MLK WOULD SAY NAKED CAPITALISM HAS TO GO!!!!
Regarding MLK day and The Lines Between Us:
I attended a justice gathering this week that had people telling stories of abuse in the City of Baltimore. It paints the ongoing War Against the Poor in the city. Now, if you are middle-class and think gentrification of the city needs to follow the path being taken by sociopaths at the top of the income scale....you need to reflect as to where your family will be if these sociopaths are allowed to carry through their plans to eliminate WE THE PEOPLE and THE BILL OF RIGHTS with TPP----living under suspended Rule of Law brings everyone down! That was MLK's message in the 1960s and it is 10 times more relevant now that Clinton and Obama have created global corporate rule and now move towards ending US sovereignty giving all rights to rule to the heads of a few global corporations. Don't worry, it is all illegal and a COUP against the American people and will be NULL AND VOID.....but most will see their personal wealth disappear before we turn this around!
I was speaking to a wonderful lady shouting loudly against injustice in the city who tells me of long lines around the NORTH AVE social services office waiting to process information for FOOD STAMPS. She told me how people were made to wait for hours in these lines in the freezing cold and if they made it inside the process failed to complete registration. Given phone numbers to follow up they found no answer to these phone calls.
PEOPLE NEEDING FOOD STAMPS ARE BEING GIVEN THE RUN AROUND SO THEY BECOME DESPERATE AND GIVE UP IN BALTIMORE.
I explained that this was deliberate and taken from the Texas plan used now for a decade of moving social services to phone and online where, just as a consumer trying to get through with a product complaint and cannot speak to a real person.....this is happening in social services. So, Baltimore closed 2 major social services hubs and left this one facility open to process all the people while being understaffed. THIS IS A SIGN OF ENDING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN THE STATE. She told me how Mikulski and Cummings told her they were fighting for Food Stamps and extended unemployment and I shouted to those gathered that these pols are lying because they know these services are being dismantled in Maryland as they pretend to fight for them! Remember, Maryland amazingly fell below the limit for extended unemployment just as it is being pushed in Congress.....6.4% all without any sustained job growth. No one believes that figure and it is skewed to play the requirements. Just an aside, the same is happening with health care. No one using dental insurance because they are being abused and exploited by dental chains. Another situation of passing progressive laws and not enforcing them. Texas is now equivalent to a third world nation with all of its social restructuring and suspension of Rule of Law and Maryland is using Texas as a model for their structural changes.....neo-liberals and neo-cons......WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE....THERE IS NONE. ALL OF YOUR INCUMBENT POLITICIANS KNOW THIS IS HAPPENING.
RUN AND VOTE FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE IN ALL PRIMARIES TO SHAKE THE NEO-LIBERAL BUGS FROM THE RUG.
So, what happens when public policy deliberately makes sure you cannot be employed, then you cannot get social services, and all of the wealth you accumulated is lost to corporate fraud, and police brutality and abuse has you in jail working for prison contractors making profits paying you $2 an hour? Baltimore has over 160,000 people of which 60% are at or below poverty most victims of O'Malley's zero tolerance criminal record.
THIS IS BALTIMORE'S MLK LEGACY AND IT IS A REALLY SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS. ALL OF THE TIME AND MONEY THAT GOES WITH MAKING SURE PEOPLE CANNOT THRIVE COSTS SOCIETY MORE AND LABELS THAT SOCIETY IMMORAL AND CORRUPT.
This MLK march will be about a revolution that will not be stopped by social programs meant to quell social unrest. It is growing, it is broad, and it will be sustained. When Rule of Law returns, we know that Statutes of Limitation is suspended when a government suspends Rule of Law.
Below you see where the conservative approach to ending welfare and social services because it 'makes people lazy' went.....and this includes closing brick and mortar buildings for social services and directing people to call and then ignoring them as is happening in Baltimore today!
Remember, this is only about the richest getting richer.....it is not about sound public policy. Clinton took a thriving and strong society with middle-class wealth, strong integrity and oversight over business and government, strong social safety nets and ended all of that just so a few at the top could become extremely rich. THAT IS ALL. It wasn't enough to be millionaires..... Obama and neo-liberals today are trying to seal the deal by suspending all Rule of Law and public justice as we all get fleeced.
Welfare Reform in Texas Has Not Worked, According to University of Texas at Austin Researchers
Jan. 29, 2008 University of Texas, Austin
AUSTIN, Texas — Most Texas families who leave welfare remain in or near poverty and many are likely to return to the welfare rolls in the future, say University of Texas at Austin researchers.
For a new book, "Life After Welfare: Reform and the Persistence of Poverty," Laura Lein and Deanna Schexnayder followed 179 families who left welfare after the welfare reform act of 1996 was signed into law.
"We examine the ways in which the effort to 'end welfare as we know it' has played out in the lives of impoverished families in Texas who draw on welfare support," said Lein, a professor in the School of Social Work and Department of Anthropology. President Bill Clinton signed a welfare law in 1996, and President George W. Bush reauthorized the bill with more stringent requirements for welfare recipients in 2006.
Lein and Schexnayder, a research scientist and associate director of the Ray Marshall Center in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, found the families experienced barriers to employment, confronted poverty even when employed and faced a failing safety net of basic human services as they attempted to sustain low-wage jobs.
"Have these reforms—ending entitlements and moving towards time limits and work requirement—lifted Texas families once living on welfare out of poverty or merely stricken their names from the administrative rolls?" they ask.
"If the goal of welfare reform was to reduce the welfare rolls, it was undeniably successful—at least in the short term," the authors said. "But if the goal was to reduce poverty and increase the well-being and stability of families previously on welfare, the results are far more complicated and disturbing."
Texas, with its early experiments with welfare reform and a relatively limited welfare program to begin with, is an important arena in which to study the aftermath of welfare reform, said Lein and Schexnayder, adding that federal lawmakers later increased the severity of welfare reform even more.
"Through the experiences of Texas welfare leavers, we can examine the potential outcomes of similar policy initiatives in other states as budgetary constraints continue to affect welfare policies," the researchers said.
University of Texas Press published the book. Daniel Schroeder, also of the LBJ School, and Karen Douglas of Sam Houston State University, contributed to the research.
Next, I spoke with a group fighting for Expanded and Improved Medicare for All in Maryland.......A GREAT ISSUE! What citizens in Maryland do not know is that Baltimore and Maryland have/are dismantling all of public health and with that the structures for entitlements like Medicare. If you are fighting for universal care that is not Medicaid for All......the ACA idea of health care for all.....then you need to be shouting against the privatization of all of public health! It is on steroids here in Baltimore and was the primary goal of City Health Commissioner Barbot and State Health Executive Sharfstein.......SEE WHY THEY DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO SEE THE HEALTH SYSTEM ROLLOUT WORKED! Handing all of public health to private corporate non-profits is a big job!!!!
One of the people attending told a story of abuse in Baltimore's health system and foster care program that makes one think of Charles Dicken's London. When a health system moves from public health to private and profit-driven you get a level of deregulation and unaccountability as makes Wall Street what it is today.....predatory and fleecing everything a person has under any means. Now, imagine a global medical corporation like Hopkins who famously allowed impoverished people in Baltimore so little access to health care as to have them with life spans 30 years less than the upper class all while getting tons of Medicare and Medicare funding for these majority of poor. We know the poor were given research projects to join for health care access and that is why the poor in Baltimore shout that they are being used as experiments.....because, in a way they are. What is the level of abuse? Well, dismantling public health in Baltimore has a private corporation like Hopkins shielded from most public scrutiny and the opting out of Federal Medicare oversight that has allowed Maryland to dismantle much of those public oversight systems tells us THERE IS A LOT OF VERY, VERY, VERY BAD STUFF HAPPENING IN MARYLAND HEALTH CARE.
Just recently we read where Hopkins was found to be providing faulty data for a black lung class-action lawsuit that worked against the victims and we know that victims of health abuse in Baltimore have absolutely no recourse for the most part as public justice does not exist and these MALPRACTICE LAWYERS only look for sure things that can easily win. Now, we see Hopkins connected to organ laundering and new laws passing now surrounding tissue banking make EVERYONE LEARY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE DIE IN THE HOSPITAL. It is third world stuff to be thinking an institution operating in the US would be out to get us-------LITERALLY. Since there is no oversight and since all of these practices bring big money especially to the MEDICAL TOURISM GROUP........ Hopkins took billions of taxpayer money to build its global campus in Baltimore.....IT IS SAFER TO ASSUME THIS IS ALL HAPPENING THAN NOT!
THIS IS NEO-LIBERALISM AND NAKED CAPITALISM FOR YOU AND IT IS EXACTLY WHAT CLINTON HAD IN MIND WHEN HE TOOK THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND HANDED IT TO CORPORATIONS. REMEMBER, ALL OF MARYLAND'S POLS ARE NEO-LIBERALS, THEY ARE NOT DEMOCRATS!
Below we see just one of many examples of how this organ stealing will grow and the public is deliberately left out of the loop in accountability...
THIS GENERATES DISTRUST!!!!
Israeli organ trafficker pleads guilty
Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:23AM3 0
Levy Itzhak Rosenbaum (L) led by his attorneys Ronald Kleinberg (C) and Richard A. Finkel (R) An Israeli rabbi who was in involved in organ trafficking to the US pleaded guilty for breaking law.
Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, 60, pleaded guilty to three counts of organ trafficking and one count of conspiracy in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey.
Rosenbaum brokered black-market sales of human kidneys in the US and arranged transplant surgeries at well known medical centers, including Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
“The transplant surgeries occurred in prestigious American hospitals and were performed by experienced and expert kidney transplant surgeons,” attorneys Richard Finkel and Ronald Kleinberg said in a statement.
He reportedly was paid $410,000 to arrange the sales of kidneys from healthy donors in Israel to three people in New Jersey.
Rosenbaum admitted in court papers that he “would assist the donor and the recipient to coordinate a cover story to mislead hospital personnel into believing that the donation of the kidney was a purely voluntary act and not a commercial transaction.”
Rosenbaum may face up to five years imprisonment on each count of the four-count information, and $250,000 in fines when he is sentenced in February
Following Rosenbaum's arrest, US authorities detained some 44 others, including rabbis and mayors in New Jersey, who were prosecuted for money laundering and human organs trade.
A month before his arrest, a report published in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, accused Israeli soldiers of kidnapping Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip for their organs, indicating a possible link between the Israeli military and the mafia of human organs detected in the US.
The Master Plan for Baltimore's development has the working class and poor out of the city center and off to the periphery of the Baltimore City line. So, all low-income housing is being destroyed and not replaced and all Enterprise Zones using taxpayer money requiring low-income housing is ignored. Even the parking ticket of subprime mortgage fraud has almost none of the money going to low-income housing or the victims. We are seeing such a high level of corruption and fraud in these Enterprise Zones it takes your breathe away as tax credits given with almost free houses to connected people and bundled by the thousands to Wall Street investment banks. Now residents of Remington and Old Goucher/Barclay are watching with alarm as all of the property around them are bought with cash and left to sit or are so badly rehabbed as to make them little better than before. THIS IS WALL STREET AS LANDLORD AS RENTS GO SKY-HIGH FOR PROPERTY NOT MUCH BETTER THAN BEFORE THESE PROPERTY OWNERS WERE GIVEN THE PROPERTY FOR NOTHING WITH TAX BREAKS TO BOOT. So, working class people who live in these neighborhoods know what is in store and they have no recourse and the COMMUNITY GROUPS that should be their voice are stocked with Hopkins development people who simply adopt whatever Baltimore Development says. Now the development that poor and black citizens have felt are coming to the lower income white population and they are not liking it either. We are organizing both groups of people along with the middle-class to fight what is THUGGERY GENTRIFICATION that guts a city's assets for the few and leaves control of city center's real estate to a few VISIGOTHS and that is not good social planning.
I let everyone know that Hopkins' plan of moving all low-income housing and poverty resources to the city line has to do with the plan to downsize the city's limits where the boundary will be moved closer to City Center leaving all the poor and working class outside Baltimore City limits. Hopkins is diligently studying transporting the poor as the plan will be to stop public transportation out to these areas and limit it to shorter routes leaving those stuck at the border with few transportation opportunities. What Hopkins has to do is think about how to move people to and from work without allowing them movement for personal reasons. They are well on their way by making the MTA in Baltimore so bad in service, cutting routes and leaving people standing at bus stops for hours as to make it impossible to use. Next, the subsidized bus fares will be built like school children's bus passes in that they will be valid in only moving during work hours.
Tying people moved out to the city boundaries to businesses right next to their living quarters sounds a lot like feudalism doesn't it!
WELL, THAT'S MEDIEVALISM FOR YOU AND THAT IS THE NEW ECONOMY TO NEO-LIBERALS!
If people look at what housing looked like for the Chinese brought to an industrial city in China it has workers impoverished with wages tied to housing right there at the company for which they worked and they were literally trapped in these working situations.
SOUND LIKE PLANTATION COMPANY STORE STUFF?????? EXACTLY.
This is what Obama's HUD reform looks to do in cities being gentrified. Now, do we as a society really want to go there because the few of the richest want to be super-rich and have fiefdom living? REALLY? Wouldn't we rather go back to first world standards and make the poverty programs work better?
Obama's housing reform panel angers affordable-housing advocates
John Taylor of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition says there should be more community representation on the panel. (Melissa Golden/bloomberg News)
By Zachary A. Goldfarb Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 13, 2010
Affordable-housing advocates raised concerns Thursday that the Obama administration is excluding consumer and community groups from playing prominent roles in a government-sponsored conference next week that will kick off efforts to overhaul national housing policy.
After the administration announced the 12 panelists for Tuesday's conference, the nonprofit National Community Reinvestment Coalition said consumer and community groups had been "muscled out" by financial companies, economists and academics without a sense of how housing policy plays out in communities.
"Apparently being a community organizer qualifies you to be president, but it's not good enough to be part of HUD and Treasury's think tank on housing," said NCRC chief executive John Taylor, whose group works with hundreds of community organizations to promote access to financial services for low- and middle-income people.
The criticism by affordable-housing advocates was notable because the Obama administration has so far paid much more attention to their concerns than previous administrations have. Advocates, for instance, had credited the administration with listening to community groups that argued that the government must do more to embrace rental housing for those who cannot afford to buy a home.
Panels and players
Almost everyone agrees that the government's role in providing financing for home loans -- now standing behind nine in 10 new loans -- is too big and must be replaced by private capital. But an emerging flash point in the debate is how much the government may compel private companies to spend on ensuring that low- and middle-income people have access to housing -- either by renting or buying.
Tuesday's conference will feature two panels on housing reform -- one led by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and focused on financial markets, and another led by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and focused on broader housing policy goals. Six executives, five academics and a representative of a civil rights group will participate as panelists. After the panel discussions, breakout sessions will take up topics such as securitization and rental housing.
"Across the spectrum, stakeholders agree that our current system of housing finance requires fundamental reform," said Jeffrey A. Goldstein, undersecretary of the Treasury for domestic finance. "This conference is an opportunity for us to broaden our perspectives on a number of key issues in a transparent way to make certain that all of the best ideas are on the table."
The panelists include Bill Gross, Pimco's chief investment officer, who has been a large buyer of securities backed by home loans; Moody's economist Mark Zandi, who has advised politicians on economic policy; and Lewis Ranieri, who helped pioneer mortgage securitization.
The heads of Bank of America and Wells Fargo's mortgage units will be panelists, as well as former bank regulator Ellen Seidman.
Seidman, who now runs a community-oriented bank in Chicago, and Marc Morial, a former New Orleans mayor who is now president of the National Urban League, are likely to be among affordable-housing advocates' biggest allies at the conference.
Still, "it's really not much diversity or real community perspective from folks that represent the end user of mortgages," said Janis Bowdler, deputy director of the wealth-building program at the National Council of La Raza. "I am concerned that the process will be heavily influenced and informed by major industry players and economists."
But Andrew Williams, a Treasury spokesman, said consumer advocates will have a voice. "A number of consumer advocates will participate in the conference to ensure that a broad range of stakeholders have input into the reform discussion," he said.
White House's approach
Some say that, regardless of who is being invited to speak, the topics the administration is addressing are important ones.
"While I think it's important that the right people are at the table, the agenda really points to them trying to get the issues that the housing finance system has left behind -- like multifamily housing and affordability," said Linda Couch, deputy director of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
The Obama administration has taken an incremental approach to reforming housing. It faces a January deadline, imposed by the new financial regulatory reform law, to come up with a plan for overhauling housing finance.
But officials say they fear that any specific proposal could rattle the fragile housing and mortgage markets, which are now supported to a great extent by government programs.
In April, the Treasury and HUD released seven broad questions to guide thinking on how to reshape housing finance. They received more than 300 comments.