The Republics want $1.3 billion in tax credits and breaks for businesses to offset the cost of a raise in the minimum wage. What? That means huge employers, mostly in food service, which typically pay its employees minimum wage (McDonalds and Pizza Hut, etc.) will benefit from tax cuts, the cost of which will eventually be passed on to its employees. So where is the gain? Where is the poverty wage relief for employees who are trying to hold it all together on $5.15 an hour.
At some point we the people have to rise up and say, "Enough’s enough! . . . We’re not going to take it anymore!" There’s more to life than increasing investors’ portfolios by 20% (I heard somewhere that 40% of the wealthiest people own something like 80% of all stocks, the other 20% is owned by 401ks, which are taxed as regular income at retirement, lucky us) and CEOs bonuses from $100 million to $200 million by keeping wages low. Screw that! I for one have had enough. We need to educate all the people in this country who vote against their own best interest.
We need to put together a campaign to vote out of office any Senator or Congressman, Republic or Democrat who votes against the minimum wage bill. Period! That’s all they need to do to get voted out. Just like the Bankruptcy Bill, we should have voted out any Senator or Congressman, Republic or Democrat who voted for the new Bankruptcy Bill. That means Democrat Joe Biden, from the state of MBNA Delaware, who used the lame excuse of having to vote for the bill so he could be on the conference committee to help ease the pain, doesn’t get re-elected. What a bunch of malarkey. He wants the credit card and banking money for his Presidential run. Democrats had enough votes to filibuster, and they didn’t do it, for the exact reason Joe Biden voted for it. Actually malarkey is too nice a word, but I can’t use the word(s) I really want to.
For example: I was driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway one day not too long ago and took off on a side road. After about half an hour of driving, down in a glen in the midst of all the beauty, there was a family living in a broken down single wide mobile home, which was surrounded by what could only be generously called a junk yard. Amidst the broken down school busses (two of them, one laying on its side?) multiple vehicles, and other indescribable rusted equipment, such as old refrigerators and what looks like some kind of wind turbines or something, was a rusty pick-up truck. I could only imagine that that was the vehicle that the family used to go to town because it had a brand new "W" sticker in the back window. What’s up with that? Another family voting against their own best interest.
Just like electing Reagan. "Oh we’ll never have to worry about another Watergate." They said. Maybe not Watergate, but Iran Contra is another story. And Iran Contra must have been okay with the "vote against your own best interest" crowd, because after 8 years of exactly what’s happening now with our economy, they voted in George Sr. so we could have four more years of screwing the working class. And incidentally, one of the first acts of George Senior’s presidency was to grant a full pardon to all the characters testifying in the Iran Contra, bringing that affair to an abrupt end. By the way, George Sr. was at the center of Iran Contra and the testimony of the pardoned Iran Contra players let old George off the hook. He could have actually, if convicted, gone to jail for his participation in that little fiasco. But we could never have another Watergate. And we still didn’t learn our lesson . . . or at least we didn’t teach the lesson to the single-issue "vote against your own special interest" crowd who voted for George Jr. twice. When will they ever learn?
Republics are masters of the great political con. What they legislate is only good for the top 1/2% to top 1% of all Americans. So that means that if they are going to get 50% plus one vote, they need to con 49% of voters that what they are doing is good, and that what we are doing is bad.
They do this in a variety of ways. The single issue vote is the most effective way; although, Iraq and Terrorism was George Bush’s "little black dress" for years. Issues like abortion, immigration, gay marriage, taxes on the wealthy (I never understood that one) take your pick or fill in the blank, has gotten Republics elected and re-elected for years, and throw in terrorism over 2 of the last 3 election cycles and we really have a mess on our hands.
So keep your ears open and when you hear someone say Rudi Giuliani would never do that, or Rudi Giuliani is the only one that can beat Hillary and if we don’t beat Hillary we’ll end up with Universal Health Care, only they'll call it Hillarycare. God forbid we insure 47 million Americans currently without health insurance. You need to set them straight. It’s up to you, because you’re the person standing there. You need to tell them that old Rudi is just like all the rest of the Republics . . . It’s all about the consolidation of wealth and power and the deregulation of industry. He’s no different, as president he'll work to get a flat tax and tax cuts for the wealthy. He'll do everything in his power to ensure that The House of Representatives, the people's house, represents big corporate interests, and the Senate, the branch of government that represents the states actually represents big special interests. Oh and by the way, Rudi Giuliani was the person that said, as the twin towers were collapsing, "Thank God George Bush is President."
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