Follow The Money

The American Plutocracy

Below are a lot of figures of who’s on first and who’s outfield. I called America a Plutocracy; a government ran by the rich. Money and Power are often the same. These are the Elites who control our political parties, our representatives and senators, the PACS, the organizations and corporations. Thus they control who get’s elected and the elected if they want re-election. This must all be stripped away. All of it. PACS Gone. Organizations and Corporation donors gone, donations to parties, and parties and other candidates’ donations. All that should remain is individual donors and a severe limit on this.

This is the only way to break up the Plutocracy from controlling our government. If congress cannot fix their own house we should tear their house down. Vote everyone out. No incumbents. Just say NO!

The next thing to strip this Elite shadow government or Plutocracy is severe Anti-Trust legislation. No exceptions. Including Media, Energy, Banks, Transportation, every privately-owned organization. It’s happened in the past with the railroads, Standard Oil, and Bell Telephone come to mind. If we want to get our country back this as a minimum must be done. This is not negotiable in a democracy or a representative republic.

If you haven’t noticed the Elite controlling our nation, then you aren’t paying attention. Of course the media is controlling the information you get, and the Plutocracy is trying to keep you occupied with “bread and circuses” (Fat and Happy or a diversion)

I’m not calling for storming the capital, anarchy, Bernie Sanders Socialism, or Marxism. I’m calling for Democracy Now!

Look over the numbers, and see what you see.

By Jim Kirk-Wiggins, October 6, 2019.

Congressional Basic Salaries (doesn’t include office furniture, healthcare, home state office etc.) *

(The salary of Members of Congress has been frozen since 2009)

House of Representatives *

The Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA): Supporting Personnel, Office Expenses, Travel to the District, and Mail for Members of the House. (the MRA may not be used to defray any personal or campaign-related expenses.)

2017 MRAs ranged from $1,251,177 to $1,433,709, with an average of $1,315,523.

Congressional Base Salary (2009)

Speaker of the House $223,500 per annum

Majority and Minority Leaders $193,400 per annum

All other Representatives (including Delegates and Resident Commissioner From Puerto Rico) $174,000 per annum

Committee member employee’s: House 172K to 168K.


Senate *

The Senators’ Official Personnel and Office Expense Account (SOPOEA): Supporting Personnel, Office Expenses, and Mail for U.S. Senators. (may not to be used to defray any personal, political, or campaign-related expenses.) (FY 2018)

a range of $3,192,760 to $5,052,317. 24 The average allowance is $3,467,971.

Senator’s base Salary (2009)

President pro tempore $193,400 per annum

Majority and Minority Leaders $193,400 per annum (2009)

All other Senators $174,000 per annum

Committee member employee’s 171K to 169k (2009)

*[Congressional Research Service

(2019). Senate.gov. Retrieved 6 October 2019, from https://www.senate.gov/CRSpubs/9c14ec69-c4e4-4bd8-8953-f73daa1640e4.pdf


House candidates who won in 2012 raked in an average of $1,689,580 in campaign contributions. *

Senate candidates each raised an average of $10,476,451. *

*How much does it cost to win a seat in Congress? If you have to ask…. (2019). MSNBC. Retrieved 6 October 2019, from http://www.msnbc.com/hardball/how-much-does-it-cost-win-seat-congre
 Top Candidates Receiving Donations
Bernie Sanders (D) $46,178,832
Doug Jones (D) $28,645,796
Elizabeth Warren (D) $35,527,781
Kamala Harris (D) $24,832,245
Tammy Baldwin (D) $30,297,308
Pat Toomey (R) $25,772,712
Debbie Stabenow (D) $17,009,106
Rick Scott (R) $85,344,985
Charles E Schumer (D) $18,305,798
Bernie Sanders (D) $46,178,832
Marco Rubio (R) $19,784,746
Jacky Rosen (D) $26,246,447
Rob Portman (R) $23,059,293
Tim Kaine (D) $20,843,557
Ron Johnson (R) $17,790,901
Maggie Hassan (D) $20,277,620
Kirsten Gillibrand (D) $34,166,184
Tammy Duckworth (D) $19,062,247
Ted Cruz (R) $43,552,966
Catherine Cortez Masto (D) $22,150,030
Bob Casey (D) $20,230,312
Sherrod Brown (D) $26,685,539
Mike Braun (R) $18,584,856

 

*Large Versus Small Individual Donations. (2019). OpenSecrets. Retrieved 6 October 2019, from https://www.opensecrets.org/elections-overview/large-vs-small-donations?cycle=2020&type=A


Top Individual Contributors

Politics, T. (2019). Top Individual Contributors: All Federal Contributions | OpenSecretsOpensecrets.org. Retrieved 6 October 2019, from https://www.opensecrets.org/overview/topindivs.php

(Follow link Very Large Number of Individual Donors, Interesting however)

 

Top Organizational Contributors

1 Bloomberg LP $95,892,625 $754,231 $95,138,394
2 Fahr LLC $73,100,331 $317,619 $72,782,712
3 Las Vegas Sands $62,359,400 $734,400 $61,625,000
4 Adelson Clinic for Drug Abuse Treatment & Research $61,388,300 $263,300 $61,125,000
5 Carpenters & Joiners Union $42,029,479 $2,814,155 $39,215,324
6 Service Employees International Union $41,474,545 $2,464,138 $39,010,407
7 Uline Inc $39,717,011 $1,980,043 $37,736,968
8 Laborers Union $31,875,363 $3,170,597 $28,704,766
9 American Federation of Teachers $31,090,948 $3,215,086 $27,875,862
10 Senate Majority PAC $29,379,217 $4,300 $29,374,917
11 Paloma Partners $27,697,200 $3,117,200 $24,580,000
12 Environment America $27,397,171 $85,171 $27,312,000
13 American Action Network $26,566,362 $3,513 $26,562,849
14 Senate Leadership Fund $24,221,940 $9,400 $24,212,540
15 National Education Assn $20,723,106 $2,805,328 $17,917,778
16 Republican Governors Assn $20,685,250 $250 $20,685,000
17 Soros Fund Management $20,251,221 $1,045,335 $19,205,886
18 League of Conservation Voters $19,693,651 $3,231,723 $16,461,928
19 Citadel LLC $19,604,380 $1,202,880 $18,401,500
20 One Nation $18,550,000 $0 $18,550,000
21 National Assn of Realtors $17,322,883 $4,952,440 $12,370,443
22 Euclidean Capital $16,391,900 $1,191,900 $15,200,000
23 Renaissance Technologies $15,768,764 $4,448,414 $11,320,350
24 Blackstone Group $15,602,036 $2,746,086 $12,855,950
25 America Votes $14,734,726 $3,584 $14,731,142
26 Microsoft Corp $14,107,059 $5,404,166 $8,702,893
27 American Federation of State/Cnty/Munic Employees $14,094,569 $2,852,928 $11,241,641
28 Amazon.com $13,626,791 $3,356,941 $10,269,850
29 NextGen Climate Action $12,897,357 $1,850 $12,895,507
30 Newsweb Corp $12,688,124 $1,127,024 $11,561,100
31 House Majority PAC $12,351,527 $3,325 $12,348,202
32 Koch Industries $12,102,359 $4,406,499 $7,695,860
33 Operating Engineers Union $11,008,412 $3,777,433 $7,230,979
34 United Food & Commercial Workers Union $10,804,591 $2,044,518 $8,760,073
35 Democratic Governors Assn $10,729,496 $141,933 $10,587,563
36 Club for Growth $10,317,840 $3,568,331 $6,749,509
37 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $10,280,989 $4,431,078 $5,849,911
38 Action Now Initiative $9,878,025 $25 $9,878,000
39 Marcus & Millichap $9,688,457 $1,187,957 $8,500,500
40 Simon Youth Foundation $9,654,560 $2,368,535 $7,286,025
41 EMILY’s List $9,427,340 $5,715,245 $3,712,095
42 Charles Schwab Corp $9,283,327 $2,928,093 $6,355,234
43 Bain Capital $8,985,728 $1,993,478 $6,992,250
44 AT&T Inc $8,202,979 $7,631,093 $571,886
45 Alphabet Inc $8,201,449 $7,321,779 $879,670
46 American Bridge 21st Century $8,114,623 $2,498 $8,112,125
47 Communications Workers of America $8,014,502 $1,871,126 $6,143,376
48 Bernard Marcus Family Foundation $7,994,268 $1,479,668 $6,514,600
49 Susquehanna International Group $7,730,148 $349,513 $7,380,635
50 Mountaire Corp $7,564,752 $899,752 $6,665,000
51 United Steelworkers $7,509,877 $796,262 $6,713,615

Politics, T. (2019). Top Organization Contributors: All Federal Contributions | OpenSecretsOpensecrets.org. Retrieved 6 October 2019, from https://www.opensecrets.org/overview/toporgs.php

 

  Receipts 2017-2018

ActBlue $1,261,994,020
Senate Majority PAC $164,210,171
Congressional Leadership Fund $157,809,212
Senate Leadership Fund $130,711,576
EMILY’s List $110,152,068
House Majority PAC $95,686,237
Service Employees International Union $81,378,447
Independence USA PAC $65,188,915
NextGen Climate Action $64,454,572
Priorities USA Action $43,482,095
America First $39,002,821
Laborers Union $35,530,297
New Republican PAC $34,185,976
End Citizens United $33,098,237
National Assn of Realtors $32,334,959
Moveon.org $31,761,203
League of Conservation Voters $31,571,416
Club for Growth $29,545,163
RGA Right Direction $26,156,088
American Federation of State/Cnty/Munic Employees $24,886,228

Voting For Democrats

My grandmother, from Savannah Georgia, always voted Democrat. Any conversation always led back to The Great Depression.

I ask my dad, who was a loyal member of a national Trade Union. His response was simply; The Democrats are for the working man, Republicans look after the rich.

Wasn’t President Lincoln a Republican?

From a Member of the Obama Coalition

Obama is a racist without a doubt If he believes this, to feel Trump was somehow connected to election of a black president followed by election of a white President? Is this Obama’s view.

Obama’s disappointing performance as the first Black President, certainly hurt Hillary’s campaign.

What is so amazing is many Americans automatically vote Democrat, when it’s so obvious their vote is taken for granted and with no benefit received.

From elder white southerners who’s families were staunch democrats since Franklin Roosevelt.

Trade unionists who have seen their plants close, from trade agreements supported by the Democratic Party.

With our media information 90% supporting the Democrat party, it’s unlikely for Americans to know the truth. A early warning on this from our founding fathers.

Finally, the election of America’s first Black President, which I initially supported. And after 8 years to see Black America has greater, unemployment, lower wages, no prison, or effort for police education and reform.

Look around at the Black communities in most American largest cities. Are they better off after 8 years from a Black Democrat President. He was always more Democrat than black.

It’s time that many Americans rethink, those who vote straight democrat every election as if they had no choice.

You have a choice, it will be difficult to become an informed voter with most media obviously practically part of the Democratic Party.

And any conflicting opinions labeled as right wingers, racist, or Nazi’s.

Quit being the Democratic parties door mat. Make them earn your vote or vote for someone else or boycott the vote.

Jim Kirk-Wiggins (c) October 1, 2019


DO WE NEED A NEW AMERICAN REVOLUTION

*Forget A Civil War, We need A New American Revolution Washington Post, May 29, 2018, by John Ferling

This was an editorial by the Washington Post, over a year ago. I was of course suspicious by that alone. However, it appears almost on target.

Before the American revolution the English representatives were hereditary or despotic. Keeping the same elite aristocracy as the major representatives for all the people.

The middle tier, farmers, labors were very under represented. As the cost for a seat in the USA costs $1 million to $10 million. With SUPER PACS and major donations coming from the wealthy Elite. Who through their purse strings actually control congress.

Thus we have the same Oligarchs as pre- revolution England.

Our congress has become so polarized, set in a time loop of continuous, intrigue, looking for corruption everywhere but in their own house. Thus they are polarized, paralyzed, tigers chasing their own tales.

The English and some US constitutional writers, fear of a too powerful executive branch over the legislative branch is a fact, because the legislature is truly the Circus in America’s government, not Donald Trump.

Another similarity with resistance to English rule was perpetual war. The latest period of wars in the Mideast – Desert Storm 1990, Invasion of Afghanistan 2001, Invasion of Iraq 2004. You could say the troops on the ground and terrorism recruiting as a result, has created a 19 year war, unless you consider state sponsored terrorism beginning in 1990. Thus a 30 year war.

As an afterthought, consider reading Jack London’s “Iron Heal” published one 1904. He did write other books than about dogs. “The Call of the Wild “ was likely one of the first books that got me hooked on reading, no matter how much of a juvenile delinquent I became, I always read.

I don’t necessarily agree we need a revolution, but our government needs to be grabbed by the collar and given a good shaking.

The anger, frustration, politicians destabilizing, and the polarization may actually cause a revolution or a period of nationwide violence with devastating results. Someone or some many, need to start showing restraint and consider doing what’s best for all Americans, and our democracy.

By James Kirk-Wiggins, (c) September 30, 2019.

*For Get A Civil War, We Need A new American Revolution

Bread and Circuses

The following is off topic for this blog. Yet, it may be worth considering or it may be worth rejecting like UFO’s.

The Elite and Shadow government give us bread and circuses to keep us content and controlled. (something, as extravagant entertainment, offered as an expedient means of pacifying discontent or diverting attention from a source of grievance.)


Consider what is the bread and circuses of 2019. It is definitely of greater complexity and diversity than when it was first scratched in Ancient Rome.


Don’t eat the bread or go to the circuses. Possible suspects for now, is politics, candidates, democracy, entertainment, and opposition media; such as MSNBC and FOX. Both being bread or circuses for their respective prey.


Live simply, analyze everything cheap or free, and not of your own unpredictable choice.

Think outside, the outside and conclude the un-obvious, beyond the fringe. Look content from consumption.

Paranoia is an artificial barrier. Set your mind free. (I am taking my meds.)

The above picture shows the success of Rome’s attempt to pacify their citizens with Bread and Circus’s. (Colosseum’s, Gladiator’s, etc. ) They fell from foreign invasions, as Rome weakened from the corruption of the elite and the government the elite corrupted. Their failure to inspire and strengthen their citizens as they stunted their personal growth, blocked exceptionalism, induced a lazy, unmotivated, and produced content citizens to mediocrity.

An added factor in America’s Elite Revolution is chaos, anger, division, hate, polarization, and total information and entertainment control.

Left, Right, Socialism, Fascism, Racism, and an overflow of immigrants, are not movements. They are chaos and control.

There are not many wise, honest, strong, and fearless men and women in America today to turn this revolution that began many years ago. I’d be totally surprised to see one such leader in America to confront this.

I’m not a prophet and speak from history not inspiration. Awaken America, it’s our only hope.