Month: December 2010

FACT CHECK

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Are you angry enough yet to face the truth?  This economic mess we’re in was caused by a lot more than the small minds of a few corporations or greedy bankers or even the last oily administration.  Without a whole lot of us looking the other way, we and our new overwhelmed President would have more palatable options, than compromising the poor to save the rich in order to protect the middle from becoming the poor.

All of us, regardless of party, color, age, sexual & political persuasion, income or calorie intake, were first victim and then collaborator.  Victim, after Franklin Roosevelt died leaving his “New Deal” for us, unprotected from architects of The “Right” Deal.  The New Deal was the Great Equalizer born out of the Great Depression.  The “Right” Deal is the fearful overreaction of greedy people, needing to insure their health and welfare power control over the wealth of America, by renting our elected officials.  Thus, Government of, by and for the people has been lobbied into a long term lease signed into law by the descendants of Victorian Robber Barons.

Now, I’m not a Democrat, but nor have I fallen for the smoke and mirrors shell game of those who claim, in the name of Jesus, only corporations create jobs through some kind of mystical trick that employs a trickledown fantasy land formula.  Caution, believing in such voo-doo can lead to late night viewing of “Father knows Best” re-runs.

Jobs are created by people just like you and me, who need help to produce or sell what they make.  Even an inefficient chaotic Government creates jobs, as does Ma & Pa’s corner grocery store, or a franchise owner, or a small business or even individuals with international holdings, like Warren Buffett and Bill & Melinda Gates.

Almost anyone who makes something and is willing to pay someone else to help them can create jobs.  It’s not all that difficult, unless you lack faith in your product, your business and marketing plans, your customer base or unless you choose to keep potential customers and employees in a state of anxiety.  You know, like OPEC did to us by shutting off the oil in the 70’s, creating long lines at gasoline stations.

Scarcity breeds desperation and desperation leads to desperate measures, like stomping on the head of someone who disagrees with you or preventing those of a different faith from opening a community center, or hording money instead of making loans that would stimulate an economy or believing political PACs pointing skyward to black and white TV pie, while picking your pocket.  Keeping the masses well fed under educated & misinformed, fighting among themselves, maintains a successful feudal system.

I’m an Independent Liberal, who believes God still believes in us and expects us to “do unto others as we would have them do unto us.”  What kind of America does a top two percent Conservative believe in?

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Coffee, Tea and Thee

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If everyone was like Jesus, we wouldn’t need laws, lawyers, or Supreme Justice obsoletes.  Indeed, if everyone was like Jesus, Anita Hill is spared late night bleats.  If everyone was like Jesus, we wouldn’t need oversight of government, checks and balances, or regulators for Wall Street high rollers and their high risk behavior depositing America in low state of beggars.  If everyone was like Jesus, we wouldn’t need traffic lights, or driver’s licenses, and could say no to reform, all regulations even taxes for any reason.  There’d be no need for high placed secret board rooms for high treason, or plots to keep American masses overfed, under educated and happy with trickle-down malfeasants, if everyone weren’t filled with dread, and acted like Jesus instead.

People like Jesus know it’s easy to vote for more pork with eyes fixed on reminders in our rear view memories of heaven over glazed with the good old dazed.  But it’s oh so difficult to keep our faith on course while sniffing ill wind of spin, twisters twisting twisted information blowing up our noses with such din.  Flying in the face of truth, our hearts and minds are spun in circles round and round in media three ring circus, until buried in the sands of time, merrily led on, in loop of merry-go-round without purpose bound.

So now unsure footed, we tread the quicksand of shortcuts backwards to what never was: never, never land.  Grabbing at straws, we settle for brass ring flaws, when coffee hope and tea leaf wisdom could unite our steps in national freedom.  Instead, separated we stagger, blinded by our rose colored glasses, accepting almost any proposal from fast talking radio asses.  Realizing too late all that glitters is not gold, it’s our future to half governors and half wits we’ve sold.  Those in top two percent who duped us into a divided high and low state of sin, now laugh all the way to the banks that helped them do us in.

If everyone was like Mohamed, there wouldn’t have been a 9/11 or 1,421 American deaths and 9,256 wounded in the Afghanistan hunt for Bin Laden.  If Presidents were like Jesus, there’d been no excuse for an oil barons’ war of choice, killing 4,429 Americans and wounding 32,937 now much ignored by Congressional voice.

If everyone was like Jesus, and less akin to Bank of America, Citi Group, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs, Investment Bankers would still be middle men, connecting those with a business plan to those with investment dollars in hand, and Middle Class wouldn’t be a discarded past, like unwanted trash.  But, unlike Jesus, Wall Street greed for wealth and power needed funds to cheat us dopes, for their dope and other line item expenses like prostitutes for midnight hire, stealing from us more than our trust and hope.

Alas, Jesus like we’re not, especially those who aspire to oily crown by driving America into the ground.