I have read the Rude Pundit for years now. Every time I do, I have to smile when I'm done because he has a way of capturing the way real Democrats should think. His use of the English language is really the way we all want to talk when discussing what the Republican Wingnuts do. They are bad for the country and we all know it. They have only their own pockets they want to take care of. Corruption is rampant within this party (and some of the Dems also), but the Republicans constantly show who they care about by constantly wanting tax cuts for business and the wealthy and forgetting that there is a group of people that REALLY need help but they will block any bill now that will help them. Our corporate tax of 35% is a sham. The actual tax for each business is well below that but the jostling of the higher figure gives the wingnuts points with their "real" constituents, the corporations and the wealthy. Great writing by the Rude Pundit.
We've all heard it before. Unions helped make the middle class the middle class. Through the 1970s, they were a huge part of our employed workers. Then the Reagan Era hit us and all of a sudden all of the air traffic controllers were fired and the union was busted. Then other unions in the public sector were busted. Then the private unions were getting smaller and smaller. Along with this, the middle class was getting smaller and smaller. We have a lot to be thankful for from the unions. They helped all of us get the benefits that every hard working individual has earned. They kept child labor from remaining child labor. They made a pathway to the American dream. For many now, that dream is gone. The hourly wage for workers has not risen based upon an inflation basis since the mid 1970s. Greed has shown up with all types of companies, but especially Wall Street. I just read an article about a person thought it was unfair that his bonus was ONLY $8 million because he told his mother it would be more than that. WTF is wrong with these people? Many people will not make $1 million in their lifetime. Why is it that a CEO, or in the previous case a broker, think they deserve so much in bonus or wage? Why? No one is worth that kind of money. No one. Carly Fiorina was let go from her job a Hewlett Packard and made a bundle on being let go. She did to a terrible job, but why would she get slightly more than $20 million? 18,000 were laid off at HP. She's just one example, but I think the answer to all of this is greed. If you have a reputation going into a job that meets the ideals of the Board of Directors, then your pay package will be huge. The workers be damned. This is all about greed. Why not fire the Board of Directors and replace with some from the working class (middle class) and some from the executive group which is currently 100% of most of the Boards of Directors. Our system sucks.
I think Obama has done most things right during his first five years. The Rs yell the "I" word and the news picks up on it. That's all you hear and see. Would the Rs do it? I hope so as it would destroy the Republican party for a generation. Look at what happened to Clinton. Impeached, but found not guilty. R approval rating down to zilch. Obama? Try it, Rs. I really want you to. It's an election season. Stir up your base and you will lose all the independents in the election and you will say goodbye to your right wing congress people too. Do it. I really want you to. I'll bet the Rs will turn on a dime and again start yelling Benghazi or Bergdahl. They have absolutely nothing to offer the country.
It gets so tiring listening to the same drivel coming out of the mouths of the teabaggers. I saw a picture yesterday on DU that was of the rear end of a car with a bumper sticker that read "Democrats, we're not perfect, but they're crazy." Sorry to say that is so true. My son is a teabagger and works for the government. He doesn't appreciate what he is getting by working for them by going on and on about all the bad things Obama does. Then he says the science isn't there for global warming. Social Security is a pyramid scheme. I love my pyramid scheme, by the way. Medicare should be privatized. Dems are bad for the economy. It goes on and on. Yet, he does not offer any solution to make things better. Cut costs by cutting defense is my argument. Do it for ten years and our government would be running surpluses. Have the Pentagon find the Trillions that are missing and unaccounted for and not offer pay raises to the brass until the money is accounted for. Teabaggers are like a virus. Take two Tylenol and hopefully they will go away.
Our politicians are selling our government to those who are abusing government. Credit Suisse should lose its US charter and be forced out of the country. I cannot see how we can say the Justice Department is going its job if criminals like this are allowed to run free. If they are allowed to do business, they should be forced to have signs in their branches displayed for all to see that say something like "Credit Suisse is a criminal organization. We have taken millions from you and the US government and have pled guilty to those charges. We would understand if you do not wish to work with our professionals in the future."
There isn't a better way to say what was just said. Rubio and his ilk are simply fence-sitters waiting to see which way the tide will go and then fall into the water and follow that tide. They have no deep purpose. They are shells of what they were elected to be. Let's wait for Fox News to come up with our talking points then fire away. Wait, Rush has something to say that I know I'll agree with, so I'll wait to make a statement. Lemmings. That's what he is as well as the rest of them. How can they have such a huge following? That is the sad part.
I'm now into my retirement years age-wise and am still working. I do this so when the time comes, social security will be paying me the extra 8 percent per year that I don't draw it that is due me when I start getting it when I turn 70. In other words, my social security will increase by 32 percent when I reach age 70, if I do not start drawing it until then. The Great Recession killed my 401k. If companies value their employees work, the large bonuses going to the top level people would be spread among the workers also. Instead of a $10 million bonus to the CEO, give that person $2 million and spread the rest among the employees. Productivity and morale would go through the roof, creating a circle of more bonuses and better productivity, etc, etc.
If management simply cared. That's all people are asking. It doesn't take much to please the worker. Just recognition of a job well done. A decent pay raise and paid time off, as well as the possibility of merit bonuses is all people are asking. This is really what unions fought for in the 20th century. I used to be a teamster and marveled at how lucky I was to have the benefits I had. That was 40+ years ago. Now, my benefits aren't as good, but still okay. Every year we have had bonuses paid to us and that has helped. People understand that management makes more money but the outrageous bonuses and, in some cases, salaries paid to high level individuals are what exposes the company to ridicule. No one, and I really mean no one, is worth millions of dollars per year. That is a ridiculous waste of money that could have been better spent making the company a better place to work.
I haven't had the lack of good luck you have had but know that this too shall pass. Four years ago this month my father died of Ahlzeimers. My brother and I spent many weeks looking for a place that he could call home that would be able to care for him with the knowledge of how to care for this type of patient. This was in Florida. He finally took the turn for the worse that said it was time to get him into hospice. A few weeks later he was gone. A few days later I had a stroke the size of a golf ball. Nine weeks later I went back to work, What a mistake that was. Two days later I was "laid off" as a cost saving strategy by the company. Hah!!! What a load of crap.
Fourteen months later I found work and have permanent damage from the stroke. I admire your tenacity. If I lived where you do I would vote for you as you are a caring, strong fighter. Keep it up. People will notice. Sadly, there are places like that institution that forged you into a student loan. They will get your comeuppance.
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