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The Insanity Of Texas Gov. Rich Perry That Social Security And Medicare Violate The 10th Amendment Of US Constitution

“Governor of Texas Rick Perry writing new legislation to amend the 10th Amendment of the Constitution to end Social Security, and Medicare as we know it for none other than Newt Gingrich; Rick Perry beliefs that it violates the US CONSTITUTION. That how deranged these REPUBLICANS are. This is an insurance policy to protect workers from a serious illness, a serious accident, that can disable you for the rest of your life, or retirement due to old age. Without this protection you would live in poverty, in misery, and very ill until your death unless you were very rich.” Life without Social Security was extremely difficult for the disabled and seniors to survive and especially for those who were seriously ill that, that they often committed suicide.

‘Nonsense fact’ about union workers used in Super Bowl ad

Posted February 8, 2012 at 10:55 am by Lawrence Mishel

That’s how the Washington Post fact checker, Glenn Kessler, put it in his review of the following assertion used in the Super Bowl ad (watch below) by the Center for Union Facts*: “Only ten percent of people in unions today actually voted to join the union.”

Kessler dug in to see where that came from and apparently it is an “estimate [of the] the proportion of employees who both would have voted for the establishment of a union at their companies and were still in their jobs.” As Kessler points out, this has no bearing on the extent to which workers currently covered by collective bargaining would vote to maintain collective bargaining. It is as relevant, as Jared Bernstein points out, as “saying Virginia isn’t a state because none of its current residents voted for statehood.”

What are the facts? Richard Freeman (Harvard University) and Joel Rogers (University of Wisconsin) report on page 69 in their book, What Workers Want, that 90 percent of union workers wanted to keep their union based on their answer to the question, “If a new election were held today to decide whether to keep the union at your company, would you vote to keep the union or get rid of it?”

Union workers have many special legal rights and protections. For instance, union workers by law have the right to vote for union officers and any dues increase, initiation fee or
assessment. The laws protecting internal union democracy are far stricter than those for corporate governance and shareholder rights. Plus, workers also have clear rights to decertify unions. This ad and this “fact” do not capture what union worker rights are nor even attempt to reflect what union workers’ views are of collective bargaining.

In fact, a much larger share of the non-managerial workforce wants a union than has a union. Freeman wrote in 2007:

“Given that nearly all union workers (90%) desire union representation, the mid-1990s analysis suggested that if all the workers who wanted union representation could achieve it, then 44% of the workforce would have union representation.”

So, if workers could freely have a union when they wanted one, union representation in the United States would be on par with that of Germany.

*By the way, the CUF is just a small part of an array of misleading public relations efforts conducted by Richard Berman on behalf of special interests.

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Stop HB 56 No Juan Crow

Peterson Beadle on Feb 8, 2012 at 9:45 am

Because a portion of Alabama’s harmful immigration law makes it a felony for undocumented immigrants to enter into a “business transaction” with the state, some public utility companies have interpreted this measure so broadly that they have prevented undocumented immigrants from receiving water or power at their homes. And a library has even required people show proof of citizenship before they can sign up for a library card because of the “business transactions” provision.

Now U.S.-born children with undocumented immigrant parents even have been denied food stamps because of this portion of the anti-immigrant law. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reports that five people have called the group’s hotline to report that they were denied food stamps under the law because of their immigration status even though the benefits are for their American citizen children. SPLC President Richard Cohen said the civil rights group is considering suing the state over the denial of food stamps because of the “business transactions” portion in HB 56. Barry Spear, a spokesman for Alabama’s Department of Human Services, told Yahoo News that demanding proof of citizenship from the guardians of Americans who need food stamps is not the agency’s policy. “We are unaware of any violations of the policy,” Spear said.

But last month, Kansas changed its food aid program to deny benefits to children who are citizens if their parents are undocumented, removing more than 1,000 mixed families. “This policy not only hurts these families, it hurts us, too, especially because we’re talking about U.S. citizen children,” said Elena Morales, who works at El Center, an anti-poverty agency in Kansas City.

In the U.S., roughly 4.5 million American citizens under 18 years old have at least one undocumented parent, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. So while undocumented immigrants cannot access most welfare programs, their children are still able to access the programs as citizens. Policies like the one in Kansas and the interpretation of Alabama’s immigration law only serves to harm these American citizens who, through no fault of their own, happen to have undocumented parents.

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50,000+ Sign Petition For Undocumented Immigrant To Receive Kidney Transplant | In less than a week, more than 54,000 people have signed a petition to push the UC San Francisco Medical Center to allow an undocumented immigrant to have a kidney transplant. ThinkProgress wrote last week about how administrators at the medical center denied Jesus Navarro’s procedure, even though his wife offered her own kidney and he will die without the procedure. “UCSF hospital has told Jesus that the only reason he would not be able to get a transplant is becuase of his immigration status,” writes Donald Kagan, who started the petition on February 2. “As I see it, this is a matter of life and death.” The petition calls on hospital officials to allow the transplant and “do the right thing.” Sign the petition here.

By Amanda Peterson Beadle on Feb 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm


Alabama GOPer Pushes Bills Repealing Some Of The Worst Parts Of Anti-Immigrant Law

By Amanda Peterson Beadle on Feb 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

When Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) and Attorney General Luther Strange (R) both called for changes to the state’s anti-immigrant law last year, it was a hopeful sign that the state might roll back the law’s most harmful effects. According to one projection, the state GDP could decline by $2.3 to $10.8 billion because of HB 56, and the state could lose up to 140,000 jobs.

And state Sen. Gerald Dial (R) agreed with the governor and attorney general and other legislators who called for changes to the law. “It’s just common sense. Let’s step up and say we’ve made some mistakes,” Dial said in November. Now he has filed a bill that proposes some of the broadest changes to HB 56 that, while far from perfect, would address some of the most harmful aspects of HB 56:

  • Would Not Require Schools To Collect Data: Dial’s bill removes a provision that requires schools to collect data about the citizenship or legal resident status of newly enrolled students. Following the implementation of HB 56, schools reported a spike in absenteeism among Latino students because some current students feared that their parents could be deported if they were asked about their citizenship.
  • Redefines “Business Transaction”: HB 56 includes a measure that prevents the state from entering into a “business transaction” with undocumented immigrants. Some public utility companies took this to mean that they could not provide service to anyone who cannot prove they are a citizen or legally in the United States. It effectively made it a felony for undocumented immigrants to take a bath in their own homes. Dial’s bill redefines “business transaction” more narrowly to include issues related to driver’s licenses or non-driver identification cards, license plates, or business licenses.

Dial’s bill also repeals a provision that would deny bail to undocumented immigrants, but he does not propose any changes to a section of the law that requires Alabama police officers “to ask for immigration papers from anyone they come in contact with who looks or sounds foreign.” The Supreme Court will hold a hearing this spring on SB 1070, Arizona’s extreme immigration law with the same “papers, please” requirement as Alabama’s law.

Fully repealing the state’s immigration law — Democrats have filed bills in the Alabama House and Senate to do just that –would be the best option for Alabama. But that option is unlikely while Republicans control the Alabama legislature along with a Republican governor. Nevertheless, Dial’s bills are an important admission that the state erred when enacted HB 56′s declaration of war on immigrants — the state should not hesitate one second before rolling back as much of the law as it can.

The Violent Attacks On Organized Labor

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Labor, History Cast Unfavorable Glance at the Pinkertons:
A Checkered Past

(This article was first published in the November/December 2006 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Offering a range of “private investigative” services, the Pinkerton Detective Agency was founded in 1850 and at first specialized in train robberies: the protection of railroad property. By the late 1860s, however, Pinkerton agents were protecting all manner of property — most notoriously when its ownership was at odds with organized labor.
A barge filled with Pinkerton goons received a rough greeting in Homestead, PA. This 1892 Harper’s Weekly illustration was based on a photo taken during the riot.

A barge filled with Pinkerton goons received a rough greeting in Homestead, PA. This 1892 Harper’s Weekly illustration was based on a photo taken during the riot.

“Pinkerton” survives to this day as part of an international security business, but is nothing more than a brand name, while the name itself maintains its strong historical associations with anti-worker movements that typically involved organized brutality.

A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Allan Pinkerton emigrated to the United States in 1842 at age 23. Trained as a cooper, or barrel-maker, the future detective had had to flee the United Kingdom because of his association with a radical group seeking to reform Parliament: Young Pinkerton was a well-known advocate of civil disobedience.

Settling near Chicago, Pinkerton started a cooperage. During a wood-gathering visit to a previously uninhabited island, he chanced upon a counterfeit-coin ring and alerted the authorities. This led to his appointment as a deputy sheriff and he soon had become Chicago’s first full-time detective. A few years later he left the city police force and started his own agency.

Working with the railroads was an ideal way to get one’s name before the public. In 1861, Pinkerton was given credit for uncovering an inauguration-train-stop plot against Abraham Lincoln. An impressed president hired the agency to spy on the Confederacy. Pinkerton operatives were known as a “secret service,” but were not the predecessors of the Treasury Department entity we know today, which did not begin to protect U.S. presidents until the 1890s.

The Agency’s Reputation

Pinkerton returned to Chicago after the Civil War and supervised the development of an impressive criminal database, including the world’s largest collection of mug shots. The agency’s logo, known as “The All-Seeing Eye,” is acknowledged as inspiring the term “private eye” to describe a private investigator or detective.

A lot of agency detective work, however, became “protective” work. With labor disputes often turning violent, several states had enacted laws to give businesses the authority to create or rent police forces.

Corporations desirous of ascertaining whether their employees are joining any secret labor organizations with a view of compelling terms from employers can [hire] a detective suitable to obtain this information.
— Pinkerton advertisement,
early 1890s

The Pinkerton agency’s first foray into strikebreaking took place at an Illinois mine in 1866, during which it provided “guards” to “protect” replacement workers. An armed force would escort scabs into a factory, plant or mine, while armed watchmen in towers would intimidate strikers.

Hundreds of strike-breaking operations were created during the 1870s, with some, such as the Baldwin-Felts Agency, openly boasting about organizer harassment and other “labor discipline services.”

One infamous “Pink” was James McParlan, who infiltrated the Molly Maguires, a secret organization of coal miners. Beginning in 1872, he was part of the “Mollies” for perhaps four years, and allegedly witnessed several incidents of terrorism in the coal fields. He later offered sensational testimony during murder trials, which ultimately led to the hanging of 10 men. Historians are divided on whether the “Mollies” were truly guilty and, if so, whether these 10 in particular were set up, possibly by McParlan. Pinkerton, no stranger to self-promotion, gave his favorable version of events in a book published in 1877: The Molly Maguires and the Detectives.

A year later, he authored Strikers, Communists and Tramps. The title is quite telling, and in the pages of the book he defended the use of his agents as strikebreakers, arguing that it was an extension of his original property-safety business and that opposition to unionism was a good way to “protect”workers.

Homestead and Other Riots

In late June 1884, Allan Pinkerton stumbled during a stroll on a sidewalk. He bit his tongue, developed gangrene, and died quickly thereafter, at age 64. His sons, Robert and William, took over the agency, whose reputation as a force against labor continued to grow. Pinkertons were alleged to have ignited the bomb that sparked Chicago’s deadly Haymarket Riot of 1886. At the very least this incident supported the notion that trouble often came on the heels of the Pinkertons. It made sense: Day-laborer “detectives” could perpetuate their own employment by inciting riots.

In the early 1890s, the iron and steel workers’ union was a strong one, with numerous contracts, including a threeyear agreement in the western Pennsylvania steel-mill town of Homestead. But even though the industry was healthy, Andrew Carnegie sought a wage reduction there. On July 1, 1892, with only a few days left under the contract, the union rejected the offer; the workers were locked out.

The Pinkertons were on their way, and they would not be welcome. “Our people as a general thing think they are a horde of cut-throats, thieves, and murderers,” Homestead’s mayor told newspapers, “and are in the employ of unscrupulous capital for the oppression of honest labor.” It was recalled how the agency had been used in nearby coal fields, in 1884 to protect Hungarians and Slavs brought in as strikebreakers, and in 1891 to protect Italian replacement workers hired to fill in for the then-striking Hungarians and Slavs.

The locked-out Homestead workers prepared to meet the Pinkertons on their own terms. A few days after the lockout began, a boatload of agents landed near the mill. A battle followed during which 10 men — including three detectives — were killed and three dozen wounded. After a 14-hour fight, the workers captured 300 agents and held them captive. A day later, the disarmed and disgraced Pinkertons were run out of town.

An angry Henry C. Frick, hired by Carnegie to run the mill with replacements, sought help from Pennsylvania’s governor. In a few days, the mill town of 12,000 was an armed camp. It stayed that way until the soldiers departed in late November, when the lockout officially ended in utter defeat: The union treasury was empty, and workers’ families were facing winter. Desperate workers went back in the mill, without a union.

Bad Publicity

Newspaper editorial writers used Homestead as an illustration of the plight of the common man, and the Pinkertons were seen as a tool of the unscrupulous corporation. The agency’s reputation never fully recovered; largely forgotten was the company’s role in the pursuit of outlaws such as Frank and Jesse James, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

By the early 20th Century, workers had achieved some governmental protections against thuggish strikebreaking practices. Union-busting tactics evolved, with the more successful anti-labor operations preparing large forces of replacement workers, sometimes skilled, and ready to travel where needed.

The Pinkerton company became mainly a security guard operation, with few public encounters with labor. Robert died in 1907, and William in 1923. Robert’s son, Allan II, a World War I veteran, led the agency until his death in 1930. The last of the line to lead the Pinkertons was Robert II, great-grandson of the founder. When he died in 1967, the private agency became a public corporation.

During the 1980s, the American Brands conglomerate acquired Pinkerton. In 1999, a European company, Securitas Group, absorbed the “brand,” and it soon had scooped up other big-name security firms. In 2003, Pinkerton, Burns, Wells Fargo, American Protective Services, First Security and others became Securitas USA.

Pinkerton Government Services, as the branch of Securitas is now known, has two divisions: Governmental Security and Homeland Security. A visitor to the company’s Web site learns about the “Private Eye” and the agency’s early days, but virtually nothing about strikebreaking.

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Go Home February 01, 2012 09:00 AM The GOP: Preaching the Prosperity Gospel By Tina Dupuy

One of the richest men in the country, ranking in the 0.006 percent of Americans, likes to accuse the President of creating an “entitlement society.” Mitt Romney, the heir apparent, next in line GOP nominee … is against entitlement.

When I hear “entitlement society” I think, “country club.” But When Mitt uses that phrase he doesn’t mean rich guys like him, given all the advantages of wealth, who are now enjoying its comforts – he means the rest of us. Yes, Mitt is against an “entitlement society” because that involves too many people and not just him and his ilk. It’s not the “entitlement” he contests – it’s the entire “society” part.

At the Monday Florida debate last week Mitt noted that under Gingrich’s tax plan Mitt would pay no taxes at all. Gingrich responded with, “Well, if that — and if you created enough jobs doing that — it was Alan Greenspan who first said the best rate, if you want to create jobs for capital gains, is zero.”

So rich people whose money makes their money (it’s literally capital gaining) are so fortunate they get to hire other people to pay taxes for them? Rich people with their alleged mythical power to create jobs even get to outsource their tax obligations to poor saps working for a living?

This is the prosperity gospel as a Super PAC-funded marketing blitz. Money is next to godliness and poverty is the fault of the poor for not being better people.

It’s as if Jesus were a CEO and the Romans job-killing communists.

“Contrary to the President’s constant disparagement of people in business,” former George W. Bush budget director Gov. Mitch Daniels said in his State of the Union response last week, “It’s one of the noblest of human pursuits.” This is one of those phrases you (usually) will only hear in business school (funnier if it was one of those rip-off for-profit colleges). Business is one of the noblest of human pursuits? Noble as in aristocratic? That phrase, “noble pursuits,” is usually applied to an avocation not paying much but rewarding in other ways: teachers; firefighters; nurses; foster parents; soldiers; community leaders; social workers; mentors; rescue workers; care givers; farmers. Or to anyone who’s honest, shows up every day and works hard. That’s a noble pursuit.

Are the wealthy really so sensitive they need Mitch Daniels to make them feel better about themselves in a spiritual sense? What they’re doing not only pays off with privilege and cash – it also has to be venerable from a moral perspective? How much reward does one group need? They own everything and they also need to be thanked?!

The rich are not just over-paid – they’re over valued. And generous welfare recipients.

As Senator Tom Coburn points out in his damning Nov. 2011 report, “Subsidies of the Rich and Famous,” we are a wealthfare state. It reads, “This reverse Robin Hood style of wealth redistribution is an intentional effort to get all Americans bought into a system where everyone appears to benefit.” In other words: We subsidize the rich by telling the poor to pay their fair share.

It’s been a strange three years under the Obama administration. First the GOP was against empathy. Yes, the party had to vehemently opposed seeing the plight of your fellow human beings because Obama was for it. Now their new hot button word? Fairness. Obama used the word fairness in his third State of the Union. And now the GOP has decided to be against fairness and celebrate inequality as being the thing that makes America great.

It’s as if Jesus were a CEO and the three wise men were shareholders.

The prosperity gospel is not America. It’s not democratic. It’s not even Christian. It’s greed warped into being a virtue by the greedy.

The rich aren’t better, they’re just richer.

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CBO projects $1.08 trillion deficit, 8.9 percent jobless rate in 2012

By Erik Wasson – 01/31/12 10:00 AM ET

The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday predicted the budget deficit will rise to $1.08 trillion in 2012.

CBO also projected the jobless rate would rise to 8.9 percent by the end of 2012, and to 9.2 percent in 2013.

These are much dimmer forecasts than in CBO’s last report in August, when the office projected a $973 billion deficit. The report reflects weaker corporate tax revenue and the extension for two months of the payroll tax holiday.

A rising deficit and unemployment rate would hamper President Obama’sreelection effort, which in recent weeks has seemed to be on stronger footing.If the CBO estimate is correct, it would mean that the United States recorded a deficit of more than $1 trillion for every year of Obama’s first term.

The deficit was $1.4 trillion in 2009, $1.3 trillion in 2010 and $1.3 trillion in 2011. The largest deficit recorded before that was $458 billion in 2008.

CBO had forecast an 8.5 percent unemployment rate for the end of 2012 in its August report. It now expects the jobless rate to be higher, and to still be at 7 percent in 2015.

The higher unemployment numbers are due to lower economic growth than previously estimated. Gross domestic product for 2011 is now estimated to have grown 1.6 percent in 2011, down from the 2.3 percent forecast in August. CBO a year ago had predicted 3.1 percent growth for 2011.

The outlook for 2012 has also worsened. GDP is forecast to grow only 2 percent this year, compared to a previous estimate of 2.7 percent.

Budget cuts from the August debt deal, and projected tax increases set to kick in when the Bush tax rates expire at the end of the year, will “restrain economic growth this year and significantly restrain growth in 2013,” according to CBO. But it says the fiscal prudence will help growth in the out years.

It is unclear whether the Bush tax cuts will be allowed to expire. Republicans want all of the tax rates to be extended, and the White House wants Bush tax rates for families with annual income below $250,000 to be extended.

Gross federal debt would rise from $14.8 trillion at the end of 2011 to $21.7 trillion under CBO’s projections.

CBO uses a “current policy” baseline that assumes the Bush-era tax rates will not be extended after 2013, however.

The deficit will be much higher if Congress takes several actions that many expect.

If the Bush tax rates are extended, for example, the deficit would rise.

It will also rise if Congress patches the Alternative Minimum Tax, which lawmakers have routinely done to prevent higher taxes from being imposed on middle class taxpayers.

It would also rise if Congress continues to pass the “doc fix” that prevents a cut to Medicare payments to doctors, something that Congress has done on a near annual basis.

Finally, if Congress does not follow through on cuts mandated by the failure of the debt supercommittee, the deficit will grow. Lawmakers are already talking about cancelling scheduled cuts to the Pentagon’s budget.

In the “alternative fiscal scenario” where these things happen the gross federal debt rises to $29.4 trillion by 2022.

Obama will release his 2013 budget request on Feb. 13. He is expected to included in it recommendations for reducing the deficit by $4 trillion over a decade and to call for the end of Bush era tax rates for the wealthy.

By the end of March, House Republicans plan to vote on their alternative budget, authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Ryan hopes to release a budget similar to his 2012 budget which reforms Medicare into a private insurance system for future retirees.

“With four straight years of trillion-dollar deficits, no credible plan to lift the crushing burden of debt, and a Senate majority that has failed to pass a budget for over 1,000 days, the president and his party’s leaders have fallen short in their duty to tackle our generation’s most pressing fiscal and economic challenges,” Ryan said in reaction to the CBO report.

This story was updated at 10:27 a.m.

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  • What great news for America!  So much for Hope and Change. Now let’s change the man in the White House. Are you be off now than three years ago, NO ! NO! NO!
  • Obama’s America. Welcome to the “Yes We Can”
  • William Dierker 1 hour ago
    I would avoid the WH press corp too if I had Obama’s record.
  • Obama shouldn’t worry. He just chatted with Diane “The OWS protestors are in 1000 countries” Sawyer. Diane gave the President such hard hitting questions like “Who do think will win the Super Bowl?” and “Do you think Newt Gingrich is a racist for calling him ‘The Food Stamp President’?” That’s Diane, always getting the information people want.No questions on Solyndra, or Fast and Furious, or his trillion dollar deficits. Those don’t seem to be a problem for Diane.

  • Goldman Sachs predicitions for 2012::: Unemployment up to 9.0%; GDP 1.8%; Gold up to $1950; Oil up to $127 Barrel……………………………………
  • DebbieSmith1956 1 hour ago
    The United States debt-to-GDP ratio has now passed the 100 percent mark, a level that many economists regard as a danger point. With looming demographic issues facing Washington, even slightly higher spending on Medicare and Medicaid over the next decades could result in primary deficits in excess of 20 percent of GDP as shown here:http://viableopposition.blogsp…

    That is the point where the debt problem will come home to roost. Unfortunately, it will be far too late to do anything about it.

  • You are 110% correct.I have been posting this senario for some time now.Progressives on this site that defend this administration’s policies either don’t understand what extremely high debt to GDP does to our country or God forbid they actually want the country to collapse.You Progressives tell me why running deficits of 1.1 to 1.4 trillion dollar deficits each year is good for the country.I can’t run deficits every year and survive,how can this country?
  • “The deficit was $1.4 trillion in 2009, $1.3 trillion in 2010 and $1.3 trillion in 2011. The largest deficit recorded before that was $458 billion in 2008.”SAYS IT ALL.  This Pres is a huge mistake.

  • How’s that Hopey, Changey stuff workin’ out for ya?
  • This past Friday, GDP was reported. For all 2011, the economy grew at 1.7 percent while our national debt grew 8 percent and we lost our AAA credit rating. If debt grows faster than output it will always eventually lead to insolvency.  As a nation, we must reign in spending.  Eventually our creditors will wise up and cut us off, at which time we will be forced to face economic realities whether we want to or not.Ron Paul is the only candidate offering spending cuts. $1 Trillion. The deficit has exploded higher to the point that issuance is outrunning foreign purchases.  A large portion of this issuance has been bought by the Federal Reserve.  The Federal Reserve has stepped in and bought trillions of dollars of US debt issued by the US Treasury or agencies of the Federal Government. In 2011, interest on the national debt was $454 billion. If interest rates were the same as they were in 1995, our interest payments on our national debt would have exceeded $1 trillion in 2011 and none of that is reducing the principle balance. That is solely interest on our nation’s debt.

    Our national debt now stands at over $15 trillion and now equals our GDP. It is increasing at 8 percent a year, far outpacing the annual growth in GDP.  Our national debt is over $2,000 for every person in the world! That is an enormous amount of debt!

    70 percent of our public debt matures within 5 years.  In my opinion, financing long-term liabilities with short-term debt is desperate and risky. If interest rates rise only a small amount, it will consume all discretionary spending.

    What are we getting for all this debt we are incurring? More wars? A safer world? Do American’s want to be the policeman of the world or nation builders? Are these American ideals?  Isn’t it folly to think America can afford these ideals? If we embrace such ideals, how can we not understand when we get labeled as being imperialistic? How can this foreign intervention not foster anti-Americanism and radicalism? Are we really more safe or less safe under such a foreign policy? Admiral Mike Mullens, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated the single biggest threat to national security is the national debt.

    Profligate government spending affects all Americans.  Whether you are Republican or Democrat, the interest paid will consume the national budget and will affect everything from not only defense spending, but also Medicare, Social Security and other government programs.

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The Media Whitewashes Jan Brewers Racist Disrespect Of President Obama

January 27, 2012

By Rmuse



Every family has dirty little secrets that are never discussed in polite company whether it’s a drug-addicted nephew, promiscuous sister-in-law, or alcoholic uncle who cannot hold a steady job. America has a dirty little secret that existed at the country’s founding and persists in 2012, and although it is exposed from time to time, Americans like to keep quiet about it out of shame and embarrassment. Our dirty little secret has been whispered about for the past four years and was exposed in a widely circulated photograph on Wednesday.

The photograph of Arizona governor Jan Brewer shaking her finger at President Obama is about more than accusing the “Obama administration of turning a blind eye to illegal immigration because migrants will help Mr. Obama register more Democratic votes.” Brewer’s actions were more than disrespect for the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth, they were outward expressions of white supremacy befitting a pre-Civil War plantation owner scolding an errant slave who forgot to empty the master’s chamber pot.

It is no secret that Brewer harbors racist views toward Americans whose skin color is anything but lily white. She promoted and proudly signed the racial profiling law that requires law enforcement to detain and question Arizona residents who appear to be illegal (not white). The not-white is equal to not-American meme began with the birther movement and continues in not-so-coded racist campaigns of the four remaining  Republican presidential hopefuls. Brewer shaking her finger at the president characterizes white supremacists‘ contention that African Americans are inferior, not like us, and certainly not real Americans. Why else would a pathetic buffoon like Brewer feel comfortable scolding the President of the United States in public and full view of photographer’s lenses? Because she feels superior to a Black man even though his office, intellect and integrity dwarfs her racist and witless mind.

The Republican presidential hopefuls’ racism shows no sign of abating and their racially charged rhetoric is finally bringing America’s dirty little secret to the public’s attention. Each candidate has, in their own calculated manner, tied President Obama to their faulty characterization that African Americans are lazy and not really Americans. Willard “Mitt” Romney’s campaign catch-phrase, “Keep America American” was lifted from KKK literature and implies that getting rid of Obama will keep America American as if the President is a foreign interloper. Romney’s cult believed Blacks were cursed until 1978 and they changed their doctrine after it became politically incorrect to portray African Americans as inferior.

Newt Gingrich called President Obama the “food stamp president” and he is running an overtly racist campaign to appeal to white supremacists that permeate the South, and as the nation is discovering, the entire country. Gingrich went so far as recommending that to teach lazy minority children the value of the white work ethic, they should clean their white classmate’s toilets. Gingrich was not only referring to African Americans because he said that Spanish is a ghetto language imputing laziness to Spanish speaking Americans. Alan Grayson, a former Democratic congressman from Florida, called Gingrich’s racist pandering the  most “overtly racist campaign I’ve seen in the country since George Wallace.” It is no coincidence that Gingrich ramped up his racist rhetoric in South Carolina where the Confederate flag still flies over the capital; his ploy propelled him to victory and front-runner status in the race for the Republican nomination. Gingrich is aware that racism sells in America.

Rick Santorum used a white supremacist theme from Birth of a Nation with its imagery of ignorant free African Americans who are an encumbrance on white America. He said, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money,” and it is a favorite theme of conservatives who characterize President Obama as stealing white Americans’ money to give to his lazy African American “bros” in return for their votes much like Brewer’s accusation against President Obama. Santorum’s racially charged comments are in stark contrast to his alleged Christianity that teaches love for all humanity and charity for those in need; unless they are African Americans.

The laundry list of racism and white supremacy is growing every day, and the mainstream media is keeping America’s dirty little secret under wraps. But all that changed when Brewer stuck her vile little finger in President Obama’s face as if she was scolding a disobedient slave, or an uppity Negro who has the audacity to wear a suit and sit in the Oval Office. Conservatives celebrated Brewer’s disrespect for the President because she “put the black man in his place” but they are ignoring one critical point. The Republican drive toward apartheid will backfire as the country’s population becomes “darker” and one can only imagine the rage among African Americans at the sight of a lying white supremacist shaking her finger at the first African American President who has more integrity and intelligence than ten-thousand Jan Brewers.

America can only prosper when all citizens are valued equally regardless of race. It is telling that besides the media’s reluctance to assail GOP racism, Christians espousing brotherly love are also silent. It makes sense though, because although not all Christians are Republicans, nearly all Republicans are Christians and during this campaign, racist Christian Republicans are finding success pandering to white supremacists and racist voters.

America’s dirty little secret cannot be kept quiet any longer despite the media’s best efforts to protect the GOP. They kept the secret under wraps during the 2008 general election and they are on par to repeat their hush-up of GOP racism in 2012. However, Republican presidential hopefuls brought race into the election and now, a cretin from Arizona displayed white supremacy toward the President in one photograph and although Jan Brewer is a useless dolt, she did America a favor by revealing the dirty secret that racism and white supremacy is the purview of the Republican Party. Just don’t expect any show of gratitude from decent Americans; regardless of their race.


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25 Responses to The Media Whitewashes Jan Brewer’s Racist Disrespect Of President Obama

  • Reynardine on January 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

    The “dark triad” (malignant narcissist, psychopath, and Machiavellian) types take advantage of both their victims’ and the average observer’s tendency to give the benefit of the doubt, to not attribute a malign motive where a benign or at least a neutral one will do. The reports I’ve seen on this seem to suggest she is simply a screechy old lady (a stereotype in itself). But of course, she’s a bigot. Most of us know that already.


  • Jolene on January 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

    And the state of Georgia is attempting to keep President Obama off the ballot this November, according to Rachel Maddow on her show last night. Some Georgian judge even ordered the President to show up in his courtroom to testify! Why? Because those racist a-holes are still claiming that Obama wasn’t born in the US and therefore isn’t qualified to run for POTUS. That long drawn-out scream of despair you hear is me crying for our country.


    • SinghX on January 27, 2012 at 11:52 am

      A judge already threw out the same lunatics once before for bring false suit over Obama’s citizenship; they were fined 20K for their misconduct. I hope this time there is jail time and the fine triples….


  • Anne on January 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Brewer is trying to spin this incident in a way that shows the president as the aggressor. She is saying she felt “threatened” by him. Then, there are the Obama haters who are reflexively backing Brewer and saying she has more “balls” than the president. Of course, that speaks volumes only about her and those who back her. It is yet another example of a Republican racist who simply cannot accept the fact that she is a subordinate to a black man. I’m sure it sticks in her craw just like it does of people like Limbaugh, Beck, and Palin, along with the do-nothing GOP members of Congress, as well as the contenders for the GOP nomination. They are showing the world unmistakably that this country has come a long way, but still has a long way to go in confronting the harsh realities of racism in this country.


  • robyn ryan on January 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Let’s not forget that Gov. Brewer’s own party believes that she is too stupid, amoral or degenerate to have control of her own body.

    In this instance, they may be right. At least about the mouth part.


    • kimbutgar on January 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      All my in-laws in Arizona think she is a dummy and are ashamed she was elected Governor.


  • Dan on January 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I’m not gonna say Jan Brewer is a racist. At least not from what I see in the photo. What I do see, is a very unprofessional Brewer shaking her finger at the leader of the free world. First of all, I can’t see how hinge would have escalated to that point, that quickly, unless she was planning it. Everyone knows of The Presidents even temper. In fact the GOP is constantly calling him a pantywaist because of it. He lost his cool on the Tarmac? Really? No she was showboating for her lunatic constituents. This will go a long way towards her re election and she knows it.


    • Donna Kuykendall Stebbins on January 27, 2012 at 11:35 am

      She IS a racist. Everything she has done as Governor Of Arizona SHOWS she a racist puppet of our RECALLED ex-Senator Pearce and our lowlife Sheriff Joe.


    • Filthy Pazuzu on January 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      It’s obvious that Jan Brewer is unprofessional, and I have no doubt she knew what she was gonna do before she even met Obama.

      But it’s also obvious the only reason her dim little mind thought it acceptable to do that to her president is because she’s a vile, narcissistic white supremacist and Obama is black.

      I bet she wouldn’t do that to the white president of her bank, the white president of her country club, or the white chairman of her state’s Republican party.


    • Reynardine on January 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      She is peddling her lousy book to a racist audience. Directly she had handed the President her “private” letter to the President, she released it to the press. And although she cannot seriously think she is a lily fair maid standing up to a ravening black male, that’s the image she’s trying to create (lotsa luck).


  • Shiva on January 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I hate to say it but the Democrats need to use the Republicans overt Racism in 2012. For those who don’t know the code words, it’s going to have to be made plain to everyone. The 2012 field of GOP candidates for the nomination for president are perhaps the worst that has ever been presented. Gov. Brewer is just the tip of the iceberg. While many conservatives make it a warm wet feeling down their leg when they see her shaking her finger, far more Americans see it differently. Arizona needs to look deep within itself


  • SinghX on January 27, 2012 at 11:49 am

    “…Why else would a pathetic buffoon like Brewer feel comfortable scolding the President of the United States in public and full view of photographer’s lenses?…”

    Because she’s out of her league, that’s why! This is a woman suited to run a local dry cleaning business or a mail box store…

    She’s completely and utterly flaying in shallow water now that Pierce isn’t telling her what to do, Arapio is tied up in legal purgatory, her closes aides are in being investigated for private prison fraud/conflict of interest and AZ Dems are finally smelling blood in the water (both Kyle and McCain are on their last terms; neither one will run again).

    Plus, AZ has early ballot by mail they can’t “jimmy”. The Dems did a great job registering minorities and low-income voters in the last elections. The problem was the Christian fundamentalist/Mormon Latino churches ministry put “fear” into the immigrant population, lying about law enforcement intimidation if they even voted! I digress…

    Brewer is a clown in the clown car; there is no love in the room for her as she is seen as incompetent as well as just plain stupid, like Palin.


  • Deborah Montesano on January 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I agree with both Dan and SinghX that Brewer is in over her head. I view this particular encounter more as a product of her ignorance and out-sized sense of herself than as an indication of her racism–though I’m quite cognizant of the racism that she and other Arizona officials do display. (See “Arizona At 100: Ditch the Celebration, Looking at it with an optimistic eye, the NY Times reports today that the encounter may boomerang against the Republicans in the election and help deliver Arizona to Obama.


  • RANDALL LEHMANN on January 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm



  • Jane on January 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    If you can’t see it, imagine if a black female gov had done this to George w bush.

    I rest my case.


  • Tillie Hoffecker on January 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I know and talk politics with plenty of Republicans. Whenever I get up enough nerve to ask them if their dislike of the president has anything to do with the fact that he’s black…well, methinks they do protest too much. Some of them even hit me with this: “Well, he’s not really black.” I’d say about 90 percent of them are lying when they say it has nothing to do with it. They go on to tell me exactly why it is they dislike him and nine times out of ten it’s based on some lie that Aunt Ethel sent them in an email. It’s my absolute belief that 90% of those who dislike the president do so primarily because of the color of his skin.

    Conversely, I know a handful of Democrats who quit the party when Obama was elected president. It’s rather amusing to listen to them stammer out their reasons for doing so — but I know the real reason.

    You know how the Republicans like to bitch about how the Democrats “rammed” health care through Congress before the newly-elected Republicans took office? I think it’s sort of like that — they want to get as many laws and regulations that favor us white folks on the books before us white folks become a minority.


  • Paul on January 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I agree that Brewer was out of line and was showboating to sell her book.

    I have wondered and want to see if you all agree… the Republican attacks on Obama using a telepromter is also race based. Their way of saying he’s not smart enough to talk without help.

    Am I alone on this one?


    • Jolene on January 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Of course that’s what they mean! Obama haters try to denigrate him in every way they can, and claiming he can’t speak without a teleprompter is an attempt to deny his obvious intelligence. The haters just can’t stand it! Hope his re-election this year makes their blood pressures rise to dangerous levels.


  • galactus6x on January 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Well said Tillie, I and others realized that the desperate Anglos were going to do as much as they an while they have power to keep us down with as many laws and schemes as possible. Their problem is we have been paying attention and their political days are numbered and their demographic days are too. They better hope we treat them better than they have treated us.


  • C.L. on January 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    The amusing aspect to this whole story is that witnesses to the exchange between the President and Brewer said that PO was his usual calm, courteous self. Talking Points Memo has the quotes from these witnesses (the mayors of Phoenix and Mesa):

    I suspect that Brewer was either opportunistically trying to drum up more publicity for her poor-selling book or she was under the influence (or both).

    She’s another one that Palin endorsed, by the way. Big surprise…


  • 1voice1vote on January 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Way to be a role model, racist Republican Governor Jan Brewer (AZ).

    Kids; this is what we call deplorable and depraved conduct. It is not how we behave at school. We do not aggressively waggle our fingers in another person’s face and then cry wolf. We use our nice manners. This will be on the test.


  • sonja on January 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    My husband is Mexican American born and raised here in America as well as his father and grandfather. A few yrs back he was pulled over for profiling. As a result it cost us impound fees and court costs and he was not found guilty of anything! I myself am kind of sheltered have lived most of my life thinking things r shiny n pretty. However over the yrs I have come to c the not so pretty side of society. I have learned a great deal of things about our great country. Not make me ashamed to say I am American. America is a melting pot of all nationalities. We should grow as a nation n recognize this and embrace those around us. Racism in America is just about the most ridiculous thing since the fact is we r one nation one race and that is American!


  • D. L. MacKenzie on January 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I’ve lived in Arizona for 45 years, and I have followed Jan Brewer quite closely over her career. She is unquestionably the stupidest creature to hold the office, and in a state that elected the ponderously stupid Evan Mecham, that’s saying a lot. She definitely attracts racists, but I can’t go as far as to say she is definitely racist. After all, illegal immigration is down and deportations are up under Obama. That she didn’t give the President a big hug would appear to provide more evidence that she’s an ignoramus rather than racist.


  • Mechille on January 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I think that she should have been arrested for pointing her fingers if this had been any other president they would have invented a law so her behind could go to jail. But wait she wouldn’t have done that to another now would she… Ignorant behind.


  • nogravity on January 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Maybe she was just loaded. Apparently her nickname in AZ is Otis, named after the Mayberry town drunk.


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