Archive for January, 2012

“America Newtered”

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America has come to an important crossroads.

One party has lost their way and has no clue how to get out of the nightmare they’re in or which path will take them out of it.

What’s at stake is control the most powerful nation in the world.

Years of hypocrisy, subcutaneous prejudice, and a narrow vision of democracy, has caught up with, and left, the Republican Party questioning their direction, positions, and values.

They’ve become the party of derision — a level of animus never this openly displayed by the Republican Party.

So what direction will the GOP take?

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“Bank Foreclosures Take A Holiday!”

Until Friday there had been no foreclosures in over a month.

On Friday the FDIC closed three banks, the first to be closed in 2012.

Notably, the three banks seized on Friday included number 75 in Georgia and number 54 in Florida. The First State Bank in Georgia cost the Deposit Insurance Fund $216 million. The cost of the other two were of little significance comparatively.

The year ended with the loss of 92 banks, less than each of the previous two years. Since the crisis began in January, 2008, 417 banks have fallen including the three new ones on Friday.

But the question is, as we start a new year of foreclosures, how many banks can Georgia and Florida lose before it becomes an extreme crisis in each state? How much money should be poured into these failed banking systems from the Fund, and eventually taxpayers, before the bleeding is stopped.

Another question is where would we be if there were no FDIC; a government created safety net established by the Glass Steagall Act in 1933? The legislation separated the banks into two types — commercial banks (safe depositories) and investment banks (risk elevated) which protected the banking system and responsible Americans for more than 68 years.

The third question — why haven’t any of these shady bank executives gone to prison?

These are questions the American people should be asking.

Maybe the time has come to Occupy the FDIC?

I’m just saying.

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“The Supreme Joy of Citizens United”

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The Citizens United decision was an egregious blow to democracy.

Republicans applauded the Supreme Court ruling in January, 2010 seeing an opportunity to spend millions of dollars to destroy the liberal message and Democratic candidates without repercussions and incarceration.

They are now feeling the unintended consequences of the wrongful interpretation of law forced on the American people by 5 men in black robes. A partisan attempt to manipulate elections; a dishonorable maneuver that set election law back 100 years.

But, their attempt to influence elections, to legislate from the bench, has backfired!

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“Governor Walker’s Day Has Come”

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The State of Wisconsin is recalling it’s acerbic Governor.

Only two Governor’s have been recalled in our long history. It looks like the Wisconsin Governor will make history by becoming the third.

More than 1,000,000 signatures — weighing more than 3,000 pounds — were gathered by citizens of the Badger State and turned into the Government Accountability Board in the 60 days they were allowed to gather signatures. Once the GAB has certified the signatures, which could take up to 61 days, the election will be set and the people will have a say in the status of their present governor.

The recall of the controversial governor is another important step in reclaiming democracy. It will set the stage for recanting the electoral mistake they made one short year ago.

But, will the recall supporters prevail?

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The Republican Sanatorium!

The longer they campaign, the crazier things get.

Watching the Republicans battle for the top spot in the nation is, not only comical, but agonizing.

A different leader emerges each week only to be cut down by scrutiny the next.

It was Santorum’s week for a sudden surge, in time to garner a piece of the GOP crown in Iowa. Santorum’s message resonated with Evangelical voters in the Hawkeye state and a tie with Mitt Romney was a victory for Santorum.

But, will New Hampshire voters embrace him?

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“When Right Is Wrong”

The American way of life has changed dramatically, the result of three decades going in the wrong direction.

Economically we’re setting records; contradictory indicators of wealth and poverty, production and unemployment, and corporate growth offset by small business decline.

The economic picture is vividly uncertain and Congress added to the unpredictability with their obfuscation of the payroll tax — finally passed under pressure.

When, then, can we expect recovery?

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