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Yehuda “YJ” Draiman - Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017 YJ Draiman is the lead elected official 4th term, for the Northridge East Neighborhood Council – NENC, he is also the liaison between the NENC and LADWP. As an Energy Efficiency Advocate YJ Draiman is known for his advancement in... More
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  • Taxation Without Representation Is Wrong – Draiman 1 comment
    Jan 31, 2013 10:11 AM

    Taxation without representation is wrong - Draiman

    Without a proper representation, our founding fathers when they stood up in rebellion to the government of Great Britain and went to war for their independence? Yes, they did, and I would have joined them (as most people in the colonies did). However, they resorted to such extreme measures because a full 75% of the populace in the colonies at the time agreed that taxation without representation was wrong and the great majority of the people went to war to defend this fundamental principle of democracy that was being denied them. The question that stands today do 75% of the citizens of the United States feel this way today, and what can be done to correct this situation in an orderly fashion.

    I declare that if all the citizens of the United States or at least the majority, voted in their respective elections (city, county, state and federal), we as a majority of this great country can regain control of our government and overcome the control of the special interests and lobbying groups. After all this is our country and we as citizens must unite to take back our governments and make it again "government by the people for the people". If we do nothing, we are heading into economic slavery.

    YJ Draiman


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    Author’s reply » Is American Economy in Shambles?
    I have nothing against capitalism as long as the capitalists play fair. If the special corporation tax deductions were eliminated and lobbyists were not allowed to influence politicians, I would be a happy camper. If corporations cared about the United States worker then I would be a happy camper. If jobs were not outsourced in the name of profit I would be a happy camper, and if our government cared as much for the citizens of this country as it cares for foreign investors, I would be a happy camper if all American workers produced quality goods at competitive labor costs.
    On the flip side, the American consumer/worker must shoulder much of the blame. We did not learn from the years prior to the Great Depression. As a populace we have continued to purchase on credit, continued to extend ourselves to dangerous levels of over-spending, and then we cry foul when the economy goes down the toilet because we can’t pay our inflated expenses that we only have ourselves to blame for. Our governments financial behavior is even worse that its citizens, they just keep spending money they do not have and then forced to declare municipal bankruptcy and we the people are left holding the bag and paying for our government miss-management.
    Are average Americans economic slaves? Do we submit to a dominating influence? You bet we do, and the dominating influence is big business. Are we the chattel of another? If not, what would you call it? The economy is completely out of our hands. Decisions are made daily by corporations, banks, and politicians that directly affect and control our lives and those decisions are completely out of our hands. We supply the labor and we are thrown crumbs for our efforts. We are, in effect, bought and paid for, resting in a difficult situation, and the American Dream is a fairy tale.
    There is still time to salvage some dignity and step out of the slaves’ quarters. More and more people are recognizing a losing battle for what it is, and divorcing themselves from the rat race. More and more people are practicing responsible spending and embracing frugality. More and more people are looking at the economic landscape and saying ENOUGH!
    Are we slaves of the economic and political system? Most definitely, but it does not need to be so! The choice is yours! Hard times call for hard decisions, and those times are now! Blaming Chase, Chevron and Exxon for our problems is ludicrous. They are just big businesses doing what big businesses do! Blaming the Republicans or the Democrats is ludicrous; they are just politicians doing what politicians do!
    Instead of blaming, do something! Instead of living the illusion of freedom, live free! Instead of being an economic slave, be a master of your own world. The choice is yours and yours alone! Vote out your political masters and vote for a responsible government that serves all the people.
    31 Jan 2013, 10:16 AM Reply Like
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