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Today's Populist Rant

As usual, about the only positive information a populist can relate to is a few new high tech gadgets. You can now access the Internet and ‘tweet’ through your cars dashboard. Other than that, all the information I’ve perused today qualifies as a criminal offense.

The taxpayers bailed out Fannie and Freddie , major players in the housing bubble, to the tune of over $100 billion. On Xmas eve the Treasury approved $42m in cash bonuses for Fannie and Freddie exec’s. , while the administration is putting the squelch on specific private corporation bonuses.

Gas prices are over $3.00/gal in Alaska, Calif. and Hawaii. Just what Calif. needs with a $26B dollar debt hanging over them. So far as I know there has been no change to regulations applicable to hedgefund commodities trading. Sky’s the limit in leveraging.

A year long, 8M dollar commission to determine what caused the financial crisis is underway. How precious. Isn’t this something we knew before the crisis? Maybe this dough would be better spent trying towards averting the next looming crisis.

I’ve noticed that the administration, having done their dirty work for the left in healthcare and cap and trade is moving their agenda toward the center. But, why then, would they bring up an immigration bill? It’s clear the Corpocracy is winning the immigration battle by doing nothing. The Corpocracy can drag their feet on a fence for a few more years while incrementally working the immigrants to citizenship and getting them on the welfare rolls. Incidentally, Lou Dobbs is a pinhead, IMO, for electing to not return illegals to their home country. O’Reilly is a patriot for taking an opposing position. Only reason I can figure why the Corpocracy is willing to expend more political capital on the immigrant population at this time is to enhance their position with the immigrant voter come 2010-12.

In every case, HC, cap & trade, and immigration, the Corpocracy is going it on their own. Each entity represents an attempt at major legislation that the majority of voters have spurned. Amazingly arrogant of the Corpocracy to abuse the voters thusly. I believe that if the Corpocracy tries to ram immigration through vis a vis HC, that will be the point at which a 3rd party gets some traction.

Posted by Roy Ellis at January 8, 2010 10:21 PM
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Maybe it’s the cold wx. In Md. the state is rescuing a half hundred of so brown pelicans that are apparently too young to know to fly south for the winter.
Well, what about Reid privately stating, prior to the last election, that Obama might win as he is a light black and speaks good english? I wouldn’t bother to respond to that and hope you don’t either. But, it is now more likely that Reid will lose his bid for re-election. I will miss him as he is such a good target for my populist rants.
I watched some of the cspan interview with Michelle Malkin, author of ‘Corruption (something)” this afternoon. Says she gets around 130k hits on her site, She writes good long articles but the bloggers appear to be hardcore ideologs of the left and right with little to say other than cute, cutting remarks about the other side. Hyper-juiced rhetoric that goes nowhere and adds little to the political debate, IMO. She seems to be working to bring the TEA partiers into the Republican camp. IMO, if Michael Steele gets the heave ho the Repubs will go for a ‘Hannity’ shoot from the mouth and take no prisoners type, thus scaring the TEA baggers into a 3rd party.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at January 9, 2010 5:31 PM
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The administration did its dirty work for the left re. the health care bill? Unfortunately they did not. The left has favored single payer forever. The proposal is decidedly NOT single payer. Its a very moderate approach. For example,most people,even many conservatives, think we need to get rid of pre-existing condition exclusions and pricing.How to do that? The solution is community pricing. People in X area cost Y to pay for medical care. To keep Y down to reflect actual cost,it is necessary for everyone in X to contribute to coverage,even the FOR NOW, healthy ones. If not people will game the system. Only buying coverage after they are sick. Got it so far? OK,what about people that just cannot afford coverage they are forced to purchase? They need to be subsidized not only because it is the right thing to do but because,unless they are,we cannot get rid of pre-existing condition exclusions.people to not be able to afford insuranceing condition exclusions and sooner or later they will get sick,driving up cost for everyone and causing more people to lose their insurrance etc. This is a complicated ,but well thought out,MODERATE,proposal. Far more so than any other western democracy’s.
Likewise,cap and trade is a MODERATE proposal. It avoids a carbon tax.It avoids oil tariffing. It avoids nationalization of oil companies etc.
This is the most damned MODERATE administration we have had for a long time.

You are correct that any immigration reform is a non-starter at least until after the mid-terms and indeed the corpocracy must be loving it. The issue is too easily demegoged.

BTW Only American citizens are allowed to vote in US elections.

Posted by: bills at January 10, 2010 6:25 AM
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Let’s try a reality check Bills. Last year the Corpocracy spent $3.3B trying to sway the opinions of some 535 Congresspersons. The US taxpayer is currently paying 2-3x more than foreigners are paying. I’m hearing costs for the new HC bill will be an additional $2-3B. As Glen Beck would say ‘case closed’. But, since I ain’t Beck, let’s postulate and wallow further in the tautology of it all. Aren’t we being globalized so that we may compete with the cheap labor markets? If so, why would I want to be paying more when the government is working to knock the props out from my wages? Why would I want to take on the mantle of the world’s socialized forms of HC? If people are not able to afford HC then should we not be working to raise their living standard so they would be able to pay as opposed to putting them on the taxpayer dole? I’m hearing that only about half of the working stiffs pay income tax. Must mean that the other half is receiving some kind of government assistance. I’d rather train them up and put them to work so they can be proud, independent and pay their own way, the (old) American way.
On illegals voting, I would ask if you believe the NAU was/is real? Do you believe there is a law against illegals tramping back and forth across our borders? One url here as to how illegal voting might happen.
Otherwise, we have the Corpocracy we deserve.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at January 10, 2010 2:06 PM
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Thanks to the Corpocracy we get to put up with ‘wonder what you are eating and drinking today’ for the next 100 years or so.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barred from using lead in children’s jewelry because of its toxicity, some Chinese manufacturers have been substituting the more dangerous heavy metal cadmium in sparkling charm bracelets and shiny pendants being sold throughout the United States, an Associated Press investigation shows.
The most contaminated piece analyzed in lab testing performed for the AP contained a startling 91 percent cadmium by weight. The cadmium content of other contaminated trinkets, all purchased at national and regional chains or franchises, tested at 89 percent, 86 percent and 84 percent by weight. The testing also showed that some items easily shed the heavy metal, raising additional concerns about the levels of exposure to children.
Cadmium is a known carcinogen. Like lead, it can hinder brain development in the very young, according to recent research.
Children don’t have to swallow an item to be exposed — they can get persistent, low-level doses by regularly sucking or biting jewelry with a high cadmium content.
To gauge cadmium’s prevalence in children’s jewelry, the AP organized lab testing of 103 items bought in New York, Ohio, Texas and California. All but one were purchased in November or December.
The results: 12 percent of the pieces of jewelry contained at least 10 percent cadmium.
Some of the most troubling test results were for bracelet charms sold at Walmart, at the jewelry chain Claire’s and at a dollar store. High amounts of cadmium also were detected in “The Princess and The Frog” movie-themed pendants.’
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About half the states are nearing bankruptcy, in large part due to federal gov’t mandates on state managed programs. All are watching Calif. as a test case as to whether the feds will bail Calif. out of their $26B shortfall. IMO, all are failed states and guilty of violating the 10th amendment on state’s rights. I’m not big on bailing out Calif as they continue to refuse to deport illegal immigrants and are providing them free education. What God fearing populist would want to be socialized?
I suspect that if the fed did ‘invest’ in Calif. they would end up trying to sell it to some Asian or Pacific rim entity. They have tried to sell our seaports, are leasing our federal Interstates for 75 years at a whack, etc. I don’t doubt, if the fed can get control of all US waters, they will sign the middle east up for water rights soonest. Water for oil does sound like a good deal. If a foreigner has assets of $1M they are eligible for US citizenship. Strange that someone would want to buy citizenship when you can just truddle across the border and proclaim yourself. Another sales gimmick is that for $500k invested in a ‘regional center’, like the downside of DC, the investor will be granted legal permanent residence along with their spouse and children.
Boring, this tautology. I’m ready for reform at the point of a 3rd party with a different political attitude. Accountability, oversight and all that …
Otherwise, we have the Corpocracy we deserve.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at January 10, 2010 5:34 PM
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The mythe that decisive numbers of non-citizens vote in US elections is pure propaganda. Its just the far rights way of complainning that people that aren’t even white are allowed to vote anyway,dad gum it. I am not surprised the decision you sited happened in Georgia,a state with a history of suppressing voting rights.
The HC plan being proposed is not “socialized”. Niether is the the single payer plan prefered by the left,for that matter. There some countries that do have socialized system. That means that the facility and providers are a part of the government directly. That is NOT what is being proposed.
Can’t disagree with you that corporations have far to much power. Nothing new about that. Check out the history of the railroad monopolies some time. Its hauntingly similar.

Posted by: bills at January 11, 2010 7:26 AM
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Roy this is a quick reference for you as a grandmother knowing of something as toxic as cadmium is in kids toys at such levels is horrifying. You’ll find the info here interesting if you are not already aware.

BTW how about the Tim Giethner? hmmm just love crooks in office.

Posted by: Kathryn at January 11, 2010 9:40 AM
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Kathryn your link takes us to not to any info about cadmium.

Posted by: j2t2 at January 11, 2010 11:56 AM
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Need to step back from political correctness and the Republic Sentry Party for this one. People are asking what can we do about the failures we are seeing all around us. Healthcare, education, social dysfunction, crime, etc. Most seem to want more cops, more prisons, more government control. Wrong, IMO. A shortsighted, short term approach which will deliver us into the hands of the Corpocracy, democracy, socialism then anarchy, lock, stock and barrel. Plz don’t ask what lock, stock, and barrel really means.
IMO, our entire social fabric has become unknitted ?? Rampant gang warfare, children perpetrating violence upon other children and adults, a failed education system where, in some areas, the graduation rate is near 50%. Higher education comes with no moral or ethical code other than make as much money as you can however you can. What has happened?
IMO, the church has been pushed out of the public square. There are rumblings of late about hate speech law being used against religious leaders. While one case in point doesn’t prove me right it can exemplify the problematic causality. If we look at the background of the parents of the three boys who set the fourth youth on fire recently, I think you would find that none were ever involved in a church or religious environment. I can recall, before government took over our schools, that each Wed. morning religious leaders from different denominations would assemble the students in the auditorium for half an hour or so and put the fear of God into us. I do believe that’s why soaping a few windows on Halloween night was about as bad I ever wanted to be. But, government did take over the schools and out the door went the preachers.
Is religion the ultimate answer? No, of course not. We also need some enlightened self interest. For example: I don’t know a thing about Haiti but I would suggest that for Port a Prince to go from a population of approx 250k ten years ago to approx 2.5M today the Catholic religion is highly involved. As I understand the Catholic religion doesn’t promote birth control. Nor does that religion promote the law of the land when it comes to illegal immigration. Put your self enlightenment to work on that one.
IMO, self enlightenment doesn’t come from blindly following a particular religion or a particular political party. I recently posted on the next thread down about Thomas Jefferson and the Decla or Indep. Where our rights are granted by the Creator, not the government. And, how FDR tried to pass a second bill of rights giving us a right to housing, education, and jobs. For some reason that post has disappeared??!!
Otherwise, I suggest we dig down on our self enlightenment as to whether we want the government in control of every facet of our lives. Over my cold dead body! Did Sarah Palin say that?
Otherwise, we have the Corpocracy we deserve.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at January 13, 2010 2:46 PM
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” People are asking what can we do about the failures we are seeing all around us. Healthcare, education, social dysfunction, crime, etc.”

Well Roy it seems that at least one sitting Congressman has a solution.

Posted by: j2t2 at January 14, 2010 8:44 PM
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j2t2, Grayson must be a thorn in the side to the Dem’s. For sure he will have to use his own funds for his next election. A gimmick we all know will go no where but, entertaining on the subject.
IMO, abolishing Corporate Personhood and Money is Free Speech would take an effort bordering on a real revolution or insurrection. That’s how hard the oligarchy would fight to protect their welfare.
But, I sincerely believe it can be done. Will take a 3rd party with a different political attitude, laws to prevent the party from being co-opted by the oligarchy/Corpcracy. A party that can/would put accountability into the political equation and authorize members to act in an oversight role for their members who become elected/appointed to government positions.
On gaining enough in Congress the first effort would be to abolish Corporate Personhood and Money is Free Speech, Second effort would be to implement campaign finance reform where all donations go thru the IRS. The IRS dispurses to the FEC, cutting the audit trail and the FEC dispurses to the viable politicial parties. Donate outside the IRS and you would suffer a big fine. How would that work for you?

Otherwise, we have the Corpocracy we deserve.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at January 15, 2010 9:07 PM
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