Monday, October 25, 2010

New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy (VIDEO)

Birdman372537 is absolutely right in everything he said about changing our taxes. To restate he said "Tax capital gains as ordinary income

Tax yearly incomes over 250K progressively up to 90% over 2M;

Tax yearly church receipts in excess of 1M;

Eliminate the ceiling on SS earnings;

Progressively eliminate SS benefits for those earning over 100K yearly in other income;

Tax stock transactions over 1M in yearly aggregate;

Increase the estate tax on estates valued over 5M;

Tax luxury purchases on homes over 5M, cars over 50K, boats over 100K;

Eliminate the mortgage tax deduction on home mortgage debt over $250K

Double corporate income taxes and eliminate their offshoring tax and job loopholes;

Bring back a windfall profits tax up to 90%;

Legalize and tax illegal drugs;

Increase medicare/medicaid fraud detection budgets five-fold;

Decriminalize, regulate and tax most victimless crimes;

Eliminate farm and oil subsidies;

Increase pilotless drones in the AfPak and Iraq war zones by 20 fold;

Bring the rest of the troops home;

Subsidize university educations for worthy students;

Expand drug treatment availability;

Give medical and dental coverage to all those who need it;

Focus law enforcement and incarceration on violent crime."
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New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy (VIDEO)

Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) broke with their party to vote to continue the filibuster, as did the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus (D-Mont.). These men, long with the entire Ripublican Party, have become enemies of the American People. Their only goal is to increase the wealth at the top.

This report by David Johnson, using IRS data just shows how wrong our tax policies are for both corporations and wealthy Americans. The US Chamber of Commerce is nothing more than a propaganda arm of big business. The Supreme Court has made it possible for all of our elections to be corrupted by money from large corporations. I do not want to hear anything about unions, as they do not have anywhere near the funding that corporations have to buy off politicians.
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fixed Income & Credit Card Debt: Why Retirees Are Declaring Bankruptcy

When we forget the past, the wisdom and the failures, we leave ourselves open to our own destruction. HHH's words say much about our society. We sacrifice the children by cutting education to save money, we have destroyed and threat to eliminate Social Security to completely leave the elderly out in the cold, and we allow others to make a profit off of those that are ill.

The true function of government is to protect society against those that have more funding and power that can ruin us individually. Society collectively organizes governments for that, specifically "against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

It is time that we put the Ripublicans on notice that their view of America's middle class and senior class as bottomless bank vaults that they can continually tap for their corporate sponsors is over. All members of the Democratic Party must hammer this in all election speeches and literature.
About Financial Crisis
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Why I Got Fired From Teaching American History

History is always written by the victors. They usually downplay or remove the bad and highlight the good, or what they wish people to perceive actually happened. Very few Americans understand that the wealthy, like Washington, were involved in the revolution because the British put a halt to surveying and selling land west of the Allegheny mountains. Washington among others had many tenet farmers on Indian land almost to present day Cincinnati. This would have reduced his income. John Hancock was a rum runner who tried to avoid paying tax.

We do not learn the what life was actually like in the colonies, nor do we learn what life was like and why people made the decisions they made at that point in history. History is taught in terms of places, dates and names, but little is taught about the socioeconomic conditions that influenced people. News papers at the time of the Revolution were more like biased blogs today. They were used to incite the population against the British.

I am not against the outcome of the Revolution, but we should be taught the whole story. Rarely do we hear about the anti-war riots in New York and elsewhere in the North during the Civil War, and we down play the "internment" of the Japanese during WWII. We avoid the term concentration camps, just as we avoid mention of the camps in Texas that housed American Nazis.

To paraphrase Jack Nicholas , the establishment can't handle the truth.
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Tony Hopfinger, Reporter Detained By Joe Miller's Security Guards, Speaks Out About Ordeal (VIDEO)

When the NSDAP started its rise to power in the 1920s, they used thugs that became the Sturm Abteilung (SA). Anyone that tried to question their leaders were beat to a pulp. This seems to be the same technique that is being used by the right here. Blame the press, repress the press, do whatever is necessary to avoid not only answering questions, but not having the questions asked in the first place.
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Tides Foundation CEO To Fox News Advertisers: Drop Glenn Beck Or Have Blood On Your Hands

It is amazing how much of N@zi philosophy is wrapped into FOX, Beck and the TP.

“Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street.” Joseph Goebbels

“Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.” John Stuart Mills

"It also gives us a very special, secret pleasure to see how unaware the people around us are of what is really happening to them. "

Adolf Hitler"

The great liberal John Stuart Mill was correct when he said not all stupid people are conservatives, but most conservatives are stupid people. I would add that many who call themselves conservatives are reactionary and ruled by their hate and fears. - Mike Hersh

The people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. All you have to do is tell them that they are in danger of being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. Hermann Goering
About Glenn Beck
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Arianna Slams Wall Street On CNN's 'Parker Spitzer': They're Not Making Things, They're Making Things Up (VIDEO)

Ripbulicans and there supporters keep saying that we have to lower taxes for the wealthy because they are the job creators. Yet in the same breath they will say that small business creates the jobs. Well the wealthy and Wall St. do not own small businesses. So who creates the jobs? Since everyone agrees (both Dems and Ripublicans) that small business creates the jobs, then I would say that is who actually creates them. So tax policy should support SMALL business, not Wall St, the rich or large corporations. If more money ends up in the hands of the people, more money ends up in the hands of small business, the economy will grow by leaps and bounds. But if the money ends up with the rich, Wall St. and corporations more concerned with stock prices and CEO bonuses, the economy will continue to struggle and bubbles and crashes will be the norm.
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Sarah Palin: Democrats Are 'Residents Of Some Unicorn Ranch'

Who does Palin think will fix the economy, the same people that ruined it? The Ripublicans have more to damage America's economy then anything the Democrats have done. As a matter of fact, until the Dems decided that they needed corporate money, they were more concerned with the well being of the people. If you ensure that they people are safe and protected from predatory corporations, the economy will remain strong. When you allow corporations to increase profits for the sake of profits, rather than encouraging them to re-invest in the future, jobs will go to the lowest provider of cheap labor at the expense of quality products.

Palin and her ilk will only further destroy this country by lowering corporate taxes, increase tax breaks for the rich and expecting the shrinking middle class to foot the bill.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Backdoor Draft Winding Down -- For Now

I am a veteran, and it is my firm belief that if politicians decide to send the military into combat, the draft must start within 90 days and that no one can be excluded for any reason. You have a handicap, you get to work a desk job; your in school, finish the semester then off you go; your rich or son/daughter of a politician, go to the front of the line. If everyone had to serve when the military is sent, then the conflict would actually be important. Soldiers and sailors should never be forced to extend their service obligation when there is a mechanism to replace them. We volunteered to serve, not to be sentenced because we made that decision.

Stop-loss should be illegal. The rest of you should either volunteer or go to Washington to protest wars. I am not advocating for the wars, Bush did lie to get us involved in Iraq and did not prosecute the conflict in Afghanistan as he told us he would. I am advocation for a change in the system. If politicians knew that the draft would start automatically 90 days after a conflict starts, they would have to think twice about what that would mean for their political future, which could only benefit the country by saving lives and money, and causing politicians to find ways to solve problems though other means.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Honeywell Takes The Lead In Political Giving

Election financing is complete cr@p. If there is a limit on how much person can donate in a year, and corporations are "people", then that amount should apply to them as well. I am not in favor of increasing the amount that people can donate, I want the candidates to actually have to talk to real people, and have to explain themselves without the sound bites of TV.

The system will never change unless the financing is changed.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Colbert Knocks GOP Repudiation Of Rich Iott's Nazi Uniform (VIDEO)

Although I do not care for anyone Ripublican or TP candidate, if the uniform were for a re-enactment, no on would be complaining if it had been a confederate uniform. Colberts comments went over the heads of 90% of the population, the uniform is not important, its the other stuff that the Ripublicans have not repudiated that is important.
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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Poll: More Republicans Support Strip Club Over Mosque Near Ground Zero

Not really a headline article. Ripublicans have once again been allowed to frame the message with little push back from Dems. We argue over crap. The towers should have been rebuilt as they were as quickly as they could be put back. The entire lobby level of both towers could have been made into memorials. The area around the towers are not sacred ground, just the tower site. Maybe we should just level everything within a five square block radius, no pizza, no waxing, no shoes, no banks, clothes shops, nothing to draw anyone back to the memorial site. Maybe we could just level the whole area and just put up headstones. Ripublicans would hate that more because it would be anti-business. Hypocrites!
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States Lay Off 58,000 Teachers In September Despite $26 Billion Aid Package

By paying teachers more money, we get better students to go into teaching instead of going into accounting, chemistry or any other subject that will pay better to start. When we put so little into a profession and expect so much we will always get a poor result. We would get the same poor quality products from computers and software, or engineering projects for example if we paid those professions so little with so little support that they had to send their own money to keep their work area supplied.

Maybe you need to spend some time with a teacher to see how hard the job is. You don't become a teacher to become rich, you become a teacher because you feel you have something to give back to society.
About Unemployment
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States Lay Off 58,000 Teachers In September Despite $26 Billion Aid Package

Why do we lay off teachers? This is so bassackwards. Ripublicans complain about the quality of schools, yet teachers are near the bottom of the pay scale. When starting salaries are in the low $20K why would people want to take that profession when they could make just as much in retail management to start? Why do we allow athletes to make millions for so little benefit to society?

The future of the nation depends on quality schools. This cannot happen by making them for profit institutions like charter schools. We need to invest in schools, teachers and their education in order to improve the system. Laying off teachers only make education worse for students, saving money today that will cost us much more in the future.
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Friday, October 08, 2010

Unemployment Rate Steady In September, Economy Sheds 95,000 Jobs

I am going to say this until I am blue in the face. Bring jobs back to the US. It can be done by making the importing company responsible for guaranteeing the safety and quality of the products they import as wells as a carbon tax. Making importers responsible, both financially and criminally liable for these products will decrease the amount that they import. companies would have to prove that the products meet US standards. There is not need for an importation tax, there is no need to create a trade war. Will this cause prices to rise, probably, but it will also increase jobs in the US as it will be more cost effective to buy products from American producers then chance being responsible for the contaminated products coming in from China.

We also have to change the tax laws that make it profitable for corporations to offshore jobs, and to avoid taxes by moving their corporate headquarters to a PO Box in the Caymans. Ripublicans take about personal responsibility, but they never talk about corporate responsibility. Since the Supreme Court seems to think that corporations are citizens, then they should have to face "jail" time when convicted of violating a law. Since corporations cannot go to jail, they should have to stop operations for that jail time and their corporate officers spend time in jail.
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Sharron Angle: Muslim Law Taking Hold In Parts Of U.S.

Obviously these people, Tea Party supporters, are being lied to by those people that are trying to gain their votes. This is another example of telling lies, telling them enough times, so that they become facts in the minds of people. Sharon Angle provided no evidence that her statements were true and her campaign has chosen to not explain her comments.

Those people that are supporters of the "Tea Party" have legitimate fears and concerns. However, they are being misled by the Ripublicans and the corporate/lobbyist money backers of the Tea Party. They are being presented with bigotry, hate, and scare tactics that will only create more divisions within the country.

Unfortunately, Democrats have shown no capacity to counter these false statements and attacks by the right. Democrats have proven themselves to be spineless for the most part. They have allowed the Right to frame the issues and then they are left to counter them. Rather than taking the lead and framing the issues themselves, they have been out maneuvered again.
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