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The Republican Clown Train is Chugging Along with Donald Trump as Engineer

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

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Like many TV programs, I’m going to take a break for a few months to renew thoughts and prepare for a long election process…but first, here is the initial blog of my four-part series on the evolving Republican and Democrat candidates …as they stand today.

By January, the political scene will explode with election rhetoric all day long and there will be plenty of statements to challenge, promises to question, and behaviors to be wary of. Voters should be asking themselves many questions…about the position of these candidates on war, taxes, healthcare, education, jobs, wages, and if their religious ideology and their views are paramount to yours, and if the rule of law in our country is secondary to the rule of God…as in the case of Sharia Law in the Middle East?

Below is information on all the candidates and some actual comments they have recently made.
The Republican Candidates (in alphabetical order)

• Jeb Bush has said he is his own man, but is he? Rather than assemble a team of his own, he selected 17 of Daddy’s and dubya’s former advisors…the same ones who took us into Iraq needlessly. He demonstrated his weakness and inability to make a definitive statement when he gave four different answers in four days when asked, “Given what we know now, would you still have gone into Iraq?” Bush tried to explain his position on Iraq by providing a muddied expression of support for the war. Bush later tried to clean up his mess by finally acknowledging he would have done things differently in Iraq. On the domestic front, Bush along with other family members were also linked to a series of business scandals — including Medicaid fraud and shady S&L deals which ultimately lead to the collapse of Lehman Brothers, a firm that had been strong since its founding in 1850. Jeb made $1.3 million as a financial advisor at Lehman, but just months after his hiring, the institution collapsed, taking a lot of Florida state money with it. (Bush Family Value$ – The Bush clan’s family business, Stephen Pizzo, http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1992/09/bush-family-value)Because of questionable financial issues and two mediocre debate performances, his poll numbers remain in the mid-single digits. As he sticks to the foreign policy of the past, that past also demonstrates Jeb’s lack of compassion for the less fortunate when in 1994 he said, “Under his plan, Florida would refuse to accept federal funds to aid the state’s poor families, and restrict benefits to just two years of assistance. To be eligible for benefits, poor women would be required to ‘identify the fathers of their children, submit to random drug tests and work if jobs were available,’” (Miami Herald, March 1, 1994; http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Jeb_Bush_Welfare_+_Poverty.htm ) Twenty years later, he still lacks empathy for others when he announced that rather than raising the minimum wage, “People need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families.” (Quote of the Day: Jeb Bush Is Still Chasing Economic Unicorns; http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/07/quote-day-jeb-bush-still-chasing-economic-unicorns) Or when he said, but later walked back, “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.” (What Jeb Bush’s ‘gaffe’ on women’s health really tells us; https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/08/05/what-jeb-bushs-gaffe-on-womens-health-really-tells-us/) Is compassion, integrity, and intellect something our next president should have?

• Ben Carson, the only black Republican candidate, did well in the first and second debates. As a result, his numbers have risen briskly. He is strong on calmness and weak on information, facts, and reasonable solutions. He has had a distinguished medical career in neurology, used fetal tissue research in his medical work, and published his results. So, why is he choosing not to support this medical procedure now? In addition, why is he electing to make controversial statements about prisons and gays, such as “because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight—and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.” His comment on healthcare is equally disturbing: “You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.” (5 Ben Carson Quotes Proving Why He’s Too Crazy To Be President; http://www.forwardprogressives.com/5-ben-carson-quotes-proving-hes-too-crazy-to-be-president/) Do you believe Obamacare is the worst thing to happen in our country since slavery? Worse than the Great Depression? Worse than 9/11?

• New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is known for his bullying and currently doesn’t have the support of his own state. With responses like these, to questions asking Christie whether his child goes to a public or private school, it is easy to understand his lack of support: “First off it’s none of your business. I don’t ask you where you send your kids to school. Don’t bother me about where I send mine.” (Chris Christie’s 10 best quotes; http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72413.html ) Christie, stilled mired in the George Washington Bridge scandal, continues on as if it didn’t happen. In the second debate, Christie, who is polling near the bottom of the pack, tried to raise his numbers by stressing the need for the middle class to grow…not a popular Republican talking point. However, he supports the popular GOP notion of shutting down Planned Parenthood taking healthcare resources, breast cancer screenings, and contraceptives away from millions of women. According to Christie, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton supports the “the systematic murder of children in the womb to preserve their body parts in a way that maximizes their value for sale for profit” – a totally skewed statement of ideology rather than fact. (Chris Christie Says Hillary Clinton Supports ‘Systematic Murder Of Children’, September 16, 2015; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gop-debate-planned-parenthood_55fa12b2e4b08820d91758bb)
Is it time for Christie to abandon his presidential dream?

• Ted Cruz continues his role as a disruptor rather than a legislator elected to govern. Rather than compromise, he wants to again shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood, costing the country billions of dollars in lost revenue. His spoiled child antics, if I don’t get my way, you can’t play with my toys, is costing both the country and the Republican Party. And if he shuts down Planned Parenthood, he has no plans to provide alternative healthcare services to the millions of low income men and women who are now receiving it. Cruz not only thinks his views are all that matter, he thinks he is above the law as well and that his views should supersede the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage and has said: “If the citizens of the state of Iowa or the citizens of the state of Texas want to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman … the states have the constitutional authority to do so and the federal government and unelected judges cannot set aside the democratically elected legislature’s reasonable decisions to enact and protect traditional marriage.” (You Need To See These 11 Scary Quotes From GOP Presidential Candidate Sen. Ted Cruz; http://newsone.com/3101135/gop-presidential-candidate-2016-senator-ted-cruz-quotes) Yet, he had no problem accepting the corruption of our democratic process with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Disagreeing with our laws is an American right, but deciding which laws of the land you will follow and which ones you won’t, is neither legal nor smart. What would America look like if everyone decided to follow only the laws they liked?
Part 2 of 4
Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, and George Pataki

• Carly Fiorina, the only woman in the Republican field, had a good showing in the first and second elephant debates even though Fact Check proved what she said about abortions and fetal tissue video footage was deliberately false. And although Planned Parenthood and other reputable sources have denied her assertions, she doubled down on her flawed commentary by saying at the second debate: “I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes [edited tapes and supplied by anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, yet still didn’t have the scene she described]. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says: ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’ “(Tampa Bay times, Political Fact ü.com; http://www.politifact.com/truth-o- meter/statements/2015/sep/17/carly-fiorina/cnn-debate-carly-fiorina-urges-others-watch-planne/).  Liked by Republicans for her robust criticism of Clinton and her strong response to Trump has launched her from the kid’s table to a real contender.  With an impressive career in both profit and nonprofit work, Carly Fiorina became the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 company. She touts her business acumen, even though she was fired by Hewlett-Packard after the company’s stock value dropped by half in 2005 from $106 billion to $56 billion. While she cites the revenue as doubling during her tenure, she neglects to mention that a large share of that was because of her disastrous purchase of Compaq, increasing the low margin PC business versus growing the more lucrative printer business.  As far as her political or government experience, she has never held an elected office. In 2010 she ran for a California U.S. Senate seat, but lost to Barbara Boxer. Now she is running for President of the United States. Carly successfully fights for spotlight by supporting standard GOP values –no new taxes regardless, no ban on assault weapons, and repeal Obamacare. She shares some truths about her rival Republicans, “People are tired of the status quo. You see that in various movements in and out of our [the Republicans] party, but most candidates are offering hollow rhetoric, not specific solutions.”  (Carly Fiorina Quotes, http://www.azquotes.com/author/4831-Carly_Fiorina) Is Carly a viable candidate or is it just her turn in the spotlight?

• Lindsey Graham’s ratings are approximately zero percent, so there are only two ways he can go — up or out. Since his platform is primarily bomb Iran, this extremely hawkish senator isn’t very popular with most rational people. The Iraq war destabilized the Middle East, left a large parcel of land for ISIS to grow and occupy; an Iraq army incapable or unwilling to defeat ISIL; incurred trillions in costs, thousands of dead Americans, and thousands more with missing limbs and  suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; and soldiers with years of deployments who now are finding it hard to integrate into society. Lindsey Graham’s foreign policy is clear—he wants to invade Iraq again. You cannot destroy ISIL in Syria without a ground component. ..There is no way that I can see how we fix the problem in Iraq and Syria without American ground troops. (Lindsey Graham on War & Peace; http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Lindsey_Graham_War_+_Peace.htm). On the domestic front, his support for the controversial oil industry is consistent.  Even though the oil and gas industries continue to rake in high profits, Graham would prefer giving them taxpayer subsidies rather than using the money for food stamps, healthcare, or education.  Accordingly he said, “I’m going to vote with my party. I just think oil subsidies have to be part of a bigger package.”  (Top 10 Absurd Quotes by Lindsey Graham, http://www.freedomworks.org/content/top-10-absurd-quotes-lindsey-graham) Do you think most Americans support oil subsidies over job programs, feeding the hungry, taking care of our veterans, and making education affordable?

• Mike Huckabee, an Evangelical Christian, thinks we shouldn’t have separation of church and state, but be ruled by the divine. Does he not realize that idea goes against the very foundation of our country? His outlandish remarks include “The Iran deal is so bad it will ‘take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.’” (‘Offensive,’ ‘Sad’: Reaction To Huckabee’s Holocaust ‘Oven’ Reference; http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/07/27/426729144/offensive-sad-politicans-react-to-huckabees-holocaust-reference) Additionally Huckabee called on conservative Christians to engage in a massive “Biblical disobedience” campaign against the “false god of judicial supremacy,” comparing the Supreme Court decision on the legality of gay marriage to the Dred Scott case that upheld the Fugitive Slave Act. (Mike Huckabee Set the Bar Really High for the Worst Reaction to the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling; http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/06/mike-huckabee-just-set-bar-really-high-worst-reaction-same-sex-marriage) His overt support for law breaker and jailed Kim Davis displays a disturbing quality that is sweeping our country…that an individual’s own religious beliefs top the rule of law. Therefore, he supports a theocracy type of government over our current democracy. Do you care if America becomes a theocracy rather than a democracy?

• John Kasich, governor of OH, just barely made the first Top Ten debate, and had a less than stellar performance in the second one. Unlike most Republicans, he admits that we have to take steps to fix our environment. “If we intend to provide a better life, and a better world, for future generations, we can’t ignore the quality of the environment we leave them. (John Kasich Quotes, http://www.azquotes.com/author/7759-John_Kasich) But as Governor his conservative values dominated many of his actions. He cut taxes in Ohio several times. He is anti-abortion, and signed a controversial bill placing restrictions on the procedure and women’s access to it. He also strongly favored a labor law that would have imposed harsh restrictions on collective bargaining rights, but the proposition was defeated in a popular election. Along with practical agenda items, his bizarre views shine through on other issues.  While many Americans think teachers make a lot of sacrifices in pursuit of educating our youth, Kasich believes otherwise. He recently stated, “If I were, not president, but if I were king in America, I would abolish all teachers’ lounges where they sit together and worry about ‘woe is us.’” (GOP presidential candidate says teachers are whiners with a ‘woe is us’ attitude; http://www.businessinsider.com/john-kasich-said-he-would-abolish-teachers-lounges-2015-8) Do we really want a president who thinks one of our most pressing national issues is teachers’ ability to converse with each other a few minutes a day away from the students they are working hard to educate?

•  George Pataki has only about 5 percent of the Republican electorate saying they would vote for him.  As the three-term governor of New York, he brought conservative values and led the state through the 9/11 attack. However, when he chose to favor stricter gun control laws and abortion rights as governor, he fell out of step with his conservative party. The conservative party did not like this statement made by Pataki either: “We also have a program in place for low income people. A family of four making $26,000 a year can receive medical coverage, irrespective of citizenship or documents.” (George Pataki Quotes; http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/george_pataki.html 

•  Marco Rubio fared well in the first debate pushing his youth and vision for the future. Many believe Rubio represents the future – young, Cuban heritage, conservative, and popular in his home state of Florida. However, his stand on abortion and gay marriage are problematic. He believes women must carry a baby to term regardless of conception circumstance (i.e rape or incest) and that “At a time when the American family is threatened as never before, redefining it away from the union of one man and one woman only promises to weaken it as a child-rearing, values-conveying institution.”(Marco Rubio’s ‘American Dreams’: 10 key quotes; http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/marco-rubios-american-dreams-10-key-quotes-114102.html) Rather than focusing on rebuilding America, Rubio, like the other Republican candidates, is a neocon who believes he knows what is best for the rest of the world. “In every region of the world, we should always search for ways to use U.S. aid and humanitarian assistance to strengthen our influence, the effectiveness of our leadership, and the service of our interests and ideals.” (5 Marco Rubio Quotes That Prove He’s the Neocon Dream Candidate; http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/5-marco-rubio-quotes-that-prove-hes-the-neocon-dream-candidate/) Maybe Rubio should focus on building a more humane American by addressing income inequality, focus on our kids’ future by addressing climate change, and focus on creating American jobs rebuilding our infrastructure rather than spending our resources trying to defeat people and their ideals around the world?

•  Rick Santorum, didn’t do well in two previous elections, but must believe the third time is the charm. Previously he supported home school and rigid religious beliefs. Additionally, he refuses to raise the minimum wage for hard working Americans, but takes home $180,000 of taxpayer dollars for his salary, and then makes this insulting quote: “In far too many families with young children, both parents are working, when, if they really took an honest look at the budget, they might find they don’t both need to… Sadly the propaganda campaign launched in the 1960s has taken root. The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.” (7 Cringeworthy Rick Santorum Quotes; http://www.bustle.com/articles/86196-7-cringeworthy-rick-santorum-quotes-that-could-set-his-campaign-back-decades) Like many GOP candidates, his views date back to the 1950s, rather than looking at the future. His vision for America is to regress back to a white male-dominated society, rather than a diverse one of equality for all. The ultimate question voters should ask is: “Do we want America to be a progressive country and still uphold the ideals of our forefathers or, do we want it to be country controlled by a few stuck in the past?

•  Donald Trump, the surprise candidate, is still number one in the polls even though no specific visions or plans have been announced. It is unclear what the self-funded billionaire candidate stands for except making America great again. His rise in the polls suggests just how unhappy the American people are with the status quo in DC. His ego-centric comments and unrelated ramblings continue to show who he really is. “We have a disaster called the big lie: Obamacare…And it’s going to get worse, because remember, Obamacare really kicks in, in 2016. Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him, I actually would say. I have the best courses in the world, so I’d say, if he wants to — I have one right next to the White House, right on the Potomac. If he’d like to play, that’s fine. These off-the-cuff statements are shallow versus any comments that contain substantive ideas or solutions: “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected” or I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.(The 199 Most Donald Trump Things Donald Trump Has Ever Said – Would you vote for this man? http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/08/the-absolute-trumpest-121328.html#.VdDpaCGFOM8) Wanting to reform government versus the status quo is one thing. But backing a radical who bombasts nearly everyone, but has no substantial solutions to anything is another. As the article asks, “Would you vote for this man?”

First causalities of the Republican field

Will you miss this clown being in the race?

  • Three-time elected governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker, promised thousands of jobs in his state, but failed to provide them, drastically slashed public education money, and destroyed workers’ rights. Even though the American people are clearly against another war effort, Scott Walker, like most Republican candidates are for it. “For political reasons, President Obama isn’t willing to expand the role of American troops,” said the Wisconsin governor in a statement posted on the website of his Our American Revival PAC. “Politics should never dictate what needs to be done to ensure our safety and ensure victory when we deploy military power.” (On the Issues, Scott Walker on War & Peace; http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Scott_Walker_War_+_Peace.htm) With a sharp drop in the polls, Walker knew he needed a breakthrough performance at the second debate. He didn’t get it. With failing numbers, limited debate points, and nothing new to offer, is anyone surprised that Walker withdrew from a race he was clearly losing.

•  Jim Webb…nobody even knew he was in the race.

It’s going to be a busy fall and winter. While I won’t be doing my usual blogs, I do plan to offer some shorter “thoughts” on the various clown caravan candidates and the ones who might actually get the nomination. After all, with all those debates, and instantaneous media coverage, there is just so much that can’t wait until January.

The Republican agenda seems to focus on hatred for Obama, repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood, refusing to raise minimum wages, cutting taxes on the wealthy, favoring lower interests rates for corporate lenders but not for student tuition, getting rid of bank regulations making it easier for another economic collapse, killing the Iran diplomatic deal in favor of war…and the list goes on.

Remember, all of these people are running for President of the United States. It is up to every American of voting age to exercise their rights at the ballot box and insure that our leadership the next four to eight years be the best it can be. The nominee should be someone with vision, experience, intellect, and the willingness to compromise, but the resolve to go it alone if necessary.  Which, if any Republican candidate do you think fits that description?

The Republican Dictionary

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

elephantAbortion: a∙bor∙tion n. Decision old white men think they should make rather than the pregnant woman, her family and doctor

Budget: budg∙et n. Something nobody in Congress wants to make, but everyone wants to talk about

Constitution: Con∙sti∙tu∙tion n. The most important document our country has because it contains the Second Amendment allowing militia groups and anyone else the right to have arsenals of weapons including assault rifles and large magazine clips anywhere they want

Compromise: com∙pro∙mise n. Accepting things you want, but not accepting anything else; getting 100% of what you want
Cooperation: co∙op∙er∙a∙tion n. Working solely with members of the Republican Party, especially Tea Partiers, to pass bills that only advance the Republican philosophy and agenda

Democracy: de∙moc∙ra∙cy n. Something America used to have, but that politicians are causing us to lose; increasing the power of the Republican Party to serve the job creators, not the takers, so they can restore our Republic

Democrat: Dem∙o∙crat n. A person whose political views don’t make sense and who shouldn’t be allowed to vote

Ebola: E∙bo∙la n. A deadly disease that politicians and the media are using to fear monger

Entitlements: en∙ti∙tle∙ments n. Programs like Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security that waste money, provide a safety net and cause dependency on welfare and government; creates laziness and focuses on veterans, the disabled and the elderly, rather than job creators

Equality: e∙qual∙i∙ty n. Giving rights and fair treatment to everyone who deserves it and believes as you do; Republicans know giving everyone equal rights is not a good idea

Facts: fact n. Statements the GOP often prefers to deny than believe

Fantasy: fan∙ta∙sy n. Imagining things that don’t exist, such as not having a black president

Forgetfulness: for∙get∙ful∙ness adj. Convenient lapses of memory such as when you forget who won the White House in the last two elections

Gender gap: gen∙der gap n.; Statistical differences in the votes of men and women that illustrate why women shouldn’t be allowed to vote

Government: gov∙ern∙ment n. A group of people elected to make laws and govern, but once in office, believe that less is better when it involves the environment, taxes, safety net programs, and job creation, but more is necessary when it involves women in the bedroom

Idea: i∙de∙a n. A thought; Republicans don’t need any new ones, they can keep using those of the past

IDs: IDs n. A legal way to claim fraud in a voting system that doesn’t have any; a way to suppress the vote of those who don’t agree with your message or views

Inequality: in∙e∙qual∙i∙ty n. Equality is socialism, so disparity is good for democracy

Infrastructure: in∙fra∙struc∙ture n. The large-scale public transportation system that just exists, therefore no one needs to finance projects to repair roads and bridges or create new ones

Law: law n. The principles set out in the Bible that should also be binding for our country

Liberal: A belief by the media and Democrats who think Ted Cruz, Stephen King or Louie Gohmert are wrong in their views

Logic: log∙ic n. Getting what I want, when I want it, regardless of the needs and wishes of others, is just commonsense

ringsMarriage: mar∙riage n. A union between one man and one woman…period

Math: math n. A creative budgeting system that can add two plus two, but not necessarily get four

Minorities: mi∙nor∙i∙ties n. Second class citizens who should be blocked from voting

Non-politician: non∙pol∙ti∙cian n. People, who are not elected, but who are big supporters of Republicans like Donald Trump, Ted Nugent and the Koch Brothers

NRA: NRA n. An organization that grades House members on their views on gun rights and gives most Republicans an A+

Obstructionist: ob∙struc∙tion∙ist n. Deliberately causing delays and impeding progress by Republicans like Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Ted Cruz so Obama can’t accomplish his agenda

Oligarchy: ol∙i∙gar∙chy n. When a small group of people control the government because they know what is best for everyone

Personhood: per∙son∙hood n. Acknowledging that more rights should be bestowed on a miniscule, second-old egg that may or may not become a human embryo than to an adult woman

Perspective: per∙spec∙tive n. Seeing things from only your own viewpoint because you know opinions of others who might disagree are wrong

Privatization: pri∙va∙ti∙za∙tion n. Transferring ownership from government run facilities to successful businessmen because they know better than the government how to run a business so it will make a profit for them and shareholders

Pro-Life: pro∙life adj. Mandating that women who are pregnant, regardless of the circumstances, give birth and get married so that there is a traditional family unit for the child
Republican: Re∙pub∙li∙can adj Republican Party; n. Someone who thinks they should rule America even if they have to rig the election to win; winning is what matters, not how you play the game

Scientist: sci∙en∙tist n. People who aren’t Republicans who know about climate change

Stupidity: stu∙pid∙i∙ty n. Whatever a Democrat or liberal media person thinks, not what someone like Joni Ernst, Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman would say

Supreme Court: Su∙preme Court n. Highest court; ruling with purist ideology and proud of their conservative, versus constitutional, positions

Tantrum: tan∙trum n. What children do when they don’t get their way; filibuster is what Congress does

Taxes: tax∙es n. Amount of money a job creator has to pay to the government rather than being able to keep it and create more jobs

Theology the∙ol∙o∙gy n. Ruling America by religious principles and Christian ideals

Truth: truth n.; Statements conveying the way the GOP would like things to be; anything that will rally the base

Veterans: vet∙er∙ans n. People who are proud to fight wars for America’s democracy and who we take care of when they return by finally allocating more money to the VA

Voters: vot∙ers n. Anyone who is 18 can register and cast a ballot even if they aren’t qualified; voters should only be white men, married women, and those who believe in conservative values

Wage: wage n. Compensation for work that depends on the type of job you have–that is why CEOs should make more than 350 times what a worker makes

War: war n. Invading others for oil, to spread democracy, or to wipe out terrorists is okay

Welfare wel∙fare n. Money given to lazy people that gives them no incentive to work, while incentivizing corporations for their work is good business

NOTE: This dictionary contains mostly nouns and a few adjectives, but no verbs as the Republican Party takes no action.

Republican Governors Questionable Behavior

Friday, October 10th, 2014

vote2While some Republican governors’ behavior is criminal, others are morally and ethically wrong. Below are some of the choices made by our brilliant elected officials…

Hardworking California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger not only impregnated his wife with their fourth child, but also had an affair with his maid, Mildred Baena, and impregnated her.

In June 2009, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford simply disappeared for six days. A bewildered spokesman said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. But what he did was fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina to be with his mistress, Maria Belén Chapur. He elected to abandon his position without notice or communication with his office, for almost a week. Apparently some voters don’t think extramarital affairs are that bad. After his term as Governor ended, the voters chose to elect him to Congress to serve SC’s first district. What message are they sending by electing him again?

During the 2012 election cycle, Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett bragged about implementing a new voter ID law that would ensure Mitt Romney was elected president. Since then, he has done nothing to help PA’s economy, the law was overturned by a federal court, and Romney did not win the Presidency.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who has been mired in corruption associated with his tenure as CEO of Columbia/HCA, cut education funding and a high speed rail project. He also publicly denied global warming and the impact it will have on his state. In spite of his unpopularity, he vowed to spend $100 million to hold onto his job…makes you question his motives?

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan pushed through a “right to work” law in his union-dominated state and enacted a tough abortion bill – both laws passed in a lame-duck session in late 2012. I wonder: do laws that can only pass in a lame duck session really serve the people who elected them?

John Kasich, Governor of Ohio, ruled with conservative ideology that led to an unpopular law restricting collective bargaining rights for public workers. The restrictive law was subsequently overturned by Ohio voters.

In 2014, a number of Republican Governors faced problems

Governor Chris Christi’s “Bridgegate” involved the closure of the George Washington Bridge to get back at a political opponent. While this scandal hasn’t been directly linked to him…it makes one question how and why it happened under his rule.

Just this month, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, was found guilty of 11 counts of bribery, fraud and corruption; his wife Maureen, guilty on eight counts. Convicted of accepting lavish gifts from businessman Johnnie Williams for political favors including Williams paying for their daughter’s wedding, going on shopping sprees together and borrowing his Aston Martin “James Bond car” for vacations.

While the GOP might love Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s actions against labor and unions, not everyone agrees. He is marred by prosecutor investigations for illegally coordinating with conservative groups, special interest groups and a campaign committee. Charges were brought against a major campaign donor, one of his appointees and three of Walker’s close aides were indicted on felony embezzlement charges.

In August, Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted for one count of abuse of official capacity and one count for coercion of a public official. Perry, both ignorant and arrogant, when asked “what his charges were?” answered his question, with a question: “bribery?” Afterwards, he created t-shirts with his mug shot. Are these responses presidential?

Democrats aren’t saints either

Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy had a prolific and brilliant career. He was on the path to the presidency. But, when he was involved in the car accident and drowning death of Mary Jo Kopechne, he chose to leave the scene of the accident, and not report it until the next day.

In 1987, Gary Hart was the frontrunner to win the democratic nomination for president. Unfortunately, when his extramarital affair with model Donna Rice surfaced, that goal was unachievable.

John Edwards had dreams of being president, but poor judgment and sexual indiscretions crushed that ambition. Edwards, not only had an affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter, as his wife was dying of cancer, but he fathered a child with her. Later, in an attempt to cover up an extramarital affair following his 2008 campaign, a North Carolina grand jury indicted Edwards in 2011 on six felony charges of violating multiple federal campaign contribution laws. Edwards admitted the affair, was found not guilty on one count, and the judge declared a mistrial on the remaining five charges.

Bill Clinton had his affair with Monica Lewinsky and Congressman Anthony Weiner texted unwanted photos of “his wiener” to multiple women.

New York’s Eliot Spitzer had at least seven liaisons with prostitutes over a six-month period. Investigators estimated Spitzer paid up to $80,000 for prostitutes over a period of several years, while serving as both attorney general and governor.

Maybe it’s time to stop voting for incumbents. Maybe it’s time to use a moral compass rather than a high-dollar portfolio to decide who we elect to office.

Inequality for All: The Republican Goal

Monday, September 8th, 2014

people1As inequalities increase in America over the next couple of decades, life for some will become bleak. Income inequality is just one aspect of the fight for inequality for all. It extends into inequality in education, healthcare, voting, wages, women’s rights and sexual orientation. If the Republicans have their way, the top 1% would control everything and everyone. The Koch Brothers would literally own much of the country, deciding on your kids’ education, your families’ healthcare and your future.

If these inequalities become the normal way of life in America, these actions will create an austere country in which the American Dream will be dead. It would be replaced by long work hours for little pay. No chance of advancement. Owning a home or sending your child to college would no longer be an option for most.

Free elections encouraging everyone to vote would be a memory, instead reverting to the days when only white, male landowners could vote. Originally, the U.S. Constitution did not define who was eligible to vote, allowing each state to make that determination. In the early history of U.S., most states allowed only Caucasian males—who either owned property or, had taxable incomes—to vote.[1]

With fewer well care programs and healthcare services available, people’s lifespan would decrease. More diseases would infect the previously healthy society, and slum conditions would spread contaminated conditions resembling third world countries.

How did we get to this point?

Elected officials and corporate CEOS need to realize that massive inequalities have consequences. By lowering taxes on the wealthy, not closing corporate loopholes, and allowing corporations to avoid paying taxes, government revenues will be depleted and government services will no longer be available.

Do we want to live in a country where there are inadequately staffed police and fire departments that aren’t able to control crime or destructive fires? Where libraries vanish, national and state parks become extinct and schools decline…a place where former middle-class neighborhoods, as well as shantytowns, become dilapidated.

The loss of the tax base will partially be caused by tax inversion schemes allowing companies to locate their headquarters in foreign countries to avoid taxes while enjoying the benefits of America. Today, one in four companies pays no taxes. Additionally, many large profitable corporations, such as GE, not only don’t pay taxes, but they actually get subsidies paid to them…with your tax dollars.

Business taxes now make up less than 10 percent of federal revenue, and in some years as little as 6.6 percent. That is sharply down from the years after World War II, when about 30 percent of federal revenue came from corporate taxes… Only 6 percent of businesses are traditional corporations subject to the corporate income tax, according to the Congressional Research Service. That is down from 17 percent in 1980. The result is that less than half of the government’s business income comes from corporations, down from about 80 percent in 1980.[2]

Between 1979 and 2010, real median income of 99 percent of Americans increased by a lowly 36 percent. During the same period, real earnings of the top 1 percent grew by an astonishing 280 percent. One-quarter of income growth in the United States from 1979 to 2010 flowed to the top 1 percent.

As the Republicans continue their war on labor, negotiating for better wages and conditions is eluding most workers. Higher salaries and benefits are flooding to executives, while workers, who are losing their unions and bargaining strength, are barely able to pay their mortgages.

As corporate executives bask in their wealth, they are failing to realize that without the multitude able to buy their products, their companies will falter. The stock market will eventually realize that sales are dropping, which will trigger a downward spiral to oblivion.

With nothing being spent on crumbling infrastructure, it becomes difficult to get from home to work to entertainment venues. Without roads and money, not enough people are buying automobiles, tires, batteries and gas. The automotive industry will collapse, and with it many other industries.

Inequality in income, education and personal freedoms will destroy America if it continues at its current pace. Republicans are fostering inequality in wages for women when they don’t support equal pay for equal work legislation. They are bankrupting the country when they don’t raise minimum wages so laborers can earn a living. As more and more Republican governors take funds from school budgets, schools are closing and textbooks are limited resulting in only the elite getting a world-class education.

Yet the so-called fiscally responsible Republicans have no problem spending money to send Americans to war, but they don’t want to take care of them or help them find work when they return. Showing no biases, they continue their stand on inequalities for all, including our wounded warriors.

Climate change is a scientific fact, but not to the far right. Legislation to help protect our planet and preserve it for our children is overridden by those who support big oil, drilling and fracking everywhere. Not concerned with tainting the water that nourishes crops and cattle, or annihilating a rural communities’ water supply, their only concern is feeding the big oil industry with more drilling. Inequality for many, oil profits for a few.

By continuing to cater to the rich who don’t want to impose reasonable regulations on Wall Street, Republicans continue to propel the injustices of the past. The corruption and the fraud that made the rich richer and collapsed our economy continues to be unrestrained. The lack of proper financial and labor regulations are two major reasons inequality is growing in America, not by small steps, but by leaps and bounds. Those people who were able to invest in the stock market the last five years, saw unprecedented profits; those who couldn’t, continue to struggle.

As the president works to level some of these inequities, the Republican Party threatens another costly government shutdown or wasting time and precious resources suing or impeaching Obama. Americans need to vote in 2014 to make sure these disastrous scenarios don’t come to pass.

[1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_rights_in_the_United_States

[2]http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/businesses-find-ways-to-avoid-corporate-taxes-but-a-fix-seems-unlikely/

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Top 10 Corporations with Inequality Income Disparities

McDonald’s average hourly worker wage: $7.73
McDonald’s CEO hourly compensation: $9,247 (1,196 times the average worker wage)

Starbuck’s average hourly worker wage: $8.79
Starbucks CEO hourly compensation: $9,637 (1,096 times the average worker wage)

Dollar General average hourly worker wage: $7.67
Dollar General CEO’s hourly compensation: $7,720 (1,007 times the average worker wage)

Gap Inc. average hourly worker wage: $8.67
Gap Inc. CEO’s hourly compensation: $8,209 (947 times the average worker wage)

T. J. Maxx average hourly worker wage: $7.85
T. J. Maxx CEO’s hourly compensation: $7,256 (924 times the average worker wage)

Target average hourly worker wage: $8.35
Target CEO’s hourly compensation: $6,882 (824 times the average worker wage)

Walmart average hourly worker wage: $8.86
Walmart CEO’s hourly compensation: $6,898 (779 times the average worker wage)

CVS Caremark average hourly worker wage: $8.81
CVS Caremark CEO’s hourly compensation: $6,777 (769 times the average worker wage)

Best Buy average hourly worker wage: $9.78
Best Buy CEO’s hourly compensation: $6,517 (666 times the average worker wage)

AT&T average hourly worker wage: $13.28
AT&T CEO’s hourly compensation: $7,412 (558 times the wage of an average worker)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2013/1212/CEO-vs.-worker-pay-Walmart-McDonald-s-and-eight-other-firms-with-biggest-gaps/Best-Buy

Study by NerdWallet

The Republican Clown Car

Monday, September 8th, 2014

car1elephantcircusCongress, Everyone loves a circus! We are dazzled by the trapeze artists, awed by the elephants, amazed by the aerial acrobats and astonished by the high-wire daredevils. The clowns and clown cars always bring laughter and a smile to our faces, well, until now…

Today, when the words “clown car” are spoken you don’t think about Bozo or Ringling Bros., but rather Republicans thinking of running for president. Like the circus, the Republican clown car just keeps adding more and more clowns to it hoping to excite and attract audiences. Unfortunately, the clowns they are adding are Chris Christi, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Michelle Bachmann, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and the legendary Mitt Romney.

Similar to Barnum & Bailey, these disruptive Republican clowns are a constant driving force of the “show”. Their interruptions, pranks, and antics are unchanging and can be witnessed at every performance. But, beware of the “Tea Party” car. It’s running amuck, scaring the audience with radical moves, and putting everyone in danger.

Like touring circuses, our American circus also utilizes three rings — The Executive Branch, the Senate and the House. The main ringmaster, President Obama, stands in the center ring. Like former ringmasters, he wants to introduce, excite and describe activities happening in the other rings. But, when he sees the disarray in the “House” ring, the lack of showmanship and performance, he is unable to move the show forward for the American audience.

Speaker Boehner attempts to control the actions in his House ring, but the clowns have made the whole show a laughing spectacle. People from around the globe watch our circus and are amazed not by our aerial feats, but rather, the dysfunction of the House. While the circus infrastructure is crumbling, no one wants to invest or upgrade the equipment.

In our third ring, Senator Harry Reid has the majority of his group working to give the people what they want. But during his performances, a cowardly villain, Mitch McConnell, interrupts each act and ruins the show every chance he gets. Whenever a new act is introduced, he tries to block it from the show.

At each performance, he attempts to announce new acts, but is constantly challenged by his troupe. Each of America’s rings is meant to perform simultaneously and harmoniously. Our current circus show however, presents just the opposite.

This Republican circus is not entertaining and has cost the American people more than the price of their tickets. In touring circuses like Ringling Bros., trapeze artists are protected by safety nets. But in our American circus, the Republicans no longer want to provide a safety net for the poor or elderly. They don’t want to provide healthcare to their workers should one fall or become ill. They want to lower people’s wages and charge service fees so they can make even more money. If their performers can’t afford food, that’s too bad; they will just have to work harder and for longer hours. With big sponsors like the Koch Brothers, the owners don’t worry about their investment or if the show might close early.

The problem is that for most circuses, after a couple of weeks, they move on. But in our American Circus, the Republican ideology and clowning will stick around indefinitely unless we hire new performers who want the show to go on!