Folks, if there’s been one, singular, significant and decisive force behind why the things that many of you hoped would be better by now and aren’t, it would have to be laid squarely at the feet of the current leadership of our Republican-controlled U.S. Congress, and while Democrats have a majority in the U.S. Senate, the inane and strange rules that they operate under, mean that it is impossible for even a majority of Democrats to get much done, when Republicans filibuster and block almost anything and everything that doesn’t somehow give their corporate, business, and financial allies, another free pass or another tax break or another something to give away that we cannot keep affording. If you are tired of the “wasteful spending” as some tout in Washington, then it is time you got tired of what is really going on down there or maybe I should say what isn’t going on down there, but needs to.
Without a Congress that is willing to truly govern and do the peoples’ work and put aside some of the heightened political rhetoric and nonsense, no President, Democrat or Republican can get much done, that’s just the way it is, the curse of a 3 part system of government that our founders blessed us with, and were wise to do so. However, right now, we have a Congress that most all of us 8 or 9 out of every 10 Americans feel is dysfunctional or doesn’t approve of in some serious ways. Even some of the things they managed to pass, the Republicans now want to turn around and repeal, as in Obamacare, or pretend that they had nothing to do with, but reaped benefits from it anyway, in the form of the economic stimulus packages. We spend and send hundreds of billions of dollars every year to fight 2 wars in Iraq & Afghanistan and did so for many years, but spend even a part of that amount here at home and suddenly Republicans want to raise all sorts of hell with “reckless spending”, when they were drunken sailors spending like fiends on every foreign, military thing they could find in the 6-8 years prior to Obama’s 1st term. We needed that stimulus but it wasn’t enough because sadly, businesses and financial firms took that money and instead of using it to generate new prosperous investments and other ventures, they hoarded it and gave it away as bonuses to those who are already making hefty salaries and who helped to crash their firms in the 1st place. Sadly, Congress didn’t hold them much accountable for doing this and for that matter Congress might as well just be run by the entire U.S. Chamber of Business & Industry, for the way they bend over and sideways to do the bidding of business and yet, still they have the nerve to complain that they don’t get enough money or handouts or tax breaks. You hear ads about the rising cost of welfare support programs, well, let me tell you folks, the real welfare, the real entitled SOB’s out there who don’t need another dime and need to start paying us all back are the business, corporate, and financial firms that have been dodging taxes and fees and writing off fines and settlements into the millions of dollars every year.
No wonder we’re at the place we are financially. It isn’t the poor folks, barely scraping by as some would have you believe, use your heads folks, giving a family a few hundred dollars a month compared to giving just 1 bank several BILLION dollars a year to stay afloat is so absurd to compare it isn’t funny. Yet, there’s the ads telling you that the poor people are dragging us down, when it is the rich, money-soaked, thankless, shameless corporate thugs and their colleagues who are bullying you and me and everyone else so the attention doesn’t shine on them and the roach party they’ve had going on for a long time, sucking us all dry. We’ve been played, we’ve been had, we’ve been lied to a lot, yes, but where the blame rests is NOT on the least among our fellow citizens, who’d gladly work and support their families and themselves if they could and want to find work. No, the blame rests with the corporations and political action groups that took money, got bailed out and now are coming back for more and who didn’t want to have added regulation to prevent another collapse, so they retaliated by demanding that the President be defeated by any means necessary and spent billions this year to try and do it. They got Congress, or at least the Republicans in Congress to mostly fight against anything that would help employment or that would help Obama or anyone else tied to him look good and in the process they kept America back and held back our recovery for the sake of their own greed and selfishness and our Congress worked with them to make it happen. Yet, in spite of all that the employment did still recover because not all business was evil and willing to sacrifice the country and the poor for their own greed and gains.
If you want to end this ugly trend and stop the flow of ugly money pouring into Congress from every Super PAC fund out there, then on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, step up and help change Congress from Red to Blue and bring sanity and progress back to Congress. We need to work through these problems, and we can’t do that with people who only want to do things one way and the way they want to do it, will gut America and leave it for dead on the side of the road of history. I love this land and I know you do too, and I am fed up as you are, but be fed up where the blame and responsibility is deserved, in Congress, with people like John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Darrell Issa, Steve King, Louie Gohmert, Allen West, and many others. In the U.S. Senate, people like Mitch McConnell, who has on numerous occasions been quoted as saying he wanted to do all he could to make Obama a 1 term President, including stalling America’s progress and recovery to this end. He must GO! Others, like Rand Paul, Jim DeMint, and Scott Brown to name a few, have stood up and helped to block all the opportunities that could have added to the recovery we’ve seen so far. Some of these people are not up for election this time, but there are others who are trying to come into the U.S. Senate that would aide these other Senators in continuing to block progress of our nation and they include:
Ted Cruz of Texas, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin, Richard Mourdouck of Indiana, Rick Berg of North Dakota, Jeff Flake in Arizona, Todd Akin of Missouri, Wendy Long of New York, Linda McMahon of Connecticut, George Allen in Virginia, Josh Mandel in Ohio, Tom Smith in Pennsylvania and Denny Rehberg of Montana
All of these Republican candidates for U.S. Senate cannot win their elections, because if they do, then we will see more of the same juvenile, obstructing, regressive and stifling of America’s recovery and progress forward. We will see the least among us become even more poor and impoverished, we will see those already more than well off and financially secure given even more, when they don’t need it.
Instead I endorse and encourage you to vote BLUE, vote DEMOCRAT for all these Senate Seats, for either the incumbent or the challenger who is a Democrat and give Barack Obama a Senate and a House of Representatives, as a whole Congress to work together to finish the recovery of America and to begin building America even stronger and better, to deliver more on what you expected 4 years ago, but others who put their own selfish interests got in the way of that. Well, you have the power to change that folks, that’s right, you the voters. Stand up and take the blockade out of the way in Congress and watch what kind of good things and prosperity can return to America in another 4 years. It will delight you to no end, I assure you. However, it hinges on us working together to vote out those who don’t want to work together and bringing in those who will work to get things done for us, WE THE PEOPLE!
So, I endorse the following people for U.S. Senate:
Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
Angus King of Maine
Bernie Sanders of Vermont
Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island
Chris Murphy of Connecticut
Bob Menendez of New Jersey
Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Tom Carper of Delaware
Ben Cardin of Maryland
Joe Manchin of West Virginia
Tim Kaine of Virginia
Sherrod Brown of Ohio
Joe Donnelly of Indiana
Claire McCaskill of Missouri
Debbie Stabenow of Michigan
Bill Nelson of Florida
Richard Carmona of Arizona
Maizie Hirono of Hawaii
Martin Heinrich of New Mexico
Bob Kerrey of Nebraska
Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin
Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota
Jon Tester of Montana
Shelley Berkley of Nevada
Maria Cantwell of Washington State
Diane Feinstein of California
These are the people who will continue to work with President Obama and who will add to that cooperation and build a better nation for all of us and work for the people, not against us. We are in tough times still and we do need to find some new ways of doing things, but we can’t do that while the polarized petty bickering goes on, we need a more unified and coordinated effort on the part of our policymakers in Congress and that’s why I give my endorsements to those people and caution against any others. I base this on the behaviors and actions taken and actions refused by the current Congress and the peril that has put our nation in, not laying the blame anywhere but where it should be, at the feet of the Republicans in Congress!
By the same token, I endorse all Democrat or Independent candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in Congress, against all Republican incumbents and challengers. WE need both houses of Congress working together to make this come together for us all or it won’t matter whose President, the outcomes will still be less than what we hope for by a lot. We need to make support of good Representatives a priority this time around to truly give recovery and prosperity an honest chance.
Locally in Pennsylvania I specifically endorse:
For U.S. Senate: (D) Bob Casey Jr. over (R) Tom Smith: Tom has run the most false, misleading, negative campaign I’ve seen in a while for Senate in this state. He’s not even remotely in touch with the facts and has to resort to making half-baked untrue accusations to make it sound like Bob Casey is a horrible Senator and that he hates Coal and jobs…when Casey is from Anthracite Coal Region country, is labor union friendly and doesn’t have the ugly past track record Tom Smith has at the mines and coal operations he has led in the past, with hundreds or thousands of fines and violations that are all documented publicly. Tom Smith’s plan for PA, would put the state on lifesupport if enacted and leave America’s seniors and other vulnerable groups out in the cold and without medical coverage potentially.
For the PA 6th district: (D) Manan Trivedi over (R) Jim Gerlach: Gerlach is a two-face, who will switch and shift his views on programs and policies if he sees it’s benefiting his voters but when it doesn’t appear that way he’ll turn and run away from it. He’s supported and then didn’t and then did support again the federal stimulus bills in one form or another, even though he claims he didn’t or assails his opponent for doing so, but Gerlach’s district got money and he touted it of course. Also, curious, Gerlach only seems to show up and really care much about his seat when it’s close to election time, otherwise, you can’t hardly find Jim Gerlach, except via telephone townhalls, which he could make from just about anywhere. He’s clearly been in line with the current obstruction Republican leadership and we need to change that badly. The people PA and the 6th district deserve much better than two-faced Jim Gerlach, whose never met a position he couldn’t take, if it made him look good.
For the PA 7th district: (D) George Badey over (R) Pat Meehan: This is an example of why Republican electoral maps that they drew up this year are a horrible outcome for the people of PA. You have 2 people who are not even local to those in the area and yet, here they are battling it out. Since Meehan was part of the group that made up the crazy maps of new Congressional districts, it is time to retire Pat Meehan and get someone in there who can make better decisions than Pat Meehan.
For the PA 15th district: (D) Rick Daugherty over (R) Charlie Dent: Dent has been right there with Boehner and Cantor supporting them all the way these last few years and the Lehigh Valley has really lost out because of it. Dent subscribes to the failed idea that if you just keep cutting enough business taxes, you’ll create jobs. Sadly that’s a very false and misleading position he has and studies have shown as has experience in the last 2 years that tax breaks don’t really equal directly to jobs. Let’s put Charlie Dent and his bad ideas out to pasture, Vote for Rick Daugherty
For the PA 16th district: (D) Aryanna Strader over (R) Joe Pitts: Additionally there’s two independents in this race that could make it very tight indeed John Murphy & James Bednarski. Joe is literally the Pitts, his last name fits him all too well. He almost never sponsors legislation, votes against just about everything, including stuff that should be a no-brainer. One has to wonder why he’s even in government for as little as he seems to do and yet, the voters haven’t replaced him yet. It is time to retire that good-for-nothing, do-nothing Congressman and replace him with someone who can bring youthful energy and a fresh perspective and someone who wants to really govern and not just take up space and tax money in Washington DC.