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President Obama is starting to disappoint me (11-10-10)

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Okay, let me start by saying that I have not yet lost confidence in President Obama.  That being said, there is some criticism of him in this article.  Being a Democrat, leftist, progressive, liberal…whatever you want to call me, does not mean that I am ever bowing at the feet of fellow Democrats.  I will stand up for my beliefs until I die.  And when I see something wrong, I am not afraid to call it out.

On November 2, 2010, when the Republicans took control of the House, President Obama immediately said that he was willing to work with Republicans to get work done.  My first response was, “Okay, show that you are making an honest effort, so when the cards fall, it goes squarely on the Republicans.”  However, when he starts to compromise his very own party, then the problems start.

Let’s start in India.  He brought home 54,000 jobs.  Great.  But they still exported millions of jobs from the US via India.  (To be fair, along with China, Mexico, Canada, Indonesia…)  When he announced his trade deals, I was elated.  In fact, so much so, that I wrote a blog about it.  But later that day, President Obama did his typical gaff, and went back on his word.

“We shouldn’t be thinking that it’s just a one-way street,” Obama said today in a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “I want both the citizens in the United States and citizens in India to understand the benefits of commercial ties between the two countries…I think that the pattern that you’re going to see is that U.S. companies are creating jobs in the United States with technologies where we’ve got a lead…Indian businesses are then going to take those technologies and apply them in India to grow Indian businesses as well. And that’s going to be a win-win for both.” (http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2010/11/obama-stereotypes-shadow-us-indian-trade-relations/1)

Excuse me, President Obama?  The last I heard, India was in the business of stealing our jobs.  Maybe not all call center jobs, that is indeed a stereotype, but to say that that isn’t their business.  That isn’t how they are getting their jobs.

And to say that it is a two way street?  I think somebody needs to inform President Obama that India has a strong “Anti-Stealing” policy against their corporations.  In other words, it’s 100% legal for jobs to be imported into India, but it is illegal for jobs to be exported out of India.  If that isn’t the definition of a one-way street, I’m not sure what is.

So, continuing onward with President Obama’s flickering commitment to his own party.  Let me remind you again of his commitment to reach across party lines and compromise with the Republicans.  The incoming Republicans set up a “bi-partison” committee to see how they can work on the tax breaks for all.

First off, tax breaks for everybody doesn’t work.  This idea that the top 2% are “job creators,” and without a tax cut, they wouldn’t be able to survive, is a joke.  The past 10 years, they had their tax break, and they shipped jobs out of the country at record rates, cutting more jobs than ever in America.  This trickle down theory is just that, a theory.  But the fact is that the bottom 98% are the spenders.  But in a continuing effort to get that top 2%, along with the rest of the 98%, budget cuts have to be made.  After all, this money has to come from somewhere.

So, how would they generate the money?

Option 1.  Remove the top 2%, raise their taxes 3% (on everything OVER $250,000), and give the taxes to the spenders, the “lower” 98%.  Oh, but that’s off the table because this “bi-partison” committee wants to make everybody happy, despite the problems it has cost in the past.

Option 2.  Cut the budget for the military.  A $5 million dollar hammer?  A $50,000 toilet seat?  There is a lot of excess fat in the military that can be cut.  Let’s not forget the two over-extended operations we are currently involved with.  And the biggest expenditure by the military?  That’s reserved for US bases.  As of 2002, the number of US bases in the world was 845,441, covering more than 30 million acres of land. (http://www.nonviolenceworks.com/usmilitaryglobal.pdf).  And that number is going to continue to increase as we continue to expand our influence around the globe.  As any history major will tell you about the Roman empire, it was doomed when it began to over-reach its boundaries.

Option 3.  Cut Social Security benefits, and raise the age of retirement even higher.  Heck, France rebelled when they raised the age from 60-62, and American’s don’t seem to care that right now, their retirement age is 67.  Let’s see if we can boost it up to 68.  Yeah, try and get a job when you are 68, if you are still alive.  What happened to working hard, and retiring to enjoy the golden ages.  That’s long gone. And after all, the Tea Party wants Social Security gone, so this is a good first step.

And while were at it, we can generate a lot of money if we just get rid of the tax break for people with a mortgage.  You know, the one that allows us to write off what we paid in interest.  That’s just what the housing market needs.  The final stake into the heart.  Not to mention the countless Americans that are already hurting. (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/debt-commission-mulls-social-security-benefits-cuts-tax/story?id=12111270)

Well, which seems to make the most sense to you?  I’ll give you a moment to review them all.  Ready for the answer that the bi-partison committee came up with?

Answer:  OPTION 3!

That’s right, America.  This is what is going to happen, all to give that top 2% their tax break.  Is it worth it to you?  Not me!  But, in President Obama’s ever political reaching arm, he want’s a compromise, and is open to the idea of giving the top 2% what they want.  It’s absolutely absurd.  And while it is unlikely to pass in congress, here’s the deal.  With Citizens United, and the endless amount of money that will be flowing into the Republican Party, say goodbye to any chance of a majority or presidency in the future, and that means all of these plans are very likely to arise again, and pass.

Still think politics don’t affect your life?  Remember that when you are 75, working your 40/hrs a week, and can’t make ends meet because any and all tax breaks for you are gone, and the rich now have 85% of all the money.  Don’t think it can happen?  Continue sitting back and doing nothing.

Oh, yes, one final thing on how the two parties are working together.  While the Democrats are promising to work with Republicans, Republicans are promising hundreds of hearings, and repeal of any and all bills passed in the past two years.  That’s progress?  And where they would fail, say for example, repealing the health care reform act, they are promising to defund it.  If they Right is able to cut funding for the Health Care Reform, they effectively go around executive orders, and are able to pass their agenda anyway.

To quote Mitch McConnell, “…[we] will be more than happy to work with President Obama on issues they agree on as long as the president is willing to ‘come back to the center’.”  So in other words, we’ll work with President Obama, as long as he agrees with us. (http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/mitch-mcconnell-well-work-president-obama-).

I’m not even going to get into the fact that he has went back on his word for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, giving tax breaks to companies that keep jobs here and raise taxes on those who ship out, not even trying to get a single payer option on the health care bill…but I could.

You go President Obama.  Continue to compromise.  But remember, as you said, it should be a two way street.  But apparently, you don’t know the definition.  And the only thing being compromised, is your chances for reelection is 2012.

Looking back at the election (11-4-10)

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I haven’t wrote for a few days.  I was in a small state of shock over what happened across the country.  But I have been paying a lot of attention to get a better understanding.  Looking back, I realize a few things.  Some of what you hear is a stretch, while others are flat out lies.  Here is my take on it all.

First off, this was not a referendum on the past two years.  This was a referendum on jobs and the economy.  Had they of been in a better state, I really believe that we would not be here today.  People are angry and upset.  They are angry that more wasn’t done faster.  They are angry that they are still losing their homes.  They are angry that they are losing their jobs.  But, to say that every policy of the past 2 years needs to be reversed in order to make people happy.  That’s just redundant, a waste of time, and that is the one thing we don’t have much of if we want to recover.

Second, I hear a lot of spin that the Tea Party is the new force.  They are the ones that dominated, and it shows that America is siding with them.  Again, a lie.  A boldface lie.  The only victor was Rand Paul.  Here is a short list of the rest:

Meg Whitman, spent $160+million of her own money in California.  What happened?  She lost to Democrat Jerry Brown.  Meg Whitman spent six times what Jerry Brown did, roughly $50 a vote, and still couldn’t manage a win.  May I add, she spent $160 million for a job that pays est. $200,000/year.  Is this really somebody they wanted to manage their finances anyway? (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/11/steve-lopez-meg-whitman-spent-50-for-each-vote-she-got-is-that-an-outrageous-extravagance.html)

Christina O’Donnell.  Lost to Chris Coons in Deleware.  We all know who she is.  We all knew she had no chance.  Any campaign that has to start their first ad with “I am not a witch,” is doomed from the beginning.  It’s been fun seeing you, though, Christine, and I’m sure you’ll have your own show on Fox soon enough.  But, don’t tell her she didn’t win; she doesn’t see it like that! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbi_Ahlf-HA)

Sharron Angle.  It turns out the only person less popular in Nevada than Harry Reid, is Sharon Angle.  Turns out, her celebration was a bit too early.  What can I say?  When you refuse to talk the media, and say you will discuss your platform after you are elected, again, you set your self up for failure before you even get out of the gate. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/us-politics/8108200/Midterms-2010-Sharron-Angles-victory-party-falls-flat.html)

And the last one I will discuss in a bit more detail…

Alaska.  Ah, Alaska.  Home of people such as Sarah Palin and, well, Polar Bears.  The Russian flag set early for Sarah this year.  Palin, the de facto head of the Tea Party, couldn’t even help get her own endorsed candidate, Joe Miller, elected.

The Republican party really screwed up on this one.  First, they drop their endorsement of Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski to support Tea Party candidate Joe Miller.  But, unlike in other states, Lisa refused to accept this.  She decided to run a long shot write-in candidacy.  Not since Strom Thurmond in 1954 had a candidate won a Senate seat as a write in.  Well, in the year that anything could happen, it did.

Lisa Murkowski has officially won the Alaskan Senate seat, leaving yet another Tea Party backed candidate in the cold (so to speak).

(http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Alaska+rival+rebuke+curdles+Palin+Party+triumph/3779206/story.html)

As can be seen, this year had nothing to do with the Tea Party.  In fact, their “revolution” went out without so much as a fizzle.  The list continues.  There were some wins, true, and they shouldn’t be ignored.  But again I present, I think it was more an anti-incumbent movement, than a Tea Party movement.

I learned something else this election season.  Washington is broken.  Everybody grunt and moan, and get it out.  I hate it as much as you do.  So, allow me to rephrase.  The politics of Washington is broken.  The two party system simply no longer works.  America has become too diverse for this black and white political atmosphere.  In fact, I would argue that the party system needs to be eliminated completely.

At first, this may sound like a radical ideal.  But, picture for me for a moment.  No longer backing a candidate simply because he or she is a Democrat or Republican.  Now, in this New World, we back candidates for where they stand on issues.  Who best reflects our ideals.  This would mean paying attention to what is going on.  Not just cheering for whoever everybody else seems to be at that very moment.  It would be radical.  But it would also be revolutionary.

Our political system would never be the same after this.  Perhaps many of the candidates would meet on some issues, not just what their party tells them to.  And when in government, they would actually work with each other, and continually move the country forward.  Always evolving.  Instead of this system of: You put this in. Now I will remove it.  Repeat.  How effective is that?  Well, if you don’t know the answer, take a look at what’s been going on the past two years, and unfortunately, forward to the next two.

The demolition of the political system is a relatively new idea.  Our founding fathers believed that a two party, idealistic system, would be the demise of our country.  I will admit, this isn’t my own idea.  I just strongly agree with it.  When I first heard it, I was taken aback.  Then I started thinking about it.  And the more I did, the more it made sense.  Contemplate it for a while.  See how the idea rests with you.  I bet you start to see the light in the idea as well.

Written by aversas

04/11/2010 at 7:51 PM

Dear America…(11-2-10)

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Dear America

You should not be allowed to vote.  All of you that voted for these Neocons, do you realize what you did?  I don’t think so.  Here is what I predict for the next 2 years:

You will see the impeachment process of President Obama for crimes against the constitution.  They may not be warranted, and they will not go through, but it will be enough to tarnish his name, just like they tried with President Clinton.

Deadlock between the House and Senate.  Nothing will be passed.  You will see policies that reduce environmental protection (look up the Cuyahoga River, and that will give you a sense where we will head towards), policies that support corporations, and reduce the power of citizens.

You are going to see the attempted repeal of any kind of Wall Street reforms, allowing them to go right back to the policies that crashed the market in the first place.

You are going to see the attempted repeal of Health Care.

You will see the end of tax breaks if they don’t include them for the upper 2%, thus reducing they revenue of the government.

This is going to cause a double dip in the stocks.  The difference is, where last time was a Great Recession, now you are going to see a Great Depression like never before.  This is going to make the past Recession seem like good times.  Start holding on to every last penny, because the next two years and beyond are going to be rough.

Do you really think that any of these Tea Party candidates have a true and honest plan?  Do you?  If so, what is it?  Because they all refuse to speak about their ideas.  They get up there, say their talking points, and rush off stage, refusing any kind of ideas.

You morons who elected these radicals…you should have your voting rights repealed forever.  You have sent this country on a path of that which was never seen before.  You make me want to push for all of us to lose our voting rights.  The fact of the matter is, you are not smart enough, America, to have influence on elections.  You forget too quickly, vote too emotionally, and choose too stupidly to have any rights.  You people that voted for the Tea Party…you are American Terrorists.  Plane and simple.

Way to go, America.

By they way:  You want to know why things are not going faster?  It’s not because President Obama didn’t try.  IT’S BECAUSE THE RIGHT WAS BLOCKING EVER SINGLE BILL THAT CAME THOUGH!  Even ones that both parties agree with!  But it’s all too late now.  You set us on a very dark path with no headlights.  The question is no longer will we crash, it’s how long will it take.

Written by aversas

02/11/2010 at 9:44 PM