Thursday, October 28, 2010

Poor Messaging and radical candidates

Did you know that 37% ($288 BILLION) of the "stimulus" recovery act were/are tax cuts? Did you know those tax cuts cut taxes for 95% of working Americans in 2010? 35% of the stimulus went to aid (unemployment, education and training, and State), and 28% ($224 Billion) went to investment, mainly in infrastructure which is something the US was once on the forefront of. How about the fact that health insurance companies can no longer say no to you because of pre-existing conditions, limit the monetary amount of benefits you can receive per year, or drop you from coverage if you get sick? Did you know that, since health care/insurance reform became law, "kids" can be covered by their parent's insurance until they are 26? I know once I was kicked off my parent's insurance, I couldn't afford my own. I just ran without it, and luckily I only had to stick the American tax payer with one emergency room visit. Did you know that credit card companies can no longer raise your annual percentage rates (APR) without reason, charge you more than a $25 late payment fee, and can no longer charge an inactivity fee? Did you know that Consumers will now have financial protections from a bureau, whose architect even Uber-Consumer advocate Ralph Nader approves of? Did you know that the Federal Deficit was $125 billion LESS in 2010 than 2009? Did you know that Health care/insurance reform reduces the deficit? Did you know that the US economy has been growing for 9 months? Or that the private sector has been adding jobs for the last nine months? What? You did not know that? You know why? The Democratically lead Congress and the Obama Administration that enacted these policies, with no help from the most obstructionist minority in my life time, Suck at Messaging!

One of the biggest historic differences between the Democratic party and the republican party is the role of the federal government. I believe the federal government should do more than just defend it's citizenry from foreign foes. It should help the Americans in need, you know, the "least of our brothers and sisters". The government should protect citizens from the greed of most corporations, and not the other way around. The Federal government of the United States should make, at the very least realistic, the ideals that all men are created equal, with the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That We are A People, A Country, and not 50 separate countries whose creed is every man for himself.

The republicans crow for smaller government, except of course when it comes to the biggest increase in federal bureaucracy in decades (the Department of Homeland Security), what medical procedure a woman is allowed to have, who you are allowed to fall in love with, and unless you are on their side (see senator, and prostitution john, david vitter) who you sleep with. You know, smaller government to peek through Our keyholes with. The republicans scream don't tread on Our Constitution when it comes to such "abuses" as the departments of energy and education, and social safety nets, like Social Security and Medicare, only to turn against the hallowed document when it comes to the First, Fourteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth amendments. Remember the marriage between a man and a woman amendment failure 43 was going to change the Constitution to include?

The only reasons I can see for the radical candidates of the republican party, the anti-civil rights act guy, the nazi reenactment guy, the I forget where I went to college but remember being into witchcraft lady, the mexicans are decapitating people lady, the latinos look like asians lady, the "I'll take you out"/beastiality email guy, the wall (that reagan asked Gorbachov to "tear down") in east germany was a good thing/hand cuffing and detaining a reporter/lying about employment guy, the i'm against the minimum wage but don't know what it is/pro wrestling lady, and on and on, is 1. once marginalized radicals are now leading a weak party that was slapped back on its heels in 2006 and 2008 or 2. the republican party has no interest in governing, and is using the "tea party" and their anger to "win" political contests and make sure money stays where it belongs, namely giant corporations, the PAC's they fund and run, K Street, and the top 5% of Americans.

Even with the aforementioned accomplishments that took place over the last two years, and any I forgot or have no idea of, some progressives are deeply disappointed. Some thought they were electing a faster and/or more extreme left turn. The President's continuing programs of rendition, his continued use of "State Secrets", and his tepid at best statements when it comes to President Clinton's ill conceived "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy are deeply troubling, as is guantanamo bay's slow closing, and the war in Afghanistan. But to let either House of Congress go to the likes of raynd paul and christine "masterbation is adultry" o'donell, to throw the few actual Progressive voices in Congress (See Representative Alan Grayson and Senator Russ Feingold) to the wolves over change not moving fast enough, or drastically enough, is a big mistake. If you thought the "progressive agenda" moved to slowly or feebly when the republicans were in the minority of both houses, filibustering (well threatening to really) more than ever before in history, what do you think will happen if they reclaim one or both Houses? Do you not remember what happened when the republicans held both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives from 1996-2006, especially while failure 43 held the White House for them from 2000-2006. Did the "bush tax cuts" create jobs or cut the deficit over the past nine years?

There's only a local election for me here in Hoboken. All I can do is spread the word. Full disclosure: I also sent money to Senator Russ Feingold's campaign.

Restore Sanity!
david calamoneri
Hoboken, NJ USA

Squid's note: I refer to president george bush jr. , a.k.a. "failure 43", not to "blame bush", but to hold accountable the man who campaigned on "bringing accountability back to the White House."

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-President Obama on the Daily Show 10/27/2010

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