Archive for September, 2010

FOR TODAY’S RESOLVE, LOOK TO YESTERDAYS WORDS OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

‎”If we can booddoggle our way out of this depression, that word is going to be enshrined in the hearts of the American people for years to come.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

‎”I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

‎”Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

‎”To reach a port, we must sail; sail, not tie the anchor; sail, not drift.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

‎”The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

‎”Remember, you are just an extra in everyone else’s play.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

LETTER TO FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

After reading a front page headline and story of President Clinton announcing the success of his Global Initiative Program, I became enraged, not by Clinton’s success, but by Clinton’s failure to recognize the crisis facing me and other Americans, right here in America; this is the letter I penned to former President Bill Clinton.

Damnit, sorry Bill but your ego is not as important to me as the American crisis in my back yard; satisfying your ego is not tops on my list. America does not need you competing with President Obama for headlines bragging about your Global Issues Program.

There is an important election coming in a couple of months and your behavior of late is helping the wrong side. This is not about who controls a losing Democratic Party, you ass, it is who can get the success message, such as it is, of President Obama’s efforts of dealing with the issues over to the American people. All the Democrats have to do is to run on their record and make the Republican Party run on their own miserable record of opposing progress and financial recovery and offering no solutions of their own.

There is no logical reason why the Democrats should not improve their majority in both Houses of Congress if you just compare the records of the two parties.

But you, Bill, are still trying to convince Americans that you didn’t enact NAFTA and lose American jobs and former President Peanuts Carter is still trying to convince Americans that he did not screw up rescue of American hostages in Iran. Enough of both of you and that Democratic Party “shooting self in foot” mentality crap.

Democrats have a big job ahead convincing Americans that their only choice is between Democrats who have tried to address unemployment and health care and Republicans who have opposed everything and proposed nothing but return to the Bush Era. Get yourself out of the headlines President Clinton, and your concern for Kenya, Mexico, and Jordon because the Democrats have a tiger by the tail right here in America; the Republican Party of tea bag nuts, cheap labor, no tax for millionaires, and Faux News pundits bashing the American President as a communist and racist is a threat to the American democratic Republic.

Get a life President Clinton! Do something positive and address the real issues facing America or shut the hell up.

DEAR MR. PRESIDENT (OBAMA THAT IS)!

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Damn, Mr. President, I worked my ass off to get you elected because you said you were for the same things that I wanted; but, then when you became President you said you wanted consensus with Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats. Frankly, Mr. President, that is not only opposites, it is bullshit.

Mr. President, I consider myself a liberal Democrat, liberal meaning “not narrow in opinion or judgment” like the dictionary says; I am a ‘progressive’ only if that means that I am for making progress; however, I am not a bleeding heart nor a Communist.

Actually, I believe in the socialized United States Postal Service and the American socialized public schools established by our founding fathers because I believe the purpose of government is to provide what citizens cannot do for themselves. I thought that you agreed. I voted for you because I believe in universal medical care, protection of consumers, and prevention of depression and consumer protection through the regulation of business and banking.

Mr. President, I believe that a majority of Americans believe like me, and we are the majority of the voters who elected you! Please do not screw us over!

Every year, since the 2000 election (or Supreme Court selection), of President George W. Bush, poverty has increased in America; we are involved in America’s longest war in American history with Afghanistan, who had nothing to do with the terrorist attack on November 11, 2001; and we have the worse problem of unemployment since the Great Depression of 1930 which is the fault of Corporate American employers and NAFTA and not the US government. In the name of Heaven forget complicity and consensus with those damn Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats; it isn’t our fault, damnit, it’s theirs!

Sir, you still have half a term. Get rid of those half-assed Establishment (Centrist) Democrats in your Administration. Get nasty and tough in mid-term elections and get back to basics of those who elected you, liberal Democrats and Independents; we are a majority. We elected you to do what you promised: universal health care, support for American labor, consumer protection, and regulation of Corporate America and the banks.

Mr. President, get it done in 2010.

Your servant

CAPITALISM, SOCIALISM, AND AMERICANISM PRIMER

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Capitalism has become a fetish in America that has become sacred in the minds of Americans who are devoted to it; of course, originally American capitalism is related to the America that at one time in history was referred to as the New World, where the streets were paved with gold. Today, American capitalists are the only people in the world who still believe that streets in Decatur Illinois are paved with gold; actually, in Decatur Illinois, the good citizens just wish that the streets didn’t have pot holes.

Realistically, the dictionary relates that, “capitalism is an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods and by prices, production, and distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.”

However, translated into “Corporate American English”, the definition of capitalism is, “Capitalism is an economic system characterized by corporate ownership of ALL capital goods and prices determined by monopolies, tariffs, and the lowest possible labor costs; production determined by actual sales, the lowest possible labor costs, and the most government subsidies obtainable; and distribution determined by how effective Madison avenue advertisers can convince the American public that they cannot survive without this product in the modern world and competition to the death, going for the juggler vein of competitors in a totally deregulated market that offers no protection at all, for the consumers.”

To American capitalists, this is only fair and due them because of the sanctity of capitalism and the U.S. Constitution.

Unfortunately neither the Bible nor the U.S. Constitution directly addresses the issue of capitalism; the sanctity of capitalism is a figment of American capitalists imagination in response to gold paved streets that never existed anywhere in America. Actually, God did not endorse capitalism in the Bible and neither did George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eli Whitney, or the Constitution endorse capitalism.

Socialism as defined by the dictionary, as “Any of the various social systems based on shared or government ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.” Simply stated, the basic difference between capitalism and socials appears to be that capitalism is an economic institution base upon adversarial competition and socialism is an economic institution is based upon cooperation between the principals.

Socialism has never been considered sacred to Americans despite the fact that Jesus Christ and the U.S. Constitution appear to endorse socialistic institutions.

In a Biblical sense, Jesus Christ appeared to admonish his followers to love your neighbor and love your enemies which would imply endorsement of cooperation, at least based on the dictionary definition of the term cooperation.

The U.S. Constitution appears to approve of socialistic institutions when it clearly states in the preamble, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

As a matter of fact, the U.S. Constitution, in and of itself, is a cooperative contract bonding the American people. The founding fathers, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, begat America’s socialistic institution, the U.S. Postal Services and declaring that communication was too important to the people to entrust it to less reliable capitalistic entities and actually provided for America’s socialized public schools in the Northwest Ordinance of 1785, even before the Constitution was adopted; despite Washington and Jefferson’s approval of the USPS and public schools, neither Washington or Jeferson are considered or referred to by historians as “Socialists”, per se.

What the U.S. Constitutional Bill of Rights would suggest, is that Americans do have a right to profit from their own creativity and ingenuity which would certainly equate with the dictionary definition of capitalism; however, the same Bill of Rights would also protect an American from the fatal juggler vein attacks between competing American capitalists.

The terms capitalist and socialist have taken on meaning quite different from their dictionary definitions, in more recent years. Some segments of the American political scene have come to equate the term socialism with “dirty words” and the term capitalism as a sacred institution ordained by a universal God. In recent political attacks on the President of the United States, some political figures and television talking heads have attempted to demean the President of the United States by calling him a socialist and his policies socialistic.

To many Americans, using socialism or capitalism as a dirty word would appear to demean and negate the U.S. Postal Service, American Public Schools, the U.S. Constitution, and the character of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson whom they regard as beloved national heroes.

TODAY’S QUOTE NOTE; 09/20/10

Monday, September 20th, 2010
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.”  Franklin D. Roosevelt

TODAY’S QUOTE NOTE: 09/17/10

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.” Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

AMERICA’S COMMON MAN VERSUS DIEBOLD MACHINES IN 2010

Friday, September 17th, 2010

One thing about all the Republican Right Wing-Nut candidates appearing on Faux News, it does not cost the Wing-Nuts, one red cent; it is called, “publicity”, Faux News doesn’t have to give equal time, and the Republican Right Wing-Nut Corporate Advertisers pay for the free publicity, by advertising on Faux and they write the costs off of their income tax as an expense.

There ought to be a law! Oh yes, there was a law but the U.S. Supreme Court’s Neocon Five Supremes said that the law deprived corporations of their Constitutional Rights of free speech, yet corporations are not citizens and they are not even human beings.

But, the Five U.S. Neocon Supremes think that corporations are human, citizens, and can have a loyalty to the American democratic Republic; not so, corporations exist only as a legal document that makes huge profits, using cheap overseas labor, with which they make every effort to “buy” the votes of gullible Americans.

There are times that I question the mentality of Americans; everyone seems convinced that the American people are going to vote Republican and return to the good ol’ Neocon George Bush days and tax cuts to the rich. Personally, I am betting against the odds; I think Americans are smart and I don’t think the common man is going to buy all that baloney. It has been said that “God so loved the common man that is why he made so many of them”; they are actually a majority, in fact.

However, it is for sure that the Republican Right Wing-Nuts will get the hackable Diebold voting machine vote; that is a slam-dunk. Looks like winners in the 2010 Midterm Elections will depend on whether or not Diebold voting machines can manufacture enough Republican votes to win.

THE FIGHT FOR DECENT HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

You need to know that I am an eighty-year-old retired public school teacher and everyone knows that public schools are an American socialized institution like the U.S. Post Office. I taught stuff to a lot of Americans in my career and I have to say that I also learned a lot while doing so.

Before I could become a socialized public school teacher, I had to work as a laborer in America’s private sector industry while attending college (college isn’t free) to earn a college degree that is necessary before you can become a public school teacher; I learned also from that experience.

Today my health care, by my own choice, is through Kaiser Permanente Health Insurance, a non-profit corporation. Kaiser has been my health provider for the last fifty years because although Kaiser is not socialized health insurance, as a non-profit corporation, my benefits are not based on whether or not Kaiser will make a profit in providing them for me.

Lately though, I have a problem with Kaiser, my health insurance provider. I need to see a specialist doctor about an ailment and I am being told that the earliest that a Kaiser specialist can see me is more than a month in the future. Being eighty years old, I am not at all certain I will still be alive next month regardless, and especially if I am unable to see a doctor in the meantime. At my age, I do not buy green bananas.

However, the Kaiser receptionist who schedules the specialist doctors tells me that the specialist doctors are busy seeing other patients for the next month; now this is where what I have learned becomes just as important as all the things that I as a teacher have taught in my lifetime.

Before I became a socialized public school teacher and I was still a laborer in the private sector industry, if there was more work than I could do in my eight hour day, I was required to work overtime and paid one and a half times my normal pay. But there is more.

When I became a socialized public school teacher, I actually taught school thirty hours per week but my work as a teacher required, on the average, thirty or more hours per week preparing to teach, evaluating students’ work, supervising student events, attending meetings, and other sundry tasks that took away from my private life and time with my family; I received no extra pay for this other work and my sixty-plus-hour week.

Later, I became a socialized public school administrator and I often, actually usually, worked a twenty-four-hour a-day job that provided for no overtime pay.

My whole point is that if a doctor cannot heal all of his or her patients that need healing in their normal business hours, perhaps they need to work overtime since healing those patients is essential to the patients’ health whether their physicians receives overtime pay or not and most assuredly physicians are the highest paid workers in America based on research about the pay of American workers’ vocations.

Regarding my own personal health needs, when I decided I had a health problem and needed health care, I immediately called my primary care physicians and I was told to come in and see her during her normal lunch hour; I truly appreciate my primary care doctor because I know that she cares about my health and me (God bless her). My primary care physician said that I needed to see a Kaiser specialist doctor and referred me for an appointment.

The receptionists for the Kaiser Specialist doctors informed we that I would have to wait more than a month so see one. It appears that the specialist doctors are insensitive to the urgency of their patients’ needs and have never heard of working overtime; these doctors have a lot to learn about the American work ethic and compassion for their patients, who employ them!

Recently, there has been a lot of concern by some Americans, about the American government being involved in regulating America’s health care; some citizens who learned to read and write in the socialized public schools have decried their American government involvement in health care, referring to this as socialized medicine. As a public school teacher, I am appalled by the fact that these complainers about socialized medicine were complaining about this because they learned the meaning of ‘socialism’ from a socialized public school teacher and thought that was a good thing, at that time but not as it relates to health care of Americans.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both who had something to do with making America what it is today, founded the socialized Post Office because they said communication was too important to leave to the private for-profit sector; these same men also provided for socialized public schools by enactment of the Northwest Ordinance of 1785, because they evidently believed education was important enough to require socialized public schools. Washington and Jefferson are not really bad men, even though they may be socialists when it comes to communication and education. This is what I taught my students in the public schools; however, those Americans who protest our government’s regulation of health care, evidently never learned that when they went to school.

Now about the difficulty in getting to see a physician in America, everyone should be aware that there is a shortage of physicians in America, one of the richest nations in the world. However, I am so old that I remember that the 1960’s, fifty years ago, when the President and Congress wanted to provide taxpayers’ money to create new medical schools in every State of the Union to create a lot more physicians for America, the American Medical Association, a union of physicians, objected to it because it was socialized medicine and so it never happened. Personally, I thought it was wrong for the doctors and the AMA to object because America desperately needed more doctors but they did and now I cannot get a doctor’s appointment when I need it. There’s more.

Though I have been retired for over twenty years now, I am going to try to teach (gratis) the Kaiser Permanente specialist doctors about overtime and longer work days when necessary; my bet is that I will succeed. I think I owe my American public that: socialized education, more than anything else is a public trust.

HEALTH CARE, THE PUBLIC OPTION, AND GEORGE WASHINGTON

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

America and the Obama Administration are concerned about the rising costs of health care.

So goes American health care without a public option. Health care prices rise because insurance companies benefit from higher health care costs, it increases profits; that is what drove health care costs out of reason in the first place. Private sector Health Care Providers are in business to make a profit and not to provide adequate health care to subscribers.

Health care is not something that people should trust to the private sector; who wants Enron to be responsible for their health care.  Would anyone want Enron to be responsible for their mail or the education of their children.

America’s founding fathers founded the United States Postal Service because they thought communication was too important to trust to the private sector; the founding fathers provided for public education in the Northwest Ordinance of 1785, before the US Constitution was written.

Unless those dimwits who oppose the public option in American health care are ready to call George Washington and Thomas Jefferson socialists or Communists, the opponents of the public option should shut their mouth and crawl into a hole and the Democrats and the Administration should quit pussy-footing around in regard to American Health Care Reform.  America needs a public option and if the private sector cannot compete like the non-profit health care providers, like Kaiser Permanente do, then the private sector is incompetent and should not be in the business.

WORLD PEACE, THE JOKE!

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

As a cost of World Peace, everyone in the world agree to a moratorium on personal sensitivity and religious bias. Hahaha!  Not worth it? Hahaha!
Damn; it really isn’t funny.