Aug. 27, 2015 By Jack Jodell.
I have had several recurrent and ongoing thoughts I will share with you in this brief post, along with some very relevant quotes I have picked up recently.
Our woefully unproductive Congress should give all of us in the 99% MAJORITY an immediate MASSIVE tax refund for all the time and the millions of taxpayer dollars they have WASTED on non-productive and worthless committee hearings and investigations which have been held during the past two sessions. These exhibits of blatantly partisan grandstanding have yielded absolutely nothing of any value whatsoever.
Here’s an idea: we should fine every single Congressperson $1,000 for each day they only put in 3 or 4 days (instead of the normal 5 which has been the standard for working people for decades) while Congress is officially in session. I don’t care whether it would take a presidential executive order to achieve this, but something MUST be done to ensure that Congress is no longer a group of slackers getting paid $175,000 or more annually for working 9nly part-time! The money should be turned over to the U.S. Treasury to increase funding for Social Security benefits and for Medicare. This 3 day work week is an absolute insult to all business owners and to every worker in this country, and it must come to a screeching halt! Let’s see these phony deficit hawks like Paul Ryan object to THAT!
There are those, particularly in the Tea Party-infested, now reactionary Republican Party, who insist that our government be run like a business. Of course, those of us living in the real world know how absurd a notion that is. For, as an anonymous caller to the Stephanie Miller show I saw back on April 6 noted so perfectly, “Business USES people to make money. Government uses MONEY to help PEOPLE.” Those who want to continually cut government spending and make everyone but billionaires to live on a forced austerity budget (like the notorious reactionary Paul Ryan has been trying to implement) are equally ridiculous and wrong in their belief. As noted progressive radio commentator and FREE SPEECH TV show host Thom Hartmann has observed quite often, “Never in the history of the world has anyone cut their way to prosperity!” Still, there are millions of fools who believe that austerity budgets are the only way to go. We’ll nrver convince these morons, so we’ll just have to ccept P.T. Barnum’s adage that “there’s a sucker born every minute.” Poor imbeciles- it’s really too bad that they are being allowed to make so many people’s lives so miserable!
As I view the list of prospective candidates for President in 2016 from all parties, especially those with any real chance of winning, I see absolutely NONE in the Republican Party and very few worth voting for in the Democratic Party. While Martin O’Malley holds a few attractive positions, I don’t believe he has a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving the primary season and winning the general election. I don’t even consider Jim Webb or Lincoln Chafee to have any viability at all. That leaves only Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, or Bernie Sanders as potential Democratic winners. While I like Biden in many areas, I think he is joining the fray far too late and would never be able to overcome the following already built by his rivals. As for Clinton, she has already amassed a formidable stockpile of funds, but I really don’t believe she can extricate herself from her ties with Wall Street enough to really deliver for the 99% MAJORITY who desprtately needs help. Not only that, but she is always seemingly swimming in tidal waves of negative controversy. I have no doubt that she would be fully capable for the job, and recognize how important it would be for us to finally elect a woman President, but I still believe BERNIE SANDERS would be best for the overwhelming majority of the country. He has proposed fabulous and much-needed projrcts to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and has also proposed a very fair and sensible overhaul of our tax system. Both plans would stimulate our economy, produce greatly needed, good-paying jobs, and would reverse the horrible wealth disparity which has risen steadily since the 1980s. THAT is what America needs right now and heading into the future, so THAT is why Bernie Sanders remains my choice for President in 2016!
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