You will never guess where I had my greatest culture shock on my Southern Road Trip

Just got home from an amazing road trip of the South and I’m not going to lie, I was expecting to feel the same culture shock that I had when attending a country music festival in North Carolina.   

I was waiting to be wowed and shocked by all sorts of political signs, I mean this is an election year and we were driving through the bedrock of American Conservatism. To my surprise the greatest shock I received was a little past the Delaware River on my way home from the airport. Yes, in Pennsylvania. 

Around mile marker of the Pennsylvania turnpike was a huge billboard, quite massive and caused me to laugh and make the “come on” expression:

Obama supports Gay Marriage and Abortion….Vote Republican

I mean I saw one anti-abortion billboard outside of Jackson, Mississippi, but they just had the vote on a personhood amendment that was narrowly defeated. Didn’t see one say in the “Don’t Say Gay” state of Tennessee. I was actually shocked to see as many Obama signs as I did, but that was in Memphis.

 Nothing in Georgia and nothing in the great state of Alabama where after his inauguration Governor Bentley had to walk back and apologize for a comment on how those who haven’t accepted Jesus as their savior are not his “brothers and sisters” (I guess I am his brother even though I think he’s an ass). 

Then back into Mississippi and into Louisiana where Gov. Jindal used the comparison on how mardi gras works for New Orleans but might not work for another state to respond to why Romney Care was good for Massachusetts, but ObamaCares is bad for the nation.  

But I guess the Pennsylvania Republican Party would prefer to focus on the important issues that will improve the economy. You know how every Democrat wants to abort your pregnancy and if they can’t abort your pregnancy they want your kids to become gay to destroy the sanctity of marriage. 

I never thought that  Pennsylvania would shock me more than Mississippi or Alabama. Thankfully the Pennsylvania GOP was there when I crossed back into this great commonwealth to remind 

me about assumptions.

Obama Supports Marriage Equality

On the day after bigots in North Carolina changed it from the Tar Heel State to the Tar Hell state by approving Amendment 1 President Obama unveiled his “evolved” position on marriage equality:

“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

AFER released this statement:

“Today is a proud day for all Americans,” said AFER lead co-counsel Theodore B. Olson.  “The bedrock American principles of freedom and human dignity are central to the political and legal convictions of Republicans, Democrats, liberals, and conservatives alike.  President Obama’s words remind us that marriage and equality are universal values that unite us all.  They remind us that we are all-as a People and a Nation-striving to form a more perfect Union.”

“President Obama’s words today will be celebrated by generations to come,” said AFER Board President Chad Griffin.  “For the millions of young gay and lesbian Americans across this nation, their President’s words provide genuine hope that they will be the first generation to grow up with the freedom to fully pursue the American dream.  Marriage-the promise of love, companionship, and family-is basic to the pursuit of that dream.  Our Constitution’s promise, the promise of liberty, is one that every generation must realize.  As President Obama recognized today, the fight to secure marriage equality is the defining element of our generation’s search for greater freedom.”

We’re still a long way from full equality, North Carolina’s vote yesterday is proof but having a sitting President advocating equality is a milestone.  Rights should never be put to a popular vote, that’s why they’re called rights.  There is now a distinct difference between Obama and Romney on this issue.

News & Notes April 4, 2012

I’m feeling much better after Monday’s surgery, thanks for all the good wishes.  I probably pushed it a bit too far yesterday and was definitely feeling it after standing for two hours at the KADC debates…  I think I began turning green.

The President signed the STOCK Act today prohibiting members of Congress from profiting personally from inside information.  From the White House:

Today, the President signed into law the STOCK Act, a bipartisan bill that prevents Members of Congress from trading stocks based on nonpublic information they gleaned on Capitol Hill.  While this is a good first step, the President will continue to work with Congress to do even more to help fight the destructive influence of money in politics and rebuild the trust between Washington and the American people.

Patrick Murphy gained some new endorsements in Western PA, a battleground in this primary since both candidates are from the east.  The biggest is from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen and the 14th ward Democratic Club of Pittsburgh are also behind the former Congressman.

Erin Molchany also keeps getting significant endorsements in her race to replace Chelsa Wagner in Harrisburg.  Progress Pittsburgh, Ironworkers Local 3, Planned Parenthood (I voted for that one), the Steel City Stonewall Democrats, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak and the Gertrude Stein Political Club have all endorsed her.

If you want an example of why it’s important to attend your local governmental meetings and keep an eye on your elected officials look no further than Penn Forest Township in Carbon County.  The FBI is investigating to discover why no audit records were kept and finances which were deeply in the red were hidden from residents.

For another example here in Berks County they want to privatize the juvenile justice system.  That didn’t work out well for Luzerne County as I recall…

Harrisburg Receiver David Unkovic has resigned.  Perhaps what our Capital city needs is a football player, perhaps, this time, a wide receiver.  Seeing how it’s being screwed by a state takeover they might be well deserved to have someone able to take enough of a screwing.

GSA Administrator Martha Johnson resigned over allegations of lavish spending at a training conference in Las Vegas.  I met Johnson at the recent White House Community Partnership Summit at Penn and was duly impressed.  Some of the reporting of the Vegas extravaganza was over the top.  For example I saw a segment on CNN critical of $44 meals.  What people need to realize about hotel meal charges is that it includes the use of the conference rooms.  The $44 isn’t just for food.  

89,000 Pennsylvania kids have been kicked off Medicaid due to Gov. Corbett’s massive cuts at DPW.  Parents need to know there are alternatives such as CHIP and a new program in the Affordable Care Act if they have pre-existing conditions.

Gasbag now wants to privatize the lottery.  Last week Pennsylvanians voluntarily lined up to provide $18 million for older Pennsylvanians by buying Mega Millions tickets.  (Obviously I didn’t win because I’m still blogging.  I needed that jackpot to pay my gas bill!)  Privatizing government services is evil because it puts private profit ahead of the public interest.

Corbett’s budget cuts targeting disabled people are also causing him gas pains.  His shutting off access to elevators in the Capitol so they couldn’t get to his office was a clear violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act and the ACLU and disability advocates are preparing to sue him.  One thing Corbett has proven to be very good at is creating lawsuits the taxpayers will have to pay to defend.

Mitt Romney Has a 2 in 3 Chance of beating Obama and has already won the GOP Nomination

Yes, Mitt Romney is a terrible political candidate. Sure, Santorum could embarrass Romney in Ohio. Gingrich could raise questions by winning Georgia. And Paul could upset Romney in some small caucus state.

And of course, Romney will continue to stick his foot in his mouth and say things to remind everyone he is an out of touch rich guy.

It just doesn’t matter.

On a 1 to 10 scale for candidates (with 1 being George McGovern and 10 being Ronald Reagan), Mitt Romney is, at best, a 1.2. But since all of his GOP current and former opponents are precisely negative infinity, it just doesn’t matter.

Mitt Romney has already won the GOP nomination-we all might as well come to grips with it.

So why do I claim Romney has a 2 in 3 chance of beating Obama?

For starters, contrary to popular belief, the GOP will rally around Romney. Why? Because the base of the Party is motivated by one thing only: hatred of President Obama-nothing else. Romney is irrelevant to that equation.

Some political insiders persist in spreading the idea that it would not be logical for Tea Party members and fervent conservatives to support Romney, given his numerous past liberal positions on social issues, not to mention Romneycare. Astute observers will instantly spot the flaw in the previous sentence: I used the word “logical” and “Tea Party” in the same sentence.

Remember, the Tea Party ostensibly stands for eliminating Washington of its career politicians and insiders, traditional values and is in favor of reducing government spending. So for much of the last 3 months most self-professed Tea Party members have supported Newt Gingrich, a 35 year Washington career politician who has enriched himself while making government bigger, all the while showing contempt for traditional values.

If the Tea Party can pretend to love Newt out of principle, then they will surely find a way of supporting Romney out of some other string of illogical nonsense.

Romney will have a unified party behind him.

There are three primary scenarios for the fall election.

Scenario one. The economy continues to improve. Team Obama makes no flubs. Optimism flourishes. Romney runs a lackluster, flub-filled campaign. Yes, under this scenario, Obama wins, but not by a large margin.

Scenario two. Europe’s economy takes a major tumble this summer. Unemployment numbers for the U.S. trend up in September and October. Optimism plummets. The only message that resonates with independent and moderate voters is “the economy and unemployment are awful and getting worse. Obama had a chance. Let’s try the other guy-he couldn’t be worse.” If this happens, Obama loses to Romney. The same scenario applies if China’s real estate bubble bursts or any other economic problem infects the world economic bloodstream.

Scenario Three. The economy holds, but the Roger Ailes/Fox News/Karl Rove/Rush Limbaugh/GOP message slime machine does what it does best, it creates an utterly phony issue out of thin air that destroys Obama’s credibility and allows Romney to win the White House.

Republicans might not be very good at governing, but no one can deny that they are great at sliming, vilifying and character assassinating Democrats. Here’s a quick review:

1. 1988. Michael Dukakis was destroyed because of “Willie Horton ad” nonsense regarding a furlough program that most Republican governors in the country had also implemented.

2. 1992, 1996. True, the best Democratic politician of the last 70 years, Bill Clinton, was able to prevent the GOP slime machine from destroying his campaigns. But let’s not forget, the GOP propaganda mill did convince a majority of Americans that their taxes had gone up, that the deficit was worse than ever and that the economy was shrinking in 1994. None of those things were true, but those lies resulted in the GOP takeover of the House and led the ground work for the successful Ken Starr Witch Hunt and the impeachment of Clinton in 1998.

3. 2000. We all remember how Al Gore got himself in trouble by lying, exaggerating and claiming “I invented the Internet” and that he was the inspiration for the characters in “Love Story.” The only problem is that he never actually said these things (I dare you, try to find a literal quote anywhere of Gore saying “I invented the Internet” that didn’t have its origins in a GOP press release). It turns out that the GOP message machine just created the scandal of “Gore is a liar and exaggerator” out of thin air and through constant repetition, it became a reality.

4. 2004. John Kerry, for all his flaws as a candidate (and yes, there were many) was a genuine war hero. Bush was a draft dodger and a national guardsman who appears to many to have gone AWOL. But the GOP Slime Machine created its “Swift Boat” campaign and they successfully inverted reality until most independent voters perceived Bush as the war hero and Kerry as the coward.

5. 2008 was a rare misstep for the GOP message machine. GOP slime merchants were obsessed with Hillary Clinton and just assumed she would be the Democratic Nominee. They were so excited about the prospect of reusing their greatest “Slime Hillary” hits that they weren’t thinking clearly. They thought all they’d have to do is trot out the “Hillary killed Vince Foster” nonsense or “”Hillary is a Lesbian” garbage and win. So they were uncharacteristically caught flat-footed when the unknown Obama won the nomination running against an 8 year record of Bush-GOP incompetence.

But since the 2008 campaign, the GOP slime machine has regained its footing and has continued doing what it does best: creating completely phony BS scandals about a Democratic president and then getting not only the conservative media but the mainstream media to obsess over it for months at a time. Birth certificates? Obama is a Muslim? The Administration hates Catholics? At this point, the only thing that should surprise us about the right wing message machine is if they don’t wage an all out 2-month war claiming Obama personally poisoned Andrew Breitbart.

The bottom line is that the GOP Message Machine has an excellent quarter century record of slimy accomplishment. And this machine couldn’t care less whether they or anyone else likes the GOP nominee. The only difference between 2012 and other years like 2004 or 1988 is money. This year the Republicans will have at lease several hundreds of millions of dollars more (via Super PACs) to run completely phony, BS, manufactured ads to demonize Obama.

And this is why Mitt Romney is the clear-cut, prohibitive favorite to be the next President of the United States.

TJ Walker is the founder of AmericanLP, a Democratic Super PAC.

News & Notes November 28, 2011

President Obama, whose meager 42% approval rating in the Keystone State is cause for worry, will be speaking at Scranton High School Wednesday afternoon.  His topic will be the moribund American Jobs Act.  Will anyone bring a dead horse for the President to beat?  I have a Planned Parenthood PAC Board meeting so I won’t be able to cover this event.

George W. Bush and Tony Blair have been found guilty of war crimes in Malaysia.  Why are they so far ahead of us on human rights issues?

OFA/DNC has a new ad called Mitt v. Mitt attacking Romney for his flip flops.  Democrats are turning the tables on the GOP for the Kerry campaign.

Addicting Info (I love this site) has 18 Newt quotes which will destroy his campaign.  A few of the choice ones:

3. “The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.”

~Newt Gingrich, arguing that it’s okay for politicians to be bought and paid for.

5.  “The problem isn’t too little money in political campaigns, but not enough.”

~Newt Gingrich on campaign finance reform.

12. “She isn’t young enough or pretty enough to be the President’s wife.”

~Newt Gingrich, talking about his first wife after divorcing her.

I keep seeing so-called intelligent people blaming both sides for the collapse of the Super Committee.  Democrats put both Social Security and Medicare on the table along with $600 billion in cuts but Republicans were only willing to allow $3 billion in tax increases.  So how do you blame both sides for that?  The issue is the effect Grover Norquist has had on the decline of the nation and American civilization.  He is our unelected, unappointed tyrant.

Now he has Tom Corbett by the balls over his no tax pledge.  The miniscule 1% drilling extraction tax, 75% of which would go to local governments to pay for new roads and stuff is now prohibited.  Norquist has now decreed that it is a tax and against the interests of Pennsylvanians.  Isn’t it bad enough these energy companies are drilling in our public lands for OUR natural resources and poisoning our aquifers in the process?  Isn’t it enough that they’re using 30 million gallons of water per well and exploding them resulting in toxic fracking fluid flowing into our waterways?  Now we can’t even tax them 1%!

It’s time for Tom Corbett to step down if Norquist is really running this state.

The worst part of the bill in Harrisburg is how it dictates local zoning and ordinances.  You and your local elected officials will now have NO say about what goes on in your community regarding fracking.

Equality Pennsylvania is seeking to win a $25,000 grant in the Pepsi Refresh contest.  Please go here and vote for them.

News & Notes September 16, 2011

I tried attending a press conference at the Montgomery County courthouse yesterday but security wouldn’t allow me in with my camera.  What good is it going to an event if I cannot take pictures and video?  I don’t use a notebook any longer, I just use video.  It was a wasted three hours.

Republicans in Harrisburg would have a field day gerrymandering Congressional Districts if they succeed in rigging the state’s presidential electoral votes.  Imagine the mischief that would cause?If they remove even one person’s vote for president by separating it out from the rest that would be a violation under Bush v Gore correct?

Now they’re attempting to pass a law stating only English is the official state language.  No state publications or ballots would be allowed to be printed in Spanish.  Someone please remind them that Spanish speaking Americans from Puerto Rico are full citizens and eligible for full civil rights?

When I’m somewhere like New Mexico I’m much reminded of the multiple nature of this country’s heritage.  It is not only English speaking, not only christian and not only white.  We took the Southwest from Mexico in a war of conquest and these areas are distinctly Spanish.  Place names, streets and locales are Spanish, many people still speak their native tongue and the native Navajo have been there far longer than us and have a greater claim to such bigotry if they so chose.  If Pennsylvanians insist on a native language we all better begin learning Iroquois.

James Carville thinks President Obama needs to fire his entire staff.  I couldn’t agree more and this time he can simply replace them with Republicans.  Why pretend the likes of Geithner, Summers, Rahm, Daley and the rest aren’t?

I like this piece by Robert Reich about 6 right wing lies about the economy.  The only problem is there are far more than six.

I’ll be in Newark, Delaware this afternoon where VP Biden will be donating his Senatorial papers to the University of Delaware, his alma mater.

Obama Jobs Plan a Step Toward Boosting Economy

A blog post from Mark Price, originally published on Third and State.

President Obama delivered a much anticipated address on jobs and the economy before a joint session of Congress Thursday evening. I put out the following media statement in response:

There is no question that we need a jobs policy to meet the vast challenges our economy faces today. The President has put forth some good ideas, including an extension of unemployment benefits that will help families in rural and urban communities where jobless rates are particularly high. This plan should be the start of a broader discussion about how we can invest in people and local communities across the nation to repair our broken economy. Doing nothing is not an option.

If you’re looking for some more analysis on the President’s plan, check out these:

The team at the Economic Policy Institute has a quartet of blog posts, including Heidi Shierholz’s look at the jobs gap, John Irons’ analysis of the jobs impact of the President’s plan, Ross Eisenbrey’s take that the plan is mostly on the mark, and Lawrence Mishel’s analysis of how effective the plan is.

Dean Baker writes that it is encouraging to hear the President include work-sharing in his jobs agenda.

Over at The New York Times, Paul Krugman writes that the plan is significantly bolder and better than he expected.

Jared Bernstein shares some number crunching on the plan’s impact on GDP and jobs.

Finally, the folks at Macroeconomic Advisers LLC blog that the plan will be a significant boost to GDP and employment.

AIG Sues BoA for Fraud

AIG, the giant insurer which almost went under due to incompetence in its own operations is suing Bank of America for fraud.  The insurer sold policies guaranteeing derivative securities formed by bundling toxic mortgage securities which had been rated AAA by Moody’s and Standard and Poors knowing full well they were worthless then didn’t reserve any funds to pay off the policies when the junk went bad.  Bank of America’s Countrywide subsidiary engaged in massive fraud against homeowners with crooked brokers who forged false information on mortgage applications, lied to mortagees about the terms of their loans and then went under when it all collapsed in 2008.  They were bought by BoA and taxpayers bailed out AIG to keep it from collapsing.

The entire mortgage mess was rife with fraud from top to bottom and, so far, not one of those involved has even been indicted.  President Obama has determined that white collar crime is immune from prosecution by his Justice Department.  Now AIG is seeking retribution on its own terms with this lawsuit.  They suffered $10 billion in losses and Bank of America’s stock is free falling under the news.

AIG was defrauded and not only by BoA.  The ratings firms also are culpable along with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, CitiGroup along with every other major bank.  Should the insurer begin suing all of them we’ll face total financial collapse as the dominoes begin falling.

None of these major banks are actually solvent.  In spite of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easings $1.6 trillion in new monies have been created (greatly expanding our money supply) to purchase these toxic mortgage securities from banks (not all of them domestic).  This mean the taxpayers continue bailing out the bankers who wrecked the economy, earned hundreds of billions and walked away scot free.  Trillions in these securities remain on the books however and are, essentially worthless.  Still banks show them on their balance sheets at full value.  We all know this is a fraud and if valued correctly the banks would be insolvent.  This is where Congress stepped in and passed legislation allowing them to show worthless toxic securities on their profit and loss statements at pretend values.

Bank of America, therefore, is already in a precarious situation and facing a $10 billion suit in which it clearly is defenseless means the end of the giant bank.  Some are calling this the “BoA death watch.”  As its stock continues to fall under $7/share there is little they can do to raise capital other than sell Merrill Lynch which they bought in a government managed shotgun wedding at the height of the financial crisis.  It isn’t as if Merrill Lynch is blameless in all of this fraud either and its market value is questionable.

If AIG follows this action by suing S&P, Moody’s Goldman and Morgan Stanley there will be serious repercussions throughout an already weak economy.  Congress just passed and the President signed, a serious austerity program which will cost an additional 1,500,000 to 2,000,000 million jobs and push the American economy back into recession.   Too big to fail banks should have been broken up as part of the financial reform bill but Congress failed to act on that as promised.  Now AIG is acting on its own and justice may finally happen but at a time affording maximum damage economically.  It may be time to stock up on non-perishable provisions.  If the austerity riots in Britain are any indication our streets will be filled with angry citizens shortly also.

The Great Capitulation

I got out on the lake today to do some kayaking and clear my head because it was about to explode.  The debt ceiling “compromise” does nothing but compromise our economy and our future.  This deal makes the Ryan Budget look tame by comparison.  No one who voted against that bill can possibly support this one.  Where Ryan’s plan cut Medicare this one has the clear potential to eliminate Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.  The poison pill is the balanced budget amendment which is the absolute worst piece of legislation ever introduced in Congress.

If Pearl Harbor or 9/11 happened again our only option is abject surrender.  Of course that’s what President Obama did in the face of the tyranny of the Tea baggers.  Why they didn’t simply craft a bill which went around them or invoke the 14th Amendment is beyond comprehension.  This bill seriously compromises our national security and sovereignty.  That’s without even considering the effect of eliminating programs for the poor, safe food, water and consumer products, medical research, clean energy development and everything else done by the government.  The scope of these cuts renders the federal government impotent.  It renders our national security impotent in the face of foreign threats and that fact alone will embolden our enemies.  Knowing we wouldn’t be able to finance a defense makes us sitting ducks.

Republicans are gloating saying they acheived 98% of their goals.  They are claiming the bill includes no new taxes.  The rich and the corporations will now be subsidized by seniors giving up the Medicare, Social Security and long term care, the poor (especially children) will go without any health care, unemployment insurance will disappear, transportation arteries will rot, the Centers for Disease Control won’t be able to respond to pandemics, nothing done will continue to be done effectively if at all.

$2.8 trillion in federal budget cuts will damage our economy so badly as to actually make the deficit worse.  It will spiral us deeply into recession and, perhaps depression and the federal government will be powerless to do anything.  The Balanced Budget Amendment would require a 2/3 vote to raise taxes and impose an 18% of GDP cap on all federal spending.  That eliminates all entitlement programs.

I wonder how giddy tea baggers will feel when they discover they’re losing all of their Social Security and Medicare?  These economic terrorists are beyond stupid, they’ve held the nation hostage to their extreme ideology.  This is the height of Tea Party politics and will be their downfall.

It is also the Waterloo for the Democratic Party.  Obama could have vetoed this or the other bills and forced Congress to pass something responsible.  He could have invoked the 14th Amendment and dared the House to impeach him for doing his constitutional duty.  Dems could have gone into 2012 condemning Republicans for voting for the Ryan Plan.  They can no longer do that because they OWN THIS BILL as soon as Obama signs it.   Because this is far worse than Ryan they now cannot run on that next year.  Conversely now Republicans will run against a President Obama who agreed to kill Social Security and Medicare.  They’ll place the entire onus on him and Democrats.

Paul Krugman wrote an excellent column in today’s New York Times titled “The President Surrenders.”  This is must reading.  

The worst thing you can do in these circumstances is slash government spending, since that will depress the economy even further. Pay no attention to those who invoke the confidence fairy, claiming that tough action on the budget will reassure businesses and consumers, leading them to spend more. It doesn’t work that way, a fact confirmed by many studies of the historical record.

Indeed, slashing spending while the economy is depressed won’t even help the budget situation much, and might well make it worse. On one side, interest rates on federal borrowing are currently very low, so spending cuts now will do little to reduce future interest costs. On the other side, making the economy weaker now will also hurt its long-run prospects, which will in turn reduce future revenue. So those demanding spending cuts now are like medieval doctors who treated the sick by bleeding them, and thereby made them even sicker.

I heard Harry Reid on NPR saying this must be a good bill because no one on the right likes it, no one on the left likes it and no one in the middle likes it.  Therefore it’s a compromise.   No, that means NO ONE IN THE COUNTRY LIKES IT!  It means it’s what Congressman Cleaver called “a sugar coated Satan sandwich.”  Meanwhile Sen. Casey is voting for it along with most of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation.  I expect a few heroes like Bob Brady and Chake Fattah to do the right thing but the likes of Jason Altmire who votes with Republicans 79% of the time on key issues and Mark Critz already said yes.  As I write this news comes that the House has passed the bill.

VP Biden is reported to have told the Democratic caucus that Tea Party Republicans “acted like terrorists” during negotiations.  He also said the President was ready to invoke the constitution if no agreement was reached.  Why then would any Democrat vote for this bill?  Let it fail and invoke the 14th.

Sen. Jim DeMint decried the Vice President’s remarks about his fellow tea baggers and demanded an apology.  Why apologize when you’re telling the truth?  What Biden and Obama need to learn is that you don’t negotiate with terrorists.  This has now been kicked down the road to Thanksgiving and Christmas and if anyone thinks an agreement will be reached is truly delusional.  How would anyone vote for this bill before knowing the composition of this Super Committee?  That’s beyond stupid, it’s irresponsible.

I fear the our future for the future of our country.  My recommendation is that if you can emigrate somewhere go.  The future of America is as a third world country.  Our democracy is finished, our way of life is finished.  One saving grace will be that as roads and bridges crumble they’ll provide shelter for all of us condemned to live under them.

Barack Obama is a worse President than George W. Bush and that’s saying something.  He may go down in history as our absolute worst for dismantling the New Deal.  My new name for him is The Great Capitulator.

Update:  By the way I’m in Wellsboro for a few days visiting the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.

I was wrong about Brady and Fattah.  They both voted for this monstrosity.  Only Congressman Mike Doyle is a hero from PA.  

Basically the United States just got shock doctrined.  I predict open revolt within ten years.

The Deficit Crisis is in Jobs

Republicans continue spreading the lie that tax cuts create jobs despite all facts to the contrary.  Tax cuts have cost us millions of jobs since 2001.  President Clinton’s deficit reduction plan which entailed tax increases created 22 million jobs.  Since Barack Obama began capitulating to extreme elements of the conservative movement half a million public sector jobs have disappeared.  The current debt ceiling debate is centered around the federal budget deficit when the real crisis is a jobs deficit.  We need to be creating jobs, an issue the GOP made central to their 2010 Congressional campaign.  Instead we are cutting government spending.  What is essential to the economic recovery is increasing spending to stimulate job creation and expand the economy.

The federal deficit isn’t the result of government spending but the result of failed Republican policies.  Three major GOP initiatives caused the drastic drop in revenues which caused this deficit:  The Bush tax cuts, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the deregulation of the financial sector.  Republicans put massive tax cuts for the rich on our national credit card then loaded it up with debt from the wars.  They refused to pay for either of those programs (add in the Medicare Part D prescription program for good measure) and then refused to properly regulate Wall Street.  The global financial collapse cut tax revenues to the bone.  Now that the bill is due they are refusing to pay.

You cannot run up your credit line then simply walk away from your debts if you believe in personal responsibility.  They already saddled taxpayers with bailing out their Wall Street friends and now they’re going to jeopardize our national credit because they won’t pay their bills.  China has already lost hundreds of billions though the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing which increased the money supply by creating three trillion new dollars from thin air.  The $1.6 billion used in QE 1 & 2 equals the current annual deficit.  Instead of making that and giving it to the Treasury Department to balance the budget they gave it to banks, many of them foreign, to buy the toxic mortgage securities Congress refused to regulate.

We need jobs, not deficit reduction.  President Obama is on the wrong path and Democrats will pay mightily for his failures.  I recall vowing never to vote for another Republican, for any office, after WhiteWater and the Lewinsky scandals when they wasted $60 million trying to impeach Clinton for a consensual blow job.  I have kept that vow.  If Obama cuts Medicare and/or Social Security I will never again vote for any Democratic candidate for any office.  Anywhere.  I will vote strictly for third party progressives or write in suitable names.  I will vote for Bernie Sanders for President in 2012.  Mess with my Social Security and you lose me for life.