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Why aren’t Sequester Cuts Tied to Congress Salaries?

The US government has declared that massive automatic spending cuts through sequestration, (approximately 85 billion in) must be made to avert the nation from fiscal disaster. These cuts to date have only included layoffs and furloughs (underhanded way of forcing pay cuts) to government workers, reduction in military benefits, reducing/ending meals on wheels, closing & shortening of heavily relied on preschool program for low-income families, reduction of housing benefits to the poor and reduction in payment for Medicare health claims. The food stamp program, which was supposed to be exempt from sequestration is being gone after a different way- through bills designed to slash that too.

No sequester cut to date has taken any money from corporate subsidies, foreign aid or any tax haven/evading individual.

Even more striking, while the pay of most government workers face the threat of elimination or furlough everyday, the Congress is completely exempt from having their salaries or perks cut by the sequester.  If these cuts are so vital to our economy, why aren’t Congress members themselves subject to it?

There are many well-respected economists & organizations that dispute the claim that without sequester cuts the country going over the fiscal edge are even true. Their research shows that reduction in corporate subsides/ welfare to high profit companies, reduction in foreign aid to “allies”, that even ones  use that money to attack our interest and the closing of tax loopholes for rich corporations and individuals that shelter their profits from taxation with offshore accounts, the budget could easily go into a surplus. But they don’t have high paid lobbyist and the spending power of big corps empowered by Supreme Courts”Citizens United” decision declaring corporations are people, so their voices go unheard.

But if the situation is so critical, why aren’t  these items even on the table.  While the amount spent on entitlement programs for the poor is miniscule compared to the billion in corporate welfare, companies turning huge profits which obviously don’t even need this money, Congress has been able to convince enough of the nation they are fighting for our interest when they go after the most vulnerable in our nation.

I can’t see how anyone can’t see through the “smoke and mirrors argument” that the US is in critical financial straits, yet we can keep paying large government bonuses to high level officials, keep large Congressional salaries in place, etc but must crush the poor.

But since obviously since many people find that logical,  why aren’t at those same folks at least curious why Congressional salaries aren’t linked to the sequester? Even if you agree we should slash the government big time, don’t you think we should be asking the harbingers of that assertion why their salaries are exempt?

If so, please sign this petition asking why they aren’t. Whether you agree with the sequester cuts being necessary or not surely you must want to know why high ranking Congress members aren’t holding themselves to the same standards they ask of their lower ranking counterparts, right?

Please click and sign Petition Why Aren’t Congressional Salaries tied to Crucial Economy Saving Sequestration Cuts   Thanks!!

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The Stupid of the Week July 30- Aug 3,2012

Some things that are just so crystal clear, it’s damn near impossible to misinterpret them. Then there are other events not specifically spelled out for us, but the facts or probability of those facts are so overwhelming that as humans we can easily infer what’s going on.

For example, if  we watch a person jump in front of a moving train and then observe their body demolished, we know they were killed by a train wreck. Even if we don’t witness that event but stumble upon a freshly demolished body on the train tracks and hear a departing train, we can safely assume that person didn’t die from a hunting accident. Commonsense right?

Evidently not. There’ll be idiots arguing maybe the person had a heat attack before the train hit, or invisible aliens threw that person into the oncoming train’s path, so despite the logical explanation, there’s another reason. These folks are stupid. Why? Going any further with this analogy would be stupid on my part, but the reason it matters, is because this same illogical pattern of thinking is becoming so prevalent in society, many serious issues are being decided & based on this type of thinking. Issues not just affecting the attitude or reality of the idiot or the self interested brain washer thinking them, but everyone around them.

1) CAAP’s “Mandate for Marriage” campaign aka Black Preacher’s calling for a boycott of support of President Obama unless he “retracts support for gay marriage”. Literally the pot calling the kettle black. This organization lead by Pastor William Owens, Sr., a veteran of the civil rights movement of the 1960s wants blacks to not vote for President Obama because he supports the giving equal rights to homosexuals. In his words-

“The President is in the White House because of the Civil Rights movement, and I was a leader in that movement. And I didn’t march one inch, one foot, one yard for a man to marry a man and a woman to marry a woman. So the president has forgotten the price that was paid, where people died, where they suffered, where they gave their blood to have equal rights in the United States.”

Obviously it was Pastor Owens & every other person that fought in the Civil Rights Movement that lead to President Obama’s election being possible. But that doesn’t equal our 1st African American President should therefore not endorse equal rights for another group because that wasn’t your intended purpose? Is Pastor Owens implying, had he known that a black president would endorse equal rights for another disenfranchised group, he’d rather have stayed in the Jim Crow era? I’m sure if we asked for clarification, he’d say some ish about the Bible & not choosing to be black, etc, ad nauseum, but what difference does that make?

For argument’s sake let’s say being homosexual is a choice and the Bible is clear that it is an abomination in the eyes of God. If two consenting adults want to make that choice, who the hell is he to tell them they aren’t entitled to the same rights as the people who choose to be heterosexual? The Bible isn’t our constitution and it isn’t hurting anyone else so what if a family wants to make a choice different from yours.

Bigotry is bigotry and your either for it or against it. You simply can’t call yourself a civil rights leader, then pick which civil rights you want to support, Clearly this man is a black rights leader, because that’s all he’s willing to “take a step for”. Fine, Thank you very much in fact, I happen to be a beneficiary of the Civil Rights movement as an African American woman, so admit your solely African American Rights leader and stop pretending your a civil rights leader, because clearly you can’t see past your own skin color or your daily battle to stay heterosexual. Better still, call yourself a retired rights leader of any kind, because if you were so concerned about the superiority of black civil rights there’s some way more serious stupid ish going on you could be rallying for like:

2) The Jonesboro Police Murder of Chavis Carter– Another high profile racially motivated MURDER, a phenomenon which has been an ongoing problem for young African American men steadily before and after that Civil Rights movement, you claim to be have so entrenched in Rev. Owens. Where is your speech, your mobilization and boycott efforts toward this national disgrace? Wouldn’t a true Black civil rights leader be more vested right now in protecting the rights of young black men who are murdered at astronomical rates “accidentally” more than any other race, than who someone else wants to marry and share their benefits with?

My deepest condolences to the family of Mr.Carter, may he rest in peace.

And may a real Black Civil Rights leader come along soon again, because the disorganized outcry from the Black community is doing nothing to stop these situations from happening right now or the one that will happen statistically in the next few months. The mere fact that when a young innocent black man’s mysterious killing has to involve investigation by the FBI before an arrest is made at a time when there’s more well funded African American Rights groups than ever in history is beyond stupid.

Which scenario does Rev Owens think Dr. King or Malcolm is rolling in their graves over right now, gay marriage or the institutionalized mindset that is killing young black men at the rate of no other race in this country? Black Civil Rights leader my ass!

3) Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s refusal to reveal more than 2 yrs of tax returns or his actual tax reform plan, while running on the platform that reducing taxes for the wealthiest Americans aka “job creators” will stimulate the economy.

Rev. Owens, you do realize your call for a boycott of support for President Obama, is tacit endorsement of Romney, right? Does the Pastor really feel that the “damage” that might come from homosexuals being granted equal rights is as harmful as the damage to his beloved straight post Civil Rights movement African Americans will suffer under a Romney presidency?

Romney is LITERALLY RUNNING ON THE IDEA THAT THE BUSH ERA TAX RATES WILL STIMULATE THE ECONOMY AND BRING THE NATION OUT OF THE ECONOMIC DEPRESSION IT IS CURRENTLY IN. The Bush Era taxes dramatically reduced the amount of taxes the wealthiest Americans & corporations had to pay and when exactly did that stimulate the economy? NEVER! In fact, the tax cuts & deregulation brought about the current economic depression President Obama is working this country out of.

Whether you support President Obama’s approach to the economy or not, it is super fantastically stupid, that you could envision the same trickle down theory that lead to the recession and economic crash of 2008, being the solution.

But if you do still some how think that cutting the revenue via tax cuts to the wealthiest was the right thing to do for the nation, then all Romney needs to do is show his own contribution from his own tax returns, how much he personally was able to pump into the economy? I mean then game over right? What better example of that theory than Romney’s own “Bush era economy stimulating”  tax returns?
Yet even though there be no better iron clad way of proving Romney’s tax plan was an economy booster, than showing his prior tax returns, Romney refuses to prove it that way. He wants us to vote him in first. STUPID!!

Creating an Organization to Put An End to Racially Motivated Deaths & Prosecutions

 

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford
Trayvon Martin Protest – Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)
Oscar Grant III(1986-2009)
Oscar Grant III(1986-2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UPDATE: YOU CAN READ THE LAST 4 PARAGRAPHS IF YOU DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THE FULL POST. I’M TRYING TO START AN ORGANIZATION TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF RACIALLY MOTIVATED KILLINGS AND PROSECUTIONS THAT WOULD BE AN ON THE SPOT, AT THE READY TEAM TO ASSIST FAMILIES IN THESE SITUATIONS. SO UNLIKE THE BEGGING & APPEALS MR.MARTIN & MS FULTON HAD TO MAKE TO GET EXPOSURE TO BRING THEIR CHILD’S KILLER TO JUSTICE, THERE WOULD BE AN ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO HELP FAMILIES FACING THESE INJUSTICES IN A COORDINATED WAY. THE ORG WOULD PROVIDE LEGAL GUIDANCE, HELP PUBLICIZING THE EVENT AND PROVIDE FINANCIAL HELP TO THE FAMILIES IMMEDIATELY. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IN LOWER PROFILE CASES, SUCH AS ANNA BROWN, MARISSA ALEXANDER & JUSTIN PATTERSON WHO DON’T GET WIDESPREAD MEDIA ATTENTION.
I AM NOT TRYING TO BECOME THE LEADER OR HEAD OF IT,BUT I NEED PEOPLE WILLING TO MEET THIS WEEK AND HELP FORMULATE A STRATEGY TO MAKE THIS A REALITY. IT’S A LONG OVERDUE MISSION, WHICH WILL CHANGE THE CURRENT WAY WE ADDRESS THESE INCIDENTS ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS (ALA OSCAR GRANT) WHERE THERE IS INITIAL OUTRAGE, BUT LATER USUALLY DO TO LACK OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES, WE BECOME DISENGAGED. WHEN THE USA CAN COUNT ON AFRICAN AMERICANS EVENTUALLY BACKING DOWN FROM OUR INITIAL OUTRAGE, WE SEND A MESSAGE THAT THESE INCIDENTS CAN CONTINUE & WILL BE NO MORE THAN A TEMPORARY INCONVENIENCE TO THE STATE. WE NEED AN ORGANIZATION THAT WILL LET THE COUNTRY KNOW WE WILL NO LONGER TOLERATE THE RACIALLY MOTIVATED SLAUGHTER AND.OR PROSECUTION OF OUR PEOPLE WITHOUT SERIOUS LEGAL BUT COORDINATED CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE WHICH WILL SHUT DOWN THE TOWN THAT PERSISTS IN THIS BEHAVIOR
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ & JOIN ME IN THIS EFFORT, NO MATTER HOW LITTLE OR HOW MUCH YOU CAN DO, EVERY BIT COUNTS. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AN ONLINE MEETING THIS WEEKEND IF POSSIBLE IF WE GET ENOUGH VOLUNTEERS, THANK IN ADVANCE

Yesterday I wrote a long piece on what I feel would be a more effective reaction to decades long record of racially motivated deaths in the USA. (Post Is below). At that time I had not know there was an official Trayvon Martin foundation, because it’s hardly been publicized, and in my opinion doesn’t address the bigger issue of launching a campaign that will stand at the ready to protest, in concert & numbers the repeated deaths and injustices suffered by African American’s in this country.

There is a desperate need for an organization devoted to just this cause, and it needs to be a united coalition. I don’t see what purpose the NAACP serves anymore, as they fail the black community in any meaningful way to help end the unjust killings (ie Trayvon Martin) and injustice convictions of Blacks in this county (ie Marissa Alexander).

As I stated in the last post still worth a read, but the main points I will reiterate here.

Nothing is going to change unless the Black community becomes a serious political force to be reckoned with. It is wonderful to have our bloggers, tweeters, marches and protests, but if we don’t coordinate them into one group, they are little more than nuisances. If we combine all that energy into one group, the power in numbers and economic impact will have 10x the effect, of each separate group doing their own thing. We really need to take a look at the campaigns that rid of Glenn Beck, that are rapidly moving corporations away from the corrupt corporate sponsored group ALEC and the StopRush campaign.

Those campaigns, which include boycotts and coordinated led efforts, have had measurably financial and tangible  successes. The truth of the  campaigns we’ve organized regarding #Oscar Grant, Marissa Alexander, and waning support of Justice for Trayvon Martin, while successful to an extent, have not had the same effect of measurable enough to  make this country understand we will no longer tolerate the racially motivated slaughter of our people or convictions. The ineffectiveness in preventing further injustices is evident in the more than 29+ victims that  succumbed to racially motivated deaths since Martin’s.

I again propose that something is done to address the issue, not one death, or conviction one at a time, but as a whole.

Think about it. When we protest , ala Oscar Grant, blogging, marching & protesting in separate scattered  campaigns, while definitely having some effect, its nothing compared to 100x effect it would have if we all worked in concert.

Take a look at the Stop Rush and ALEC campaigns. Hundreds of sponsors have fled association with Limbaugh and ALEC in measurable monetary amounts. If we put our efforts together, we’d have a much better chance of countering the dirty tactics that will be used to defend Zimmerman, & help the Martin family. And more importantly we can send a signal to this nation:

WE WILL NO LONGER TOLERATE THE UNJUST RACIALLY  MOTIVATED EXECUTIONS OF BLACK PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WITHOUT THERE BEING AN ENORMOUS PUBIC BACKLASH.

WE WILL LET THIS COUNTRY KNOW, THAT IF CORRUPT POLICE DEPARTMENTS UNJUSTLY KILL A MEMBER OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY OR ALLOW THEM TO BE KILLED BY RACISTS CITIZENS WE WILL NOT BE SILENT OR GRUMBLING HERE AND THERE, BUT THAT TOWN WILL NOT FLOURISH BECAUSE THE BOYCOTTING AND PROTESTS WILL BE SO GREAT, THEY WILL ALSO BE ECONOMICALLY CRIPPLED UNTIL JUSTICE IS SERVED.

HOW  we accomplish this? I humbly propose the following

1) AN ONLINE MEETING WITHIN  THE NEXT WEEK FOR EVERYONE INTERESTED IN GETTING THIS  A CAMPAIGN GOING AGAIN ADDRESSING ALL THE RECENT RACIALLY MOTIVATED MURDERS AND CONVICTIONS AND COORDINATED PLANS TO PUBLICIZE THEM IN ONE PLACE. All interested bloggers, tweeter,citizens etc could pool & vote on the best ideas to proceed to out line the steps it will take.

WE COULD BRING ALL IDEAS TO THE TABLE AND PLAN THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO IMPLEMENT THEM. Get an official website, where all  information and updates on cases of this nature and plans to assist will be outlined.

2) A FUND FOR THE FAMILIES OF THESE VICTIMS, TO GET MEDIA TIME TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE NEW CAMPAIGN AND FUNDRAISING FOR THE STAFF WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE HIRED. Families that experience these tragedies rarely have the funds to hire lawyers, and when the case is not as big as Martin’s they don’t get help. If we really are able to pull off an organization to address this issue, we would need attorneys on retainer. Additionally families like #AnnaBrown’s an Marissa Alexander who don’t have the publicity of the Martin family need some financial relief and help with publicizing it.  I know if one of my children were killed and I need some time to champion there cause, financial assistance could make the difference between being able to fight for justice or having to let it go

3) REVIVE THE TWITTER/FACEBOOK CAMPAIGN  AND BOYCOTTS OF ANYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH TOWNS, CORPORATIONS, THAT SUPPORT GROUPS  ENCOURAGING THIS ACTIONS like the NRA & any business associated with ALEC which help write the legislation that let the police think it was ok to set Zimmerman free that night. (Whether you support the Stand Your Own Ground Law is irrelevant, we can keep the law but need to get rid of the racist way it is implemented ie Marissa Alexander case).

These are my humble suggestions to start an organization to end the senseless racial killings and conviction of the African American community. If you are interested in making this happen please leave a comment (including a time u could make a 30 min online meeting would help) or email  me. No effort is too small. We can bring this to an end!

Thanks for your time