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  1. 1. Presented By: Eleanor Strickland<br /> Sue Michalson<br />
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  3. 3. MYTH<br />DEMOCRATS ARE <br />THE PARTY OF<br /> “BIG SPENDERS”<br />
  4. 4. INCREASES IN THE NATIONAL DEBT<br />The RED and BLUE bars tell the story. in the last 35 years, Republicans have run up huge debts while Democrats have held debt steady or reduced it. <br />FACT<br />
  5. 5. MYTH<br />WE CAN CUT THE DEFICIT BY REDUCING SPENDING FOR SOCIAL PROGRAMS<br />
  6. 6. BUSH’S TAX CUTS ACCOUNT FOR <br />48% OF THE DEFICIT.<br />FACT<br />
  7. 7. MYTH<br />BUSH’S TAX CUTS BENEFITED EVERYONE<br />
  8. 8. THE TAX CUT BENEFITED THE WEALTHY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE POOR<br />FACT<br />$120.000<br />$20<br />$740<br />< 1 % 2.3% 7.5% <br />(MORE)<br />
  9. 9. 28%<br />25%<br />25%<br />25%<br />15%<br />
  10. 10. MYTH<br />TAX CUTS THE ECONOMY<br />“The main reason for our growing economy is that we cut taxes and left more money in the hands of families and workers and small business owners.”  — President Bush, November 4, 2006<br />BOOST<br />
  11. 11. FACT<br />WHAT GROWING ECONOMY?<br />2001-2007 ECONOMY WAS WEAKER THAN AVERAGE<br />ONLY CORPORATE PROFITS GREW RAPIDLY!<br />Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities<br />
  12. 12. MYTH<br />OBAMA WILL RAISE YOUR TAXES<br />
  13. 13. FACT<br />OBAMA IS NOT PROPOSING TO “RAISE” TAXES <br />Obama wants to allow the tax cuts on the wealthy to expire. This would only affect people whose annual incomes are greater than $250,000. The rates would return to the 2000 rate of 39% - 40%. <br />Obama wants to extend the tax cut for the 95%<br />of individuals with annual incomes less than<br />$250,000<br />(MORE)<br />Source: NY Daily Times Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Interview<br />
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  15. 15. TAX RATE<br />Prohibitive Range<br />Neither the Reagan or Bush cuts paid <br />for themselves by generating revenue<br /> … perhaps because the tax rate was<br />too low.<br />REVENUE<br />Source: Arthur B. Laffer<br />
  16. 16. MYTH<br />EVERYONE <br />PAYS A<br />“DEATH TAX”<br />
  17. 17. THE “DEATH TAX” APPLIES ONLY TO <br />THE WEALTHIEST 2%<br />FACT<br />There are many legitimate deductions and the wealthy know how to structure their estates to avoid the estate tax!<br />In 2008, the estate tax rate was <br />45%. However, the average<br />estate paid only 17%.<br />Surviving spouses are not <br />taxed. <br />Source: irs.gov (MORE)<br />
  18. 18. CLINTON<br /> $675,000<br /> 55%<br />BUSH<br />$3,500,000<br /> 45%<br />ESTATE TAX repealed<br />OBAMA<br />$1,000,000<br /> 55%<br />
  19. 19. ENVIRONMENT<br />
  20. 20. MYTH<br />GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX…<br />
  21. 21. FACT<br />INDEPENDENT SCIENTISTS CONSISTENTLY PAINT A PICTURE<br />OF A RAPIDLY WARMING WORLD<br /> Measurements include:<br /><ul><li>Surface Temperature
  22. 22. Atmospheric Temperature
  23. 23. Sea Level
  24. 24. Ice Cores
  25. 25. Tree Rings
  26. 26. Coral Reefs</li></ul>Source: Environmental Defense Fund<br />(MORE)<br />
  27. 27. GLOBAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE<br />58.1 in 2010<br />56.5 in 1880<br />(MORE)<br />Source: Woods Hole Research Center<br />
  28. 28. The planet has just come through:<br /><ul><li> the warmest decade
  29. 29. the warmest 12 months
  30. 30. the warmest 6 months, and
  31. 31. the warmest 3 months on record</li></ul>Several nations have already set their all-time temperature records in 2010: <br />111 degrees – Russia<br />117 degrees - Chad<br />118 degrees – Niger<br />121 degrees – Sudan<br />126 degrees – Saudi Arabia<br />126 degrees – Iraq<br />127 degrees - Kuwait<br />130 degrees - Pakistan<br />Source: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration<br />
  32. 32. MYTH<br />GLOBAL WARMING IS NOT CAUSED BY CO2 EMISSIONS<br />
  33. 33. FACT<br />THREE FACTORS AFFECT THE EARTH’S TEMPERATURE: <br />THE SUN<br />EARTH’S REFLECTIVITY<br />GREENHOUSE GAS (primarily CO2)<br />The changes both in the SUN and the planet’s EARTH’S REFLECTIVITY point to a cooling period … not a warming one.<br />What is left? CO2!<br />(MORE)<br />Source: Environmental Defense Fund<br />
  34. 34. TEMPERATURE FOLLOWS CO2<br />For 800,000 years, CO2 has ranged from 180 to 300 ppmand the temperature trend has followed closely behind.<br />Today, CO2 is around390 ppm and the temperature is rising accordingly.<br />CO2<br />TEMPERATURE<br />Current Temperature is 58.1<br />400 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0<br />THOUSANDs OF YEARS AGO<br />Source: Environmental Defense Fund<br />
  35. 35. MYTH<br />GLOBAL WARMING DOESN’T EFFECT ME!<br />
  36. 36. FACT<br />1. Glaciers melt<br /> 2. Ocean levels rise<br /> 3. Land areas become uninhabitable<br /> 4. Large populations have to relocate<br /> 5. Territorial wars develop<br /> 6. Oceans become more acidic<br /> 7. Sea creatures die<br /> 8. Weather patterns change (more<br /> storms, droughts, fires, floods)<br /> 9. Food production is disrupted<br />10. Diseases spread<br />Source: 350.org<br />
  37. 37. MYTH<br />THE FLORIDA SOLAR ENERGY INCENTIVE PROGRAM IS “DEAD IN THE WATER”<br />
  38. 38. FACT<br />$13 MILLION IS NOW <br />AVAILABLE TO REIMBURSE<br />HOMEOWNERS FOR<br /> SOLAR PANELS<br />On August 13, The Florida Energy and Climate<br />Commission agreed to use $13 million in stimulus<br />funds to pay for solar electric panels. <br />The Florida Solar Energy Incentive Program was originally intended <br />to pay up to $20,000 per home. However, the program received no<br />funds from the legislature after 2008.<br />The backlog is $52.7 million (more than 15,000 households)<br />The $13 million will be paid to those submitting their applications<br />before June 2009. (MORE)<br />Source: Florida Energy and Climate Commission<br />
  39. 39. … AND JUST ANNOUNCED<br />The Public Service Commission requires the five investor-owned utilities in Florida to offer renewable solar hot water and photovoltaic programs through the Energy Conservation Cost Recovery Clause.<br />SECO is not investor-owned but Progress Energy is. <br />Progress Energy will receive more than $1 million per year and will offer its customers:<br /><ul><li> $550 rebate for a solar hot water</li></ul> heater<br /><ul><li> $2.00 per watt for a new photo-</li></ul> voltaic system (limit $20,000).<br />
  40. 40. 1790<br />PUBLIC SCHOOLS?SOCIALISM<br />1842<br />PUBLIC<br />HIGHWAYS?<br />SOCIALISM<br />1905<br />PUBLIC<br />PARKS?<br />SOCIALISM<br />2009<br />PUBLIC HEALTH? SOCIALISM<br />1808<br />PUBLIC WATER?SOCIALISM<br />HEALTHCARE<br />
  41. 41. MYTH<br />UNDER HEALTH CARE REFORM, MEDICAL CARE WILL BE RATIONED<br />
  42. 42. FACT<br />THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ALREADY RATION HEALTH CARE<br /> – AND FOR A PROFIT<br />Consumer protections in the new legislation would prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage based on a pre-existing condition or revoking coverage when someone gets really sick.<br />(MORE)<br />
  43. 43. In 2009,the 5 largest health insurance companies took in combined profits of<br />$12.2 billion, up 56 % over 2008.<br />Profits for the 10 largest insurance companies increased 250 % from 2000 to 2009, 10 times faster than inflation. <br />Source: AOL Daily Finance<br />
  44. 44. MYTH<br />UNDER HEALTH CARE REFORM, MEDICARE BENEFITS WILL BE CUT<br />
  45. 45. FACT<br />CUTS APPLY ONLY TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGEPROGRAMS … <br />CUTS WILL NOT AFFECT 75% OF RECIPIENTS<br />Medicare Advantage is more akin to private insurance because it's administered by a private company, yet subsidized by the government. <br />That subsidy costs the government an additional 14% per person <br />compared to a person with traditional Medicare. <br />The Medicare Advantage users will receive the exact same care as those in traditional Medicare.<br />Source: Kaiser Health Service.<br />
  46. 46. MYTH<br />UNDER HEALTH CARE REFORM, WE WON’T SEE CHANGE UNTIL 2014<br />
  47. 47. FACT<br />These are but a few of the changes we'll see before the complete health reform goes into effect in 2014.<br />Childrencan remain on their parents’ health plans until the <br />age of 26.<br />Children can no longer<br /> bedenied coverage for<br /> pre-existing conditions.<br />(MORE)<br />Source: New York Times<br />
  48. 48. 4. Small businesses<br /> can qualifyfor tax<br /> credits to offset the <br />cost ofhealthpremiums.<br />5. Insurance companies<br /> cannotsetlifetime limits onhealth<br /> carecoverage or cancel apolicy<br /> once someonegets sick. <br />Adults denied coverage for pre-existing conditionswill have access tohigh-risk insurance programs provided by the government. <br />(MORE)<br />Source: New York Times<br />
  49. 49. 6. The Medicare doughnut<br /> hole gradually phases out:<br />2010: Persons falling into doughnut hole will receive a<br /> $250 rebate<br />2011: Persons falling into doughnut hole will receive a <br /> $500 rebate, a 7% reduction on <br /> generic drugs and a 50%<br /> reduction on brand-name drugs.<br />2013: Drug prices will be reduced<br />2020: The doughnut hole is GONE!<br />The doughnut hole occurs when<br />a Medicare Part D patient has <br />spent $2830 a year for prescriptions.<br />Medicare does not cover any other<br />prescriptions until the total reaches $4550.<br />Source: New York Times<br />
  50. 50. CAN <br />CAN YOU GET ME SOME HUDDLED <br />MASSES YEARNING TO BUST THEIR BUTTS FOR $5 AN HOUR?<br />IMMIGRATION<br />
  51. 51. MYTH<br />ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DON’T PAY TAXES<br />
  52. 52. MYTH<br />ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COME TO THE U.S. FOR WELFARE<br />
  53. 53. MYTH<br />ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ABUSE THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM<br />
  54. 54. MYTH<br />ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS <br />ARE MORE LIKELY TO COMMIT <br />CRIMES<br />
  55. 55. FACT<br />ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS PAY THE SAME TAXES AS YOU AND I PAY <br />Employers of undocumented <br />workers deductall the federal <br />income and other taxes from<br />all employees -- legal and<br />illegal. <br />84% pay income tax and 0% file a return<br />Source: National Immigration Forum<br />
  56. 56. FACT<br />THE U.S. MAKES A PROFIT ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS …<br />This is because so many illegal immigrants pay taxes, Social Security and Medicare … without being able to retrieve any of that money or benefits.<br />(average $80,000 in a lifetime) <br />(MORE)<br />Source: National Immigration Forum<br />
  57. 57. U.S. law prohibits those here illegally from obtaining welfare, food stamps or any other type of public assistance.<br />Studies show that only 2% of Mexican immigrants have ever used welfare or social security and only 3% have ever used food stamps.<br />Illegal immigrants pay >$50 billion every year in Social Security … none of which they can claim. <br />Source: National Immigration Forum<br />
  58. 58. FACT<br />UNDOCUMENTED PERSONS ARE NOT ENTITLED TO ANY TAXPAYER- PROVIDED HEALTH CARE EXCEPT<br />EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT.<br />A recent RAND Corp. study states:<br />"The foreign born (especially undocumented) use disproportionately fewer medical services and contribute less to health care costs in relation to their population share."<br />Source: National Immigration Forum<br />
  59. 59. FACT<br />IN LARGEST IMMIGRANT AREAS, CRIME RATE IS LOWEST IN 4 DECADES<br />Numerous reputable studies <br />have shown that regardless <br />of their legal status, immigrants <br />are not the source of substantial <br />crime.<br />Undocumented individuals have a very high incentive not to break the law.  <br />Source: National Immigration Forum, Bureau of Justice Statistics<br />(MORE)<br />
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  61. 61. MYTH<br />IMMIGRANTS SHOULD APPLY TO LEGALLY ENTER THE U.S.<br />
  62. 62. FACT<br />THE DEMAND FOR LOW-SKILLED <br /> WORKERS IN THE U.S. LABOR MARKET<br /> IS 500,000 A YEAR <br />THE CURRENT U.S. IMMIGRATION<br /> QUOTA IS 5,000 FOR THAT CATEGORY<br />"If you are a Mexican wanting to get a legal visa to work in a low-skilled job in the U.S., you would be dead before you get your visa.''<br />Source: National Immigration Forum<br />
  63. 63. MYTH<br />A FENCE BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MEXICO WOULD SOLVE THE PROBLEM<br />
  64. 64. FACT<br />First: “For every 15-foot fence there is a 16-foot<br />ladder or a shovel to dig underneath.”<br />Second: 40% of those undocumented<br />in the U.S. entered legally and <br />overstayed their visas<br />Third: Only57% of all illegal immigrants arrive from Mexico.<br />(The fence we are building now on our Mexican border is<br /> only one of two fences in the world separating states: the<br /> other one is the Israeli-Palestine wall.)<br />Sources: www.politifact.com, Urban Institute<br />(MORE)<br />
  65. 65. INDIANS<br />PLYMOUTH ROCK <br />PILGRAMS<br />“They say they’re building a wall because too many of us enter illegally and won’t learn their language or assimilate into their culture.”<br />
  66. 66. RELIGION<br />
  67. 67. MYTH<br />OBAMAIS A MUSLIM<br />
  68. 68. FACT<br />A poll taken in late August on the subject of Obama’s religion showed:<br /><ul><li> 18% believe he is a Muslim
  69. 69. 34 % believe he is a Christian
  70. 70. 48% don’t know his religion</li></ul>SO WHO CARES? THIS IS AMERICA …<br /> ”FREEDOM OF RELIGION”<br />Source: politifact.com<br />(MORE)<br />
  71. 71. OBAMA IS NOT A MUSLIM<br /><ul><li> Obama attended both Catholic and public </li></ul> Muslim schools in Indonesia (but not for<br /> religious training). <br /><ul><li>Although Obama was not raised in any </li></ul> particular faith. He became a Christian and <br /> joined the Trinity United Church of Christ when<br /> he was in his 20s.<br /><ul><li> Obama continues to attend Christian churches,</li></ul> carries a Bible and states that he is a Christian.<br />Source: politifact.com<br />
  72. 72. SAME SEX MARRIAGE<br />
  73. 73. MYTH<br />MARRIAGE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT<br />ONE MANAND <br />ONE WOMAN<br />
  74. 74. FACT<br />Through the Ming dynasty in China, both females and males bound themselves in contracts with persons of the same gender.<br />During the Roman Empire, same sex marriages were common … even Emperor Nero himself married a man.  <br />From the 5th to the 14th centuries, the Roman Catholic Church conducted ceremonies to bless same-sex unions which were almost identical to those for heterosexual unions. <br />  <br />Source: The Marriage of Likeness: Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe, John Boswell<br />
  75. 75. MYTH<br />CIVIL UNIONS <br />AND DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS <br />ARE THE SAME AS MARRIAGE<br />
  76. 76. DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS AND CIVIL UNIONS DO NOT PROVIDE THE BENEFITS AND PROTECTIONS OF MARRIAGE<br />FACT<br />THEY:<br />1. Can cost thousands of dollars in legal feeswhereas a simple marriage license usually costs less than $100.<br />2. Can be challenged in court.In the case of wills, legal spouses always have more legal power than any other family member.<br />3. Are not universally recognized. Marriage laws are universal.Physicians, judges, etc. may not recognize civil unions or domestic partnerships.<br />(MORE)<br />Source: lesbianlife.about.com<br />
  77. 77. The Federal Government provides at least 1,049benefitsandprotectionsformarriedcouplesnot provided to domestic partners or persons in civil unions:<br /><ul><li>survivor benefits through Social Security
  78. 78. sick leave to care for ailing partner
  79. 79. tax breaks
  80. 80. veterans benefits
  81. 81. insurance breaks
  82. 82. family discounts
  83. 83. family insurance through an employer
  84. 84. visiting a spouse in the hospital
  85. 85. making medical decisions</li></ul>Source: General Accounting Office<br />
  86. 86. SOCIAL SECURITY<br />MEDICARE<br />
  87. 87. AUGUST 14, 1935: <br />PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SIGNS <br />THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT<br />
  88. 88. MYTH<br />SOCIAL SECURITY<br /> IS GOING BROKE<br />
  89. 89. BY 2023, SOCIAL SECURITY WILL HAVE A SURPLUS OF<br />FACT<br />$4.3 TRILLION<br />It can pay out all scheduled benefitsforthenext 25 years with no changes whatsoever. <br />After 2037, it'll still be able to pay out 75% of scheduled benefits--and again, that's withoutany changes.<br />Source: National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare<br />
  90. 90. MYTH<br />SOCIAL SECURITY<br />ADDS TO THE DEFICIT<br />
  91. 91. FACT<br />NOT ONE PENNY OF THE DEFICIT CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO SOCIAL SECURITY<br />By law, Social Security funds are separate from the budget, and it must pay its own way. <br />Source: National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare<br />
  92. 92. MYTH<br />iou<br />THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND HAS BEEN RAIDED AND IS FULL OF “IOU”S<br />
  93. 93. FACT<br />THE SOCIAL SECURITY ISN’T FULL OF IOUs … IT’S FULL OF U.S. TREASURY BONDS<br />President Bush wanted to put Social Security funds in the stock market (which would have been disastrous)but luckily, he failed. <br />(MORE)<br />Source: National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare<br />
  94. 94. HOWEVER,THOSE TREASURY BONDS<br />ARE PART OF THE $10.7 TRILLION DEBT<br />WE OWE<br />Social Security<br />40%<br />of the U.S. debt is money borrowed from Social Security … that is our money!<br />(MORE)<br />
  95. 95. DEFICIT COMMISSION<br />The newly appointed deficit commission is charged with finding a way to CUT THE DEBT! And guess where the members of that committee plan to go <br />for cuts … SOCIAL SECURITY! <br />Co-chair, Alan Simpson, expressed his view of<br />Social Security when he sent an e-mail to the<br />National Older Women's League Executive<br />Director comparing Social Security to "a milk <br /> cow with 310 million tits!"<br /> James Roosevelt, Jr. defended Social Security: <br /> “Social Security should be out of the reach of <br /> the Budget Deficit Commission because it is <br /> not part of the Federal budget. <br />Since Social Security has not contributed in any<br /> way to the deficit, it makes no sense to consider it as part of the solution.”<br />(MORE)<br />Source: Nationional Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; politify.com<br />
  96. 96. SOCIAL SECURTY PAYROLL TAX IS LEVIED ONLY ON EARNINGS UP TO $106,800 A YEAR<br />Millionaires and billionaires pay (and receive) the same<br />as an individual earning $106,800<br />“Eliminating the limit on the amount taxed would provide all the money Social Security needs for the foreseeable future.”<br />Congressional Budget Office<br />Senator Bernie Sanders proposed “applying the <br />Social Security payroll tax on those whose<br />incomes exceed $250,000”.<br />Source: Congressional Budget Office<br />
  97. 97. TEA PARTY<br />
  98. 98. MYTH<br />THE TEA PARTY IS A “GRASSROOTS” ORGANIZATION<br />
  99. 99. FACT<br />THE TEA PARTY IS AN “ASTROTURF” ORGANIZATION<br />(MORE)<br />
  100. 100. THE TEA PARTYIS A PROFESSIONALLY COORDINATED CORPORATE POLITICAL ACTIONTOOL.<br />It was founded and funded primarily by the Koch brothers of Koch Industries … with support from Exxon/Mobile, Massey Energy and others. <br />The money is funneled through conservative think tanks such as Dick Armey’sFreedom Works and Americans for Prosperity.<br />(MORE)<br />Source: Alternet.com<br />
  101. 101. Koch Industries is a privately-owned $100 billion <br />Conglomerate with business activities in:<br /><ul><li> petroleum
  102. 102. chemicals
  103. 103. energy
  104. 104. Asphalt
  105. 105. natural gas
  106. 106. plastics
  107. 107. fibers
  108. 108. minerals
  109. 109. fertilizers
  110. 110. ranching
  111. 111. pulp and paper
  112. 112. finance and commodities trading.</li></ul>Source: Alternet.com<br />(MORE)<br />
  113. 113. It is not suprising that Koch Industries:<br /><ul><li>Advocated for the coal, oil and tobacco industries and
  114. 114. Campaigned against climate change and health care reform.</li></ul>In 2008, the Kochfoundations gave money to 34 political and policy organizations, some of which they founded and several they direct: <br />The founder was active in the Birch Society and both brothers (Charles and David) now managing the business are Libertarians.<br />They oppose taxes and government regulation.Much less oversight of industry and fewer environmental regulations mean more profits for Koch Industries.<br />Source: Alternet.com<br />
  115. 115. The University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries as one of the TOP 10 Air Polluters in the U.S.<br />A Greenpeace report found that Kochhas been a “kingpin of climate science denial,” and “vastly outdid” ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change.<br />The Justice Department charged that Koch Industries was responsible for more than 300 oil spills, which released 300 million gallons of oil into lakes and rivers and, later, leveled a 97-count indictment against Koch for covering up the discharge of 91 tons of the carcinogen, benzine.<br />A Senate committee minority report found that a trust financed by Charles and David Koch “may have played a decisive role in four of<br />six federal races (running attack advertising).”<br />For more information, see the August 30, 2010 issue of the New Yorker.<br />(MORE)<br />Source: Alternet.com<br />
  116. 116. The founder of the Center for Public Integrity, Charles Lewis, told the New Yorker:<br /> “The Kochs are on a whole different level. There’s no one else who has spent this much money.<br />The sheer dimension of it is what sets them apart. They have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation, and obfuscation. <br />I’ve been in Washington since Watergate, and I’ve never seen anything like it. They are the Standard Oil of our times.”<br />Source: Alternet.com<br />
  117. 117. MYTH<br />TEA PARTY PARTICIPATION IS SPONTANEOUS<br />
  118. 118. FACT<br />THE TEA PARTY IS PROFESSIONALLY MANAGED<br />It is no accident that all the banners<br />and slogans look alike or that the <br />participants all say the same thing.<br />In reality, the Tea Party is managed by<br />the very conservative PR firm,<br />King Media Group, whose slogan is<br />“the art of persuasion … the science of media”.<br />A leaked memo from details exactly how<br />Members should conduct themselves in town hall meetings<br />and rallies … they are mere puppets of Koch and friends.<br />Source: Alternet.com<br />
  119. 119.
  120. 120. MYTH<br />WELFARE IS ONLY FOR THE POOR<br />
  121. 121. THE WEALTHY ALSO RECEIVE WELFARE<br />FACT<br />WALL STREET: Bailouts<br />BANKS:Cheap money through TARP to Goldman Sacks, Bank of America, Citigroup and other heavy hitters.<br />AIRLINES:Small Business Administration(SBA) awarded contracts to the 13 largest government contractors rather than to “small” businesses.<br />AGRI-BUSINESS :Agricultural price supports (72%) are distributed to the top farmers, not the family farmer. Congress rejected a cap of $250,000 per recipient.<br />AUTO:Takeover of General Motors<br />HEALTHCARE:Pharmaceutical companies are subsidized for developing drugs for profit.<br />OIL:Oil companies receive subsidies and tax breaks for drilling.<br />(MORE)<br />Source: thefreemanonline.org<br />
  122. 122.
  123. 123. “I see in the near future a crisis approaching. It unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. The money powers preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me & the financial institutions at the rear, the latter is my greatest foe. Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed." -Abraham Lincoln, letter to William Elkins, Nov 21, 1864 (after the passage of the debt causing National Bank Act [June 3, 1864]) <br />
  124. 124. “Make the lie big, <br />make it simple, <br />keep saying it,<br />And eventually <br />they will believe it.” <br />Adolf Hitler<br />
  125. 125. DON’T BELIEVE <br />EVERYTHING <br />YOU HEAR!<br /><ul><li> google.com
  126. 126. factcheck.org
  127. 127. snopes.com
  128. 128. wikipedia.org
  129. 129. truthorfiction.com</li></li></ul><li>“A house divided <br />against itself cannot stand.”<br />Abraham Lincoln<br />

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