Friday, December 31, 2010

Stand up for your opinions, but . . .

Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth. - Charles Anderson Dana

Anyone should follow this axiom. It gives you the right to defend your position, but points out, rightly, that your opinion probably does not contain the whole truth. You have to be open to movement and compromise. Politicians should be ready -- no anxious -- to find those points where compromise will benefit the greater portion of the people so that each American Person derives some benefits from their work.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

NPR - National Political Radio?

I know NPR is based in the U.S. capitol, but, really! It's not even 2011 yet and already, I hear a story about the 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls. Sheesh, this is like keeping your Christmas lights up all year . . . and LIGHTING THEM! Come on NPR,  there will be plenty of time for political reporting at the end of 2011 and into 2012, ad nauseum! Take the "national" part of your name to heart and get your behinds out of DC to report on things which are more in keeping with the season. Happy New Year, 2011!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The American Family . . . Homelessness in the U.S.

Listen to this story at NPR. More American families are joining the ranks of the homeless due to repossessions and the state of the economy. The family is the core of our American values, say the conservatives, yet they are willing to give tax cuts to the wealthy rather than preserving the American family. It's hypocritical at best, but criminal as a policy.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Compromise spotted in Washington -- thought extinct!

Both sides held their noses and passed the tax extension bill which was signed by President Obama. It means that taxes won't go back up on January 1 to pre-Bush levels. One of the more interesting things I heard about this was the fact that neither side -- conservatives or liberals -- like the bill, for various reasons. One long-serving politician said, "that's what compromise looks like". We have had such a divisive political system for so long that many of the people in it have never seen compromise. This should serve as a lesson to any new senators and representatives that this is how you get things done. You can't stick to your principles without compromise and do the work of the American People (yes, this time, it's all of us!).

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Repeal Healthcare Reform?

I hear the Republicans and especially the Tea Party radicals talk about health care reform, especially repealing the current Health Care reform and all I hear is,

blah, blah, blah . . . increase profits for insurance companies . . . blah, blah, blah . . . increase profits for insurance companies . . . 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Rich People Create Jobs

So, will that tax break that multi-millionaire CEO gets create jobs?

Sure, let's look at what he's likely to do with the additional money he gets from that tax break. He'll probably get a new limo . . . made in a foreign country, most likely . . . but, he'll have to hire another driver . . . an illegal alien paid less than minimum wage under the table. Well, he might buy another house . . . in a resort place where the average worker who built it can't even afford to live . . . hey, he'll have to hire maids, butlers, gardeners . . . most likely illegal and working for less than minimum wage with no benefits. OK, he'll take more trips . . . to foreign countries where his money goes farther. But, when he is in this country, he'll go out to fancy restaurants, throw more fancy parties, golf more, creating more jobs . . . minimum wage jobs with no benefits for people who can't live anywhere near the places he frequents because of the high cost of housing, causing them to have to commute longer, reducing the amount of money they take home. He will hire more lawyers to lobby for retention of useless tax cuts for the rich . . . of course, those same lawyers are already rich . . . but not quite as rich as the CEO . . . hey! it's a "trickle down" effect (thanks Regan!) . . .

Oh, and by the way, the company he heads had to move their manufacturing plant to a foreign country where the wages are pennies a day and lay off hundreds skilled manufacturing workers in this country who were earning a living wage with benefits--but now won't get unemployment benefits because the rich Republican politicians cut off benefits to those lazy lower income people who just want to live off the government dole--to support the benefits package they pay the CEO . . . more "trickle down" . . .

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Spying on American Persons . . .

Take a look at:

I retweeted this, but wanted to comment on it also. The following paragraphs are the core of the issue.

In the Irvine case, Monteilh's mission as an informant backfired. Muslims were so alarmed by his talk of violent jihad that they obtained a restraining order against him.

He had helped build a terrorism-related case against a mosque member, but that also collapsed. The Justice Department recently took the extraordinary step of dropping charges against the worshiper, who Monteilh had caught on tape agreeing to blow up buildings, law enforcement officials said. Prosecutors had portrayed the man as a dire threat.

Compounding the damage, Monteilh has gone public, revealing secret FBI methods and charging that his "handlers" trained him to entrap Muslims as he infiltrated their mosques, homes and businesses. He is now suing the FBI.

Here is the case of the government sending spies into organizations, just because they are a certain type of organization rather than actually having a real reason to do so -- in short profiling. I'm glad that the congregation did what it did to prove this type of approach less-than-effective!

Hurray for the "American Person" in the Mosque showing us that we should judge individuals, not classes of people.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Idiots in Washington . . . hmmm . . .

While listening to the news this morning, I caught myself thinking, "those IDIOTS in Washington . . . ". I stopped to ponder, if there are idiots in Washington, what does this make each American Person who elected them? Yeah, I know, "I didn't vote for HIM/HER . . . ", but if we don't take individual responsibility for things, then, collectively, what can we expect?