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I knew something was wrong when Cheney and Bush suddenly silenced their hubris-tic bravado

some time in 2007. What suddenly made them shut-up? Seriously, who had the pull to make Cheney humble?

I knew something was wrong when Pres Obama punched the left in the gut by choosing Rick Warren to say the prayer at his 2008 inauguration. An early shot across the bow.

I knew something was wrong when Gov Dean resigned and Obama appointed Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff. You know Rahm, he who couldnt contain his contempt, if not outright hatred of the left.

These were very early, deliberate, and very clear signs that something was very wrong. And while the apologists have an answer for each and every one, the answers boil down to what one poster said yesterday. ďI trust Obama.Ē The same thing my brother in law said of Bush in 2002.

By the way, we need to be careful with our criticism of Eric Holder. If he should resign, Pres Obama might appoint Alberto Gonzales.
Posted by rhett o rick | Sat Jun 1, 2013, 01:00 PM (0 replies)

Most Americans think they are free and dont you dare try to tell them otherwise.

Even many here in DU City live and love their denial. They should read Milton Mayer's, "They Thought They Were Free". But they either wont read it or deny it. After all, denial is painless, and essential for some to maintain sanity.

As the wealth is being sucked out of the lower class at an alarming rate, those in denial will point to Obamacare as proof things are getting better. Unless our election system is fixed, Obamacare will be gone in the first 100 days of 2016. Every advancement made in the last few years can be gone in an instant.

Some will say that revolution is the answer. No it isnt. It would be a great excuse for the Elite Fascist to tighten security, temporarily of course.

Is everything hopeless? Not entirely. According to Elite Theory, the Elites rule. Always have and always will. Kick out this bunch and they will be replaced with another bunch. The best we can hope for is that the Ruling Elite are benevolent. The USofA was lucky in the 1930's to have a benevolent Elite running the country. Italy, Germany and Spain werent so lucky.

Whose side is Penny Pritzker on? Will she trickle on us or let us have cake?

Actually it's a genius of a strategy.

The red team has carte blanch to rape and pillage, the blue team strongly resists the red team on social issues. These are the issues that people closely identify with. But while we are watching the dog fight over gun control for example, both the blue and red teams are picking our pockets. Now some will rationalize that at least the blue team is helping us win some of the social dog fights and when they take our wallets they dont hit us in the head with a lead pipe, so it could be worse? Yes but when you get home and find your wallet is gone, your house is gone, your job, retirement and Social Security are gone, your freedom will soon follow. Then all the hard work for social issues will quickly be flushed down the fascist toilet.

When do you think the next bank bailout will occur? I'm think around 2015.

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Those that are so eager to denigrate others by calling them CT are often

living in a carefully guarded denial bubble. They know that if we really dig we will find corruption beyond imagination. They cant handle this, therefore they want everything wrapped up in a tight bundle. And they are willing to bully those that they think might unwrap the bundle. One DU member has suggested that CT'ers be automatically PPR'd. And I assume he thinks he should make the decision. Fortunately the Admin here is more open minded.

They have us exactly where they want us. Our "two party" system includes

one party that is so radical that many Americans would vote for anyone not so radical. That's exactly what the corporate overlords want. We get the choice between the do-nothing Democrats and the whack-a-doodles. Ralph Nader was wrong to say the two parties were the same. If they were the same the American people would recognize that we didnt have a democracy. But the overlords make sure we have the allusion of choice. A choice of a whack-a-doodle or corporate friendly. Neither choice will be progressive and we, at best, will make only baby-steps toward undoing the massive damage done by the Bush Crime Family.

Here's how I see the corporate-overlord game plan. They give us Georgie Bush and Mr. Evil. After eight years of disaster for the masses the overlords back off and give us Pres Obama. Things are better and some of the population are appeased and some of the population are discouraged by the lack of real choice. Pres Obama and Sen Reid seem to have their hands tied. They are letting the Republicans run all over them.

So what's in store for 2016? I predict the overlords will run a half-way decent (not a McCain or a Mittens) candidate that will take away many votes from the Democratic challenger. Republican voters that were revolted by the 2014 clowns and voted for Pres Obama or didnt vote. The Democratic challenger will most likely be a DLC type, corporate friendly and not willing to take on the big corporations and Wall Street. So it should be a close race and win-win for our corporate overlords.

Our democracy is only an illusion.

Time Once Again to Support Your Local Foodbank

Local foodbanks are struggling. In tight economic times, donations to foodbanks tend to dry up. And this is the time when help is most needed.

I try to keep some extra canned food on hand for emergencies and if I donít use it when the pull date comes around, I donate it and replace it.

Please donít throw away canned food if the pull date has passed. Most canned food remains safe after the pull date but may lose some food value. Dented cans are not unsafe. Bulging cans are probably unsafe. If you are in doubt, give them to your foodbank and let them decide. They usually know best.

It always feels good to donate food but donating money is more effective. Foodbanks have access to much better buys on foods than the average consumer. Cash also gives the foodbank the flexibility to buy what they need most.

Some foodbanks need clean glass jars with labels removed for repackaging. They often need boxes, paper sacks and plastic bags. Check with your local foodbank and see what they need. You may be throwing away things they can use.

Donít forget to volunteer. Even a few hours a week will help.

I am not sure where I should be on the graph.

I am against the Patriot Act, Domestic spying, indefinite detention without due process, Citizens United, unregulated drone killing, free trade, NAFTA and all the 'AFTA's.

I am for single payer health insurance, reducing defense spending, ending the wars, habeas corpus, protecting American jobs, eliminating the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, making big Pharma compete for Medicare drug contracts.

So on what issues do you disagree?

The lax regulation of Wall Street is a threat to our economy.

Wall Street has proven beyond a doubt that without proper regulations they can crash the economy. Very little is being done to prevent another situation where they can again blackmail the American citizens into paying trillions to save the economy.

Two major problems discussed in Dean Bakerís, "False Profits" are the failure of the Fed to control economic bubbles, like the housing bubble, and the rampant speculation by our banks which is backed by taxpayer's dollars.

The Fed is intended to regulate our economy to benefit all Americans. That means dealing with unemployment. However, most of the board members are bankers and it looks like their actions favor those banks over the 99% masses. The Fed operates with our economy at stake, in almost complete secrecy. Itís dealings should be made more transparent and they should have to meet with Congress on a regular basis.

We need to reestablish controls similar to those of the Glass-Steagall Act. Also, a Financial Transaction Tax needs to be established to reign in the rampant speculation that endangers our savings.

There are a lot of important issues we need to tackle. Free and fair elections must have a high

priority.

None of the important issues facing us will matter if we donít fix the election system. It wont matter what we do about gun control, marijuana laws, same-sex marriage, Medicare, etc., if we allow the Republicans to steal future elections. They will be able to undo any good we do.
Some here think that we are safe because the oligarchic elites failed in the presidential race of 2012. Please, we cant let our guard down. The midterm election will be here before you know it and we wont have President Barack Obamaís coat tails to count on. Then in 2016 we must be prepared. The Democratic Party must take the lead in countering Republican voter suppression methods and correct the damage done by gerrymandering.

NGU
Posted by rhett o rick | Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:56 AM (6 replies)

McCain has been used and tossed aside. He has always been a tool of the elite overlords.

In 2007 the overlords could see that the masses were getting tired of being screwed by the repubs, so they decided to let the Democrats win the presidency and then obstruct for 4 years to prove to the masses that the Democrats werent saviors. That's the only reason that a tool like McCain got the nomination. And to make sure they choose Sarah Palin as his running mate. IMO McCain didnt pick her. He openly despised her. The overlords are done with McCain and Palin both.

Posted by rhett o rick | Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:41 PM (0 replies)
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