[Action Alert!] … Call your Ohio lawmakers; ask them to start true compromise by repealing SB5

Yesterday John Kasich, Ohio House speaker Bill Batchelder and Senate President Tom Niehaus called a press conference to state that they wanted to open the table and begin a discussion to find compromise on SB5. But after these guys locked thousands of people out of the State House who opposed SB5, slandered them, withheld information and skewed facts, it’s impossible to take them at their word. A good-faith effort should be displayed by these new “champions” of compromise. If they are serious, they would repeal SB5 and start from scratch working in a true compromise fashion. It is only fair.

You can help start this new spirit of compromise. Call your Ohio legislators and ask them to repeal SB5. This number 1-888-218-5931 will take you to a directory that will put you in touch with your representative’s office. At that point just ask your rep. to start the process for real compromise by repealing SB5 immediately. Text the number to your friends and ask them to call too. John Kasich and the other statehouse leaders stated they want compromise. This is how it begins.

HB 194 repeal: it's on!

We just received word a little while ago that attorney general Mike DeWine has approved the petition language for the repeal of voter suppression bill HB 194. Petitions will be printed up tomorrow and people will be hitting the streets this weekend. We need all hands on deck:
http://ohiodems.org/stop_voter_suppression

We need all hands on deck. We have just under six weeks to collect the 231,000 valid signatures needed to qualify the repeal for the November 2012 ballot, thereby preventing these measures from going into effect until after that election.

Elections experts have estimated that if this bill were in place, 40 percent of 2008 voters would have to find a different way to vote because the one they used that year would be eliminated. The bill especially makes voting difficult for working poor, elderly, minority, student, homeless and low-information voters who don't have access to the jam-packed media stream some of us do. Remember among other things, this bill BANS boards of election from sending out notices about absentee voting, while drastically the shortening early-voting period and early-voting opportunities. It would be easy for even a plugged-in, high-information voter to accidentally let that period slip by. Now imagine you are working poor and simply can't take time off your job to vote on Election Day. Yup — that's the intention.

So please go and sign up to help out.

http://ohiodems.org/stop_voter_suppression

Something else occurred to me about an SB 5 "compromise"

In addition to a legislative repeal, signed into law by Governor Kasich with unions looking on, would the governor be willing to pull Issue 3, the repeal of the federal health-care reform bill, off the ballot? It's nothing but theater — a state vote cannot override a federal law. It's solely intended to rouse the teabagger base and get them to the polls — some say in order to help prevent the repeal of SB 5. In any case, to remove SB 5 (Issue 20 and leave Issue 3 would give Republicans a huge advantage at the polls this November for any local partisan races.

So — is Kasich willing to help ditch Issue 3 as well?

Here's what I say to Kasich's request for a "compromise"

"If you’re not on the bus, we’ll run over you with the bus. And I’m not kidding."

I am SO not kidding. I need to get that NO on 2 sign in my car window tonight.

As if you needed more proof Michele Bachmann is a lunatic

there's this:

http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/content/blogs/the-daily-briefing/2011/08...

"Former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell has helped organize what is known as a Super Political Action Committee that aims to boost the Republican presidential candidacy of Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Blackwell, who was badly defeated in the 2006 governor’s race by Democrat Ted Strickland, will co-chair the Super Pac, which is called 'Citizens for a Working America.’'"

Yes, Bachman's superPAC is being organized by a man whose candidacy was so inept and extreme even the Columbus Discharge is forced to add that he "was badly defeated in the 2006 governor's race by Democrat Ted Strickland."

May he get the same results for Bachmann.

John Kasich and Republican “leaders” play politics

John Kasich, Ohio House speaker Bill Batchelder and Senate President Tom Niehaus held a press conference today to say they were interested in “negotiating” on the toxic Senate Bill 5 (SB5 … listed as Issue 2 on the November ballot).

I’ll be honest I’m not 100% sure what they’re up to, but I’m sure these “gentleman” have no real interest in finding comprise over this bill. It just goes to show you how evil and twisted they really are. We’ve seen this so many times throughout history where someone tries to play innocent and nice right before they do something dastardly and unthinkable.

If part of what John Kasich, Bill Batchelder and Tom Niehaus are trying to do is make the people who SB5 affects (firefighters, police officers, teachers) seem like uncomprising people well; they have some seriously short memories. Do these “gentleman” not remember the thousands of people protesting around the State House while SB5 was being rammed through the Legislature? I know Republicans are nothing but a bunch of drunks who drive drunk and are willing to endanger the lives of their children while doing it, but are their memories really that bad? If their memories are that bad then these guys need to resign and we need some more capable people in those offices.

Another point I saw made during the twitter flurry that followed these guys bogus plea for “comprise” was that on Sunday we will inevitably see editorials from the Republican’s corporate propaganda partners (The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Columbus Dispatch) about how fair John Kasich and his cronies are being. We know it’s coming you biased mouth pieces who are no better than the “media” in China.

For our memory challenged Republican friends, maybe the following video will help you all. There are parts of it that would be a great commercial showing how you all treated the people you are supposed to be caring for.

Josh Mandel — a name sure to become synonymous with corruption in Ohio

Normally, I would not just reprint a press release from the Ohio Democratic Party, but this one is food for thought.

I think it's interesting in light of the statewide scandals Ohio suffered in the first half of this decade and the scandals in Cuyahoga County government — which all mostly revolved around illicit donations and/or favors for donations — that not only isn't our state government cracking down on this type of stuff (Cuyahoga is) but the corruption is already on course to far exceed what we saw back in the Taft/Noe/Ney/Abramoff era.
And it looks likely that Josh Mandel might be leading the parade — hopefully to prison.

Here's this; think about it

"Red State Ohio - Ohio’s Next Tom Noe and Josh Mandel

Meet Ben Suarez. Ben is a direct marketing entrepreneur who did well for himself helping people hock their goods.

He hasn’t made it without controversy. He’s had his bell rung by several state attorney generals after consumer complaints for scams and false advertising. And Suarez’s recent political activity may attract some unwanted attention from the government.

According to the latest campaign finance report for Job-Hoppin Josh Mandel’s U.S. Senate campaign, Suarez figured out how to funnel $120,000 to his favorite candidate. The fact that Suarez’s employees were somehow able to pony up $10,000 each to Mandel’s campaign despite the fact that they have no record of giving to candidates in the past is curious at best. But that’s best left to the Federal Elections Commission and the FBI.

Here’s the breakdown:

DONNA BLUBAUGH $5000 COPYWRITER/SUAREZ CORP
MICHAEL BLUBAUGH $5000 COPYWRITER/SUAREZ CORP
EUGENE COOK JR $5000 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR /SUAREZ CORP
TIMOTHY DITTY $5000 MARKETING/SUAREZ CORP
MICHAEL GIOGRIO $5000 CFO/SUAREZ CORP
DOUGLAS HECK $5000 COO/SUAREZ CORP
SUSAN HECK $5000 SPOUSE
BARBARA HOUSOS $5000 ACCOUNTING MANAGER/SUAREZ CORP
PAUL KLINGAMAN $5000 MARKETING/SUAREZ CORP

Paul Ryan charges $15 to attend town hall meeting

In a world flipped upside-down, Wisconsin Congressman, Paul Ryan, is going to charge his constituents $15 to attend a town hall meeting to talk with him.

This is none other than an additional tax on the people to simply access their government.

Politico reports:

”The House Budget Committee chairman isn’t holding any face-to-face open-to-the-public town hall meetings during the recess, but like several of his colleagues he will speak only for residents willing to open their wallets.”

They further state:

”By outsourcing the events to third parties that charge an entry fee to raise money, members of Congress can eliminate most of the riffraff while still — in some cases — allowing reporters and TV cameras for a positive local news story.”

Outsourcing the events to third parties? What happened to smaller government? What happened to reducing taxes and fee? And as far as “allowing reporters and TV cameras for a positive local news story,” when did the US become China?

This is your Republican government - - elitist, uninterested in what the public has to say and uninterested in the concerns of the people.

And during all of this, there are actually some people who think Paul Ryan, should run for president. If he’s doing things like this as a Congressman, how on earth would he act as president?

The entire article can be found here:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61454_Page2.html

Get involved with the HB 194 repeal — another Cleveland training and petition info.

OK, once Mike Dewine decides to stop dragging his feet and do the right thing (he certainly greased the skids for the questionable health care repeal effort, didn't he?), we will have petitions to collect 231,000 valid signatures to repeal HB 194. The Cuyahoga Democratic Party told me they THINK they may have them Saturday, but that may just be when Columbus has them. I am so impatient I'm tempted to drive down to Columbus myself to pick some up.

In the meanwhile, please go sign up to circulate a petition here:
http://ohiodems.org/stop_voter_suppression

We need to be ready to jump on this. We'll have a little under six weeks to do this, and we HAVE to do it. Failure is not an option. Failure means thousands of people disenfranchised next year and that is un-American and WRONG. It's the REAL treason, Rick Perry.

For those of you in the Greater Cleveland area who have not circulated petitions before or want a refresher or who just want to learn more about what this bill is and why we want it repealed, there is an educational event at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church at 20104 Hilliard Road in Rocky River (right off I-90) Thursday evening August 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. Anyone who wants to get involved is welcome. For more information, contact Kmiddaugh@ameritech.net

Action Alert! – Call Attorney General Mike DeWine

Attorney General Mike DeWine is playing politics with Ohio’s elections. Right now he is sitting on petitions from the citizens of Ohio that seek to repeal a voter suppression bill passed by the Ohio State House. The petitions and the repeal effort are both fair and it would only be right for Attorney General DeWine to make a prompt and fair decision and not take any needless delays simply to impede the process. Please call Attorney General DeWine’s office today and ask him not to delay and to make a prompt and fair decision on the Fair Elections Ohio petitions. His contact number is:

Toll free: 800-282-0515
Local: 614-466-4986
Office hours: M-F, 8am to 7pm

Please call today!

President Obama begins three day bus tour

President Barack Obama began a three day bus tour today starting in Minnesota. He’s doing what any president should be doing in times like these, which is going to the people, and talking with them, and listening to them.

He started off his first town hall meeting talking about the Affordable Care Act and some of the negative nicknames it has gotten. He stated:

"I have no problem with folks saying ‘Obama cares,’” he said, standing in white shirtsleeves in a rural Minnesota waterfront park evocative of a Norman Rockwell painting. “I do.”

He pointed out:

”Despite of Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the nation’s credit rating, Obama called the growing deficit a “manageable problem” that he said could have been solved if House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) hadn’t “walked away” from a $4 trillion deal that would have included some revenue increases as well as spending cuts.”

That’s right, the Raw Deal of 2011 where the Republicans screwed over the nation and forced a credit downgrade, because they would not comprise. President Obama tried to save us, but the Republicans with their warped ideology brought us down.

President Obama pointed out:

“Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton — the last time we had a balanced budget — all of them understood that you have to take a balanced approach to solving our deficit and debt problems, the same way a family would.”

The Republicans of today are unfit to lead – period. Their policies are destroying education, destroying the middle class, destroying the nation, and not creating any jobs - - just protecting a very few ultra-rich people who even some of them (like Warren Buffett) think it’s crazy.

The entire article can be found here:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61414_Page2.html

Warren Buffett – “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich”

In what Democrats should be putting front and center, Warren Buffett wrote an excellent Op-ed piece in the New York Times detailing the tax in-equities in our nation. Showing that he’s someone who hasn’t lost his brain trying to follow warped Republican ideologies that somehow low taxes on the rich “creates jobs,” he details how these policies have greatly benefited him, but sold out middle class and lower class America. (and when I write lower class America, I’m not just talking about minorities, but also millions of white Americans who live at or below the poverty line).

In his Op-ed, Buffett, states:

”OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.”

He continues:

”While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. Some of us are investment managers who earn billions from our daily labors but are allowed to classify our income as “carried interest,” thereby getting a bargain 15 percent tax rate. Others own stock index futures for 10 minutes and have 60 percent of their gain taxed at 15 percent, as if they’d been long-term investors.”

Another great point he makes:

”To understand why, you need to examine the sources of government revenue. Last year about 80 percent of these revenues came from personal income taxes and payroll taxes. The mega-rich pay income taxes at a rate of 15 percent on most of their earnings but pay practically nothing in payroll taxes. It’s a different story for the middle class: typically, they fall into the 15 percent and 25 percent income tax brackets, and then are hit with heavy payroll taxes to boot.

Get ready for the repeal of HB 194: Cleveland training tonight (Monday)

Word is that by the end of this week, we should have petitions to start gathering signatures to repeal voter suppression bill HB 194. Contact your local Democratic Party and get to work. We only have until September 29 to gather231,000 valid signatures. Considering the gamesmanship in Columbus and how essential this bill is to Republicans for them to prevail next November, we probably need to gather twice that. This is very important, as this bill's goal is to prevent as many people like to vote for Democrats from voting as possible and to make sure as many votes as possible get tossed out. It's going backwards and it's an embarrassment and an insult to our democracy. If we gather the signatures, it won't take effect until after next year's November election — and that's only if we don't repeal it.

If you have not gathered signatures before, or just want a refresher, there is a training tonight (Monday) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 8869 Cedar Avenue. All are welcome — and we need a lot of people on board.

Indiana Republican State Rep. caught soliciting gay sex on Craigslist

Following in the lines of people like former Congressman Mark Foley and former US Senator Larry Craig; Phillip Hinkle, a Republican State Representative in Indiana was caught soliciting gay sex on Craigslist. The IndyStar reports:

”The emails were sent Saturday from Hinkle's publicly listed personal address in response to a Craigslist posting asking for a "sugga daddy." The response from phinkle46 @comcast.net offered the young man $80 for "a couple hours of your time tonight" at the JW Marriott hotel, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 "for a really good time."

The Star further reports:

”This is almost a textbook example of what happens when someone is not allowed, by either community attitudes or by personal conflicts, to be open about their sexual orientation or gender identity," said Schaler, whose organization advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers.”

It wasn’t made clear if Mr. Hinkle ever supported any anti-gay legislation, but I don’t think anyone would be surprised if he did. Calls for his resignation are ongoing and that is probably what will happen.

It is sad that the Republican Party cannot be more honest about this issue. There have always been gay people in the party, many serving as top aids to different politicians. When their leaders fan the flames of hate only to have things like this happen, it shows how disconnected Republicans are from reality. If any of them had any ability to think and comprehend they would know that tolerance will lead us to a more peaceful and happier society. Their current policies just lead to confusion and despair.

The Republicans – the party of denial.

Link to complete story:
http://www.indystar.com/article/20110813/LOCAL1804/108130322/Hinkle-pressured-resign-after-damaging-emails-made-public?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|IndyStar.com

No on Issue 2 – it is simply unjust

ProgressOhio put together another great video summing up what Senate Bill 5 (SB5) is really all about – a blatant attack on hard working people. In the video State Senator Nina Turner puts SB5 in the clearest light by simply saying it is unjust. She couldn’t be more right.

There’s an easy way to fix these injustices. Simply vote ‘No’ on Issue 2 this November.

'No on 2!, No on 2!'

Good news! Ohio Democratic Party names new executive director

And the winner is .... Kyle McDermott, whom I, like undoubtedly some of you, know from Maryellen O'Shaughnessy's gallant, hard-fought race for secretary of state last year (and what a great SoS she would have been!) Unfortunately, she was tossed in the race with about eight months to build her name recognition statewide, since she'd never run outside Franklin County before. She outperformed a hometown candidate who was higher on the ticket in Cuyahoga County, likely due her own energy and her well-run campaign.

Currently, Kyle is working with AFSCME on the campaign to repeal SB 5 (NO on 2!!! NO on 2!!!!!!). He will start work with the ODP after the — hopefully successful — election.

And let's hope this signals a turned page for the ODP in terms of responsiveness to and respect for its entire base. Working with the O'Shaughnessy campaign, with its peculiar history, Kyle is surely aware of the issues some activists, particularly women, had with the party in the last election cycle. With races so close and ill winds blowing, we couldn't afford those issues. They blew in Governor Kasich, and he could very well blow down the state. We need to go into next year refreshed and ready to retake the Ohio House of Representatives, as well as re-elect Sherrod Brown and President Obama. I think we all look forward to working with Kyle and seeing some windows opened at the ODP to let in some fresh air.

Here's the official release from the ODP:

Ohio Democratic Party Names Kyle McDermott Executive Director

COLUMBUS – Today, the Ohio Democratic Party announced it has named Kyle McDermott as Executive Director. As Executive Director, McDermott will be responsible for devising, implementing and managing the execution of the Ohio Democratic Party, its overall election strategy and activities, and its plan for growth.

Innovation Ohio: report on E-Schools (online schools) and their complete gravy train of tax payer funding with zero results

Innovation did a great study on E-Schools in Ohio revealing their unbelievably poor graduation rates while taking in millions upon millions of tax payers’ dollars. It’s a total gravy train for the E-School operators that comes at the expense of Ohio’s children. Truly disgusting. Following is a link to the report and a press release about it.

Link to report:
http://innovationohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/IO.051211.eschools....

Press release:

Ohio E-Schools: Funding Failure; Coddling Contributors
May 12, 2011 By editor
For Immediate Release: May 12, 2011

OHIO’S E-SCHOOLS: FUNDING FAILURE; CODDLING CONTRIBUTORS

Columbus – Innovation Ohio, a progressive think tank headquartered in Columbus, released a new study today which finds that Ohio’s Electronic schools (“E-schools”) are “a disaster.” E-schools are a subset of “charter” or “community” schools that have made headlines this week.

The report, “Funding Failure; Coddling Contributors,” analyzes E-school performance ratings and student graduation rates, their costs compared to traditional schools, and the tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money E-school operators receive for running them. The report also highlights the extensive political contributions the state’s two most prominent E-school operators have made to Ohio legislators and state-wide office-holders.

Among the report’s most shocking findings are:

Of Ohio’s 7 state-wide E-schools (which account for 90% of all E-school enrollment), six are not even rated “effective” by the Ohio Department of Education.

5 of the 7 have graduation rates worse than Cleveland Municipal Schools, which has the lowest graduation rate of all traditional school districts.

Far from “saving’ money, E-Schools actually cost the state twice as much per pupil as traditional public schools.

A failing of free market economics

What we’ve seen over the past few years is an utter failing of free market economics. The colossal bank failures that brought down the global economy and put the world into a recession were a hundred-percent due to free market politics go wrong. Trying to blame Republicans or Democrats for the meltdown is worthless - - it’s the policy that failed.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen these policies fail. In the 80s there was the Savings and Loans (S&L) scandals. In the late 1990s there was the failing of the hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management. In the early 2000s the dot-com bubble burst; and also massive accounting scandals first discovered with Enron.

All of these disasters came from following free market principles. They came from less regulation, the permission for companies to grow to enormous sizes, compete in markets they shouldn't have been in, which killed of competition, created monopolies, and then laid people off, downsized, outsourced and reduced the number of potential jobs in the market place.

In some kind of terrible joke played on the American people they were led to believe while this concentration of power was going on that these massive new organizations needed even more advantages for them to help coalesce power. They needed tax breaks. Somehow the American people were sold the idea that by doing this money would “trickle-down,” jobs would be created and they would benefit from it. The reality is these organizations and many ultra-rich people simply kept the money that was supposed to “trickle-down.” Not only have these people kept the money, they’ve made it pretty clear they have no intention of ever parting from it.

The average citizen has been locked out. For many their paychecks are smaller. Their job security is less. Their work environments are more stressful. They are working longer hours and have less savings.

Democratic victories in Wisconsin a good sign

You may be reading this morning or seeing the coverage of the state senate recall elections in Wisconsin last night, and feeling down because the right-wing mainstream media is spinning this as a Republican victory: they lost two seats but they held the Senate — by a single vote.

THEY LOST TWO SEATS. They lost two of the most odious extremist Republican legislators, Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper. Remember that the reason Republican senators represent these districts in which Democrats didn't prevail is because they are Republican to begin with. To dump two is a strong statement to Governor Scott Walker — and to Governor John Kasich.

Clearly, the Kasich mouthpieces at the Columbus Disgrace (Dispatch) are getting worried. They ran a propaganda piece Monday urging UNIONS to be reasonable, to come to the table, and to negotiate with Kasich rather than to go through with a divisive SB 5 repeal campaign. Never mind that it was Kasich who made it divisive, that it was Kasich who rammed through SB 5 without even a hint of getting input from unions let alone negotiating with them, and that Kasich has shown no public interest in negotiating with anyone, let alone the unions he has repeatedly belittled and maligned (the Disgrace attributes his alleged willingness to unnamed "sources").

Clearly, the Disgrace is worried that, come November, the person being disgraced and discredited will be their man Kasich. They want unions to write their own death warrant and prevent a rebuke to Kasich. Our goal is to make that rebuke happen. Go here to be a part of it:
http://weareohio.com/

Victory is within grasp, if we keep our eye on the goal and work hard for it.

Warren County activists protest outside John Boehner's office

This comes to us from Bethe Goldenfield at the Warren County Democratic Party. She says that about 200 people demonstrated outside John Boehner's office today, protesting the lack of focus on job creation by the session of Congress he is allegedly leading (some would say he is being led around by the nose by the Tea Party).

WLWT-TV 5 in Cincinnati says there were "dozens" of protestors, but they also posted a video so you can see for yourself that the crowd was much larger than that wouild imply:

http://www.wlwt.com/video/28811416/detail.html

‎Bethe says:

"200 people in attendance today!
I (and Jerry Martin) spoke to 2 of the police officers on duty who were monitoring the event and they had nothing but positive words for the behavior of the attendees. They were impressed by the peaceful and respectful behavior of the large crowd."

Boehner was most likely playing golf in another state.

Josh Mandel: craven liar or dangerously ignorant? You decide.

Well, lookie here in today's Cleveland Plain Dealer. Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel has written a letter to the editor.

http://blog.cleveland.com/letters/2011/08/credit_downgrade_sherrod_brown...

In it, Mandel defends his position against raising the debt ceiling (a position that the paper, in its so-called Politi"Fact" feature, called Sherrod Brown's campaign liars for saying Mandel had taken).

Incredibly, Mandel says "Sen. Sherrod Brown's support of the debt deal and his vote against the balanced budget amendment were decisions both harmful and, once again, out of touch with Ohio families and senior citizens."

Never mind that the "balanced budget amendment" was the most reckless and extreme of all the budgetary measures suggested, one that would have simply nuked the economy and our country, and forced a radical alteration to our country's 220-plus year old Constitution in an essentially hostage-type situation. We would have been forced by this to bill to instantly change something that our founding fathers didn't put in for a reason: a balanced budget clause in our original Constitution would have put this fledging country out of business before the 18th century was over. It would put this country out of business now. And the same crazy, anti-America teabaggers who whined that the Affordable Health Care bill was "rushed through" — after a year of discussion and saturation media, which they dominated — want to force the country into bankruptcy at the snap of their fingers. These are the delightful people with whom the fiscally ignorant — or terminally cynical — Mandel has aligned himself.

Marcia Fudge brings the Congressional Black Caucus to Cleveland

For the third straight August since she became the congresswoman from Ohio's 11th district, Marcia Fudge held a town hall meeting in Cleveland this evening. This year, unlike 2009, there were no teabaggers for her to evict; the packed auditorium at Cleveland State University was friendly. Instead, she brought an all-star cast with her, including fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus Sheila Jackson Lee (Tx), Emanuel Cleaver (Mo), Maxine Waters (Ca), Laura Richardson, Andre Carson (In) and G.K. Butterfield (N.C.), HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

The town hall capped a day-long job fair at CSU that Fudge said was attended by 7,000 people, the first of five the CBC is sponsoring around the country. The group had assembled more than 200 employers who had made commitments to hire 2,500 people.

Cleaver said that the motivation for the jobs fairs was the lack of action on jobs in Congress, which was held hostage until last week by deficit panic ginned up by the far right. He said, "We're in the most serious recession the nation has experienced since the Depression. It has been more than 200 days since this Congress was sworn in. This Congress has done nothing to create jobs. So the Congressional Black Caucus designed its own program to go out into the country and create jobs."

It was clear during the two-hour meeting, moderated by TV host Jeff Johnson, that the CBC members were feeling frustrated by the hostage situation in Congress and the lack of focus on unemployment, which affects the black community at almost twice the rate of the white community. When Donovan tried to put an upbeat spin on the debt-ceiling agreement, saying that basic safety net programs were off limits to cuts, Fudge retorted, "Until the 'super-congress" meets, they cannot cut these programs. If they cannot come to an agreement, they can cut anything."

Republicans – How warped are they?

In the 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama mentioned a recently handed down ruling by the US Supreme Court that would allow corporations to contribute to political action committees (PACs) without limits. He warned against the corruption to our democracy this ruling would bring.

In a stunning show of complete disconnect from reality, Samuel Alito, a Republican Supreme Court Justice sitting in the audience shook his head and mumbled the words, “not true,” when Obama state this.

Fast forward to today and all of this has come true. With super PACs like Republican Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, corporations are able to influence the political process like never before. The average citizen’s voice to being completely choked out and politicians are no longer worrying about what’s best for the people.

Even worse this ruling has allowed complete shadow corporations to pop up, donate millions of dollars to a campaign and then disappear without any tracking whatsoever. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney received such a donation recently.

Not true.

Do Republicans have any ability to see or understand the truth? Watch Samuel Alito’s complete denial. There is hope though. One day Congress could pass a law that restricts these activities. The average citizens are certainly smarter than Samuel Alito. They know the destruction to our democracy from this court ruling is very true.

Right to work states – creating China in America

From the blog The Politics of Jamie S Anderson, why are corporations and Republicans pushing so hard to make all states Right to Work states? There are new studies that suggest:

” They’re predicting that within five years certain Southern U.S. states will be among the cheapest manufacturing locations in the developed world—and competitive with China.”

The blog further reports:

” For years advisers like the Boston Consulting Group got paid big bucks to tell their clients to produce in China. Now, they say, rising wages there, fueled by worker unrest, and low wages in Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina mean that soon it won’t be worth the hassle of locating overseas.”

It’s such a shame that so many in the brainwashed right would advocate so loudly for policies that will destroy America. How on earth do you get these people to see the truth that is happening right before their very eyes?

Source: http://thepoliticsofjamiesanderson.blogspot.com/2011/08/are-south-caroli...

Rick Perry’s Day of Prayer – as bad as advertised

Rick Perry’s Day of Prayer for the nation has ended. Needless to say it was as bad as advertised. It was pretty much all political, as they brought up every bad issue facing our country and made the solution to solving them to be prayer. The problem to solve unemployment – pray. The recent credit down grade – pray. The way to solve the unbearable heat wave in the south where temperatures have been in the hundreds for over 30 days – pray.

I’m sure if any of the people who attended this rally were stricken with a life threatening illness like cancer they wouldn't just rely on pure prayer to save them. But for others things they are willing to be brainwashed that prayer is the answer.

Just as disturbing as these people being brainwashed into believing that prayer is foremost the answer to solve a crisis, is the horrible reporting done by the “Liberal” media. In my news alerts I noticed that the media could not get the number of attendees correct. The number ranged from 15,000 to over 30,000. It should be of no surprise to anyone that the ones reporting over 30,000 people in attendance were Fox News and the Boston Globe. But even the New York Times pegged the number at 25,000. From what I’ve heard from a person who attended the event the number was a little over 20,000. This is another fine example by the “Liberal” media reporting the truth.

A major point that went un-reported was that while this was billed to be a “loving” event; the Christian Right could not refrain from preaching their messages of hate. Front and center was their opposition to abortion. There was no need to hide any animosity towards this issue.

In addition, they also featured a section that requested that people of the Jewish faith convert to Christianity. These people took time to pray that Jewish people would “come to their own Messiah.” Unbelievable.

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