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July – Week 4 Summary

30 Jul

July 24, 2011

  1. A lot of people have been suspicious for a while now that the cards have been stacked in the corporations and wealthy’s favor. That corporations bought and paid for our government, so that they would bow to their will. That endless comments about trickle-down economics, and tax cuts for the wealthy was all just a giant pile of crap. That corporations, when left unchecked, will stop at nothing to maximize profits for themselves, even if that means screwing over their employees and/or customers. Proof has begun rearing its ugly head. A recent report in a JP Morgan memo to its investors said, “US labor compensation is now at a 50-year low relative to both company sales and US GDP.” The memo continues by explaining why corporate profits are so strong while the rest of the working class are struggling, “reductions in wages and benefits explain the majority of the net improvement in margins.” 75% of the increase in profit margins directly correlate with the reduction in workers’ wages. The free market is supposed to work in worker’s favors as well as consumers, problem is, when the economy turns to crap, unemployment rates are high, and the competing employers are all screwing their workforce why try to be better? JP Morgan is one example in a sea of unscrupulous employers, stiffing their employees, knowing full well that the chances you’ll ditch them for a better employer is low, why would you leave and risk unemployment for who know’s how long. All so that they can maximize their returns. This story couldn’t be more timely, just last week Goldman Sachs terminated nearly 1000 employees because they only made a little over $1 billion in profits. (Full story on Politicus)

July 25, 2011

  1. Just to make sure you haven’t forgotten about that despicable excuse for a human being, here’s a story about Glenn Beck. A few days following an attack at the Labour Party youth camp in Norway Glenn covered the event on his radio program, he had this to say. “Saturday I was following the news of the shooting in Norway and the explosion in Norway…When we heard the explosion everybody was willing to say, it’s Muslim extremists, it’s Muslim extremists…and as the thing started to unfold and there was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler Youth or you know whatever. Who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing…” Let’s break this down.Seeing as Muslim extremists don’t really seem to have any beef with Norway I highly doubt that that was even a remotely logical reaction. From what I’ve seen of the news coming out, the attacks were perpetrated by Anders Behring Breivik, a member of some “extreme right-wing groups” in Britain. Mr. Beck, this attacker is more closely related to you than a Muslim extremist. Interesting side-note, Fox News was very careful during the coverage of this event to even mention his right-wing associations, going so far as to suggest that he acted upon a deep fears of Islamic extremism. Now we get to the most irritating part of Beck’s words, comparing this political camp to the Hitler Youth. Beck, unless they’re convincing children that Jews are to blame for the world’s problems you’ve gone way too far. Even if this could be considered indoctrination, seems a bit hypocritical on your part, seeing as just this month your Tampa 9/12 project held a summer camp for kids. This camps purpose? “Learning the principles of liberty, free markets, and limited government.” The voting age in Norway is 18, its important that children be exposed to the finer details of politics. Better that than them stepping blind into the arena, completely unaware of the game or the rules. Voters need to make informed decisions so that their votes aren’t wasted, none of us know for certain the topics discussed at this camp, just as the only ones that know what was discussed at your camp were the ones that attended. If this camp in Norway is wrong, so is yours. (Full story on Politicus)
  2. If any of you happened to watch Obama’s speech regarding our nation’s debt and the government’s budgets you probably caught the moment where he mentioned Reagan raised the debt ceiling 18 times and W. Bush seven times. In case anyone is calling BS on that you’ll be happy to note that PolitiFact checked out Obama’s claims and has confirmed that they are 100% accurate. How strange…Republicans have never had an issue raising the debt ceiling before…with Republican Presidents. Now that we’re rapidly approaching August 2nd and the risk of the government defaulting on its debt the Republicans are refusing to budge on their position. They want drastic cuts to numerous beneficial programs that all of us have been paying into and not even considering the option of increasing tax revenue from the wealthy and corporations. This isn’t about patriotism, they aren’t doing this because they believe that anything but their way would be going against the founding fathers principles, anybody that believes that clearly doesn’t know what the founding fathers wanted (even back then they suggested that the wealthy would carry a higher responsibility for contributing to the common good). This is nothing more than the Republicans wanting to discredit Obama and lay the blame on him for destroying the economy and allowing our government to default on its debt. And all they have to do is ignore any attempts at compromise and stubbornly suggest a proposal that would harm the already injured middle and lower classes. The Republicans think this puts them in a win-win situation, as long as they don’t compromise. If Obama doesn’t bend to their will and the government defaults, they can’t point their fingers. If Obama agrees to their demands and all those cuts are made, hurting the middle and lower class, they can point their fingers again. They see this as their golden opportunity to take the White House back and start running the country the way they want it run, in whatever way makes them and their corporate masters the most wealthy. (See the research on PolitiFact)
July 26, 2011
  1. On Democratic Underground a registered user, going by the name FourScore, posted a short comment entitled, “I was talking to my 83 year old father (who lives in GA) on the phone the other day and he said:” what followed was the two most truthful and logical statements spoken in regards to our current government and what’s happening to this nation. “The problem with America today is that the Republicans hate — truly hate — their President more than they love their country. And they will run this country into the ground to prove it.” That’s it, he hit the nail square on the head. Anyone who suggests that this isn’t the case, based on our government’s recent behavior, is in some sort of denial. This kind of back-and-forth see-saw action will continue until the majority of voters get wise to the government’s BS and decide to do something about it. Republicans more interested in destroying our President’s reputation than fixing our country’s problems. Democrats to chicken shit to stand up to the Republican’s childish behavior and put a food down. The Republican’s want the Democrats to compromise themselves into oblivion so that, come 2012 elections, they can point their fingers at the Democrats in hopes of scoring big across all of Congress. The vicious cycle will continue, anyone who thinks that a Rep. President with a majority Rep. Congress will benefit us all is quite delusional (are you forgetting who they truly serve?). Political parties, campaign contributions, these things are causing problems and it’s time for them to go. (See the quote on Democratic Underground)
  2. The douche-bag governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, is at again. In attempt to solidify Republican votes throughout the state in the upcoming elections, Scott signed into law, legislation require a state issued ID to vote. Doesn’t sound so bad at first, until you see what he’s doing now. His administration is putting the finishing touches on a plan to shut down nearly 16 DMV locations, one of the few places one could obtain a state issued ID from. A Democratic lawmaker, shortly after, pointed out that the locations of these doomed DMV offices were in primarily Democratic areas of the state while also mentioning that it appeared DMV locations in primarily Republican districts were going to be benefiting from expanded hours. Step 1 – Crush public employee union powers. Step 2 – Screw over said public employees, starting with teachers, eventually leading to lower quality teaching, less educated people are more likely to not vote (source). Step 3 – Restrict voting to those carrying state issued IDs, then close primarily Democratic area’s DMV locations to increase difficulty of non-licensed voters to obtain required documents while simultaneously increasing hours of DMV offices in Republican areas to help get your Republican voters ready. Step 4 – Republican’s potentially win upcoming election and continue to fulfill the destiny set for them by the Kochs. (Full story on Wonkette)
July 27, 2011
  1. Now the budget debate is really getting interesting. John McCain accused his fellow conservatives of “deceving” America into believing that a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution would ever pass the Senate. A video of his accusal can be found at the link to the full story, the author of the post said he unleashed an “angry tirade at conservatives.” When someone from within your circle calls you out, that means there’s a problem. (Full story on Washington Post)
  2. The irony behind this brings a smile to my face. A section of cross-shaped steel girders from the destroyed World Trade Center was discovered during cleanup and it was decided that it should be blessed and presented as a memorial in the currently under construction museum at ground zero. Well, turns out members of American Atheists aren’t too happy about this. They have subsequently sued for the rights of their fellow Atheists and the numerous other faiths that perished in the 9/11 attacks. According to the lawsuit, among the 2,792 people that died that day, 31 were Muslim Americans, between 400 and 500 were Jewish Americans, and nearly 500 were non-religious Americans. Now personally, I don’t care if they put this cross in the museum, its an interesting reminder of what happened that day. However, what I immediately thought of when I saw this was several months ago, all that hub-bub about them wanting to put a Mosque near Ground Zero (once the sensationalist BS ended the truth came out that it was a Muslim youth center, for everyone, with nothing more than a prayer room inside that was several blocks away). The conservatives were up in arms, despite the fact that numerous innocent Muslims died that day, somehow, the thought of a Mosque being built nearby the former World Trade Center was like spitting in the face of the victims. Now here we are, putting a cross (a Christian religious icon) in a museum at ground zero and someone…other than your standard Christian conservative has a problem with it. I can just hear the arguments now, “We’re a Christian nation, get over it,” “It’s just a cross, get over it,” “You’re going to hell for suing over something Christian,” I could go on. Point is, now that the tables have turned you can bet the Christian conservatives will think this is no big deal, not even considering how ironic that makes the situation. Like I said, if they want to put this cross in the museum, I really don’t see why that’s a problem, I doubt they intend to imply everyone that died that day was a Christian. (Full story on USA Today)
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