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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.

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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.

Financial Regulation Bill Will Hurt Main Street

Posted by: Orrin Hatch in Untagged  on May 19, 2010 Print

The following originally appeared as an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune. -Staff

The words of Hatch will be in white, mine in red. This op-ed of the senatorial equivalent of Mr. Ed, explains why we are doomed unless we can get these jack-holes out of office.

The U.S. Congress should be forced to take the same oath that doctors take to “first do no harm.” Yeah, except doctors have to go to school and be certified competent to practice medicine, and you just have to be rich and willing to sell your soul. Because more often than not, under the guise of “fixing” a problem, Washington  You are “Washington”, 33 years of sucking on the taxpayers teat, the corporate teat, and the lobbyist teat. You are everything that makes Washington not work makes things much, much worse for hard-working middle-class families and small businesses.

That’s precisely the problem with the financial regulation bill that’s before the Senate right now. I was powerless to interject anything, or draft anything of my own. Instead of strengthening our financial system, this legislation will stifle (regulate) economic growth and job creation, (regulate) strangle critical credit, send U.S. jobs overseas and add more burdensome, costly and misguided regulation onto the backs of struggling businesses. It will be more of the same stuff I have been going along with for 33 years.

Thus, instead of the Obama administration’s promise to “fix” Wall Street, we’ve got a bill that squarely takes aim at Main Street instead. The careless overreach will have a lasting and negative impact on small businesses across Utah and America. We should do nothing, and trust the corporations that got us into this mess, to get us out. I mean if they didn’t know how to run a bank, they wouldn’t call them bankers, right?

Let’s be honest, Wall Street is going to have armies of accountants, lawyers and experts figure out a way to get around any of the new rules in this bill. Let’s be honest, I am one of  only 100 senators for the most powerful nation in history, this makes me completely powerless to make any effort to close up loopholes these guys use, so that I can protect you. I would really like to, but again let’s be honest, you don’t have the cash in hand to make it worth my effort. No wonder Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of the New York investment giant Goldman Sachs, said “that the biggest beneficiaries of reform will be Wall Street itself.” I quoted him, because Goldman hasn’t dropped any loot into my campaign funds for several years. Luckily, I have been doing quite well with health care industry contributions. That’s a luxury our small businesses in Utah can’t afford when they’re saddled with this legislative monstrosity. I like to use monstrosity and any other word that gets you to think about big, out of control government. It is much more logical to think that a piece of legislation dealing with massive unregulated transactions of huge amounts of money across international borders, at the electronic speed of light, should be able to fit on the back of a napkin, you know, keep it simple, stupid.

Furthermore, at a time when public trust in Washington is at a record low, the White House and its Capitol Hill allies grab more power for federal bureaucrats at the expense of states and our judicial system. Yeah! Power grab, that gets um every time. They are grabbing your right to be financially sodomized away from you. Now you may not like having your 401k disappear, but it is your right, to let it happen to you.

When companies get in trouble, bankruptcy courts should be in charge to ensure transparency and accountability. Instead, the bill creates “expedited liquidation authority” that permits the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s politically appointed bureaucrats to take over large, complex, intertwined financial institutions. Yes, politically appointed, how else would they be appointed? Again, the logic of it is too complicated for the federal department in charge of finance to handle it. The bankers know the best way to do it. It is like saying that nobody knows more about booze than your alcoholic Uncle Billy, so he knows just what to do to stop drinking. In addition, the bill contains a provision that would allow the FDIC to play favorites — and give more money — to certain creditors if the FDIC determines a particular creditor poses a systemic risk. Any financial institution that takes undue risk, regardless of size should be given less free reign to ruin my 401k. Doesn’t this put the large banks at an unfair advantage over smaller institutions?

The White House is pushing for a new consumer protection agency. Why a big new bureaucracy? The real solution lies in taking a closer look at why these agencies failed to protect consumers and fix the problem existing within the system. Yes, the right solution,  2 full years after the collapse, is to form a committee to discuss and debate the issue for another 4 years, by which time we should be ready for our next financial meltdown, because we haven’t regulated anything. We do not need to add more layers of regulators that will make it more expensive and complicated to get a car loan or credit card. Maybe because you and your cronies gutted the ones we have, maybe because this is a whole new area that needs to be regulated, maybe because we the regular people have to pay for the shit you get for free.

But the worst part of this legislation is what it’s missing — reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These two mortgage agencies caused the financial crisis by backing loans to people who couldn’t afford it. But that certainly didn’t stop Uncle Sam from bailing them out and continuing to bail them out at a cost of $145 billion to the taxpayer. Yes that is the worst part, not the banks or the corporations, certainly not the system of modern serfdom created by the credit card companies. It is the people who wanted a house, and were told they could live the american dream and get one. All these people knew was they were told yes, signed a bunch of stuff, and then had two years of bliss before the clouds rolled in. The bankers and real estate agents got what they wanted, the people got the shaft, and the mortgage agencies did what they were told to do. They didn’t start it, they just went along with it. They backed the loans the banks sent them.  Just like you do Mr. Hatch, on everything your corporate masters tell you to do.

Why is it that people don’t know how much debt these two agencies are piling onto the backs of our children and grandchildren? Well, that’s because the Obama White House decided not to put their debt on the books where it can be seen. Now if that isn’t outrageous, I don’t know what is. You are outrageous, you have piled debt onto the backs of the american people for 3 decades. You do everything you can to produce bombs, and tanks, and jets, but fight tooth and nail against help for the poor, the sick, and the undereducated.

We can’t hide from this problem. Which is why they created this legislation. This administration has to stop propping up Fannie and Freddie with taxpayer dollars while refusing to push significant reform. Utah families have had to make tough choices; it’s time these Washington bureaucrats did, too. Can one of those choices be that you drop dead?

Does our financial regulatory system need reform? Absolutely, but this legislation is a prescription to make things worse for Main Street all in the name of fixing Wall Street. Again, my master likes when I bark at the dark, so that’s what I did. Have I come up with anything to reform the financial regulatory system, well no, because sometimes your friends and bosses do things you don’t like, but you just look the other way and pretend it isn’t happening, and pray to God it doesn’t happen again. The worst thing in the world is to have to say harsh things you don’t mean to your friends in public, so that you can protect yourself and your friends from the public.

Lets be honest, to borrow a Orrin phrase, I always say politicians are politicians are politicians. The reform bill in the Senate is pathetic, it is weak, and it is too late, but at least it is something. To side with Wall Street is the height of hypocrisy. Orrin Hatch, you are a cancer to the American People.

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.

I keep talking to people who believe that guns are going to protect our rights. By the time they come for your guns, there aren’t going to be any rights left to worry about.

I don’t believe in any conspiracy theories about Obama taking your guns or ammo. The Automatic Weapons Ban law has lapsed and the guy hasn’t said one word about trying to reinstate it. It looks like he is fine with you having your guns.

I do have a big problem with people who think that having guns, or playing soldier on the weekend with your buddies, and calling it a militia, is going to do anything to protect your rights, or this country.

I never served in the military. I have studied a lot of history and try to understand military action to the best of my ability. I want to state that so that nobody expects anything more than my opinion on this stuff.

Here’s the thing. Let’s say Obama turns this into the socialist nightmare you NRA guys rant about, and sends the troops out after you. You grab your supplies and hustle out to the hills. The army comes out, and makes contact with you. What do you think will happen next?

From what I have learned, only about 15% of combat deaths are from guys shooting at each other. I think in modern combat the idea is for the infantry to make contact and engage the enemy, pinning them down and preventing their escape. Then, they call in artillery or air strikes to wipe them out. The overwhelming majority of casualties are from being bombed or shelled. Unless you can buy a Stinger missile, or something that can counter-fire against artillery placed a dozen miles away, your fight for freedom is gonna be awful short, so pack light. No sense in dragging a bunch of stuff around just to get blown up.

The other aspect of combat is disease. Through all of history, most soldiers died of disease. So, make sure to have at least as much medicine as ammo, when you go “Red Dawn” on the soldiers of socialism.

Let’s call militias what they are. A reason to shoot guns, drink beer, and bitch about taxes with your buddies. It is also a good reason to buy guns that look cool, but aren’t accurate enough to take deer hunting.

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.

The Tea Party has been in the news quite a bit. I have seen stories about how they are going to change the direction of politics, etc, but I am not buying it.

I don’t think the Tea Party has anything significant to offer. They are not, at least as a body, distinct from the Republican Party. The only way they really stand out is in their anger.

The Tea Party is angry about everything. They are angry about oppressive taxes crushing the working man, but even more angry when they find out that over half of Americans don’t pay income tax because they don’t make enough money.

They are angry at the poor and immigrants because they “free load” because they are poor enough to qualify for health and welfare programs, but when Obama tries to pass more comprehensive laws to cover some of these hard-working Tea Party members, they are pissed about that too.

Tea Party people are angry at the government for not allowing people to fail, but they are angry at the poor because they are failures and need help. Though many Tea Party members would identify themselves as christian, I don’t know if Christ would associate with a group of people that are so callous and uncharitable.

If pressed, I think most of The Tea Party would have to admit that much of their “success” was given to them via a parental college fund, and that they are not the bold entrepreneurs they laud so much, but denizens of corporate cubical farms. Much of what Tea Party members have, was given to them by their parents, who had it given to them by the government, in New Deal programs, and the G.I. Bill.

They remember that their parents raised them in a house, with 2 cars and they had a boat on the lake and took a family vacation every year. They forget that dad was a union worker, that had health insurance and a retirement. For a group that hates hand outs, they seem to believe they don’t get their fair share, and are pretty pissed about it. Don’t just try to give it to them though, they want to earn it, and by earn it I mean, they want you to give it to them for being white, patriotic, and angry. Oh, and don’t forget THEY VOTE!!! They really don’t want you to forget that Obama. Nothing is more threatening than to threaten to vote against a guy you voted against the first time anyway. Threatening a guy to always never vote for him doesn’t make him listen to you, it makes him ignore you. It also makes you sound like a 4 year old.

The Tea Party hates the poor for draining our economy, but they say nothing about corporate welfare. According to the Office of Public Affairs, the total cost of the welfare program is well under $25 billion (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/opa/fact_sheets/tanf_factsheet.html), but corporate welfare is estimated to cost by moderate estimates $100 to $150 billion a year, and the Cato Institute estimates it may be up to $350 billion a year. (http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-corporatewelfare.htm). That is one hell of a free market system.

They hate government spending, but I have never seen one of them tackle the issue of military spending, or ask why we lock up more of our citizens, and spend more on prisons and law enforcement than any other country in the world, for a violent crime rate that has remained stable per capita for 40 years. You are no less likely to be murdered with 2.5 million people in prison, than you were in 1970 when less than 500,000 people were in prison.

Oh, and the drug war, yeah after 30 years of spending on that, drugs are a fraction of the cost they were during the height of the Miami Vice days. Mission Accomplished! Almost a full percentile point of the American population incarcerated, drugs cheaper than ever, violent crime at the same level it was prior to the crack down, but we did spend $69 billion dollars on the prison system in 2006. Mostly on low level drug offenses for which drug addiction counseling would be appropriate. Even though that would be cheaper and more effective, we don’t want to give away handouts, except to the corporations that run the prisons, because (and this will make the Tea Party happy) the prisons are privatized. They are for-profit organizations, taking your tax dollar and lobbying your congressmen for tougher crime laws, and playing on your fears, so that they can take more of your tax money that you don’t want feeding the poor. Check the numbers above, wouldn’t it be more cost-effective to feed the poor than to imprison them for stealing or selling drugs to make money?

They say the want to return to the Constitution, but I have never heard any of them complain about how Bush (and almost every other president) violated the Constitution by putting us into two wars, without a declaration of war by congressional approval.

They claim they are not racist, but every rally shows them screaming about taking the country back. From whom? You still have your guns, Starbucks, Dave Matthews band cd’s, and incredible lack of sense of irony, living in a country founded on and by immigration.

Another thing, Tea Party members are always talking about history, and how this country was founded, even though they have almost no contextual understanding of history and make no attempt to learn any. They talk about God and the founding fathers, but the founding fathers were Deists, who believed God made the world and then left it for us to figure out how to treat and care for each other.

They talk about the preeminence of states rights, but forget that the Civil War was fought not for slavery, but over the question of states versus federal rights. When the Union won, federal power took center stage. Deal with it.

So the Tea Party doesn’t bother to study history or learn or investigate the money trail in current issues. Going with your heart and a little information you picked up from Fox News, doesn’t make you a patriot. Anybody who spouts off, and gets angry about things he hasn’t bothered to fact check for even 5 minutes, is a moron. There is no excuse for that, we have the internet, there is more on it than sports scores and porn, take a look. The people who spoon feed this crap to you never let facts stand in the way of a good story, but it is your fault if you don’t take the time to look it up.

History does indeed repeat itself. 150 years ago a then new political party rose to prominence. They were called the Know-Nothings, because when they were asked about violent acts against immigrants they were told to say they knew nothing about it. They saw immigrants as a threat to the economic and political security of native-born Protestant Americans, wanted the Bible to take a more central role in education, they were also concerned about people not born in the country gaining political office. The party skyrocketed in popularity, but was dead 20 years later. You don’t hear much about them in history books because history has shown them to be ignorant, angry, and racist.

Now the Know-Nothings are back, how do you think history will see them in another 50 years?