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“A Path to Poverty!”

Paul Ryan’s budget plan will put America on a fast path to poverty.

Poverty in America is rising! And it’s getting uglier.

The country is dying: infrastructure decaying, housing decimated, politics corrupt, media biased, the rich greedy and dispassionate, wars suffocating—and that’s on a good day.

Though an eternal optimist it becomes increasingly difficult to find many positives in the current environment.

Especially when we learn that by the end of 2009, 43.6 million people were living in poverty which raises the level to 14.3% of our population. That number surely increased in 2010 while Jaime Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein, and their colleague’s pay increased by several millions.

How many houses do they need? How many cars?

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“Slip Sliding Away!”

Republicans are eating away at everything that is great about democracy!

Paul Ryan introduced his Republican version of a budget, and like his Road Map for America’s Future, it’s aim is to privatize everything and destroy America.

The budget and deficit are in desperate need of adjustment and rebalancing, but Ryan’s plan fails in its exclusion of many equally important issues that need to be part of the discussion. This would include an honest evaluation and truthful discussion of taxes and past budget deficits.

As is typical of all Republican fiscal legislation, Ryan’s plan has the greatest impact on the most needy and transfers taxpayer money to corporations and wealthy Americans.

Can we really go down this destructive path?

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“Wisconsinites Strike the First Blow!”

This article was posted on The Huffington Post. Click on the link to read it on HuffPost.

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The Supreme Court election in Wisconsin was the first battle in a protracted fight for democracy!

Wisconsin voters, angered by recent political developments in Wisconsin, turned out at the polls in huge numbers to vote for the Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates, David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg. Wisconsin has become the battleground for the middle-class.

What appeared to be an easy reelection for incumbent Supreme Court Justice, David Prosser, ended up being a dead heat with newcomer, Assistant District Attorney, JoAnne Kloppenburg, the apparent winner by 204 votes. Kloppenburg recovered from a 30% deficit in the non-partisan election just two months ago. Nearly one-and-a-half-million voters cast their ballots on Wednesday.

This was a clear referendum against the anti-union stance taken by Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans. Other state’s Republican Governors, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Florida, and New Jersey, have pushed a similar agenda in an effort to eliminate collective bargaining rights of public unions in their states and are facing the same resistance.

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“Forgotten Promises”

All Politicians make empty promises on the campaign trail.

By this time in the 2008 election, potential candidates on both sides were cranking up their campaigns, working on slogans, talking points, hot button and third-rail issues.

They all work with teams—advisors, consultants, strategists—developing policies and formulating a variety of promises hoping to be elected or reelected.

The 2012 election cycle will be slightly shorter, but will cost in excess of a billion dollars and will be rife with promises; many that will never be kept.

They’ll promise change. They’ll promise fixes, both political and economic. They’ll promise transparency and honesty. And, they’ll promise prosperity—a chicken in every pot, a job for every American.

How many political promises are real and how many are outright lies?

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“The Psychology of $4.00 a Gallon”

Oil companies are playing games with our heads and our wallets!

Disruption of oil production in Libya, the turmoil in Bahrain, and potential of unrest in Saudi Arabia are being blamed for the sudden rise in the price of oil and gasoline.

The American people are being lied to by Big Oil Companies and the people have little recourse.

Republican House members voted to continue the Big Oil subsidies despite record quarterly profits last quarter and huge profits in previous quarters.

That’s taxpayer money being given to private companies that are screwing the same taxpayers with a manufactured oil crisis.

Every single Republican Representative voted for big oil and against the American people. Every damn one of these sleazeballs!

But it’s the application of oil psychology that’s killing the American consumer.

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“Are Republican Governors Killing America?”

New Republican Governors are clearly misreading their mandate!

The People’ in many states are realizing the mistake they made in the 2010 elections and are fighting back.

Destroying working families by breaking the unions is not an isolated case. It’s not happening only in Wisconsin. It’s going down in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Idaho, Virginia, and New Jersey. Thanks to poster child, Scott Walker, it’s now obvious that this job-killing action is an ideology aimed at destroying any opposition to the corporatist take-over building for over 30 years.

Governors warn of catastrophic consequences of state deficits while giving away hundreds-of-millions in taxpayer dollars to corporations and campaign donors creating an even greater shortfall. They hope their citizens are too stupid to see what they’re doing.

Was this the mandate the voters gave Governors?

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Posted in Economy, Election 2010, Jobs, UnAmerican | 1 Comment »

“A Fascist Regime in Wisconsin!”

The battle between hard-working Wisconsinites and Wisconsin’s Legislature rages on!

As this situation has escalated things have gotten uglier and more childish.

Republicans in Wisconsin’s state house continue their push to break up the public employees unions amidst declining citizen support.

Though the Wisconsin unions have agreed to all budgetary demands Governor Walker requested, he is insistent on breaking the union; eliminating collective bargaining for public workers. He is determined to turn Wisconsin into a fascist state employing fascist tactics to achieve his goals.

Of the 14 characteristics of fascism, Scott Walker and his comrades in the legislature are exploiting eight of them, obliterating some of the most sacred freedoms of a democracy.

The Governor, on Wednesday, issued an unlawful arrest order for the 14 Democrat Senators who fled the state to preserve democracy and protect Wisconsin’s citizens. A distinctive move in a fascist regime. In his decision, Walker clearly overstepped his gubernatorial powers, trampling civil liberties—moving ever closer to fascism.

Is Walker A Fascist? Is Senator Grothman, or Majority Leader Fitzgerald? Are the rest of the Republican Senators?

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“There’s No Crying in Politics!”

The new Speaker of the House’s eyes were already moist before his acceptance speech!

Was he crying for the American people?

For the millions out of work? Or the children now in school that will not have a chance at the American Dream? How about the millions that will be losing their homes over the next two years? Or the disabled Iraq and Afghan veterans and their families? I doubt it.

They’re tears of joy for tax cuts for the wealthy. For AT&T ($40,250) American Financial Group ($38,900) Altria ($26,400) BofA ($16,500) and Blue Cross/Blue Shield ($15,500), and other corporations that donated over $9,000,000 to Boehner’s 2010 bid for the House.

Boehner’s tears were justified. He needed all of it to be reelected in Ohio’s 8th District. His campaign spent $9,682,000 to defeat his Democratic opponent. He will be eternally grateful to the corporations that helped him become the 53rd Speaker. Especially since his opponent spent almost $242,000 against him.

But isn’t Nancy Pelosi the big spender?

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“Welcome Back To the Future!”

This article has just been posted, Monday evening. To read it on The Huffington Post web site click on the link here.

What the Hell have Tea Partiers done to our once great country?

A few days ago, despite its many flaws, the country had a chance; a chance at economic recovery. A chance to survive!

Instead, the restless, almost bi-polar electorate handed part of the Federal Government back to those who caused most of our current problems. And we’re lucky they didn’t give it all back.

But our chance to move ahead was disrupted and the days forward no longer look so rosy. One mid-term election reduced our possibilities of an economic recovery.

Why are Americans so negative? Is it an unconsummated desire for change? Is it the smart ideas of the Tea Party and their incredible spate of candidates? If our problems weren’t so damn serious it would be laughable.

Tuesday was serious. It was devastating for the Democrats and gave new life to the Republicans; and a spattering of Tea Party candidates that don’t necessarily think and act like the Republican elite would like.

Republican’s took 60 plus seats back in the House and, though unable to take the Senate, reduced the Dems power to a small majority.

A recipe for success? More like a recipe for disaster!

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“Losses by Whitman and Fiorina are Good for America!

Another of my articles has been posted on The Huffington Post on Wednesday. This is a must read article for voters in California. Wisconsin, Delaware, Nevada, alaska and Kentucky.

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The two Republican Candidates will spend more than $260 million in California races!

It seems that voters of California have finally come to their senses. It’s a great thing for the country!

The most recent USC/Los Angeles Times Poll shows Edmund “Jerry” Brown with a 13 point lead over Republican hopeful Meg Whitman among likely voters. It also shows, despite earlier difficulties, that Senator Barbara Boxer has taken an eight point lead over Carly Fiorina at 50 percent to Fiorina’s 42 percent.

Despite spending $130 million of her own money Whitman finds her numbers sliding to 39% while Brown’s have risen to 52%. Brown has spent less than half of what the Whitman campaign has.

It appears that Californian’s have spurned the inanity of the Tea Party and are looking toward the health of the country and the state as priorities in their Senatorial and Gubernatorial selections. Californians have always led in putting the needs of the nation ahead of self-interest.

Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, though not as crazy as other candidates endorsed by the Tea Party, have little interest in ‘the people’ of California caring only about the power that these positions would give them.

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