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Taking on challenges of the next two years

March 12, 2013

WASHINGTON — I have decided not to run for re-election in 2014. This decision was extremely difficult because I love representing the people of Michigan in the U.....

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Whizzywhig

Mar-13-13 11:15 AM

For politicians,

talk is cheap.

But, when it comes to having a politician actually LISTEN to the PEOPLE,

such talk falls on deafened ears,

because no money greases the ease of their hearing,

like the money the rich, corporations, and investor’s throw at political campaigns and politicians.

But,

the rich, corporations, and investor’s

ALWAYS

get their tax breaks

AND PREFERENTIAL LEGISLATION

from these money laundering suds and schemes.

It is by far, easier for politicians to work for the top 1% of the population,

then to try and please the remaining 99%!

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Whizzywhig

Mar-13-13 11:18 AM

And, carl says to us:

“I love representing the people of Michigan in the U.S. Senate and fighting for the things that

I BELIEVE

(emphasis added)

are important to them….”

Experience demonstrates,

politicians care more about what THEY think,

than what WE think,

All of the working men and women, legal Americans, taxpaying CITIZENS,

who are not exempted from paying taxes,

by the sheer number of congressionally crafted pages of IRS tax code,

some 75, 000 plus pages,

that allow the rich, corporations and their investors,

to shed and shift any responsibility on their part,

to pay taxes,

but rather,

the plutocracy,

the oligarchy.

the rich,

the corporations and

their investor’s,

cleverly cause legislation to be established that absolves

the rich,

the corporations, and

their investor’s of any realistic tax obligation.

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Whizzywhig

Mar-13-13 11:19 AM

ALL POLITICIANS,

Are given over to eventually give beneficial attention to only that governance which benefits their benefactor’s,

the people who coat their palms with the grease and life sustaining greed

that goads business for ever more of it…

MONEY.

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Whizzywhig

Mar-13-13 11:21 AM

And, carl levin says to us:

“I love representing the people of Michigan in the U.S. Senate and fighting for the things that

I believe

are important to them….”

Not that I totally condemn senator levin,

but these words ring to hollow, on aged ears.

Over the years, many attempts to contact mr. levin,

to inform him of what

my neighbors,

my children, and

all working men and women

DEEMED important to them.

Of the dozen or more things that working men and women, legal Americans, taxpaying Americans,

NOT ONE,

NOT ONE ITEM,

Did senator levin ever consent or agree, was,

in his estimation,

important to the “people”.

Time and again, carl levin has by mouthing empty platitudes, words, deeds, and laws, that were mere lip-service and window-dressing for legal Americans, taxpaying citizens, our working men and women.

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Whizzywhig

Mar-13-13 11:23 AM

And, along comes yet another politician,

with the very words

legal American,

taxpaying,

working men and women

have come to despise over the last 40 years.

Times change,

but the motivation for seeking political office has changed more profoundly,

since the idea of campaign finance reform of the 1970‘s,

died a slow, hardly noticed death.

Politicians, then as now,

paid nothing more than lip service to the idea of campaign finance reform.

What they provided in rules and public comment,

they founded other rules to avoid the rules they promised they would abide by in the future,

or in the first place.

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Vauche

Mar-15-13 7:04 PM

I happy to see Levin go I must say, he's done little to make Michigan a better place to do business, to work or, to live in. In my opinion that is.

Hey Whiz, question for you in all seriousness. If all politicians are crooked or bought why do you think so many are re-elected time and time again? Is it simply lack of choices? Might the "normal" person have some role, some responsibility?

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Whizzywhig

Mar-16-13 12:37 PM

Again, Vouche,

You are correct, and have answered your own question:

We, the voters, are not provided with slates of ‘candidates’ who have the financial resources to become elected and

‘make a difference’, as it were….

This is the way it is…

TODAY…

NOT

THE WAY IT SHOULD BE…

Money talks,

does the campaigning,

and the 'elector's'

listen to the the 'sound-bites' that come out of the mouth's written by the best 'script-writers',

money can buy.

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Whizzywhig

Mar-16-13 12:39 PM

IF

WE

HAD

THE ABILITY

TO SUPPORT,

AND ENACT

THE IDEAS/IDEALS

OF A

TRULY

DEMOCRATIC

SYSTEM

of

REPRESENTATION.

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Whizzywhig

Mar-16-13 12:41 PM

Just the same slate of characters who have access to

MONEY,

supplied by

the rich,

their corporations,

and,

their investor’s.

Because,

elected officials are beholden to enact preferential legislation,

that in the main, grows the wealth and asset accumulation of the rich.

This is the way it is…

TODAY.

Not,

Rather,

How it should be...

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Whizzywhig

Mar-16-13 12:43 PM

IN

The former Soviet Union,

A slate of ‘candidates’ was presented for people to vote for…

No real difference in candidate,

just one of the many that supported the status quo.

IN

The United States,

Today, a slate of ‘candidates’ are presented for people to vote for…

again,

NO REAL DIFFERENCE,

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Whizzywhig

Mar-16-13 12:44 PM

“In All Seriousness”…?

I have never been MORE SERIOUS, in my entire life.

Again,

you have hit the nail on the proverbial ‘head’,

in answer to your own question.

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Whizzywhig

Mar-16-13 12:46 PM

TO ADDRESS YOUR QUESTION …

Because there has been NO real campaign finance reform,

from, or since it was last bandied about in the 1970’’s…

As you said in effect…

We now are left with a

COMPLETE LACK OF meaningful and different CHOICES,

representative by people who would change events or the status quo,

but are left

dead in the water,

without power,

sabotaged by,

THEIR LACK OF ACCESS TO

THE MONEY

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Whizzywhig

Mar-16-13 12:50 PM

Unfortunately,

our country has devolved into just the opposite of a REPRESENTATIVE democracy…

but rather has become, a representative ‘democracy’

for the rich,

by the rich, and

for their corporations,

their investors, and

self-serving interests.

Choice, of candidates, is just an illusion.

The amount of money that it takes to wage and win an elected public seat,

is beyond the means of mere working men and women,

UNLESS,

They are able to entice the money people to finance their election bid.

Once OUR elections are over,

the elected are beholden to their bankers.

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Whizzywhig

Mar-16-13 12:50 PM

My political bend, is to support the person or idea,

that leads to the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

There is nothing hard to understand about this philosophical bent.

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Whizzywhig

Mar-16-13 12:52 PM

Voauche,

I must, again,

preface my remarks, as a reminder to all…

I am

NOT,

a republican

a democrat

a liberal

OR

a conservative...

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Cheesehead

Mar-16-13 4:00 PM

Wheezie,

You didn’t mention the similarities between the Russian slate of candidates and the U.S. slate of candidates!

In Russia, the candidates were hand-picked by the Russian Government.

In the U.S., the candidates are hand-picked by the RICH, BIG BUSINESS, and THE INVESTOR’S.

Therefore, the lack of choice for our votes!

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Vauche

Mar-17-13 9:03 AM

Well whiz, you put me in a bit a conundrum. I really disagree with your ultra contempt of the rich and big business yet I find I have much the same opinion concerning our election process.

I differ in that I would also hold the common folk to the fire too. Todays society doesn't put the time or effort into determining which canidate stands for what. It seems most don't vote, vote party lines, or vote the incumbent without thought. The problem is people won't kick out an incumbent if they are of "their" party even if the incumbent is not doing the job they were put there for.

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Whizzywhig

Mar-17-13 2:45 PM

To deny this shift and change or existence in fact,

is adhering to the idea that the world is flat.

To deny that the rich, their corporations, their investor’s, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the American Legislative Exchange Council

is benign and to dismiss them as insignificant...

is to believe the world is flat...

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Whizzywhig

Mar-17-13 2:47 PM

Wiser thinking, might then, indicate a willingness to debate,

when you substantiate your understanding of the entities and concepts of freedom of the press, plutocracy, oligarchy, aristocracy, unions, masons, religions, powerful churches, the rich, robber barons, electoral college, gerrymandering, political payoffs, extortion, blackmail, and taxation codes for the rich vs the rest of us….

and, how the control of these entities, ideas, and concepts moved from the realm and control by the many (the people),

to the realm and control by the few (the rich, the corporations, their investors).

To list just a few basic concepts.

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Whizzywhig

Mar-17-13 2:49 PM

Through gerrymandering, republicans had hoped that the number of consequential states that would elect the next president could be reduced to ten (10).

When the democrats are at the helm, the same is also true of their adherence to their forms of bogus politicking.

Not much has been written in this regard, when voters gave the republicans their come-uppance in the last presidential election.

Good or Bad?

There is no sense in repeating what I’ve offered thus far.

It behooves you to take the time and perform due diligence with research on your part.

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Whizzywhig

Mar-17-13 2:51 PM

Research the facts as almost every retired congressman, legislator, or public affairs historians, intellectuals, have charged,

that corruption, and misrepresentation, and the media, has failed most Americans,

and is all-consuming and intrusive into all facets of life of every American.

As a token, remember that in the 2008 election cycle, just/only thirteen (13) states ultimately decided who would be president of this country,

think gerrymandering and electoral college.

What, say you, of the so-called ‘responsibility’ and the collective ‘responsibility’ of the rest of this nation’s voters?

It was conspired that such would not exist by our own legislators, and the heads and tails of the two-party system.

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Whizzywhig

Mar-17-13 2:53 PM

As dated as the 1961 speech is, when Eisenhower made that speech about collusion, etc.,

the intensity with which the change from the military-industrial-complex,

has changed to include nearly all of the business empires, the rich, their investor’s, and supposedly, OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES,

the situation has evolved to where it is much worse than IKE posited in 1961.

Rather than debate with you about the world being flat or round…

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Whizzywhig

Mar-17-13 2:55 PM

But from the day Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his farewell address on January 17, 1961,

where he chose to warn Americans of the intense structured integration between policy, regulations, legislation, legislator’s, the national armed forces, and the military industrial base that supports, all of these entities,

the struggle for deeper penetration and inroads to the control of OUR government has been relentless by the powerful and the rich.

Your decision, is yours,

be that as it may,

and flies directly contrary to the adage that the world was flat, when in reality, it has been proven to be anything but flat.

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Whizzywhig

Mar-17-13 2:57 PM

V,

I don’t invite you, or anyone else, to subscribe to my rant, in any fashion or form.

I have pontificated on what I have learned,

as opposed to what I have been ‘fed’,

or led,

or expected to believe by the media,

our legislator’s and their backers and bankers.

Say what you will…

It matters little that you choose to ‘disagree’, regarding who is in “control” of this nation.

The same strife has been rampant between the rich, the aristocrat’s, the plutocrat’s, the oligarch’s and the poor from time -day one.

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Vauche

Mar-17-13 3:46 PM

I'm not really sure what the heck you want whiz. What is the solution?

I agree that corporate and private funding of campaigns is way out of control. Many of the big businesses, the rich favor the left despite what many believe. In the end it doesn't matter, there are players on both sides of this fence so it should, if thinking honestly, be a wash.

It's very true that government under any control is becoming intrusive, yet under one of the most intrusive presidents ever people blame one side, one group of people. We have the EPA, Education department, we have CZARS, and a president that choose to bypass the system through executive orders and under the guise of regulations. They are in essence creating laws when they do NOT have and should not have the authority to do so.

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