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Saturday, 6 June 2015

6 June 2015. Why Aren’t We the Home of the Free Anymore?

00 usa home of the free. 06.06.15

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Prisons are full because crooked pols (mostly Republicans) profit from slave labour in “for-profit” private corporate prisons. This is an abomination. It’s time to close down all “private” prisons, outlaw prison slave labour (which competes with free labour), and drastically reform the police to halt their militarisation.

The Republicans won’t do it… Chilly Hilly and O’Malley won’t do it. Only Bernie has the guts and grit to do it. Vote for Bernie… your life DOES depend on it.

BMD

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Saturday, 12 October 2013

12 October 2013. Here’s Another Reason Why the Republicants Shut Down the Government

00 One Percent. Affluent Effluent. Too Big to Fail. 14.09.13

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For-profit prison phone companies charge sky-high rates, making it expensive for families to stay connected. Such fly-by-nights charge prisoners up to 17 USD (550 Roubles. 17.50 CAD. 18 AUD. 12.50 Euros. 11 UK Pounds) for a 15-minute phone-call… a call that might cost 2 USD (65 Roubles. 2.07 CAD. 2.12 AUD. 1.50 Euros. 1.25 UK Pounds) outside of prison. One of these companies is Global Tel*Link; it’s one of the powerful corporations making billions of dollars by exploiting prisoners. In August, the FCC took an important first step by capping the price of prisoner phone-calls made from one state to another at 0.25 USD (8 Roubles. 0.26 CAD. 0.27 AUD. 0.20 Euros. 0.16 UK Pounds) per minute. However, most prisoners serve time in their home state.  The FCC should finish the job and end this predatory practise for all prison phone-calls.

Let’s not be coy… the Republican Party supports and upholds these corporate vipers. THIS is one reason why the GOP is against government regulation. You see, if the government regulates prisoner phone-call rates, why, the investors and owners wouldn’t have as much money! Their mortgages on their McMansions are due, they have wetback nannies and gardeners to pay, and the bill just came in for the country club… poor babies. The Republicans weep copious tears for them… and none for you. That is, the GOP supports Class Warfare of the most noxious sort, of the Haves against the Have-Nots. They’re backing the rich man… after all, that’s who’s bankrolling them and their pretensions in the District. They’re good little marionettes, aren’t they?

THIS is why the Republicans shut down the government. Mark it down well.

BMD 

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