This past week a judge in Phoenix, Arizona refused to stop an order by AZ Governor Jan Brewer that denies driver’s licenses to young Hispanic immigrants who have work permits and who have avoided deportation under President Obama’s administrative policy. The judge is US District Judge David Campell. He denied a motion from immigrant rights advocates seeking a preliminary injunction against Brewer’s order and he threw out on of their arguments. However, the advocate’s lawsuit will continue as they pursue other arguments before the court that young Hispanic immigrants suffer from unequal treatment in Arizona.
Arizona refuses to accept President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which grants immigrants brought to the US as children US citizenship. Further, Arizona refuses to accept the fact that Homeland Security has stated plainly that any immigrant with a work permit is in the US lawfully. This, of course, is not surprising as Arizona has a long history of sexism and racism. It was the last state in the union to grant women the right to vote. It was also the last state in the union to accept the Martin Luther King Holiday as an official federal and state holiday. Oh yes, Arizona can be proud of these two achievements…..NOT! Continue Reading
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With no deal reached between republicans and democrats in Congress off the cliff we go! The fiscal cliff that is. Lawmakers have been unable to reach any kind of agreement when it comes to the debt ceiling, spending cuts, and taxes. Starting tomorrow the tax cuts we have will be at an end and automatic spending cuts will take effect.
President Obama wants the rich to pay higher taxes and Congressional republicans don’t. Surprise! Frankly, it’s about time the rich start paying their fair share but as we all know the GOP has a long and dishonorable history of protecting the rich and big business. Of course Congressional republicans are blaming Obama for their failure to reach a deal in the nic of time. Honestly the entire lot has been acting like spoiled rotten children if you ask me. They all seem to want it their way or none and the drama has even been complete with temper tantrums at times. When I look at Congress with their lowest approval rating in history it’s hard for me to fathom these people actually represent us. Frightening in fact! They are like children spoiled rotten by their bad habit of spending the people’s money freely and without accountablity.
Congress also failed to vote on the Farm Bill (read Corporate Welfare) so dairy farm subsidies are now scheduled to end tomorrow and forcasters warn milk will be going up to $7 pre gallon as a result. I for one will not be buying it at that price. Why is it that CORPORATE WELFARE is ok and individual welfare is not? Because that’s the way the Corporatists fleece the US taxpayer!
So off the cliff we go as one big happy family. We’ll see what happens when we hit rock bottom. Stay tuned.
“Obama and his West Wing band of Bolsheviks
have a master plan to strangle the US economy.”
The above quote I ran across earlier today in Reuters. I’m not sure who it is from but it got me to thinking. Is it Obama with the plan to strangle the American economy or is it the corporations who have that plan? Or is a a combination of both? I do believe Obama is just another corporatist pawn so my vote is for both. But it’s not simply Obama or the present day CEOs with such a plan. This plan has been being carried out for decades now. Call it “economic slow kill” if you wish. And this is especially true when it comes to American jobs.
Jobs used to be plentiful in the US. In fact they used to be so plentiful that if you wanted a job or if you wanted to change jobs all you had to do was go out and get one. But that doesn’t hold true any longer thanks to the GREED of the Fascist Corporatists who now rule over this country and its economy. Today if you have a job you’re lucky and you stay with a job you don’t like simply because it pays the bills and there are no other jobs available. The days of American prosperity seem to be over…as in forever.
I came across an article by “Michael” today on “The Economic Collapse” blog that is very good. There are some significant things posted in that post that I want to address concerning the decline of the American worker.
In 1969, 95% of all working men ages 25-54 had a job.
That’s not so anymore and you can thank the greedy Corporatists for that as they’ve put all their jobs overseas where they can pay workers slave wages like in China. Today, as the post points out, there are millions of workers that cannot find a job and that are out of work. Some of them for months or years have been out of work. Others are working in low pay service jobs like McDonalds or Walmart because those are the only jobs available. As stated in the post jobs in America have gone from good jobs to bad jobs to no jobs. The post states, “We are witnesing the tragic downfall of the American worker…”. Continue Reading
“Ratifying the convention in the Senate would reaffirm America’s position as the global leader on disability rights and better position us to encourage progress toward inclusion, equal opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self sufficiency for persons with disabilities worldwide.” (US President Barack Obama 12/4/2012)
President Obama made the above statement concerning the UN Disabilities Treaty that is now expected to fail in the Senate thanks to the GOP opposition to it who claims it would give up US sovereignty and threaten home schooling. In fact the treaty says nothing about surrendering national sovereignty nor does it threaten home schooling in any way!
In fact the UN Treaty is a rather simple and straightforward way do actually do a lot of good in the world by employing the American Disabilities Act as a shining example for the rest of the world concerning people with disabilities. But the GOP does not like this treaty and is currently engaged in a lot of fear mongering now to defeat its ratification in the US Senate. They’ve chosen, once again, to show the hateful fact of their neocon bigotry and lack of compassion for the disadvantaged. Continue Reading
Yesterday was El Presidente inauguration day in Mexico and it became a day marked by protests, riots, and violence as newly “elected” Enrique Pena Nieto was installed into office. At least 8 people were injured and 65 detained by police in clashes with protestors. Most of the protests took place near the national congress building in Mexico City where Pena-Nieto was being sworn into office as the new Mexican El Presidente. Some of the protestors attempted to march into Zocalo Square outside the National Palace where the president was scheduled to make his first public speech to the nation but were kept from doing so by police. The crowd threw bottles and rocks at police who responded by firing tear gas into the protestors crowd. Numerous businesses and windows were damaged as a result.
Young Mexican protestors are upset by the “election” of Pena-Nieto who is a member of the PRI party that was put out of power years ago and has a notorious reputation for corruptions and injustice. They say that he bribed his way into being elected by giving people food and money to vote for him. Protestors say that it’s the same old PRI tactics being used only with new and younger faces and once again the Mexican people will suffer under the corrupt PRI leadership as they did before.
Mexican politics is very corrupt as are politics in the US and much of the rest of the world. People in Mexico and throughout Latin America want democratic representation, equality, and justice. They are tired of being played like fools! They want their voices heard in the halls of government and they want their human rights ensured. They know the PRI will not do these things and that their plight and injustice will now grow worse.
IF Enrique Pena Nieto had any morals he’d confess to bribery and resign immediately. But he is not going to do that and his party, the PRI, is not going to let him do that. Neither he nor the PRI have any real morals and it is the working Mexican man and woman who will once again pay the price for the corruption and inhumanity of the PRI. Great and far reaching changes are badly needed in Mexico and throughout Latin America today. Changes that truly will bring about justice and equality and prosperity for all and not simply the select few. Pena-Nieto has made all sorts of promises but I would not hold my breath waiting for him or the PRI to live up to those promises! It’s all empty talk! The Mexican People deserve BETTER than Pena-Nieto and the PRI. It’s time for BIG CHANGES in Mexico amigos!
The “American Dream” has become more elusive for most Americans. In fact the American Dream is quickly becoming a chimera! We who are Democratic Socialists still believe that the American Dream can be made real but not under the present Fascist Corporatist system that we have today which is an unequal and unfair system of economics. America must come to the point of realizing that there are no laws that dictate we must rape and pillage nature in order to profit. We must come to realize that the American Dream cannot be obtained by making global inequality worse nor by squandering public funds on massive deadly weapons bent on the destruction of humanity and this planet. We cannot obtain that dream for as long as we continue to discriminate against women, minorities, and other groups attempting to turn segments of our people into second class citizens. And simply trying to revive the American Dream is not enough!
Everything we have historically and traditionally valued in this country is now being undermined. The neo-con Capitalists (Fascist Corporatists) are right about one thing and that is that the success of global corporatism (capitalism) demands that the traditional democratic standards of justice, equality, and decency be undermined. And that is exactly what the corporatists have been doing! In order for the quality of life to improve among most Americans today there must now be a radical political, economic, and social change within the established order. Nothing short of this radical change will bring the American Dream out of the realm of the elusive and into the realm of the attainable.
There is a war being waged against every American man, woman, and child today. It is a war that is also being waged all around the world against every human being. This war is being waged by the Fascist Corporatist (Capitalist) who view PROFIT as paramount above everything else. And the corporatist will do anything for profit even selling his/her own mother if need be! The corporatists are GREEDY and their greed has NO BOUNDS! They worship, live, and breath PROFIT at ANY expense. The corporatist preys upon the working person much as a lion preys upon a lone gazelle at the watering hole. For, the fascist corporatist is a predator and is just as ruthless as the hungry lion who preys upon the gazelle at the watering hole. He/she has no real morals but is driven by a psychotic need for gain and profit at all costs. And in this game of cat and mouse, sadly, it is the common working people who get to pay the ultimate price!
I’m sure you’ve heard of the “fiscal cliff.” You know, that big bad economic cliff we are going to fall off of if we don’t drastically cut our social programs like Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid. This “fiscal cliff” is being fashioned by the Corporatists and we must realize it as such. I can’t help but notice they say nothing about cutting the military budget or ending the endless wars which have been the MAJOR contributors to our nation’s economic woes today! I can’t help but notice that these corporatists say nothing about paying their fair share in taxes but run to and fro claiming they already pay enough of too much. Fact is these people have NEVER paid their fair share and the reason they do not want the endless wars ended or the military budget deeply cut is because they make PROFITS off of endless war and the selling of weapons to other nations. I ask you this. Just how can Goldman Sachs make a billion dollar profit and get millions back from the IRS in refunds at the end of the tax year? Exxon Mobile does the same thing. In fact all of the major global corporations and banks do the same thing. How can they make billions and get a tax refund? And they claim they pay their fair share? Sorry but I do NOT think so! Continue Reading
Christian Socialism is a form of religious socialism based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Many Christian Socialists believe capitalism to be idolatrous and rooted in greed. Christian Socialists believe the cause of inequality is due to greed associated with capitalism (ie: Fascist Corporatism).
Christian socialism grew into a major movement in the United Kingdom beginning in the 1960s through the Christian Socialist Movement. Some of its major figures include ST Francis of Assisi, Wilhelm von Ketteler, Pope Leo XII, Dorothy Day, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Romero, Gustavo Gutierrez, Martin Luther King, Jr, Bisho Desmond Tutu, and Joseph Smith Jr.
Key concepts of Christian Socialism include elements from Marxism, liberation theology, human dignity, social market economy theory, neo-Calvinism, and Catholic social teaching. Christian Socialism was formed based on elements contained in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Continue Reading