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Economic Growth-Conservative Style

During the past election Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan insisted that  cutting government expenditures and reducing taxes on the poor wealthy folk of the nation would ensure economic prosperity to the entire nation. George Osborne, speaking for the Conservative government of David Cameron boasted the British economy had expanded by 0.3% and that good times were coming. Of course, unemployment is about 10% and at no time since austerity began has the economy grown by 1%. Ordinarily, if an economy grows at a 2% rate it should hit 10% over a five year time  period.

The David Cameron Conservative model has witnessed a CONTRACTION of 2.5% over this time period. Of course, the Obama plan has witnessed a growth in jobs and a growth in the economy. Now, if only Barack would listen to David, America could have a prosperous contracting economy!

Let’s Not Shoot An American Month

Last year just about every month witnessed an Afghan soldier turning to his American buddy, smiling and then blasting away. Afghan troops between January to October killed 35 American soldiers serving in their nation for the ostensible task of helping Afghans to deal with Taliban insurgents who kill, and bully people. A defense official noted; “there have been significantly fewer inside attacks over the last several months than before. However, I would not say  it’s a problem that’s been solved. It’s a problem we continue to address.”

Although Taliban leaders take credit for these attacks, American military leaders are reluctant to admit that is the case. However, in one way or another, these attacks stem from  people in Afghanistan who dislike the American presence. It is time to go, and allow Afghans to handle their lives, for better or worse.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

Each day we offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Indonesia, Jakarta Post:  “Jesus Wife In Ancient Script”

So what, he was a rabbi and a rabbi can marry.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald:  “Gay Wed Debate”

Is the debate over whether people marrying should be happy?

Sweden, Local:  “It Will Never Happen Again”

Not if your name is Mitt Romney!

Norway, Norway Post:  “Foreign Ministry Changes Course”

A lot better being Domestic Ministry and escaping riots.

Russia, Moscow Tmes:  “Church Replaces Communist Party”

Joseph, where are you now that we need you!

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald:  “Sharpen The Axe”

We are still feeding poor people when wealthy need bigger tax cuts!

Blame Crime, Violence On Women!

I finally discovered a hero among our political leaders in America. His name is State Senator Glenn  Grothman who has introduced a bill in the Wisconsin State Legislature that makes single parenthood a contributing factor to child abuse and would allow police to arrest single parent fiends. He argues that “unwanted or un-timed pregnancies are the choice of women.” Do you understand how women in this country are creating vast economic problems by having kids, training these kids to become criminals and dope fiends, and sending them off to prey on we married folk??

God bless you Senator Grothman. I finally understand the source of economic problems in America– it is the Fault Of Women!! I understand 9/11– it was caused by single parent female women!!

Oh, I just realized. I was a male single parent. Does that mean if I go to Wisconsin they will arrest me as a child abuser??

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 21 year old mind trapped in an 81 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Barack Obama’s major mistake was listening to rational thinking  rather than his heart thinking.

People constantly say, “there is no second chance.” Of course there is, and a third and fourth and so on.

It is a pleasant sight seeing mom with daughter and her boy friend.

Little children feel perfectly OK staring into the face of a strange adult.

I walked by a rabbit. It did not hop away. It just stared.

McDonald’s should have special coffee mugs for seniors.

I saw two men wearing football referees having coffee. I did not think these guys ate or drank anything. I have never seen them do such things.

All too often too fast is too slow to solve a problem.

I hate people who want this elaborate made latte coffee. I wait and fume.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 21 year old mind trapped in an 81 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I am annoyed by people who dawdle while ordering.

I observe and elderly man enter the diner with stooped back and difficulty in walking and wonder if he is I –eventually.

These days conversations between parents and children invariably result in manipulating some piece of technology.

Some speak waving hands in air, I do not.

Children wave at all life forms–human and animal.

If Republicans led America in 1800 we never would have made it across the Mississippi. You needed the federal government to get across-safely.

The most honest human expression– I do not understand, explain it.

I  wonder who invented the pony tail worn by women.

All ends have a beginning.

Americans Are Number I, We Don’t Need….

In recent conversations with community college students and my daily review of Fox News it is apparent many Americans believe we are Number 1 nation in the world and have no need of things going on abroad.

1. Yes, China is building high speed train systems, but we prefer cars which allow us to get stuck in traffic jams and waste time.

2. OK, so people in other nations live longer, but we have the best medical system in the world. We get to see our doctors quicker if we have the money and that proves we are Number One.

3. Big deal, that some countries provide better pre-natal care. An American child knows from first breath this is a tough world and only the tough survive.

4. We are not impressed that children in other countries score higher on math and science tests. But, when it comes to scoring higher in basketball games, look to the good old USA!

5. Europeans are always talking about riding bikes and having solar panels or using wind energy. But, when it comes to packing streets with the SUV, man, we are Numero Uno in the world!

6. At least here in America a man or woman can pack a six gun when going to pray to their Lord. The road to perdition is sprinkled with the bodies of those who lacked a six gun to defend themselves.

7. Just remember, we are Numero Uno in Obesity in the entire world. So, if you want to pig out, come join the American pigs in action. USA, USA, USA!

Government Employees Are Source Of Debt!

Interviews with members of the Tea Party and many bystanders at recent demonstrations in Madison, Wisconsin, reveals a strong belief their state’s economic problems are the result of lavish payments to government employees. There are constant complaints about extravagant retirement payments, lavish health benefits, and the good life for those who work for the government. State averages reveal the medium teacher salary is about $51,000 a year. That breaks down to about $4000 a month, and after federal and state taxes the family will have about $3200 a month to enjoy the good life of a wealthy person. Governor Walker is simply another in a string of Republican lawmakers who seek to gain power and fame by taking on teachers, firemen and policemen who they cast as the source of our $13 Trillion debt. Republicans wail about extravagant civil servant salaries while granting the wealthy in our nation untold riches through means of lower taxes.

Do many civil servants receive excessive pensions, most probably that is a reality. But, if one added up all the pensions paid to civil servants this year it would be less than the $140 billion bonus payments to Wall Street bankers the past Christmas. The fault lies not in schools, it lies in the banking establishments of this nation.

Care To Arrest A Prime Minister?

Nations throughout the world are furious at the Israel government for initiating the murder of a Hamas leader who was in Dubai. The police chief of Dubai said, “I have presented the Dubai prosecutor with a request for the arrest of (Prime Minister Benjamin(Netanyahu and the head of Mossad.” Other nations like Great Britain and France are upset because Israeli agents used passports from people in their countries to carry out one of the most botched up and incompetent assassinations in modern history. One sometimes wonders if Benjamin Netanyahu pays any attention to the fact the world seeks peace in the Middle East, not the three stooges running wild.

In my youth, efficient groups like Murder Incorporated would send for some nice Jewish or Italian hit men from Cleveland or Detroit to rub someone out in Chicago or New York. All they needed was one or two guys and hit men certainly did not go around in disguise. For God’s sake, they are hit men not the Marx Brothers!

ON BEING 79

I was conceived soon after the Stock Market crash of 1929 and arrived on the scene 79 years ago. My early memories of life reveal men repairing streets or artists entering our elementary school to paint beautiful images on the wall. I was raised in the south Bronx in a neighborhood inhabited by poor east European jews so I invariably break into laughter reading nuts on the Internet who rant about Jewish bankers. We were the only congressional district in America in which the Republican party came in fourth. I never had a Christian child in my class until the 7th grade when Joseph Jelik showed up.

I frequently tell my children that we had hope in the future and much credit for that attitude derives from President Roosevelt, his wife, Eleanor and our Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. We actually believed those who led government would help us. We had caring Irish politicians who would help us get jobs, take care of minor criminal activities, and guide us through the process of politics and voting. I so miss Irish politicians, they never would rant and rave like the current crop of idiots in Congress.

I accepted poverty as a norm and today am furious when I hear people refer in disparaging terms to legal or illegal immigrants. I was raised with legal and illegal immigrants and laugh reading their grandchildren declaim on the horrors of illegals. I knew people who entered America via Canada or Cuba.

As an immigrant child (in 1914, one out of four Americans was an immigrant or child of an immigrant) I was taught to love America and respect its institutions. I felt so proud entering the armed forces taking the oath to defend the Constitution. Most haters in the Tea Party group have absolutely no idea what is in the Constitution. By the way, we received lectures during Basic Training about respecting the Geneva Convention. Obviously, since draft dodgers Bush and Cheney never served they never received the lectures about not torturing prisoners.

I grew up to write a history of America and my thoughts and dreams are always linked to this nation. I respect the basic values of freedom of speech and assembly. In my childhood I was bigoted against gays and lesbians and it has taken me years to confront my own bigotry and come to respect and admire lesbians and gays. I was raised in segregated world and while in the US Army helped write the integration plan for the US Seventh Army. I cried when Obama was elected.

Eighteen of my initial 20 years of life was under a Democratic president. Eisenhower became my first Republican president and I respected him, but today, the virulent hatred towards Clinton and Obama reveals an undercurrent of bigotry and hate such as we have not often seen in American history. Those of you who rant your hatred of the health insurance plan represent everything that violates the essential American respect for calm discussion.

I teach and always point out to students the following facts:
1. The Democratic Party is the oldest continuous political party in the world.
2. The Constitution is among the great documents in history and at the core of this wonderful document is respect for the views of those who you oppose– respect, not hate.
3. We never experienced a military attempt to overthrow our civilian government.
4. We only had one revolution –the Civil War– and after it was over, we again became one nation.

I confess to having a love affair with America. I confess the current madness of Tea Party crazies is shocking, given their ignorance. Actually, none of them has any understanding of the American Revolution– we Americans would never have won without aid from the French Army and navy– they were more important than “Minute Men.”

At age 79, I admire young people and their openness to those who are different. I admire those who fought for this nation in WWII and the Korean War. I feel such sorrow for those who served in the Vietnam war. I do not always agree with Barack Obama, but as an American I intend to give him an opportunity to develop plans of action.

I simply want an end to the hate of Fox News and the idiot group of Bill O’Reilly, Lou Dobbs, and Rush. I have never encountered such a group of men who deliberately lie. Doubt is a stranger who has never knocked on their doors. Frankly, the current yelling and screaming of Tea Party crazies makes me wonder if I am still living in my beloved America.

To sum up, I love this nation and am the first to decry mistakes by the man I voted for–Barack Obama. That is the American way of life. Do all I can to support the president, but tear him to pieces if he violates the Constitution. Be angry at oppression of poor people, the homeless and the powerless. I never forget the eloquent words of Eugene Victor Debs, candidate for president in 1912 on the Socialist Party ticket:
“I do not wish to rise from the working class. I wish to rise with the working class.”
If you are a real American you cannot sleep peacefully as long as your fellow Americans lack decent jobs, health care, free early childhood access and an end to discrimination. If you are a real American, reach out in love and peace and reconciliation to those with whom you differ

My heroes in America are: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Gene Debs, Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Truman.

I hope one day to add Barack Obama to that list.