“MorningJoe” Supports Koch Bros.? 1


 

Silent Billionaire Bankers of the Republican Agenda

Joe Scarborough on “MorningJoe” (MSNBC) cut off discussion of the obscene contributions of the Koch brothers (GOP).Rachel Maddow reports that of the top 10 campaign contributors in 2010, 7 were REPUBLICAN and 3 were DEMOCRAT…THANKS TO THE US SUPREME COURT! The 3 demcratic groups were UNIONS! Using Koch money republican governors have planned and are trying to take away the only major contributors democrats have. Then republicans can pay for and win all elections! Then the billionaire Koch brothers will have won! I never thought growing up that the American government could be bought. I wonder if grassroots republicans are aware of the true agenda of their party. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS THE ONLY PARTY WHICH PROMOTES THE RIGHTS AND WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE. BIG BUSINESS, CORPORATE AMERICA INVESTS IT’S MONEY IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. If the american people don’t rise up and take off the oppressive shackles of the ruling class, OUR COUNTRY IS DOOMED!!!

Haley Barber and KKK License Tag 1


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“Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), a potential presidential candidate, appears to have marked a line in the sand for an expected presidential run sure to be dogged by the politics of race and the legacy of the Civil Rights Era in his state. Asked by reporters today in Jackson, Mississippi, Barbour not only refused to denounce efforts by some to create a license plate honoring Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest. He said he was out of the denouncing business altogether.

“I don’t go around denouncing people,” said Barbour, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. “That’s not going to happen. I don’t even denounce the news media.”

Barbour also added: “I know there’s not a chance it’ll become law.”

Forrest was a slave trader before the Civil War, who became known during the war for his significant innovations in military strategy — and also, the paper notes, for leading a massacre of captured black Union troops at Fort Pillow, Tennessee. He founded the Ku Klux Klan after the war, but later left the organization.” [Source:Eric Kleefeld | February 15, 2011, TPMDC]

Ku Klux Klan rally, Gainesville, Florida, December 31, 1922.

We know of the KKK’s infamous history and purpose during the Civil Rights Movement. It has been around a long time.

Nathan Bedford Forrest

George Washington’s Birthday!


George Washington
February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799

Presidents’ Day Observed


Mount Rushmore

Presidents’ Day Observed

Michelle Obama’s 1st Tour of Duty 1


Michelle Obama Will Change the Job Description of First Lady Forever Jackie Kennedy was the first glamorous First Lady in Modern History. Hillary Clinton was the first professional First Lady. Michelle Obama will be the first to balance both of those qualities and she will accomplish a lot for military families and other people.

via Michelle Obama’s 1st Tour of Duty.

A Fashionable First Lady

First Lady Michelle Obama

Palin Chats with LI Group in Country Club Setting 1


 

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With her demise in the polls making the news lately, Sarah Palin, EX-GOVERNOR of Alaska, spoke with a business group on Long Island in New York.  She gave no prepared speech but, answered questions on a variety of subjects. Mrs. Palin made a little news by saying that the country was looking for an “unconventional” candidate for President in 2012.  While Mrs. Palin *is* unconventional, she does not qualify as a presidential candidate.  Being able to shoot a caribou or moose, writing books some of which were so unpopular they were given away and being unable to tell Katy Couric which periodicals she reads on a regular basis does not ace a REPUBLICAN victory in 2012. Besides, how do we know she would serve a full term?

To her credit Gov. Palin said that the questions about President Obama’s birth and citizenship were a “distraction.” Mrs. Palin has yet to face the “lame street media”…to use her characterization.

Joe. My. God.: Rumsfeld Endorses DADT Repeal


Gays Have Always Served!

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Rumsfeld Endorses DADT Repeal

Shortly after his CPAC appearance, former defense secretary Donald “War Criminal” Rumsfeld endorsed the repeal of DADT.

“First of all, we know that gays and lesbians have been serving in the military for decades with honorable service,” Rumsfeld said. “We know that [repeal of a ban on gays serving openly] is an idea whose time has come.” Rumsfeld says he has “enormous respect” for the ground commanders and service chiefs who have expressed concerns about the impact of gays serving openly on unit cohesion, and he urged the top brass to implement the new law “with care.” But Rumsfeld says that congress, which passed the repeal bill in the waning days of the last session, has expressed the will of the American people.

via Joe. My. God.: Rumsfeld Endorses DADT Repeal.

RAISING RETIREMENT AGE? 2


So many suggest that to help fix Social Security, we need to raise the retirement age. Really?  When I was working (in my 20s and 30s) I noticed that the older guys were not the most productive workers.  They were given “special” workplans.  They were relieved when they could retire at 65. Yes, some white-collar workers could work longer, but, many blue-collar workers would find it difficult to work to 70 and 75 doing physical work.  In either case, IMHO, employers look at you differently when you pass 50.  Who’s going to put an older worker on a fast track for promotion?  Doesn’t happen often.

When I check out at the Food Lion, I notice that the cashier has gray hair. I want to ask her age out of curiosity.  My hair is still black but I cannot stand at a cash register all day and check out groceries while keeping mentally alert on the prices on the register. It’s easier these days because the IBM system “scans” the food for the price.

No, raising the retirement age might look good on a spreadsheet, but, what about the reality of a 60 or 70-year-old worker?  I am so glad I was able to retire at 53!

Obstacle to Deficit Cutting: A Nation on Entitlements – WSJ.com


Sunday, on “Meet the Press,” Speaker John Boehner formally announced that the United States is “broke.”  This bold reality led me to read an article I had been saving for the right time:


WSJ.com:
By SARA MURRAY Efforts to tame America’s ballooning budget deficit could soon confront a daunting reality: Nearly half of all Americans live in a household in which someone receives government benefits, more than at any time in history.At the same time, the fraction of American households not paying federal income taxes has also grown—to an estimated 45% in 2010, from 39% five years ago, according to the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan research organization.

via Obstacle to Deficit Cutting: A Nation on Entitlements – WSJ.com. [Great article!]

Personally, I paid Federal Income Tax and the Payroll tax from 1969 to 1992. I have earned the entitlements promised to me.  If Congress wants to alter the system, they should do it with young wage earners early in their careers so that they have a chance to prepare for their retirements. Admittedly, I was not smart enough to understand stocks, margin calls, buying short, nor derivatives. I depended on earning a pension and the promise of Social Security. I think it ludicrous to think that even in the 21st Century, most Americans can swim in the sea of stock and bond and derivatives which might constitute a “savings plan for retirement.”

Artist: Kevin Spear

If I had lived and worked under such a system, I would be homeless on the streets of New York…lost! Without hope! No, I am pretty sophisticated…not smart on investing money.  Are you?  Would you trust the futures of your innocent young children to the vicissitudes and vagaries of Wall Street, the Stock Market and investments in general?  Do you really think that under such a system for 40 years they will be provided for without “The Government?” I submit, “No!”

Yes, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are not perfect systems.  They were devised to patch holes in our social fabric at a time in our past.  Congress has been talking about fixing these systems for decades. Yet, we read today the referenced article in the Wall Street Journal.  We keep voting these old men into Congress who don’t know how or are unwilling to perfect these systems as much as a human can do!  Last November, the election brought a crop of young members of The Congress. Perhaps they will take up the gauntlet and fix these systems and secure a safe and comfortable future for us all.  That success depends, in part, on how much you get involved in governance. Your responsibility is an easy one: Write to your US Senators and US Representatives and express your opinions and concerns.  If they will not listen, VOTE THEM OUT! [You might begin by requesting they immediately end the two (2) wars we are waging.  That would fix our deficit problem, IMHO.]

. . weirdo Democrats? At the end of the story, good vanquishes evil, everybody gets exactly what they need, and the President arrives back home, safe and sound. Touche, sir.

AFP: Afghan war costs $300 million a day: Pentagon


Drowning in debt, and hitting the ceiling. Except the ceiling is “DEBT.” Damn!

It’s raise the Debt Ceiling…or cut spending?  How about END THE WARS NOW!

Afghan war costs $300 million a day: Pentagon

(AFP) – 1 day ago

WASHINGTON — The withdrawal of American troops from Iraq will allow for a reduced US defense budget in 2012 but the war in Afghanistan still costs the United States close to 300 million dollars a day.
Under the Pentagon’s proposed budget, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will drop to $117.8 billion for fiscal year 2012, a reduction of 41.5 billion from the previous year.
As the US war effort winds down in Iraq, the budget sets aside $10.6 billion for “Operation New Dawn,” with the remaining 50,000 US troops there due to withdraw by the end of 2011.
Spending for the Afghan mission calls for $107.3 billion, down slightly from the last budget, which requested $113.5 billion.
President Barack Obama has vowed to start a withdrawal in July of the roughly 97,000 troops now in Afghanistan.

via AFP: Afghan war costs $300 million a day: Pentagon.

Both republicans and democrats are putting off attacking the need to cut ENTITLEMENTS. They fear reforming the private healthcare industry who are primary donors to their campaigns.  I fear what cutting Social Security and, more so, cuts to MEDICARE.  How does one go about cutting? Services? Options?  What would a reformed private healthcare delivery system look like?  Our leaders hesitate to tell us.  I pay $96.50 a month for Medicare and there is a co-pay. How might that change, I wonder. I go to the doctor every three months for an office visit and new prescriptions.  Surely that cannot change.  They say that the bulk of the costs in this problem are for end-of-life care.  That is a long way off for me, but, I am interested in knowing what lies ahead…like all of the baby-boomers who are now turning 65.

Mr. President, I suggest that you and the leaders of both parties in Congress meet in the Rose Garden AND JOINTLY ANNOUNCE THAT YOU WILL BE CHANGING ENTITLEMENTS and what we may expect…in general terms.  This way no more waiting for the other to go first! How about that idea?