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DeFranco Delivers Idea #4: Dear DOJ–Enforce Our Current Laws. Time for some perp walks!

Here is Idea #4 in our 20-Ideas campaign to give voters actual solutions to our current challenges — steps to a Total Makeover of American Democracy in 2014

Marisa’s opponents are in the kowtowing business–kowtowing to party establishment, big money, PAC’s, and K Street. Marisa is in the solutions business. Specifically, she is in the solutions business for Main Street’s small business–your business.

Our small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, but Congress undermines us at every turn. If Congress would stop crushing our innovation and creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, then together we can build a strong and thriving Main Street that will restart the engine of our economy and create jobs.

DeFranco Delivers Idea #4:  Dear DOJ–Enforce Our Current Laws. Time for some perp walks!

Now is the time for some truth-telling. The Department of Justice is supposed to work for the people. So why hasn’t it prosecuted the criminals who wrecked our economy? Politicians need to stop the pretense that all we need is new laws. It is nonsense that there is a magic one-law-to-fix-it-all elixir that will right all the wrongs of our corporate cronyism. Yes, some new laws will be required, but how about this novel idea–enforce our current laws.

People often refer to Wall Street traders as gamblers, but in fact the proper term is bookies, because regardless of whether people make or lose money, traders still get their commission. They force the rest of us to be gamblers, while they rake in the profits whether our 401(k)’s rise or plummet. There must be a mechanism that makes the stock market a more stable place for us hardworking people to invest our money, rather than an unearned cash cow that only the powerful elite can access.

Whether it is exploitation of the market, exploitation of immigrant labor, or exploitation via antitrust activity, it all hurts the stability of our economy and the stock market, making it impossible for small businesses to compete. Even if monopolies are sometimes penalized by the government, the fines are paltry and are simply absorbed by the behemoths as a cost of doing business.

Small businesses simply cannot compete with the one-two punch of economic instability. They cannot compete against the violation of rules by the corporate behemoths that are aided and abetted by Congress.

Any person in the real world would see that this set up is unfair, illogical, bad for the American people, bad for the economy, and bad for small business. Why hasn’t the 17-year incumbent done something about it?

Marisa said: “The good news is, there is such a mechanism – it’s called the Department of Justice. If the DOJ would start doing its job of prosecuting criminals, and use our anti-trust laws that are already on the books, then we would start seeing some real competition in the market.”

Marisa’s solution is not only fair, but it will have a tremendously positive impact on jobs and our economy by unlocking the potential of small business and Main Street.

Idea #4: Dear DOJ–Enforce Our Current Laws.  Time for some perp walks!



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