Like most kids around the world, when I was at school I learnt of the history of the Brits who travelled to America to find solace free from religious and social tyranny.
It was held up as the pinnacle of freedom. A country driven to see all people as equal and to allow each individual the freedom to live their lives as they wished.
Of course the next chapter in that children’s history book did explain that all wasn’t perfect, with oppression of native people, rampant slavery, racism and sexism issues and a history of political corruption and political cowardice that pretty much matched the rest of the world. I know now that this chapter is taught very differently in America.
It seems that maybe teaching the issues of the past more completely may have been a great way to help people to learn to stop repeating them.
The issues of today, seem to be all too familiar from that children’s history book.
Yes I’m looking at you corrupt Supreme Court, and you, paid for politicians, and you business owners who think you have rights greater than other individuals, and you irresponsible gun rights advocates, and you manufacturers who ship jobs oversees to save a buck irrespective of the long term social costs, and you climate change deniers who put your short term profits ahead of long term health and social need, and you union leaders who limit growth of your members to line your personal power bases, and you war profiteers, and you bigots who subvert the meaning of religious texts to support your bigotry…. Hmm it’s a long list when you think about it….
President Obamney (I’m not sure who won yet), I feel that if the rest of us have to balance our checkbooks each month (and year), our country should too.
Call me crazy but I believe that the USA can find a way to survive on a meager $2.5 trillion/year (or whatever the expected revenue is next year). Go through every line item the way we workers do with our own budgets and make adult decisions about what you absolutely have to pay for and what is a “nice to have” that will have to wait until you get a raise in revenue or an unexpected bonus. If you and the leaders of the House and Senate can honestly say that every line item in that proposed budget is 100% required this year, then I’ll personally bet you everything I own that you’re full of crap. The size of the debt itself is the next economy and retirement-crushing disaster-in-waiting and you and the House and Senate were elected to address just this kind of tough problem.
Please don’t violate the “No Asshole Rule” and put politics ahead of doing the job right. I don’t care how you do it or who gets the credit and neither should you. If a “line item veto” is how it will get done, then I’ll support the President (and Speaker and Senate Majority Leader if needed) getting that power and I don’t care which party any of them are from.
This isn’t rocket science or difficult to understand and you all know it. Once the budget is balanced for the year, THEN consider options for tackling the existing debt. Increasing taxes and adding those additional short-term $ to the budget kitty will only increase spending, not decrease the debt in my opinion and isn’t that the point, to eliminate the debt itself?
Find a way to spend within your current means and then I’ll support really reviewing all options (including new and higher taxes and fees), to raise revenue for the specific purpose of eliminating the national debt itself.
I am tired of commercial media that comments on the news instead of reporting the news. And I’m tired of the people who believe that commentary as truth. AND I am tired of these lemmings having the right to vote for someone who affects ME!
If you cannot give me ONE good reason why your flipping the lever for your candidate, other then spewing some rote memorized data that a taking head has told you, or defend ONE position your candidate stands for, or telling me exactly and TRUTHFULLY and HONESTLY and IN YOUR OWN WORDS how this person is going to make this country a better place….you don’t get to vote.
You can vote for your local mayor, counsel person, school board or any one who has no presence or sway on the national stage and can ultimately effect ME!
It is common knowledge that if you want to drive you need to take a test to get a license. Why? Because your driving effects me. If you don’t know how to drive you can get into an accident and kill someone. Well the same thing goes for ignorant voters….your lack of knowledge can kill someone. Voting through ignorance and because some idiot talking head has told you to has lead us to a tea party, two wars, oil spills, poison groundwater, the near end of any social safety net, in fact the near end of any social conscience at all. I’m tired.
Consider Gore, Al. For a guy who was never president, he’s incredibly well known for a great many things. Which one will rise to the top and be his final 1-line epitaph? Some possibilities include:
– 1/2 of the fiery young Clinton-Gore presidential team for 8 years who drove the “Reinventing Government” initiative to cut waste and red tape in Washington, DC
– Inventing the Internet (and making us capitalize “Internet”)
– “Inventing” the Global Warming issue (or the GW myth if you’re skeptical), and winning the Nobel Prize for it
– Losing his home state of Tenessee (with 11 Electoral votes) in a presidential election he lost by 5 Electoral votes
– The icky, creepy on-stage, on-air erotic kisser of Tipper “Parental Advisory record labels” Gore
– Hanging chads and the most controversial election result in generations
– Co-founder of “Current TV” network (with Joel Hyatt)
…Or will Mr. Gore just be best remembered for being a hilarious “head-in-a-jar” (a preachy, boring one at that) on the animated TV show Futurama?
So, will Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. best be remembered for something “positive” or something “negative?”
There’s a saying from an Australian philanthropist, lifesaver and pubbuilder known as Sheepshagger John which may help you predict the answer, “You know, a man can do a thousand great things, but if you “shag” one lousy sheep…”– (5) (7)
If TV this month is any indication then I’d say that clearly:
1. We all need new car insurance (and haven’t decided on who to buy it from)
2. We’re all potential voters that are “undecided” at the moment
Really? That many of us haven’t decided?
My theory is that advertising agencies and their “inside” men and women are doing a phenomenal job – a phenomenal job of convincing their clients that we the people haven’t decided yet and that another 100 or so viewing “impressions” (industry term) of that “reptile” each week will make the difference (Geico’s The Martin Agency does a good job too).
They’re slinging what the industry calls FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) at their own clients and it’s working.
So people, brace yourselves for lots and lots more Flo, Gecko, the deep-voice actor guy, the guy that played Brenda’s boss on The Closer, Aaron “Discount Double Check” Rodgers and, oh yeah, Barack and Mitt because the agency guys are gooooood.
On the bright side at least I get to see more of Ronald using karaoke to get his “profile” out there and save money on online dating (it is so popular btw that they released an extended version on YouTube for Ronald’s fans)