How Pure is Tea Party Tea? Tastes Like Pork??? 1


FRESHMAN REPUBLICANS QUIETLY LOBBYING FOR PORK – If there’s one thing that Republicans approach more discretely than same-sex affairs, it’s the acquisition of government money. And, not unlike their homosexual dalliances, GOP lawmakers publicly denounce the government largess they secretly covet. Sam Stein: “A Freedom of Information Act request of the communications between freshmen House members and federal agencies reveals that, in private, GOP lawmakers have pressed for tens of millions of dollars in federal help for their districts, even while decrying federal spending in front of the national press corps. Take, for instance, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio). On March 8, the freshman Republican co-signed a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration requesting that the Department of Transportation fund a project to improve a runway at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. The cost of the improvement: $4.365 million. Less than a month later, on the floor of the House, he declared that ‘our nation is broke. The federal government has maxed out its credit card.’” –Sam Stein [HuffPost]

Potbelly Teacup Pig. Cuter than Congressional Pork!

We keep hearing that behind the scenes tea party (freshman) reps in the US House have Speaker Boehner’s cojones in a vice and no work is being done. Witness Boehner has not passed a jobs bill in six months! It was shocking for  me to read the above excerpt from Sam Stein’s article revealing that the pure as snow tea party legislators are quietly involving themselves in the dirtiest part of Congressional politics:  The acquisition of pork for the people back home!  Can no one smell the stench of pork over the heady perfume of tea?  Seems like the House’s Freshman Class is being corrupted as is custom.  Thanks Sam, for putting it out there for us.  I hope everyone reads your entire article on The Huffington Post by clicking the link above.

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“Shocker: Anti-government activists are all welfare queens! But they accept the “wealthy white person” version of welfare, which is “farm subsidies.” (The “wealthy white person” version of welfare is also lots of other subsidies and tax credits and government spending.)” [Source: Salon]

ONCE TEA PARTIES WERE INNOCENT


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EXXON STRIKES AGAIN! AND, NOT IN A NICE WAY


06:38pm  David Muir of ABC News reports that President Obama has suspended $800 million in aid to Pakistan’s military.  This is an attempt to pressure them to fight our enemies more effectively.  Hmmm.. Let see how that works!

11:15am 7/10/11 No Damage To Drinking Water From Exxon Mobil Oil Spill -EPA
On this Sunday morning, let’s pray for our President who meets with leaders of Congress to hatch out some kind of deal on the Debt Ceiling.

EXXON Oil Spill on the Yellowstone River

Another large oil company oil spill spoiling pristine American assets.  Last year it was BP. Now it’s EXXON, the most profitable company in the history of the world.  It makes my blood boil when I hear republicans say that democrats want to over-regulate business and keep it from growing and prospering.  The deplorable image above is the direct result of lax regulations and official company lies to government which always go unpunished. [This no specific indictment of EXXON.] The governor in this instance was assured that disaster preparedness was in place in case of an oil spill in the Yellowstone River.  You see there’s an oil pipe under the river. It was all a pack of lies.  The people need regulations and inspections to verify complianceo.

  >>O  CONFIRM ELIZABETH WARREN!  O<<

Business unfettered is not noble and will not do the right thing.  They will cheat and cut corners…and lie.  That is why we are in grave danger of another financial crisis.  The Obama administration has let Wall Street and the big banks go back to money-making practices that got us in trouble. Not only that, they are coming up with ways to get around recent legislation and make even more money.  They operate with impunity because no one goes to jail when found out.  They merely pay a fine.

Our democracy is a wonderful thing. One can make a lot of money without resorting to sin and evil.  Give the people a living wage to make a decent product is all that is required.  When we let greed overtake us, we lose our way and no longer respect decent living and business.  One day, people, there’s going to be a great reckoning. Few will be prepared. And, the rocks won’t hide you.


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WILL OUR LEADERS SCREW US AGAIN?


“In an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how President Obama and the Republicans moved toward avoiding a government default, Howard Kurtz reports on how back-channel communications with the likes of Eric Cantor led to a possible deal. The piece examines the Kabuki culture of Washington in which both parties used harsh rhetoric in playing to their core constituents while quietly making compromises as the clock ticked on a debt-ceiling deadline.” [Howard Kurtz,The Daily Beast]

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats are circulating a resolution accusing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) of having a conflict of interest in the debt ceiling debate, a move that could provide an awkward C-SPAN moment for one of the lead Republicans in the budget negotiations. [HuffPost]

Dear Leaders:

You are leaders in our political parties, leaders on committees in The Senate and The House and members of voting blocs: caucuses. BUT MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT, YOU SHOULD BE DEFINED BY THE DRIVING FORCE OF BEING OUR REPRESENTATIVES. When national polls tell you…and us…how most Americans feel on the issues of the day, you should be guided by OUR WISHES. [I am tempted to say, “Lobbyists be damned,” but I won’t.] Our opinions and yours on what Congress should authorize with laws should be a delicate mélange which serves the country best.

This is relevant because currently the news is that President Obama is rumored to be offering republicans cuts on Social Security, Medicare and Medicare in exchange for tax raises on the top 1% of the country, a/k/a THE RICH! [These raises are sometimes called cuts.] Mr. President you know that the polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans feel there should be no cuts in our entitlements.  We work hard all our lives and when we reach our “golden years,” we should have the benefits to which we are entitled.  Most of us at that age will need Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid just to survive from day-to-day.

What Will Be Your Status at Age 65?

Rich people work, too, but they have the wherewithal to invest in Wall Street, etc. to build wealthy retirement funds for when they reach their “golden years.” It is immoral and unchristian to deny the middle-class, the “working poor”  and the outright poor the benefits our society have put in place as safety nets to give us some decent quality of life as senior citizens.  Mr. President, don’t sell us out. Yes, we support SHARED SACRIFICE. But, the financial crisis should not be resolved on our backs. [Thank you, Nancy Pelosi!] I am a democrat because democrats feel a sense of social morality and responsibility born out of our Christian heritage. Mr. President you are Democrat Number One. You are the head of our party. You are our champion. Please do right by us. Let your every action be guided by our future welfare.


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HEAD FOR THE ROCKS? THE ROCKS WON’T HIDE YOU!


Derek Jeter, NY Yankees short stop, is two hits away from 3000! Look out history books! Last night Derek’s family was assembled at the game only to be disappointed by fate. Fri. 5:53am

Is the president giving the bully his lunch money before he’s even asked for it? Or, by promising future concessions — long beyond his tenure — Obama could be playing a clever hand.

Luring Republicans to the negotiating table with a ten-year plan to cut trillions from the budget is either capitulation of his own party’s principles or a devious ploy to gain GOP endorsement of higher taxes for the wealthy. [Craig Crawford] Read entire article at Huffington Post.

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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — June 2011 — June 2011
The June Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds a plurality of Americans (45%) say they would support minor reductions to current levels of Medicare spending, but fewer than one in five (18%) support major reductions for this purpose. As the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination gets underway, the economy and jobs dominate the list of issues voters say they want to hear about from candidates (60%), with health care ranking a distant second (26%).


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BOEHNER, STATUS QUO IS *NOT* WORKING!


Speaker Boehner:

You keep saying that you and your House republicans will not vote for tax increases for the rich.  You say that would lead to the rich deciding NOT to create new jobs.  Well, what about the status quo? Your rich friends are doing nothing to create jobs for the millions of unemployed Americans with their existing tax breaks.  Do you listen to yourself on TV? It seems that you are doggedly knocking your head against a brick wall expecting a different result.  Rich people are not inclined to “re-invest and create jobs,” to use your words.  They are sitting on a trillion dollars in capital.  You and Eric Cantor never explain why republicans will not vote to increase taxes on the rich.  Oh, wait, you don’t say “the rich.”  You try to pull the wool over our eyes and say that you will not vote to ‘RAISE TAXES ON AMERICANS.” This is dishonest.  You mean *RICH* AMERICANS. Why don’t you be a man and say what you mean?  Your friends have all the money and create all the jobs. They pay y’all to vote a certain way and only on certain bills that just cannot be prevented from coming up for a vote.  You republicans have always voted for raises in the Debt Ceiling.  Why is this time any different.  Is it because you are trying to quash a black interloper in the White House.  Sir, you personally said the GOP will give us jobs in 2011. You have failed to do that! You have not passed 1 jobs bill.  In fact, Congress has only passed 18 bills in 6 months… less all the down time House members get to enjoy.

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Boehner: 50-50 Chance of Debt Deal

Maybe all the rumors of grand bargains weren’t so far off. Speaker John Boehner told members of the House Republican caucus Thursday morning that there’s a 50-50 chance of a deal on the federal budget and the debt ceiling within the next 48 hours. And one member present, New York Rep. Peter King, said he thought the odds were even better. The news comes after a day of softening positions on both sides, with Democrats suggesting they were open to cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, and Republicans floating a willingness to consider revenue increases-perhaps through closing tax loopholes. But conservative members are still wary of revenue boosters, and said Boehner said the GOP wasn’t interested in increasing taxes.

Read it at The National Journal

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Mr. Boehner, forget you are a republican.  Remember your elected role in our government and reach a compromise [you call it "common ground"] with the President and do what is best for the country…regardless of how it may affect any particular political party.  Earn your place in history. Jesus loves you!


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PRESIDENT OBAMA COMES TO THE TABLE…FINALLY!


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Dear President Obama:

You are cutting it close to the deadline.  The IMF and rating agencies agree: We must raise the Debt Ceiling!  You don’t need me to tell you that THE WORLD IS WATCHING! As the largest world economy, the success and viability of the global economy is based on confidence in the American economy. The US dollar is the preferred currency of business. We must maintain confidence in the US dollar. No government or lender should ever question that the United States can pay it’s bills. Would-be president, Michele Bachmann, says, “We are not in danger of default.  We just need to pay the interest on the debt and then prioritize how we pay our bills.”  Is that sound advice from a tax law maven? (She has a PhD.)  As a recipient of Social Security who is maintained on Medicare, I am not encouraged by Mrs. Bachmann’s legal opinion!  I am sure that I speak for millions of my fellow seniors.  We must have uninterrupted flow of benefits to survive.

Please, sir, do not cave in to the recalcitrant republicans whose pockets are bulging with money.  Money given to them by their rich campaign donors.  Insist upon the full spirit and meaning of compromise as you work with the opposing party to save us from financial meltdown.  Democrats must get as much as they give if we, as a nation, are to win.  Left to their own devices (vices?), republicans would hurl us into financial Armageddon to further their politics.  Witness McConnell and Boehner! Please give us reason to keep hope alive! “Yes, We Can!”

Sincerely yours,

GoodOleWoody

After meeting with leaders from both sides of the aisle today, President Obama announced that progress was made and the next meeting will be Sunday. News reports keep alive that there might be cuts in entitlements to get increases in revenue.


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SHAME, PAT BUCHANAN!


Just hours ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals passed down a decision barring enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), reinstating Judge Virginia Phillips’s injunction from October 2010. According to the order, DADT cannot be enforced unless the federal government appeals and is granted a stay of the order from either the Ninth Circuit or the Supreme Court. 6:15PM

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As I am want to do, I watched “Morning Joe” Tuesday.  Joe was off and the only conservative republican at the table was Patrick J. Buchanan, MSNBC Analyst and former candidate for the Presidency.  Pat always makes for lively conversation and, may I say, entertainment.  As he often does, Pat dispensed with analysis and launched a campaign to defend high profits by hedge fund managers and those who fly in corporate jets. Pat warned that republican members of The House
were elected last November because they promised “not to raise taxes.” Continuing, he said, that they fear their constituents and what would happen if they returned home from Washington AFTER RAISING TAXES ON THE RICH. If I accept Pat’s premise, I think that those voters meant that they did not want their taxes raised: The working poor and the middle-class republican voters. Former Congressman

Harold Ford, Jr.

Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN) gave insightful non-partisan flavor along with the democratic views. Unfortunately, Joe Scarborough was not on his show today to comment on the points Harold made. Businessman, Donny Deutsch and host, Mika Brzezinski, tried to get Buchannan to think outside of the republican box, but, they failed in the face of Pat’s wordy distractions.

So, the freshman class in The House rules the roost without coming before the American people and defending their viewpoints.  We don’t know them, except for down-trodden Paul Ryan (R-WI) who has put forth his reforms for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Paul has angered the entire nation: Those who are receiving benefits as well as those 55 and younger. I wish I could see a breakdown of the family members of those who serve in Congress who receive these benefits. Who depend on them for survival. I wonder, “Are the grandparents of Tea Party members of Congress being shutout of the national discourse?  TEA PARTY HOUSE MEMBERS, COME OUT OF THE CLOSET. FACE

COME OUT! COMEOUT!

THOSE YOU REPRESENT AND THE REST OF THE NATION BEFORE YOU VOTE.  Let us see if you can defend the hammer lock you have on Speaker Boehner and the resulting gridlock. Defend rewarding the rich simply because they are rich and pay your campaign bills letting America be damned with peril.  Don’t wait for eleventh hour blackmail deals at the August 2nd deadline. (Debt Ceiling).

American politics is in a sorry state.  We have a federal legislature that does not govern: Witness, Congress has only passed 18 bills in 6 months. WE HAVE A BROKEN CONGRESS!You may not know that GOP Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who makes the schedule, has turned membership in the US House into a part-time job!  You “work” a little…and then go home…over and over again.  Where’s the continuity?

"Farmers Prepare for War"

Once upon a time members of the Congress had to return home to attend to their farms, their primary job.  Those days are over.  Today, they go home to ‘work the district.’  Do your representatives in Congress respond to your letters, faxes and email? I must say that one of my senators always replies to me, even though we only agree that Medicare must be protected for the elderly. He is very polite as he tells me the positions he will take against my wishes. [I am in a "red state."]  Sadly, my communications to President Barack Obama go unanswered. :(

The long struggle to arrive at November 2012 has begun.  Tea Party, use your power for the fiscal good of the global economy.  Your actions affect more people than the people back home.  You have a responsibility to the world to ensure that the American economy is perceived everywhere as strong, secure and vibrant.  This responsibility is more important that your being re-elected. If you are good at governance, God will reward you accordingly.  Ask Him to show you the way to do your job and make your decisions.  In part, you decide if America remains an exceptional nation or not.  Will your public service make America proud and great? Do the right thing!


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YOU “OWE” THE GOVT A LOT OF MONEY! 1


DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH YOU OWE IN THE NATIONAL DEBT?

Click on the link above to see that National Debt Clock and see how much money you “owe.”

Now…you can better see how much money the US Congress has voted into our debt and where the Debt Ceiling is.  The National Debt Clock shows astronomical numbers.  Clearly, Congress needs to raise the Debt Ceiling to preserve the fragile global economy which affects us in direct ways.

THE "RICH CLASS MAFIA": Sen. McConnell, Rep. Canotor and Rep. Boehner

THE "RICH CLASS MAFIA": Sen. McConnell, Rep. Canotor and Rep. Boehner

Treasury Secretary Geithner has determined that through financial maneuvers he will have enough money to pay our bills through August 2, 2011.  This is the deadline for Congress to raise the Debt Ceiling.  President Obama is poised to sign such legislation and has come down hard on Republicans who want to reward rich citizens and corporations on the backs of the middle-class and the working poor. The American people are behind the President, yet, Republicans have their agenda.  They are attempting to lure President Obama into a game of chicken…like they did last ChristmasDemocrats will have none of it!


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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY 2011! 1


CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF OUR NATION

JULY 4, 2011

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS behind the Washington Monument


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! We are 235 years old!  We look back on a history fighting for “government of the people and by the people.” Thirteen colonies of England defied King George 3 and formed a new nation, a confederacy of 13 states. [Thank you France for your role.]  Soon the confederacy was abandoned and we became a republic with a federal government which continues to evolve in power and reach. Although the black splotch of slavery is a part of our history, black Americans have reached all levels of society and the military.  We now have a US President who is half black and half white. More and more civil rights are being recognized for oppressed minorities. Although we experience a looming economic crisis, we enjoy the largest economy in the world.  We remain the only super power in the world.  Our President is revered as “The Leader of the Free World.”

So, enjoy your BBQs and cookouts. Sing along to patriotic songs at the town square.  Be amazed by the splendiferous fireworks in person and on PBS TV. In all ways enjoy being an A M E R I C A N !


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GOD BLESS THE USA & PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA


Today is the day before INDEPENDENCE DAY, the birth of our nation, the Fourth of July.  Once we were 13 colonies, the property of a global power at the time.  We came to throwing off our shackles and declaring our independence and we celebrate the 235th Fourth of July.  Please pray for the USA and our President.

Battle Hymn of the Republic



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