“I’m just not going to vote in November!”

July 11, 2014

Absolutely the wrong way to tackle the problem, but voting out the R’s and the D’s makes sense.

By Jack E. Lohman

Otherwise you give the Fat Cats and their “politician workers” 100% of what they want… no opposition! And they continue screwing the public without ever going to jail (or being beheaded, which some deserve.)

Instead we must discard 100% of the politician bastards. Vote *IN* third party candidates across the board. Show them that you, the citizen, are in the driver’s seat! That YOU matter!!!

OR, we go on for another two years. Get used to it!

So here we are… two newcomers!

Something for all of us! The left-wing “progressives” and right-wing “tea partiers,” with good and bad to both.

But they are *NOT* republican and *NOT* democrat, so we can breathe easier.

We’ll not be perfect!

Best to vote both in the primary AND final, so at least your vote counts for your party of choice. And I don’t know about you, but a new congressman is as important as the right congressman (neither of which is assured).

Alternatively, we can await the rebellion.


Diversion! Divide and Concur!!!

June 27, 2014

Right, Scott? Get these yokels working on the little fires and we win the big one! Good thinking!!!

By Jack E. Lohman

I absolutely don’t care if you are a Republican or Democrat or third party, if you are corrupt you are a nothing. To your party and to your family and to your legacy. *AND* … if you are a pretend good-government type, you are no better.

I follow the 80-20 rule a lot. 80% of the people are either good (or bad) and the other 20% are the opposite. In this industry — I’m afraid to say — 80% of our so-called good government fighters are simply in it for the money, or are there to satisfy funders.

(And some funders are unions, in it only to increase membership and salaries for their leaders. As an ex-steward under the original Jimmy Hoffa, I still object. And yes, I’m old enough!)

“Is THIS an issue that will spark contributions?”

One group that I know, and I’m sure you do too, absolutely does not care that 100% of their writings speaks of the “problem” but ignores the “reason.” They speak of the “effect” but ignore the “cause.” And likely that’s because the effect (fracking or global warming or whatever) draws more sympathy (and donations) than the cause (corrupt politicians).

I’m a big Fox News watcher, but I know they refuse to discuss the real issue… money! But take the money out of the political system and we’ll see “issues” fixed overnight. ALL issues!!!

Oh, please send a donation! We cannot save the world without you!

Perhaps I’d be less resentful if I didn’t receive about 100 emails per day asking for money (I send nothing!). And that’s bad. I know they need cash to operate, but I’d rather spend my cash on useful purposes, not fake CEO salaries or to employ someone on a frivolous or made-up cause.

If I were a legitimate group I’d be pissed that these jokers are dipping into the public pie created for GOOD causes.

Let’s be real!

  • We need one or two GOOD organizations pulling the voters together on the one issue that counts: Money in politics! All others are little fires. Diversions, often intentional, even though by themselves some may have merit. But win the big one and these get fixed in the process.
  • And we need ONE or TWO issues! Not a laundry list… ONE or TWO!!!
  • And we must focus on ONE thing: YOU POLITICIANS WORK FOR US!!! The people and voters!!! And if you choose not to believe us, YOU ARE SHORT TERM!!!

In fact we must start in November by dumping the trash. They MUST learn that we are serious and have the masses behind us.

“Some” Fat Cats are coming around to correctly believe that the current system will dry up their customer base, but worse is that we are laying the bricks for an armed rebellion, where they’ll lose even more.


The bankers demand… “Do NOT fix the system!!!”

June 11, 2014

Of course we need low student loan rates, but students don’t fund elections. Bankers do!

By Jack E. Lohman

How are you liking it so far?

Campaign bribes control virtually every aspect of government leadership. Congressmen are crooks. They use the money for re-election, which keeps them in a gold-plated job, usually for life and always at your expense. And the bankers love it.

Indeed the school system is also broken, thanks in part to campaign bribes from teachers unions. In my view there are some absolutely stupid classes, paid for by taxpayers and geared to satisfy union demands for teacher employment and union-boss salaries. At your expense.

But affordable school loans are critical!

At ZERO % interest, NOT at 10%, which some are at now.

And of course when the taxpayers stepped in to help the banks out of trouble, we must remember the direction of cash flow. I do not expect volunteer banker help. Only barely will we see politician help, lip service, as long as the banker cash continues to flow.

I would eliminate useless classes and convert entry to two levels, the most appealing being free entry to students with high grades (regardless of personal or parental wealth), and all others a reasonable fee. Ultimately we’d do well to eliminate all student fees, but we’d need smart corrections in education first.

Voters first need to wake up!

It does not matter what the issue, nothing happens unless cash flows to politicians. THAT is a very serious problem being ignored by many voters. All else are little fires, yet that’s where they spend their efforts.

Get this…

Banks give cash to politicians so they will be allowed to continue their 10% interest rates on college education!

Insurance companies give cash to politicians to kill single-payer healthcare and continue the privatization scam! And to battle for privatization of the VA healthcare system (remember… PRIVATE and unions can give campaign bribes, PUBLIC entities CANNOT!)

Mining companies give cash to politicians to vote FOR fracking and AGAINST the right way to do it. (And get this: I don’t know the right way, but I do know that if the politicians were not getting a piece of the action, they’d pass laws that resulted in the right way!)

Manufacturers have given cash to politicians to change the rules to allow their product be manufactured in China 0r other low wage country!

Fat Cats and manufacturers give cash to politicians to change the tax laws to allow them to establish in lower-tax countries overseas.

In other words… cash bribes!!! The same cash bribes that are illegal for you but okay for politicians.

For-profit Charters??? First get the campaign bribes out of the political system, then let the non-conflicted politicians who now get a piece of the action, decide on what’s best for the country!!! And voters… get off your asses!!!


Problems with the VA…

June 7, 2014

The VA needs money and so do the corporations that fund the campaigns? What would a smart politician do?

By Jack E. Lohman

I’m critical of the VA leaders who kiss the boots of the politicians, and the politicians who’d rather spend taxpayer cash on tax breaks and subsidies for the rich Fat Cats that fund their elections. And instead call for the “privatization” that has failed three times in the past.

Though “vouchers” for private care are a potential solution, short term, they will also lead to new innovations in fraud. Heavy penalties are recommended.

Indeed we have problems with “bureaucrats” in every public sector, both state and federal, thanks much to the cash their unions give to politicians. But the “easy cash” mode is best corrected by OVERSIGHT (!), and I’d prefer that by private hooligans rather than more public bureaucrats. But as well, I’d open transparency to the public and press, and install heavy consequences for fraud.

Our problem are the corrupt politicians…

They rule on the basis of what’s best for their campaign wallet as opposed to public need. Health care deficiencies (and virtually every other issue, including the economy) would simply not exist if our politicians were not pocketing a share of the profits.

Se here we are. Nothing works. Except paying off the healthcare industry. And we have politicians to prove it.

Importantly, doctors treat patients regardless of where the money comes from. Medicaid, Medicare, the VA, Tricare, BadgerCare, private insurers, you name it. All of these people are money-handlers, some better than others but in ALL cases we don’t need politicians.

Which is best? Hey, let’s do a trial!

In Wisconsin! Single-payer, covering 100% using one of the above payers. But eliminate the bureaucracies. If patients need care, give them care!

Now clearly we have problems of fraud… in all sectors. We MUST find out more about PTSD, and how to detect fraud and false claims. I don’t know anything about it, but it seems very volatile. But when done, a properly funded and properly run VA system (or whatever) is what this country needs as a single-payer healthcare system. Physicians should be salaried (and should not be paid a bonus).

But we need private oversight and ZERO politician involvement.

For others not in the trial optional vouchers seem smart when a particular hospital is overcrowded. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water… and remember, privates can give campaign bribes and publics cannot! (Duh, wonder why the politicians want to keep the system broken? And free of single-payer?)

 

 


Public zero, Politicians gazillions!

June 2, 2014

I don’t know how we will do it, and at 76 I don’t think I’ll see it. But we MUST get the public focused on what this nation’s problem really is: that corporations own our politicians and they don’t give a damn about unemployment or the middle class.

By Jack E. Lohman

Nothing else matters. Fix the corruption first, then we can move forward.

Nothing is going to change until we have public funding of campaigns. Politicians spend taxpayer dollars because they ARE PAID to spend taxpayer dollars, and robbing the SSI fund (as just one example) gives them the cash needed to attract campaign dollars. What is it about political bribes do we not understand?

Our problem is NOT government, and it is not R’s or D’s. It *IS* that government is owned (through payola) by the special interests that want in the taxpayer’s pockets.

CEOs want short-term profits to increase their already massive salaries, and are willing to share those profits with the politicians that make it all happen. Thus NAFTA and other laws are passed that enable outsourcing to countries with wage scales one-tenth ours. And our country crashes while China and India flourish.

As a former CEO my company would not have survived if I had an employee or board of directors who took money on the side and gave away company assets in return. Our country can’t survive this corruption either.

So nothing changes. We elect a new group of politicians and the Fat Cats simply re-direct their bribes as we continue down our spiral. Only a national revolution will get our attention, but then it’s too late. And all because our politicians refuse to stop the bribery they benefit from.

If politicians are going to be beholden to their funders, those funders should be the taxpayers. And at $5 per taxpayer per year it would be a bargain. Even at 100 times that. We MUST demand that our senators and representative pass the bill at: http://fairelectionsnow.org/about-bill


Wisconsin and bankruptcy… is it possible here?

August 9, 2013

Damned right it is, and probable too. And it will be funded by the taxpayers and (in part) state employee pension plans.

By Jack E. Lohman

It’s simple how it works.

Special interests give cash bribes to politicians, who in turn cause excess spending on their privatized projects, for which they’ve received a corporate or lobbyist campaign kickback, which drives state spending higher than resources.

Outgo is greater than income which together equals debt, eliminated (or mitigated) by declaring bankruptcy. Which in turn gets paid down by reducing earned public sector pension plans and increasing taxes on everybody else (except perhaps the Fat Cats who get special tax subsidies and write-offs).

Detroit was the first but won’t be the last. Especially as other politicians see the state and federal bailouts that are sure to result, and they also want an easy way out.

Get this: Detroit was building a $400 million stadium while they were simultaneously going bankrupt! Smart? Or corrupt?

Don’t get me wrong on this. I am as much against unions ripping off the taxpayers, which they do by needlessly driving up public-sector hiring and “bargaining” for higher pensions, all for $300K salaries for their union bosses.

BOTH are bad and BOTH result from personal greed and illegal corporate or union payola, and BOTH result from buying off our trusted politicians. (At least, those that can be bought, which is 95% of them.)

Repeat: It doesn’t matter what the issue — the campaign contributions to politicians by big oil companies, by Monsanto of GMO and bee-killing fame, by the private prison industry and security guard unions, for overly strong drug laws, by the defense industry and drone manufacturers, or the bankers or health care, or whatever industry of the day — political corruption at the top is this nation’s BIGGEST threat.

IT is the big fire… all others are pure and intentional distractions. WE taxpayers will all pay dearly, or our kids will, Lefties and Righties alike. ONLY public funding of campaigns will save our democracy and avoid a bloody rebellion, of which Obama and the Feds are already planning. And ONLY a near-100% turnover in 2014 will save us. Whether R or D, we need new blood, and we need constant turnover, and political leaders that are owned by US rather than THEM.

But we have to quit being sheep/lemmings, and drinking their Kool-Aide. We voters must get smart.

Do you know any politicians who are hurting for cash, like the rest of us? They likely don’t exist because we have such a thing as “payola” and “insider trading” at the political level.

AND… get this… the R’s will not let up on Obama’s failure to fix the country, but they continually refuse to mention that THEY control the House and refuse to pass any of his bills to do so! And our corrupt media knows, but refuses to communicate the truth because they get campaign cash filtered down via political ads! They ALSO like the system broken, and will do nothing to fix it.

Send a message! VOTE THE BASTARDS OUT! Only a near-100% political turnover in 2014 will give us what we need: Public funding of campaigns, and at 10% of what private funding of campaigns is now costing us in higher taxes, that’s a bargain!


Yes Healthcare can be fixed…

July 27, 2013

But Scott, will the insurance industry permit it?

By Jack E. Lohman

Absolutely, ObamaCare is terrible, and it will implode on its own.

But that is zero reason for Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker to continue with his head in his wallet. His 12 highest contributors from the insurance industry were from other states, and paid his campaign over $1 million dollars out of his $39 million total. But what the hell, he’s all we have (for the moment).

IF Walker were smart he’d implement a single-payer system by expanding BadgerCare to 100% of Wisconsin’s people, and move our “jobs” program to first in the nation (from 35th or so, as it is now). Businesses would relocate to the “healthcare” state and more jobs would be created.

But that would replace the insurance profits, and $1 million in cash to Governor Walker would not have been received. Or received in the future. And he’d lose a lot of Karl Rove and ALEC support, who both receive funding from the industry.

Isn’t Walker great?

Understand this…

  1. YES the taxpayers would pick up the healthcare bill.
  2. And YES, the taxpayers are CURRENTLY picking up the bill, both in lost jobs and increased product prices.

*PLUS* the 20% extra that is needed to compensate the insurance industry and lobbyists.

And if congress were smart they’d allow people to sign into the Medicare plan. Just take the current plan and remove the words “65 years and older! And we would SAVE billions of dollars compared to ObamaCare.”


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