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November 16, 2012

After the Reality

The 2012 elections are over for some. Campaign workers are packing up and going home. Local party leaders are congratulating each other for a job well done. Voters are either elated or angry depending on which candidate had won. We are a country divided by ideologies according to the national media, but are we?

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November 24, 2011

The Real Story needs to be told

Re: It’s story time for Nugent by Paulette Lash Ritchie

Mr. Richard Nugent got back to his roots as he states after reading to first graders at Weeki Wachee K-8.  He read a book about our system of legislating using the characters in the book as House Mice and Senate Mice. What he didn’t realize is the portrayal used exemplifies most representatives in Washington mice or in some cases rats.

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September 18, 2011

Unite Voters of America

The United   States of America is divided, Left, Middle,  Right and economically in two the rich and everyone else. Because of these  divides we find confusion and apathy growing in our population day after day setting  the groundwork for a perfect political and economic storm which will  potentially have catastrophic results affecting everyone not seen since the  great depression. In war one of the most important strategic maneuvers is to  separate and divide. Are we at war and with whom? 

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August 5, 2011

What Time is it Folks

Did you catch the Carnival Thursday? Representative Nugent rolled into town with his Republican script
tailored for his Tea Party followers and any non Tea party constituents. What’s new is that on the day that he delivered his parties scripted opinion the Dow Jones Index dropped $512.00.

His response to many questions in general was we did the best we could under the circumstances, including the
Debt Ceiling bill S365. What he hasn’t answered is why 12.9 percent are still unemployed in Hernando  County and why his party has not sponsored one jobs bill since he has been elected on a platform to create jobs.

When asked why he signed Grover Norquist’s pledge not to raise taxes he said he didn’t sign it for Norquist, he signed it for the gentlemen sitting in the audience. Sure he did? A retired school teacher tried to express her fears about the budget cuts that would affect her, Nugent’s response was that each of us has to choose how much we will be willing to give up. My question is why he is willing to ask us to sacrifice and not the wealthy he is trying to protect who earn taxable income over $250,000 a year. (The Norquist signing.)

Since the election of Barack Obama in 2008 the Republican agenda has been to discredit and inflict much pain on the people of the United Sates. They blame President Obama and the common man for the Great Recession not the Bankers on Wall Street. They blame President Obama and the common man for Governments spending not themselves and the previous Bush administration tax cuts for the rich, two wars, and an unpaid for drug program.

I know I’ve seen and heard this before so I traveled back in time to my child hood and realized I was watching the Howdy Doody show all over again. A wooden puppet controlled by his master.

July 21, 2011

Cut, Cap and Balance

For which the details do not exist except for $111 million in cuts initially yet not identified. Republicans
want to cut expenses, Cap Spending at 18.5% of GDP (22.5% next year) and a Balanced Budget Amendment which will also require a two thirds majority to raise taxes.

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June 22, 2011

Greed or shared growth.

While watching the financial channel many of the experts predict growth in the second half of the year.The degree of growth not specified. The question is growth for whom.

Sixteen million Americans are either unemployed or underemployed Corporations are holding trillions of dollars on their balance sheets. Corporate profits, Healthcare profits and Banking profits are at all time highs. Bonuses are greater than ever before for top executives and those making these profits. I remember a television advertisement with an old grey haired  man saying “at Morbid Stoney we make money the old fashioned way we earn it.” Those days are long gone. Today they make money utilizing computer generated trading models to take advantage of imbalances in the interest rate markets or  the stock market. The speed of executing billions of dollars of these transactions would boggle your mind. The biggest insult to hard working Americans is that Banks and Corporations are borrowing money from our Government at 0% or as high as .25% and investing in quick money transactions while home owners struggling to refinance can’t borrow at less than 4% on  average if they qualify.

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March 16, 2011

Florida Voters were fooled

Tuesday the 15th of March I attended a rally at the Spring Hill Dr. Library for Move On .Org. We were rallying for the workers in the State of Florida who are currently under attach by Governor Rick Scott and the Republican majorities in the State House and State Senate. I met a young man with his wife and children. He just lost his job because of the Scott budget cuts for social work programs. We heard from women who also lost her job recently with a heart condition and no health insurance while Scott was cutting Medicaid funding which gave her no options for treatment. Who are the workers in Florida? They are Teachers, Firemen, Policemen, Librarians, Nurses State Workers, County Workers and all the Service Employees of Florida. Targeted at the moment are Teachers in the public school system. Republican legislation Senate Bill 736 now called the Son of Six eliminates tenure for teachers hired beginning July 1, ties teachers pay to student test scores, and ends layoffs based on seniority. I find it cynical and not amusing that Republicans would use a reference to the Son of Sam a mass murderer because that’s exactly what they are doing to the Teaching Profession, murdering a once sacred profession. What this bill does it takes away everything gained through collective bargaining for teachers for over decades through union accomplishments, does this sound familiar Wisconsin. Teachers who once were admired for their contribution to society’s progress through teaching future generation are now no longer admired for their efforts but treated like they are the cause of the State Governments over spending. The truth of the matter is this. How else can you provide the money to businesses that were instrumental in getting you elected you do this by cutting aid to school districts by 1.7 Billion dollars and give tax cuts to those same businesses? Rick Scott a man who took the 5th amendment 75 times as CEO of HCA during a deposition hearing for his role in the embezzlement of billions from Medicare and The Republican majority House and Senate found the way by giving almost 1.5 Billion of tax cuts to Corporations. Those of you who voted for these characters are getting a wake up call. Sooner or later the old saying comes true, you can fool some of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Did Florida get fooled?

February 6, 2011

Radical Republicanism

It is impossible not to hear and read political rhetoric every time we turn on a news channel or read a newspaper. We are continually exposed to constant reference to different types of ideologies and philosophies through the use of terms such as Liberal, Progressive, Left, Far Left, Conservative, Right, and Far Right and so on.These terms of fear are used as stigmas so that once associated with an individual or organization we no longer need to read what they are representing or who they represent we just need to fear them. All these terms are communicated to all of us easily in an age of high tech media and is a simple method of classification which than defines the dividing lines of individuals and organizations.

 

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January 18, 2011

Ronald Reagan for President in 2012?

I am always interested in what the other side is doing; recently the rhetoric includes quotes, references and commentary on Ronald Reagan. So I wanted to see locally what the Republican Party was up to, I visited the Hernando County Republican Executive Committee website and viewed a YouTube video celebrating Ronald Reagan’s 100 birthday by presenting Ronald Reagan’s state of the union message in the 1980’s.

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January 9, 2011

We have failed ourselves

The events in Tucson on January 8, 2011 the assassination attempt of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords, the murder of 6 individuals and wounding of 13 innocent bystanders  is the direct result of the lack of sensitivity and respect for one another practiced and sometimes promoted by those institutions and individuals who have an  influence over our country’s morality. 

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