Saturday, December 13, 2014

May God Save America!

Only a week ago, in an article named Democrats lost—who cares? I had written:

“President Barack Obama’s shellacking is now complete with the 2014 mid-term election. His party is minority in both the House and the Senate, and he will have encouragement to carry on his disguised rightwing conservative agendas without any apology.”

When it became clear last week that because of the eleventh hour addition of the two riders, the budget bill could not pass without Democrat votes, President Obama sprang into action. The two riders were—one on campaign contribution limits, and the other on weakening of Dodd-Frank Act, to insure that derivative trading on Wall Street can flourish. Obama sent his Knights from his White House to threaten and cajole enough Democrats to rescue his arch enemy John Boehner from a stringing failure, over the vociferous opposition of House minority leader Nancy Pelosi.

Hail President Obama, the Protector of the Mighty and the Destroyer of the Meek!

Yet, there is no scarcity of Obama defenders among the liberals!

American politics is a total circus! People still dance to the tunes of Hillary Clinton, another Corporate Shill. And some have found a new savior in the name of Elizabeth Warren—a politician who cannot speak without a prepared speech, and runs away from all controversial issues, showing lack of conviction and moral compass.

People, consider this. In 2002, Georgia Democratic Senator Max Cleland, the disabled Vietnam veteran who lost one arm and both legs in a battle was running against Republican Saxby Chambliss with 22 points lead. The wily Chambliss ran television advertisements picturing people resembling Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, and criticized Mr. Cleland as opposing homeland security. On the Election Day Chambliss won 53% – 46%. That day proved Democracy could not work in a large populace where truth could be distorted with money, and that was long before the Supreme Court verdict of Citizen United.

Democracy can only work where people know their candidates personally, such as in local elections, however, there is such a great apathy that even in those levels it has become anathema.

May God Save America!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Democrats Lost—Who Cares?

I admit. I no longer am an optimist that I have been life-long and have lost faith in this nation’s immediate future. Unless reform happens soon, our children will not have a better life than what we did, and the prosperous America of the fifties and the sixties is dead—long live America!

President Barack Obama’s shellacking is now complete with the 2014 mid-term election. His party is minority in both the House and the Senate, and he will have encouragement to carry on his disguised rightwing conservative agendas without any apology.

As a bleeding heart liberal I have no sadness that the Democrats lost, for it makes hardly any difference to the agenda of the Military Industrial Complex, of which a Republican President had warned us once. The Democrats—especially their power centers have abandoned the labor and the common people a long time ago. They too have become dependent on the largesse of Corporate America to fill their coffer. A lone Elizabeth Warren does not revolution bring. Today’s Democrats are deeply entrenched with the plutocrats, and they only do the bidding of their Masters; the difference is that they talk the talk, showing empathy for the poor, while the Republicans don’t even pretend.

If Reagan revolution began the wealth transfer from the middle class and the poor to the super riches, Bill Clinton strengthened that mechanism with creation of business treaties such as NAFTA, enactment of media consolidation with Telecommunication Act, and repeal of Glass-Steagall Act. Since Reagan, both the Democrats and the Republicans have served the same Master; their elaborate exhibition of intense rivalry is mere drama to hoodwink American people.

Elections are won with money and not merit. There are no substantial policy debates to differentiate a candidate, which is why we see so much negative personal attacks and unsubstantiated lies and counter lies during every election cycle. Over four billion dollars were spent in the last election. From the first day a candidate takes office s/he has to start thinking of how to raise money for the next election, and who has more to donate to election funds than the billionaires and the Wall Street crooks? But they donate millions only to steal back billions, influencing politicians to create tax loopholes and other preferential laws such as subsidy and license to pollute.

This president took away freedom of the people by suspending habeas corpus, the last vestige of an ordinary person’s right, and the liberals raised no voice as the president is supposedly one of them—what a shame! Ferguson lead to New York and the American justice system failed to deliver once again, and the incidents were swept away under the racial rug. The truth is, under the guise of ‘war against terror’ the ruling class has institutionalized police brutality to nip in the bud slightest show of rebellion to continue their financial exploits, shifting the tax burden from the rich to the poor, and dismantling all safety nets one after another. In the meanwhile people remains divided, fractionalized with petty issues.

Case in point of media deception: Before the midterm election CNN continued 24 hour Ebola coverage creating fear in people and shifting blame on the president for his inactivity, while in reality no action was needed. They promptly dropped the coverage after the election.

Fortunately, the majority of the ordinary Americans are not racial. Look at the protesters in Chicago, New York and Ferguson—great numbers of them are white Americans protesting black deaths. And don’t forget it was the white Americans who elected a black president.

This is the only bright spot among the overall gloom, the people and their resilience, and this keeps me believing in the spirit of this nation. This natural sense of justice of the American people tells me that this nation is not done with. If we don’t bring the reforms to make it a just society, our children will.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Former VP Flips Burger

I talk to my acquaintances, friends, and colleagues at work places, mostly people with low six figure salaries, overwhelmingly Republican supporters, going in their everyday lives in a slapdash fashion, blaming welfare queens for all the ills that embrace this country while banksters and crooks of the Wall Street goes on nonchalantly scheming and defrauding ordinary taxpayers. I pray to God, “Have mercy on these ignorant people they know not what they are saying.”

Tom Palome’s story seems far-fetched and one of a kind, but it is going to be more common place in the future when the impending economic doom wipes out a large segment of American middle class. As a vice president of marketing for Oral-B, Tom Palome once earned in low six-figures and flew first class on business trips to Europe. Today, at 77 Tom shuffles two part-time jobs, one as a food demonstrator at Sam’s Club for $10-an-hour and the other flipping burgers at a golf club grill for a little more than the minimum wage.

Palome worked hard his entire career but saved little because he had to maintain his lifestyle competing with the Jones, on top his savings of $90,000 took a big hit in 2008 financial crisis, and now must work to survive. Gone are the days of pension, cities after cities are raiding pension funds giving dime to the dollars to the hapless retirees, while giving 50-60 cents to dollars to the powerful banks who caused this financial mess in the first place, often with outright criminal acts.

Tom, at 77 has to mop floors at the club grill before he goes home at 8 pm, yet he feels lucky that he’s able to work and live independently, and most importantly maintain his dignity, but many of the brain dead taxpayers who cheerlead today’s Demorepublicans and Republicrats will not have that luxury. Repentance will come but will be too late for these laziest taxpayers who patronize the current plutocracy in America.

A Former VP Flips Burger

I talk to my acquaintances, friends, and colleagues at work places, mostly people with low six figure salaries, overwhelmingly Republican supporters, going in their everyday lives in a slapdash fashion, blaming welfare queens for all the ills that embrace this country while banksters and crooks of the Wall Street goes on nonchalantly scheming and defrauding ordinary taxpayers. I pray to God, “Have mercy on these ignorant people they know not what they are saying.”

Tom Palome’s. story seems like far-fetched and one of a kind, but it is going to be more common place in the future when the impending economic doom wipes out a large segment of American middle class. As a vice president of marketing for Oral-B, Tom Palome once earned in low six-figures and flew first class on business trips to Europe. Today, at 77 Tom shuffles two part-time jobs, one as a food demonstrator at Sam’s Club for $10-an-hour and the other flipping burgers at a golf club grill for a little more than the minimum wage.

Palome worked hard his entire career but saved little because he had to maintain his lifestyle competing with the Jones, on top his savings of $90,000 took a big hit in 2008 financial crisis, and now must work to survive. Gone are the days of pension, cities after cities are raiding pension funds giving dime to the dollars to the hapless retirees, while giving 50-60 cents to dollars to the powerful banks who caused this financial mess in the first place, often with outright criminal acts.

Tom, at 77 has to mop floors at the club grill before he goes home at 8 pm, yet he feels lucky that he’s able to work and live independently, and most importantly maintain his dignity, but many of the brain dead taxpayers who cheerlead today’s Demorepublicans and Republicrats will not have that luxury. Repentance will come but will be too late for these laziest taxpayers who patronize the current plutocracy in America.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Obama Is Bush W II

When Barack Obama talks of income inequality I can’t decide if I should laugh or cry, for, not Reagan, nor Clinton, neither even Bush W, but it is Barack Obama himself who has presided over the greatest income inequality of our time. It is in his watch the greatest financial steal took place leading to the demise of Lehman Brothers, and not a single banker went to jail. It is in his watch that the crook of the century Jamie Dimon got accolade and a raise instead of jail term. There was at least a heated debate before JP Morgan's board voted to increase CEO Jamie Dimon's pay after embarrassing lawsuits that decimated the banks reputation (I mean whatever was left), but in Obama’s book he remains a hero.

Obama came in the name of change and freedom, yet he reverted to strengthening the hands of Wall Street crooks, and blessed suppression of habeas corpus. And if that is not all he is now crowning himself with the embarrassment of slavery by pushing corporatist idea –TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, which is “NAFTA on steroids.

Obama had promised in his 2008 campaign to support a minimum wage hike to $9.50 by 2011, but he did nothing at all to implement it and after half a decade of rule declares this is the “year of action” when he’ll use his executive power to get a $10.10 minimum. Thanks heaven that it took five years but he finally learned that he has access to something called executive power, nevertheless, even this promise of him is nothing but smoke and mirror. He declared that he would issue “an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour but hid the fact that only new hires – a tiny fraction, of the two million federal contract workers – will get the wage boost; a deliberate lie and deceit. The reality that the president didn’t even propose a gradual increase for the rest of the two million workers demonstrates that he has no intention of using his powers to redress the income ineqality.

Glen Ford wrote in his article, American State of the Union: A Festival of Lies “Obama offers nothing of substance, because he is not authorized by his corporate masters to do so. He takes his general orders from the same people as do the Republicans. That’s why Obama only speaks of minimum wage hikes while Republicans are in power, rather than when his own party controlled both houses of Congress. Grand Bargains are preferred, because they are the result of consensus between the two corporate parties. In effect, the Grand Bargain is the distilled political will of Wall Street, which feeds the donkey and the elephant. Wall Street – the 1 percent – believes the world is theirs for the taking, and they want all of it. Given this overarching truth, Obama has no choice but to stage a festival of lies.”

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Is America Heading Towards A Violent Revolution?

The Hindi expression Der Hai Andher Nehi connotes, there may be delay but not darkness; this expression is usually linked with human observation on God’s judgment.

A few weeks back I raised the question why are Chris Christie’s poll numbers not tanking after the Bridgegate? A recent poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal reveals that Christie’s popularity has taken a major blow, now only 22 percent of Americans view the Republican New Jersey governor favorably, down from 33 percent in last October.

Contrary to the political pundits’ discourses that Christie would survive this crisis nearly unscathed his political future looks to be in serious danger as more and more Americans now believe that the embattled New Jersey governor is lying about the bridge closure scandal. Twenty-nine percent of the responders now view Christie unfavorably compared to 17 percent only a few months ago. Christie repeatedly denied knowing anything about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge and the consequent unprecedented traffic jam causing at least one death and immense public suffering over four days. Forty-four percent now believe that Christie is lying in comparison to 42 percent who say he’s telling the truth.

On top of the bridge closure issue Christie has been slapped with another allegation that his administration threatened to hold up Hurricane Sandy relief aid to Hoboken unless the Democratic mayor of the city supported a private development project. Finally it is evident that Christie is a bully and thug, in the mold of third world politicians.

Christie’s rating has fallen across all population and not just with Democrats—35 points with Democrats, 20 points with independents, and seven points with Republicans and with every demographic group and in nearly every region polled. More importantly, a Jan 15 NBC/Marist poll found Christie losing ground to his possible Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 50 percent to 37 percent, a solid 10-point shift from a month earlier.

American media is totally controlled by a few giant corporations, thanks to Bill Clinton and his Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the propaganda machines spew untruth blanketing airwaves relentlessly. Truth has taken a backseat and relegated to only a few handfuls small progressive networks that together have merely 5 percent of the media through the internet (until it is taken away). People are stressed with high unemployment and wage reduction leaving them unsecured and afraid of showing any dissent. The oligarchy’s control is nearly airtight. But when all means of peaceful protest are eliminated the only inevitable alternative remains is violent revolution.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Science of Religion

Science of religion is the same as religion of science, both man made and evolve with time. Why are we here? What is the purpose of life? What happens when we die? Let's find out what the greatest minds have to say!

I was barked at by numerous dogs who are earning their food guarding ignorance and superstition for the benefit of those who profit from it. Then there are the fanatical atheists whose intolerance is of the same kind as the intolerance of the religious fanatics and comes from the same source. They are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who—in their grudge against the traditional "opium of the people"—cannot bear the music of the spheres. The Wonder of nature does not become smaller because one cannot measure it by the standards of human moral and human aims.

— Einstein to an unidentified adressee, Aug.7, 1941. Einstein Archive, reel 54-927, quoted in Jammer, p. 97

Monday, January 20, 2014

More Worms Crawl Out Of Chris Christie’s bag

If America were a democracy the New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would be history by now, but it is not, so who can affirm that his Bangladesh style politics would dent his career?

On the hill of Chris Christie's Bridgegate, in which his goons closed up to three access lanes of an onramp to the George Washington Bridge plaza in the town of Fort Lee, N.J., to punish the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing him for his re-election bid, comes the news of playing politics with hurricane relief money.

Dawn Zimmer, the mayor of Hoboken, NJ, told MSNBC on Saturday that the Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno had explicitly tied relief money from Hurricane Sandy to the real estate project at a meeting in May 2013. Of course, Guadagno denied, but what else shall we expect from the lieutenant governor?

Christie is a bully and a thug, yet voters like him—what does that tell about NJ voters?

Christies’ approval ratings are still about 55%, found by a poll by Quinnipiac University, and according to the Pew Research Center, only 18% of people nationally reported that they are paying attention to the bridge incident; and a solid 60% said that their opinions of the governor had not changed.

When will the American sheeple open their eyes?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The More It Changes The more it Remains The Same.

Even before the year 2013 is up, the growing chant of “Hillary for President” is making wild rounds in the country. Three full years before the current presidency ends, this desperation is a clear sign from the liberals that they have given up on President Obama.

A new Washington Post-ABC poll says, Barack Obama now ranks among the least popular presidents in the USA in the last century—his approval rating is even lower than what Bush W’s was in his fifth year in office, at a miserable 43 percent.

Even ObamaCare which was supposed to place the namesake on a pedestal is instead putting a stamp on his remarkable penchant for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Even before the reform was proposed publicly, it was stripped of its most potent weapon—single payer option, as Obama was bent upon sustaining the profit-delivery system for the ravenous health insurance industry. The Affordable Health Care Act became not what ‘it could have been,’ but what ‘could not have been resisted anymore.’ In 2008 the nation was ready for ‘change’ and Obama came on the promise of reforms. He had no option but to deliver the minimum, else there would have been no 2nd term for him, so he screwed every reform as much as he could.

And whatever Obama gave with his ObamaCare, he now aspires to take back manifold with TPP—Trans-Pacific Partnership which is the dream of the 1%. Obama is pushing through top secret negotiations between the U.S. and Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam, and with the prospect of countries such as Japan and China joining later. Over 600 corporate advisors have access to the draft text of this deal but the public, Members of Congress, journalists, and civil society is excluded from this closed-door negotiation.

What would TPP mean for the 99% Americans? Millions more American jobs will be off shored, behind-the-door deregulations will be placed on high gears for financial firms and multinationals, FDA will be rendered toothless to flood the market with unsafe products, medicine prices will shoot through the roof, EPA will be defunded and green jobs and projects will be shelved, and last but not the least, foreign corporations will be empowered to attack our environmental and health policies in foreign tribunals.

TPP will be the icing of the cake, nevertheless, Obama’s signature is everywhere on the disastrous policies that have betrayed American people. The blanket pardons for the Wall Street honchos who destroyed the global financial system, the re-confirmation of the Bush tax cuts, the appointment of a commission of anti-liberal deficit hawks to slash Social Security and Medicare (Bowles-Simpson), expanding wars in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and droning many times as many civilians as George Bush W, has truly established the 44th American President amongst the most loyal servants of the Military-Industrial complex—of which a republican President had warned.

It is a shame that under a Democratic President American workers are getting the worst, middle class is being dismantled, jobs are getting scarce, incomes are dropping, and 76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck. And the President or his Party has done nothing significant, except to pile up all the blames on the Republicans.

So it is not a surprise that liberals are jumping on the Hillary Band wagon three years too early. This shows the desperation of the liberals, they have lost all hope on Obama. Despite the terrible state the country is in Obama continues to approve bills that cuts unemployment benefits of millions of people, cuts government spending, undermines social safety nets that keep the sick and the elderly from dying on the streets, all while blaming the Republicans.

If Republicans are running the country with a handful of T-party congressmen, where is Barack Obama’s leadership?

The truth is Ronald Reagan may be dead but his ideas still run America. It matters very little who occupies White House. It was another Clinton who created NAFTA which is now culminating in the TIPP with another Democrat at the helm. It was a Clinton who signed the Telecommunication Act which paved the way to Corporate domination of the national air waves. It was a Clinton who had dismantled Glass-Steagall Act that gave birth to the Banksters of our time.

And the liberals are still jumping on the Hillary Clinton Band Wagon!

The more it changes the more it remains the same.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

A World Teacher Passes Away

In a 1990 interview Mandela rebuked Ted Koppel: Anybody who changes his principles depending on whom he is dealing, that is not a man who can lead his nation. This statement pretty much defines Mandela and sets him apart from the people we call politicians.

To call Mandela a politician is to insult him. A world leader, more appropriately a world teacher, Mandela was a gift to human race by our Father in heaven. There were only two such teachers, apart from the prophets, who had walked on this earth before—Gandhi and King. And like the two precious sons before him Mandela too was laid ineffective by the hoards of jackals that only prey in herds. What spared Mandela’s life was his decision to leave active arena of politics in his prime, because his work was not yet done.

I named a chapter in my book One God In You And Me “Satan is the God Of This World,” just to emphasize that evil is all powerful in this world of ours, and God’s handiwork will not be done until the end of all things. Yet, by sending his favorite children among us, and letting them go through suffering and humiliation, God provides us foretaste of what Christ meant by the kingdom of heaven. Only to lift spirit of the meek with glimpses of hope when the nights of despair turn the darkest.

One such as Mandela never dies, because they bring God’s light into this world to rekindle faith and humanity, and they light a billion souls with their divine sparks.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

One Who Chose Principle Over Money

In a society where to increasing number of people money has become God, Tony Rohr, an Indiana resident chose principle over almighty dollars.

Ten years ago Rohr started at his local Pizza Hut in Elkhart, Indiana as a cook, but he worked up to become a general manager at the company. This Thanksgiving he was told to keep his store open, and his objection was meted with a corporate response that it was mandatory.

Rohr thought of his people working for him, “All of these people the whole year had been told they were going to have the day off,” and he decided to refuse the corporate mandate. He was ordered to resign.

“I am not quitting. I do not resign, however I accept that the refusal to comply with this greedy, immoral request means the end of my tenure with this company,” Rohr wrote to his boss.

And Pizza Hut did fire him.

Although Rohr lost his job on the eve of holiday season, he doesn’t regret his decision.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they’re closed in the whole year and they’re the only two days that those people are guaranteed to have off and spend it with their families,” Rohr asked, “Why can’t we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees, and let them have the day off?”

The answer is corporate greed has turned employees as commodities. The five kings of the Supreme Court had given personhood to corporation while stripping dignity of common labor, turning them into sub human.

To the big boys persons such as Tony Rohr are threat to their power, and must be broken down to teach others.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thank You Mr. Reid: The Nation Will Be Grateful To You.

So finally the “unthinkable” has happened—the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had executed the ‘nuclear,’ option to weaken the filibuster rule that will enable judicial and executive nominees to be confirmed (except supreme court nominees) with a simple majority vote. And the Democrats lost no time to employ this new rule to confirm President Obama’s nomination of Patricia Millett as a judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by invoking cloture to end the debate with 55-43 vote.

Despite a previous agreement the Republicans were holding several of President Obama’s nomination with threats of filibuster. Sen. Reid had warned earlier, “It's time to change the Senate before this institution becomes obsolete.” Reid had explained why he was using this option, “Not for the good of the Democratic majority, but for the good of the United States of America.” During President Obama’s first term the Republicans had filibustered more than 400 times, an unprecedented number considering that President Johnson had to face only one filibuster during his entire presidency. Only on executive nominees Obama had to face 62 filibusters against Clinton's nine, the maximum number prior to Obama. The Republicans had made the Senate unworkable, with senseless application of this antiquated rule.

Yet, the tally was 52 to 48 in today’s vote, three democrats voted against it—Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas. Why did these three Democrats voted against it? Republican Senator of Tennessee, Lamar Alexander described the change as the “most important and most dangerous restructuring of Senate rules since Thomas Jefferson wrote them.” The filibuster rule was instituted to preserve the interest of the minority at the cost of the majority, which made the US senate an undemocratic institution, a rarity among the developed nations.

Why then the three Democrats voted against the reform that was aimed at curbing the power of filibuster and make the US senate more democratic?

Because these senators are Corporate Democrats, and the differences between the corporate Democrats and the Republicans are very little, both want to promote the interest of Wall Street at the cost of the Main Street. This is the predicament in American politics today. One party is the wholesale agent of the corporate America, while a significant number of the other party members are serving the same master. Thank you Mr. Reid for doing the right thing, the nation will be grateful to you for showing the courage to take this monumental step.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Conservatives’ War Against Labor

Conservatives want to abolish the minimum wage stipulation in the name of freedom for workers. They pass labor unfriendly laws, and call them deceivingly—the right to work laws. The old charlatans are the masters of deception, unparallel in inventing and promoting enticing verbiages that hide the true nature of anything and create deceptive image about it.

Beverly Bandler, with 40 years of career in public affairs wrote a great article GOP’s Strategy of Deception that should be a must read for any truth seeker who wants to understand the true moral fiber of GOP politics. I will limit my temptation to cite from her article to just this small paragraph. The GOP has deliberately exploited myths, misled or lied about: the Auto Industry Bailout, the Bible, the Budget, Climate Change/Global Warming, Conservatism, the Constitution, Deficit/Debt, the Democratic Party, the Economy, the Environment, the Founding Fathers, Gas Prices, the Government, History, Immigration, Income Inequality, Iraq, Jobs, Liberals, Medicare, the New Deal, Barack Obama, ObamaRomneyCare, Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party, Spending, Social Security, the Stimulus, Taxes, Women’s Bodies.

As it is commonly understood, the party of the conservatives has one and only one purpose, to serve the interest of the uber-rich by any means. They have absolutely no respect for the poor as they believe God favors the rich and that is why he bestows them with wealth. The conservatives use Bible to exploit the deprived people while flaunting every lessons of Jesus. American historian and journalist Rick Perlstein wrote, The mortal fear of the Republicans is that if government delivers the goods, the Republicans have no future.

The minimum wage issue vindicates Pearlstein’s argument. GOP wants to abolish the minimum wage so that they can get away by paying subservient wages to the hapless workers. The supply-and-demand law of economics has long been rendered worthless by the monopoly capitalism. For the last three decades the juggernaut of corporate power had been breaking up labor unions—the last bastion of labor that could give them living wages. But now the Democrats have joined Republicans in adding corporate America in their war against labor, and it is evident in states such as Illinois where the Democrats have absolute power, that unions are not safe even there. Busting of unions is now a common war for both the Republicans and the Democrats.

How true is GOP’s argument that minimum wages should not be raised, rather the whole concept to be done with? Here is a video that you can watch to see that in Australia where the minimum wage is $16, a McDonald still costs the same as in the USA. The video also explains why GOP’s entire propaganda against the minimum wage is just that—a propaganda. Contrary to the Republican’s claim, higher minimum wage, increases economic activity, generates more taxes, and boost economy and ends recession.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Beginning Of The End Of GOP?

Speaking at the Voter Values Summit in Washington D.C. on Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz joked about the Senate Republicans’ meeting with president Obama, scheduled later in the day concerning the government shutdown. His quip was: “If I'm never seen again, please send search and rescue team. I very much hope tomorrow morning I don't wake up amidst the Syrian rebels.” This reminded me of George W. Bush’s comical gestures about WMD in Iraq. He had looked in jest under his desk and side to side uttering, “Not here…”

Cruz’s caricature was an insult to all the federal employees who are temporarily laid off and have no money to pay their bills. But the heartless Republicans have no concern for the distress of the nation. Remember, when the Sequester was creating long delays at the airport, the affected congressmen brought a quick resolution to bring back the air traffic controllers? Even the Democrats joined the Republicans to pass the bill, and the President signed it hurriedly!

Cruz had begun his grand standing with a 21-hour filibuster to nullify Obamacare—a law of the land passed nearly three years ago. He vowed to stop the law single handedly, in part of his marathon speech he had read from Dr Seuss. The British would have appropriately called him – what a rascal!

Ted Cruz does not think much of anyone who did not go to an Ivy League school; yet, it is he who proves once more at the Voter Values Summit that his Princeton-Harvard education did not do much to make a man of him. T-party dominated House Republicans, who take cues from Cruz, had passed resolutions to repeal Obamacare 42 times only to be thwarted by the Senate. Einstein had said, “Insanity is, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Republican Party’s poll numbers are tanking faster than the stock of the Greek politicians, but Cruz is oblivious to all that. In his latest speech to social conservatives, he again delivered tirades against President Barack Obama. At a time when even his GOP colleagues have long dropped the demand of repealing Obamacare, Cruz suggested that the very fate of the United States is on the line in the next few years if Obamacare is not repealed

A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal polling found that only 24% of Americans had a favorable view of Republicans, the lowest figure in the poll’s multi-year history. Alarmingly, this new figure is four percentage points lower than last month. In contrast, President Obama’s standing was relatively stable, at 45% and Democrats overall rating were at 39% positive, with congressional Democrats at 36%.

Notwithstanding the polls, Cruz thinks, Democrats “are feeling the heat” right now, admitting that “none of us knows what's going to happen in this Obamacare fight right now.” This is what I have to tell Cruz: “The rest of America knows Obamacare is the law of the land, and it is going to stay, and grow, get over it, dummy. Look at the state of Vermont—the state of the America’s Senator Bernie Sanders—they are going full ahead with the Single Payer option, using a provision facilitated by the very health care reform called Obamacare.

During his speech at the Voter Values Summit, the T-party darling, Canada-born Cruz was repeatedly interrupted by activists who demanded why he would not support immigration reform that included a way to citizenship for immigrants without documentation. He kept on repeating that the hecklers were planted at the orders of Obama.

At the orders of Obama?

Obama, who is at the top of the world now, with Republican credibility lowest in the history of this nation—what has he to fear from a Texan Senator who is viewed negatively by 28 percent of Americans?

Ted’s narcissism has cast such a spell on him that he dreams White House fears for his influence. Nice, Cowboy, keep on dreaming.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

God Save The Republicans

A new Public Policy Polling survey released on Wednesday revealed that 29 percent of Louisiana Republicans said Obama was responsible for the hurricane Katrina response, although the incident happened three years before he took office. The memo which was provided to Talking Points further stated that 28 percent blamed George W. Bush, and 44 percent Louisiana Republicans had no idea who to blame.

The storm that caused 1,833 deaths and damaged an estimated $81 billion in property happened in the early part of Bush’s 2nd term. He was in vacation in Texas as when the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast, and he continued to stay in his ranch. A photo of Bush looking out the window of Air Force One at the wreckage was so insensitive that in a 2010 interview Bush himself acknowledged that the photo was a “huge mistake.” The pathetic government response had raised so much commotion at that time that it was all over the media for a considerable time. Bush's approval ratings tanked after the disaster, and his administration was accused of playing race card. Yet, 29 percent of the Louisiana Republicans think that Obama was to blame.

God save the Republicans!