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.”


Egypt? Now THAT is democracy!!!

July 5, 2013

Let’s hope our military has the balls to throw out “our” corrupt politicians! The D’s are sleeping with one set of crooks and the R’s with another, all while their political friends gut America.

by Jack E. Lohman

Sorry, Mr. Obama is part of the problem. At least he must stand for re-election. And all of congress must stand for re-election. New candidates, different rules.

Yes, Obama and congressional incumbents may run, again, and some may be re-elected. But only the good ones, which are few.

I am, admittedly, bothered by some aspects of this. What if “changing of the guard” becomes a habit? What if our election renders a 55% win and the other 45% immediately demonstrate?

A reliable public opinion poll must be created a year after every election, asking, “How is government performing? Should new elections be held?”

Call it “Refreshing America!”

Campaigns must be publicly funded. No private cash. Narrow the candidate field to four with primaries… up the funding for the general election… implement ranked-choice and none-of-the-above voting.

Licensed media lose their license if they run political ads outside of the public system within 60 days prior to the election. They should be able to agitate and report on bad politicians and policies, but Fat Cat (bribery) control of the elections must be stopped.

The Supreme Court?

Yes, and the Constitution too, where necessary. The constitution was written by some very intelligent Americans, but they weren’t perfect. Their experiences 200+ years ago have been totally distorted by the greed of moneyed interests now driving our country. It is time to tweak the rules, and every 100 years thereafter, if decided by the citizens.

Our problems in the US are massive, and the fixes equally massive. Because we’ve been too trusting in the past. But we either work hard now or face a bloody rebellion where some of our loved ones give their lives.


Our patent law is a political game that the public is losing!

June 21, 2013

As a patent holder myself, it took me a while to realize the rules, and why they exist. Unknowingly, political corruption worked in my favor!

By Jack E. Lohman

First, understand the winners:

Lawyers LOVE the system. They bill the company $500-$1000 per hour to make it all work.

Big companies LOVE the system, because they essentially own the market after paying their dues. And they lock out little companies.

Politicians LOVE the system, because part of those dues are kicked back to them (in the form of campaign bribes).

That the companies want the process to drag out says a lot, because any infringement penalties start from Day One. So if 10 years are consumed getting the final approval, it’s a 27 year patent instead of 17 years.

You guessed it; this is a big company against little company ploy, with the little company being less able to afford a legal defense in the event of a frivolous claim.

And is it any surprise that the politicians get a piece of the action??? They are in on the ploy and are given campaign bribes to keep it going!

Look at the pharmaceutical industry!!!

First, the drug company goes to their favorite politician with some wild claim, that they can cure this or that if the Feds would just give them a grant to develop their drug. And their favored politician gets them taxpayer money, and they develop said drug.

THEN the government issues THE COMPANY the patent on the drug developed with taxpayers funds, and they go to market and SCREW the taxpayers that paid the bill!

That the Vioxx product was developed with 9 of the 15 panelists that approved it being on the company’s payroll as consultants is not the (major) crime… it’s that our politicians refuse to block such conflicts of interest!!! (All for a piece of the action, mind you.)

Patenting genes?

No, the Supreme Court just ruled against such patents, and properly so. “Genes” are pre-existing technology. Unpatentable!

It’s a nice system, thanks to the laws the politicians got bribes to pass. Sound like political crooks? Yea, eliminate the campaign bribes and reasonableness will set in.


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