# Great Depression Unemployment Would Be 1.7% Using Today’s Unemployment BLS Calculations

The Great Depression’s highest unemployment came in 1933 at 24.75% (or 25% if you round up).

The 1933 U.S. population was 125,579,000; the Labor Force was 51,840,000; the number of unemployed was 12,830,000.  As a percent of the Labor Force, 24.75% were unemployed; as a percent of the entire population, 10.2% were out of work.

This is what is remembered most about The Great Depression: massive unemployment at 25% and long lines to the soup kitchens.

They calculated unemployment simply back then:
Unemployed / Labor Force  = Unemployment Rate  (12,830,000 / 51,840,000 = 24.75%)

19321933Jan 1997Jan 2009Dec 2012Jul 2016
1. Population (U.S.Census Bureau)124,840,000125,579,000272,650,000307,000,000313,914,000322,762,018
2. Labor Force (DLT not for 1932 & 1933)51,250,00051,840,000135,456,000154,210,000155,597,000159,287,000
3. Percent of population working (labor force / population)41.1%41.3%49.7%50.2%49.6%49.4%
4. Unemployed (BLS)7,158,00012,058,00012,299,0007,700,000
5. + Not in Labor Force (BLS)66,829,00080,529,00087,918,00094,333,000
6. + Discouraged Workers (BLS)397,000734,0001,068,000591,000
7. = All Unemployed

12,060,00012,830,00074,384,00093,321,000101,285,000102,624,000
8. Labor Force Unemployment Rate (unemployed / labor force)23.5%24.7%54.9%60.5%65.1%64.4%
9. Population Unemployment Rate (unemployed / population)9.7%10.2%27.3%30.4%32.3%31.8%
10. Actual number of people working (labor force – unemployed)39,190,00039,010,00061,072,00060,889,00054,312,00056,663,000
11. Employment Rate (Actual Number of People Working / Labor Force)76.5%75.3%45.1%39.5%34.9%35.6%
Modern U-3 unemployment rate (BLS)1.6% (7% of 23.5%)1.7% (7% of 24.7%)4.9% (7% of 64.4%)
Change in population from 1932 (people added since 1932)739,000147,810,000182,160,000189,074,000197,922,018
Population growth (number of times the population has doubled) 2.52.52.6

Since The Great Depression, the following categories (definitions included) have been added (the common thread in all these categories is that people are all without jobs):

1. 1948 – Unemployed persons (Current Population Survey) (from the BLS Glossary):
Persons aged 16 years and older who had no employment during the reference week, were available for work, except for temporary illness, and had made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4-week period ending with the reference week. Persons who were waiting to be recalled to a job from which they had been laid off need not have been looking for work to be classified as unemployed.
2. 1975 – Not in the labor force (Current Population Survey)  (from the BLS Glossary):
Includes persons aged 16 years and older in the civilian noninstitutional population who are neither employed nor unemployed in accordance with the definitions contained in this glossary. Information is collected on their desire for and availability for work, job search activity in the prior year, and reasons for not currently searching.
3. 1994 – Discouraged workers (Current Population Survey) (from the BLS Glossary):
Persons not in the labor force who want and are available for a job and who have looked for work sometime in the past 12 months (or since the end of their last job if they held one within the past 12 months), but who are not currently looking because they believe there are no jobs available or there are none for which they would qualify.

In addition, in 1994, Marginally attached workers (Current Population Survey) (from the BLS Glossary) was added, they are identified as a percent:
Persons not in the labor force who want and are available for work, and who have looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months (or since the end of their last job if they held one within the past 12 months), but were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. Discouraged workers are a subset of the marginally attached.

# Yes, a Republican Said This

##### “As in a poker game where the chips were concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, the other fellows could only stay in the game by borrowing. When their credit ran out, the game stopped.”

–  Marriner Eccles, on what led to The Great Depression – Autobiography, Beckoning Frontiers

# Last Word on Sanders

So, this has turned up over at Washington’s Blog:

“The difference between the reported totals, and our best estimate of the actual vote, varies considerably from state to state. However these differences are significant—sometimes more than 10%—and could change the outcome of the election.” ~ Fritz Scheuren, professor of statistics at George Washington University, President of the American Statistical Association (ASA)

The larger picture
It’s unusual that a candidate loses one close primary/caucus after another (Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and on and on and on), and then doesn’t challenge any of them.

Here is the bigger question for Sanders’ supporters:

If he doesn’t fight for himself and what he believes in, what makes you think he would have fought for you?

In the end, it probably turned out the way it was supposed to be.

We will never know if Sanders and his ideas could have made a difference; he lost most of his credibility with people when he endorsed Clinton (yes, he did say he would do that when he started).  Most movements don’t last too long after the figurehead is gone.  All Bernie ended up being for the millions who followed him was just fling, a disappointment, and a heartbreak who got some of their money.   The lesson learned is that if people want change, it’s up to them and not the politicians.

#### NDP Note (also related to this post):

Why Bernie Sanders Was Not The One They Were Waiting For

# U.S. is 240 Years Old and It Has Spent Over 469 Years Fighting Wars: List of U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad

##### From Will Rogers:

“Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do. “

“I have a scheme for stopping war. It’s this – no nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one.”

##### From Smedley Butler:
“War is a racket.  It always has been.  It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious.  It is the only one international in scope.  It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.  A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about.  It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many.  Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”

List of U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad

NameStartEndLength (yrs)NoteDomestic WarForeign War
Revolutionary War177517838YN
Chickamauga War1776179519YN
Northwest Indian War178517938YN
Whiskey Rebellion179117943YN
Quasi War179818002NY
First Barbary War180118054NY
US Occupation of West Florida181018101Less than 1 yearYN
1811 German Coast Uprising181118111Less than 1 yearYN
Tecumseh's War181118111Less than 1 yearYN
War of 1812181218153YY
Creek War181318141YN
Second Barbary War181518151Less than 1 yearNY
First Seminole War181718181YN
Texas-Indian wars1820187555YN
Arikara War182318231Less than 1 yearYN
Aegean Sea Anti-Piracy Operations182518283NY
Winnebago War182718271Less than 1 yearYN
First Sumatran Expedition183218321Less than 1 yearNY
Black Hawk War183218321Less than 1 yearYN
Second Seminole War183518427YN
Second Sumatran Expedition183818381Less than 1 yearNY
Patriot War183818381Less than 1 yearYN
Mexican-American War184618482YY
Cayuse War184718558YN
Apache Wars1851190049YN
Bombardment of Greytown185418541Less than 1 yearNY
Puget Sound War185518561YN
First Fiji Expedition185518551Less than 1 yearNY
Rogue River Wars185518561YN
Third Seminole War185518583YN
Yakima War185518583YN
Filibuster War185518583NY
Second Opium War185618593NY
Utah War185718581YN
Navajo Wars185818668YN
Second Fiji Expedition185918591Less than 1 yearNY
John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry185918591Less than 1 yearYN
First & Second Cortina War185918612YY
Palute War186018601Less than 1 yearYN
American Civil War186118654YN
Bombardment of Qui Nho'n (Vietnam)186118611Less than 1 yearNY
Yavapai Wars1861187514YN
Dakota War of 1862186218621Less than 1 yearYN
Shimonoseki War186318641NY
Snake War186418684YN
Powder River War186518651Less than 1 yearYN
Red Cloud's War186618682YN
Siege of Mexico City186718671Less than 1 yearNY
Formosa Expedition186718671Less than 1 yearNY
Comanche Campaign186718758YN
U.S. Expedition to Korea187118711Less than 1 yearNY
Modoc War187218731YN
Red River War187418751YN
Las Cuevas War187518751Less than 1 yearYY
Great Sioux War of 1876187618771YN
Buffalo Hunter's War187618771YN
Nez Perce War187718771Less than 1 yearYN
San Elizato Salt War187718781YN
Bannock War187818781Less than 1 yearYN
Cheyenne War187818791YN
Sheepeater Indian War187918791Less than 1 yearYN
Victorio's War187918812NY
White River War187918801YN
Pine Ridge Campaign189018911YN
Garza Revolution189118932YY
Rio de Janeiro Affair189418941Less than 1 yearNY
Yaqui Wars1896191822YY
Second Somoan Civil War189818991NY
Spanish American War189818981Less than 1 yearNY
Philippine-American War189919023NY
Moro Rebellion1899191314NY
Boxer Rebellion189919012NY
Crazy Snake Rebellion190919091Less than 1 yearYN
Border War191019199YY
Negro Rebellion 191219121Less than 1 yearNY
Occupation of Nicaragua1912193321NY
Bluff War191419151YN
Occupation of Haiti1915193419NY
Sugar Intervention191619182NY
Occupation of the Dominican Republic191619248NY
WWI191719181NY
Russian Civil War191819202NY
Posey War192319231Less than 1 yearYN
WWII194119454NY
Korean War195019533NY
Vietnam War1954197521NY
Lebanon Crisis195819581Less than 1 yearNY
Bay of Pigs Invasion196119611Less than 1 yearNY
Simba Rebellion196419641Less than 1 yearNY
Dominican Civil War196519661NY
Communist Insurgency in Thailand1965198318NY
Shaba II197819781Less than 1 yearNY
Multinational Force in Lebanon198219842NY
Invasion of Grenada198319831Less than 1 yearNY
Tanker War198719881NY
Invasion of Panama198919901NY
Gulf War199019911NY
Somali Civil War199219953NY
Intervention in Haiti199419951NY
Bosnian War199419951NY
Kosovo War199819991NY
War in Afghanistan2001201615NY
Iraq War200320118NY
Haiti200420041Less than 1 yearNY
War in North-West Pakistan2004201612NY
Somalia Battle of Ras Kamboni200720071Less than 1 yearNY
Yeman201020166NY
2011 Military Intervention in Libya201120111Less than 1 yearNY
Pakistan201120165NY
Somalia201120132NY
Uganda201120165NY
Jordan201220121Less than 1 yearNY
Turkey201220121Less than 1 yearNY
Yeman201220164NY
Mali201320131Less than 1 yearNY
Korea201320131Less than 1 yearNY
Syria201420162NY
War on ISIL201420162NY
Strait of Hormuz201520151Less than 1 yearNY
Intervention in Cameroon201620161Less than 1 yearNY
Totalover 469 years at war
Sources: Wikipedia
Encyclopaedia Brittanica
FIGHT CLUB: THE U.S. WARS CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN NUMBER EXPONENTIALLY

Since 1775, the U.S. Has Been At War With Someone Somewhere For 213 Out Of 242 Years (88% of its’ Existence)

#### NDP Note (Also related to this post):

HONEST CAMPAIGN:  If Elected, I Promise To Give Trillions To The Rich, Spend Trillions On War, and Cut Everything for Working People

OUR MILITARY IS MIND-BOGGLINGLY BIG

SINCE 1775, THE U.S. HAS BEEN AT WAR WITH SOMEONE SOMEWHERE FOR 213 OUT OF 242 YEARS (88% OF ITS’ EXISTENCE)

FIGHT CLUB: THE U.S. WARS CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN NUMBER EXPONENTIALLY

TOP MILITARY CONTRACTORS’ REVENUE AND TAX BREAKS

# TOP MILITARY CONTRACTORS’ REVENUE AND TAX BREAKS

In case you were wondering, here are the top military contractors’ revenue and their corresponding subsidies for 2014 & 2015.

Surprisingly, in both 2014 & 2015, the individual subsidies are smaller than you might think; Boeing, Northrup Grumman and Lockheed-Martin are the only ones over the billion-dollar mark, which skews the total for the rest.

When you combine subsidies and loans/bailouts, General Dynamics tops the billion-dollar mark.

If the companies are diversified, like Boeing, then the subsidies represent the company’s overall business, which is more than just the Defense industry.

TOP MILITARY CONTRACTORS
TOP 20 DEFENSE CONTRACTORS, 2014Source: Defense Systems Source: Good Jobs First - click on amount
RankTop Defense Companies
Defense Revenue
(Fiscal 2013)
Subsidy Value (State/Local/Federal & Loans/Bailouts) over a number of years
1Lockheed Martin Corp.\$10.402 billion\$1,242,055,102 & \$1,401,316,037
2Northrop Grumman Corp.\$5.873 billion\$1,033,786,317 & \$456,264,000
3Raytheon Co.\$5.016 billion\$287,152,891 & \$1,423,379
4Boeing Co.\$3.585 billion\$14,077,219,164 & \$64,423,416,582
5General Dynamics Corp.\$3.150 billion\$462,551,498 & \$610,997,248
6Hewlett Packard Co.\$2.593 billion \$1,196,418
7 DynCorp International Llc
\$2.485 billionNot available
8Leidos Inc.\$2.426 billion \$2,426,906 & \$20,511,523
9Booz Allen Hamilton\$2.126 billion\$165,844
10Fluor Corp.\$2.079 billion\$5,347,436 & \$250,000,000
11L-3 Communications Corp.\$1.600 billion\$41,446,787 & \$17,028,270
12ManTech International Corp.\$1.501 billion \$23,379,633
13CACI International Inc.\$1.491 billion \$770,939
14Computer Sciences Corp.\$1.426 billion \$64,696,225
15Exelis Inc.\$1.350 billion \$95,416
16BAE Systems Inc.\$1.255 billion\$260,099,106
17Harris Corp.\$1.221 billion \$80,476,616 & \$32,148,472
18Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC)\$1.155 billion \$77,111,252
19United Technologies Corp.\$962 million \$866,504,922 & \$46,018,294
20Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.\$837 million\$225,677
Total\$52.533 billion\$82,523,836,342 (\$82.52 billion)
TOP 10 U.S. DEFENSE CONTRACTORS (2015)Source: 24/7 Wall Street Source: Good Jobs First - click on amount
CompanyRevenueSubsidy Value (State/Local/Federal & Loans/Bailouts) over a number of years
Lockheed Martin Corp\$40.13 billion\$1,242,055,102 & \$1,401,316,037
Boeing Co\$29 billion \$14,077,219,164 & \$64,423,416,582
BAE Systems Inc.\$25.45 billion \$260,099,106
Raytheon Co.\$22.23 billion \$287,152,891 & \$1,423,379
General Dynamics\$18.56 billion \$462,551,498 & \$610,997,248
Northrop Grumman Corp\$18.4 billion \$1,033,786,317 & \$456,264,000
Airbus Group\$14.6 billion \$159,235,137
United Technologies Corp\$13.02 billion \$866,504,922 & \$46,018,294
Finmeccanica\$10.56 billion \$36,767,607 & \$155,995,218
L-3 Communications Inc\$9.81 billion \$41,446,787 & \$17,028,270
Total\$201.76 billion\$83,758,627,279 (\$83.75 billion)

If you are interested a monthly list of DOD Funding Priorities by Christian Sorensen, you can find it at Sibel Edmonds’ site Boiling Frog Posts.  Every month, DOD contracts range in the billions of dollars.  For June 2016, the DOD spent \$25,448,646,000+ on 292 individual contracts.

#### NDP Note (Also related to this post):

HONEST CAMPAIGN:  If Elected, I Promise To Give Trillions To The Rich, Spend Trillions On War, and Cut Everything for Working People

OUR MILITARY IS MIND-BOGGLINGLY BIG

SINCE 1775, THE U.S. HAS BEEN AT WAR WITH SOMEONE SOMEWHERE FOR 213 OUT OF 242 YEARS (88% OF ITS’ EXISTENCE)

FIGHT CLUB: THE U.S. WARS CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN NUMBER EXPONENTIALLY

U.S. is 240 Years Old and It Has Spent Over 469 Years Fighting Wars: List of U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad

# Who Wants To Live Forever? The Rich, Of Course!

Motherboard | May 07 2013

### Russian Billionaire Dmitry Itskov Plans on Becoming Immortal by 2045

Dmitry Itskov wants to live forever. The 32-year-old Russian billionaire and media mogul thinks he can do this by building himself (and everyone) an android body by the year 2045.

There are a few flaws to Itskov’s idea, but that hasn’t stopped more than 20,000 people from publicly supporting the site outlining his plan of using android bodies for immortality. Dubbed the 2045 Initiative, Itskov is selling his idea as the “next step” in human evolution, or “neo-humanity,” as he refers to it.

It doesn’t stop with android bodies, either. The 2045 folks are also calling for a new religion and set of ethics because they don’t believe any of the current ones can handle the societal implications of living forever—as most of the current ones have you dying first in order to achieve immortality.

Itskov has also gone ahead and registered his own political party in Russia called “Evolution 2045.”

But let’s back up a second. How exactly does Itskov plan to become immortal?

# May 2016 Jobs Number Revised Downward to 11,000

#### Jobs

Despite the preliminary the May jobs report of 38,000 (which was awful) was revised downward to 11,000 (even worse yet).

There was not much change in economic conditions to explain the jump in the June numbers, so expect them to revised by the next jobs report.

#### Unemployment

May had awful jobs numbers (originally 38,000, revised downward to 11,000) and the U-3 unemployment rate dropped from 5.0% (April) to 4.7% (May).  June U-3 unemployment increased to 4.9%.  Notice what happened: bad jobs report in May caused unemployment to go down, and good jobs report in June caused unemployment to go up.

# FIGHT CLUB: THE U.S. WARS CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN NUMBER EXPONENTIALLY

The average person out there doesn’t know much about what wars the U.S. is fighting at any given time.

Most will know that the military is in Afghanistan or Iraq (still), but typically not much beyond that.

For instance, under Bush (2001 – 2008) the U.S. fought wars in:

1. Afghanistan
2. Iraq
3. Pakistan
4. Somalia

Under Obama (2009 – present), the U.S. is involved in wars in  over four times as many countries:

1. Afghanistan
2. Cameroon
4. The Iraq War
5. Iraq (War on ISIL)
6. Jordan
7. Korea
8. Libya
9. Libya (War on ISIL)
10. Mali
11. Nigeria (War on ISIL)
12. Pakistan
13. Somalia
14. Strait of Hormuz
15. Syria (War on ISIL)
16. Turkey
17. Uganda
18. Yeman

Plus, Obama is using NATO in Europe to try and provoke a conflict with Russia.  And the U.S. is also trying to start something with China too.

If you want to see an estimate of how much Bush and Obama’s wars have cost, look here.

This is a list of wars the U.S. has fought since it became an independent country (listed by president):

PRESIDENTYEARSWAR(S) / CONFLICTS / MILITARY OPERATIONSNUMBER OF WARS
1775 – 1788Revolutionary War, Chickamauga War, Northwest Indian War3
Washington1789 – 1796Chickamauga War, Northwest Indian War, Whiskey Rebellion3
Jefferson1801 – 1808First Barbary War1
Madison1809 – 1816US Occupation of West Florida, Tecumseh's War, War of 1812, Creek War, Second Barbary War, First Seminole War6
Monroe1817 – 1824First Seminole War, Texas-Indian wars2
John Quincy Adams1825 – 1828Texas-Indian wars, Aegean Sea Anti-Piracy Operations, Winnebago War3
Jackson1829 – 1836Texas-Indian wars, First Sumatran Expedition, Black Hawk War, Second Seminole War4
Van Buren1837 – 1840Texas-Indian wars, Second Seminole War, Second Sumatran Expedition3
William Henry Harrison-Tyler1841 – 1844Texas-Indian wars, Second Seminole War2
Polk1845 – 1848Texas-Indian wars, Mexican-American War, Cayuse War3
Taylor-Fillmore1849 – 1852Texas-Indian wars, Cayuse War, Apache Wars3
Pierce1853 – 1856Texas-Indian wars, Cayuse War, Apache Wars, Bombardment of Greytown, Puget Sound War, First Fiji Expedition, Rogue River Wars, Third Seminole War, Yakima War, Filibuster War, Second Opium War, Second Fiji Expedition, First & Second Cortina War14
Buchanan1857 – 1860Texas-Indian wars, Cayuse War, Apache Wars, Puget Sound War, First Fiji Expedition, Rogue River Wars, Third Seminole War, Yakima War, Filibuster War, Second Opium War, Utah War, Navajo Wars, Palute War13
Lincoln1861 – 1864Texas-Indian wars, Apache Wars, Navajo Wars, First & Second Cortina War, American Civil War, Bombardment of Qui Nho'n (Vietnam), Yavapai Wars, Dakota War of 1862, Colorado War, Shimonoseki War, Snake War12
Lincoln- Andrew Johnson1865 – 1868Texas-Indian wars, Apache Wars, Navajo Wars, American Civil War, Yavapai Wars, Colorado War, Snake War, Powder River War, Red Cloud's War, Siege of Mexico City, Formosa Expedition, Comanche Campaign12
Grant1869 – 1876Texas-Indian wars, Apache Wars, Yavapai Wars, Comanche Campaign, U.S. Expedition to Korea, Modoc War, Red River War, Las Cuevas War, Great Sioux War of 1876, Buffalo Hunter's War10
Hayes1877 – 1880Apache Wars, Great Sioux War of 1876, Buffalo Hunter's War, Nez Perce War, San Elizato Salt War, Cheyenne War, Sheepeater Indian War, Victorio's War, White River War9
Garfield-Arthur1881 – 1884Apache Wars, Victorio's War2
Cleveland1885 – 1888Apache Wars1
Benjamin Harrison1889 – 1892Apache Wars, Pine Ridge Campaign, Garza Revolution3
Cleveland1893 – 1896Apache Wars, Garza Revolution, Yaqui Wars3
McKinley1897 – 1900Apache Wars, Yaqui Wars, Second Somoan Civil War, Philippine-American War, Moro Rebellion, Boxer Rebellion6
McKinley-Theodore Roosevelt1901 – 1904Yaqui Wars, Philippine-American War, Moro Rebellion, Boxer Rebellion4
Theodore Roosevelt1905 – 1908Yaqui Wars, Moro Rebellion2
Taft1909 – 1912Yaqui Wars, Moro Rebellion, Crazy Snake Rebellion, Border War, Negro Rebellion, Occupation of Nicaragua6
Wilson1913 – 1920WWI, Yaqui Wars, Moro Rebellion, Border War, Occupation of Nicaragua, Bluff War, Occupation of Haiti, Sugar Intervention, Occupation of the Dominican Republic, Russian Civil War10
Harding-Coolidge1921 – 1924Occupation of Nicaragua, Occupation of Haiti, Occupation of the Dominican Republic, Posey War4
Coolidge1925 – 1928Occupation of Nicaragua, Occupation of Haiti2
Hoover1929 – 1932Occupation of Nicaragua, Occupation of Haiti2
Franklin Roosevelt1933 – 1944WW!!, Occupation of Nicaragua, Occupation of Haiti3
Franklin Roosevelt-Truman1945 – 1948WWII1
Truman1949 – 1952Korean War1
Eisenhower1953 – 1960Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon Crisis3
Kennedy-Johnson1961 – 1964Bay of Pigs Invasion, Simba Rebellion, Vietnam War3
Johnson1965 – 1968Dominican Civil War, Vietnam War2
Nixon1969 – 1972Vietnam War1
Nixon-Ford1973 – 1976Vietnam War1
Carter1977 – 1980Shaba II1
Reagan1981 – 1988Multinational Force in Lebanon, Invasion of Grenada, Tanker War3
George H.W. Bush1989 – 1992Invasion of Panama, Gulf War, Somali Civil War3
Clinton1993 – 2000Somali Civil War, Intervention in Haiti, Bosnian War, Kosovo War4
George W. Bush2001 – 2008War in Afghanistan, Iraq War, War in North-West Pakistan, Somalia4
Obama2009 – 2016War in Afghanistan, Intervention in Cameroon, Chad, Iraq War, Iraq (War on ISIL), Jordan, Korea, 2011 Military Intervention in Libya, Libya (War on ISIL), Mali, Nigeria (War on ISIL), War in North-West Pakistan, Somalia, Strait of Hormuz, Syria (War on ISIL), Turkey, Uganda, Yeman18
Sources: Wikipedia: List Wars Involving the US
Wikipedia: Timeline of US at War

Wikipedia: Timeline of US Military Operations

Wikipedia: List of ongoing armed conflicts

Wikipedia:List of number of conflicts

Wikipedia: Outline of Wars

Histropedia: Wars involving the US

Think about that in November when you vote.

#### NDP Note (Also related to this post):

STATES JOIN THE CORPORATE WELFARE SWEEPSTAKES GIVEAWAY

HONEST CAMPAIGN:  If Elected, I Promise To Give Trillions To The Rich, Spend Trillions On War, and Cut Everything for Working People

MOST FIRMS PAY NO INCOME TAX – CONGRESS

10 BIG COMPANIES THAT PAY NO TAXES

SOAKING THE POOR, STATE BY STATE

OUR MILITARY IS MIND-BOGGLINGLY BIG

SINCE 1775, THE U.S. HAS BEEN AT WAR WITH SOMEONE SOMEWHERE FOR 213 OUT OF 242 YEARS (88% OF ITS’ EXISTENCE)

TOP MILITARY CONTRACTORS’ REVENUE AND TAX BREAKS

U.S. is 240 Years Old and It Has Spent Over 469 Years Fighting Wars: List of U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad

# STATES JOIN THE CORPORATE WELFARE SWEEPSTAKES GIVEAWAY

Just in case you wondered why your local public schools and universities were having problems getting funded, it’s not all their fault.  Nor is it the highway departments’ fault your state roads and bridges are not getting fixed and are becoming dangerous.

And if your state has been having budget problems, there’s one primary reason: under both Democrats and Republicans, states have mirrored the federal government in handouts to profitable corporations to the tune of over \$180 billion.

Taxpayer money that used to go to fund public schools, public libraries, public services, Meals-on-Wheels for seniors, and many other taxpayer-funded services, now go to profitable companies to help pad their profits.

When Republicans and Democrats talk about privatizing government functions, you can always count on this happening: you will get less and pay more.  And someone who is rich will get richer.

Here is a list of the subsidies and awards listed by state:

SUBSIDIES & AWARDS FROM STATES TO CORPORATIONSSUBSIDY AMOUNTSOURCE: GOOD JOBS FIRST SUBSIDY TRACKER
AK\$676,803,280\$676 million
AL\$3,413,018,766\$3.41 billion
AR\$682,215,269\$682 million
AZ\$435,037,197\$435 million
CA\$2,670,247,463\$2.67 billion
CO\$773,824,248\$773 million
CT\$4,246,915,669\$4.24 billion
DC\$336,094,328\$336 million
DE\$324,280,692\$324 million
FL\$3,450,556,194\$3.45 billion
GA\$1,522,717,351\$1.52 billion
HI\$515,430\$515 thousand
IA\$2,908,329,068\$2.90 billion
ID\$310,702,207\$310 million
IL\$4,875,121,771\$4.87 billion
IN\$5,505,983,189\$5.5 billion
KS\$793,317,346\$793 million
KY\$7,725,418,949\$7.72 billion
LA\$16,659,935,692\$16.65 billion
MA\$1,121,502,357\$1.12 billion
MD\$1,020,557,805\$1.02 billion
ME\$681,443,625\$681 million
MI\$14,199,793,452\$14.19 billion
MN\$2,421,601,745\$2.42 billion
MO\$5,505,983,189\$5.50 billion
MS\$3,804,387,807\$3.8 billion
MT\$48,810,402\$48 million
NC\$4,494,206,385\$4.49 billion
ND\$110,524,376\$110 million
NE\$443,936,362\$443 million
NH\$8,382,095\$8 million
NJ\$8,900,756,858\$8.9 billion
NM\$4,067,819,794\$4.06 billlion
NV\$3,174,859,740\$3.17 billion
NY\$23,974,689,789\$23.97 billion
OH\$4,637,654,611\$4.63 billion
OK\$1,667,965,854\$1.66 billion
OR\$6,653,054,666\$6.65 billion
PA\$5,011,816,496\$5.01 billion
RI\$462,565,091\$462 million
SC\$2,533,880,431\$2.52 billion
SD\$123,437,018\$123 million
TN\$3,804,492,345\$3.80 billion
TX\$6,653,709,245\$6.65 billion
UT\$1,000,738,632\$1 billion
VA\$565,547,785\$565 million
VT\$336,895,134\$336 million
WA\$13,378,264,962\$13.37 billion
WI\$1,832,327,312\$1.83 billion
WV\$426,777,726\$426 million
WY\$1,226,569\$1 million
TOTAL SUBSIDIES FROM STATES TO CORPORATIONS\$180,380,643,767\$180.38 billion

Good Jobs First Subsidy Tracker, which provides the data, also shows which profitable companies get your tax dollars simply by clicking on the state.

Walmart gets a lot of public money to help keep the Waltons from going hungry and so they don’t have to shop at Dollar General or Goodwill.

Think about that as you go to vote in November.

#### NDP Note (Also related to this post):

FIGHT CLUB:  THE U.S. WARS CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN NUMBER EXPONENTIALLY

HONEST CAMPAIGN: If Elected, I Promise To Give Trillions To The Rich, Spend Trillions On War, And Cut Everything For Working People

MOST FIRMS PAY NO INCOME TAX – CONGRESS

10 BIG COMPANIES THAT PAY NO TAXES

SOAKING THE POOR, STATE BY STATE

OUR MILITARY IS MIND-BOGGLINGLY BIG

U.S. is 240 Years Old and It Has Spent Over 469 Years Fighting Wars: List of U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad

# Why Bernie Sanders Was Not The One They Were Waiting For

We’ve seen this show before, so you’d think people would be used to it by now.

Progressive darling comes along pretending to be something they are not, people get taken in, and eventually disappointed with the results.

The recurring problem is people take the news at face value as if it was truth  and they don’t do any of their own homework to see if, in fact, these guys are the real deal.

Bill Clinton’s  terms as governor in Arkansas would have told you he was basically a Republican.

Barack Obama really didn’t have a record as anything more than a go-fer for the Chicago FIRE (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate) markets early in his career.  He certainly wasn’t the community organizer he claimed to be.  In Springfield, the state Capitol of Illinois, you’d be challenged to find any legislation he sponsored or even co-sponsored.  Even after being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, his record is completely unremarkable.  And then there’s the question of Obama’s CIA connections and how they helped him rise in politics.

And now there’s Bernie Sanders.  Sanders is never who he claimed to be.  He wasn’t a Socialist nor was he a Social Democrat; he was a pro-war Democrat who voted for all the wars.  And as far as healthcare, just look back to the 2010 vote on Obamacare when Sanders said he would not support anything that did not have a public option in it.  Next thing you know, Obama took him for a ride on Air Force One, offered him some incentives, and Sanders was voting “yes” for it.

Once again, people did not do their own homework, because if they had, they would have at least found some articles (among many out there) like these from Counterpunch:

Like Ian Welsh wrote, Bernie is irrelevant now.

We can thank Sanders for showing us that people want what FDR offered, not what the Clintons are offering.  Other than that, he just “berned” everybody who supported him.

So that leaves us with Clinton vs. Trump, neither of whom can be trusted.  They’re both spending a lot of money for a job that pays \$400,000 per year, so it makes you wonder.

What would be most amusing is around September or October is if Clinton is trailing Trump by 5 points in the polls (with the Greens and Libertarians each polling 7%) and Sanders has to try and rally his former followers who spent \$230 million on him because they trusted him before he changed sides.  Oh noes!  No Clinton cabinet position for Sanders.

If Trump does win, then maybe the U.S. will finally be rid of the Clintons.  But then we’ll still have Trump, which is not good.  It’s amazing how many unqualified people can run for public office, especially for president (and for Trump, considering this is his first political race).  But then again, there are a lot of unqualified people in Congress carrying water for the rich.  Most of them couldn’t pass a Constitution test.

Last and most importantly, Sanders has proven that anyone linked to the Democrats cannot be trusted, period.