99% — Who’s to Blame?

We frustrate 99% need to ask how and why our nation’s current problems evolved before placing blame.

  • “How” is simple. Our politicians’ accept “bribe” money and support provide by the wealthy 1% and other special interest groups for their reelections. Politicians’ deny they are influenced by these funds and favors, but these denials are disputed by the results. Politicians’ repay these “legal bribes” with special laws and return favors.
  • “Why” is equally simple. Our politicians’ highest priorities are their reelection and gaining power, not our Constitution principles or the best long-term interests of the nation.

To paraphrase Candidate Bill Clinton: “It’s the career politicians, stupid.”

We 99% have allowed politicians’ to make and change rules by which they can take “legal bribes” to buy votes, and provide themselves with may perks. This is how the 1% and special interest groups have legally taken over our nation. Only we can force changes by demanding politicians’ change their rules to be in our – not their – best interest. Politicians’ are to blame for every serious problem we face. Their “finger pointing” and half-truths must not confuse us.

Most politicians’ independent of their political party are guilty. All are masters at:

  • “Finger pointing” to shift the blame away from themselves. Some accept “bribes” from those they like to blame. For example, President Obama received most of his campaign money from “fat cat” rich people, and special interest groups such as unions and trial lawyers. Republicans got “bribes from some of the same “fat cats.”
  • “Telling us what we want to hear.” What politicians’ tell us seldom comes to pass and often is not even promoted.
    All politicians’ dole out or promise “free money” to garner votes and support cronies. For example, recent wavers given by the Obama Administration to selected businesses and unions allows millions of citizens’ to avoid the cost of this new law.

We now have a nation run by the rules of cronyism, and laws fashioned to benefit politicians and, thereby, special interests — not “we the people.” Let’s start holding politicians’ accountable for the nation’s debts, job losses and other major problems they have created.


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Dr. Cleland’s Ph.D. is from Purdue University where he specialized in complex systems theory. His technical training and experiences includes analyses of many types of systems, involvement with numerous federal, state, and local agencies, and management of a broad set of set of professionals, services, and trades people. He has managed scientists, engineers, policemen, firefighters, environment, health, safety and emergency planning experts, building trades and maintenance crafts personnel, and others.

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