I am too old to be governed by the fear of dumb people, good thing I live in a country governed by a representative democracy. That being said, I am also too young to to be governed by old peoples fears, fortunately for me I live in a country where there are more old people than young people. However, I am also lucky enough to understand that people change as well other things. Such as beliefs, religions, and ideologies. I believe that statement so much I’ll even call it a fact, especially the one about ideologies. I mean we can look through several decades and eras and you can see how the ideologies of the nation change.
In the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s you saw a shift to conservatism with a counter culture of secret liberalism, that lasted for the most part until 1933. Then in 1933 we saw a strongly democratic president take office for twelve years and he was followed by an equally strong democratic president. Then in mid 1940’s we saw a shift to the middle which lasted for a short while and in 1950 we saw a shift so far to the right, that people were being blacklisted for simply being accused of being a communist. Then in the 1960’s we saw the birth of modern liberalism we the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. Then after Johnson’s stint in office we saw a president take office who was slightly right of center but a counter culture that was far left of center. Finally we saw the birth of what was known as modern conservatism with Ronald Reagan taking office. Reagan’s predecessor was a man who held the same beliefs as he but he couldn’t hold the office for eight years. His predecessor was Bill Clinton who was for the most part a left of center president. He led the nation to a prosperous era. He was then followed by George W. Bush who had a hard time keeping the nations economy afloat while dealing with two wars. While the second Bush was in office you saw people go farther to their respective ideologies.
Now we have a president who is having a hard time getting things done for a number of reasons. Obstructionism, a full plate, growing daughters, and other things. Under his control we have seen the two main ideologies split so far apart we haven’t seen the country divided like this since the Civil War. With as much divisiveness as we’re seeing one can say we are absolutely left for dry, unless we figure out a way to fix our differences. The way I see it, everyone is stupid even the most brilliant people. You know why? Because we all believe we have the answers. When in reality all we have is our mouths open trying to drown every body else because we believe we know what’s best and every body else is an idiot. The sooner we stop thinking we’re geniuses and every one else less than us the sooner can get back to being a united nation that disagrees on a few things instead of a divided nation that doesn’t agree on diddly squat.
Yesterday evening the democratically led senate voted on the much controversial Obama Buffett Rule. Sadly, and stupidly the bill didn’t pass. It had fifty-one votes in favor of it with only forty-five votes opposing it. So while the Buffett Rule is important and there should have been more votes in favor of it the real travesty is how our U.S. senate works. See in order for a bill to be passed in the Senate the bill needs sixty in favor votes. So technically majority rules but the majority can not simply be a simple majority.
Every bill has a long a journey before it even becomes voted on in the Senate. First it’s thought up and then it’s drafted into bill form. Then it reaches some place where they look over the bill and see if the bill is actually worth spending time and money voting on it. Then it reaches the U.S. House of Representatives where a simple majority is all a bill needs to be passed on over to the mighty powerful U.S. Senate where a bills fate is finally decided. In the Senate people have the possibility of obstructing the voting on a bill, which is called a filibuster, and that’s perfectly. In fact in the past two years we have seen the most filibusters ever. So just because a bill makes it to the senate that doesn’t mean it will get voted on. So, with the legal obstruction of progress and the lack of a simple majority needed it’s surprising that any bill gets passed.
But, in a country where majority rules a majority of the time why is there a special rule for the U.S. Senate only. I mean I could understand the lack of a simple majority if it were like that in the House Of Representatives or in the Electoral College but it’s not like that. The Senate is special and there is no reason why. Maybe the congress should fix the way they operate and then maybe we’d be able to get more done as a nation.
I know I am late to the party but at least I’m here. The party I am talking about is the party discussing whether or not President Obama should make his Super Pac, the organization with whom he cannot coordinate with, return Bill Maher’s one million dollar donation. Many people claim Bill Maher is misogynistic and just a nasty person in general. Those same people also claim Bill Maher’s jokes about Sarah Palin are just reprehensible as the remarks made right wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh. What those people who claim this fail to recognize is the difference between the two commentators statements. Rush’s comments a few weeks ago not only denigrated Sandra Fluke but also all women who seek coverage for contraception medication. Bill’s comments , while unnecessary, were directed at several individuals and not all women as a vast group.
Many of the people claiming Bill Maher is a vile misogynist must not know the definition of the words misogyny or misogynist. Dictionary.com defines misogyny as the general hatred, dislike, or mistrust of womankind and also defines a misogynist as a person who hates, dislikes, mistrusts, or mistreats womankind. Now, if we go by those definitions just about every teenage boy is a misogynist. But dictionary’s, no matter how useful, lack a grip on real life. So while the dictionary says mistreatment of women is misogynistic, we have to look within ourselves to see what falls under mistreatment. While you can verbally mistreat some one I personally don’t believe the words expressed by Maher were mistreatment. At the most one might consider Maher’s statements were a little over the top, if that person were sane.
Also, one must look at the forums in which the commentators statements were made. Rush’s statements were made on his politically charged radio that used to average twenty-three listeners daily. Whereas Bill’s statements were made in his stand up comedy act which probably had some where between several thousand to tens of thousands per show which still doesn’t equate to the three day long tirade of Rush Limbaugh. While Bill has made statements on his politically charged HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher” he still hasn’t made harsh statements against all of womankind. And Bill Mahers primary career is also to make people laugh, he is a comedian first and foremast and has always been a comedian first. Let’s not forget that the right wing puts Rush Limbaugh on a pedestal while the left only acknowledges Bill Maher as a political funny man.
Even if you still don’t believe Bill Maher isn’t a misogynist think about one of his closest friends, conservative author Ann Coulter. What would a misogynist be doing with such a strong willed and extremely opinionated woman such as Ann Coulter if that person supposedly hates women. Bill Maher will also be the first to tell you he is a potty mouth but he will also defend himself from any claims of being a misogynist. Many times he has said that he doesn’t have a problem with Sarah Palin for being a conservative or being a woman, he has problem with Sarah Palin, these are his words not mine, a dangerous nincompoop. So before anybody else goes delving into the realm of Bill Maher being a misogynist just remember the facts.
With the White House now mandating Catholic businesses to provide an option for contraception in their health care plans, quite a number of people have become outraged. Men of the cloth and a few politicians have spoken out against the White Houses contraception plan, claiming it was a “war on religion”. Even with the White Houses accomadations there are a few people out there still claiming Obama and his administration over stepping their boundaries and want to make sure the catholic church is under attack.
In actuality this contraception plan was wildly popular with women and a large majority of all Americans, even some Catholic priests and nuns. It only seemed controversial to people like Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum and some other right wing leaders. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich both claimed Obama was waging war on the Catholic church with his new law however, when Obama tweaked his contraception plan they started crying about other things. Rick Santorum switched to complaining about how an insurance company shouldn’t be forced to cover a product that isn’t insurable, such as contraception. Santorum claimed contraception costs are fairly low and affordable when really they’re not that affordable.
With republicans really being the only ones left in the public eye that are strongly against Obama’s contraception proposal one has to admit there’s an obvious disconnect between these representatives and the people they represent. When I say a large majority of Americans support this new law I mean a large majority. Sixty-one percent of the American people support this law and I believe it’s either sixty-three or fifty-eight percent of American Catholics support Obama’s contraception proposal. With the majority of American people in favor of Obama’s contraception proposal why do people like John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum continue to be so vehemently against the contraception law. And why do they continue to say it’s an infringement upon peoples privacy and religious liberty even though many Americans support this bill?
At a speech, I’m figuring in Florida, Rick Santorum claims Obama’s education plan is indoctrinating young adults into believing the left’s ideology.
The problem with this is so often people are always trying to blame any body for anything. Rick Santorum claims universities are teaching young adults that the right is wrong and the left is right. As a college student I can tell you this is false statement used to pander to a certain crown. I haven’t experienced one indoctrinating moment but, maybe me with my left thinking mind the government isn’t trying to indoctrinate me.
Politics, especially recently, have become absolutely silly. Candidates are saying any and everything to gain voters support even if it means distorting truths and misrepresenting statistics. I know this has been going one for awhile but a little bit is understandable. The amounts of the crap that’s spewing from the candidates mouths is unprecedented. My point is proven every time a candidate walks upon a stage and says things like Rick Santorum.
I was on yahoo before the State of the Union speech reading an article about what Obama might talk about during his speech. One of the things the author of the article thought the President was planning on talking about were the poor tax codes in this country.
As usual people were quick to talk mess about Obama. Saying the usual things like “Odummer is at it again.” or “Obuma is spreading his class warfare again.” Those weren’t that surprising but it’s funny because it’s the poor white people defending people like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. The most intriguing comment by far though, said “If Obama wants everybody to pay their fair share why doesn’t he make the 51 % of the people that don’t pay income tax, pay income tax.”
This guy has a very valid point. If Obama wants every body to be equal and pay their fair share why doesn’t he make every body pay income taxes. We have to look at everything though. It’s one of those things again that when you don’t have all of the numbers it makes everything around the situation look bad.
First, the number of Americans that don’t pay income tax is actually around 46%. The forty-six percent is roughly seventy-six million American households. Of those seventy-six million households, half of them are actually poor and cannot afford to pay an income tax, but that doesn’t mean they are exempt from any taxes just income taxes. That means thirty-eight million American households that can afford to pay income tax don’t.
See this is where that guys question has some validity. Not only because these people who can afford to pay income tax aren’t pay income tax but because of how much they make. It’s the people who make 75,000 to 100,000 who aren’t paying a federal income tax. Why, don’t these people who are firmly in the middle class not pay an income tax? I don’t know. I’ve looked about every where, did about three hours of research and I couldn’t find a solid answer to why these people are not paying an income tax.
This leads me to have to agree with Obama and many democrats. Let’s get these people to pay their fair share. My dad is a diabetic and suffers from many other diseases. He makes what the average American worker makes and after taxes he barely he has enough money to cover for groceries let alone his many medications. I’m not saying he shouldn’t pay an income tax because I believe he should. I am saying that congress should make sure that every American is paying at least a minimum of income taxes.
Tonight President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union speech. It was an hour and five minutes long. His speech covered many topics but all topics were pertinent to getting America out of this recession, getting Americans back to work, and getting the congress and senate to work together. It was a rather good speech , I would say it was his best speech since running for the presidency.
Obama stated the armed forces cooperation was an example that all Americans should follow. He covered how if we want to get back to being the best America we can be we’ll have to work together and quit the bickering and fighting. I believe giving credit to where it was due and setting out goals to get where we need to get was a focal point of the presidents.
On top of asking Americans to unite, Obama also stated everything he did. He wasn’t necessarily boasting but he was letting all of his critics know what he has done in his first. He told Americans he has less regulations than the Bush Administration. He made it known that HE and seal team 6 got Osama Bin Laden and almost every high ranking Al Qaeda member. He also added three million jobs.
He also talked about everything he wanted to get done. He told Americans and American business owners he wanted to reward American businesses who hired in the United States. Also, he said he would a minimum tax for all businesses and businesses who out sourced jobs would pay more taxes. And to keep scientific and high technological jobs in America he would give incentives to businesses who funded college programs and hired people like Jackie Bray.
On the lighter side of the State of the Union President Obama shared a long and heart felt embrace with Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. And college students and younger people part of the workforce may be calling in to work sick and missing class. See there’s a new drinking game for the State of the Union and according to the rules some people may have gotten hammered tonight.
There’s a new demotivational picture floating around the internet and the numbers on this photo don’t necessarily lie but they definitely don’t tell the whole truth. On one half of the picture it says “Debt added by the 43 previous presidents combined: 6.3 trillion”. On the other half of this picture it says “Debt added by this president: 6.5 trillion”. While this picture is factually correct it does not relay all of the facts.
Yes through the first forty-three presidents only 6.3 trillion dollars were added to the deficit but that 6.3 trillion was also added by a single president. When Clinton left office there was a surplus and that means when Bush took office there was a surplus. When bush left office there was a deficit, a 6.3 trillion dollar deficit. Now if I only tell you these facts it makes it seem like President Bush was a pretty shitty president, and I don’t believe he was. Now if I tell you that when Bush was in office we entered two wars, had many tax cuts, and other things that would influence the deficit, would you still feel the same way. Maybe, it really depends on what your political views and other circumstances.
Now there’s the whole forty-fourth presidents added debt. Obama has added a ton and I mean a ton of money to the deficit, 6.5 sounds about right. 6.5 trillion dollars is a lot to add to a deficit in ten years let alone three but then there’s the whole numbers being taken out of context thing. If I told you any other person added 6.5 trillion dollars in three years you’d probably have an aneurysm. However, if I told you that that person inherited a crumbling housing market. Big banks that were too big to fail so they had to bail them out. They also inherited a crumbling automobile industry. That person also had companies shipping jobs to other countries so people got laid off therefore more people collect welfare and unemployment benefits. Had to prevent two new wars. And that person also inherited the biggest recession since The Great Depression. Now that all those things have been introduced to the equation, that 6.5 trillion, albeit it is still a tremendously large number, seems a little bit more reasonable.
Then there’s other things that the presidents cannot account for. Such as inflation, a do nothing congress, population increase, and other things. While Obama has collected the most debt in the shortest amount of time, if you put the debt numbers at the time of The Great Depression into what they would be today I am almost certain Herbert Hoover would have accumulated a similar amount of debt. I’m not saying Obama doesn’t have some faults because he has faults and he is to blame for some things. I’m just saying rather than spread half lies put everything out there and allow people to come to their own conclusions.
I was walking to class the other day when I suddenly realized something. The guys running for president could be cast as different archetype bullies.
Newt Gingrich is the archetype old school bully. Everybody knows this kind of bully. The one that’s just overbearing in size and personality. He uses his size as an advantage and just pushes every body out of his way. He steals your lunch money, gets money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, then when he’s called on it he twists it and makes himself look like the good guy.
Then there’s Rick Santorum. He’s the archetype religious bully. He’s clean cut, wears sweater vests, says things like sex before marriage is bad, and uses the bible to justify his bullying of homosexuals. You know he quotes the bible and says ” You too can be saved if only you come out of your deviant lifestyle.” And people like him because that is what the bible says.
You also have Ron Paul. He’s the small bully who nobody picks on because they think he’s crazy. He’ll say some crazy junk and belittle people but, at the end of the day people don’t want to take him seriously. Then one day out of nowhere he comes up to the school and just starts pounding on the 300 pound line man and people think to themselves “Oh shit. That guy was serious.” Thus, he gains respect and becomes a more effective bully.
Let’s not forgot good ol’ Mitt. Now Mitt is different than any other bully. You never really see him commit acts of bullying but deep down inside you know he had some thing to do with you getting your lunch money stolen and your ass kicked. He’s the smart bully, the one who has his friends break you down and then he comes in and just says a few words to you and you know he was the one who had you beat up.
Finally there’s the President himself. Obama is completely different from any other bully because really he’s not one. Every body knows this guy or at least knows of this guy. Obama is the star athlete who sees people getting bullied but doesn’t do anything. Not because he likes seeing people getting bullied but because he’s afraid what it might do to his reputation. He’s tried once before to stand up for the bullied but he suffered for it. People called him a nerd lover or a nerd himself and he’s tried almost everything but none of it works. So because nothing he has tried works he just gives up and allows the bullying to continue. Therefore, even though he’s not a bully by doing nothing he is one.