Saturday, March 9, 2013
The economy picked up speed in February, creating jobs at a pace that would substantially lower the unemployment rate. But Washington could put a stop to that.
Even as analysts hailed a better-than-expected jobs report on Friday that pointed to an acceleration in growth, they warned that stronger employment gains are being put at risk by sequestration, the automatic spending cuts being imposed by the federal government.
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Video game content control and gun control should go hand and hand; Gun control alone is not going to make much of a difference in controlling mass shootings
I'm not so sure that passing gun control laws is the answer. I watched this commercial yesterday where via a video game children were taught self control. Their grades improved significantly, behaviour problems were reduced and a multitude of other great skills were learned through playing this video game. If there is evidence that a video game can improve self control, is it a leap to think that violent video games can teach someone or influence someone to kill?
I think video game content control and gun control should go hand and hand. I don't think gun control alone is going to make much of a difference in controlling mass shootings.
On Thursday, the California State Senate passed the first in a spate of 30 gun control bills authored in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, which, taken together, have the potential to fundamentally alter gun ownership in the Golden State.
The bill, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and passed in a largely bipartisan vote, would require a mandatory background check fee on all gun purchases. The state would then use that money for a program that confiscates firearms from people who are no longer legally allowed to own them due to a criminal conviction, mental illness or court order.
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Friday, November 30, 2012
Low tax rates on income from capital gains and dividends is the driving force behind the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.
Mr. Romney & his wife paid the same tax rate that an ordinary couple making between $17,400- $70,000 has to pay, which is around 15%. Mr. Romney made $45,000,000 (forty five million dollars) over a two year period and paid 14% in taxes in 2010 and 15.2% in taxes in 2011. This is injustice!
Mr. Romney was quoted as saying:
“I pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more,”
And he is right, this is legal but very very unfair. Why this is legal is because nearly all of Mr. Romney’s income is taxed as capital gains, at a tax rate of 15%, rather than as earned income at rates of up to 35%. And it is not just Mr. Romney paying such a low tax rate on his money, this tax scenario is very typical for wealthy people.
Another typical scenario is poor and middle class, for the most part, do not have income from capital gains nor dividends, most of our income comes from traditional sources like wages, tips, bonus, commission, etc., so our income is taxed at a much higher rate, and the result is, we the poor and middle class end up paying a much higher percentage of taxes compared to our income than the wealthy pay. The effect of this injustice is the gap in income inequality in this country has significantly increased over the past 100 years.
The Republicans continue to say that they will not support an increase in taxes and this is the reason why. They say that if this policy is changed that the proceeds accumulated would only pay the debt for 10 days. Even if this is true it is not the point. The point is, this is a democracy not a plutocracy and policies should be in place that best benefits the masses not the few or only the elite. Republicans say that the wealthy being able to hold on to their wealth helps the whole, but this is untrue because if this was a true statement than the masses would be progressing at almost an equal rate.
The truth of the matter is, if we don’t change this specific feature in the tax structure than the rich will continue to get richer, the middle class will continue to deteriorate and we will have a third world condition in this country of very rich and poor. Many of us struggle to provide for our own and our family’s basic needs while the wealthy spend in a day what we live off of for a year or more. This has got to end.
So what I say is President Obama and the Democrats stand firm on changing the tax structure for the wealthy even if it means all of us falling off the cliff. The Republicans claim to be the most patriotic Americans, the Real Americans, but yet they behave like terrorist, holding average Americans and the Country Hostage.
When President Obama fights against plutocracy he is called a Socialist.
In the last 100 years the rich have gotten richer and the poor have gotten poorer. The Republicans love to push the point of view that the reason this has happened is because the rich are smart and work hard and the poor and middle class are lazy, and like to sit around and collect unemployment and food stamps.
We all know that this is so untrue. We are all coming to realize that the real reason why income inequality has significantly gotten worse over the last 100 years is because, a small group of very rich people have controlled and are controlling Washington and have done so for a long time. And thus have shaped the economy and the government for their own benefit.
People like Grover Norquist and other very rich people have been and are dominant power figures in the United States. Them along with other owners and executives of corporations, banks, and agribusinesses come together as a corporate community and dominate the federal government in Washington and most local governments also. These same people control most of the mass media and control the actions and thoughts of the American people by feeding us their propaganda all to secure their own economic self- interest and dominance.
IT IS TIME FOR WE THE PEOPLE TO WAKE UP. The Congress had a 9% approval rating going into the election and what did we do…..vote almost all of them back into office. It is time for us to stop re-electing the very politicians who forsake us average Americans, and push through policies that only support the rich and preserve the status quo.
In all honesty it is not their fault it is ours because at the end of the day we are the millions who vote people into office. They are a few, therefore only have a few votes. Problem is, we let them feed us their lies and pit us against one another, while they continue to rule, control and get more rich and more rich and we become more and more poor.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Funny how Republicans are staunch Supply side economic believers except when it comes to unemployment. Republicans seem to believe that Americans are out of work because we are lazy and want to sit around and live in poverty and collect unemployment and food stamps. They completely disregard the fact that there is only 1 job available for every 4 unemployed, which is a supply problem.
It seems that all of the politicians and the media like to talk the issue like poor job growth and high unemployment for entertainment purposes only or as a pawn to get what they want; but really don't give a hoot about the real people who are suffering. It is like they are watching starving kids in another country on TV, or watching war victims on TV; all they have to do is turn the channel, and forget what they see, while the people experiencing the tragedy continue to suffer.
Nobody seems to really care unless they are the one experiencing the hardship. If you’re not the one experiencing the hardship than why not use the facts to further your career. This seems to be the new America.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
For instance Republicans believe that they lost a big share of the Hispanic vote simply because of immigration. I say it was a combination of things. Many Hispanics are poor and do not have health insurance. The Republicans may not appeal to this group, not only on the issue of immigration but on a multitude of issues. Although many Hispanics are Catholics and may agree with conservatives on issues of abortion and birth control, when you don’t have a good job or access to health care these issues are not in the forefront of your mind. I think the Republicans could learn a lot about people from studying Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
What most people have in common right now; men, women, Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, the young and the middle-aged, are we all want politicians to offer a practical agenda to create jobs, raise wages, and make health care and higher education more affordable.
We want the opportunity for prosperity and success; We want the American Dream restored.
Most Americans don’t care who the solution comes from they just want a solution. They may not necessarily think that the solution coming from the Democrats is the right solution, but the Democrats appear to be trying to fix the problem. Republicans seem to offer nothing.