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Thu Feb 24, 2011 at 12:09 PM PST

Right Wing Attack: Union Edition

by outofstepper

This article covers union busting by the Republican Party in their continuing attack on the middle class.

The protests in Wisconsin have set up a national debate about unions and wages. Governor Scott Walker, (R), has introduced a bill that would end collective bargaining for public unions. It also has a provision in it that would make it illegal for an employee to have union dues collected if they don’t want to pay the union dues. Without the employees contributing, the union would be gone. The company, without the union to protect the employees, would then begin to drop wages, as happens in right-to-work, (RTW), or non-union, states.

Gov. Walker insists this bill is to balance the budget. However, taking away the collective bargaining rights and destroying the union has no effect on the budget. None. The union has already agreed to all of the monetary concessions in the bill. This isn’t about the budget or anything else. This is an attempt to make Wisconsin, (ironically the birthplace of unions and collective bargaining, and probably the reason it is starting there), a right-to-work state.

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Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM PST

Can We Still Hope For Change?

by outofstepper

I first became acquainted with Barack Obama in the fall of 2007. Like millions of others, I became captivated by his style and his rhetoric. Like millions of others, I began to believe that “Yes We Can!”

Then came the health care reform bill that was so weakened as to become almost useless, (in my mind anyway). Then the finance reform bill came along and it also was extremely weak and didn’t address the actual causes of the financial crisis. After President Obama’s first year and a half in office, I, like millions of others, became disillusioned by what I saw as an inability or unwillingness to stand up to the Republicans to get the people’s business done. I was even entertaining the thought that maybe we needed to put up a primary challenge to President Obama for 2012.

And then my eyes were opened to what is really going on.

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A few months ago, I started looking for a specialist in the medical field. I contacted my insurance company through their web page and got a list of doctors that contract with my insurance company. At that time the health care bill had just been signed and the doctors that I called said they were not taking any new patients at that time.

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Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 03:13 PM PST

The Arizona Tragedy

by outofstepper

On Saturday Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and others were injured or were killed. The hospital says Congresswoman Giffords is doing as well as expected.

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Thu Dec 23, 2010 at 11:53 AM PST

I Still Believe in Santa

by outofstepper

My daughter and I were talking about all sorts of things when she asked me if there is a Santa, and do I believe in him. I related the following story to her and said that it was up to her whether she wanted to believe in Santa.

The year was 1985 and in July of that year I was involved in a serious motorcycle accident and was no longer able to work. My wife worked as a motel maid, making minimum wage. She did her best to support us, but her income was barely enough to pay our bills and to put food on the table. There was absolutely no extra money at all. When December of that year came we both realized that there was no way that we were going to be able to buy any Christmas presents. That was OK for us, but our daughter was only 10. How were we going to explain to her that there wouldn’t be a Christmas that year? We were at a loss as to what to do.

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This article was first written as an essay for an English class that I was taking in college. It is as relevant, if not more so now as it was five years ago when it was written. It is, by far, the most popular article on my blog so I have decided to post it here so I can reach a wider audience.

What is written in this article, I think everyone should know. I am certain that if people knew the actual facts about marijuana, it would not be illegal. Enjoy!

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In former president Bush’s memoir titled “Decision Points,” page 355, he records an exchange between himself and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), which frankly, blew me away. My jaw literally dropped. The meeting was on September 6th 2006.

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Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 11:28 AM PST

My Mariners Story

by outofstepper

I decided to share this story with the world because of the passing of Dave Niehaus, the voice of the Seattle Mariners. It really doesn’t have to do with Dave Niehaus per se. However his passing reminded me of it and it is a nice story. Hope you enjoy it.

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There is a discussion going on in Washington DC about the Bush tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of this year. The Democrats want to make the tax cuts permanent for people making under $250,000 while letting the tax cuts for income over $250,000 expire. The Republicans want to make all of the tax cuts permanent. Republicans like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Cantor (R-VA) have said there will be no compromise on the Bush tax cuts. Extend them all or they all will expire. They have even signaled their willingness to shut down the government to get their way.

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Fear has been used for centuries to motivate people and to get them to do things they might not do otherwise. The Bible is full of stories that are meant to frighten you into behaving in a Christian way.

There is a downside to using fear as a motivator though. You can never really know how someone is going to react when they are frightened enough. Using fear as a motivational tool or to manipulate someone can be dangerous though.

This article explores using fear as a political motivator. It details what happens when a person is frightened, and how that fear can be used to manipulate that person into doing what you want them to do.

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Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 12:47 AM PDT

Taliban or Religious Right?

by outofstepper

Something about the Tea Party was strangely familiar to me, even though they have been represented as a "new movement". I set about searching for similarities between the Tea Party of today and past groups. I finally found what I was looking for; a connection between most of their views and the views of the religious right. After doing even more research I realized that the Tea Party, aka the religious right, has a lot to do with other extremist religious views and beliefs.

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Sat May 08, 2010 at 05:01 AM PDT

Death of the Tea Party?

by outofstepper

Now that the Mainstream Media has lost interest in the Tea Party, does this sound the death knell for the racist, extreme right of the Republican Party? Does this mean the MSM has finally figured out who these Teabaggers are?

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