Tax Dodgers, Banks, Senator Thomas Benton and Andrew Jackson

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If you watch the news or even Faux news you might think that the current pandering to the banking institutions is something new and acceptable, well, it is not. Since our Nation’s early days, when Andrew Jackson was president 1829-1837, the National Bank of America, not unlike the current one, was chartered to be a private bank.

-Imagine that, using public money to fund a private bank-

Those that opposed the bank felt that the privatization would mostly benefit business interests and take advantage of the people to whom it loaned money. The other issue that people had against the National Bank was that to fund it new tax laws (loopholes) were going to be passed by Congress to support it. President Andrew Jackson listened to the people and acted so swiftly that Senator Thomas Benton said that in all of history only the actions of, the Roman, Cicero were equal to “what Jackson did for us when he destroyed the bank conspiracy and saved America.”

If in the 1800’s they were against funding private banks then why are we handing out money to save Wall Street and allowing tax dodgers such as Bank of America to make huge profits, according to sources over 3 BILLION dollars, and pay ZERO taxes. If Bank of America, alone, paid their taxes we could put nearly 1.7 Billion back into education, Veterans Benefits, Social Security and many other programs.

Are you willing to continue to pay taxes so that banks such as Bank of America does not have to? Are you willing to give your children less educational opportunities so that the CEO’s can have more money in their offshore account? Are you willing to put your elderly parents out on the street so that Investors of the aforementioned bank can retire in luxury? Are you willing give pregnant women less prenatal care so that Bank of America’s women can have just that little bit more?
Well I for one am not willing to let them continue the fleecing of this great Nation! It is time to take action and let the voices of “We the People” be heard!

Below are a few places you can go to start taking action.

US Uncut
Moveon.org
The Coffee Party
http://www.civilrights.org/

American Veterans (AmVets)
Change.org
Credoaction.com

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

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