It’s Not About You… It’s The Election Silly

fireplaceSo, under tremendous pressure from their own party members, the House of Representatives graciously decided to grant the payroll tax extension for those in the 99%.  And, incidentally, prevent us from paying $1,000 or more in taxes next year.

This action was taken reluctantly, with Speaker Boehner stating “We have fought the good fight. Why not do the right thing for the American people even though it’s not exactly what we want”.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I didn’t elect anyone to do what they want.  I elected them to work in my best interests.  They work for me (and you).

This doesn’t seem to matter to the egocentric Republicians.  They want only power and more money to the rich. Because we all know, if the rich have lots of money, they quickly spread it around to the middle class.  That’s why they came to our rescue so quickly when families were faced with losing their homes.  The rich banks quickly rewrote loans to meet the reduced incomes of the families.  Now everyone has a roof and food and can pay their bills… Oh wait, that’s not what happened.

So, what prompted the sudden about face?  According to Republican strategist Ford O’Connell, “If they had continued to dig in on this they risked losing the Senate in 2012 and handing President Obama the election without even having a fight”.  Ahhh.

Contrary to Speaker Boehner’s smooth words, this is about tricking the American public prior to the election in hopes that the Republican candidate wins and then they can begin truly trouncing us with back-breaking budgets that favor only the already-wealthy.

Well forewarned is forearmed.  As stated in the Delacration of Independence:
“But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

Remember this moment in history when you go to the polls.  No matter what honeyed words are spouted by the Republican party members, they cannot be trusted.  Vote Independent, Democrat or write in your own candidate.  Just be sure to send the Republican liars a firm message that America is hopeful, not gullible.

Merry Christmas.  Occupy Forever.

Response of the Rich; Not What You’d Expect

lightsabersThe Occupy movement has gained the ear of the intended; the wealthy.  Now, this group is speaking up and out about how they feel on the country’s economic future.  A group calling itself “Patriotic Millionaires For Fiscal Strength” is imploring Washington to give them higher taxes.  That’s right; the rich want to pay more in taxes so the country can begin to get out of it’s economic grave.

Robert Johnson, a member of this group, stated;

“America is no longer based on markets and capitalism, instead our economy is designed as ‘socialism for the rich’ – it is designed to ensure that the wealthiest people take all of the gains, while regular Americans cover any losses,” he said at a press conference this afternoon in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a Las Vegas economy where regular Americans put their money on the table and the richest 1 percent own the house,” he said. “And if the 1 percent happen to lose money, the 99 percent bails them out – covers their losses and then stands by watching while the house does it all over again.”

Even in the face of this plea by the group who stand to gain most, Republican Congresspersons are standing fast to the party line of “reduce taxes on the rich and the country will prosper”.  This is clearly not true and the economic figures do not support this pie-in-the-sky approach to fixing the economy.  Reducing the deficit will take hard-core income, not some translucent idea that some businesses might begin to hire and might start paying a living wage.

Wake up Republicans, taxing the middle class only works while there is a middle class. Creating only bottom-feeder, low-wage, low-skill jobs at the expense of everyone means that eventually, everyone will be at the bottom.

The reality is that the economy works only when the middle-class has disposable income and spends it.  This creates demand, and increases profits for all, not just the rich.  Stop whining and put forth a stable financial plan that takes surplus money from those who can and more importantly, will afford it.  Using these funds responsibly will begin healing a bleeding country.

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The Poor and the Restless

Occupy AmericaA few years ago I stated to friends and family that if the economic wasteland did not improve there would be protests then riots.

That prediction is starting to shape up despite the vigorous attempts of mainstream power mongers to keep us placid and distracted with scandals and TV.  There is only so much distraction from a rumbling stomach that can be ignored.  Further, with many being homeless and unemployed, there is nothing to stop them from hitchhiking to the power and money capitals to camp out in front of our decision makers so that they have to look the poor in the eye as they make their ruinous policies.

No one begrudges a hard worker their just rewards.  But when the privileged use unfair and immoral practices and pressure on lawmakers to fatten their wallets at the expense of others, there is justified indignation. Level the playing ground, allow families to buy homes, cars and food.  These are not extravagant requests.

But those in power in Corporate America have hit us with a two edged sword; first take away the high paying jobs for just-over-minimum wage jobs, then raise prices for all basic necessities like food, gas, clothing and housing.  This has created an unprecedented amount of working poor and homeless.  Many have jobs but must sleep at relatives, friends or in their cars.  How can this possibly go on?  You made the decisions to ship our jobs overseas.  You made the decisions to “downsize” your workforce.  Now you cry “low profits” as an excuse for not re-hiring people at full-time jobs that pay decently.  I’m sorry that you now only make 100% profits instead of 300%.  You can’t afford your super-yacht anymore, boo-hoo.  Please tell your tale to the families in line at the food bank because you cut off their unemployment check and food stamps while telling them to go find a non-existent job.

I for one, am glad to see the people of America remembering that they are in charge of the politicians.  I am glad to see us standing up once more in peaceful dignity and saying in one voice, “Fix this mess!!”

Keep Occupying.

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Stop Pointing Fingers and Fix The Economy

If you’re already rich and privileged, you can get $200,000 for voluntarily quitting your cushy job for another more cushy job that pays you more money.

But if you are down and out, unemployed and have children to feed, the state will cut off your only meager income.  Of course, when your shady dealings are found out, you take the high road and return the quitting bonus.

Interesting is the idea that severe deficits in the government’s budget can only be closed off by ending assistance to the poor.  The same woman who said she is getting “paid what she is worth” about the quitting bonus is attempting to force a 20% pay cut for people who make between $8 and $15 per hour.  Republicans in both local and federal jobs seem to believe that America can only become great again if the poor would get jobs.

Well, let’s look at that.  First, the auto industry began massive layoffs and “buyouts” to reduce their deficits.  This caused many industry dependent businesses and suppliers to also have to layoff staff.  Next the housing industry took a dive because these formerly middle class citizens could not pay their bills.  Houses went into foreclosure by the tens of thousands leaving banks about to go belly-up.

So, the federal government steps in and rescues the banks while the people yell “yeah”.  Then they step in to rescue the auto companies and the people yell “nay”.  Please note that the decisions that led the company policies and created their profits or losses were made by those making over $500,000 per year.  Not exactly poverty stricken.  None of the middle class workers being laid off were decision makers.

Now that these industries have been rescued, the auto companies are slowly hiring again, albeit at lesser wages but the banks are increasing fees to customers and refusing loans to the small businesses who need funds to hire or expand.  Hmmm, it seems that the rich take the money and run and the “kick em while they’re down” actually put their money where their community is.

Further, people at the bottom of the economic ladder spend more regularly because they do not have resources to stock up on goods.  Their clothes and shoes are of lesser quality and must be replaced more frequently.  These are rampant consumers and keep the economy flowing.  If they have no job to go to they don’t buy gas or fast food for lunch.  They don’t buy mid-range work clothing as they just wear jeans or sweats until they wear out.  And they don’t buy new computers, cell phones and other electronics because they don’t have the money.

Only decent paying employment will pull America and the globe out of the pit we have dug.  If companies do not hire, they cannot complain that they have no customers.  By choking off the incomes of the already poor, this country guarantees continuous recessions.

Again I say, make your own job.

Can’t Find a Job? Make One.

By Charles Kemp

Creating your own job may seem daunting, but with today’s technology it is actually easier than ever.  Many young people fresh from college are doing this to keep out of the low-wage, long hour treadmill of bottom level jobs with no future the current economy is churning out.

One thing to keep in mind is that working for yourself requires discipline and long hours so choose something you are passionate about for a business.  If you can eat, sleep, dream and breath it, that’s probably your best choice.

Technology makes it possible to launch most businesses from home, keeping costs down.  Creativity can control other costs.  Use parts of your student funds to start collecting things you will need for your business.  Books can be used for research for your business and for papers in college.  Buy top of the line tech as you may not be able to replace it with business start up funds.

Partner with others or at least network to barter services and goods.  And above all, learn the best manners and business behavior and practice them. Treating customers and vendors in a professional manner can make or break a start up business.  Use all social networking available and develop profiles that are strictly professional.  Ditch the cute or cool e-mail addresses and profile names of college and polish up a business presence.

And above all, have fun.  If you don’t enjoy having you as a boss, no one else will.

A New Fairy Tale

Once upon a time in a magical place called America, I worked the corporate treadmill and had a good middle-class life and lifestyle.  I had good neighbors who also lived the good middle-class life.  Then came revelations that all was not as wonderful as believed in the kingdom.  The kings had sold much of the land and resources to outsiders and made backroom deals with them to keep the populace ignorant.

When leaks began to happen and the people were restless, they were distracted with games, movies, scandals and other treats.  This kept the people focused on nonsense and prevented them from seeing the trouble coming.

Difficult times began and jobs were few and far between even for the highly skilled and educated.  People began to shout for “change” and were rewarded with the coming of the prince.  The prince promised change but cautioned it would be difficult and that all would need to sacrifice together to make the kingdom great again.

The people cheered the prince and promised their support until the first cuts began.  There was no magic wand to make everything as it was so they started to grumble.  The people put in advisors who would force the prince’s hand.  But the advisors turned on the people and made it worse, they wanted only to protect the high lords of the land and wanted the workers and peasants to drop dead.

I wish I could say this story had a happy ending, but it is filled with heartache, homelessness, poverty, helplessness and despair.  Many families struggle even now in the face of rampant consumerism, and entertainers with exorbitant salaries.  Many of the high lords shifted their wealth into other countries to evade taxes and avoid the people.  This only increased the poverty and lack of jobs.

Only the unity of a nation’s people, rich and poor can make us great again.  Small business owners need capital to hire workers.  Workers need re-training for new industries and families need intermediate support to survive.  Children raised in poverty have their futures stunted and do not contribute to the fullest of their potential.

Join me in changing the end of this tale, commit to making America the great land it once was.  It will take hard work, entrepreneurship and cooperation across ages, cultures, races and economic status but it can happen.  If you agree, comment or like this post and I will send it to our high lord politicians of both sides, because if we don’t drop sides and work together, the end of this story will be bleak.