The Real Cause of the Decline of American Politics

What follow is a quote from an email I got from friend of mine who got it from a friend of his who got it form a friend… You know how this works, right? Any, I’ve removed the names to protect the guilty.

The follow-on is a funny and true story shared with me by [name removed] who teaches Government at [name removed] High School . In one of [his] classes, they were discussing the qualifications to be president of the United States . It was pretty simple:

The candidate must be a natural born citizen of at least 35 years of age.

However, one girl in the class immediately started in on how unfair was the requirement to be a natural born citizen. In short, her opinion was this requirement prevented many capable individuals from becoming president.

[The teacher] and the class were just taking it in and letting her rant, but everyone’s jaw hit the floor when she wrapped up her argument by stating, “What makes a natural born citizen any more qualified to lead this country than one born by c-section?!”

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More DoubleSpeak From Bush Administration

The required transfer in four weeks of all of the Bush White House’s electronic mail messages and documents to the National Archives has been imperiled by a combination of technical glitches, lawsuits and lagging computer forensic work, according to government officials, historians and lawyers.

Bush e-mails may be secret a bit longer

That is what George Orwell called Doublespeak.Translated it means that George Busn and/or his cronies want to keep certain curcial and obviously damning information out of the hands of people who might want to prosecute Bush administration officials for their misdeeds during the eight years of the Bush administration. Anytime anyoe wantts to deny public access to computer records, they always claim there are technical issues, What they mean is they need more time to clean the digital trail.

This is the Bush version of the Nicon Watergate tapes. Just as we, the Americn people, will never know the whole truth of Nixon.s involvement in the Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up, so we will never know how much Bush knew about the truth of the intelligence community misrepresentations of the situtation in Iraq or the torture of Iraqi prisoners or any of the other things Bush is sorry for now that he is leaving office. Personally, I doubt heis sorry about anything, including the economic crisis we are in now. Continue reading

The Spirit of Christmas Present 2008

A week from tonight is Christmas Eve, the night Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at least perfunctorily anyway. For most of the children of the world, it is the night that Santa Claus comes and rewards them for their good behavior.

However, this year will be a lot different than most of those kids, especially in the USA, are accustomed to. The dire straits of the economy will make it hard for many parents, myself included, to do much in the way of providing Christmas presents for our children, and that is very painful. When I was much younger, growing  up as an immigrant kid outside of Philadelphia, I remember a lot of Christmases where times were tough.

To this day, I remember our first Christmas in America in 1952. I was four and we had just moved to Philadelphia from a chicken farm in New Jersey. I wonder if there are still chicken farms in New Jessey. Working on that farm was the first job my Dad had in this country. We moved to Philadelphia because my Dad had gotten a better job working in a mattress factory.
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The Voodoo [Economics] that You Do So Well

Everybody and their uncles seems to have a solution for the global economic crisis. There are literally as many roads to recovery as there are politicians. All of these roads have one thing in common, whether the road is a liberal solution or a conservative one. They all are too simplistic.

A case in point: Fred Thompson, a Republican Presidential-wannabe, who appears to be gearing up for a run at the nomination in 2012 already, offers his solution in a very interesting sound bite here. But that is all it really is. Just a good media piece, bot a real plan for recovery,although he does make one very good point.

Thompson says that the problem is that this country, both the administration and the populace as a whole, has been living high on the hog using borrowed money and we have been doing that for quite some time. I certainly agree with that. 100 per cent.

Thompson goes on to say that the liberal solution to the economic crisis is more spending of money we don’t have. He says the purpose of any proposed economic stimulus package is to encourage us to spend, spend, spend. The implication here is that this spending will be more or less on frivolities – more conspicuous consumption. That may be true if you are in the same economic bracket as Fred, but for most working class Americans, those stimulus checks will help get the mortgage caught yup, pay the utility bills, buy new clothes or the kids, or, if we have been lucky, allow us to save some of it for an emergency – if there is anything more of an emergency than our present economic situation. Continue reading

A Day Without Gay

I wish I had heard about this protest, scheduled for tomorrow, a bit earlier so I could have helped spread the word sooner, but late is better than never. A gay couple from West Hollywood is calling for gays and gay rights supporters, like me, to take the day off from work tomorrow to protest referenda in California, Florida and Arizona banning same-sex marriage. These referenda were passed in the aftermath of the California Supreme Court decision last year that declared laws banning same-sex marriages were unconstitutional. The supporters of same-sex marriage now want, and this is the proper way to deal with this issue, federal legislation protecting the civil rights of gays and lesbians.

Contrary to what the religious fundamentalists may say, marriage is first and foremost a legal social contract that provides certain legal responsibilities and privileges to the married couple. It is not a religious arrangement unless the couple decide to make it such and there is a religious ceremony in addition to or in lieu of the civil ceremony. My wife and I were married in the Cook County court house in 199. We would have liked a church wedding, but there were issues back then that made a church wedding impractical. We are planning our church wedding for out twentieth anniversary in 2011.

Does that mean we feel we are less married than, say, someone who was married in St. Peter’s Basilica performed by the Pope himself, or married in Westminster Abbey in London by the Archbishop of Canterbury, or married in the National Cathedral in Washington, DC by the late Billy Graham? Not really and we certainly have not been denied any legal marital rights because the Roman Catholic church, my wife’s childhood religious affiliation, does not recognize our marriage because I have been divorced and therefore, considers our three children to be bastards. This is from a religious institution with a history of clerical pedophilia and institutional cover-ups of that history. Guess what I think about their opinion of my marriage! Continue reading

“You got bailed out. We got sold out.”

“You got bailed out. We got sold out.”

That, according to this story from MSNBC, is one of the rallying cries of 200 fired workers at the Republic Window and Door Company in Chicagoan have staged a sit-in at the factory where they used to work.  It seems that these people lost their jobs because of the financial markets crisis when Bank of American, according to a company spokesperson, cut off the company’s financing.  The employees were fired with little notice, no severance pay and they did not receive payment for accrued vacation time. Bank of American, who received a substantial payment from the recent government bailout, has said it has no responsibilities for money that Republic owes the fired employees.  the Illinois Attorney General is investigating the situation.

Ht is a brief summary of the facts of this potentially historic workers’ demonstration. What makes this event so newsworthy is that it is attracting a lot of national attention, including that of President-elect Batack Obama. I’m not all that surprised that Obama has publicly stated that these workers are “absolutely correct” in demanding the monies owed them, because this sit-in has the full support of the union these workers belong to, and union support had a lot to do with Obama winning industrial states like Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The fact that this labor action has the support of the Rev. Jesse Jackson comes as no surprise either. Jackson is a long0time supporter of worker rights. Continue reading

Quacks From A Lame Duck

Here are some things that our limping lame-duck soon to be ex-President has to say about his policies and actions during the last eight years. I’ve added my own sound bites to what Dubya the Dumb has to say. Hope you enjoy the quaking.

U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday urged Congress to help those ailing automakers that can survive and said the jump in unemployment last month reflected the fact that the U.S. economy was in a recession.

“Today’s job data reflects the fact that our economy is in a recession,” Bush told reporters after the government reported the highest jump in monthly job losses in 34 years. It was the first time Bush has publicly acknowledged that the economy had fallen into a recession.

“We’re working to stabilize the markets and make credit more affordable and available,” he said, adding that some thawing had occurred in the credit markets. There is “still more work to do, but there are some encouraging signs,” he said.

Bush urges Congress to help automakers

Of course, Bush wants US taxpayers to bail out Detroit’s Big Three. Bush is clueless when it comes to spotting mismanagement. Arte all, look at the wonderful job he’s done these past eight years managing this country. Continue reading