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In Finland there were demonstrations in six cities: Helsinki (100-400), Turku (100-200), Tampere, Jyväskylä, Oulu (80) and Kuopio (18). This year's theme was "More tenderness, thanks!" based upon findings that the new system of giving fines instantly has increased punishing just cannabis users 40% since 2001.
In Helsinki GMM2006 demonstration happened in a heavy military atmosphere. There had been clashes between police and youth during the first of may celebrations and a group of hundreds of young men had fought the riot police off their party in an old demolition house right in front of the parliament house. That caused heavy repression and news coverage because attacking the police is really uncommon here, it's almost a taboo. Then 5.5. on Friday the whole place was burned down and panicking police officers tried to cancel our demo. Finland is also going to be the next chairman country of EU and the police cannot control the central area of Helsinki. So our interior minister Kari Rajamäki was also panicking and putting the blame on foreign influences and hiding top men.
So our theme was more than actual, hemp march in Helsinki had become a peace march with hundreds of courageous people participating into it with very heavy police escort. In other cities police nowadays just check that everything's OK and then leave demonstrations in peace. But in Helsinki The State had to show himself to the public after two major failures. Of course this kind of show of muscles scares most of the "ordinary people, who also smoke cannabis" and thus fulfills the conception of public that this belongs to less ordinary people.
On Saturday midday the whole center of Helsinki was like occupied territory with thousands of spectators, even tourists on surprisingly hot temperatures round 24-25 C, in May in Finland like just another proof of greenhouse effect.
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Cannabis is safer.
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USA. The state of the nation.
16 Dec 2019: Majority Of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization, Two More New Polls Show. "Voters who supported President Trump in the 2016 election expressed greater opposition to the policy than Republicans and Republican-leaning independents as a whole."
23 Feb 2019: Trump Continues to Flip-Flop on Medical Marijuana.
See: Reagan's war on cannabis. And: Holy War on Drugs, Republican-led mass incarceration.
|Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech: "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."
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Above quote is from Sanjay Gupta interview of Obama on April 15, 2015. Interview aired on CNN on April 19, 2015. .
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Trump's far-right Republicans
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USA. The state of the nation.
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GOP taxes screw middle class
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Trump signed tax law that gave 83% of benefits to the top 1%.
Chart below. 2017 Republican tax and individual mandate repeal bill. Yellow is for an average increase in cost for people in those groups. Higher costs hitting more people each year. Up to incomes of $75,000.
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|Republican tax bill hurts the poor more than originally thought, Congressional Budget Office finds.
||"By 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be worse off under the Senate bill, CBO found. By 2021, Americans earning $40,000 or less would be net losers, and by 2027, most people earning less than $75,000 a year would be worse off. On the flip side, millionaires and those earning $100,000 to $500,000 would be big beneficiaries".
|2 polls: Only 29% of Americans approve of Republican tax plan. 2.
Falling inflation-adjusted wages
- Return to top. See: Income inequality and drug war. And: Under Trump, inflation-adjusted wages are declining (especially for Republican states with low minimum wages).
The Trump Matrix. Wage slaves waking up.
28 Feb 2020: PolitiFact: Rep. Mark Pocan is on point that wages haven't moved much in the last 30 years. "The cost of everyday goods like rent, groceries and cars have outpaced median wage growth. ... Accounting for inflation, the median wage has only increased $3 since 1990 — and the cost of living expenses has far outpaced that number."
25 Sep 2018: Real Wage Growth Is Actually Falling. Forbes.
In U.S., wage growth is being wiped out entirely by inflation. 10 Aug 2018. Washington Post.
Top line in timeline below is hourly wages adjusted for inflation. It is flat: Bottom of chart below says: "Data for wages of production and non-supervisory employees on private non-farm payrolls."
US has stingiest minimum wage
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2 Jul 2019: There’s More Evidence That Raising the Minimum Wage Won’t Cost Jobs.
"The U.S. has one of the stingiest minimum wage policies of any wealthy nation." Dec. 29, 2017. Washington Post. Chart below is from the article.
Chart below. USA. Inflation-adjusted federal minimum wage over the years.
Source. See also: Wikipedia: List of minimum wages by country.
17 June 2019: US federal minimum wage has 35% less buying power than in 1969. 10 years since last increase. A record. CNN. .
- 2020 State Minimum Wage Rates. Plus map showing lower minimum wages in Republican states. .]]
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US federal minimum wage timeline below. Top line is adjusted for inflation. Middle class prosperity peaked under Truman and Roosevelt in the 1950s due to steep progressive taxation where the middle class paid less. And the minimum wage was increased. That also pushed up middle class wages.
US has high wealth inequality
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See the median wealth by country chart:
Wikipedia: List of countries by wealth per adult - 2019 publication: The average median wealth per adult for Canada ($107,004) is much higher than that of the former great nation, the USA ($65,904). It's due to Republican trickle-down voodoo economics: Giving tax cuts to the rich instead of to the middle class and poor who actually need them. Plus predatory mortgage loans and foreclosure. And predatory unforgivable student loans. Google News search: student debt.
Republicans waste $$-trillions on health insurance companies, and ground wars ($5.6 trillion). Instead of paying higher wages, and higher minimum wages. As Canada does.
US middle-class wealth has collapsed. . See chart below. See: Income inequality and drug war. And: Wikipedia: List of countries by wealth per adult.? Median wealth is exactly in the middle. 50% of adults have more, and 50% have less. Wealth is all assets (money, stocks, property, etc.) minus all debts.
- Middle class wealth collapsing. . And: Just 8 men own same wealth as half the world. See Wikipedia: Wealth in the United States.
US has high income inequality
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Timeline below of real (inflation-adjusted) average US household income by quintile and top 5 percent in 2018 dollars. Note that the bottom 60% of households (bottom 3 quintiles) have had little improvement in real income. While the top 20%, and especially the top 5 percent, have had large, even exceptional, increases in real income.
Median income by country charts:
- Above chart. United States leads in income inequality, and lack of economic mobility. Increasing income inequality on the horizontal axis. Increasing economic immobility on the vertical axis. Note the Scandinavian countries on the bottom left.
26 Jul 2018: As Workers' Wages Continue to Fall Under Trump, Analysis Shows CEO Pay Is Way Higher Than Typically Reported. Jake Johnson, Common Dreams.
17 Jul 2018: Bernie Sanders: Trump’s economy is great for billionaires, not for working families. By Bernie Sanders. USA Today. 17 Jul 2018: If the economy is 'roaring', why are so many Americans still struggling? Bernie Sanders. The Guardian.
Real wages are not just flat, they are falling. 15 Jun 2018. Jeff Stein and Andrew Van Dam. Washington Post.
Increasing income inequality over time. Chart below from:
17 Dec 2017: A Republican Tax Plan to Turbocharge Inequality, in 3 Charts. New York Times.
1 Jul 2016: Income Inequality Is At The Highest Level In American History. By Bryce Covert. ThinkProgress. "Incomes for the 99 percent have only recovered about 60 percent of what they lost. But the rich are doing great. ... They captured more than half of all the income growth in the country."
Massive US household debt
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US household debt at all time high. Chart below is from the PDF.
Total household debt. From 1st quarter 2003 through recent times.
Total Household Debt by Type:
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Massive US medical debt
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This doesn't happen in Canada, due to single-payer universal healthcare.
17 Jan 2019: US. 34 Devastating Stories About How People Are Still Crushed By Medical Debt. By Venessa Wong. BuzzFeed News.
President Eisenhower. 1953
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Wikipedia: Dwight D. Eisenhower. President: January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961.
Viral meme says 1956 Republican platform was pretty liberal. Article by PolitiFact says it is mostly true. See Wikipedia: PolitiFact.
President Eisenhower followed progressives like President Roosevelt. Roosevelt and General Eisenhower had worked together to crush the far-right of their day, the Nazis.
Quote source: Franklin Roosevelt's Statement on the National Industrial Recovery Act. June 16, 1933. "No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country."
Unlike today's Republicans, Eisenhower understood that trickle-down economics does not work.
14 Oct 2018: Bernie Sanders video: Trickle-Down Economics Does Not Work.
12 Oct 2018: Bernie Sanders video: Disney Heiress Abigail Disney Says The Wealthy Don't Need Another Tax Break.
His 91% top marginal tax rate
Equaled prosperity for more
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Eisenhower, the progressive Republican President, had a 91% top marginal income tax rate.. He participated in one of the greatest eras of economic prosperity-for-more in the US in the 1950s.
That era had lower overall taxes on the middle class.
Chart below. Higher average effective tax rate on the top 1 percent of US households in the 1950s (42% average effective tax rate). Total of federal, state, and local taxes. In 2014 it was 36.4%.
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Hires Former Marijuana Lobbyist As Senior Advisor. By Kyle Jaeger. January 7, 2019. Marijuana Moment. From the article: "Both believe that marijuana should be legalized at the federal level".
Ocasio-Cortez floats 70 percent tax on the super wealthy to fund Green New Deal.
7 Jan 2018: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is floating a 70 percent top tax rate — here’s the research that backs her up. And: Haters. And: Dancegate.
As Poll Shows Majority Back 70% Top Marginal Tax Rate for Ultra-Rich, Ocasio-Cortez's "Radical" Proposal Proves Extremely Mainstream. .
Chart below. Highest marginal income tax rates over time.
- Above chart source. And: Source 2.
USA. Since 2001, labor’s share of national income has suffered a sustained decline. 11 Sep 2018.
- See above chart source. . And source article.
Chart below: Top 10% of earners receive 50% of all income. When capital gains are included.
- Above graph source. And: Source 2.
|10 Jul 2018: National (US) Pay Trends. "Since 2006, wages have risen 12.9 percent overall in the US. But when you factor in inflation, real wages' have actually fallen 9.3 percent. In other words, the income for a typical worker today buys them less than it did in 2006."
2 Jul 2018: An Update for 2018: More Evidence That Half of Americans Are In or Near Poverty. Paul Buchheit. Common Dreams.
For most U.S. workers, real wages have barely budged in decades. 7 Aug 2018. By Drew DeSilver. Pew Research Center. Chart below is from the article. Bottom of chart says: "Data for wages of production and non-supervisory employees on private non-farm payrolls."
The top line in the chart below is for hourly wages adjusted for inflation
President Abraham Lincoln
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Abraham Lincoln. From a message to the U.S. Congress, 3 December 1861:
"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."
More sources: . The full speech. See: Facebook image.
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