Archive for May, 2010

Will Obama Hold Another Press Conference?

May 15, 2010


I like regular press conferences and feel I deserve them as a citizen. President Obama outshines any president, since Kennedy, with his substance and style, so it’s also a treat when I see him do battle… The media, however, needs to grow up, get back to investigative over yellow journalism, and regain any respect they lost during the Bush regime.
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Oil Spill Hearings In Congress: Companies Blame Each Other, Refuse Responsibility

May 11, 2010


Throw the money changers out of the temple!

Here we go again, shifting the blame. We’re all to blame: consumers who waste energy, remain uninformed, and don’t participate to solve our nation’s problems, powerful companies that put profits before safety and evironmental stewardship, and then say they’re sorry in public, but kill reforms behind the scenes, and a government and Congress that let the big oil and coal companies–and all their Halliburtons–Wall Street, and the insurance industry rule and get away with treason and murder.

This is another in a series of national emergencies affecting us all, the entire world. Pundits need to give it a rest, as they are part of the problem; while legitimate news outlets, the government, and the Congress need to investigate and explain their findings and solutions, so we can have an immediate and effective response to the current crisis. Companies responsible for screwing over the public need to be taxed, fined, reformed, and regulated.

The people need to wise up, throw the money changers out of the temple, and prepare to sacrifice. The president’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform needs to hurry up and make its report. The government and Congress must implement the recommendations. We all need to change!
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People participate as they’re included.

May 6, 2010

For our democracy to work, it must include all its citizens. The way to include citizen participation is through necessary reforms. No true reform can take place as long as we have a corrupt government pandering to the special interests of corporations. Reform, therefore, must start in Congress with full public financing of elections. My personal goal here is to get the corporate lobbyists out of the halls of Congress and replace them with citizen lobbyists, so democracy works for everyone.

Strict regulatory reforms are necessary to thwart the unfair influence and control over our government by the insurance industry, the Wall Street banks and investment houses, and the big oil and coal companies. To accomplish this, members of Congress need to get their hands out of the pockets of corporate America. Common Cause, a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen’s lobbying organization, promotes open, honest and accountable government. Their formula for clean elections makes sense as it will:
1. Make candidates and election officials accountable only to the public interest, rather than powerful, special interests.
2. Save taxpayer dollars by reducing inappropriate giveaways to campaign contributors.
3. Make elections fair by leveling the playing field for candidates.
4. Allow politicians to spend less time fundraising, so they can spend more time addressing national priorities.
5. Give all citizens, regardless of wealth, a fair shot to be heard and participate in every step of the democratic process.
6. Reinvigorate our democracy by helping to reengage voters and increase voter turnout.

For further explanation of this formula, go to http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=d. It is only as the loudest Voice in Washington, D.C. becomes that of the people, will the people be able to take back their government and democracy. Clean elections will have informed citizens participate and feel included. This participation and inclusion will force transparency as the public’s business becomes public. Other necessary reforms and oversight of corporate America and government operations will become routine, and we will ALL benefit.

Bloomberg ‘Terror Gap’ Argument Shot Down By Pro-Gun GOP Senators

May 5, 2010


I agree with Mayor Bloomberg. We need some common sense here. The second amendment’s purpose was to guarantee states the right to keep a militia. Today’s states have National Guards, and our country has a standing army. Have the times changed, or what? Current federal law allows the government to block gun sales for a very limited number of reasons, and being on a terror watch list should be one of them. Like the Wall Street banks, the insurance industry, and the big oil and coal companies, the NRA has too much influence in Washington, and members of Congress can get their hands out of the pockets of corporate America by passing campaign public financing.
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Oil Spill Leads To HUGE Drop In Market Cap Of BP, Halliburton

May 3, 2010


David vs. Goliath!

This BP spill reinforces the fear and disgust Main Street Americans already have for corporate America. The Wall Street banks, the insurance industry, and the big oil companies are out for themselves only. Enough with their profits at our expense! The idea that BP is having coastal residents sign waivers capping damages at $5,000 is revolting! What is protecting a way of life worth?

Senators proposing legislation to hike oil company spill liability must see the light of day, but what about including Halliburton? The DEMS need to go public on this because I expect GOPers will block this legislation. And just as immigration reform activists have taken to the streets across America, the anti-corporate Davids of our contry need to do the same now. This is the eleventh hour to save our environment and way of life. We need to take down Goliath!
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