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!!!

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.

Thank God for political corruption!!!

June 14, 2013

Did *I* say that?

By Jack E. Lohman

Yea, I’m a gun supporter, though I also support many of the anti-gun proposals, like expanded and rigorous background checks. And fixing the system so only good guys can get guns.

But I fear that, given the chance, some on the anti-gun side could carry this whole issue too far, though I don’t believe that we’d ever ban guns from the home. Especially since the NRA owns our politicians. (And frankly, neither would the public support a total ban.)

Importantly, this whole issue is controlled by the gun industry and its campaign cash, rather than the people, and there I object. The senators should have followed the advice of their constituents, as much as I or my gun friends may have disagreed.

That said, this is a “little fire!”

It is the effect, not the cause. This senate battle is a small piece of this nation’s puzzle. Our politicians should vote for what’s in the best interest of the nation, not their wallet. But that is not what they did.

Problem is, we voters do NOT hold their feet to the fire, so why should they worry? We voters are distracted to taking care of our families, and ourselves, and are NOT watching our backs.

And our politicians love that, because they are then free to pass laws that benefit their contributors.

Corruption at the top…

No corporation, and no government, could survive a constant yet escalating dipping into the assets. But these ripoff artists will pocket what they can, and then try to move to a country that will respect their cash. WE (as the ones being ripped off) will ultimately be pleased with the outcome (IF we live long enough).

Because one of several outcomes will occur. Either the pirates will get them, or even their own security detail will become corrupt. Or the local politicians will become greedy crooks, if they aren’t already, and declare that their money was illegally obtained and must be turned over to the government. Either way they will not die happy people.

I am so sad for them…  🙂

But OUR problem is…

We keep re-electing the politicians on the belief that they will protect US from THEM! Or we believe in their party, whether Democrat or Republican.  “WE” are not real bright.

What really matters is “who funds their campaign?” And it is almost NEVER the voters.

Our media heroes, crying all the way to the bank.

June 7, 2013

And these propagandists just don’t want to “get it!”

By Jack E. Lohman

A large percentage of the campaign bribes filter down to the Main Stream Media in terms of TV ads, and yes, Bill O’Reilly receives much of it.

So guys, I understand. You benefit financially from a broken political system and to fix it would shut off major funding. Greed is funny that way.

I blame the voters, however, some of whom are contributors but most of whom are simply trying to keep food on the table. And they drink the Kool-Aide of our “esteemed politicians,” as they call themselves.

No, the Fox News guy should not have been politically targeted. But I also do not agree that journalists should automatically be given a halo and the freedom to do what they want. I’d rather that in this case we appoint an independent council.

But that said, WHY does the media deserve ANY expanded protections when they are part of the problem? Do we give terrorists the same when they call themselves “reporters” or work for Al Jazeera?

And this thing with the IRS dancing lessons?

Yes, I am sure there are private employees that actually NEED “diversion” lessons. But a government entity? At government wages? At taxpayer expense?

Give me a friggin’ break! This is a clear sign of incompetent management at the top. All because they have no oversight! Who was the highest level employee that approved this???

There are other stupid examples. And this disclosure is clearly prompted by the Republicans who are disjointed as hell, and very upset that they have lost the public trust. And they refuse to admit that this (and others) likely went on under Republican presidents as well.

But 2014 is almost upon us and they have to act fast.

So we have the media…

… choosing to make a big deal over this, and they should. BUT they also choose to totally ignore what is really killing the rest of the country, the political payola! (And theirs too, incidentally.)

Our politicians are close behind those in Mexico, and they have our Supreme Court behind them.

We need a whistle blower in every government division AND a totally independent and privatized oversight group, staffed by do-gooders who are appointed by ONLY the state legislators!

Is there a happy center?

May 10, 2013

Sorry to say, both the R and D voters are at fault. We are both drinking the Kool-Aid and accepting the self-benefiting garbage out of the mouths of our politicians. The guys we should trust the most, are the biggest crooks.

By Jack E. Lohman

I am usually Republican, though not always, and I blast the R’s as frequently as the D’s. The center-right wants fairness and the far-right wants it all. The center-left also wants fairness, while the far-left wants it all (handed to them!). At least, that’s how some on the right see it.

Problem is, they have both gone too far, and it is up to the sensible to recognize that and bring us back to the center. Yes the greedy have taken over the far right and the folks looking for a handout have taken over the far left.  Though they will argue that they have been forced into handouts, and to some extent that is true.

I expect more argument from the lefties, but just think of it: when Food Stamps and Welfare and free cell phones are more attractive than actually working, to some, we have a serious problem. When teacher’s unions fight for smaller class sizes because it creates the need for more teachers paying dues and union bosses take home $300K salaries, we have a problem.

But the lefties aren’t totally wrong! Or lazy.

They are pissed because the righties have locked up all the jobs and they can’t support their families. And they are right. Investors want outsourcing because it is cheaper labor, and they give cash bribes to encourage the politicians to write the rules to make it all happen. Thanks much to NAFTA and CAFTA signed by Bill Clinton for this.

But we “voters” allowed this to happen. WE voters are polarized and lied to and sidetracked and divided. We must come together, and soon.

With politicians the trick is “win with money and bribery!” It works every time, and we voters take the hit because we don’t know how to stop it.

But there *IS* a way. Right now it’s called public funding of campaigns and it is less costly than our current system of bribery. And if we do it now, in 2014, we will head off this future prospect of armed rebellion.

Here’s an interesting issue for you.

Congress Packs Defense Bills with Millions in Pork, The people of Ohio want jobs and don’t see the danger of building needless defense materials at taxpayer expense. I blame the politicians who simply want money and don’t care how they get it. Defense is a money-maker for them. The American people are scared and the politicians are taking advantage of it. We MUST show them the door!

See Armed, Overbearing and Dangerous

We (in Milwaukee) have started a small group to throw the bastards out. See or contact me at if you want to do the same in your area.

Reagan was right. Government *IS* the problem!

April 26, 2013

So, the US Postal service has decided to postpone its cancellation of Saturday deliveries. Good thing; congress just passed a law preventing same!

By Jack E. Lohman

Though I’d more specifically say, “congressional payola is the problem.” Congress wants to put the post office on a death spiral.

Let’s look first at WHY the post office is in trouble.

  1. Earlier, the Fax technology took a share of it’s business…
  2. Then people started sending emails and announcements and paying their bills online…
  3. Then Congress got involved and demanded that the post office prepay its retirement costs 75 years in advance!

And congress did NOT do the same to its competitors, FedEx and UPS. Of course these competitors could give campaign cash and the post office couldn’t, so overall, the USPS got screwed. For a price.

If I were running the show…

  1. I’d eliminate about 80% of the offices, and move much of those remaining into Walgreens, CVS, Walmarts and Targets.
  2. I’d cut the delivery to every other day (but 6 days per week). Monday-Wednesday-Friday on route 1, Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday on route 2.
  3. And I’d do that with 1/3rd the delivery staff and trucks, unions be damned. I’d save the company and save their jobs.
  4. And if that left the employees with free time, I’d open banks in the stores. Our current banks need some real competition, don’cha know.

As it is today the post office trucks deliver UPS and FedEx packages to rural locations, and in return these two companies fly overnight packages for the post office. That’s a good back-scratching arrangement that must have been arranged without congress getting involved. I’d leave it as is.

And to our honorable (and outspoken) congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a former business owner (worth over $200 million), I’d ask: “What would you do had you found that one of your employees was taking cash bribes from your competitor and giving away corporate assets on the side?” You’d probably have him jailed, though I’m sure execution would be on your mind.

Shouldn’t we treat our congress-crooks likewise?