1. If you are rich, and do not care about anybody but yourself, vote Republican.

The Republicans will then reward you with large tax cuts. Your votes will help Republicans destroy the regulations that protect our air and waters, so ruthless polluters can continue to use dirty fuels and accelerate Climate Change. Your votes will help Republicans keep us killing people in their profitable wars. Your votes will help Republicans pass a health insurance plan that will get them huge donations from rich insurance companies, and prevent millions of Americans from being able to have healthcare.

If you are not rich, you have 2 choices left.

2. You can vote for Democrats who are supposed to care for the working families.

But if that is true, why have Democrats NOT fought to raise the Minimum Wage of $7.25 in over 9 YEARS!   Why do Democrats favor only giving small increments over 5 to 7 years in raises, rather than giving an IMMEDIATE RAISE, that could actually help working families escape poverty. Could it be that Democrats do not want to lose the millions of dollars that rich employers give them to ignore our needs for a much higher Minimum Wage?

Why do the majority of Democrats refuse to support giving all Americans free healthcare, as many other nations have done for their people?  Does this have anything to do with our representatives receiving millions of dollars from rich health insurance companies to protect their profits?

Why do the majority of Democrats continue to vote for funding of our many wars? Does this have anything to do with their receiving millions of dollars from war profiteering defense contractors?

Why did the Democratic National Party sabotage Bernie Sanders’ campaign for President? Did this have something to do with Bernie trying to stop the flow of corrupt money to our so called representatives?

We, the people, must learn quickly, before we vote in 2018 that our government has become overrun with millions of dollars flowing to every member of our Congress, these so called donations are actually bribes that have corrupted BOTH of our political parties!

This money is a cancer that has contaminated the voting of our so called representatives, and allowed rich donors to take control of our gov’t.!

If you do not believe this, please visit the website www.OpenSecrets.org which is part of the Center for Responsive Politics. You can easily find the actual amount of money that every member of Congress has received. The flow of bribes to each of our so called representatives is huge and ugly.

The definition of bribery in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary is as follows: “money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust.” This is exactly what is going on in our Senate and House of Representatives.  We must stop the flow of money from rich donors to our representatives.

American elections are much too long and expensive.  We, the people, must demand that all contributions be banned, by law, and that also no candidate be allowed to spend their own money in campaigns. Also, we should make sure that no non candidate or organization spends any money to affect the outcome of our elections.

Each candidate should be given a small amount of tax dollars to run their campaigns in a dignified manner – on a level field where money cannot affect the outcomes of our elections. This is the only way that we, the people, can- regain control of our government.

3. We, the people, need a third choice to vote for in 2018.

We need candidates who have not received bribes, and are honest and talented. They will not be difficult to find, as the wages for winning a seat in Congress are nearly $ 200,000. per year! This includes many perks and a very rich pension upon retirement.  Every 2 years, there are 435 seats in Congress open for election.

You, the citizens, should organize into committees and recruit candidates that we can all be proud of. The Gallup polls of 2013 and 2015 found that over 60% of voters want a third party to vote for.

You should also demand that your state change your ballot laws, so that a third party can be easily placed on the ballots for each election. If your state legislature refuses to make changes, organize campaigns to replace your state legislators with people who share our beliefs.

I recommend that we call this national party the “Labor Party.”

Most of us are workers and have faced hard times, as CEOs of large corporations have outsourced millions of our jobs and moved over 60,000 factories out of our country. We truly need a Labor Party that will protect our jobs, and work to get us higher wages. Labor Parties in many other countries have succeeded in getting their citizens FREE HEALTHCARE and FREE COLLEGE.

Several years ago, the Australian Labour Party created a Minimum Wage that increases EVERY YEAR! Today Australian workers enjoy a Minimum Wage of $17.29 per hour!

We can learn much by becoming an American Labor Party and becoming part of the Solidarity of Labor Parties all around the world. Many of these Labor Parties have won majorities of seats in their Parliaments and then succeeded in passing many laws that were in the best interests of their citizens.

What will it be like if we create an American Labor Party?

We could stop all of our wars, which wastes trillions of our tax dollars and use the war money to give every American FREE HEALTHCARE.

Our gov’t is considering spending $ 1.2 trillion to modernize our nuclear missiles. This money could better be spent giving every student FREE COLLEGE. This would allow poor students to become doctors, engineers, architects, and other well paying professionals. Millions of our poor families could transform from poverty to prosperity in a short period of time.

Cyber warfare is close to hacking into the software that launches any nation’s nuclear missiles! This means that one hacker could launch a nation’s nuclear missiles at us, or launch our missiles at another nation. The only safe way out of this awful threat is to immediately destroy all of our nuclear missiles, and invite UN inspectors to verify that we are no longer a nuclear threat to other nations. Peace is the greatest key to security from terrorism.

Rich corporations and rich individuals have hidden trillions of untaxed dollars in foreign banks. This tax dodging can be stopped if we had an American Labor Party that would NOT allow tax dodging by the rich. All of these unpaid taxes could be uses to improve our public schools, pay for the ignored maintenance of our infrastructure, and to pay to replace all of the lead pipes that are poisoning our water.

Having an American Labor Party is the best choice that we, the people, have to regain control over our corrupt government.

Howard M Greenebaum, author of 3 books about the corruption in our government. Winner of the Democratic Nomination to the US Congress in Maryland in 1984. Winner of the Democratic Nomination to the US Congress in California in 1988. Delegate for Obama in the 2008 Democratic county and state Conventions in Colorado.