Let’s take this a few steps further, shall we?
How many of the people on the list on the left received government bailouts when Wall Street Crashed?
All of them.
How many of the groups on the right had to give things up during the Great Recession to keep the companies on the left in business?
All of them.
How many of those groups on the right list got any of the stuff back they gave up to keep the groups on the left list afloat?
None of them.
How many from the group on the left continued to fire people while giving the executives who made bad business decisions bonuses?
All of them.
The economy has recovered but none of the folks on the list under Bernie have directly benefitted. ALL of the folks on the list under Hillary benefitted.
Somehow, I don’t think Hillary is going to be able to get her donors to step out of the way of minimum wage increases, to give rank and file employees raises, or to stop firing people each quarter and declaring because now a third of the work force has to do twice the work they used to do for the same money, the executives had “a profitable quarter and deserve bonuses.”
Because that’s how the fuckers are making the money that allows them to donate a tiny portion of those proceeds. That donation goes to the person who will keep that gravy train moving.
That person is Hillary Clinton.
If you like barely scraping by from year to year, and the price of everything going up while your boss tells you with a straight face that busting your ass every year for a 3% raise while they golf and give themselves bonuses equal to 20% of their salaries each year, vote for Hillary. She’ll make sure you have more of the same.
If you think that Wall Street has recovered quite enough and now its time for the rest of us who have been busting our asses to get by to get a little back – like those 401K matching contributions our employers quietly stopped and never paid back once recovery happened? Or those increasing health insurance costs that quietly got taken out of your paycheck? Or the interest rates that quietly increased on your credit cards and home loans and student loans even though the cost of money for them to borrow has been zero percent for years?
If you think its time we got some of that back, vote for Bernie.
If you’d like to do more to make sure that happens, research all of the candidates on your ticket. There are lots of folks in the House and Senate, in your local legislatures, and at the local government level who are beholden to their donors and don’t have your best interests at heart.
Its time to show up.
Its time to maybe turn off candy crush, or one or two of your TV shows a week, and God forbid, skip watching a football game or two and start doing what you can about things that matter.
Things like whether your mom’s water bill will quadruple in a month because her city council sold your water rights off to Nestle to cover a budget gap.
Things like your friends having to consider selling their house and moving, because the State they currently live in will not provide medical coverage for their child’s illness.
Things like your Governor refusing to budget $200 more dollars per month for a water treatment plant, resulting in thousands of children being exposed to lead in their drinking water.
These are the kinds of things that happen when we pay more attention to the color of Kim Kardashian’s underwear than we are attending to our government.
And why aren’t I talking about O’Malley?
Well, when a Governor creates and promotes an environment where the Police are militarized and act with impunity, “Rough Rides” happen. Hogan was recently elected Governor. The environment in which Freddie Gray, an adult, who as a child was exposed to lead poisoning, carried a legal-sized knife on his person, and in today’s environment had a healthy fear of the police, ran, was falsely arrested, and then put in the back of a police van unsecured, and taken for a high speed ride through the rough and curved streets of parts of Baltimore.
Freddie Gray’s back was broken in the back of a police van.
He died because of that ride.
He’s not the only person to whom this happened, even if he’s the only person you heard of because his death was one straw too many on an already overloaded camel’s back.
I place a portion of the responsibility for the death of Freddie Gray at the feet of Martin O’Malley. There are ways to police a city without resorting to Zero-Tolerance policies, and promotion of privatized prisons.
For that, I would not be comfortable with O’Malley running our country.
Thank you to those of you who read though all of this.