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Keep Fear Alive

In Current Events, Election Politics, Humor on October 28, 2010 at 14:59

Slogans for the March to Keep Fear Alive on Saturday, Oct 30, by Tex Shelters

“Hope is Weakness; Fear is strength”

“Polling booths are full of disease; don’t vote”

“Bombing foreigners is the only cure for fear”

“Who needs ideas when fear is on your side”

“God is Great, Fear is Greater”

“Policy is weakness; fear is our real asset”

“Rational decisions start from a place of utter terror”

“Don’t think sanely; continue being fearful”

“Be afraid, for the flag, for motherhood, for America”

“Courage in the face of fright is Un-American”

“If you’re not afraid, You’re Not paying Attention”

“Fear is pro-life”

“Keep the Government out of our Fear”

“Obama is a scary black man; I’m not a Bigot”

“Be Afraid like the Founding Father Were”

“Taxes are Scary”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpXqz_QugAY

“Jose’ and Maria are comin’ for you”

“Juan Williams was Right; Fear all Muslims”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3QKmaS2FH8

“Be Strong America; Be Afraid”

“Socialize Medicine is scary; Corporate Medicine is American cause only the rich can afford it”

“I want my America, and fear, back”

Please add your own. The best one might get credit in my movie.

Yours,
Tex Shelters

 

Vote if you Care what happens in your Town

In Current Events, Election Politics on October 25, 2010 at 19:18

Voting day, November 2nd, 2010 is coming up on Tuesday, and I am already hearing the excuse of those that don’t vote.

One of the most ill-informed excuses I have heard to not vote is, “It doesn’t matter who becomes president” and its corollary, “It doesn’t matter who you vote for as your representative.” While both conclusions about our national politicians might be true, those excuses show a complete lack of knowledge regarding elections. President, representative, and senator are a small fraction of what we vote for every year.

Here’s a partial list of the other offices and issues we vote for each election cycle:

State senate and house seats. These people determine education funding, road projects, prison spending, other state spending and state laws. They have as much or more impact on your daily life as Congress does.

State Attorney General that sets policy on law enforcement for the state, like those pesky speed trap cameras in Arizona and other states.

Judges that make decisions regarding issues like the First Amendment and sentencing policy.

City Council, County Council seats and the mayor. First, the city council is actually accountable to you to an extent Congress never will be. They are citizens in your town and can’t run and hide in Washington, DC when things aren’t going well. Because of a responsive city council, we have adult learning centers and new health clinics. Certainly, our council has made mistakes, but they affect you directly.

That is not all, but lets move on the to the other reason to vote, propositions.

Propositions on the ballot are initialed by groups such as corporations, unions, and non-profits. Don’t be fooled, some of those non-profits were set up by corporations or outside interests from other states. Propositions that might be on the ballot include, but are not limited, to the following.

Taxes like the recent 1-cent sales tax that saved thousands of teachers’ jobs in Arizona. If you hate all taxes, you can vote against these propositions.

Civil Rights like California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8. I bet some non-voting gays and lesbians wish they had registered to vote against that one. Remember, these anti-gay laws are put on the ballot to drum up voter turnout amongst conservatives. Do you really want conservatives to set the political agenda in your state. Then why abdicate your vote?

Immigration policy like Proposition 300, that limited services to illegals in Arizona. While I believe it overkill and redundant, it didn’t create racial profiling opportunities like SB 1070 has.

Medical Marijuana laws that have created weird libertarian/hippie coalitions (maybe not so weird since both have a beef with government intrusion into our lives) and support from doctors, nurses, liberals and conservatives have also been on the ballot in several states, and currently in Arizona. The only big money against medical marijuana laws is from the pharmaceutical companies that stand to not make huge if their synthetic THC and other marijuana derivatives are available over the marijuana club counters. Unfortunately, staunch supporters of medical marijuana are also those that think “voting doesn’t matter”. Tough luck on you if this gets on the ballot and you aren’t registered to vote.

Euthanasia laws that allow for heavily supervised and regulated assisted suicide.

Health care bills, also know as “socialized medicine” have been on the ballot in a few states.

Tribal Gambling and State lotteries have been enacted in some states using the proposition method. If you like or hate these things, why not vote?

Public Transit bonds and plans passed or failed due to the proposition process. If you believe in public transit or hate it, you can make your voice heard through the vote.

State laws regarding abortion, almost always for limiting access, have been passed or turned down through propositions. These include public funding laws for family planning clinics that offer abortion services (though mostly they are for family planning: contraception and pre-natal care) and parental notification laws.

State gun laws. Let’s say you want insane serial killers to have guns. Why not vote for that “gun access for everyone law”? Or perhaps you think that insane serial killers shouldn’t have guns and perhaps a background check and waiting period are good ideas to protect law-abiding gun owners. Voting for gun laws in your state is a good option.

There are propositions on every ballot, and not voting doesn’t mean these propositions won’t take affect. So why not vote for or against issues you support or oppose?

If you don’t think city councils, judges, schools boards, mayors, governors or any of the propositions listed make no difference in your life, you are deluded. If you hold such a delusion, perhaps it is better that you don’t vote.

For those that want to learn more about your state and local officials and propositions, I provide the following links. You can also find your own state links by searching +state assembly +(state name). For my peeps in AZ, it’s http://www.azleg.gov/

The best link for voting resources I know of:

http://www.votesmart.org/

To get information about an officials or candidate’s voting record, supporters and other information, go to:

http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm

Public Citizen also has good information

http://www.citizen.org

For local elections, check your alternative weekly, local dailies, and voting pamphlets. In Tucson, I rely on the Tucson Weekly and other endorsing institutions I support:

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/the-2010-tucson-weekly-endorsements/Content?oid=2249924

Yours,
Tex Shelters

If Democrats Made Ads like Republicans

In Current Events, Election Politics on October 20, 2010 at 19:41

Here’s O’Donnell’s anti-Coons ad that motivated me:

Here’s my ad:

Yes, I don’t have the time or budget of a foreign sponsored campaign, but I think I did okay scaring the public by making up facts and lying about O’Donnell like Republicans have done in their foreign backed Chamber of Commerce funded ad http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/10/05-4.

Against actual liberal Raul Grijalva http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43602.html

Muckraking against a Southern Progressive with a false ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUYID6hJrMI

Funny ad attacking Kay Barnes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR0X2Gfdro4&feature=related

Carly Fiorina’s Demon Sheep ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBlNVXMWe_w&feature=related

Guilt by association award:

Vote against Democrats cause Pelosi sucks:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/06/25/VI2010062504201.html

Daily Show on Negative ads

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-april-1-2004/indecision-2004—negative-ads

Some of their favorite targets include “Jack Conway, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jerry Brown, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), and Rep. Tom Perriello”.  (link)

It’s same old brand of lying, using the standard fear of “liberals” and “taxes” and lies, like this ad against Joe Sestak using the lie “stop the government take over of health care”. There wasn’t even a public option, let alone a government take over. We will see if the lies work this time like they have in the past.

The Willie Horton ad against Michael Dukakis comes to mind. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io9KMSSEZ0Y

The point of that ad is that Dukakis was responsible for what the prisons did, when actually, he wasn’t. He didn’t order him released. The ad inferred it was Dukasis’s fault. But people believed it because it tapped into the idea that Democrats are weak on crime and Republicans are strong on crime. I have yet to see data to prove that.

Okay, one stupid Democratic ad here: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5371431/ugly_campaign_ads_turn_uglier/

I could go on about misleading and lying ads, and I am sure some will say that Democrats do it. In terms of the fear mongering ads, the Republicans win the prize. Please post more examples if you find them, and I want to see and equivalent number of Democratic smear ads to prove me wrong.  I found one, now it’s your turn.

Yours,
Tex Shelters

The Reality Gap

In Current Events, Election Politics on October 17, 2010 at 18:45

It’s not that Democrats are facing an “enthusiasm gap” at the polls, it’s the reality gap on the side of Republican backers and the reality awareness about the Democrats lack of support for their base that is the true problem for Democrats this fall.

Pundits, journalists, talk show hosts and experts have been going on about the “enthusiasm gap” between what they deem extremely enthusiastic Republican voters and down in the dumps Democrats. They say Republicans are more excited about voting, and why wouldn’t they be? Hate and anger are good motivators for voting.

Yes, the hatred of the image the right-wing spin machine has made out of Obama, A BLACK MAN, is a powerful incentive. And hate of the wicked witch of the West, Nancy Pelosi, also works to create enthusiasm for a Republican/Tea Party base that would hate Jesus if he were a Democrat.

But when the Republican base and Tea Party members rabidly back candidates on the right that want to take away their social security, imprison them without warrants, spy on their every word, book read and consumer choice, gut their schools (as Obama is going to do with “Race to the Top”), want to take away a raped woman’s choice, those who ran the economy into the ground from 2000-2008 and raised the debt to new levels, people that defend homophobia want to bomb Iran, deny humans have any impact on the environment, are against alcohol in Nevada, a state that depends on alcohol sales, is afraid or fluoridation, thinks gay and pregnant teachers should be banned from teaching, want to cut the budget by creating an unneeded missile defense shield, and want eliminate protections for the accused by blocking habeas corpus, we know there is a gap between Tea Party members, Republicans, and reality.

The reality is that the Tea Party funders such as the Koch brothers, on air conservatives and professional congress people are working to enrich their corporations and corporate masters as possible and by taking and keeping wealth from the rest of America. This includes the hard working rest of us that politicians from both major parties largely ignore when making policy but pander to during elections. It’s the reality gap, stupid. There’s a gap between what the Tea Party foot soldiers want and what the Tea Party politicians will actually accomplish or push for once in Congress. (link)

Sharon Angel is a clear example of how she wants to harm the rest of us. She tells us that entitlement programs have spoiled our citizens. She’s saying that working hard and contributing into social security and then asking for some of that money back when we retire makes us spoiled. And people who worked most of their lives and got laid off because of the financial crisis that occurred due to the mismanagement of banks and failed mortgage regulations aided and abetted by a mostly Republican Congress and a Republican president. I guess Angel thinks it is your fault the banks mismanaged their money and had to lay you off.  But people support her and other Republicans (and some Democrats) who believe this very thing. Voters are like abused spouses who say, “But he says he loves me and that he wont do it again.” Oh, they will do it again, and even worse this time if the Republicans and Democrats like Blanche Lincoln and Max Baucus have their way. (link)

Angel doesn’t believe the Constitution has a separation of Church and State. Just because she doesn’t like separation of church and state doesn’t mean that it doesn’t appear in the first amendment. What Tea Party supporters don’t realize is that if you don’t keep the fundamental tenet of the Bill of Rights, separation of church and state, then Muslims like Barack Obama (another Tea Party fantasy) will make us all follow Islam. Your religion is at risk as soon as you try to impose it on others.

Part of the reality gap is due to Republicans forgetting how Bush started wars with lies, increased our deficit, made us one of the most hated countries in the world and gave huge tax give a ways to the wealthiest 1%. That last fact has been admired by the lower classes on the right throughout Bush’s term as if they were rich.

Republicans, with the help of their leaders Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly, have used the media adeptly to convince conservatives that tax cuts for the wealthy are the same thing as tax cuts for everybody, that somehow the tax on the rich will push away big business (though there is no historical or economic evidence for this) and that these tax cuts for the top 1% will trickle down upon them like 72 virgins. How did it work to improve the economy in the eighties? Wages were stagnant, bank loans were not secured, and the default and unemployment started to rise during Bush’s term, despite the reality gap that wants to lay it all on Obama.

Under Bush, “median household income was lower than in 2000, while both the poverty rate and the percentage of Americans without health insurance were higher.” (link) So, how is that good economics? It’s good economics if you only care about the upper classes and not middle class wages. And, job loss has slowed under Obama, partially due to the stimulus package (link) and other measures and partially as a cyclical trend. How many more jobs can be lost? And that bailout for the banks that the Tea Party hates so much? That was passed during Bush’s last year with a bi-partisan effort. And yes, Obama voted for it, and Bush signed it. Put a pox on both their houses, if you wish, but it wasn’t just the “tax and spend” liberals. Besides, few Democrats are actual liberals.

The most obvious demonstration of the reality gap in Republican supporters is the blame they put on Obama for the current debt. Bush increased the debt to new levels over his eight years, but they ignore that. (link) No, it’s Obama’s fault. And as far as the current deficit spending, there is also a reality gap. Much of the current deficit can be attributed to Bush laws and Bush wars that were left for Obama’s budget. I blame Obama for continuing the wars and that part of the deficit.

And the misnamed “Obamacare” that is supposed to be creating such big deficits? That biggest part of that expenditure comes in effect in 2014 and has little or nothing to do with current budgets.

Corporations feed this reality gap with misinformation so we can create an enemy, if not Obama, then government in general. Bad government is the problem, not government. And Bush was a master at bad government and mismanaged budgets. Republicans don’t want you to remember that.

Let me set you straight: the benefits of tax cuts are exaggerated and as for tax cuts for the top 1%, the benefits are non-existent except for the benefits to the top 1%.

However, if we let these tax cuts lapse we will have an extra $70 billion for ten years for a total of $700 billion dollars. That is money that could be used to shore up schools, keep state governments afloat, help pay health care for the returning Iraq war veterans and many other positive uses.

For reasons partly having to do with who is currently in office, Democrats and independents are more disappointed in what Obama has NOT done.

Escalating the war in Afghanistan has done as much or more to anger Obama supporters than anything. Disaffected former Obama voters have faced reality and come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter if they vote for a Democrat, with a few notable exceptions.

Tea Party and other rapid Republican voters will be propelled by their hatred of supposed liberals Pelosi and Obama however much reality doesn’t match the fantasy that has been created around the two most public Democratic figures. They have lost touch with the reality of eight years of Bush and what Bush’s policies did do our economy and nation. There is a clear reality gap.

Besides, polls don’t show a lot of people giving love to the Republican Party either. If the laws set forth by Republicans and Democrats in Congress and in every state legislature didn’t make it nearly impossible to start a viable third party, I would say now is the time to start one.

I urge you to close the reality gap and realize that the majority of national Republicans and Democrats don’t give a damn about you. Then vote locally on the propositions and for local school boards and other officials.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

A Reason to Vote for Democrats this Fall, or Screw the Congress

In Current Events, Election Politics on October 15, 2010 at 18:04

The progressive Democrats in Congress are the only bulwark against President Obama passing even more conservative legislation. You may laugh, and hopefully you will, but I and a few others said in the summer and fall of 2009 that Obama didn’t have the political courage to back up his rhetoric with action. Now, it has come to pass.

Remember when dearly beloved Bill Clinton had to deal with a Republican House in 1994 when Newt’s Republican revolution took over the house. That was when Clinton was able to push Welfare to Work in 1996, with the help of the new Republicans. The idea of “accountability” in the Welfare to Work is very Republican and deluded. The thought was that people won’t look for work if you don’t force them and that we should cut slackers off if they can’t find a job after a finite period. How’s that working for the long term jobless now?

In the same way, a Republican house will now free up Obama to push his conservative policies. These include:

1.  More charter schools, merit pay, and more testing. That will of course mean more spending on testing and more millions for test makers like McGraw-Hill.

2. Green energy, what green energy? Unless there is big oil money to make with green energy, green jobs won’t appear under Obama with a Conservative John Boehner led House.

3. Don’t ask; don’t tell? Gay folks can go to hell. Rhyming aside, I’m with Dan Savage when he said that he wasn’t sure Obama really wanted to end “don’t ask; don’t tell” and have full rights for homosexuals in the military. Without a house urging him on, Obama will be even less inclined to end the policy put in place by…Bill Clinton.

4. Freeze on social spending. I can feel a chill coming over me.

5. Militarize the Mexican border. In Arizona’s 8th Congressional district we have two choices: A Republican who wants to get rid of social security and militarize the border, and a Democrat who wants to keep social security and militarize the border. If we had more parties, I wouldn’t have to make such and onerous choice.

6. Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. Without a crazy Democratic run House discussing resolutions against war (I’m talking to you Dennis Kucinich), Obama won’t have to deal with uppity progressives who should just “buck up” and “stop whining” anyway.

7. Keep on spying, keep on bombing, keep on detaining, and keep up the renditions and hit squads. Yes, to Obama’s defense, he never said he would stop the hit squads. None of these things will change and there will be no House opposition to them.

8. An “Insurance Company Protection Act” that would protect health insurance companies from future attempts to pass universal health care. Yes, you heard it here first.

9. Offshore oil drilling in California. Even if Jerry “moon beam” Brown is elected as Governor, there will be a big push by the Obama administration to hand out exploratory leases for oil drilling in California. Bye, bye to California’s beach tourism.

10. Net neutrality will be a goner. Obama doesn’t really care about it, in fact, I bet Obama and Biden would love to get rid of net neutrality to shut up those “professional liberals”.

11. Wow, the withdrawal from Iraq really wasn’t? And that deadline for leaving Afghanistan just went away. Can’t anger the military contractor donors now, can we?

12. Republicans will “Acorn” moveon.org by creating a phony scandal, thus forcing them to shut down. And Obama will shrug because moveon.org didn’t really help him get elected anyway.

13. In 2012, Obama will join the Republican Party and renounce himself as a Nigerian Hitler Stalinist Witch Doctor.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

Help Reduce Teen Suicide: The Case of Tyler Clementi

In Current Events on October 13, 2010 at 17:28

Recent reports of teen suicide have focused on five recent Gay and Lesbian suicides and the causes of these deaths. (link)

The best known is the death of Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge to his death suicide after being filmed making out (having sex?) with another male adult and the video posting online by fellow students Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei. (link)

Why did these two Rutgers students record and post the video? Do they have something against Gays and wanted to expose them? Did they have something against Tyler and they wanted to get him? Or are they just young and idiotically saw this as just a prank? They are charged with various counts of invasion of privacy. If convicted, they face up to five years in prison.

Before he killed himself, Tyler posted an angst-ridden note on Facebook.

An ABC news clip mentions Dan Savage’s website promoting Gay and Lesbian (and Transgender) self awareness and health as being, “itgetsbetter.com”. The real address is  http://www.itgetsbetterproject.com/

Spread the word of hope in a homophobic world. Upload and share your own video.

Or check out Savage’s YouTube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/itgetsbetterproject

The parents of Mr. Clementi called for the arrest and prosecution of Ravi and Wei for inciting the suicide. While they might have been the catalysts for the suicide, society as a whole bares much of the blame for this tragedy. (link)

Would Tyler Clementi felt so much shame over a sexual encounter, apparently they were just making out in the video, had our society not been so homophobic and hateful toward gay relationships? How many politicians who are openly gay are there in America as opposed to the number who rail on about Gay marriage and “special rights”? Now that Republican Jim Kolbe has left the House, we have Bernie Sanders, who’s also an independent, and the new Mayor of Portland, Sam Adams. Perhaps their are others?

What is it like to live in a society that does its best to prevent you from marrying, going to a prom, holding hands in public, telling you to not be so Gay and that it’s not okay? I hear the stories second hand from my friends, Gay and Lesbian, what a struggle it is. I have heard stories of sons who were kicked out of home for being gay, were beaten at home and in the streets, and sent to Gay conversion camps to stop being gay, as if it was some sort of mental or moral disease. I have heard the same from Lesbians with the added threats, or perpetration of, sexual abuse against them. While that happens to Gay males, it is more frequent outside the home.

If families, who are supposed to be a font of unconditional love, abuse their Gay and Lesbian children in such cruel ways, what can these children expect from society? Certainly, I have also heard stories of mothers and fathers who supported their children unconditionally. Non-abusive responses to the news of a Gay child range from, “Are you sure?” to “We know; it doesn’t matter.” Bless those families; may there be more.

The teen years are a time in life when one is facing their changing bodies, the challenges of impending adulthood, social relations and dating, sexuality, and academic loads that get larger every year. On top of that, Gay and Lesbian teens face being an outcast amongst their peers as a Gay member of society. This can cause conflict even in the most stable households with the most understanding parents. It can cause depression and angst to a higher degree than even a non-homosexual teen has. (pdf based paper on these issues)

Actions

Write Rutgers and tell them to expel Wei and Ravi (yes, as of this writing they haven’t been expelled):
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-1766
info@camden.rutgers.edu

Here’s the part of the message I sent them that might hit home:

“New Jersey students and others should stay away from universities such as yours who
don’t protect the privacy of its students.”

Join the Facebook page for the expulsion of Wei and Ravi

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Expel-Dharun-Ravi-and-Molly-Wei-from-Rutgers-University/158190510871884?v=wall

Sign an anti-bullying (against the LBGT community and in general) petition that is going to Senate Democrats.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/875/847/271/

Read more about teen suicide in general—it’s a decent site with lots of resources although I couldn’t verify the funders. Their information comes from health organizations, both governmental and foundation bases. And their list of links is a good primer. One caveat—it’s no replacement for therapy and an understanding parent. http://www.teensuicide.us/

Contact Wingspan in Tucson Arizona, donate or volunteer. http://www.wingspan.org/

They have many resources here, for the Tucson LGBT community and the nation. Read about their anti-violence project: http://www.wingspan.org/content/WAVP.php

Join PFlag (Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians

http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=803

Read one paper about “Resiliance” for Gay and Lesbian teens

http://rtckids.fmhi.usf.edu/rtcpubs/FamExp/lgbt-mono.pdf

Peace,
Tex Shelters

We must redefine “pro-life”

In Economics, Human Rights and the Constitution on October 8, 2010 at 00:06

Why I am pro-life

I am pro-life because I believe in protecting women.

I am pro-life because I don’t want women to have to die when there is the unlikely chance that the baby might live. I am pro-life because I believe a woman should have the right to decide what risks to take with her body.  I am pro-life because I know no other person, government agency or group of activists should force a woman to make a choice one way or another about her pregnancy.

I am pro-life because I believe all children should have the opportunity to be born into a healthy family with a healthy body and a live mother at the right time.

I am pro-life because I believe raped women shouldn’t be forced to live with the trauma of bringing the product of a rape to term. I am pro-life because I support the right of women to bring that life to term.

I am pro-life because I believe an incest victim has the right to terminate the product of incest, and I am pro-life because I know that the child of incest will live with the trauma of the incest if not genetically based medical problems. I am pro-life because I support the right of a teen, child, or woman who is the victim of incest to bring a child to term if she so wishes.

I am pro-life because I believe that no one can decide for another person what she does with her body.

I am pro-life because I am NOT pro-abortion. No one is pro-abortion. However, some people know how difficult the choice is for a woman and that no one can decide for her.

I am pro-life because I am pro-choice.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

P.S. I do believe in an age limit for a pregnancy termination, except in exceptional situations. Most laws put the legal termination age between 20-24 weeks. Studies show that a baby can’t live outside the womb before 23-28 weeks of age.

See how little Congress Cares about Homeowners

In Current Events on October 7, 2010 at 14:42

A bill that would make it harder for homeowners to challenge foreclosures is sitting on Obama’s desk waiting his signature. It was rushed through Congress earlier this week without public debate. While Congress debate benefits to workers, it won’t discuss benefits to banks and passing these bills without debate.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6955YX20101006?pageNumber=1

Call Obama NOW and tell him to veto the bill. See if he really cares for Americans and their homes.

President Obama
CO/ The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20500-0004
or phone: (202) 456-1414

Or send note online:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Obama used a pocket veto on this bill, so when you call him, tell him to keep protecting home owners. And good on Obama for this one.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/07/obama-pocket-veto-foreclosures_n_753987.html

Yours,
Tex Shelters

Unions Have Ruined this Nation by Putting Millions of Workers Interests Above a Few Billionaires

In Current Events, Economics on October 6, 2010 at 14:52

What Have Unions Ever Done for Us?!

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Unions have ruined this nation by making it difficult for my fellow industrialists and me to make people work more than 8 hours a day. And, we have to give people breaks every few hours, because unlike use CEOs, workers are too lazy to work doing hard labor for hours on end without taking a 15 minute break. They are trying to rip me off!

If they want to have it easy, they should have worked harder to inherit their money so they can be an industrialist and manage things by sitting on their asses. Until then, workers don’t deserve breaks. If we could only go back to a time before the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire/, then we could lock all the exits to the shop floors, restaurants, big box stores, call centers and other work places and force women (and men) to shit in their bloomers or get fired for trying to get to the bathroom.

That is the reason we sent jobs overseas; we had to give workers humane conditions we couldn’t afford. Giving workers breaks for toilet visits and to eat food has just bankrupt us. And the cost of health care and unemployment insurance and other giveaways to lazy workers has FORCED us to send our jobs to where humane conditions are not a consideration.

What’s more is this ridiculous minimum wage we have to pay workers. How we let our Congress get away with raising the minimum wage to an outrageous $7.25 and hour is a mystery to me.

What have the unions ever done for us? Other than higher wages, sick days, lunch breaks, maternity leave, collective bargaining, fewer accidents, health care benefits, safer work places, and paid vacations among other things, unions have really hurt workers.

Obama is willing to help the banks, but what about the unions who helped get him elected

Muchos Links in supp0rt of EFCA

Support the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and unions.

http://www.aflcio.org/joinaunion/voiceatwork/efca/

http://www.freechoiceact.org/page/s/aflcio?source=aflcioweb

Why we Need EFCA

http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=why_we_need_efca

Nurses Support EFCA

http://www.calnurses.org/efca/

People support EFCA while Congress votes against it

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2009_03/017321.php

Jobs With Justice site about EFCA

http://www.jwj.org/freechoice/index.html

A story about why we need EFCA

http://laborrightsblog.typepad.com/international_labor_right/2009/03/tales-of-a-union-organizer-why-we-need-efca-now.html

Lies about EFCA from the Right

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/article/2008/07/21/big-lie-being-spread-about-efca.html

Facts about EFCA

http://www.efca-info.org/efcafactcheck.aspx

Yours,
Tex Shelters

Reasons NOT to vote for Meg Whitman, other than her immigration hypocrisy

In Current Events, Election Politics on October 4, 2010 at 18:55

As much of the political world and voters in California know (non-voters might not know because they don’t give a damn who rips us off, Republicans or Democrats), Republican Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman hired a maid who was here illegally for nine years from 2000 to 2009 . Whitman says she didn’t know, but there is some documented evidence that she did. The lesson? Treat your employees with kindness or they might turn on you.

Whitman got caught after a history of railing against illegal immigrants and calling for sanctions against companies that knowingly hire illegals. I wonder what sanction she will put on herself for hiring and illegal?

So here are your choices: 1) Whitman is lying and she hired an illegal immigrant against her stated opposition to illegal immigration or 2) Whitman is incompetent and didn’t keep track of her employees status and thus is not qualified to be dog catcher. In fact, Whitman only qualifies to run for governor by being a billionaire and a woman with right-wing beliefs who can spend millions on her campaign to become a household name. She didn’t even vote until 2005 and just recently joined the Republican party.

Perhaps this scandal will push Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown over the top and onto victory. He’s now 5% ahead in polling when he was even with Whitman two weeks ago.  Brown is a lying schmuck like most politicians, but on the issues, he’s had the best interests of California in his mind, even when he’s misguided. Whitman on the other hand is pro-corporate to the exclusion of workers and anyone else. She’s just the kind of candidate Republicans like.

Even though Whitman has showed the standard political hypocrisy by saying one thing and doing another when hiring this illegal immigrant, that’s not the only reason to vote against her and vote for the well intentioned prevaricator to her left.

No, I won’t mention that Whitman is a billionaire and perhaps it’s not the best idea to let a billionaire run a state when it is clear that her interests would be completely different from the regular working people in California. No, that would be unfair stereotyping. Certainly, Republicans wouldn’t unfairly stereotype Democrats or liberals (two overlapping yet distinct groups).

Just because Whitman has spent $119 million of her own money on her campaign to become governor of California doesn’t mean she’s any different from you and me. We can run for governor too if we could scrape up the $3500 for the filing fee and get a party to support us. So what if we don’t have the millions to spend on the election. That doesn’t mean she’s different from us. She puts on her Secret Circus pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us.

Here’s her opening statement on her website:

Meg Whitman is determined to bring a new approach to Sacramento. One that demands we create jobs and lower taxes. One that requires more effciency and better services. And one that makes a renewed commitment to improving our schools.

So Whitman’s new approach consists of lower taxes. It sounds new to me, that’s for sure.

If she didn’t vote until 2005, why the sudden interest in politics? Well, since leaving eBay, she hasn’t had much to do with herself. She has billions of dollars just sitting there not being productive. The market is risky, the housing bubble is over, and investing in green technologies would be like admitting global warming exists. But political office, not there’s an investment that keeps on giving.

As Governor, she will make it pay off. After gutting environmental regulations in California, busting the teachers unions, and lowering taxes on the top bracket in the state, California can become Mexico of the north, or Burma of the West. California will be a safe place to invest with no environmental standards, no minimum wage, and no unions.

Then after 8 years as governor tearing down all the barriers to businesses that have made California unbearable to invest in, she can leave office and get a cushy job in private sector selling stuff over the Internet. The problem is if her vision succeeds, there will be no consumers left in the state to buy what she’s selling.

She is against laws to reduce greenhouse gases, specifically AB 32 in California. She has no idea what she’s talking about because this law (AB32) would CREATE jobs. She is clueless. This won’t loose us jobs. Like most politicians, she’s making statements without looking at the evidence.

A new study on AB 32 states that the law would create jobs and save jobs due to reduced emissions

“,,,will AB32 take jobs away from Californians? The answer, quite simply, is No.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-havey/new-study-ab32-will-creat_b_517441.html

Read the complete report on how this law will create long-term growth. It might hurt Whitman’s cronies, but for the rest of us, it’s a good idea to have green jobs and cleaner air.

She’s against same sex marriage, supporting proposition 8. She’s pro-civil union, as if a civil union and a marriage is the same thing. http://valleywag.gawker.com/5109035/meg-whitman-homophobe

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She’s anti-union; she is a boss and CEO and doesn’t want workers to have any power. Unions benefit regular workers in so many ways. Jerry Brown might lie to unions once in a while, but he won’t try to bust them. Generally Brown has stood on the side of workers.

So Whitman is a hypocrite on immigration, she is a homophobe, she is unclear about women’s right to choose, she is against environmental laws to reduce green house gasses, and she’s anti-union. What’s not to love?

Action: Vote for the part time liar who cares (Brown), not the liar who profits from your pain (Whitman).

Sign up on these pages to take action and write letters:

Facebook group against Whitman

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Concerned-Citizens-Against-Meg-Whitman-for-Governor-of-California/325319239024

Meg Whitman’s faith drives her opposition to gay marriage. So much for logic and science during Governor Whitman’s term. Check out “NoMeg”.

http://nomeg2010.com/featured/meg-whitman-says-%E2%80%98faith%E2%80%99-drives-her-opposition-to-gay-marriage/

Yours,
Tex Shelters

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