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Don't Take My Vote For Granted

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There was no limit to the greed of the financial industry and the uber-rich during the Gilded Age . Teddy Roosevelt felt his job as President was standing up to Wall St. bankers, corporations and their political allies, it was simply a matter of right vs. wrong.

Around 1980 this limitless greed surfaced again. Wall St. became little more than a very high stakes casino with the house always winning and the same type of uber-rich, (i.e. the 1%, whose arrogance and wealth made them believe they are deserving of even more wealth), turned elections into auctions.

Candidate Obama promised us "Hope and Change". We hoped , but he gave us very few changes.

He lacked Roosevelt's grit to go after the financial industry when their greed and mismanagement crashed the world economy. Instead of strict control, the banks were allowed to become even more powerful and their CEO's even richer.

He advocated for single payer health care, but as president, we were told it was politically unfeasible.

He said he would march with striking workers, but it never happened.

He promised to label foods containing Genetically Modified ingredients, ---hasn't happened.

He did quote a story about another Roosevelt, Franklin Delano who, when asked to use his power as President to support civil rights and fair labor practice, said, I agree, now "go out and make me do it"

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I get it, it's our fault, we were supposed to make President Obama " go out and do it ".

It's our fault that the economy has not recovered.

It's our fault that drone aircraft are still killing civilians in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia.

It's our fault that the military budget is untouchable, while while social services get axed.

It's our fault that Guantanamo is still holding prisoners without charges or legal rights.

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It's our fault that the US is still sending people to foreign "black sites" to be tortured.

It's our fault that Wall Street Banks are still playing fast and loose with our money, secure in the knowledge that the government will bail them out (but not us) when their bets go wrong.

It's our fault that his economic "team" is headed up by those who made the economic crash possible and inevitable.

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Jim Goodman, a WK Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, is an organic dairy farmer and farm activist from Wonewoc Wisconsin. Encouraging local food production and consumption in the industrialized north, allowing the global south sovereignty in (more...)
 

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