Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Things to Know - 20 September

1.  Is this now the line in the sand from which Obama is finally going to stand up and fight for - I hope so.  In doing so, it may be necessary to call out the dithering Republicants by name as the ones who are coddling the wealthy.  Point out who the wealthy are, how much they are making, and what percentage, loopholes, and obligations and lack of sacrifice they are avoiding.  Take it to them...yes, it is class warfare.  The Rich have been getting richer, while the middle class is being squeezed.  By the way.....are there any sons and daughters of the rich out here in the battlefield of the Afghanistan...or are they able to scrape by with other employment and compensation somewhere out of harms way?:


2.  Obviously, David Brooks is not on board with Obam's Monday message.   I do hope that in the ensuing discussion, that the cards are laid out on the table for all to see how the wealth in this country has shot like a rocket to the upper 2%.  The one-tenth of the top 1% will make you wonder.  Most people think that a CEO or bank president makes about $500,000 per year.  Think again....try 8 to 14 MILLION a year.  If this income bracket paid the same effective percentage of taxes that the average troll does, you would also ask for fairness:

3.  American corporations and their executives are making big bucks.   Their USA workers are not, because they have none. They are working off shore in other countries.  Is this an imbalance?  Is this right?  Check this suggestions to level things and correct a very unpatriotic situation:

4.  Dana Millbank's take on Obama's message.  Not much to say, except that he credits the president with coming to the battle with a full suit of armor.  By the way, is the best that the Republicants can come up with is "Class Warfare" ?.   What is class warfare?  And also, what is wrong with class warfare?:


5.  This column says that "it was remarkable that justice was reached in four short years"....really?  Some guy, under the influence of drugs, driving a boat up through San Francisco Bay, hits a bridge support, and the boat spills 53,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil, causing severe damage to the environment.  The guy gets 10 months in a federal slammer, and his company, four years later pays out a settlement.  Meanwhile, some guy in some town nearby the Bay, misses a house payment, gets foreclosed, and loses everything.  Justice?:


6. It's editorials like this that makes Boehner's "no increase in taxes" blovations difficult to swallow.  The uber-rich are getting marginalized and if graphic discussions get more revealing, the Republicants will find themselves in an indefensible position.  People who are hurting, people who are fearful of holding on, and people who want to see fairness, will demand.   The Republicants should grasp this now and work it out, rather than trot out the old "class warfare" act:

"Life doesn't imitate art. It imitates bad television.""
       -- Woody Allen
"I hope that when I die, people say about me, 'Boy, that guy sure owed me a lot of money.'"
       -- Jack Handey
"Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody."
       -- Franklin P. Adams
"If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time."
       -- Edith Wharton
"It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis."
       -- Margaret Bonnano

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