Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Never, EVER Get In The Way of Corporations and Their Ill-Gotten Profits. They will go to any lengths to protect their profits...even at the cost of YOUR life.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
But you have to give the oil companies credit. They do learn from the past. How many people remember the gas shortages of the 70's? In those days the shortage was for gas under $1.00 per gallon. When the price of gas was allowed to stay above that price, by some miracle that gas shortage disappeared.
Now, we fast forward 30 years. The oil companies try the same ploy again by shoving the gas prices up near $4.00 per gallon. In some places in the US the price IS over $4.00. But the public didn't sheepishly accept the price increases. There were accusations of price fixing and price gouging. There were calls for state and federal government investigations (even by those hypocritical Teabaggers who want no government regulation of any industry). The oil companies have to back off with their price increases. Interesting how the price of gas dropped under the threat of government investigations. Hmm. Anyone remember how much in profits they posted every year? All I remember that they were obscene profits all the while they were crying poor-mouth.
So, what are they doing now? Now the oil companies increase prices slowly over a period of time. They use the frog analogy as their price increasing strategy. What's the frog analogy?
It goes something like this. If you drop a frog in a beaker of hot water, the frog will immediately react by jumping out. However, if you drop a frog into a beaker of room temperature water and slowly raise the water temp, the frog will sit contently until it is boiled to death. This latter example is what the oil companies' pricing strategy is based on. This is the method they will use to increasing take more money out of the consumers' pocket and put even more into their own.
What's the future have in store?
The oil companies will stay with this strategy because this keeps government investigations off their "backs" and allows the politicians, that the oil companies bought, to deflect the consumers' complaints. They will maintain the gas prices artificially high so that when the oil companies release alternative means of powering our cars and industry (which will validate the rumors that the oil companies have bought up, procured those patents and locked up), they can price them just below the current gas prices but still extremely artificially high. All to insure the obscene profits for the oil companies. Want an example of how the oil companies think? Just look at how they acted during the Gulf Oil Spill.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Now, they keep saying that these tax cuts are needed for these people because they are then ones that create the jobs. Now, I hear this and I wonder…if they’ve gotten this tax cut since the Bush administration, why haven’t they created those jobs since THEN? What are they waiting for? Let me see if I understand this.
1. The Bush Tax Cuts were enacted in 2001 and 2003. At the least, they’ve been in affect for 7 years.
2. During that period of time more jobs were moved overseas then were created.
So, someone explain to me again why the Bush Tax Cuts should be extended. Is it because they worked so well in the past? Is it because of the million of jobs that were created in the past 7 years? Is it because those tax cuts facilitated an incredible increase to the standard of living to the rest of the population. Is it because they facilitated better health care coverage for everyone or even the less fortunate?
I really need to know that actual, real reason for extending these tax cuts.
On the other hand, don’t those same recipients of the Bush Tax Cuts the same ones that use and expect more of the country’s resources that they don’t want to pay for? And isn’t it true that these top earners don't spend as much of their income as lower earners?
Can someone explain to me how letting the tax cuts expire for those in the highest tax brackets would hurt small businesses? The tax cuts were in affect from at least 2003 and it didn’t seem to help small businesses. Again, can someone tell me how many private sector jobs were created compared to how many moved overseas? Someone explain to me why the tax cuts shouldn’t be allowed to expire that affect less than 2 percent of tax returns reporting small-business income that are filed by taxpayers in the top two income brackets (individuals earning more than about $170,000 a year and families earning more than about $210,000 a year). Explain to me how extending the tax cut helps the other 98%.
Can someone explain to me how making the Bush Tax Cuts permanent would lead to long-term growth? I’m trying to understand how this can be when making the tax cuts permanent would raise government debt? And wouldn’t higher government debt lead to higher interest rates? And we’ve had the Bush Tax Cuts since 2003 and weren’t the economic growth during that time an illusion as demonstrated by the financial collapse during the last couple of months of the Bush Administration? Now I remember being alive during that time and I don’t remember it the way the Republican Revisionists do. I remember Bush’s Treasury Secretary saying that the financial institutions were going to collapse unless the US government bailed them out. I also remember him presenting Congress with a 1 page proposal and stating that he could avert the financial disaster if they game him the $780 billion with no oversight and no questions asked.
So, again, why do the Bush Tax Cuts need to be extended for the Top 2% of the income household?
The only thing that makes ANY sense for extending the Bush Tax Cut for the Top 2% of the income household in America is that these are the same people who bought and paid for the Republican Party. I don’t understand why the Republican Party leadership just doesn’t stand up for their principles. Those principles being that they have an obligation to those that have paid them, given them money, promised them cushy, do-nothing jobs after they leave office. That they don’t care about the people that elected them to represent them in Congress.
Have you heard that the Republican leadership has pretty much shown their usually disrepect of The President. This aired on the Ed Show today. It's completely offensive that then Republicans will go to any length to not do their jobs and help the people that they are PAID to represent.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I just finished reading an article in the NY Times where they stated that according to a report put out by the CDC, that the number of people who do not have health insurance has risen. The same study showed that the increase was among those under 65 and who had an income that was 3 times the poverty level.
So, what does this mean? It means that the Teabaggers and Conservatives who opposed any health industry reform are basically ignorant of any facts and that they lied during their "discussion" about this issue.
One lie that this report dispels is that only the poor are uninsured. Half of the uninsured are over the poverty level.
The other lie from the Teabaggers and the Conservatives is that only healthy people are uninsured, that young people are healthy and make a choice not to be insured.
But in reality, the report showed that two of every of five people without insurance during the previous year had at least one chronic condition, like diabetes, hypertension or asthma, and were far more likely than insured people to go without care they needed.
So, Teabaggers, Conservatives, and Republicans what have you to say for yourselves? Some more of your lies have been exposed. How can you call yourselves Christians while actively working to deprive others of their basic needs? How do you expect us to tolerate you living among us decent and caring people? And how will you answer St Peter at the Pearly Gates when you are asked about how devote were you in helping your fellow man?
I live by the Golden Rule, Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You. What rule do you live by?
Monday, November 15, 2010
Recently I watched Rachel Maddow interview Jon Stewart. Just the previous week Bill Maher mentioned Jon Stewart and his recent rally in Washington DC where Jon Stewart drew comparisons between the Progressives and the Conservatives. Essentially, Stewart said that both sides were equally guilty of lying and using "Fear tactics", etc. This is what Bill Maher criticized Stewart for...saying that the Progressives were as bad as the Conservatives. This angered me as much as it angered Bill Maher that he commented on in his New Rules.
During the Rachel Maddow interview Stewart defended his statement and tried to justify it by citing comments made by Progressives about George W Bush. But what Stewart doesn't seem to realize or even take into account is that what Progressives say is essentially true. What the Conservatives have been saying are lies. Death Panels? Obama being a Muslim? Come on! Enough of this ass-kissing the Conservatives. Yes, I know that they are like the spoiled bully-boy on the block. If you don't do things their way, they are just as dangerous as that bully.
So, what was the whole purpose of Stewart's rally and subsequent interview? I think that Stewart wanted a "Chip in the Game". He repeatedly said that he wasn't a commentator but a satirist. OK. So, what was the point of your statement comparing the Progressives and the Conservatives? Were you meaning to be satirical? Because as far as I am concerned they are not equally to blame for the current situation. But then I am not Stewart's target viewers. You know who are? The 18-29 year olds. And do you know which voter age range stayed away from the polls this past election? Yep, the 18-29 year olds.
Now, could it be that they stayed away because they believed what Stewart said that both sides are mirror images of each other and there is no difference between them? That there's no point in voting because it wouldn't make a difference? I think that it's interesting that the post-election survey's show that Stewart's viewer demographic make-up seemed to be the same ones that stayed away from the polls.
You decide. But I also think that Stewart wanted to "play" in the game and maybe wanted to show that he has as much sway with his viewers as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have with theirs.
Here's a news flash for you. You were conned! Well, I hope you all get everything you deserve and that the rest of us decent people in the country don't end up paying for it....AGAIN.
And finally, 2 things I want you Conservative/Teabaggers to remember -
- When you actually see the truth of what you did...don't belly ache about it. Suck it up and take it for all of us. After all, you'll be to blame.
- As that great American Forrest Gump once said, and this applies directly to the Conservative/Teabaggers, "Stupid is as stupid does".
I know deep down in my heart that because of the amount of social and moral principles you all have that there is a special place in Hell for you....and I wish all of you a very safe and swift trip there. :-)
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I wanted to showcase this commentary made by Keith Olbermann on his show, Countdown. He aired this commentary on October 27th. Too bad that people didn't heed his warning. We now are going to have to wait and see what happens. I pray and hope that he is wrong, but I fear that he is not. This commentary is well worth the time to view in it's entirety.