Nation on the Take: Introduction

The following is an excellent excerpt from the book “NATION ON THE TAKE: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy” by Wendell Potter & Nick Penniman from “Part 1: Introduction” on page 17 and I quote: “Similar coalitions are forming around ballot measures in cities and states throughout the country.  And there’s the possibility for immediate progress at the federal level.  Even if Congress isn’t ready to legislate, the White House can act, and it should use its authority to do so..  Hundreds of thousands of people have urged President Obama to sign an executive order that would require federal contractors–given that they are receiving taxpayer dollars–to disclose their political activities.  If such an order were signed, 70 of the Fortune 100 companies would have to do so.

The Securities & Exchange Commission could also help.  More than a million comments have been submitted to pressure the SEC to issue a rule requiring publicly traded companies to disclose the political dollars they spend on behalf of investors.  Former Republican SEC Commissioner William Donaldson and former Democratic SEC Commissioner Bevis Longstreth are among the chorus calling for change.

But for these types of executive actions and state-based efforts to take root, we must immediately build a much stronger–and politically broader–citizen army.  There is already a battalion of reformers working hard every day.  But they are waiting for reinforcements to arrive.  That means you.  And your friends.  It will take you and  us, and millions of other kindred spirits to create a patriotic force powerful enough to reorient the power in the this country back to “We, the people.”

(THIS EXCELLENT BOOK WRITTEN BY WENDELL POTTER AND NICK PENNIMAN POINTS OUT THE FACT THAT WE CAN TAKE OUR GOVERNMENT BACK.  THAT ALL IT TAKES IS NUMBERS AND THE WILL TO DO IT.  IT CAN BE DONE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BY HIM USING “AN EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRING FEDERAL CONTRACTORS, WHICH RECEIVE TAXPAYER MONEY, TO DISCLOSE THEIR POLITICAL ACTIVITIES.” AND BENEFIT THE WHOLE COUNTRY.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

 

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About tim074

I'm a retired dairy farmer that was a member of the National Farmer's Organization (NFO). Before going farming, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force where I saved up enough money to get my down payment to go farming. I also enjoy writing and reading biographies and I write about myself as well as articles and excerpts I find interesting. I'm specifically interested in finances, particularly in the banking industry because if it wasn't for help from my local Community Bank, I never could have started farming which I was successful at. So, I'm real interested in the Small Business Administration and I know they are the ones creating jobs. I have been a member of Common Cause and am now a member of Public Citizen as well as AARP. I have, in the past, written over 150 articles on the Obama Blog (my.barackobama.com) and I'd like to tie these two sites together. I'm also on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook and find these outlets terrifically interesting particularly what many of these people did concerning the uprising in the Arab world. I believe this is a smaller world than we think it is and my goal is to try to bring people together to live in peace because management needs labor like labor needs management. Up to now, that hasn't been so easy to find.
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