Posts tagged ‘Democracy’

April 23, 2012

2012 the Year of the Decider

One candidate calls himself a businessman who has lived in the real business world. He understands the economy because of this and will be a better choice for president because he’s a decider. Can some one please inform this candidate that he doesn’t understand how Government works? There are a group of elected officials called the congress who decide on financing the government not the economy. They call this a budget, which comes out of a budget committee then voted on by a majority of congress in both houses. Only if a majority in both houses passes this budget bill will you get the opportunity to decide by signing it into law or veto it and send it back for revisions. Capitalist don’t fear the president and his policies they fear the Congress and Senate for their lack of legislation. The problem any President has and will always have begun in the 1975 rules changes made by the senate. Any legislature to pass after a filibuster requires a three fifths vote of the senate or 60 votes out of 100 also know as a supermajority.

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November 7, 2011

A conversation with Rush

I can’t refrain from writing about a conversation I recently had with an individual I once admired for their profession and believed was well educated in one of Florida’s best institutions of higher learning and now I use the terms higher learning loosely in this case.

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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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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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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?

January 13, 2011

A Historical Presidency

America witnessed the exemplification of the Office of the Presidency on January 12, 2011 at the University of Arizona when President Barack Obama honored the fallen individual’s of Saturday’s assassination attempt of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords. 

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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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January 4, 2011

Yes We Are, Democrats

Webster defines a Democrat as an adherent to Democracy or one who practices social equality, Democracy meaning Government by the people or rule of the majority government in which the supreme power is vested in and exercised through a system of representation involving periodical held free elections. We participate in a Republic form of government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is a president, a government in which a supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law.

The oldest party in the united states is the Democratic party originally known as the Democratic-Republican Party until the 1830’s when Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren formed today’s Democratic Party.  During the same period a faction representing the new Wig Party was formed today it is known as the Republican Party. The new Democratic Party became a coalition of farmers, city-dwelling laborers, and Irish Catholics. Democrats opposed elites and aristocrats, the Bank of the United States, and the whiggish modernizing programs that would build up industry at the expense of the laborer or independent small farmer. Today our modern parties have evolved yet have not changed their basic principles.

We are Doctors, Lawyers, Businessmen, Corporate CEO’s, Scientists, Teachers, System Administrators, Programmers, Policemen, Fire Fighters, Laborers, Builders, and we are proud Americans. We practice a religious faith and some do not because of freedom of choice. We are husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, children, aunts, uncles and grandparents. We have contributed to the greatness of the United States and have served our country in the armed services. We believe that every man and women deserve equal opportunities to compete in the workforce and not be discriminated against because of race, color, religious preference; sexual orientation or age and we practice these principles. We believe that it is the right of every man and women to earn a living and share in the fruits of our nation as a result of their labor. We believe that all Americans no matter their economic status are entitled to Social Security and Health Care after retirement so that they may live the rest of their lives in dignity. We believe that charity begins at home and that the fortunate must help provide for the unfortunate.

We believe that Capitalism should promote the common good through economic systems and business acumen of fair wages and humane benefits and promotion of individual advancement. We believe this is only attainable when American students are properly prepared in their elementary and high school years of education; who will than be provided with equal and affordable access to higher education.

Finally, we believe there is a higher order governing our great nation. We believe our system of governing although not perfect is the greatest form of government bestowed on any people.

By: Vito J. Delgorio Sr.

December 17, 2010

No Tax Cuts without Representation

Who will pay? The poor and the middle class will pay. How you ask? Money given to the poor and middle class get spent in the economy creating demand for products and services. They buy food clothing and needed services the necessities to provide for a family not a dime will go into savings. Money given to the wealthy if not spent on luxuries goes directly into their trusts, savings, and ultimately their investments creating no demand for products and services, but does generate fees and commissions for Wall Street. The billions of dollars going to the poor and middle class stimulate economic activity that eventually go to the rich and wealthy in the form of dividends and capital gains, while the billions going to the rich and wealthy increase their wealth even more. It’s a loose loose situation for the poor and middle class. Why? Since our representatives in Washington refuse to have the rich and wealthy pay for their fare share the poor and middle class will pay eventually through increased taxes and cuts in entitlement programs targeted by bi-partisan Democrats and a majority of Republicans. This bill has set the precedent connecting Social Security to the national debt for the first time in our history even though Social Security is the only solvent entitlement program in the Government Budget a 2.6 Trillion Dollar Surplus which pays for itself and those bi-partisan Democrats and Republicans want to raid this trust to again transfer more money to the rich and wealthy. They couldn’t do it by privatizing so they will raid it by connecting it to our deficit budget. 

It has been reported that the 2010 midterms raised 4 billion dollars from donors. Senators and Congressman received 4 billion dollars to get elected. A majority came from the Wealthy and Corporations run by the Wealthy. These donors consider their contributions as an investment because they can’t take a tax deduction. How do you get a return on your investment of a campaign donation? You get an extension of the Bush tax cuts Plus. What is the return? If you just include the Estate Tax and Capital Gains and Dividend savings of 121 billion dollars that’s a return of 3025% over two years to simplify the numbers if you invest 1 thousand dollars for two years your return would be $30,250 dollars after two years. In Washington money talks louder than votes. 

The odds are stacked against the poor and middle class Americans. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Corporations are People under our constitution giving them same rights as you and I. Washington has been taken over by Corporate American, Foreign Influence and Special Interests through our Elected Representatives. We no longer have a representative government. We have a ruling class. This Bill proves that.

December 15, 2010

Crocodile Tears

OK I’ll be the first insensitive to call these teary eyed Republicans out. John Boehner during an interview became overwhelmed with the fact that his grandchildren would have to pay the debts our government is creating with our current spending policies. Here’s a Republican who has been in office for over 16 years who participated in the deregulation of Wall Street, who voted in all the tax cuts for the rich, who voted for two wars costing 1.2 trillion dollars, and who has no compassion for the lower and middle classes. Suddenly gets a jolt of consciousness and is worried about his grandchildren. Not our grandchildren. Let me just ease your pain ladies and gentleman, Congressman Boehner’s grandchildren are set for life, they probably have all their education paid for and very big trusts waiting them.

Mitch McConnell in the senate yesterday got choked up when saying goodbye to Senator Judd Gregg of Republican NH. He too has been in the congress for over 16 years who also participated in the deregulation of Wall Street, who voted in all the tax cuts for the rich, who voted for two wars costing 1.2 trillion dollars, and who has no compassion for the lower and middle classes.

Have these two ever seen a homeless family of four living in the woods eating one meal a day provided by charitable middle class Americans. Where is their compassion for the unemployed who have worked years to achieve success only to find them selves out of work because their legislators decided that war, oil and tax cuts to the rich are more important than the lives of the people they supposedly represent?

One commentator said it right last night. Listen to what they say rather than the image they want to project. Our society depends too much on images rather than, to use the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “the content of their character”.

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