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If You Are Not In The 5% Top Earners Voting Republican Is Against Your Own Interest And That Of Your Children And The Generations To Come.

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GOP AGAINST 95 PERCENT OF AMERICANS

Fox News Is To The Uninformed What Bernard Madoff Was To His Investors; They Are Bacterial Diseases Eating Away At The Stupid

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2014 by sheriffali

In Research Poll Fox News “only” tells the truth 17% of the time” and even then, they add, delete or modified the truth. The remainder of the time they just manufacture outrageous, outlandish lies and, believe it or not, the Die-Hard Fox and Republican Followers believes the rubbish more than they believe the Gospel itself.

 

The Trolls of the Republican Party that are the same people that follows Fox righteously and they write such insane one line statements, you wonder if they are living in the Poorest Nation in the world where illiteracy usurps the truth by 99%. For those with some sanity you would swear that you left America and are in the Twilight Zone.

 

In America, the most advanced Nation in the world with so much factual information available to everyone, how could we have fallen so far so fast, to have that many, uninformed, ignorant, uneducated and brainwashed people living amongst us.

I don’t know the answer but my better judgment tells me that the seditiousness promulgated by Republicans and Fox News, plays a major role in this sad state of affairs. To the followers of Republicans and Fox, phantasmagoric rationales and internecine narcissism are facts, and the more you try to establish what is the truth, these people remain adamant in their stupidity.

 

But as was written, “it is easier to fool someone than to convince them that they are being fooled,” or another way to say this would be Mark Twain’s version of “stupidity. “When you are dead you don’t know you are dead, others do, but you don’t, applying this philosophy to stupidity that may be the answer.”

 

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A Die-Hard Republican who finally saw the light and left the Party of shame – The GOP!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2014 by sheriffali

How I finally left the Politics of Shame

 

I hated Government even though they were the only one trying to save me. Here is how one day I finally saw the light.

I was a 20-year-old college dropout with no more than $100 in the bank the day my son was born in 1994.  I’d been in the Coast Guard just over six months. Joining the service was my solution to a lot of problems, not the least of which was being married to a pregnant, 19-year-old fellow dropout.  We were poor, and my overwhelming response to poverty was a profound shame that drove me into the arms of the people least willing to help — conservatives.

 

Just before our first baby arrived, my wife and I walked into the social services office near the base where I was stationed in rural North Carolina. “You qualify for WIC and food stamps,” the middle-aged woman said.  I don’t know whether she disapproved of us or if all social services workers in the South oozed an understated unpleasantness.  We took the Women, Infants, Children vouchers for free peanut butter, cheese and baby formula and got into the food stamp line.

 

Looking around, I saw no other young servicemen.  Coming from the white working class, I’d always been taught that food stamps were for the “others” — failures, drug addicts or immigrants, maybe — not for real Americans like me.  I could not bear the stigma, so we walked out before our number was called.

 

Even though we didn’t take the food stamps, we lived in the warm embrace of the federal government with subsidized housing and utilities, courtesy of Uncle Sam.  Yet I blamed all of my considerable problems on the government, the only institution that was actively working to alleviate my suffering. I railed against government spending (i.e., raising my own salary).  At the same time, the earned income tax credit was the only way I could balance my budget at the end of the year.

 

I felt my own poverty was a moral failure.  To support my feelings of inadequacy, every move I made only pushed me deeper into poverty.  I bought a car and got screwed on the financing.  The credit I could get, I overused and was overpriced to start with.  My wife couldn’t get or keep a job, and we could not afford reliable day care in any case.  I was naive, broke and uneducated but still felt entitled to a middle-class existence.

 

If you had taken WIC and the EITC away from me, my son would still have eaten, but my life would have been much more miserable.  Without government help, I would have had to borrow money from my family more often.  I borrowed money from my parents less than a handful of times, but I remember every single instance with a burning shame.  To ask for money was to admit defeat, to be a de facto loser.

 

To make up for my own failures, I voted to give rich people tax cuts, because somewhere deep inside, I knew they were better than me.  They earned it.  My support for conservative politics was atonement for the original sin of being white trash.

 

In my second tour of duty, I grew in rank and my circumstances improved.  I voted for George W. Bush.  I sent his campaign money, even though I had little to spare. During the Bush v. Gore recount, I grabbed a sign and walked the streets of San Francisco to protest, carrying my toddler on my shoulders.  I got emotional, thinking of “freedom.”

 

Sometime after he took office, I watched Bush speak at an event.  He talked of tax cuts.  “It’s the people’s money,” he said.  By then I was making even better money, but I didn’t care about tax cuts for myself.  I was still paying little if any income tax, but I believed in “fairness.” The “death tax” (aka the estate tax) was unfair and rich people paid more taxes so they should get more of a tax break.  I ignored my own personal struggles when I made political decisions.

 

By the financial meltdown of 2008, I was out of the military and living in Reno, Nevada — a state hard hit by the downturn.  I voted libertarian that election year, even though the utter failure of the free market was obvious.  The financial crisis proved that rich people are no better than me, and in fact, are often inferior to average people.  They crash companies, loot pensions and destroy banks, and when they hit a snag, they scream to be rescued by government largess.  By contrast, I continued to pay my oversize mortgage for years, even as my home lost more than half its value.  I viewed my bad investment as yet another moral failure.  When it comes to voting and investing, rich people make calculated decisions, while regular people make “emotional” and “moral” ones.  Despite growing self-awareness, I pushed away reality for another election cycle.

 

In 2010, I couldn’t support my own Tea Party candidate for Senate because Sharron Angle was an obvious lunatic.  I instead sent money to the Rand Paul campaign.  Immediately the Tea Party-led Congress pushed drastic cuts in government spending that prolonged the economic pain.  The jobs crisis in my own city was exacerbated by the needless gutting of government employment.  The people who crashed the economy — bankers and business people — screamed about government spending and exploited Tea Party outrage to get their own taxes lowered.  Just months after the Tea Party victory, I realized my mistake, but I could only watch as the people I supported inflicted massive, unnecessary pain on the economy through government shutdowns, spending cuts and gleeful cruelty.

 

I finally “got it.”  In 2012, I shunned my self-destructive voting habits and supported Obama. I only wished there were a major party more liberal than the Democrats for whom I could vote.  Even as I saw the folly of my own lifelong voting record, many of my friends and family moved further into the Tea Party embrace, even as conservative policies made their lives worse.

 

I have a close friend on permanent disability.  He votes reliably for the most extreme conservative in every election.  Although he’s a Nevadan, he lives just across the border in California, because that progressive state provides better social safety nets for its disabled. He always votes for the person most likely to slash the program he depends on daily for his own survival.  It’s like clinging to the end of a thin rope and voting for the rope-cutting razor party.

 

The people who most support the Republicans and the Tea Party carry a secret burden.  Many know that they are one medical emergency or broken down car away from ruin, and they blame the government.  They vote against their own interests, often hurting themselves in concrete ways, in a vain attempt to deal with their own, misguided shame about being poor.  They believe “freedom” is the answer, even though they live a form of wage indenture in a rigged system.

 

I didn’t become a liberal until I was nearly 40. By the time I came around, I was an educated professional, married to another professional.  We’re “making it,” whatever that means these days.  I gladly pay taxes now, but this attitude is also rooted in self-interest.  I have relatives who are poor, and without government services, I might have to support them.  We can all go back to living in clans, like cavemen, or we can build institutions and programs that help people who need it.  It seems like a great bargain to me.

 

I’m angry at my younger self, not for being poor, but for supporting politicians who would have kept me poor if they were able.  Despite my personal attempts to destroy the safety net, those benefits helped me.  I earned a bachelor’s degree for free courtesy of a federal program, and after my military service I used the GI Bill to get two graduate degrees, all while making ends meet with the earned income tax credit.  The GI Bill not only helped me, it also created much of the American middle class after World War II.  Conservatives often crow about “supporting the military,” but imagine how much better America would be if the government used just 10 percent of the military budget to pay for universal higher education, rather than saddling 20-year-olds with mortgage-like debt.

 

Government often fails because the moneyed interests don’t want it to succeed.  They hate government and most especially activist government (aka government that does something useful).  Their hatred for government is really disdain for Americans, except as consumers or underpaid labor.

 

Sadly, it took me years — decades — to see the illogic of supporting people who disdain me.  But I’m a super-slow learner.  I wish I could take the poorest, struggling conservatives and shake them.  I would scream that their circumstances or failures or joblessness are not all their fault.  They should wise up and vote themselves a break.  Rich people vote their self-interest in every single election.  Why don’t poor people? [Story by www.salon.com ]

 

 

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98% of the Country is Middle-Class or Poor, and yet they repeatedly vote Republicans into office, that is against their own interest!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2013 by sheriffali

The Republicans in the House and in the Senate have literally brought the country to a “standstill,” and the Majority Leader should do something about it.

 

There are many areas to criticize President Obama, but, there are areas where his policies have worked for the good of the country.

 

Look at the where the stock Market is today and contrast that with 2008! People’s 401K Plans and Pension Funds were almost wiped out, however, with the S & P doing very well, people can “live” again.

 

The unemployment that was so unbelievably bad, has bounced back and even though it is not perfect, unemployment today is far better than when Obama took office.

 

Wall Street dishonesty catapulted by Republicans indulgence to “only” protect the rich, crashed the housing market for the “working-class,” and it literally fell off the cliff, but in the recent years, we are rebounding!

 

America’s Automotive Industry was saved due this President and his predecessor, George W. Bush, willingness to not give a hand-out, but rather, a helping hand.

 

AIG – The world’s largest Insurance Company if allowed to fail it would have cost the Tax-Payers 1.5 Trillion. That too was saved and AIG have repaid all of the loans that were made by the Federal Government.

 

When you think about it, the House Republicans have voted 37 times to repeal Obamacare, and they are at it again, going for a 38 Vote, while other very important legislation are tossed by the way-side!

 

The recklessness by the Republicans does truly hurt the Middle-Class and the Poor and even though 98% of the country is in that category, they still vote these people into office! Why do people vote against their own best interest, I will never know!

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