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Why I Did Not Vote On November 6, 2012

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- had begun the construction of the largest data storage base, in Bluffdale, Utah, for the trillions of bits of information his NSA daily collects about Americans from their phone calls, emails, credit cards, tweets, Facebook, and all other electronic sources, thus expanding the Surveillance/Police State begun by George W. Bush;

- had deported more undocumented aliens, often splitting up families, than any George W. Bush had;

- had threatened Iran, in violation of the U.N. Charter (again violating his oath of office by violating the U.N. Charter) and waged a covert war and a war of sanctions on Iran, even though his own intelligence services reported that Iran is NOT developing nuclear weapons;

- had not only continued the growth of the U.S. Police/Surveillance State begun by his predecessor, such as continuing to deploy regular U.S. soldiers here as their official assignment (NorthCom) and approving the renewal of the anti-constitutional Patriot Act, but expanding the Police/Surveillance State by authorizing surplus military weapons to local police forces, coordination of the CIA with local police forces, and federal involvement with local police forces such as in the violent crackdown against non-violent Occupy members;

- had, in obvious response to his huge campaign contributions from Wall Street, appointed to powerful positions directing the U.S. economy Tim Geithner, Lawrence Summers, and Ben Bernanke, all Wall Street lackeys and followers of CitiGroup's Robert Rubin, one of the principal architects of the disastrous repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act during Bill Clinton's second administration, a law which had successfully separated investment banks from savings banks since the Great Depression, and whose repeal led directly to the reckless speculation which caused the 2008 Great Recession (soon to become the Second Great Depression);

- had put Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid on the chopping block ("on the table"), supposedly to "cut the federal debt and deficit", even though Social Security does NOT affect the debt or deficit, and Medicare for All would save billions of dollars in currently-rising health care expenses, and millions of middle class and poor Americans depend on all three safety net programs for their bare survival;

- had appointed a commission to cut federal expenses in order to decrease the debt, which came to be called, very appropriately, "The Cat Food Commission" because its proposals, presided over by the Social Security-hating Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, included Draconian cuts to these safety net programs;

- is now working to facilitate the implementation of "The Cat Food Commission" proposals in his second term as a "Grand Bargain" with other regressive Republicans and Democrats, putting the deficit and debt ahead of creating jobs and helping the poor and middle class, when he doesn't have to worry anymore about electoral backlash for cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid;

- had continued the Bush bailout of Wall Street's fraudulent banksters with tens of billions of OUR money, while doing little for the millions of foreclosed homeowners swindled by the fraud committed by those banksters;

- had refused to have his "Justice" Department prosecute these Wall Street fraudsters who were primarily responsible for crashing our economy in 2008, and from whom he accepted huge 2008 campaign contributions (more than his opponent, John McCain);

- had pushed and signed a health insurance industry welfare act written by insurance companies which will mandate U.S. citizens to buy private health insurance, to the profit and delight of his insurance industry corporate donors, while ignoring the pleas of so many of us who support Medicare for All and the fact that 25 million Americans will still be left uninsured;

- had ignored the massive, increasing poverty and inequality in the United States, accelerated by his Corporatist/Militarist/Wall Street economic policies;

- had refused to create federal jobs programs such as FDR did so successfully to reduce the unemployment of the Great Depression, even when he had majorities of his own party in the House and Senate for the first two years of his reign and they could have gotten rid of the obstructionist Senate filibuster via the "nuclear option" (As Yves Smith points out at www.nakedcapitalism.com : "It seems pretty newsworthy for [Biden] to charge that seven members of the opposition confided to him that their party had adopted a comprehensive strategy to oppose literally everything the new President did ." So, faced with this intelligence, what did the Ds do? End the filibuster with the nuclear option ? Of course not. It's a two-fer: the Ds get to be do-nothings, and whine about it.);

- had enthusiastically, but virtually secretly, promoted the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive new international trade pact being pushed by transnational corporations, involving the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, but which could also include Japan, Korea, China and others, and would become "a NAFTA on steroids for the Pacific", with the usual outsourcing of U.S. jobs to lower-paying job markets;

- had supported tar sands pipelines (all of which leak and some of which are on land over precious fresh water aquifers in the U.S. West), drilling offshore (remember B.P. in the Gulf of Mexico?) and in the Arctic, and fracking for natural gas, all of which will increase human destruction of our only planet and further accelerate already-increasing catastrophic climate change;

- had done NOTHING to mitigate or reverse catastrophic climate change, the one natural disaster which threatens all of us, but especially our children and future generations;

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Ed Ciaccio is a retired teacher who is active in the justice and peace community on Long Island, NY, and a writer whose work is featured at Dandelion Salad and has also been posted on Buzzflash and Information Clearing House as well as OpEdNews.
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Voting to maintain an evil system is a form of com... by Ed Ciaccio on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 11:12:37 AM
Thank you for this article. It should be mandator... by Gail Harrison on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 12:48:05 AM
brilliant! don't vote.... by sbaker on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 12:58:25 PM
A very lengthy & prescient article that really exp... by Rico D. on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 8:29:49 PM
The entirety of what we call a "voting process" is... by Rico D. on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 12:21:03 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xzVBe3hmOk&fe... by Arend Rietkerk on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 8:43:29 PM
I mean, all-in-all, this is a spot-on piece.  ... by Taylor on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 9:12:12 PM
Impressive for the range of analysis and discussio... by Samuel Scharff on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 11:49:14 PM
Ciaccio did explain why he did not vote Green or a... by Richard Pietrasz on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 2:16:25 AM
Yes, Ciaccio appears to be laboring under some psy... by Gregory Kilcup on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 6:00:11 AM
On January 2, 2013, Barack Obama will once again s... by Walter F. Wouk on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 9:10:27 AM
Excellent point, Mr. Wouk.... by Taylor on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 3:41:05 PM
I voted against Obama.  And I did not vote fo... by Samson on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 4:31:24 PM
Me too. I voted Green Party.... by Walter F. Wouk on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 5:14:46 PM
"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God w... by Samson on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 3:22:15 PM
But what if you don't like any of the candidates? ... by Taylor on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 3:44:36 PM
There were other candidates besides Romney and Oba... by Samson on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 4:29:17 PM
If we want change, we have to build an electoral ... by Samson on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 4:29:35 PM
ARE YOU SURE, and who are you to say something lik... by Tony Orlando on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:43:37 PM