Monday, February 28, 2011

ANOMALIES OR OXYMORONS?


A GAY REPUBLICAN…A NAZI JEW…A BLACK KLAN MEMBER…A MUSLIM POPE…A SMART TEAHADIST…A COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATIVE

Why do gays vote for the Republican Party? Come to think of it, why do poor people, unemployed people, old people, single parents, minimum-wage workers, and anybody else who's not a fucking millionaire, vote for the GOP? The party of Sally Kern, Sarah Palin, and John "Filibuster" McCain, to name but a few.

The Texas GOP, like that of many other states, actually wants to recriminalize sodomy, among other choice proposals.

Did any Jews vote for Hitler? Did any blacks vote for George Wallace? Given that the river of human stupidity is an ever-flowing stream, I sure wonder.

Sigh. Kinda makes you feel like just giving up on the human race sometimes, ya know what I mean?

Your Head Trucker now believes it will be twenty years before we see equality all across the nation: DADT was repealed, but we have a long way to go yet... DOMA. ENDA enacted, and UAFA, and marriage equality in every state.

Twenty years: remember you heard it from Russ right here. Mark your calendars, and drop me a postcard when 2030 rolls around. If the gay Republican kapos will let you have a postage stamp.

Tell me I'm wrong. Please.

SOURCE: http://bluetruckredstate.blogspot.com/

Sunday, February 27, 2011

CUTTING TAXES ON THE RICH…THE UNDESIRED RESULTS


Republicans talk about deficit reduction, smaller government, fiscal responsibility…they are hypocrites.

America has accumulated an alarming debt because the Republicans insisted on cutting taxes for the very rich and then borrow money to compensate for that revenue that is not coming in. Their tired rants about how it is not possible to fix the economic mess they left behind by raising taxes on the rich when the country is still in a recession because taxes actually deprive the economy of money. Again, that tired old Reagan asinine axiom “TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS” at work. The Republican-Teahadists live by it and are not even recognizing that there is no factual basis for this crazy idea which papa Bush called “VODOO ECONOMICS”

If that premise was to be taken as factual and the truth, then how come we have had this damaging economic crisis? The very rich and the corporations had their tax breaks and that money didn’t go into circulation nor did it prevent the economic meltdown.

All we have to do is look at the historical data of taxes and revenues. When we cut taxes and increase military spending, then cut spending on our infrastructure the results are the budget deficits and a significant slowdown of the economic growth. Yet during the Clinton years when taxes on the rich were raised and there were increased investments in infrastructure the government actually had budget SURPLUSES and the economy was growing at a very robust rate.

Enter boy George Bush and in the early part of his first term he lowered taxes because he thought that there were surpluses and could stimulate the economy by giving the rich and the corporations a break. Nothing could be more wrong than what he did and we were able to ascertain how horrific his actions on this area were…just like most of the things he did during the eight long years he was in office. The damage President Bush and his cronies did to our country is difficult to fathom and it will be many decades before we are able to reach a full recovery and understand fully the implications of such incompetence.

But it is there for everyone to see: It was a meek growth in the economy, eight million jobs lost, billions upon billions of dollars piled on to the debt and it all came to a climax with a final crash of banks and the stock market.

The nerve of these Republicans to suggest that we can cut on safety net programs like SOCIAL SECURITY and Education and to attack labor unions as they have decimated the middle class has and it is a shame because the middle class is the backbone of our society…you destroy it and you destroy the country.

But let us not be so harsh; let us really think about the Republican perspective and their agenda: It is simply to make things as miserable for the American people so that they will blame President Obama for all their ills…vicissitudes that were created by them and not by Obama. They are so heartless and wicked that they rather see misery and poverty descend upon America than to forfeit the regaining of power. That is all there is to it…they are the puppets of the rich and the corporations and it does not suit them well to have the general population share the riches and their rightful place in society.

So now, to address the Reagan/Bush deficits the DC elites continue to insist in extending the tax cuts for the rich and giving away subsidies to corporations that don’t even have their headquarters in America. How do they propose to balance the budget? In their simplistic askew ideology it is simple: break the back of the unions, eliminate public education and do away with SOCIAL SECURITY. It is perverted and immoral.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

IT’S JUST THE MILITARY TRYING TO “BRAINWASH” SENATORS

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV


VISITING SENATORS TO AFGHANISTAN WERE TARGETED BY THE MILITARY TO BE “BRAINWASHED”

Look, I am not one of those who readily accepts conspiracy theories; but this latest report from Rolling Stone Magazine totally rattled my cage. To think that there is so much deviate thinking to justify growing a war that the military, at least some of them were willing to use brainwashing tactics on visiting dignitaries. Not only is that alarming and totally unacceptable; but to think that we would engage such crass practices to obtain a very dubious goal.

Michael Hastings reported this:

“Rolling Stone magazine reported online that Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, the commander of the American mission to train Afghan security forces, put pressure on "psy-op" soldiers, in violation of federal law, "to target visiting senators and other VIPs," including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) as well as Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”

It leaves me thinking as many in our country have that we don’t know what the hell we are doing in Afghanistan. It also makes me wonder if they have not been putting substances in the public water reservoirs to make people gullible and docile. Remember the fluoride conspiracy in the 50’s promoted by the John Birch Society?

I for one do not believe that crap any more than I would think that people are being dumb, uninformed and docile because something they are ingesting but I am putting into question the wisdom and intellectual capacity of a segment of the American public and also their capacity to even remember who their elected official’s names are.

SOURCE: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-rolling-stone-general-20110225,0,661123.story

PHOTO: http://www.ntm-a.com/command/leadership/caldwell?lang=

Friday, February 25, 2011

Wisconsin, Ohio public employees are not overpaid




Once again, the GOP-Teahadists are trying to sell us a bill of goods

And judging by some of the comments I read in some of the blogs they are succeeding. The Republicans want everyone to think that public sector employees are overpaid and get considerably more than those employed in the private sector. Nothing could be further from the truth as the statistics and numbers don’t lie. But there are people out there who will believe them and that gives the Teahadist-Republicans license to attempt to kill labor unions.



This article was given to us by Meteor Blades

Mon Feb 21, 2011

“Contrary to conventional wisdom that public employees across our nation are collecting bigger paychecks than their counterparts in the private sector, the Economic Policy Institute has found quite the contrary. That's true in Wisconsin and Ohio, which have become the latest battle fronts in the right-wing's 65-year-long effort to gut the legal collective bargaining rights of Americans that were established after decades of bloody struggle during the New Deal.

In Wisconsin, which has become a focal point in this debate, public servants already take a pretty hefty pay cut just for the opportunity to serve their communities ... The figure below shows that when comparing the total compensation (which includes non-wage benefits such as health care and pensions) of workers with similar education, public-sector workers consistently make less than their private–sector peers. Workers with a bachelor’s degree or more—which constitute nearly 60% of the state and local workforce in Wisconsin—are compensated between $20,000 less (if they just have a bachelor’s degree) to over $82,000 a year less (if they have a professional degree, such as in law or medicine).

Here are the figures broken down by education, as evaluated by EPI.

The deficit that Wisconsin faces is caused by the current economic downturn and the recent tax cut package. It has nothing to do with the compensation of the people that educate our children, keep the streets safe and clean, keep dangerous chemicals out of our water, and keep insurance companies from taking advantage of us. These public servants are already paid less than those in the private sector, and nationally, this gap has actually been increasing over the past few decades ...

The situation in Ohio is quite similar. In a "rigorous analysis" of full-time state and local government workers in Ohio, EPI found that they are undercompensated by 6 percent. The analysts screened for variables including hours of work, organizational size, gender, race, ethnicity, experience, citizenship and disability.

Among EPI's findings:

• On an annual basis, fulltime state and local workers and school employees are undercompensated by 6.0% in Ohio, in comparison with otherwise similar privatesector workers. When comparisons are made for differences in annual hours worked, the gap remains, albeit at a smaller percentage of 3.5%.

• Ohio publicsector workers are more highly educated than privatesector workers; 49% of full time publicsector workers hold at least a fouryear college degree, compared with 26% in the privatesector.

• Ohio’s state and local governments and school districts pay collegeeducated workers 25% less in total compensation, on average, than private employers.

• In addition to having higher education levels, Ohio state and local government employees, on average, are also more experienced (23.2 years) than their privatesector counterparts (21.7 years).

While some of the effects of the Great Recession have had a delayed impact on public employees, that impact is being felt big time now. Tens of thousands of lay-offs, furlough days, pay freezes and pay-cuts, and a continuing assault on public employees' health benefits (something that has been going on through premium raises and cuts in coverage for years) are all part of the damage being done.

While the likes of renowned liar and Andrew Breitbart pretends to be a friend of the little guy who he claims is being gouged by public workers such as those in Wisconsin and Ohio, the truth is that the efforts now being carried out are a culmination of the long-standing attacks against the whole concept of unions. Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh and the governors are mere mouthpieces for an oligarchy feeling its oats and viewing the current situation as another opportunity to weaken the resistance to their agenda. One word, one attitude should describe the progressive agenda at this critical moment. It's a word and attitude we've seen revived in the past few days after a long dormancy: Solidarity!”



Should they succeed, in my opinion, those who are part of that oligarchy better get their exile home ready in the South of France because the Egypt effect is going to happen. The American people are docile and gullible, they are noble and misinformed; but make no mistake about it; when you start empting their wallets they are going to react and that they will with vigor and anger. Wisconsin is just the very beginning of the working class protesting some very bad, misguided legislation not meant to balance the Wisconsin budget but instead it is specifically directed to decimate the last strongholds of LABOR UNIONS. It is also symbolic because it was in Wisconsin where at the start of the last century a lot of these unions and labor movements were born. So what better place to stage an obliteration of UNIONS than the place they got started.

SOURCE: http://www.dailykos.com/

A PHONE CALL THAT TURNED OUT TO BE A PRANK REVEALS A LOT



The Governor of Wisconsin really screwed up this time. So much so that I would not be surprised if he ends up getting indicted and thrown out of office. You see, we had the privilege of listening in on the conversation that was recorded by a prankster and the asshole Governor thought he was speaking to the other asshole Koch.

The prank would be funny if the Governor had been fooled and nothing of significance was said. But the fact is that he was telling the person he thought was David Koch an awful lot of incriminating information. We found out for example that the Governor did consider sending in agitators to confront the demonstrators and cause some scuffle or worse. He confessed on the phone call that he discarded the idea because of the potential adverse political consequences.

No sir, not because of the safety of his fellow citizens, not because it is something unethical to do but because it would have had adverse political consequences. We also now know that the budget farce is just that; an excuse to do away with unions is more like it. He showed what a bully he really is.

One last thing: There is a reason for the creation and the existence of LABOR UNIONS; it is that the free enterprise system when is devoid of rules and regulations will succumb to greed and excesses and the factor labor is just part of an equation, they have no intrinsic importance in terms of their humanity…what they mean to corporations and the super rich is just a component of their overall scheme to make more and more profits…so it is incumbent upon the very rich to try to squeeze every drop of sweat and to do it with the least amount of compensation from the LABOR FACTOR.

Don’t you wish that we could be privy to some more of these prank calls and really unmask people like Boehner and McCain…Palin and the rest?

WALKER SHOULD RESIGN!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

government can run some programs successfully


There is ample evidence that government can run some programs successfully

“Government is the problem” is a highly misleading and misguided Reagan concept


Much to the chagrin of Republican-Teahadists who live by the Reagan Mantra that “Government is the problem” there are at least two very successful examples of how successful some programs are: One of which has been in existence for more than 75 years and is still viable, solvent and providing a safety net for a group of people who would otherwise be destitute if it didn’t exist: SOCIAL SECURITY.

Of course, if Republican-Tehadists had their way they would eliminate Social Security altogether; along with PUBLIC EDUCATION, Consumer Protection, Osha labor laws, and even all public utilities. It is called: PRIVATIZATION MADNESS.

The other very successful program that the government not only had success but saved the jobs of millions of Americans in the process is the American Automobile Manufacturer’s bailout. As Jed Lewison reports:

“DETROIT — General Motors, which nearly collapsed from the weight of its debts two years ago before reorganizing in a government-sponsored bankruptcy, said Thursday that it earned $4.7 billion in 2010, the most in more than a decade.

It was the first profitable year since 2004 for G.M., which became publicly traded in November, ending a streak of losses totaling about $90 billion.

In addition, G.M. said 45,000 union workers would receive profit-sharing checks averaging $4,300, the most in the company’s history.

Guess who said this sort of turn around would be impossible? That's right, none other than John Boehner, in June of 2009:

Does anyone really believe that politicians and bureaucrats in Washington can successfully steer a multi-national corporation to economic viability?

Actually, yes, and these numbers prove it. But Boehner and teahadist Republicans look at what's happened and pout. They say government sucks, unions suck, G.M. sucks, and we should have just taught them all a lesson by letting them go out of business.

But everybody else looks at how things are turning out and say Democrats and the Obama administration made the right move by saving American auto manufacturing. And they did.”

Why are Republican-Teahadists obsessed with eliminating Social Security? Very simple: it is the cornerstone of FDR’s New Deal and it is still working and will do so for a couple of more decades to come. Funny too that the Social Security Fund has had a surplus all these years and the Government has been dipping into it…now when it is time for replacing what they took out; the Republicans claim that it is in financial trouble…why don’t we pay it back? Why don’t we give back to senior citizens what they put into the system? That would be too easy, too SOCIALIST and it would also prove Regan’s axiom wrong.

SOURCE: http://www.dailykos.com/

PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.dailykos.com/, http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://4carpictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/5e8f_08cadillac-cts.jpg&imgrefurl=http://4carpictures.com/tag/cadillac&usg

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.sustainabilityninja.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/john-boehner.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.sustainabilityninja.com/government-industry-sustainability/republican-john-boehner-on-climate-change-

Not just the party of no…they are against everything

THE GOP: AGAINST IT ALL

The Republican-Teahadists are against: unions, Blacks, Latinos, women, seniors, working class Americans, gays, anybody non-Christian, foreign born, non-English speaking, many others. Can you think of what group, what kind of person is welcomed in the modern Republican Party?

And yet they have managed to gain an unprecedented control of government and the economy. Republicans have been receiving the help of the very rich and a surrogate cable TV station. With those on their side they have manage to mislead, motivate and scare a very significant number of people. So far our country is divided almost evenly between Conservatives and Liberals who claim those as their ideologies.

How long will the GOP be able to hold that position of power is questionable as demographics and also as more and more people are adversely affected by this insane Republican assault on Democracy and the middle class.

PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/13/dems-launch-party-of-no-c_n_174587.html

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chicago has a new mayor: Rahm Emmanuel


And the name Daley is nowhere to be seen this time.

Emanuel won one of the most powerful mayoral spot in the nation handily, securing well over the 50 percent of the vote needed to avoid a runoff and beating his nearest opponent, former Daley aide and Chicago schools chief Gery Chico, by more than 30 points.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/50016.html#ixzz1EkedVoeq

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Noah and his ark may very well have validity

It is entirely within the realm of possibility that Noah and his ark were part of a historical account of a cataclysmic flood.


Suppose we imagine the Black Sea ten thousand years ago. At the time the water levels of the earth were much lower and the Black Sea was but a large lake about one tenth the size of the present day Black Sea. The lake provided sustenance to a great number of people; it was rich with fish and also facilitated commerce by boat merchants. As time went by settlements on the lakeside grew and the lake was able to support a large population.

But at the end of the last ice age, when all the snows and glaciers began to melt; water levels world-wide began to rise. For the most part the lake of our concern had not evaporated fast enough; the rains kept coming more copious every year and the people on its shores saw themselves being displaced by the rising waters.

Enter Noah; a cantankerous old man who lived on the shores of Lake Black Sea and had a prosperous farm with animals of all kinds…he was a true lover of the diversity of fauna. But one day he began to notice the water in the lake was rising…he did every year and came to the conclusion that the lake would rise enough in the next couple of years to make his farm waterfront property.

But Noah also made one yearly pilgrimage to a place in the vicinity of what is present day Istanbul. Noah would go there to trade and purchase luxury items which he brought back and sold at a profit to the locals around the lake.

Noah was a very intelligent and observant fellow. He noticed that the journey from his homestead was almost all uphill and upon reaching his destination by the shores of the Mediterranean, year after year he noticed how the shoreline had changed and how it was possible for that same Mediterranean Sea to get even higher and spill over into the Black Sea Lake. Noah figured that the distance was rather small and that the place where his homestead was located would be underwater if this happened. He knew it because the man realized that it was several hundred feet lower than the Mediterranean and one tsunami would send Noah’s world crashing to a watery end.

Noah was so alarmed that upon his return he began building a craft of sizeable proportions. Everyone in the villages in the vicinity of Black Sea Lake thought he was crazy. Noah made one more trip to the trading center near Istanbul/Constantinople and noticed that this time the Mediterranean had actually risen a good ten feet and was encroaching properties and structures that had to be abandoned. Noah also noticed that the distance separating the Mediterranean and the Black Sea Lake of his had grown considerably shorter.

He kept building the ark and then it began: relentless rains and flooding. He wanted to keep his animals safe and dry so he placed them in his vessel. Noah did have pairs of some rare animals as well as the more normal domesticated kind. He marched them in there as the rains intensified and then there was a very powerful earthquake and he looked at the hills above his homestead and saw a waterfall…perhaps the size of Niagara and the thunderous noise it was making as well as the water it was bringing into Lake Black Sea.

Noah knew then that it was the Mediterranean spilling into the Black Sea Lake and that eventually both waters would take on the same level. But the whole ordeal took more than forty days and as his neighbors drowned or were driven up the mountains he gloated with pride that he had enough common sense to accurately predict a very natural phenomena.

Noah’s vessel was well built; it was impermeable to water and impregnable from the harsh elements…it floated like a piece of cork. But during the endless storm Noah noticed people drowning and came to their rescue…he was not heartless or devoid of compassion; he rescued more than two dozen people among which was one of his neighbors who criticized him and ridiculed him for building his craft.

Eventually the rains stopped…so far in the history of the world it hasn’t happened that it began to rain and it didn’t stop. The vessel came to rest on the shores of what is now the Black Sea and it just rotted there and some of the wood was used by Noah’s descendants to build houses.


If indeed there had been a Noah and an ark; the story would have been told from father to son until written language made its appearance; but by then, the account of Noah's adventure had been embellished and exaggerated to serve the purpose of religion to dupe and confuse its followers.

We must clarify one thing: Noah didn’t have any visitors from another dimension or was contacted by a messenger from God. Noah didn’t even practice the pagan religions of his time. The only thing that leaves me wondering is: If Noah saved a pair of all the species, why in the fuck did he put two rats, two cockroaches and two mosquitoes in his ark?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Diametrically opposed points of view clash in the internet

There, I show my face, may not be the best looking dude but I don’t hide in anonymity



In a dysfunctional, severely divided society; the internet serves as a podium…an ugly one.

Just as the advent of the internet has brought about great access and freedom of expression; it has also brought out the worms out of the woodwork…those crass, cruel, ignorant and biased individuals that post comments in blogs knowing full well they are boorish and uncivil.

I get many of those; mostly coming from “anonymous” persons. These individuals hide behind anonymity because they know their ideology is askew and perverse. They are also cowards and sneaky because if their convictions were righteous they would be able to put a face and a name forward.

I have long since stopped publishing any anonymous comments…that is not to say that they have stopped coming. I get them from suspect places; when I do a “debunking LDS” for example; the locations from which these anonymous comments originate are usually in Provo or places like that. I even have one from Iran where the internet is forbidden…this one only monitors my blog and says nothing. Could it be some Iranian government official looking for anti-Iran subject matter in my blog?

My point is simply this: If I would not care to talk to you, befriend you or listen to your garbage in person; why then would I want to engage you in a back and forth futile net dialogue?

And yes, I am harsh and outspoken. I often say things crudely and without concern as to those who might take offense; because if they do, those are precisely the kinds of people who need to hear a particular message. I often use profanity and have been criticized for that too; but the way I see it, profanity is the salt and pepper of the otherwise bland English language stew.

Many times I feel that I was not severe enough, not in your face enough. I have the right to be as indignant as I need to be in the face of so much inequity and unfairness. I see the decimation of the middle class, I see the discrimination going on against Blacks, Latinos and LGBT and it is not in my genes to stay quiet.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Showdown in Wisconsin meant to obliterate what remains of LABOR UNIONS

WHY ARE YOU SO ANGRY, SO “ENERGIZED”, AND SO VOCIFEROUS? AND NOW YOU ARE GOING TO WISCONSIN?


Teabaggers:

I think I know the answer to that. May I offer it to you? You are angry for many reasons; ranging from your own helplessness to exact any change in your Government to your perceived embattled status within society. You are basically worried that they “are taking away your America”. It is a common fear, one that those who really don’t have anything and wish they did have something fear most. You are at the bottom of the food chain in this country and you see others…very different than yourself getting ahead…America is not WASPHROM any more (White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, Heterosexual, Rich Old Men) and that bothers you terribly…you are basically distrustful of those who are different and you hate this diversity bull shit; don’t you? You see a very educated man in the White House and that just pisses you off to no end.

Also, you know deep down that you understand so little how government works and how the economy is run. Because of your own ignorance you distrust government and you believe the nice man who comes down from somewhere to help organize those protests and rallies…that nice man gives you a little speech that may go like this: We have to protect our freedom…we have to defend our Constitution, we have to secure the future of our children; we have to stop this SOCIALIST takeover of LABOR UNIONS; we have to, we have to, and you just repeat those empty words that to you are meaningful…yet the nice man does not go beyond that…he does not explain anything else to you; like what if any are the ideas that he has to improve the system or if there are solutions that could be instituted. No, the nice man doesn’t even know that himself because he has no fucking idea either…he knows that there is a paycheck at the end of the rally and that may very well come from the Koch brothers or from Fox. So he doesn’t care what you really think…or rather he knows you don’t really think. He is using you and your are but a pawn in the greater scheme of things.

You Teabagger are just helping the Republicans do away with the only force, the only strong organization that opposes them and funds political campaigns. When the Labor Unions are gone, then the Republicans can spend all the money they want from corporations that stand to gain and there will be no rebuttals, not one iota of opposition to the ads.

A very comprehensive political commentary by Robert Reich




The battle over the federal budget.

The first is being played out in the budget battle in Washington. As they raise the alarm over deficit spending and simultaneously squeeze popular middle-class programs, Republicans want the majority of the American public to view it all as a giant zero-sum game among average Americans that some will have to lose.

The President has already fallen into the trap by calling for budget cuts in programs the poor and working class depend on – assistance with home heating, community services, college loans, and the like.

In the coming showdown over Medicare and Social Security, House budget chair Paul Ryan will push a voucher system for Medicare and a partly-privatized plan for Social Security – both designed to attract younger middle-class voters.

The assault on public employees

The second part of the Republican strategy is being played out on the state level where public employees are being blamed for state budget crises. Unions didn’t cause these budget crises — state revenues dropped because of the Great Recession — but Republicans view them as opportunities to gut public employee unions,

The Republican Strategy

Recently I ran into this article written by Bob Reich and I think it is worth reading:


Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Republican strategy is to split the vast middle and working class – pitting unionized workers against non-unionized, public-sector workers against non-public, older workers within sight of Medicare and Social Security against younger workers who don’t believe these programs will be there for them, and the poor against the working middle class.

By splitting working America along these lines, Republicans want Americans to believe that we can no longer afford to do what we need to do as a nation. They hope to deflect attention from the increasing share of total income and wealth going to the richest 1 percent while the jobs and wages of everyone else languish.

Republicans would rather no one notice their campaign to shrink the pie even further with additional tax cuts for the rich – making the Bush tax cuts permanent, further reducing the estate tax, and allowing the wealthy to shift ever more of their income into capital gains taxed at 15 percent.

The strategy has three parts.

starting with teachers.

Wisconsin’s Republican governor Scott Walker and his GOP legislature are seeking to end almost all union rights for teachers. Ohio’s Republican governor John Kasich is pushing a similar plan in Ohio through a Republican-dominated legislature. New Jersey’s Republican governor Chris Christie is attempting the same, telling a conservative conference Wednesday, “I’m attacking the leadership of the union because they’re greedy, and they’re selfish and they’re self-interested.”

The demonizing of public employees is not only based on the lie that they’ve caused these budget crises, but it’s also premised on a second lie: that public employees earn more than private-sector workers. They don’t, when you take account of their education. In fact over the last fifteen years the pay of public-sector workers, including teachers, has dropped relative to private-sector employees with the same level of education – even including health and retirement benefits. Moreover, most public employees don’t have generous pensions. After a career with annual pay averaging less than $45,000, the typical newly-retired public employee receives a pension of $19,000 a year.

Bargaining rights for public employees haven’t caused state deficits to explode. Some states that deny their employees bargaining rights, such as Nevada, North Carolina, and Arizona, are running big deficits of over 30 percent of spending. Many states that give employees bargaining rights — Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Montana — have small deficits of less than 10 percent.

Republicans would rather go after teachers and other public employees than have us look at the pay of Wall Street traders, private-equity managers, and heads of hedge funds – many of whom wouldn’t have their jobs today were it not for the giant taxpayer-supported bailout, and most of whose lending and investing practices were the proximate cause of the Great Depression to begin with.

Last year, America’s top thirteen hedge-fund managers earned an average of $1 billion each. One of them took home $5 billion. Much of their income is taxed as capital gains – at 15 percent – due to a tax loophole that Republican members of Congress have steadfastly guarded.

If the earnings of those thirteen hedge-fund managers were taxed as ordinary income, the revenues generated would pay the salaries and benefits of 300,000 teachers. Who is more valuable to our society – thirteen hedge-fund managers or 300,000 teachers? Let’s make the question even simpler. Who is more valuable: One hedge fund manager or one teacher?

The Distortion of the Constitution

The third part of the Republican strategy is being played out in the Supreme Court. It has politicized the Court more than at any time in recent memory.

Last year a majority of the justices determined that corporations have a right under the First Amendment to provide unlimited amounts of money to political candidates. Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission is among the most patently political and legally grotesque decisions of our highest court – ranking right up there with Bush vs. Gore and Dred Scott.

Among those who voted in the affirmative were Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia. Both have become active strategists in the Republican party.

A month ago, for example, Antonin Scalia met in a closed-door session with Michele Bachman’s Tea Party caucus – something no justice concerned about maintaining the appearance of impartiality would ever have done.

Both Thomas and Scalia have participated in political retreats organized and hosted by multi-billionaire financier Charles Koch, a major contributor to the Tea Party and other conservative organizations, and a crusader for ending all limits on money in politics. (Not incidentally, Thomas’s wife is the founder of Liberty Central, a Tea Party organization that has been receiving unlimited corporate contributions due to the Citizens United decision. On his obligatory financial disclosure filings, Thomas has repeatedly failed to list her sources of income over the last twenty years, nor even to include his own four-day retreats courtesy of Charles Koch.)

Some time this year or next, the Supreme Court will be asked to consider whether the nation’s new healthcare law is constitutional. Watch your wallets.

The strategy as a whole

These three aspects of the Republican strategy – a federal budget battle to shrink government, focused on programs the vast middle class depends on; state efforts to undermine public employees, whom the middle class depends on; and a Supreme Court dedicated to bending the Constitution to enlarge and entrench the political power of the wealthy – fit perfectly together.

They pit average working Americans against one another, distract attention from the almost unprecedented concentration of wealth and power at the top, and conceal Republican plans to further enlarge and entrench that wealth and power.

What is the Democratic strategy to counter this and reclaim America for the rest of us?

Why do uneducated, poor, low class wingnuts defend the rich?



DEFEND THE RICH? I DON’T THINK THEY SHOULD

Why do these uneducated, low class, ignorant wingnuts defend the very rich and the corporations? Why indeed if they don’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of…the window is long gone with their house that was foreclosed.

I have often asked myself this very question. For the life of me I can’t figure it out. They repeat these mantras of repudiation of SOCIALISM when they belong to a group or a class within our society that would most likely suffer from giving to the wealthy and taking it from the poor and middle class.

They, in their blissful ignorance think that SOCIALISM and LIBERAL are dirty words, anti-American, unpatriotic, detrimental and an insult. Yet they may be collecting SOCIAL SECURITY and take advantage of MEDICARE.

Funny too that many of them have lost their good paying jobs because they were outsourced abroad and may have had to take a lower paying job flipping hamburgers if they are not unemployed altogether.

I have always maintained that the FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM is the best economic model. But I have always made it a point to say that FREE ENTERPRISE needs regulations and some kind of set of measures and laws. In the absence of these, FREE ENTERPRISE gets out of control. Why? Because the profit motive is propelled by greed and greed has no conscience.

A lot of these people will tell you that they believe in smaller government, less regulations, a return to the do nothing model. They so vehemently embrace Reagan’s concept that “GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM” and that “TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS” is a sustainable and fair model. We have seen that time and again this is just a bunch of bull shit. In the absence of regulations, the rich become greedier and hurt the middle class and the poor. If you give tax cuts and incentives to the rich, they will just hoard it and it does not trickle down. Can you honestly tell me that this extension of the tax cuts for the very rich and the bank/Wall Street bail out did anything other than save their asses and allow them to keep their high, undeserved salaries and bonuses?

I ask you this question, and if you can honestly say that you defend their right to benefit and enrich themselves at the expense of the majority, then I would say to you, you are perfectly correct. But just remember that in order to have an opinion, you have to be well informed and to be able to express that opinion you also have to be relatively coherent, state your views in concise, correct English or you will not be able to get any validation from me. If you can do this, you may still find me disagreeing with you, particularly if you don’t back your arguments with facts but only give me an opinion and speak in generalities…sound bites that are given to you by the Koch brothers. If you are civil about it I will respect you and I will respect your opinions.

But you just can’t go to a Town Hall meeting and spew a bunch of meaningless slogans, do it disruptively and interfering with the right of free speech of others. If you do that then you are a FUCKING MORON, nor should you get on Fox News and shamelessly lie, distorting the truth to fit your agenda, exaggerating, inventing conspiracy theories…if you do all that you are A WING-NUT TEABAGGER PIECE OF SHIT

Saturday, February 19, 2011

If we could measure the merits of demonstrations…

Which is more effective? Which one is genuine grassroots? Which one has more merit?



We could actually do so by looking into many of the details. We could for example analyze what brought the demonstration, what was the incident or situation that motivated people to go out into the streets and march. We could also look behind who is organizing it and why; we could further look at the participants, interview them, ask them about themselves and take notes of the results.




Surely no one could doubt that the first Tea Bagger outbursts during the summer of 2009 against Health Care Reform were contrived, fabricated, organized and funded by special interests. There were operatives who would be paid for this…to go out and urge people to come to Town Hall meetings and interrupt the democratic process of elected officials to have a meaningful dialogue with the constituents.




The Tea Baggers did accomplish a lot with those odious acts of sabotage: they managed to disrupt the dialogue process while bringing about a lot of attention to themselves from the media. Was it a grassroots movement? Certainly it was not. Was it warranted or justified? It was not that either.


We have also observed the Tea Bagger’s signs; we read them and shudder, we ask ourselves how can people not be able to spell correctly?. Then when they are interviewed, the garbage that comes out of their mouths, the way they express themselves indicates that these people don’t have much education either. These are the misinformed, uneducated and frustrated individuals in our society and there are many…in numbers it is overwhelming; but in substance we can only wish that they had finished the 7th grade and that they had a little intellectual curiosity. Also, don’t we wish that these people had the capacity to understand issues, to be able to tell when they are being bamboozled or misguided?


However, when you see nurses, teachers, firefighters and government employees…and we have also heard what they say and how they say it when interviewed…we can come to the conclusion that these are no dummies, these people have a reasonable amount of education and we are able to ascertain whether a protest is really necessary to underline a particular cause or call out a gripe. These people’s motivation is definitely legitimate and for that reason we are able to determine that their demonstrations have merit.



One last detail we can all look at is numbers. Certainly a couple of dozen saboteurs at a Town Hall meeting should not be counted as significant other than for their boorish actions. But when we look at a demonstration of thousands upon thousands of people as we have seen in Tunisia, Egypt and now in Wisconsin…we see that their presence and their efforts do achieve success; in Tunisia and Egypt they brought about regime change; in Wisconsin it will bring about a realization that government can’t go after the working class and their right to unionize.


And it is spreading: In Columbus, Ohio, about 3,800 state workers, teachers, and other public employees came to the statehouse for a committee hearing.


In conclusion, if the Republican Teahadists think that they can get away with squeezing the middle class even more and force upon them unpopular legislation, cuts and class warfare and culture wars while giving tax cuts to the very rich; they are sadly mistaken and have to bear the consequences. Wisconsin is but a sample, a very insignificant beginning of what is to come and surely this too will translate into votes come the 2012 elections.

Firefighters joined the protest, even though they are exempt from the Gov's plans to bust unions.A fire truck circled the capital during the demonstration. The firefighters union pledged $20,000 to support the public workers cause


PHOTO SOURCE: http://search.aol.com/aol/imageDetails?s_it=imageDetails&q=photos+of+Egypt+protests

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/17/wisconsin-protests-scott-walker-police_n_824697.html

http://american-idle.newsvine.com/_news/2011/02/16/6063256-eyewitness-photos-over-15000-protest-union-busting-in-wisconsin

Now the Republican Teahadists are sending in the cavalry


Tea Bag bullies to go to Madison and confront Wisconsin demonstrators

Yes, they are shipping in a shitload of Teabaggers, some from Virginia and some from Wisconsin and other places; they are coming to confront the demonstrators in Madison. Does this somehow ring a bell? Did Mubarak not send in his bullies riding camels trying to drown out and intimidate the protesters in Egypt?

I don’t know about you but I see this as a concerted national effort to destroy the only resistance the Republican Party has: the LABOR UNIONS. But make no mistake about it; this has been years in the making…their dear leader Reagan unleashed this opposition to organize labor years ago and it has been festering and gaining ground as Republicans make strides to totally take over government.

I hope that this will not turn ugly; I hope that there is no violence or scuffles because if it does happen it will unleash an escalating national confrontation. I am also wondering how many camels are available for the Republican Teahadist bullies to ride into Madison.

PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Hundreds+injured+Mubarak+supporters+clash+with+protesters/4209410/story.html