Monday, December 19, 2011

Justice in America

Here is a bit from a post by Robert Reich in his blog:
— American Airlines uses bankruptcy to ward off debtors and renegotiate labor contracts. Donald Trump’s businesses go bankrupt without impinging on Trump’s own personal fortune. But the law won’t allow you to use personal bankruptcy to renegotiate your home mortgage.

— If you run a giant bank that defrauds millions of small investors of their life savings, the bank might pay a small fine but you won’t go to prison. Not a single top Wall Street executive has been prosecuted for Wall Street’s mega-fraud. But if you sell an ounce of marijuana you could be put away for a long time.
The above is the key issue in the 99% versus 1% fight now going on in the US. There is a "justice" for the poor and a "justice" for the rich. There is a government for the rich and the poor have no voice in government. In fact the US Supreme Court has made it official with its Citizens United case: corporations are "people" with no limits on their political donations, while real living and breathing human beings are limited -- by law! -- in their donations. So the "person" of a corporation is above the law that applies to "mere persons" as represented by the bottom 99%.

Here is the reality of today:
... the four hundred richest Americans, whose total wealth exceeds the combined wealth of the bottom 150 million Americans put together, pay an average of 17 percent of their income in taxes. That’s lower than the tax rates of most day laborers and child-care workers.
Read the whole post.

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