Power is Given. Don’t You Forget It.

In this video, Cenk Uygur (The Young Turks), pretty much repeats everything I’ve been saying in this blog about the economy, and then adds a lot of points I hadn’t even thought of or else couldn’t prove to my satisfaction.

He seems to predict some real trouble (not teabagger trouble, but REAL trouble) ahead if those in our government — not just Republicans but Democrats as well — fail to address some basic truths.  What are those basic truths?  You know, stuff like the fact that the economy we have now cannot support more than a few people.

The only thing I have to add is that those in power need to keep one basic thing in mind: power is given.

The teabaggers, that collection of woefully frightened muttonheads, talk of revolution but have no idea what they are talking about as they only seek to keep things the way they are so those nice millionaires/billionaires running the teabagger show can remain comfortable and happy.  The truth is far uglier than teabaggers hurling grammar-and-logic-free platitudes around and indulging themselves in feeling hurt and angry because a black man is in the White House, then electing a bunch of morons who can’t think past stuff like eliminating Medicare/Medicaid, getting rid of unemployment insurance, saving Christmas (from what is not clear), starting more wars, supporting the status quo in healthcare, totally outlawing abortion, and protecting guns — all to appease their angry god and all, of course, in the name of freedom.  That kind of faux revolution is about as viable in the real world as a video game.  It only produces sound bites and takes our eyes off the real problems.  It’s a snow job, a smoke screen, or whatever other cliche you want to call it.  I prefer “waste of time.”

What Cenk is talking about here is far more serious than any teabagger can imagine.  He’s talking about falling through that fragile U.S. “socialist” safety net and into the giant black hole. That, my friends, is real.

I think it’s only when that starts happening to enough people (and it will if the Republicans have their way and Obama keeps tiptoeing around with blinders on), that the point I make — that power is given — will become painfully clear.

That is to say, I agree with him.

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What’s going on

This lengthy article sums it up better than I ever could.  The article states why no teabagger is ever going to fix the economy. In short, it tells you in sobering terms what’s really going on.

READ THIS.

Key paragraph from the article:

So what are we to do about Big Money in politics buying off democracy? I can almost hear him throwing that question back at us: “What are we to do? ORGANIZE! Yes, organize—and don’t count the costs.” Some people already are. They’re mobilizing. There’s a rumbling in the land. All across the spectrum people oppose the escalating power of money in politics. Fed-up Democrats. Disillusioned Republicans. Independents. Greens. Even Tea Partiers, once they wake up to realize they have been sucker-punched by their bankrollers who have no intention of sharing the wealth.

Banks are bad neighbors

If you listen to the media, now is the time for people who had been shut out of the housing market not only to buy, but to get almost anything they want at a reasonable price.

Guess again, my gullible ones.  While that should be the case, the fact is that most of the vacant houses now peppering the suburbs of the Chicago area are owned by banks, and those banks are lousy neighbors.

First problem — the one that most people do know about — is that banks just aren’t lending.  But the question never seems to be asked: what happens to those foreclosed houses that no one can buy because they can’t get a mortgage?

Answer: they rot for years while the banks drag their heels on paperwork.  Once they are completely nonviable they are sold to people who have enough money to pay cash, tear the houses down, and build monstrous McMansions in their places.  In short, they are replacing the nonviable with the unsellable.  But nobody cares, because the taxes on those unsellable McMansions are stratospheric, and the builders pay the taxes sometimes for years without anyone actually living in the house…until they declare bankruptcy and the McMansions are foreclosed and the whole process starts all over again.

It’s the same thing that was going on during the housing bubble.  To put it simply, towns all over the area are slowly being bought by a few rich people instead of a lot of non-rich people who could have actually lived in them, cared for them, been part of the community for decades and paid taxes.

And what of the rest of the vacant houses — the ones that sit empty while the banks drag their heels for years on the paperwork?  Like I just said, they are rotting, attracting rodents and human vermin, causing eyesores and hazards and already-plunging property values to plunge even further.  And the town governments are doing nothing to stop it because heck, they’re enjoying the short-term reward of property taxes.

This is Bush’s bail-out at work, folks.  I guess a Teabagger would call it the “free market” and the “American way” — of course unless they had already called it “Obama’s bail-out,” (which they undoubtedly would do),  in which case it would be “socialism.”  Lovely, isn’t it.  Not very helpful, either.

I think a national discussion needs to be opened about who is benefiting from all these vacant houses, and who is not.  The media have dropped the ball on this one, so let’s start the talk ourselves.  It may be the only way to bring the truth out into the open and, perhaps, get some changes made.

Starting to notice the truth, are they?

A weekend must-read: How the Republicans Ruined the Economy.

A note to wingnuts: Obama didn’t do it.  Read it and weep, morons.

And to the rest of us: there’s so much truth in this article that it needs to be published in a leather-bound manual with “Bible” embossed on the cover.  At least, that’s the only way it’ll get the Repugs’ attention, right?

As an extra added treat, watch this.

In need of explanation

I’ve had a lot of time to contemplate lately, so you’d think I’d have figured some of this stuff out.  However, there are things I don’t think I’ll ever understand, such as:

(1) Why is it so admirable that one of the top right-wing radio slack-jaws claims to be a “Constitutional lawyer” when at the same time it is so awful that Obama is a Constitutional lawyer?

(2) Why is it so okay that Sarah Palin knows nothing about anything and keeps proving it, and so awful that Obama has an education and sometimes uses it?

(3) During the last months of the ’08 Presidential campaign, why was it so okay that Sarah Palin had done nothing but fail at a series of public offices, but not okay that Obama had no prior Presidential experience (after all, McCain still hasn’t any and God forbid Ms. Palin gets anywhere near the White House).

(4) There’s currently a “petition” going around to have a law passed to require people to take drug tests before receiving welfare.  Now, think this through: how is this supposed to work?  And what will we do about all those people who are out earning a living while abusing drugs?  Does getting a paycheck make it okay?  Why?  They’re still doing something illegal, aren’t they?  What about the people who make a living pushing drugs?  I’m not just talking about illegal drugs, but pharmaceuticals like that stuff you use to make your eyelashes darker or thicker or whatever the hell it is?  (I will be writing an article about this issue in the near future.)

(5) This one is going to get me labeled a “racist,” but I don’t get it that people who are living here and are not citizens or legal residents of this country (and in many cases don’t want to be) can have the nerve to demand their “rights.”  Sorry honeys, you have as many rights here as do U.S. citizens living abroad — not many.  No reason for it to be different here.

(6) If you are sitting there fuming that I’m a racist, tell me which race I am discriminating against with that remark.  I already know your answer, and because of that I get to call you a racist because you automatically made that assumption.  I’m not a racist, Hoss, and illegal aliens do not come from only one “race.”  In fact, where I live, most of them come from eastern Europe.  And I’m eastern European.

Now will you explain #5 to me — in non-racist terms, please?  Can you?  I’m waiting.

(7) I don’t understand why people keep trying to rehabilitate George W. Bush’s image. I read an article the other day about how he’s suddenly so popular…right.  He screwed up this country and most people I know are still well aware of that.  They hardly miss him.  If Bush’s P.R. firm thinks we’re going to elect Jeb Bush as President if they can convince us that Georgie was so wonderful, then they need to be tested for drugs.

(8) The other day I heard something that indicated that the Republicans are going to introduce a bill to outlaw “death panels.”  That’s like outlawing the Bogey Man.  I don’t get it.  Why do they get to waste our time and taxpayer money outlawing things that are figments of their imaginations?  I guess it’s easier than tackling real issues, but still…

(8a) Maybe it wouldn’t be such a waste of legislative time and taxpayer money if we provided free anti-anxiety drugs to the Republicans?

(9) Which brings me to another thing I do not understand: the “tea party.”  How can people who do not understand the issues have any solutions for them?  Well, I have a partial answer: they don’t have any solutions.  In fact, they are against solutions.  So I’m guessing their platform is that they want to do nothing about anything.  Not very promising.

(10) And while we’re at it, I don’t get why people listen to Fox News, the Fat Man, the screech Coulter, or any of the rest.

(11) Bill Clinton…I understood some of what he was saying all along until he piped up the other day and said we need more immigrants.  I’ll have to write an article about the cruelty of his remark someday soon, because the reasons I think it is such astounding bullshit are too many for one little talking point.  (And I hear you calling me a racist again; indulge yourself, but also know that you will be dismayed at how wrong you are when you finally read what I have to say about this.)

(12) I don’t get Wall Street.  Really. Don’t. Get. It.  I guess the only fruitful line of pursuit is considering where and how did we come up with these monsters, and how can we keep from doing it again?

(13) I don’t get how people who are so dead-set against healthcare reform are also whining so much about our present system if they love it so much — unless, of course, one is a politician and had much of his campaign paid for by the healthcare industry, in which case it’s merely easier just to ignore the present healthcare system, which is what they got away with doing for many decades.

(14) I don’t get why ultra-conservative women are awarded media time.  If the world were so perfectly conservative as they wish, no one would be listening to them. As this is coming from someone who remembers the bad old days, I know what I’m talking about here.  Not long ago, women were the exception to the rule — and exceptions are not offered much of a voice, believe me.

(15) I don’t get why it is if a Democrat has a less than sterling private life, it’s a huge never-ending scandal, but if a Republican turns out to be Mr. Sodom, it’s someone else’s fault or the “liberal media” is picking on him.

(16) And while we’re at it, where is this “liberal media?”

There’s much more than I have time for, but those are the major points for this morning.   Yes, there should be a “stupid of the day” award here, but there are so many candidates that I don’t know who to give it to first.  So all I can say is, whoever resembles these remarks should take a bow.

Life after the $1,000,000.00 bungalow

Here’s what happens after the bubble bursts:

Financial Death Panels

And for some insight on another bubble that should burst ASAP, but probably won’t:

Republicans’ True Relationship to Healthcare Reform

NO SALE

Keith Olbermann says it all here and here.

Too bad the censors would have been all over him if he had used the actual language that is strong enough to be appropriate regarding this abomination of a health care “reform” bill.

As it is, though, I second Olbermann in calling Lieberman a whore.  Actually that word is too good for this asshole.  I wish Liebermann nothing but the worst.  My message to him: May you ROT, Mr. Lieberman.  I don’t even think I hated Dick Chaney as much as I hate you, and that’s a pretty hard thing to achieve.  Go to hell, Lieberman, if they will have you.

Oh, by the way I DIDN’T VOTE FOR YOU but I CAN HELP END YOUR SORRY CAREER.  I’ll join every anti-Lieberman organization I can, even give money I really can’t afford to give to those organizations in the effort to end your sorry career.  Now go away and rot. 

If nothing else, judging by his actions over the past decade, Lieberman appears to be extremely unstable, a la Sarah Palin.  That makes him unfit for office.  In that case, here’s another message: time for a rest, darling.  Or if you want, you can just crawl under a rock and rot.  Whatever you do, get the hell out of our faces.

Back to the subject of what this whore has foisted on us, I’m also with Olbermann when he says “no sale.”  As in (if you have not watched the videos yet): NO PUBLIC OPTION, NO MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE.  PERIOD.  Fucking PERIOD.

The bitch Karen Ignoramous and all the rest do NOT deserve our money, they do NOT deserve a permanent government bail-out, and they do NOT deserve to, in effect, levy taxation without representation on the people of the U.S.

Get it?  No Lieberman.  No Ignoramous.  NO SALE.

Just to try to calm down, here’s some humor to indulge in (click on name):

Lieberman