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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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