Monday, October 13, 2014

Right wing Senate > how a GOP Senate takeover may plague you

Now why in Hades would we even think of 
handing our government completely over to a bunch 
of rich Kochs who just want to gut that government?

  Are we ignoring the issue of what America is about to be stepping in?  Yeah, I know the problems....

- Let's note things that we're doing wrong first: -

     - It's the mid-term election; we Democrats normally whistle right past the mid-term at our own silly risk; however, while we are whistling, the right-wing is grinding to plow under our government.
          - [Damnation, haven't we learned yet to pay attention to the makeup of Congress instead of just going giddy over the election of a single president?]
     - The Kochs have achieved the Citizens United free-for-all using their enormous money to start working to dominate our elections. With their right-wing maxim of, "money has constitutional rights*," they are trying to stuff human citizens into the caboose.
* That phrase was given to us by that snake-in-the-grass
who wields the gavel in the Supreme Court. 
     - We have a president who does not know how to lead a no-holds-barred fight;
     - Although we do have a great message we haven't yet broadcast it from a single coherent and visionary voice; 
     - Obama did not even make use of a powerful weapon that was sitting in his holster, when he could have energized Latino voters with a strong executive order on immigration;

     -  The Democratic significance: -

    - Democrats are determined to bring family incomes in America much closer together instead of giving all the money to the one percent at the top of the income pyramid;
     - Democrats will fight the establishment of a "WalMart economy" where Americans get shoved into below subsistence jobs merely to make higher profits for the bosses; 
     - Democrats will not allow billionaire money to dictate election results;
     - Democrats will educate our young people without causing them grinding decades of financial hardship to pay it back;
     - Democrats will educate our even younger people to give them a solid base for a lifetime of absorbing the learning that they will need, and that they will very much want.
     - Democrats will extend and complete the medical coverage for all people at reasonable cost, without giving the insurance companies the high end of the hog;
     - Democrats will protect citizens from the abominations of foulness and blight to our environment plus protect us all from the financial damage from the moneylenders of the right-wing;
     - Democrats will get us back into shape with the timely maintenance of existing roads and bridges; they will also insure ongoing addition of new infrastructure to keep up with population growth;
     - Democrats will make sure that technical decisions are made that are consistent with the best practices of science, including tackling the problem of global warming.
     - Democrats will insure that government offices, at all levels, will not be allowed to run at such a threadbare condition and cost that they cannot properly serve the citizens of America.    
          - [This last is especially true in light of the multimillion dollar bonuses and bribes that are being wildly celebrated by the right-wing financial trading toadies.] 

 - The Politics -

     - Focus on Congressional elections (like this 2014 mid-term).  This is where we often lose everything.  If we all show up only when the presidential band starts playing every four years, then fade into la-la land in between, then we don't deserve any better than we're going to get. 
Congress is where the true power resides in America.

      - Democrats are driven by the younger voters, the women, the African-Americans, the Hispanics, the gays, those younger women who need abortion guidance and support, those concerned about the science, those concerned about fair incomes, and those concerned about the environment.
                [These folks are our life-blood, and we are just sitting back and watching them take sabbaticals when there's no glitzy presidential race involved.  It's our job to make a difference there, beyond just wringing our hands.]
        National exit polls from the last midterm elections in 2010 indicated that voters aged 18-29 favored Democratic candidates over Republicans by 55 percent to 42 percent. Those figures were roughly reversed among voters aged 65 and older, who voted Republican 59 percent to 38 percent.
  Tellingly, those voters who were 65 and older accounted for 21 percent of the votes cast in the midterm of 2010, while only about 12 percent of those midterm voters came from the 18-29 cohort.

     - Meanwhile, why can't a Democratic president get his hands dirty leading a no-holds-barred political war?

- A twenty-first century version of the Fireside Chats,
 only with more belligerence. 

-  The right-wing Senate...
.. that you may soon encounter - 

                                                 - Let's say the Kochs finish the 2014 elections with a 51-49 majority, 
                                                   and see how the right-wing result compares to the Democratic
                                                results without the far-right intrusion. (Hint, it's not pretty.)

     - Family incomes will not get closer, on the contrary they will be pushed wider and wider apart, and at an increasing speed.  [For instance, if you start out somewhere in the middle, you will find that you may be dropping towards towards the poverty line.  If your pay gets any worse along the way (for instance if you go to work for Walmart), you may find that you are zooming towards the poverty line.]
     - The right-wing government will actively promote a Wal-Mart economy that will force more and more people  (you, or your relatives and friends?) into working and existing with dirt-cheap Wal-Mart and McDonalds paychecks for full families.
     -  Election results will be totally driven by the billionaires' money.
     - Higher education will become almost impossible for anyone who is not rich, or who is not signing up to curry favor to the rich.
     - People like Betsy Devos will be encouraged to come forward again with her school voucher scam and her favorite mantra/slogan, "separation of school and state." (What the hell did that ever mean?}  All the while, their real aim is the destruction of our public schools.
     - The full government (not just the gerrymandered House) will now destructively be chopping away at even the medical coverage that was achieved during the first six years of Obama.  [Forget full coverage.  We're now going the other direction.
     - I doubt that controlling pollution and blight will even be on the radar screen of such a government.  A Democratic president may yell about it, but with both houses of Congress tuned out, he won't get much done.
     - Infrastructure:  Maintaining roads and bridges?  What do you think?  Want to make a guess what shape these anti-government screw-ups will leave our highways and bridges in?
     - Multimillion dollar bonuses for the right-wing toadies will probably grow even bigger, with louder, giddier celebrations.  This will be happening while crucial government functions will be getting totally ignored by the far-right "government," and while the governmental facilities are becoming even more threadbare and disfunctional.

The people who don't want your
government to work are threatening to...

.. take over your government, and demonstrate
that they absolutely don't know anything 
about running a government at all. 

- It would be funny, except we'll pay the price.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


 What would a right-wing takeover of the Senate mean?

  I'm sorry to say that a right-wing majority in the Senate would now mean that essentially our total government would be in the witless hands of the Tea PartiersWe're all aware of how the House of Representatives was gerrymandered into office, where they've since held dozens and dozens of idiotic votes to kill Obamacare after it had been already approved, and was up and running.
  Now the right-wingers want to make the Senate start behaving as moronically as the House...

...and folks, if they do manage to do that,
it'll be Katie bar the door.

  Our government will be in the hands of the Tea-Party, who brought us the senseless government shutdown of 2011.  

  Now that little shutdown possibility had been hanging around in the Constitution and by-laws for 235 years.  It was basically a little nit that wasn't going to be a problem as long as our leaders remained stable and sane, and didn't try to drive the bus into the ditch.
  Well folks, forget stable and sane; our government is being visited by the malevolence of the Koch brothers, only it's parading as the witlessness of the Tea Party.  Hell, I'm sure those two brothers don't want to think of themselves as evil, but we might want ask an observant jury to focus on precisely that question:
  These two brothers have managed to use their billions to bring our government to an abject standstill.  And now with the possibility of a majority vote by their minions in the Senate, they very much want to take that government from standstill and have it begin to move heavily in the direction of right-wing malice.  They are ready to have every far-right pestilence known to humankind visited upon us.  They will be using government to create worse than non-government; it's to create authorized chaos.

Is that evil or not?,  You make the call. 


  We are at razor-thin probabilities of fighting for the right to have our government not behave as the organ of doom, propelled by the mountain of money from the far-right billionaires.  Those absurdly rich people don't believe that government should exist at all.

 The chaos that these people want to
 put America in is quite serious.

Let's do what we can to stop this travesty, 
and then let's start moving the governmental 
train again in the forward direction.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

"Hey, it's a pretty good scam isn't it?" _

         _ Bill Clinton

 Reminding Southern Democrats to not be swayed
 by the Koch Superfund broadcasts

  The scam Mr Clinton is referring to is the Koch-funded campaign* wooing conservative Democrats by advising that, 'this is one more way to get a last jab back at Obama, by either staying at home or even voting Republican.'

* full blast with all their billions for the 2014
 Congressional elections 

[as the Kochs work to ramrod their asskissers into Congress]
- My insertion there, not Mr Clinton's 

  In another recent speech, Mr Clinton reminded the listeners about the statement that Mitch McConnell (the would-be majority leader should the Republicans win the Senate) had made about the McCain-Feingold bill that was to limit the amount of rich-guy black bag money in politics.

  That poor bill was making a valiant, even heroic, but finally beat-up, effort to keep our elections from being totally bought off by the superrich and taken away from our majority votes.   

  Well, Bill reminded the listeners that Mitch McConnell had said that, "The passage of the McCain-Feingold bill was the worst day of my life."   At the time that he said that, Mitch was speaking to one of the super private meetings often held at the Koch facility for dozens of other right-wing billionaires.  

  And what exactly was it about that action that made this the worst day in Mitch's life?
  Well, it turns out that Mitch was telling those billionaires, that a moderate bill (McCain-Feingold) to try to limit the money that the rich could use to upend our voter-majority elections, was the worst thing that ever happened to him.

Worst thing in his life What a goddamn low value system.

Is Mitch a suck-up to money or what?

How many Republican candidates do you think are not?


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Backs to the wall. In spite of Citizens United and the polls, let's give it hell.

The only poll that counts is the one on:
Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

  I'm hearing a bit of, "the cupboard is dry" from the progressive fundraisers.  Many of those groups are running lower on money, while the dumb Tea Partiers on the other side of all those Congressional races are backed by the mountains of money from, not only the Koch brothers but also the thousand or so other right-wing billionaires.  
  So with a little more than a month to go, any close race for the Senate or the House looks like it could be facing trouble for anyone whom we hope would bring more intelligence into Congress.  


So, here's what I'm respectfully asking that you do:

1) Take a look at the House and Senate races that you are aware of, and that you may be especially concerned about:

2) Narrow your focus and time down to only those that are still close enough for some impact of resources to make a difference. 

3) On those, impart what you can.  

4) If it's your money, your talent, your energy, your writing, your organizing skills, your street-smarts, your chutzpah.  It's your call.  Only you know what you've got in that bag, so only you can decide what to bring in and how much of that.  


In times past:
  I would have said, "don't beat yourself up," the right-wingers in office will quickly become their own argument for us all heaving them back out, bodily. 
  Unfortunately, that can't be relied on now.  The Kochs and their sidekicks can now do too much damage too quickly, for us to just wait until they do so much visible damage that everyone finally wakes up and we all get together and do the tossing.  
  With their current barbed-wire inroads into our government they already have enough power to keep us from doing much using our positive initiative.  The Senate, so far not under the control of the Kochs, has been one of the barricades against the right-wing just running pool on the rest of us.  That hasn't happened recently because of the Senate.  
  I'm not very eager to find out just how bad these rich boys could make things become, before we can have another election to get things going back on the right track.  

Direct fallout from the John Roberts' Citizens United treason
  Yes, we know that this situation is directly from that rattlesnake with the Chief Justice's gavel back in 2005.  

But let's not get mad, let's get even.

Let's not wait until the Kochs and their sidekicks muck it up 
  No, let's not do that.  It's too damaging.
  Let's do what we can between now and November 4, per the third paragraph from the beginning of this post, items 1 to 4.

We might just surprise somebody