Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Grumpy

OK, if you want to help push back
the Kochtopus from controlling the Senate


Here is a way you can do that:

  The six closest races for the Senate this November are: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina.

  I believe (if the information I have is correct from the FiveThirtyEight polling group ) that if the forces sucking up to the Kochs manage to take three of those six states, the Kochsters will have control of our United States Senate.



That would be a damn shame!


  Whatever you might be able to do to fend off such a travesty will be great; whether it's a few bucks, some of your speaking or writing talent, or if you are actually there at street level, some of your face-to-face organizational magic.




Once they've been fended off, 
It'll be time to start beating
The Kochs and their suck-ups
Back for all time!



  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Let's toss the "Rich Man's Rules" FORCEFULLY into the waste can

And get some real champions in our corner.

  For many more reasons than I'm going to enumerate here, the rich man has usurped the political loudspeaker of our supposedly popular government, while foisting on us a lot of obnoxious intrusions and obfuscations that greatly hinder, and sometimes even cripple, our government.   

It's a story driven by their money and their piggishness
   The rich use that money [and their piggishness] to capture the mainstream "noise" and print news that becomes the ongoing environment to children of apolitical households.  [You're all familiar with how I almost got trapped by their underlying right wing coercion, when I was only thirteen growing up in an apolitical household, right?]  And that's just one of the many ways that the rich man gains advantage over us in spite of his lack of a numerical majority.  He uses that money, and all the hacks and weenies that that money can buy to insinuate himself into our democratic government.  
  The rich man decided to invade government big time after we reacted to their Great Depression disaster by clamping down on their "money can do anything it wants" attitude which had brought us into that terrible economic nightmare.  During the years following the Depression, we then found (was it even a surprise to us?) that we had greatly benefited from the essential restraints and economic changes that we then fastened onto the rich guys:
  Lo and behold a tremendous side benefit to our clamping down on the rich, with the stronger restraints on their skullduggeries and with the much higher taxes on them still, was that life for all of us was a helluvalot better when we controlled the rich and taxed them more heavily.
  [That better life has since then been screwed up again by the insane, monstrous tax cuts from the IQ-challenged presidents Bush and Reagan.]  Along with those Bush/Reagan idiocies, the billionaires were in the midst of conniving to nullify government's ability to keep those economic restraints imposed upon them. 

And the dye was cast.
The rich went from defensive on taxes
to heavily and obnoxiously offensive, by 
intending to totally control our government

  The current invasion that we are experiencing from the rich is the fallout from that reverse class war that was begun by them to make certain that we got neutralized, that our government got neutralized, and therefore we could not place the logical restraints upon their greedy machinations.  
  In much of our history since the Kennedy/Johnson administrations we have watched our government lose a major portion of its power to the inroads of the rich.  The Koch invasion, using their little tea party "familiars" to try to cripple our government, is simply the latest manifestation of those sleazy inroads by the rich. 

The rich have gotten a lot slicker, even since Kennedy 
   Since the "happy days" of the Kennedy times where the consequence of the stronger restraints on the rich, and the definitely higher taxes on the rich, gave to us a much higher level of prosperity for the average American, the rich have been doing their level best to defeat the idea of "prosperity for all."
  They've done their greedy due-diligence on how to use their money, their mainstream microphone, and all the shills and hacks they can muster to make their far-right beachheads on the critical turning points of our government's inner workings:  They've captured the House of Representatives by blatantly gerrymandering its current makeup in spite of the fact that, in 2012, we had 1.2 million more voters on the House elections than the right wing had.

I mean, dammit!
1.2 million more for the Democrats,
and we still lost the House? 
 
   They're just as nasty and sneaky as we thought they were, so I guess we really shouldn't be surprised. 
  After the gerrymandering, they've concentrated on both filibustering in the Senate, and on using the right-wing Chief Justice to actually legislate from the judicial bench.  They have dozens of other sneaky ways to try to nullify the proper working of our government, but the three noted here, gerrymandering, filibustering, and a poisonous, hypocritical right-wing Chief Justice are the most damaging of their inroads. 
 The Koch crowd has really done its homework on nullifying government, and they currently have us pretty much entangled in their barbed wire booby traps.  Don't bother asking why they do those things: That's just what they do.


So what are they doing to us, and how?

  Three fundamental things they do to us is (first) capture massive numbers of our American kids from apolitical families and get them started treating the right-wing jargon as if it is the holy gospel.  Of course they do that by controlling the mainstream media with their mountain of right-wing money.  With all those apolitical kids growing into adults still captured by that right-wing jargon, they (second) try to make absolutely certain that they have the votes to control Congress.  With Congress under control [note: they don't always need to have the president in hand.] they then (third) set out to implement their governmental hazards and booby traps, including the damn gerrymanders, the Senate filibusters, plus that gowned crocodile with the gavel in the Supreme Court.

What is our paramount means for stopping the billionaires?
  OK, I know this is going to sound like a broken record to people who have been reading this blog, but it needs to be said yet again:

Every four years we get a little besotted with
the idea of capturing the presidency.  And we
do that while totally ignoring the makeup of
the Congress.  A lot of us even ignore the 
mid-term elections.

The right-wing billionaires have long ago beat
us to the understanding that, in America:

 +     Power resides in Congress     +        

    I'm not suggesting that we ignore the presidency, but the total job we have to do is use our majority government to take charge of the issues.  Just establishing a good president, who has absolutely no support in Congress is definitely not a useful thing to do.  We must begin to take charge of the makeup of our Congress, beginning with the elections in this year of 2014*, in a couple of months.  
*As a matter of fact there are a number of Congressional races that are going on right now in a number of states.  If you can find some way to step up your positive input to try to tip some of those close races to the side of sanity between now and November, that would be great! 
  *I had (probably too optimistically) hoped that we could entice both Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren into proclaiming an early declaration of a partnership of candidacies for the executive wing of the government in 2016.  My strong feeling is that such a joint declaration would make a huge difference in the near-term Congressional elections, but that looks like they're not going to do it in the time frame that I was hoping.  We're not going to give that idea up, however..... Even without that we will come damned close to thwarting their right-wing plans to get control of the Senate, and we may even manage to do just that. 
  I do believe such an idea [Clinton/Warren together] will help greatly, and this blog will continue to hammer on that idea, or something even better, that can help the enlightened side of this crucial equation.  Yeah, folks I have this image that the buzz that would be brought to the political scene by having those two candidates stepping forward together on the side of sanity will produce a watershed turnaround for American astuteness and liberalism. 

They'll cover the bases
  - They'll move us in the directions of sanity
  - They'll be strong and vigorous in doing so
  - They'll definitely stand strong against the Koch crowd 
  - Education, medical coverage, the environment, science
  - More, and better paying, jobs
  - And especially, the leveling of American incomes  
 
   I do believe that the inspiration brought to the political scene will not only cause Clinton and Warren to get elected, the spark provided by their joint crusade will greatly spill over into all other
progressive efforts, especially into the Congressional elections.  







Congressional wins would
begin to surge with news of
 a Clinton/Warren coalition






Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Why Clinton/Warren will get the progressive motor ignited.

They are both known as formidable fighters
* They each have large, unwavering constituencies
* Their constituencies are different and therefore additive
- Although they're both liberal and very anti-Koch...  
.. their constituencies will be cumulative; a tremendous, ..
... focused force to fight for the American citizen.


  So why do I want to see this manifestation happen with both of these fighters?  Because, with their record for both being resolute in supporting the typical American citizen, and with their steadfastness in both standing up to the "vast right-wing conspiracy" that we are encountering these days.  We will benefit from their two large, dedicated constituencies, which largely do not overlap and therefore may appropriately be added.

I believe we can count on Clinton's and Warren's 
Constituencies to be additive 

 For whatever reason, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren appeal to different types of liberals.  Hey, when I look at what we are up against with the damn Koch money and their nasty agenda, that doesn't concern me at all.  Those different types of liberals are absolutely united in their concern for the benefits to Americans and in their implacable opposition to the far-right skulduggeries of Koch-land.
  Their constituencies will mostly consist of different people, which means that our total force will be that much greater.  It is not only the size, it is the steadfastness of that total support.  The combined constituency from the most loyal supporters of Warren and Clinton will set an extremely high mark for relentlessness in their support for the everyday American citizen, and in their opposition to the machinations of the Koch-led right wing.  

American government could be going gangbusters
  Once we fight our way past the nasty blockades and road bombs being tossed in by the Koch-led right wingers, we can push the throttle on to "full speed ahead" and get going on making better things happen for America and for the American people.
  We know from the experience that we had with Eisenhower and Kennedy, that America, when the government is forward-looking and bold, can make tremendous things happen.  Those two presidents built our superhighways and got us to the moon.  I believe Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren can do the same kind of things for us.


  Clinton/Warren can re-ignite America's determination

  A government led by these two extremely articulate and courageous fighters can emphatically begin to replace the outrages of the last decade and a half with solid American solutions that are focused on the best living conditions for the people.
  We want to insure that our young people, not just the rich ones, are fully educated.  We want insure that the medical coverage is complete and does not cause American families to go bankrupt when they use it.  We want to insure that banks and investment houses do not just soak money from the people.  We want to insure that there are enough high paying jobs available for Americans who want to work.  We want to insure that our environment is safe and habitable for all of us.  We want to see our government leading the way on basic research to try to understand as much as we can about the universe that we live in.  Where appropriate, we want those discoveries from basic research to be channeled towards the benefit of all people.
  A Clinton/Warren partnership would go a very long way towards achieving those kinds of goals.  They will have the momentum that comes with being sure of what they believe and how they need to go about achieving the goals for the people.  They will be impervious to being deflected by any nasty little machinations by the Koch crowd.

OK, how do we make sure this can happen?

  To a very large extent, we get a running start by nominating the combined candidacy of Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren.  As noted earlier, such an occurrence where those two powerful forces work together, is far better than setting the two separate forces up to oppose each other.
  So we can ride the momentum of these two combined, liberal, unwavering constituencies together as they bring their benefits to the realization of having the American government be a strong and viable partner with the American people. 


Combining our strengths
  We have a long history on the liberal side of the equation, of asking our strengths to oppose each other instead of combining with each other to produce the strongest possible effect.

Let's stop asking Hillary and Elizabeth
to prevent each other from winning...

..Ask them instead to combine forces, and 
blow away the malicious Koch-led corps


Momentum from their two constituencies
  Both Ms Clinton and Ms Warren have large, extremely loyal followings.  Those followings are so loyal and steadfast that we can count on their unswerving momentum as we head into the political fray.  
[Did you note the little reference to how Ms Clinton's constituency hung in there (in the August 8 posting of this blog) against all expectations after Obama had jumped to a heavy lead in the 2008 Iowa primaries?  Her loyal following was just not going to go away.  That kind of rock-solid support will do us proud against far-righters as well.]



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With Clinton and Warren we will have
 multiple advantages
     - We have, not just one, but two consummate candidates
     - Each will bring their superlative competence and savvy
     - Each will carry a large, extremely loyal, constituency
     - Each is one of the most articulate people in government
     - Each is courageous as hell 







Friday, August 22, 2014

Scott Brown ..... back to his irritating right-wing habits.



Running against women
and
Belaboring dead horses


  Remember when Brown was campaigning against 
Elizabeth Warren?  

  Somewhere along the way she told this little story about her family having some sort of Native American ancestry in her background.  She did not say that she was Native American, just that she had one or two such people in her family tree.   It was the kind of story that many Americans are familiar with, either their own family's or someone they know.  It's the kind of tidbit that most of us just hear, and then smile and go on to other things.

  Well when Brown heard that small little story from Elizabeth Warren, it was as if the right-wing god had dropped a gift upon Scottie.  For every time the two of them met to debate again, Brown could not keep himself from raising that story to imply that Ms. Warren was somehow conniving to get herself listed as  Native American in order to gain some kind of leverage over him on their campaign.

  Meanwhile, in every debate meeting that they had, Ms. Warren ran circles around Brown on anything of import, especially on matters of economics and finance.  In economics, the boy just couldn't cut it, finally falling back on claiming that we couldn't possibly fund any efforts to create replacement jobs for the victims of the Bush Recession "because it would be inflationary!"
   [Remember, inflation is mostly the rich man's bugaboo.  Nothing should stop us from repairing the stupidities of the George W. Bush mismanagement.  We must make sure that we have found replacement jobs for those good Americans who were severely hurt and left jobless by the Bush screw-ups.  That needs to take place regardless of Brown's misconception of the way economics really works.]

  That was bad enough, but Brown couldn't think of any other real issue of his own.  So again and again, at every debate meeting that the two of them had, all he could do was reach down into that same little trash bag of his and try to dust off his untrue story of Ms. Warren trying to pass herself off as being Native American.
  It was: "I can't really grasp what she's talking about enough to debate her logically or economically about that smart stuff.  But here, Tonto, get in there and see if you can do any damage with this old yarn."  And that's all that he had.  He just kept dragging up that tired old delusion again and again.

  Now he's carpetbagging by running for office in New Hampshire against Jeanne Shaheen.  After running the Elizabeth-Warren-as-Native-American deep into the ground in Massachusetts, Brown is now using one of his old friends, Fox News, to have a "documentary" televised railing against Obamacare for New Hampshire.   [How many times now has the gerrymandered Republican House of Representatives stupidly voted to rescind Obamacare after it was already a done deal? I only hope that Brown and Fox and the Koch brothers don't just continue to belabor this one into the ground the way that Scottie did with his "Native American" story against Elizabeth Warren. 





This guy is not even a New Hampshire resident.
What the hell is he doing running for office there?