I listened to the local public media tell us that our local global corporation, Johns Hopkins, wants to raise funds to develop the Homewood area and to buy water rights in developing countries. Hopkins is like the mother-in-law that comes to visit a couple's home and never leaves, taking over the housekeeping decisions from one and controlling the purse of the other. The story almost always ends with the couple having to PUSH the mother-in-law out regardless of feelings. This is the state of the city in Baltimore. As we try to rebuild the city and make it healthy the first thing that must change is the crony company town image. Baltimore is run by Hopkins and all money runs through Hopkins. This constitutes Banana Republic and we are trying to become a thriving city. The two do not blend. We hear reports of communities protesting development plans from one side of the city to another and believe me, only a .001% of complaints make the news. We know that many of the contracts entered with Hopkins involves fraud as terms are not meant and bidding laws overlooked. Everyone in the city hates the development plans and resent Hopkins involvement. So if simply telling Hopkins to back off doesn't work what is a city to do?
The answer lies with electing a Mayor and City Council that works for the citizens and not Hopkins because then we can reverse this silly emphasis of corporate rule and return to democratic principles.
RUN AND VOTE FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE NEXT ELECTIONS....IF YOUR LABOR AND JUSTICE ORGANIZATION IS NOT RUNNING A CANDIDATE AGAINST INCUMBENTS......THEY ARE WORKING FOR CORPORATE RULE!!!
Hopkins has a few billion dollars in its endowment much of it gained by building its global empire on taxpayer money, so we simply need to get it back. That 2-3 billion needs to move into government coffers and to Baltimore communities so each community can decide how it wants to grow. This means a corporation that is Hopkins will pay taxes......property taxes will in and of itself fund development. There is also a need to design income tax policy for the Hopkins corporation as it is moving towards patenting it medical and security research. Now, just assessing a property tax on Hopkins will push them into reevaluating the land grab of city property and cause them to downsize their real estate portfolio. Closing up shop will free the communities of Hopkins' dominance and allow democratic principles to return.
If that does not make for good corporate citizens we simply need to raise the Hopkins' tax rate to 70% and get them to move out of Baltimore along with the national corporations Hopkins development is bringing to the city.
THIS IS H0W A HEALTHY DEMOCRACY WORKS. THE PEOPLE DESIGN POLICY TO KEEP ALL ELEMENTS OF SOCIETY ON EQUAL POWER LEVELS.
Let me end my Hopkins' strategy by saying this about their need to fund raise to buy overseas rights to water. That is exactly what we do not want them to do. It is immoral and unethical, and it is being done for profit. Whether Harvard or Stanford.....we are seeing university corporations using their endowments to buy prime water sources around the world even as they are raking in profits from FRACKING the heck out of the American landscape. The reason they know water will be a valuable commodity other than the global warming issue? THEY ARE DESTROYING ALL OF AMERICA'S AQUIFERS WITH THIS DRILLING FOR OIL AND NATURAL GAS. So, the plan is make copious profit destroying US water supplies and then sell water collected overseas back to Americans at market value.
THESE ARE EVIL DUDES!!!!! IT IS BETTER TO SHAKE THE BUGS OUT OF THE RUG!!!
Below you see a movement that removes the public from this captured and crony criminal system. It is vital that the public develop its own protective systems!!!!!!
PLEASE FOLLOW THIS MOVEMENT AND BRING IT TO YOUR STATE.....WE MUST BUILD A SYSTEM FOR THE PUBLIC TO PROTECT PUBLIC INTEREST. ANY POLITICIAN YOU ELECT SHOULD BE SHOUTING FOR PUBLIC BANKING!!!!
Public Banking Conference: June 2-4, 2013 – Public mortgages, credit pays all our state taxes
By Carl_Herman on May 6, 2013 1:50 am
Public Banking Institute is having our 2013 conference in San Rafael (Northern California) on June 2, 3, 4 to publicly present solutions in banking and money worth tens of trillions of dollars to Americans.
You literally have nothing more valuable to attend to (registration info here).
Among public banking’s available benefits:
- State budget deficits end as state-owned banks create at-cost credit. The US has only one state with increasing budget surpluses: the only one with a state-owned bank.
- State taxes are entirely paid with ~5% public mortgages and credit.
- Trillions in taxpayer surpluses are returned from documented government CAFRs (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) as at-cost credit replaces rainy-day funds.
- Truth in banking opens debt-free money: US national debt is ended forever, and we have full employment for the best infrastructure we can imagine (documentation here, here, here).
- Truth in banking and money can open truth everywhere: unlawful US wars can end, poverty can end, trillions of more dollars returned in the broader economy, and even truth from corporate media.
This prima facie cost-benefit analysis seems to show state taxes could entirely be paid with public credit, and demands public consideration. Governor Brown knows of this option; he vetoed the bill to document the benefits of a state-owned bank. Therefore, public demand such as through our Public Banking Conference seems vital to create credit and money for the public’s good.
In context of the above bullet points:
- Florida economist and Governor candidate Farid Khavari documents that 2% mortgages, 6% credit cards, and 3-4% commercial and vehicle loans would replace all state taxes. A floating interest rate could also cover state budget deficits.
- California’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) shows ~$100 billion in surplus taxpayer accounts that dwarf the $16 billion budget deficit. California also has ~$500 billion in claimed “investments” for pension costs. But the state received only $1 billion net from $500 billion “invested” (one-fifth of one percent) while Wall Street investors received over $2 billion in fees. The entire state has ~14,000 different government entities with CAFR taxpayer surplus totals conservatively data-sampled at the game-changing sum of $8 trillion ($650,000 surplus assets per California household). The idea of a state budget deficit in light of this sum is tragic-comic!
- Monetary reform creates debt-free money to directly pay for public goods and services. Because infrastructure returns more economic benefits than costs, we have astounding triple benefits: government could become employer of last resort for infrastructure investment (creating full employment), falling prices because economic output increases more than infrastructure investment cost, and the best infrastructure we can imagine. Creating debt-free money is certainly another tool to end state budget deficits (documentation here, here, here).
- Being on a roll for Truth also frees other money: unlawful US wars can end, poverty can end that also increases productivity, and trillions of more dollars returned in the broader economy from other areas of parasitic oligarchic behaviors “covered” from public understanding by corporate media.
There are three concepts on which this policy is based.....maximizing wealth, shareholder profits, and suspension of Rule of Law.
Everyone sees how sending the cost of operations and infrastructure to the taxpayer and that of profit to the corporation would be a win-win for corporate wealth and profits. It has you and I simply placing our tax payments right into the pockets of corporate executives rather than sending them into government coffers. This in turn pays dividends to shareholders. So, the fundamental principle behind these partnerships is to make those who are wealthiest more wealthy. Maximizing profits.
Who are the shareholder class? Right now it includes about 5% of the US population.....approximately $200,000 a year and above. But a super-majority of shareholders are the 1%. This policy seeks to move ever more of the monetary assets in America to the same 1% if that is possible. Now remember, since all the wealth is at the top and the top are paying very little tax....corporations with business tax breaks may be listing taxes on the income side of the ledger, this policy is moving towards a time when the 1% expect not to be paying anything in taxes. Trimming public spending becomes a must. You notice than almost all of the new revenue O'Malley and your Maryland Assembly placed on citizens went to fees and taxes that hit the middle/lower class the most. With the massive wealthy inequity comes a move to have you and I support all public cost.
That leads to suspension of Rule of Law. As contracting public work to private contractors increases so too does fraud, waste, and corruption. The US lost tens of trillions of dollars to corporate fraud over these few decades driven mostly be private contractor access to public contracts. To complement this privatization the policy of dismantling almost all oversight agencies for white collar activities....regulatory and justice rapidly expanded. Bush used 9-11 to completely reassign most of the FBI white collar criminal agency staff to Homeland security and Obama is continuing that policy, not reversing it. This is why Americans are astounded that this massive corporate fraud is being left unaddressed. It all centers on public private partnerships. Quasi-governmental agencies or NGOs are given the protection of being out of sight as regards public transparency and States Attorney's General and the Maryland General Assembly have received rankings from government watchdogs and academics as 'failing' on fraud, corruption, and lack of transparency.....all having to do with the fungibility of Maryland's public revenue. If contractors know there is no oversight, if they are allowed to amend contract bids over and again, when they can apply for grants and tax credits with no oversight.....they abuse it. AND THEY DO.
This is how downsizing the public sector will continue to look. These pols can tell us that it saves money all the want......we all know that it is a money-laundering operation that impoverishes government coffers and our communities!!!
THESE QUASI-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS CONTROLLING DEVELOPMENT......LED BY JOHNS HOPKINS CORPORATION MUST END.......THEY CAPTURE DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES!!!!
Public-private partnership bill stirs debate
Posted: 03/24/2012 ABC News
A measure to create a state policy for public-private partnerships on large infrastructure projects has moved forward in the House of Delegates. The House gave the bill initial approval on Saturday after a heated debate over a change that would allow legal appeals to be heard on an expedited track before the Court of Special Appeals, the state's intermediate appellate court. Delegate Luiz Simmons, D-Montgomery, argued that the provision confers special legal benefits on a "special group of fat cats" that would be part of a public-private partnership. But supporters of the change say time is money, and companies that want to take part in large partnerships with the state to build expensive infrastructure should have speedy legal review of matters of law.
Read more: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/state/public-private-partnership-bill-stirs-debate#ixzz2Kt9IJPyS
Look at what we have now. As they remove all tax responsibility from the rich and corporations it now becomes necessary for the government to prey on citizens. That is how we have public private partnerships that have citizens working for ever lower wages to the profit of government and it is how prison labor becomes private profit in conjunction with government.
Below you see where private profits are soaring as people who have the most to lose will become the gambling addicts and as with cigarettes and alcohol end up being the ones who pay high taxes on bad habits. WE ALL KNEW AT-RISK PEOPLE WOULD FALL INTO THIS TRAP.....THAT IS WHY DEMOCRATS ALWAYS FOUGHT AGAINST GAMBLING.
IT IS THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRATS WHO ARE PUSHING ALL REVENUE COLLECTION TO MIDDLE/LOWER CLASS.
RUN AND VOTE FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE CANDIDATES NEXT ELECTIONS AND SEND THESE CORPORATE POLS PACKING!!!!
Compulsive gambling funds off pace of new casinos
Rash of new casinos boosts state coffers, but funds treating compulsive gamblers still small
By Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | Associated Press – 8 hrs ago
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Tom Leksan lost nearly everything when gambling became an addiction with easy access to casinos.
Once an Ohio lawyer, Leksan lost his job and marriage because of gambling, specifically blackjack. He had been gambling for years, he said, but did not become a problem gambler until he became hooked on riverboat casinos in nearby Indiana.
"I think the casinos thrive off the compulsive gambler," said Leksan, now a car salesman in northern California. "They pay lip service to treating problem gambling, but that's their bread and butter."
The unrelenting spread of casino gambling across America is reaping billions of dollars for the industry and government coffers but is also creating more compulsive gamblers. Addiction experts say the sums spent by states for treatment and counseling are too little to keep pace.
Even after the worst recession in decades and during a weak economic recovery, developers are building new casinos and adjoining attractions with the blessings of cash-hungry states. Ohio opened its first casinos last year, casino developers are vying for permission to build three casinos in Massachusetts, and New York City's new Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct racetrack is also shaking up casino gambling in the Northeast.
Advocates for an expansion of treatment services point to enormous gaps between the money states are taking in and what they are spending on compulsive gambling. For example, casinos and card rooms in Pennsylvania generated about $2.3 billion in revenue in 2010 and the state transferred $17.5 million in casino revenue into its Problem Gambling Treatment Fund between 2007 and last year.
Connecticut's casinos, off-track betting and the state lottery generated nearly $659 million in state revenue in 2012 while problem gambling services that include counseling, treatment and a toll-free phone number for gamblers received $1.9 million.
"Even as you see an expansion of gambling you're not seeing a level playing field in treatment," said Mark Vander Linden, president of the Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators.
Linden's organization, in a 2010 report, found that 37 states were providing public funding for gambling programs — at a combined total level of just over $58 million. Nevada alone reported casino and card room gambling revenue that year of $10.4 billion, according to Casino City's North American Gaming Almanac.
About 2.6 million gamblers characterized as pathological, or unable to resist the impulse to gamble, are estimated to need treatment each year, the Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators says.
Problem gambling is defined as behavior that causes physical, psychological, social or job disruptions. It is progressively addictive as gamblers become preoccupied with betting and require more frequent bets with more money. It can be as mild as spending too much at a slot machine, card table or convenience store selling lottery tickets or taken to the extreme, compulsive gambling results in overwhelming debt, divorce and sometimes crime such as embezzlement to raise money to pay off gambling debts.
Ray Pineault, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, said Mohegan Sun and neighboring Foxwoods Resort Casino contribute plenty — nearly $326 million last year as required by their agreement with the state — but the state spends too little to treat problem gambling.
"I don't think the state does significant funding," he said.
Rep. Stephen Dargan, the House chairman of the Connecticut legislature's public safety committee, which oversees the two casinos, said finding money is always a struggle.
"There's only so many dollars out there," he said.
In addition, without an expansion in gambling in Connecticut and no Internet gambling, no one is clamoring for more funding. "Everything is pretty much status quo," he said.
Donald Weinbaum, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, where gambling has been legal for decades, said the state's Internet gambling law signed by Gov. Chris Christie in February will lead to a big boost in financing problem gambling programs. Each casino that wins state approval to operate Internet betting will be required to pay $250,000 a year.
It's the first time casinos are being forced to pitch in to help finance such services, he said, and will boost current funding of $850,000 a year for treatment, prevention, education and other services that has held steady for about three years.
Massachusetts state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, a principal architect of legislation in 2011 allowing up to three resort casinos and a slot machine parlor, said gamblers from his state are spending money in casinos in neighboring states, leaving Massachusetts to treat problems related to their gambling troubles.
"If they're addicted, they leave their money and come home with their problems," he said.
Massachusetts nearly doubled its annual problem gambling budget from $1 million, to $1.8 million — even before opening the doors to their first gambling hall — but Gov. Deval Patrick cut funding to about $1.3 million as part of spending reductions across state government.
Keith Whyte, executive director, of the National Council on Problem Gambling, said prevention and education programs have succeeded in reducing problem gambling and keeping the number fairly stable.
"With expansion, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to knock it back down," he said. "This is an addiction where state government is intimately involved and quite complicit," Whyte said.
Part of the challenge in getting funding to treat gambling addiction is its invisibility, advocates say.
"It's a very hidden disease," said Arnie Wexler, a onetime gambling addict and former head of the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling. "You can't see it. You can't smell it. There are no track marks, no dilated pupils."
Treatment options in various states include phone or in-person counseling and public education in schools and churches.
In Connecticut, gamblers can find help at more than a dozen outpatient clinics and in one 20-bed facility where they can stay for up to two weeks for individual and group counseling.
"It's a respite for someone who needs to get out of their environment for a period of time," said Jim Crean, director of outreach and community relations at the Midwest Connecticut Council on Alcoholism.
Gamblers also may have their names included on lists to be kept from entering casinos. In Pennsylvania, 5,111 people have asked to be on the list over the past six years, said Doug Harbach, spokesman for the state Gaming Control Board. Gamblers who are listed and are caught gambling when they try to cash out their winnings are charged with summary trespass, Harbach said. About 875 violations have been issued.
Another concern is that a rising number of problem gamblers are young. Industry leaders, law enforcement and New Jersey officials gathered in Trenton recently to consider new preventive and treatment ideas to expand services to young at-risk problem gamblers. They emphasized the need to use social media promoting preventive measures at grade school and high school levels.
Gambling therapist Stephen Garbarini said he sees more young people requiring treatment and expects that trend to continue with online betting.
The expansion in gambling in Massachusetts will come with some innovative steps to deal with addiction. One requirement calls for intervention treatment centers at the casinos, a first in the nation, according to Marlene Warner, executive director of the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. Gamblers will be able to stop in for advice or referrals.
Casinos also will be required to pay 5 percent of their proceeds from the state's 25 percent tax on gross gaming revenue into a trust fund for programs to prevent and treat addiction and other gambling problems.
"We took advantage of the opportunity to address problem gambling while everybody was paying attention to gambling," Warner said. "There's a lot of prevention work to be done."
THE ELITE INSTITUTIONS ARE WALL STREET'S LAP DOGS AND THE POLS ATTACHED TO THESE INSTITUTIONS ARE WORKING FOR WALL STREET.
Hopkins operates just as the Wall Street banks do....NYC Bloomberg is directly attached to Baltimore so as we look for change we must see that change coming from reversing the power structures these institutions have built......it is possible.....
JUST START BY RUNNING AND VOTING FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE CANDIDATES NEXT ELECTIONS!!!
Suicides Now America's Leading Cause Of Death By Injury: Study Posted: 09/24/2012 1:11 pm Updated: 09/24/2012 1:11 pm Huffington Post
Around the time of recession rocked the United States, its population experienced a disturbing shift: Today, suicide takes more American lives than any other form of injury.
Between 2000 and 2008 motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death by injury, but suicide surpassed car crashes in 2009, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Public Health. The switch is the culmination of a decade-long trend; the rate of death by suicide increased by 15 percent over the past ten years, while the unintentional motor vehicle crash death rate dropped by 25 percent during that same period.
The study didn’t specifically factor in economic conditions, but many have speculated that the downturn may be responsible for a boost in suicides in America and around the world. In Greece, the suicide rate for men rose by 24 percent between 2007 and 2009, according to The New York Times. Suicides motivated by economic crisis grew by 52 percent in Italy in 2010.
In England, unemployment may be tied to more than 1,000 suicides, according to a recent paper in the British Medical Journal.
In the U.S. the correlation between the boost in suicides the current economic downturn hasn’t been definitively established, but the rate of suicides in America did increase during past periods of economic crisis, like the Great Depression, the 1970s oil crisis and the recession in the 1980s, according to data from the Center for Disease Control cited by the Washington Post.
Tragically, there are plenty of anecdotal examples of “economic suicide” in the country. A Tennessee man lit himself on fire earlier this year after finding out he wouldn’t be getting financial help from a private organization. And in May, a California man shot and killed himself in the midst of a legal battle with Wells Fargo, while he faced the prospect of foreclosure.