Thursday, December 31, 2015

they are the takers.

The western front of the United States Capitol...
The western front of the United States Capitol. The Capitol serves as the seat of government for the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located in Washington, D.C., on top of Capitol Hill at the east end of the National Mall. The building is marked by its central dome above a rotunda and two wings. It is an exemplar of the Neoclassical architecture style. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Let me get this straight, people like Romney are upset that 47% of people are supported by the government in some way?  I guess I did used to see the government as becoming more intrusive away and taking care of people too much.  Still worried about that.  But the fact that so many people are on government assistance tells me that something else is going on.  We are not a country of lazy people.  People put in more hours than ever.  What is really going on here?  Perhaps people like Romney have gathered so much power and wealth that people need that government assistance.  Like a lord in a feudal system complaining that his serfs are keeping some of the grain they farm in order that they have enough sustenance to live. 

The republicans have usurped ideals that American have of being independent, working hard and even learning from their suffering to justify what corporations used to do  In the good old days, government did not play such a big role in people’s lives.  Is it because people are so different today?  I don’t think so.  What has changed is the way people earn a living.

In an agrarian society such as the United States was at our founding, a person’s survival could be an independent endeavor.  There was always a land to go to and work.  Those that were not farmers.  Those that did not farm could do well by learning  a trade and opening their own business.  However, in the late 19th century man-power decreased in value and human became just equipment in a factory and was valued as such.  The robber Barons prospered and many people suffered.  They had that American spirit of independence and working hard to become a success.  For many, that did not get them too far.  The robber barons amassed great fortunes in unethical ways. 

This appears to be happening again.  The difference this time is that we have learned from the industrial revolution and have ways to protect people from harm.  It is this safety net that keeps the super rich from being labeled robber barons.  Conservatives are being successful in framing this question as Do we want a country of makers or takers?    In asking this question, it makes people yearn for a time that has passed.  What time?  The 1940s and 1950s?  That was perhaps a sweet spot of honest workers and respectful employers.  This time, I contend was created by the backlash to the practices of robber barons and the subsequent legislation that protected the workers.  Yes, the unions.  So we do we want government to go back to hands-off in the affairs of business in America?  This will drive us back to the time of robber barons.  In effect, through the ineffectiveness of government, we have something close to laisses faire.  The conservatives are seizing on this and trying to grab power.  They want more makers and less takers because they are the takers. 

If we try to make things too fair by handicapping business with too much regulation, we will all suffer.  Our country will not be able to move forward.  However, if we unfetter corporations we will return to the 19th century.  Then we will have to pull the safety net away and let people suffer, children grow up with opportunities, and cause civil unrest.  Of course we cannot do that.  So what would we do? Decrease taxes, remove regulations and increase the safety net.  We are already stretched to our financial limits.  This would also result in more people receiving assistance from the government.  More takers. 
Romney and his cohorts want an easy answer.  There never is.  They want a return to a simpler time.  There was never a simple time.  Just different problems that history has glossed over.  They want someone to blame.  Romney blamed 47% of the population.  They are not innocent.  The 47% perhaps need to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.  However, in laying the blame, I would say he should be balming 46% less people.

I used to be concerned that the united states was heading towards socialism.  No I am more worried about the split between the have and the have nots that lead to revolutions that resulted in socialism.

Friday, December 18, 2015

I Can No Longer vote Republican

English: In 2010, the US House passed the Sena...
English: In 2010, the US House passed the Senate's Healthcare bill. The map above represents the breakdown of the vote by congressional district. How did the House vote? Democratic yes Republican yes Abstention Democratic no Republican no (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There was a time when I voted for the candidate that was the most honest. The one the stuck with his own principals.For a long time it was conservatives.  They took the nonpopular stances.  The ones that did not cater to people's desire to get something for their vote.

Thanks to Walker and the other candidates I will never vote for a conservative again. They have shown their true colors.

There is the outright corruption.  More pervasively is their desire to cater to the people and the corporations with the money.

They use trigger topics to sway people of faith and independent minded people.  Okay not sway. Trick.  They convince #catholics and others that there is a war on Christmas and religion. They try to empower #homeschooling parents so that they can dismantle schools.  STo be frank, some people can teach their children well.  Then there is the trailer trash people that think they can, but they damage their children.  These dumb children and the weakened public schools play into the republicans (liek #Walker) plan to make america dumber. The dumber you are the more reactionary you are and that's what the tea party needs to thrive.  They want a nation that works at Walmart, receives food stamps from the government, and then spend their food stamp monies to show at Walmart.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Using You

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...
speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There is a movement in our country to have effective government. To have some politicians that will shake things up. Conservatives are against big government so it makes sense that they want the people that will have an impact on the way our government runs. It used to be the many conservatives had ideals were good. Stand on your own two feet. Rely on yourself and help others by not giving to them.
The problem lies on who is capitalizing on the movement to shake things up. It is the capitalists that want to use conservative values to make more money. They use the rhetoric to stir up the angry and the bigoted to come into power. They are also stirring up those that are so fed up they just want change. Even if that change is Donald Trump.
People need to take a step back and be objective when looking at things. Look for statements that are used to rile you up and scare you.  They want to take away your way of life. It is an attack on Christmas. They want to take away your guns. Schools want to control your kids and brainwash them. 
Let’s talk about guns. In the 1920s they abolished drinking. It caused created syndicates of crime and did not work. Today, the distribution of alcohol is highly controlled. But do you have easy access do alcohol? Yes. Are the laws there to take it away? No, just to make the world safer.
Are schools trying to instill certain morals and values in your children? Yes. It is their role that they were created for. They Are given the responsibility to create good citizens of the United States. So if you pull  your child out and homeschool them, you are not being patriotic. I wrote that statement to be snarky, but now I think I believe that.  Homeschoolers want to instill their values on their children. I res;pect that. America allows you that. But under your definition of patriotism, you do not want to be part of America.

People think they are finally supporting politicians that will change things up.  Who they are really supporting are the corporations and ALEC that want to use the government to control people and make more money.