Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cliff getting closer

Obama on Meet the Press: Targets GOP inaction on cliff - POLITICO.com

President Obama went on Meet the Press and said this about the Republicans:

"They say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they’re behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected,” Obama said. “That seems to be their only overriding, unifying them."

He seems to have it right from my point of view. The radical Tea Party element seems to have the GOP tied up in knots favoring the rich over good sense. They are willing to sacrifice the majority for the benefit of the few. Politics gone haywire.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

20 children dead in Connecticut and greed

Twenty children were shot in Connecticut just two weeks ago and already some ambulance-chasing, greedy lawyer is out to sue the state and anyone else he thinks has money for $100-million. What sort of people have we become? Has greed overtaken everything else in the US? Why can't we leave well-enough alone and stop trying to make everything about personal gain? This is yet another reason to hate lawyers.

Tea Party, worst year in DC, well deserved

The worst year in Washington: The tea party - The Washington Post

Radical groups of any ilk SHOULD have the worst years. The American people need less radical thinking and more centrist compromise. Look what the idiots in DC are not doing to solve the physical cliff thing. The Republicans, especially, are obstructionists, willing to ignore the will of the majority for their own gain. Come together people -- compromise -- and move this country forward, not backward, into recession again.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Say What?

NPR's Morning Edition stated that the average age of the Rolling Stones (69) is two years OLDER than the U.S. Supreme Court. What does that say about the state of the world?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Wage gap?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/magazine/skills-dont-pay-the-bills.html?smid=re-share

So,it's not a skills gap, but a wage gap. Shows the constant conflict between profits and expenses (wages). Anyone who tells you they started their business to create jobs is lying to you.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Succession or Moderation?

Steven Greenhut: Angry conservatives seceding from reality http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/sacramento-121140-seceding-angry.html

"...more than 675,000 Americans in every state have filed online petitions with the White House calling for the secession of their respective states from the union. The Obama administration had created the "We the People" online petition system to encourage the public to more directly participate in the nation's governance by suggesting ideas that the administration should pursue."

So,what do you think? Should Texas leave the union? Or is this just so much talk? I can see splitting up California, but I don't want to live in a "conservative" state.

I don't think what we need is to split up the COUNTRY. What we need is to split up the PARTIES. We need a moderate party. A group in the middle espousing the moderate views expressed in both parties, but suppressed by the more radical factions at either end of the spectrum. I find is particularly true in the primaries when the moderating views of the other party are not considered.

I am a moderate Democrat, but I can see the points of moderate Republicans as I consider the issues besetting our country. Radicals at either end have such strong" filters" that the moderate viewpoints never even get through to be considered. We need a moderate party where both sides of an issue can be considered as early in the process as possible. We need to elect moderate politicians who are willing to compromise to advance the country. We need politicians who are more interested in advancing the country rather than their own narrow agenda. We need less personal  greed and more national advancement for all American Persons.

Succession? Nope, what we need is moderation.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

So, What Changed?

Obama is still president-- a good thing
The Republicans still control the House--not so good
The Democrats still control the Senate-another good thing

The message that I hope BOTH parties got from the election is that compromise is required .

This American person is tired of the Republican obstructionism. I'm also very tired of the lack of compromise on both sides. I can see the need for both spending decrease and revenue increase. What I want to see is programs the Republicans like -- defense and other programs that benefit their cronies -- are among those reduced. And, I want to see the Democrats admit that some social programs need to be more efficient. I want to see the rich pay more of their share. They do not create jobs with that money so put it to a better use for the country by benefitting the middle class who DO create jobs by their spending. I want to see programs for the poor like childcare which helps them get and keep jobs. In short, I want more moderation on both sides to benefit each American person.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Republican Party Does NOT Represent the Population

The Republican party is 90% white. They do best with the electorate is as far from the demographic distribution of the U.S. as possible. That should say something about how a President Romney will govern. If you are concerned about the country, get out and VOTE democratic.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

New York Times Endorses Obama for Good Reason

President Obama has shown a firm commitment to using government to help foster growth. He has formed sensible budget policies that are not dedicated to protecting the powerful, and has worked to save the social safety net to protect the powerless. Mr. Obama has impressive achievements despite the implacable wall of refusal erected by Congressional Republicans so intent on stopping him that they risked pushing the nation into depression, held its credit rating hostage, and hobbled economic recovery.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Romney Rejected

If a major press medium in Mitt Romney's own Utah has rejected him, why should the American people vote for him? (Poll) http://mscyprah.newsvine.com/_news/2012/10/21/14593817-if-a-major-press-medium-in-mitt-romneys-own-utah-has-rejected-him-why-should-the-american-people-vote-for-him-poll

Pretty bad for Mitt. I'm not sure it's all that meaningful except that this is a major media player in Mormon territory and generally Mormons stick together and support each other (no I'm Catholic-- full disclosure).

I do agree with their reasoning. It's just hard to pin Mitt down, even if he IS a politician. I'd like to see both parties genuinely move toward the center, but I'm afraid there's a rich conservative in Mitt who just doesn't care about the 47% or 99% of us.

Early Voting

Early voting has one major disadvantage. After you go to the poles or mail in your ballot, as I just did, you still have to listen to the deluge of political ads until election day. I wish there were some way to turn them all off. California is not a battleground state, but there are scads of ballot measures that the special interests and big money are promoting. It makes you want to turn off the TV and read a book.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bain, Bain, Go Away . . .

Bain Capital is a product of the Great Deformation. It has garnered fabulous winnings through leveraged speculation in financial markets that have been perverted and deformed by decades of money printing and Wall Street coddling by the Fed. So Bain’s billions of profits were not rewards for capitalist creation; they were mainly windfalls collected from gambling in markets that were rigged to rise.
[source] - David Stockman (Regan's Budget Advisor)

This has got to hurt, Mitt.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Do as I say (to get elected), not as I do

A pro-life, family-values congressman who worked as a doctor before winning election as a Tea Party-backed Republican had an affair with a patient and later pressured her to get an abortion, according to a phone call transcript obtained by The Huffington Post.
The congressman, Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, was trying to save his marriage at the time, according to his remarks on the call, made in September of 2000. And, according to three independent sources familiar with the call and the recording, he made the tape himself.
[source]

Abortion, bad, unless, of course, it involves your mistress (oops!). Hypocrisy at it's height. Say anything in public to get elected, but do the opposite in private to retain your image. Sheesh!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Republican Radicals

Republican state rep Jon Hubbarb calls slavery a "blessing" as Charlie Fuqua advocates deporting all Muslims in books http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2214020/Republican-state-rep-Jon-Hubbarb-calls-slavery-blessing-Charlie-Fuqua-advocates-deporting-Muslims-books.html

What is wrong with these people?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Wall Street OK, Sesame not so much

"I just want to make sure I got this straight. He'll [Romney] get rid of regulations on Wall Street, but he's going to crack down on Sesame Street" ~ Obama

Yeah, Romney thinks it a good thing to let Wall Street go unregulated while Sesame Street is torn down, presumably to make way for an investment bank and McMansions for his rich friends.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Explaining the Romney/Ryan Tax Plan -- ummm NOPE

On “Fox News Sunday,” Chris Wallace repeatedly asked Paul Ryan to explain how the math on his tax plan added up. Ryan pretended not to understand Wallace’s question, called the Tax Policy Center study “thoroughly debunked” when it’s not even been dented, and, finally, retreated behind a particularly sad excuse for a politician who built his reputation on explaining policy in understandable terms: “It would take me too long to go through all the math.”

[Source]

What a politician DOESN'T tell you can speak more than what he does.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Catholic bishop and voting

Catholic Bishop to flock, 'I am not telling you how to vote,' but voting for Democrats jeopardizes your 'eternal salvation' while a vote for the GOP does not

What kind of crap is this? Is this bishop telling me that voting for someone who supports women's health rights will send me to hell while voting for someone who discounts the poor half of society is OK? What Jesus is this bishop referencing? Certainly not the one I follow.

Where are the "least of these"? Certainly not in the same country that this bishop occupies.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Romney's middle income definition

I'm not sure where Mitt gets his info, but most of us would love to be at this 'middle'

But how does he define “middle income”? The Republican presidential nominee defined it yesterday as income of $200,000 to $250,000 a year and less.

The median income is $50,000 in the U.S. -- but, apparently not in Mitt's U. S.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

College Tuition, what's the answer?

Tuition and fees for four-year public colleges grew by 72 percent above inflation over the past decade, averaging $8,244 last year, according to the College Board.

WOW! Since I have three kids going into college, this is very disconcerting. I was, of course aware that tuition's are rising very fast, but the timing brings the situation into sharp focus. College bound young people are having to consider graduating with major debt and reduced job prospects.

The decision is made for many poor and middle class kids by the cost-they simply can't afford it. If they can manage they settle for less than their first choice. I'm not certain if anyone has the answer, Democrats or Republicans, but the answer needs to be found if we want our country to continue to be great. Like lots of these issues the answer is compromise and a combination of approaches. In the meantime, those of us who aren't in the 1% continue to struggle with the situation.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Back to the Good-old-Days

The Republicans (read rich and conservative) always want to go back to the past and complain about the tax situation. Take a look at these graphs and tell me if you see any connection between the incomes of the top 1% and the effective tax rates?

Sure, let's go back to the good old days when tax rates were HIGHER and apparently the top 1% were making MORE MONEY. At least that's the way you'd think from the conservative rhetoric.

Hmmm . . .

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Job Creators!?

If you think that the rich are job creators you REALLY have to view this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBx2Y5HhplI&feature=youtube_gdata_player


Here's a rich guy willing to say it like it is.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Supreme Court to rule on ACA

It's coming -- the ruling on the Affordable Care Act by the US Supreme Court and the chance to get it right by ruling in favor. But the "smart money" thinks that the conservative majority on the court will at least throw out the mandate to have insurance. This will be another win for the insurance companies over the American people. Greed wins over common sense again.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Fact Checking "Glee"?

PolitiFact fact-checked Glee -- you know, the television musical program -- regarding a statement that by 2030, the majority of Americans would speak Spanish as their first language according to the census. They rated it "pants on fire", correctly. They were criticized for fact checking a fiction program

"You paid people to research, document, interview, write, edit and publish an essay ‘revealing the truth’ about a line in a comedy show. Extensive documentation. Eight interviews. Eight! That waste of other peoples’ time and money is reprehensible.. . . "

The sad part of the fact-check is that a large number of Americans probably get their political facts from fiction television because they spend more time with that than the facts!

Monday, January 16, 2012

You're an Expense

This crap about job creation is just that -- crap. Let me put this as simply as possible:

YOU ARE AN EXPENSE

The Republicans are for rich people who are euphemistically called "job creators" are really "profit maximizers". They are out to maximize profits. Here's the simple formula they live by:





The things in green are GOOD while the things in red are BAD. They want to maximize the things in GREEN and minimize the things RED. You are a RED THING. As long as your total compensation produces more revenue than it adds to expenses, things are OK. But the search for more profit is ongoing and in that search, one of the largest expenses for any company is your compensation. So, don't let them fool you, you are an expense. And the first chance they get, they will send your job overseas where the compensation is very low.

Oh, and by the way, your total compensation is made up of parts. There's your salary and your benefits, both of which are bad things. Here in the U.S., the benefits portion of your compensation, is supplied by companies who are also trying to maximize THEIR profits. Wait a minute, these benefits companies (insurance companies, health care providers) are maximizing THEIR profits? But doesn't that ADD to the expenses of your company!?

You bet, and therein lies a major problem for you. You are an expense and the profit-maximizing efforts of profit-making enterprises which supply benefit services to YOUR company are increasing your company's expenses and helping your company decide to eliminate your job.

So when a Republican politician tells you that they are creating jobs, don't believe them. It's all BS.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Payoffs of Lobbying

The American Jobs Creation Act benefited hundreds of multinational corporations with a huge, one-time tax break. Without the law, companies that brought profits earned abroad back to the U.S. had to pay a tax rate of 35 percent. With the law, that rate dropped to just over 5 percent. It saved those companies billions of dollars.

In a recent study, researchers Raquel Alexander and Susan Scholz calculated the total amount the corporations saved from the lower tax rate. They compared the taxes saved to the amount the firms spent lobbying for the law. Their research showed the return on lobbying for those multinational corporations was 22,000 percent. That means for every dollar spent on lobbying, the companies got $220 in tax benefits.
(source)

Yep, that's right 22,000% and you wonder why special interests give money to politicians? It isn't for the benefit of each American Person -- unless, of course, you count corporations as people like the Supreme Court does.