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BBC picked upon this… it’s awesome.
Obama: America needs a clear vision on how to approach the problems of the future.
Romney: America needs a clear vision on how to fix the problems of the past….
We voted, and thought we got one….
We are going to tax the wealthy and force them to invest in America to cut back on their taxes paid…….
But no… Despite the “clear vision we sent them” 332 to 206… We now got Double Vision. Some in the Republican Party are pretending the election so decisively decided against them, didn’t happen…
Of course anything can be said in a vacuum… or an echo chamber. But the realistic realization for Republicans on November 6th, was that “hello,(knock on wooden head)…you are in a little room all by yourselves. The rest of America is on to building the America WE want.. full of growth and prosperity for the Middle Class” The election had an audience. That audience needs to stay intact to collectively tell Mitch McConnell… “Sit down”.
Did you ever go to a town hall meeting? Where in the quiet of productive discussion, someone stands up and starts screaming, and the entire audience to a single person, says, “Shut up fool?”
Well, it is every American’s duty to do that now… We have work to do and we certainly don’t need any drunk clowns thinking they demand all our attention…. Right? We had an election, and WE, the People, decided the issue.
Please send this message to Mitch McConnell C/o his Senate Mailbox. http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm
Fill out the form as a dutiful American citizen expressing your views. If time is important, feel free to copy and paste this message at the bottom of the form…
Remember at those town meetings, the fool who always gets up to disrupt, and starts screaming against some inane point that was decided long ago and everyone tells him to shut up and sit down? Well, that’s you, dude when it comes to keeping the Bush Tax Cuts. Shut up and sit down. We got work to do.
Citizen of the United States of America
Steve buried it first.
Tallahassee, the capitol city of Florida, a state of 19 million people, had a parade for veterans, … and nobody came…..
And this state went for Mitt Romney, overwhelmingly. And this state is also considered the birthplace of the Tea Party. And this state is so backward they don’t arrest someone standing over the body of a dead man, because that dead man’s skin is darker than the guy holding the gun….
And this state doesn’t give a fuck about veterans. Yet they were the first to argue that American men and women go over to invade Iraq….
Selfish, selfish, selfish Floridians. And they… liked Mitt Romney the best…
This is exactly what we will get, if Mitt Romney becomes president. A country where no one cares….
Only one man can stop Mitt now. It is now, or never….
(Seriously, how could any person run for the American Presidency and hate American soldiers as much as he does…) Makes everyone want to punch him right in the middle of his square jaw….
J. C Penny refused to cow to the alleged boycott by the Million Moms, part of the American Dumbass Association, and stood up today, saying it is proud to stand behind Ellen DeGeneres as their spokesperson….
Unlike the Koman foundation, they can do math…..
At 50.8% that includes 158,288,693 women….
Out of which 1 Million Moms equals… 0.6% of one measly percent…..
To the American Family Blah, Blah, Blah Organization……
“Oh, … shut….. up.”
Is this. They take money away from other schools…
The idea of charter schools is Republican at best. You take a school, make it excel, and parents will want to send their kids there. You then close other schools that fail…
The problem that was never addressed, was what then do we do with all those students who for whatever reason, can’t get into a charter school.
The answer provided by the Charter School Program, is that we consolidate them into even more problematic, even more underfunded, and even more unstructured environments where if they couldn’t learn before, they certainly can’t learn now….
There is a maxim in both business and the military. You are only as good as your weakest point. The same could be said for dykes around New Orleans. Having a real strong dyke on the wealthiest side of the city, does little when the water comes in from behind, because you forgot to account for a barrier on the poor side of the city.
That’s the problem with Charter Schools…..
Some Charter schools do well. But a lot do no better than public. Charter Schools get to pick their students. If Charter schools had to accept special needs students as do public schools, they would be forced to close…
What Charter Schools do provide, is a haven for parents to send kids so they will not be infested with ghetto values. Pencader School of Business was founded on these principles by Principal Dave Jones. There was no ghetto value along the shore of the Delaware River, overlooking New Jersey.
Some Charter Schools do well. Some Public Schools do well. What both have in common, is a principal who has autonomy to run his school… No DoE’s. No mandates by Dover. None of the normal bullshit that politics has laid at the feet of those just trying to help today’s youth make it in tomorrow’s world.
Another common factor, is that successful schools have community involvement. The community looks up to the schools with respect, and the schools look out to the community with respect. When the community and schools are in line and working off the same page, they are successful; whether private, charter, or public, makes little difference.
It is apparent after reviewing the literature covering both sides of the Charter issue, that the successes on both extremes, have these common values. Good leadership and community support.
It appears current society’s focus needs to re-establish those two cores. Good leadership and community support.
The Department of Education needs to bug out of student’s learning.
The answer to education is simple.
You need a great reward for graduating students to make learning worthwhile. My generation was motivated by the fact that we would one day be paid based on how well we achieved academically. That was a lie. Today’s children know it by 2nd grade.
Second, you need a great reward for educators and principals to achieve the impossible. People rise to the occasion presented. A simple $20,000 bonus if every child in your class, simply met objectives, with $1000 minus off for each of those that did not, would certainly fix education in one year.
Third, you need to give principals autonomy. Their bonus should be $200,000. Then, you rank each principal on the percentage of teachers he has, who received the full $20,000 bonuses…… IF his salary is dependent on how many of his teachers get their full bonuses, his primary goal, will be to work with every teacher for that endeavor. Not as is currently proscribed, working against them…
If every student, every teacher, every principal is working diligently for the same goal, you will not need a Department of Education. You will not need Governmental Interference.
You will need structure (prisons) for lost causes. You will need school transportation funding. You will need upkeep on buildings. You will need new technology. You will need investment in music, art, and drama. You will need investment in sports.
School defines who we are. Cutting down our options, diminishes our future potential.
Mankind can do extraordinary things. We have, when the needs have arisen, done so… Just this tiny bit of money, placed in the right investment category, can change the entire scenario of a failed school district, into a thriving one.
1) Advocate raising the top rates to 40%
2) Advocate raising capital gains rates to 40%.
3) Only corporate tax credits offered, will be in direct proportion to new physical capital, invested in America. No tax credits for foreign investment. No tax credits for buying another company outright. No tax credit for anything speculative in nature.
And don’t worry what Republicans say… Hell, they were arguing we should get out of the war against Germany and Japan, during the election held in the middle of WWII…
They didn’t win, btw.
The easiest way for a politician to get himself out of trouble, is to stir up a firestorm he can blame on outside forces. Saddam Hussein and the Ayatollah Khomeini were masters of this.. You create a crises so that people turn to you for guidance…
This crises is to deflect our view from what really happened.
Today, because of the high unfunded liabilities of pension funds, Wisconsin public workers are being stripped of their union bargaining rights. Their argument flows like this: since we can’t pay the amount of premiums to keep these plans solvent, and since unions won’t let us dissolve these plans and roll them over into the Wisconsin treasury, let us make unions illegal so we can then help ourselves to all that money…
That is the underlying cause behind the shenanigans taking place today…
We are told the pension plans are underfunded, and will require massive amounts of tax payers money to keep them paying off their commitments…
In truth, Republican governors all moved the investment of their pension plans away from secure assets, such as treasury bonds, over into the volatile mix of derivative swaps, accompanied by the excessive fees imposed by Wall Street firms now handling that money.
“The average Wisconsin pension is $24,500 a year, which is hardly lavish. But what is stunning is that 15% of the money contributed to the pension fund each year is being funneled to Wall Street in fees.
Economist Dean Baker, has determined in his paper that: “Most of the pension shortfall is attributable to the plunge in the stock market in the years 2007-2009. Keep in mind that if pension funds had earned returns just equal to the interest rate on 30-year Treasury bonds in the three years since 2007, their assets would be more than $850 billion greater than they are today.”
image courtesy of CEPR
Why was this done?
As a lead off to answer that question, I’ll borrow a phrase from the movie The Patriot, where Tarleton meets behind closed doors with Cornwallis, and says: “Tell me about… Ohio…”
“Ohio’s Governor Kasich was an employee for Lehman Brothers and was intimately involved with getting the state of Ohio’s pension fund to invest in Lehman Brothers and buy mortgage-backed securities. And of course Lehman Brothers lost all that money”.
(Editors note: In 2001, Kasich took a job as managing director of the Columbus investment banking division of Lehman Brothers. He remained at the company until its collapse in September 2008. During 2008, Lehman Brothers paid Kasich $587,175 in salary, bonuses, and other benefits. Over $400,000 of that bonus is credited to Kasich using his political connections to facilitate investment of $480 million from the state pension fund with Lehman Brothers. That money was lost to the state.)
So, as succinctly stated by Matt Taibbi in his Rolling Stone interview with Amy Goodman,
“Essentially a gigantic criminal fraud (was hatched) where all the banks were taking mismarked mortgage-backed securities, made up of very, very dangerous, toxic subprime loans. The banks were in a sense chopping them up, reassembling them, and then packaging them as AAA-rated investment vehicles, then selling these rat-trap vehicles to state pension funds, to insurance companies, to Chinese banks and Dutch banks and Icelandic banks.”
And, of course, these things, these vehicles, started blowing up, as rat-trap vehicles are apt to do, and all those pension funds then proceeded to go broke.
But what Kasich, Walker, and every other Republican governor are doing now, is blaming the people who were collecting these pensions–they’re blaming the workers, they’re blaming the firemen, they’re blaming the policemen–whereas, in reality, these workers were actually the victims of this fraud scheme, and certainly not the people responsible for planning the scheme or executing the scam that followed!
Governor Scott Walker’s party is the cause of the pension fund’s demise.. But no, he can’t blame himself… he has to blame those pensioners …. firemen, policemen, teachers, and rescue workers….
That, in reality, is what is going on…. Deflection of the attention of the masses….. A deflection that has full cooperation of the main stream media…..
And there is even a further deception. Watch how the Associated Press reports this act.
“Friday morning, the Wisconsin state assembly passed a bill that would, as the Associated Press put it, “require public workers to contribute more to their pensions and health insurance and strip them of their right to collectively bargain benefits and work conditions.”
This is under the guise of saving the state money. But, the pensions are funded 100% by the state employees. It is their money, being contributed in the form of pensions, instead of landing in their checking account…..!
But, …. “Pension funds, like paid vacation days and salaries are a negotiated part of public workers’ total compensation. In Johnston’s view, when Governor Walker says that he wants workers to “contribute more” to pension funds, one correct way to put this would be that the governor “wants to further reduce the cash wages that state workers currently take home in their paychecks.”
So, we have a republican governor no different than Bernie Madoff, trying to cover up that his party invested poorly, losing the pensions of thousands of workers, who is now, because he can, is taking away their money in order to pay for his incompetence…
And ironically, the Wisconsin fund is one of the best funded in the nation. One that could easily be rectified as soon as the economy bounces back… At most, it is underfunded by 0.02%… which means 20 cents off every $100 dollars... That is it…
Even treasury bonds, risk free, can make that amount up…
I dare your patriotic tear ducts NOT to swell up a little….
Seasons greetings from CAAT 1, WPNS CO, 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines. (filmed on site at Alpha 1) Merry Christmas!
“Merry Christmas From Afghanistan”
Merry Christmas from Afghanistan, oh man, it’s that time of year,
and the birth of Jesus doesn’t seem to please the terrorists down here;
I’d like to take a moment for you folks at home to make it clear;
Merry Christmas from the Eastern Hemisphere.
Merry Christmas from Afghanistan, way back in the USA,
You’ve got mistletoe and falling snow, we’ve got sandstorms and grenades
But what the hell, it’s just as well we celebrate it anyway,
Merry Christmas from 5,000 miles away.
And I remember many Decembers, sitting ’round that tree,
And now I’m in an outer cordon sitting ’round an IED,
I’ve traded yams and roasted ham for a chicken noodle MRE,
Merry Christmas from out here in the middle east.
So merry Christmas from Afghanistan, from our AO to yours,
I’ll be watching illegal DVDs and defecating out of doors,
Put my pedal to the metal man, I’ll settle for that medal of honor when I win the war,
Single-handedly from my armored drivers door.
Yuletide salutations from our vacation in the sand,
from this E-3 Lance Coolie and up the whole chain of command
Between Al Qaeda, Al Jazeera, Mujahadeen, and the Taliban,
It’s a very merry Christmas in Afghanistan.
From south Montana, to northwest Indiana, to the shores of North Caroline,
From NYC to LA’s beaches and down the Mason-Dixon Line,
It’s that season where we’re freezing, but all in all, we’re doing fine,
So merry Christmas from Afghanistan tonight.
It’s that season where we’re freezing, but all in all, we’re doing fine,
So Merry Christmas down the Final Protection Line!
May God bless and protect our troops serving in this forsaken region of the world. Has a finer group of men ever served? God be with each and everyone of them this Christmas, and forever. Amen.
During break I had a chance to browse the changed landscape of the Delaware blogosphere in depth.
There are two blogs that now carry the weight. Delaware Liberal and Delaware Way. Each are different in their own way. Delaware Liberal is an institution of fine writers, but is primarily dominated by two: Delaware Dem and El Somnambulo.
Delaware Way is where one goes to get news in the raw; for Nancy publishes everything… which is good since that is the only place one can go to find it.
Each of these provide a function… Delaware Liberal is where one can go to skim the headlines. Due to their updated format, if you missed a couple of days, it is hard to catch up… Being tied up, that has made following the news through them a little difficult. Nancy’s blog, although panned by Hube for it’s outdated format, is structured so one can follow it in consecutive order… Sort of like a facebook feed where one can drop back continuously until they reach where they last dropped off…
Other than that, there is nowhere else to look… That may be good for non- thinkers. But those of us who plan and run this state, are running blind… A scary thought as we approach the election year…
It seems like the old days mimicked the foundation of this nation. Whereas they argued over pints of ale; we argued over electronic wires… In our exchanges we tampered our views into an amalgamation of something that included the best of both worlds, and for that reason, the policies we forged, could pass the test of time… The only test it couldn’t pass, was us getting old and tired…
What is at stake, with the upcoming election… is a lack of depth. The brilliant group assembled under the general grouping “Delaware blogosphere”, was able to uncover all types of shenanigans; most of which had been going on under the cloak of looking the other way for most of our lifetimes… One, or even two blogs, cannot do the research being done independently by those of ALL political persuasions….
Which of course, means it will be easier to fool all the people some of the time… As long as they stay fooled until the votes are cast….. it doesn’t matter what happens later…
It is time each of the old bloggers look into their hearts, and review what they accomplished… It is time they look through what is written now and compare it to the days of yore…. It is time they return to the fight… the fight for truth… the fight for knowledge… the fight for justice.
It is time they realize they mattered and that like it or not, they were important to the everyday flow of politics… They made this past election happen. They changed the political landscape. They are what made local politics an issue….
We can go back to the pre-blog days of 2006… or we can continue exposing, inspecting, digressing, and scooping each other and the News Journal with information, that if left in the dark, would cost us each our money going into someone else’s pocket…
Delaware needs us. And you can’t escape that fact… It needs us.
Nancy has an example as to why….
On that page is a link to this Rasmussan Report.
VOTERS AGREE ONLY ON TAXING THE RICH TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE PLAN.
Now anyone who knows me, knows I don’t take any stock in polls. I am smart enough to twist them into whatever I want, and so I can assume others out there are smart enough to do as well…
But over the past election, this group was the one closest to actual results throughout the primaries, as well as the general… So even though they were made up figures, I guess I’m saying, they still were closer than anyone else’s made up figures….
So the fact that a majority of Americans, all smart people mind you, believe that the rich should pay for our nation’s deficits… you know, the ones their party caused…. is rather telling. It implies that all the talk of no new taxes is baloney. New taxes on the rich are what Americans want. We want it sooner instead of later…
It boils down to ethics. Shouldn’t the wealthy take care of those who made them rich, now that times are hard? It reflects this nation’s battle with slavery 150 years ago.. Shouldn’t plantation owners take care of their slaves, like feed them? like give them a place to sleep? like allow them to get a drink of water?
If we had laws in place 150 years ago to cover the welfare of slaves, why then, can’t today’s wealthy and rich assist and help out law abiding citizens who have no jobs, who have no homes, who have no food… but still have their freedoms?
They can and it’s called paying their fair share of taxes… Americans who work, eat, live and die in our towns are saying the rich need to pay their fair share… Not get soaked mind you… BUT PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE…. Every American knows deep down that it is true… Every American knows that during WWII almost every family gave up someone to the war effort, because it was needed to save our nation… Yet today, we have the speaker of the House, A DEMOCRAT MIND YOU, saying there will be no new taxes on the table?
That goes even against the Rasmussen Report linked to above… Which plainly states: THAT THE ONLY THING AMERICANS ACROSS THE BOARD CAN AGREE TO, IS THAT THE RICH PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE….
And as proven in the post below, taxing the wealthy is super good for the economy. It fueled the Clinton boom. It drove the post second world war economy to new highs. Every time we had higher taxes, each person’s welfare, including the wealthy, just kept getting better….
Gilligan needs to get into the real world. and out of the pockets of wimpy land… (Everyone knows I love Gilligan but I get yelled at when I make mistakes and so should he). We are not on Gilligan’s Island. ( I fought the urge and succumbed). We are in a real world with real problems and one of those problems is that we are running out of money….
As one notorious bank robber responded when asked as to why he robbed banks responded: because that’s where the money is….
… so does our legislative need to solve it’s monetary needs by going to where the money is… the state’s wealthy….
It is such common sense and America knows it…. And the only reason we know America knows it…. is because Nancy published it in Delaware Way.
We need more like her…