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Why Newt Gingrich is the Great White Hope for the Republicans

7:21 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

I’m not at all surprised by Gingrich’s rise in the polls.  The American People realize that it will take a bold, intelligent leader to make things better–someone who is willing to shake things up in a big way.  And at the moment, that’s more than either Obama or Romney seem to realize.  You need to take their pulses to determine if either of  them are still breathing.

The USA is not likely to  get better fast enough to save a lot of drowning people without a bold leader with bold, specific, new and credible solutions who  is able to stand up to the establishment and fight for the 99%.

Many Americans I talk to believe that it will take someone who is a fighter and a screamer like Lyndon Johnson who is willing to make waves and crack heads–perhaps someone a little crazy and grandiose–not some pious religious fanatic like Rick Santorum who criticized Gingrich for being grandiose and not a Wall Street yes man like Obama who gives away the farm even before negotiation have begun as he did with health care insurance and certainly not someone like Mitt Romney, an avowed plutocrat.

The tepid leadership of Barack Obama has been great for Wall Street investors as many of them have more than doubled their wealth (including Congressional members) over the past three years. However, his leadership and his hand selected,  Harvard and Yale graduated Wall Street groomed cabinet and administration have not been nearly enough for the 99%. His campaign team still don’t get it because they have surrounded themselves with people who  agree with them–people who like them belong to the Wall Street invested 1%.

The tepid leadership of a mealy-mouthed private equity plutocrat like Mitt Romney certainly would not be enough.  After all, why vote for someone who looks so much like the current President we have–especially in his unabashed support of Wall Street.  The people realize this and that is why Romney is losing South Carolina with its 9.9% unemployment and why Gingrich is winning.

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Gingrich Needs to Work on His Solutions for the USA

But if he wants to win, Gingrich is going to have to do a lot better than offer Associates Degrees for unemployed workers as he suggested in one of  the debates:  He is going to have to be able to offer the unemployed jobs that pay a living wage.

The problem in the USA is not lack of education, nor is it an unwillingness for Americans to go to work.  Ask a friend of mine who holds a Masters degree and is working as a checker at a WalMart in Houston.  Ask any one of the 1,000 people who last fall applied for four jobs at a McDonalds.  I’m sure there were several hundred of them who even had four year degrees.  Tell me how an Associates degree is going to help them obtain a non-existent job.

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Gingrich and Clinton’s welfare reform act was one of the cruelest examples of “bipartisan” leadership in the history of our nation and few Americans realize what really happened.  Gingrich is going to have to do better than offer solutions such as his and Clinton’s Welfare Reform Act.  Peter Edelman, a Clinton appointee was so disgusted over the injustice of this bill that he resigned over it, calling the bill  the worst thing that Clinton had ever done [ Rwanda must have slipped his mind and of course this was before the "Bank Modernization Act of 1999".]

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) was passed August 22, 1996–just in time for Clinton’s presidential campaign that year. PRWORA instituted Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). which became effective July 1, 1997. TANF replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program.  TANF put a time limit on poverty.  It gave the poor parents (usually just one parent in these families) assistance for 2 years.  After that, if they didn’t have a job–tough luck.  No more help.  The rug is jerked out from beneath them.  This is justice?  This is humanity?

Making people work instead of keeping them on the dole sounds great and fair and few Americans including me would argue that..  However if there are no jobs to be had, what the hell good is an education and what are these parents going to do. Even more basic, what are their children going to eat?

At the beginning of his first term Bill Clinton passed NAFTA (with the assistance of Rahm Emmanuel shoving it down the throats of reluctant Congressional members).  Then throughout the Clinton presidency, they turned a blind eye as Wall Street cooked the books and inflated the value of stocks–particularly for all the newly formed dot com tech companies.  Clinton’s parting gift to the 1% and Wall Street investors was the deregulation of the  financial system of the USA with the “Bank Modernization Act of 1999″.

But back to the “welfare reform” and its time line.  USA Trade agreements like NAFTA hit the people of the other countries hardest first.  There is lag time in the USA, a lull before the American people feel the full brunt of such one-sided agreements for the rich of both countries.  Within the first two years after the passage of NAFTA, the Mexican corn farmers were decimated.  They could not complete with the heavily subsidized USA corporations such as ADM and Cargill.  As the Mexican corn farmers failed, so did hundreds of other cottage industries whose prosperity depended on the corn farmer.  Within two years inflation had gone through the roof and thousands of Mexicans were out of work.  They did what all citizens of a nation do when they are displaced by war, famine or unfair trade agreements that decimate their local economies:  They migrate.  From 1996 to 2000 the illegal immigrant population in the USA swelled from just under 2 million (which it had been for almost 10 years) upwards to estimates as high as 15 million.

TANF became active in 1997–just in time for the USA to start feeling the full impact of NAFTA in our own country.  It is estimated by most reliable sources that by 1998 NAFTA had resulted in the loss of over 2 million jobs for Americans.  Then the crash of the dot com bubble brought more job losses.  So here these people are, mostly young women with children under the age of five with their training and associates degrees but no jobs to be had.

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Newt’s not going to win by regurgitating solutions from the 1990′s–or if he does, he is not going to make any more difference for the 99% than Obama has.

We’ve been living with an administration for three years who have been reliving the Clinton solutions from the 1990′s so we already know that doesn’t work.

 

“Viscous Attack on the Press”? Stop whining John King. You all deserve that and more!

6:32 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

King, a pundit for the Corporate State doesn’t like being called on his stuff.

I don’t like Gingrich, but my dislike of him is based on real issues of legislation that he pushed while he served in Congress–not whether he asked his wife for an open marriage years ago.  What the hell does that have to do with me or the quality of my life today?  What business is that of mine?  Absolutely nothing!  If I had been in that crowd of Republicans last night, I would have been giving Gingrich a standing ovation for his attack on King right along with the rest of them.

Like most Americans, I don’t have time for gossip sessions that look more like an episode of the New York Housewives than a presidential debate.  Regardless what another network was doing, CNN and John King should have risen above such topics but why would we expect anything different from the  SAME corporate media who in March of 2008 spent an entire week analyzing and dissecting a 15 second sound bite from a rant of Obama’s minister while ignoring the significance of the real news that unfolded that same week–the disintegration of Bear Stearns and the loss of 50,000 jobs for Americans in one week–now that was news that should have been discussed–instead it got barely a mention.  In fact in a study done by the Pew Research Center in March of 2008, they reported that 21% of the American people even had heard of what happened to Bear Stearns (a huge turning point in our economy) while 49% reported that they had seen the 15 second sound bite of the Reverend Wright.

The Corporate State media push these non-issues because that is the way they want to steer the discussions of the American people–away from topics that matter.

The millionaire pundits of the corporate media don’t give a damn about the 99%.  They all belong to the 1% who are obviously pushing Romney–and why?  Because Romney is the darling of the corporate state set.  He will stand up and tout Wall Street as “the American Way.”  With Obama and Romney running “against” each other it will be a case of “heads I win, tails you lose” for the 1%.

Gingrich is a wild card.  He has already dared to challenge the leadership of the Republican Party, the corporate state,  and their 1% club by daring to educate the American people regarding Private Equity companies like Bain Capital and a multimillionaire like Romney who has paid 15% of his vast income in taxes for years while railing against the 35% that is supposed to pay–as if he ever has.

You go Gingrich! I hope you carry South Carolina by a landslide!  You may be another BSer like the rest of them, but you are the closest thing the Republicans have to a Populist.  One thing is for certain:  With Gingrich as the opponent, Barack Obama would be vetted.  In fact, Gingrich might make it possible for a third party or Independent candidate to win.

Ron Paul?  Don’t make me laugh!  He is the biggest 1% hypocrite of them all. He votes against trade agreements and rails against the War on Drugs–while at the same time he stuffs his own pockets with money made possible by trade agreements and the War on Drugs.

Paul has most of his $5million personal wealth invested in mining companies all over the world.  Over the past three years, as our jobs and lives have slid into economic oblivion, Paul has made over a million dollars on his mining investments from mining companies that hire militarized police paid for with our tax dollars from the War on Drugs to murder workers who dare to strike for living wages and safe working conditions.

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The Corporate State Media want Mitt so bad they are working their propaganda mill overtime trying to churn out influence.

This is a perfect example of their propaganda from AOL Huffington Post that was published yesterday, January 19 2012.  These headlines appeared just above the following video.  If you are in a hurry, as most Americans are, and  you just read the biggest print, you are left with the impression that Mitt Romney is leading in South Carolina by 36% and that’s a lie.  That screen capture that was featured in an HP article yesterday (Jan 19)  is actually from the New Hampshire primary a week ago.

This was published in AOL HUFFINGTON POST YESTERDAY for the sole purpose of deceiving the American people into thinking that Mitt Romney is leading the South Carolina Primary with 36% of the vote which is not true.  Most polls are now reporting that he is neck and neck with Gingrich and some polls such as the Rasmussen are reporting Gingrich ahead.

Example of the US Corporate State Sponsored Propaganda:

[No, Mitt Romney is NOT ahead by 36% in South Carolina.  This is a week old video from last week's New Hampshire contest repacked by AOL Huffington Post to seem as if they are reporting on the SC primary.]

This cheap shot from the January 19, 2012 AOL Huffington Post was no accident.  It was carefully calculated to leave the impression that Romney is leading by 36% in South Carolina which he is not:

The Republican Primary continues to provide entertainment value..

11:46 pm in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Just when we thought Perry had melted . . .

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

Here comes snowball’s chance in Hell–back at us again!

Just goes to show you, you can’t always predict which way a politician will swing. They will say one thing at night and then the next morning, in the light of day, it’s a new story.  Such was the case with Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. Bachmann, in her concession speech in Iowa, gave the impression that her campaign would carry on.  Perry told us, in his concession speech in Iowa, that  he was returning to Texas to assess the situation.

In less than 24 hours Bachmann told us that she was withdrawing from the race and Perry told us that he is back on the campaign trail.

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ILWQ COMMENTS ON PERRY’S DECISION TO STAY IN THE RACE

Perhaps at the very last hour Perry has found his groove in this race.  Instead of speaking for himself (which he does not do well) maybe going forward he will let others speak through him–like some kind of a medium from a sideshow.  His reading of the letter of a fan was very effective as were his statements regarding his feelings for the nation–why?  Because he obviously believed what he was saying.  Thus his message rang true to the audience.  Perry still could be dangerous.

He has a long history of coming back from an underdog position so don’t count him out just yet.

South Carolina (January 21) is a key state for momentum going into  Florida a very important state ten days later on January 31.

Perry has a very good chance at South Carolina.  Santorum, and Newt Gingrich are Catholics.  South Carolina has the one of the smallest Catholic population in the USA  at 4%.  Romney is a Mormon.   Ron Paul is too odd for the traditional Republicans of South Carolina and Florida.  That leaves Perry–a good ole boy from another Confederate state who is a protestant.

South Carolina ranks 13th in the nation for highest percentage of the population living in rural areas.  Perry is the only one of all the candidates with a rural image.  It doesn’t matter who wins New Hampshire. The people of South Carolina don’t give a damn what “steely” Yankees think.

Don’t count Rick Perry out of the race just yet.  He may yet surprise us.  And it won’t be the first time.

All those who may be sniggering as you imagine a debate between Obama and Perry can just hold that thought because it’s not going to happen if Perry gets the nomination.  There is no law written anywhere that requires a candidate to participate in a debate.  Perry simply would refuse to accommodate mainstream media and debate Obama. Perry may be dumb, but he is not stupid. That’s what Perry did with Bill White, his opponent in the last election for governor of Texas.  He simply refused to debate White and no one could do a damn thing about it.

ADDENDUM

Do you think it is a  coincidence that Rick Perry announced his candidacy in the state of South Carolina back in August?  I don’t.  Perry is more subtle and conniving than many give him credit for–Just ask Kay Bailey Hutchison.

But the craziest thing of all is to think that ANY of the current candidates, including Barack Obama, could actually be elected to the highest office in the our land in November.  And speaking of stupid, will the American voters really be stupid enough to fall for the two-party schtick one more time?  I hope not.

I know who I’m voting for.  Her name is Jill Stein.