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Obama Success

How Things Have Changed Since Obama

Under Bush Under Obama
Major attacks on our soil Trade Center Twin Towers None
Number of Wars Lied Into 2 0
Benghazi Attacks 11 1
New Jobs per Month -700,000 +200,000
Health Insurance Inflation Rate Over 30% 12%
Price of gasoline Over $4.00 – Drill Baby Drill Under $3.00
Economy Greatest recession since Great Depression Stock Market at all time high
Common Sense of Conservative Voters Poor Even Worse

 

The Republicans hate Obama so much they want the good old days back.

And, get ready. We’re going to see them and much worse that we could have imagined.

The Oligarchy Is Now In Control

Due to pathetic Democratic turnout in the Congressional election, the Oligarchy is now in control. This is what our elections will look like from here on out, unless we can get money out of politics.

And the only way we can get money out of politics is to get the Republicans out of power. The Republican party loves prostituting for big doners. They have opposed any correction to Citizens United. Many states and cities are passing referendums supporting the overturn of Citizens United but it will have to be done without the support of the Republicans in control.

In fact, liberal ballot measures all across the nation passed with huge margins. Now, ask yourself, if Republicans and Democrats were voting FOR the liberal laws but AGAINST the liberal politicians, isn’t it an undeniable fact that those people are voting against their own best interests? Isn’t it obvious that the unlimited money in politics is making voters into fools, voting for the things they want but against the representatives they need to get those things into law?

It is a fact that negative advertising doesn’t get voters to vote for the opponent, but makes them not want to vote at all. Maybe that’s why this was the lowest voter turn out since 1942.

Why?

Negative advertising.

If you are one of the voters who stayed home, your absence was the same as a vote against anything you want or need. Way to go! You can’t let the negative ads deter you from getting out and voting.

It’s Getting Real

We are coming down to the wire this election cycle. We have one last week of early voting in Nevada.

Let’s all make sure we vote and that two of our friends vote too, and two of their friends…

Many people consider this election less important than the presidential election, but they’re wrong. The constitution creates the Congress to be the strongest and most critical of all three branches of government. There are more pages on the role of Congress than the president and the courts combined.

This election will decide if we want our president to do the things he was elected to do or not.

There are certain political parties that don’t want you to vote. They spare no money on ads convincing you how awful everything is in the hopes you don’t vote. After all, as one political party says, “quite candidly, our leverage in the election goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

Get out there today. This just may be the most important election in your lifetime.

Question #3 Amendment to Nevada Constitution

It is a real disgrace but we are suffering a multi million dollar ad campaign, or should I say lie and deceive campaign against the amendment, Nevada ballot measure, question #3.

I will try to add some reality to the actual question and try to dispel the most common lies and deception. Most of the talking points can be found at their website, Coalition to Defeat the Margin Tax Initiative.

  1.  The tax is a small, contrary to the claim, “huge,” in the lies. 2% is a small tax.
  2.  The tax is only calculated on the gross sales if the company wants to file that way. Even then, it’s 70% of 2% or 1.4%. Not all so huge.
  3.  If the business decides to, they can claim tax only on proceeds after subtracting cost of goods sold (and that includes labor/payroll costs). In other words, a business that is making millions in sales but little or no profit will have little or no tax since cost of goods sold will be almost as much as gross sales.
  4. The money collected will be put in the State Distributive School Account, to be distributed in a manner provided by laws that already govern those funds. There is no risk that the funds will not go to the school district.
  5.  Few if any businesses will have to close or relocate because of this tax. However, if the companies elect to move rather than repaying the community that supports them, then I say good riddance to bad rubbish.

So much for the down side of this ballot measure. Let’s now consider the good:

  1.  It is in the state’s best interest to decouple the school system funding from our property taxes. The way the system works now, those poor communities where property taxes are low have the lowest funding for their schools.
  2. Getting away from the destructive notion that the rich get a free ride in Nevada because we don’t expect them to pay their fair share in income taxes, is a good move in the right direction.  After all, this tax is only for businesses with more than $1 Million in revenue.

If I’ve missed anything here, go right ahead and make your case in the comments below.

 

OMG!! EBOLA!

We are now seeing Ebola victims in hospitals all across Africa, in Spain, Germany, and the USA, and so many more.

I hear people say it’s Obama’s fault. Well, the same people say everything is Obama’s fault so their arguments are meaningless. But how should we be dealing with this nightmare?

Should we shut down our airports and turn away everyone from every country that might have an Ebola patient? Maybe only the ones with brown or black Ebola patients?

If we decide to shut down the airports, we should also shut down our sea ports. And for that matter, maybe we should just start shooting anyone who looks like they might be trying to come to the USA.

Well, okay, I was being facetious, but these issues have to be discussed seriously and without fear and hatred.

Thomas, the Ebola patient who died in Texas followed screening guidelines. The news at first was reporting that he lied on the questionnaire, but it turned out that he didn’t realize his relative had Ebola at the time. She died later.

This demonstrates and a little common sense indicates that there is no way we can prevent any and every case from coming to the USA. We should be diligent and limit the numbers who come but to expect to get 100% is just a dream.

So, what do we do to successfully manage this disease once it’s come to the USA? Obviously what we’re doing now isn’t working. The health care worker who worked on Thomas has now come down with the disease. Again, obviously what we’re doing now isn’t working.

We need a national health care system that can work as a unit, following guidelines for preparing for the incoming patients and guidelines on how to treat the patients. This can’t be done on a for-profit basis. Why would a hospital pay the money up front to prepare only to find that they never get an Ebola patient. Thomas was turned away from the hospital on his first visit because they couldn’t make money on him.

What is even more important is that since the Texas Governor wants to play politics with the lives of poor working Texans, a full 25% of working Texans do not even have health insurance. They are not going to be going to the doctor when they really  should be. They’ll wait until it’s an emergency and then go to the emergency room in the hospital, all the while spreading the disease.

Thankfully we have Obamacare to help those in the Democratic states. They will be going to the doctors rather than spreading the disease. The red states? All I can say is I hope they wake up before it’s too late.

Don’t Attack ISIS

ISIS is goading us into another war.

They would like us dropping bombs in Iraq, killing more Muslims.

They would like us killing more Iraqis.

They would like us creating more enemies, more terrorists.

How has this shoot first approach worked for us so far? Are we seeing more terrorists or fewer? The obvious answer is more.

You don’t defeat hatred by bombing and killing people. You show yourself to be the better human, the better country, the better religion.

Hey, Obama, stay out of Iraq. Don’t bomb ISIS.

Do you disagree? Leave a comment and make your case.

What has Happened to Our World?

I stumbled across a children’s health clinic being held at a local hardware store, today.

The horror of our health care industry smacked me right in the face. What have we done with our once great nation?

I saw an endless line of children without health insurance. Some of the children were so sick someone called the ambulance. Even a fire truck showed up. Some of the children were too sick to even stand on their own.

How could we let this nation come to this? How can we be so silent while the Republicans turn this great country into the Libertarian Paradise of Somalia?  Children there are dying without health care, too.

Health care is a right, it’s not a privileged offered to only the wealthy. Obamacare is a small, tiny step in the right direction and even that is being opposed by the Republicans. The Republican party wants the sick and the poor to hurry up and just die.

This isn’t the America I read about in school. This is a bizarre nightmare brought on by too much Libertarian Voodoo economics.

This country is falling apart around our ankles and we need to get mad as Hell and get out in the streets and demand progress.

Dumb as a Tea Bagger

We used to use the phrase, “dumb as a post,” but more fitting in these days would be “dumb as a tea bagger.”

Twenty years ago, when we saw fools voting against their own best interests and wearing three pointed hats with tea bags hanging from them, we would scoff and disapprove. The fools wouldn’t show up in the news except a few humor stories from time to time.

These days, we have a political party intent on taking advantage of the poor misguided fools. They even have their own news media, Fox News, who tried to give the fools legitimacy.

This is not good for America. We need to call a fool a fool and we need to turn off and openly complain about any news media that tried to give legitimacy to the lunacy of the tea party.

What are the Odds of Global Warming?

What do you think the odds are that Global Warming is man caused? 100%? 10%? 1%?

Now ask yourself if you would board an airplane with those same odds of crashing.  If one of every 100 planes crashed, would you fly? Of course not. If the odds were 1/100 of 1% that would still be hundreds of crashed planes a day.

Would you board that plane?

Of course not.

So why would you do nothing about Global Warming when it has even higher possibility and higher risk of harm than flying in our 100th of one percent example?

I can tell you why some people refuse to address it. It’s because they believe the lies of the fossil fuel industry.

Are you one of the sheep listening to the lies? When will you decide to get off the plane? Hopefully before it crashes.

What is the Latest on Benghazi?

Benghazi!!

The Republicans are trying to start up a new round of investigations into Benghazi. The new investigations will cost you and me, the American tax payer over $10,000.000.

The Republicans think that it’s okay to put money into these pointless investigations but not a penny into helping the poor or unemployed.

America is sick and tired of the Republicans treating us like ignorant savages and believing that we won’t kick them out come next election. We are sick and tired of this and we’re not going to take it anymore.

The Republican voter is just as horrified and concerned about their Republican party as is the rest of the country.  We will be seeing a big change in the coming election.

But, what about Benghazi? What new is there to investigate? Well, the fact is, there is nothing new. There is nothing to investigate. It is just a political stunt to fool the Republican base into thinking Hillary Clinton had something to do with it. But the Republican voters aren’t taking it anymore.

But, even the Republican voters know Hillary isn’t responsible for putting on her SWAT outfit and personally guarding every embassy, hot house, and out house around the world. The Republican voters know it’s all about politics because the Republican party really has nothing else to run on.

Hey, Republican party, wake up. The Republican voter has had enough. You’re outta here.

Oh, and what about Benghazi? Why is it coming up again, right now? Because the Republicans don’t have anything else to distract their voters from the obvious failure that has become of the Republican party.

Here is what you need to know about Benghazi:

BenghaziAmerica has suffered numerous consulate and embassy attacks over the years, but this is the only one the Republican party wants to investigate. Go figure.

The Demise of the Republican Party Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Single Issue Voters Getting Manipulated

Almost all of America agrees with the policies of the Progressive Left. This includes agreeing with the majority of the following issues:

  • The rich have gotten too rich
  • The rich have too much influence over our political system
  • Our political system needs to be more representative of the needs of the middle class
  • We need to fix the economy so we can bring back the middle class in this country
  • We need to take care of the least among us, including extended unemployment benefits, food stamps, food for poor children
  • We need to fix our broken health care system
  • We need to get off fossil fuels and need to start developing energy systems for the 21st century
  • We need to do something about global warming and the freaky once-in-a-century storms we’re seeing every day, now

In fact, not only does the vast majority of America believe these things, the vast majority of REPUBLICANS believe these things.

So, if that’s true, then why does anyone still vote republican? The answer is obvious and this answer explains why America is at a greater risk than ever of being destroyed by the wealthy, at the hands of the the Republican voters who believe all these things. This answer should scare the dickens out of you.

The Republican party and the top 1% of our wealthy elite have found a way to get the average Republican to vote against America. This sounds like hyperbole, but bear with me. The vast majority of Republican voters are single issue voters. In other words, they are willing to see all the other issues, mentioned above, go to Hell as long they get their one hot item issue. Even if they don’t get the one issue, they’ll vote for a party that lies to them and says they’re going to provide it.

And, what are these single issues that the Republican voter will vote for even if it means the destruction of America? What are the things that are so important that they’re more important than our economy or more important than everything else our country stands for? You’ve probably guessed. But here is a short list of things that some fanatics will vote for, even if it means voting against everything else that matters to them.

  • Gun rights
  • Abortion restrictions
  • Birth control restrictions
  • Putting women in their place at the back of the bus
  • Putting minorities at the back of the bus
  • Putting gays in their place
  • Protecting the great white class in America
  • Religious control of our country
  • Getting rid of the black man in the white house
  • Undoing equal rights
  • Benghazi
  • Anything Fox News says

The wealthy have found out how to control these ignorant fanatics to vote against everything that matters to them, just so long as they foolishly believe their one-ticket item will finally be addressed.

And now that the Republicans in the Supreme Court have opened the flood gates and allowed the wealthy and transnational corporations control of our political process, we are seeing billions of dollars spent to get those fanatics mobilized.

Come election day, these fanatics will be wetting their pants from all the scary advertising and will be the first ones in line to vote.

All the while, the rest of America will watch in horror at the spectacle that we see every election year and most will neglect to even get to the voting booths.

Big money will be controlling the fanatics more than ever this election year. If the rest of us quietly watch from the sidelines, we can kiss this country goodbye. Not goodbye in the future or goodbye next year or in a few years. If we don’t fix this right now, we will not get another chance.

Talk to your friends. Talk to your neighbors. Try to wake up your single-issue voters in your family to the fact that they’re being manipulated to vote against their own best interests and the best interest of their country.

More than anything, get everyone you know to register and get out and vote.

The Demise of the Republican Party Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

The Endgame

Ever play the game of Monopoly?

Losing the game of Monopoly

You know how it ends. Eventually no one has anything left but the rich.

We now live in the new Gilded Age where the wealthy own more than all the rest of us combined. We are in the final stages of the game of Monopoly and we’re losing. We are giving away our money and our government and our freedom to the billionaires and transnational corporations.

You know it’s true. Your income doesn’t go as far as it used to. You have probably experienced a loss of pay or of benefits or employment and probably know others who have as well. Your expenses keep going up but your wages don’t.

And what’s worse, is you doubt that it will be getting any better.

In fact, we are so far along the game of Monopoly that the rich are not only taking everything from us, but they’re even changing the rules of the game so they make even more faster.

The only way we win this game of Monopoly is to get politically active. Get out there and join groups and start leaving comments correcting the websites and blogs that shill for the wealthy.

But, most importantly, get out there and start talking with your family and your friends and your neighbors. They all feel the same way you do. Everyone knows we’re losing this game of Monopoly and we have to get active, right now, if we expect to fix this before it’s too late.

What kind of America are you going to leave for your children and grandchildren? Will they be slaves for the wealthy or will we demand our fair share of the profits of this great and wealthy country?

Get active and get three other people to join you in getting active.

The games almost over.

Cancel The Trade Agreements

The millionaires and transnational corporations are trying to sell us on another trade agreement, the TPP.

Free trade causes a giant sucking sound

This job killing trade agreement will do tremendous harm to Americans, just like all the other trade agreements have. We’ve seen one trade agreement after another and we’ve been promised how each will bring prosperity to Americans, but things just keep getting worse.

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that we’re being sold a lie. These trade agreements have American workers competing with the starving and even the slave laborers of other countries.  How do we expect to keep our American quality of living when we’re competing with workers in third world countries? We can’t obviously, and that’s why things are continually getting worse, right here at home.

These trade agreements don’t even help the other countries’ workers because all the  money goes to the corporations.

Way back in the old days, we had a presidential debate where Ross Perot came right out and said that if we sign these trade agreements, we would hear a giant sucking sound as all our jobs left the country.

He was right!

It’s time, right now, today, to cancel all the trade agreements and quit listening to the millionaires and transnational corporations lie about how wonderful life will be if we just believe them this time.

But it’s time, right now, today to call our representatives and the president and tell them all that we want out of all the trade agreements and we want to put our tariffs back in place.

Time is running out. We are quickly losing control of our government to the rich and multinational corporations and we have to start fighting, today, to get our country back. It will be too late before we know it.

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Who is “The Government”?

Who is The Government?

If you wanted to work against the best interests of a democracy, you would always refer to it as “The Government”. You would try to get people to disassociate with their government.

In a democracy, we are the government. Remember “We The People”?

Every time you see or hear someone say, “The Government” mentally replace it with “WE THE PEOPLE” and you can tell if they’re just trying to undermine your democracy.

If you think it’s not your government because your guy didn’t win, then you need to get a better handle on the meaning of democracy. If the majority don’t like a representative, then they vote them out. Either way, the voters get who they deserve, even if it’s not who they want.

When did you last hear someone refer to our government as the government and why don’t they know it’s not the government but OUR GOVERNMENT?

Lies and Damn Lies

How our information is being corrupted and three simple things you can do to fight back.

 

puppetOur information is being corrupted constantly. This has been discussed here many times, such as Information Pollution, The Liberal Media and Political Scandals, put out primarily by billion dollar corporations and millionaire personalities being our sole source of network news.

But there are even more treacherous types of misinformation than this. The billionaire conservative think tanks hire sock puppets to spread their meme all day long on the Internet. For example, technology websites such as Slashdot have paid shills that spend eight hours every day posting lies and misleading comments about such things as Obamacare and nuclear energy, trying to change the minds of the average reader.

Many sites see this. Here at JustSayWhy we see hundreds of them every election season.

Some sock puppets get paid to go to the book websites and submit reviews playing up the conservative books and leaving bad comments for the progressive books. There are even many conservative who do this without getting paid, just to try to prove to the world that their side is right, even if they have to lie to do so. How can they be right if they have to lie? But they never get far enough to reason that part out.

Many of the billionaire and transnational corporate think tanks buy thousands of new conservative books and give them away as incentives and prizes. This makes the books appear on the New York Best Seller lists even though they aren’t really being sold.

All of this just helps sell the defective conservative agenda and distorts our information. Eventually, it almost makes it seem reasonable to listen to the conservative perspective. It has gotten to the point where you can’t believe anything you see in comments and book and even product reviews.

What can you do about this? Here are three simple things to do that you should do regularly and they will only take you a few moments.

1. Submit your own reviews. This is important! If the liars have 1,000 sock puppets, that is nothing compared to the millions of real customers who could be leaving honest reviews. And, when you see reviews that you can tell are biased or outright lies, it’s important to expose them for the lies they are.

This means that if you’ve read a library book, go to the library website and to Amazon and B&N and to any other book website and spend 60 seconds writing a review. That’s a simple task to help counter the lies.

Most sites allow you to vote on the reviews. Be sure to mark up the reviews you agree with and mark down the lies. Amazon lets you say if a review helped you. Many sites let you “like” a comment.

2. Wikipedia is heavily polluted with pages that have been edited repeatedly to give them a more conservative bent. Open an account on Wikipedia and edit a page here or there that you might have some personal knowledge about. And, it’s important to expose those sock puppets who are just out there to pollute our information.

3. Leave comments on blogs you visit. Don’t feed the trolls, though. If someone is obviously shilling for a corporation or political agenda, don’t address them personally, just post comments with the facts as you know them. If you can “like” other’s comments be sure to like those you agree with. This affects how often these comments show up.

These three simple things will help  us keep our information more reliable.

5 Things wrong with Obamacare

We’ve already discussed the benefits of Obamacare. Now let’s talk about what’s wrong with it.

1. Not Single Payer. Obama started from a conservative plan offered by Nixon, Romneycare, and the Heritage Foundation. This keeps the insurance profits in the cost. We really need Single Payer.

2. Death Panels. Keeping the insurance companies means keeping the death panels.

3. Republicans. They are the real problem with Obamacare. If it was the same exact thing offered by Romney, they would love it. But since they love their party more than the voters, they don’t want to fix it for fear of giving Obama another victory.

4. Our kids can only stay on our plan for a few years. We should be able to keep our kids on our plan as long as we want.

5. We need more doctors. Supply and demand will lower medical costs if there is reasonable competition. Free clinics will also provide more price competition. Obamacare needs to offer FREE medical education to anyone capable of doing it.

See what others love and hate about Obamacare.

The Liberal Media

Moral Mondays held a march in North Carolina which drew 80,000-100,000 marchers.

The major national corporate media ignored it.

If we had a biased conservative corporate media, they would publicize tea party events of this size for weeks upon weeks, just like the Glenn Beck joke.  The network news were all over this like flies on well, you get the idea. They showed clip after clip for over two weeks.

If our nation’s network news was unbiased, they would spend weeks after weeks covering the Moral Monday marches as well. But, nope, not a word.

If our nation’s network news was even the slightest bit liberal, they would cover both events but maybe have a little more time for the liberal news or maybe paint the liberal events in a more positive light than the Glenn Beck rally.

If our nation’s media was actually liberal, they would publish weeks of Moral Monday marches and no mention of the tea baggers, sort of like they do for the conservative events.

So, you tell me, are you still listening to the news sources that you know are lying to you about there being a liberal media bias? If you are, why? Why would anyone listen to a news source they knew was lying?

Keystone XL Pipeline – It Ain’t Over Yet

The oil industry is pouring millions of dollars into marketing, telling Americans that it’s all over but the crying and it doesn’t matter if we think it’s our country or not, they’ll do what they damn well please.

I’m seeing pundit after pundit repeating the billionaire marketing jingles.

But it ain’t over. Americans aren’t going to just bend over and take it up the pipeline. There is still plenty we can do and our numbers are still growing.

But, it’s time, today, to make a stand. Let the billionaires and their XL Pipeline cheer leaders know that this is still our country and we don’t want the stinking toxic sludge coming across our country just so the billionaires can refine it in the Gulf Coast and then ship it all out of the country.

This pipeline will actually cause our gas prices to go up because none of the gas that is refined will be sold in America.

America doesn’t want the XL Pipeline and we will be heard.

Oh, those poor misunderstood billionaires and oil executives and transnational corporations. Don’t you just feel sorry for them?

Get involved. It’s not over yet.

Seven Things You Need To Know About Benghazi

Investigations in our Congress are costing us millions of dollars in taxes and nothing to show for it. Are we sick and tired of the Republican witch hunts?

Here are the facts about Benghazi that you won’t hear in the news and these should make your blood boil whether your Republican or Democrat:

  1. Republicans in Congress voted repeatedly to slash funding for embassy security.
  2. Obama has repeatedly request increased funds for embassy security.
  3. The Republican Sequester slashes more money from embassy security.
  4. All the investigations into Benghazi have been a waste of our tax dollars and a waste of time for America.
  5. Under Bush, there were 11 embassies attacked. 53 people died. 90 were injured. How many Republican investigations into this? Zero. It’s time for us to remove this sick party from our government.
  6. Under Bush, one embassy was successfully attacked twice. Still no investigations.
  7. Poor children are starving, homeless are freezing to death, and the Republicans can find no money for them but plenty to pursue this fake scandal.

Follow the link I posted above. There are lots of facts if you’re interested. Here is just a small example:

Benghazi