Category Archives: Ron Paul

Explaining Iraq, Not Shouting Political Nonsense

The current Republican mantra is that President Barack Obama is responsible for the rise to power of Muslim extremists in Iraq. Republicans argue that,despite some original mistakes, President George Bush was able to recover, ended violence in Iraq, and turned over to Obama a nation prepared to become independent and prosperous. According to the Republican version, all Obama had to do was retain a small force of American soldiers and Iraq would have become a safe and prosperous nation. Senator John McCain continues to blast Obama for leaving Iraq too quickly.

Following is what actually happened in Iraq.

1. The famous “Surge” led by General David Petraeus was actually greatly aided by formation of “Awakening Council” Sunni militia. These Sunni led militia turned against Sunni extremists such as al-Qaida, and led the fight to defeat Osama bin Laden in Iraq.

2. Newly elected President Barack Obama AGREED TO MAINTAIN a small American military presence in Iraq. However, he insisted that US forces operate under the American Code of Military Justice, and not be subjected to trial in an Iraq court. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused. THIS was the reason no US troops remained in Iraq. John McCain would have gone ballistic if an American President allowed American troops to be tried in Muslim courts!

3. The Obama administration obtained promises from Prime Minister Maliki, a Shiite, that the Sahwa Sunni militia which had fought against al-Qaida would become part of the Iraq armed forces, and Sunnis who fought along with Americans against Osama bin Laden would be paid.

4. Maliki turned against the Sahwa Sunnis, he persecuted Sunnis, and basically disbanded their militia. This led many Sunni militia to become so disgusted they joined groups like the Islamic State. The entire problem currently facing Iraq was caused by the inept, corrupt, lying government of Nouri al-Maliki!

The current situation was NOT caused by American decisions. It was the result of incompetent IRAQ decisions. I challenge any Republican to deny what has just been written!!

ABC Of Republican End Of Poverty Program

I do understand there are those who believe in some liberal authoritarian idea that providing high paying jobs to workers might result in the end of poverty. In 1965, the average member of the United Automobile Workers(UAW) earned the equivalent of about $70 an hour in 2014 terms. No, automobile workers did NOT need Food Stamps. They earned the equivalent of about $100,000 today and thus could purchase a home, send their kids through college, and enjoy a decent middle class life. I was so over joyed to read that Congressman Paul Ryan understands how we can return to those good old days of middle class life.

Paul Ryan explained the ABc of current poverty.

1. “We basically have a poverty management system from the Federal government, a safety net program that is not getting people out of poverty.

2. “Poverty is a complicated program that needs to be customized.”

3. The solution to ending poverty is to turn poor people over to “trained state benefits officers” who will teach them how to take the “path up” out of poverty.

In other words, if one seeks to end poverty that individual can secure an upward bound program at McDonald’s that pays $7.25 an hour. In other words, this individual could earn $1200 a month, and almost $14,000 a year. Wow! I hate to inform Paul but that is BELOW the level that is identified as being “poor.” Gee, Paul, how about living for a year on $14,000 a year?

Or, we could return to the days when business leaders believed if they paid good wages to workers, then they, in effect, were creating consumers who would purchase their goods.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

In my childhood I knew every store owner in the neighborhood, they were neighbors.

Mystery of life: Man has large bag of coins.

Sometimes, best to forget and get on with life.

To sigh, is to have a moment of peace.

For some reason, the scratch offs I purchase never have the right numbers.

Elderly women always smile when seeing friends.

Babies and elderly toddle when walking.

Carrying three sandwiches in hand is the limit for most.

No favorite basketball team in any tournament this year.

Know when to cut your losses.

Many want things from the Lord, but they don’t want to live in his neighborhood.

In my Depression youth, the wealthy were hated.

Some seek good in people, some seek evil in them.

Paul Ryan Has A Plan

Congressman Paul Ryan has a plan. Yes, he has a plan to end poverty in America. “I want to talk about how we can expand opportunities in America. I don’t have all the answers; nobody does. But, by working together, we can build a healthy economy.” So, how will this blessed event occur? Simple. Consolidate all federal anti-poverty programs into one block, turn over this sum to the States, allow them to decide how best to distribute the money, and, voila! Poverty is ended. Ryan emphasized his plan is “budget neutral” which means not an extra cent for those who are poor. Of course, he wants to reduce taxes which means millions of dollars extra for those who have millions. For some reason, Mr. Ryan wants budget neutrality for the poor, but when it comes to the wealthy, the sky is the limit. The Congressman of the wealthy does not offer any ideas as to what would happen if some States decided to use this money for other purposes? Oh, I forgot, all they have to do is take their rationale to the Supreme Court which will agree the wealthy are an oppressed class in America!

In fairness to Paul, let me note he believes if only poor people could get solid advice from someone that would somehow end their poverty. In other words, the Ryan Program is based on poor folk going to an office, getting advice from some bureaucrat– one who works for a State government– and this ends being poor. Gee, I wonder why I never thought of this brilliant idea to end poverty in America??

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

UK, Guardian: “Couple Flown To Grenada Instead Of Granada”

This is an example where bull shit clarified things.

Canada, Toronto Star: “How To Wear A Jump Suit”

Sitting down?

China, China Daily: “More Time For Alienation”

Let me alone ponder this one in darkness.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Who The Fuck Is Patty?”

The drunken Irishman sitting next to you!

Russia, Moscow Times: “No Regrets”

Basic philosophy of Vladimir Putin.

USA, Wall Street Journal: “How Much Is Enough?”

Wall Street response–”until we got it ALL.”

UK, Guardian: “If Pet Eats iPhone, Does Warranty Hold?’

Call me later about this one.

Words Of Wisdom From The Chairman Of Truth

During the past decade of his life, President Vladimir Putin has not been contradicted by anyone, even when he was prime minister and his stooge, Medevedev was standing in for him as the president. He has known only flunkies who rush to nod their heads in agreement or laugh at his humor attempts or simply lick his boots when he points to them. Thus, the tradgedy of the Malaysian plane ic creating new problems for the Russian leader. Frankly, his flunkies made a blunder by shooting down a civilian plane carrying 298 people headed fro Malaysia. There simply is no way the chairman can brush off this tragedy by blaming “THE WEST” or the east or any nation in the world. This was a 100% Russian made blunder. So, the man who never apologizes, the man who always blames someone for his mistakes, is now compelled to hesitate, to seek compromise, and to avoid bluster and threats.

Puitin informed the world “we must do everything possible to provide seurity for the internationl experts on teh site of the tragedy. In the meantime, nobody should and has no right to use tthis tragedy to achieve their ‘narrowly selfish’ political goals.” I wonder if that applies to what US Secretary of State John Kerry was describing, ‘drunken separatist soldiers unceremoniously piloing bodies into trucks, removing both the bodies, as well as evidendce from the site.”

I have a hunch, the Chairman of Truth is ready to blast some sense into the separatist Ukrainians who made the Boss come across as incompetent.

Gerry Manders In Our States

Among the American virtues was the invention of “gerrymandering” back in the 19th century when the nation was young, and our congressional leaders were still learning the fine art of politics. And, so, in order to ensure that once elected, none of our beloved leaders should ever again be compelled to confront an electorate in which there might be people who voted the wrong way, state legislators developed intricate maps which twisted and wound their way through a state in order to guarantee the elected only were confronted by voters who had voted for them. Thus, the fine art of gerrymandering now results in over 80% of our beloved congressmen virtually assured of re-election. For some strange reason, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis in Florida decided there was something wrong with this system. He wrote a 41 page decision which declares invalid most congressional seats in the state.

He offered proof that Republican legislators relied upon the advice and map skills of political consultants in drawing up safe congressional seats. Naturally, Republicans wound up with most of the seats. Heck, in the last presidential election, Democratic candidates for Congress received a million more votes than Republicans, but Republicans won a 25 seat majority in the House of Representatives. Lewis argues consultants “engaged in a conspiracy to influence and manipulate the legislature.”

It is about time in America to turn over to an impartial agency the task of drawing up congressional seat boundaries. How about entrusting the American Bar Association with that task?

Once We Dreamed Of Moon, Today Of Wealthy

There once was a United States of America in which we were not liberals or conservatives, not Republicans or Democrats, but Americans who had dreams of greatness. Thomas Jefferson began construction of the first great highway to the West, Highway 40, and no one in Congress refused to pay for it because of fear that wealthy folk might have to pay tax money. Republican Abraham Lincoln had the federal government fund the Intercontinental railroad, the greatest railroad at that point on the entire planet. No one worried about,”SOCIALISM.” We needed an intercontinental railroad to become a great nation. Republican Theodore Roosevelt literally invented conservation of national resource by creating vast national forests, no one shouted, ‘SOCIALISM.” During the Depression we built roads, bridges, tunnels, great dams, we led the world in road construction and no one yelled, SOCIALISM. Under Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, we built Highway 70 which spanned the nation and no one shouted, SOCIALISM. Under President Kennedy and President Nixon we sent a man to the moon, and no one yelled, SOCIALISM.

Once we were a nation with dreams of greatness. Today, under reign of Republicans and the Tea Party our only and most important dream is LOWER TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY. Our Highway Fund is just about empty. This means no new highways, no new bridges, no new railroad systems. President Obama is frustrated at Republican refusal to allocate money for construction. “It’s not crazy, it’s not Socialism. It is not an imperial presidency-no laws are broken. We’re just building roads, a bridge like we’ve been doing for 50, a hundred years.”

Once we had giants in the land, today we have pygmies.

Pope Asks For World Time Out

The World Cup involves nations throughout the world in competition to determine which is in possession of the best soccer(sorry for the American name) team in the world. There is no doubt if your nation’s team wins the cup, it will result in jobs, free health care, new housing for the poor, and wonderful schools for children. Now, how did I ever connect the World Cup to these events? Perhaps, I am still in a state of shock that King Lebron James has decided to hold his court in the Cleveland Cavalier court. Anyway, millions are focused on the World Cup so along comes that man of peace, Pope Francis with an outrageous idea. He is asking all nations of the world, for one minute, yes, just one damn minute to cease and desist from killing someone. The Pope is asking “for a moment of silence around the July 17th match to remember those stricken by war and unrest.” In other words, just for a fucking moment, could you guys just put down your weapons of destruction and avoid killing for A MOMENT!

I can just hear leaders of violence bellowing that if they don’t kill at this very moment, then those who murder will get ahead in the race to see who can murder more people! What would it do to our national prestige if we fell behind in the murder race? Oh, my God, imagine coming up second in the murder cup!

Most probably if they halt for a moment, our leaders of Death will undoubtedly make certain the next moment is twice as violent!!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

New Zealand,New Zealand Herald: “Demand Return Of $539 million”

Just a plaintive plea by job creators so they can create jobs–for themselves, that is.

Italy,Local: “Catholics Can Ignore Sex Teaching”

What a loving directive.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Summer Returns To Moscow”

Too bad, it also returns Vladimir Putin.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Senator AWOl In Inquiry”

Hell, in America they are AWOL from the American people!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “More Money For Danish Cows”

Good lord, the cows in Denmark make more than McDonald’s workers!

USA, aol: “Governor Perry Dresses Like West Coast Metrosexual”

So, that accounts for his loss of memory about history?

UK,Guardian: “Dead US Soldier On Sixth Afghan Tour”

This leaves me speechless, but George/Dick/Don hail him for dying to halt WMD.