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If anyone's wondering why I haven't been here much lately, it's because I feel no one is learning anything from 2016. Neoliberalism is a thing and it doesn't win elections in the 21st Century. People want a candidate that's going to take strong, non-waffling stands on human rights the rest of the world enjoys. Enough living in the goddamned Reagan 1980s. Enough taking solar panels off the roof. Enough introducing more rightwingedness into American economics. Enough medical bankruptcies. Enough governing by mythology. Enough science denial. Enough of spitting on women, children, veterans and the LGBTQI community. Enough kicking the can. ENOUGH. America needs to move past it's "everything has to be about making a buck" bullshit. I'd prefer a candidate not born during the FDR/Truman administrations. No offense, but you had your time . . . and you got us Trump. Plus, I can't take another one of these still-Capitalist Boomer codgers yap on about "bootstraps" when college now costs a mortgage, necessity costs have been outpacing wage growth for 20 years and automation promises to kill more jobs than it creates. I don't want to hear what is or isn't "politically achievable". Kick-the-Can economics was never asked "How is it going to be paid for?". Tax Cuts for the rich were never given a spending limit. Folly wars were never asked "Why is this necessary?". Corporate Pork by the billions was and is always approved. America's safety net needs to be greatly expanded and retirement age needs to be drastically lowered. This country throws out far too many people that still have a decade or two of prime contribution left. If life doesn't get fairer for you or I pretty goddamned quickly, we aren't going to have much of one.

Journal Archives

FB post: "It's called 'Right' for a Reason!" Yes, and here's mine . . .

. . . America is like a Winston Cup vehicle; turning left, it will stay on course with a few bumps here and there. What happens when it's forced into (or makes) a hard turn to the right?


Derp Letters to the Plain Dealer, Volume 6,000 . . . is this REALLY Northeast Ohio?


Sadly, yes it is . . . the less people learn . . .

The "Buffett rule" is a political scheme aimed at raising taxes on the rich. President Barack Obama tells us it's time they started paying their fair share. Here are a couple of facts he fails to mention:

This rule would collect an additional $47 billion over the next 10 years. That amount would pay for 17 days of the Obama 10-year deficit. And if the president insists on talking about fairness, how does he explain the fact that the top 10 percent of American earners pay 71 percent of the federal income tax, while 49 percent of American households pay no federal income tax at all?

Obama's behavior has been shameless, and it's designed to deceive the voters and divert attention from his failed presidency. He continues to prove he lacks the character needed for his current job.

This November, Americans have an important decision to make: Do we allow this president another four years to complete his destructive transformation of America, or do we reclaim our country and begin healing the wounds inflicted over the last three years?

Liberals have never learned that it's not the government that makes America exceptional, it's the people.

Jeff Longo, North Royalton

Jeff, by the way, is one of those writers who should really have his own column, since his letters seem to make it in at least bi-weekly . . . for some reason . . .

I mean, never mind, Jeff, that your 47 billion figure is bullshit, or that the wealthiest 10% of Americans own 71% of the WEALTH in this country and never mind your "49%" talking point's been debunked from here to Madagascar. The Bewsh tax cuts to the rich have already cost this country 2 TRILLION dollars and there wouldn't have BEEN a huge debt had your asswipe president not DOUBLED it. Dumbass.

It's about making them pay their fair share, which they arguably have not been doing for the past 30 years, and you see what giving the wealthy free money has done for this country's prosperity . . . oh wait, sorry, you don't. Put the blindfold back on and continue to watch Eric Bolling, smart guy.

Here's yet another pearl of wisdom . . . Jesus . . .

When are people going to start looking beyond the sound bites? This president loves to pit classes of people against each other.

The top 1 percent of taxpayers pay approximately 36 percent of all taxes, and the top 10 percent pay 70 percent. Nearly half of Americans pay no income taxes. Everyone pays payroll taxes, but those taxes go toward Medicare and Social Security. Those are not income taxes.

The so-called rich (millionaires and billionaires) are taxed at a low 15 percent on their capital gains, but they already paid an approximate 28 percent tax rate on that money when it was initially earned. This is the part that your president fails to explain to Americans.

This is a smoke screen, people. Everyone in this country has the same opportunity to be successful -- and to be a millionaire. It's up to the individual to decide whether or not to do the hard work of becoming one. Ask yourself why President Obama wants you to hate millionaires and billionaires.

Vincent Picone, Ravenna

Wow . . . the TeaHad is conditioned well . . . "Everyone in this country has the same opportunity to be successful" . . . PFFFFFFFFFFT. If anyone still believes that line of horse manure, someone needs to get out of Ravenna and into a Cleveland tenement for a day, and it's not me.

Vince, Mittens and the rest of his wealthy buddies are taxed at 15% ONLY. Where the shit did you get this 28% figure? Mitt is RETIRED. He only pays tax on what his income from his wealth generates, which is a flat 15%. NO more. And Mitt is worth a quarter billion dollars, which he made by firing people, torching and indebting companies and pocketing the profits. So the amount of tax dollars he took OUT of the economy by firing those workers and bankrupting those companies negates his past . . . "fair share" .

DUMBasses. GOD almighty, I'm sick of this crap. We need to restore the Fairness Doctrine; then and only then will this country not have the bunch of drooling morons that pick up a set of crayons without thinking.

Ron Paul (R - Who?) on CNBC: "Put me against President Obama, and I'll do better"

Go ahead, conservatives, I believe you were saying something deluded and hilarious about there being a "liberal media" . . .

Learn it. Know it. LIVE IT:

Ah, good ol' Dumberica. Learn from their mistakes, they sure fuckin' don't . . .

Libertarian (image seen on FB lately . . . )??


You're a Republican - Teh Jesus.

Don't like being called that?

Then stop tripping over yourself to shamelessly defend Reaganomics, corporatism, laissez fail government, job offshoring and globalization when you're absolutely not negatively affected by ANY of it. If the United States were run as a charity, it'd collapse.

Oh, by the way, you rich whiner, you pay less taxes by percentage than I do. "Taxation is theft at gunpoint" is childish crybaby nonsense.

"Bullshit" . . . inDEED.

OK, Explain This To me Like I'm a Complete Idiot, Part 10: 2 for 1 Special . . .

1. How are Republicans/Libertarians perfectly OK with tax-skirting CEOs getting lottery salaries, perks and exit packages (if they resign) no matter how good or how bad a job they do or how ethically/unethically they conducted business, while at the same time viewing every poor person receiving benefits such as food stamps or UI as a "lazy freeloading system-gamer sponging off my tax dollers!!"??

Which leads to the next question:

2. Why is it that Republicans/Libertarians assert that the working/unemployed poor will be "motivated by lower wages to work harder and harder and maybe get a second job so they can get out of their bad situation" while at the same time stating "if you raised taxes on the rich, why should they be motivated to reinvest in their businesses and create more jobs if the gubmint's just going to take their hard-earned wealth!"??

"Obama Proves He Does Not Understand the Constitution" . . . HUH????


Can someone please explain to me how the Yahoo Contributor Network works? Is this serious? Can anyone from the Pigshit Hog Waller of the Internet just pick up a box of black crayons and scribble on a screen? Really?

"15 Things You Should Give Up in Order To be Happy"???


Anyone see this on Facebook or elsewhere?

Yeah, it seems like a good idea; the whole less-is-more, free-your-mind thing, and all that.

That is, until you start to read some of them . . . . . .

3. Give up on blame. Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

Ok, that sounds like it comes out of the mouth of Herman Cain . . . so . . . no. There are very oppressive people doing very shitty things to a whole lot of the population and they need to be called out on it now and often until they stop fucking DOING it.

6. Give up complaining. Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

Uh, are you FUCKED? This sounds like happy-sappy bullshit straight out of books like "The Secret". If no one complained about anything, we'd be working 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for 10 cents an hour (next to adolescents) in unsafe work conditions, our bosses would be allowed to physically beat us up, we'd go home and eat rotted meat and drink polluted water, we would never be able to buy anything to even sit on, and life would be a dystopia worse than any Great Depression ever documented.

7. Give up the luxury of criticism. Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

Yeah. Racism rules. Suppression is amazing. Taxpayer-funded murder kicks ass. Reaganomics is awesome. Keep fisting us hard, corporate America, because if there's one thing I don't want to be known as, it's a complainer!! YEAHHH!!

9. Give up your resistance to change. Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” Joseph Campbell

Change also sometimes leads to something worse; something the changee can't get out of for months and/or years. This also sounds like an empty cliche an HR manager tells to newly-axed workers.

10. Give up labels. Stop labeling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open.

“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer

Let me see if this works: "Republicans are not trying to end your lives via poverty and wage stagnation, they're trying to . . . motivate you into working . . . harder and becoming a better person as a result!" Gee, what was I thinking??

12. Give up your excuses. Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.

Really? Let me see if this works. I'm poor; not to the point where I qualify for a Pell Grant, but just enough to be able to go into massive debt to get a degree. And of course, I'll be able to pay bills that are due now WHILE I rack up this huge debt. Bitchin. Fast forward 5 years, and the job market's terrible so I can't find shit and I'm in hock for an ass-ton of unpaid cash. "Hey, you!! No excuses!! Just . . . get a job!! It might not be the job you want, but we all can't get what we want in life, can we???"

13. Give up the past. I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.

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