Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Republicans Deny America Jobs

Obama's $447 billion plan to create jobs went before the Senate last night.

And it failed.

The Republicans filibustered, meaning the plan would require 60 votes to pass, and then literally every single Republican voted against the plan.  If there's anything that the Republicans can unite for, it's to oppose something that would help the American worker.

Even two of the more "moderate" Democrats sided with the GOP in the vote.  What a surprise.  Considering the direction American politics has gone over these last twenty years, half the so-called "Democrats" currently in office are just conservatives in disguise.  But while that's a problem, it's a lesser concern to what's happening right now.

The GOP is actively working against the American worker, citizens trying their best to succeed in a country that is increasingly ruled by a hyperwealthy elite.  If we want any chance of continuing to live in a free country, this has to stop. 

Call your congresspersons; write them letters. Tell them how disappointed you are in their behavior, and remind them that their actions determine your next vote. 

Financial Inequality and Hypocrisy

Over at Business Insider, they've got an article up with a lot of charts that are absolute must reads for any patriotic American.  I've posted two of them below

These charts tell a powerful truth.  While unemployment is higher, for longer, than it's ever been before, corporations are making record shattering profits.  The country, as a whole, is making more money than it ever has before.  We're a wealthier country than we have ever been.

But one in ten people are unemployed.  If you add in the people who want to work full-time, but can only find a part-time job, then it's almost one in five.  Almost one in five American citizens are either unemployed or can only find a part-time job, when they need a real one. 

America is more profitable than it has ever been, but more people than ever before are losing their jobs and their homes.  Where is that profit going?  To the corporations, of course!  Who use that money to buy more power in our government, and relax their own regulations.  Which lets them steal more money from us, which lets them buy more of our government, and so on.

A few months, ago Republican politicians demanded of Obama, "Where are the jobs?"  Now, as the jobless are finally starting to stand up for themselves, to blame the ones responsible for their joblessness, the Republicans have suddenly changed their mind.  They yell at the protesters, "Go get a job!" 

It's typical conservative behavior.  If they can blame a Democrat, they'll admit there aren't any jobs.  They'll say it's Obama's fault.  But the instant the unemployed actually demand economic fairness, they claim there's enough jobs for everyone!  The jobless are just lazy! 

The GOP is the definition of two-faced.  They're lying.  Either there aren't enough jobs, and the protesters can't find work, or there are enough jobs, and Obama has fixed the problem.  They want to have it both ways, but they can't! 

Has Obama fixed the problem?  No -- the House of Representatives, ridden with Tea Party idiots, has forcibly stopped his every attempt.  There aren't enough jobs.  And the Occupy Wall Street movement is right.

They're the patriots.  Stand up with them.

Charts: St. Louis Fed, via Business Insider

Monday, October 10, 2011

Are We All in This Together?

We the people.

Those three words are the start of the most important document in our nation, the foundation for our society and our way of life, the Constitution of the United States.  But it's more than that, as well. Those words are the basic symbol of American unity. These words imply that we are a people, not just 310,000,000 individuals who happen to live in the same place.

We are a people. We are a nation. When the nation succeeds, we all succeed. When it fails, we all fail.

That is patriotism. That is love of country.  Anyone who disagrees with this is not only unAmerican, but anti-American. They are against the very essence of the foundation of our country.

The Republican Party has shown itself to be anti-American. No, more than that. Over the past few years, the GOP has bragged about its lack of patriotism. It's shouted its hatred of our nation from the highest rooftops it can, and all the while it's plastered American flags on every free surface. As if we're so stupid that we'd be tricked by that.

Friday, October 7, 2011

How Wall Street Hurts America

Occupy Wall Street is getting some bad press.

I mean, it's getting some really bad press.  Especially from Regressive linchpin FOX News.

Famous reality denier Bill O'Reilly has declared that the protesters are jobless because "they don't want to work."  According to Kimberly Guilfoyle, the movement is nothing but a bunch of useless people who "dirty the streets."  Sean Hannity's response to the protesters is to talk over them, say they don't like freedom, and accuse them of destroying the country.

And really, these are just specific examples.  Turn on the news and watch almost any coverage of Occupy Wall Street, and you hear the same thing over and over: they're dirty hippies who need to get a damned job.
Pictured: Dirty Useless People

Well let me tell you something: if they could get a damned job, they might not be there!  If the economy hadn't been wrecked by billionaires and their corporations, then maybe people wouldn't be this angry!  If those hyperwealthy that FOX News and their Republican cohorts keep calling "job creators" actually created some jobs, then maybe things wouldn't have reached this point!

But the economy was wrecked by these people.  These "job creators" don't want to create jobs -- they'd rather sit on their money than "waste" it on employees.  And so nearly one in ten Americans can't get a job

Regardless of the facts, conservative newspeople and pundits argue over and over that Occupy Wall Street protesters must just not want to get a job, because anyone who wants a job can get one.

It's hard to figure out what goes on inside a Regressive mind, but it appears to be something like this: when the unemployment rate goes up, that just means America is lazier than usual.  It's apparently got little to do with the economy.  Because after all, even when some think the country's actually entering a depression, anyone who wanted to work could

They're literally pointing at the the unemployed, the homeless, and the starving and saying, "The bad economy is their fault!"  Well, it's not.  You know who I point at?  The banks, the hyperrich corporations, and the billionaires. 

This is THEIR fault.

GOP Legislator Works to Bring Dwarf Tossing Back to Florida

Ritch Workman
The economy is in ruins.  Unemployment threatens to break records.  America is in trouble.  People are scared, worrying about their future, wondering if they'll even be able to keep their homes.  Fortunately, someone has a plan.  One man has the courage, the integrity, and the will to stand up and fight for what's needed.

Ritch Workman, Republican legislator from Florida, has made it his goal to bring back dwarf-tossing.  If he succeeds, then Floridian bars will no longer languish under draconian laws dictating what entertainment is allowed and what is not.  No longer will little people have to suffer the cruel indignity of no one picking them up and drunkenly hurling them as far as possible.

After all, says State Representative Workman, "in this economy, or any economy, why would we want to prevent people from getting gainful employment?"

Fight on, you magnificent man.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Boycotting Koch Industries?

Been reading about Koch Industries and its complete disregard of American law?  Want to do something about it? 

A lot of people have been talking about a boycott, but it's hard to get a good list of what, exactly, the corporation owns.  Koch Industries is huge, and it owns a staggering number of brands.  To truly boycott them, we need to stop purchasing anything made by any of the following:

  • Angel Soft - toilet paper
  • Brawny - paper towels
  • Dixie - cups, napkins, plates
  • Mardi Gras - napkins, paper towels
  • Quilted Northern - toilet paper
  • Soft 'n Gentle - toilet paper
  • Sparkle - napkins, paper towels
  • Vanity Fair - napkins
  • Zee - napkins
  • Insulair - cups
  • Perfect Touch - cups, paper products
  • Stainmaster - carpet, flooring, paint
  • Spectrum - printer paper
  • Lycra - spandex
  • Teflon - nonstick coating
  • Georgia Pacific - paper products, envelopes, etc
  • DensArmor - drywall, decking products
  • Flexrock
  • Georgia Pacific industrial plasters (Used by many contractors and builders; you'll want to check.)
  • FibreStrong - rim board
  • Blue Ribbon - construction products
  • Nautilus - wall sheathing

This is not an inclusive list, especially in the construction part, but I included all of the products that most people will likely run into.  Most of the things left out will be identifiable by the Georgia Pacific logo. 

Always check for the Georgia Pacific logo.  It's the same thing as Koch.  Stand up for yourself, stand up for our rights!  Stand up for America.

Unfortunately, this boycott isn't enough, not by itself.  Koch Industries is too entrenched in our society to simply stop supporting it entirely.  After all, Koch supplies state governments across the nation with much of the materials needed for asphalt.  It's hard to stop using roads.  And that's not even touching the fact that Koch is primarily an energy company, and that they make most of their money by selling oil, natural gas, coal, and the electricity produced from these things. 

But this does send a message.  It shows both our government and the corporations taking advantage of us that we're paying attention.  It's a hard, long job, but we can make them afraid of us.

Remember, though: to actually limit Koch's power, and take our country back from corporations like this, we need to change our government.

Koch Industries: Betraying America for Profit

I've had a problem with Koch Industries for quite a while.

They're the second largest privately held company in America, and they're one of the most powerful hyper-conservative forces in the world today.

They were the main reason Governor Walker fought so hard to kill public unions in Wisconsin earlier this year, and they heavily funded his campaign.  They basically own Americans for Prosperity, a political advocacy group that describes itself as supporting business and opposing regulation.  They basically paid for and invented the "Tea Party," financially backing groups that have trained thousands of Tea Party activists.  They've donated tens of millions to groups that deny global warming, and millions more to groups that oppose clean air laws. 

Koch Industries clearly doesn't care about us. 

Of course, it's standard conservative politics to argue that companies should be allowed to pollute as much as they want, and screw everyone else.  So what about Koch is worth singling out?

Monday, October 3, 2011

"More Pepper Spray! Please!"

Want to get angry?  Here are some comments on the Wall Street Journal about the protests taking place at Occupy Wall Street:
These protesters are parasites on our economy and country, seeking government handouts at the expense of hardworking Americans. You and your protester friends are not one of these Americans.   - JonJ
welcome to New York — we are not London — cops here do not run in the opposite direction of mob thugs.  - noislamists
More pepper spray! Please!
We need more?  Really?
That last one is signed "Me," in one of the biggest failures of creativity I've seen, even online, but I'm going to say that "noislamists" is probably the best indicator of the kind of people we've got here.

These are the people that oppose us.  What's sad is that there's a good possibility that these are middle class Americans.  The nobility has them so cowed and broken that they'll cheer innocent people being maced.  They kneel at the feet of the rich simply because they're rich.  "He has more money than me, so he must be worth more."  Remember, these are the kind of Ayn Rand worshippers believe that the poor should be allowed to starve to death. 

We can find these people everywhere.  Stand around a few minutes next to any newsstand and you'll hear someone complaining about how "Obama's stealing our money" or something.  Because that healthcare bill, the one that keeps people from dying?  That's just one step too far.  They're usually too embarrassed about their opinions to voice them in public.

On the internet, you'll see what they're really like.

Regressives like this are our enemies.  They are traitors to the American public, and are doing their best to sell us out to their corporate lords.

Be better than that.

Occupy Wallstreet and America's Nobility

Does anyone reading this think that the wealthy should have more legal rights than the poor?  If so, please enlighten us on how that makes any sense at all.  Because I'd have to call that the stupidest, most offensive thing I've heard in awhile.
So it kills me to say that in America, the rich have more legal rights than the poor.  In this country, a rich person can have a poor person arrested for inconveniencing him.  Even if that poor person is protected by the Constitution of the United States, the police show no reluctance in arresting them and hauling them off.  After all, a public street is only public as long as we don't offend the businessmen nearby.

Over the last two weeks, thousands of Americans, indignant at the growing inequality between the rich and the poor, angry at the slow but steady destruction of the middle class, have gathered in New York in a protest known as Occupy Wall Street. 

In their own words, "We are the 99% who will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%."