Over the weekend, Sen. Joseph Lieberman cautioned that we should put the brakes on new nuclear plants until we know all the fallout [no pun intended] from the current Japanese nuclear disasters. I agree. The federal government should review the nuclear power plants in California to see if the likelihood of 8+ earthquakes [and any tsunami] and do what-if scenarios to see just how prepared we are for nuclear disasters. I think it’s just a part of national security.
THE FEC & FCC ALLOW FOXNEWS TO RAISE MONEY AND ADVOCATE FOR THE TEAPARTY AND REPUBLICANS IN WAYS UNDREAMED OF BY MSNBC FOR LIBERALS. THE JUSTICE DEPT. SHOULD INVESTIGATE!
REP. PETER KING (R-NY) WILL INVESTIGATE MUSLIM RADICALIZATION IN AMERICA
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In terms of political ideology, almost one half (49%) of American Muslims identify themselves as Democrats, while 37% are independents and 8% are Republican. The study also found that 79% of American Muslims preferred Barack Obama over John McCain, constituting the highest percentage of faith groups polled to favor the Democratic ticket. However, only 64% of American Muslims are registered to vote, being the lowest percentage among the other religious groups polled. READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)
These days you hear everyone and their brother saying, “I want my country back.” I suppose this concept means different things to each of us. I look at our country and see people suffering with inequality and inequity in opportunity and voice in our political system. I write to my republican legislators and sometimes get a courteous rejection. I don’t get to see the traffic in and out of their offices by lobbyists. Why do we pay farmers NOT to grow food? Why do we give subsidies to oil companies who rack in huge profits with little in the way of expenses? Why does our government do nothing about officials who engage in illegal activities like torture and contravention of the Geneva Convention? Why does Congress only talk about campaign reform while they take fistfuls of cash from every interest group that works to maintain the status quo?
How does K Street work, anyway? Do they wheel the money into congressional offices in wheelbarrows? Lobbyists are vipers at the breast. They work in government to establish contacts and a reputation. Then they “lobby” Congress, even writing laws for our representatives. In this blog I have encouraged you to write to your legislators in Congress. But, what do they do with our letters and phone calls? How much impact does discussion in town halls back home make when it comes time for a vote? I want my country back. Back from those who wield more power at the seat of government than the people! To take America back need new leaders who will stand for reforming “the system,” even it means they will not be re-elected. There’s honor in serving one term and leaving one’s mark on government reform. Yes, I know that would make for a short career. Who will take one for the team?
REPUBLICANS WHO DISTRACT US WITH THE BIRTHER ISSUE AND OTHER OBAMA ATTACKS MUST DRINK THEIR OWN “SPECIAL” KOOL-AID!
If our ongoing warfare against ignorance and oppression is to result in a genuine commonwealth where the good of all members is served, we’ll have to take the long view and begin working toward entirely new institutions and structures. We must see ourselves as members of a new class; not just workers opposed to capitalists, not just the oppressed against the oppressors, but those engaged in lifelong personal self-transformation and seeking ultimate Higher Awareness.
Genuine engagement in this new form of class warfare can only begin when a small enlightened group of persons–having suffered under an oppressive form of rule and having prepared themselves for self-rule–create a new community.
This new society will arise out of the ashes of our present culture, led by persons who have freed themselves from all alluring myths and illusions, looked reality squarely in the face, and begun the long, hard effort to lay a solid foundation for a new society.
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NOW SAVE THE MIDDLE CLASS…
The Real America!
TEAPARTY, how can you give tacit support to Gov. Scott Walker’s “racist budget” which requires black people to pay for vouchers for rich white kids in Wisconsin to go to private schools? Do think it AMERICAN to bust the unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere? Is this what Haley Barber, RGA President, hatched for all states with republican majorities? Are you comfortable with extremist government financed by the billionaire Koch brothers? Where is your voice? Where are the teaparty placards on this matter? Do you support this gift to America of class warfare? Can you eat your birthday cake now…without choking?
I’ve heard stories about how FDR used to have “Fireside Chats” which endeared him to the nation. President Obama should don a sincere blue sweater, sit in a comfy chair by a fireplace and talk to us about how we, as a nation, will deal with the dreaded but inevitable cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. [Reforming Social Security should be handled separately as it does not add to the deficit and is funded until 2037.]
We have the best doctors and healthcare system in the world, but, we cannot afford it any longer. Our superb doctors and surgeons must be salaried with their skills and training in mind. However, is our system out-of-hand? Are some of the tests we undergo inflated in cost? IMHO, after expensive equipment is paid for and depreciation sets in, it should cost less to use them for tests. Couldn’t laboratories offer a discount to doctors and hospitals for routine tests? I have to get a PSA test every six months. I make sure that my family doctor and my oncologist don’t both order that test. I had a bone scan when my prostate cancer was diagnosed. A month later I complained to my oncologist about what seemed to be bone pain. Without skipping a beat he ordered a second bone scan which Medicare declined to pay. I am sure you have stories of your own about duplication of service. If not and you’re a baby boomer, you soon will. 🙂
Everyone is afraid that cuts to Medicare and Medicaid will mean rationing of service and, in elder cases, what is tantamount to Sarah Palin’s “death panels.” The old saying is, “Everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die.” Doctors are able to advise families on the wisdom of extending life through advanced technology. Pardon my frankness, but vegetables can live a long time. I don’t want to be in my right mind hooked up to dozens of machines and having no quality of life…or hope. [I need to get a living will done.]
Mr. President, I suggest a series of chats on TV during the family hour on a suitable night of the week. Your language should be plain and re-assuring. You might confer on camera with experts in an easy conversation. You might fashion a system to allow interaction with us (our questions) through Twitter. [Robert Gibbs and Austan Goolsbee had some experience with that.] Your measured delivery and concern for our welfare would go a long way to ease into cutting Medicare and Medicaid. Medicaid will be quite difficult, I imagine, because it deals with the poor. Although the middle class struggles with Medicare. Surely, behind the scenes your staff is already preparing for what must come.
Along with cuts in the budget must come a swift end to the war in Afghanistan. Am I correct that we are borrowing $2 million a day to finance that war? I’m not good with math, but, I am sure that bringing our boys and girls home will impact the deficit greatly in a positive way. Must the senseless borrowing continue until 2014? What will we have accomplished that we haven’t done in ten years?
Mr. President, the House GOP Leader, Eric Cantor was on “MorningJoe” Wednesday morning. Howard Dean asked Eric why republicans did not include cutting subsidies to the oil companies along with their talk about cutting entitlements. The question went unanswered. Will you do something about ending subsidies to oil companies? Their huge profits negate any ethical or reasonable need for subsidies. [Thanks for resuming oil drilling permits again in the Gulf.]
Of course, we need campaign finance reform along with cuts in the budget. Many of the sources of campaign money would/will be affected by anticipated cuts. If every member of Congress agreed who not to take money from in aid of reform, we finally could make some of the reforms you envisioned during the campaign.
Your healthcare bill is very complex. I doubt that many of those who oppose it can discuss it in plain language. I shudder to think what the “man on the street” might say when asked to explain what republicans derisively call Obamacare. I think the goal of explaining budget cuts in a series of chats will re-assure the nation that we can survive with smarter and more lean healthcare. It’s just a suggestion.