Why not progressive?

At times I'm frustrated by those that don't follow politics in the United States. I worry they don't vote, I worry they don't get their opinion out there. Of course, I am very progressive and very much in opposition to the right, however, I'm being inspired by a much greater goal than politics. Politics is all cyclical. It's not important in the grand scheme of things. The important part of life is what all the regular people are doing. I'm changing the focus of this blog a bit. Not because I think the Tea Party won the midterms or anything like that but because I want to elevate us above that sort of derogatory nonsense into something that is far more useful. Something to save us and save the world. Small goals, I know. But seriously something to talk about.

Friday, October 29, 2010

From my friend Chris...

A friend of mine sent this to me in Facebook email.  I think it is really wonderfully written and makes many incredible points...... Thanks, Chris!

Reasons why I am voting for the Democratic Party Tuesday for Mid-term. The Republicans want to do the following:

-Stop all financing on the Health Care Reform even for those children and adults with pre-existing conditions and for the 30 million Americans who don’t have health insurance. Move backward, not forward as if it’s 2002. Throwaway the idea that kids can stay on their parents coverage until age 26. (The majority of Americans voted for Obama. The majority of Americans wanted Health Care overhauled. It still needs the Public Option. The success just wasn’t marketed according to the BIG F-IN DEAL Biden proclaimed it to be.)

- They are all for fixing health care issues when they are out of power. When they are in power, they do nothing about it. Even the former President stated that everyone has Health Care, they can just go to the Emergency Room.

-Eliminate the regulation of banks

-Eliminate the safety regulations on coal mines

- Eliminate the regulations on the entire oil industry

- Continue to not regulate any aspect of natural gas exploration that can accidentally drill into your water wells

- Abolish the $7.25 minimum wage

- The GOP’s motto is how are you going to pay for it just when they lost power. Now they are concerned about debt.

- Raise the National Debt by maintaining Bush tax cuts for persons making over $250K a year at a cost of $700 Billion over the next 10 years. (How are you going to pay for it?) Tax cuts for the self-absorbed wealthy re-invest it for then it doesn’t trickle down. Otherwise the middle class would have actually gained in salary during the Bush years. The middle class lost. Returning to the Clinton tax ratio helps the middle class and reduces the debt.

- If they could, we’d be in Iraq and Afghanistan for the next 50 years nation building, but we cannot afford it. (How are you going to pay for it?)

- End unemployment benefits during a recession (that they created)

- Phase out Social Security benefits for future Seniors by privatizing it. It needs tweaking not put under Banking control.

- Eliminate Medicare benefits for Seniors and the Disabled

- Repeal the 14th Amendment that states if you are born in America, you are automatically a citizen. Well, the y cherish the Constitution as to what we should stick to once they are done amending it.

- They want to perform every investigation on the President at their disposal to make his life a living hell starting with investigating his birth certificate.

- Continue not to fund 8% College Stafford Loans so students can afford college

- Want to create a state established religion

- “That corporations should have zero taxes. Zero. If it’s programs for people, they are against it. If it’s programs for corporations, they are for it. It’s We The People, Not We The Corporations.”

- Grew the debt under Bush from 4.5 trillion to 11 trillion

Against car company bailouts yet they strangely save American jobs, create American jobs and save an American industry.

All for creating American jobs while also for outsourcing American jobs overseas by giving those companies tax breaks. That seems contradictory.

For Freddie Mae bonuses but against bonuses for Iraq veterans

Clean Energy - Not when you are supported by Big Oil. 

Global Warming - Just a false claim when you are supported by Big Oil and who cares about our grandchildren. They won’t have any national debt, but they won’t be able to leave the house in the summer. 

Cap and Trade? Tax corps that create more pollution. How absurd is that?

They created a near Depression. Obama and the Dems avoided the Depression and a Double Dip Recession. He saved our 401Ks and other savings and investments.

Remember what the Republican/Christian Right/Tea Party members actually think of a Democratically elected President. In a “Harris Poll” from mid-2009, these are the percentages of GOP beliefs about Pres. Obama:

He’s a Socialist 67%
He’s a Muslim 57%
Not Born in the U.S. 45%
Doing things Hitler did 38%
“May be the Antichrist” 24%

Boehner’s recent PLEDGE FOR AMERICA was virtually verbatim in Newt’s CONTRACT FOR AMERICA 16 years ago. Nothing new to offer despite a totally revamped economy.

That’s about all for right now. We are recovering slowly from a near Great Depression. I totally support the idea of not returning to the Party that brought us to the brink in the first place.

In conclusion, I always enjoyed the following exchange between a retired British Lord of Parliament and Michale Moore…

BL = British Lord
MM = Michael Moore

BL I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world. Far more revolutionary than say socialist ideas or any other ideas.

If you have power, you use it to meet the needs of you and your community. This idea of choice, which capital talks about all the time, that you’ve gotta have choice, choice depends on a freedom to choose. And if you’re shackled in debt, you don’t have the freedom to choose.

MM It seems it benefits the system if the avg working person is shackled in debt.

BL If people in debt become hopeless and hopeless people don’t vote, then what do you have. If the poor in Britain and the United States, turned out, and voted for people who represented their interests than I think you would have a real democratic revolution.
So they don’t want it to happen, so keeping people hopeless and pessimistic...
See I think there are two ways that people are controlled. First of all, frighten people. Secondly, demoralize them.
An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern. And I think there is an element in the thinking of some people that we don’t want people to be educated, healthy and confident because they would get out of control. (He laughs) The top one percent of the world’s population own 80 percent of the world’s wealth. It’s incredible that people put up with it. BUT, they are poor, they are demoralized, their frightened and therefore they think, perhaps, the safest thing to do is to take orders and hope for the best.

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