Category Archives: Politics

Okay, explain this to me…

Well…this little nugget has been gnawing at me for a while…well, at least a couple of weeks since ole Snyder weighed in on the obesity epidemic….I hope you’ll remember a few months back when Michelle Obama came out for measures that would help stem the obesity epidemic here in the US…..including that individuals need to take responsibility for their own health by eating better and getting off the couch….and she was vilified by the repubs for what they said was extension of the “nanny state” and being the nanny in chief….then, we have ole gov Snyder here in Michigan do the same thing and the GR press and the other right wing newspapers here cheer that someone had the bravery to take on the health of the people of the state….another case of breathtaking hypocrisy by the repubs and their propaganda arms in the media. When are we going to call these people on this nonsense? When are these newspapers going to stop looking at this stuff as good if it comes from the right and bad if it comes from anyone else? geez….

Musings about politics and other things…

Well….when are we, as a people, going to stop allowing billionaires to buy elections…when are we going to climb out from under the thumb of banks and business and take our country back…when are we going to find the principles that made this country great and start living by them again? I am edging up on the concept of civil disobedience as useful tool to combat the nonsense from the right and their owners…what if everyone took a month off from paying their mortgages; what would the banks do? What if we all come out and tell the politicians we want an ideology free set of solutions that are based in the science of economics; not the failed “gut feel” economics that the right is pushing? What if we said no to more tax cuts? What if we said yes to paying more in taxes to help get the country out of this mess? What if we boycott any company that sends even one more job out of the country? What if we stop this warfare on working people and support the unions who are the last line of defense for the middle class?

There are so many things that we can and need to do to make this country better…not just for the rich but for all of us but it won’t happen on it’s own…it’s time for all of us to say enough of going backward and saying what we can’t do…what if we become aspirational again? We need to think big again…there is more than enough money for it here….we just need to get it back from the right wing thieves who have stolen it all over the past 20 years….geez…

I was going to do a political one….

Well…I was going to do a political one today but I am still in a state of disgust with all politicians…okay, not all of them..but all of the repubs for sure and even some of the dems who seem to think that compromise is giving the repubs everything they want and ignoring the wants of the people that elected them. The polls show that people do not want what the repubs are selling; the gutting of the last vestiges of the social safety net that still remain for more and more tax breaks for the rich and business. We are starting to see what the repubs vision is doing to America with the prospects of another recession growing every day, caused by how they have slashed the incomes of the middle class to the point that the economy can’t grow because no one but the rich can afford to spend anything. The latest figures show that middle class has lost over 7% of their income over the past 4 years while the income of the top 10% has grown by over 40% in that same time period. And the repub idiots continue to scream that the dems are all about class warfare…when they are the ones who have unleashed warfare on the middle class and poor and will not be satisfied until everyone but them is living in poverty….geez….

Oh, I guess this was a political one….I never know where the brain is going to lead me once I get started….

One last thing…where are the jobs gov Snyder?

What’s wrong with this picture?

Well…just a short one…the events of the last couple of days expose the repubs for what they truly are…the job killers that they are always accusing the dems of being. In front of the fed meeting that is going on over the next couple of days, the repub thugs have sent a letter to the fed chairman threatening him with some kind of action if he allows another bout of stimulus to prevent the economy from falling back into recession. Never mind that the fed is an independent entity that was specifically designed to prevent the kind of legislative meddling that the repubs hate unless it is to benefit business…when there is possibilty that the fed can use it’s few tools to benefit the economy as a whole, the repubs go off on their crazy train and start making threats like the terrorists they are. This time the public needs to step up and hold these thugs feet to the fire and force them to start to govern for more than the top 1%…geez…

There are no adults left on the right…

Well…waiting for the dryer to finish so I can get out for the bike ride and thought I’d just put down a couple of thoughts…first, the right seems apoplectic that a solar film company that got a government loan went out of business after Obama touted it as being part of our energy future and there are howls for investigations of any lawbreaking….which I really can’t disagree with. But, where the heck were the republicans when Halliburton was getting all of the no-bid contracts and stealing billions of dollars when ole GW was in office? And, where were they when GW and Cheney were committing felonies by approving torture and warrantless wiretapping? I just can’t believe that the American public keeps electing these folks when it has been clear for a long time that they have no principles or honor…that they are all too happy to put the future of this country at risk for political gain….they just remind me of a 6 year old…and that may be insulting to the six year old….geez…

Finally, the gloves come off…

Well…I don’t know what took so long but finally, Obama has taken the gloves off and is no longer playing nice with the obstructionist repubs. I think he has made the right decision to attack on the whole idea of tax cuts for the rich and has put the pressure back on the thugs by going to the American people with proposals to raise taxes (or just make them equitable) on those making more than a million bucks a year…listening to Warren Buffett who decries the fact that he pays less of a percentage of his income than his secretary does in taxes. How can anyone disagree with that? But, then we have the right winger hogs worrying that the trough they have carefully and single mindedly filled to the brim for the rich might just end up a quarter of an inch below the rim….and trotting out their tired old bleat that asking for the rich to pay their fair share is “class warfare” and pledging to make sure that none of their rich donors will have to pay another dime….all I have to say to Obama is: nothing else is working politically so go big….make those idiots defend the rich and powerful…it will make is just so much easier to differentiate the dems from these thieves…geez…

The republicans hate government unless they can use it for fraud…

Well…nasty little allegations are surfacing in Wisconsin about how Scott Walker and his cronies have been using state-paid employees as political shills in direct violation of the law there….the most recent developments concern one of Walker’s top aides who is suspected of doing political campaign work for other candidates disregarding her duties to the folks in Wisconsin that pay her. These guys really hate public workers unless they can be used either overtly or secretly to further their political aims and this kind of nonsense should be remembered in 2012….that the state supposedly can’t afford to pay teachers or firemen or police, but they can afford to pay political hacks that don’t do anything to further the public good….just another instance where these liars will do or say anything to gain political advantage…geez….

America is offically stupid…

Well….with the repubs win in the NY special election yesterday, I declare that America is officially stupid and has completely lost it’s mind. This idiot that they elected campaigned on the opinion that Obama doesn’t know how to to fix the economy and the repubs do…never mind that these folks are the ones that trashed the economy in the first place and have no ideas for fixing it other than the tax cuts that have been shown to not have created even one job…and the people that put him over the top are seniors that are going to lose everything when these thugs get their hands on the last remnants of the social safety net…I’m getting ,more and more glad that I’m getting old and won’t have to see this trashing of the traditions of this great country and the institution of the “I’ve got mine…everyone else can go to hell” mantra that is the rallying cry of these tea party idiots who love the fact that people will die as a result of their policies….it is a dark day but if we keep electing these cretins, we will look back on today with fondness…geez…

Just a short one about nonsense..

Well…with the news that came out today that 1 in 6 people in the US now lives in poverty, I wonder why the President and the rest of the dems aren’t shouting from the rooftops that this is a direct result of the policies of the repubs and their cronies in business that has taken back all of the progress that has been made by workers over the past 40 years. And now, the only program that keeps more and more seniors out of those growing ranks is under attack by all of the repub presidential contenders. Another question that comes to mind in all of this debate is why are seniors who will be the most affected by the proposed shredding of this last safety net so reliably republican? I didn’t think people got that stupid as they age….at least I had hoped it wouldn’t happen….but when you get people cheering at the tea party sponsored debate when a question was asked about a 30 year old being left to die if he decided to not buy health insurance….I do fear for this country and it’s continued slide into the meanness that is part and parcel of these folks….

Wandering again….

Well…there are a bunch of things that I want to comment on…or maybe just a couple of things….the first is the reaction of the crowd at the repub debate that clapped and cheered when a question concerning the 263 people Texas has executed in rick Perry’s tenure there…really, cheering for someone dying? Even when it has been shown that many of them were mistakenly convicted? This just shows you the type of neanderthals that inhabit the repub party these days…and what we have to look forward to if these thugs are elected. Then, we have ole Rick calling Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” that he would like to eliminate….even Romney the flip flopper wouldn’t bite on that nonsense…

One other thing…not political but pretty cool nonetheless…a Great Blue Heron has taken up residence in one of the retention ponds along M-6 and it is just the coolest looking bird…and this was the third day he was there…brightened up my day for sure….there might be more later if I don’t hang out with T…..