CRACKS IN THE REPUBLICAN WALL!

November 15, 2912  By Jack Jodell

The once-solid Republican Party is now locked in what will prove to be a bitter civil war between its reactionary Tea Party wing and its merely ultra-conservative wing. GOOD! The longer and more severely they fight among themselves, the better off the majority of the country will be! For, even in unity, this wretched party only really represented the interests of a minority of this nation: huge corporations, the wealthiest 1%,  and a delusional cult of naive economic wannabes. The aberrant nature of the party’s midterm election victory in 2010, plus their ignorant refusal to accept basic fact (caused by their overreliance on the heavily-slanted Fox “News”  and ridiculously skewed public opinion polls leading up to their November 6  election defeat) lulled this wretched party into a distorted sense of false security, overconfidence, and arrogant smugness. They are now paying dearly for this mistake!

The GOP has been shellshocked by the reelection of President Obama and their failure to capture control of the U.S. Senate. Normal non-deluded people understand the folly of such crazy Republican beliefs: after two solid years of  John Boehner campaigning on the importance of creating new jobs and then turning around and blocking numerous presidential and/or Democratic Party attempts to pass a jobs creation bill, the GOP was deservedly slapped hard for its reliance on obstruction and stalling rather than delivering what they had been promising. For some unexplained reason, these foolish Republicans can’t understand that Americans are FED UP with paying rigidly partisan morons like Eric Cantor more than $174,000 apiece to merely sit around and do NOTHING each year, especially in this time of great need, growing wealth disparity, and shrinking economic opportunity for everyday workers! By a 2 to 1 margin, voters favor an end to the ridiculous Bush tax cuts for the rich, and are angry that the GOP has steadfastly refused to enact fairer, higher taxes on the wealthy. While constantly clamoring about the dangers of our staggering national debt (and feigning great concern for what it will hold for our future descendants), these Republicans have fought any raise in taxes of any kind, especially increases targeting the wealthy. Self-centered and totally mistaken trust-funder Grover Norquist has seen to that! They lie to us and tell us new, higher taxes on the rich will hurt the so-called “job creators” and add to unemployment. How do we know this is a lie? Obviously, because the massive tax reductions given to the rich since 2001 have produced the slowest rate of job growth since the Great Depression of 1929!

After said depression, labor unions were legalized and were able to collectively bargain on behalf of workers. The middle and upper classes began to grow tremendously. Demand for goods and services skyrocketed as a result, and the nation’s prosperity began a strong and sustained surge. Marred only by occasional 1 or 2 year mild recessions, this growth spurt in production, efficiency, and prosperity continued for well over 40 years.There can be no denying that this “demand-side” approach to our economy yielded great gains across the board. By the mid-1970s, this growth began to slow due to a number of unforseen factors. Hit by rapidly rising energy costs (caused by the formation of OPEC and rampant speculative greed here at home), business owners began to feel the pinch of rising prices. They worried that high domestic labor costs were making American-made goods less competitive across the globe, so they began making bold and drastoc anti-labor moves. First they all but destroyed labor unions in private enterprise. Wheras from the 1930s onward, clerks, manufacturing workers, printers, miners, auto workers, tradesmen of all sorts, and even cooks and servers were unionized and earning a livable wage with good benefits, by the 1990s, many of these unions and the jobs they protected were gone. In some cases greedy business owners had them decertified; in other cases, the jobs themselves became increasingly outsourced to cheaper, slave-wage labor markets outside of our borders.

Beginning with the Reagan presidency in 1981, some conservative economists began advocating what they termed “supply-side” economics. Rather than giving workers good wages to increase demand for goods and raise production, misguided economists like Milton Friedman, fearful of inflation, began pushing for reduced taxes, especially on big businesses and the very wealthy, and holding the line on labor’s wages. They believed this to be the ideal way to spur job creation and foster growth. Carried to an extreme, as many greedy capitalists soon did, this philosophy has proven to be devastating to American workers and the poor! Labor unions all but disappeared in the private sector; benefit packages were reduced or even eliminated; and a three decade-long freezing and/or decline in workers’ wages was the result. Outsourcing became rampant, and finally, demand for goods fell, as workers  could no longer afford to buy them. Alongside these new “supply-side” ideas came the call for greatly reduced regulation of big business. Though initiated mainly by conservative Republicans, many Democrats also fell sway to this notion. The primary results from this course have been disastrous – rampant greed and speculation on Wall Street and mortgage banking – which in large part caused the recent Great Recession. We are still struggling to emerge from this latest downturn, and many have suffered needlessly due to this.

The Republicans played a heavy hand in bringing about all of this resultant market chaos. Their steady refusal to raise taxes (especially on the rich), even in the face of mounting record fiscal deficits, has  deservedly worked against them. They are correctly no longer being viewed as the party of fiscal responsibility. In fact, they have come to be known as the party of and for solely the rich. Their recent economic stances have proven them to be out of touch with the general public, and even unfit for governance. This does not bode well for them ever being able to again capture control of the White House or Congress!

Regrettably, many reactionary and bitterly partisan Republican neocons remain in Congress, notably Paul Ryan, John McCain, Lindsay Graham, nd the nastiest and most uncompromising one of all, Mitch McConnell. We progressives must fight their obstructionist attempts tooth and nail, until they are defeated or retired. 

At long last, though, some key Republicans have shown signs that they are beginning to question and may even buck some of the party’s long-held convictions. Influential GOP commentator Bill Kristol, for example, has publicly stated that the proposed 3.6% tax increase on the highest salaries would have minimal effect on the economy, but would help reduce the deficit. Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal sharply criticized loser Mitt Romney for his divisive post-election comments as to why Obama won the election. Numerous other Republicans have chimed in too, with varying degrees of support for some kind of revenue increases.  These all represent the first cracks in the formerly solid Republican wall of opposition to any form of bipartusan cooperation, and they are hopeful signs which must be encouraged!                

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OUR GREAT POST-ELECTION CHALLENGE!

November 12, 2012  By Jack Jodell

Like most non-deluded, centrist, liberal/progressive Americans, I was delighted to see Mitt Romney and the conservative Republican agenda go down to defeat on election night. It reaffirmed  what I have maintained all along: that the massive Republican/Tea Party victory in 2010 was an aberration. I knew that, when the larger number of voters went to the polls in a presidential election (as opposed to the far-fewer voters which typically show up in off-year or midterm elections), many of the extremist, far-right crackpots would be voted out of office. Whenever the more sensible majority of voters cast their ballots, the crackpots nearly always lose. That is why the mean-spirited and defiant deadbeat dad Joe Walsh was defeated by 10 percentage points and the argumentative, crazy ideologue Allen West went down as well, even though both were the recipients of a huge amount of far-right political action committee secretive campaign funds. There are, after all, a few standards one must adhere to in order to be worthy of being on the public payroll, and both od these men failed to meet these standards, according to voters.

I laughed uproariously when I heard the news that Mitt Romney and a number of other high-ranking congressional Republicans were “shellshocked” that they had been defeated in their quest for the presidency and control of the Senate. How ignorant could these people be to think that they could easily saunter into the White House and total control of Congress on the “strength” of outdated and harmfully failed economic ideas, or taking anti-women and anti-Hispanic stances? Then I realized the horrible mistake they made: they had been ignorantly listening solely to the endless echo-chamber provided by the heavily biased far-right Fox “News” channel, and had virtually ignored all other legitimate media resources.  Indeed, Romney himself steadfastly refused to give any media interviews for the final 27 days of the campaign! Such haughty arrogance (or was it fear?) certainly did not work out in his favor!             

Perhaps the biggest losers of all on election night were those billionaires who set up and/or donated to secretive, far-right political action committees like Karl Rove’s notorious American Crossroads. The cocky Rove was dumbfounded to discover how failed his nefarious effort was, in that his effort to defeat the President and elect far-right Republicans to Congress yielded only a paltry 1.29% success rate among the electorate. In fact, fellow traveler and big blowhard Donald Trump termed it “a waste of money.” Likewise, the notorious Koch brothers were deservedly stymied in their multi-million dollar attempt to defeat Obama and secure a pliable, completely bought-out Republican congressional majority. But the biggest loser of all was the cantankerous old anti-labor Las Vegas mogul Sheldon Adelson, who dumped an estimated $100 million of his own fortune and countless millions from others into his failed Winning Our Future Super-PAC, which failed to win anything substantial whatsoever. Though these attempts by the filthy rich to buy the 2012 elections met with failure, don’t delude yourself for a minute that they will easily give up. For the wealthy HATE being denied what they really want, and they will not disappear easily. They will try again and again, refining and changing their tactics repeatedly, until they are forced by US, THE VOTING PUBLIC, to cease this sordid effort!

There are many looming crises in the road ahead. Oil interests are still aiming to force through potentially environmentally dangerous gas pipelines, and the push for nuclear energy, despite all its serious dangers and drawbacks, is once again on the rise. Climate change, as well as atmospheric and water pollution, is a reality we must tackle IMMEDIATELY! Labor unions will continue to be attacked and weakened. Reactionary Republicans will resist any effort to raise taxes on the super-rich, will resist any attempt to reduce our growing wealth disparity, and will instead attempt to impose austerity measures here at home which will devastate the poor, elderly, and disabled. They will attempt to deceive us by telling us this is necessary to reduce our debt. We progressives must remain ever vigilant and resist these reactionary attempts to turn our economic and social clocks backward. Though we have won the battle of the election of 2012, we must persevere and win the all-out class WAR these backward-looking fools have been engaging us in!

That is our great post-election challenge, and we MUST NOT FAIL!                    

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REJECTED!

November 7, 2012  By Jack Jodell

The U.S. voting public rejected a number of elements in Tuesday night’s election. First and foremost, they rejected the Romney / Ryan Republican presidential ticket, handing the presidency back to Barack Obama for one more term. They rejected the Romney “visions” of a much-weakened federal government and that, to create jobs, taxes must be lowered again on an already far-too-UNDERtaxed wealthiest 2% of  all income-takers. They also rejected Paul Ryan’s utterly preposterous notion that the misguided, pro-wealthy and anti-government hypocrite Ayn Rand had somehow been correct all along with her assertion that the rich must be rewarded heavily and must not be impeded by government  in any manner, shape, or form. Americans also rejected the very idea that fabulously wealthy and self-centered jerks like the notorious anti-labor Las Vegas magnate Sheldon Adelson should be able to buy politicians and influence elections by contributing unrestricted MILLIONS to political campaigns.  This arrogant man truly deserves the migraine he undoubtedly woke up with this first post-election morning, when he realized he had spent those millions totally in vain! The same holds true for the dastardly Karl Rove and the nasty Koch brothers, all of whom believe that billionaires should and must control the American government! In essence, Americans definitely rejected the outlandish Romney and activist Extreme Court belief that “corporations are people too” and that their excessive political donations somehow represented their “right” to free speech and must therefore not be subject to regulation! In fact, the average voter was thoroughly disgusted with, and rejected the way this election disintegrated into an unnecessary 18-month spectacle of non-stop primaries whose main purpose was obviously to load the corporate media’s much-bloated pockets up with even more advertising cash!

This, too, was a public outcry which rejected the oft-quoted and very errant conservative Republican assertion that “government isn’t the solution – gpvernment is the problem.” Even conservative Republican politicians like New Jersey governor Chris Christie  proved the fallacy of such a statement when he gratefully sought and received Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) aid following the devastation othat Hurricane Sandy had wrought on his state! It also showed that Americans strongly rejected fanatically-extremist, far-right reactionary attempts to end or radically alter such time-tested and beloved New Deal and post-New Deal institutions as the Minimum Wage, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and numerous others as well! It also demonstrated the American displeasure with the near-austerity measures Ryan had previously proposed in his unpassed federal budget.

Mostly, though, these election results can best be viewed as where voters rejected Romney himself: his extreme and deliberate use of the LIE as a political tool, in which he indulged himself nearly constantly! They also rejected his lust for power and his willingness to say or do virtually anything in an effort to obtain  that power. For, while Americans expect a certain level of immodest boastfulness or even occasional hyperbole coming from their preferred candidate’s campaign, they nonetheless demand that their President be reliable and a person they feel they can trust. On this level, Romney failed miserably. For he refused to release 9 years of his tax returns (even though his own father had released 12 back in his unsuccessful presidential bid in 1968,  and even though Romney had demanded that his running mate release 10 of his own!). Worse than that, one of the missing returns was from 2009, where there is strong evidence that Romney and his wife profited off of taxpayers to the tune of $15 MILLION by first buying auto parts supplier Delphi’s depressed stock at an extremely low price and then demanding that Delphi’s parts be sold back to the newly-bailed out General Motors at a much higher price! American voters were therefore justified to reject such a man, who profited immensely from exporting American jobs through his practiced use of vulture capitalism and who also maintains secret,  overseas bank accounts! So goodbye to Mitt Romney, who should never have qualified as a serious contender in the first place!

American voters rejected a number of other minor party presidential candidates as well, relegating them rightly or wrongly to a mere and insignificant non-spoiler status. They rejected the far-right Tea Party kooks like deadbeat dad Joe Walsh and apparently the wacky Allen West in favor of more moderate Democrats. As of this writing, Tea Party candidate Chip Cravaack has been rejected after only one undistinguished term in the House, and the notorious batshit crazy Michele Bachmann, also a Tea Party darling, was deadlocked in the political battle of her life  against her Democratic challenger, Jim Graves. Voters also apparently rejected Tea Party attempts to take control of the Senate by deservedly denying extremists like Todd Akin, Josh Mandel, Linda McMahon, and Richard Murdock the chance to serve. Voters definitely rejected Tea Party / Republican efforts to obstruct legislation this past Congress and sent an undeniable message of their disgust with this tactic. Finally, voters overwhelmingly rejected the cynical conservative Republican effort to make this election be one dominated primarily by white, backward-looking, uncooperative males. The near-record level of females elected to the Senate and Hispanics elected to the House is ample proof of that. 

While neither side can claim anything close to a mandate from this election, it is abundantly clear that the American public has rejected obstructionism and now wants this next Congress to behave responsibly, act civilly toward each other, and get down to enacting practical and beneficial legislation like infrastructure modernization and development for the people they are supposed to be serving!                  

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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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