Use Your Voice – Vote

voteThere is a disturbing rumor that many people intend to stay home and not vote because of President Obama’s opinion on gay marriage.  Please note;  the President is not a minister and is not responsible for your spiritual life and beliefs.  Further, he has not forced his belief into any policies he has put forth.

Why would any woman or African-American deliberately choose to not vote?  If you don’t like the candidate for one office, you can write in a choice or skip that one and vote on all the other offices and laws that are on the ballot.

The President stated he “believes gay couples should be allowed to marry, but the decision should be up to the states”. This is not to be understood as lining up people and forcing them to be gay. ALL Christians have faults in their walk with God and judging others is NOT a Christian perspective. The President is not a minister and cannot be held to the same yardstick.

If you choose to stay home and not vote, you are committing a sin in negating the blood that was spilled to allow women and African Americans the right to vote. If you are against gay marriage, work at the state level to keep it illegal. Do not take your prejudices out against the President, and possibly your children who have to live with your inability to make a simple choice in how the country is governed.
Whatever your stand on gay marriage, being a wimp and not voting hurts everyone. It is tantamount to the people who looked the other way while your forefathers were being lynched.
Grow a pair and go vote.
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You’re Just Too Stupid to be President, Romney

Today presidential hopeful Mitt Romney told the NAACP convention audience they were too stupid to understand him, but he would take care of them by rolling back all programs in place to help the low-income.

Understandably, the audience did not appreciate being called stupid, even in a back handed manner.

You be the judge.

Check out what Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the NAACP has to say prior to Romney’s speech.  Romney didn’t give him much to contradict this opinion.

Remember that Romney is against affordable health care, he was against rescuing the auto industry which has recovered hand is hiring, he is against the earned income credit and child tax credit (his sons have $100 million trust funds, how about your kids), he is against student loan reform and for reducing the number of Pell Grant recipients.  Here is the entire speech.  Listen and make an informed vote.

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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See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

We’re in a lot of trouble America.

The Republican Goonie Squad has called a truce among themselves to try to salvage the party’s chances for a victory.  Case in point, the recent CNBC debate where Rick Perry had brain lapse on his own election agenda, Herman Cain refused to acknowledge that his personal character troubles existed, and Mitt Romney apparently cannot even see that he has opponents other than Obama.

I, for one, am grossly uncomfortable with the idea that the leader of this country has unanswered questions on whether he attempted to coerce sexual favors from subordinates or a leader that has no idea what his own vision for the country is, or have such large blind spots that he cannot acknowledge his own competition.  Flaws of this magnitude lead to personal hubris and a patronizing view of “I know what’s best, don’t worry your pretty little heads”.

Further, no Republican candidate so far has espoused any view other than “give tax breaks to the rich and greedy and everything will be all right”.  That very economic policy is what brought this country to its economic knees.  America now has almost no middle class.  Most have moved into the realm of poverty or homelessness or both.  The only factor keeping many off the streets is family or friends taking them in.

We need a plan that factors in immediate relief for people who are in need now, not wait on the rich to get their tax breaks and decide to hire some workers at depressed hourly rates that keep them on the brink of exhaustion and poverty.  Fair jobs, fair wages and an interim safety net for the homeless are what is needed.

This country has a surplus of vacant housing.  Many are being stripped and vandalized.  There must be some method of working with the banks, social service agencies and government to get families into these homes and off the streets.  Such a boost would give back dignity to those who never thought they would need to be on the receiving end of handouts.

Write your elected officials and tell them today that you want action, not rhetoric.

Occupy America.

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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