Enjoy the day of rest! Tomorrow starts a whole new week! Then Tuesday, what are you going to do? That’s right! VOTE!
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.
This is my first post for my blog. My name is Salvatore Aversa, I’m 24 years old, and I am a leftist. Politics and current events are my passion. Just to give you an idea where I hope to go with this. I will report the top stories that I feel are important. I will post links and videos, and give you my personal commentary. Some may be NSFW, but only because of ads, language, or violence. I will never post any kind of pornography. All posts will be posted by individual dates. So, if you’d like to check back through out the day, there should be more posted constantly.
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