12 Good Reasons To NOT Vote REPUBLICAN This Year!

November 2, 2012  By Jack Jodell

This is addressed primarily to those who claim to be independent, unsure, or even apolitical in their attitude toward our government. First, I am asking all of you to do your civic duty and VOTE in the upcoming November 6 election! For the first time in many years, there will be clear-cut choices this time around. Second, I am asking you to NOT VOTE FOR ANY REPUBLICAN, and here are 12 good reasons  why:

1). Republicans are only for the very wealthy and don’t care in the least about anyone else. They have given unneeded tax breaks to the very rich and are sending signals they will increase these breaks while simultaneously raising taxes on eceryone else to pay for these exorbitant and ubfair tax breaks! You heard their Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, condescendingly attacking all those below him on the income scale as he was addressing fellow multi-millionaires at a fundraiser last May. He contemptuously referred to 47% of the electorate as slackers who view themselves as “victims” dependent on the federal government for entitlements. He and his followers now claim to have a plan that will lower everybody’s taxes by 20 – 25%, but DON’T BELIEVE A WORD OF IT! For, while lowering your tax rate, they will simultaneously eliminate many needed breaks YOUhave, deserve, and currently enjoy! They put all of their effort toward benefitting the richest 1% minority while ignoring the very real needs of the MAJORITY 99% below!

2). Republicans are power-hungry and repeatedly LIE to deceive voters into voting for them. They have no real interest in governance per se, and wish to use the federal government primarily as a means to funnel money into their own pockets and/or those of their wealthy stockholders. They achieve this through the attainment of subsidies or special tax breaks. They want power to ensure that the masses will have very little of it, if any. They continually use scare tactics and massive lies to prevent their opponents from being elected. They conduct war for profit as opposed to waging it for the true safety of the country. As such, they are not worthy of your vote, unless you place imperialism and war crimes high at the top of your list of desired priorities.

3). Republicams claim to be fiscally responsible and concerned about the national debt, but the evidence proves otherwise! While the Democrats engaged in deficit spending to jump-start the economy during the Great Depression years of the 1030s, and continued it out of necessity during World War II, and again during the anti-poverty Great Society efforts of the mid-1960s, the Repunlicans (especially during the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations) have spent wildly and recklessly. Rather than spending for the public good, as Democrats and former Republican President Dwight Eisenhower did, modern Republicans have wasted HUGE sums on massive unneeded subsidies and trying to buy political favor. They have rewarded financial supporters lavishly and unabashedly, as the now-discredited and jailed former Rep. Tom DeLay has proven, They have blown TRILLIONS on illegal war and wholly unneeded tax breaks for the very wealthy. In fact, former Vice President DICK Cheney said in 2002 that “deficits don’t matter.” He and his partner W then embarked on a spending spree that has yet to be equalled OR  ended. Current Republicans are therefore the LAST persons who should be controlling the government’s purse strings, as they waste public funding like drunken sailors!

4). Small business and workers (Inion or otherwise) fare much better under Democratic rule than they do under Republican rule! Don’t just take my word for it – Google the facts on this for yourselves! Remember: it was Republican Reagan whose administration began  “trickle down economics” and who began giving huge tax cuts to the wealthy and very little to anyone else. It was Republicans who pushed for tax breaks for businesses to export our jobs and factories outside our country! It has been Republicans who began to destroy labor unions, which has led to stagnant wages for workers over the past 10 + years and is threatening to end upward mobility!

5). IT WAS CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN “FREE MARKET” ECONOMIC POLICIES WHICH CAUSED BOTH THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND OUR RECENT GREAT RECESSION! Their drive to minimize regulation on banks and Wall Street, and their refusal to raise taxes on the very rich, even though Amerca’s wealthiest pay FAR lower taxes and have MUCH greater access to tax loopholes than do those of similar income ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD, has driven our country to the very edge of bankruptcy. These policies MUST be ended, and Republicans are a major obstacle in our being able to do so!

6). Republicans are the ENEMY of poor people AND the middle class, and their continued grip on power presents a very real threat to the economic well-being of all workers! Since way back in 1935, the Republicans  have opposed the adoption of all pro-people economic policies: they have fought Social Security, General Assistance, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, unemployment compensation, disability, Pell Grants for students, the MINMUM WAGE, and now, even  the Affordable Care Act! They have always claimed that the country could not afford these cmeasures, or that enacting them would create a sense of entitlement and laziness among the masses. Yet they approve of multi-billion dollar subsidies for corporate agriculture and the already massively profitable oil industry, and think nothing of claiming tax deductions for three-Martini lunches and other personal entertainment! Now THAT is a sense of entitlement in action!

7). Republicans wish to strengthen the very wealthy at the expense of all those beneath them! They have enabled unfair, gigantic, and completely unrestricted monetary contributions by huge multinational corporations to influence elections. They put a good share of their record profits into extensive lobbying efforts to buy the votes of key politicians. What has resulted is government of, by, and for the rich rather than of, by, and for the people! 

8). Republicans claim to support small business, but in reality, their economic policies are geared toward, and overwhelmingly favor, BIG business and corporations! Their current nominee for President, Mitt Romney, is a perfect example. Mr. Romney, in his prior role as CEO of Bain Capital, closed down numerous small businesses, exported American jobs and even sent entire plants overseas to slave labor low wage markets, and then stuffed many millions of dollars from these transactions in his own pocket! Republicans have long sponsored and supported one-sided trade deals which benefitted big corporations and foreign countries but hurt wages and employment here at home. With “friends” like the Republican Party, American small business and labor needs no other enemies! 

9). Republicans are the party of death, NOT life. You read that right: Republicans are war hawks who want this country to wage war whenever and wherever possible. The reckless and militaristic stances of such notable Republican neocons as   John McCain, Lindsay Graham, DICK Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dan Senor are ample proof of this. They view war in the abstract rather than what it really is – the murder of hundreds of thousands of people, most of them innocent civilians. Republicans claim the title of “pro life” because they oppose abortion. But the truth of the matter is that they only support UNBORN life – once a person is born, they oppose any government effort to support that life or to ensure its quality of life!

10). Republicans are paranoid, delusional, and unfit for governing. In the past 93 years, they have led and supported 3 different witchhunts which ruined and/or cost the lives of many people, most of whom were innocent:  the Red Scare following World War I; the McCarthy era of the early 1950s; and the years following the 9/11 attacks. In eaxh case, they massively overreacted to perceived outside threats and their actions led to the unnecessary restriction of personal rights and freedom. Their paranoia even led to the suspension of habeas corpus and also to the TORTURE of enemy combatants, a major violation of international law. These people are too unstable to govern ethically or pragmatically!

11). Republicans are OBSTRUCT-IONISTS who are narrow-minded, backward-looking, and thoroughly uncompromising. With them, it is now “my way or the highway.” Their idea of compromise is for the opposition party to abandon its positions altogether and adopt instead the Tea Party / Republican position. They claim to be “conservative,” but what they truly are is REACTIONARY. They want to abolish good, established programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and even the minimum wage! These people have voted against vitally important jobs legislation and have pledged to vote NO on any initiative the President is in favor of, simply because he is not one of  THEM. They have also refused to vote to fill vacancies on many open federal posts and the people’s business has remained unfinished as a result. This is NOT the American way, and the Republicans in Congress have not been earning their hefty $174,000 annual salaries as a consequence! They are wasting taxpayer money and must therefore no longer be allowed the privilege of serving in government!

12). Republicans hate the Federal government and see it as a threat to freedom rather than as a force CONTROLLED BY THE PEOPLE to be used for the good OF the people! For years, they have maintained the ridiculous stance that the individual STATES must have all the power. This does not allow for any needed NATIONAL standards to be set or achieved. The current GOP standard bearers, Mitt Romney and Paul RUIN, have stated that any time something can be taken from the federal government and sent back to the states (or even to private industry) for implementation, that is the best route to follow Yet, neither individual states nor private enterprise have  the capacity or resources to deliver such basic and needed aid. Hurricane Sandy has proven how preposterous this belief is. Individual states, nor undividual businesses, do NOT have all that is necessary to deliver uniform and fair disaster relief or protection from outside threats. For example, Mississippi, the poorest state in the nation, could NEVER deliver proper and vital education, economic assistance, or disaster relief if left solely to its own devices. ANY moron could recognize that! Why, then, do the Republicans continue to endlessly beat that tired old, worn-out drum? 

Voters, you are no longer getting your money’s worth from your Republican congresspersons’ uncompromising, reactionary, undemocratic  behavior. They are NOT working in your best interests and must be replaced with sensible, compromising represntatives who are forward-looking and fair. THIS election, DUMP your reactionary Republican congressperson or Senator in favor of one who will work on YOUR behalf for PROGRESS! Whether it be a Democrat or someone from the Green Party, do the right thing and vote for one of these other NON-Republican parties  instead.

These have been, then - 12 GOOD REASONS TO NOT VOTE REPUBLICAN THIS YEAR!  

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ROMNEY’S AND RUIN’S LIES ROUNDUP FOR OCTOBER, 2012!

October 31, 2012  By Jack Jodell

With the 2012 U,S. Presidential election only a mere 7 days away (THANK GOD!), we are winding down on a campaign which has been marred by constant LYING from Mitt Romney and his eager-beaver, yuppie-puppy running mate, Paul RUIN (whose proposed federal budget, if adopted, would completely destroy the American economy).  This, then, will be my final monthly installment featuring a digest of LIES these buffoons have been shamelessly feeding to the public for FAR too long a time. Bored? Just Google “Mitt Romney’s lies” and you will see more than 42,000,000 entries listed – that’s right: 42 MILLION! Do the same with Paul Ryan and you will be astounded to see a staggering 80,900,000 entries as of a few days ago, when I started putting this post together! Below are some of THIS month’s whoppers: 1). Romney  LIED UNDER OATH while testifying in the divorce trial of Tom Stenberg, the founder of Staples (one of Romney-led Bain Capital’s early acquisitions).  Romney testified that Staples’ stock was “overvalued” and that “I didn’t place a great deal of credibility in the company’s future.” But only weeks after the divorce hearings ended, both Romney and Stenberg cashed in their Staples stock for a small fortune, and today, Romney proudly points to Staples, calling it one of his biggest success stories and cites it as proof that he knows how to create jobs.

2). Romney told a group of General Motors workers in Ohio that Jeep (owned by Chrysler, which is in turn owned by the Italian auto manufacturer Fiat) “is thinking of moving all production to China.” This was a bald-faced lie, because Chrysler NEVER said it was moving all Jeep production to China. Instead, Fiat will only be ADDING factories in China to produce one of its most popular products, Jeep, there for Chinese consumers. NO Jeep production factories existing here will be closed down and shipped to China!

3). Paul RUIN barged in on a Youngstown, OH charity soup kitchen with his wife, children, and a full camera crew hours AFTER its last poor recipient had been fed, and demanded he be led to the kitchen, where he promptly began washing dishes for the cameras. This was a deliberate and cynically  dishonest, staged attempt to show his supposed concern for the poor. Why didn’t he simply show up earlier, ON TIME, and actually DISPENSE soup to the poor?     

4). Romney claimed he asked for a list of qualified women to serve on his cabinet immediately following his 2003 inauguration as governor of Massachusetts and that he was given “a binder full of women” suitable for the tasks. This was a LIE in that the state had previously PROVIDED him, without any prompting from him whatsoever, a list of female candidates. Even worse, he made this statement in a sly attempt to avoid the question of whether or not he supported equal pay for women doing the same job as their male counterparts. He has STILL not answered the question abiut equal pay for equal woek!

5). Paul RUIN claims that President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu were in New York at the same time and that Obama refused to meet with Netanyahu to instead appear on a TV talk show. This is a deliberate LIE designed to put a wedge between Obama and American Jews, insinuating that the President was neglecting one of our closest allies. For, during the week of Sept. 24, both men indeed addressed the United Nations but were NOT in the city at the same time! Obama was in New York on Monday and Tuesday, but NETANYAHU DID NOT ARRIVE UNTIL THURSDAY. Proof of this lack of neglect by the President can be found in the words of Israeli Defense Minimster Egud Barak himself: “…this administration under President Obama is doing, in regard to our security, more than anything I can remember in the past.”

6) . Romney has claimed that his proposed economic policies will create “12 million new jobs over the next 4 years” and that his proposed energy policy will make “all of North America completely energy independent in 8 (5?) years.” Yet he has failed to say exactly HOW these noble goals will be achieved, and at one point said this energy independence would occur in 8 years, and then later on changed this figure to 5 years. These are completely unsupported LIES.

7). Romney has touted his mythical 5 point plan to restore our economy to healthy growth. He claims he will do this by cutting taxes on “job creators” (i.e. the upper 1% of income takers) and by giving everyone a 20-25% tax cut. He also claims that he will fund this by reducing tax credits on the ultra-rich and ensure that it is revenue-neutral,  and that it will not add to our national debt or cause middle class taces to rise in any way. Yet this does not stand up to scrutiny, according to 6 different studies of the plan done by the nation’s leading economists.  They have concluded instead that the ONLY way to fund such a ludicrously radical plan is to MASSIVELY SLASH ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS and to RAISE  TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS!  Of course, Romney denies these facts but has offered NO specifics on how the plan would be achieved.  His vagueness on this very vital topic is a clear indication he is LYING on this, too! After all, with a clearly documented pattern of dishonesty from him having already been proven, why would we start trusting him on this? Like the ficticious Mr. Peabody flanked with his naive, ignorant, and boyish Sherman at his side, Romney and RUIN are proposing to push the country into their twisted version of a WAYBACK Machine in which we will be transported WAY BACK to the social policies of the pre-1950s and even further back to the disastrously unfair economic policies  of the 1890s! This nation can ill afford such a departure from the realities and necessities of our modern age, and that is yet another of an infinitesimal number of reasons why MITT ROMNEY MUST NOT BE ELECTED PRESIDENT ON NOVEMBER 6!!!

      

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SCARY PEOPLE TO KEEP OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!

October 28, 2012   By Jack Jodell

Hello, everyone. It’s nearly Halloween, that nasty night every year when ghouls, GOP-lins, witches, and other assorted monsters roam freely throughout the U.S. Best batten down the hatches and lock your doors. Also, put all the children in a safe, out-of-the-way place, and make sure none of the ghouls shown below enter either YOUR house, YOUR Congress,  or the WHITE HOUSE! Brrrrrr – I get shivers up and down my spine even THINKING about isuch an occurrence!

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MY 2012 ENDORSEMENT FOR PRESIDENT

October 25, 2012  By Jack Jodell 

Below are excerpts taken from my blogpost dated October 25, 2008, over at my old blogspot.com site, wherein I first endorsed Barack Obama for President. While the past 4 years have shown that Obama did not, or was unable to, keep many of the promises he made in 2008, this was, of course, long before we knew how a group of cynical, undemocratic, racationary Republicans (including such notables as PAUL RYAN, Mitch McConnell, eventual House Speaker John Boehmer, eventual House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and numerous others) would all meet secretly on the very night of his inauguration to plot ways they could thwart his aims and sabotage his presidency in a deliberate and predetermined effort to make him an unsuccessful one-term President. To call these actions both unprecedented and dastardly would be far too kind, and would definitely be understated! For these bitterly partisan and hateful acts were also un-American! Below, then, is my slightly abridged 2008 post. I think you will be struck by the similarities between what we faced in that election and we have before us today. It should also serve to remind you how and why Obama won the 2008 election. The horrors we went through during the Bush / Cheney years will come springing back to life for you. My own preference for this year’s election will follow this 2008 endorsement, at the very bottom of this post.
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 “SATURDAY, October 25, 2008

FOR PRESIDENT:
 There is never a perfect candidate for President. No one candidate has all the correct answers. Once in office, he or she will invariably make mistakes. That is inevitable human nature. However, this year, there is a clear difference and choice between candidates for a number of compelling reasons, and I have made mine.

After 8 years of unrestricted free trade, economic policies brazenly favoring the wealthy and big business (including disastrous deregulation and much corporate welfare through numerous unquestioned, non-bid military contracts); a political and domestic policy based on fear, blatant partisanship, the curtailment of rights granted under our Constitution, and overreaching expansion of the powers of the Executive Branch; a foreign policy predicated on pre-emptive military strikes and non-communication with hostile powers, plus a very expensive, unnecessary, and unpopular war in Iraq, more than 80% of us correctly feel our country has been on the wrong track. We crave and are in desperate need of real change, not just the cosmetic type some would offer.
Unrestricted free trade has caused entire plants and millions of good paying American jobs to leave this country for China, India, Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, and other countries. It has led to wages in this country becoming stagnant or even declining. Productivity here has risen steadily in the past 8 years, but wages have not kept pace. The costs of energy, health care, pharmaceuticals, food, and education have skyrocketed, with no relief in sight. Huge tax breaks given to the wealthy and to large corporations have not resulted in the creation of millions of high paying new jobs here, as President Bush and his neoconservative Republican allies promised early in his first term. Instead, corporate excesses and greed have become rampant. Our overall standard of living has fallen, not risen. We are NOT better off today than we were 8 years ago! The ;Bush doctrine’ of pre-emptive military strikes (that we have the right to attack other countries without provocation if we consider them to be a threat) has isolated us from the rest of the world and damaged our relations with them. As applied in Iraq, it has all but destroyed any moderate Arab or Muslim support we may have once had in the Middle East. It is shameful behavior more analogous to Napoleon, Hitler, or Stalin than to that of Washington, Jefferson, or Wilson. It has proven to be economically unsustainable. Worse yet, it may encourage similar future action from countries like Russia or China.  
John McCain is a passionate man who tremendously loves this country. He is a true-life hero, having suffered greatly but having stood firm during years of torture and captivity in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict. He is a staunch supporter of the right to life for the innocent unborn. Yet he is also very militaristic and an avowed advocate of the Bush doctrine… On QUALITY OF LIFE issues, he usually sides with the wealthy and big business, whose policies and practices the past 8 years have diminished the quality of life for the majority of us, who are in the categories of middle class or poor. He advocates more huge tax cuts for the rich and large corporations. His tax plan gives only very, very minimal tax cuts for those earning less than $111,646 per year (which is where the overwhelming majority of us in the country are)… He has shown an impulsive erraticness in his approach toward dealing with the recent mortgage banking collapse, first ‘suspending’ his campaign to fly to Washington for a meaningless conference with Bush, and then resuming it. His campaign has not been managed well…His campaign has been mainly a series of negative attacks and misstatements about his opponent. He has done liitle to sell himself or his policies other than manufacture numerous silly distractions, like “‘ipstick on a pig’ and ‘Joe the (fake) Plumber.’. McCain’s choice of a running mate showed very poor judgment on his part. It has been roundly criticized… Sarah Palin is nowhere near educated enough for the job of Vice President. She is far too partisan, impulsive, provincial, divisive and undignified for the job, and doesn’t even understand its constitutional role. She is naive and recklessly ambitious. She lacks vitally important foreign policy background… The thought of Sarah Palin running our economy, our military, conducting negotiations with seasoned adversaries like Putin, Ahmedinijad, Chavez or Kim Jong Il, and having her fingers on our nuclear trigger, is absolutely terrifying. For advice and guidance, she would be relying on the same neocon economic, domestic, and foreign policy staff who have driven our country into the ditch over the past 8 years…With that in mind, it is doubtful he would enact the real change this country so badly needs. For this and for all the other reasons I have already listed above, I CANNOT support John McCain’s candidacy for the presidency.

Barack Obama is a man of unproven quantity. He has a limited track record in national politics…Obama was born in Hawaii (www.factcheck.org/), run by the conservative Republican Annenberg Foundation, has seen and verified the birth certificate as authentic), and was named after his father, including his middle name of Hussein. During his early youth, he briefly attended both Muslim and Catholic schools in Indonesia. He was partly raised in Kansas by his white grandparents, and was raised as a Christian. His name and unique background, plus his limited national track record, have caused some cynical and ignorant conservatives angst. They wrongly believe he is a Muslim and would compromise our national values or sell us out. These fearful, suspicion-laden types ignore the fact that he has done almost everything RIGHT in his life and his story embodies the American dream. He should be applauded rather than condemned for his life style and choices. He went through college, attended Harvard Law School, and was even President of the Harvard Law Review. Instead of grabbing an easily-obtainable cushy corporate law job after college, he decided instead to unselfishly help poor and minority victims of plant closings on Chicago’s south side by becoming a community organizer. This was for very low pay, but it helped these people find other work and showed them ways to take part in and get the system to work for them. In the mid ’90s, he ran for Illinois state office, was elected, and in 2004 was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he has continued his fight for ‘the little guy,’ a fight he is now attempting to wage from the White House. He married and fathered two young girls… no one can question Obama’s devotion to help those without a real voice. Like JFK in the 1960s, Obama has reached out to the young and disenfranchised and has inspired a huge wave of them to become involved in our political process. He is tremendously reasoned, articulate, and an inspirational and charismatic speaker. His economic policies aim to provide opportunity from the bottom up and stand in stark contrast to the neocon Republican preference for aiding the wealthy while basically ignoring everyone else. With roughly 1 in 7 of us uninsured or underinsured and health costs steadily rising, he has developed a national health insurance plan to get EVERYBODY insured. He has demonstrated broad vision amd tremendous understanding of economic, military, and world affairs strategy. He prefers to build consensus and be inclusive rather than resorting to divisiveness and exclusion. His economic plan provides much-needed tax relief for the middle class and poor, the backbone of our economy, and his health care plan aims at universality and cost control, much like the rest of the industrialized world has enjoyed for many years. He was absolutely correct in his initial opposition to the Iraq war, and for all the right reasons. He draws advice from a wide array of superb, proven sources like Warren Buffett, Robert Reich, Joe Biden, Robert Rubin, and many others. Republican military and foreign affairs expert COLIN POWELL HAS EVEN ENDORSED HIM, as have Republicans like Susan Eisenhower, Scott McClellan, and a number of others. All cite his intellect and steady, composed manner of studying and dealing with problems as an important reason for their support. Were OBAMA to die in office, he would, unlike McCain, leave the country in very good hands. Experienced and competent Joe Biden would become President, and the cabinet would be filled with able and proven producers not of the disastrous neocon realm.
Obama has expressed the strong desire to revamp our federal government, cut out inefficient programs, and greatly reduce the power and influence of special interests lobbyists. He has pledged to return the Judicial branch to its pre-Bush nonpartisan status. Obama is pro-choice, which concerns me because I view abortion on demand as a form of murder for convenience. But I am encouraged greatly by the fact that he is pledged to provide much better sex education and will push strongly for other alternatives to abortion. He is devoted to important quality of life issues like higher wages, better educational opportunities, and health care for all, not just the privileged few. I find that, for all of these reasons, Barack Obama is the better choice for President, and so I hereby endorse BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT… This is why I say ‘ELECT BARACK OBAMA PRESIDENT ON NOVEMBER 4!’ Thank you.”

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It is now 4 years later, and much pf the Obama legacy has regrettably NOT yet been realized. His is a mixed record of good and not-so-good. On the positive side, we have extricated ourselves from the bloody and very costly war in Iraq (and are drawing down on the one in Afghanistan); Osama bin Laden and Moammar Qaddafi have been captured and killed (with al Qaeda having been all but decimated); relations with most of our allies have been restored and improved; unemployment has dropped from a high of 10% in 2009 to 7.8% now; many millions of previously-excluded Americans will now be health-insured; Wall Street has largely recovered and is profitable again; the American automobile industry has been rescued, restrucurted, and has once more emerged as a profitable world leader, saving many millions of other jobs as a result. On the less-than-desirable side, unemployment is still far too high; we remain involved in Afghanistan at a very costly rate; Wall Street is back to reckless speculation again as if nothing bad had ever occurred between the crash of 2007 and the “recovery” of 2010; Guantanamo is still open; our civil liberties, taken away by reckless and paranoid neocons in the years following 9/11, are still not fully restored (including the writ of habeas corpus); rendition remains as an option; NONE of the perpetrators of the Great Recession have gone to jail; war criminals from the previous administration remain unpunished and free (with some of them even advising the 2012 Romney campaign!); illegal assassinations of foreign nationals have been stepped up through the increased use of drones; wealth disparity is on the rise due to Obama’s failure to end the ridiculous Bush tax cuts for the rich; the Gulf of Mexico remains poisonously polluted with oil slicks and tarballs, with the administration ignoring pleas from affected individuals to DO something about it; unhealthy nuclear plants are once again on the rise (even in the face of the deadly Fukishima incident); health care and student tuition costs continue to climb unrestrainedly; the Middle East remains a volatile region; a huge number of “shovel-ready” worthwhile and greatly needed  infrastructure projects remain unstarted, having been bottled up in the House by shortsighted, reactionary Republicans; and our national debt is rising to an unsustainable level. There is, CLEARLY, a very great deal to do! And THIS year, just like in 2008, voters are faced with a clear choice. We can either add to our already far-too-high wealth disparity and national debt by again failing to tax the rich a fairer, higher  share of their income – in which case, one would vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket and continue sending Grover Norquist-contaminated, Tea Party-infested Republicans back to office, or we can re-elect the Obama/Biden ticket and make a committed and sustained effort to send newer and fairer-thinking PROGRESSIVES to Congress to right the economic injustices of the past 30+ conservative Republican-dominated years! Doing this would check the unhealthy trend toward coproratism which has plagued and sapped this country for the past three decades. Greater taxation on the very rich coupled with great increases in the incomes of the poor and middle class would get our economy back on track again. Greater spending on our horribly-neglected infrastructure would increase jobs and create demand for more, newer, and better goods. All of this is PRO-GROWTH and will jump-start our sluggish economy, create greater tax revenue, reduce our debt, and lead to near-universal prosperity LONG before bigger tax cuts for the rich or reduced regulation (as proposed by the Republicans) would ever do! WE SIMPLY CANNOT RETURN TO THE DISASTROUS ECONOMIC POLICIES OF THE BUSH YEARS, AMERICA! That is why I am stating here and now my endorsement of President Obama for a SECOND TERM, beginning with YOUR vote for him and progressive Senators and Representatives on November 6! The President has yet to show he is totally deserving of such support, but the Romney/Ryan method of favoring the very wealthiest 1% at the expense of all of the rest of us MAJORITY 99% is simply NOT an option! Likewise, we CANNOT allow these extremists to appoint even one more corporatist Supreme Court justice if justice for working people is to prevail as it should! Lastly, we can ill-afford to send such a woefully inexperienced and world-affairs ignorant team as the Romney/Ryan squad, loaded with irresponsible neocons as it is, to run and shape the intricacies of our foreign policy or to run our armed forces!  Please, therefore,  re-elect the President, and equip him with a friendly, people-oriented, PROGRESSIVE/LIBERAL/ DEMOCRATIC Congress! Then hold all of their feet to the fire and get them to actually DO the job they were elected to do!         

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SAD FAREWELL FOR A GENUINE, DECENT MAN!

October 22, 2012  By Jack Jodell

I learned to my great sorrow that our nation had lost former SD Senator and unsuccessful 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern early yesterday. He was the person I cast my very first vote for President for in that election, and he was unfortunately buried in the cheating Dick Nixon landslide that year. Victimized by Watergate and a blitz of negative campaigning and dirty tricks played by the Nixon squad, he nonetheless saw his great and noble campaign through to the bitter end. May this great yet humble man rest in peace.

McGovern was a corageous R-24 pilot over German-occupied Europe during World War II, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross for having made a difficult crash landing of his damaged plane which saved the lives of his crew. The son of a Wesleyan Methodist pastor, he was born in the small South Dakota farming town of Avon, SD., but spent part of his childhood in Calgary, Alberta, where his ailing maternal grandmother lived. In 1928, his family moved back to Mitchell, SD, where George began school. Here he witnessed and experienced firsthand the destruction wrought on by dust storms on the Midwestern prairie and grasshopper plagues during the Great Depression. As part of a pastor’s family, which during the 1920s and 1930s was always living near poverty, the young McGovern developed a lifelong affinity for the poor and downtrodden, especially underpaid laborers and farmers struggling to sibsist. He was further influenced by the practical divinity teachings of John Wesley, which encouraged followers to fight poverty, ignorance, and injustice as part of their Christian duty.

After high school, where he had learned to excel in debate, McGovern enrolled in a divinty school. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor caused him to dimmediately enlist  in the Army Air Force. As the army did not yet have enough aircraft or airfields to meet the needs of all who swarmed to enlist, he was advised to stay in school until called to service. He remained in school and in 1942 won a statewide speech contest with a speech entitled “My Brother’s Keeper.” It was later deemed one of the best speeches of 1042 by the National Council of Churches. The following year, he and a partner won a national debate contest which included entrants from over 100 schools. Then, finally, the military called him up. Having previously engaged in flight taining courses, he was soon piloting a B-24 Liberator airplane and began a successful series of bombing runs in Europe. He was discharged from the Army Air Force in July, 1945, and received the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters for his outstanding service. McGovern returned home and went back to his studies, eventually earning a B.A. For a couple of years, he preached at a church in IL, but eventually left the ministry to pursue graduate studies at Northwestern University. He earned an M.A. and later a PhD in history. He taught history and political science for a time before beginning his own career in public service, first as a two-term U.S. Representative, and later as a three-term, highly principled U. S. Senator. Prior to his election to the Senate, McGovern served as President Kennedy’s first director of the newly-formed Food for Peace program.

When George McGovern ran for President in 1972, he captured my imagination with his genuine sincerity and deep moral conviction in opposition to the Vietnam war. He pointed out the corruption and also tremendous waste associated with the continuation of the war and also decried the horrific effect it was having on the poor both here and in Vietnam. Unfortunately, he was cynically portrayed by the Nixon forces as being “weak” on defense, and was consequently defeated  in a landsline. He carried only one state in that election, and lost even his own state to Nixon. McGovern was unfortunately swallowed up in another landslide 8 years later, that of Ronald Reagan in 1980, and failed in his attempt to attain a fourth term in the Senate.

George McGovern was a very rare person: a totally honest man who worked tirelessly in public life for the constituents of his state and for the poor and meek of this world in general. He was a war hero who came to recognize the futility of war and instead became a champion of peace. He was greatly respected and will be sorely missed by this writer. Rest in eternale peace, Senator. You deserve your heavenly reward!       

 

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“THAT IS NOT WHAT WE DO!”

October 17, 2012  By Jack Jodell
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President Obama came out swinging in last night’s debate. In so doing, he may very well have saved his presidency. While neither candidate suffered or administrated a severe knockout punch, by forcefully standing his ground  on both the 9/11 attack in Libya and his successful bailout of the American automobile industry, the President emerged with a much-coveted victory.

Romney, naturally, was unable to defend his intenable comments concerning his stated belief that 47% of the electorate didn’t matter to him because, in his words, they viewed themselves as “victims” who were basically slackers sponging off of the government. It was fabulous that the President, in one of his last remarks of the evening, was able to drive this point home at the very end! I think this demonstrated, more than anything, the Republicans’ callous disregard for the poor and middle class, many of whom THEY, as wealthy business owners and trust-funders,  are actually sponging off of, THEMSELVES, through their paying of a much lower rate of income taxes on capital gains (where a large part of their income and wealth is derived from)!

True to form, Romney tried to lie his way out of the fact that he had advocated the bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler at the beginning of 2009, and mumbled some absolute gibberish and nonsense about how the President had pushed these companies through bankruptcy himself, which was a bald-faced LIE. The truth is, of course, that Obama rescued these companies and set them once more on a profitable course by making them restructure and by granting large, much-needed government loans. These loans, every penny of which has been paid back, offered them capital at a very desprtate time when Romney’s Wall Street banking buddies were in no position to make such loans. 

Romney was a typical Republican selfish bully much of the night, awkwardly trying to grab more time than he was entitled to and attempting to run roughshod over both moderator Candy Crowley AND the President. Fortunately, neither Ms. Crowley nor the President allowed themselves to be run over in such a fashion. Romney’s contempt for Obama was plainly evident. I would say he has equally strong contempt for the federal government he now wishes to gain control of. 

But for me, the defining moment of the debate came when the President criticized Romney’s politically-motivated statements which were given immediately following the 0/11 Libyan attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. In one fell swoop, Obama clearly demonstrated Romney’s recklessness and foolhardy opportunism, and made it obvious that Romney is definitely not ready for prime time as Commander-In-Chief. 

For it has become very clear that Romney will tell any lie, or say or do virtually anything, to obtain a vote. He is thoroughly self-centered and both he and his yuppie-puppy running mate Paul RUIN are overly ambitious. Romney has spent the last 20 years of his life trying to become President any way he can, and has contradicted himself repeatedly in that entire time. For that very reason, he has proven himself untrustworthy and not fit for the job of President.

Obama himself summed it up best last night when he said to Romney, “That is not what we do!”         

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A VICTORY FOR SUBSTANCE OVER STYLE!

October 13, 2012   By Jack Jodell

Thursday night’s vice presidential debate between sitting Vice President Joe Biden and his challenger, Wisconsin congressman Paul RUIN, was a victory of Biden’s depth and substance over RUIN’s shallowness and attempt at “style”. Biden passionately defended the current administration’s support for government programs which aid the middle class and poor, while RUIN (aptly named that because his proposed budget would completely RUIN our economy) appeared dispassionate and callously unconcerned about the real, unwealthy world all around him.

On the subject of the war in Afghanistan, RUIN showed particular ineptness. It was clear he was out of his element, delivering canned, clearly-memorized talking points given to the Romney camp which were developed by notorious neocons like ex-Bush advisor Dan Senor. Lyin’ Ryan  gave little evidence he really knew what he was talking about and even hinted that the U.S. should not be withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in the middle of their summer fighting season. Biden wasted little time in educating RUIN  that these troops were being replaced by trained Afghanis, and that a full 49 of our allies, plus our Joint Chiefs of Staff, had approved the withdrawal. RUIN also unfairly criticized Obama for his lack of action against Syria. Biden again educated him, pointing out how the administration had worked skillfully with all the important Middle East countries, ranging from Turkey to Saudi Arabia to Jordan, in an effort to prevent the Syrian civil conflict from expanding into a full-blown regional war.  

On the topic of Women’s Reproductive Rights, it was easy to see RUIN squirming when discussing the subject. His own view is that all abortions, as well as Planned Parenthood, should be abolished, yet he is forced by his associaton with Romney to take the less extreme, less controversial position of approving abortions in the case of rape, incest, or health endangerment to the mother. Biden took a more sensible overall approach to the subject. He pointed out that he did not like abortion, but that he didn’t think it was right for him, as a Catholic, to force his own religious beliefs on others, particularly those who may be Jews, Moslems, Protestants, or nonbelievers. He also pointed out correctly that both Romney and RUIN would sponsor Supreme Court nominees in favor of reversing Roe v. Wade, and that Planned Parenthood is essential for maintaining women’s overall health.  

But it was on the subjects of Health Care, Medicare, Social Security, and tax fairness that Biden’s arguments beat those of Lyin’ Ryan hands down. For Biden exposed the sheer folly of RUIN’s and Romney’s plan to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act and turn Medicare into a ridiculous voucher system! After all, without “Obamacare” in place to thwart insurance company discrimination, how in hell could an ill person in their 80s ever obtain insurance on the free market? And, without Medicare, how could they ever afford it? RUIN also failed again to disclose which SPECIFIC tax deductions he and Romney would eliminate to guarantee that their far-fetched t20%  tax cut for everybody wouldn’t adversely affect needed middle-class tax deductions , despite prodding from moderator Martha Raddatz. 

Paul RUIN was obviously trying to score points by appearing as if he were genuinely concerned about the plight of unemployed and poor Americans, but his proposed “solutions” were vague and uninspiring. He claimed again that he and Romney would help create 12 million new jobs, but he never provided a satisfactory explanation as to exactly HOW this would be done. Somehow, his and Romney’s vague explanations of further deregulation and tax cuts for everyone would do the job just didn’t seem to pass the smell test. Biden, on the other hand, appeared genuinely pained at the thought of privatizing Social Security and destroying Medicare. He claimed, quite accurately, that most poor and elderly people could not afford the radical transformation of social services that Romney and RUIN are proposing.  

Several times last night, Joe Biden looked directly at the camera and asked, “Who do you trust?” For THIS viewer, it is HIM. For he talked specifics and didn’t insult us with vague promises or foolish cliches. Paul RUIN, on the other hand, failed to inspire me or gain my confidence, especially wearing that impatient,  simplistic, shit-eating grin he had on all night!     

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