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The New Architects of the Manipulation and Destruction of the Poor, Mitt & Paul!

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As a yogi, I never speak like this, but I have to say it. With Paul Ryan as the vice president nominee for the Republicans, Mitt Romney has made his campaign slogan loud and clear: EVERYTHING'S FOR SALE! And all of the money that is made on everything that is sold will be made on the backs of the poor and the working class. Take away social security, take away healthcare, privatize education, cut food assistance programs, outsource another war, eliminate services for women and then hide your money in off-shore accounts so we never know how much you made! In the Romney/Ryan administration, whatever you can pay for, you will be able to get, period. And whatever they can pay for, they will be able to get, which will be everything. I have a feeling that one of my rich friends will just buy the government and paint the White House green and make Mitt sleep in the basement.

I once sat around a dinner table with 10 prominent ultra-rich businesspeople and their significant others for a fundraiser for a U.S. Congressman. One of the businessmen said, "the reason why we like you, is because you always return our calls" (wink! wink!). Bought and sold, right before my eyes. I wanted to cry. Ninety percent of the people in our country believe that corporations have too much control over our government...if they only could see what I have seen, it would 110 percent! Politicians work for the people who give them money, not for those who vote for them. That is why I am a proud supporter of the Occupy movement. As much as many of us hate the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, Romney doesn't like it either, because instead of the money going to Super PACs, he said he would rather the money go directly to the candidates. With no limits! That is solution to the legal bribery that is happening. Allow rich people to give MORE to those running for office. Meanwhile, he and his Super PAC buddies are outspending Obama's efforts.

So if the choice of Tea-Party favorite, Paul Ryan, is not a wake up call to all of us to make sure we do everything in our power to re-elect Barack Obama, then the only excuse is that we forgot to set our alarm. And I know that can't happen! I will ring the alarm as loud as Beyonce ever could and will fight to stop the literal destruction of poor people in this country. I heard you both talk about poverty today, but we all know that if you take control of this country, you will eliminate every program we have that protects the most vulnerable. You are two men who will destroy our people and laugh all the way to the bank with your rich friends. I pray this will never happen.

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