Saturday, November 28, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Send the good guys money.
If they don't have to depend on corporate money they can afford to vote in our interests.
Actually this is better than voting. They don't have to be your representative. And you have a Dislike button. You can send money to their opponent. Does not even have to be the other party.
I don't even think the amount of money makes that much difference.
You make a vote in Congress and your primary challenger suddenly gets a few thousand small donations? Somebody gonna be doin some crowin!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
If a Con is eating a candy bar and sees you coming he will gobble it down so he does not have to share.
A Con will keep his gas tank empty so he has an excuse not to take his car.
A Con believes if you steal, you should steal from a friend because they won't prosecute.
If a Con comes to dinner you hide the jewelry. If the End is good enough they can always justify the means. (Torture)
If a Con loses his job he will collect unemployment. IF you need to collect unemployment he will tell you to get a job.
A Con will use Medicare and call for government to get out of health care.
If a Con had to walk across the desert she would drink all her water before she started for two reasons. 1. It is heavy. 2. She might meet someone else who needs some. (Drill here. Drill now) She will die of thirst and blame it on Libs for being too lazy to bring her some water.
A Con believes the first thing someone tells them and then spends the rest of his life defending that belief against all liberal facts. (Facts have a liberal bias)
A Con Believes his children should never learn anything his parents do not believe or think that they know. Hence, the attacks on education.
A Con is born a sinner and requires threats and occasional violence to behave.
A Con believes sending his neighbor's children overseas to dodge bullets is worth reducing the infinitesimal chance that he will have to deal with the threat personally even though he has a display case full of weapons designed to kill people for his own protection.
A Con believes cooperation is socialism unless you are cooperating with the competition - then it is called capitalism. <- Thx to Ron Autry on this one.
Joe Conservative wakes up in the morning and goes to the bathroom. He flushes his toilet and brushes his teeth, mindful that each flush & brush costs him about 43 cents to his privatized water provider. His wacky, liberal neighbor keeps badgering the company to disclose how clean and safe their water is, but no one ever finds out. Just to be safe, Joe Conservative boils his drinking water.
Joe steps outside and coughs–the pollution is especially bad today, but the smokiest cars are the cheapest ones, so everyone buys ‘em. Joe Conservative checks to make sure he has enough toll money for the 3 different private roads he must drive to work. There is no public transportation, so traffic is backed up and his 10 mile commute takes an hour.
On the way, he drops his 12 year old daughter off at the clothing factory she works at. Paying for kids to go to private school until they’re 18 is a luxury, and Joe needs the extra income coming in. Times are hard and there’re no social safety nets.
He gets to work 5 minutes late and misses the call for Christian prayer, and is immediately docked by his employer. He is not feeling well today, but has no health insurance, since neither his employer nor his government provide it, and paying for it himself is really expensive, since he has a precondition. He just hopes for the best.
Joe’s workday is 12 hours long, because there is no regulation over working hours, and Joe will lose his job if he complains or unionizes. Today is an especially bad day. Joe’s manager demands that he work until midnight, a 16 hour day. Joe does, knowing that he’ll lose his job if he does not.
Finally, after midnight, Joe gets to pick up his daughter and go home. His daughter shows him the deep cut she got on the industrial sewing machine today. Joe is outraged and asks why she doesn’t have metal mesh gloves or other protection. She says the company will not provide it and she’ll have to pay for it out of her own pocket. Joe looks at the wound and decides they’ll use an over the counter disinfectant and bandages until it heals. She’ll have a scar, but getting stitches at the emergency room is expensive.
His daughter also complains that the manager made suggestive overtures towards her. Joe counsels her to be a “good girl” and not rock the boat, or she’ll get fired and they’ll be out the income.
His daughter says she can’t wait until she’s 18 so she can vote for change or go to the Iraq War.
They get home and there’s a message from his elderly father who can’t afford to pay his medical or heating bills. Joe can hear him coughing and shivering.
Joe turns on the radio and the top story is a proposal in Congress to raise the voting age to 25. A rare liberal opinionator states that it’s an attempt to keep power out of the hands of working class Americans. The conservative host immediately quashes him, calling him “a utopian idealist,” and agreeing that people aren’t mature enough to make good choices until they’re at least 25.
Joe chuckles at the wine-swilling, cheese eating liberal egghead and thinks, “Thank God I live in America where I have freedom!”
Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised.
All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.
Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; His bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to work; it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees. You see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.
Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay, medicals benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some liberal didn’t think he should loose his home because of his temporary misfortune.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
There on my Rupert TV.
So don't bring them here around me.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
From my head down to my knees.
But no, it's not his skin color.
It's just his policies.
No, it's not his skin color,
My best friends are some of his kind
No, it's not his skin color,
It's just his policies.
Don't ask me why I don't like them,
I don't really know what they are.
So don't you start callin' me racist,
That is just course for your par.
So, no, it's not his skin color,
It's just his policies.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
When you sound bite Rev Wright. We check the content and come away concerned because Obama dis'ed the Rev. The Rev made many very valid points. Yes, he did exaggerate some for effect, but that is part of his job and we are accustomed to that from hearing the rantings of the honorable opposition.
Liberals believe that association with people of differing views is a good thing. We also remember the stupid things we did when young. Ayers was seen as a hero of the revolution, whether you agree with his methods or not.
We don't care if Obama is a Muslim or an Arab or where he was born. The anti-Christ thing was very amusing, though.
Politico, who purportedly tries to be fair, was very concerned about the allegations of bias and checked their stories. It was true there was an imbalance between positive and negative stories between camps. But the problem was that one camp was doing positive things while the other was doing negative things.
The fact that you think right wing radio and Fox News are fair and balanced might be part of the perceived problem.
News used to be a cost center in "the public interest" and if you presented one side you had to have an argument for the other side. That was the "fairness doctrine" which you fear so much even though I have yet to find anyone in favor of reinstating that.
It used to be illegal to own more than one or two media outlets. Particularly in the same market. Local media used to be truly local and served in the "local" public interest or a periodic revue could take their license to use the public bandwidth. Yes, it does still belong to us.
It is a fine thing that you now see the problem with the MSM, which we more accurately refer to as the corporate media whose purpose is profit. It looks like the "free market" is about to thin the herd.
America has always had biased media, but both sides used to be represented and and did not try to convince the public that they were "fair and balanced".
Obama once said he was in favor of breaking up the media monopolies, then wisely shut up about it. Right on!
Mussolini defines fascism as "the merger of corporate and government power"
How does the current climate compare to past fascist regimes?
Or maybe what we have is a plutacracy.
Definition of Plutacracy
Jefferson was very concerned about this.
“Stock dealers and banking companies, by the aid of a paper system, are enriching themselves TO THE RUIN OF OUR COUNTRY and swaying the government by their possession of the printing presses, which their wealth commands, and by other means not always honorable to the character of our countrymen.” ? Thomas Jefferson, Ford 7:170 (1797)
Problem is...if we know this is what they are up to we might decide to resist this arrangement. We can be an awful pain. There are just so damned many of us.
So we must be deceived. One of the ways to accomplish this is the shell game. A pea and three walnut shells is all we need for this game. The object is to keep our eyes on the right hand waving the shells around while the left hand scoops up the pea.
In this case the right hand and shells are issues that they don't really care about. But if they can find some that split us somewhere near the middle and we can be very emotional about, then they have a good right hand issue. You know the ones they found.
Another good right hand distraction is fear. Be afraid. Be very afraid. But they will protect us if you just don't watch that left hand.
Now throw in some anger. Look at those guys! It is all their fault. Now they have us insulting each other with so much venom we don't care what they do with that left hand.
Another good trick is the expert witness. Nothing better than an economist because nobody really understands economy. Not even the experts. But they can talk smack with so many six bit words that we can't work a dictionary fast enough. Besides that they sprinkle in a bunch of euphemisms and if you do get all the words straight you find out many are ambiguous.
Geenspan is a master. Now throw in a great salesman with "child that's grown old" charm like Reagan and we are putty. They tell us that if we give tax cuts to the rich we will have more money. What we look like, fools? Oh no, they will hire us. Give us jobs to make stuff that no one has the money to buy. Oh, well, of course. How silly of us to doubt you.
They don't care if you see yourself as liberal or conservative, whether or not you hate gays or love guns, nor what religion you are or whether you believe in God. If you are passionate about it and hate the other side, that will do. It is all gold. Just don't watch the left hand.
I know you can't resist trying to figure out which shell that pea is under, just keep your hand on your wallet.
“There’s class warfare, all right,” Mr. Buffett said, “but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”
Found a nice NY Times article finding this quote. By a conservative who still remembers what conservative means.
Mr Buffett did an office survey and found that he pays less tax as a percentage of income than anyone else in his office. And he does not employ fancy accounting or special cuts.
There has been a concerted attack on the middle class since Reagan was elected. Greenspan has overseen the war until recently.
Some conservative thought sees it as justified by the unrest of the sixties. See what happens when the rabble have too much time on their hands? Everyone could afford college even working minimum wage jobs. Of course the minimum wage was about 8$ in todays dollars. The corporate rate was 52% and some paid up to 91% on income over about $3,000,000.
Terrible times, right? The average annual GDP growth rates was 4.4%. Terrible? Not so much. In fact it was wonderful fun. We applied great pressure on government and society.
We found out that our dear Uncle Sam would lie to us and because our parents still trusted the government that they lied to us, too. We discovered that our teachers and our textbooks lied to us. Skepticism and critical thinking ran rampant. Who could we trust?
So thinking for ourselves we saw what was not right. Very disconcerting to our parents. And our teachers and our government and a conservative named William Buckley who figured that if we were busy scratching out a living we would be less troublesome. He was right. It took him a long time to convince enough people and get some of them in power. Then came Reagan.
First thing Reagan did as governor of California was do away with free higher education. Then as President he told us tax cuts for the rich would increase productivity (more jobs) and everyone would be better off. How was he going to pay for it? No prob. The increased productivity would more than make up for it with additional tax revenue. A year later we were up to our ears in debt. Oops, what do we do now?
Get Greenspan, he can fix it. And he did. He spun a story about a snake eating a chicken or something and pointed to us trouble makers and said we were the chicken and social security was going bankrupt all because of us. Well, he was a good salesman and so was Reagan. We bought it. Although the system was designed to break even every year with the current workers paying for the current retired, we, those vile boomers were going to pay not only for all the retirees throughout our working lives but for our own as well.
The increased Social security rates were brutal. The lowest paid workers paid the same rate as the middle class. But not the rich. And if you wanted to start a lemonade stand you had to pay double. This is regressive taxation at it's finest. Right there with sales tax on food.
The good news is all that fresh green disguised the failure of supply side economics. Of course when they took the money they promised they would save it for our retirement, but letting politicians hold your money is unwise.
Next, the facts of minimum wages, unemployment, supply and demand, tax cuts for the rich, and the shell game to keep us from noticing that the hand in our back pocket does not belong to a sweet young thing.
Take it and hear my plea.
Get what you can then keep it as close,
As close as I've kept it to me.
Gramma found diapers in the attic,
We can use those for now.
Not yet time to panic,
We will get by somehow.
I close that door, turn to it my back
And carefully step over that crack,
Climb in the truck, look at the gauge,
Will that sliver of red get me back?
A salesman has got to be confident
And up beat and bright eyed to sell.
It's hard with this dark cloud around me,
And me is what I have to sell.
Better leave that ring in this bowl,
If I feel it in my pocket
while selling me to that man,
That black cloud will eat up my soul.
The Shiner at the bar tasted good.
Getting home on that sliver is tough.
Honey, not much for the ring.
The beer on my breath calls my bluff.
I step through that door,
a notice lays on the floor,
And hear my little man say,
Daddy, did you get a job?
It's Momma's birthday today,
And at Chucky Cheese I will play.
I'll win her a ring for that finger
that she has been rubbing all day.
Oh, Daddy did you get a job?