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I really hate when people talk about the debt run up under Obama so far. It obscures the fact that most of this debt is still W’s. There is a whole litany of expenses run up under George that are still hitting and many that are yet to hit.

People like to act like the train has arrived in the station as soon as the engine arrives, but there are still a hundred cars and the caboose to boot, before we can call it done.

George W. Bush will still be adding to the national debt for years after he is out of office. The tanks and jets we are running all over Iraq and Afghanistan have a maximum wear, which is being quickly used up. This maximum wear is the point at which you cannot replace parts because the frame or body itself is used up. This wear means the total replacement of the tanks or planes, etc. This will easily add up to over a trillion dollars.

The cost to the country for the treatment of the soldiers mentally or physically injured in our longest wars will cost several hundred billion over the next decade, and may surpass a trillion dollars as well.

The biggest expense will be the payment for the wars we have been waging for the last decade. One of the ways Bush decided to make the war more palatable for the American people was by not raising taxes to pay for it. Instead he borrowed the money from China. We will be paying off that loan and the interest for decades.

These are some of the reasons why Bush is easily the worst president of all time, and a man that did more damage to this county than anybody I know. His policy of torture and wars against nations that did not attack us bankrupted us morally. His Patriot Act and reversing Posse Comitatus are among many of his acts that robbed us of our legal rights, and his agenda of favoring the corporations, banks, and the rich backfired due to rampant misuse of power to crash our entire economic system.

Mission Accomplished indeed.

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The central problem this country faces and the heart of the issues, all of them, to me, that is not understood by most Americans and is ignored by the media (“liberal” or not) is that our country is now a corporate state.

The reason we can afford $700 billion this year for the military is because the military-industrial complex says we can, via the politicians that our corporate  c— sucking Supreme Court says can be endlessly funded by those corporations.

The reason we can’t get sensible health care in this country is because the health care corporate complex is 1/6th of our economy. Obama would never have made meaningful reform during a massive recession of an industry that though it raises prices every year in return for lowering care, would have guaranteed he didn’t get a second term. To reform it would have meant they cut jobs to maintain profits, and that would have destroyed Obama’s chances to be reelected.

The reason the health care bill sucks is that Obama played to another devil–the pharmaceutical industry. The bill guarantees that American doctors will fulfill their role as pill pimps for the drug industry, which Americans won’t mind because they only pay for the pills indirectly through health care funded by taxes, instead of directly out of pocket, but the cumulative effect is that we are no more healthy.

We have by far the highest incarceration rate in the world, which means either we are the world’s worst people, or the prison industrial complex is being very successful at getting their lobby and politicians they own to pass laws to “be tough on crime”.

It was the prison complex that drafted, funded, and paid to promote the Arizona immigration law. It wasn’t Joe Six-Pack that was sick of illegals and decided to act, as the media promotes. It was corporate power looking to make more money. It takes 6 years to rename a post office in this country, but this immigration bill went from being drafted to being a law in one year. That is corporate power greasing the wheels.

There is a book out that says the average American commits at least one felony a day, mostly without knowing it, due to the massive amount of Federal, State, and Local laws. My half-brother is half Native American, and he gave me a Golden Eagle feather, which by law only Native Americans can possess. If I am caught with this feather, I will be charged with a Federal crime. Yes, putting me in prison for a bird feather will make the world safer for democracy.

The bank industry is so powerful it has circumvented and struck down all of the laws made to reign in dangerous betting activity. The last law passed to “reform” them was a joke, and the SEC is staffed by a mere handful of people, who have law degrees, but have no understanding of credit default swaps and all the other tricks of Wall Street. This is as the bank industry wants it, and wills it through the politicians it owns.

The media are owned by corporations, and the liberal bias so often cited is a joke. News is a product and won’t sell unless it is compelling. This is achieved through attacking politicians but not the corporate power behind it, unless that corporate power belongs to your rival.

The common thread of most of these massive corporations is that they are tax payer funded. They are given money to develop weapons, or drugs, that then become their property to sell to the government that funded it in the first place. The banks are given money to loan, etc etc.

The military budget has doubled from the already massive amount of $350 billion it was a few short years ago, and our “liberal” government is going to cut $78 billion over 5 years? Wow!  This equates to an incredible average of $16 billion a year. How is the military going to survive on only $684 billion dollars?

The food industry is another example of corporate greed and corporate welfare. The majority of the handouts going to farmers are actually going to corporate farms. They have managed to get the Supreme Court to say you can patent life, so they are now forcing genetically modified foods into the market place, so that farmers don’t own the crops they grow in their fields.

Corn is tax payer subsidized, making in falsely cheap, and then put in every product we consume from soda to soap, to a maximize profit. It is fed to cattle because it makes them fat quickly, but evidence points to it also creating an acid resistant form of e.coli that sickens our people, and kills the old, and young among us, but the profits are good.

This is why the tea party b.s. is just that. They talk about free market, and most of our major industries are tax dollar addicted and funded.

They talk about cutting taxes to make jobs, the banks and major industries have recovered and are making record profits, because they are keeping their money and not making jobs. Cutting taxes isn’t changing that.

The Tea party hates handouts, but only the ones for the poor. Corporate hand outs are somehow patriotic. Tea partiers are mad they can’t afford stuff, but it isn’t because the government is giving it all to illegals and lazy people, it is because the corporations suck it all up, and you guys defend them. When Malcolm X talked about the house slaves, he was talking about you.

The viciousness of this country against the poor and needy disgusts me, even Rome, one of the most vicious societies in history, guaranteed all citizens free bread daily, so that none went hungry. Even wolves take care of the old and weak in their pack, but not us. You have to work for it, and if you are too old, too sick, or too simple, then F— you.

None of the politicians are going against business. The Dems take it in the rear for business, the GOP says “thank you” while doing it, and the Tea Party whistles the national anthem as they are getting railed. I would love it if we did really have left-wing politicians. We NEED a labor party to give the common man some relief.

In order to explain and define the new lows to which our country is sinking, I have invented a new word.

Necrocracy—A government in which the elected representatives ability to understand the needs and desires of their constituency, or be concerned with their well-being, is effectively dead.

I have come to the conclusion that our government has gone beyond plutocracy, which is a government run by the wealthy.  Our government is still a plutocracy, but that word is insufficient to explain how brazen and callous the congressmen of this country have become.

It is not enough that they left the unemployed hanging without benefits while they enjoyed a long 4th of July weekend, waving to crowds, and hypocritically telling them that is the American people who make America great.

It is not enough that one of them apologizes to BP for making them pay for creating the world’s largest oil spill. God knows big business has suffered enough taking free money from the government, and making record profits, while we the proles kick back in luxury.

Now Jon Kyl, Republican Senator extraordinaire, has proclaimed the need to extend the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy, even if doing so adds debt to the bottom line of the country. He won’t let the unemployed get benefits, because that adds to our national debt, even if it is far less than what it costs to let the rich pay less taxes, even as their income continues to grow. The gap between the rich and the poor is the only thing that is showing consistent growth in the country.

The money, fame, power, TV time, travel, and free government health care  for congressmen must be incredibly seductive, that must be the reason they are so dismissive of the needs of the real American people making shit wages and drowning under debt. How else can you explain John McCain repudiating everything he ever stood for, to maintain his position. It must be an addiction to power.

It is beyond my vocabulary to explain how appalled I am at the cynicism and cronyism shown by these people. I have never seen such frank and open glad-handing and groveling to the rich that pay for these bastards elections. And so, since it is beyond my vocabulary, I have made this new word: Necrocracy. It could also be used to explain how dead the souls of these politicians are.

I am sometimes accused of being anti-American. Nothing can be farther from the truth. I love this country, and I love it enough to read, study, reflect, and meditate on it and the issues facing it and the American People. I am nobody special, just a prole, but as a citizen it is my job to put time into being a good citizen.

Being a patriot is more than a flag sticker on your car, or playing Toby Keith songs, and a hell of a lot more than yelling at people who point out some of the areas we as a nation are not doing so well. Sticking your head in the sand isn’t patriotism. True patriotism is like true love, it isn’t that you don’t see the flaws in the people you love, it is that you do see them, and you love them anyway. If you can, you help them attempt to improve on their flaws, but you love them unconditionally.

A group of people whose patriotism I admire very much are the Brazilians. I have lived for short periods of time in Brazil on two occasions. That first time was during a horrible economic crisis, with inflation of 971% that year. Brazilians are patriotic, not because they have the biggest military in the world, or the most economic power, but because they are Brazilians. They know where their country has problems, but they still love it. Brazilians use to tell me, “My country is third world, but it is mine.”

One of the great examples of this is in sports. It doesn’t matter what sport, or where it is, if a Brazilian is competing, you will find other Brazilians supporting him. It can be any sport, Judo, volleyball, even sailing. If they held a snow-cone making contest in Antarctica, you would find a group of screaming, dancing Brazilians, painted yellow and green, cheering on their guy. When you go and support your countrymen, win, lose, or draw, that is true patriotism.

Another great patriot was Socrates. He went about, exposing hypocrisy, and trying to get people to think. He was as he called himself, “a gadfly”, stirring the people to try to improve themselves, their people, and their city. He got himself the death sentence for that. I admire and in a small way, try to emulate the example of Socrates, that is part of the reason I write this blog. I will try to avoid the death sentence though.

The situation of this country is stark. Corporations have laid waste to our economy and our system of government, and along the way have convinced many people and politicians that the only way to fix it, is to give them even more power and free rein to do it again. The American people who still have jobs, are working longer, and getting less. They are yelling for more prisons, and more guns, to calm the fears put in their heads by a “free media” owned by corporations, that banks on ratings from fear-mongering and misinformation. The Americans that don’t have jobs anymore, are finding out that the chickens have come home to roost. Jobs, and manufacturing have all been sent overseas to China, so that the CEO’s can show a profit and get their bonuses. Many jobs are gone, and aren’t coming back, and we, the richest country in the world, have one of the worst support and unemployment systems of any first world country.

The glimmer of hope is this: we, the people of the United States of America, have the power to change it. The rights in our Bill of Rights, give us the power to speak, to assemble, and to make our representatives fix the problem, the way we want, and to do it now. We have those rights, and we still have time to use them, but the clock is ticking….

I didn’t want to jump on this one because it has been done to death. What I did want to point out however, is that it does show that congressmen are increasingly transparent in their concern for their most important constituents–corporations.

The politician of today is ever more aware of the need to coddle corporate america to ensure a steady flow of money. Your vote is of secondary importance, because he can get that with enough ads. The trick is the funds, and that comes from corporations.

I am sick to death of hearing about how what we need is to have savvy business leaders take charge of runaway government spending and bring sound business principles to running the country. It is a fallacious and myopic response to the perceived problems of government, that if it comes to fruition, will actually exacerbate the real issues we are facing as a country.

First, being a successful business person doesn’t prepare one for public service anymore than being a lawyer does, and possibly not as well as being a lawyer does. Lawyers make up more than half of the Congress, and they are terrible, but there is no reason to think it would be any better if the elected came from any other walk of life. Once you enter political life, you are absorbed into the culture already present, regardless of your former profession.

Bluntly speaking, let’s drop the whole notion of a guy out of the movie “Dave” going in there and making good ol’ American common sense decisions, that speak to the heart of the American people. The “businessmen” that are usually running for office are straight out of the corporate hierarchy, most of whom have made their reputations on keeping stock prices up by not just cutting, but slaughtering American jobs, and benefits and retirement for workers, while making everything they can in China, thereby destroying the long-term prognosis for the American economy for short-term returns. They remunerate themselves for insuring the future impoverishment of America, by rewarding themselves with millions of dollars in wages, compensation, and bonuses, and negotiate contracts guaranteeing that the company they helm will pay for everything from their penthouse to their dry cleaning for the rest of their lives.

Finally, lest we forget. These people who reward themselves so richly for changing volume sales of their corporations by tenths of a percent, and now so piously want to “get America back on the right track” are the very people who have corrupted the system with thousands of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions. There are no lobbyists in Washington working for you, you don’t have the money to hire one, so your congressman spends his day listening to the lobbyists of corporations, and doing their bidding to insure future campaign contributions. The only thing that putting these people in Washington will do is make them their own best lobbyist. They don’t give a shit about sending your job overseas now, why do you think they will care about you when they are your Senator?

That is one of the things that makes Rand Paul so refreshing as a candidate, he was just an eye doctor that decided to make a change in the world. Unfortunately, he is also an idiot that believes the same “business has the know-how to fix it” line of bull.

Arnold Schwarzenegger ran for governor spouting the same “business principles” crap. “The people of California are working, it is the government that is not working.” He said he would “eliminate redundancies and save money”. He criticized Grey Davis for wanting to borrow money to prop up the budget of California, as well as his plan to cut school money and money for poor families. Within 6 months, Arnold had borrowed money to prop up the budget, and cut money for schools and the poor for the first of what would be many times.  Now after 7 years of Arnold and his practical, business sensibilities, California, that if an independent nation would be the world’s sixth largest economy, is broke.

I don’t want government priorities to have fiscal responsibility first and foremost. There are many important things that lose money that we need. The people who tell me the Post Office is losing money and it should be privatized it so it will be more efficient, don’t live in a place like Sulfur Well, Kentucky. I like maps, but I have never seen it on any map. It is so small that the tiny post office doesn’t even deliver the mail. The residents just stop by to pick it up. Maybe it is not fiscally responsible, but it is a good thing to have in Sulfur Well. The people who talk about privatizing the post office, wouldn’t stand to privatize the military. I am sure that would save money too. We could get rid of the Air Force as well. Just rent planes from Fed Ex and kick the bombs out the back when we need to bomb something. The bombs are laser guided so you don’t need to have a terribly accurate bombing platform right? The post office was the only branch of government that turned a profit up until the late 90’s when everything started being done online. With the reduced volume came reduced income, but it isn’t that the Post Office made bad business decisions, and where the hell are all the 18-year-old kids gonna register for the draft if the nearest post office is 80 miles away? Changing where they do that will cost MONEY, and no matter where you decide to do it, somebody is going to call you  fiscally irresponsible. Part of the reason to have government is to do the things that are too big, too expensive, or too inefficient, that still need to get done.

Really if we were serious about electing people who were prepared for public service we would have to beef up the Political Science curriculum in colleges, demand a Master’s Degree in Political Science as well as at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Sociology out of potential politicians, and require at least a decade of service running and growing a Non-Profit, with full disclosure of all 10 years of financial records while at the same time having the person interning at local levels of government.  We should then require that all campaign finances be made public on the website of the candidate, and that once elected that his agenda be 100% public and availible on his website. This means every meeting with every lobbyist including lunches and every trip made and who financed it. If we aren’t able to get any meaningful campaign fund reform, than every congressman should be required to wear the corporate logo of his top 12 campaign contributors right below the ubiquitous flag pin on his lapel. Maybe then, maybe, we would have a better class of politicians in office. Then again, there is a saying that anybody who desires political office is unworthy of it because of the desire for political office.

What we shouldn’t do is presume that anybody is worthy of public office because he was a cop, fireman, veteran, judge, athlete, or god forbid, a corporate vampire. What makes a public servant good is serving the people and looking for their long-term as well as short-term good. We don’t get much of that here.

Rand Paul has been in the news quite a bit for his comments about the Civil Rights Act. I understand what his position is, regardless of how petulantly dogmatic it is. Mr. Paul wants the Federal Government out of states rights. Your role as a black second-class citizen in Alabama trumps your rights as an American Citizen. Deal with it.

Ironically, I had spoken to a Tea Party supporter about this very issue a few days before this story broke. He was adamant that the Federal government always gets it wrong when they make states do stuff they don’t want to. I asked him about the Civil Rights Act, and the Federal government calling out troops to force school integration. He agreed that was a good thing, but “it was gonna happen anyway.” I somehow doubt that. That is the funny thing about these back to basics fundamentalist people. They don’t see the last 230 years as a dialectic of democracy in which we have further defined what we as a people mean by democracy. To the far right-wing, they just want a do-over, like a controversial play in a sand lot football game. They say they love and revere this country and its history, but not the last 200 years worth. It’s like they and American history are an old married couple. It started out hot, but now they are unhappy and want to get back to the excitement.

But I digress from my main point. Mr. Paul further pontificated on his right-wing viewpoint, when he came to the defense of British Petroleum against the harsh criticism they have faced, including some by President Obama. Mr Paul stated, “What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, ‘I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP, I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business.

To be critical of a corporation that buys the men and women you elect to represent you with campaign contributions, and lobbyists, and golf outings, that subverts and perverts the laws designed to keep it in check and you healthy, that has manufactured a system so flawed, with  the protections enforced by law  so minimal and weak, that they are left to monitor safety themselves and ensure compliance, which they don’t even bother to do, thereby destroying countless fish, game, wildlife, ecosystems, jobs, futures, and dreams, is un-American!

Patriotism in nothing more than brand-loyalty to Mr. Paul. The flag that he loves is the one that flies on corporate headquarters. In his eyes, as in our pathetic Supreme Court’s ruling, corporations are people too, except he believes it is oppression for the government to stop them from oppressing you, and at the same time defends a states right to oppress you without the Federal government to interfere.

These are the politicians you want, angry, far-right America. There will always be somebody willing to tell you what you want to hear, if you just vote for him. Mr. Paul lives in a world where things are valued and people are used, instead of things used and people valued. He will wear a flag-pin and shed a tear as he talks about the American Dream, while the corporations pour oil down your throat and grind you to dust.

Corporate fascism is dressed like Uncle Sam and calls itself patriotism. Here comes one of its clowns, his name is Rand Paul.

The media is awash in hype and analysis about what the American People are saying with these election results, and which policies this means they want, how this reflects on the popularity of the President, on and on and on.

As I have stated before, the media relish this kind of story, and do everything they can to play it up without actually doing any investigative journalism to find real meaning in the story.

The real story is this: the American People are like a fat girl trying to find a prom dress to make her look hot. You change the dress but this one makes your butt look big, that one reveals your flabby stomach, and this other one you can’t get over your hips.

We will keep changing these talking head politicians in attempt to find the ones that flatter us, but just like that fat girl, there comes a point when you have to admit, that it is you, not the dress.

No politician that is in office, or currently running has the ability to change this country. Corporations have made sure that the flow of money will continue to run to them regardless of the state of the rest of the country. This is exactly what cancer does in the body, releasing chemicals that mimic a wound, so the body sends extra blood and nutrients to the area in an attempt to heal it, and of course instead of that, the cancer spreads and kills the host. This is also a pretty good description of how the bailout works.

We are in trouble folks, there is no way around it. We don’t make anything in this country, so it is difficult to recover the economy. We have been systematically shut out of the democratic process in any meaningful way by the rich and the people we have elected, regardless of party. The future of this country has been sold, quarter by quarter, to insure good stock numbers. How can we have long-term recovery when the only real concern is how we look over the next 3 months?

The political landscape of the country has become even more idealistic and cartoonish than ever, and that’s saying something when we are talking American politics. There is a growing movement that sees itself as patriotic, but at the same time despises the government. They actually believe that business will save us, despite the main problem we are facing being the corruption of the system by these same businesses. It is kind of like trying to milk a tiger. I guess you could, but I don’t think what you get is gonna be worth the price.

On the other side, which is the side I am more partial to, you have those who want to make the government help the people. Where I differ in my viewpoint, is that I believe the government is incapable of meaningful help and change the way it is currently configured. It serves the rich and the powerful, not the people. It promotes welfare for the rich by a system of patrimony and influence peddling.

We have to unite, organize, and make ourselves heard. We have to make government do what it is supposed to do, which is represent us, the people.