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Left And Right Politics

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Class Warfare Is Just A Tool For Politicians

Posted by Billy On September - 14 - 2011

Over the last 50 years or so, politicians have been using the different classes of people to get themselves re-elected. When the subject of class warfare comes up, the politicians refer to as the rich against the poor, blacks against whites. It’s just another tool for them to use to get the less informed to “buy” into the crap and to vote for them.

The true class warfare is the political class against the citizen class. If you haven’t noticed, the politicians want us to “fight” among ourselves and to take the real focus off of them. It’s amazing how politicians never refer to themselves as rich or wealthy. They don’t want the average citizen to realize that they are also doing financially well. How could the American people who are less fortunate to vote for them if they too are rich and “not paying their fair share”?

While I agree that a good portion of our population is not making ends meet because of their income. Approximately 15% of the U.S. population is living under the poverty level set by the federal government. Currently a family of four making 22,314 is considered to be living at the poverty level. I do agree that making 22,314 a year to support a family of four is low for today’s standard of living, we must also think about where in the country the family is living in. There’s a difference between living in New York City and Mobile, Alabama when you think of the cost of living in those areas. A family may make it just fine in Alabama, but they sure wouldn’t in the Big Apple.

Politicians also like to use the poor as their personal puppets in the battle against the Republicans. It’s a shame that the media doesn’t do a better job in disseminating the facts form the myths. Here are just some facts about the condition the poor are in.

*The typical “poor” household in America has a car
*78% of “poor” households in America have air conditioning
*64% of “poor” households in America have cable or satellite TV .. most have
two TVs, along with a DVD player and VCR
*Most “poor” households in America with children have a gaming system such
as an Xbox or PlayStation
*38% of “poor” households in America have a personal computer
*Most “poor” households in America have a refrigerator, an oven and stove,
and a microwave. They also have other household appliances such as a
clothes washer, clothes dryer, ceiling fans, a cordless phone, and a coffee
maker.
*The typical “poor” American has more living space than the average European.
*The typical “poor” American family is able to obtain medical care when needed.
*The average “poor” household in America claims to have sufficient funds to meet all essential needs.

If you look around the world you will see that most poor people in other countries don’t have it as good as “poor” Americans. We as a whole are doing better than the rest of the world so we need to stop this class warfare game and realize that we live in the best country in the world. If we don’t and we continue to let the politicians use this tactic to get average people fighting among themselves, they (politicians) will be the only winners.

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Politicians Don’t Know What A Budget Is

Posted by Billy On September - 2 - 2011

Isn’t it amazing to think that we send over 500 politicians to Washington to make the right decisions for the county and it’s citizens and they can’t seem to get it right. In regards to the budget, they haven’t even bothered to write one in over 850 days. Basically since President Obama took office.

Why is it that we allow our representative and Senators to disregard what is expected of them to do while serving as a public servant? Why is it that these same politicians will come looking for us to vote them back into office when they know they did a lousy job the last term? It’s because they think they’re doing the right thing for the American people. I say it’s time for them to wake up and realize that they’ve screwed this county for years to come.

As a responsible family man, I’m required to look over my finances and make decisions on what are the priorities in our lives to make it work for us. I take the time to re-evaluate our income and expenses every six months. I do that since I work for myself and things change on both sides of the equation. Some months I make more and other times not. The same goes for the bills. I’m always crunching numbers to see where I can maximize the capitol I have to work with. Too bad Congress and the president can’t do the same.

I recently read an article about how balancing the budget for Washington is much different than for the individual. I say BULL! Washington needs to do the same as all who have to balance their books. Need it be a corporation, an individual or the federal government. In the article, the author states that during a poor economy, Washington will spend more because of programs like unemployment. While that may be true, it still doesn’t explain why in the state of Florida, Workforce Agency of Florida spent $14,000 of tax payers money to buy capes. That’s right superhero capes with a cartoon figure of Dr. Evil Unemployment for the unemployed. You can’t make this crap up. The agency felt that doing this would help them connect with the community better. The unemployment office is not there to better connect with the community, it’s there to help the community get a job.

We now have Obama coming out next week with his new plan to help create jobs. Of course we saw how the last one went…$878 Billion and we now have a higher unemployment rate and a trillion dollars in added debt. The article does say that when the economy is doing good, the federal government should not be running a deficit. Since when has there been a group of politicians that didn’t spend the tax payer’s money like a drunken sailor? It’s unlikely that this bunch of career politicians will do anything positive for the economy and the country as long as they’re in office.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Vote all of the current politicians out of office the next time they’re up for re-election.

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If I’m A Racist, Then You’re Prejudiced

Posted by Billy On August - 22 - 2011

Since Congress is on their undeserved 5 week vacation, there really hasn’t been big issues to talk or blog about. So I figured I’ll go ahead and talk about something that I was thinking about this weekend.

The double standard that goes on within Washington is ridiculous. No matter which political party is in control, the same games are played against the other. Here’s a quote from the then Congresswoman Hillary Clinton (D-NY)

“I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say: We are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.”
— Hillary Clinton, April 28, 2003

That’s right, these words were spoken by our current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. She made these comments when the republicans had control of the House and the Senate. Hillary is absolutely correct. We, as Americans have the right, given to us by the Constitution, to have the choice to agree or disagree with our elected officials.

Now years later when the shoe is on the other foot, it’s wrong for Americans to disagree with the Obama Administration. It seems that when any group or another political party go against the current power, they’re considered wrong and will be referred to as “extremist’, “fanatic” or a “racist” Of course let’s not forget the favorite one of the Obama Administration and Democrats alike,… Wait for it…

“terrorists”.

Well let them call me whatever they want and I don’t care about it one bit. As long as this country has been in existence, it’s citizens have had the right to speak up against what our politicians are doing (or not doing) for this country. Since the 2008 election, the TEA Party and other constitutional minded groups have been speaking up and making a difference with the mindset of others who are typically unconcerned with the political BS that goes on. These groups have woken the sleeping giant, which is the patriotic American people. We will save this country from the Socialistic policies of the current administration and bring it back to the smaller, limited government that it was meant to be. It’s just going to take awhile for it to happen since the policies of both parties have been changing this Republic for over 50 years.

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Deal Has Been Made, But At What Cost?

Posted by Billy On August - 2 - 2011

A deal has been made in Washington in regards to the debt ceiling. As I expected, Congress has passed a bill in which it will allow raising the debt ceiling. Something I felt that shouldn’t have been done, but would be needed in this present economy. Now at what cost will it be for the American people?

Economist say that it will probably have little (if any) impact on the economy. The reason for that is, none of the cuts come until 2014. Many economists and the Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke advised Congress that cutting too much too soon could hurt the weak economy. They also recommended that reduced spending over the long term would help the economy.

According to the deal, discretionary spending would be cut $21 billion next year and $42 billion in 2013. Social Security Medicare and Medicaid will not be touched, as the more “politically aware” knew would happen. It was a scare tactic all along. A political tool that the politicians, both Republicans and Democrats alike, use against the other. What kills me is the fact that these cuts will only add up to about 0.2% of the entire economy’s output for that time period.

The rest of the cuts will come over a period of 10 years (why always 10?). The first phase will reduce spending by $917 billion and the second phase will add another $1.5 trillion which will be decided by a congressional committee. So let’s create another committee to look into something else the government screwed up on.

The politicians we have in Washington are trying to “fix” the problem in which they caused in the first place. Let’s face it, we are going to face the pain one day for the actions of our past. We need to cut the spending now, not over a period of 10 years. Don’t get me wrong, I know it shouldn’t be immediately. No matter what they (politicians) tell us I know the economy is struggling and as for a recovery, the past two years, the federal government has been hindering it from really happening.

I (like many of you) haven’t read this bill/deal/sellout yet, but I’m sure there’s some scary stuff in it. One thing stated in the deal is that if lawmakers fail to reach a deal on the second round of cuts, The Pentagon’s budget will automatically be cut by $500 billion.

All I can say is that this deal made it possible for all of the politicians to pass this issue off once again until after another election. OK, they avoided default, but let’s be for real, the credit agencies can still go ahead and down grade the United States.

Which in turn will cause interest rates to go up for everyone.

That is what the cost will be for the American people. Higher rates in a time when the economy is in the toilet (and will remain for some time), unemployment is at 9.2% (until the July report comes out on Friday) and the financial future of this country is still unknown.

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