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Who’s going to blink?

10:22 am in Uncategorized by

Once again the people we sent to Washington, D. C., are engaged in a staring match. They think the first one to blink loses the 2014 mid-term election.

The future of our country boils down to a game of chicken between a bunch of rich people that won’t have trouble finding a job if the economy goes back into the toilet.

Most of them will keep their high-paying jobs in the House, the Senate, and the White House. Those that don’t get re-elected will be replaced by more people that haven’t worried about having enough money to buy gas to go to work in many years…if ever.

I fell down when I got home from my day job Tuesday. I slipped on the ice in my driveway and landed shin-first on a pile of ice chunks that had fallen off of my roof. It hurt pretty badly, but the initial pain subsided.

I went to my part-time job. Twenty minutes after getting there, I couldn’t put any weight on my leg. I had a baseball-sized lump about four inches below my knee, and the pain actually burned. I couldn’t stand to have my pant leg touch my skin.

First, I tried to do my job. I needed the money to buy gas to go to my day job. Two weeks earlier, I’d missed both my part-time shifts because I was flat on my back with a terrible cold. I had already missed one whole paycheck (a whopping $56.00 after taxes), and I didn’t want to go home early…I’d be giving up nearly half of another weekly paycheck.

I got to the point where I had to go home because I couldn’t do anything but say, “Ouch,” and curse. I could barely work the gas and brake pedals.

I was convinced that I’d broken my leg, but I kept thinking how much it would cost (even with insurance) to go to the emergency room. I lay on the couch and iced the shin. I took some ibuprofen and hoped it would get better…it did. By bedtime, I could put weight on it. By morning I was still sore, but I could walk.

I’ve still got a golf-ball sized lump and my entire right shin is a giant bruise, but I didn’t go to the doctor or the emergency room. I worked my whole part-time shift Thursday night. I was slow, but I got the job done.

I’m not telling this story to get pity. I don’t think I bravely faced adversity. I imagine that 95 percent of you have a similar story. You’ve gone to work sick or hurt. You’ve foregone medical care, and you’ve done these things because you couldn’t afford to lose time or pay another medical bill.

Back to the arrogant sons-of-bitches in Washington, D. C. When was the last time one of them worked sick or hurt because they needed every hour they could scrounge? When was the last time one of them got injured and didn’t go to the doctor because they were scared of the bill?

The answer, of course, is, it was a very long time ago…if ever.

Now, these bastards are playing chicken with our future. If they run this economy into the ground to prove who has the biggest wang, they won’t have to choose between work and medical care.

They are playing poker with our money. They are wagering our health and welfare just so they can say, “The other guy blinked. Ha-ha-ha.” They should be ashamed, but they have been whores for so long that they have no shame.

Neither the right nor the left in Washington, D. C., have a clue what a tightrope most Americans walk every day. The drop ceiling in our tiny bathroom rusted out and the ceiling fell in. It took less than $75.00 to replace, but that $75.00 was supposed to be for food and gas.

The sons-of-bitches in Washington, D. C., don’t understand that my example is typical of life in America today, and I have two jobs. We don’t drink or do drugs or have expensive hobbies. Life is our only hobby, and Washington, D. C., doesn’t understand or apparently care how hard it can be.

I’m not looking for pity or a handout…I could use a hand. Corporate profits are at an all-time high. The CEOs of companies that make nothing get bonus checks in the 8-figure range and beyond while their corporation pay no income taxes.

Just remember this when some politician asks you to send them back to Washington, D. C.

Republicans and Democrats are screwing the pooch when it comes to taking care of average Americans. They are doing a marvelous job of bending over for Wall Street and the rest of the upper 1 percent, but, those guys pay better than we do.

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Wealthy White Guys

12:46 pm in Uncategorized by

Since matter and mass can neither be created nor destroyed (Please, uber quantum geeks, don’t nitpick my explanation of E=MC2), everything that eventually became me was present when the universe was created.

The bits of me and all my ancestors were propelled by that Big Bang outward in the direction of what was to become the Milky Way galaxy. My bits became a baby boy in 1954 in the United States of America.

Back then, Wealthy White Guys (WWG) ran the whole shebang. WWG decided who could go where and when they could go there. They set the rules for all the non- WWG that inhabited the United States of America along with them.

Being a WWG is really fun; you get to set the rules, but you didn’t have to follow them. Being a WWG in America was always more fun than being a non-WWG.

After WWG, Wealthy White Women are allowed to have the most fun and so on down the line until the bottom level where no fun is allowed…These are the people with nothing left to lose.

WWG were able to maintain their social structure by pointing out that they could revoke whatever people had at all the levels all the way down the line. “Oh, you think separate drinking fountains are demeaning? What if we don’t let you drink any water at all?”

This unique form of punishment worked well for a long time, but (and I claim no credit for this), just before I was born, the shit began to hit the fan.

The WWG had their asses handed to them in 1954 when the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were un-Constitutional (Brown vs the Board of Education).

Segregation of white and Negro children in the public schools of a State solely on the basis of race, pursuant to state laws permitting or requiring such segregation, denies to Negro children the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment — even though the physical facilities and other “tangible” factors of white and Negro schools may be equal.

WWG slapped themselves upside their own heads and said, “Fuck, why did we ever write the 14th Amendment? This is going to be trouble.”

And it was, but it was manageable. Hell, it was still more fun to be a WWG than anything else. WWG made even more money, and they insulated themselves from non-WWG.

But disaster struck.

The WWG got the news that, early in the next century, more Brown babies than White babies would be born. They needed to have a plan. They got Ronald Reagan elected, and, after Ronald Reagan, they got George H. W. Bush elected. Their plan was to lock up the White House far into the future.

The plan was to tame the regulatory tiger to the point where the WWG could have so damn much money that they could buy the country back from the non-WWG.

It was a good plan, but it got derailed by three things; an anemic economy, a radical WWG named Ross Perot, and Bill Clinton dragging the Democratic Party closer to the political middle.

The WWG tried to destroy Bill Clinton, but in the end, Bill prevailed and occupied the White House for eight years.

You know the rest of the story. This country is still run by WWG who are desperately trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube. They’ve had some major victories, but, they got too greedy in Dubya’s second term and they opened the door for non-WWG Barack Obama.

The WWG are scared. Why are they scared? They have so much money they will never run out, BUT they look at wealth as a finite thing. They believe that every dollar a non-WWG makes is a dollar they lose.

Remember that group at the bottom…the people with nothing to lose? Well, that group is growing larger every day. WWG have been in charge so long that they think they can control anyone, but they never have been able to control those with nothing more to lose, and nearly everything they do swells those ranks.

Just from a survival standpoint, I’ve never understood the WWG. How about they take some of their money and give people quality health care, education, and jobs?

If the WWG keep trying to hold all the cards, the people with nothing left to lose finally will figure out what’s happening, and the WWG will have to spend plenty of their precious money defending their property.

WWG see the economy as a game of musical chairs, and they seem willing to do almost anything to make sure they get all the chairs.

The WWG have always gotten this part wrong…happy people will leave you alone…unhappy people pick up pitch forks and light torches, HOWEVER, I do not advocate the pitch fork and torch method…I’m partial to the voting booth to resolve such issues.

I hope it isn’t too late.

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Hello darkness my old friend

8:23 am in Uncategorized by

“The private sector is doing just fine.”

Less than two hours after President Obama said those words, the Republicans jumped up their own back sides attacking him.

“People need jobs,” they said.

“Unemployment is 8.1 percent,” they said.

Folks, take a look at corporate profits. They are at an all-time high…the private sector IS doing fine. Corporations are making more money than ever, but they aren’t hiring. They are raking in the cash with things just the way they are; why would they want it to change?

When Mitt Romney and the boys talk about the private sector, they want voters to think about the unemployed. That bad old Black guy hates business. He’s killing business, and if business wasn’t dying, business would hire people.

Record Motherf**king Profits! Sounds like the private sector is on its death bed.

J. P. Morgan-Chase is doing fine. Exxon-Mobil is doing fine. The military industrial complex is doing just fine, and from the looks of things will be doing even better very soon.

The part of the private sector that needs help is the small business. They rely on a public that is employed and has money to spend in the local economy. Barack Obama realizes that if we can get money into the hands of regular people, we can get the economy started in the right direction.

Mitt Romney would have you believe it’s police salaries that are choking the economy. He would have you believe that the fire fighters are the reason small businesses are failing. Mitt Romney wants you to equate that third-grade teacher that spends her own money on supplies for her classroom with run-away government spending.

The local restaurant doesn’t care if the money their customers spend on a Friday night fish fry came from the Royal Bank of Scotland or from the government. If people have the money to spend and the restaurant does well, the restaurant owner will order new equipment.

The equipment retailer won’t care if the dollar the restaurant owner spends on new equipment came from Halliburton or from the government (technically the same thing). The manufacturers of all the components that go into the equipment won’t care where the money originated…people go back to work.

Republicans are saying that the only recovery that really works is a recovery from the top down to the people. “Let the rich have more money and they will put people to work.”

I personally believe the only recovery that really works is from the people up to the top. “Let the guy who needs a new car have the money, and that person can put several people back to work.”

The last three Republican Presidents all put money into the hands of people through public sector jobs when the economy started to nose dive…that means even Saint Ronald of Reagan let the people have the money…technically, he gave money to both ends of the equation, and the Democrats helped him.

Even Ronald Reagan worked with Democrats…it’s true. Back before the veil of darkness descended over the Republican Party, compromise was practiced in Washington, D. C.

Republicans even compromised with Bill Clinton, and Congress tried to impeach him. There were still some people in Congress that believed it was better to go home to your district with something rather than nothing.

Flash forward a decade, and Republicans are proud to go home empty handed. They hoist that nothing above their heads and crow loudly about how they kept President Obama from accomplishing anything.

“That Kenyan Socialist wanted to put you folks back to work with infrastructure jobs that we desperately need completed, but we showed him. It’s no jobs for you.”

“Sure, we could have helped Reverend Wright’s demon community organizer save your homes from foreclosure, but we told Obama to shove his mortgage relief right up his ass.”

“That business-hating Muslim wants you all to have access to quality health care at reasonable prices, but we know you’d rather choose between food and going to the doctor. We are watching your back.”

Pardon me, but that’s really f**ked up.

You know what is even more f**ked up? Many of the people in the crowds back home cheer like crazy when their politicians tell them all about the nothing they were able to get for them.

We are in a very dark place, my friends. We are in a place where the Republicans try to convince you that nothing is better than something, and where they use every trick in the book no make sure nothing happens.

This is nuts, and it seems to bother just about half of us…so, to the other half I say,

“Looks like what drives me crazy

Don’t have no effect on you—

But I’m gonna keep on at it

Till it drives you crazy, too.”

 

Langston Hughes

See you next week, and Happy Father’s Day!