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Mitt Romney is a Lying Stupid Bobble-Head White Rich Man, But You Already Know That

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones to concentrate on.  ~ George W. Bush

I am not a leech.  Rat Romney thinks that I, we are leeches, chase government money to live on, are lazy, love our country only for the money it gives me and am not a responsible human being.  True I am in good company, military veterans, students, seniors, the disabled, the working poor, women, pay no income tax and all those other leeches.  Wait a minute.  Was he really talking about the middle class, the 47% or was he secretly speaking about himself.  After all, he pays no income tax.  I at least work hard for my paycheck, I take all the deductions that the Republicans gave me so I could pay less income tax so I could have more money to pay bills and redistribute funds to small businesses when I make a purchase.  That secret video shows that stupid people will listen intently only to even more stupid people.  Stupid people who lie.  Think about it.  It was a fundraiser…. please.  He doesn’t need the money to pay for his campaign to oblivion.  He can just write a check and move on.  This is only to try to convince other stupid rich people that he is just as stupid as they, just richer.  These are people who are going to pay higher taxes to help the poor and middle-class.  How dare they pay more.  He will cater to their basest political desires.  He is a racist – like his party.  Joan Walsh said it best:  “Mitt Romney should be ashamed of himself, and so should anyone who votes for him.”

I am a Democrat and proud of it, but I vote for people not parties.  There used to be good republicans once upon a time, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Dirksen, Ford and McCain.  Yes McCain.  I would have voted for McCain if the real McCain was running.  He started out the maverick, saying what he though and what he believed.  You knew where he stood and he held his ground.  He may not have always been right, but you knew who we was, what he believed and what his vision and hope was for America. Then he went off the cliff doing what the party wanted and there he lost my vote.  He was no longer a real man.  He showed up again when he conceded in 2008.  That McCain I would have voted for.  Call me crazy, but I would have.  Romney believes in nothing.  He can’t articulate what his vision is for America, what his plan for the economy is, how he plans to make the country better and stronger, how he will represent all of us.  He has no clue.  That was made clear and bright in the secret video.  He proved that he is not presidential material.

I had hope for Romney.  I would not vote for him, but I was willing to listen to his ideas, plans, hope and fears for our country and have those open to discussion.  I felt that we could have an open view of two different visions, if in fact they are different.  I had that hope.  What that video tape revealed is that Romney has written off the government check recipientsthat won’t vote for him, and almost half the people don’t pay taxes and undoubtedly won’t vote for him.  That is a hell of a lot people that won’t vote for him.  He announced that is has lost the election.  He told it to his supporters and the party.  It must be hard for him to get up in the morning.

I recently wrote of an imagined rural Ohio woman sitting on her porch, watching the campaign go by. She’s 60, she identifies as conservative, she likes guns, she thinks the culture has gone crazy. She doesn’t like Obama. Romney looks OK. She’s worried about the national debt and what it will mean to her children. But she’s having a hard time, things are tight for her right now, she’s on partial disability, and her husband is a vet and he gets help, and her mother receives Social Security.

She’s worked hard and paid into the system for years. Her husband fought for his country.

And she’s watching this whole election and thinking.You can win her vote if you give her faith in your fairness and wisdom. But not if you label her and dismiss her. ~ Peggy Noonan ~ Time for Intervention http://blogs.wsj.com/peggynoonan/2012/09/18/time-for-an-intervention/

Romney has no understanding of what life is and means to ordinary people.  He can’t associate with hardworking people, because he never had to work a day in his life.  He has dismissed millions and millions of people.  He has no conception of who they are, what they do to get by each and every day.  We don’t have stock that we can chip at to pay the rent and buy food as he did.  We have to work hard every day to make life better for ourselves and our families.  He just doesn’t know much or anything about America.  We are people with hopes and aspirations.  We are not just democrats and republicans, we have feelings, souls, ideas for our families and our country.  This is about America and the American people.  He doesn’t yet understand that.

Still, before the secret video, I was willing to listen.  I wanted to see if he could prove that he was qualified to be president.  I wanted to see his character.  How he would handle difficult situations.  I wanted to imagine him as president.  Then the Mideast exploded.  Here was his chance to be presidential.  Blue background and American flags.  When he stepped out to the podium on September 11,  we got cruel opportunism.  His smugness showed all over his face.  He was not presidential.  He condemned the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and accused the U.S. Government of sympathizing with terrorists.  The next morning he had a chance to make it right.  Instead, he intensified it: “When our grounds are being attacked and being breached, the first response should be outrage.” “Apology for America’s values will never be the right course. We express immediately when we feel that the President and his administration have done something which is inconsistent with the principles of America.”  He had a chance to make it right.  Instead while the U.S. Consulate in Libya was being attacked, while Libyans were defending Americans, While Americans and their defenders were being killed; he denounces and condemns these and Americans and their defenders.  With each word he spoke there was a dead body to accompany those words.  It was an opportunity, a chance for Romney to prove his quality. His character.  We now know he has neither.  He proved that he is hateful and self-destructive.  He showed his racism in this press conference and in the secret video.  Nothing he can say or do now will change that.

When I look at Romney now I see and hear Richard Nixon: “I am not a crook.”

 

 

 


Rupert Murdoch Looked Asleep at Hearing

Rupert and James Murdoch denied everything.  Rupert looked as is he was napping during questioning.  He probably was.

When asked since he is the man in charge, would he resign.  The answer was NO!  He could not do the responsibly thing.  Instead, he took the road of I am not responsible, I was kept in the dark, and everyone lied to me.

That is a ludicrous statement, since Rupert in is control of every facet of his operation.

What they have done is made Rebekah Brooks the goat.  They have hung her out to dry with no safety net.

Rebekah Brooks knows where the bodies are buried. She can bring the Murdoch’s down, much further than they are now.

Instead, she will fall on her sword.

The idea that Rupert Murdoch knew nothing is a fairy tale.  But this is what journalism has come too.  This is what happens when journalism is run by corporations.  They believe that they are entitled to do whatever they want to sell newspapers and raise television ratings.

Money is far more important than the law, ethics and real investigative journalism.  Hurting people is so much easier.

Rupert and James Murdoch are dirty.  Their statement that all media use private investigators may true, most do not break the law.  That didn’t know is a LIE.

There may still may be hope for journalism.  Even if the Murdoch’s come out clean, they will be ruined.  No one will ever believe anything they print or televised.  There may be justice in the world.

I can only hope.

It is up to us, the bloggers to expose, and tell the truth.

Someone needs to confront Piers Morgan and discuss his tell all book.

 

 

 


A Greek Tragedy: 47 Years In The Making; Part One: Why Greeks Worship Their Public Sector Jobs

First, history is not repeating itself.  There are many that try to equate what is happening in Greece now with the 60’s, 70’s and 2008.  It is not repeating itself in the manner some suggest.  It has its’ roots in history, but it is not the same.  If you use past history to explain today, then you must know the history.  Let Palin and Bachman make history up.  This is not communists and against anti-communists.  It is not banks against the people.  Banks are civil service jobs.  They are part of the government.

One must understand that the bailout is not about saving Greece:  It is about saving the EURO.

So this post begins with the basic explanation of what is going on in Greece today.  The following posts will explain how they got there.  The real history.  All of which is a matter of public record here in the United States and Greece.

I am Greek, third generation.  My first language was Greek.  I was born here.  I travel every year for pleasure spending six months or more in Greece.  I have done so since 1957.  I have lived through  many of these dark days.

The Greeks have always been fond, loved, a good protest.  They even have an official day for it: November 17th.  The school holiday marks the day in 1973 a tank crashed through the gates of the Athens Polytechnical University killing students and protesters by the military dictatorship that began in 1967.  But that is for another post.

The current protests have nothing to do with any of that.  These protests are more the ravings and actions of spoiled children.

Consider this:

Retirement age is 62. Early retirement is common, usually at 55

Civil Service jobs are handed down to family members

Civil service jobs are for life

Banks are State run – civil service jobs

One in four working people works for the State

Pay is more than generous in all departments.  A janitor in the Ministry of Finance or a bank for instance earns as much as supervisors in other Ministries

Free health care

Greece’s brightest young graduates all want to work for the civil service

Total of paid 7 weeks vacation each year

So when the government was forced to implement austerity measures, it meant a freeze in state pensions, raising the retirement age to 65, abolition of free distribution of newspapers, higher taxes on cars, cut in public sector pay of up to 15 per cent, and cuts in disability benefits.

They went nuts!

When the French civil servants when of strike this past September and October protesting the raise in their retirement age, the Greeks protested in support.

However,  some of the policies announced last May and now, supposedly as assaults on the Greek way of life, raised eyebrows all across Europe.

Not many knew of the Christmas, Easter and summer holiday bonuses in the public sector.  They are affectionately known as the 13th, 14th and 15th salaries.  Bonuses in addition to the 3 weeks vacation in August, the 2 weeks at Christmas, and the 2 weeks at Easter.

As I said, these jobs are for life.  Family members inherit them.  Who can really blame the beneficiaries for wanting to keep things the way they are?  They are set for life.

Strikes and protests are more than just a yearly event.  They are a way of life also.

It would be easy to dismiss these people, young and old, as lazy and unambitious, but the public sector’s attraction as an employer of choice for Greeks has its roots in much darker places.

That will be the subject of the next post:  The Family Business of The Political Elite.