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I’m Angry! (10-28-10) + Update

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I was going to start my post off with stories that I had been collecting throughout the day.  But I just heard a story that made me sick, and I decided to focus on a few things that have really upset me.  I’ll post the rest later tonight as an update.

What right does the Tea Party have to treat AMERICAN CITIZENS, or anybody for that matter, like second class citizens.  Time after time after time, they have oppressed any kind of opposition; whether it be a protestor, or simply a constituent  wanting to ask a question.

The latest comes out of Virginia.  A man, John Taylor, went to a public forum at the local coffee house with his wife and son for a cup of coffee and to see the Tea Party candidate Eric Cantor to ask him questions.  The candidate could potentially be his new representative, and he has every right to ask him questions.  He wasn’t heckling him or being aggressive.  In fact, Eric Cantor hadn’t even arrived yet.  He simply wanted to question him on what he would do.

John Taylor had RSPV’d to the PUBLIC EVENT IN A PUBLIC FORUM. When he arrived and was identified as a supporter for the Democrat candidate, he was assaulted, by several cops.  The man was at no point resisting arrest.  He was even said several times on camera, filmed by his son, “I’m not resisting.”

John Taylor is a bigger man.  At one point, he even says to the arresting cops, “if you’re going to handcuff me, you’re going to need 2 pairs.”  His arms couldn’t fit behind his back while cuffed.  He was slammed to the ground several times, and eventually sat on by a heavyweight cop.

Here is the video video (NSFW for language):

This incident comes just two days after a woman was brutally attacked by a Rand Paul organizer by being stomped on the head (listen for the crunch when her head is stomped to the curb):


Wow, they really have a thing for taking the opposition down to the curb, don’t they?  Freedom of Speech they cry!  Oh, just as long as it’s not against us!    And you want this representing you?  What do you think they will do to you once they “represent you.”  Do you think you really matter to these people?  Or are you just another ant to crush and suppress.

And just two weeks ago, this happened when a REPORTER wanted to ask Joe Miller of Alaska about his past.


Freedom of Press, they also cry!  Oh, again, as long as you’re not against me or asking me any questions.  They have since revealed the reason Joe Miller didn’t want to answer any questions.  He lied about his entire past!  Reporters started digging as to why he didn’t want to answer questions, and found out the entire truth about him.  Joe Miller has since admitted to lying about it all.


There’s a reason these people are trying to silence the opposition.  That’s not who they are working for.  And if they questions are too tough, or too revealing, they will suppress you by all means.  Why are the cops going along with this?  Their ONLY job is to uphold the law.  Are they doing that?  Or are they being used as goons for these whack jobs.  Just picture if they get in and then have security detail to use however they want.  Or God forbid, one of them makes it to the presidency, and has the military!  You think that GW was the closest thing to a dictator?  Think again.


Onward with my usual posting.

Many are thinking that this election cycle isn’t important.  All crazies aside, there is another important aspect to this years race.  The winner of local governors races are going to be Gerrymandering this year.  For those who don’t know what Gerrymandering is, it is the redrawing of district lines for elections.  I self admit, I do not know how often they Gerrymander, however, this is how it works.  Let’s say Pittsburgh, PA is a largely Democratic area.  And it is drawn to stay that way.  All of a sudden, a Republican governor comes in, and decides they wanted to turn Pittsburgh republican.  Suddenly, they redraw the district lines to consume the largely republican rural area.  Now, there are more Republican voters than Democratic voters from the much larger city, and Pittsburgh is now Republican.  And vis’a’vis for Democrats.  It gives a great advantage to the person in control of Gerrymandering.

So the winner of this years election will redefine the election process.  Some areas/states that were never Red may become Red, and Blue/Blue.  That is why it’s important for Democrats to GET OUT AND VOTE.  Unless you want the Republican’s to have an even bigger advantage, in addition to money (see previous post), this.  It could turn out to be very ugly if we decide to sit this on out.

Moving on, President Obama is having a severe PR problem.  They are allowing their opponents to define them, before they can define themselves.  This is putting the Obama camp onto the defense.  And that isn’t good.  But here is the simple fact.  While the Right is saying that the Stimulus package destroyed jobs (or didn’t add any depending who you talk to), was nothing but wasteful spending, and gave too much money to corporations and big government, here is the truth.

The Obama Stimulus plan created or saved 3.5 Million jobs for the state.  It saved teachers, police, fire, ems, etc. jobs across the US.  It also reinvested into American corporations, which otherwise may have went bankrupt.  When a corporation that buys from other sellers, it doesn’t just affect that company.  Case in point, GM.  Had GM failed, they no longer would buy steel, leather, electronics, tires, and so on and so on.  Most of those companies are right here.  So when GM fails, so do many others that depend on their business.

The Stimulus plan also reinvested into the American car industry.  GM is hiring 1500 jobs again at their Detroit plant.  Ford, who did not take any money, is also making a profit again, and will be hiring 500 jobs at their plant.  These were on the brink of bankruptcy.  GM, which was bought out by the Government (joke is it’s now Government Motors).  However, the investment is now paying off for the American people, as the stock is now making money.  Had they of failed, again I refer back to my previous example, and every job would have been lost.  Where would we be now?

The Stimulus plan also gave you, yes you, a tax break.  $600/individual, $800/families.  The reason you didn’t see the check is because it was taken out automatically through your paychecks.  That was a bad move, because the credit isn’t seen.  Had we all of gotten refund checks, everybody would know.  Now it is on the back burner, and nobody knows.  Another short coming of the Obama administration for his Public Relations department.

The Bush Stimulus plan for Wall Street, which many seem to forget and attribute to President Obama, gave $750B to companies like AIG irresponsibly and without any kind of oversight.  It was given out with out needing to be paid back; that money is gone, bye-bye, never going to be seen again.  And what did they use it for?  They used it for bonuses, corporate trips to spas and resorts, and many still failed.  This wasn’t the case with President Obama’s stimulus plan.

President Obama reinvested in America.  You hear this a lot, but what does it mean?  What it means is, it invested into corporations that held up entire communities (think GM and Detroit), police, teachers, jobs.  He gave tax cuts and breaks, and refunds.  And all of the money that was given to corporations was given with oversight, regulations AND it had to be paid back, with interest.  And it was.  Every dollar that was given out to corporations was paid back with interest.  Let me say this one more time…EVERY DOLLAR THAT WAS GIVEN OUT TO CORPORATIONS WAS PAID BACK WITH INTEREST.

America made money!  It made a profit off of the stimulus plan!  And the Right wing controlled the message yet again.  They have you thinking this plan was Bush’s.  But it wasn’t.  This was what we needed in the first place.  Had it of been, we may not be in the mess we are in now.  However, the economy is slowly on the upswing.  It took us over 8 years to get where we were, and in the past 2, we took steps that put us in the right direction.  We see this with the unemployment rate.

New unemployment claims dropped by 20,000 this past month.  This is a great sign for the economy, however, since we are still recovering from the great recession, employers are still slow and uneasy to add new jobs.  Understandable, but until this fear is put to rest and there is some sense of stability, we are going to continue to have an unemployment problem.  Projections show that, next year, unemployment will remain around 9%.

To have a competitive society, and when times are good, the average rate is 5%.  Id you’d like to see it be 0%, well my friend, you have socialistic tendencies (see, socialism isn’t ALL bad! :D).  But in the times we are currently in, 9% isn’t terrible, that is, unless you are in that 9%.  In which case, the recession is still going strong for you, and I can understand your anger.  But you need to channel it towards who the true blame is, and not at what you see at face value.

Here is my prediction.  I predict that the unemployment rate will continue to drop as the economy gets progressively better, and employers gain confidence.  By the end of next year, I see it being around 7%.  But this all depends on what happens Tuesday, AND YOU VOTING!

There is one more topic I’d like to touch on, privatization of government programs.  It’s a terrible idea.  It sounds good on paper, get government out of our lives.  Name on program that worked better when it was privatized as opposed to government run (thank you Alex Bennett for this point).  Medicare runs great.  Social Security?  Well, we’ll get into that in a moment, but in general it works.  Do you remember what happened to Wall Street?  What happened to all of those people’s 401k and pension plans?  Do you really want them in complete control of your retirement fund (social security)?  After all, you paid into it your entire life, you deserve it.

So why on earth would you want it privatized?  All of the problems of Social Security stem from 2 facts.  1. it was dipped into by the Bush administration to fund 2 wars, wall street bail outs, etc. and 2. the cap.  Right now, there is a $9,000 cap on social security.  Remove the cap, and all of the problems of it would be solved.  What would this mean for you, nothing.  You pay into it all year.  But for the multimillionaires out there, they only have to pay 3 months out of the year, and then it is done.  They don’t have to pay another cent.  Have them pay in all year, and the fund will become stable and safe.

So, again I say, what program has ever worked out well after being privatized?  Can you think of any?  I can’t.


Written by aversas

28/10/2010 at 8:11 PM

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  1. Thank you btw. I was realy confused this year on who stood for what and why because of all the political badmouthing and to be honest, I still don’t know where either party stands. I agree that alot of our freedoms have been slowly ripped away from us but what you showed me was uncalled for on a whole new level. I will be voting this year just in a hope that we can continue down the right path. For all the people…..not just the rich ones 🙂 Thanks again.


    28/10/2010 at 9:36 PM

    • Wow! Thank you! That is such a compliment, Crystal. That’s exactly why I am doing this. To get people more involved. I really wasn’t sure if it was getting out there, but that showed me that it’s worth doing. I will write a post a little later tonight on the candidates from PA’s platforms, and include links. Thank you again 🙂


      29/10/2010 at 5:01 AM

  2. This is a great forum for those of us that are bombarded by political rhetoric and are trying to sift thru the garbage. Keep up the good work, wish there was more clarity for younger voters so that they could make an informed decision this November.


    30/10/2010 at 7:01 PM

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