Clinton has now weighed in on Baltimore, saying “Without the mass incarceration that we currently practice, millions fewer people would be living in poverty,” she said. “It’s time to end the era of mass incarceration.”
Sure Hillary. But what you haven’t said, nor have any of the Republicans, is how we got here and what you actually intend to do.
“Alternative punishments” for “low-level” offenders are no more of an answer than are what we do now. Both come about because we both destroy the hope and job base of the working class of society that labors with its hands and then at the same time both give them welfare dependence andcriminalize their choice in drowning the sorrows government inflicted on them.
Cut the crap Hillary, along with Obama, Rubio, Paul, Boehner and the rest: There is no answer to be found unless you address the root of the issue.
Let’s get down to the root of the issue, shall we?
- Medical monopolies must be broken up and the participants imprisoned for their violations of the Sherman, Clayton and Robinson-Patman act along with consumer-protection statutes. This “industry” between medical care and medical insurance takes 15%, off the top from the first dollar that it should not from everyone. The worst part of this abuse falls on those who can least afford it; the person earning a million dollars a year doesn’t care if medical insurance and care costs him $20,000 a year because he has it and it’s a tiny piece of his earnings. The person who earns $15,000 a year can’t even manage to eat catfood and stay out from under the freeway overpass with that sort of expense. Those who claim that Medicaid “insulates” the poor from the abuse are full of crap; it does no such thing as Medicaid is a last-resort option and effectively eliminates choice (never mind that a huge percentage of middle-class people get bankrupted and thus rendered poor by a medically-related event.)
- TPP must be scrapped and all other so-called “free trade” agreements abrogated. This does not mean that there cannot be fair trade; there both can be and should be. But we must put a stop to the destruction of manufacturing in America; I laid forth a means to do exactly that in Leverage, where I called for wage and environmental-parity tariffs. In short we must eliminate the ability of multinational corporations to arbitrage slave labor, jackbooted political regimes and environmental destruction as a means of lowering their labor costs. None of this is “fair competition” and our largest corporations, including consumer darlings like Apple and even GM, are the worst offenders. For our economy to truly grow absent the abuse of leverage we must make things, not perform “services”.
- Inflation as government policy must be scrapped. This means an immediate end to deficit spending, period. It means enforcement of the written Fed Mandate, which calls for stable prices. We must enforce this mandate with prison terms for Fed Governors if necessary and One Dollar of Capital in the banking sector. Note that if we break the medical monopolies balancing the Federal Budget becomes trivial as the amount spent on such monopolistic industries is large enough, and the 80-90% reduction in cost that would occur is also large enough, to result in an actual surplus were it to be stopped. Those on both the left and right that say we “can’t” balance the Federal Budget right here, right now are lying and they need to be run out of town on a rail as they are stealing from you twice — first with the cost of medical care and the monopolistic practices in that sector of the economy and then again through intentional price inflation. Price inflation means that a dollar a working person earns and saves at age 20 is worth less than 40 cents when he turns 65. This is how your value is stolen and it is stolen from everyone; the middle class and poor are hurt the most by the very deficit spending that the politicians claim to be “helping” them with!
- “Social laws” that criminalize consensual non-violent adult behavior must all be scrapped and all records of previous acts related to same rendered void. There is no justification for arresting someone because they choose to consume a particular plant that grows in the wild — as just one of many examples. These laws are not about public safety; it is a documented fact that the original drug control act was passed at the behest of corporate interests protecting their vertical monopoly structure in the pulp, paper and newsprinting business. The proponents lied about the effects of marijuana specifically in order to pass that legislation and framed the argument in both misogynistic and racist terms, claiming that the drug made (undesirable) Mexican men rape (pure) white women who were rendered unable to resist by the power of the demon weed. These lies continue today; a common false representation sold to the public is that marijuana smoke is “much more harmful than tobacco.” This is probably true but ignores the fact that nobody can manage to smoke 20 cigarette-sized joints in a day and still reach for the Doritos bag, yet plenty of people smoke a pack of cigarettes daily. Thus even if the pot smoke is more harmful than tobacco the dose taken is a tiny fraction of the tobacco smoker’s and thus the risk commensurately less. Further, there exist devices you can buy today that “vaporize” marijuana without burning it, reducing to near-zero the carcinogenic risks attendant with smoking, never mind the ability to make brownies and other edible confections that have no smoking risk of any sort. These laws do one thing and one thing only — they destroy employment opportunity for tens of millions of Americans as a felony criminal record follows you forever and they are disproportionately applied on racial grounds. It is perfectly acceptable for a felony record to attach to someone who engages in some form of violent assault against another person or their property but it is utterly unacceptable to apply such a sanction to someone who has harmed nobody but, perhaps, themselves as a consenting adult. Our drug laws were blatantly and intentionally racist at their inception and have continued to be so to this very day; they must all, as applies to consenting adults, be repealed immediately.
- Welfare as we know it must end. There is no motivating factor known to mankind that exceeds public notice and yet at the same time we have a moral obligation to prevent people from starving or freezing to death, provided they can behave like human beings. We had a system like this before President Johnson’s Great Society and we must return to it immediately. In short we must end, right now, all welfare programs of any sort and replace them with a very inexpensive alternative — direct assistance in the form of “three hots and, if you need it, a cot.” That is anyone may show up at centers that we establish either directly or through partnership with various public assistance organizations (yes, including churches) to distribute to people edible food for immediate consumption on premises (that is, “soup kitchens”) along with buildings containing showers, toilets and cots so anyone can sleep, shower and shit. This is very inexpensive and setting up a basic metal detector to prohibit weapons by those who come in is trivially enforced. While this will be vastly less expensive than what we do now that’s not the point of such an exercise. No, the point is that if you have the money for an X-Box or fancy wheels on your car you do not need public assistance but if you are truly in need of a place to sleep and food in your belly, and are willing to behave as a human being while consuming both we both can and should provide it to you. At the same time having to stand in line and sleep on a cot is a humbling experience and a tremendous motivator for you to get off your ass and get a job. Having returned manufacturing to our shores there will be plenty of jobs available for those willing to work. Further, such a change in our so-called “welfare” will make mobility trivial for those willing to go where the work is; you will be able to travel very inexpensively to where jobs are and have both a place to sleep and enough to eat while seeking same. For those unwilling to work they can be reminded every single day that they are obtaining that given to them voluntarily by others in the hope that their mind is changed, but without penalty if it is not.
If you want to put a stop to the destruction seen in Baltimore and elsewhere, a cycle that will continue if we remain on our present course as we are destroying more and more jobs, stealing more and more money from the poor, demoting middle class people to poor every day at a rate that grossly exceeds people going the other direction and permanently destroying the job prospects of those who have committed no violence against anyone else then you must support and put into place all of the above.
There is no half way on this, and there is no picking and choosing.
There is only demanding that all of the above take place, right now, and tossing every politician who refuses out on their ear or there is more violence and more destruction of our society to come until we reach a point of critical mass at which point all of us in civil society lose.
Your choice, America, but do realize one thing: A lack of immediate action on your part to demand and enforce these changes in our political landscape means you consent, desire and confirm the destruction of our society and when, not if, the destruction evident in Baltimore and elsewhere reaches your race, class and place in our society it will be too late to implement that change by peaceful, political means.
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