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A few thoughts…

  • Fact: Lower taxes do not cause more jobs.
  • Fact: Only twice did lowering the tax rate cause revenues to go up – 1964 and 1981.
  • As long as they’re peaceful, the Occupy protesters have the right to protest.  It is part of the First Amendment of the Constitution. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
  • Herman Cain’s tax plan will be bad for the economy.  It will encourage saving, but our economy is based on consumption.  If too many people save or just buy use, our economy will sink further.
  • President Bush didn’t cause the economic and financial crisis and neither did President Obama.
  • Despite what Alan Greenspan might think, liquidity isn’t the same as capital and just because a company has access to money doesn’t mean that they’re on good footing.
  • Easy credit (with the lowering of interest rates) contributed to the financial crisis.
  • Too little regulation and, in some cases, no regulation was one of the causes of the financial crisis.
  • The Republicans running for President do not understand that last statement.
  • Shortsightedness in reaching for short term profits is one of the factors that caused the financial crisis.

Obama’s Killing Christians – NOT

Why is Rush Limbaugh allowed to be on the air?  The man has never spoken the truth in his life. He’s a coward (didn’t serve in Vietnam because of a cyst on his ass) and a hypocrite. Now, Stephen Colbert puts him in his place regarding Obama sending troops to Uganda.

Debt Ceiling

I could go over Obama’s talk from last night and cover the whiner, Boehner’s dismal response, but I won’t.  I was going to post my own economic research, but I found an article on The Coffee Party website.  I think it is a pretty level headed response to what is going on in this country.

So, please go over there and read it.

The graph regarding the comparison between individual and corporate taxes is enough to make you sick.  It is, also, one of the reasons that the middle class’s wages have been stagnate.  I’m going to blame the lack of hiring in this jobless recovery on it as well.  If there is no incentive to hire someone, corporations aren’t going to do it.

Bumper Sticker Politics

On my drive home from work yesterday, I saw a bumper sticker that said, “Cut taxes, secure our borders” and went on to mention other right-wing propaganda.  I had to laugh.  We cannot cut our taxes anymore.  We are at the lowest point since the 1950’s.  Taxes are lower now than they were during Ronald Reagan and still, the right carries on with their bumper sticker politics.  Part of our debt comes because we cut taxes in 2001 and 2003 and never made spending cuts to offset it.  The only thing the Republicans, Tea Partiers and the right-wing are good at is spending misleading and sometimes outright lies about our economy.  Apparently, not enough of us took enough economics classes to understand the problem in order to find a solution.

If Obama signs off on a plan that makes huge cuts to Social Security and Medicare and does not include a tax raise, it will be a huge mistake.  Pay attention.  The “Taxed Enough Already” Partiers do not know what trouble they’re causing.  Paying taxes is how we maintain our schools, our secure borders.  We pay taxes to pay our military.  If the tax revenue does not go up – our military cannot get a raise, did you think of that?

Tax breaks handed over to the rich, who benefit most from our capitalistic society, does NOT create jobs.  Jobs are created by consumption – no consumption = no jobs.

Corporations are making their highest profits in years and they aren’t hiring because they are not compelled to do so.

Let’s start finding some real solutions to our nation’s problems and leave the half-baked signs and bumper stickers at home.

Republican Candidates

I’m just going to say it now, I’m voting for President Obama in 2012.  There isn’t ONE viable Republican Candidate out there who could possibly make me believe for one tiny little second that they would be good for this country.

I thought, perhaps, Newt Gingrich.  Alas, the man let me down.  He attacked Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan – which honestly I don’t have an opinion on, yet – and then he lost his nerve and his cajones and APOLOGIZED after being attacked by the far and not so far right for being honest.  The man gave an honest answer to a question and then backed away from it, which sucks because Gingrich is a centralist and now he doesn’t stand a chance.  <sigh> Here are two of your Republican 2012 Candidates.

Michele Bachmann – Bachmann wouldn’t know the truth if it bit her on her ass and stayed there.  She is the new Sarah Palin – someone pretty that just distorts the truth.  Unfortunately, people who like her don’t bother to go and check to see if she’s telling the truth.  Want an example? According to both FactCheck.org and Politifact.com, “on Saturday, March 26th, 2011 in a speech at the Conservative Principles PAC Conference”, Bachmann said the following:

“One. That’s the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office.”

And, she’s wrong. She’s not just wrong by a little, like she said one and there was really 3 or 4. That I would call a mistake. She’s off by at least 199. That’s a lie. A baldfaced lie made to get her followers all up in arms and mad at President Obama.  Why wouldn’t you want to get your followers all up in arms about something Obama really did that burned your butt?  Nope, Bachmann relies on lies and distorted truth to get her point across.  I know there are smart women in the Republican Party, so why don’t one of them run?

Tim Pawlenty – Pawlenty just announced this past weekend.  Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about him.  So, I did what I always do and I started looking him up on the Internet, find out who his was (former Governor of our neighbor to the north Minnesota) and where he stands. I found a video on CNN.com where Pawlenty is speaking to CPAC.  I’d like to see the whole video, but I’m sure I can find it somewhere.  But, here’s the part that bugs the hell out of me:

“Our freedom is the very air we breathe and make no mistake, the policies of the left encroach everyday on the very freedom that has made this country great. We will never ever ever stop fighting for our freedom.”

Now, I understand that Pawlenty was speaking to a conservative group, so he’s going to lean very far to the right. However; over the last thirty years, (maybe more) the Republican Party has spent more time taking away your rights then they have spent protecting them. Just a couple of examples:

  • They have made it harder and harder to get an abortion. Perhaps you agree with that, but I’m sure if you do, you’ve never been in a spot to need one.
  • The Patroit Act – no comment needed
  • Um, Gay Marriage anyone?
  • Oh, and isn’t it the Republican Governors who are taking away worker’s rights.

Put it anyway you like, but it isn’t the Democrats encroaching on my life. It’s the Republicans.

I’ll review a couple more Republican Candidates soon. It’s gonna be one LONG year until the election.

Credit – Bid Laden and the Bad Economy

Reading the comments on any news site is like traveling through a verbal minefield. Those on the right want to blame President Obama for our bad economy and those on the left want to blame former President Bush (George W, not George Herbert Walker). Then, regarding Bid Laden’s death, those on the right want to give credit to former President Bush (again, G.W.) and those on the left want to give credit to President Obama.

Both sides are wrong.

Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about the capture of Bin Laden – but, that’s not going to stop me from commenting. Here’s what I know based on various news reports.

I know that he was found in Pakistan. I know that at one point Pakistan was our “friend”. At some point, we decided that we needed more CIA operatives in Pakistan and we put them there. Eventually, these extra operatives were able to find out the necessary information on Bin Laden’s whereabouts and that is when President Obama was brought fully into the loop (Please don’t fool yourself in thinking that the CIA shares every bit of information with the President, they don’t.) and he made the decision to go and get Bin Laden.

Intelligence gathering takes time, just in case you don’t know. If the information had been gathered four years ago, Mission Accomplish would’ve rang true for Bush II, but it didn’t. Should President Obama be allowed to bask in glory of having found and disposing of our nation’s greatest enemy on his watch? Damn straight he should. Give the man his moment in the sun. He gave the order, he approved the mission. If it had failed, he would’ve taken the blame (remember Carter?). He, along with our fine Navy Seals – take that special forces (what can I say, I’m a Navy brat) – should feel proud for this successful mission.

Now, I would like to say one more thing. Former President George W. Bush is not dissing President Obama by not appearing at Ground Zero with him. He’s doing exactly what he said he would do: stay out of the spotlight. With the exception of his book tour, Bush has stayed away from being center stage. His father did it during Clinton’s presidency and now, George W. Bush is following in his father’s footsteps. He’s doing what the right wing doesn’t want done: He’s giving Obama his day of glory. I think that’s very nice of him.

Now, about the economy. Here’s a very short economic history lesson:

The repeal of the Glass-Seag­al Act in 1999 by the Gramm-Leac­h-Bliley Act started the financial mess (by removing the barrier between Wall Street investment banks and depository banks. This led to the sub prime mortgage crisis, which nearly brought this country to it’s knees. For the record, the Gramm-Leac­h-Bliley Act was sponsored by Republican­s and signed into law by a Democrat. Both parties are to blame.

Now, I believe that when you coupled the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act with Bush’s ridiculous tax cuts for the rich, you just added fuel to the fire. Profits became king, which made the banks and Wall Street take even more chances. However; I am not saying that the Bush tax cuts were the sole reason, just that they exasperated the situation. I am not sure what the tax cuts would’ve done to our economy without the repeal of the Glass-Seagal Act.

In other words, and I’ll say it again, both parties are to blame.

You know who isn’t to blame?

President Obama.

No matter how you slice it, you can’t lay the blame of a bad economy at the feet of a man who wasn’t in power when the economy started to tank. Even though I don’t believe Bush caused the bad economy, there’s at least some cause and effect there and precedence for blaming him. Remember, Carter was blame for the bad economy he inherited from Ford and Reagan was blamed for the bad economy he inherited from Carter. (The 70’s and early 80’s were just a bad time.) In fact, I don’t think Reagan would be so beloved today if he had to deal with the 24 hour news channels and the bloggers like Obama does. But, that’s for another blog.

So, in a nutshell, let’s stop all this petty bullshit and start actually working together. Let’s stop shouting crap at each other and start crossing the aisle. Neither side has a monopoly on what’s wrong for our country and neither side has a monopoly on what’s right for our country. We’re never going to get anywhere if we keep hoping the President fails or slam him all the time. We can’t solve any of our problems talking about those blowhards, Palin and Trump – two people who couldn’t be elected dog catcher to the stars. Let’s start having open dialogues about the issues with some facts, not falsehoods and let’s figure out how to solve our problems. We didn’t kill Bin Laden without some cooperation on both sides and we won’t be able to fix the economy without it.

Tax Cuts Won’t Work

Let me start by saying that I like both Paul Ryan and President Obama.  I’m sure that both men are sincere in their beliefs that their budget plans are good for America.  I believe that Paul Ryan is being misled by the old thinking that raising the upper classes automatically raises the bottom classes.  Thirty years after Reagan’s trickle down theory began, we know this isn’t true.  And, yes, I can state many numbers and statistics to prove it.  President Obama doesn’t want to hurt the lower classes.  He knows that they have been hit the most by this recession.  He knows that the slow recovery is not helping.  He wants to put more money in their pocket.

Both men are wrong.

You cannot pay off debt by lowering your income.  It just doesn’t work.  You can cut costs, but if you don’t have the money to pay the bills, you’re just going to get into a deeper hole.

Ryan’s budget plan of substidizing insurance to cover medicare may save the government money, but it is only going to hurt the people who can ill afford that hurt.

Obama’s budget plan that makes cuts across the board is more reasonable.

But, if both plans insist on tax cuts, neither plan will work.

Even David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s Budget Director, has agreed.  President Obama invoked Stockman’s name in his speech.  Stockman spoke with NPR’s Scott Simon (hear complete interview here) and stated the following:  “The problem with the Ryan plan is it is trying to balance the budget on the back of the poor and you can’t do that.  The President’s talking about reducing the deficit entirely on the top 2% of the population and that won’t work neither.  And, neither side is being honest with the middle class and that is that we’re going to have to have tax increases to pay for this huge amount of government we seem to want…”

You should really listen to the whole interview.  David Stockman is the man who said tax cuts without spending cuts would result in the debt we now have.  But, thirty years ago, nobody was listening.

Obama’s DOMA Decision

Man, I’m torn.

On one hand, I’m thrilled that DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) is probably going down.  On the other hand, I’m not happy about the way it is going to happen.

Here’s the thing, Obama is just plain wrong.  Yes, DOMA is unconstitutional.  Yes, DOMA makes some citizens of the United States unequal to other citizens.  Yes, I want to see DOMA gone.

However; there is a larger and more important issue at stake here.

If the Department of Justice doesn’t defend attacks on our laws in court, then no law is sound.  As much as I like Obama, this is a serious oversight on his part.  I would think that someone who specialized in Constitutional law would’ve had a little more sight into the big picture.  Calling on the Justice Department to not defend DOMA is wrong.  It sends the wrong message on our Nation’s laws.  It will allow the next President to decide that he doesn’t like a law and tell the DOJ to not do their job to defend our Nation’s laws.

I’ve heard talk among gay people that Obama hasn’t done enough for us.  But, seriously, did anyone really cast their vote for Obama thinking that him being President would mean gays and lesbians would be allowed to legally marry?  I know I didn’t.

I, also, believe that at this moment in time, we have more pressing matters.  Our economy – though it is improving – needs more hand holding.  We need to put the money taken from Social Security and put it back in.  We need to improve our education.  Gay marriage is a little low on the list.

I know President Obama is a politician and politicians do things to gain political power or to make their base happy (Can anyone say Scott Walker and Koch Industries?), but I a truly disappointed in Obama.  I expected more from him than a cold bone that will harm our legal system for years to come.  I wanted the DOJ to defend DOMA to their best of their abilities and then lose because the law is morally bankrupt and unconstitutional.  I wanted a ruling that would stick for years to come, not a band aid.

Obama should’ve come up with a better way to do this.

Birthers

I have a question:  When are the birthers going to give up the ghost and admit that President Obama was born in the United States of America?  I’m sure the answer is never.  These people are, quite literally, crazy.  The man was born here – we’ve seen his birth certificate – the whole idea is absolutely nuts.  Then, I was reading on the Internet that they (the birthers) have convinced themselves that President Obama sealed his birth certificate with an executive order.  On one website, they even link directly to the order.  Well, I’ve read it three times and I don’t see anything that makes me believe that Obama has made the government less transparent.  If you don’t believe me, read it for yourself.

Executive Order 13489 is actually very close in wording to another President’s Executive Order – Ronald Reagan’s from 1989.  I’ve read both and, still, don’t see how either is more restrictive than any other.  It seems pretty straight forward to me.

What do you think?

Lack of Republican Solutions

Did Republican Leader John Boehner really say on Sunday we can’t “begin to talk about potential solutions”?  Honestly?

Why not?

Are we really going to allow the nation to fail for the next two years because the Republicans don’t want Obama to succeed?  How does that work?

High unemployment?  We’re sorry, but if everyone who wants a job had a job, Obama would get the credit.

Is that there answer?

Is anyone paying attention?  Or, are we all drinking tea?

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