Archive for the ‘Economy’ Category

“Job Killers”

Job Killers was posted on The Huffington Post on 10/21. To view it at HuffPost click on the link.

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Unemployment is still high — five people compete for every job!

This country needs jobs — badly — if we are to come out of this devastating recessionary event.

The ‘Great Recession’ has been unprecedented, destroying lives and families. It has been especially destructive on hard-working people; the middle class.

Restoring jobs is the most important issue to reinforce an economic recovery. Housing is also a drag on the recovery, but jobs will help housing begin to rebound.

When the Tea Party swept the Republicans into the majority in the House of Representatives and handed the gavel to Congressman John Boehner, he promised job creation would be one of the new House Majority’s priorities.

Has it been?

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“Defining Occupy Wall Street”

The right-wing attempts to define the Occupy Wall Street movement!

Maybe the Occupy movement — rapidly spreading to a city near you — defies explanation. But the one thing that can be said, unequivocally, is that it grows daily fueled by the growing frustration at the decline of this great nation and the number of egregious issues that must be addressed.

It is an unrest and dissatisfaction of a Congress that is not listening to the many while supporting the few; a Congress that has been deaf to the voice of justice and fairness.

They are the cadre of hard-working Americans disenfranchised by the system and declaring the causes, individually and collectively, which impel them to express their grievances. And, like the Opressions listed by our 56 signators of the Declaration of Independence, those grievances and usurpations are listed below for all to see and understand, conceding that these will not be the sum of their grievances.

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“Congressman Issa Goes Postal!”

This article has been posted on The Huffington Post. To read it on Huff Post click the link here.

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The California Congressman tries to stop your mail!

We’re again being deceived by evil right-wing zealots — this time they’re lying about your postal service.

The insufferable Congressman from California’s 49th District is at it again trying to destroy one of our most efficient government agencies, a Constitutionally established entity (Article. I., Section, 8.) — The United States Postal Service.

The Founding Fathers understood the necessity of the fluid national distribution of mail, and it’s importance to democracy, over 235 years ago. Republican’s, polished at the art of deceiving the American People, are telling everyone that will listen that the Post Office is going bankrupt.

The Post Office bankrupt? How does that happen?

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“Overcoming the Stigma of Bankruptcy!”

Millions of hard-working Americans are filing bankruptcy every year.

In 2010 more than a million and a half individuals and families filed for bankruptcy — exceeded only in 2003 and 2005.

It’s predicted that bankruptcies could decrease in 2011 after returning to the pre-2005 levels the past two years. But, if the economy slows bankruptcies will climb. More than 3.7 million Americans have filed for bankruptcy in the last five years.

With so many Americans in financial trouble bankruptcy no longer carries the stigma it once did. The need to file bankruptcy has touched not only the poor, but a wide spectrum of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet.

When will the financial struggle for hard-working American’s end?

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“Financial Ruin: A Republican Legacy!”

The right continues to push U.S. into a deep financial abyss!

Holding Republicans responsible for the damage they’ve caused over the past three decades should be our first priority. And the damage is unprecedented.

The mid-term elections and the rise of the Tea Party has again changed the political landscape so it is even more imperative that the American people start paying attention to the reasons we’re in this incredible mess and why we’re sliding back into recession.

In the second article in the Republican Crises Series, “Financial Crisis: Made in America by Republicans,” eleven different events that have caused pain and suffering for the American people are listed.

Have Republican policies ruined America?

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“SuperCommittee? Or SuperFluous?”

Congressional leaders selected 12 members to the new Super Committee!

A committee of eleven men and one woman have been chosen to fix the deficit; a deficit that was set in motion 30 years ago.

They begin work this week, charged with the daunting task — given the current partisanship in Congress — of reversing the spiraling deficit. They already have many obstacles to overcome.

Others have introduced proposals to rein in congressional spending, but each has been rejected for varying reasons.

Can this group find success when others have failed?

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“Key Elements to Lowering the Deficit”

This article was posted on The Huffington Post 9/6/11. To read it on HuffPo click on the link.

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Nearly everyone agrees — the deficit is a problem and must be fixed.

Fixing this recessionary deficit will take time. Lots of time… and sacrifice. Lots of sacrifice!

There is no agreement in Congress on how deficit reduction can be fairly accomplished but, honest discourse is an absolute necessity. A few reasonable adjustments could put deficit reduction on a positive path in the short-term. There is much more involved in developing a long-term solution, but it’s also easily achievable.

Short-term, seven key elements must be considered including raising taxes and closing loopholes to increase revenues. Anyone who tells you we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem, and refuses to raise taxes is either ignoring the truth or stupid.

What will it take to restore fiscal responsibility?

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Why Isn’t the Economy Recovering?”

Article was posted on The Huffington Post on 8/11/11. Click on link to read it on HuffPost.

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For most Americans it has been a slow and painful recovery from this recession.

Analysts, politicians, and pundits continually offer excuses for the slowness of this recovery; and there are a multitude of excuses.

Most prominent among them is ‘the government,’ and the catch phrase being pushed, ‘uncertainty.’ It’s constantly stated, “businesses are reluctant to hire or grow, because of the uncertainty of government policies.”

They’ve blamed low income home buyers for the housing crisis; buying more home than they could realistic afford. They call them liar’s loans. But they hold corrupt mortgage lenders, Wall Street charlatans, and rating agencies, harmless.

Are there any other reasons the American economy is struggling?

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Quick Hit: “Let It Flail”

The Tea Party is adamant against voting for an increase in the debt ceiling.

Their belief—that the debt limit is a sham, a prevarication, a filament of Timothy Geithner’s imagination, and, therefore, arbitrary—is putting the nation’s economy at risk.

And that risk could extend beyond our shores to the world economy.

Compromise is not in the Tea Party’s vocabulary which limits their ability to govern. They’re willing to let the U.S. default on our debt obligations to push their single-minded mission—cut spending!

What if they’re right?

Will the economy suffer if we don’t raise the limit? Will the Treasury be unable to pay our bills? Will there be pain from an inability to pay debts that have already been incurred?

Do we really have a spending problem and not a revenue problem?

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“Debt, Deficit, and Deceit”

New article has been posted on The Huffington Post, on 7/19/11. Click on link to read article on Huff Post.

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Holding the debt ceiling hostage is a huge political mistake.

The debt limit and budget deficit are separate issues and should be dealt with separately.

This debt limit is the ghost of Congresses past. The budget and reducing the deficit is the ghost of Congresses future. But, reality is firmly entrenched in the present.

Reasonable legislators understand the immediacy of raising the debt ceiling and the potential ramifications of failing to do so.

It has been raised without question 10 times since 2000, eight times under George Bush. Though there is no clear history from a previous default, economic and business leaders around the world are warning of catastrophic implications in failing to do so.

If this is even remotely possible, why are Republicans holding the debt ceiling hostage?

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