Friday, February 13, 2015

We were giants back then.

And we could be giants again
   
  Happened to tune into an old Science Channel program dealing with the engineering and technician challenges that were encountered by those who took up President Kennedy's 1961 challenge for us to get to the moon (and back) within a decade.  The hundreds, and even thousands, of difficult life-critical issues that had to be dealt with and solved to make that fundamental challenge become true were truly mind-boggling.   
  Yes, the difficulties and hurdles were absolutely mind-boggling, but guess what?  
We did it!

  Yes we did do it, working together and without the leadership of some Koch brother to fund it and order for it to be realized.  

The point is that we, collectively, have enormous power
  Yes, we do have massive power as long as we keep that power focused and make sure it does not become self-destructive.  The program of our getting to the moon, and back safely was launched by our national pride and given voice and thrust by President Kennedy in 1961.     
  In facing the moon program, thousands of problems kept turning up including the tragedy of the fatal capsule fire of Apollo 1 in 1967.  However, we didn't stop because of the possibility for some disaster, and we didn't abandon the vision that Jack Kennedy had given us.
  Americans didn't sit around, twiddling their thumbs and hoping for some billionaire with bulging pockets (and an even fatter ego) to decide that we were going to go to the moon.  No, it was the consensus of the people and our democratically elected leader to choose this goal and to launch it on its way.  The preparations for the moon-launch were begun in the early sixties and the moon trip was completed still in the sixties, within the decade that Kennedy had envisioned.

maybe, just maybe.... 
We don't need no stinking billionaire


We are extremely powerful without their money
[And yes, collectively we are giants]
  There is nothing that can stop us if we are together.   Just as Americans could manage to tackle and solve myriads of gordian-knot levels of problems in getting us to the moon and back, we can collectively solve our critical problems including keeping our family incomes in good shape, educating our kids, and caring for our sick.

It's not those problems that are THE problem
  No, THE problem is that our collective will is being obstructed by the supremely greedy rich guys like the Koch brothers.  Before the Kochs were even on the scene, we had taken a good shot at finding out what we can do together.
  Beginning with our righteous slam back of the robber barons after they had dropped on us the horrible Great Depression of the 1930's, we moved mountains.  In our anger at the misery and starvation that those hoggish forerunners of the Kochs had created we threw them bodily out of office Then with the leadership of FDR and a newly militant Congress (in office because of that misery) we began to repair many of the greed-driven stupidities created by the rich, so that those miseries could not be totally dropped upon us again.
  We remained in that mountain-moving mode all during the FDR years in office (1932-1944).  Yes, I know the corrections weren't exactly fixed in granite in our back-and-forth democracy, even though we did manage to secure some directions and new starts for those fixes.  Using the controls afforded by the government's power to curb the running amok by the insatiable rich, we did make a good running start on slowing down those grabby fat boys.

However
  Because their mountain of money is always leveled at the destruction of our government, and because big money never really sleeps, it won't totally amaze anyone that from the great days of the FDR repairs on banking and the economy, we now are dealing with a new class war.  This new class war is completely driven by the rich, and aimed right at us!
  This newest version of the filthy rich is a lot more cunning than the old robber barons were in the 1930's.  They've pre-empted the problem of having the government act as a watchdog on their rich-boy antics by clamping a right-wing Denver boot on the ability of government to even function.  With their money and their purchased guile, right at this moment they have our government in quite a barbed wire snare. 
  I'm emphasizing "right at this moment," because that is what I truly believe that it is.  They're no longer stupid enough to blatantly foist on millions of American voters the abject misery of a 1930s style Great Depression.  We showed them then what our reaction could be.

The Trick
  The trick is going to be figuring out how to get that liberal reaction from American voters without waiting for the right-wing idiots to create yet another Great Depression.
  As has been noted here, it's going to be a lot harder now because their leadership is going to largely avoid right-wing tea-party antics that would otherwise alert the general population about the danger that lurks within their very DNA.  They're playing a balancing game now of trying to keep their tea-partiers happy, while not letting those tea-partiers do something that does alert the American voters about that right-wing danger.
  An example of their newfound caution was when John Roberts did not vote with the four right-wing justices to kill Obamacare.  Every far-right yahoo in the country was screaming at the top of his lungs for the Supreme Court to kill it, but John Roberts would not do it:

Does anyone here believe that John Roberts had
 such a mind-blowing attack of conscience?


Of course he didn't


  They've got the John Roberts's in key places to keep the Tea Partiers from doing the kind of blatant damage that got them into trouble back in the 1930's.  


Of course, we've still got a ton of work do do 
  The right wing owns both houses of Congress and the Supreme Court.  They will do as much damage as they possibly can, stopping just short of provoking another 1930's style comeuppance on our part. 


Anyone care to help stimulate a return to
 that 1930's style comeuppance? 


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Can we get back to being the giants
that got us to the moon?  







Thursday, January 29, 2015

Gearing up while staying level-headed.

Mountains to Climb

And even bigger ones after that...

   Folks, I'm not going to try to minimize this problem we're going to be facing.  They're throwing everything at us that money can buy, including the kitchen sink.  They've bought up large and powerful blocs of our very own government, and now they're using our government against us.
  At this point, that once august body, the US Supreme Court, is no more than a toady choir for the loaded fat-cats of the right wing conspiracy.  To get to this point, the rich have used a collection of idiots and Machiavellians so that now the Supreme Court of the United States would even stand on its head and recite from Alice's Wonderland if John Roberts were to so request.

The Nastiness: that's money, that's far right focus, and it's screw the common man and woman
  The only thing that will be slowing down a rampant Tea Party avalanche will be their distant memory of how our forebears finally reacted to their stupidity when they created the Great Depression.  We were slow to finally react against the previous rich-think that had totally pervaded all of America for decades, but once we got going on that, we really did clean house under FDR. 
  Even now, neither they nor we are totally sure that they couldn't just roll over us anyway without any retribution.  I'm sure, with their ownership of both the House and Senate as well as the aforementioned Supreme Court collapse, many of their loudest Tea  brains will be screaming, "What are we waiting for?"  

If only....
  If they really turn out to be that stupid, it could risk a reaction on our part that would result in a major slap-down (and even the beginning of a reversal) of the right-wing inroads that they have been making on America and its government over the last thirty years.

 With their newfound majorities, come new vulnerabilities
  As long as the Senate kept the ludicrous voting of the House from becoming anything that Americans had to really worry about, everything could proceed as if nothing were really going awry.
  However, when the Senate also begins to think with the same kind of dippy-headedness, those far-right pranks, such as killing Obamacare, now have the possibility of becoming law.  

  Now, I don't believe most Americans will be taking kindly to such stupidity.  I'm also betting that far-right command will be somewhat aware of the dangers that would result if they do allow their Tea-Partiers to have too great a say in what the government initiatives are going to be.

  It could be an interesting two years, with the right-wing's majorities in Congress and the Court versus Obama's power to veto their most egregious stupidities. 



Then, let's straighten this mess out.




 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Backstory: Keeping sane during the dark ages.

What direction will they take?
  
Will it be the Tea Party's clumsy lurches to the far right?

Or something more subtle and very much more damaging,
 (say from John Roberts?)

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  Make no mistake folks, with control of both the House and the Senate, they're going to damage America over the next two years in spite of Obama's still being in office.  The question is, where will they be coming from, and how much damage will they do?
   They've gotten way too smart to just let their tea-brains run amok.  That approach by them is almost to be hoped for, because a majority of good Americans would react to such a Tea-party lunacy by forcefully throwing the right wingers out of office.  So don't expect them to place that kind of weapon in your hands.

No, I would look for some mixture of a "show" of people-first, with a hidden background of very long-lasting right-wing poison pills, maybe even concocted by John Roberts himself.

   I'm sure they'll find a way to work around Obama vetoes.  They'll probably use horse trading on issues that are critically needed to support the American people, like they did with the debt-limit crisis of a couple of years ago.  They will try to blackmail Obama into signing onto new right-wing causes by holding the American families hostage for those critical government support issues.
    



 Two years of horse trading?


There will be damage, but let's try 
to come out of it still fighting.  



 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Our money's there; it's ALWAYS been there!


Our nation is not penniless
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The money is just being hoarded ...
 ... by people who need it the least!


  With Ronnie Reagan and little "W" Bush acting to complete the one-two punch of scraping the United States' pantry bare, we have let ourselves get pushed into an imagined impoverished state that sure as hell doesn't need to be endured.  
  I heard two people on the radio this morning, assuring themselves that since our government may not have enough money to do the things that need to be done for the American people that, "We can't have everything."  Well, my response to them is:
Screw that! 
  Just why the hell do people who fancy themselves to be in positions of some substance just fall into that deluded mode of thinking?  Worse yet, why do they go ahead and use their position of mass expression to try to spread that delusion to everybody else?

   Of course we know we can't have everything.  That's not the point.  The point is that a minority of Americans (that'd be our friendly billionaires) have managed to rig the game so that the majority of us have far, far less of everything of substance; while they themselves and their multitudes of sycophants are stuffing themselves with the fat lion's share of the earth's material goods.
  No, we're not talking about us all becoming like Scrooge McDuck and having huge money bins brimming with cash that we can swim and splash through.  We're talking about taking control of the wealth that we really do have as a whole, and using that wealth to make us all better, and to be better able to make some headway in this universe that we find ourselves in.  

We really do have enormous shared resources
  Yes, the wealth that we have as a whole is enormous.  Before the two dimwits, "W" and Ronnie, acted to drain the trillions of dollars out of our shared resources to give to the billionaires, we had a glimmer of what our collective wealth could achieve.  Eisenhower and Kennedy showed us what could be done using our shared wealth via government spending.  That included the building of our super highways and by launching us on manned trips to the moon.  
  Under the current political climate shepherded in by our friendly billionaires, we are now supposed to believe that our government cannot afford to do anything even slightly materially advantageous for the American people, never mind the spectacular Eisenhower and Kennedy accomplishments that were done using money from our shared government resources.

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We are supposed to believe that government is broke:

What Bull!
     - We could be educating every young person who has the talent and commitment for it, without then burdening them for decades to pay it back to banks that are owned by (you guessed it) the billionaires.
     - We could be providing medical care that goes far beyond the current first step of Obamacare, at far less cost to Americans.  When we toss the fat, grabby hands of the insurance companies away from the health care till and make full medical coverage get paid for more like Medicare it will be a good start, (government as the single payer) without putting up with the insurance pigs.
     -  We could be providing full employment with jobs that pay enough for people to live on comfortably.  [The corollary would be eliminating the starvation jobs offered by WalMart and McDonalds.  That's the  billionaires' ruse to maintain absolute control by keeping many of us with incomes so low that it takes away their freedoms.]  
     - We could be attacking global warming, instead of just wringing our hands about it.
     - We could be revamping, restoring, and replacing when appropriate our highways and bridges (the infrastructure) instead of just letting it fall apart.
     - We could be greatly improving and making more efficient, our systems of mass transportation.
     - We could be moving towards energy systems that are much cleaner and greatly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.         
   

 And It's Our Money
  
   Those two presidents (Reagan and Bush) who gave away all of our shared governmental money to the billionaires were probably the two most intellectually challenged presidents in our whole history.  The billionaires were quite clever in choosing which "leaders," those with the absence of a full set of working brain cells, to do the sorry task.  They drained enormous amounts of our shared resources from government funds to baldly give our money away to the already far too rich.


We can take it bac
When we have the chutzpah
And get going on all those
 Good things for America