States have become incubators for new policies which can then spread across the country. In areas as diverse as data security, medical privacy, and marijuana legalization states have been taking the lead. The grand political idea is that we can “try things out” on a more limited basis before we take the changes nationally. There is a community group in Massachusetts, PassMassAmendment , which is actively engaged in an effort to “gather as many signatures as we can to progress an amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution, based on 'Corporations Are Not People, Money Is Not Speech' “
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Many of us voted President Obama into office. Some of us admit to regret over that action. And some of us are just plain confused. As the august publication the New Yorker puts it: “Nearly every constituency in the Democratic Party opposes it (the TPP); and the more they learn about it, the more they oppose it. And yet their leader, Obama, wants it badly.” President Obama may be accused of forwarding pro-corporate policies to please wealthy political backers, but why should he be taking-on this initiative when he does not need funding for reelection?
Researchers have repeatedly found that in the United States, there is now less economic mobility than in Canada or much of Europe. A child born in the bottom quintile of incomes in the United States has only a 4 percent chance of rising to the top quintile.
So, if you are born within the lower 20% of the population in income, your chance of finding yourself among the upper 20% is about 1 out of 25. Those are not good odds. It appears that there are quite a lot of talented people who do not “make it”. And the “upper 20%” cannot hold a candle to the upper 1%, in terms of income. In 2006 the upper 20% of households made $92,000 and up, while the top 1% made $350,000 and up. Note that this was 10 years ago, before the Great Recession – now the gap has increased further. It will be informative what the next Census reports.
In an interview of former President Jimmy Carter by radio host Thom Hartmann on July 28th 2015, as reported by The Intercept, the following statements were made: