Tuesday, February 9, 2016

General letter to all GOP candidates

Dear Senator/Governor/Wannabe:

You claim to be a Christian.

Have you even READ the Bible?

G-d is sometimes wrathful, but WE are always exhorted to be merciful and just.
Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him:
for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
(Exodus 23:21)

The Parable of the Unjust Judge
There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
(Luke 18:1-5)

Thou shalt not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.
(Leviticus 19:18)
Somehow I'm not getting this sense of justice & mercy from you... from ANY of you!

No - you fear not G-d, nor regard man...
... You are simply ignorant, arrogant and cruel!
(Good things come in 3s.)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Supply-side economics

The GOP are addicted to supply-side economics.
Field of Dreams
"If you build it, he will come."
Yeah, right.

Problem is, folks have to have $$$ to "come".

Giving producers $$$ to create jobs doesn't work if there's no demand for the stuff the workers make.

DEMAND creates wealth.
Folks like me, going out and buying stuff.

If I go out and buy something, that "something" had to have been made by someone.

If someone makes that "something" and I don't go out and buy it?
Oh, well... it just sits there.

I've said this before: the median household income is about $50K/year.
It hasn't changed in 20 years or more.
THIS is "middle class"!

The folks that make $50K/year?
WE - SPEND $$$!!!

The folks that make $10,000,000/year?
They "invest" it... which means it's sequestered! - it is no longer in the economy.
They do NOT create jobs.

We - the "middle class" ... the folks making $50K/year?
- WE spend our money in the economy.
WE create jobs!...

A day late & a dollar short - reflections on Super Bowl 50

Most of the articles I've read about Super Bowl 50 have been sorta negative.
Folks complain about lack of offensive fireworks, about sloppiness, about miscues.

Yeah - all that is true.

BUT! - the Denver defense was AMAZING!

I watched Steelers v Broncos, and thought,
"Yeah, well, Big Ben ain't young no more.
Peyton looks BAD!
No chance against Brady & Co."
I watched Patriots v Broncos - and was truly surprised.
Son-of-a-bitch - that Denver D shut down Brady!
... but against Carolina? No chance.

I watched Super Bowl 50 and was flabbergasted!
- Manning looked like an old man (no surprise)...
... & I was hoping they put Osweiler in for the 2nd half!
BUT - that Denver D is GREAT!

I don't understand folks who bitch about a game in which such defensive domination is exhibited!
... well, okay - Manning sucked...
BUT - the entire Denver defense shoulda been awarded the MVP.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The middle class

For the past couple of decades the median household income has been about $50K/year.
It hasn't changed at all.

When the candidates talk about the middle class, these are the folks they ought to mean.

When they talk about folks making $250K/year? - Them folks are NOT the middle class.

Taxes

We the people of the United States, in order to
form a more perfect union,

establish justice,

insure domestic tranquility,

provide for the common defense,

promote the general welfare,
and
secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,
do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
All this stuff costs $$$.

Why are the GOP folks unwilling to pay for these things?