Thursday, August 16, 2012

American Desperation Leads To Nothing Good

With the shooting at the Family Research Council, I feel that we are seeing an initial attack against individuals and organizations that have fought for so long to deny the rights of other people, simply because they do not share the same values or have similar lifestyles.  It seems to me that you can only attack certain groups or people who have divergent beliefs and ideas for so long before those who have been victimized lash out against their tormentors.

Any individual, group or organization that has deemed it their calling to oppose basic rights to any other group, whether they be gay, black, poor or 'other' in any sense of the word, may want to rethink the logic behind their arguments:  First, denying a gay man or lesbian the right to marry shouldn't even be considered a legitimate pursuit when the economy is falling down all around us.  Secondly, how someone lives their life is that person's own cross to bear or gift to share, depending on what part of the country one resides.  And third, in what holy book are the believers supposed to judge a persons worthiness, outside of that individual's belief in their respective religion?  Although I am not especially religious, I was raise in a Christian faith and taught that Christians should all withhold any metaphysical judgements about others, because "judgement" is the providence of God.

As for the attacks that I feel are coming, they will not be exclusive to anti-gay advocates, or groups who seek to intertwine politics with religion, because all of America is becoming more and more frustrated with the various attacks on the rights that no man or woman should have to live without.  Whether it's the right vote or the right to have an abortion, extremists have sought to destroy far too many rights, but only those rights that don't affect them.  As for abortion rights, we've seen far too many doctors murdered in the name of God, to save lives on the unborn.  This fight will be waged long after I've left this world, but I don't think it will always end in the death of some doctor.  People eventually defend themselves.

As for voter's rights, we've only seen the first volley, so impact has yet to be seen or felt, but this, I fear will not be the last we hear of it.  The right will continue to push their lies in attempts to rig our political races, nationwide.  While this is wrong, regardless of the rationale, the fact that those who seek to win by cheating are doing so to enrich themselves and impoverish the majority makes this policy that much more of a pressure cooker.

While I am disillusioned by President Obama, I foresee riots in America's future if Mitt Romney and that Ayn Rand denier, Paul Ryan win in November.  I do not make this statement lightly, because it is all to obvious that Romney and Ryan hope to squeeze more of this country's wealth to the top.  I warned all of my Republican friends about Bush before 2000.  I warned them again in 2004 that "Bush's first term was merely a prelude to how bad it was going to get in America".  And now, I warning as many people as I can that,  Mitt Romney is stacking his prospective administration with those who served President Bush so well, and the rest of America so poorly.

Getting back to the main point of this post, I believe that this country will fall further into an economic hole, because Romney and Ryan allowed more of the economic wealth in this nation to be horded by individuals who cannot match the spending of the middle class and the poor.  And as more people find themselves with nowhere to turn in their greatest time of need, they will turn to those who caused and are the source of their pain and that of their family.

The problem that these leaders and the people who prop them up (millionaires and billionaires) will face in the near future is that they are no longer anonymous.  With the Internet, people can easily find out why there is no money in circulation for jobs, food, mortgages, etc.  Just as the most paranoid amongst us believe that Big Brother is watching us, we are also watching them and there are a lot more of us.

In the recent past, people have gathered to protest the actions of the Koch brothers.

Others are making note of the actions of other Billionaire Republican donors.

Harold Simmons put a Nuclear Waster Dump over the third largest crop irrigation Aquifer in the U.S., the Ogallala. Now he wants to expand the amount of waste his facility can accept. He's backing Romney.

Sheldon Adelson is being investigated by the FBI.  He supports Mitt Romney

The Unemployment Unemployed

I recently read an article about how those who are supposed to be finding the unemployed work are finding themselves unemployed.  The state referenced in this story was Michigan, where apparently, the job market is improving so much that the state has issued 400 layoff notices to many of it unemployment insurance agents.

My first thought was "If these agents get laid off before noon, do they use their lunch time to wait in line to apply for Unemployment Compensation?  After that however, I wondered how state officials in Michigan had determined that the job market had improved to the point that they could feasibly cut back on the staffing of unemployment insurance agencies?  While manufacturing has been making strides towards getting people gainfully employed, it didn't look as if those strides were great enough when I visited Detroit in October of 2011.  Parts of that city looked like it had been bombed out:  Broken windows outnumber those windows that were intact; the potholes look like as if they were created by IEDs from Iraq:  It was literally like driving through an obstacle course.

Now, I realize hat Detroit might be the extreme, as far as run down cities in Michigan are concerned, but it's not alone:  Why else would the Governor of this troubled state declare an emergency and place an Overlord . . . I mean an "Emergency Manager" with the power to fire all elected officials in so many cities there?  I just can't imagine a state that requires such drastic measures as being a good place to find work and, from what I've seen and read, it isn't.

I may not know everything about Michigan, but what I do know is that I would have never sold the Pontiac Silver Dome foe 10%, no 1% of its construction costs in 1975 and then gone to work for the man to whom I sold it.  I would have never sold off a beachfront property that was explicitly donated to the city of Benton Harbor for public use, so an exclusive, private golf course could be built on it.  I suppose the residents of these two cities will enjoy refurnishing the stadium that they probably won't be visiting after their work is complete and maybe the residents of Benton Harbor don't care that, most of them could never afford to set foot on the private golf course built on land meant to be enjoy by all.

So, I wonder:  What does a person whose job it was to help other people finds jobs do when they've lost their own job?  How must they feel sitting across the desk of a former colleague when both know the true statistics pertaining to finding a job?

Oh yeah, that reminds me; I've got to fill out my online job search for my unemployment compensation check

Gotta GO!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

How cutting entitlements for the poor would affect us all

For anyone who thinks that cutting programs for the poor or, more accurately these days, the working poor, think again. As I drive around town and take note of the various neighborhoods in my city, I can't help noticing that they are all begining to look quite similar; at least in regards to one apesct.

Most neighborhoods have "For Sale" or "Foreclosure" signs in front of far too many homes for anyone to think that the Housing Market has recovered or will recover anytime soon. What this means for the other families in these neighborhoods is that their security is that much more compromised:  More homeless people means more desperate people:  People willing to do whatever it takes to survive. Now, add on top of this growing demographic of Americans who have lost their dreams to one big bank or another:  The poor, or working poor who could lose the assistance that "leaders" like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney seek to take away will have fewer mean with which to survive.  In hundreds of thousands of neighborhoods across the country, the situation goes from depression to outright incendiary.

In Detroit there are neighborhoods that have been impacted to the extent that families move from one foreclosed home to another.  This has become such an issue that the power company in Detroit (I forgot the name) continues to find squatters who have "jumpered" the electric meters for power.  For some children, under the age of ten whose families live in these areas, moving from house to house is the norm.  Imagine that:  This pattern of homelessness has been going on for so long that some kids know no other way of life.

As for how situations like the one faced by inhabitants of Detroit affects the rest of us; get used to bars your windows, for, as more people lose programs like Food Stamps and Welfare, they will consider more drastic measures.  Think about this way:  What would you do if you lost your job, your family home and couldn't even feed your family?  What would you do?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Does Anyone Remember the Bush Years?

If you can't remember how bad George W. Bush was, here are some links that should remind us all of what we had to deal with and what we will HAVE to deal with if the "Axis of Evil" or, as republicans refer to them "Romney/Ryan" wins on November 6, 2012.  Click on the links below to read about Bush and then, come back and watch the videos.

Romney’s team starts to look like Bush’s

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