Impeach Bush

Impeach Bush
by
David Schlecht

Impeach Bush

It’s natural for us Americans to be so sick and tired of the failed Bush Administration that all we want is to be rid of him, but it would be very unhealthy for America to let these criminals get away without so much as an investigation.

We don’t know if they’re guilty, but they have all admitted to criminal acts from ordering torture (while lying to us about it) to outing a huge CIA under-cover operation with the release of Valerie Plame’s identity. It’s time to investigate.

We can’t continue to allow one Republican president after another to go unpunished. It only encourages more presidents to push their limits, the limits our founding fathers put into the constitution to prevent this kind of activity. So, what’s to stop Obama from becoming even more of a tyrant than Bush, knowing that Americans are all a bunch of panty-waists too afraid or spineless to pursue justice. The best way to ensure future criminal presidents is to fail to prosecute when we have reasonable evidence to suggest a crime. And, I’m talking about a real crime, here, not concentual sex in the White House. I’m talking about treason and federal crimes like spying on the opposite political party and on the average American family.

It’s time to impeach! Shirking our duty, regardless of which party we support, would deal a huge blow to the future of America.

Impeach Bush NOW!

Governor Gibbons Failing at Record Rates

Governor Gibbons Failing at Record Rates
by
Dave Speck

It is almost a complete consensus that the only way we can dig ourselves out of the disaster of the past 25 years of Conservative rule is to put money in the hands of the spenders. It’s painfully obvious that the past 25 years of “Free Market” nonsense and “Free Trade” foolishness is coming home to roost. Thank you, Conservatives.

Paul Krugman has a good piece in the NY Times regarding the important role state Governors will play in the recovery process:

But even as Washington tries to rescue the economy, the nation will be reeling from the actions of 50 Herbert Hoovers — state governors who are slashing spending in a time of recession, often at the expense both of their most vulnerable constituents and of the nation’s economic future.

These state-level cutbacks range from small acts of cruelty to giant acts of panic — from cuts in South Carolina’s juvenile justice program, which will force young offenders out of group homes and into prison, to the decision by a committee that manages California state spending to halt all construction outlays for six months.

Now, state governors aren’t stupid (not all of them, anyway). They’re cutting back because they have to — because they’re caught in a fiscal trap. But let’s step back for a moment and contemplate just how crazy it is, from a national point of view, to be cutting public services and public investment right now.

So now is the time to invest in the public – and what is Nevada’s Governor Gibbons doing? He’s trying to cut the pay of state employees, he’s cutting services that are intended to keep the most vulnerable in our society from suffering and dying, and he’s continuing the nausiating mantra, “no new taxes”. Sorry, Jim Gibbons, but everyone – but you – knows that your actions are the worst way you could handle this emergency. You’re a true Republican, through and through. Nevada! It should be painfully obvious to you by now that this man is in over his head. Time to remove him before he can do any more harm.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays
by
David Schlecht

From all of us at Just-Say-Why — Happy Holidays.

May you all enjoy a joyous and safe holiday season and a wonderful year in 2009.

The recession/depression may be far but over, but it’s never too early to remember what’s important, and those things most important are usually those that don’t involve money.

And, it’s never too soon to get involved in turning this country around and back on track.

I look forward to working with you all in the coming year.

Queers are Destroying Mankind

Queers are Destroying Mankind
by
Paul Jonhson

The Pope says Queers are destroying Mankind. He’s Sick! Just plain SICK!

Isn’t it time for another Jesus to rise up and shine some light on the folly and poisons coming from the orthodoxy?

No better way to show your love for you fellow man than by spewing this hatred, and no better time than Christmas to show the sickness known as organized religion.

Benedict, you should be ashamed and you should be removed, but the entire organization is so corrupt that it will not clean out the posions.

Merry Christmas!

Bush’s Requirement – Lower the Average Middle Class Wage

Bush’s Requirement – Lower the Average Middle Class Wage
by
Dave Speck

What happens when you have a mental midget running the country? You end up with what we have today. No wonder Bush’s closest friends call him 85. I’m sure it’s not because of his IQ. I couldn’t imagine him reaching above 75.

Anyone who has read any history knows what caused the first Republican Great Depression and it’s only painfully obvious that that’s the same that is causing this Republican Great Recession (hopefully not another Depression).  The cause? An imbalance between productivity and wages, or in simpler terms, supply and demand. Of course, there were other contributing factors like the run on the banks and no minimum wage. The run on the banks is more a symptom than a cause and the missing minimum wage is just more of the same supply and demand balance issue. Like the run on the banks a century ago, we are again failing to properly monitor and regulate the banks and investment institutions.

Let’s talk about the balance between productivity and demand in simple terms. Productivity is the amount of products that Americans make in a given time. In other words, supply. Demand is driven by low and middle income wage earners. When supply goes up and demand (aka wages) doesn’t, prices have to fall. Simple, yes?

A president like eighty-five will want to reduce the wages thinking that the consumer fairy will take care of buying up the excess supply. He probably also thinks he was chosen by God. Eighty-five.

So, what has Bush done? He is demanding that the United Auto Workers reduce their wages, bringing DOWN the average spendable wage in America. When the UAW workers wages fall, all the other non-union automaker wages will fall as well. So will the income at all the businesses relying on the auto workers and so on.

Just as an aside, remember the HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of dollars mysteriously given to the banks to free up credit? Wonder why it’s not working? The bank execs have skimmed off 1.7 BILLION for their personal income. I don’t remember giving them money to fatten up their coffers, do you? If anything, they should be penalized for being greedy and for helping cause this mess.

Back to the economy… When you give a billionaire $100 dollars, he pockets it; when you give $100 to a low or middle income family, they spend it immediately. Which one will stimulate the economy? Simple, yes? Even ol’ eighty-five could figure it out if he had half a desire to.

So, lowering the average wage of the American low and middle class worker will reduce demand even further and more prices will fall. If we continue to mismanage this disaster like Hoover, we’ll be in the next Republican Great Depression. The ONLY solution to this is to raise the average wage for American workers.

We can’t wait for January 20th to get Bush out of power. We need to tie him up in investigations 24 hours a day until the day he leaves office. Otherwise, he’ll only continue to cause America more harm.

Eighty-five.

How to Celebrate Christmas

How to Celebrate Christmas
by
Paul Johnson

Here we are, my fellow Eathlings, celebrating the end of another year on this planet and being thankful that we’re still here to celebrate. Now that the past 20 years of foolish economic policies have destroyed our nation’s and the world economy AGAIN, we’re taking a second look at what’s really important. That’s the sliver lining around the otherwise gloomy economy.

We’re still inundated with commercials on the TV and on the radio and in the papers. It makes one think that it’s not Christmas without all the presents, and it’s bad taste to not over spend for Christmas. How did we get to this notion? Christ was against commercialism, or physical glutony as it better defined. The real notions of celebrating Christ’s birthday (which was really in June, by the way) is celebrating what Christ was about, about being not being a consumer or a glutton, but remembering to help those less fortunate. Yes, Jesus was a Progressive.

Do you ever wonder why organized religion moved the birth of Christ (lied about the date, in other words) to the Winter Solstice? Why? Was it better for you and me? Obviously not. It was a lie for the benefit of the organized religion. And now there are numerous reasons to celebrate at the end of the year. Many religions and many non-religions have events to remind us to pay attention to what’s important and to ignore all the advertisements.

What kind of a religion would move their celebration to compete with other celebrations in December and then complain because people say more than just Merry Christmas? Obvously only a religion like the Taleban’s Islam, that wants to destroy all other thoughts but following blindly behind the anointed ones. In other words, only a non-Christian religion would refuse to show tolerance. The Bill O’Reilly religion?

So, how best to celebrate the holidays? Here are my suggestions:

  • Regardless if you’re Christian or not, there are plenty of principles promoted by Christ and many other religions. Be more tolerant (blacks, gays, anyone different), keep the money out of church, like Jesus, challenge your own organized religion, help the needy (low and middle class).
  • Avoid gluttony in all things, especially in what you buy and what you eat.
  • Be thankful, and really mean it. You’re not on this earth because you’re chosen or elite or special. You’re here only because we have communities that support one another. If you’re a successful business owner, be thankful to your employees.
  • Be thankful to your community, local and global. We wouldn’t be here and won’t be here for long if we don’t all work together to make this a better world.
  • Tell your loved ones that you love them, and really mean it.
  • Smile, laugh, celebrate

Happy holidays: Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, Happy New Year, Happy Hanuka, Happy Thank the Earth Day, and happy tolerance.

The Death of America’s Free Press

The Death of America’s Free Press
by
David Schlecht

The New Yorker has an article about the pending collapse of America’s Free Press. This isn’t really anything new or surprising, but it a bad thing for our country.

When our country was created (barely more than 200 years ago) our forefathers knew how important it was to have a well informed pouplace and even made it a point to ensure that the news would be free from government manipulation. When the Fox Propaganda station became the mouthpiece for the Republican Party, it became the antifhesis of what our forefathers intended.

As more and more of our local newspapers have been gobbled up by national corporations, their thrust and their natural bias has been toward big business and away from the interests of the workers. This bias has turned away the majority of their readers, in search of a more honest and reasonable reporting.

We have even had laws that pretect the truth in the news and even has tried to ensure that two points are presented for any position, no matter how foolish. Now, with the newspapers dying and propaganda outlets like Fox News becoming our only source of news, we’re becoming an uneducated and illinformed populace, the opposite of what our forefathers wanted.

The Internet has become a news source for many, but it is too unregulated to be reliable. Drudge, much like Fox’s Hannity is not only biased but so often wrong that the readers, like Fox viewers, are fooled into a false sense of reality.

It’s time for America to find a solution to this problem, and the sooner the better. Should we regulate Online News outlets and blogs? Should we offer financial incentives to local media outlets? Should we leave it to the “Free Market” and the Corrupt Corporate Media to continue on this obviously wrong-for-America path?

Bust the UAW

Bust the UAW
by
Dave Speck

[Updated]

Why are the Republicans so aggressively attacking the United Auto Workers’ Union? Isn’t it a good thing for American Middle Class to make a decent, or even a good living? Of course it is.

In fact, the only way we’re going to clean up after the Republican mismanagement is to put more money in the hands of the low and middle class. Putting all the money at the top like the Republican politicians have been doing for the past 30 years has caused this mess and the only way out is to roll back the Republican stupidity.

Destroying the UAW will plunge this country into a depression worse than the last Republican Great Depression of the 20s and 30s. The Republican politicians know this, but they don’t care. If they can get a couple more billions for their friends and for themselves at the expense of America tax payers, they’re all for it. If America crashes and burns, they don’t care. They’ll have theirs and to hell with the rest of us.

We have to stop this stupidity now, immediately. We can’t afford to destroy one of the few remaining middle-class wage industries. America won’t survive it.

[Update ]
Today Bush announced that he is interested (is investigating) in allowing the auto industry to file for a “controlled” bankruptcy. We’re on the brink of the next Republican Great Depression and he wants to kill the auto industry and the three million American jobs that will go along with it. We know he’s a moron but is the rest of the government so worthless that they can’t stop it? No wonder we’re only paying our representatives over 10 times what the average American makes.

[Update II] Bush announces a low interest loan. Will this be just enough to get the companies through bankruptcy so they can bust the union?