Governor Gibbons and Conservative Stupidity

Governor Gibbons and Conservative Stupidity
by
Dave Speck

Now that America is beginning to realize, AGAIN, that Conservative economics are not only wrong but blatantly stupid, Nevada’s Gibbons is still trying to privatize as much as he can and make his buddies rich before anyone in Nevada grows a brain.

Well, considering that the brain-less Nevadans voted him in to office even after it came to light what a lousy person and representative he is, I’d say the brain-dead get what they deserve. Unfortunately, those who know better and who really do care about Nevada will suffer too.

Why doesn’t the local press report on Gibbon’s crony privatization scams? Are they just too inept or are they criminally involved? Not a peep.

Much of the Mental Health system in Nevada has been privatized and not a peep. The state’s mail system is being privatized and not a peep. A BIG part of the DMV is being privatized, the production of licenses. Ah, but not a peep from our press.

No wonder Nevada can’t make a decent political decision. The voters are being kept in the dark. It breaks my heart to see the state that I love suffer for so long with this Conservative poison, and without a real news media, it’ll be a long time before we can expect to see a change.

HEY GIBBONS, PRIVATIZATION DOESN’T WORK!

NEVADA, WAKE UP, GIBBONS ISN’T YOUR FRIEND!

Redistribution of Wealth

Redistribution of Wealth
by
Dave Speck

I’ve heard more Republicans chanting “They want to redistribute the wealth”, “they’re commies”.

How disgusting and deceitful to even consider it as a redistribution of wealth. But, since they’re already there, let’s look at it from a perspective of facts and history.

Thirty years ago (before Reagan-mortis started destroying this country), we had a big middle class and a low poverty rate. This means the rich weren’t the super-rich like we have today, but just stinking rich.

Now, the rich owns 90% of the wealth of the country and the middle class is losing ground and the poverty rate has skyrocketed. Yes, there has been a redistribution of wealth over the past 30 years. The rich have been stealing from the rest of us through lobbyists, and by bribing our government representatives. Now that we (America, by the way is we) want to stop the stupid policies that are destroying America and the middle class, the poor down-trodden super-rich are complaining that, “oh my gosh, you want to redistribute the wealth.”

I suggest that we start by returning the billions of dollars that have been stolen from hard working Americans. That is a redistribution of wealth back to where it rightfully belongs. Then, we can adjust the taxes so the super-rich start paying their fair share again and they start paying the working Americans what we all know is fair. However, adjusting the taxes back to what used to be fair isn’t a redistribution of wealth.

Zombies and Watching out for the Scary ACORN

Zombies and Watching out for the Scary ACORN
by
Dave Speck

Wow! Talk about hypocrites. The Republicans are chanting, like infected zombies, voter fraud, voter fraud, voter fraud, and accusing ACORN of being anti-American. There is not enough evidence to even consider investigating ACORN, but today McCain’s GOP operative in California gets busted for, of all things, voter fraud.

The more they complain about it, the more they seem to do it. Now they’re chanting that all non-heel-stepping Republicans (Colin Powell) are all anti-American. Ever notice the more they complain about it, the more they exhibit the defect.

Zombies!

Presidential Debate III

Presidential Debate III
by
David Schlecht

It couldn’t have been more obvious how different the two candidates are, with their campaign strategy showing on each sleeve. Obama wanted to talk about issues and McCain wanted to talk about Obama. Obama was specific and accurate (not to be confused with true), where McCain was all about generalities.

Go check out the word clouds for the debate. This tells a whole story in just two pictures. McCain’s most common words sorted by frequency were:

Senator, Obama, Going, America, Now, Joe, Need, Know, Think, Taxes

Obama’s most common words:

Think, Make, Going, Now, People, Get, Health, Want, Tax, Senator, Fair

The State of Our Nation

The State of Our Nation
by
Dave Speck

The Conservatives have been so successful at controlling our media that we’re actually hearing the poor unthinking followers saying that America is a Christian Nation. This outright lie could only be mustered up by immoral lying Christians and advanced by their unthinking media. Do yourself a favor and spend 5 minutes reading the declaration of independence or the Constitution of the United States and it’ll be painfully clear, America was conceived to be a secular nation and the founding fathers instituted numerous safeguards to ensure that it stays that way.

So, if you find yourself wanting to say, “We’re a Christian nation”, do yourself and your nation a favor and stop the lies.

But, then look at the McSame and Palin ticket. Palin is such a Religious Zealot that she can’t function as an intelligent adult, but she would serve perfectly as a religious nut with her hand on the Armageddon button.

McCain has slithered so low during this campaign, calling the presidential candidate across from him everything from baby killer to terrorist to liar. Looked in the mirror lately, hypocrite?I can talk that way, but our president should never!

And, if you tell yourself that this is just the way politics are played, you’re wrong. This is not the way America behaves and this is not the kind of people we even consider, for a fleeting moment, for public office, let alone the highest office in the land. I don’t believe that the average Republican is any more moral than the average Democrat, but why do you Republicans continue to back such awful examples? It’s certainly not because it’s in America’s interest.

Do you have no principles left after your Boy Bush? Have you given up on all hope of saving face or in fixing the considerable damage you and your party have done to this nation?

The Republican is going down in flames now that America sees for herself what the party really is.

Dean Heller is a (fill in the blank)

Dean Heller is a (fill in the blank)
by
Dave Speck

The country used to view Nevada as The Trailer Park People. Well, no wonder. We’ve been voting for one stupid anti-Nevada anti-America Republican  after another for years now. Well, fellow Nevadans, join me in dispelling the myth that we don’t know what we’re doing or who we’re voting for. Vote Heller out and we can show that we do know the difference between our asses and a Heller in the ground.

Let’s see why YOU don’t want to vote for Heller:
Dean Heller is SILLY
Dean Heller is Worthless
Dean Heller Hates Nevada’s Kids
Dean Heller is Misleading
Dean Heller is in bed with Big Oil and Against Alternative Energies
Dean Heller is a LIAR
Dean Heller is wrong for Nevada

Let’s kick the bum out of Nevada!

Heller in a Handbasket

Heller in a Handbasket
by
Dave Speck

I was going to title this, “Why does our Representative Dean Heller Hate Nevada” but it just didn’t have the same ring to it. But, why does he hate Nevada?

Dean Heller’s voting record has been consistently against the voters and for BIG BUSINESSS, even businesses outside Nevada.

Why?

Heller has been supported by Bush fundraisers. Why? Because Heller has supported Bush’s worst causes.

Heller even voted to support Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Why?

Because he hates Nevada’s children, obviously. Who would vote to leave kids to die when they can be covered very inexpensively?

Obviously Heller does not have Nevada’s interests at heart, but he’s all for BIG BUSINESS.

Heller’s going in a handbasket, and hopefully, Nevada will come to their senses and let him go.

Check out more Heller’s Anti-Nevada Anti-American decisions.

There Ya Go, Always Lookin’ Back

There Ya Go, Always Lookin’ Back
by
Dave Speck

Update:
CommonDreams.org has a very good essay on the follies of the Fleece Market, or as it’s being sold, the Free Market.

Some would say that we need to quickly abandon the idea of looking back to figure out what we did wrong so we can fix it, but we must rather quickly fix it without worrying about the facts.

But, really, now, we all know that you can’t fix something when you don’t know what’s wrong. It’s like putting a band-aid over a bullet hole. If you don’t know what’s causing the bleeding, it doesn’t work to just fix it.

And, that’s where we are with America’s economy.  We can toss a $700 Billion band-aid at it, but without really facing up to what is causing it, the band-aid will never work. And, so, then what’s the cause of our current disaster?

Let’s look at exactly what the current disaster is. Our economy generally consists of circulation of money. Credit helps the money circulate but relying on credit to run an economy is guaranteed disaster. So, what causes money to circulate? People spending money circulates money. Adding money to an economy from outside, like selling goods overseas, speeds up the economy. Building more gadgets to sell in keeping up with an increased population also helps circulate money.

Stop selling things outside your economy and your money’s circulation slows down. Buying those things from another country bleeds money from our circulation.

We’re at the point where we can no longer rely on credit to keep our money circulating and we’re not making anything to sell to the Chinese,  so all we can do is continue to print more money to keep it circulating. This will cause a serious devaluation of the dollar, but what else can we do?

If you give a billionaire a hundred dollars he won’t put it back in the economy. In today’s age, he’ll probably invest the money over seas. What if you give a poor person $100? He’ll spend it as fast as he can. Which one of these helps our economy? Obviously paying the needy helps the economy. More poor people spending money causes more demand on small businesses and creates more jobs, thereby putting more money in circulation.

We Americans don’t have much credit left to use for buying and so much of our work force has been reduced to menial jobs and so much of our economy is going out of the country rather than into it, that we are plum out of tools to dig ourselves out of this hole. It will be a long and painful recovery.

So, by now you’ve probably guessed at the cause of our current disaster.

  1. There is not enough money in the hands of the middle class and the poor.  Too many tax increases on the poor and too many tax breaks for the rich. This is a direct result of Reagan economics that we have brought forward for the past 30 years.
  2. There’s not enough goods being exported, bringing money into our economy. Still more Reagan economics. However, we can thank Clinton for this one as well. Our trade policies are killing America. Re-institute the tariffs.
  3. There’s not enough oversight in our banking and credit and investment sectors. A handful of crooks have made billions of dollars while driving our financial companies into the ground. They’re not dummies. We are, for letting it happen. Again, this is more Reagan Conservative economics. Free (greed) Markets they say. Get the government off our backs, put industry crooks in the oversight positions intended to monitor and protect us from the crooks. That’s what we’ve been doing since Reagan convinced us that we (our government) is the problem, not the solution. We are the only solution, folks.

We must look back to see what we did wrong before we can fix it. Hold on to your shorts, it’s going to be a long bumpy ride!

DOW Down 700 Points

DOW Down 700 Points
by
Dave Speck

The DOW was down 700 points for much of today. When was it ever this bad, before?

Well, let’s see. I can remember the 25% crash back in the 80s. Before that, I don’t think it was ever this bad since the Great Depression.

What do these three disasters have in common? Any guesses?

I’ll tell you. But, if I just come out and say what it is, half of us will refuse to believe it because it might mean they’ve been betting on the wrong team for so long we don’t know how to be reasonable any longer. But, here goes…

Let’s look at the Great Depression of the 1930s.  We all know what got us out of it. There were endless bottom-up works programs to employee everyone. There was tax relief for the middle class (the lower class didn’t pay much in taxes). There was a minimum wage — a living minimum wage, which we haven’t had since the 80s.

Plus, some would argue that WWW II did a lot to bring us out of the dumps. However, this is quite questionable as it didn’t help other countries in the war, but we’ll leave that debate for another day.

And, one more avenue of change was in the arena of regulation. To get us out of the depression, our government finally realized they needed to implement considerably better regulation. And, that’s exactly what they did, and that’s exactly what helped bring the prosperity for the next 70 years.

For anyone interested in looking it up, there was also a free-market government in America at the runup to and during the first few years of the depression. These same people who had let business run amuck were falling all over themselves to give big incentives to big businesses to shore up the economy.

Just like today, the stimulus did nothing but deplete our government’s coffers when the money was sorely needed for other programs. This same foolish mistake did just as little good then as it’s going to do now. 700 points in the hole the day after the big-business government put together the fat-cat welfare program.

Fast forward to the crash of 1987.  Does anyone remember what caused it? It was the Savings and Loan collapse. You remember, the Keating 5? Who were they? They were the Free Market (ala used car) salesmen. They pushed for and got considerable freedoms from the required regulations monitoring their industry. With the market free, the crooks were free to pursue really stupid and greedy agendas.

So, America made the mistake of relaxing regulations (getting the government off their backs in their words) and the industry crashed and we, you and I, spent billions to clean up after them too.

And, we’ve been hearing the drumbeat of free-market, “get the government off our backs”  conservatives since Reagan and we’ve been gradually loosening regulation after regulation until 1999 when we dropped the last of the meaningful regulations. And, now, here we are again. Is it really any surprise?

What have all these had in common? Free markets and get the government off our backs. When will we finally learn, America? Free markets don’t work unless we are in there regulating them. Plain and simple.

What’s Up With That?

What’s Up With That
by
David Schlecht

Well, what’s up with the Congress passing the fat-cat bailout bill? This whole thing just seems so very stupid. Saving the butts of some really lousy managers just to keep a couple players in business doesn’t so anything for the real problem, and everyone knows it. So — why do they vote for it?

If anyone’s ever read history, they would know that this is the same stupid thing they tried during the last Republican Depression and it didn’t do any good then, either.

What gives?