Friday, January 7, 2011

Avarice, Ambition, Lawyers, and Politicians

     The American Action Report had posted the following article as a stand-alone page.  For the convenience of my readers, I've placed all reposted articles on one page.

America’s present economic and political systems are controlled by people steeped in avarice and ambition

[The following message was written by a Harsha Sankar, a Virginia resident whose messages generally focus on problems caused by lawyers. I have made no changes in his message other than the correction of two typographical errors and the spelling of a single word.]


Dear Citizen, May 2010

One in five Americans is “laid off”, underemployed, or simply not working. One in eight mortgages is in default of foreclosure. Today, one in eight Americans is on food stamps. More than 120,000 families are filing for bankruptcy every month. The economic crisis has eliminated over $5 trillion from pensions and savings. Ten million homeowners are facing homelessness.

In the 1960’s, median family income, adjusted for inflation, rose 33%. In the 2000’s, it rose just 1.6% as families were spending twice as much, adjusted for inflation, on mortgages than a generation ago. Families are also spending twice as much for healthcare. They are now spending all income and savings to barely stay afloat. One bad diagnosis, one punitive legal action, or one pink slip will push millions over the cliff. Hard work and productive skills are no longer guarantors for economic viability. Tens of millions of once-secure middle class families now live paycheck to paycheck. Decent retirement is just a dream.

So obviously the middle class is being squeezed. Many have benefited and prospered at their expense. Boring and simple banking, once possible with a boring and simple legal system, has given way to “creative” banking. The financial industry generates many billions in fees. This is only made possible by deceptive terms buried in the fine print of incomprehensible and opaque contracts. Shysteristic banking is only due to a shysteristic legal system.

Homelessness has become common phenomenon because of this.

Where does this shysterism radiate? Please read the following.

1. Environmental groups have filed more than 3,300 suits. Every single suit seeks attorney fees and many have charged $650 per hour. While federal law usually limits attorney fees to $125 an hour, these environmental attorneys have received $37 million from federal taxpayers. These monies had nothing to do with environmental protection.

2. For hardly any work which involved several hearings, Acorn and its allies received $450,000 in attorney’s fees from Missouri taxpayers

3. A 9/11 settlement up to $657.5 million to more than 10,000 ground zero rescue and recovery workers will be decided by attorneys and attorney judges. It will not be decided by lawmakers.

4. In another typical lawsuit for money against the pharmaceutical industry, Pfizer was held liable for its marketing of its epilepsy drug neurontin. $142 million in damages were awarded despite the fact the plaintiff offered no testimony from any physician claiming he/she would not have prescribed the medication had they known better.

The voices of reason and restraint are today being drowned by the BAR. Americans are driven to distractions by the omnipresent,”omniscient” and omnipotent legal profession. The haves and well-connected can break and make the laws while the rest face road stops and unlawful searches, surveillance,and seizures.Too few Americans fully comprehend the extent the lawyer/lobbyists unconstitutionally have over government and society. The bar associations have to be deemed a criminal organization. It is an international cabal with no allegiance to Americans.

America’s present economic and political systems are controlled by arrogant people steeped in avarice and ambition. Impoverished people will rebel if America’s economic decline remains unabated. Societal instability happens when there are gruesome gaps between rich and poor. Americans must unshackle themselves from the chains that all non-democratic institutions place on them.

Very Truly Yours,
Harsha Sankar
908 Valley Ridge Road
Covington,Virginia 24426

[Note from American Action Report: In a separate letter, Mr. Sankar wrote that, in the midst of the aforementioned greed-fueled political and economic crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives voted almost unanimously to spend your money on a missile defense system for Israel. The Congressional Budget Office has not given a cost estimate, but the Obama Administration, which requested the expenditure, has estimated the cost at $205 billion of your money. The FY 2009 budget for the entire Department of Defense was $653 billion.] Source

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 284


H R 5327 2/3 YEA-AND-NAY 20-May-2010 1:48 PM
QUESTION: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
BILL TITLE: To authorize assistance to Israel for the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system

DEMOCRATIC YEA 244 NAY 3 NOT VOTING 6
REPUBLICAN YEA 166 NAY 1 NOT VOTING 10
TOTALS 410 4 16

---- YEAS 410 ---

Ackerman
Aderholt
Adler (NJ)
Akin
Alexander
Altmire
Andrews
Arcuri
Austria
Baca
Bachmann

Baird
Baldwin
Barrow
Bartlett
Barton (TX)
Bean
Becerra
Berkley
Berman
Berry
Biggert
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blumenauer
Blunt
Boccieri
Boehner
Bono Mack
Boozman
Boren
Boswell
Boucher
Boustany
Boyd
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Braley (IA)
Bright
Broun (GA)
Brown (SC)
Brown, Corrine
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Buchanan
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Butterfield
Buyer
Calvert
Camp
Campbell
Cantor
Cao
Capito
Capps
Capuano
Cardoza
Carnahan
Carney
Carson (IN)
Carter
Cassidy
Castle
Castor (FL)
Chaffetz
Chandler
Childers
Chu
Clarke
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Coble
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Cohen
Cole
Conaway
Connolly (VA)
Cooper
Costa
Costello
Courtney
Crenshaw
Crowley
Cuellar
Culberson
Cummings
Dahlkemper
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Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
Davis (KY)
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DeFazio
DeGette
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Dent
Deutch
Diaz-Balart, L.
Dicks
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Gerlach
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Gohmert
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Green, Al
Green, Gene
Griffith
Grijalva
Guthrie
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Halvorson
Hare
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Heinrich
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Hensarling
Herger
Herseth Sandlin
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Hodes
Holden
Holt
Honda
Hoyer
Hunter
Inglis
Inslee
Israel
Issa
Jackson (IL)
Jenkins
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, E. B.
Johnson, Sam
Jones
Jordan (OH)
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Kilroy
Kind
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Lance
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Lofgren, Zoe
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Lungren, Daniel E.
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Mack
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Maloney
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Matsui
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Meek (FL)
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Michaud
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Miller (MI)
Miller (NC)
Miller, Gary
Miller, George
Minnick
Mitchell
Mollohan
Moore (KS)
Moore (WI)
Moran (KS)
Moran (VA)
Murphy (CT)
Murphy (NY)
Murphy, Patrick
Murphy, Tim
Myrick Nadler (NY)
Napolitano
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Neugebauer
Nunes
Nye
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Olver
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Perriello
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Petri
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Roybal-Allard
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Salazar
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
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Schauer
Schiff
Schmidt
Schrader
Schwartz
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
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Teague
Terry
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Wasserman Schultz
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Watson
Watt
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Welch
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson (OH)
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Wolf
Woolsey
Wu
Yarmuth
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

---- NAYS 4 ---

Conyers
Kucinich Paul
Stark

---- NOT VOTING 16 ---

Bachus
Barrett (SC)
Bilbray
Bonner
Diaz-Balart, M.
Engel Garamendi
Gordon (TN)
Hoekstra
Jackson Lee (TX)
Johnson (GA)
Kirk Sánchez, Linda T.
Schock
Souder
Wamp


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