I Miss Ron

Dave Speck

I saw a bumper sticker on a truck, today, that said, “I Miss Ron”, with a picture of Ronald Reagan.

How very sad that the Republican party has been so successful at turning this absolute failure of a president into a hero. The man said in one breath how important trade unions are and then started the outright attack on labor.

The man who rose taxes six times on the middle class and started the downfall that we now find ourselves at the bottom of.

We all need to go out and read the book, “Tear Down This Myth“.


How’s That Hopey Changy Thing Working for Ya?

Dave Speck

I spotted a bumper sticker saying this today and had the chance to park next to the vehicle and talk with the driver.

I said, well, let me list the issues:

  1. No more attacks on the World Trade Center. No 3,000 fatalities dues to lack of interest
  2. No more illegal wars
  3. We’ve stopped the second Republican Great Depression
  4. No more drilling permits for British Petroleum to drill in the Gulf of Mexico
  5. We’re finally doing something about our broken corrupt medical industry and medical insurance industry.

So, all in all, I’m ecstatic with our whole Hopey Changy thing, thanks for asking.

Still, we all admit, we’re nowhere near as far along as we should be or as far as we would be if the Republicans hadn’t been obstructing everything we’re trying to do to fix their mess.

It’s hard to realize how far we’ve come until we actually sit down and compare where we are with where we were.

The Hopey Changy thing is going great, thank you very much.


Why is the Media Downplaying Madison?

Why is the Media Downplaying Madison?
Captain Jack

Why is the billion dollar corporate media downplaying the 100,000 person rally going on in Wisconsin? You would think they have a personal interest in keeping the middle class uninvolved. Maybe they’re afraid we’ll start demanding that they pay their fair share.

If this was a rally of Tea Baggers, there wouldn’t be any room in their programming to cover Japan but since it’s only the middle class…

Here is what it looks like from CNN’s coverage:

Why is CNN trying to downplay the WI rally?
Wisconsin Rally according to CNN

And this is what it actually looked like:

What the rally really looks like
The actual size of the march on Madison


What Entitlements

What Entitlements
Captain Jack

We hear in the press constantly telling us about how bad it is for people to feel entitled to government benefits. Well, that’s not really correct, we’re fed a constant supply of propaganda how entitlements for the poor and middle class are bad but the rich are entitled.

For example, we’re told our whole lives how it’s bad to be on Welfare. It’s bad to be on Unemployment Benefits, it’s bad to be sucking off the system by taking Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid.

Now we’re being told it’s bad to expect the EPA to be protecting our environment or it’s bad for the Labor Relations board to be protecting labor or how it’s bad for the FDA to be protecting us from poisonous drugs or food. We should just stop feeling so entitled.

We shouldn’t feel entitled to a free press, like NPR or PBS so let’s stop funding them and lets shut them down, we shouldn’t have people entitled to get help registering to vote, so let’s shutdown ACORN.

The list goes on endlessly. Every effort we the people put into getting benefits for our tax dollars, the billionaires put more effort into convincing us how we’re not entitled to expect anything for our tax dollars.

But, you never hear the millionaire news casters on the billion dollar news organizations telling us how they’re not entitled to the benefits they get from OUR tax dollars. You never hear the oil industry like the Koch brothers telling us how they’re not entitled to billions of dollars in tax give aways. Remember? Exxon paid noting in American taxes and even got millions of dollars back in a tax refund last year because of the welfare for the wealthy.

You never hear the billion dollar assembly line farm industry saying how they’re not entitled to billions of dollars in farm subsidies. I guess welfare for the rich is okay but we little people shouldn’t be ENTITLED to anything from our tax dollars.

The sad part is that we believe this propaganda. We’re letting them get away with stealing from us.

It’s time we got back to realizing that WE ARE ENTITLED!

We’re entitled to a decent wage. We’re entitled to unionize. We’re entitled to expect to a fair share of the profits from our labors. All our country’s profits are going to the billionaires. Welfare for the billionaires.

We’re entitled to expect our government to represent us and not the multinational corporations. We’re entitled to expect the rich to pay their fair share.

We’re entitled to expect to get some retirement money back from the Social Security we’ve been paying into our whole lives. We’re entitled to unemployment check when we’re unemployed after paying into it our whole lives. No more welfare for the wealthy.

We are entitled.