Discussions with 50 something, white guy Republicans

Having a few friends that fill this criteria gives me a great deal of thought. My first thought is usually “how can these guys be so dumb?”.

But then I just accept the fact that these guys are not really dumb, just uneducated as to what is really going on in the world.

First case came about a few weeks ago when golfing with three of these dudes. We were on the 8th tee when they began talking about how a professional golfer had just won 2 million dollars in a tournament and complained about only getting about $800,000 after taxes. I could only hold my silence for so long and then said. “I would be more than happy to take the $800,000 for a week’s pay and he can have my paycheck in trade. Most likely not having to pay any taxes.”

Of these three, one maybe two have enough money to not rely on Social Security for retirement income. Not that any of them would forgo the income but, I am sure they could survive nicely without it.

But I did ask them how they can show so much concern for a professional golfer that makes 2 million dollars for a week’s work and consider a single mother to be a leach on society for receiving food stamps. They went silent on me and went back to discussing their tee shots.

Then Saturday evening while sharing a few barley pops with a few other gentlemen of the same age group I mentioned how Michigan’s Republicans were raising taxes and fees to repair our dismal roads. Adding for good measure, the national Republicans were working on taking away both Social Security and Medicare. Something they will be relying on sooner than they think.

This group did seem to agree with me as to the unfairness of raising taxes on gasoline that would have a more devastating effect on lower income folk than on the wealthy few. They also expressed dismay, or was it disbelief, at my statement regarding Social Security and Medicare? Hopefully they will do some searching on this matter and maybe, just maybe they will “see the light” and stop voting Republican.

One can only hope, and continue in the efforts at educating the unknowing.

Wish me luck. 😉


Koch Brothers Now Interviewing Prospects for President

It is now public knowledge that these two Libertarian/John Birchers are interviewing candidates for their appointment to the presidency of the United States.
They have already stated their preference of Scott Walker. He is a good puppet and follows rules dutifully as he has shown us in Wisconsin.
But to be fair they have opened their doors to other potential candidates.
Criteria for selection include a willingness to eliminate Social Security and Medicare. This is in line with the brothers training as baby John Birchers.
Elimination of taxes for wealthy folks would be a plus for any possible candidate, so keep this in mind if you are considering applying.
Another topic they favor is climate change deniers. Science be dammed, we want more profits.
Social issues are not really important but anything anti-gay will be a plus on your resume as a vote getter.
Like I said, Walker has the inside track here but, if you can tastefully express hate for any and all minorities and/or poor people, you may be able to get a hearing.
Competition is expected to be fierce so apply now for the $900 million prize.
Thank you for reading and please reply if you have made an appointment with the brothers.

A Question for my friends that vote Republican

Note. “My friends that vote Republican”. Some actually have *Democratic values, but for some strange reason they vote Republican.
So friends, suppose Republicans take the white house in 2016 and hold on to the legislative branch. (House and Senate). This would give them control of all three branches of the federal government.

If this were to take place, there would be an elimination of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, all Republican goals.

And more likely than not, at least one invasion of a mid-eastern country. Oil producing mid-eastern country to be specific.

Additional goals would be a law banning unions and various worker’s rights. Abortion may or may not be banned it is still being used affectively as a get out the vote tool.

Now the question is: If this takes place, would you still blame Obama for your pain and suffering, or would you just say “we all have to make sacrifices for the good of the country”?

You can submit your answer here via a comment or just drop me an email. I sit with bated breath awaiting your replies.

*Democratic values, one Republican voting friend recently told me that water for personal use should be free to all. My response “That sounds rather Democratic if not actually socialistic.”

Should be Interesting for a few years

With the Koch brothers now in complete control of a majority of state governments and the legislative branch of the national government, we should expect some drastic changes.
In Michigan, Governor Snyder has shirked his responsibility and put aside a decision as to repairing the infrastructure until next spring. Snyder and the Republican controlled legislators have decided to put any difficult decisions up for a vote. (If the people are going to make the decisions, why do we need a government?)
IMHO this decision will be to not raise taxes to pay for road repairs and additional infrastructure maintenance. However a well-planned and aggressive advertising blitz may convince the voting public to do the governor’s job for him.

More interesting will be the goings on in Washington D.C. where the Koch brother’s legislative branch will set forth on their instructed efforts of dismantling the government.

They have such lofty goals as:
Removal of the minimum wage.
Make the United States a right to work (for less) nation
Privatize Social Security
Approval of the Keystone pipeline
Elimination of public education
Elimination of Medicare and Medicaid, you can swap chickens for health care
They will not touch the abortion issue as this will continue to be a strong get out the vote incentive.

It will be fun for us political junkies to watch closely, as President Obama uses his veto power on many of these controversial bills.
So my friends, get ready for a couple of raucous years.
And stay tuned for further developments. 😉

Continuing the conversation with a Republican

Yesterday I shared something from a lady Republican and promised to share my discussion with the man today.
Background information. This man is a college educated professional with his own business.
We first talked politics prior to the mid-term elections. He told me he agrees with many Democratic values, free speech and so on. But he votes Republican for tax purposes. He is of the opinion that Republicans tax him less than Democrats. This may be true for a business man but, I have been paying taxes all my life and do not remember getting any special breaks from either party.
What they give from one hand they take away with the other hand.
Now here is something that piqued my interest.
After the Republicans took a firm grasp on our government at both state and national levels, this guy seemed to be pulling away from his support of Republicans. He said it really doesn’t make much difference who is in charge, the government itself is the problem. Yesterday he was pro Republican, today he is just anti-government. He is glad that his “team” is in charge but does not want to take any responsibility for what happens next. Appears he is hedging his bets expecting the Republicans to really screw things up.
He uttered a few comments critical of the affordable health care act. Telling me we were soon going to be waiting in line like they do in Canada. Telling me Medicare is responsible for the increase in healthcare costs and the restricted payments given to doctors will result in an exodus of doctors.
I told him of two medical doctors that have told me they are happy with the affordable care act and the results of the act.
In an effort to give him another perspective on medical care in the U.S. I then told him to hold his nose and watch the movie “Sicko” by Michael Moore. He told me he hates Michael Moore. When asked why he said because Moore is a millionaire and he criticizes millionaires, he is a hypocrite. I told him so what? Moore does not condemn anyone for being successful in their career and becoming a millionaire.
In listening to this guy I get the impression he is sharing opinions as facts. Next time I will pin him to the wall and ask for any kind of documentation for his opinions.
Health care costs going up because of Medicare?
Canadians waiting in line for health care?
These opinions became facts because of years of subtle propaganda. We must be on constant lookout to expose this bs and call the propagandists at every instance.

Open letter to Senator McCain and other WAR mongers

CC. President Obama
One question haunts me regarding the current WAR in the mid-east.
Who is going to pay for this? Or, how are we going to pay for this?
We cannot afford to put it on our MasterCard© like we did the last ones.
We cannot tax the poor, welfare cheese only goes so far.
Please don’t tell me we are going to eliminate Social Security and/or Medicare. As a fixed income senior I rely on these paid for benefits.
How about we tax the rich? That is, after all, where the money is in our current economy.
So come Senator, man up and contact your cohorts in the U.S. House and tell them to get to work on a bill to tax the rich to pay for this war.
Failing to do so will just show the public that Republicans have no fiscal responsibility or even worse they are soft on terrorism.
Please let me know the course of action you are taking ASAP, thank you.

A few words of wisdom from Michigan Representative Dan Kildee

A few words of wisdom from Michigan Representative Dan Kildee

Dan Kildee (D) Michigan spoke at the Saginaw County Democratic Party Spaghetti Dinner last night.
Kildee represents Michigan’s 5th district, the fighting fifth, as Colbert would say.
This is not an exact quote but my paraphrasing of what he said.
Kildee said he is on the budget committee and they met for 10 ½ hours discussing the budget as presented by Paul Ryan (R) Wisconsin.
Ryan’s budget included cuts and/or privatization of Medicare and Social Security, this would allow for more tax breaks for the wealthy, the “job creators”.
The Democrats on the committee introduced amendment after amendment to this budget only to be shut down by the Republicans in control.
Kildee introduced an amendment stating. Anyone making over $1 million a year should pay 30 percent in income taxes, no special deductions or exemptions. This money could be used to eliminate the deficit.
Kildee thinking back to when Eisenhower was president and the top tax rate was 91 percent, thought 30 percent would be a fair rate.
The Republicans were aghast at such a recommendation.
A Texas representative spoke out saying. “You people are just jealous.”
“You People” How many times have we heard that phrase?
Kildee’s response went along these lines.
No we are not jealous, we would like to live in a country that provides decent education to its citizens, a country that provides affordable healthcare to its citizens, a country that people can work and make a decent living without having to worry excessively about what they are going to do when they can no longer work.
None of us are jealous, if you work hard and become a millionaire, bravo for you and congratulations on a job well done.
He went on to say, we would like to live in a country where we can pass on a better world for our children and grandchildren than we have, just like our parents did for us.
This is being shared today for those who did not have the opportunity to hear Representative Kildee last night.