Friday, August 30, 2013

Republicans Fighting All Americans

Republicans have a message for America; Their Government will not help you.

Across the Nation from school boards, in the Governor's Mansions to Congress, Republicans are tiresly working to ensure Working Class people have No Friend in Government.

And it's not just their "principled" stand against the Affordable Care Act, wherein Republican Congressmen have refused to help their constituents with taking advantage of the Law.

From mandating Transvaginal Ultrasound Wand Raping of Women against their consent, to taking away the Voting Franchise from University Students and African-Americans, to undercutting Unions, to dismantling Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment and the ACA, while voting to eliminate the Clean Air and Water Act and any other regulation which stops Corporations from despoiling the Air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we live upon all the while accepting gratis and kickbacks from the Plutocratic 1%,  Republicans and Pro-Business Democrats are using the Power of Government for Oppression and Domination.

This is, of course, nothing new. The Government was not set up for the People but for a small cadre of elites. Many of the Founding Fathers loathed the idea of Democracy, equating it with anarchy and mob rule, and even those disposed to empower the common man, crafted a system which excluded the majority of Americans from the political process and its' benefits. The 20th Century saw a change as the Federal Government set up protections and came to the aid of the Working Class.

This was seen as a major revocation of trust by the Plutocracy, which, traditionally need not have worried about whom was elected because the Politician was known to be in the pocket of Rich.

Republican State Representatives, Governors, Congressmen and Senators are proudly proclaiming they are working against the Democratic Republic and for the interests, welfare and benefits of the Very Few.

America, this is Fascism. This is the Modern GOP; This is the Conservative Right today; Guard Dogs and Handmaidens to the Plutocracy.

And it's designs and goals are easy to understand. The 1% want an American Populace ready to accept whatever the 1% deem them worthy of. They want you so fearful of losing your job, that you're willing to accept pay cuts, elimination of benefits, longer work days for no overtime.

Because once you're fearful and once Republicans have convinced you they won't help then the American people will know they have nowhere to turn and no one fighting for them, you'll be complainant to the Plutocratic Owners of America and you'll help the 1% grind down the Middle and Working Class to abject Poverty and subservient Penury.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Heroes of the Second Amendment to Arms! Gun Rights under siege in Illinois!

You have nothing to lose other than your shackles of Government Tyranny...

Even though a Dastardly Veto attempt by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was defeated resoundingly by the Illinois Legislature Gunowners are still not able to "legally" Conceal Carry in Illinois.

Concealed Carry Permits have a 6 month backlog followed by a 90 day waiting period imposed by the Illinois State Police. So, permits for Concealed Carry will be in effect in Jan 2014 at the earliest.

And now Governor Quinn has signed into law more restrictions on Gun Owners in clear violation of the Holy Second Amendment.

Beginning Jan 1, 2014, private gun sales must undergo Federal Background Checks. Additionally, Gun Owners must notify Police of a Theft of their Firearm within 72 hours of it occurring. That sounds like a regulation!!! What part of Shall Not Be Infringed doesn't Governor Quinn understand?!?!?

I can already read the furious supporters of Unrestricted Gun Violence screeching, 'These laws are only going to be followed by law-abiding Gun Owners. Criminals won't do either!' Of course, that's true... So what's the point of having laws? Thieves and Burglars still steal despite laws against it.

Gun Owners often derisively claim Chicago has the most restrictive gun laws and the most gun murders. Of course, they ignore the facts surrounding the actual guns used in commission. The vast majority of which (59%) come from outside Illinois.

One of the unintended consequences of the Gun Manufacturers decision to flood America with over 300 Million Firearms are the totally irresponsible storage and handling by Gun Owners.

Gun Owners leave loaded firearms willy-nilly, often found and discharged by children. Hotheaded responsible gun owners wave them about or display them in a similar manner to chimps and other apes do a genital display. And firearms are one of the top three items stolen from homes.

Another Second Amendment Hero in Florida murders 6 people with his guns before SWAT takes him out and the disgusting yahoo commenters howl the original story didn't include the murderers race because that's whats most important.

A Hero of the Second Amendment took his Rights into his Own Hands when his 1st and 4th Amendment Rights were violated and murdered a dastardly City Bureaucrat and two others bystanders for trying to trample his Gun Rights.

A Gun Hero in Virginia will be forever remembered for his sacrifice. After being unjustly yelled at my ruffians while exercising his rights to speed freely through a school zone he brandished his weapon but was wounded when replacing it in his pants by shooting his balls off.

The preponderance of evidence clearly shows More Guns has not equaled More Safety. Story after story of hotheaded gun owners pulling their pieces in situations not warranted so the sobriquet An Armed Society is a Polite Society is a monstrous piece of propaganda.


I could type this post everyday. But, what's the point? No one reading this is going to change their views on guns and 4 year olds are still shooting themselves in the head because of the disgusting availability of firearms in this Nation.

Evidence doesn't work. Satire doesn't work. Outrage doesn't work. The Unrestricted Gun Violence Lobby has won this day. Hopefully, the members of the next American generation will learn from our mistakes and change the  future into one where children aren't held hostage to the murderous whims of Gun Makers, the NRA and madmen.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

It's Okay unethical Congressman Peter Roskam You're a Republican

Republican Congressman Peter Roskam is under investigation for an Eight-Day $750,000+ Dollars* trip paid for by agents of the Taiwanese Government taken in 2011. Ostensibly, Roskam and his wife were there to visit his daughter.

Jesse Jackson Jr. just received a 30 month prison sentence.  Now, to be fair, there are differences between Peter Roskam and Jesse Jackson Jr.

See, Jesse is a Democrat and he's black, while Roskam is a Republican and white. 

Additionally, Roskam votes the Republican Party line of stealing from the Poor to give to the Rich, eliminating the Post Office and Federal Unions, destroying regulations which restrain the criminal behavior of Banks, and fervently supports the efforts of BP to befoul Lake Michigan with massive amounts of heavy metals and petrochemicals so don't expect right-wingers, Faux Morons and duped Conservatives to demand Roskam's removal from office and imprisonment. 

But, being unethical is nothing new for Peter Roskam.

In 2005, Roskam, ran afoul of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for failing to report his fundraising expenditures ($103,880) for the third quarter of 2005. Roskam's Campaign claimed it was an accounting error.

Roskam also received thousands of dollars from Convicted Criminal Tom DeLay's money laundering schemes. As Tom DeLay faced his charges Roskam voiced his support for the Convicted Criminal,
"These old accusations that are two and three and four years old is a little bit tiresome. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt." 04/22/05

"Knowing what I know now about what Tom DeLay's been accused of, my attitude would be to support him."
So, it's no surprise that Roskam is accepting dirty tainted money the only questions are How Much? and From Whom?

 The House Ethics Committee is set to rule on or about 09/11/13.

*- In an effort to emmunlate Right-Wing Duplicity I used the Taiwanese New Dollar amount (which is currently trading at 30-to-1 with the U.S. Dollar).

Monday, August 12, 2013

Capitalism is just Feudalism with a new name

Well, the classic defense of capitalism as a system from much of its history has been, okay, it has this or that flaw. But it quote, unquote, "delivers the goods." The reality is that for at least 30 years now, that isn't true. For the majority of people, capitalism is not delivering the goods. It is delivering, arguably, the bads- Richard Wolff, 08/09/13 during an interview by Bill Moyers

Wolff mentions during his great interview and with his Capitalism Hits the Fan roadshow is that Real Wages have remained stagnant for 30+ years. Of course, during this time costs (Healthcare, College, Homes) have all gone up and the productivity of the American Worker has increased while his pay has not. Americans have tried to combat this with dual incomes and with increased overtime. But, it's been a losing cause as we've seen more and more wealth accumulate with the Top 1% and even faster with the Top 0.01%, a group which owns more wealth and assets than the 150 million Americans.

Medieval Serfs worked less days than we do today. Of course, religion allowed them the extra days off but besides a 3-4 day work week (excepting for Harvest) the other days were the Serfs to hunt, fish and forage in the Commons and Forests to supplement his meager living.

Feudal Lords took better care to protect Serfs than Corporate Overlords do today. Nowadays, Wage Theft and Wage Slavery are the norm.

Restaurateur David Dadon and his son Barry, formerly co-owned the State Street Grill, engaged in a lengthy scheme of wage theft stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged unpaid wages from their workers. Father and son have been arrested by U.S. Marshals and charged by the California Labor Department with a number of crimes, including grand theft of labor. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is consistently against any protections for employees.

The Republican push to get overtime transferred into Compensated Time (CT) is a Grand Scheme to Bilk the working class of Billions in Pay. Overtime gets you extra money but the Republicans and their Corporate Overlords deem you to be their wage slave. The scheme is instead of paying you a company will create a bank of "CT" at a 1.5 to 1 ratio which a worker can then use to get an extra paid day off.

As masters of Orwellian Doublespeak, Eric Cantor and his Teahaddist co-sponsor Martha Roby titled their Wage Theft Bill, the Working Families Flexibility Act.

If a public employee is fired or retires their CT Bank must be paid out. Private sector workers are overwhelmingly at will. When your boss says 'No you can't use your CT', you can't and when you tell your boss you'd like the pay instead he'll give the overtime shift to someone else willing to take the comp time. And when your Company decides to fire you or when it goes belly up because the Owners are stealing are that bank of Comp Time you've saved won't be paid out to you the Invisible Hand will just make them vanish into the Free Market.

But, back in the Middle Ages Serfs could, sometimes, turn to the Church for comfort or aid or as a last bastion of assistance. Today, people had been able to count on the blessed reforms of FDR and LBJ to provide a Social Safety Net. Which is why ALEC, the Koch Brothers and the US Chamber of Commerce have demanded the Republicans (and Pro-Business Democrats) obliterate it.

And in a fight to rob Americans of the Birthrights and reduce us to penury and Wage Slavery no tactic is too despicable or too reprehensible. Which is why Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin, invoked Ronald Reagan's Spectre of Welfare Queens and Steak-Eatin Young Bucks,
So I’m in Crystal City and I’m buying my groceries…and I noticed everybody was giving that card. They had these huge baskets, and I realized it was the first of the month. But then I’m looking over, and there’s a couple beside me.This guy was built like a brick house. I mean he had muscles all over him. He was in a little tank top and pair of shorts and really nice Nike shoes. And she was standing there, and she was all in shape and she looked like she had just come from a fitness program. She was in the spandex, and you know, they were both physically fit. And they go up in front of me and they pay with that card. Fraud. Absolute 100% all it is is fraud…it’s all over the place. And there you go, to the fact that we shouldn’t be supporting those who won’t work.
This anecdotal Bullshit story by Mullin is designed to work the struggling duped right-wing voter into a frenzy in which they'll help destroy the Social Safety net, because the 1% love nothing more than for Americans to fasten the chains of bondage upon themselves.

And now if you do manage to overcome the obstacles Corporate Hegemony has created with their Republican Hitmen and get a good education the Reactionary Republicans will steal you back into poverty by raising payroll taxes and student loan rates. And by voting over and over and over and over and over and over 40 times to repeal the ACA so that more of your shrinking assets will go towards Healthcare coverage while at the same time helping shield Corporate profits from taxation and creating offshore havens for tax evasion by the 1%.

Facebook made more than $1,000,000,000 dollars in profits last year and didn't pay taxes on that profit. 30 Massive Corporations led by GE, Verizon, Boeing made a combined $205 billion in profits between 2008 and 2011 and 26 paid no federal corporate income tax.

No area is safe from the despicable Republican perpetual motion machine of enslavement to Corporate Hegemony. They declare Government doesn't work and then set about undermining, sabotaging, defunding and lying about Laws, Regulations, and Governmental entities.

Texas Governor Rick Perry screeches, 
"Somebody has to tell the E.P.A. that we don’t need you monkeying around and fiddling around and getting in our business with every kind of regulation you can dream up,” he said. “You’re doing nothing more than killing jobs. It’s a cemetery for jobs at the E.P.A."
Republicans in the House have unveiled their budget which drastically cuts funding for the EPA. Republicans who have sworn fealty to the Koch Brothers have also declared regardless of evidence they will never support Carbon Taxes.

Under President George W(orst Ever) Bush, the EPA was undermanned, restricted and defunded, so that Corporations were able to do whatever they wished like BP repeatedly dumping tons of heavy metals and poisionous hydrocarbons into Lake Michigan from their Whiting, Indiana plant and gross negligence in the Gulf of Mexico.

The gross violations by BP or Boeing or the Koch Brothers are on the macro scale on the micro scale AOL CEO Tim Armstrong used a video conference call to frighten and overawe his wage slave by summarily firing an employee named Abel.
We are living in a Reactionary Time when aided by Republican Lap Dogs Corporations are running rampant over workers. Everything is designed to make the Working Class fearful and accept their lot in life until your status as a working class wage slave is hereditary. Just like Medieval Serfdom.