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It angers me how our government – all parties included – so blithely send our troops to foreign lands to protect corporate business interests and conveniently ignore them when they return…like so much wrung-out articles on commerce. Our veterans have observed unimaginable horrors, leaving deep emotional scars and psychological trauma. And after we’ve trained them to be killing machines and expose them to their friends and comrades being, literally, torn to pieces in front of their eyes, seeing their friends turned into a mass of blood and chewed up organs, listening to them scream for death to take them – we expect them to come back to the land of false advertising and proselytized bullshit and live normal lives. Only the soulless believe war is something to be glorified..and marched into under the blind flag waving of patriotic manure.
I long for the day when our Military is used for the purpose in which it was intended and represents the branch of the government they fall under… The Department of DEFENSE – defending the people and lands of the United States. Period.
The men and women who serve deserve better than what the government dishes out – they should be revered and honored for the rest of their lives – and not just twice a year when the memorial and veteran’s day tributes are trotted out. I would support any legislation that requires:
1) only the people who will actually fight the war deciding whether to go to war or not.
2) The members of the house and senate who vote to involve the US in conflict on foreign soil will send their children, grandchildren, themselves as the first line of attack.
Quoting from CNN.com –
Millions of poor Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes actually do have jobs. They just earn too little to pay taxes, and in some cases, to escape poverty.
This is very different than the portrayal Mitt Romney offered in videotaped remarks made public this week. The Republican presidential candidate said that 47% of Americans pay no income tax and are dependent on the government. He said he’ll never convince them to take personal responsibility for their lives.
However, nearly two-thirds of the 33 million people living in families below the poverty line have at least one family member working in 2011, according to figures from the Census Bureau.
The number of people working full-time in the lowest income group, those earning less than $20,262 a year, soared 17.3% in 2011. This was by far the largest increase for any income group. The poverty threshold for a family of four was $23,021 last year.
But more than 30% of people who owe no income tax escape the levy because of credit for the working poor and children. Nearly 9 million have income of less than $40,000. The vast majority have their income tax liability erased by the earned income tax credit, which is designed to encourage the poor to hold down jobs.
And what is really scary is that so many people believe Romney’s bullshit….
To quote the latest Taxpayers for Common Sense mailing:
The Republican National Convention starts next week and the Democratic National Convention follows shortly after. There will be a lot of red meat at these conventions, and not just at the steakhouses in Tampa and Charlotte. No, we will see a lot of pandering to the conservative and liberal bases, a bunch of lofty rhetoric, numerous false accusations, and plenty of mugging for the camera. What we won’t see discussed is much in the way of the important, politically-tough solutions that are necessary for the country to move away from the fast approaching fiscal chasm.
At each of the conventions, in addition to plenty of partying, there will be a lot of time spent building up each party’s candidate while tearing the other guy down. There will be a lot of rhetoric about how this party will protect Medicare and Social Security while the other party will eviscerate it – and vice versa. About how one candidate has the solution to the economic woes facing our country while the other guy would take us back to the Stone Age.
What was more interesting about this mailing was a link to what TCS feels are trillions in viable spending cuts the government should address. I’m not including this as an across-the-board endorsement of this compendium, but the real value in looking at this is the realization one gets just scanning the list of how OUR tax money is really spent. I didn’t have to read the whole thing to become overwhelmed with the amount of crap I’m paying for…particularly those things that subsidize major corporations (Coke, McDonald’s, Exxon, etc) that are “mature enough to stand on their own” without my, literal, two cents. Okay. Maybe five dollars.
So, Republican Senate Candidate
Toad Todd Akin has apologized for his remark about “legitimate rape” by saying he meant to say forcible rape.
So from this we can conclude:
Mr. Akin believes there is a specific type of rape called “forcible”. Therefore he must believe that non-forcible rape must also exist. So if someone isn’t raped by force they must be raped by….choice???
Please please please….vote in November…..
This year’s winner of the Dick Cheney Humanitarian Award….
As of July 1, 2012, Federal student loan rates, now set at 3.4%, are set to double. I assume that means 6.8% but I have yet to see a number reported and given the math skills exhibited in Washington for the past thirty years, the new rate could be anything from 3.45% to 6000%.
This creates an additional burden on those receiving the loans. Granted.
The members of Congress are busy throwing dog turds at each other, not because they are fighting over the rate – both Democrats and Republicans want to keep the rate at 3.4% – but they are fighting on how to fund the additional 6 billion-with-a-B it will cost to fund keeping the rates low.
Think about that for a second.
It’s going to COST six billion dollars to loan money out….at whatever rate…and have it repaid with interest..so that the lender makes money. Unless economics has taken a severe dogleg to the left into the primeval forest, that’s the way loans are supposed to work aren’t they? It’s not supposed to cost anybody anything expect the person paying BACK the loan.
So how, in God’s name, will lending money COST money??? BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE THE FUCKING MONEY TO BEGIN WITH! They are lending money they don’t have. Period. How so unlike our government. I am amazed.
The Republicans want to cover the 6 bil by cutting preventative health care funds. The Democrats want to screw small business by cutting their tax benefits to cover the tab. Stupidity reigns on both sides of the aisle.
But hold on, cooper, I hear you say. How are kids going to cope in the global geopolitical economy if they don’t go to $50K a year universities…familes can’t afford that. The kids can’t afford to come out of four years of school with 200K in debt over their heads. And I would agree with you. I guess the kids are going to have to go to a 10-15K a year state college. There is no constitutional amendment entitling every child to go to Princeton, Bucknell or Penn State. We might as well just turn these schools over to the only people who can afford to go which are scholarship winning athletes and let pro sports pick up the tab for their (cough) education. They seem to have endless supplies of money to spend on scummy creeps like Cole Hamels, Michael Vick, and Pacman Jones.