WHY WE CAN’T END POVERTY, EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN OR FIX OUR INFRASTRUCTURE

We are the greatest nation on earth. Our GDP is 18 trillion dollars. Ending poverty could add jobs to the work force. Educating our children has a payoff of six to one. For every dollar invested, the return to the GDP is six dollars. For every dollar invested in infrastructure, there are jobs added and the return is four to one

Not ending poverty costs cities billions in health care, shelter and mental health.
Not educating our children leads to more crime, more prisons, breaking the back of city and state budgets.

With such beneficial payoffs, why isn’t money being devoted to these causes?

It’s simple. Finance accounts for 33% of the GDP. Finance doesn’t need schools (their employees and children go to private schools. Finance doesn’t need infrastructure; they operate from any building with internet access. They don’t need or use the same facilities the average person does. They see no immediate payoff from any government funded program. If there are no government programs, then their taxes do not go up. And THAT is what they really care about. Not next year or the next decade, but right now, this quarter’s profit.

But what if the country goes broke? These men do not consider that a problem or a limiting factor. They will simply pack their bags, get on their corporate jets and go to another country to continue working…or not. They can retire anywhere and live like kings. That’s what happened in the last financial crisis. They knew the economy was faltering. They knew their companies were going bankrupt. But they also knew that the same politicians to whose campaigns they contributed would sure bail them out.

The finance industry contributes billions to legislators who then vote for laws and regulations that benefit that industry. How could our elected leaders sell out our people and our country’s future to these greedy bastards? It’s the revolving door policy. When those legislators, if they have been good boys and voted in lock-step with the agenda of the finance industry, they will find a corner office and a seven figure job waiting for them after they retire from Congress.

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My political commentary is meant to bring a heightened consciousness and real discussion to people intent on changing social, political, and economic conditions. Politics as usual is destroying our Democracy. Government corruption demands real political change, not just a new candidate in the old system. Political leadership only leads to self-serving agendas and self aggrandizement. Politicians eschew social causes for personal enrichment. Political power corrupt morality and rationality. The result is criminal behavior and Constitutional crimes.

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