How badly has Citizens United screwed America and how many Americans will die because of it?

Thom plus logo Virtually every developed country in the world is running an economic stimulus program right now for small businesses. In almost every one of them, 100% or close to all of the money the government gives the companies must be given directly to employees.

The giant exception? The United States. Here, some of the largest recipients of government aid are politically connected to either the Trump family or the GOP, or have massive lobbying operations, and most of the money is administered by banks who are giving it to their best customers.

No other developed country in the world has the equivalent of the US Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that makes corporations into people and lets corporations and rich people buy politicians. Thus, we get headlines like in today's edition of Judd Legume's popular.info newsletter: "Multi-millionaire Trump donor is top recipient of funds intended for struggling small businesses."

Meanwhile, New Zealand announced today that they have "eliminated" the virus in their country through rapid and aggressive testing and contact tracing. Here in the United States, of course, we have the highest rate of infections and deaths in the world; we have 4.5% of the worlds population and about a quarter of the world's infections and deaths. Our Republican controlled Supreme Court has succeeded in turning America into the most corrupt major western country in the world, and every time our Republican-controlled Senate meets, they throw another few hundred billion dollars to their rich buddies. It's time for a political revolution.

-Thom

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deepspace's picture
deepspace 15 weeks 4 days ago
#1

Another Monday with Trump at the podium, another day of madness wrapped in stupidity inside an alternative reality (apologies to Churchill).

Legend 15 weeks 4 days ago
#2

This is why they are so anxious to reopen the economy.

Legend 15 weeks 3 days ago
#3

The USA has 33% of the worlds cases of Covid-19 and 4.25% of the worlds population. At 55000 deaths we also just surpassed the number of USA soldiers killed in the Vietnam War. The Vietnam war was 19 years long this is a couple of months.

Worn out door knobs's picture
Worn out door knobs 15 weeks 3 days ago
#4

Everything is going well for the first time in the world. The weather is nice and I don't think that the best way to get a free shopping cart is the most popular. The temperature will be a good time for the next few weeks. We are supposed to have a great day.

The above paragraph was written by starting with the word everything, and selecting the next word offered to me by the SwiftKey keyboard.....it makes more sense than the three posts that were already here.

Legend 15 weeks 3 days ago
#5

The Swiftkey keyboard learns your righting style and predicts your next word. In your case simple and without fact.

deepspace's picture
deepspace 15 weeks 3 days ago
#6

Yeah, weird, the predictive text software on my various devices always suggests "f*ck Trump!" Go figure. };--))

But really, even tiny computer brains come already installed with that common sentiment -- no need to learn anything new. The tiny lizard brains inhabiting the Fux News swamp must have a hell of a time trying to coax their beaten and bruised keyboards to un-learn basic reality to predict the next lying words sure to spew forth -- an impossible task!

Brainwashed Trumpsters make no sense because they have no sense. Willful ignorance and lack of self-awareness seem to be the deep psychoses, among so many, that wide-eyed followers share with Dear Leader the most. This clip says it all (courtesy Legend, yesterday).

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Willie W 15 weeks 3 days ago
#7

Higher taxes, and better money management over the years, could have realy helped us now. You know. Rainy day savings. Keeping the little corporate children in check. I think, some countries actually do that.

Worn out door knobs's picture
Worn out door knobs 15 weeks 3 days ago
#8

Democrats in New York cancel primary election......has a precident been set?

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/27/us/politics/democratic-primary-canceled-coronavirus.html

Legend 15 weeks 2 days ago
#9

15 states have delayed primaries. All the more reason to organize voting by mail. Works great in my state.

Worn out door knobs's picture
Worn out door knobs 15 weeks 2 days ago
#10

Mr Legend:

This is not a delayed primary, the Democrats have CANCELED the election....it will never be held.

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