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WE VOTERS need to say NO MORE special interest funding of elections!!! Let’s keep the costs down so many others can afford to run! Replace 95% of all elected officials every 4 years for the house and every 6 years for the Senate. Not voting sends the wrong message and changes nothing. Lets’s demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/ Demand a change on the next ballot. Elected officials say NO to the voters and YES to corrupt special interest money. We need public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. Let citizens vote on this issue. http://www.publicampaign.org/ Who would be against Public Funding? The special interest money providers plus their bought and paid for politicians! When will the media get on the the band wagon for public financing of all elected political offices? Let’s keep the costs down so many others can afford to run!
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Rep Issa is among the extreme right. He wants to waste time and money investigating Obama much like the repubs did Clinton. Investigating Obamacare will save no one money not even the federal government. How to reduce the cost of the federal government in a large way? Mandate that all federal government employees including all elected officials use IMPROVED Medicare Insurance for All. Instead of using the most expensive medical insurance industry in the world. This would be having our government insure itself as some corporations and wealthy individuals do. This would be a frugal step in the right direction. The country needs new industry and jobs not political BS. Now I am calling for revolutionary steps and peaceful protest. WE VOTERS need to say NO MORE special interest funding of elections!!! It's getting us nowhere! Let’s keep the costs down so many others can afford to run! Replace 95% of all elected officials every 4 years in the house and every 6 years for the Senate. Not voting sends the wrong message and changes nothing. Incumbents say NO to the voters and YES to corrupt special interest money. Lets’s demand a new system : Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/ Public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. Let citizens vote on this issue. http://www.publicampaign.org/ When will the media get on the the band wagon for public financing of all elected political offices?
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2011 on Spending problems at Unfettered Letters
Medicare,medicaid and Social Security are not the problems. Michael True, Truthout: "At the beginning of the new year, consequences of 'life at war' stare us in the face: the victimization of military and civilian populations and a huge national debt, including an annual military budget that is larger than all military budgets in the world combined and includes $5 billion that remains unaccounted for in Iraq, as well as aid to Pakistan that has wound up in the hands of the Taliban.... Any responsible citizen acknowledges this painful history in the hope of redirecting US foreign policy in the future. The purpose of reclaiming it is not to open old wounds, but to encourage legislative and direct action committed to peacemaking. It is a call to critique the policies and competence of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the national security apparatus responsible for these disasters." Read the Article http://www.truth-out.org/us-war-since-1950-a-new-years-meditation66358 War is a money hole filled with blood!
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2011 on Democrats do care at Unfettered Letters
Medicare,medicaid and Social Security are not the problems. Michael True, Truthout: "At the beginning of the new year, consequences of 'life at war' stare us in the face: the victimization of military and civilian populations and a huge national debt, including an annual military budget that is larger than all military budgets in the world combined and includes $5 billion that remains unaccounted for in Iraq, as well as aid to Pakistan that has wound up in the hands of the Taliban.... Any responsible citizen acknowledges this painful history in the hope of redirecting US foreign policy in the future. The purpose of reclaiming it is not to open old wounds, but to encourage legislative and direct action committed to peacemaking. It is a call to critique the policies and competence of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the national security apparatus responsible for these disasters." Read the Article http://www.truth-out.org/us-war-since-1950-a-new-years-meditation66358 War is a money hole filled with blood!
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2011 on Social Security facts at Unfettered Letters
Election funding is ONE the of the big issues and spending wayyyyyyyy too much money is ANOTHER issue and allowing the Chamber of Commerce to launder political donation money is ANOTHER issue! How many are not getting caught? Why are the corporate special interests not held accountable? They are not less guilty. I say WE voters need to stop allowing congress to investigate and prosecute itself!!! When they violate laws it goes to the feds!!! Follow the Money! WE VOTERS need to say NO MORE special interest funding of elections!!! Let’s keep the costs down so many others can afford to run! Replace 95% of all elected officials every 4 years for the house and every 6 years for the Senate. Not voting sends the wrong message and changes nothing. Lets’s demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/ Demand a change on the next ballot. Incumbents say NO to the voters and YES to corrupt special interest money. We need public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. Let citizens vote on this issue. http://www.publicampaign.org/ Who would be against Public Funding? The special interest money providers plus their bought and paid for politicians! When will the media get on the the band wagon for public financing of all elected political offices? Let’s keep the costs down so many others can afford to run!
What Karl Rove,the Bush family,Koch brothers,Newt and other reckless spending neocons have in mind is to convince all of us taxpayers that our states are going broke in order to have corporate america slip in and take over government programs. CORPORATE AMERICA WANTS OUR TAX DOLLARS IN THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS so this group of thieves and frauds lie about government services in order to convince americans this is the way to go. HEY AMERICANS WHO IS IT THAT PERPETRATES FRAUD AGAINST MEDICARE,MEDICAL INSURANCE CONSUMERS,OUR RETIREMENT PLANS AND YOU AS A TAXPAYER ACROSS THE BOARD? IT IS WALL STREET,MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX,MEDICAL INSURANCE INDUSTRY, SEN. BILL FRIST FAMILY HMO’S ALSO KNOWN AS THE WHITE COLLAR THIEVES IN THE USA. WITH THE HELP OF THE RECKLESS NEOCON REPUBLICAN PARTY. THIS IS THE GROUP SPEWING LIES AND HATE ABOUT GOVERNMENT SERVCES!!! All of the above commit fraud against our government so the problem is NOT government programs... it is white collar frauds and criminals.
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2010 on Greed fest in progress at Unfettered Letters
What Karl Rove,the Bush family,Koch brothers,Newt and other reckless spending neocons have in mind is to convince all of us taxpayers that our states are going broke in order to have corporate america slip in and take over government programs. CORPORATE AMERICA WANTS OUR TAX DOLLARS IN THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS so this group of thieves and frauds lie about government services in order to convince americans this is the way to go. HEY AMERICANS WHO IS IT THAT PERPETRATES FRAUD AGAINST MEDICARE,MEDICAL INSURANCE CONSUMERS,OUR RETIREMENT PLANS AND YOU AS A TAXPAYER ACROSS THE BOARD? IT IS WALL STREET,MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX,MEDICAL INSURANCE INDUSTRY, SEN. BILL FRIST FAMILY HMO’S all of which are KNOWN AS THE WHITE COLLAR THIEVES IN THE USA.... WITH THE HELP OF THE RECKLESS NEOCON REPUBLICAN PARTY. THIS IS THE GROUP SPEWING LIES AND HATE ABOUT GOVERNMENT SERVCES!!! All of the above commit fraud against our government and we taxpayers so the problem is NOT government programs... it is white collar frauds and criminals.
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2010 on Name-calling wrong at Unfettered Letters
Bring The Troops Home!!! Private military and security companies operate in a legal vacuum: they pose a threat to civilians and to international human rights law. "the top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive, that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work." http://www.truth-out.org/beyond-wikileaks-files-the-privatization-war66239 War Profiteers http://www.corpwatch.org/section.php?id=176
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2010 on Bush’s leadership at Unfettered Letters
Food for thought: The war is killing the economy not medicare, Social Security, public education or food stamps!!! In 2008 it has been determined the cost of war is at $3 trillion. What the media and politicians are not revealing is the estimated 35,000 disabled troops and their families that we taxpayers must support and rightfully so. The cost could well be $5 trillion in 2011. 1. The U.S. health care system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $2 trillion annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes, according to a 2002 analysis published in Health Affairs by Harvard Medical School associate professors Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein. 2. Social Security adds to the deficit Reality: It's not just wrong—it's impossible! By law, Social Security's funds are separate from the budget, and it must pay its own way. That means that Social Security can't add one penny to the deficit. 3. Benefit cuts are the only way to fix Social Security. Reality: Social Security doesn't need to be fixed. Baby boomers were being planned for decades ago. But if we want to strengthen it, here's a better way: Make the rich pay their fair share. If the very rich paid taxes on all of their income, Social Security would be sustainable for decades to come. Right now, high earners only pay Social Security taxes on the first $106,000 of their income. But conservatives insist benefit cuts are the only way because they want to protect the super-rich from paying their fair share. 4. Politicians forget to tell the news media privatizing Social Security will add $700 billion to the deficit annually for the next 20 years. 5. Letting tax cuts for the top 2 percent—which were never meant to be permanent—expire as scheduled would pay down the federal debt by $700 billion over the next ten years. 6. Medicare is NOT free. Millions of people using medicare insurance STILL pay into medicare insurance every month. 7. Social Security is free??? No way jose’ people have been paying into this small nest egg for about 80 year 8. The military industrial complex requires 60% of every tax dollar.... way tooo much money. REDUCE THIS BY 50%! Food for thought: The war is killing the economy not medicare, Social Security, public education or food stamps!!!
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2010 on War in Afghanistan at Unfettered Letters
Food for thought: The war is killing the economy not medicare, Social Security, public education or food stamps!!! In 2008 it has been determined the cost of war is at $3 trillion. What the media and politicians are not revealing is the estimated 35,000 disabled troops and their families that we taxpayers must support and rightfully so. The cost could well be $5 trillion in 2011. 1. The U.S. health care system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $2 trillion annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes, according to a 2002 analysis published in Health Affairs by Harvard Medical School associate professors Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein. 2. Social Security adds to the deficit Reality: It's not just wrong—it's impossible! By law, Social Security's funds are separate from the budget, and it must pay its own way. That means that Social Security can't add one penny to the deficit. 3. Benefit cuts are the only way to fix Social Security. Reality: Social Security doesn't need to be fixed. Baby boomers were being planned for decades ago. But if we want to strengthen it, here's a better way: Make the rich pay their fair share. If the very rich paid taxes on all of their income, Social Security would be sustainable for decades to come. Right now, high earners only pay Social Security taxes on the first $106,000 of their income. But conservatives insist benefit cuts are the only way because they want to protect the super-rich from paying their fair share. 4. Politicians forget to tell the news media privatizing Social Security will add $700 billion to the deficit annually for the next 20 years. 5. Letting tax cuts for the top 2 percent—which were never meant to be permanent—expire as scheduled would pay down the federal debt by $700 billion over the next ten years. 6. Medicare is NOT free. Millions of people using medicare insurance STILL pay into medicare insurance every month. 7. Social Security is free??? No way jose’ people have been paying into this small nest egg for about 80 year 8. The military industrial complex requires 60% of every tax dollar.... way tooo much money. REDUCE THIS BY 50%! Food for thought: The war is killing the economy not medicare, Social Security, public education or food stamps!!!
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2010 on War is not the answer at Unfettered Letters
Food for thought: The war is killing the economy not medicare, Social Security, public education or food stamps!!! In 2008 it has been determined the cost of war is at $3 trillion. What the media and politicians are not revealing is the estimated 35,000 disabled troops and their families that we taxpayers must support and rightfully so. The cost could well be $5 trillion in 2011. 1. The U.S. health care system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $2 trillion annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes, according to a 2002 analysis published in Health Affairs by Harvard Medical School associate professors Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein. 2. Social Security adds to the deficit Reality: It's not just wrong—it's impossible! By law, Social Security's funds are separate from the budget, and it must pay its own way. That means that Social Security can't add one penny to the deficit. 3. Benefit cuts are the only way to fix Social Security. Reality: Social Security doesn't need to be fixed. Baby boomers were being planned for decades ago. But if we want to strengthen it, here's a better way: Make the rich pay their fair share. If the very rich paid taxes on all of their income, Social Security would be sustainable for decades to come. Right now, high earners only pay Social Security taxes on the first $106,000 of their income. But conservatives insist benefit cuts are the only way because they want to protect the super-rich from paying their fair share. 4. Politicians forget to tell the news media privatizing Social Security will add $700 billion to the deficit annually for the next 20 years. ========= 5. Letting tax cuts for the top 2 percent—which were never meant to be permanent—expire as scheduled would pay down the federal debt by $700 billion over the next ten years. ========== 6. Medicare is NOT free. Millions of people using medicare insurance STILL pay into medicare insurance every month. 7. Social Security is free??? No way jose’ people have been paying into this small nest egg for about 80 year 8. The military industrial complex requires 60% of every tax dollar.... way tooo much money. REDUCE THIS BY 50%! Food for thought: The war is killing the economy not medicare, Social Security, public education or food stamps!!!
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2010 on New party of ‘no’ at Unfettered Letters
Empower the students! Empower the Instructors! WE can make anything work! Let's consider that many parents are working and some may not have the background necessary to address a students subject matter. Let's take on this challenge. While at the same time improving academics! Let's Support More learning = eliminating No Child Left Behind yet preparing our students for the real world of higher education which could be a 2 year community college,4 year college or Vo-Tech. *School hours: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM Eliminates public school traffic from the morning rush hour. If students need dropped off a bit early perhaps lab work,art projects,wood working or exercise could be scheduled. Exercise = power walk,swimming,cycling/elliptical or aerobics *Exercise = energy generation ( sometime between 11-2 each day new energy is welcome) *Is there necessarily any need for students to be doing class per se 5 days a week? *IF the objective in fact is to empower the student, feed comprehension, improve testing based on learning, to be productive in addition creating a less stressful environment yet more interesting. Scheduling two whole school days to home work and exercise during the school week surely would be beneficial. Thinking outside the box - Beginning at the Junior High Level *Let's talk 3 days in class per se and two days to read, do written homework,math,science,art projects in class rooms etc etc and exercise in the gym or outdoors. Every student does exercise time no matter what. AGAIN let's consider that many parents are working and some may not have the background necessary to address a students subject matter. *Yes the the teaching staff would still be at school 5 days a week. No doubt they could find plenty to do. Grading papers,preparing for tests/lab experiments etc etc and help students with homework. * Perhaps this new concept could ease number of after hours at home for instructors Not only would they be doing themselves some benefit but also be there for students who have questions and/or need assistance with homework. It would seem that two days available for assisting students,if necessary, plus scheduled exercise time would be equally as beneficial as "class time per se". *The school library would be open as well for research. *This suggested new scheduling would be preparing students for the college and/or Vo-Tech daily routine. *Could it save revenue? Who knows? *Why not declare Tuesday and Thursday as days for study and exercise? Both of which are good for the brain cells? Change is sometimes difficult but maybe the time has come.
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2010 on Troubled U.S. schools at Unfettered Letters
How to fix the problem: 1. Cut off the war which will save billions upon billions each year! 2. Cut off the war which will stop more soldiers from being disabled at a cost of $3-$5 trillion dollars. 3. Remove the BUSH tax breaks and close all tax dollar loopholes 4. Remove " corporate welfare" across the board 5. STOP special interest funding of elections and replace with: Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/ Public financing of campaigns. http://www.publicampaign.org/ 6. IMPROVED Medicare Insurance for ALL which will: * reduce the cost of governments,universities,public school districts and business operations significantly * create an estimated 2.6 million jobs * reduce the cost of medical insurance substantially to all
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2010 on Money, greed, lobbyists at Unfettered Letters
How to fix the problem: 1. Cut off the war which will save billions upon billions each year! 2. Cut off the war which will stop more soldiers from being disabled at a cost of $3-$5 trillion dollars. 3. Remove the BUSH tax breaks and close all tax dollar loopholes 4. Remove " corporate welfare" across the board 5. STOP special interest funding of elections and replace with: Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/ Public financing of campaigns. http://www.publicampaign.org/ 6. IMPROVED Medicare Insurance for ALL which will: * reduce the cost of governments,universities,public school districts and business operations significantly * create an estimated 2.6 million jobs * reduce the cost of medical insurance substantially to all
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2010 on Bush tax cuts for rich at Unfettered Letters
The Bush name is associated with a colorful pattern and one to be concerned about. The Reagan/ Bush Savings and Loan Heist( millions out of work) "There are several ways in which the Bush family plays into the Savings and Loan scandal, which involves not only many members of the Bush family but also many other politicians that are still in office and were part of the Bush Jr. administration. Jeb Bush, George Bush Sr., and his son Neil Bush have all been implicated in the Savings and Loan Scandal, which cost American tax payers over $1.4 TRILLION dollars (note that this was about one quarter of our national debt"). The Reagan/Bush savings and loan heist was considered the largest theft in history at the time. George Herbert Walker Bush then took $1.4 trillion of taxpayers money to cover the theft. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm 2. The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers(millions out of work) Yes, substantial fraud was involved. For example, mortgage companies and banks used deceit to get people to take on mortgages when there was no possibility that the borrowers would be able to meet the payments. Not only was this fraud, but this fraud depended on government authorities(Bush admin) ignoring their regulatory responsibilities." http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html 3. Only 3 major Financial Institutions were at risk in spite of what we’re told ? "There were just a handful of institutions that were terribly weakened. AIG the insurer, Bank of America and Citigroup, \Those three were clearly in very weakened form. Many of the other big banks simply were not. http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2010 on History according to Bush at Unfettered Letters
Nearly 15 million people are officially counted as unemployed in the United States, and more than 6 million of these have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks. Another 11 million are the “hidden” unemployed: jobless workers who have given up looking for work and part-time workers who want full-time jobs. Unemployment has especially affected minority communities; the official black teenage unemployment rate, for example, stands at 42%. Borrowing by the federal government can in some situations create a real burden, but it has less to do with generational transfers and more to do with distributional issues and the nature of economic growth (discussed above). If the grandchildren who are taxed in the future to pay off government debt are poorer than the grandchildren who are paid, the distribution of income becomes more unequal. Also, cutting taxes for the rich and spending money on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan do not lead to the kind of productive economic growth that generates strong tax revenue. So financing these by debt does create a real distributional burden: The rich and military contractors benefit, but the losers are those who might be taxed, or those whose government programs might be squeezed out of the budget, because of the need to pay interest on the debt. Borrowing money to put people back to work does make sense. It helps people most in need, the unemployed. It provides them with income that they can use to pay taxes and to buy goods and services that create more jobs, more income, and more tax revenue. Indeed, our inability thus far to seriously tackle the unemployment problem is what has worsened the budget problem, as tax receipts have fallen and spending for unemployment benefits and food stamps have risen. An analysis by the Economic Policy Institute reveals that the largest source of the 2009 budget deficit (42%) was actually the recession itself. We will leave a burden for our grandchildren if we don‘t address the urgent problem of unemployment, if we let parents and grandparents suffer the indignities and financial hardships of lost jobs. We will leave a burden for our grandchildren if we don‘t rebuild our aging infrastructure, break our reliance on fossil fuels, and provide all our children with an excellent education. It makes perfect sense to borrow money now to address these problems, and we shouldn‘t let myths about budget deficits get in the way of meeting these real needs. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0510wolfson.html
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2010 on Obama draws ire at Unfettered Letters
Medical Insurance industry gets away with billions in over charges ( did you get your refund yet?) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/24/AR2009062401636.html
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2010 on Improve Medicare at Unfettered Letters
Election funding is ONE the of the big issues and spending wayyyyyyyy too much money is ANOTHER issue and allowing the Chamber of Commerce to launder political donation money is ANOTHER issue! Why are the corporate special interests not held accountable? They are not less guilty. Follow the Money! WE VOTERS need to say NO MORE special interest funding of elections!!! Let’s keep the costs down so many others can afford to run! Replace 95% of all elected officials every 4 years for the house and every 6 years for the Senate. Not voting sends the wrong message and changes nothing. Lets’s demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/ Demand a change on the next ballot. Incumbents say NO to the voters and YES to corrupt special interest money. We need public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. Let citizens vote on this issue. http://www.publicampaign.org/ Who would be against Public Funding? The special interest money providers plus their bought and paid for politicians! When will the media get on the the band wagon for public financing of all elected political offices? AGAIN Let’s keep the costs down so many others can afford to run!
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2010 on Politics vs. pride in U.S. at Unfettered Letters
Dwight Eisenhower was last Republican President to preside over a balanced budget. He had a balanced budget in 1956 and 1957. Since then, there have been two presidents to preside over balanced budgets, LBJ in 1969 and Clinton in 1998 through 2001. During the last 40 years there have been five budget surpluses, all five were under Democratic Presidents: 1969, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. To clarify, congress authorizes the budget. Between 1955 and 1981 Democrats held majorities in both chambers of Congress. From 1981 - 1987 republicans controlled the Senate, while Democrats held onto the House and then regained the Senate while holding controlling the House as well from 1987 -1995. So the question is misleading in that the president alone cannot balance a budget. Congress has authority over financial and budgetary matters. One point that is often misunderstood is that the budget for a President's first year in office is set by the prior President. Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Which_republican_president_balanced_a_budget#ixzz17HmmoFRx
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2010 on GOP’s flawed logic at Unfettered Letters
What can be done?” Here is what can be done. The wars, which benefit no one but the military-security complex and Israel’s territorial expansion, can be immediately ended. This would reduce the US budget deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars per year. More hundreds of billions of dollars could be saved by cutting the rest of the military budget which, in its present size, exceeds the budgets of all the serious military powers on earth combined. US military spending reflects the unaffordable and unattainable crazed neoconservative goal of US Empire and world hegemony. What fool in Washington thinks that China is going to finance US hegemony over China? The only way that the US will again have an economy is by bringing back the offshored jobs. The loss of these jobs impoverished Americans while producing oversized gains for Wall Street, shareholders, and corporate executives. These jobs can be brought home where they belong by taxing corporations according to where value is added to their product. If value is added to their goods and services in China, corporations would have a high tax rate. If value is added to their goods and services in the US, corporations would have a low tax rate. This change in corporate taxation would offset the cheap foreign labor that has sucked jobs out of America, and it would rebuild the ladders of upward mobility that made America an opportunity society. If the wars are not immediately stopped and the jobs brought back to America, the US is relegated to the trash bin of history. Obviously, the corporations and Wall Street would use their financial power and campaign contributions to block any legislation that would reduce short-term earnings and bonuses by bringing jobs back to America. Americans have no greater enemies than Wall Street and the corporations and their prostitutes in Congress and the White House. The neocons allied with Israel, who control both parties and much of the media, are strung out on the ecstasy of Empire. The United States and the welfare of its 300 million people cannot be restored unless the neocons, Wall Street, the corporations, and their servile slaves in Congress and the White House can be defeated. Without a revolution, Americans are history. http://www.zerohedge.com/article/founder-reaganomics-says-without-revolution-americans-are-history Dr. Paul Craig Roberts is the father of Reaganomics and the former head of policy at the Department of Treasury. He is a columnist and was previously the editor of the Wall Street Journal. His latest book, “How the Economy Was Lost: The War of the Worlds,” details why America is disintegrating.
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2010 on GOP’s flawed logic at Unfettered Letters
What can be done?” Here is what can be done. The wars, which benefit no one but the military-security complex and Israel’s territorial expansion, can be immediately ended. This would reduce the US budget deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars per year. More hundreds of billions of dollars could be saved by cutting the rest of the military budget which, in its present size, exceeds the budgets of all the serious military powers on earth combined. US military spending reflects the unaffordable and unattainable crazed neoconservative goal of US Empire and world hegemony. What fool in Washington thinks that China is going to finance US hegemony over China? The only way that the US will again have an economy is by bringing back the offshored jobs. The loss of these jobs impoverished Americans while producing oversized gains for Wall Street, shareholders, and corporate executives. These jobs can be brought home where they belong by taxing corporations according to where value is added to their product. If value is added to their goods and services in China, corporations would have a high tax rate. If value is added to their goods and services in the US, corporations would have a low tax rate. This change in corporate taxation would offset the cheap foreign labor that has sucked jobs out of America, and it would rebuild the ladders of upward mobility that made America an opportunity society. If the wars are not immediately stopped and the jobs brought back to America, the US is relegated to the trash bin of history. Obviously, the corporations and Wall Street would use their financial power and campaign contributions to block any legislation that would reduce short-term earnings and bonuses by bringing jobs back to America. Americans have no greater enemies than Wall Street and the corporations and their prostitutes in Congress and the White House. The neocons allied with Israel, who control both parties and much of the media, are strung out on the ecstasy of Empire. The United States and the welfare of its 300 million people cannot be restored unless the neocons, Wall Street, the corporations, and their servile slaves in Congress and the White House can be defeated. Without a revolution, Americans are history. http://www.zerohedge.com/article/founder-reaganomics-says-without-revolution-americans-are-history Dr. Paul Craig Roberts is the father of Reaganomics and the former head of policy at the Department of Treasury. He is a columnist and was previously the editor of the Wall Street Journal. His latest book, “How the Economy Was Lost: The War of the Worlds,” details why America is disintegrating.
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2010 on GOP’s flawed logic at Unfettered Letters
Let's reduce health care costs by getting rid of the medical insurance industry. Why? Because the medical insurance industry does not provide health care. But they are a whopping expense. And most consumers do not spend what is paid out annually per policy. Improved Medicare Insurance for All would provide real medical insurance reform! The United States spends twice as much as other industrialized nations on healthcare – $8160 per capita – yet performs poorly in comparison and leaves over 46 million people without health coverage and millions more inadequately covered. Expanded and Improved Medicare Insurance for All is one of the solutions. - Easy to Implement: Medicare has been in existence since 1966, it provides healthcare to those 65 and older, and satisfaction levels are high. The structure is already in place and can be easily expanded to cover everyone. - Simple: One entity – established by the government – would handle billing and payment at a cost significantly lower than private insurance companies. Private insurance companies spend about 31% of every healthcare dollar on administration. Medicare now spends about 3%. - Real Choice: An expanded and improved Medicare for All would provide personal choice of doctors and other healthcare providers. While financing would be public, providers would remain private. As with Medicare, you choose your doctor, your hospital, and other healthcare providers. - State and Local Tax Relief: Medicare for All would assume the costs of healthcare delivery, thus relieving the states and local governments of the cost of healthcare, including Medicaid, and as a result reduce State and local tax burdens. - Expanded coverage: Would cover all medically necessary healthcare services – no more rationing by private insurance companies. There would be no limits on coverage, no co-pays or deductibles, and services would include not only primary and specialized care but also prescription drugs, dental, vision, mental health services, and long-term care. - Everyone In, Nobody Out: Everyone would be eligible and covered. No longer would doctors ask what insurance you have before they treat you. - No More Overpriced Private Health Insurance: Medicare for All would eliminate the need for private health insurance companies who put profit before healthcare, unfairly limit choice, restrict who gets coverage, and force people into bankruptcy. - Lower Costs: Most people will pay significantly less for healthcare. Savings will be achieved in reduced administrative costs and in negotiated prices for prescription drugs. http://www.healthcare-now.org/
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2010 on Improve Medicare at Unfettered Letters
In the wake of the ongoing catastrophe of the Gulf oil spill, lots of people have been asking us how they can reduce their oil consumption in their daily lives. Here's our top ten(Greenpeace): 1. Carpool, cycle or use public transport to go to work. 2. Choose when possible products packaged without plastic and recycle or re-use containers. 3. Buy organic fruits and vegetables (fertilisers and pesticides are based on oil more often than not). 4. Buy beauty products (shampoo, soap, make-up) based on natural ingredients, not oil. 5. Choose when possible locally produced products (less transport involved). 6. Buy clothes made out of organic cotton or hemp - not from oil derivatives. 7. Use non-disposable items in picnics and summer festivals. 8. Quit bottled water. 9. Fly less. 10. Demand that your government encourage renewable energy instead of oil. ------------------------------------------------------- 11. STOP using plastic bags at the grocery store. Take you own bags and coolers for produce and refrigerated items. Do it all the time Produce does NOT need those plastic bags at least from my experience as a shopper and produce manager. Sometimes I forget so all of the groceries go on the seat and/or the floor with zero bags. Believe it or not....... all products survive the experience.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2010 on Blame Bush? at Unfettered Letters
Perhaps no one knew other than Bush admin how relaxed rules had gotten. There were no formal announcements. Obama had to find out the hard way. Did Bush and Cheney announce they were turning a blind eye to home and commercial creative bank financing? No. But we all know now. How can Obama clean up after Bush/Cheney in 18 months? There is no way.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2010 on Blame Bush? at Unfettered Letters
President Obama - YOU could do a better job if you were not so concerned with bridge building. Repubs are not interested in working together. Pres Obama YOU are not the problem. It would not matter which democrat would have been elected the repubs would be playing the same damn game. Pres Obama if you were Marilyn Monroe,Fred Astaire,Liza Minelli or Eric Clapton it would be the same old repub show. They did it to Bill Clinton. They only want the power not economic growth,new industry or keeping americans employed. President Obama BRING Ralph Nader on board. Work Together! He has offered americans great and useful knowledge for decades and he knows government well. It sure was the previous admin that destroyed the economy and 11 million jobs. Jobs that will NOT be returning. Since the previous government destroyed the economy and jobs it must the responsibility of the new government to restore the economy and jobs. Corp america will only take OUR tax dollars and run. Therefore MY government must somehow directly fund new opportunities. I spent 9 years on a college campus. One day I decided to take up Horticulture in a great Vo-Tech program. Then became successful at Landscape and Landscape Maintenance as my own boss 42 years ago. I must say the level of education a good Vo Tech insititution can provide is astounding. My instructor was a Phd. Win win win. Before I became truly successful I came a across a Government funded CETA position with a park department. The city would pay Jr College tuition to improve the current job position so I thought what the hell the Vo-Tech program prepped me well why not go for an Associates Degree. Upon graduation I canvassed an exclusive neighborhood and within 3 days I was hired to manage an estate of a British family who proceeded to pay my asking hourly wage. Additionally they offered sweet company benefits. After 3 years I gathered a fair amount of NEW accounts and went off on my own. So between a Vo-tech program, a CETA landcape job at a zoo, a Jr college and a wonderful British couple this family has done well. Let's not forget this all started at the VO-Tech level which has paid back the USA and this family in a big way. Learning skills is an important as a four year degree.