Posts Tagged ‘middle-class’

“Which War Is Next?”

Romney promises to unleash the wrath of the U.S. on Iran!

At a recent campaign stop, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Conference in Reno, Nevada, Romney told an enthusiastic crowd that he would wield America’s $760 billion military might around the world, including a military solution in Iran.

This drew elevated applause from the ex-military audience, long separated from the ravages of war. The perfect gathering for a draft-dodging, war-mongering, right-wingnut like Romney?

Another war? Are you serious?

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“Unemployment Down In All States”

Year-over-year change in unemployment impressive.

In the month of May unemployment remained unchanged at 8.2% but there is some great news in the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for May.

Only three states, Nevada, California, and Rhode Island are still in double digits in the unemployment rate compared with nine states just one year ago.  And thirty-four of the states are now under the national average.

Good news, right?

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“What If He Wasn’t Black?”

Are Americans’ opinion of the President influenced by race?

It’s a question that must be broached when assessing the job President Barack Obama has done and whether he’s deserving of another four year term.

When the people elected Obama they were hungry for change, tired of partisan politics, aware of failing banks and a financial crisis driving us into recession, weary of endless wars in the middle-east, and losing jobs at the highest rate in over 70 years.

Barack Obama, unlike John McCain, represented hope and change; a chance to restore America to its past glory.

So, how has he done?

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“How To Make Government Smaller!”

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Let’s get Big Brother off our backs and out of our bedrooms!

The Republican mantra of smaller government may play well in Peoria but not in places where concerned and observant people gather.

Since I can remember, Republicans have been screaming about shrinking government — making it small enough to drown in the bathtub. It’s a good talking point and seems to get their followers frothing at the mouth. But saying you want to do something does not make it so. And Republicans reducing government? Sheer fantasy!

Reality is something quite the opposite.

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“It’s Not Envy, My Friend”

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The Republican candidate thinks we’re all envious of him.

Romney feels that envy of his financial success, the envy of income inequality, is the driver of the current uprising against wealth — the driver of ‘class warfare.’ He also believes that envy is the reason for the anti-Romney movement of those opposing his candidacy. But the class warfare he alludes to is not generated by envy.

It’s only a talking point emanating from Romney himself to deflect from his obvious deficiencies and to fire up the Republican base.

True, some individuals are probably envious, but, is it envy that causes so many to dislike him?

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“Saving Us From the Bottom”

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It’s time for a radical new approach!

We’ve tried trickle-down and it hasn’t worked! All that’s trickled down is crap.

So as we near, bounce along, or bounce off the bottom in our financial recovery, let’s start thinking outside the pox.

Yes, supply side economics has been a pox on this country, on the world — a pox on capitalism with a predatory financial system and unfiltered greed becoming a malignant cancer.

What caused this insidious and unrelenting disease? How do we reverse it?

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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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“Not the America I Envisioned”

This article was posted at The Huffington Post on 11/22. To read it there click on the link provided here.

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This is not the country I grew up in…

…nor is it the country I want my kids and grandkids to grow up in.

This country, America, has become ugly, and it’s my generation that has made it this way.

With the incredible amount of corruption and deceit that has overtaken the nation it no longer resembles the great country our forefathers envisioned over 235 years ago.

As we age we remember the good times and suppress the bad. The ‘good ole days.’ Nostalgic remembrances of happy times of our youth and carefree young adulthood. This phenomenon helps us cope in later years with a world that seems to speed up; a world that threatens to leave us hopelessly behind.

And the world is definitely racing ahead.

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“Super Failure?”

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With a looming deadline the Super Committee is under tremendous pressure.

As November 23rd closes in, the 12 members of the Super Committee (Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction) are being approached, attacked, pushed, cajoled, advised, and pressured, from all sides.

The difficult task of finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions has fallen into the laps of 12 hand selected members of Congress, six from the House and six from the Senate. Some have called it a daunting task. One-point-five trillion does seem like a lot of money! But their time horizon is 10 years.

An entire decade to reduce the deficit by only $150 billion a year?

Seriously?

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“Siege in Oakland’s Ogawa Plaza”

This article was accepted on The Huffington Post on 11/17. To read it on the HuffPost click on the link.

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Three weeks ago a peaceful Occupy protest was disrupted by the Oakland Police!

On that Tuesday night Oakland and neighboring police departments turned Frank Ogawa Plaza into a war zone.

More than 300 officers from the Oakland Police Department and 18 local departments, in full battle gear, surrounded Frank Ogawa Plaza prepared to evict 100 people from the Occupy site.

Oakland PD, in a press release, cited health and safety concerns as reasons for removing the protesters. It was to be closed for cleaning and vector control then reopened to the people.

So, why were they dressed in riot gear when what they needed was HazMat gear?

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