A dim view for winners

2012-11-23T00:00:00Z A dim view for winnersRoy Belluz, Lompoc Lompoc Record
November 23, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Congratulations to Democrats, young people and all who voted for our president and our current way of life. Now you own the path forward for the next four years, so stop blaming George Bush and the rest of us.

Can’t get a job after graduation, you own it. Higher health insurance costs and limited care, you own it. Watching corrupt, career politicians take more care of illegal immigrants to get a vote instead of taking care of your family and the nation’s own citizens, you own it. Trouble to get a loan to buy a home, you own it. Less take-home pay and higher living costs and taxes, you own it.

More dependency on food stamps and paying for it, you own it. Another trillion of debt each year, you own it. China controlling our world trade trampling all over us, you own it. All the new EPA regulations shutting down more small businesses and energy states making us more dependent on other countries, you own it. A volatile border with Mexico, you own it. Calling terrorist attacks workplace violence, you own it. The next terrorist attack, you own it. Whispering flexibility to Russia putting the U.S. at risk, you own it.

Our leaders not being held accountable for their actions while getting rich and being less than honest with the American people, you own it. More Benghazi situations, you own it. A nuclear Iran, you own it. More toleration of extreme and fanatical Islamists, your own it.

Taking God out of your party platform and reluctantly putting him back, you own it. A vote you may regret, you made it, so own it.

God bless the future of our America.

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  1. Conservative Cal Gal
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    Conservative Cal Gal - November 26, 2012 6:33 pm
    Excellent post and spot on Ray. You reap what you sow as it were. Curious, your insatiable radical leftist ideology is what is ruining out once great nation. Take a breath, qui spewing your crazy, unproven climate change analogies and take responsibility for your ignorant vote for a man who's main goal is the demise of America as she was founded. You want destruction, move somewhere else. Or live with the destructive America you voted and championed for. We all have to pay the price, quite literally out of our diminishing pocketbooks for your utopia fantasy. Sooner or later, you'll run out of other peoples money, then what? I'll no longer be able to support you and your "greedy" ilk. Ignorant fool.
  2. stayfree
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    stayfree - November 24, 2012 5:46 pm
    I noticed the comment about the greed of the 1 percent. Somehow or another too many Americans have been conviced that you are only greedy if you have a large bank account. I've seen some of the greediest people are some that don't have a lot. If you lie on your taxes, you are greedy. If a cashier gives you too much change back and you say nothing, you are greedy. Basicly if you do something to obtain money that is really not yours to begin with, then you are greedy. Greed is a big problem in this country. But it's not a problem that belongs just to the rich. It is a virus that has found it's way into all levels of the social economic spectrum.
  3. JustCurious
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    JustCurious - November 23, 2012 11:15 am
    More on ALEC! United States of ALEC

    Using interviews, documents, and field reporting, the episode explores ALEC’s self-serving machine at work, acting in a way one Wisconsin politician describes as “a corporate dating service for lonely legislators and corporate special interests.”

    http://billmoyers.com/segment/united-states-of-alec/

    And more on Money in Politics!

    FYI lest you think Potter is a liberal, commie, or whatever the GOP/TP "label of the day is" - A REPUBLICAN, Potter advised George H.W. Bush during his 1988 bid for the presidency, and Sen. John McCain during his 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns.

    Trevor Potter on Big Money’s Election Effect
    November 16, 2012
    Former Federal Election Commission Chairman Trevor Potter — the lawyer who advised Stephen Colbert on setting up a super PAC — dissects the spending on the most expensive election in American history. Many voices are claiming “money didn’t matter, Citizens United wasn’t a factor,” but Potter disagrees.

    http://billmoyers.com/segment/trevor-potter-on-big-moneys-election-effect/

    Wake up and smell exactly what is "trickling down"... Hint: that yellow stiff ain't gold dust!
  4. JustCurious
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    JustCurious - November 23, 2012 10:48 am
    "Our leaders not being held accountable for their actions while getting rich and being less than honest with the American people, you own it."

    The Republicans primarily but both sides "own" this one! Take a look at ALEC for a prime example - the greedy 1% writing bills for politicians to simply sign their name to and try to "shove it through" into law!

    ALEC- Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Legislative_Exchange_Council#ALEC_mission_statement_language_included_in_bills

    ALEC provides a forum for corporations and legislators to collaborate on "model bills"—draft legislation which the corporations would like to become law. The model bills are then introduced by ALEC's legislative members, and approximately 200 per year become law.[

    ALEC mission statement language included in bills
    In November 2011, Florida State Representative Rachel Burgin (R), introduced legislation to call on the federal government to reduce its corporate tax rate. The text still included the boilerplate "WHEREAS, it is the mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council to advance Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty..."The bill was quickly withdrawn, the phrase removed, and was resubmitted as HM717.

    ALEC's membership list and the origin of its model bills were not disclosed; BusinessWeek wrote that "part of ALEC's mission is to present industry-backed legislation as grass-roots work." ALEC's role in drafting and distributing model legislation through its lawmaker members became public knowledge as the result of a Freedom of Information Act filing and a leak of ALEC's internal library of model legislation, resulting in scrutiny and controversy over the group's role in the legislative process. The New York Times wrote that "special interests effectively turn ALEC’s lawmaker members into stealth lobbyists, providing them with talking points, signaling how they should vote, and collaborating on bills affecting hundreds of issues like school vouchers and tobacco taxes."

    It's way past time to get the money out of politics!! And it's up to ALL "We the People" to demand it! Our voices/votes do matter as evidenced in this past election when the majority correctly voted down Prop 32!!



  5. JustCurious
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    JustCurious - November 23, 2012 10:30 am
    Take a break for a few hours from your boob tube and battling your way through the earlier & earlier capitalistic money grab called Black Friday now on Thursday and go see “Lincoln” – a Republican. As stated in an article in the NY Times:

    In the Gettysburg phase, a leader expresses grand ideas. This, frankly, is relatively easy. Lots of people embrace grand ideals or all-explaining ideologies. But satisfied with that they become morally infantile. They refuse to compromise, insult their opponents and isolate themselves on the perch of their own solipsism. (Solipsism = the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.)

    But a politician like Lincoln takes the next step in the trajectory. He has to deal with other people. Spielberg’s “Lincoln” does a nice job celebrating an underappreciated art, the art of legislating.

    Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln
    Lincoln successfully led his country through its greatest constitutional, military, and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization.

    With almost no support in the South, Lincoln swept the North and was elected president in 1860.

    The Thirteenth Amendment completed the abolition of slavery in the United States, which had begun with President Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

    The Thirteenth Amendment is the first of the Reconstruction Amendments. It was followed by the Fourteenth Amendment (civil rights in the states), in 1868, and the Fifteenth Amendment (which bans racial voting restrictions), in 1870.

    And...

    As the leader of the moderate faction of the Republican party, Lincoln found his policies and personality were "blasted from all sides": Radical Republicans demanded harsher treatment of the South, War Democrats desired more compromise, Copperheads despised him, and irreconcilable secessionists plotted his death.

    Politically, Lincoln fought back with patronage, by pitting his opponents against each other, and by appealing to the American people with his powers of oratory.

    His Gettysburg Address of 1863 became the most quoted speech in American history. It was an iconic statement of America's dedication to the principles of nationalism, republicanism, equal rights, liberty, and democracy. At the close of the war, Lincoln held a moderate view of Reconstruction, seeking to reunite the nation speedily through a policy of generous reconciliation in the face of lingering and bitter divisiveness.

    Sound familiar? In the 21st Century the radical right would like to take us "Back to the future"! Just can't accept the fact that "old, white, men" are no longer exclusively commandeering this country! And a news flash for you too - continue to debunk Science .... Mother Nature doesn't listen to political rhetoric...the sea level IS rising and we, our children, and future generations will pay a high price without some serious regulations enacted NOW to protect Mother Earth!

    Do yourself a favor and take the time out to go see "Lincoln" .... and tomorrow shop locally - "Small Business Saturday" - Support our local small businesses and keep 100% of your money in our own community!

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