The Great Con of 2012 – The Newt Joke On US!

The Republican 2012 Election Con – Are They Really Trying To Win?

Why would the Right position itself to look so wrong in Iowa?

Current polls of who is the favorite Republican Presidential candidate have Newt Gingrich on top. Granted the top spot among Republican Presidential candidates has changed five times already, but these recent polls suggest one of two things. Either the Republican base is insane, or the Republican leadership does not want anything to do with the Presidency in 2012. I suggest that the latter is most likely the Republican strategy. It would appear that the Republican leadership sees nothing to gain by winning the Presidency 2012. Instead I suggest that we are being subjected to the biggest election con ever perpetrated on the Citizens of the United States. [Read more...]

Follow Up – Does the “new” Congress have Courage?

Sen Mitch McConnell and Rep John Boehner seem to be drinking something stronger than “lets get together tea”. While both are speaking on the Capitol Hill have embraced a “mandate” that repudiates Obama’s policies, they don’t seem to acknowledge any responsibility for the ten years prior to Obama’s election. Then again they don’t have to go back but two years to justify the last “voice” voters expressed. Both McConnell and Boehner were careful not to embrace the “mandate” as a pro-Republican, but focused on an anti-Democrat message. That message doesn’t take any

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The Day After

If there was ever an indictment to suggest that the Purple Americans are a force to be reckoned with it was yesterday’s election. Although the rhetoric from all the pundits is still rings of the pre-election fear mongering, the results demand a smarter debate that reflects on more than the last six months. Hopefully after the election dust settles, the media pundits, the new mix of legislators and the Obama administration can actually stop selling us agenda with sound bites based on misinformation.

Listening to various shows giving their post-election summaries this morning I get the idea that the media is as disconnected from reality as is Washington D.C. It is clear that to get to the table as either a guest or pundit, for the most part, you have to be loudly on one side or the other. I am not suggesting that being loud is a bad thing just that being loud on any side is what Citizens just voted against. I will suggest that like the shows, most of the newly elected legislators have yet to get the message and that is one thing you can thank the cable news networks for showcasing. It is clear that if these shows served one purpose this morning it is to capture the lack of new spirit coming into the House and to a lesser extent into the Senate.
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I really want not to vote…

It sounds like I am speaking in tongues to myself when I suggest to myself that voting would be a waste of time this November. I think I have reached this conclusion via rational self-debate, but there is that part of me which believes that like eating, one must vote, regardless if there is appetite for what is on the menu. Worse, I am hungry, very hungry, no I am starving for something real when it comes to the governance of this country.

Everyone has heard someone suggest that voting is a waste of time. For every argument against voting, there are several to support exercising use of the ballot. The arguments that have been driving my vote lately are are those “shut up if you don’t vote” which are the most effective in rallying me lately. Those “use it or lose it” arguments are effective because to me and probably others, fear is a great motivator.

This time is I am not so much afraid of losing my right to vote or even having my voice marginalized because I didn’t vote. Instead of being apathetic, I am more worn out, beat down and tired of the blatant lies that are driving this November’s elections. I am sick of what is not being said and what that implies. To me it appears that this November’s elections are nothing but a way to completely impeded any progress for the next two years. Then in the run up for 2012, all we will hear is how the current administration didn’t do anything when the truth is that one side basically obstructed the other so the other obstructed back and nothing was done. Yet I waver on if I am going to vote. As I mentioned, it isn’t about apathy. Apathy isn’t in my agenda. If anything it is being alert, hopeful and energetic that is driving my waffling on if I will vote this November.

My vote is important to me and conversely my “anti-vote” is becoming as important as a statement of my complete lack of trust, disgust and embarrassment when it comes to the quagmire of lies, special interests and corruption that Washington D.C. represents. It didn’t help that Barack Obama quickly turned into just another politician, then again, he probably already was. All of us were just caught up in the hope for “Change” and instead the only thing that changed was what party would be manipulating from the Oval Office.

I can’t really blame Barack Obama for becoming or at least appear to be just another President because the President has to be someone that makes everyone happy. We were being naive that anyone can run for President and get elected without owing 4 years of favors to everybody here and a few abroad. No man is an island and no President can bulldoze his will into policy especially when it takes a team to anticipate future needs while creating for today’s issues.

Frankly I seem my vote as a validation of something that I just don’t want to validate, the “Status Quo”. I see my vote as a check mark acknowledging one set of lies over another. It isn’t even as if one set of lies are any better than the other because in the long run, both sides lie and neither side has a solution for most Americans.

Instead one side has a solution for their rich friends and the only motivation is to build momentum from within this prosperous base for 2012. Republicans want to appeal to the Americans they think that count. Clearly that is people that earn six figures. They tell us that tax cuts will cause new jobs. Well it some small measure I am sure it will, but I doubt the folks who will benefit from keeping the Bush tax cuts alive can create 15 million jobs.

The other side wants to stoke the fires of class warfare in their own way. Tax the Rich, protect the poor, create a society dependent on their ability to redistribute, not create new wealth. Well that doesn’t do much bridge building and instead helps build the gap between all of us. Half hearted attempts to create Health Care legislation and pandering to International interests on anything to make us look less imperialistic has not appealed to the core Democrat base, supposedly the average American.

Neither side though has the gumption to talk straight to us. Instead they speak in broad generalities that avoid the consequences of either of paths they seek to push us on. Neither side can point to where new jobs are going to be coming from so we can spend the economy back to “healthy” with new wealth, not old taxes. I think I am a pretty average American and no one is speaking to me. Treating me like a soldier that will just fall in line with the party propaganda creates the cradle that I want to put my vote to rest in.

At this point I will probably reluctantly vote. If the ballot had a place to write comments, I’d be all over voting, but that is not the case. Instead we vote and that enables those in Washington D.C. and our State Capitols to smile with validation when that is not the case. That is the big rub, voting for a lie and knowing that those on the receiving end are either blinded by ambition, ignorant or corrupt. I’d not hire them, but I have to vote for them.