Yes, the Tea Party depends on the ignorance of Americans. Yes, the Tea Party followers are suckers for big business, big corporations, and the greediest of wealthy people. There are parallels to Germany in the 1920s and early 1930s. Economic chaos. Joblessness. Uncertain future. Polarization and extremism in the political arena. You know who and what stepped in to "save" Germany. Hitler and the Nazis, paritally funded by American corporations and wealthy individuals. Henry Ford and du Pont helped Nazism grow.
Today we are in a similarly confused and hateful state in the U.S. Who is your leader? Where do you turn to find sanity in politics? The two major political parties have gone off the extreme end. Grasping for straws, Americans have become very vulnerable to those who promise them the moon, lie, deceive, and blame "the other." America is ripe to be picked. And the most demonic politicos are trying successfully to play it to their advantage. Their future looks brighter because they can continue their lying and deception because they have access to bottomless bags of money from the "rich and famous." And suckers are ready and willing to take the hook.
Dogs Have Owners but Cats Have Staff
Last week, President Barack Obama announced that he would be delaying implementation of several EPA regulations. This came as quite a surprise to me because I thought part of the whole agenda of the progressives and liberals in this country was to make sure that now would be the time that the earth began to heal. Now would be the time that the oceans stopped rising. Now would be the time that the air got cleaner. This becomes necessary because all progressives and liberals know that business owners and job creators will cut every corner to maximize their profits and pollute to the fullest extent of the law. That's why we have laws.
I feel the promise of the president pulling away from me is hoping to change that we voted for in 2008 is now going to seem a little more distant. I remember his campaign speeches on why we need health care reform. I remember then candidate Obama painting a very vivid picture of what could happen in America in the near future: because of the poor are standards, a child could get asthma. Then, what really makes this worse, is that the parents of the child may not have health insurance because their parents may have worked at a company like General Electric and would not move to China to keep their job. Therefore, they would be out of health insurance through no fault of their own. Not having insurance, the child would then have to go to the emergency room. Then, the doctor would give the child a breathalyzer and find out that the child could be cured with inhalants. But the doctor, being influenced by capitalism, but not prescribed the needed inhalants, but would give the child a tonsillectomy because the Medicare reimbursement would give the doctor more money for the tonsillectomy rather than simply prescribing inhalants. This unfortunate scene will continue until 2014 when Obamacare finally gets implemented if it doesn't get declared unconstitutional.
The Fresh Market and Burghardt Sporting Goods are planning to open stores in Fox Point, taking space formerly used by Borders Books, at RiverPoint Village Shopping Center.
The Plan Commission will meet Tuesday afternoon to review conditional use permit applications for the two retailers.
Jon Katz Reading and Book Signing
Thursday, October 6, 2011, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Regardless of all the name-calling and charges about my political affiliation, I am not a member of any political party or movement. I am very frightened, however, of the direction this nation and this culture is going. Evidence of our greed, selfishness, parochial thinking, bigotry, lack of knowledge, outright ignorance, militarism, and blind goose-stepping cannot be ignored. We are headed in a very dangerous and self-destructive direction. Even well educated people can exhibit ignorance, greed and selfishness [evidence the greedy bankers and Wall Street schemers that caused the current economic debacle]. I refuse to goose-step to this sinister greed and bigotry.
You don't like what a labor union is doing, therefore all labor unions are bad. Ignore all the good they have done through the years, and simply throw them into your hate bin. No knowledge required.
Below is a guest Blog written by Bob Glowacki, my CEO at Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin
Do you believe every child starts kindergarten ready and able to learn? You might be surprised to know that every year we as a nation fail to identify 1.45 million children under the age of five who are at risk for developmental delays or other disabilities. These are children who enter school with learning and health issues that have a lasting, negative effect on their ability to learn and succeed. One notable example is among children with autism, who are often not diagnosed until school, and lose four years of early optimal treatment.
This is a guest blog created by Robert Glowacki, CEO Easter Seals Southeast WI
Last Thursday, news junkies across the country were tuned in to their favorite channel in order to watch the president deliver a much anticipated speech. What we believe we saw, may be as different as the channel that it was watched on.
"Pass this bill"and America will be healed again. "Pass this bill right away."After about a month of congressional recess, and President Obama's vacation in Martha's Vineyard, there seems to be an urgency to pass another stimulus bill. Again, the administration wants it done quickly so that we don't have time to see what's in it. What is in it? Well, nobody knows because he bill does not exist as of today. Even with all this urgency, it may be another week or two before we find out what the president's plan is and how it is going to be paid for. So what is Congress going to actually pass?
Tea Party leaders love to deny their own lack of aptitude and seem, at times, to have no knowledge of the facts on any given issue. Even their so-called educated leaders and defenders stumble when it comes to something as simple as who is pictured on a bigoted placard at the Tea Party rallies. Hmmm.
Yes, at several Tea Party rallies there were placards with President Barack Obama pictured with a watermelon smile. Bigoted? Hateful? Sickening? Prejudicial? Racist? Nope, say the Tea Party intelligensia. They tell us they asked some of those bigoted posters to be taken down. Nothing was said about the people who were carrying them. Being there with hatred, racism, bigotry, etc. is OK, just don't openly show it. Yep, that about sums it up for the Tea Party. "Let's take back our country!." is their hue and cry. Translation: White folks, arise, and let's straighten out the WHITE House! Good ole American values, when this country taught the Negroes their place in our society. Sickening? You bet it is. And the Tea Party should be called on it. Bigotry is all-too-common in the extreme right-wing. And the Tea Party is all-too-common in the extreme right-wing. And the right-wing holds a power balance in the Republican Party.
What is Mediterranean Diet?
A high consumption of fruits, vegetables, bread and other cereals, potatoes, beans,and nuts
The TRUTH about the right-wing goofs trying to get the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America. Imagine the following is actually happening...
Rick Perry has focused much of his attention in the run for the White House on revival meetings, evangelical performances, tent show miracles, promises from God, and his puritanical make-up. Meanwhile there is that waste disposal pay-off looming in Texas that will contaminate drinking water. The Texas backers of Perry got a big contract to dispose of toxic, readioactive waste even though every responsbile and knowledgeable reviewer advised against it. How much was donated to Perry? A lot. And look at Perry's record as Governor of Texas and compare it to his statements in the media. Perry and his Social Security "Ponzi scheme" is straight out of that liars playbook. No lies needed to tell the true story about Perry, he should instantly be disqualified from the office of President. Immediately!
We are now three years into the Obama presidency. Is it too early to start looking for results on his economic policies? The results are so disturbing that even the liberal media outlets cannot sufficiently spin them into praise for their anointed one.
So what numbers are on the increase? Well, for openers, the gas price is roughly double what it was in January 2009. Electricity and natural gas are not at bargain prices either. Unemployment is up. The Democrat talking points continue saying that Obama inherited job losses at the rate of 850,000 per month. It's time to stop making excuses. The unemployment rate has not been below 9% for more than two months of the past 28. Also out is deficit spending. For three years, the United States has incurred $1.5 trillion annually in deficit spending. Yet the president has not signed one annual budget since taking office.
The people who will have the biggest problem with the following quotes are those self-styled tough guys and pro-corporation capitalists. We have been fed a bunch of war b.s. so that we can maximize the profits of the military-industrial greed component in the U.S. Notice the leaders who comment who are from a variety of faiths, and from those we only see quoted when it satisfies our war-desires for profit.
"You will not enter Paradise until you have faith, and you will not complete your faith until you love one another." -Muhammad (ca. 570-632), prophet of Islam
If you watched the Republican presidential hopefuls go through their convincing dud and debacle, then you must surely be worried about the future of the United States. What a dirth of talent and intellect!
However we never seem to learn. Consider who recently held the President or Vice President position: Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Dan Quayle, etc. When will we ever learn?
The headline above is no more sacrareligious than the religious mumbo jumbo and hocus pocus spewed out by politicians in America. Without any real background knowledge of the Bible and its history and authors, candidates go off into space on evangelical wonder-cruises. If one were to give these candidates the most elementary test about religion and the Scriptures, they would fail miserably. Unfortunately, what most Americans have been taught about all this is patently false as well. I'm not refering to miracles of faith-based beliefs, I'm refering to history, facts, and the latest knowledge about all this. But one can find all kinds of this mumbo jumbo and hocus pocus even in theological seminaries and "Bible schools."
Politics have always played a major role in religion and equally the other way around. Not many people know that the decisions that were made about which books to be included in the Bible were not made by God but by politicos representing different geo-political regions of the Mediterranean [i.e. Council of Carthage]. Each "bishop" or regional leader brought with him ideas about the canon of the Bible that served his area to his advantage. Today we have different "bibles" that include different books because as the "church" grew, factions developed and evolved. Each faction, sect, denomination, etc. had its own reason for inclusions or exclusions or substitutions. It was not always as simple as Roman Catholic vs. Protestants. In fact, most book inclusions were made long before there were Catholics and Protestants.
In any case, I am always amused and then later concerned when politicians in the U.S. exhibit a certain religious "purity" and "spirit" and "rigorous adherence" to his or her flavor of "Christianity." Amusing though that is, it scares me because people buy into the sectarian take on what is "true" religion or "God's way." And like a carnival sideshow, the "barker" gets the take via some scam or diversion ...or lie ...or deception.
The 2012 presidential campaign is now in full swing. On one hand, it makes it very interesting because Americans always want to know who their next leader is going to be. On the other hand, it means that the next 14 months are going to be months of divisiveness, partisanship, and arguments.
Four years ago, Americans were fed up with the policies and inaction of George W. Bush. Same were beginning to think that President Bush was going to be one of the worst presidents of modern times. We did not know what was in front of us at the time. We thought that things could only get better. Boy, were we wrong.
...and the word was "hope." But President Obama lost his way. His staff choices were atrocious. He brought in Wall Streeters. He brought in second-level people and ignored the real experts [i.e. immediately should have chosen Paul Volcker]. He thought it was enough to make promising, hopeful speeches. He maintained far,far too many of George W. Bush's mistakes (and they were horrendous ones). Obama did not deliver on promises. His early inexperience was obvious. Now he is trying to straighten it all out. Too late?
However it has to be pointed out that he inherited a real mess. A social, economic, and political mess. George W. Bush gave away the United States to greedy corporate interests. And these interests stood on the sidelines quietly, spewed out nonsensical religious themes, manipultated the federal government to do the bidding of huge financial and corporate interests, and caused the virtual collapse of the United States. Meanwhile the right-wing, greedy, money-grabbers never were charged and never once admitted what they had done to this country. But they knew the religious messages that the right-wing took in hook, line, and sinker. Now saddled with the George W. Bush catastrophe, President Obama has had to learn. But it has cost the United States dearly.