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I intended to go into a long post today, but I wisely forgot my notes at work. So, I will do my best to remember what I can. And the rest, I will make up as I go along.
So, I want to first start with something that was just passed. Or, not passed, for that matter. Yesterday, Congress had a vote for unemployment benefits. People who have been unemployed from the failing economy are often called 99ers. This is because their unemployment benefits run for 99 weeks. It didn’t pass. Republicans feared it would add too much burden to the debt. The extension was for only 3 months more.
During the last week of November, the first wave of 99ers are set to lose their benefits. Now, before I go any further, let me explain. My first thought with this a while back was, ‘Wow! 99 weeks of unemployment. That’s crazy to be on it that long, and why should they get it any longer than that.” But the fact of the matter is, this isn’t a handful of people. This is entire states that have been hit by the recession. Hard. Think Michigan, and the auto industry.
There are people who may not be college educated. Most are older. They know a trade, and they do it well. But because of cut backs, and often outsourcing, their livelihood has been ripped out from under them. They do not know anything else. And to find a job in a failing industry; Well, it’s difficult. Next to impossible.
So, until the economy turns around, these people are stuck. Please allow me to throw some figures at you:
Unemployment gives $310/week. That’s hardly livable.
The unemployment rate right now is 9%. Allow me to refer back to an older post of mine when I say, in a strong economy, the unemployment rate should be around 5%. This allows for competition.
Never in 75 years, when the unemployment rate was this high, have we cut unemployment benefits.
The cost for 1 year for unemployment benefits is around $65 billion. This is money that will keep shelter over the heads of Americans, food on the plates of families, and clothes on their backs.
Well, yesterday, the Now for the disheartening facts.
Just after Thanksgiving, 800,000 people will lose their unemployment benefits.
By the end of the year, over 2 million people will be without any benefits or a paycheck.
If you think things are bad now, they are only going to get worse. And the rational behind blocking the bill, because of the debt, is absolutely absurd. First off, Tea Party members are crying over earmarks, which only makes up 1/2 of 1% of the debt, and cut benefits to millions of Americans. But in the meantime, the Republican party will rally for the upper 2% to get their tax breaks. This will add 750 Billion dollars to the already burning debt. The small cost that it would take to provide the unemployed with additional benefits is a drop in the bucket compared.
The fact of the matter is, we have 2 un-fianaced wars. We have for over 10 years now. Trickle down theory is just that, a theory. It’s not proven. The fact of the matter is, it is the 98% of Americans that are the spenders. They spend near every last dollar they earn. That is what gets the economy rolling.
(Note: I hate the term “lower.” We are not the lower class. We are the ex-middle class that has been waged in war for the past 10 years, and near destroyed. However, when 90% of the wealth in America is controlled by the top 2%, then what else can you call us. That’s all we are to them. Peasants.)
That being said, the lower 98% are the ones that spawn the economy. There would be no tax hike under the new policy for us. But the upper 2% would see a tax increase of 3% on anything made above $250,000. Now, many think this is unreasonable. Under the trickle down theory, these millionaires will reinvest into their companies, spur new jobs, which will put more people working, which will help the economy. It all sounds good on paper, but that’s where it ends. In reality, the money sits in their bank accounts, and never gets any further. Instead of using the money to reinvest in America (so to speak), they are using the money to send jobs to China or Mexico.
However, if you raise the taxes on the top 2%, here’s what happens. They look for ways to get tax breaks. One way to do this, is to hide the money into your company. You buy new equipment, hire new employees, etc. All of this is a write off. That will lower their taxes down to a rate that they are paying now. In the process, middle class Americans have more spending money, have more jobs, have higher wages. That is what makes a strong economy. Take a look at past trends. How was the economy under Reagan? Bush, Sr? Clinton? Bush, Jr.?
The fact of the matter is, Trickle Down was instituted and theorized by an Actor. Somebody who made his living on deceiving the public to the truth. He did it to pad the wallets of the wealthy, and to do it at the cost of the “lower” 98%. They are basing their entire economic philosophy off of a man who had Alzheimer’s. I’m sorry, that isn’t somebody that I would trust with my personal finances.
Here is my suggestion for Democrats. Let the Bush tax breaks expire. All of them. Then rewrite the bill. When the vote comes up, let the Republicans expose themselves and show who they are really looking out for. Because they will not try to help the “lower” 98% by any means. They would rather allow all taxes go up, than to see only the “lower” 98% go down. If they truly cared for the average American, this wouldn’t be an issue, and they wouldn’t be willing to sabotage the bill to protect us.
Personally, I would rather see my taxes go up, and be put to good use (infrastructure, reducing the debt, community programs, etc) than to see this country raped anymore by the careless spending, with no means of financing.
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.
You will hear a lot of people saying that they are upset that President Obama and the government is not creating jobs. Well, the truth is, the government does not create jobs. They don’t go to people and say, “Hey. You. Make 100 jobs available in your factory. Now!” But what they do create is the atmosphere where jobs can be made, and exist.
An example would be a tax breaks for companies that hire new employees that were previously unemployed. So, let’s say Mr. Smith makes sprockets. If Mr. Smith hires John, the government could step in and reimburse Mr. Smith for John’s training period of 2 weeks. This would promote Mr. Smith to hire several new employees, knowing that their training would be free, and they would be able to be more productive.
So far, this hasn’t been done. Why, I am not sure. Perhaps some would see it as too much government is our daily lives. But President Obama did something even better this weekend, and that was just on his first day out of ten in Asia.
President Obama went to India and was able to secure 54,000 new jobs, in a $10 billion dollar for products for the Indian government that would be made right here in the United States. (http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/11/06/india.obama.jobs/index.html?hpt=T1)
Is too little too late? I say no. The Democrats may have had a huge loss in the House, but we still have the Senate, and of course, the presidency. But, most importantly, there is a bright spot to that loss. The Republicans will have 2 years to either create jobs and get the economy jump started, which will be good for President Obama since he is the one that signs all the bills, making him have a great chance for reelection in 2012, and Democrats getting the credit for passing legislation. Or, and more likely, the Republicans will be a party in chaos, and be completely gridlocked. In which case, nothing will happen, and the Republicans will take the fall for the American people thinking they could help, and do nothing but cause problems.
But this job creation pact that President Obama is spreading throughout Asia is only good for him. Americans are going to be put back to work. Supplies for these products are going to have to be purchased, and that will put even more people back to work. It may be too late for the midterms, but that’s in the past. Now we need to keep looking forward, and keep the focus where it should be. On the people.
America doesn’t stop working because of an elected official doesn’t get re-elected. American doesn’t even stop working when they lose their jobs. They are a diverse group of people that are always looking to better themselves. Lately, it seems like the American Dream is dead. It’s not. It’s just harder to reach. But since when did we care about the difficulty of our future? We may hit a few speed bumps along the way, but we never stop moving forward. There are some people that think that the best thing for us is to look at the past. To support white collar jobs, and forget the blue collar working men and women.
The Republicans seem to think that the best thing for America is to get rid of Labor Unions, the groups that support higher pay, better working conditions, and quality healthcare. They also want to reverse the oversight and regulations on Wall Street, allowing schemes like Goldman Sachs and AIG to take place all over again. They also want to give tax breaks to the wealthiest 2%, the idea being they are the ones who create jobs. Because it worked so well for the past 10 years.
This isn’t how jobs are created. The truth is, it’s not the Donald Trumps and Bill Gates that go out and buy products, putting money into our economy. Rather, it is the 98% of Americans with everyday jobs that go out, buy products, and throw money into our economy left and right, that creates demand, that creates higher production, which supports additional jobs, that eventually will make the CEOs lots and lost of money. By giving the money directly to that top 2%, it gets put into a bank account and is never seen again.
President Obama is supporting the 98% of Americans that promote the economy. He is giving the 9.2% of unemployed Americans a fighting chance of getting back into the workforce. Making America a stronghold in the world economy again.
For too long corporations like Wal-Mart have brought shiploads upon shiploads of tankers across the Pacific Ocean full of products Made in China. And when those ships go back, they go back empty. Much like the Japanese bombardment of electronic products in the 80s. In fact, there are 4.6 Billion cell phones in the world. Not one of them are made in America. Not one. It is statics like this that are destroying the American economy.
By going to India, we may finally be able to fill some of those containers, and ship our goods over seas. More influence, better products, will lead to more contracts and more jobs. And this was only his first stop.
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).
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.
Today, Steven Cobert and Jon Stewart had their joint rallies. Some in the media saw it as a publicity stunt, and just a way for them to get ratings. I saw it as something different.
I tuned into it a little late, right around when Ozzy Osbourne was on stage. The crowd was enormous. The ability for these two to have people back them at an event like this was unbelievable. This put Glen Beck’s rally (where it wore a bullet proof vest) to shame! And the message was quite different.
For these two being in the media, they sure did drop a bomb on them. They exposed their fear tactics, and told it like it was. The best quote I heard was, “We are in hard times, not end times.” If you watch any of the news channels (especially cable), you would think that this was the end of the world. It’s a cheap tactic that works, and it instates fear in the people who buy into it.
While Steven played the devils advocate, and played the part of the fear mongering media, Jon Stewart played the voice of reason. His message was quite powerful. A lot of the jokes fell flat though. But, I think, the reason they tried to be “funny,” was because the issue they were addressing was so serious. They were able to get it across, despite the lame jokes.
They had major stars at the rally. Singers like Ozzy Osbourne, The OJs, R2D2 (who assaulted Jon Stewart on the way out!). Meanwhile, in West Virginia, Sara Palin managed to get Ted Nugent. There’s a shining example of politics and peace, huh. A man who owns more land than God, and more guns than our military.
The message was clear. It wasn’t so much political, and vote for Democrats, as I though it was going to be. And it wasn’t a strict comedy show, as many thought it would be. Instead, it was simply to promote unity (and there had to of been close to a 200,000 people there, it was crazy!), to promote the awareness of fear tactics, and to just have a good time in a time where it is hard to. The rally is a shining example of what could be achieved when we just work together.
Let me address this now. On the few occasions I have watched Steven Colbert, I wasn’t amused. The only time I really enjoyed one of his performances was at the Bush Correspondents Dinner a few years back. Other than that, he doesn’t do it for me. But Jon Stewart is a different kind of breed.
Jon Stewart’s show is smart and funny. He has to have the best researchers in the business. This was CLEAR when the Republicans came out with their “Pledge to America”, and he showed that every “new” issue, and tagged it to a past interview, and showed that none of it was new. Here is the video: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-september-23-2010/postcards-from-the-pledge
If you watch his show, you will get more, and better, information and news than anywhere else. I have a lot of respect for him. More than I can say about anybody else out there right now.
So if you can, try to find clips of the keynote from the Rally today. It’s decent. Especially after Colbert steps off the stage. Also watch the clips they had of the fear tactics that the media uses. It will be eye opening if you don’t realize this already.
First and foremost, I want to point you to a great website. It will show you your voter registration status, as well as show you the address of the location of where to vote. It can be found here: https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationStatus.aspx
The Mid-Term elections are coming up. It’s going to be a big one. Please, make sure you get out and vote. I know, as well do you, where I stand. I have a bias towards that party. If you disagree with everything I say, go out and vote against me. I don’t care who you vote for, just get out and vote. This is what separates us from the tyrannical and oppressive governments around the world. This is what democracy stands for. This is what defines us. Taking advantage of it is your choice. You can stay at home and not vote. But, when that right is taken away, you will be the first yelling about it. But it will be too late.
Remember, no single raindrop think’s it’s responsible for the flood.
Okay, so there was relatively no news today, or anything really controversial to talk about. But there was one story that I will hit on, only because it leads me to another point. Then I will go over the Pennsylvania candidates.
So the top story for today is the attempted, pre-attack, attack terrorist plot. Yeah. If we reported every time something like this went on, we would all be crazy, living in fear, and and constantly looking over our shoulder. Wait…some are. They are called Teabaggers. Of course, the fear mongering comes from the Republicans. Democrats just tell it like it is. I’m sorry if that seems very bias, but look at the facts.
Anyways, here is my issue. When I first heard this story today, it was around 12PM. President Obama heard about it last night. So he did the right thing all the way. He had screened all cargo planes (how it was coming in), and is taking additional measures to ensure the safety, and this attack can’t be carried out. But when the AP got hold of the story, they really f**ked it up.
The first report I heard was that it was a dry test run. They had ink cartridges with wires and a white powder. Then they said that there was no signs of explosives, and that it was thwarted in Yemen. The packages were supposedly going to banks. They also said that they had grounded all planes, I assume that originated out of Yemen. End of story, right? Wrong.
Around 5PM, President Obama made a press release. He said that it was confirmed explosives, and that they had traced it back to the Saudi Arabia peninsula, in Yemen, to an Al Qaeda cell. Wow, that is quite a jump from being no threat to being potentially deadly! President Obama also said that the packages were headed to Jewish Worship places. That is also different from the original story. So in short, nothing that we heard previously to President Obama was true. So who is to blame?
I say the blame is on us, and the news source. We demand 24 hour news, and they supply it. But in doing so, the credibility of any story is thrown into the wind. Stories always develop. But develop, and completely change are two very different things. And we are seeing this more and more. Why couldn’t they simply say, there is an investigation going on into a potential terrorist run in Yemen. We will continue when more information is available. But instead, they all have to be first to the fire, and will go off of every little bit of information, without any kind of accountability.
This needs to stop. Until it does, we will constantly be fed junk stories. From the original story, to the story from the mouth of the horse, the only correlation was the cargo plane and a package. So, what would it have harmed to not know the entire story until it was confirmed by the proper official. This has got to stop.
Before I go on, let me give you this link. There is a lot of questions about what the Health Insurance reform all entails. And there is a lot of bad information coming from the right. Here is an independent website that will explain it all. Some great information here: http://www.healthcare.gov/
Okay, now on to the candidates for Pennsylvania. There are a lot of them in the local races. For a complete rundown, county by county, here is the official Commonwealth of PA website: http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/ElectionsInformation.aspx?FunctionID=12&ElectionID=39
But I will focus on the statewide elections. Running for Senator is Joe Sestak (Dem). I support Joe Sestak. I have heard him on several talk shows. He is very intelligent, not muddled by his own personal ideologies, and seems like a very middle of the road kind of guy. His website is here: http://joesestak.com/Home/Home.html
His running mate is Pat Toomey (Rep). Pat has been fairly quiet all considering. He hasn’t really went on many shows, none of the progressive radio programs. He hasn’t appeared on CNN or any other liberal media TV shows. What does this tell me? It tells me that he is sticking to the media outlets that he knows will ask him favorable questions, thus painting him in the exact way he wants. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s not very honest, and doesn’t open up a very good dialogue with the people. His website is here: http://www.toomeyforsenate.com/index.php
Joe Sestak will keep Pennsylvania fair. He will not repeal the health care reform law, which if you look at the website posted above, you will see is nothing how the Right defines it. Every Republican, and even some Democrats!, have said they want to repeal it. What part? The part that covers 38 million more people? The part that says the insurance companies can’t drop you after you hit a cap? How about the part that says they cannot deny you coverage if you have a preexisting coverage.
You want to know the difference between the Right and the Left, while we’re on the topic. While Democrats are advocating for the human rights issues, Republicans are comparing human life to property:
“It sounds so good, and it’s such a warm message to say we’re not gonna deny anyone from a preexisting condition,” Huckabee explained at the Value Voters Summit today. “Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] our property insurance. And you can call your insurance agent and say, “I’d like to buy some insurance for my house.” He’d say, “Tell me about your house.” “Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I’d like to insure it today.” And he’ll say “I’m sorry, but we can’t insure it after it’s already burned.” Well, no preexisting conditions.” –Mike Huckabee (http://tinyurl.com/HuckabeeHealthCare)
So, to them, your health and quality of life is the same as a burnt down home. Classy.
And the list goes on. The fact of the matter is, and this is what it comes down to. While Democrats are for human rights, and advancement of social programs, the thought that you can achieve whatever you want, and if you are down, we will help you up. The thought that we have a responsibility to our citizens that when you are in the most need, we will not turn our backs on you. A government of the people, by the people, for the people.
Republicans stand up there, and say that they are outsiders, and that they want government out of our lives, but what they are truly saying is, we want to create an atmosphere where, instead of you having assistance from the government, you will be under the full control of the corporation. Instead of the thought of everybody pitching in to society to ensure that the tired, the weak, the huddled masses can create their lives, it will be over run by corporate greed and profit for the top 1%.
I strongly believe that the right direction is on the Left. You will see that when you inspect the candidates further. I gave you the resources for the start. But don’t take anything at face value. You can’t believe their propaganda website. Dig into what they say. See where they truly stand.
Only you can make your final decision. Just make sure that it is the right one for you, and that you do not vote against your own self interest. If you are a multimillionaire, and believe that you do not deserve to put in your equal share in taxes and responsibility for safety and care, than you go ahead and vote Republican.
But if that isn’t you, or even if you are a multimillionaire, but understand that it’s only right to put in your fair share, then the Left is where you belong. We’re the fun party anyways 🙂
Before I finish, a few notes on taxes. Did you know your taxes are at the lowest rate they have ever been at? Yeah. Don’t believe the Right machine and their pack of lies. Between tax rates, mortgage rates, interest rates, and tax breaks, you are paying less now than you ever have. More and more millionaires are coming out and saying that it’s not right that they are paying the rate they are, that it is too low.
If the Bush Tax Cuts are allow to expired, it would only affect people making over $250,000. The tax breaks under that would stay in place. Some say that would bury small business, but the fact of the matter is, they would only be taxed on anything OVER that $250,000 mark. For example, if it were a 3% tax rate, if they made $251,000, they would only be taxed on that $1,000, which would be $30, just so you have an idea of what is going on.
Republicans fully oppose this, just like every other bill that Democrats have tried to push though the Senate. The House approved over 400 bills, all of which are hung up in the House because Republicans refuse to even hear it. Bills, such as this tax cut, that Republicans and Democrats used to support fully and bi-partisonally. That is gone. The Republicans have turned into complete obstructionists.
And to kind of tie Health Care to taxes…if we had a single payer system (universal health care), Republicans try to scare you by saying that your taxes would go up and it would be inefficient. First, and easier to explain, the inefficiency of it. Look at Medicare. This would be Medicare for all. Medicare works great. Doctors love Medicare, because they get paid MUCH quicker (3 weeks, opposed to 15 weeks+ to standard insurance). They may get paid slightly less, but it works much better. And often times, insurance will never pay the doctors.
Now, the slightly more complex issue of taxes. First off, all medical expenses would be gone. So your monthly premiums, gone. Deductibles, gone. Medication bills, gone. Surgery, Free. So let’s say they tax you 5%. The amount is SIGNIFICANTLY less than what you are paying out currently.
Don’t believe me? Let’s use me for an example. These are real, true numbers. $2400 (my rate for individual premium yearly) + $1320 (My medicine yearly) + $1000 (My yearly fee for doctors visits), that equals close to $5,000 a year, and thats if nothing goes wrong and I don’t need specialists, or god forbid, surgery. I make 22K/year. If I were taxed 5% of that, I would put out $1,100 a year in taxes for medical. But again, that $5,000/year I pay would be gone. Let’s say this is standard for an individual in my salary range. Only in America would somebody rather pay $5,000 in bills as opposed to $1,100 in taxes. Go ahead, do the math in your case. See how that turns out for you, and where you stand on the issue.
This Tuesday, the direction of the future rests in your hands. Let me refer back to my previous statement. No single raindrop thinks it’s responsible for the flood.
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): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1DEbnh7nsw&feature=player_embedded
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.