Folks....it is not a done deal.
Politicians are elected to work in the public interest, not in how to make the rich richer. They take an oath of office to serve the public and as we know these development deals do not meet that requirement and many are outright pay-to-play corruption. All of this can be reversed with Rule of Law. Corrupt judges will not be able to withstand statewide outing for their corruption by a governor committed to cleaning up corporate fraud and government corruption.
Let's look at how corporate pols are working to end all public control of policy in Maryland:
Regarding the neo-liberal and neo-conservative attempt at dismantling our US democratic structures:
You would have to laugh at the new Huffington Post ownership with its useless headlines looking more like a grocery store rag then journalism if it did not represent what few media outlets the US has left as neo-liberalism seeks to end democracy in America, so too goes press and journalism. Just look at the article today by WYPR to see how far this goes. Raise your hand if you know Brown and Gansler are not fit to run for public office-----EVERYONE. Yet, media will soak these two for all they are worth because they will continue to dismantle democracy for global corporations. Heather Mizeur the reasonable pick? Sorry folks, she made the point of public private partnerships and Wall Street leverage development to prove she was true to global corporate rule.
While US media makes up the most banal issues to cover in politics, this is what is happening:
Neo-cons and neo-liberals are dismantling all of US democratic structures to build the International structure that works with global corporate tribunals. Raagan/Clinton-----Bush/Obama all work together to do this.
NONE OF THIS IS LEGAL BECAUSE THE US HAS A CONSTITUTION AND IS A RULE OF LAW NATION.
Neo-liberals are pretending they are writing a new Constitution for the 21st Century Economy....global empires with colonial outposts.
The game of neo-con media and neo-liberal media is now one that keeps the former republican conservatives and the labor and justice progressives from knowing what the heck is going on. The good news is that most Americans know now and are finding reliable news sources.
What Bush and Obama have been doing with the help of neo-cons and neo-liberals in Congress it to end the US Constitutional requirements of 3 branches of government as checks and balances by dismantling Congressional legislative abilities and the US Justice system. If you are going to have Global Corporate Tribunals writing law and enforcing only laws they want----you do not need Congress or the US Justice system. So, in the article below that has Obama with his head hung dismayed at all of the stupidity of Congress pretending to be doing something when it has no intention of doing anything.....IT IS A PARODY. Remember, neo-liberals and neo-cons in Congress are only facilitating the directions from the groups writing Trans Pacific Trade Pact (TPP). That's why all policy coming from Congress has been about ending all public sector and all money sent used to expand global corporate structures.
THAT'S ALL THAT HAS HAPPENED DURING BOTH OBAMA TERMS AND A NEO-LIBERAL CONGRESS.
At this point these corporate pols are no longer hiding the fact they are dismantling all New Deal and War on Poverty programs and reinstating corporate rule. They think it is a done deal. Actually, it is not. Remember, the US Constitution and Rule of Law is the primary document of our nation. It supersedes anything these global corporate pols try to put into place. The Supreme Court cannot simply re-write the US Constitution by
saying corporations are people or the US Justice Department cannot simply ignore Rule of Law allowing all public wealth be stolen and public assets eliminated.
CONGRESS IS REQUIRED TO IMPEACH CHIEF ROBERTS AND OBAMA.
That is why all of this banal media coverage is necessary. Doug Gansler acting like a fool and incompetent public servant beats hearing about Doug Gansler conspiring with global corporations to restructure America to a totalitarian society. Anthony Brown as incompetent public servant who empathizes with families and abuse beats Anthony Brown who drives the dismantling of all that is public and handing all to Wall Street after all. Heather is the global corporate disguised as the progressive. DO YOU HEAR HEATHER SHOUTING ABOUT ANY OF THIS? WHY DO YOU THINK SHE IS ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE? Massive corporate welfare!
So, the objective of national media and politicians is to make Congress look like the Maryland Public Transit Authority and Baltimore bus system. Make the public agency look dysfunctional to remove and/or privatize it. That is what Congress is being made to appear right now. Remember, Obama and Capitol Hill have the power to bring tens of trillions of dollars in corporate fraud back to government coffers without taxpayer money or republicans.....THEY DO NOT WANT TO DO SO----THEY INTEND TO DISMANTLE ALL SOCIAL STRUCTURES INCLUDING THE US CONSTITUTION.
ALL OF MARYLAND POLS ARE NEO-LIBERALS.
Huffington Post was sold in 2010 and is now worse than Glenn Beck.
That from the most corrupt Presidency in US History.....if the goal is to end US sovereignty and Rule of Law with Trans Pacific Trade Pact----then giving the impression that our democracy doesn't work would be the plan. Ending three branches of government checks and balances would be a must for TPP. Remember, working with corporations writing the Trans Pacific Trade Pact (TPP) was a huge endeavor.....this was not a do-nothing Congress!
Pretending to fight for social programs is TIRING!
Obama Blasts 'Least Productive Congress In Modern History'
President Barack Obama sharply criticized what he called the least productive U.S. Congress in modern history on Wednesday in a fund-raising speech that he used to try to energize Democrats to
As all of Maryland's national pols work to prepare for TPP on the national level, we have the Maryland Assembly and Baltimore City Hall busy at the state and local level. Maryland is ahead of most states because Johns Hopkins created the centralized power structure to the Mayor a few decades ago. The State of Maryland has always been one of the few states to have such a powerful Governor. This centralized power mirrors what Bush/Obama have been doing with the Executive Office as President. Obama forced to make unilateral decisions like privatizing Social Security with myRA accounts.
The Baltimore Charter must be changed by public referendum this coming 2016 election. All it takes is a public re-write of the charter to reverse the centralized powers of the mayor. It only benefits people in power to have this structure. When a City Council person states-----I CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, THE MAYOR HAS THE POWER-----he/she is lying. All council people should be leading in this referendum to change the city charter giving elected representatives of communities the power to control policy. See how a dysfunctional Congress looks just like Baltimore City Hall? The mayor works unilaterally just as Obama is doing now.
IF YOUR LABOR AND JUSTICE LEADERS ARE NOT LEADING A PUBLIC REFERENDUM TO CHANGE THE EXECUTIVE POWERS AND TO SET TERM LIMITS -----RETROACTIVELY -----ON CITY HALL.....Baltimore City Schools and elected school board members.....they are not working for their membership.
Below you see what almost no citizen wants to look at------yet, this is what the 1% uses against the citizens of Baltimore and Maryland to create the lack of democracy and public representation in City Hall and Maryland Assembly. As I said, Maryland Charter has been skewed towards the Governor and would be harder to change.....but the number of citizens needed to amend the Baltimore City charter is EASY PEASY FOLKS. Why are your labor and justice leaders not leading this effort....that's what happens in a democracy!????
WHOSE CITY CHARTER????? OUR CITY CHARTER!
Cindy Walsh for Governor of Maryland will make these things happen.
Articles of the Baltimore City Charter
These are the fundamental units of the Baltimore City Charter.
Board of Estimates
Articles of the Baltimore Code of Public Local Laws
These are the fundamental units of the Baltimore Code of Public Local Laws.
Mayor, City Council, and Municipal Agencies
Finance, Property, and Procurement
Historical and Architectural Preservation
Fire Suppression and Prevention
Harbors, Docks, and Wharves
Labor and Employment
Municipal Labor Relations
Housing and Urban Renewal
Special Benefits Districts
Licensing and Regulation
Educational and Cultural Programs
Surveys, Streets, and Highways
Transit and Traffic
As you work to avoid all that is the banality of Maryland media look to rebuild community networks that always existed in America and are being deliberately co-opted by national private non-profits. The public sector is what makes American citizenship. Without public dialog we have no democracy and neo-liberals and neo-cons are working as hard as they can to kill all that is public! ALL MARYLAND POLS ARE NEO-LIBERALS!
Neo-liberals are telling us WE WILL DECIDE HOW TO DEFINE PUBLIC. Keep in mind 'public' involves all aspects of our lives. In Baltimore neo-liberals and neo-conservatives are taking all public assets, real estate, infrastructure and privatizing them. America was built on the principles of common space. Even if you are not geared towards Western democratic philosophy from the Greek classics you understand the importance of public spaces and democracy.
Public space is also our communications as with the Post Office, public air waves giving us radio and TV, and a publicly developed and paid for internet. I sit at Johns Hopkins doing research and I constantly run against blocked websites that are blocked only because they are left-leaning. Some of this is directly from Hopkins and some is tied to FoxFire....think about how much censuring is now happening and if you are limited to public libraries you are able to access almost none of the populist information. So, being relegated as 'ALTERNATIVE' by corporate NPR takes away public space.
ALL OF THIS HAPPENS BECAUSE WE HAVE NO RULE OF LAW. ELECTING PEOPLE SHOUTING TO REINSTATE RULE OF LAW WILL REVERSE THIS. IN MARYLAND ELECTIONS------CINDY WALSH FOR GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE SHOUTING TO REINSTATE RULE OF LAW.
The homeless have for a long time taken refuge on Federal property because as a citizen they had the right to occupy that public space. Of course, neo-liberals have made a point of eliminating public space and with it laws regulating how one acts on public space. Those thinking that getting rid of homeless or protesters is not a bad thing should know that along with this goes control of all that happens around this now privatized space. The protests in Egypt's Tahir Square happened because Egypt adopted the Western concept of public space and civil rights. It is also reversing this idea in Egypt at the same time this reversal is happening in the US with neo-liberals.
The End of Public Space?People's Park, Definitions of the Public, and Democracy
Article first published online: 23 FEB 2005
The nature of public space in contemporary society is changing. This paper uses the turmoil over People's Park in Berkeley, California, as a means for exploring changing ideas about and practices in public space. I argue that as public space is increasingly privatized or otherwise brought under greater control, possibilities for democratic action are minimized. To make this claim, I provide a brief outline of the roots of the August 1991 riots at People's Park. I then examine the role that public space plays in modern democracies, and how ideas about public space have developed dialectically with definitions of who counts as “the public.” In American democracy, “the public” is constituted by private individuals. In this paper, I suggest that the presence of homeless people in public spaces raises important contradictions at the heart of this definition of “the public.” Many commentators suggest that these contradictions have led to “the end of public space” in contemporary cities, or at the very least, the removal of its political functions to the “space” of electronic communication. I examine what this move means for democratic action in the city and show that material public spaces remain a necessity for (particularly) oppositional political movements. This returns us to People's Park, as these were precisely the issues that structured the riots in 1991. I conclude the paper with a sketch of where People's Park and the issues raised by the riots now stand.
What does getting rid of local public community centers as has happened in Baltimore under O'Malley and Rawlings-Blake have to do with Obama's Trans Pacific Trade Pact (TPP) restructuring US sovereignty and democratic structure? Public space and democracy is one in the same. So, whether public schools being privatized or public community centers being handed to corporate private non-profits the goal is the same. THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC IN THE 21ST CENTURY GLOBAL STATE.
Why are people not marching in the streets demanding our public sector remain strong? Well, they are only as corporate media likes to say -----THIS REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED. The key is rebuilding the democratic party and electing pols that shout out to reverse neo-liberalism and corporate rule.
Cindy Walsh for Governor of Maryland is the only candidate for office in Maryland doing this. Where is labor and justice?????
Uses and activities
Community centres generally perform many (though rarely all) the following functions in its community (Note this list is intended to define which meaning of the phrase community centre is covered by this article rather than being facts about what some other sources associate with that phrases, though adding source confirming that other sources use the phrase in a similar way would be nice).
As the place for all-community celebrations at various occasions and traditions.
As the place for public meetings of the citizens on various issues.
As the place where politicians or other official leaders come to meet the citizens and ask for their opinions, support or votes ("election campaigning" in democracies, other kinds of requests in non-democracies).
As a place where community members meet each other socially.
As a place housing local clubs and volunteer activities.
As a place that community members (and sometimes others), can rent cheaply when a private family function or party is too big for their own home. For instance the non-church parts of weddings, funerals etc.
As a place that passes on and retells local history.
As a place where local non-government activities are organized.