Thursday, October 7, 2010
The wimp factor and the intelligence of the voting public
The democratic party needs to smarten up by dumbing down. The republicans have figured it out. The voting public are more like middle-school kids on a hormone high than rocket scientists. Emotion rules everything when it comes to politics. Common sense and logic are only secondary. Keep the message simple and the solution simple sounding.
The attention span and memory of this same public is quite limited. They expect a quick fix to problems. After only two years of attempts to fix problems decades in the making the public seems ready to return the reins of government right back to those largely responsible for creating the economic fix we are in today.
What we really needed in 2008 was an aggressive attack on the problems facing America.
Creating a jobs program would have been more effective than using a stimulus with pork for the home folks. A Manhatten project for energy independence would have redirected thousands of white collar jobs in helping to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil. A push for infrastructure repair and renewal would have created thousands of blue-collar jobs and gotten people off the unemployment rolls. What we got was a "cash for clunkers."
The Tea Party movement has channeled anger and frustration into a meaningless destruction of of our Republic by returning to power those that "broke it". A receptive forum has been created for nut jobs to spout their hate and intolerance. Why have the Democrats failed to appeal to these angry voters.
Instead of moving ahead with a solid agenda the Democrats wasted a lot of time trying to reach consensus on issues with the opposition. Compromise was a failure. If it is broke....fix it. Perhaps this was the time to replace independent "too big to fail" banks with a State Banking System? And, a time to punish those responsible for gambliing with billions of dollars by firing them instead of giving them a bonus. Same with the Wall Street bailout. Why reward failure. The same approach could have been used with General Motors. GM killed the electric car plan they started after investing over 1 Billion dollars. They are still pushing products with "power and speed" instead of economy and common sense value. Time for new thinking. Time for solutions. Time for Leadership to step up.
They have kicked sand in our faces and are now taking away our girl friend.
Freedom is not Free
There was a time during the decline and fall of the Roman Empire when the empire could be bought and sold by individuals for a price. Our democracy was created as a Republic yet in 200+ years has evolved into an aristocracy. Money is power in America.
Freedom of Speech has been determined to include allowing unlimited funds to be donated to candidates and causes during election time. In this media oriented society money means paid ads on television and radio. We all know that a lie or exaggeration if repeated enough times sticks in the minds of the voters. So, if you have unlimited funds and are opposed by an individual or organization with limited funds you can spend your way to success at the polls. I am not saying that this always works but the odds do increase for success as you spend more money more effectively. I believe that this darwinian view of politics actually suppresses the Freedom of Speech as it removes the level playing field and creates an unnatural advantage for the person with the most money. A person with unlimited funds can actually out-shout the person with less money. We Americans say we believe in "fair play" but what we do in practice is very different. Whatever happened to the concept of equal time in the media and press to express opinions and views?
Monday, August 2, 2010
Those darn republicans are so damn smart. They create the biggest tax reduction in history for the richest 1 % of americans (the paris hilton bill) which sends us into a another depression and then go out of office.
What a dream scenario to get a Democrat President and Congress to bail out the banks and Wallstreet crooks and give them their bonuses to boot. And to saddle this President with two wars, not one. What a beautiful situation to have for a comeback. The mounting pile of unpaid debt and damaged economy and now it is mid-term election time! The Party out of power usually makes a big time come-back. The Republican party leaders must be laughing their heads off as they light their cigars with $100 bills. Those darn rascals the republicans are so incredibly smart. Let us prey.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Enjoy the following:
1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco
2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman . . Neither works.
4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
5. Always drink upstream from the herd.
6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.
8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.
9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.
11. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.
12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
ABOUT GROWING OLDER...
First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren't paved.
Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
Sixth ~ I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.
Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
Tenth ~ Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf.
Friday, June 4, 2010
A Mad Tea-Party
There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare (Haley Barber Gov MS) and the Hatter (Rand Paul) were having tea at it: a Dormouse (Bobby Jingel Gov LA) was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and talking over its head. 'Very uncomfortable for the Dormouse,' thought Alice (Sarah Palin); 'only, as it's asleep, I suppose it doesn't mind.'
The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it (talking politics and planning the next attack on Obama): '(Drill Baby Drill)!' they cried out when they saw Alice coming. '(No we need more than that)!' said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.
'(Well, perhaps we can turn this oil spill thing right around and blame the guy trying to fix it),' the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.
Alice looked all round the table, but (could not see how this could really work to their favor). '(I don't see it working),' she remarked.
'(We yell "spill baby spill),' said the March Hare.
'(That won't work for me because of the Alaska spill),' said Alice angrily.
'(Perhaps you should then get your own Fox News show and talk about things you don't know about?),' said the March Hare.
'(I don't need my own show)' said Alice; '(I only want nice clothes and lots of money and I am now the highest paid political speaker right now at 110K a speech).'
'(What a gig, I've got to get in on this),' said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.
'(Only if you get be a big hypocrite like me),' Alice said with some severity; 'it's very (challenging).'
The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, 'Why is (Obama black like a negro)?'
'Come, we shall have some fun now!' thought Alice. 'I'm glad they've begun asking riddles. - I believe I can guess that,' she added aloud.
'Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?' said the March Hare.
'Exactly so,' said Alice.
'Then you should say what you mean,' the March Hare went on.
'I do,' Alice hastily replied; 'at least - at least I mean what I say - that's the same thing, you know.'
'Not the same thing a bit!' said the Hatter. 'You might just as well say that "I see what I (want which is not government in our lives)" is the same thing as "(but I want them to bail us out when we get in trouble)"!'
'You might just as well say,' added the March Hare, 'that "(we don't need no regulations)" is the same thing as "(till there is some disaster in our State)"!'
'You might just as well say,' added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, 'that "(Tell the Fed guberment to stay out of my State)" is the same thing as "(But get here right away when all hell breaks loose)"!'
'(But how do we get more votes when the Democrats keep bailing out our asses),' said the Hatter, and here the conversation dropped, and the party sat silent for a minute, while Alice thought over all she could remember about (lots of money and really nice clothes), which wasn't (always enough).
The Hatter was the first to break the silence. 'What day of the month is it?' he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
Alice considered a little, and then said '(Five months until November).'
(So how do we change "drill baby drill" into Obama's "spill baby spill")
'(Can we do it only with Fox News?),' the March Hare meekly replied.
'Yes, but (we will need to find some other non-issues and harp on gun rights and prayer in school again),' the Hatter grumbled: '(Scare tactics have worked so far).'
The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, '(This Tea Party thing of our just might be the answer).'
Alice had been looking over his shoulder with some curiosity. '(Yes, but let's wave the flag and make us look like super patriots coming to the rescue).
'(We tried this strategy under GWB and got only two wars and a great depression)' muttered the Hatter. 'Does your watch tell you what year it is?'
'Of course not,' Alice replied very readily: 'but that's because it stays the same year for such a long time together.' '(It is always 1890 the golden age of the Robber Barons)'.
'Which is just (as it always should be),' said the Hatter.
'The Dormouse is asleep again,' said the Hatter, and he poured a little hot tea upon its nose.
The Dormouse shook its head impatiently, and said, without opening its eyes, 'Of course, of course; just what I was going to remark myself.'
'Have you guessed the riddle yet?' the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
'No, I give it up,' Alice replied: 'what's the answer?'
'I haven't the slightest idea,' said the Hatter.
'Nor I,' said the March Hare.
Alice sighed wearily. 'I think you might do something better with the time,' she said, 'than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.'
'If you knew Time as well as I do,' said the Hatter, 'you wouldn't talk about wasting it. It's him.'
'I don't know what you mean,' said Alice.
'Of course you don't!' the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. 'I dare say you never even spoke to (Obama and offered real solutions)!'
'Perhaps not,' Alice cautiously replied: 'but I know I have to (offer advice) when I learn (how to think).'
The Dormouse had closed its eyes by this time, and was going off into a doze; but, on being pinched by the Hatter, it woke up again with a little shriek, and went on: '(Drill baby Drill)'
'Really, now you ask me,' said Alice, very much confused, 'I don't think (he knows how to play this political game)- '
'At any rate (I love the Tea Party money I am making)!' said Alice as she picked her way through the logic of being a part of this Tea Party nonsense. 'It's the stupidest tea-party I ever was at in all my life!'
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
We live in great political times. the campaigns never cease. You win or lose based almost solely on how much money you can raise and spend on television attack ads. I can hardly wait for the foreign company spending OKed by the U.S. Supreme Court in the upcoming elections.
Well, it took a major recession to bring the Democrats back to power. It may take a continuing recession to remove them from Congress in big numbers.
What strikes me as odd, like living in Hitler's Germany or Stalin's Russia, is how duped Americans have been from voting for their own best self interests. I don't think any of us would individually deny a child free health care but a political party advocates doing just that and has people voting for their candidates. How is this possible in a free democratic society.
A great part of making black look like white is in how you control the propaganda, "the message". The average American watches television 8 hours a day. This gives a well-funded and determined plan plenty of time to send a message.....no matter how false that if told enough times is believed.
No one in their right mind would claim that top ranked Fox News is "fair and balanced" in their
presentation of issues. Under the direction of its owner Murdock (an Australian). It greatly influences the thinking of millions of voters. I remember back in very early 2004 Fox News was announcing each night how many days until the re-election of President George Bush.
Perhaps there should be a cult deprogramming camp for Fox News watchers.
As I see it 20 years of bank and Wall Street deregulation and soft enforcement of anti-trust laws led us to the current recession/depression. For 20 years the Republican Party was pretty much in control of Congress and the Executive Office. I remember James Watt wanting to lease public lands and he was ready to "drill baby drill" in Yellowstone National Park. Ronald Reagan compared joining Unions to being a member of the Communist Party. President GW Bush happily joked while watching American jobs and wealth sucked (Ross Perot was right!) off-shore and overseas.
We have seen the greatest transfer of wealth from the middle class to the super wealthy in world history. The greatest deficits in our history were during the Reagan and GW Bush administrations and NOT during Democrat Administrations. I believe Democrats are to blame. As the party in opposition they enabled all of this and more while standing back and just letting it happen. The Democrats could have used the strategy the Republicans are now using in the U.S. Senate. The Democrats could have stalled the major deregulation and changes in our tax laws that benefited the super rich. But they did not. "Tip" O'Neil and Ronald Reagan were too busy slapping each other on the back to really care that their cooperation was destroying the American Dream of a prosperous middle class reached under Eisenhower. So we now reap what has been sown.
To make matters worse for the future of our economy the Republican Party instead of apologizing for their mistakes of judgement are blaming the Democrats for not cleaning up the mess fast enough. This is good strategy and appears to be working. I remember that in 2004 they succeeded in portraying John Kerry with 3 Purple Hearts as the coward while George Bush the bar stool pilot was the war hero.
Now convince us that Health Care for all Americans bad.
Deregulation is good especially for mining profits not safety.
Gas for cars is better than battery power.
Drill baby drill till it is all gone!
Jobs overseas are better than employing Americans at home.
Off-shore stashing of money to avoid taxes is good for business.
War 24/7 is good.
What is good for Wall Street is good for America
Banks should invest in high-risk ventures.
Bonuses and obscene salaries for CEOs are always good.
Monopolies for broadcasting is true blue American.
God Bless America. May her flag always wave over a home of the brave and a land of the free.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Only in America does failure mean success. For years american industry and the top 500 businesses have rewarded their top executives with bonus payments and stock options supplementing outrageous high salaries. The quarterly bottom line could even register in the red and these guys were rewarded for failure. Failure in the short term shows a willingness to be innovative and reaching for the long-term reward by being far-sighted and willing to risk one's career on making the right choices. Rewarding continuous failure year after year reminds one of an aristocratic elite that takes care of its own. The recent bonuses given to failed banking and wall-street executives shows failure in a big way does not result in failure of career or personal financial loss.
History teaches us that this level of enabled failure by, of and for an elite can result in violent revolution as in Cuba, Russia, Haiti and France to name just a few examples. Few revolutions evolve to the best interests of its people. The American experience is the most successful of the lot. However it is seriously flawed.
Any political system that rewards failure at the expensive of its citizens needs major political change. The success of the Republican Party to delay and filibuster and tie up the Congress and critical need for reform is a dis-service to the American ideal of compromise. Portraying any reform and change as harmful is destructive to the effective workings of our Republic. When in power the Republican Party's failure to address the long-term needs of this country should not be rewarded by letting them now place blame on those trying to correct the failure.
We know the Congress is bought and paid for by the corporations. Now the U.S. Supreme Court has recently shown itself to also be an ideological tool for the financial power elite, and many of these elite are foreign. The Court chooses to represent these destructive forces rather than the citizens it has sworn to protect.
We fight wars to bring democracy to lands that have never known its benefits, while we reject and subvert the blessings of democracy here at home for political and financial gain.
"We have met the enemy and he is us".
Thursday, January 7, 2010
The plan for the Republican Party is to draw support from the grass roots tea party fanatics while using parlimentarian tricks to tie up Congress into one big gordian knot. Make Obama and the Democrats look bad with a do-nothing looking Administration. The Republicans see failure of our Republic as their path for coming back to power.....and we all know what that means.
I understand there is a new Coffee Party to counter the elite Tea Party folks.