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It’s time I put this in perspective.
Here are the news feeds.
Coupled with the opinion polls, what is happening is very obvious.
Americans support Democratic middle class values, they abhor the wing nuts of the Republican Party.
The opinion polls tell it all. While Romney was campaigning to see who could be the most conservative, he did very poorly against the Democrats when polled. Americans far preferred “the imploders” at first, people more mainstream in appearance, like Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorium, .. that is until they became familiar with their values…
It is not coincidental, that the last two Republican presidential candidates were the ones with the most LIBERAL credentials. Because America accepts those credentials. What America rejects, is slash and burn Conservative policies, that require no personal freedoms to individual Americans, whether it is economic, vaginal, religious, or political. Everyone is expected to conform to a very narrow norm.
So we now have a Republican who did exactly what he said early during the primaries. He shook the Etch A Sketch and is now running as the Liberal Governor of Massachusetts.
“I will not give a tax break to the top 20%.
There will be no tax cut on the top one percent.
I will not get rid of Roe versus Wade. Abortion is here to stay.
I will not put religion into government. Government is Government. Religion is Religion.
I will not nuke Iran.
I will not cut one penny from government spending.
I will support the rapid growth of wind farms and solar energy.
I will not cut 716 million from Medicare, even if it IS in my economic plan.
I never proposed $5 Trillion in Tax cuts.
I will not cut spending. I will raise it by 2 Trillion Dollars.
Government is too small. I will grow government to make it better.
I will not stop women from getting abortions.
I will not stop the removal of God from government….
Homosexual marriage is not really that bad after all, as long as they LOVE each other and it’s not just sex.”
These were all in the debate. It was a different Romney speaking. Why? Because as a conservative he was losing. As a conservative he was out of touch with America. As a conservative HE WAS IN THE MINORITY WITH MINORITY VALUES.
As Conservatives long expected, Romney is a liberal. They know it. Really? How does anyone expect a Mormon to support Pat Robertson and the 700 Club? You do it out of expediency; not a genuine shared system of belief….
But the point of this is not about Romney. It is about Conservatism. Conservatism fails, and simply for that reason alone, it is not upheld by a majority of Americans.
Which means, to win, one has to be a Liberal Republican… Just look at the polls. As soon as the Liberal Romney comes out of the closet, the polls get real tight….
But, as we saw with Bush W. You may run as a Liberal, but when you get in, it’s the Conservatives who take over. Two wars, a pharmacy company bailout, and regular government operation, all which were financed by our grand children’s future payroll deductions. They get to make less money so today’s Republicans can take it all.
In other words, to be a Republican President, you have to “trick” yourself into that position.
So, America, I know it sounds nice now, but over and over and over you have said, no that is not what we want.
What we do want, is someone who will do what we want, when they get into running America. let’s take the last president for example. Obama got us out of a recession in record time. One that was far worse than the Great Depression to some extents. Obama saved the American Automobile Industry. To do so he had to drive hard bargains against all parties . Obama killed Osama Bin Laden. America got what it paid for when they voted Obama.
Why change horses in the middle of the stream, especially when the other horse is heading back in the other direction? The wrong direction according to almost all Americans?
Romney knows that backwards direction leads to ruin. That is why the new Romney pushed the campaign message- minder outside the inner circle, and why Romney is now currently running for women’s rights. for the secularization of government, for the complete protection of the environment, for the elimination of greenhouse gases, and for the increase of taxes on the wealthy. That is why Romney is doing better in the polls….
Conservatism is truly dead.
It means the Conservative Movement has tanked under economic pressure. The reality of the results bequeathed from years of Conservative fiscal policy, have undone the Conservative movement completely. We have hard empirical evidence to prove it.
The facts laid out.
No real strong Conservative contender stepped up to the plate.
The front runner is a moderate in social values and fiscal policy.
Santorum dropped out because it became apparent that even he as a conservative would overwhelmingly lose in his home state.
The conservatives lost out 4 years ago, when Republicans overwhelmingly went with John McCain.
Many thought Newt would win in Delaware, because just two years ago, Christine O’Donnell thumped moderate Mike Castle out of office.. Delaware’s own head of the Republican Party switched her vote from Romney to Gingrich to help his cause.
But Romney, in that very state, carried it handsomely. 56-27….Over all 28, 501 people voted… That means that out of Delaware’s total population, the amount of people WHO EVEN CARED ENOUGH TO VOTE to order maintain Conservatism as a viable political force, were roughly out of 907,135 our current population, the teeniest sliver of 3.141%… (ha, ha, the exact first four digits of pi)…
Out of this tiniest sliver, the combined amount for Newt and the ghost of Santorum, 9021 (ha, ha, the first 4 digits of Beverly Hill’s zip code)… come up in the percent department at….0.99444%….
Truly the 1%….
And just to put it into proper perspective, the Constitution Party, the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, and the Socialist Workers Party, had a combined total of 1.2% during the last presidential election.
Conservatism is dead. It is buried, the death certificate is signed. From this point forward, when someone speaks out as a conservative, they need to be treated as we would treat a socialist workers party member…
“Umm ,… that may sound nice, but……”
The Republican primaries show the last bastion of conservative social values. since it’s high point in 2004, which just hinged on a few contested votes in Ohio, the Conservatives have lost favor.
They lost the congressionals of 2006. They lost huge in 2008, as massive amounts of voters voting for the first time, went the other way. They ran on jobs and won a few seats in 2010. But when they shut down the government in 2011 over funding planned parenthood, the country realized what they’d gotten.
It seems like the best way to eliminate conservatives from government, is to put them in power for two years. They act worse than Democrats.
Rick Santorum carries the banner of old fashioned conservatives. He is losing. So the obvious hits us in the face. If the Conservative Party is rejecting Conservatives en masse, then that movement is dead. Put another way, if the extreme faction of the extreme party, is rejecting Conservatism, it is a dead entity for the majority of America…
Rick Santorum cannot give up. If he does, the evangelicals, the family values faction, and the tax cutters, will be laughed out of the Republican Party. Republicans will turn to them and say: “you lost the election for us! Get the fuck out of our party!”
Democrats had to do that with the communists and socialists in the 40′s. Their views were a little too extreme for the mainstream, and those parties still carried their banner, and met on college campuses, but never won any clout with the majority of American voters. Democrats however, because they expelled the communists and socialists back in the 40′s, went on to dominate Congress if not the Oval Office, for 60 some years….
Bottom line, if you are a conservative, Santorum is your last battle. This is your King’s Mountain, where everything is on the line.. This is when you need to flush out the hills to gather an army. This is when you need your most outstanding leaders to devise a plan to use your own weaknesses to your advantage…. If you are at all religious, and believe God is part of government, this is your last chance. Get behind Santorum Now.
If you don’t win Pennsylvania, the cause is dead… Not only dead, but a joke. Imagine showing your face in public the day after Santorum loses to (who? are you serious) Mitt Romney in his HOME STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA?
Ha, Ha your friends, enemies and acquaintances will say to your face… Ha, ha… You’re cause and everything you believe in, IS SO WRONG, that even your leader, cannot carry his own state against ….. the weakest candidate the Republicans have ever had to choose?
If you lose Pennsylvania, it will be the requirement of every newspaper, every radio DJ, every media outlet and respectable blogger, to say: conservatism is just a splinter organization, a cult like Koresch’s, a loner movement like Timothy McVeigh. These cannot be listened to or have their message propagated by us… It must be ignored, just like those communists who wore Mao on their lapels…. In college, they couldn’t even get a date…..
It is not too late. Santorum needs to think outside the box. Rick needs to bring on Newt as his Vice President. That act should jar conservatives to wake up, and realize the end of conservatism is near. That act, coupled with both working together to keep conservatism, a dream forged in the night of wishful thinking, from losing its warm, glowing feeling in the bright sun of the real world……
If Pennsylvania does not go for Santorum, Conservatism is A JOKE!!!
Rick Santorum may now take the place of “Chairman Mao” on college campuses…….
I wish WordPress’s format would allow the privilege of posting two articles side by side. That way the effect could be as eye opening to you, as it was to me…
But alas, I will have to run it through in the old fashioned way, and trust my powers of argument are descriptive enough for the task…
Here are the two articles… I would recommend reading them in their entirety before going further.
How The US Lost Out on iPhone Work
If you read both of those back to back, I probably do not have to say much. The vision they invoke in you, is probably the same as mine….
They do show us the way out…….
Often in our lives we live in confusion. We muddle through by making small decisions because the big ones ruling our lives are just too impossible and too gigantic to handle. Unexpectedly (it’s a rarity of course), someone, or something puts the pieces in place, and a road map out, one that is simple, plausible and doable, materializes and we can take action, and resolve our gigantic problem causing all our little ones….
Did you see it too?
Allow me the liberty of elaboration. One shows why our jobs moved to China and other countries. They are better than we… The one telling line I believe, is ” Apple’s executives had estimated that about 8,700 industrial engineers were needed to oversee and guide the 200,000 assembly-line workers eventually involved in manufacturing iPhones. The company’s analysts had forecast it would take as long as nine months to find that many qualified engineers in the United States.” The focus of the article, was that was accomplished in 24 hours in China…..
Its the equivalent to a boss telling a subordinate… I want this done, and done it is…..
The second article shows the flaws. It focuses on the explosion at the Foxcomm plant that made assembled the ipods… Two people died. That human cost of an ipod is factored in. It also covers the deplorable living condition that those living at the Foxcomm plant must endure. And it ends with the line, … that if you want to pay for cheap phones, this is what has to be done to make them cheap enough for you to buy….”
Clearly, the US is trending to matching the working conditions of the Chinese in order to compete for jobs.
I don’t think we want to live like that, just to make a living….
We’ve been through this before. Those who once lived along the Merrimack River flowing past Lowell, Massachusetts, well know the dangers described now taking place in China. Those row houses in Appalachia, built by mining companies years ago, share the same horror stories these Chinese are now experiencing.
When you have cheap labor, you have situations where all the power rests in the hands of the one handing out the paychecks… “You want better conditions, they say? You’re fired. Now you have better conditions.” The others bite their tongue so their fate will not be the same.
We learned during the late 19th Century, that the only way out, was to have EVERY worker stop production until, a contract was reached and they allowed themselves to continue forward.
As the right to strike became eroded here in the United States, so has the quality of life for those in the manufacturing sector. Long hours, dangerous conditions, low pay, no benefits, are the lot of those employed by manufacturers. Their bosses insist, those are the conditions then can barely afford, since if they didn’t,… even those jobs would soon leave overseas.
We are in the downward spiral….
Reading the two articles, it became apparent that we are in competition with Chinese and other workers for the bottom… Who can work the hardest with the least amount of trouble for their corporate sponsors and the least amount of money… Whoever it is, will be declared the winners….
Well, if that is the life of a winner, I want no part of it… There has to be a better way….
The answer should have hit you already if you truly did read both articles. The answer is not to compete for the bottom, but the top…. It means we judge success by a whole new set of rules. It means we alter our buying habits and compensation to make living conditions far more bearable around the world, than they are today. And we exercise our power as people, so the money has to work within our framework, sort of along the same framework of just what the Labor Movement accomplished when they took on the big powers that be during the Thirties.
Here is the rough outline.
A) We elect no Republicans in 2012.
B) They pass labor laws determining a true-value wage. Two thirds of that person’s annual wage needs to be able to provide for living quarters, food, utilities, and medical insurance. After all required expenses have been met, 1/3 of each employees income should be left as discretionary income… This is pretty much what most US families had during the nineties. It is affordable because businesses prospered then too.
C) Ugh. The math… (Skip this if math bores you) .. Which means that if a single person can barely make ends meet on $20,000, the standard should be $30,000 here in the US.. Likewise for families, if $40,000 is required, then $60,000 should be the average.. Of course New York and California would be higher paid than say North Dakota or Alaska.. That is the basic gist of it… This cost then becomes a cost of the manufactured product….
D) We hold all businesses doing business in the United States to this principal, no matter where their products get made… Of course we don’t use the same monetary figures, just the same principal… If in Egypt, one can live on $7,000, it is fair to pay them $10,000. Quite possibly, in parts of Africa, one could pay someone $5,000 a year and keep within the same principals. For companies who try to import products made by desperate people in desperate situations, we impose the old custom’s duty, to make them equally as expensive as those made elsewhere, thereby negating any economic advantage to undercut the system.
E) I know the word tariff sends up a red flag to Free Trade-ists. It means that we no longer worrying ourselves about how much a company can maximize its profit; that concern has become secondary. instead, we are concerned about the welfare of those human beings actually working in that country’s manufacturing industry.
F) And for the Free Trade-ists, we are invoking the Free Trade Principals in just a different way. As always, we have said a corporation should have the right to sell and cross borders to trade at a spot that gives them a lower cost… That is what free trade is. We are now, invoking the same rational, but instead of using “cost” as our measuring stick we are attempting to do that with something called the “quality of life”… We are stating: for free trade to occur, “quality of life” must be equal or monetary penalties will be placed raising the cost of that product so they will be…
G) This will be good for China. China needs to raise their cost on which they compete or they will implode. Historically that always happens; the peasants revolt. The best prevention is to fix the problem beforehand. Reading the article above, the one about Foxcomm, one can see that without changes, probably within ten years, China will go down in a massive internal turmoil, UNLESS those in its manufacturing sector are given better working conditions. They need a union movement of their own. Ha, ha: they could look to their own founding Communist philosophy on this one…. if they wanted to see what the future will bring if you run government at the whims of large corporations…
H) Obviously, things will not be as cheap from China, if this goes through. The increased cost of labor to the manufacturer, will be shared in half by a price increase to the final consumer, and the other half by a loss in corporate profit. But the balance of that cost to our economy is: more people will be working in this country. The loss of corporate profits to the labor movement did not create the Depression! It worked us out of it!… The higher the wages, the more money spent. The more money spent, the more things manufactured. The more things manufactured the more people employed. The more people employed the higher the wages. The higher the wages…. the more money spent… We begin the cycle pulling us out ….
So through the juxtapositioning of these two articles, the light has been shown from the end of the tunnel… The way back to prosperity is to pay American workers more. The way to do that is to negate the advantage of paying the Chinese less. The way to do that, is to pass an import tax that raises foreign manufactured items to a rate that allows foreign workers to live with the same amount of discretionary income left over after their necessary expenses, as we would wish upon ourselves. That is the silver bullet, and it surely won’t happen as long as Republicans can block it. Which is why, we need to remove enough corporate sponsored politicians from office, both Democratic and Republican, so We, The People once again, can have a free hand.
Yes, we can do this.
Almost all Americans will agree… There is one thing America does best…. Nothing….
Well, actually in this case, that might be a good thing…. For in Congress’s naturally tendency to play it both ways all the time, whenever they enacted legislation, the also set in stone a date for it to expire…. So if Congress does nothing, the automatic policies go into effect and we have a $7.1 trillion deficit busting package signed, sealed, delivered right to Americans… almost as efficiently as an order off Ebay….
● $3.3 trillion from letting temporary income and estate tax cuts enacted in 2001, 2003, 2009, and 2010 expire on scheduled at the end of 2012 (presuming Congress also lets relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax expire, as noted below);
● $0.8 trillion from allowing other temporary tax cuts (the “extenders” that Congress has regularly extended on a “temporary” basis) expire on scheduled;
● $0.3 trillion from letting cuts in Medicare physician reimbursements scheduled under current law (required under the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula enacted in 1997, but which have been postponed since 2003) take effect;
● $0.7 trillion from letting the temporary increase in the exemption amount under the Alternative Minimum Tax expire, thereby returning the exemption to the level in effect in 2001;
● $1.2 trillion from letting the sequestration of spending required if the Joint Committee does not produce $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction take effect; and
● $0.9 trillion in lower interest payments on the debt as a result of the deficit reduction achieved from not extending these current policies.
How does a zero balanced deficit in ten years sound?
If Congress does absolutely nothing, something they’re good at, we’ll have it….
The current party system is broken. Gridlock ties up DC, even to the point where the Republican Party will filibuster a bill that they themselves proposed when both houses were Republican. The filibuster is only pursued because if passed it will be considered by us, the public, to be a success for the standing president.
You can’t blame Republicans. They are just trying to survive. Tying up Washington so that nothing gets done, is the only option they have.
Which leaves us with a choice… Should WE the voters continue this same gridlock? Or shall we take matters into our own hands and do something about it?
If we split our votes, the Gridlock continues.
The only way to prevent future gridlock is to make the penalty for doing so, so severe that any future party treads very lightly if it dares try using gridlock as a political weapon again….
That penalty needs to be that the party obstructing all activity in Congress, not receive any votes to return.
Let’s examine this proposition…
Assume all Democrats and no Republicans return to Congress starting 2013. The House would be completely 100% Democratic, and the Senate Republicans would drop down to 36 if all 11 Republicans up this year lost and all Democrats won.
We would have a one party system… or would we?
The Democratic party would soon split. The Progressives from the Blue Dogs… We would continue to have two parties in Congress. It’s just that that they wouldn’t be jockeying around for political points against the other side.
Instead we’d have what Congress was supposed to do. Debate bills on their merits, and once all facts are on the table, vote them either up or down based on the personal convictions of each Senator or House Member…
We’d still have the same debates as the powerful lobbyists swirled around those who would most likely represent their interests…
But if would be as if America took one step to the left. As if the entire political tone of Congress, just shifted left.
Would the same thing work if the Republicans are put into all seats they run for?
No, and here is why. Republican policy is what got us in this mess. Phil Gramm deregulated derivatives. Eventually that caused the enitire markets to catch up to where Enron went earlier, and collapse. It was the Republicans who decided over Democrats objections, to not raise taxes on the wealthy in order to pay as we went for two wars. So now, we we have a bill coming titled “Payment Due,” for those two wars plus interest. It was Republicans who because we had a surplus, decided to stop that money coming into the Treasury that was paying off our debt. So under them, we added debt on, and stopped paying our payments. No wonder the deficit is so high.
They are the wrong person to put into unlimited power.. simply for when they were there, the got to exercise with impunity all their dreams. We are bankrupt now…
Harken back to the era of Clinton, and everyone was making money… whether you were poor, middle, or rich… You made money and had more left over to spend on yourself, than you do now…
That simple comparison is why we need to go to an all Democratic Congress and not an all Republican one.
We will always have divided government. It is just that when it becomse divided along party lines, and not along the lines of the American people, that we get the gridlock we see happening daily today…
Republicans are the cause.. Their elimination (no offense to the nice Republicans I know) will be the beginning of a new day for America.
The last time we eliminated Republicans was in 1932. It took 64 years for them to return. Those were the best years America has ever had.
Having recently seen the Harry Potter movie, it is scary. Ever since watching…. I now see giants everywhere. Before when I looked, I never knew they were there…
Two giants will be doing battle here in Delaware… (The recession is finally paying off for our little state.)
Papers were filed with the ITC (International Trade Commission) by the South Korean giant Samsung LED against a division of another giant this time from Germany, Siemens….. over 8 patient infringements.
Samsung LED also said it filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Delaware to seek damages and a permanent injunction to bar Siemen’s subsidary, Osram’s alleged patent infringement from entering this country.
At stake is the financial future of these two companies. One will win, and the other for lack of a better word, will be vanquished.
Since Siemens actually has a plant in Delaware, next to the Glasgow Park off Route 40 and 896, I’m putting my bets on that giant…. if they get hurt, it will cost jobs.
Hotels, restaurants, transportation companies all stand to be a little busier as this gigantic fight, gets under way…. It would be helpful to practice on the Korean and German dialects now, before the event gets under way…
Sprechen sie deutsch?
니미럴 개자식 ….
It should be an interesting fight.
First it was Donald Trump’s amateur fillies… now it’s the professionals… Delaware has lost twice to California…
Delaware’s Havre De Grace, took the lead and California’s blind luck, just came up in time for the wire.
Even when he drew even with Havre de Grace, Gomez said he was unsure Blind Luck was going to get past her.
“We came up to her and she fought back,” her rider, Gomez said. “I thought I might be in a little trouble. But with this filly, as soon as you pull her out and she pins her ears back, she accelerates in two jumps.”
It was all the horse…..
“My horse dragged me to the front, and turning for home she gave me all she had and really kept on digging,” said Dominguez, who was the dominant rider at Delaware Park when he rode there from 2003-2008. “It was just a head bob and the other filly got up just in time.”
It may seem unfair that “great big ole California” beats out the state with the fewest number of counties (only 3) … but, if you compare populations, the simple fact that quite often Delaware and California are pitted neck to neck just before the final wire, it is fair to say that with California’s population of 37,253,956 versus Delaware’s of 897,934 it takes roughly 41.49 Californians, to match up to and equal one Delawarean…..
We may be small, but we ARE tough!