America's leaders are hopelessly corrupt and unbelievably immoral when:
1. The most profitable U.S. corporations pay no federal taxes,
2. Congress gives itself huge pensions while retired workers live in poverty,
3. Congress accepts massive corporate donations to enrich Communist Red China,
4. The price paid by poor U.S. workers for housing is outrageously high,
5. Unlike their European peers, U.S. medical patients are forced into bankruptcy,
6. Unlike their European peers, U.S. college students are forced deep into debt,
7. The truth about global warming is ignored by our "national leaders,"
8. Congress refuses to end huge tax breaks for job-offshoring U.S. firms,
9. Congress does nothing to upgrade the discharges of overpunished GI's,
10. Congress does nothing to improve the management of the U.S. military,
11. The percentage of U.S. military veterans in Congress has fallen below 25%,
12. Members of Congress take more than 3 months of paid vacation each year.
DEMOCRATS MUST ABOLISH THE HATED FILIBUSTER
MILLIONS OF AMERICAN JOBS: SENT TO RED CHINA
Since 1975, the lack of high-tech leadership from Government and the Big Three CEO's has drastically weakened the American automobile industry. Germany and Japan have become the economic victors, as they rigorously restrict the sale of U.S. cars in their own nations.
Japan and Germany now boast two of the world's largest economies and trade surpluses. With competitive CEO's, they have diminished America's prosperity and economic stature.
Smarter American Executives would have hired foreign-trained engineers in 1970 to steer the nation toward higher-MPG car production. The Seventies led America into a murky era of gas-guzzling and overweight cars which -- for the first time -- put the industry into a major nosedive against the car makers of Europe and Asia. Unlike Japan and Germany, America has a liberal, "market-based" policy of selling millions of foreign-built cars within her borders.
In 1976, America became a net-debtor nation with a massive trade deficit. America has not had a national trade surplus since 1975. Job losses were huge, and union ranks plummeted.
CEO's are to blame for America's industrial decline. Ike, JFK and LBJ would be shocked at current "TV news" promoting riches for millionaire shareholders, and poverty for workers.
We salute President Obama's bailout of The Big Three, when Government strongly intervened to restructure America's popular and relevant Auto Industry. However, long-term losses in manufacturing to Japan, Germany, Korea and Mexico have been catastrophic. The USA's national factory "pride and wealth" have gone into a free fall, with job losses in the millions.
Will America ever recover its Great Economy (which existed from 1945-1975)? Will America ever recover its "Proudly Made in the USA" drive and spirit?
Do the "Democrats" and Republicans in Congress, with their $180,000/year salaries, their lavish pensions and their lavish lifestyles -- really care about poor workers?
"It is better for the Federal Government to help a poor man make a living
for his family, than to help a rich man make a profit for his company."
President Theodore Roosevelt
AMERICA'S SEVERE CRISIS: IMMORAL LEADERSHIP
For millions of Americans, the military has been a positive and rewarding career.
Patriotic veterans are shocked that America no longer has compulsory military service. They scorn the dangerously-low percentage (a mere 7%) of veterans among our citizens in 2021.
They compare America to Rome, which fell because of a corrupt and indolent population.
From 1940 to 1973, America's successful conscription program manned the Armed Forces.
In a far more patriotic era, the 1940-73 draft filled the military's ranks by men willing to serve the nation for 2 years. Moreover, in that era, America was a far greater Industrial Power. The military was far larger during that period, with a Navy and Air Force twice their current size.
Military service was a "rite of passage" to manhood for millions of American youths. In the 1940-73 draft, new conscripts learned lifelong skills -- including discipline and maturity -- to successfully begin their careers. Many learned high-tech skills, as well, to launch their careers.
Overall, veterans greatly value their training and friends gained in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Thousands of GI's, however, have complained of excessive punishment during their careers.
Young GI's are prone to do impulsive things. And they get themselves into trouble.
In many cases, a GI is given a second chance after "messing up." However, many GI's have complained about the heavy hand of the Military Justice System -- when they do mess up.
For minor infractions committed by new recruits, the U.S. Navy brutally kicked out thousands of sailors -- as it was publicly admitted in The Washington Times - National Weekly Edition.
Quick to dismiss first-time offenders, America's military is unique within NATO for giving "bad paper" to GI's for: (1) a single failed urine test, (2) minor misconduct, and (3) off-duty adultery.
America suffers NATO's highest percentage of GI's who are: (1) denied clemency, (2) given "bad paper," (3) the tragic victims of suicide, or (4) the tragic victims of homelessness.
Col. David Hackworth, a WWII hero who wrote a syndicated column, often attacked "zero tolerance" policies which are cruel to U.S. soldiers and cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.
Harsh fact: Blacks in the Armed Forces often get unfair and disproportionate punishments.
Harsh fact: Many Black Veterans were cruelly denied their GI Bill Benefits. In the Deep South, racist Congress Critters tainted The GI Bill -- to give "racist priority" to States' Rights.
Harsh fact: The Pentagon lacks long-term policies to help struggling -- or briefly wayward -- soldiers. The Navy has admitted to cruelly kicking out thousands of new (but struggling) sailors, who instead might have been adeptly rehabilitated -- to guarantee their retention.
The Navy soon faced a massive sailor shortage, after its shortsighted "kick 'em out" policy.
Indeed, hit with a self-inflicted shortage of 12,000 sailors -- the Navy publicly and belatedly reversed its policy. It compassionately shifted its focus: to rehabilitate and retain marginal GI's. The new policy worked. Thousands of "newbies" were rehabilitated, instead of getting "bad paper." Performances improved and the "newbies" finished their terms of enlistment.
Steve McQueen, the late actor, is a great example of rehabilitating a wayward GI. Seven times, was demoted. Twice, he was busted for "drunk on duty." Despite his many offenses, he was not dishonorably discharged. Returned to duty after spending 6 weeks in a Marine Corps brig, he later "shaped up" and -- in the long term -- received an Honorable Discharge.
Too often, however, the military continues to harshly punish GI's for minor misconduct.
To a youngster who has recently finished school, a bad military discharge is a harsh blow.
Many critically-needed soldiers were ruthlessly kicked out for a single failed urine test.
Many highly-distinguished soldiers -- including doctors and paramedics -- were kicked out for adultery. For most GI's, their off-duty social lives do not adversely affect their performance -- or their unit's readiness level. Unbelievably -- for many years -- a toll-free number was set up within the military to report any soldiers who were having extramarital affairs.
Col. David Hackworth, a war hero, frequently criticized the "Perfumed Prince" mentality of the top brass. "A soldier is meant to serve and fight," he said, and not to be a "perfect priest." Many highly-rated soldiers, he complained, were given "bad paper" because they missed a credit card payment, got caught speeding on base, or made other minor mistakes.
On a positive note, recently there have been limited reforms to the Military Justice System.
In 2019, UCMJ reforms reduced career dangers for legally-separated soldiers.
In 2011, UCMJ reforms reduced the threat of discharge for gay soldiers.
From WWII to 2011, an estimated 100,000 gay soldiers were discharged, often with bad paper.
Many famous Americans, as impoverished youths, were harshly punished by the military:
1. George Carlin (comedian) received a Dishonorable Discharge from the U.S. Air Force,
2. Edgar Allan Poe (author) received a Dishonorable Discharge from the U.S. Army,
3. RIchard Pryor (comedian) received a Dishonorable Discharge from the U.S. Army,
4. Jimmy Hendrix (singer) and other celebrities were busted in the Armed Forces.
Thousands of GI's -- who got hit with "bad paper" -- would gladly commit to a 1- or 2-year national service, or even rejoin the military, in order to upgrade their character of service.
Thousands would commit to fighting forest fires, or to serve in other public-sector jobs.
America, however, is a nation where Congress is "run" by six-figure attorneys who have completely dodged any military service. Americans spend millions of hours watching fantasy shows about dinosaurs (dead for 65 million years), but they "can't spare time for veterans."
For thousands of veterans saddled with "bad" paper, The NY Times has demanded clemency.
American TV and films ruthlessly ignore worker poverty and veterans' problems.
The media, looking for the "next profit" from a fantasy TV show, prefer to dwell upon increasingly ridiculous "entertainment" -- fantasy shows, overpaid celebrities, ignorant "reality" shows, free-agent athletes, and "elites" who have never served in the Armed Forces.
Millions of workers are demanding a far more progressive media, which fights for veterans.
Because 83% of all Congress Critters are not veterans, pressing GI issues are often ignored.
Wall Street's "bought-and-paid-for" GOP chumps have shown their true colors as an immoral and anti-worker party, voting multiple times to cut Medicaid for the poor.
In the wake of Election 2020, poor workers have high hopes that Congress will reduce family poverty, forgive student debt, reduce housing costs, and reduce health care costs in America.
But the reality is grim: Congress supports immoral landlord greed, godless CEO greed, absurd wealth inequality, and lawless CEO's who offshore profitable U.S.-based factories (out of pure greed) to Red China. Corporations "run" Congress. They dictate to Congress: (1) how many companies are offshored each year, (2) how many struggling working families are forced into homelessness each year, after rent hikes, and (3) how many poor workers must die each year [annually, more than 50,000] because they have no health insurance (public or private).
Congress says: "Rampant CEO greed and dire worker poverty -- that's American progress!" Too timid to stage marches or massive conventions, Democrats fail on these issues year after year. Content to send out (action-less) emails from their sterile laptops, the "Dems" achieve zilch.
Each year, 13 million poor workers are arrested for misdemeanors. Arrests for these minor offenses -- making up 80% of all court-assigned dockets -- are rife with racial injustices.
Meanwhile, the IRS has failed to prosecute nearly 1 million high-income tax dodgers. A recent government report revealed that rich "dodgers" rip off the IRS for nearly $40 billion each year.
What hypocrisy! Leniency for mega-rich tax dodgers, but harsh sentences for poor workers.
WORKERS ARE DEMANDING PROGRESSIVE REFORMS
We must apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit."
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
For 230 years, most Congressional legislation has been passed with a Simple Majority Vote.
Although poor workers donate millions of scarce dollars to assist federal campaigns, they often get few (if any) decent new laws as a result -- because of the obstruction of the hated filibuster.
If Democrats fight hard to abolish the filibuster, they can push for:
1. Universal Health Care (as in Canada, the UK, France, Norway, Sweden, and Finland),
2. Forgiveness of student loan debt,
3. Low-cost (or free) college tuition,
4. Expansion of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid,
5. Exposing the dozens of U.S. firms in Red China, which were highly profitable in the USA,
6. Forcing the repatriation to America -- all of the anti-US-worker companies in Item 5.
We must quickly abolish the unpopular, anti-democratic and anti-American Senate Filibuster.
Famous Americans who got hefty punishments as young soldiers include the Civil War historian Shelby Foote (left) and Michigan Governor Bill Milliken (right). Foote was court-martialed as a young officer on trumped-up charges of "excessive use of a government vehicle." He was dismissed from the Army. Milliken was brutally demoted from SSG to private for "not keeping a tidy quarters" in his WWII tent. Having flown 45 dangerous B-24 combat missions in Italy, SSG Milliken considered the abrupt demotion as "wholly unjust."
American students are among the best researchers and hardest workers in the world.
Rated the world's best college students, Americans pursue tough and high-tech degrees.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Government is anything but a friend to struggling college students.
Members of Congress have utterly failed to highlight these dismal truths, despite C-SPAN TV.
Corrupt politicians say: "OK, to billionaire corporations paying illegally-low taxes."
Corrupt politicians say: "Not OK, to low-interest student loans or free tuition for the poor."
The Corrupt Beltway -- because of a pathetically weak U.S. Government -- is known all over the world as "the enemy" of hard working college students who struggle to achieve their goals.
Nearly 8% of all college students have considered suicide, because of student loan debt.
Bypassing The Corrupt Beltway, several state universities now offer free college tuition.
The Corrupt Beltway's anti-student and pro-banker policies have caused a shortage of:
4. Computer programmers,
5. Engineers, and
Many nations which have surpassed America in higher education -- France, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway and Sweden -- offer their hard-working students tuition-free college.
In Europe, accelerated learning has overtaken America. European students are at least 2 years ahead of their U.S. peers, especially in areas of math (algebra through calculus) and chemistry.
Our grossly-unpopular Congress is often ridiculed for its do-nothing and career politicians.
Americans are the most productive workers on Earth, according to a Japanese study.
Moreover, nearly all of the scientific and high-tech gains of the world have come from the Advanced Democracies: Europe, America and Free Asia. In stark contrast, the murderous, repressive, and truly despised dictatorship of Red China is little more than a huge xerox copy machine -- guilty of massive theft of patented technology from high-tech Democratic Nations.
American CEO's -- who prefer to shut down profitable USA-based firms to employ slave-wage laborers in Red China's police state -- crave the support of the godless regime's profit-skimming dictators. Idolizing gains for millionaire investors (extracted from Red China's slave labor), these traitorous "Americans" couldn't care less about rising poverty and joblessness in the USA.
American CEO's are the LEAST PATRIOTIC managers on Earth:
1. They offshore American jobs, despite making record profits with U.S. employees
2. They bribe the U.S. Congress -- to pay little (if any) income tax on billions in profits
3. They applaud Red China's slave labor and low wages, despite human rights violations
4. They enjoy multiple homes in multiple states -- despite falling wages for poor U.S. workers
5. They enjoy record-high salaries and perks -- despite falling wages for poor U.S. workers.
President Biden's new tax breaks for Big Business to promote U.S. jobs, have met deaf ears from Fortune 500 dictators whose propaganda line is always: "We cannot afford U.S. workers."
Yet, somehow, they can arrogantly afford to spend billions of dollars building brand new factories in Mainland Communist China, Vietnam, Mexico, and anywhere but America.
Many argue: if Hell's demons were available as low-wage laborers, American CEO's would hire them! CEO's would say: "Let's make Oreo Cookies and Chevy's in Hell, to save a few bucks!"
With government tax breaks and incentives, most companies are highly profitable in America.
Wall Street attacks the idea of "employing American workers," but it NEVER mentions:
1. The high cost of building new factories in foreign nations
2. The high cost of shipping raw materials to foreign nations
3. The high cost of shipping finished products from foreign nations
4. The high cost of political instability in foreign nations
5. The high cost of long-term loss of American technology, and
6. The high cost of wealth inequality, family poverty and joblessness in America.
Many Americans argue that ONE BIG COST of doing business in a foreign nation is Coronavirus. Many believe that the Virus (which DID, in fact, originate in China) was a retaliation. Outraged and upstaged by America's: (1) trade tariffs, (2) reduced trade, and (3) adamant demands for an improvement in the regime's human rights record -- the dictators of Red China, accustomed to killing their enemies in Tibet, Nepal, India and Mongolia, unleashed the Corona Virus.
Mainland China, under the hated Communist Party, has committed mass genocide in Tibet.
The "Party of Mao" now runs concentration camps for Uighurs, commits mass murder against the followers of Falun Gong (with organ-harvesting), and imprisons Christians and Muslims.
Before the mass murder of innocents by Mao ZeDong and The Communist Party, Mainland China was a contented, Confucius-oriented, and philosophical nation steeped in history. They enjoyed a proud heritage. Taiwan gained Democracy after The Civil War of 1949. Sadly, Mainland China "gained" Totalitarian Communism after the war -- which has killed more than 20 million people.
Defying the mass movement of 374 million Chinese who strongly oppose The Communist Party's dictatorship, Big Business CEO's from the West have legitimized the "Party of Mao" with their hundreds of business deals -- and their immoral greed at the expense of Western workers.
Millions of Americans demand that Congress indict and prosecute criminal Fortune 500 CEO's.
Many are demanding: "Let's jail the bastards, for offshoring thousands of good American jobs!"
-- Congressional Reports on the Massive Corporate Transfer of U.S. Jobs to China
-- Congressional Reports on Massive Corporate Tax Evasion and Excessive CEO Pay
-- Congressional Reports on American Worker Poverty and Worker Homelessness
-- Congressional Reports on Red China's Brutal Subjugation of Hong Kong
-- Strengthening of Industry in the USA (and not in Communist Red China)
-- Federal Caps on All Student Loans at 1% Interest Rate
-- Abolishing the Extremely Unpopular "Salary Cap" on the FICA Tax
-- New Federal Laws: Medicare For All, Forgiving Student Loan Debt
-- Laws Mandating "Country of Origin" Labels on All Products
-- Congressional Reports on Global Warming
-- Job-Training Programs, and Job-Placement Programs, for Former Soldiers
-- Second-Chance Programs, and Discharge Upgrades, for Military Personnel
-- Indicting and Prosecuting CEO's; Exposing Corporate Greed and U.S. Job Loss
-- Job-Training Programs, and Job-Placement Programs, for Former Prisoners
-- A New Truman Committee to Investigate Pentagon Mismanagement
VETERANS: AN UPHILL FIGHT FOR JUDICIAL REFORMS
A SEVERE CRISIS: AMERICAN STUDENT LOAN DEBT
AMERICA'S UNPATRIOTIC AND ANTI-WORKER CEO'S
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GOVERNMENT'S FAILURE TO REGULATE HOUSING
AMERICA'S ANTI-WORKER, INDUSTRIAL MELTDOWN
For millions of Americans, the military has been a positive and rewarding career. However, thousands of veterans have criticized the Military Justice System for its lack of clemency, harsh "zero tolerance" policies and hefty punishments for minor offenses. Moreover, many Black Veterans were brutally denied the federal benefits of The GI Bill.
At Reform USA, we hang our heads in sorrow at the tragic death of George Floyd. Across America, voters are demanding police reforms. When poor workers cannot find decent jobs -- or affordable housing -- then their "leaders" have truly failed.
In the aftermath of this unspeakable tragedy, Congress must fight to:
1. Drastically reform police department procedures -- all across America
2. Reduce poverty, homelessness, and student loan debt in America
3. Restore once-strong Industries in America (which were sent to Red China)
4. Create nationwide panels to expose landlord greed -- and reduce workers' rents
5. Establish Universal Health Care (which was achieved in The UK 70 years ago)
6. Establish a "Workers' Lives Matter" Movement.
Since 1975, millions of U.S. factory workers have lost their jobs to Communist China and the Third World, At the same time, millionaire and lawless American landlords have increased their brutal stranglehold on impoverished renters -- as Congress did absolutely nothing.
Mega-profit landlords -- whose godless motto is "greed is good" -- have massively increased poor renters' housing costs -- as revealed by a world-famous Harvard University study.
Germany's popular politicians, by comparison, have made great strides in controlling oppressive rents for poor workers. Revealing -- for all to see -- the excessive profits of corporate landlords, German leaders have shamed Big Business into helping poor renters.
Outraged at government incompetence, nonprofits have come to the rescue for poor renters.
In Michigan, the nonprofit ICCF has aggressively bought rental properties from greedy landlords, and then quickly lowered rents for poor workers. CEO VerWys complained: "These [immoral rent hikes on the poor] are creating a housing crisis...in some neighborhoods to the point where they are no longer affordable to people who have lived there for generations."
In Texas, the nonprofit Foundation Communities has aggressively bought rental properties from greedy landlords, and then quickly lowered rents for poor workers. It has saved thousands of workers from homelessness, and achieved stability for many poor families.