Politics and the unemployed

7 Aug

By: Joseph Picard

The millions of Americans currently out of work must all be registered Democrats.

At least that’s the conclusion you have to draw when you consider the intransigent refusal of the Republican Party, especially Senate Republicans, to do anything to assist the multitudes of our nation’s unemployed.

At the end of June – that is, in a few days  —  unemployment insurance benefits will expire for approximately 1.2 million people. Actually, the number is greater, since most of those people have other people – spouses, children, aging parents – who depend on them.  All of these people, in a few short days, will have the cold and frightening experience of their government abandoning them in the hour of need.

If Senate Republicans ended their opposition to the bill that would extend unemployment insurance until the end of November and voted with their Democratic colleagues, the bill would pass, the extension would go into effect and, as in the old movies where the cavalry arrives at the last minute to rescue the circled wagon train, those million plus besieged Americans would get some desperately needed help.

But that does not appear likely. You would think that Mitch McConnell and Jon Kyl would enjoy being the cavalry. Unfortunately, however, they appear more inclined to ride roughshod over the American worker.

The Republicans say they oppose the benefits extension bill because it would add to the national debt. Wow! They’ve rediscovered their fiscal conservatism.  That’s just wonderful.  It had been completely lost, you will recall, from January 2001 to January 2009. Those very same fellows, who are now so worried about spending money, voted without fail, without opposition, and without a peep, for every one of George W. Bush’s spending bills, spending that dug this nation into the deficit hole the Republicans are now so worried about.

Maybe they think that no one will remember. Maybe someone told them that the word “hypocrite” has been dropped from the language.

The Republicans have no problem spending public money. They just don’t want to do it for a Democratic administration. Their adamant opposition to extending unemployment insurance is based solely on politics. Continue reading

Is there a need for term limits?

7 Aug

By: Stephanie Keller

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In short, those who work hard to gain a powerful, public position soon worry more about keeping that position than the reasons they were put there in the first place. Now, I am sure there may be a few exceptions to this rule, but certainly not enough that it will change my view point. The bottom line is the longer a person stays in office, the less they listen to their constituents. Simply put, they no longer rely on the public to be reelected. Lobbyists and special interest groups buy the elections for them and God only knows what they get for their efforts, but you can be darn sure it’s not in America’s best interest. Continue reading

Meg Whitman for Governor. Meg Whitman to Buy Governor.

5 Aug

The race for Governor is on! Meg Whitman is reportedly trying to Buy the position. Reports state that Meg “Corporate Money Bags” Whitman is spending 1/2 a million a day of her own cash to secure the post of governor. Your vote is for sale, so is this Bumper sticker.

One sticker $4.99

10 Pack $3.40 each

50 Pack $2.28 each

Free Speech for a Price? Corporations and Government Shutting Down Websites

5 Aug

By: Zach

Free Speech for a Price? Corporations and Government Shutting Down Websites By Zachary R – July 23, 2010

For the first time in all of human history mankind is politically awakened – that’s a total new reality – it has not been so for most of human history.” – Zbigniew Brzezinski, May 2010

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The duties of citizenship in the United States of America began during colonial times as an active civic participation in local government marked by frequent public debate on matters of issue and broad participation in democracy. A variety of factors and forces changed this relationship over the nation’s history. Continue reading

The Federal Government As Jabba The Hutt – Too Big And Too Slow To Get Anything Right

5 Aug

By: Bruno Korschek

It occurred to be recently while watching television that the U.S. Federal government is really nothing more than the political incarnation of Jabba The Hutt from the Star Wars movies. As you may recall, Jabba was a formless, slow moving, overweight entity that ruled with an iron fist while devouring resources brought to him. He did not pay for anything, he just took them, and he was not there to help anyone but himself. Those he ruled over had no say in how their resources and wealth were used and had no chance in dislodging Jabba from his position of power. Kind of sounds like our political class currently sitting in DC. Continue reading

Why We Need a Middle Class

5 Aug

By: Tim Bryce

Do people truly understand the power of the middle class? I think they’re starting to overseas. We may not have invented the concept of a middle class, but we sure perfected it, and everyone wants to emulate it. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, countries around the world have been reconfiguring their economic policies in order to remain competitive in a global economy. In case you haven’t been paying attention, new middle classes have slowly emerged in such places as China, Belarus, Brazil, Russia, Vietnam, and amongst South African blacks. People in these countries now have spending power thereby causing a demand for products and services, not to mention a call for construction of new houses and businesses.

The rise of middle classes around the world is significant as it is a recognition that capitalism works as opposed to socialism or communism. A sizable middle class represents an economic engine for a country. Capitalism encourages people to work and to invest and spend their money and allows a country to collectively compete. The average person wants nothing more than to earn a respectable livelihood, so they can enjoy life and raise a family unencumbered by overbearing government regulations. As President Calvin Coolidge observed, “After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world. I am strongly of the opinion that the great majority of people will always find these the moving impulses of our life.” Continue reading

A Tea-O-Con Case Sudy – Incumbent Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s Legacy of Likability, Photo Ops, and Anti-Liberty Legislation

4 Aug

By: Jake Shannon

With the recent ouster of Bob Bennett, it seems many incumbent Republicans are scrambling and cranking up the spin-machine in an attempt to jump aboard the recent “Liberty/Tea Party” freight-train. I like to call these folks Tea-o-Cons; Neo-Conservatives who leverage true-blue American libertarian rhetoric to get elected, then once they are in power they actually legislate against liberty and libertarian values. It’s the old “bait & switch” scam and they are essentially Neo-Conservative wolves in Sheep’s clothing.

On July 12th, 2003, Rep. Ron Paul gave a speech to Congress where he described the Neo-Conservatives (“neo-cons” for short) as former leftists (he calls them former-Trotsky-ites) and their beliefs:

1) Permanent revolution; violent as well as intellectual
2) Re-drawing the middle east through force
3) Pre-emptive war to achieve desired ends
4) The ends justify the means
5) No opposition to the Welfare state
6) Strongly endorse American empire
7) Lying is necessary for the state to survive
8) Believe a power Federal government is a benefit
9) Pertinent acts about how a society should be run should be decided by the elite and withheld from those who don’t have the “courage” to deal with it
10) Neutrality in foreign affairs is ill-advised. Force should not be limited to the defense of our country
11) They dislike and despise libertarians
12) Attacks on civil liberties are necessary
13) Unconditionally support Israel Continue reading