Friday, September 24, 2010

Hope you like it Blue Gal.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Keep the Bush tax cuts!

Allow the Bush tax cuts to stand, but only with an amendment. America's richest only get the benefit of tax breaks commensurate with the jobs they actually create with those tax breaks. Senators McConnell and Boehner always bray about regressive taxes killing investments in job creation and the economy but no one has ever demanded that these windfalls actually be used for economic improvements. President Obama never demanded that bailout monies be used for job creation and economic development. Instead the Republican AND Democratic parties turn a blind eye to tax gifts and bailouts being used as executive bonuses and corporate acquisitions. The fix has always been in from the beginning. Congress has handed out free money to the corporations and the richest of Americans because the Senators and Reps are a part of that "earning over $250K a year crowd". If you hand a five year old a couple of bucks without telling him it has to go in the collection plate at church, don't act all surprised and "no one could have predicted" when he spends the money on candy for himself. Oh, and the tax break comes AFTER a steady, sustaining job has been created.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Listen to the pain in their voices and then tell me that we do not need the ability to hold corporations responsible for their decisions and policies that allow people to die all in the name of shareholder earnings.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Goodbye Dave

If you read this blog over the past year you probably might recall that I was a stem cell donor last February to a man with leukemia. I called him Dave. I did not know his real name owing to the privacy agreements we all had to sign on to, but I had to call him something. I had to because even though I did not know anything of his life, his family, what he believed in or disbelieved... I was invested in this stranger's well being. I found myself to be the unknown cheerleader wishing him strength and recovery from that disease.

I learned a little more than a week ago that my anonymous friend lost his battle. At first I was just stunned to hear that he was gone and then I began to think of who else was affected by his passing. I don't know if he had a wife and children. I imagined who might have been there to mourn his loss and hopefully celebrate the life he led. I wished that I could have stood quietly there in the background as his family bid him farewell.

I hoped that someday I could have met him, to take a private walk with him on a summer evening and thank him for allowing me to do the best thing I have ever done, to get to know this man who I called Dave. Rest well Dave. You will be remembered.

Friday, July 18, 2008

On the horizon

WASHINGTON — The United States and Iraq have agreed to seek "a general time horizon" for deeper reductions in American combat troops in Iraq despite President Bush's once-inflexible opposition to talking about deadlines and timetables.

ho·ri·zon /həˈraɪzən/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[huh-rahy-zuhn]
1. the line or circle that forms the apparent boundary between earth and sky.
2. the limit or range of perception, knowledge, or the like.
3. Usually, horizons. the scope of a person's interest, education, understanding, etc.

Maybe this is the Bush administration's reluctantly offered gift of semantics to the McCain campaign. A new policy phrase, as meaningless as all the old policy phrases, but intelligently designed to offer anyone who still swallows their brand of lies some light at the end of the tunnel in the Iraq occupation. " He said they now have a horizon!, the troops will come home!" Sorry, ain't no such luck and I will prove it to you with this simple exercise.

1.Get in a boat or go out to the desert.
2. Locate the horizon.
3. Go there.

Now how long did it take you to get to the horizon? What do you mean you never got there? It was right in front of you, all you had to do was believe that the administration was telling you the truth and they have defined the apparent boundary between earth and sky using their superior range of perception and knowledge...or the like.