December Letter To The Editor

Here is my most recent letter to the editor:

It seems that the latest snipe hunt the Republicans want to take us all on is to scapegoat the Syrian refugees.  They would have us turn away an entire population of victims because there MAY be SOME evidence that ONE of the Paris terrorists entered France disguised as a Syrian refugee.  But wait!  Weren’t most of those terrorists French and Belgium nationals?  Should we close our borders to all citizens of those two countries? And what about domestic terrorism?  Mass shootings are committed by people who own guns, should we intern all US gun owners to keep safe?

Just when did America become a nation of over-reacting cowards?  When did keeping Americans safe become more important than keeping Americans free?  In the name of “keeping America safe” we have spied on American citizens with domestic surveillance, redefined torture as an “interrogation technique,” thrown out due process and jailed suspects indefinitely, falsified intelligence to excuse invading other sovereign nations, condemned and persecuted an entire religion, and otherwise gutted and turned aside much of what Americans believed in and what America stood for.  You simply cannot protect your ideals and way of life by compromising them.

But the fact of the matter is that the GOP does not really care about protecting Americans.  The GOP does care about keeping Americans angry, afraid, and behaving irrationally – like voting for even more Republicans. Without fear-mongering, scapegoating, and stoking up the fires of anger and hatred, the GOP would not win many elections.


Letter To The Editor, August 2015

Here is my latest letter to the editor:

An indication of the depth of the disarray the Republican Party is in can be seen in the fact that Donald Trump, of all people, is leading in the polls in the GOP Primary.  Donald Trump, who supposedly speaks his mind and says what he thinks.  Trump is a showman and is more likely orchestrating what he says to fit his current audience, and it has nothing to do with what he actually thinks.  In fact, he has raised flip-flopping to an art form, and has seriously shortened the time between flip and flop.

The more serious problem is what Trump is actually saying, and claiming to believe.  It is not only just plain wrong, but extreme, dangerous, and hurtful.  Forget about being politically correct, how about simply being correct for a change Donald?  If Trump really believes what he is saying, he is seriously delusional, but then so is most of the core of the Conservative base.

Conservatives will vote Republican by rote and without question, and that’s the problem.  Even a clown like Trump could indeed win the GOP nomination.  Conservatives should question their life-long beliefs, even if that sounds like a Liberal thing to do.  More importantly, question your faith in the GOP, which today has but a single agenda – taking as much money as possible out of your  pockets and mine, and then giving it to the already extremely wealthy top 1%.  And NO, that does NOTHING good for jobs or the economy.


March Letter To The Editor

My latest…

I have to shudder whenever I hear someone use the tired, worn-out, and deceptive cliché “all politicians lie.”  That’s a classic example of lying with the truth.  Saying that all politicians lie is like saying that all NBA players are tall.  But if height were lies, the GOP would be the Manute Bol’s and Yao Ming’s of Congress while the Democrats would be the Muggsy Bouges’s and Spud Webb’s!

Sure, politicians on both sides of the isle lie as individuals about some scandal or fraud, but the GOP lies in unity as a PARTY.  Their entire existence depends on weaving a web of lies to keep the Conservative Nation living in a false reality, and thus continue their voting for Republicans.  There are only two kinds of Republican voters in America, the very few wealthy and powerful deceivers, and the very many well-meaning, but deceived voters.

It would not surprise me to learn that the secret motto of the GOP was “If at first you don’t deceive, lie, lie again!”  I know there are a lot of government haters out there, but the only thing wrong with the government is that those who hate the government keep electing Republicans who screw up the government!  It’s all controlled by the wealthy and powerful,  This is not jealousy talking.  Don’t hate the wealthy for having made it up the ladder of success, hate them for doing everything they can to pull that ladder up behind them so no one else can follow.


Letters To The Editor

Here are my two most recent letters to the editor at the local newspaper:


It seems that Republicans had a huge victory in the mid-term elections.  It is difficult to fathom why Conservatives in this country continue to support the GOP.  For 6 years, the GOP has grid-locked the government with unprecedented obstructionism, including unprecedented use of the filibuster in the Senate and government shut-downs.  The GOP has only one agenda – get as much money as possible to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and poor.  The GOP still thinks women should be barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen, they continue to preach the huge hoax known as trickle-down economics (which has never worked and never will), if they could they would get rid of Social Security, Medicare, welfare, unemployment insurance, and any other social program that puts spending power in the hands of the non-wealthy.

The GOP has blocked (or tried to block) immigration reform, student debt relief, equal pay, women’s rights, health care reform, minimum wage increases, gay rights, and just about everything else.  The GOP still wants to deregulate corporate greed and make slaves of workers, while causing financial meltdowns and destroying the economy.  They want to force everyone into the same religion. At the state level, they have engaged in massive voter suppression of minorities, and disbanded elected local governments in minority areas.  The anti-science GOP adjusts the facts to fit ideology instead of the other way around.

And yet, they win elections??  America is dying a slow death from self-inflicted wounds.


Do you miss the economic collapse of 2008?  Do you long for the good old days of double-digit unemployment, predatory lending practices and skyrocketing foreclosure rates?  Do you wish that the DOW was below 8000 again?  Well take heart friend, the Republicans are taking control of Congress, and they can get us back to those good old days in nothing flat!  In fact, they have already started deregulating the big banks again by slipping an amendment into the current budget that removes restrictions preventing big banks from practicing high-risk behaviors (like derivatives, etc.), while putting at risk the money entrusted to them by their depositors – one of the exact practices that caused the 2008 collapse in the first place.  And guess what?  That amendment was actually written by CitiGroup!  Way to go GOP!

Nothing good ever comes from a Republican-controlled Congress, but heck, just blame it on the black President and an imaginary massive invasion of illegal immigrants like you always do, and throw in them Gays for good measure. That will fit right into the alternate, anti-reality universe called the “Conserverse.”

But don’t worry about those of us who have escaped our Matrix pods and can see clearly and think for ourselves.  Don’t worry about the increasing number of Americans born into such deep pits of poverty that they can never climb out.  If any of us protest, we can simply be shot down, unarmed in the streets, by some para-military police force, right?


Some Of My Recent Thoughts

Recently posted by me in FaceBook:

War on women, voter suppression, unprecedented obstructionism, anti-immigration reform, anti-minimum wage increase, anti-unions, anti-student loan reform, anti-science, anti-worker, climate-change denial, birther supporters, pro-wealthy, pro tax cuts for the rich, anti tax cuts for the middle class, racists, legitimate rape, filibuster addicts, Tea Party slaves, and still the GOP is competitive? Are Conservatives terminally mentally ill???

The potential of any nation is equal to the summation of the potentials of each and every citizen of that nation. Since potential is non-transferable, when any citizen falls short of their potential, so does the nation.

THAT is why the Liberals have it right – for the good of the nation, it’s government should be doing all it can to see that each and every citizen has the best chance possible to reach their potential. THAT means removing the obstacles, such as HARDSHIP, and opening the path to accomplishment by providing OPPORTUNITY.

The side of today’s issues that the Liberals and Progressives are on is all about reducing hardship and providing opportunity to those having the most difficulty reaching their potential. The wealthy and powerful have already gone a long way towards reaching their potential. The middle class and the poor still have a very long way to go. Conservatives and the GOP fight to give MORE to those who already HAVE, and THAT is the OPPOSITE of what needs to be done to help America reach her full potential.

The only “equality” we are all born with is the fact that we all have some level of potential. Nothing else is “equal.” The circumstances we are born into varies from abject poverty to wealth & power. Those circumstances go a long way in determining just how close to fulfilling our potential we will be able to get, and how difficult it will be.

There is no law of nature that states that the greatest potential will be born into the best circumstances. Great potential can appear anywhere and in anyone. So, it behooves a society, a nation, a species, to nurture and help those who are born into the most limiting circumstances to ensure that great potential is not lost or suppressed.

Anyone who does not vote in this, or any, election has no standing for complaining about the result or impact (immediate or long-term) from the election.  Unfortunately, those in this country who understand the truth of those results and impacts are also the least likely to vote. Those who are blinded to the truth by hate, fear, racism, and anger are the most likely to vote.  The GOP knows all of this and takes full advantage of the situation. The only way to stop them is for thinking Americans to get out and vote in greater numbers than those who only think with their brain stems.



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Republican Extremests Taking Over the Primaries

It seems like a whole lot of the extreme fringe element in the Republican Party are winning the primaries.  Is this a good thing for the Democrats?  It should be, but only if their extreme views and behavior are brought front and center during the mid-term campaigns.  It is time to stop playing nice and start using the fear of the extreme and radical to motivate Democrats to get out and vote!  It is time to speak to the Independents and make sure they understand how extreme the Republican candidates are.

In this time when the word “incumbent” is a dirty word to the voter, it is essential that the voter understand that not all change is good change.  If we thought 8 years of Bush was bad, just wait to see what happens if these radical Republican primary winners become part of a Republican-controlled Congress.  Democrats and Independents (and even Republicans) need to be afraid of that happening and vote accordingly.


American Political Myths – Trickle-Down Economics

This one should be a no-brainer.  Just think about it.  What will stimulate the economy more, giving a million dollars to 100 people who already have millions, or giving a hundred dollars to a million people who have very little?  Which group of people would be more likely to spend the money and thus stimulate the economy?

Even if the millionaires do spend the money, their impact on the economy is aptly described by the word “trickle.”  Limited, slow, and short-lived.  Which spending do you think would stimulate the economy faster and more completely, a hundred millionaires buying a new yacht, or a million people buying a new toaster and coffee maker?

Yes, this is a little simplistic, and there are other ways that the wealthy stimulate the economy.  They invest, own businesses,  and buy big-ticket items.  But the real strength and health of the economy comes from small businesses and consumer spending.  Republican politicians, and the big-business and wealthy conservatives that back and control them, are hell-bent on increasing their wealth with tax cuts and deregulation, and they want to pay for it by cutting entitlement programs and not cutting taxes for the middle class and the poor.  This is the opposite of what will actually work.  And the sad thing is that this only helps big business and the wealthy in the short-run.  In the long-run, a bad economy is bad for all Americans, including big business and the wealthy.

The selling of trickle-down economics has been a textbook example of masterful deception and political spin.  The Republicans are very good at deception, but their success in deceiving the American people has only been possible with the help of mass media.  As long as they are allowed to tell complete lies via the mass media without having the truth pointed out in rebuttal, the American people are put into the position of having to to the media’s job of fact-checking, or they end up being deceived and voting against their own best interests.

Don’t be deceived!  Trickle-Down Economics only helps big business and the wealthy.  For everyone else, Bubble-Up Economics is what the economy really needs!