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America, Rapidly Approaching A Point Of No Return

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Almost every problem facing this nation today can be attributed to the stranglehold that Corporate America holds on this government and this society. It is, unquestionably, the major reason for the massive inequality that exists in this country. As capitalism, American style, continues to contribute to this inequality we see more and more joblessness, homelessness, foreclosures, crime and violence, more Americans below the poverty line, on food stamps, and more misery, despair and hopelessness.


In America today, white collar criminals run rampant on Wall Street, use deceit and manipulative tactics to generate massive profits at the expense of the American people. There has not been the slightest effort, nor can we expect it, from this president, the Attorney General, or the Congress to investigate, prosecute and send the chief offenders to prison for their criminal actions.


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We live in a country in which Corporate America has virtually destroyed this nation's manufacturing sector and its workforce; China and the Corporatists reap the profits, the American people take the hit; Congress and the White House could have alleviated this situation long ago but have clearly shown that they have no intention of doing anything to even slow the process down. Corporatists win and people lose.


This article shows the degree to which these corporations have gamed the system by avoiding paying U.S. corporate taxes to the tune of $2.1 trillion dollars by storing them in offshore accounts -- and the Congress continues to let them get away with this blatant tax evasion; but pity the average American who dares to avoid paying taxes.

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Decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, a chief subsidiary of Corporate America, have opened the door to unlimited political contributions that have made a mockery of this nation's electoral system. This total misinterpretation of Article One of the Constitution goes largely unchallenged and further contaminates America's democracy.


Their conclusion, that corporations are the same as people and have the same right of free speech, that money is a part of free speech, is ludicrous; it's twisted thinking on the part of the five members of this court who march to the beat of the Corporatists.


America, the violent: the military empire continues on, war can erupt at any time; domestic violence has become a normal part of life in this society. It's not only children in the inner cities who are in great danger but any school in America can now become the scene of mass shootings. A gun mentality prevails in this country as evidenced by Stand Your Ground laws in 19 states and Concealed Carry Laws in all 50 states. How long before we in this country experience a societal nightmare of massive proportions?

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No Investigations and prosecutions have been initiated by this president or his Attorney General for actions involved with the invasion and occupation of Iraq and the use of torture and renditions by officials in the Bush administration. It's become very clear that they have no intention of doing so. They say they want to look forward not back into the past.


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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)

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