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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)

Do not feel too harshly towards those that need the comfort of their denial bubbles.

We see it here in DU as a reflection of our society. People form denial bubbles because they cant (or choose not to) deal with certain challenges to their realities. I think we all live in bubbles with different boundaries. Some challenge the bubble boundaries (usually not conservatives) while others, not only dont challenge their boundaries but lash out at anyone that might dare to suggest they make the challenge.

Seems that some of us, when faced with a horrific reality, seek to rationalize or minimize the horror. To think that an organization was capable of plotting and carrying out the assassination of a popular president can be overwhelming. And to add to that, the idea that part of our government could have been involved can be way too much reality for some.

To some it seems to be more comfortable to rationalize that a lone nitwit could defeat the security surrounding the president. And since he was conveniently silenced, the case is closed and should never, ever be discussed again.

IMHO humans conspire at all levels.

Do not blame the businesses.

If you dont restrain capitalism, this is what you get. In spite of what Justice Roberts says businesses are not human and do not have morals. In a capitalistic system the goal is to gain as much wealth as possible and morals get in the way of that goal. Some will argue that we have humans running the companies. Sure we do, and those humans that use morals to run their businesses soon find out that they "gain" less than the companies that are not guided by morals and they are soon replaced.

Bad analogy time

Let's say we are going to have a football game and someone says "Hey we have too many regulations. Let's eliminate the regulation on how many players can be in the game." So Team A fields 11 players and Team B fields 20 players and proceeds to kick Team A's asses. Team A complains that it wasnt fair or moral for team to play with more players. Team B responds that the goal is to win the game not be the most moral.

The goal in capitalism is to gain wealth not be moral. If we want morality we must force it on the corporations, not sit back and expect them to see the light and voluntarily become moral.

I think this is a profound article. But first Happy Nude Year to all.

At least as I read it.

I truly believe we are doomed. What I mean is that peoplekind can not continue long in the direction we are headed and I see no stopping us. Those humans that lived in concert with the earth have long been wiped out leaving us that desperately want to increase our standard of living and are willing to do so at the expense of others. We have our bubbles to isolate us from this reality.

If we said that we could end poverty in America today if everyone of us cut our standard of living by 25%, how many of us would do it? There are certainly some that would and I believe Occupy gave us a glimpse of what would happen to those that tried. If you wonder why decent people will stand by and watch peaceful protestors, wanting only freedom and fairness, get brutalized, it's because the protestors dare to try to drag us out of our bubbles.

We may make some remarkable efforts for correction, but the greedy seem always to win out and they are more than willing to kill the goose laying the golden eggs.

In spite of this I vow to fight for freedom, fairness and equality, harder than ever this year.





Posted by rhett o rick | Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:48 AM (0 replies)
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