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You’re Only as Sick as Your Secrets

In Current Events on November 30, 2010 at 05:54

From the trail of tears, Sedition Acts, Japanese internment, Secret wars in Cambodia, Central America and Asia, Gitmo, torture, hit squads, death squads, we are one sick nation. What nation doesn’t have skeletons in their closet, atrocities that they would rather the public not know about, mistakes they would rather have ignore and forgotten? And the more powerful the nation, the more they have to hide. If you can name one nation that hasn’t oppressed minorities, invaded other nations, committed genocide, experimented on their own citizens, supported slavery, or oppressed the poor, please let me know.

This includes all empires, Britain, Russia, Ottoman, Germany, Japan, China, France, Spain, Dutch, and so forth. All of these empires have committed some form of genocide, killed foreign dissidents, tortured, and killed without provocation. So have we. We need to grow up and face reality.

So why is it so hard for us to face the fact that we have messed up in Afghanistan? Why does Wikileaks hold such power over our psyche?

The White House and Congressional mouthpieces act as if the release of Wikileaks recent war on terror memos is the worst thing since unsliced bread. They pretend that it will hurt national security when in reality all it will do is make evident to the greater public what many of us have known all along: the U.S. can’t prosecute a war without making mistakes, that we spy on people, that we disrespect other nations, and that we have nations we favor and nations we abhor.

War is unclean, war is violent, and war is death. But our leaders don’t want us to see the negatives of the war on terror. They want us to see the war on terror, the Afghan and Iraq wars, and all operations in the Middle East as uncompromisingly good. It is the big lie about war that modern nations have tried to perpetrate since at least WWI.

It is not a threat to our security to release information that can already be found on the internet in other forms, information that terrorist cells and foreign nations already know about. Yes, we have bombed Yemen, as the recent leaked papers make clear. If you didn’t know that already, now you do. And the released “leak” that we want to bomb Iran? Is that really new?

And is the lie about the “leaks” being a national security threat is not new either.

Here are some of the leaks that have create a “global diplomatic crisis” according to the U.K. Guardian:

Arab leaders are privately urging an air strike on Iran

Yes, it’s shocking to find out that some Arab nations hate Iran.

• Grave fears in Washington and London over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme…
Shocking to hear that we are suspect of someone else’s nuclear program, isn’t it? What a revelation Wikileaks has here.

Inappropriate remarks by Prince Andrew about a UK law enforcement agency and a foreign country.
Yes, releasing remarks by Prince Andrew is a hazard and an “outrageous, reckless, and despicable action” as Senator Joseph Lieberman said about the recent Wikileaks.

• Suspicions of corruption in the Afghan government…
What, the Afghan government is corrupt? Who knew? Now that Wikileaks told us, our effort in the nation will be hurt…even more.

Allegations that Russia…has become a “virtual mafia state”.
That can’t be true. Only Italians (Sicilians) have a mafia. Did you know that Russia has a mafia?

• The extraordinarily close relationship between Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, and Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, which is causing intense US suspicion.
How dare Russia and Italy cooperate behind our backs! And how dare Wikileaks make it known!

Devastating criticism of the UK’s military operations in Afghanistan by US commanders…
Leaking that U.S. commanders criticized the U.K. makes the world unsafe, somehow.

• Wikileaks also reveal a cover up of the U.S. bombing of suspected terrorists in Yemen.
Yes, I have never read that we bombed Yemen, ever.

Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi…is accompanied everywhere by a “voluptuous blonde” Ukrainian nurse.
Yes, revelations about the sex lives of heads of state makes us all unsafe.

There you have it. This latest set of Wikileaks, as were the last set of Wikileaks, is the end of civilization as we know it. So, stop it Wikileaks, stop it telling the truth and embarrassing us. After all, embarrassment is dangerous and threatens our national security.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

Extend Unemployment–NOW!

In Current Events, Economics on November 29, 2010 at 02:11

By the End of the Year, if nothing is done, over two million people will lose their unemployment insurance. In less than two day, 800,000 will lose their insurance. Some will be out on the street, some will lose their homes and others will have to live without food and heat.

Unemployment Clock Here

Call Congress and tell then to do what they were hired to do: help the American people.
Congressional switchboard
1-877-762-8762

Just ask for the office of your Senator or Representative
House of Representatives

Senate
Find your Congressperson here:
http://www.votesmart.org/official_congress.php

Petition
http://act.aflcio.org/c/18/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=931

Don’t call on Congress to extend unemployment if you feel:

1. Unemployed people are to blame for job outsourcing and the laws passed that makes outsourcing
(link)

2. You believe that low wage/minimum wage workers make more unemployed than taking a job. It doesn’t. Unemployment only pays more to high wage workers that would have to take part time jobs at a tax cut for they have put more into the system and would get more back. Yes, for a few jobs, unemployment pays more than taking some jobs. But for the majority, it doesn’t.

3. You believe jobs are available for every unemployed person and they aren’t taking them.

4. You don’t care about Americans.

Happy Holidays.

Peace,
Tex Shelters



Open Letter to Jan Brewer regarding Transplants

In Current Events, Economics on November 24, 2010 at 20:52

Governor Brewer:

You have now passed Arnold Schwartzenegger on my list of best Governors ever! I hope you understand that former Governors Presidents Nixon and Reagan are above you on my list, but I’m crossing my fingers that you become President some day too!

I am writing to tell you “congratulations” on beating that Democrat, or should I say “communist”, Goddard to stay our governor. I also want to thank you for calling a spade a spade and a criminal a criminal by making it legal to put Mexicans in jail, where they belong, for being Mexican. Good for you!

But recently you and your patriotic team of real Arizonans, the Republicans, have done one better. You have made the hard choices on the budget. Not only have you cut education for citizens too stupid to get educated the first time by eliminating the adult education budget for the worthless dropouts, you have made the hard choices about life and death, just like the Creator had to when he chose Noah to build the arc.

Your latest budget cut out transplants from the ACCCHS budget, saving the state $5 million. Thanks for making those cuts from those life saying and wasteful procedures. People don’t deserve to live if they don’t have health care. Good for you for passing a budget that lets these slackers die. And good for you for not bowing to the blackmail of the U.S. Government that wanted to bribe you with $15 million in matching funds if Arizona could find that $5 million dollars for transplants in the budget.

And while I am in the thanking mood, thanks in advance for spending that $1.7 million to fix that stadium roof. Without football, we’re nothing. Now that’s money well spent.  http://www.pensitoreview.com/2010/11/22/gop-az-gov-brewer-legislature-kill-funding-for-transplants-for-uninsured/

Stay the course, and perhaps one day you will pass Nixon on my best Governors list!

Yours,
Tex Shelters

Send your own Letter to the Governor

The Honorable Jan Brewer or “Governor Jan Brewer” as I use
Governor of Arizona
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Telephone (602) 542-4331
Toll Free 1-(800) 253-0883 (within Arizona only)
Fax (602) 542-1381

Listen to the Story
http://www.npr.org/2010/11/11/131215308/arizona-budget-cuts-put-organ-transplants-at-risk

Links and Action

http://www.pensitoreview.com/2010/11/22/gop-az-gov-brewer-legislature-kill-funding-for-transplants-for-uninsured/
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-11-17-arizona-cuts-liver-transplant_N.htm

Donate Organs, Money, time to National Foundation for Transplants
http://www.transplants.org/donate/albertmontemayor

I should have voted for McCain

In Current Events, Economics, Election Politics on November 23, 2010 at 23:38

Hindsight is always 20/40, or something like that. I now know I should have voted for McCain for President in 2008.

Does Obama have better ideas and more ideas that I agree with than McCain? Sure. But we have been fooled again by promises from a fake liberal where McCain wouldn’t have fooled anyone. With McCain in the White House, it would now be clearer to everyone what a disaster Republican economic policies are for America.

Do I think McCain would have been a better President? No, I do not. But we wouldn’t have had to live with two years of Obama capitulating to a party full of people who hate him. And I am NOT talking about the progressive Democrats, who love Obama and give him tough love.

For many Social Democrats such as myself, the worst part of Obama’s failings is that he is trying to compromise with people who hate him. It’s like seeing a friend in an abusive relationship they won’t leave, despite the evidence that it will never work.

McCain might have chosen the same economics team, Summers, Geithner and Bernanke, that has taken many a cautious step in their effort to shore up the economy for their banking and wall street allies and interests instead of creating jobs. The blame for the economy would rest firmly where it belongs, in the hands of Republicans. Yes, some of their Democratic accomplices supported their tax cuts and war funding during the Bush presidency. But in a two party monopoly, one party takes the blame and the other takes control. And the budgets came from Bush for eight years.

If McCain had been elected, progressives and Democrats wouldn’t have been fooled into supporting a false liberal (Obama) and they might have actually fought for what is right.

Yes, we did get that health care bill passed that is another give away to health insurance companies with a couple of good ideas around pre-existing conditions and insurance for adult children to age 26. Whoopee!

What we have now is a lying media and lying Republicans trying to make 8 years of Bush’s economy Obama’s fault. And the less Obama does to address the inequalities in the Bush economy, the more we can lay it at his feet. If McCain had been elected, the Republican/Fox/Internet lie machine would have had to work harder to blame the Democrats for the collapse of the economy. A collapse, may I remind you, that started months before Obama was sworn in as President.

If McCain was President, there would have been more Democratic opposition to Afghan and Iraq war funding. The wars would have stayed in the “Republican mistake” column on the ledger instead of now being a joint effort of Bush and Obama with unabated funding from the Democratic Congress of the last four years.

If McCain had been President, I doubt there would have been liberals going to Republican town halls with McCain signs featuring McCain as Ebenezer Scrooge, Lord Voldemort, or Hitler. But it would have been great fun for comedians as McCain made gaffs about protecting Veteran’s health care while proposing to end government run health care programs.

McCain would have energized the pro-choice movement and perhaps gotten them to change the name to the “pro-life choice movement” as I have suggested. McCain as president would have energized the Democratic youth in our society who hate that “grumpy old man” in the White House who wants to “take away all their X Boxes, their skateboards, and their fun”.

With McCain in office, all that fake hatred of big government from the right would have less power because McCain would be big government.

With McCain as President, Obama could have done what he does best and motivated the base to even wider margins in the House and Senate in 2010.

A McCain presidency might have once and for all put the full spotlight on the Republicans as the party for the rich, by the rich, and of the rich. A McCain presidency might have been all the encouragement some Democrats needed to once again support unions, gay rights, and be anti-war among other traditional Democratic positions.

With a Republican House, we now have the chance to emphasize what the party of plutocrats is all about. Go forth and spread the word.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

Inspiration for this article can be found here:

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/11/22-5#comment-1674454

The Deficit of Truth and Ideas; The Surplus of Lies and Greed

In Current Events, Economics on November 22, 2010 at 02:26

The whining entreaties for belt tightening can be heard from Washington, D.C. like the cries of wailing babies yearning to suckle at mommy’s breast. We don’t like it, but we are forced to listen. The deficits upset us all, so we are compelled to act. Or are we? While we hear the cries of budget madness (where were these calls when Bush was President?), the government is continuing policies that bankrupt us financially and morally.

1. The Afghan War

The deadline for the end of the $12 billion dollar a month Afghan War was has been delayed from July 2011 until sometime in 2014. Let’s call it January 2014 for our purposes. That would be two and a half years, or 30 months longer, if THAT deadline holds. 30 x 12 leaves us with a cost of at least $360 billion (in less than 3 years) more for a war of choice that most Americans don’t want. Almost 6 in 10 Americans want to end the war, even with all the propaganda from Congress, the White House and most of the mass media about how this war is necessary. And 6 in 10 oppose the war even though there is almost no concerted anti-war effort like there was in the 60 and 70s against Vietnam.

So tell me Mr. President, Nobel Peace Prize Winner: Why do you want to stay in Afghanistan? Who’s pulling your strings? And Congress: Why do you keep funding a war and then pretending to care about the deficit?

2. Taxes

If you are going to ignore the billions of dollars of tax giveaways to the top 1% of earners, you should shut up about deficits. Taxing families over $250,000 in income and individuals with earning over $200,000 a year would put $70 billion dollars a year back into our budget. That is nearly half of the Bush tax cuts. The top bracket would go from 36% to 39.6%. Letting all tax cuts expire would put $157 billion per year to pay off the debt.

Republicans in Congress keep lying about how raising taxes will cost us jobs. There is no correlation between lower taxes and economic growth or employment. That is a myth perpetrated by politicians, mostly Republicans, who want to give corporations and wealthy individuals a free ride while punishing the unemployed.

If there was a benefit to the economy from tax cuts, the economy would be recording record growth and we would have full employment after 10 years of the Bush led tax cuts. But our economy is the worst it’s been for decades. And past times of high taxes, such as the 50s under Eisenhower, saw immense economic growth. But the media, Republicans, most Democrats, and much of the Washington establishment ignore the fact for a cultish hatred of taxes and the obsession with tax cuts.

“A review of American history makes the opposite case that conservatives would like it to make: high growth usually coincides with high taxes. During both world wars, taxes soared to record heights. And the supercharged economies that resulted produced high growth for decades afterwards.”(link)

Letting all the tax cuts expire, and ending the war in Afghanistan, would save almost one quarter ($301 billion dollars) of the estimated 2010 deficit of $1.3 trillion dollars. That would leave $1 trillion dollars of deficit. (link)

3. Cut military spending

The Sustainable Defense Taskforce formed by Democratic and Republican Congress members (including Barney Frank and Ron Paul) has looked at the defense budget and come up with over a trillion dollars of cuts. That would go a major way to cutting our current deficits. I agree with these cuts and am sure there could be more.

Table ES-3. Defense Reductions Associated with Restraint Strategy *

Strategic Capabilities

1. Nuclear arsenal (warheads)                                                             $100 b.

Ground Forces

2. Reduce the size of the Army                                                             $220 b.

3. Reduce the size of the Marine Corps                                                 $67 b.

Navy and Air Force

4. Build/operate fewer aircraft carriers and associated air wings             $43 b.

5. Operate fewer ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs)                         $4 b.

6. Build/operate fewer tactical submarines (SSNs/SSGNs)                         $34 b.

7. Build/operate fewer destroyers                                                             $28 b.

8. Build/operate fewer littoral combat ships                                                 $11 b.

9. Reduce the number of expeditionary strike groups                         $9 b.

10. Cancel the Maritime Prepositioning Force (Future)                         $17 b.

11. Build/operate fewer Air Force fighters                                                 $89 b.

Other Reforms, Procurement and RDT&E

12. Cancel Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle                                                 $11 b.

13. Terminate V-22 Osprey                                                                         $15 b.

14. Realign Missile Defense Program                                                 $60 b.

15. Cut Pentagon civilian workforce                                                             $105 b.

16. Reform Military Pay and Health Care                                                 $115 b.

17. Reform DoD Maintenance and Supply Systems                                     $13 b.

18. Reduce RDT&E                                                                                     $70 b.

19. Obtain Add’l Savings in Command, Support, and Infrastructure $100 b.

Total $1,111 b.

* This set of options was developed by Benjamin Friedman and Christopher Preble of the Cato
Institute. http://www.comw.org/pda/fulltext/1006SDTFreport.pdf

Those cuts address almost all of the cuts I would suggest. Additions would be to completely phase out the submarine fleet and aircraft carriers. Both are no longer needed for our strategic defense.

Unfortunately, most members of Congress are more concerned with reelection than the deficit, and they will ignore or slam these reasonable reductions in our bloated military.

So, between letting tax cuts expire, ending the war in Afghanistan, and making cuts in the military, we have saved $1,414,000,000, more than the current years projected deficit. Imagine that.

Certainly, winding down the Afghan War and ending certain procurement contracts would cost something. However, these cuts would eliminate most of the deficit.

Close Bases in Countries that won’t pay their share of their own defense.

The final bill: The United States spends approximately $250 billion annually to maintain troops, equipment, fleets, and bases overseas. Much of that $250 billion could be save by closing bases overseas and getting the countries taking US protection to foot the bill. If you are worried about security in say, South Korea, then keep those bases open. Otherwise, make the Germans, Israelis and Australians, etc, pay for the US presence. They can afford it.

http://www.comw.org/qdr/fulltext/0907dancs.pdf

A Public Health Care Option

The CBO and other organizations say a public option heath care system available to the government and others public and private sector employees would save about $7 billion a year in health care costs. But that won’t happen because protecting insurance company profits is more important than delivering health care at a reduced cost.

Everybody in the nation wants a public plan option. Both the NBC/WSJ poll and the NYT/CBS poll found overwhelming support, about 75%, for a public plan option.

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/healthwellness/140829/public_health_plan_option_will_cut_costs_%28and_other_fun_facts%29/

Other Common Sense Cuts that We can Make

1. End the senseless war on drugs.

Treatment is the most cost effective way of dealing with deficits, but we continue to militarize the war on drugs at the cost of at least $40 billion every year, $15 billion from the federal government. Drug treatment is 7 times more cost effective. http://www.rand.org/publications/randreview/issues/RRR.spring95.crime/treatment.html So, for 1.5 billion dollars in federal drug treatment, we can have the same reduction of drug use equal to the current $15 billion spent. That is a savings of at least $10 billion.

$40 billion per year and climbing. In 2000, the National Drug Control budget exceeds $18 billion(1) and the states will spend upwards of $20 billion more.(2) This is a dramatic increase since 1980, when federal spending was roughly $1 billion and state spending just a few times that.(3) Between FY1991 and FY2000 more than $140 billion(4) has been spent at the federal level to curtail drug abuse, yet drugs remain cheap, easy to obtain and with higher purity levels than before the war on drugs was initiated.” http://www.drugpolicy.org/library/factsheets/economiccons/fact_economic.cfm
http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/38

War on drugs clock for 2010:  http://www.drugsense.org/cms/wodclock

2. Competitive Drug pricing of Medicare and Medicaid patients could save $271 million a year for the system. This won’t happen because Congress relies on donations and jobs after Congress that big pharma provides them. But wouldn’t buying the same drugs cheaper be a good idea. It is the “free market” after all.

3. Cuts in operating budgets of all federal departments. Required a 10% budget cut in all U.S. departments, budget targeted at procurement, bureaucracy and overhead but NOT jobs unless there is replication in tasks. Benefits for citizens would also not be cut unless department head could show that the cuts would not harm citizens.

All workers would get first refusal of related work in other departments if they open. However, there would be an appeals process for department heads that can make a compelling case for NOT making the required cuts. Exceptions would include but not be limited to public safety and health.

End the Cut Social Security Limits and reduce SSI payouts to those with large pensions.
There is currently a Social Security tax exemption over $100,000 of income. That would mean you would not pay Social Security taxes over $100,000 of your income. To shore up the program, we must eliminate the caps and reduce payments to those with large yearly pensions. Twice the standard of living in pensions could be a cut off point for payments.  More research would be done before final levels would be set.

New Revenue Sources for The United States

1. Extend Unemployment Benefits. That will save jobs in many sectors and reduce other social costs. There will be a net gain from the extensions. “Further extending unemployment insurance benefits will generate over 700,000 full-time-equivalent jobs while saving millions from poverty” (link)

2. Tax off shore accounts held by U.S. taxpayers like onshore accounts are taxed.

3. Reduce or eliminate all tax deductions for capital gains and purchases while increasing tax cuts for job creation commensurate but less than tax revenues of new employees. Perhaps then billionaire bailout recipients will reinvest in jobs and not just line their pockets with GM and Apple stock if they had to pay taxes on capital gains.

4. Don’t allow property or companies owned for less than a year to be flipped without tax implications. Flipped property and companies will receive a sever tax penalty. This change would also go part way to reducing future housing bubbles.

Other Good Revenue Ideas of my Dreams
1. Tax on political ads. 100% tax on ads for political campaigns; for every dollar spent on Congressional, Gubernatorial and Presidential campaigns for ads would be taxed one dollar. The U.S. would have garnered about $5 billion in tax revenue this year.

2. Lobbyist tax—charge lobbyists on a sliding scale based on the number of people they represent. For example, lobbyist for Rupert Murdock would be charged $1billion dollars a year to operate in Washington, DC. Tea Party Lobbyists would be charged $1 million a year, union lobbyist $500,000 depending on the size of the union, and so forth. The more people you lobby for, the less you would have to pay to be a lobbyist. One could determine that by looking at who pays the bills. Industry lobbyists would be charged based on the number of companies that control at least 10% of the market. So, big pharma would be about 5, and each would pay $200 million for access for EACH lobbyist.

3. The Media Party Pundit Tax—Media groups that hire current or former politicians for national office an appearance fee for each, about $100,000 a day. Thus, Fox News would pay in the millions, and MSNBC would pay $100,000 a day for Lawrence O’Donnell being on the air. There would be no payment after the pundit has been out of office for more than 10 years. Thus, Next Gingrich of Fox’s time is almost up.

4. The lying tax—There would be a fee of $100,000 for all overt lies told on the air in national news and pundit talk show broadcasts.  Omission of facts and subjective “facts” will not carry a fee. The fee will be double for all lies on political campaign ads.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

Social Security is Pamphagous; it will Ruin us All!

In Current Events, Economics on November 15, 2010 at 01:57

We are in our election cycle Social Security crisis once again, and the sky is closer to falling. If Congress had only privatized Social Security and invested it in the Stock Market when Bush was president http://slatest.slate.com/id/2272164 , there wouldn’t be any Social Security to worry about. Then we could have invested the Social Security trust funds in the stable housing market back in 2001, and it would have boomed. It’s not like other investment in the Stock Market, 401k’s and what not, haven’t been doing well. http://www.worthpoint.com/blog-entry/401k-tanking-antiques-collections-sound Just look at how the largest brokerage houses and housing CEOs made out.

“As a result, the performance of the companies run by the risk-takers was far more volatile, and not for the good of the companies: the risky strategies were more likely to end in a big failure than a big gain.”

http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2007/11/12/071112ta_talk_surowiecki http://www.cfozone.com/index.php/Careers-Management/Builder-exec-pay-didn-t-collapse-along-with-housing-market.html

The Basic “Problem”

The Government Accounting Office estimates that in 2017 the Social Security trust fund will pay out more than it takes in by 2017, and that the fund could be bankrupt as soon as 2041. http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05193sp.pdf Our population is aging, and soon baby boomers will start taking money from the fund, money that they initially put into Social Security. That is why I support Democrat “death panels” to kill those useless seniors. No, seriously, the hippie baby boomers are behind the need to raise the retirement age. Let’s not consider the fact that the program is currently still taking in more than it pays out. http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=6492&type=0

Moreover, the program will not go bankrupt, no matter how much we increase the debt. It is more likely to face reductions in payments, leaving millions of low income and no income seniors in poverty. http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=10328

Social security isn’t just one program; it’s a serious of socialist spending that should be stopped now because deficits are more important than people. The programs include, retirement payments, disability insurance, unemployment insurance, death benefits, and aid to families with dependent children among other unneeded benefits for the unworthy.

Retirement payments are for people that waste their money on food, rent, heat, and other things instead of wisely investing it in the Stock Market for us billionaires to use. People that are unemployed have no one to blame but themselves that we made it economically beneficial to send jobs overseas and economically painful to hire people, even with all the recent profits corporations have garnered.

And you know the worst thing about these Social Security programs? Most of these programs were created during comrade Roosevelt’s term, and he’s a Democrat. No matter how much programs might help people, if they are passed under a Democratic administration, I am against them.

Possible fixes for the eminent collapse of Social Security include:

Raise the Retirement Age
The first thing we need to do to shore up Social Security is to get the lazy old folks to work longer and harder. Retirement age should go from 65 years old to 70 years old (or higher if they are still able to walk) in order to get those folks to work hard for their money. Besides, the longer they work, the more they delay they time they have to face the death panels.

Who cares about all the youth that won’t find jobs because granddad now has to work to the age of 70 before getting his Social Security payments? The second part of getting the old folks to work longer is telling the young folks that they won’t get any Social Security.

Full employment
Now, communists who hate free markets say they best way to create solvency in SS is to have full employment, or as close to full employment as possible. Five percent unemployment is a goal for these communists. However, having all those people in productive jobs would lead to inflation, and it’s better to have millions of people unemployed than to ask people to pay and extra 25 cents for a gallon of milk.

Full unemployment will reduce unemployment payouts and increase SS payments to help balance future budgets. But with inflation and the reduction of competition for jobs that full employed brings, we just can’t afford it.

Pass the DREAM Act and Allow more Immigration
At a time when we need more White babies, people want to reward illegal behavior by allowing criminals to become citizens. The DREAM Act would allow people who were brought to the U.S. illegally before the age of sixteen and have lived in the U.S. more than five years a path to citizenship if they go to college or serve in the military for at least 2 years. This is troublesome for several reasons.

  1. More brown citizens means Whites will soon me a minority and the Brownies will enact revenge against Whitey even though we have never done anything to harm brown people, ever.
  2. This act rewards education in a university where these spawn of criminals will be educated and become indoctrinated to be liberals.
  3. Educated people vote more and thus the DREAM act will create more voters that are brown and more reliably Democratic voters, i.e. socialist.
  4. The DREAM act would increase the number of brown people in the military and thus leaves us more vulnerable to terrorist attacks. There are more than enough poor White trash to send off to war for our freedom to have low oil prices.

While it is true that illegal immigrants pay social security taxes that many won’t see as they age, we shouldn’t allow them to become citizens so they can utilize the money they have put into the program as they get older. As long as we use these illegals for backbreaking work and prevent them from becoming citizens, I am all for illegal labor.

$12 billion of Social Security revenue in 2007 came from hardworking immigrants without legal status in the U.S. That is a decent chunk of change… All in all, Goss reports that about two-thirds of undocumented immigrants have provided a $120 billion to $240 billion Social Security net benefit — this after subtracting any benefits that some undocumented immigrants might have fraudulently obtained…

http://immigration.change.org/blog/view/undocumented_immigrants_keep_social_security_solvent

 

Raise the Prime Interest Rate to Increase the Trust Funds Earnings
This is just a communist idea. How dare anybody control interest rates like commies do. Low interest means I can speculate in overseas currencies with borrowed money and buy more mansions with low rates. Low interest rates help the investment class, the only class that should matter in this debate. Why are the poor selfishly holding the SS trust away from us? We know how to invest money; leave it to us.

Stop Raiding the Trust
Communist Libertarians want us to stop raiding the Social Security trust to pay for wars. Well, we can do what we want. Where’s the Libertarian Party opposition in Congress? I didn’t think so.

Raise the Cap on Earnings for Social Security Tax
Again the people who want to engage in class warfare are asking us to raise the cap on taxable income over the already outrageous $106,800 amount. That would be another socialist tax against the hard working wealthy. Who cares if there are more poor widows out there, we will not pay for their cat food!

Reduce Benefits on Hard Working People with Pensions
They want to reduce benefits for those earning over $250,000. Hey, you can’t live on $250,000 without help from SS. Not if you want to keep full time kitchen staff and a yacht in Coronado. Some even say they want to get rid of it complete if you earn over 1,000,000 a year. The fiends! They want us to live like commoners?

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/letters/2010-07-28-letters28_ST1_N.htm

Other comrades in the class war against the wealthy want to take the rich off welfare and make the rich pay for all the benefits they receive from the government. I say good luck to that.

Actions

Support the DREAM Act
Petition http://www.dreamact.com/
Write Congress: http://immigration.change.org/petitions/view/ask_your_congressperson_to_support_the_dream_act
Info: http://dreamact.info/

Protect Social Security
http://www.petitiononline.com/savess1/petition-sign.html
(Only for Ohio Residents)
http://civic.moveon.org/socialsecurity//
(From MoveOn.org)

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/stand_up_for_our_seniors_and_protect_social_security

Write and Call Congress and the White House to protect Social Security and Pass the DREAM Act

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

Congressional switchboard 800-828-0498
Just ask for the office of your Senator or Representative
House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/house/house_comments.shtml

Senate: http://www.senate.gov/

Find your Congressperson here:

http://www.votesmart.org/official_congress.php

Links

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Robert-Reich-s-Blog/2010/0411/Immigration-Could-it-solve-Social-Security-Medicare-woes

Private Account stupidity—Ezra Klein

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/08/private_accounts_do_not_make_s.html

Why it won’t work

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/245052/personal-accounts-are-no-cure-all-andrew-g-biggs

Entitlements Destroy us!!–paranoid rantings from the priveledged

http://thecynicaleconomist.com/?p=15520

SS a target?

http://www.thesunnews.com/2010/11/10/1805419/deficit-panel-leaders-plan-curbs.html

Who defines the Crisis

http://www.angrybearblog.com/2009/03/who-gets-to-define-what-social-security.html

More on solvency

http://www.thestreet.com/story/10841510/2/7-ways-to-make-social-security-solvent.html

Peace,
Tex Shelters

 

 

The Texas School Books Don’t Go Far Enough

In Education, Entertainment on November 11, 2010 at 18:11

In May this year, the Texas school board passed their ten-year revisions to their public school textbooks. The new standards are the most God fearing, anti-science, pro-conservative revisions in history, but they don’t go far enough.

The Texas school board is trying to bring God back to this Godless nation. One way they can do this is by bringing more Jesus into the textbooks. Old textbooks would tell us that the First Amendment protects freedom of religion and protects us against government institutionalization of a state religion. As freedom loving Joseph Lieberman and former Senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell both said, “…the Constitution guarantees from of religion, not freedom FROM religion.” (link 1) (link B)

There is no freedom from religion in this God fearing nation, and we will make sure that you aren’t free from religion, ever, especially in school. Religion is pamphagous in our nation, and resistance is futile.

So, we must shoe horn the truth into our textbooks that this nation was founded as a Christian nation, and no other religion should be allowed.

First, we need to replace the Bill of Rights with the Ten Commandments in all history textbooks. As every sane person knows, the Bill of Rights is unconstitutional. And other than the Second Amendment that enforces gun ownership, and the Tenth Amendment giving states rights, the Bill of Rights only protects liberals who commit crimes. We don’t want criminal protections in America. As everyone knows, being accused of a crime means you are guilty. So we don’t need the 4th through 8th Amendments and all the legal excuses liberals call protections.

Moreover, the Tenth Amendment allows us to do Gods bidding: cut Medicaid state by state, ban legally protected health procedures state by state, and lets the states decide on whether to have slaves or not. We will protect the Tenth Amendment with our Second Amendment rights to threaten people with our Second Amendment rights. (link)

On another religious note, we must put a statement in all textbooks that Islam is an evil religion that attacks innocent people and that Christianity has never been used as an excuse to kill anyone who didn’t deserved to be killed. And, all math was created by white Europeans and East Indians, Arabs, Mayans, the Chinese and other cultures had nothing to do with anything we do even if we do use Arabic numbers and French words.

While the Texas textbooks resuscitate the image of Joseph McCarthy, the God fearing socialist hunter, we need to start hunting and black-listing all non-Christians. One way to get the ball rolling it to put more information about all the sin committed by socialists like Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, who as we know was a communist spy.

We need to get rid of any mention of rights movements led by the devil’s henchmen: terrorist Mexican Cesar Chavez, Anti-war America hater Dr. King, Revolutionary Thomas Jefferson, Man Hating Cady Stanton and Julia Ward Howe, Muslim Malcolm-X, Indian Heathen Russell Means and many other socialists. What did these folks ever do for America anyway?

What we need to do is take the “rights” out of history texts and just talk about the right, like Ronald Reagan, our savior.

And finally, the Texas school board has standards that attack science for the heathen devil worship it is. Science is the devil’s creation, used to hide the word of God behind verifiable facts. (link) For example, all grade school textbooks will question global warming, thanks to recent vote. (link)

“We are adding balance,” said Dr. Don McLeroy, the leader of the conservative faction on the board, after the vote. “History has already been skewed. Academia is skewed too far to the left.” (link) (linklet)

The Texas State Board of Education board members believe that there is an over-representation of minorities in textbooks. Most of these members are strongly conservative and believe that the separation of minorities should be done away with.
(link)

Two more links about the greatness of the new ignorance.

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/03/12/texas-education-board-cuts-thomas-jefferson-out-of-its-textbooks/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/17/AR2010031700560.html?nav=hcmodulel

And remember, the United States never made any mistakes. How do I know? It’s not in the history textbooks.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

Democrats are Worthless Cowards

In Current Events, Election Politics, Human Rights and the Constitution on November 9, 2010 at 23:46

In my last writing I explained how courageously the Democrats have been when facing up to the deficits and the tax cuts for the super rich (top 1%) Americans. (link) To underscore their bravery, the Democratic leadership is now standing down on their promise to end Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell. (link)

Is there anybody who really thinks the Democrats stand for what is right? Do the Democrats really wonder why people didn’t rush out and enthusiastically vote for them in the last election? How many promises do they have to break before they understand that it’s not the way to get people to vote for them? Do they think if they move far enough to the right that the Republicans will stop attacking them and that conservatives will vote for them?

So the Democrats dropped the repeal of the tax cuts for the rich and have guaranteed future deficits. Now it’s the rights of gays and lesbians in our armed services that they have abandoned. They are also keeping detainees and torturing innocents at Gitmo (and other U.S. detention facilities around the world) and continuing rendition practices (kidnapping terrorist suspects to countries that torture) of the Bush administration. Then there is the expansion of the hit squads the United States sends overseas and the escalation of the Afghan war. And they want my vote?

It seems that the main motivation for such cowardly acts by the Democrats is that they are afraid of the name-calling that would ensue from the right if they dare stand on principle. There is the more frightening conclusion one could make about the Obama White House and most Democrats in Congress: they just don’t give a damn about rights or economic solvency, that they care more about getting elected and not upsetting their campaign donors and corporate patrons.

Democrats on the whole are worthless cowards and their losses in Congress make little difference to America. Vote locally; screw the rest.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

Glory, Glory we have Tax Cuts for those that don’t need it

In Current Events, Economics, Election Politics on November 8, 2010 at 02:16

Glory, Glory we have Tax Cuts for those that don’t need it. And deficits for everyone. Congratulations America, you are one step closer to third world status. Besides, many corporations paid no taxes during the boom, so why should their CEOs and billionaires stock holders have to pay for what their corporations don’t? http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/Taxes/P80242.asp

The Republicans have shown their math skills by pushing for tax cuts for billionaires and saying they want to reduce the deficits. At least they want to reduce military spending, right?

Good thing the Democrats waited for the elections before addressing the changes in the tax rates. Obama and the Democrats really, really must have wanted to end the tax cuts for the top tax bracket and that is why they waited for the elections for the Republicans to take control of the house. Now that we have more Republicans in Congress, it is certain that the taxes will go back to Clinton era rates and we won’t lose the $700 billion dollars to the billionaires that don’t need it. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/07/eric-cantor-compromise-tax-cuts-obama_n_780029.html

Again we see that the Democratic strategy to safely wait it out has worked, for the Republicans. Or perhaps we are seeing the true colors of the Democrats who are being paid by the same set of billionaires who elect them.

Forget that corporations pay little of wealth for tax cuts after all their deductions and exceptions. And forget that use our infrastructure for their plants, buildings, shipping, advertising, and functions such as roads, the electrical grid and communications. http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Corporate_Welfare/TakeRichOffWelfare.html

But we shouldn’t expect companies and wealthy individuals to pay for what the rest of us have to pay for, should we? Thanks to the Democrats, Obama, and Republicans, they don’t have to.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

Rally to Restore Sanity Video Featuring Tex Shelters

In Current Events, Election Politics, Entertainment on November 6, 2010 at 15:39

Peace,
Tex Shelters

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