We have been mired in a financial disaster for years. Opinions fly back and forth about who is to blame. It seems overwhelmingly complicated to explain the cause of this mess. The average person simply throws up his/her hands and gropes around for political cover so blame can be rendered. There is a place to find a complete and understandable explanation that gives facts, visuals, interviews, historical backdrop, proof, facts, honest statistics, etc.
Every American should view the documentary film "Inside Job" that won the Academy Award for Documentaries, and received international accolades for accuracy and film-making. It is an extraordinary film. It is loaded with factual informtion and gives the complicated subject-matter clear and understandable coverage. All the names are there in interviews and facts...George W. Bush, Paulsen, Ronald Reagan, Volcker, Clinton, Greenspan, and all the CEOs, Treasury Secretaries, financial "wizards," presidential advisers, Wall Street insiders, financial traders, bankers, and many among them who are out-and-out crooks.
As a political scientist, there is nothing I find more interesting than presidential politics. And in the subject of presidential politics, there is the continued fascination of the presidential election. Even though each presidential election is historic in nature, what a person has to do to become president becomes more and more questionable. What we do to our candidates is even more disturbing. Especially if you're the opposition.
As one may have gathered, I am not enthusiastic about reelecting President Barrack Obama. Ad his policies are wrong for America. The amount of money spent by the US government during his administration is alarming but what makes it even more outrages is the lack of results produced. Obama assumed the presidency with full knowledge that the country was in a financial crisis. Yet he continually shows that he is in over his head when it comes to the way the solution has been approached. The president has continued to make excuses for the lack of results. It was the Republicans, the tsunami, an earthquake, a snowstorm, the Arab spring, an early fall, the list goes on. He has forgotten one thing-leaders become great leaders by overcoming their obstacles. We don't get great leaders with great excuses.
I've looked at politics from both sides now/From up and down and still somehow/It's political illusions I recall/I really don't know politics at all.
With that old song refrain, I plead my case.
Can you imagine what would have happened if the sexual harrassment charges were leveled against Cain if he were a liberal or a Democrat! The press destroyed several past Democrats who were running for president or lesser offices. It is truly amazing how restrained the media has been about the current charges about Cain. He has not only lied, he has had selective memory lapses. I have no intention to lambast Cain. I wish him well.
I would suggest that while you ruminate and ponder all the negative thoughts you have about JFK and past Democrats, you may want to do a little historical study about the most two-faced candidate for president in the 20th century: Ronald Reagan. He cheated on his first wife. He had a reputation as quite a stud among women, single or married. He was a Democrat going nowhere, so he switched to the Republican Party and voila!, a political career in waiting. He had fought for labor unions and then fought against them [he was the head of a large union himself].. Many of the issues that Republicans and conservatives fought against were a part of Reagan's life before becoming a Republican. Check out any search engine to find stories about Ronald Reagan's dual life and amazing switch in basic "beliefs." His own children were repulsed by his phony persona. Go to any search engine.
Nothing in moderation. But, will we ever get what we want? In Wisconsin, like the rest of the nation, we want better times. We want more economic opportunity. We want better results. We want a better economy. We want sunnier days. Is it too much to ask?
The past few years, we are being led to believe that government is the solution to all of our problems. If we only had more services! We could feed the poor, we could heal the sick, we could educate the children. If we only had lower taxes! We could keep more of our own money. We could spend more to stimulate the economy in our own way. We could save for our retirement. If we only had higher taxes! We would have better schools. The bridges could be replaced. The elderly could have a better retirement. We could have more and better teachers. We would be safer because of more policemen.
We don't seem to know what we want as a society. We thought we wanted one thing. We went to the polls and elected some people to take office for various positions. Now that they are there, they didn't do everything we expected them to do, so now it's time to kick them out. Next time, if we don't get better results, we'll throw those rascals out too.
Let's try to be honest and objective about the way the media covers presidents and presidential candidates. How many times have you had Marilyn Monroe and JFK shoved in your face? No matter what political subject comes up and argued between Democrats and Republicans, inevitably when cornered, the conservatives bring up Bill Clinton. The Clinton reference is not only about Monica, it always has a sinister and sweeping hint about the low morals of liberals. John Edwards' career and personal life were destroyed by "revelations." He deserved judgment. But how come.....?
We never hear or see anything about Dwight D. Eisenhower and his on-going adultery? It is true. It has been carefully proven. But that's the end of it. Don't touch DDE! For me, personally, I think it is just as well that we leave Ike alone. The difference in treatment between leading political candidates of the left and right is noticeably different. Conservatives are treated......well, treated more conservatively.
The Friends of the Brown Deer Library presents it annual auction!
Thursday November 10th, 2011
beginning at 6:30 PM (with a preview at 6:00 PM)
A wide variety of Americans serve their nation loyally and with valor. This is one such group...
Not many people know that there are conscientious objectors serving in the most dangerous military zones of Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. And there have been for wars throughout our history. There are Quakers, for example, who tend to wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Many of them spend their entire young lives serving in this way.
Jihad can be translated to mean "struggle" or "inner struggle." Mein Kampf, Hitler's book, means "My Struggle." More about U.S. taxes later.
What did the Jews, gypsies, and gays have to do with Adolf Hitler having to struggle? And Hitler had a pretty darn good life, much of his success on the backs of the lives of Jews, gypsies, and gays; with the help of Henry Ford, du Pont, American bankers, and German war corporations.
What is happening with the occupying wall street protests? Recent reports have shown that municipalities across the country are interested in clearing the streets and parks of all the youngsters who started out by exercising their First Amendment rights.
It started out so ideologically. They were protesting the lopsidedness and inequality of the pay scales in the United States. Not having jobs, they were making far less and corporate executives. And they wanted that changed. They wanted their student loans forgiven. They wanted donations from working people so they could camp out in taxpayer-funded parks.
Join us tonight at 7:00 PM for our next Adult Book Club!
We will be discussing The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.
Ok, so Newt Gingirch criticized Freddie Mac and while doing so took $1.6 million from them for the "help" he gave them...no matter that they went under from his advice. Gingrich has a way with double-dealing. And now that he has been caught with his hand grabbing every buck he could from that failed "bank," he announces that Congressman Barney Frank should go to prison for supporting the same institution that Newt advised. The difference between Newt and Barney is that Newt got lots of money for services rendered, and he has yet to prove that Frank did anything wrong, let alone why he should go to prison. Good ole Newt.
No matter, leaving Congress and becoming a lobbyist or "adviser" is nothing new. Past Congressional leaders have used their taxpayer-funded experience to become rich. With Newt, there is more, and his history of unsavory actions is vomit-inducing.
It isn't enough that the corporations that profit most from wars pay off politicians to get what they want. They resort to slave labor as well. Do you know that prison inmates in the U.S. do work for these war corporations? Yep, those companies that get the multi-billion-dollar "contracts" for producing military equipmnt do some of it by having people in our prisons do their labor.
In the case of a corporation like Halliburton, they didn't even need a contract, they got no-bid billions from the actions by the Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney. Imagine here in the USA, incarcerated slaves. This is what the right means when it talks about free enterprise. Slave capitalism. What an idea!
Tuesday November 22nd 5:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Join us for a screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Pt 2”!
Think you know everything about Harry Potter? We will have a trivia contest before the film begins at 5:30 PM. There will be prizes!
Light refreshments will be served!
2 hours 10 minutes
It's official. The United States government and its elected officials are not going to do anything about the long-term debt. It's going to continue to grow, and it doesn't seem to be a large concern for anyone anymore. If it ever was.
The so-called super committee was supposed to be a bipartisan approach to the nations deficit and debt problem. I was equally weighted with Democrats and Republicans. The appointments to the committee were chosen based on the most ideological people that each party could find. They went to the committee under the guise that they would compromise but everybody held their ground. And nothing got accomplished.
Following the victory in World War II, the U.S. was rightly proud of what "the greatest generation" had done. So for more than 15 years or so following that war, the new contraption called TV and the Hollywood formula movies showed America as a breeding ground for glorious and always-good Americans. Our American heroic figures, as portrayed, were forever winning the battle of good over evil. It was nice and comfortable to play on World War II heroism, and present a world in which it was easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Psst: we were the good guys.
The good guys, when faced with problems in which good was pitted against evil, and good was given the harder task, were people like John Wayne, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, James Arness, The Rifleman, Batman, Superman, and Roy Rogers. How could anyone dispute that the United States was where the good guys resided, and in the U.S. it was good that always conquered evil? We were working together as a united people who had used this same unity of purpose to overcome the Great Depression and World War II.