Saturday, March 30, 2013

       WOW!! The new face of hate! It is not that the republican congressman "didn't get the memo", he simply ignored it after weeks of Reince Priebus instructing the Good-Ole' boys Party (GOP) office holders to marketing a lip-service plan to "lure" Hispanics to their side. Aren't we all, as Americans, on the same side: America? Such malicious and hateful language towards any minority should not be tolerated, regardless of how they were raised and especially if they are public representatives of any party, political or otherwise.

       Although there are no simple solutions to todays problems America faces, or to the wedge issues republicans continue to drum up just to raise the ire of their base and supporters, they simply fail to cooperate and work fairly with anyone with a difference of opinion. The overall republican message seems to be, "...if we can't beat them, lie, cheat and steal". The biggest lie todays' republicans have committed was to campaign representation to all Americans and to the Constitution when they have continued to show a lack thereof, only to serve those of large industry and the top 1%.

       The middle-class and poor who vote republican believe that their choice of candidate is reflective of what they think is right. It is not the intent to be just as intolerant, but to let them be free to make bad choices. Despite actual facts to the contrary of what said voting block believes in, the First Amendment of the Constitution allows them to speak their mind. Unfortunately, "conservative" "news" outlets have filled the airwaves with one-sided opinions, twisted facts, outright lies and hypocrisy and used their influence to tell their viewers what to think and how to vote. And now, after republican Don Young used a racial slur proudly on Alaskan radio, his utterance continues to show the true nature of the republican party and (assumingly) some of their voters.

       As Americans, free to think for ourselves and form our own opinions from proven independent conclusive fact, we must realize that discrimination today is now based on wealth rather than race, religion, culture, sexual preference, creed, and employment status, which republicans use to strike fear and hate in their message. After all, it is their policy that Priebus is trying to defend. The wedge issues of the aforementioned is merely a fa├žade of the GOP's true intent to turn our democracy into an autocracy run by oligarchs. With such devices in place and enough of the voting population to give them enough power, people will see more of their rights taken away by new policies that would make the USA Patriot act look like a foot note. After all, Rand Paul has made it very clear that he wants to strike off key provisions of the Civil Rights Act with no denunciation from the republican party and much support from Tea Party republicans.

       So, what are we to think of Priebus new strategy? Are there going to be any more republican office holders blurt out more racially charged speeches with innuendo and conjecture? Or are we to believe that they are willing to change their policies in light of the savaging they received from the last presidential election? Probably not. After all, they continue to blame everyone but themselves and their own policies. Once again, the republicans are going to continue taking us down their yellow brick road to Oz.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Loathing and Excuses in Republican Land

       As the republican base and RNC seeth in anger and frustration, they are quick to pass blame on everyone and everything except themselves from a super storm to "stupid people", as some pundits have said. First and foremost, super storm Sandy was highly blamed coupled with Chris Christie thanking President Obama for doing his job and helping the storm-damaged state. Republicans were quick to shame Gov. Christie by saying "he endorsed the president" when he did not. Gov. Christie chastise the republican party for their quick and wrong accusation while standing his ground as a real conservative not afraid to stand up to what he believes in, instead of returning into the fold lock-step with nary an utterance to the contrary.

       Republican mouth-piece Limbaugh sounded off a list of "offenders" from minorities (especially hispanics), women, ignorant voters, young new voters, gays and lesbians, state and federal supreme court justices, and super storm Sandy. It is speculative that Limbaugh did not admit that the voter suppression laws failed or Tagg Romney's voting machines were pulled before the election. Instead, Limbaugh went on a rant, short of using expletives or racial slurs.

       The only true excuse not used by many republicans and the RNC is that Mitty-boy never really  connected with anyone below his tax bracket. The majority of Americans only saw the bully for what he really is: a plutocrat with contempt for poor and middle-class Americans. One would bet that even Big Bird was used as an excuse for Romney's loss. But, the loudest ones making excuses is Karl Rove and other super PACs that spent over a combined billion dollars and got NOTHING! Millionaires and billionaires are also demanding to know what happened and may decide to sue for a refund. I bit of advice for them is to remind them that if they make a bet and lost, there are no refunds, so let the buyer beware.

       Just recently, Karl Rove accused the president of (get this...) SUPPRESSING the vote! How cynnical and low will they go? This is coming from a party that demanded cutting the early voting days in half (or just doing away with it all together!), shrinking the hours for people to vote, causing long lines and hours to wait to vote in minority-heavy districts, denying people their right to vote, redistricting boundaries to lean more republican. Basically, this is republicans at what they do best: lying, cheating, and stealing to win an election at any cost. After all of this, they still lost.

       Facts be damned for any republican voter to admit to. There is no convincing them that the republicans have no interest in them except their vote (permission) to strip them of their rights, little by little. It should be insulting to ALL Americans when you see and hear people like O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Reince Prebus, Fox and "Friends" commentators, and Fox "News" entirely make cynnical and insulting remarks about minorities and women. Some of these Tea Party "conservatives" were actually calling out for a civil war to "storm the capitol and take the White House by force". Sounds like treason to me!

       As of now, we can only hear more excuses and blame. But none to themselves.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

It's Over! America Wins!!


       In the final hours of the election, before the first polls closed and votes counted, Republicans continued to insult the president and demean those who vote democrat. Not even wishful thinking and praying from all republicans could get Mitt elected. Republicans had every opportunity to win the election by working with the president rather than against him. All of the economic and jobs bills that came from the president had more republican ideas than democrat ideas, but republicans chose to make it their only effort and job to make President Obama a one-term president.

       Mitch McConnell sounded the hatred and anger in his pledge to ruin President Obama's administration through outright partisanship and deny him anything at every turn. Full transparency into how all republicans are to act hostile to the president. Technically, this was treason on the republicans part because they openly abdicated a civil war, expecting citizens to rise up in arms to "take back the country" from overt obstructionism to using "second amendment remedies".

       Mitt Romney was supposed to win through the use of voter suppression laws, his billionaire friends and donors, lies, "Citizens United", and rigged voting machines in Ohio. In the case of the voter suppression laws, it seemed to back-fire because those very laws designed to discourage minorities, veterans, and women, also alienated his own republican voter bloc.

       However, Mitty-boy did most of the damage to himself by identifying the middle-class as those who earn $250,000 up to one million and alienating those who do not by calling them moochers, only wanting a handout and "not wanting to take personal responsibility to earn a living". Mitt also said "Let Detroit go bankrupt". Mitt angered our allies as well as refuse to show America at least eight years of his tax returns and responded to a crisis prematurely without waiting for the facts. Mitt also showed that he does not know or understand foreign policy and flipped on allowing his record at Bain Capital and his tenure as governor to show what kind of person he is. Instead, he has only showed us how much of a bully he really is from his youth to a spiteful candidate.

       The republicans failed in their efforts to block the vote and tried to use race and gender as a definitive factor to divide the electorate. Hopefully, this will be the last we'll see Mitt or any other plutocrat run for office. So, who will it be in 2016? Jeb Bush? Chris Christie? Jon Huntsman? Donald Trump? We shall see in 2015, so get ready for that campaign to get uglier. Republican strategist are already learning from this election and planning their next platform to run on, so be prepared to hear more euphemisms and code talk to influence their base while skewing or dismissing the facts of the matter.

       Should the republicans regain the White House, there will be a campaign to bring a "right-to work" law that would give organizations to bust unions and erase pensions and retirement accounts, and take away the rights of workers to have a voice in the law. If they can get that to pass, Civil Rights will be next, just as Rand Paul wanted.

       If you can, influence the young on the importance of education, inform the clueless and misinformed, use logic where needed, and keep up with important issues to call out those who lie or "opinionate" actual fact.

       Go get'em tiger!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Twilight of the Vote

       November 6, 2012. Presidential election day. It has now come down to the wire. Will there be enough people who bought into Romney's campaign of hate, fear, and outright lies to put him into office? Or will President Barack Obama's campaign of facts and fairness give him four more years to repair the damage done by Bush and the Republican party?

       As you look at the photos above, please take a moment to think of what the caption should be. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words!

       In a desperate attempt to turn a failing campaign around, Romney and the RNC sunk to a new low by lying about the president wanting to send Chrysler's Jeep production to China. Not only did Chrysler and General Motors (GM) rebuke Romney's lie, each organization had to reassure their employees that their jobs are staying in the US.

       According to President Obama's record, he has worked hard to bring jobs back to American shores, and continues to do so with moderate success despite the overt obstructionism from republicans in the House of Representatives.

       Based on what Mitt Romney said about Chrysler and the auto industry, he should be brought up on ethical violation charges after he loses the election. As for his campaign, Romney has continued to champion more tax breaks for the rich, de-regulate Wall Street, and allow organizations to SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS!

       This is not a hard decision to make. Undecided voters should know and understand that under a Romney/Ryan administration, their investments in Social Security and Medicare will disappear. Their job may be reduced or exported. Their pay may shrink either by having "fees" (taxes) added to their paychecks and/or a nation-wide "right-to-work" policy will be signed into law thus nullifying OSHA, EEOC, and hollow out Civil Rights to give organizations rights over their employees and strip employees right to have a voice in the workplace.

       Simply put, if you make $250,000 up to a million dollars per year, you're the middle-class Romney has classified. If not, then you're the 47% moochers and freeloaders that Romney sees and has talked about throughout his campaign and has no interest in helping.

       As Americans, it is your right and civic duty to vote. Please do so before that right is taken away by Republicans and their voter suppression laws.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Romney Loses Debate, Exposes His Own Contradiction

       At the end of the third and final debate, Romney found out that bullying and lying will not be tolerated. Fact-checking was definitely not helpful for Romney after having been called out on a number of issues and statements he made before and during his campaign. While Republicans are reeling from the absurdity of Romney's answers, they can only blame the media and the moderators they agreed to arbitrate. Their only recourse is to now rely on the stupidity of the middle-class tea party republicans' ability to vote against their own benefit and take the rest of us down with them just to "take the country back" from a black man in the White House.

       In short, the Republicans whine while the Democrats dine. What should have been a campaign of issues and policy, the Republicans have constantly shown that theirs' is a campaign of race-baiting and wedge issues that have nothing to do with the economy, domestic policy, or foreign policy. The Republicans prefer to gloss over the past and re-write recent history to favor themselves and blame others for their past transgressions. This is not an opinion, but actual fact. Just listen to them and look at their voting record and the laws they pass. Just recently, another judge barred Pennsylvania from enforcing its own voter "fraud" law.

       During the third and final debate, Romney tried to retreat back into "moderate republican" Romney to make up for lost ground from the second debate. That worked like a screen door on a submarine. Although Romney and the Republican party is floundering in this election, the Romney campaign is now relying on corporate business owners to force their employees to vote for him (Romney) under the threat of losing their jobs. This is an example of plutocrats forcing their will among their employees. In another example, early voters in red states are voting for Romney simply because he is a Republican despite the fact that Romney called them "freeloaders" and "moochers" many times behind closed doors. One has to question, "what else has he said about you and me, veterans, the elderly, and the real middle-class Americans"?

       Although both parties want Americans to go out and vote, the Republican party continue to make clear that they only want like-minded republicans to vote by enforcing those so called "voter fraud" laws. There is recent news that Tagg Romney, son of Mitt Romney, owns a company that manufactures voting machines and is selling them in Ohio. This is a big conflict of interest since daddy is running for president. If "voter fraud" laws won't work, maybe rigged voting machines will, just like the 2000 election with Diebold voting machines.

       As the RNC and Romneys' clock is running out, the only recourse their party has is to threaten and intimidate voters into not voting, or vote for a man they clearly did not want as their candidate at the beginning of this election year because of he is a member of the Mormon faith. Remember this: a vote for Romney and other Republicans running for office is a vote for a plutocracy and a vote against democracy.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Mitt's True Colors!

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement and the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” (Connie Schultz, the National Memo, 20 September, 2012).
       The only time Mitt Romney tells the truth about what he believes is when he is behind closed doors where the only poor people allowed to be around him are the servers and the wait staff who work hard serving them and have to endure their insults, arrogance, and utter contempt. Mitt's "47% of the people" speech shows exactly what he really believes as he explains how "those people" (middle-class Americans) will vote against him because he is rich.

       Mitt claims that those who "vote for the president no matter what" are dependent on government to support them. According to the 2010 Census Report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other independent government statistics, the majority of those 47% of the people voted republican and show that Anglo/Caucasian are on welfare more than African American and Hispanics combined. They now make up the new poor generated from the Bush economic policies and deregulations that almost bankrupt America.

       "Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect". Mitt's statement alone shows how he is not just out of touch, but completely in a different galaxy far, far away! According to Mitt's own 2011 tax return and tax "summaries", he still paid less in taxes (13%) than all middle-class Americans (35%). Economists and professional accountants have discovered that Mitt's "summaries" are actually inflated to show he paid more in taxes and have calculated that Mitt may have actually paid less that 9% in taxes. However, Mitt's "message" of "low taxes" is clear: If you're rich ($200,000 or more), you will get a big tax break, and if you make less that $200,000, you will pay more in taxes.

       In an interview on CBS, Mitt Romney considers middle-class as those who make $200,000 to $250,000 a year. According to IRS records, only 4% of Americans (not including the top 1%) earn that much. Still, there is Mitt's problem with the 47% of Americans who do not earn as much and, as he believes, "do not pay taxes"! NEWS FLASH for Romney: ALL 99% of Americans pay a variety of taxes in local, state, and federal levels from property taxes, payroll taxes, social security, medicare/medicaid, federal withholding, federal OASDI, state taxes (where applicable), sales taxes, utility bill taxes, taxes incurred on pension, 401K, and benefits to retirees or when said savings plans reach a specified amount. But, according to Mitt, such people are "moochers who prefer handouts from the BIG BAD government" and should be written off  for daring to use such funds Americans put in through taxes.

       "And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Again, Mitt Romney's true colors comes out as he says he will not "worry about those people" Exactly who are "those people" Mitt is referring to? In a room full of rich people, it is clear Mitt is talking about you and me and he'll never "convince" us to "take personal responsibility and care for our lives". We, the REAL American people, have always taken personal responsibility to care for our live and will demonstrate that by not voting for the plutocrat who emphatically told us to "eat cake" because we're jealous. If, according to Mitt Romney, we are jealous of his wealth, then why are Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet highly regarded by the middle-class and actually scorned by Republican-leaning rich people? Because they began their lives as we did: middle-class.

       Mitt Romney's message is clearly based on lies and hyperbole meant to stir anger among the less educated middle-class and poor Republican voter. Unknown to Mitt, his message based on his recent "47%" speech only reaffirms his war on the middle-class and working poor. Mitt only understands wealth, privilege, and aristocracy in the belief that only the rich should rule the world. Mitts private "47%" speech was only one of many only meant to be heard by wealthy donors and was held privately not to be heard by the multitude of Americans he views as "the little people" needed to vote for him.

       As more information is being fact-checked and witnesses coming forth to give testimony, the Republicans only recourse is to overtly lie, cheat, and steal to win another election. Mitt will hold more "private" fund-raising tours, but only in affluent areas where his viewed "47%" can never enter unless they're "the help". After all, Mitt has already written off half the nation as freeloaders and moochers and clearly noted that he does not need their vote. However, Mitt Romney has proven to the world that even obnoxious, ideologically motivated plutocrats can be losers, too!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The 2012 Obama Bash Fest RNC in Tampa Florida

       The 2012 Republican "Obama Bash Fest" Convention in Tampa, Florida is now over. It was full of lies and bumper-sticker slogans to make Fox viewers wanting more made up lies and accusations. George W. Bush had to sneak in and meet with the candidates discreetly. Clint Eastwood will be remembered as the "drunk uncle Harry" talking to an empty chair, just as Chris Christi will be remembered as overshadowing Ann Romney's speech with his own speech about himself. Oh yeah! He did mention Mitt 16 minutes later into his speech! Although Ann Romneys' speech was supposed to be about how Mitt is a leader, it was nothing more than a love soliloquy of how they met and married. Now keep in mind how Ann said that they were "poor" when they moved in together when they met in college and how they used a door for a table. The only reason why they used a door for a table was because the movers did not bring the furniture. Besides, their worth at that time was calculated to be between $8 to $12 million respectively because of their family's wealth and influence during their "we were poor" time.

       However, there were a lot of topics that were never to be mentioned at the RNC convention: Mitt's tenure as governor of Massachusetts, his taxes, his tenure as CEO at Bain Capital, his wealth and father's influence for four deferments to avoid being drafted during the Vietnam War and how he used his religion to flee the country to France for missionary "work" to also avoid the war, how he openly protested (cheered) FOR the war in Vietnam, and his bullying a weaker and less affluent fellow student at an exclusive private preparatory high school. Now, it is understandable that Mormons normally do missionary work after their first year of college and spend up to a year doing so. But, in FRANCE?! Other topics that were avoided include 36 months of consecutive job growth, especially in the private sector, veterans and troops of Iraq and Afghanistan, the war in Afghanistan and the troops fighting there, Dub'ya and his administration, women's health and fair employment, Paul Ryan's voucher plan for seniors, privatizing the U.S. Postal service, Romneycare, and his "plan" to generate jobs.

       It comes as no surprise that nothing substantive or original would come from these two who would expand on the ideas and deregulation that nearly destroyed the American economy and divided Americans among themselves. It only makes sense when republicans say they "want to take back the country" so they can finish the job! Already, they have reassembled half of the staff that George W. Bush assigned to "run" the country (minus Cheney) into the ground and have added Bain Capital ideas to further the goal of eliminating the middle-class, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, the Affordable Health care Act, public education, Pell Grants, the endowment for the arts, Post 9/11 G. I. Bill, actual small business loans, the mortgage interest tax reduction, and the Lilly Ledbetter Act just for starters.

       During the Republican Tea Party Convention, Romney made a lot of promises to overturn everything accomplished during President Barack Obamas' tenure to restore the overt damage done by Bush W but has, once again, failed to elaborate exactly what those plans are and to whom or what they will benefit. Romneys' answer is always the same, "elect me to find out". The Romney/Ryan plans and promises are as secretive as their tax returns of the last ten years. Unionized member or not, most (if not all) hourly and salaried workers will lose their rights for fair pay and benefits under the business model suspected of being used at Bain Capital.

       To remind readers, there are essentially two types of capitalism: venture and vulture. Venture capitalism involves buying, selling, and trading in business as a small start up to the large manufacturers that develop products and render services for all consumers, while vulture capitalism invests in businesses from new start ups to troubled ones. While vulture capitalism is helpful to new start ups in their industry, they can also run companies into the ground by loading it with too much debt and then raiding the company for all it is worth, including its pension and savings fund for all employees. Thus, Romney has again "slipped" and truthfully signaled his plan to run the country as a company and is relying on the Republican Party to rig another presidential election with "voter fraud" laws instead of using Diebold voting machines.

       The only question raised at the RNC's Obama Bash Fest in Tampa, Florida was "are you better off now than four years ago?" The obvious answer is not just yes, but a HELL YEAH!! due to more jobs returning to American shores, a revitalized economy, a rebounding auto industry, a re-regulated banking system, and payroll tax cuts for every working American despite overt Republican obstructionism. Even Romney himself noted that the last 38 months had shown progress.

       Romney is not the first candidate to suggest running the country as a company. Ross Perot, who ran as an Independent, also offered a plan to run the United States as a company. The only difference between Romney and Ross Perot was Perot's plan was explained in detail and mapped out how it would be applied to all state and federal agencies while the Romney/Ryan plan remain a secret.

       The most memorable speaker at the Republican convention may just as well be Jeb Bush who said, "...he kept us safe", a reference to his brother George W. Bush. What a laugh! Jeb even failed to say his own brother's name at the convention! George did not keep us safe when he ignored months of repeated warnings on Osama Bin Laden's "...imminent strike within the United States" and when he started an illegal war with Iraq. This is the latest of Republicans rewriting history again. Now, Bush is regarded as "he who will not be named" for the rest of Romney's presidential campaign, but his policies will be re branded as Romney's ideas.

       As Romney and the rest of his millionaire and billionaire supporters believe most Americans, as Romney said, are "jealous" of their wealth, Romney will continue to be waaayyy out of touch with the rest of the 99% of Americans he continues to alienate and condescend to. His only recourse is to rely on those middle-class supporters who continue to vote against their own best interest.