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As a consumer, I often become overrun with the feeling of helplessness when it comes to my experiences with purchasing items for my everyday family needs. While I use to focus on the perspective of my being a black male and how that affects what type of “consumer experience” I usually have, lately I have come to understand that my race is only part of the problem.

Admittedly, I’m a casual observer. Have been my whole life. The difference today is that my viewpoint on life is so much more matured and clearly focused at this point as compared to how I “processed” things in my 20’s and 30’s. I now observe that it is not only myself who gets shitty service from today’s corporate retail and professional establishments, but that just about EVERYONE gets it.

Today I can pinpoint the problem immediately, while in the past I was just baffled.

Its the stock market.

In my way of seeing things, the stock market drives shopping experiences. I would say that 99% of major retail establishments that are nationwide entities are public companies, meaning their shares are traded on the stock market. Essentially, investor dividends dictate what type of service the employer provides to the public. It’s all about posting a higher profit then the previous quarter to keep investors happy. Basically, keep costs down and profits up…at all costs. Even if customer service suffers.

These public corporations control damn near EVERYTHING we as Americans do on a daily basis. The stock holders that control them are only a tiny fraction of the American population. Where I used to be in control with choice, that has dwindled due to the weakening of the federal governments enforcement of anti-trust laws. Who weakened them…Republicans, fueled by donations thru lobbying firms funded by who…large corporations (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/09/business/09antitrust.html?_r=1).

When this happens, the consumer gets arrogant corporate mindsets that essentially say, take it or leave, we don’t care because we know our only other competitor (if there is one) offers the same shitty customer service at essentially the same shitty price.  And go ahead and complain to your federal government… we’ve got the congressmen and senators in our back pockets.
Essentially, “Crony Capitalism” has eroded our freedoms and most Americans have not even noticed.
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Does anyone even mention the “Contract With America” anymore? Trust me, if the shoe was on the other foot, todays media would be all over the Democrats asking, ” Just how has that contract turned out?

The mantra of Republican ideology since the days of Reagan has been “less government, more prosperity”. Twenty years ago through ONE month ago, you could not have had a conversation with a Republican about the economy without them saying “there’s too much government regulation/involvement in our lives. If government gets out the way, businesses can do what they need to do to keep the economy growing.”

For the past two years, the Democrats have had a slim majority in Congress. They can’t even pass anything strong enough to override a Presidential veto. Prior to this time frame, the first six years of Dupya’s Presidency was controlled by Republicans who had a decided majority in Congress. They passed bills that were shaped by their ideology of “less government, more prosperity” at their leisure. The only tool Democrats had  against the Republican majority during that time was the use of the filibuster. To take this even further, Congress was also controlled by Republican’s during the entire 8 years of the Clinton Administration.

Today, Republicans (though the minority in Congress) don’t even have to use a filibuster on Capitol Hill. They don’t need it. They have enough votes at anytime to vote down anything the Democrats bring up. They have passed legislation that has given tax breaks that along with the war in Iraq, has driven the budget deficit to record proportions. The Bush Administration has put political appointees in every administrative position in all government agencies that workto prevent the proper functioning of these agencies.

When Advocates Become Regulators President Bush has installed more than 100 top officials who were once lobbyists, attorneys or spokespeople for the industries they oversee.

Bush appointees censor scientists at government agencies

Bush Administration Political Appointee Reverses Endangered Species Protections for Nation\’s Wildlife

Bush administration under a cloud

Appointees Guarding The Henhouse

A Young Bush Appointee Resigns His Post at NASA

The mantra of less government has been the drum that has been beat on by Republicans. Now they are saying that more regulation is needed and that it is just as much the Democrats fault as it is theirs that the country is nearing a “Great Depression”, no recession. WTF?

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They can’t help it. GOP’ers and “conservatives” (code word for anti-negro) can’t run campaign’s that’s not racist. It’s their core constituency. Since reconstruction, have they ever? NO!

It is time for the U.S. to move ahead to the future. Barack Obama is not a savior. But he is a change that properly represents America’s sentiment that the direction of this country has GOT TO CHANGE! The old hands have used our tax money to surely benefit the few (the upper class).

Whites voting for Obama has nothing to do with them being liberal. It’s like hearing someone scratch a chalkboard when I hear white political commentators like Pat Buchannon tell blacks how they should “see things”. However, my take on why whites have voted for Obama (besides the fact that not all of them are racists or even have a problem with people of color) is that I believe whites are feed up with:

  • The high costs of gas as a result of Dick Chaney inviting the leaders of big oil to white house at the beginning of the Dupya Presidency.
  • The mis-leading of American People in lying (not misusing intelligence) to the American public about intelligence he used to justify the war in Iraq-for the benefit of attendees of Dick Chaney’s energy policy invite to big oil at the beginning of the Dupya Presidency.
  • The falling value of the dollar world wide- caused directly by Dupya Administration economic policies from “trusted, conservative minds”.
  • The housing crisis caused by Dupya and his administrations policy to not push for stiff enforcement of housing regulatory laws THAT ARE ALREADY ON THE BOOKS!
  • The home owner who was not a participant in the “sub prime debacle”, but who is being affected by it- Due to horrendous Dupya fiscal policys
  • The rising cost of food at the result of Dupya’s policy of allowing the Big Oil constituencys agenda to override all others.

These are just a few of the issue’s that white folk have a problem with the regular old beltway players in Washington.

What better way to send the message to their hardcore conservative neighbor then by putting an “OBAMA” sign in their front yard.

Revolution comes in all shades and colors…

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