Tuesday, May 31, 2011

THE QUESTION IS NOT WHETHER TO DO AWAY WITH MEDICARE

The question should be how to do away with parasites-private health insurance companies

This is an ideological battle, one that the Republican-Teahadists are unwilling to let go even if it costs them politically and it sinks the country into devastating ruin and the seniors lining up for an untimely death. This Ryan plan is DEATH PANELS at its worst.

But will they stop there? Will these Republican Teahadists be content with abandoning such a radical, extremist measure? My answer is: Certainly not…it is not enough, they also have to go afer Social Security and Public Education.

In an article by Joan McCarter appearing in http://www.dailykos.com/ she explains it very well and provides convincing a convincing chart and a graph. Please take a look and ruminate:

Republican Medicare proposal erodes Social Security

“Forty Republican Senators and 235 Republican House members have voted not just to eliminate Medicare, eviscerate Medicaid, and give the wealthy and corporations even bigger tax breaks. They've also gone on record in support of eroding Social Security benefits.

That's analysis from Social Security Works and the Strengthen Social Security Campaign. Even though the Republican plan doesn't directly cut Social Security, the increased costs to seniors for Medicare would continuously erode the value of Social Security benefits, and by 2014, "19 years after the Medicare voucher begins—an average worker’s Social Security benefit is estimated to be worth less than their Medicare costs."

From the analysis [pdf]:

Seniors’ health care costs will rise dramatically under this plan because of the fixed government contribution and the much higher costs of private health insurance compared with Medicare. Getting the kind of coverage that Medicare provides today would require the typical senior to spend half of their Social Security benefit on Medicare the first year the plan goes into effect, and 90 percent of their Social Security benefit within 16 years. Lower-income seniors would spend even higher percentages of their Social Security on health care....

...Under the plan, the typical senior’s costs for private insurance and associated out-of-pocket costs are projected to be $12,500 in 2022, almost $7,000 more than he or she would spend for premiums and out-of-pocket costs under the current Medicare program, according to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) data analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation....

The amount of a person’s Social Security benefit consumed by Medicare costs will grow because private insurers have significantly higher costs than the traditional Medicare program and because the voucher provided to seniors to purchase private coverage will not keep pace with rising medical costs. Though the voucher increases only 2.5 percent per year from 2022 to 2030, overall Medicare expenses under the Republican plan, which relies on more expensive private insurance, are expected to grow over 5 percent a year, according to CBO data.

This is just further evidence that any savings the Ryan plan might achieve will only be shifted to seniors and their families—and that's without including the massive Medicaid cuts it would make, cutting out long-term care for the frail elderly. It's not deficit-cutting plan, it's (as one well-known wag put it) "right-wing, social engineering."

As Speaker of the House would say: “SO BE IT” and screw the seniors as well as decimate the middle class; and all for what? So they can give corporations subsidies and tax breaks and allow the super wealthy to pay hardly any taxes. Oh, yes, and while they do that…revenue diminishes so the super wealthy and the corporations will continue to get all these financial perks from borrowed money from the Chinese…smart isn’t it?

Remember those signs in August of 2009 about DEATH PANELS that would let grandma die? It was of course a lie but where are those Teabaggers now that the Republicans are proposing something so radical?

Monday, May 30, 2011

SMALL DOSE OF SOCIALISM

A SOBBING WOMAN UTTERS THESE WORDS: “THEY ARE TAKING AWAY MY AMERICA”

Yes, we are…because it is not your America…it is everybody’s America

A while back, during those infamous 2009 TOWN HALL meetings where the operatives were sent in to disrupt and sabotage any attempt by elective officials to meet with constituents; there was this woman in the back of the room that stood up and sobbing, almost in tears uttered those famous words. I can still hear it in my mind…it was said with a tortuous twang and a thick as molasses accent.

I immediately became indignant when I heard it…for many reasons; but the one that stood out in my mind was the audacity to even be upset because minorities are “taking away her America”. I thought that blacks and Hispanics also called America home and the underlying fear she had was precisely that…that all these dark skinned, foreign sounding individuals were taking away from her something that was traditionally and exclusively hers.

After the 2010 elections when a lot of voters were misled and lied to by Republicans to obtain victories in many places; it became abundantly clear that the Republicans were catering to these people’s insecurities, fears and racism.

It didn’t take long for the Republicans to demonstrate their agenda, to not do any of the things they promised during the campaign but instead, Republicans embarked on a scorch-the-earth, radical endeavor to go after the middle class and all the safety nets, to reinforce those xenophobic fears and to systematically exclude all sorts of people from Blacks to Latinos, from seniors to gays, from Labor Union members to pro-choice women. It is exactly what this woman wanted, it is exactly what the Republican Party stands for: a WASPHROM organization (White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, heterosexual, rich old men)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

raulito's quotes



MEMORIAL DAY




Even though this heralds in the start of the beach season, don't forget that it is a holiday to honor our brave military...those serving and those who have fallen in the line of duty.


Here are a few quotes about Memorial Day:


On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation! ~Thomas William Parsons


Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored. ~Daniel Webster


With the tears a Land hath shed
Their graves should ever be green.
~Thomas Bailey Aldrich


Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism? ~Henry Ward Beecher


Green sods are all their monuments; and yet it tells
A nobler history than pillared piles,
Or the eternal pyramids.
~James Gates Percival


Is't death to fall for Freedom's right?
He's dead alone who lacks her light!
~Thomas Campbell


For love of country they accepted death... ~James A. Garfield


They fell, but o'er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.
~Francis Marion Crawford






THEY ARE CALLED ENTITLEMENTS BECAUSE WE ARE ENTITLED


What part of giving up your hard earned money to the wealthy does the GOP doesn’t understand?

Why math is useful: actuary tables and future values used by insurance companies and banks the world over tell me that, at the half century mark, after paying into Social Security and Medicare with every paycheck earned since my first job at age 14, the present value of my lifetime investment is well north of $100,000. The same holds for millions and millions of Americans under age 55. Now, everyone who wants to give away their 100k to super rich people and Exxon for absolutely nothing in return, please raise your hand. ... One has to wonder what part of that common sense reaction the GOP and a chunk of the Beltway media can't seem to grasp?

Some very wise comments from well known experts:

Paul Krugman:

Ryan may claim — and he may even believe — that he’s facing a backlash because his opponents are lying about his proposals. But the reality is that the Ryan plan is turning into a political disaster for Republicans, not because the plan’s critics are lying about it, but because they’re describing it accurately.

Juan Williams:

Republicans are fooling only themselves if they believe they can get away from the fact that 235 House Republicans voted to pass the Ryan plan in April. They are forgetting their success in using the Democrats’ vote for health care reform to rout them last fall. The voters that handed them that impressive victory are now the same voters who have now turned against them.

The hard fact is every poll shows the Ryan plan – which turns Medicare into a voucher program and forces senior citizens to negotiate with private insurance companies – is unpopular with people over 65 and their children.

Republicans are getting clobbered on this. Keep reading.

RJ Eskow:

On Wednesday forty radicals in the United States Senate took an extremist position by voting to end Medicare.

That simple sentence will be challenged by a lot of political and media people. They'll say I don't understand the popular mood, and that I'm applying my own values to Wednesday's vote. But I can prove this statement is true, using only a dictionary and some polling data. They'll even say they didn't vote to end Medicare! But that can be proved, too.

The problem for the GOP is that their dissembling about their true goal (ending Medicare) has been exposed. That's a killer, politically.

Aaron Blake:

That role reversal — the supposedly moderate senator embracing a controversial conservative budget vision while his conservative opponent more reluctantly embraces it — is perhaps the best example of how the issue is beguiling Republicans across the country.

Most Republican candidates are smartly declining to take a firm stand on the issue, which is a tacit acknowledgement of just how dicey it is for them politically.

And relatively few are using it to try and stake out conservative ground in competitive primaries.

In case you don't believe Democrats are winning on this issue, read some more.

Tom Toles:

Okay, the Republicans stepped in it by stepping up and confronting Medicare costs, but the Democrats are guilty of just playing politics and so the smart people should give credit where credit is due, to the Republicans, right?

Wrong. The main problem with Medicare is the increasing costs of health care and that is a problem for Americans whether those costs are loaded into the Medicare system or happen outside it. In fact, the evidence, such as it is, suggests controlling costs works better IN Medicare than outside it. The Republican plan is essentially NOT a budget plan, it is a social policy plan that wants health care costs to be borne by individuals, as opposed to being part of a government insurance system. You can argue this on its merits, or on its ideology, but it fails the merits test.

But what about the Democrats? Aren’t they just as partisan and irresponsible in their blind embrace of party doctrine? That would be a no. They have shown a willingness to reform welfare, cut taxes, and even incorporate the bulk of GOP ideas on health care reform into their own bill. That is, the GOP ideas from when they still pretended they didn’t want to dismantle the federal program altogether. Republicans do not receives points for saying they want to do what they’ve always wanted to do. When the Republicans signal a willingness to include taxes in the budget discussion and the Democrats STILL won’t discuss Medicare changes, THEN a pox on both houses.

Yes, but you're not engaging in false equivalence. That fails Media 101.

Even the non progressive leaning blogs are getting it:

The Problem with the Ryan Plan

To follow on to Doug Mataconis’ post this morning about declining public support for the Ryan Plan, I can suggest one basic reason why it is trending downward: people are starting to learn more about it.

This is killing them. What were they thinking?

Added from Democracy Corps (D):

Disapproval of the Republicans in the House of Representatives has surged from 46 percent in February to 55 percent in April to a striking 59 percent now. Disapproval outnumbers approval two-to-one; intense disapproval by three-to-one. For the first time in more than a year, the Democrats are clearly even in the named Congressional ballot an 8-point swing from the election and Obama has made a marked gain in his job approval and vote against Mitt Romney with the President now leading by 4 points. This period captured the introduction of the Republican budget plan and vote by the House and voters do not like what they see.

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

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Oil-subsidized Senators just returning the favor



A lot of Senators are in the pockets of big oil

There should be no doubts once you see the chart below…If anybody dares to challenge whether Republicans are in the pockets of the oil companies, all you have to do is look up the name of the Senator…if they vote in favor they will show in red and if against it shows in blue…is it a coincidence that those who got the most money from big oil were the ones voting in favor?

Appearing in the Daily Kos is this interesting article from Meteor Blades on Thu May 19, 2011:

“When Republican Senators (with two exceptions) decided on a procedural motion Tuesday not to take up a bill that would have removed $2 a billion a year in tax "incentives" for the world's five largest private oil companies, they had one good reason in their pockets. Over the past two decades, since 1989, they have collectively accepted just under $21 million in campaign contributions from oil and gas companies, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Democrats (with three exceptions), plus the Senate's two independents, voted that there should be a debate about the incentives—a collection of tax breaks that amounts to subsidies of the five oil giants, which in the first quarter of this year made $36 billion in profit. Collectively, the Democrats and independents who voted for a debate have accepted just under $5 million in campaign contributions from oil and gas companies.

Six Republican Senators alone took in twice as much in career oil-company contributions as those 48 Democrats and two independents who voted "Aye" in the Senate. They are: John McCain of Arizona ($2,718,774); Kay Bailey Hutchison ($2,141,025) and John Cornyn ($1,734,950), both of Texas; James "Climate Change Is a Hoax" Inhofe of Oklahoma ($1,256,023), David Vitter of Louisiana ($943,885), and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky ($914,811).

The Democrat who has received the most career campaign contributions is Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. At $841,388, she ranks No. 7 of Senate incumbents in the oil-contribution sweepstakes. She was one of the three Democrats who joined Republicans in shooting down the motion to have a debate on S. 940, the bill designed to reduce subsidies for the Big Five. The others were Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who ranks No. 27 at $254,955, and Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, who has only been in office for two years, and ranks No. 52 at $140,605.

The two Republicans who thought it would be a good idea to actually have a debate on the subsidies are Sen. Susan Collins, ranking No. 48 in career oil-company contributions at $173,293, and Olympia Snowe, ranking No. 53 at $133,754.”

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

Friday, May 27, 2011

WHAT ED SCHULTZ SAID

IS NOT HALF AS BAD AS WHAT THE TEAHADIST REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR ALL OF HIS PRECIDENCY

If you turn the tortilla around, had it been a right-wing pundit the celebration and the support he/she would have gotten would have been astronomical. In this case as in all cases when liberal-progressives say something off-key, the Republicans get away with impunity while the Democrats get hell for it.

Of course, it is not surprising since Ed Shultz is a thorn on the side of Republicans for telling it like it is and you figure that General Electric who owns part of the network that hosts the show has gotten some very bad press lately for not paying their fair share of taxes.

If you missed his on-air rant, here’s what he said:

“President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, but you know what [Republicans are] talking about, like this right-wing slut, what’s her name? Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she’s a talk slut. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama’s doing it, they’re working him over.”

I hate vitriol from either side and Ed Shultz was out of line on this one. However, one could say that “slut” here does not have sexual connotations as it is a fact that Laura Ingraham has been prostituting her principles to the higher bidder for years; sadly, she knows better and is in complete complicity with the very rich and big business special interests realizing that she is hurting the country by doing it.

In this case, what is good for the goose is not good for the gander.

SOURCE: http://www.eurweb.com/?p=108244



THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF THE GOP


Alan Grayson explains the Republican’s idea of Medicare…he was right you know…they are now trying to end it.

They no longer hide their agenda…it is out in the open now.

It is ironic that the Republicans won the votes of many seniors because they promised them that they would “SAVE” Medicare. It is appalling that their battle cry during the 2009 Town Hall Meetings disruptions they would shout out “DEATH PANELS” and it is “ALL ABOUT JOBS”.

Fast forward to the present and we can clearly see what all of that meant: zilch, nothing, nada; as a matter of fact, the Republicans are doing just the opposite of what they ran on in the last elections. Jobs? They haven’t created any and perhaps prevented the creation of hundreds of thousands by adopting an adversarial stance against any attempts at recovery and improving the economy…the party of NO, “so be it” and “Government is too big” has now shown its true colors.

Let us not mince words here, the Republicans campaigned in 2010 on jobs, deficits and health care and won big time…people were misled, they believed the Republicans and now they have buyer’s remorse because it was all an act, a scheme to get elected and now that they have the majority of Congress and a few governorships Republicans have embraced a very different agenda, they are really singing a different tune and one that is painfully off key; one that could easily be called the FUCK You Agenda Song. If you are wealthy or a large corporation, nothing but sweet music to your ears; as for the rest of us? Only a somber atonic "FUCK YOU."

The Republicans are no longer even trying to discreetly hide their radical agenda. The Republicans shamelessly are going after anyone who is not productive, anyone who is dead wood or a burden on society. Why shouldn’t they? After all, Republicans are the surrogates of the very wealthy and the powerful corporations; in that world, seniors, and all those not able to work are considered superfluous, a burden on the society and have to be done away with…that is what real DEATH PANELS are like.

Conversely, health care is also a target because sick people should die quickly and the health insurance companies can’t be deprived of their profits…their ill gotten profits by making money out of people’s misery. These true parasites of society have done a very good job of public relations and while all the other industrialized nations with a grain of compassion and social conscience provides UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE to all its citizens; we here in America think that health insurance is a business and government exists to make sure they continue to make a profit.

Alan Grayson explains why the GOP loves the Ryan plan to kill Medicare

By Jules Siegel

They have made us igno­rant and they have made us poor. And now the next thing they want to do is to take away our Medicare and our Social Secu­rity. He said that in 2005, and it’s taken six year to make it obvi­ous that that’s true. And God bless them, these Repub­li­cans like Ryan, you know, they may be cruel, they may be heart­less, but at least they’re hon­est. They’ve told us exactly what they want to do with the power that they have accu­mu­lated. They want to take away Social Secu­rity and Medicare from our senior citizens.”

what these own­ers want is noth­ing from the rest of us except for cheap labor. And that makes the senior cit­i­zens par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble to their plans, because the senior cit­i­zens don’t work. So from the per­spec­tive of the own­ers of this coun­try, they’re use­less. Their time in the econ­omy is over and there­fore they serve no pur­pose. But senior cit­i­zens still do vote and they voted in huge num­bers in the last elec­tion, because the Repub­li­cans lied to them, and they told them that the Democ­rats wanted to take away their Medicare. Now they see that the Democ­rats are the only ones pro­tect­ing their Medicare, and Repub­li­cans are out to destroy it. There’s a rea­son why we call Medicare “an enti­tle­ment.” It’s because you’re enti­tled to it. It’s not Medicare any more if you are not enti­tled to it any more. They want to take away the priv­i­lege of Medicare. They want to take away the right to Medicare, and replace it with a piece of paper they know will not be enough to cover the costs of care. And that’s how malev­o­lent they really are. So I will say to senior cit­i­zens of this coun­try: “Now you see the truth. You see their true col­ors. And the only thing you can do about it is turn out and vote for the only peo­ple in this coun­try who are actu­ally try­ing to pro­tect you and your inter­ests: the Demo­c­ra­tic Party.”

If you don’t get it by now, you never will…you are hopelessly in the ranks of the ignorant Fox News and Republican extremism. The Republicans have been on this power trip and systematically destroying the middle class since Reagan, their great mentor and quasi-god. It all reverts back to taking from the poor and giving to the rich…yes, that old, tired and failed philosophy: TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS.

SOURCE: http://moronia.us/front/2011/05/alan-grayson-explains-why-the-gop-loves-the-ryan-plan-to-kill-medicare/

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

AFTER THE NEW YORK DEFEAT, WHAT IS NEXT FOR THE GOP?

The Republican-Teahadists not only see the writing on the wall, they are frantically out to erase it

I am not one who often says “I told you so”, nor am I inclined to make prophesies but the writing on the wall is not just legible, it is well written, spelled checked and ready for consumption. If it was only this isolated case in a special election I would say that it was a fluke or that the Republicans lost because of a third party candidate spoiling the race and taking away votes from the mainstream Republican candidate. No, it is not just in that ultra-conservative; deep-blood-red district that only elects Republicans…the GOP has problems nationwide with some places more ominous than others like in Wisconsin.

It is clear that the Republican agenda is now devoid of any fronts or pretenses; they are spelling clearly what they want to do to Americans and how they want to screw Americans without Vaseline. It is a pervasive and scorch-earth efforts to end all safety nets, any government provided services and to pile on the debt trillions of dollars that would be just regaled to the very wealthy as well as subsidies to very profitable corporations.

I can tell you that the Republicans are now scrambling frantically to cram through some very radical legislation in those states where they have a Republican Governor and Republican dominated legislatures. It is almost a given as we can see what is happening in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin and others. The Republicans have a very brief window of opportunity to cram down our throats legislation that is odious, divisive, costly, racist, undemocratic and unneeded.

It is pathetic but I can tell you that the Republicans have all their ducks lined up in a row and the next one on the cross hairs is EDUCATION. They now know they can’t eliminate Social Security and Medicare but they can fuck up education at the state level in such a way that it will appear that public education is a failure, it has to be dealt with and it has to be privatized. It is in the interest of the Republican-Teahadists to de-fund education, increase class sizes, come down on teachers and reduce their salaries and worst of all they are intent in proving that this idea is SOCIALISM and we have to reject it. Clearly, the Plutocracy that is solidifying now doesn’t want an educated public, they want cheap labor and people who are willing to work out of desperation, doing the most odious jobs for practically no pay…Republican-Tehadists want to turn America into a third world, dirt-poor country.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

GOP IS THE PARTY OF PRIVILEGE

It is their God given privilege

The Republican Teahadists firmly believe that through a divine decree they are entitled to have privileges nobody else outside of their chosen group is allowed to have.

Lest’s see, they believe that voting is a privilege while the majority of Americans believe it is a right. This is why the Republicans are initiating all kinds of measures at the state level to disenfranchise voters; making it more difficult for people to vote if not impossible.

Donna Brazile: “Across America, Republican lawmakers have talked a big game about cutting budgets, but they also are seeking reductions to something much more fundamental: Americans' voting rights. From coast to coast, the GOP is engaged in what appears to be a coordinated, expensive effort to block voters from the polls.

The motivation is political — a cynical effort to restrict voting by traditionally Democratic-leaning Americans. In more than 30 states, GOP legislators are on the move, from a sweeping rewrite of Florida's election laws to new rules for photo identification in Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina and more than 20 other states.

As a result, 11% of Americans —21 million citizens of voting age who lack proper photo identification — could be turned away on Election Day. And these people tend to be most highly concentrated among people of color, the poor, the young and the old.”

When it comes to wealth, the Republicans also believe that this is their God given right to monopolize…no other person or group is entitled to share in that wealth.

Most Republicans believe that same sex marriage should not be given because they believe that marriage is a privilege while most Americans now believe that same sex marriage is a question of equal rights.

To the rich and the corporations for a regular Joe to hold a job is considered by them to be a privilege and to the rest of us we believe it is our right to be able to work and make a living wage; to organize and assure that our rights are not trampled upon by greed.

About the only privilege the Republicans are willing to gladly surrender to the lower class is that of serving in our military…and it begs the question: Why are they willing to give up the privilege to serve America? Simply because the rich do not want to send their offspring to war and have them killed. If there are any deaths to be derived from their concept of foreign policy bullying it should come from the peasants.

It is not surprising then that the Republican-Teahadists have systematically rejected and thrown under the bus Blacks, Latinos, Gays, Labor Union members, Pro-choice women, the unemployed, seniors, the sick and disabled and all those who value this experiment called DEMOCRACY.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

DANG – DENG STARTED THIS CRAP IN CHINA


Now China is going to own the world

It seems that not one day goes by that we are not reminded of our gargantuan debt to China. We know for a fact that millions of manufacturing jobs in the United States have gone to China because of Deng’s initiative to provide world-wide corporations with cheap labor; thus the cost of labor no longer is a factor for the wealthy corporations…it was a concerted effort by Deng; a backhanded sabotage, if you will, that Deng carried out by forming an alliance with the very capitalists that suppress and exploit workers…it had its effects and it has worked…to the point that the FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM is in peril because China has so many I.O.Us from Western nations.

“Deng and the leaders who followed him rightly judged that we would overlook any abuses for money. That we would not severe relationships no matter how radical their actions. That we would mouth platitudes about the connection between capitalism and democracy, long after we were fully aware that no such relationship existed.

And in punching a hole in the bottom of the western moneybag, he showed how China could scoop up the falling dollar and use it to purchase the world.”*

If you ask me, I think the Chinese are very clever; they not only can retain their central government, with the repressive and tyrannical characteristics but have chosen to do away with ideology in favor of pragmatism and common sense…It is working.

By exploiting the inherent trademark of capitalism – GREED – The Chinese have successfully coerced the free enterprise system to commit mass suicide. It is sad however, that there are among the supporters of the corporations and the wealthy those who are ignoring this trend and are working towards a decimation of the middle class and the devaluation of labor. Their lot is doomed because they may enjoy this temporary prosperity while and only as long as the Chinese don’t call in the debt. Then you are going to see all these super wealthy individuals and powerful corporations crumbling and being confiscated by surrogates of the Chinese.

I say: ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS ASSHOLES, BECAUSE JUST AS WE ARE BECOMING POORER SO WILL YOU , EVEN IF REPUBLICANS KEEP GIVING YOU TAX BREAKS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MAJORITY.

*Owners of the world, unite

By Mark Sumner

http://www.dailykos.com/

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Monday, May 23, 2011

GOOD BYE JEHOVAH’S WITNESS, SO LONG PROPHETS OF DOOM ASSHOLES



I bet there are a lot of disappointed religious fanatics out there today

As a child I always asked the question: “who made the world” and invariably someone would say: “God made the world” and I had to begrudgingly accept that answer; but as time went by and I started to think a little more…still a child but a precocious one, I did ask then after the answer was given: “And who made God?” This daring, blasphemous question should never come from a God fearing adult, let alone a child, I was told…but I didn’t stop there.

I would talk to my peers and on the same subject I would tell them that everything has a beginning and an end. So that if the world was created then it is in line to be “uncreated”. What I meant to say was that there are possibilities that this earth, this solar system, this universe will not be there for us some distant day…but that distant day, according to astronomers and scientists is so far off in the future that it pales in comparison to the atrocities and the indignities we are perpetrating upon our planet.

Today, as I did a few times in my lifetime…I laugh and I weep at the same time. I laugh because once again the stupidities of those self anointed prophets of doom were proven wrong. I weep because I see that the only thing that mankind has learned from history is that they haven’t learned a fucking thing from history.

I also snicker and laugh inside when I think of all those stupid fools who donated money to that asshole…who is sitting on a hefty $82 million dollar bank account….not so much different than those religions that come to my door every week trying to gain validation and to have me part with my hard earned dollars (what is left after the banks and Wall Street decimated my pension)…only they use the very cruel joke of: “if you believe that ours is the one and only, the true religion and you give us your dough, then you will gain entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Do you love Jesus? Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn…so whether I do or I don’t it is none of your business and while you are at it…go FUCK YOURSELF PROPHETS OF DOOM!

Illustrations courtesy of VOENIX RISING

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GOP FIRST WENT AFTER SOCIAL SECURITY, NOW IT IS MEDICARE

While the tax cuts for the rich are extended and subsidies to oil continue…is there no end to this shame?

It is the old game of taking from the poor to give to the rich...Republicans think there is nothing wrong with that...they will defend it to their graves. First Bush tried to gut Social Securityl now the current GOP-led House actually voted recently to gut Medicare. A long-overdue tax hike on the rich is off the table. Taxpayer subsidies for oil companies already awash in profits are sacrosanct. New abortion restrictions, killing Public Broadcasting and repealing the repeal of 'Don’t ask don’t tell' suddenly replace "Jobs Jobs Jobs" on their radar screen. The debt ceiling is a toy. Oh, and their Big Responsible GOP Spending Cut Bill increased spending by billions. Heckuva job!

And all their cuts will not just cause the national debt to rise but it will also cause millions of Americans to lose their employment...and Speaker Boehner says: "so be it". I would like to know what part of "TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS DOESN'T WORK, NEVER WILL" the Republicans don't understand.

SOURCE: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/oops-historic-spending-cut-bill-increased-spending-by-3-billion.php?ref=fpb