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Ohio Diary #17: Turn Out The Vote – Prove Ohio Isn’t All Racist

The day is almost here.  If you haven’t voted early, do it now.  Get out the vote.

Now you may say Ohio isn’t racist not just Ohio but Florida, Pennsylvania and all other red states.  Voter suppression is racist.  They know if they can keep democrats from the polls they will win the election.  Over these many months we have been “informed” by the press and media about the “horse race” with no real discussion of policy and racism.  Like television, they are only interested in entertainment and not knowledge.  Selling newspapers is so much more important.

Hatred and racism is the hallmark of the republican party.  It is what they do best.  They have told so many lies that that believe them to be fact.  So many lies that it has shown itself for what it truly is……….Racist.  It is not new and we should already know this.  It is only now more obvious.  A black man is President, living in the Whitehorse.  Billboards in poor and black neighborhoods, lies about voter ID and then there is Trick the Vote [ True the Vote].  True the Vote is an oxymoron for republicans.  For them there is no truth in the voting process.  They promised to follow the Constitution and then pervert it.  They say they are Christians, but speak hatred and racism.  Hypocrites and contradictory positions.  New Left Media said it best:

  Well, perhaps the capacity to hold so many contradictory beliefs at once reflects the fact that the public school curriculum has become solely oriented around series of standardized tests, robbing a large portion of our citizenry (among other things) of the capacity for critical thinking skills. Or maybe it is because the internet has enabled people to exist in completely different social and political realities wherein they seek out and find only the type of information that will confirm their pre-existing worldviews. Or maybe it’s because local media has essentially collapsed and the mainstream media, interested less in delivering the news than in acting as faithful defenders of the status quo, is unable to effectively help the public to thoroughly vet the Republican nominee.

The republicans are not meant to think.  Just follow.  So, it is time to get out the vote.  We can stand in line for hours to get into a football game, so we can stand and wait to vote.  Your vote is so much important.  Don’t get tricked.  Stand up for all of us, women, the poor, the middle-class!!!!!  We need to make American proud of herself.

 

 


We Live In A Disposable Society

Of all tyrannies a tyrannies sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. – C. S. Lewis

America may be finally getting it.  The Republican Party, Teabaggers, and the neocons masquerading as our public saviors. The Ruling Class that only knows what is good for us.

We are treated as if we were paper plates, Kleenex, plastic bottles, cellphones and other various items, the American people are being thrown away. Republicans campaigned on job creation and “small government.”  We have seen the slashing of all the programs that do help the people, yet the real items needed to bring our deficit under control have remained untouched. Yet there has been no attempt in regard to job creation.

The question to Republicans should simply be where is your plan for job creation?  The seem to have already answered it…..their job creation in actually is job loss, tax cut which increase the deficit, and no revenue generation. Their budget spending cuts put people out of work.  Just read it. Disposable people, disposable rights.

All you need do is watch and listen to what is happening in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Montana. Take away collective bargaining to make so easy to fire teachers, police, fireman and other state employees.  These states are following the Republican instructions and agenda to the letter.  The states take away collective bargaining, the federal government takes away job training, funding for police, WIC and other social programs that help the middle class and poor. They have become vendetta and it is beginning with public employees.

They have become our autocrats.

Republican ignorance and lies are being exposed.  Walker reveals union busting plans and strategy to fake prank caller, Indiana pulled the bill because the Deputy Attorney General call for the shooting of protestors, and Ohio make minor changes to bill: State workers would be allowed to collectively bargain for wages, but nothing else, and public employees would lose right to strike under new changes or risk being fired.  They must all think that the American people are as stupid and ignorant as they.

Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling, but make huge devastating spending cuts. The debt ceiling has been raised 62 times and lowered 3 times in 62 years. The debt ceiling is just an agreement to pay past bills that this same lawmakers appropriated and to the government to spend.

There are 5 reasons this Wisconsin uprising affects you:  1. Weak economies need more demand, 2. Strong standards strengthen the Middle Class, 3. Decent government pay means Decent Government, 4. Publics employees are not the problem, 5. Scapegoating lets the culprits get away.  Read the entire article at: http://www.alternet.org.

It is true that the states and the federal government is in debt.  But this debt was not the making of the American people.  We went to war thanks to George W. and the deficit grew.  We were told that the war was good for us and for democracy.   But, this is just a continuation of the lies Republicans told us to get elected.

Still, we must not just blame them.  We are to blame too.  Our fault is that we believed their lies and now we are paying the price.

Republicans and neocons have never been about telling the truth.

They only see themselves as our saviors and conduct themselves as if they were the RULING CLASS.


Democracy Uprising? Collective Bargaining and Public Sector Unions

Wisconsin state employees protests spread to Ohio and Indiana.  Americans believe in shared sacrifice.  When finances are tight, public employees should be asked for concessions – and so should those who are doing well. But these latest assaults aren’t about necessary sacrifice, they are about asserting power and these employees know it.  They are as mad as hell and they aren’t going to take it any more.

“It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.”  George Meany, former President of the AFL-CIO in 1955. Government unions are unremarkable today, but the labor movement once thought the idea absurd.

Founders of the labor movement saw unions as vehicle to get workers more of profits they help create.  Government workers, however, don’t generate profits. They merely negotiate for more tax money.  When government unions strike, they strike against taxpayers.  That is you and me.  FDR considered this “unthinkable and intolerable.”

Through the 1950s unions widely agreed that collective bargaining had no place in government. But starting with Wisconsin in 1959, state began to allow collective bargaining  in government. The influx of dues and members quickly changed the union movement’s tune, and collective bargaining in government is now widespread.  The result now is that unions can now insist on laws that serve their interest – at the expense of the common good.

Government collective bargaining means voters do not have the final say on public policy.  We pay the bill, but have nothing to say.  Instead their elected representatives must negotiate spending and policy decisions with unions.  That is not democratic, a fact that unions once recognized.

I might be crazy, and there has been at times questions about my state of mind, but there really is something wrong with this picture.  Union contracts make it impossible to reward excellent teachers or fire failing ones. Union contracts give government employees gold-plated benefits – at the cost of higher taxes and less spending on other priorities.   Voters should have control over government policy.  We elected representatives and they should decide how the government spends our taxes.

A decade sago, candidates for governor in highly unionized states sought the endorsement of government workers’ unions, knowing that this could lead to an easy election victory.  They learned their lesson. They discovered that confronting the unions rather than courting them pays off.  Unions it seems have outlived their usefulness.  Public employees, state or federal, have no right to strike.  If they do they can be fired.  Remember Reagan and the flight controllers?  Now, given it would be hard, then again maybe not, to replace teachers, but in this economy it could be done.  Truth is, teachers and state employees are going to lose benefits or pay more for them.  Teachers who can retire should retire before the new changes take effect.  Keep the benefits you have now, don’t take a loss.

The other side is this.  The unions are being made scapegoats for all that is going bad economically.Blame the public workers’ unions, especially the teachers, clerical and transportation workers union.  There is this wave of propaganda over the last few months, and it is impressive to watch, trying to deflect attention away from those who actually created the economic crisis, like Goldman Sacks, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, their partners in the government – Federal Reserve and others – let all this go on and helped it. Now they have switched attention away from the real people responsible for the crisis and switched blame for the crisis to teachers, police, firefighters, sanitation workers, their huge pensions, their incredible health benefits. Cadillac healthcare benefits, and their unions, who are the real villains, the ones who are robbing the taxpayer by making sure that policemen do not starve when they retire.

In Wisconsin, now the state employees say they are willing to accept givebacks in the budget, except for collective bargaining.  Since collective bargaining right have no near term budget impact, it is clear that Governor Walker’s goal, effort is not budgetary, but an effort to bust the public unions.  This same scenario will play out in Ohio and Indiana and many other states.

Unions must fight for the hearts and the minds of the voters. It is not enough for them simple to demand that what has been given to them in the past must be continued, or argue that they are really not better paid than private sector workers and that cuts are not justified. The unions can only repel attacks with concessions in bargaining reasonableness that seems adequate and fair.  If they are to survive to represent workers forcefully in better times, they must now demonstrate that they are willing to shoulder a share of these hard times.

They must win the hearts of the voters.

 


Death of Unions: Radical Republicans March On: Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Idaho and Tennessee

These states and probably many others, have a great deal in common with Egypt’s discontented workers.  They are out to break the unions, cut their pay, and limit or as in the case completely eliminate collective bargaining for all state workers.  The remaining states will limit collective bargaining.  They are on a path to intentionally ruin their state’s economies.  Dictatorial philosophy.  With Republican state legislatures, the plans will be fast tracked.

In Ohio, Kasich’s position is simple, “If they want to strike, they should be fired.” “You should have a change in the law…there are ways to say that you are not going to strike, and we’re not going to continue without a binding arbitrator….Binding arbitration is not acceptable[…]”  Kasich’s remarkable dismissal of freedom and fact is stunning.  Workers only strike as a last resort, to eliminate unfair wages, and benefits.  Ohio safety workers are prohibited from striking.  Ohio passed a collective bargaining law in 1983 that did not allow public safety workers to strike. Still, to ensure workers still had an option, Ohio replaced the right to strike with a binding arbitration policy. But now Kasich simply wants to the ability to fire everyone who strikes.  collective bargaining would be wiped out for all state workers, including higher educations institutions  No longer would they be able to bargain for health insurance, automatic pay increases would be stripped from state law, and teachers would not get a say in which buildings they teach. The bill, Senate Bill 5, will ignite a war with the unions the likes of which Ohio has not seen in decades.  Indiana, Idaho and Tennessee have plans similar to Ohio’s

Wisconsin is different.  Governor Walker will send in the National Guard to suppress any labor strikes.  Naturally, that is not the purpose of the national guard.  they’re not his own personal intimidation force to used top quash political dissent.  The guard is used only in real emergencies and disasters. The national guard is not a political bully .

Now there are two sides to the issue.  The one listed above.  Could it be true that unions have outlived their usefulness?  That may true.  There was a time when unions  worked for the betterment and improvement of conditions, pay, health insurance etc. when workers did not have those things.  What can they really do for you now.  More and more union membership is dwindling.  It may be due to the reality that unions can not help them. They collect dues, but real, meaningful action for workers is missing.  More and more they are being turned away.

That notwithstanding, unions in the past have worked hard for their membership and members have reaped the rewards.  The rights of workers has been a long struggle, that the membership is realizing now.  To assault unions to save money, to threaten them with violence is unconscionable. But Radical Republicans have no conscience.

We know what their agenda is –  NOW IT IS TIME TO FIGHT BACK!