The System Isn't Broken. It's Fixed. Ben Manski & Jack Lohman
March 19, 7 p.m. Hyland Hall, UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
Shall our government serve the will of the people or be bought by the highest bidder? Can the voices of the people be heard?
For a long time now, increasingly there are a few owners making the decisions. When it comes to election time, they are sure to insert divisive isues that do not effect the profits of their big business interests.
When the economy falters, the "representatives" throw money at the bank owners and large corporations. Subsidies continue to highly profitable industries and connected individuals regardless of how viable the ideas are. It comes down to who they are and the influence they have purchased, and small business cannot compete with the distortions imposed on the market system.
We have people appointed to our government in positions that benefit the companies they came from, and others that serve the companies they plan to go to when they leave "public service."
"As a business owner, if I had an employee giving company assets to outsiders in exchange for money on the side, I'd fire him. Perhaps even have him jailed. In any other venue we call it bribery, payola and theft. But in the American political system, we call it freedom of speech. We don't jail them, we re-elect them." - Jack Lohman
It's not difficult to see who is being served:
Between 1990 and 2011, the income for the average family rose 2% while corporate profits rose 200% according to Randall Forsyth in Barron's Magazine.
Corporate profits have more than doubled since the year 2000.
Who is being served by our elected officials? The most powerful business interests, but even more so the big bank owners who profit from them.
As Ben Manski has put it:
"Thirty years after drafting the U.S. Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson warned of the dangers posed by the corporation, writing of the need to "crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." Today, instead, the aristocracy of the corporation has grown to full maturity, wielding power over the state and its laws in the service of corporate aims."
"The only genuine alternative to acquiescence to the Supreme Court’s dictate that corporations have constitutional rights is a democracy movement–a new American renaissance organized from below, based in communities across America, and prepared to overrule the Court by reclaiming, amending, and renewing our Constitution."
It's time for the elections to belong to the people.
On Tuesday, March 19th at 7 p.m. Move To Amend will be holding the next event in our discussion series.
The System Isn't Broken It's Fixed: Why We the People need Constitutional Reform
* Jack Lohman, retired business owner, author of “Politicians – Owned and Operated by Corporate America” and an advocate for campaign finance reform
* Ben Manski, member of the Move To Amend Executive Committee, Director of Liberty Tree, and Associate Fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies
The event will be held at Hyland Hall, UW-Whitewater, 809 W. Starin Road, Whitewater. Free parking available across the street in lot 7.
"Neither the Right nor Left are free of blame when it comes to the demise of our country. We have crooks on both sides of the isle.
YES we have union bosses who seek more members and growth, and we have rich corporate CEOs who are willing to rape the public coffers to get even more than their share. But they BOTH resort to one tactic that works all too well — political bribery — and in all cases we can blame only the politicians who willingly take the money. And fail to constrain the rip-offs of one segment of society to benefit the other, all because they are paid to keep the system broken. And they love it.
Cash works! Always has and always will.
And it is true that we have over-regulation crafted by government bureaucrats who grow their departments because THEY CAN. And politicians who let them because they are not spending their own money, and bigger government gives them more control. And wealth.
And even “under-enforced” (for a price, as Wall Street has shown).
Leftie and Rightie voters alike are to blame, for drinking the Kool-Aide of the politicians that tell the most convincing story. Some are in total awe of their presence and (perceived) wisdom, even as their pocket is being picked."
- Jack Lohman
“Ben Manski carries on where Tom Paine left off. No one today is thinking harder - and working harder - to realize the promise of the American revolution.” ~ John Nichols of The Nation
“When Ben Manski gets up to speak, you know it’s going to be exciting!” ~ Ralph Nader
"Wisconsin businessman and reform leader Jack Lohman is a true soldier for democracy. This book [Politicians - Owned and Operated by Corporate America by Jack Lohman] tells how our deeply flawed system of privately financed elections benefits the big contributors and hurts ordinary Americans." - Nick Nyhart, of The Public Campaign
Move To Amend Coalition:
"Formed in September 2009, Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.
We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns."
The event is sponsored by UW-Whitewater Student Peace Group and Rock River Affiliate of Move To Amend (Wisconsin)