelter you either have a car to sleep in or go off into the woods to lay on a cardboard box and rug. They fear being hunted down and tased. Police use tasers to drive people from their vans. It is a crime to sleep without shelter. People die from taser. Being poor is more than a crime. You could be executed by taser. Where is the safe harbor for the homeless?

We must create socially responsible capitalism. Create an economy with a 4 day work week and 3 day alternate shift with a liveable wage. End overtime exempting medical and agriculture. Give equal employment rights for agriculture workers. Raise the minimum wage. Allow single payer option for medi-care. Bring back home ownership for single income families. Develop affordable higher education for everyone. Give the Americans who use to be middle class a chance at life again and the American dream.

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