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Voodoo Econ 101

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.
— Ronald Reagan

The current economy is not the result of W alone as he has rightly (for once) claimed. Indeed, he can easily blame one of his predecessors for starting us down this slippery slope to economic catastrophe. Daddy Bush famously called it Voodoo Economics and he was correct. The graph below shows just what has happened to the national debt since the Reagan Revolution.

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Not being an economist, I don’t know for sure, but this graph leads me to believe that Reagan’s economic vision that the conservatives keep saying is the model we need to use for the future was disastrous.

The 70s may have been the “me” decade, but in the 80s Reagan and his “philosophy” ushered in the real decades of Wall Street excess, deregulation and our current crisis. It was “me and my rich buddies.” The idea that lowering taxes on the rich would be for the greater good is laughable. The disparity between the rich and the poor in America has only grown since Ron pushed his agenda on us. Workers wages have fallen. CEOs wages have ballooned to the highest in history.
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What we need at present is a total revolution. We cannot keep sending money to China and dismantling the manufacturing base of America. We cannot keep lowering taxes and spending more money and expect that we can go on forever with higher and higher debt and expect that the country can continue to maintain itself. This sort of thinking that we never have to settle up is what got us into this mess we are in. Now that the majority of our taxes is going to paying foreign debt, we can’t possibly concentrate on this country. We need an entirely different philosophy about what government does and what we as citizens need to do as well.

greed2Government can lead by example. People are addicted to spending and using credit, and to expectations of getting something for nothing. Taking personal responsibility, but looking at ways of taking care of each other needs to be a goal for all. If the Madoff scheme and the Wall Street meltdowns teach us anything it is that when something seems too good to be true, even if you are the beneficiary and making money hand over fist, you need to step back, see what is really happening and then do something. I have no doubt that many fat cats knew that it couldn’t last. They knew that the whole economy could suffer, but as long as they were getting rich, they looked the other way.

madoff_web2Now would be a good time to take these people to task. Why is it that people who kill are plastered all over the news and thrown in jail, but people who have possibly destroyed millions of people’s lives through their greed get to go on without any punishment. Sure Madoff may go to jail. But for now he is living in his penthouse while thousands of petty thieves rot in jail.

marx012 I took an online test not long ago that tells you what your political leanings are based on a fairly long series of questions. I know I can be pretty liberal, but I found out that I am actually a libertarian/socialist. Yeah. I do see the disparity in wealth as one of the greatest ills of society. I have never understood why anyone needs millions upon millions of dollars and feels it is fine for others to be poor. I wish more people saw the world the same way I do.

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Merry Christmas, and pass the ammunition

Want to do something that will make a real difference to the troops? You can help make the daily routine of our troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq a little more bearable.
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It turns out the uber-conservative web portal Human Events dot com has a present for “the troops.” You, too, can send them coffee and cookies for only $25 per person. Real Oreos and Jelly Bellys and some fancy-schmancy coffee! I am sure that this is being done out of the kindness of a “patriot’s heart” and not for profit. After all a bag of coffee and Oreos must cost a ton.

We’ve heard from countless members of the Armed Forces serving in the Middle East that one precious resource in short supply is quality coffee. That’s why Move America Forward wanted to send only the BEST GOURMET Coffee to the troops.

Excuse me if I question this here. But isn’t some of the best coffee in the world from Africa and don’t the middle eastern people have wonderful coffee, like Turkish, Moroccan, and various other North African kinds of really Great Coffee? Ever heard of Kenyan coffee? A quick look at google shows me that coffee is produced all over the place in Africa. “Coffee was born in Africa. Both major varieties such as Arabica and Robusta beans find their origin in Africa.” And we have to send something from the USA?

This “Single” pack serves one serviceman or woman currently stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Move America Forward is proud to be in partnership with Artisan Roasters to provide our men and women standing in defense of freedom a wonderful taste of home and a reminder of our support.

Artisan Roasters produces only Exclusively Connoisseur Class Coffees sourced from the finest estates worldwide to ensure that each cup is not only a taste of home, it is most likely the most satisfying cup they’ve ever experienced! And why not? America’s Finest stationed in harm’s way deserve nothing less! When you sponsor a bag of Artisan Roasters coffee for a soldier, airman, marine or seaman to enjoy, you can be sure you are sending the very finest coffee.

What better to enjoy with a cup of exquisite coffee but with name brand Oreo Cookies? When you sponsor a care package with Move America Forward, we send only genuine Oreo brand chocolate sandwich cookies to the troops.
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Also included in MAF care packages are special treats from Jelly Belly jelly beans, part of our Candy Diplomacy Program

Candy Diplomacy means reaching out to our troops and to the people of Iraq to improve cooperation and relationships between American troops and the Iraqis or Afghans they work with every day. Each 2 oz. bag of gourmet jelly beans (which include the favorite flavors of Iraqi and Afghani children) has the following message printed in both English and Arabic:jelly_belly

“A gift from the American people in hope that your country will one day enjoy the freedom and opportunities that we have in the United States.”

The “Candy Diplomacy” program came to life thanks to the inspiration provided by President Ronald Reagan – who LOVED Jelly Belly brand jelly beans. As a champion of the cause of freedom for all people, Reagan’s vision of helping spread the seeds of freedom was never dampened by the doubts of cynics who said not all people can value and appreciate freedom.

Who are these cynical guys and gals and where do we go to stop them? And I want photos of them so I can show them to all my friends and laugh at them.

The troops can enjoy the treats for themselves, or share them with Iraqi or Afghani children to lift their spirits and inspire them.

Nice how they want to share with the kids over there. To lift their spirits since we came in and destroyed their countries. And all inspired by Ronald Reagan. Let’s export candy and maybe they will forget that we killed hundred of thousands of innocent citizens there and reduced their country to rubble. Oreos are magic. And I would love to know the favorite flavors of Jelly Bellys the Iraqi children are being given. Did they send people over to do a test audience kind of thing? Are there statistics on what shell shocked children most like to eat? SAPA970914813650

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Liberals slander Palin. Oh, really?

301x4802In response to my last post about how scary the idea of a Palin presidency would be, I received the following responses:

pj
Leave it to a liberal to be illiberal, defamation, slander and ill will are the stock in trade of the modern American liberal. And they wonder why we don’t love them.
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tiltom
It’s astonishing that you hear of “rumors” in the media, and you immediately ordain them to be true. Perhaps an indication of your bias toward the Governor? If you honestly believe that the sitting Governor of the state of Alaska, in the year 2008, did not know that Africa was a continent, well, I think that says more about you than her.

The character assassination of Sarah Palin, which you obviously buy into, is an absolute disgrace, of which all Americans should be embarrassed. It’s also a real indication of the power she possesses.

Still defending her when even Fox News has begun to turn on her. Of course, what pj doesn’t understand is that libel and slander have actual meanings. Slander is defined as making false statements about a person that may damage their reputation. Libel is printing those false allegations. Character assassination is maliciously using false information to damage a person’s reputation. All of these assume that the “liberals” have used less that rigorously checked facts as a basis to go after Palin. And who are these liberals? People like me blogging? The mythic “liberal media?”

What is astounding to me is that in the face of ethics violations for which she was found guilty by her very own legislature [which she was fine with until she was picked to VP], her abysmal performances in the debate and her few hand-picked interviews, the many Conservative Republicans who came out early in the campaign to say that she was not prepared to be in the position, major conservative publications endorsing Obama citing the Palin nomination as a large reason for their doing so, and not one case that I have heard of so far suing for libel, that anyone could be surprised to find that her own aids kept secret about her appalling lack of intellectual depth or knowledge of the workings of government is amazing to me.

And that I think that “the sitting Governor of the state of Alaska, in the year 2008, did not know that Africa was a continent” says that I have watched this woman and the pattern of her behavior and lack of knowledge on so many fronts, and this fits into my view of her. She has not denied this. She has only attacked the people who said it for saying it and said it was a problem of context. The list of things she did not know in just the few times she was allowed to speak to the media is too long to go into, so believing that she thought Africa was a country is not really a stretch.

And pj, when you talk about slander and, tiltom, character assassination, you really need look no further than Palin and what she and her running partner had to say about our president-elect. At least McCain had the grace to concede in a statesmanlike manner. [One more thing Palin was unaware of was that VPs don’t make concession speeches.] As for disliking her, yes, I do. She was mean, she lied, she stirred the hatred on the right, and she is unapologetic about it.

As for ill will on the left, during this election our candidates spoke with great eloquence and passion about bringing the country together. Your candidates spewed hatred and division. Obama and Biden spoke of their respect for McCain. They did not attack Palin’s character. In fact, when Obama was asked about Palin’s pregnant teenage daughter, he defended her saying, “My mother was 18 when she had me.” He could have easily said that his mother was 18 years old and in college and married his father and many other things that would have made Bristol seem wrong, but he took the high road. The right on the other hand attacked his character and his wife over and over. And even when things they were saying were refuted in every media outlet, they continued to repeat the lies. There is the continued lie all over the net about his not being a US citizen.

And unfortunately, the lies continue. Rather than trying to make peace and work with the new president, the right wing media is already getting ready to throw everything they can at the new administration so things will not work.

This from Reagan’s son:

Michael Reagan
Chairman
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P.S. Already, the new radical regime in Washington, D.C. is planning their first legislative attacks on America:

Huge increases in payroll and income taxes;
Redistributionist “share the wealth” policies;
Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act;
Forcing faith-based groups to hire gays;
Repeal all state regulations on abortion through FOCA;
Require taxpayer funding of abortion through Medicaid;
Block all efforts to “Drill Here, Drill Now” in America;
Impose universal health care through job-killing employer mandates;
Appoint activists liberal Supreme Court judges;
Kill conservative talk radio by re-instituting the “Fairness Doctrine”;
Require comprehensive sex education from the earliest grades in public schools;
Enforce bilingual education in the public schools;
Allow convicted felons to vote;
Take secret ballot voting away from workers deciding on whether to unionize…
The list goes on and on and on…

And it’s up to YOU AND I to stop them! Don’t let the door slam shut on this opportunity to make a difference…

It is all about fear and hate. And where is the “Country First” here?

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