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Rush Limbaugh — The Fat Man Has Sung!

The Fat Man of Republican politics has entered onto center stage and given another of his performances of ignorance. At a time when Americans are hurting and seeking answers to the economic disaster which has over taken them, along comes the pudgy man shouting and wiggling his body in a demonstration of ignorance and hate. Republican leaders rush off stage fearing to say or do anything that would upset the man from Missouri whose only claim to fame is an ability to ramble and shout hate for those who seek to think about issues. How to solve the economic disaster– his response is to cut taxes. Eight million are now without work and the best way to get them a decent job according to Rush Limbaugh is reducing taxes! The American society wants its leaders to work together but to the man from southern Missouri, the solution is to preach divisiveness and pray for the death of Barack Obama.

Democrats are counter attacking the winds of ignorance he blows by mocking and deriding the little man whose tiny ideas and ranting attract attention from the idiots who somehow believe listening to his tirades will lead to the emergence of a single intelligent idea. Rush reflects a world of the past in which spewing hate and derision of others was the solution to problems. He sometimes makes one feel as though a clown was performing in hope of bringing joy to the audience, but when the clownish antics of the round little man are seen, one can only shake a head in wonderment why 14 million people actually want to see this act of incompetence.

Democrats are pouncing on him because they want to emphasize to the American public that Republicans have lost their way and have no solutions to offer. The pompous pretentious putrid player on the stage of politics should be allowed to hog center stage and perform several times a day and night. His antics are the politics of the past and his ideas reflect those who seek to return to a time that never existed except in the mind of this rolly polly little creature of the swamps of hate.

Rant on and on and on my little man from Missouri. Your performance will be loved by the neo-Nazis groups which inhabit the forests of southern Missouri. The rest of us prefer the world of reality.

Editorial: John McCain And Redistribution Of Wealth

Senator John McCain continues to denounce Obama and Democrats for seeking to “redistribute the wealth.” It might help if McCain and his ignorant side-kick knew anything about the history of the United States which has been nonstop series of redistribution of wealth from the poor and middle class to the wealthy. It began in the 1790s when Alexander Hamilton paid full value on paper money that speculators had bought up at a fraction of the value from Revolutionary fighters who needed ready cash. It continued with tariff laws that protected the wealthy and allowed them to build factories, of course, the average American paid extra money since foreign goods now cost more. The Transcontinental Railroad was paid for by having the US government give railroad builders enormous grants of land they could sell in order to cover costs.

Historically, American business received free police protection in order to crush unions, they were allowed to exploit workers and children without any fear from a supportive government. Many business owners and southern families had their wealth built on the back of slave workers, and were never compelled to pay compensation. State legislatures were all too often controlled by business interests who had laws passed to protect their interests. I assume that could be termed “redistribution of the wealth.”

Our current tax laws are biased against poor people. Home owners get tax deductions but none are provided to those living in apartments. Business men use their wealth to take advantage of tax loopholes the ordinary American could never understand or use. Tax deductions for a range of things allow any intelligent business person to escape paying the full share of his income. The current estimate is that 5% of Americans control about 40% of the wealth. Is there something in that figure which suggests a “redistribution of the wealth” is needed?

We forget that during World War II, the government imposed high taxes on the wealthy in order to fight a war that had to be won. It is time to revisit World War II attitudes and require the wealthy of this nation to pay a higher percent of income in taxes. During the past month, wealthy bankers and lenders received tax money from the American people to survive, and some are paying themselves huge bonuses. Is that an example of “redistribution of wealth?”

Barack Obama is a rather centrist political leader who has never shown any indication he wants major “redistribution of the wealth.” His goal is rather modest, a slight increase in taxes paid by the wealthy–that is if he could ever pass a tax law they were unable to circumvent. No American leader is calling for any major “redistribution of wealth.” Knock i off, John. Your comments are rhetoric.

If anyone believes a Democratic Congress and President can “spend America into ruin” I suggest they examine the record of George Bush and his Republican Congress over the six years they were completely in control.

Nader And Hitler-Two Minds In Search Of Purity

Let me make clear, I do not equate Ralph Nader with any actions of Adolf Hitler. I am focusing on the MIND PROCESSES of the two men. Both men have a sense they are creatures of destiny whose purity of soul far surpasses that of mere mortals. Both believe their actions are always correct and the consequences of whatever they do must be endured by the masses. During the concluding months of WWII, German generals tried to convince Hitler the cause was lost and some accomodation had to be made in order to spare the German people. His invariable response was that he would not waver in his quest to accomplish his goals and the situation was caused by failure on the part of the German people to work harder in order to gain victory. Hitler insisted his faith was still strong and the purity of his soul was unblemished. At points, he bluntly stated Germans would have to suffer because they had failed the ultimate test of gaining victory. In a sense, he displayed an “after me comes the deluge” attitude.

I find a similar thought process in the mind of Ralph Nader. He insisted in 2000 there was no difference between the election of Gore or Bush and the failure of Gore to win was due to an inept campaign, not to the two million votes drawn away by the Nader campaign. When the Florida election was brought up, Nader always insisted Gore lost it by not doing a better job of campaigning. In Nader’s mind, he is always correct, he never makes a mistake and if others do not do their job, they must then face consequences. Nader feels no sense of guilt for Bush’s triumph because, Ralph Nader remained true to his principles and his soul is pure and good.

Nader on “Meet The Press” said there was “not a chance” he would play the role of spoiler in 2008 and if the Democrats did not win by a landslide, “they ought to just wrap up, close down, emerge in a different form.” Nader claimed “American politics is saturated in taboos and self-censorship to a level where the greatest issues in the campaign are off the table.” He cited healthcare and global warming as two such issues. Of course, one of the biggest points of contention between Clinton and Obama has been healthcare, but in Ralph Nader’s world, only if things are discussed on the basis of his views can they be considered to be discussed. Clinton and Obama have consistenly raised issues of global warming, but all that is irrelevant to Ralph Nader.

Ralph Nader believes himself embued with the truth and his quest is not merely noble, but he alone knows how to speak about issues and he alone is in possession of the answers to political issues. If the American people refuse to acknowledge his truth, they must suffer the consequences. Ralph Nader votes in 2000 helped elect George Bush. Ralph Nader knows every vote cast for him in 2008 would have gone to a Democratic candidate, but if the Democrats fail to win, they have only themselves to blame and they must suffer whatever comes. His soul is free of guilt, he is pure in spirit and if America gets another Bush style leader, they only have themselves to blame.

Not once has Ralph Nader indicated a reflective soul who ponders consequences of his actions. He never second-guesses himself because he has complete belief in the purity of his goals. If one is pure at heart, then one can never be wrong. In that sense, he shares a remarkable similarity to the thought process of Hitler. He is NOT an Adolf Hitler in terms of actions. Both men regard themselves as embodying a purity of purpose that must be pursued to the bitter end and if people suffer due to their thinking, so be it. There is an aspect of Nader’s thinking which regards the disaster of George Bush as a positive thing because it arouses anger and may lead to the emergence of those whose purpose is pure at heart. He believes the more people suffer, the more they become aroused, and the greater the probability the end result is beneficial to society.

Mike Huckabee was asked his reaction to the Nader candidacy and he responded: “I think it always would probably pull votes away from the Democrats, not the Republicans. So naturally, Republicans would welcome his entry into the race and hope that maybe a few more will join in.” Ralph Nader doesn’t give a damn if his candidacy draws votes away from the Democratic candidate. The issue of his entry into the election is Ralph Nader — not the interests of the American people.

Former US Military Commander In Iraq Backs Troop Withdrawal

Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who commanded US forces in Iraq from 2003-2004, came out in support of Democratic congressional proposals for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. “The improvements in security produced by the courage and blood of our troops have not been matched by a willingness on the part of Iraqi leaders to make the hard choices necessary to bring peace to their country,” he told a radio audience. “There is no evidence,” he added, “that the Iraqis will choose to do so in the near future or that we have an ability for force that result.” He supported the House bill calling for a timetable on withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.

General Sanchez made mistakes while leading American forces in Iraq which undoubtedly allows his critics to come down hard on these recent statements. But, General Sanchez, is also an example of someone who has learned from past failures and is willing to venture along new roads. Essentially, he is suggesting the necessity of a tough policy toward Iraq political leaders by challenging them to take action or face the prospect that American forces will leave. There is a great deal of sense in this perspective since the Bush placating of incompetent narrow minded Iraqi political leaders has not demonstrated evidence that change will occur.

Hidden Costs Of Iraq-Afghanistan Wars Double What Bush Claims

A report entitled, “The Hidden Costs of the Iraq War” says the cost of wars being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan was almost double what Bush has requested for military operations in 2008. Since both wars began, President Bush has essentially been give a carte blanche checkbook to spend whatever he claims is necessary because Democrats are either divided or unable to garner sufficient votes to overcome the 60 required in the Senate. The new report was prepared by Democrats and includes “hidden costs” such as higher oil prices, treatment of the war wounded, and interest on monies borrowed to fund both wars.” This report, states Senator Schumer, “makes crystal clear is that the cost to our country in lives lost and dollars spent is tragically unacceptable.” The total cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to exceed $1.6 trillion. Schumer also notes that money spent on fighting wars is money diverted from being invested in productive aspects of the American economy.

Historians have noted that wars stimulate certain aspects of economies but also divert money from many productive components of a nation’s productive drive. Of course, no amount of money can compensate families of loved ones who have died in wars that never should have been fought.

America Split On Military Action Against Iran

A recent poll appearing in USA TODAY indicates Americans are split over the issue of military action against Iran with 46% supporting it and 45% in opposition. Some critics of such surveys blame the manner of posing the question of military action as a reason so many are in favor of attacking Iran. For example, if the follow up said, “Do you support an American land attack on Iran?” the results might be markedly different. The poll indicates great concern about Iran’s development of a nuclear bomb, but three-fourths believe the US “will be too quick to use military force.” The voices of fear have been heard from virtually all Republican candidates vying for the presidential nomination and they repeatedly claim Iran is close to having an atomic bomb. The poll also indicated only 31% of Americans approve of the job being done by Bush and, for the first time, 50% “strongly disapprove” of his performance.

The high number of people supporting military action is a result of failure on the part of the media to present alternative voices about what really is going on in Iran and presenting realistic information about the state of Iran’s nuclear development program. America is also faced with a president who intends to stir up fear and hate as his only option to win over support from Americans who have lost faith in his leadership.

Bush At It Again–Democrats Help Terrorism!

George Bush, who supposedly is president of the entire United States at a time of war, came out swinging against perfidious Democrats who are like the people who ignored the rise of Hitler and Lenin. Bush accused Democrats of stalling important legislation that would prevent terrorist attacks and giving a hard time to Michael Mukasey for attorney general. “Unfortunately, on too many issues, some in Congress are behaving as if America is not at war.” He is upset that Congress won’t give him power to eavesdrop on terrorist suspects. Those terrible Democrats are trying to “weaken our ability to intercept information from terrorists about potential attacks on the United States of America.”

It would help if George Bush ever actually read a history book. The Russian Revolution occurred toward the end of World War I and by 1920 Lenin was established as ruler of Russia. George, all the presidents of the United States from 1920-1932 were Republicans. During Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930s, Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, took leadership in fighting Hitler while the REPUBLICAN PARTY ARGUED FOR AN ISOLATIONIST POLICY. It has been documented that President Bush received warnings about a potential attack on America in 2001, but chose to ignore the warnings. It is Bush who created the mess of Iraq, it is Bush who argues for the right to torture, it is Bush who believes this nation is not strong enough to be a democracy while fighting terrorism. Perhaps, the most bizarre aspect of his comments is that Republican Senators Arnold Spector, Lindsay Graham and John McCain have been demanding that Mukasey take a stand and state clearly “waterboarding” is torture. They have even indicated they might vote against his confirmation without such a statement. So, according to Bush, it’s all the fault of Democrats.

Congress Takes Action On Veteran Suicides

One of the most under reported stories in American politics is the work of the Democratic Congress to reform treatment of veterans that became a national scandal of the Bush administration. Several bills have been passed to extend assistance to veterans in need of counseling and to protect family members who must leave their jobs to care for a wounded veteran. On Tuesday, Congress passed a suicide prevention bill to confront problems arising from ever increasing evidence that many veterans are resorting to suicide. According to Congressman Bob Filner, chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, “as many Vietnam veterans have now committed suicide as died in the original war. That’s over 58,000.” The new bill requires mental health training for VA staff, screen suicide risk factors for veterans who receive VA care, refer at-risk veterans for counseling and treatment, and designate a suicide prevention counselor at each VA medical facility. It also allocates funds for out-reach programs to families.

These obviously necessary steps should have been taken years ago. A bill passed in 2007 about veterans who have been dying for years is a sad commentary on how this nation assists its veterans.

Bush Plays Politics With Wounded Soldier Bill

Democrats on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee sent a letter to President Bush asking him to cooperate with Congress in order to quickly pass a bill to assist those wounded in the Iraq war. Congress has almost completed work on the Wounded Warriors Act and is in the final stages of ironing out details causing many to be shocked that the president was now submitting a new bill dealing with wounded soldiers. Democrats fear Bush’s plan is complex and will tie up the committee into a new set of arguments and discussions. They are requesting the president to hold off on complex issues so that immediate needs of wounded soldiers can be handled in an expeditious manner. The Democrats agree his plan meets some of the ideas already incorporated into the Wounded Warriors Act, but expressed concern “about provisions of your bill that would provide a basis for drastic changes to VA’s disability compensation system.” Democrats made clear they would not allow the VA to unilaterally changes the disability system without congressional input.

Perhaps, Republican supporters of George Bush can explain why the president waited until AFTER work had been completed in Congress before submitting his own ideas. It is obvious this is just another Bush ploy to grab the limelight and take credit for work done by Democrats in Congress. If wounded soldiers get caught up in his political games, so be it. After all, Bush interests always take precedence over those of the American people.

Legislation For Wounded Soldiers Pushed In Congress

President Bush urged Congress to modernize the government’s inefficient system that cares for the wounded. Several months ago, Bush appointed a bipartisan commission to examine issues related to dealing with wounded soldiers and veterans. Republican Bob Dole and Democrat Donna Shalala headed a commission which made recommendations, but both stated in an op-ed piece appearing in the Washington Post they feared their proposals would be lost in the bureaucracy and urged a complete reform program. “It’s time,” said their article, “to decide –do we reform the current military and veterans’ disability evaluation and compensation systems or limp along, placing Band-Aids over existing flaws?” Bush informed Congress the “outdated system needs to be changed.”

George Bush is master of creating problems and then blaming others for the problems he created. He appointed political hacks to run the Veterans Administration resulting in veterans being denied benefits, and he did not do his job to organize a medical system ready to cope with Iraq wounded military personnel. Now, the president is “prodding Congress” to get to work. At no point does Bush ever take responsibility for his own failures, he prefers blaming Democrats. The idea for a Homeland Security Department came from Democrat members of Congress and Bush opposed it. Within a few months it became his idea and Democrats were then accused of not being patriotic for insisting on certain procedures in the new department. Bush is trying the same old scam about wounded soldiers.