Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Land of Opportunity

I am beginning to wonder if the needs of the population at large will ever be addressed. I believe that we will need to hire lobbyist of our own in order to get the attention of our ever more aloof politicians that have no intention of enacting any policies that will help the common folk that have built this country with their hard work, and the blood they have shed from the many wars that they have fought, in the name of freedom.

The political machine seems to be fixated with tending only to the needs of their corporate contributors, by bailing them out at any cost. They also seem content to continue their divisiveness, to point fingers and to obstruct each other, and to politicize anything that they think that will give them an edge come election time.

They do this openly right in front of our faces. They have no respect for us or our votes. They trust more in our ignorance than in our diligence, they cater only to the demands of lobbyists and to no one else.

No president including Obama has the means to end the power that corporations have over the masses. We are all slaves to the culture of corrupt capitalism that has been enabled by years of deregulation. It has let these Wall Street crooks march through their companies and steal as much as they could carry, all financed by the 401k plans of the average Joe. Then after that they let their house of cards tumble along with the hopes and aspirations of the middle class.

Here are some of the more obvious results of the aforementioned, by the way as the media and politicians choose to ignore as tent cities pop up throughout our nation, " The Land of Opportunity." Here are the facts.

As many as 3.5 million people experience homelessness in a given year (1% of the entire U.S. population or 10% of its poor), and about 842,000 people in any given week.

1.37 million (or 39%) of the total homeless population are children under the age of 18

Familial composition
* 40% are families with children—the fastest growing segment.
* 41% are single males.
* 14% are single females.
* 5% are minors unaccompanied by adults.

* 23% are veterans (compared to 13% of general population).
* 25% were physically or sexually abused as children.
* 27% were in foster care or similar institutions as children.
* 21% were homeless at some point during their childhood.
* 54% were incarcerated at some point in their lives.

* 38% have less than a High School diploma.
* 34% have a High School diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.).
* 28% have more than a High School education.

* 44% report having worked in the past week.
* 13% have regular jobs.
* 50% receive less than $300 per month as income.

Until we demand that our political system is not run by lobbyist and Wall street criminals these numbers will not only continue to expand, they will weaken the fiber and security of our country. No one that we elect into office will do this for us, not even Obama, as he has already demonstrated by hiring lobbyist into his cabinet by issuing a waiver. Waive this.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Nightmare on Wall St. My Social Security

I believe that trying to create a New World Order was a coveted priority on the agenda of the Bush administration. In my opinion for this plan to take hold its implementation had to have the seeds of destruction of the middle class and the poor to be sown right here in the United States.

After the attacks on American soil on 9/11/01 the administration with much of the worlds support led the attack on the enemy that was mainly centralized in Afghanistan. I'm going to cut to the chase and skip over what most thoughtful Americans already know, to further the ambitions of the far right wing they had to take a commanding position in the Mideast and to do so they simply fabricated evidence and invaded a country that had no means, no WMD's, no way, or technical knowledge to attack America, the analogy I hear from time to time from Chris Matthews "well it would be like attacking China after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor." Going back to the crux of my post, Rove and his gang used all this action to divert attention from the American people while they were in a patriotic frenzy, to get Bush to try and convince Americans that privatization of social security was the only way to save it, and that the government had no right to hold our money, and every other lame excuse to take it away from the safety of the federal government, and hand it over to their cronies on Wall Street.

Then there were all these right wing intellectuals, and the not so intellectual talking heads like O'Reilly, Coulter, Limbaugh, Hannity, and Republicans from both houses backing up this insanity, even some young Americans were sold on this plan. The market has crashed, now you can't find not even one of the big mouths that backed this plan nor the people that said that they supported it. Nope ask Cheney about it and he would just lie and say they really never cared about the success of that plan.

The point is if the conservative agenda on social security would have been crammed up our ass like everything else Bush and Cheney did, every poor and Middle class American would be dirt poor and on our knees because of the market collapse, we all would have had even less to look forward to. The only survivors would have been the elite rich, that is the top 2 to 5 percent of all Americans that do not need any social security. The divide between the rich and the rest of us would become an abyss, while providing another notch in Carl Roves gun grip.

I have lost over 50% of my meager IRA which was invested in very low risk mutual funds, and a money market account all with a huge company, American Funds. No matter what, I will never recoup all of that money. Now all I really have to rely on is social security an entitlement program that I have pumped money into all my life, and I am entitled to it. Not Bush, Rove and Cheney's friends on Wall Street, that they refused to regulate the past 8 years.

Thankfully social security stayed right where it belonged in a slow growing environment but a safe one, not in the hands of the cheats and speculators. The problem was that Bush and company always had a plan b, although not as destructive as bankrupting social security. Americans ended up being soaked at the pumps, at the hands of Bush's Saudi friends, that by the way were given immunity after 9 of their countrymen bombed America and also have one of the worst human rights violations against women on record, not to mention his domestic oilmen that had clandestine meetings with Cheney, that we until this day still have no idea of who was there or what was said.

If you add all the no bid contracts awarded to Cheney's Haliburton, Black Water now called Xe, Kellog , Brown and Root, and the Bechtel Group just to name a few. This filthy dirty downright war profiteering robbed hard working Americans of trillions, and more importantly the lives and limbs of thousands of patriotic American men and women. I guess you know by now there is more than one way to skin a cat.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Stem Cell VS. Collateral Damage

If you look at the smaller photo that is at the very top of this post above the two larger photos you will see a human embryonic stem cell that is magnified about 7 thousand times or more, I'm not exactly sure. On the left side of this print you see an Iraqi man holding the mangled dead body of a little girl, most likely his daughter and if not she no doubt was a close relative.

On the right you you are looking at the dead bodies of three children in a crudely made coffin, as their father mourns in anguish while raising his arms and crying out to his God looking for an answer to why his children have been blown apart and no longer have a life.

I feel that it is my obligation to point out the ideological differences between myself and people that throw the words "collateral damage" around like it some how justifies the deaths of children during acts of war and that it relieves anyone involved, of any issues of morality in the actions that took place to end these innocent lives, a sort of free pass if you will. Of course innocent men and women are killed in these vile acts as well, but I want to stress the deaths of the children to make my point clear.

If your asking yourself if I am qualified to have an opinion about this matter, I will advise you that I have had the misfortune of having been part of a war. I will be the first to admit that I am biased. I am very anti war not only because 60,000 Americans died in my war, but also over a million civilians bit the dust, and like many other soldiers it is hard to find self forgiveness even though you are doing what your country has asked of you.

In America there is a society of individuals from a number of fundamentalist persuasions trying to make the claim that by using the human embryonic stem cell that you see in the photo above for science, is an act of murder. Even though these human stem cells have been offered up to other couples to use in order to have children, which I think is a very good thing, the fact is they produce about 400 births yearly. All the cells are not used so the 500,000 to 650,000 remaining cell are destroyed as medical waste every year.

Obama has reversed Bush's archaic stand against science and now out of the woodwork come all these politicians that totally ignore the pictues on the right and left of that stem cell, and find it very easy to dismiss real murder.

I am not trying to pass judgment on our troops they are soldiers, just as I was and many others, doing our jobs and being patriotic in every sense of the word, by putting their lives on the line and in over 4,300 cases having made the ultimate sacrifice.

I just find it hard to deal with the hypocrisy when it is so vivid and clear, why are the pro-lifers ignoring the thousands of dead children, at the cost of 4 trillion dollars and 4,300 American lives, it remains senseless to me. They should be so outraged that they should be fighting for every life that is being lost daily. Instead they are trying to make the case about a cryogenically frozen cell, that is about to be discarded.

It is unfortunate that those very people who are so concerned about a frozen stem cell that will be turned into medical waste if not used to help save more life, haven't the least bit of concern for those four children that I have noted earlier, if they did they would be up in arms about it wouldn't they ? How about the many others that get wounded beyond repair, if they cared it would be quite a different story. This is no way that an innocent little child, should he survive, have to live the remainder of his life just because a missile went off course. Not to mention how much pain and trauma that will end up being his constant companion instead of other children. This is sinful.

This sudden grandstanding about stem cells and calling them live beings in the face of the children worldwide that are suffering and dying daily from starvation and wars is drama at its worst. The time has come for me, and I will not accept the crazy ravings of American fundamentalism. American fundamentalist need to realize that the world does not revolve around them, and the sooner they stop trying to legislate their isms on me especially when they fight for the rights of a non living frozen cell rather than a living breathing human child, I would say they need a checkup from the neck up.

I also want to add that I will despise these words until my dying day "collateral damage."

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Red State Blue State, How Great

What you are looking at directly above are the Electoral College maps of (top) President Reagan's 1984 presidential election's sweeping victory winning every state but Minnesota, and before that President Nixon's 1972 overwhelming victory winning every state but Massachusetts.

More importantly the right wing was not only popular, they were the power brokers of the time and they were the rulers of the kingdom. Subsequently the left wing was only able to interrupt the right wings agenda with a short stint of 4 years from President Carter. Then a more successful campaign with progressive ideals ensued with the 8 year term of President Clinton. Today it is a different story as the popularity of the Republican party continues to fade.

This next illustration is the Electoral map in Clinton's 1996 victory over Bush #1, You now begin to see the changes in the attitude toward the less populist right wing mores. In spite of Clinton's economic success, and his ability to totally eliminate the deficit and hand over the largest surplus in modern time to the next administration, the left wing failed to continue governing the White House. Instead Bush #2 won the next two presidential elections by very narrow margins, in his first victory he won the Electoral college but lost in the popular vote. In the second contest he won the state of Ohio by a few hundred votes once again giving the victory to Bush.

America is in a mess and many people are in a bad place right now, some of them because of the inept administration that ruled as an anarchy over the last 8 years, and other Americans through thoughtless spending. In the end the largest amount of money went to the top 5% of Americans while average middle class incomes decreased by $2,000 during the Bush administration. The failures and the recklessness of the past administration led to the overwhelming victory once again by the left wing and now President Obama.

President Obama's Electoral map (below) indicates that a few states that were red had felt that they needed a change from the policies that emaciated their people and they ended up in the left wing column. Although Obama had garnered 365 electoral votes in his commanding victory over John McCain, it is worth noting that Clinton's margin of victory of 379 electoral votes in his election was larger.

If the current administration is able to lift America and Americans up during the next 4 years, then there is a good chance that the map will change once again, when the incumbent, President Obama runs for the White House against Rush Limbaugh in 2012.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Anarchistic Governors Hurt the Unemployed

During the 14 months from December 2007 through January 2009, the total number of mass layoff events (seasonally adjusted) was 25,712, and the number of initial claims (seasonally adjusted) was 2,632,336. (December 2007 was the start of a recession as designated by the National Bureau of Economic Research.)

The national unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in January 2009, seasonally adjusted, up from 7.2 percent the prior month and from 4.9 percent a year earlier. In January, total nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 598,000 over the month and by 3,500,000 from a year earlier.

I didn't pull these numbers out of some liberals ass, they come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When these rebellious Republican Governors refuse to take stimulus money for their states, especially money for food stamps that return $1.39 to our economy for every $1.00 in food stamps used, or money to extend unemployment benefits so that families can feed their kids and buy medicine, or to keep civil servants from getting laid off, (police, firemen, first responders, teachers, etc.) then the Governors choosing ideology over the needs of the people should be impeached.

It is also incumbent on the President to make sure that his Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is not dragging her feet, and starts to immediately fund shovel ready infrastructure jobs. I see no sense of urgency from the left or the right as 20,000 jobs are being lost every month. Americans are hurting and they really are in trouble, and it seems like the no one gets it. Especially the Americans at the top percentile of wealth.

I thought by now there should have been at least a few ground breaking ceremonies that would be signaling the start of the rebuilding of our country.

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