Monday, August 29, 2011
I wonder if Governor Rick Scott plans to apologize to those "Welfare Recipients" that he smeared and said were all drug addicts. In Rick's quest to end aid to all of those black "welfare queens" that Reagan made up, the governor wasted $178 billion of the taxpayer's money that could have been spend on JOBS.
"Ninety-eight percent passed. And the process will cost the state $178 million."~~Catherine Whittenburg, The Tampa Tribune~~
Most drug addicts steal or work or scam to support their drug habits. Someone needs to start doing drug testing on some of these politicians because, lately, some of their proposals make me think that they might be beaming up Scottie.
"For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household." Some of these folks that are out there fleecing the sheep are beginning to act a little strange here lately. Typing in tongues? I Know that there is such a thing as speaking in tongues in certain faiths, but typing in tongues, uh no! Some folks need to be careful about whose table they sit at to feast with. All manna is not good manna!
Why is it that Ms. Wannabe slave owner and the rest of the GOP candidates seems to think that Corporations and rich folks are deprived, unfortunate, and needy? Not only does Bachmann and the GOP candidates have their eye on eliminating social security, Bachmann is considering taking it a step further it seems and lower minimum wage. Are we closer to a serfdom than we think?
And Ron Paul he is really longing for the good ole days when women didn't have rights, Jim Crow was in place, interracial marriage was against the law, and there was no vaccine for polio. I keep telling folks that little old man is dangerous. A zebra does not change its spots. Speaking of spots, that Rick Perry sure has a lot of them.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
More and more those on the right of the political arena are falsely spitting out those old traditional stereotypes of lazy, incompetent, inferior blacks as a distraction to stop people from talking about those wealthy folks who are really on the receiving end of HANDOUTS. One of their favorite distractions is that ALL blacks want are handouts. Nope, all blacks want are jobs, so where are the jobs?
The faultiness in that logic is that there are just as many blacks, if not more, standing in those job recruiting lines as whites, Asians, Hispanics/Latinos’ because the unemployment rate is more higher among black Americans than any other group of people. However, those on the right want to keep up with the false pretense that it’s those lazy, incompetent, inferior black folks. Not those tax dodging Corporations!
President Bush bailed out the Savings & Loans industry with $500 billion of the taxpayer's money -- enough to fund 20 years of federal AFDC. ~~Steve Kangas~~
When the office of President was held by ex-President Reagan, we were bombarded with stories of black welfare queens driving a Cadillacs and the “Welfare Queen Myth." Even though, that was an outright lie because none existed! In fact, there were more whites on welfare than blacks. Nevertheless, single mothers in all color groups with children were struggling to make food in the house stretch until the next month without much success. They were told to stock up on peanut butter and make sandwiches and lectured on eating healthy with less resources to do so, which was an insult that would help create the next attack on the poor.
Those on the right and some on the left can continue to fabricate that story about entitlements being the cause of a bad economy, but they know who the real culprits are and how Corporate Welfare culture rose. In addition, Congress knows what welfare reform resulted in, but some folks when it comes to money do not have a conscience, especially if they are possibly sharing in the loot. An example of a single poor mother's job search:
"But her spirits soon took a blow as she launched her search for work. At an interview for a restaurant job, her status as a single mother quickly emerged as a disqualifier, she said."~~Janell Ross, Black Voices~~
“The manager just told me, ‘Why would I hire you when I have like 10 people with college degrees and no children who want this job?’” she recalled. “’They aren’t going to need to leave when there is a problem with day care.’ That really opened my eyes. I didn't stop looking, but I kind of knew I might not find anything.”~~Janell Ross, Black Voices~~
Nevertheless, the Congress would rather snatch the crumbs of food out the mouth of the poor than to even suggest that the rich cut down on their caviar or lobsters. The poor do not have lobbyist to dangle carrots in any of the Congressperson's face as an incentive to fight in their behalf. Of course, now the GOP is targeting grandma and grandpa who have already had their cost of living raise frozen since 2009. Yet, the cost of living in America hasn't stop rising.
Americans are beginning to wake up and realize that "We the People" excludes the poor and middleclass and has changed to "We the Corporations."
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Dear Rep. Barbara Lee, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Can We Talk?
By Joan Ruaiz, on August 18th, 2011
As a constituent who resides in your district, I just want to weigh in on the hatred and political divisiveness that I hear and read about on the news and on the Internet. There are forces working very hard at making sure that President Obama is defeated in 2012. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they took an oath or signed a pledge to that effect.
The newest political strategy is to turn the African-American community against the first black president. The idea is to get black folks to scream at the President and to threaten to withhold our support come November 2012. Due to the very high unemployment rate in the black community, this could be an easy sell. The well-paid professional propagandists don’t ask African-Americans to lay the blame for the lack of employment at the feet of the business world (which is hoarding up a couple of trillions in their rainy-day fund), or to consider the fact that governors everywhere are cutting down on the public sector workforce (comprised of large numbers of black Americans per capita), or to holler at the Republican-dominated House, which has blocked most of the job-creating programs introduced by Democrats. Instead, they want us to aim our fire solely at our President and to blame him for 30 years of white men’s policies.
Now, I have already informed myself on what this President has done to help the American population in general, and African-Americans in particular.
Considering 2.7 years as the current timetable of his accomplishments, I would note that President Obama has reformed the health care system, which will provide subsidies for lower-income individuals who may not currently be covered (many who are AA), and also provides funding for badly needed community clinics, while doing away with pre-existing condition restrictions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease, all ailments suffered in alarming rates by members of the black community.
In addition, women will soon get birth control free of charge if insured, which means that women who were previously going to Planned Parenthood – because, even with insurance, they couldn’t afford the price of contraceptives – won’t need to anymore. This leaves women who are uninsured more resources to get birth control via Planned Parenthood. Plus, the stimulus saved the biggest health care provider to the black community, the various state Medicaid programs. As well, the President closed the Medicare donut hole in prescription drugs, reduced seniors’ prescription prices by 50% through the use of generic drugs, and sent $250 payments to seniors to make up to the lack of a COLA increase for two years now.
Further, the President literally, by his lonesome, saved the auto industry (while being criticized for it all the while), and in so doing saved many jobs held by African-Americans in the Midwest. No less, the Cash for Clunkers program provided needed cash to those with clunkers permanently parked or about to stop running.
Benefiting young people who are attempting to afford rising college tuition, President Obama increased Pell grants, supported funding community colleges at unprecedented levels, and reformed the private student loan programs to eliminate the middleman, thereby reducing loan interest rates. He also revamped the actual repayment of loan programs, reducing them to not more than 10% of income, while providing incentives to those who would choose community service careers. His credit card reform bill stopped the predatory practice of credit card companies gifting young people with the ability to ruin their credit at an early age (something that hits our community harder than most). He is also cracking down on for-profit educational enterprises, some of which charge outrageous fees for inferior post-secondary education. These same young people are now able to stay insured under their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26, whether they are enrolled in school part-time, full-time or not at all.
For the younger children, President Obama is responsible for signing a bill insuring healthier meals are served in our nation’s public schools, thereby addressing the issue of childhood obesity, a subject that affects more children in the African-American community than in others. Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign is also addressing this serious issue. And we shouldn’t forget that early in his term, President Obama provided healthcare to 11 million additional children via the CHIP program previously vetoed by President Bush.
As states cut funding for public education, President Obama recently allowed waivers to states to do away with strict requirements set by No Child Left Behind, requirements which would have marked many of the public schools in low-income neighborhoods for closure. He has also invested in the development and replication of successful charter school programs, again focusing on low-income communities, while rewarding teachers who plan to teach in such areas.
President Obama has assisted all Americans, which includes African-American workers, by providing a payroll tax reduction (beneficial to workers who may or may not pay income tax), extended unemployment benefits, kept income tax low for the working class, and signed financial reform into law (which benefits our community largely because minorities were especially hard hit by the subprime mortgage crisis). There is also the up and coming Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which promises to be on the side of consumers, and we as black people are certainly that!
I cannot forget that the first black president increased military pay and improved veterans’ health care, is drawing down troops in Iraq, and has set a timeline for our departure from Afghanistan.
Lastly, President Obama instituted reform of crack cocaine sentencing, and the deadly killer, the tobacco industry. And – lo and behold – black farmers were recently finally awarded their long awaited settlement!
I may have forgotten a few other accomplishments that have been of assistance to the black community, but this letter is getting rather lengthy.
Now, that is not to say there is not much more to do, because of course there certainly is, and another four years would be a good start. But no president has ever been perfect, and this one should not be exempted from that rule. But I’m puzzled as to why some would want to believe that the majority of a particular minority group, who stood by FDR even as FDR basically cut them out of the new Social Security program as a compromise with Southern Democrats to get the bill passed, and who idolized JFK without gaining the rights that they were fighting for at the time, and who supported Bill Clinton, who gutted welfare, signed NAFTA, and then lied about having sex with “that” woman, would now be encouraged to drop their support of a black president who has done what I have listed in such a short time amidst political provocateurs and opportunists throwing rocks at him from the Left and the Right. It makes no common sense to me. In fact, it only tells me that we must insure that our community is well informed, so that we all hold steadfast, even as the most spoiled and entitled in this nation attempt to hoodwink us into believing that somehow we are worse off with this president than we have been with any other.
The Obama presidency is not about him, nor is it about black people. His presidency is about good common-sense governance for all Americans, while dealing with incredible odds and looking hateful enemies in the eye. Every day they conjure up ways to destroy this nation, just to say it happened on his watch. My bumper sticker statements are that ObamaCares, while Republicans won’t, and we shouldn’t turn our backs on him, we should cover his.
Thank you for your time and for your wonderful work, as I know that you have contributed to much of the changes I have mentioned. I support you and all that you do. I’m glad that we fighting on the same side. Stay as strong as you are, and I will do the same.
Alameda County Resident and Voter
and Oakland Small Business Owner
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Last night I watched the news and debates. I felt like I was watching a revisionist version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that eliminated the witch in the story entirely and instead the Republican nominees were the ones handing out the poison apples. I even fell asleep after watching it.
Wannabee slave owner Michelle Bachmann seems unable to resist using her coded antebellum idealogy language. She stated that she "fought President Obama at the tip of the spear" implying that President Obama was a savage. When the Barack Obama won the Presidential election, she called implied that he was unAmerican. Missy Bachmann appears to be unable to resist letting us darkies know that she does not think we belong here in America. Surprisingly, she hasn't slipped yet and told us to go back to Africa yet. I guess she'll announce that if she wins the President position. That is after she's picked out her slaves. And yet she brags about her only accomplishment being the right of citizens to be able to choose the lightbulb of their choice. Wow! Granny--->scratching her head trying to figure out what is so extraordinary about that.
Don't you just love it how hard some black Republicans bend over backwards to pretend that they have not been insulted or denigrated by their fellow white Republicans. Wallace actually asked Cain if he knew enough to be President. Cain must have missed the memo that white Republicans believe that black men lack intelligence and are not fit to lead.
Cain showed all thirty-two in an interview with Hannity the ex-bartender. Yup, he was just a peeling back his lips and showing his teeth for Hal Turner's pal Sean Hannity. Cain is the owner of "Godfather's Pizza" and I don't think that refers to godfather of a godchild either, not the way he talks out the side of his mouth. I was taught to never trust a man that talks out the side of their mouth.
Ron Paul made good points about ending the war. Nevertheless, one can't help but wonder if his heart is in the right place seeing how he is the Conservative Citizens Council choice for a candidate. Especially, since the CCC is known for not being too black folk friendly. In addition, Ron Paul has wrote some articles that are not black folk friendly neither. Being the President means President of "all" the people, not just "white" people.
Did Pawlently call the President a killer? That is so disrespectful, but it seems the Republicans have a habit of disrespecting the President like it is as normal as apple pie. However, I have to admit I did enjoy him calling Bachmann out on her deceptional practice of making false statements on national televison. In spite of the fact, it went over her followers head because today she scored the highest in the polls. Those poision apples must have been double dipped.
Rick Santorum was acting like a spoiled brat having a mild temper tantrum because he did not get to finish what he had to say.
I do not understand why Mitt Romney reminds me of an animated mannequin. He is so artifical! How can anyone take him serious? He is the king of flip-flopping. Romney implied that the President wasn't intelligent and does not love this country. I'm wondering what it takes for a person who graduated with honors to be intelligent in Romney's book? Should the President go out and tattoo I love this country on his forehead? Would that help?
The last dwarfs well...forget it. Nevertheless, what would Snow White be without a prince? Rick Perry who chose not to participate in the debates. Rick is the prince of seccessionist. Imagine that he wants to run for an office of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, but wanted to separate from the Union not too long ago. Perry is the same governor that advocated carrying guns on school campuses.
What's scary is that fact that most of the Republican candidates are speaking of less government, but are running for government positions. Or either they are what's wrong with government. How can people like that serve in government, especially if they're against government?
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Well folks after returning back from my trip back South, I am beginning to hear more and more talk about slavery and proposals for some new voting laws coming from those white folks on the rights. It appears that those folks are longing for the good ole days when they could sit on their asses, drink mint julips, and fan flies all day while they once again profiting off those of a darker hue's free labor.
I do believe that Michelle Bachmann fantasy is to have a few slaves of her own, since she seems to think that there is nothing wrong with owning other human beings or exploiting them for free labor. In fact, she seems to be recommending it as good for us black folks. I'd like to recommend a straight-jacket for her because she is not playing with a full deck. In addition, someone needs to tell her that Gone With the Wind was a movie and she is far from being Scarlet O'Hara. In fact, she reminds me more of Chucky's Bride, well...she does look like that little doll with those glazed eyes of hers.
Could that be why she and her husband get handouts from the government to subsidize their farm? Must be for all those slaves Bachmann has been daydreaming about having if she gets to be President of Racist America. She is one crazy woman that I bet can't wait to get her hands on one of our Mandingo brothas. After seeing a picture of her husband and observing her mannerism, I think I know why.
Bill Flax, a columnist for Forbes must be having a few back in the day fantasies himself. It seems that ole Billy Boy has come up with a creative way to bring back Jim Crow. And even some whites folks see through his proposal and think that he should be added to the scumbag of the year list:
- A basic literacy assessment;
- A non-partisan test ensuring competency of basic constitutional principles;
- A stake in the community reflected by property, employment or other measures;
- Restrict the franchise to lessen conflicts of interest regarding state employees, lobbyists, contractors, etc.;
- Surrender one’s voting privileges when seeking public assistance ~~Todd Gregory, Media Matters~~
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Never in a million years would I have thought that the day would come when Congress would steal a dollar out of fifteen cents. However, that is exactly what they’ve done with the new debt deal and the people let them. After all the poor and elderly barely have fifteen cents or a pot to piss in. I guess the pot to piss in will be next on the agenda after they finish stealing grandma and grandpa’s checks and subtle senior citizen genocide.The Republicans have gone out of their way to make the rich wealthier and keep them happy. While the poor and newly poor (unemployed middle class) well… Congress does not give two hoots about them because they don’t have enough moola or any high paying jobs to offer those Congresspersons when their term is up. Maybe, the Congress perceives only the rich as real Americans and all others as refugees because they act like our votes do not count. Congress proved that they are stone deaf to the need for jobs, housing, medical care, education, and keeping our environment safe.
President Obama needed to step up his game earlier in his term and recognize that he is the Commander in Chief and not Compromiser in Chief. However, one thing in his favor is the fact that the Republicans said from the very beginning that they wanted him to fail. I got news for the President; a zebra does not change its stripes. Those folks meant what they said. They were not just whistling Dixie. Getting bills passed is fine, but sacrificing the poor and elderly to do it is not!Furthermore, he needs to realize that there are even some Democrats who are more than willing to stab him in his back then let a black man reside in the sacred White House. We are not living in Post-Racial America just yet. Nope, in fact, we’re living in Post-Racist America. You see, everything has to get worse before it gets better because without darkness you cannot see the light!
A terminally ill woman was booted off welfare for winning a back pay settlement. The amount she was booted off for did not make sense. It was not like she had struck it rich or was given an amount that she could live off for the rest of her life. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to temporarily suspend her payments, until the money was spent?It seems that in various states people are going on shooting sprees. Well, that’s to be expected when there are no jobs. People get frustrated, stressed out, and become ticking time bombs. I bet you Congress won’t pass any gun laws though. Nope, that would be too much like the right thing to do to keep folks safe. We can’t even expect them to pass laws to keep food, water, and the environment safe from big companies pollution and toxics, so why we would expect them to pass a decent gun law? Besides the gun folks have lots of money to make sure that they don’t.
I have been thinking that maybe we should start a Poor People’s Party. Each person could donate a dollar a piece or fifty cents or a widow’s mite to make a difference, since money is the only thing that seems to move Congress to take action and the only way they would consider us as real Americans. After all there are more poor people than there are rich. And the poor population is growing in leaps and bounds. Thanks to Congress those dollars and cents would add up real quick. One way to create jobs would be to fire Congress and start fresh by giving those jobs to the unemployed. Btw, what ever happened to that guy that said, “The rent is too damn high!”?