What itaintfair.org Is All About:
Three Main Objectives:
- Showing you that congress does not always operate in the best interests of its citizens.
- When and Why did everything become about money, greed, and selfishness, this attitude that “I got mine and to hell with you.”
- Every one of these posts either causes you to pay more taxes, takes away the ability to have your voice heard, or tilts the economic playing field against the average American.
- Capitalism is the best method for organizing societies’ economic system, with some guardrails.
- America needs some inequality. Everybody needs some incentive to get ahead.
- Believe in personal responsibility.
- Money is power.
- Helping citizens, all citizens, to become self-sufficient is a good goal for society.
- If enough citizens around the country band together and fight for what we want, we can change some things. It’s like Mother Theresa said,”Can’t feed a hundred people, feed one.” Well, if we could fix only one thing, we’d all be better off.
Congress no longer works for the average citizen!
I’m going to hit the highlights of why I believe the above statement, I’ll explain in detail later in a blog.
Corporations, special interest groups, Super Pacs spend about $3 billion a year lobbying your representatives. That’s a rather loud voice.
First, it’s expensive to run for office, it takes on average about $10 million to run for a senate seat, and for a house seat, it averages about $1.5 million.
Out of the 435 members of the House of Representatives and the 100 Senators, 377 of them get less than 10% of their campaign money from small donors, a small donor is someone who gives less than $200, 500 of them get less than 30% from small donors. There are some like AOC and Bernie Sanders and Duncan Hunter and Jim Jordan that get between 63.5% and 79.6% from small donors.
Where does the rest of the money come from? Corporations, special interest groups, and wealthy individuals, with some self-financing.
What else drives a senator or House member to vote a particular way. Party line voting. If your senator or house member varies very much from the party line, they don’t get appointed to good committees, whatever legislation they generate doesn’t make it to the floor, they get no party funding and if they are bad enough the party will run and back someone else for your seat in the next election.
Let me get your attention first, hopefully, as a fair-minded and tax-paying citizen, these sample issues should make you upset. All of these, and more, will be explained in the accompanying Blogs.
How about an individual making 400 million to 2 billion a year being in the same tax bracket as a couple making $ 51,800 to $ 82,500?
How about a mining company coming into your state, on federal land, and not paying any royalty for all the gold, silver, uranium or copper that they take out of the ground. Nor do they have to prove they have the money to clean up their mess when done?
JPMorgan Chase was fined $13 billion in 2013 for their part in the financial meltdown and $7 billion of it was tax-deductible. It saved them $2.45 billion in taxes.
How about a bank CEO that was paid 155 million in bonus pay while his bank paid 10 billion in penalties for misconduct?
In 1968 the ATF started tracing guns seized in crimes back to who sold it. In 1995 a Northwestern University professor analyzed the data and found that 57% of the guns used in crimes were sold by 1% of the gun dealers. Efforts to monitor those dealers were shut down by the NRA.
When the Affordable Care Act was written, a little paragraph got added that allowed small hospitals and clinics to not qualify for drug discounts, so two hospitals 36 miles apart pay two different prices for the identical drug. The small one pays $8010 for a dose and the bigger one pays $1600 a dose.
How would you feel about a large bank that did business with Iran and other terrorist organizations, plus laundered millions of dollars for the Russian Mafia and the Mexican drug cartels? The bank had to give up 9 % of its yearly profits as a fine, no one goes to jail, the CEO had to apologize. A congressman at the time stated, “ What the hell do you have to do to lose your bank charter in America.”
If the average family’s income had increased the same amount as CEO pay since 1970, they’d be making $98,700 today.
How do you feel about the ability of our congressmen to be able to read and understand a bill before having to vote on it? Rand Paul talks about getting a 600-page bill at 8 am and having to vote on it by 4 pm.
The Department of Justice fined Ally Financial, Bank of America, Citigroup, and JP Morgan $ 25 billion for one part of the mortgage meltdown and $ 20 billion was tax-deductible for those banks. It’s like stealing a $1000 diamond, getting caught, then fined $500, but you get to keep the diamond.
Those are some of the reasons that I believe congress does not work for the average American citizen anymore
WE CAN CHANGE IT!!!
If enough of us citizens understand an issue and contact our representatives, we could have a big influence.
Let’s get together and pool our votes, like the founders imagined, and push for issues we want to be implemented. That “we” have decided on as a group.
We need to organize citizen groups in every voting district in the country. In-person forums where issues can be explained and debated, about how these issues will affect you and yours, then citizens can decide whether they agree on the particular issue. Then we need to bug our representative with calls, letters, and e-mails.
If we don’t come together as a group and demand that these elected officials act on our behalf, I think the best we can expect is circumstances staying the same and the worst is that our economic playing field will get tilted even more.
There are 435 voting districts in America, one for each member of the House of Representatives. Each district has approximately 711,000 voters and if we could get 10,000 voters in each district, we’d only need 4,350,000 nationwide. Now if we could get 20,000 voters in each district that would mean we’d need 8,700,000 voters in total voters. The NRA has only approx. 5 million members and look at the power they have. Think about it, 10,000 voters per district is only 1.4% of a district’s voters and 20,000 voters is 2.8% of a district’s voters. If we can’t do that we’re in trouble.
It is my belief that if a representative got 10,000 letters, phone calls, or e-mails, about a specific issue, it would get their attention. Also some states like Alaska, Delaware, Montana, No. and So. Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming all have just one voting district. While Alabama has seven, Florida has twenty-seven, texas has thirty-six, and California has fifty-three. Which would mean that the two senators in those states would get 10,000 or 20,000 contacts per voting district in their state. I believe that would get everybody’s attention
And remember we would advocate for issues that would be fair for most citizens and issues that would level the economic playing field for most of us. They wouldn’t be Republican or Democrat issues, or conservative or liberal issues they’d be issues that would make the most people happy, without trampling over the rights of minorities.