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“The Important Vote on Tuesday!”

All eyes should be on Tuesday’s vote: a turning point for America.

No, not the debt ceiling and spending cut vote that may or may not occur in Congress, but an even more important vote—the vote in Wisconsin.

The vote to win back democracy. To smack down the plutocratic oligarchy that invaded Wisconsin. To fight off the move to fascism.

Both votes are important in their impact on politics and economics; both microcosms of the agony and the struggles Americans are forced to endure.

One vote may mean the collapse of the world economy while the other could signal the reawakening of democracy—a return to ‘we the people’—in a state with a history of progressive democratic values.

How important are the recall elections in the Badger State?

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“War and Taxes”

This article was posted on The Huffington Post at noon on 7/28. Click on the link to read the article at HuffPost.

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The battle in Congress over taxes is — historically — unprecedented and UnAmerican.

We are in a time of War!

Our government sent our young men and women to foreign soil to die, or return home torn and injured—ravaged by the effects of the destruction and damage people can inflict on each other.

With most wars there is sacrifice and that sacrifice is shared by all countrymen and women. But these wars have narrowed the painful sacrifices to a very few families and groups.

Whether you were for the war or, like me, against it, the reality is—our troops are engaged in a life and death struggle; one that few Americans are invested in.

The burdens of war are costly in both lives and treasure. The current costs to taxpayers for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have exceeded $1.2 trillion and Professor’s Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes believe it will cost $3 trillion. Their estimates include the “Hidden Costs of the War.”

Have the wars been worth the tremendous sacrifices of some Americans?

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Quick Hit: “Wasting Time and Energy!”

House Republicans tried to shed light on an old issue.

The House of Representatives defeated the attempt to repeal some elements of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act related to the use of energy efficient light bulbs.

The Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, introduced by Representative Joe Barton, Texas 6, sought to reverse the government’s attempt to reduce the use of energy through adaptation of energy efficient compact florescent lamps. The bill had 35 co-sponsors including all seven Republican Representatives from Tennessee.

What do Republicans have against energy efficiency?

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“Recall the Wisconsin Six!”

Wisconsin’s recall election has become a national event!

Wisconsinites are angry over new Governor Scott Walker’s deception and are not only voicing their opinion outside the Capitol in Madison, but taking their grievances to the ballot boxes.

Democrats in the Badger State successfully petitioned the recall of six Republican Senators who will be challenged for their Senate seats next month in a special election. The Democrats easily collected more signatures than were required for the Government Accountability Board to certify the results.

Not to be outdone, Republicans, with the help of out-of-state signature gathering agencies and buying signatures, managed to get three Democrats on the ballot.

Why are the Wisconsin people doing this?

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“Wisconsin: the Battleground For the Middle-Class?”

Not since the late 1920’s has a struggle been so important!

We’re all union members now!

This fight is not just a fight for the unions but for the middle-class—for the dignity of every hard-working, red-blooded, man, woman, and child in America.

Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin’s Republican Legislature has taken on a battle that pits all Americans against the right-wing ideology. An ideology of suppression and oppression. An ideology that moves more toward fascism and further from democracy every day.

The GOP has been headed down this dark oppressive path for a long time but Wisconsin has brought their ideology to the surface and to the attention of all Americans.

Fascism in America? In Wisconsin?

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“Oil: Mucking Up the Recovery”

Posted on The Huffington Post on Monday, February 21. You can read it on HuffPost by clicking on the link to the article.

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Our dependence on oil leaves us vulnerable to the disruptions in the middle-east!

As Egypt erupted in demonstrations against oppression, unemployment, and wealth disparity, virtually shutting down their economy, oil prices began to rise—speculation that the middle-east could explode into chaos disrupting the flow of oil.

NYMEX passed $90 a barrel and Brent Crude crossed the $100 mark.

As the turmoil grew all eyes were on the Suez Canal, concerned about what closure would do to the transport and cost of oil. The long trips around the Cape of No Hope would be costly moving the price of oil and gasoline to untenable heights.

Speculators were poised to take advantage of the chaos hoping to line their greedy pockets with green.

Where should the price of a barrel of oil and a gallon of gas be?

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“Our Social Net Is ‘Not’ An Entitlement!”

Franklin D. Roosevelt was visionary in the establishment of Social Security.

Roosevelt was determined that the devastation and poverty he witnessed during The Great Depression would never befall hard-working Americans again. The Social Security Act was enacted to allow aging Americans to retire comfortably and with dignity. As he stated in his proposal to Congress in January of 1935, “It is a sound idea–a sound ideal.”

The program has worked well since its ratification in 1935 when a small amount of a worker’s pay was held out of each paycheck and saved for the individual until they retired from the workforce.

Social Security is ‘not’ an entitlement—it’s our money, our savings, that ‘we the people’ allow the government to protect for our future.

Defined broadly one could argue that Social Security is an entitlement—under both definitions of the word. But the usage by the Republicans has made the word dirty, its association with Social Security obscene. Listening to Ryan, Cantor, and Boehner’s negative references is offensive.

The people’ need to take back the argument from those that try to distort it.

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“America’s Challenges: Stealing From the Poor!”

This new article is the third in the series of articles in The Challenge Series here on The Cutting Edge. It  has just been posted on The Huffington Post for your viewing and comments.

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Redistribution of wealth during the 1920’s was devastating for America in the 30’s

In the Golden Age a small portion of American businessmen controlled a great portion of America’s wealth.

That disproportionate balance of ownership led to high unemployment, tremendous loss of personal property, farms, and businesses, and long humiliating soup and bread lines—the Great Depression.

Described in the first paragraph of “Our Electorate: America’s Greatest Challenge!” the current redistribution of wealth is one of the eight critical challenges this country now faces.

That same imbalance that destroyed the U.S. economy in the 30’s exists today.

If we allow the wealthy to usurp hard-working Americans’ buying power, the country will continue to slide deeper into poverty. A declining middle-class will push us back into recession.

There was great news, however, just two weeks ago. The recession has ended—in June of 2009!

The National Bureau of Economic Research reported that the deepest recession in 80 years ended after just 18 difficult months for millions of Americans. Everything has gotten better.

Better for whom?

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“Without Shame: Destroying the American Dream!”

This article was posted on The Huffington Post yesterday and may be seen by clicking on the link to the article.

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Hard-working Americans struggle as one party shamelessly destroys America’s hope!

The middle-class is dead!  Their buying power eroding despite the band-aids applied over the last 30 years to stanch the hemorrhaging economy.

As a result, the economy continues down a dark path.

Shamelessly Republicans block or dilute every program that would help 98% of the American people.

Attempts by the Democrats to help ‘all‘ Americans are incessantly attacked by the right-wing in lock-step unity displaying complete disdain for our citizens and our country.

Republicans have diluted healthcare, weakened financial reform, hold the unemployed hostage, delay assistance for small businesses, block job creating moves to renewable energy, support big salaries and huge bonuses for the wealthy, and prevent the proper levels of taxation that will help decrease the budget deficit.

Republican policies and ideas got us into this mess and they want to return to power determined to completely kill this country.

It’s easy to see how they’ve destroyed the American Dream and why we will slip back into recession and possibly further—into a depression.

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“A Supreme Blow to Democracy!”

Last Thursday, five men in black robes set democracy back over 100 years; they signed the death certificate on the 235 year old dream of our forefathers.

They might as well have been wielding axes, swords, and flails for what they have done with a pen to this once great country.

With one stroke of the pen, 5 simple, mortal men have denigrated the 1st amendment. They have stomped all over the graves of far more brilliant men than they. They have sold the American people to the military-industrial complex that former President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, warned us about as he left office.

Five men in black robes: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice’s Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito, destroyed democracy. For that they should be punished.

With one stroke of the pen they destroyed the heart of democracy, the ability ‘of the people’ to elect their own representatives without interference and manipulation of corporations, and the unregulated proliferation of corporate money.

Over one hundred years ago, in 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt called on Congress to forbid corporations, railroads and national banks from using their money to influence federal elections. His reasons were as patriotic and altruistic—as was his understanding of the potential consequences—as it was visionary. After World War II Congress extended the ban to labor unions.

So what does the Supreme Court decision mean?

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