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I received a request today from my friends at JUSTLABELIT.ORG asking me to sign a petition and forward a letter to as many people as possible regarding the fact that we currently do not know if we are consuming a genetically engineered product in the United States.  The request is not huge, it is simply a request for a label to be placed on the product stating the food has been genetically engineered,  also known as GE.  Something that the big corporations and factory farming monsters are totally against.  This has been done via a legal petition, Docket # FDA-2011-P-0723-0001/CP and filed directly with the FDA.

By going to the following link you can state to the FDA that you want GE food labeled.

http://justlabelit.org/takeaction

By taking this action you are impacting the decision making process at the FDA and will be benefiting not only yourself, but your family, friends, and the planet.

In addition, we ask that you tell everyone you know about this effort so they can follow suit and take the same action you just took.  Following this is a form letter from my friends at justlabelit.org.  I have sent this to everyone I know personally via e-mail and Facebook and am sharing it with you here today.  Please, go sign the petition today and ask all of your friends and family to do the same.  You can sign the petition to the FDA at http://justlabelit.org/takeaction

They are killing us with the things they are adding to food already, who knows what genetically altering the food supply may do to us down the road.  These “farmers”  are already guilty of  devastating the planet with the “farming” practices being employed today and it is all in the name of greed.  This shortsighted, uncaring methodology, which we as taxpayers are paying for through agricultural subsidies has to be stopped.  We have the right to not only know about what is being done to our food and our planet, we have the right to have a say in what is being done.  We are both the consumer AND the investor.  It is time we use our collective voice to stand up for our rights.

These negligent practices remind me of a Cree Indian prophecy, which is one of my favorite sayings of all time (and can be purchased on a tee, coffee cup, noted cards etc. at my cafepress store which can be found on the bottom of the site ) :

                Only after the last tree has been cut down;

                Only after the last river has been poisoned;

                Only after the last fish has been caught; 

                Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

Back to business…..You can learn more at the website http://justlabelit.org/.

Below is their letter, please feel free to copy and paste it and send it to your friends or direct them here for a copy and paste.  It is imperative that we get the word out and demand our right to know what is being put in our food supply!

Dear friend,
I was surprised to learn that the United States is one of the only developed nations not to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Even China and Russia label them! Don’t you think we have a right to know what’s in our food?
It’s estimated that 60%-70% of processed foods likely contain some genetically engineered material. Plus over 80% of corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically engineered. Not to mention that the majority of the livestock that Americans consume have been raised on genetically engineered grains. But without labels, we’d never know. 
As consumers, I think we have a right to know how the food we buy is produced, including whether it’s genetically modified. Otherwise, we can’t make informed choices about what’s best for us and our families.
That’s why I submitted a comment to the FDA demanding that genetically engineered foods be labeled. And with just a few clicks, you can join me! Will you tell the FDA that you support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods too?
Please, click on that link and contact the FDA today. They need to hear from more people demanding our rights to be informed.  
Help us send 5,000 new comments to the FDA in the next 5 days!

Tell your coworkers, friends, and family why the FDA needs to label genetically engineered foods and ask them to join you in speaking out!

Remember it is up to us to make a difference!

Will you join me in telling the FDA that you support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods? If they can do it in China & Russia, why can we not do it in the U.S.?

An open letter to my Congressman in response to his form letter replying to me about my opposition to H.R. 2560, the “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011”

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I received a canned, form letter response from my (UGH) Republican Congressman John Boozman today.  I send regular correspondence to him pushing for the right thing pertaining to all legislation that we the people are privy to.  He, of course responds, generally with form letters, if it is an email I send.  Today, I was compelled to respond to his canned e-mail.  Of course, he is taking the party line of taxing the wealthy would be unfair because they area already bearing the most burden of taxation and that corporations could not be competitive if they paid taxes…blah blah blah…arguments that are all crap.  All we have to do is look to other countries where businesses thrive and the wealthy pay taxes to see that their argument does not hold water.

So, moving forward, I also found this fantastic site that where you can go and actually post comments directly to any Congress person.  I am not sure how often, if ever, it is read by them.  But, it ties comments to them directly, it is being used by the people, that is for sure.  It can be found at: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/.  I thought, why not share my letters out there for others to see.  Perhaps they might decide to start writing letters too?  At minimum, it is a place where people can start making a statement to their representatives that all can see.  I am totally in love with this idea.

Hopefully it will inspire EVERYONE to take action and voice their opinions about things to Congress.

At any rate, here is my letter.  I will warn, it contains a shocking confession.  I was once, years ago a Republican.  Shudder.  There, I said it.  I know, it is unbelievable,  I am so sorry.  I am doing everything in my power to make amends.  I pray there are enough years left in my life to do so.  Please accept my apologies and I pray you will forgive me.

Now, on to the show….

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First, his canned form letter to me:

Dear Mrs. S,

Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to H.R. 2560, the “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011,” and your support for tax increases on the wealthy and corporations. It is good to hear from you.

Like you, I am very concerned with the economic situation both in Arkansas and across the country. One of the government’s principle responsibilities is to establish an economic environment, with the proper tax system and regulations, which allows for economic growth and job creation. I work hard to make sure we implement careful reforms that do not have an adverse impact on America’s small businesses and job creators. In order to restore an economic environment that helps, rather than hinders, job creators, we must enact legislation that expands trade, produces more of our energy domestically, focuses on infrastructure development, curbs unnecessary regulations, and reforms the tax code. I will continue to support legislation promoting these principles.

First of all, please understand that there are varying reports on the amount of taxes that America’s wealthiest individuals pay. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reports that the richest 20 percent of taxpayers are now responsible for 86 percent of the federal income tax burden. Of the 750,000 taxpayers who pay the highest marginal tax rate of 35 percent, which is the top 0.5 percent of all taxpayers, more than two-thirds are small business owners. This means that most small businesses pay the individual income tax and these small businesses are generally concentrated in the higher income tax brackets. Prior to the 2003 tax cut, small businesses paid a higher top tax rate than most large corporations, even though businesses with fewer than 100 employees represent 98 percent of all businesses and create 36 percent of all jobs. As a committed fiscal conservative, I agree that the government must be more efficient and spend less of Americans’ hard-earned taxpayer money. However, I believe that raising taxes, especially during an economic crisis, will only worsen our financial woes.

We must be careful to ensure that any changes to current law or our tax code do not further aggravate our economy. In addition, the reason companies appear to have a lower tax rate is because U.S. multinational corporations are currently permitted to defer U.S. taxes on overseas income. In other words, they do pay substantial taxes, but they pay taxes to the country where the income is being generated and defer U.S. taxes on that income until it is brought home. This deduction prevents U.S.-based companies from being double taxed, here and abroad, which would put them at a significant competitive disadvantage with foreign corporations that are not subject to the double taxation. Today’s tax code is unfair, discourages against savings and investment, and is impossibly complex. I believe that the tax code should not unjustly burden the American people, yet at the same time we simply cannot put U.S. corporations in a position where they cannot compete globally. The U.S. corporate tax rate is currently one of the highest in the world. If we further increase that burden on American businesses, it will undoubtedly result in higher consumer prices and fewer American jobs. We should be doing everything we can to encourage manufacturing and investment within the United States, and I believe reforming our tax code is an essential step in making that happen. Please be assured that while we do not see eye-to-eye on this issue, I value your opinion and will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress debates this issue.

Again, thank you for contacting me on this very important issue. Please be sure to visit our website at www.boozman.senate.gov. I look forward to your continued correspondence.

Sincerely,

John Boozman
U.S. Senator

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Dear Senator Boozman,

In response to your form letter reply pertaining to my opposition to H.R. 2560, the “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011,” and your support for tax increases on the wealthy and corporations The CBO is simply a puppet for whomever is the Speaker of the House. Statistics will say whatever you wish them to say, it is a matter of selecting your
input data. The simple fact of the matter is that there are persons that can and there persons that cannot afford additional taxes at this time in the U.S.

Additionally, history has proven and top economists will tell you that during an economic rebuilding period it is ludicrous to try to limit spending and worry about deficits. If we build a better economy then deficits will be taken care of.  By putting the proverbial cart before the horse, the House is doing nothing more than stalling an already slow recovery and putting election antics over the well being of the people.  Has the GOP consulted with
economists that worked in Government in similar situatons? How about Robert Reich? He is a good man, with good ideas and could do this country a world of good.

As you are aware, based on my activity sending you correspondence I am deeply passionate about Government doing the right thing for the PEOPLE. I do not see the GOP, who I was formerly a member of the for over twenty years (I now shamefully admit) acting in a manner that is caring for the people. Rather I see a party that has lost its way in a sea of greed and special interests. It is going to take strong leaders to step up and speak the hard truth, trickle down economics do not work. Corporate personhood was a bad idea. Campaign finance is in dire need of reform. Term limits must be imposed on members of Congress. Insider trading for Congress must be stopped. Social programs are a necessity in a Christian America. Education is a necessity in America. Alternative fuels are a necessity in order to end our dependence on oil in the next 3-7 years. Tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas must be stopped. Tax breaks for companies that put bonuses and performance over employees jobs must be stopped. There is a list a mile long of the right things that need to be done. 

My question to you is can we count on you to be the man to stand up, against the tide of the mainstream GOP, and be the voice of reason? Can we count on you to voice the needs of the people over the wants of the 1% and the corporations?

If not, then all is lost. If so, then perhaps you are the one shining beacon of light in an otherwise pitch black void that I have come to know as the GOP and their political agenda.

Regards,

Becky

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Come on guys, make some noise with me.  These guys are full of crap!!!  We have to stand up and be heard!!

the Atlantic I am so disappointed in your piece ‘Are Most Federal Workers Overpaid? CBO Says Yes’ it is just poor journalism

I just read ‘Are Most Federal Workers Overpaid? CBO Says Yes By contributors@theatlantic.com (Jordan Weissmann)’ and have to reiterate what I say in my title.  I am so disappointed.  I posted the following comment on the Yahoo site and sent a comment to the Editor.

First, the Atlantic should be ashamed for even offering this as journalism. This article does nothing but incite anger unnecessarily. It does not provide enough information or insight into the actual report to allow the readers to understand that politicians are not even included in the report. This is clearly obvious by the masses of comments about firing congress I see posted.

This report, which incidentally I think was a waste of tax payer money, tells us that on the low end of the scale employees with less education are paid more when working for the Government than those working in the Private Sector. Conversely, the more education you have the more money you make in the Private Sector vs working for the Government. That is all this graph shows.

The sad comment to all of this is that people are calling for the Government to fire people, which is exactly what we don’t need at this point in an economic recovery, unless it is the politicians that made this mess.

What we need is reform, yes reform, that requires the Private Sector to pay a living wage, including to those with less education. Additionally we need education reform so we can educate EVERYONE.

We are rapidly headed toward the entire US looking like George W. Bush & Rick Perry‘s Texas: a ton of under-educated people working extremely low paying jobs barely able to survive; having to turn to public assistance in order to put food on the table while their so called leader brags that he has the highest job creation rate in the nation. Then he goes about cutting those very programs and gives tax breaks to the richest who do not need it.

All in all, a poor piece of reporting. I urge you to go read the report for yourself, the link is in the piece – it is only 28 pages if you are truly interested in the data. You will glean far more information than from reading this.

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/126xx/doc12696/01-30-FedPay.pdf

First of all, that “more money” is not a lot of money being made on the low end of the scale as far as the less educated employees are concerned.  The overall salaries for these jobs, looking at the graph, appears to be under $25k for people with no college education.  Next to that is the sad wage of the Private Sector employee which is even less.  Follow along on the graph and you will see that the average wage of persons in the U.S. that are lucky enough to have a 4 year Bachelors degree is under $40k per year and those with Masters Degrees are  at $40k or barely above in both the Government and Private Sector jobs – they are virtually the same pay-wise.  The next big disparity comes along when you get to the Professional Degree or Doctorate.  A Government Employee who has Professional Degree or Doctorate makes under $50k according to the graph and the Private Sector employee is over $60k.

So, what it comes down to is the CBO is saying that the lowest paid persons in their organizations are being paid too much.  Their pay rates are barely a living wage, yet, it is too much and they want to cut it.  It is shameful for anyone in the U.S. to begrudge a person who was not lucky enough to get a college education the little bit of extra money they may be able to make in one job vs. another.  This is disgusting.  So, why would they say this?  Who stands to gain?  Who does the CBO report to?  None other than the Speaker of the House.  Yep, John Boehner.  That jerk.

I don’t know about any one else, but I am sick of these pointless inflammatory pieces that are trying to skew opinion of the Government waste,  especially because of the election.  Considering the steaming pile of dung that Obama received when he took office I am pleasantly surprised with what he has accomplished, even with the obstruction the GOP has been guilty of.  (I sure hope everyone is taking notes on how they have pretty much told the rest of us where we can go because they are going to do what the money people tell them to do regardless of the consequences to the people or the planet).

So, reading the report you will see that the Department of Defense employs approximately 35% (they said more than one third, I did the math) of the Government civilian workforce (program administrator, information technology worker, and program analyst); the only way to reduce that cost is to get out of the business of war.  Not a popular plan as far as the GOP goes.  Also, not something Obama is doing.  He is raising military spending to the tune of $6 billion a year, every year.  It seems a bit much to me, but that is a discussion for another day.

Remaining civilians employed by the Government are at the Department of Veterans Affairs, who employ 14% of the persons counted.  Of those half were medical professionals and the majority were nurses, not doctors.

There is also the Department of Homeland Security employing 8% where about a quarter are everyone’s favorite…..TSA.

The remaining 43% of federal employees work for the other departments and agencies of the executive, legislative and judicial branches.  In these areas the most common occupations are in I.T., and criminal investigations.

My question is where is the editor that should have looked at this and said WTF?  Have we really lowered our standards so much that anything submitted to a reputable magazine, regardless of being newsworthy or informative will be published?  I hope not, we need real reporters who can offer an unbiased, factual, overview of the item or issue they are reporting on.  Please join me in sending an email to the editor expressing your disappointment in this article, they have a form on their website that allows you to send a note to the editor and that link is http://www.theatlantic.com/contact/.

I also urge you to contact you elected representatives and comment on this report, it is a sad commentary on the use of tax payers dollars to try to skew public opinion in the favor of hidden political interests.  Speaker Boehner should be ashamed that he is once again trying to take money away from those who make the least.  What a despicable man.

Remember it is up to us to make a difference!

Will the GOP please leave my bedroom?

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that the party that tells you they are all in favor of smaller government sure seems to have big plans to take more control of our lives, and that is extending all the way into our bedrooms?  Somehow, I just don’t think they are going to be able to do that with less government?

The latest little nugget that blew me away was Santorum saying that we need to be having MORE children. This is the same Rick Santorum who wants to take away health care also wants to take away birth control? Call me crazy, that just does not sound like a really good plan to me. We have people that cannot find jobs, people that cannot feed their families. We have the GOP demanding that social aid programs be cut to the bone and that unemployment be cut off and now this?

Between this latest nonsense and the ongoing yammering of of these candidates going on about overturning Roe V Wade and their belief in who should be allowed to marry whom, well it becomes overwhelmingly apparent that these guys have no intention of reducing the reach of government. This stuff they are talking about enacting would require a far reaching police state to enforce.

And really, think about it, do you really want the United States Government to get into the business of telling you what you can or cannot do with your own body based on the religious beliefs of one subsection of the population?

Sure, its great if that aligns with your beliefs today, but what happens a few elections down the road and we have come to accept the mingling of church and state and you are suddenly in the minority?

Then some new legislation comes along that the majority, or perhaps just the squeaky wheel,  finds perfectly OK but you think is terrible. Now, since we have accepted the mingling of church and state as a precedent this moves right on through as legislation and now you are forced to accept and potentially participate because of this law, even though it conflicts 100% with your beliefs and values.  All because others managed to get it passed into law, even though you know that it should not have been enacted in the first place.

Why should it not have been enacted?  Because the basic tenets of our founding fathers plan, separation of church and state was the right thing to do all along.

However, when it was your religious beliefs being crammed down the throats of others it was great, but when it becomes someone else’s religious beliefs being crammed down your throat, it won’ t be so fantastic.  Thinking things through is a wonderful idea, leaving the thinking to politicians is not a good plan.  They don’t think, they do what they are told to do    ( or paid to do, as is the case of late ).  Be warned, hindsight will be 20/20 in this case, but it will be a bitch to reverse.  We need to take great care when we start demanding reductions in the constitutional rights of people.

I look at what the GOP is saying and doing to our country and see America well on its way to becoming a third world nation. With half of the nation living at or below the poverty level, the Government basically refusing to do anything to protect the people, it is only protecting the wealthy and big business, and now these morons are suggesting that people
should have more children, and the people that want abortions should be prevented from having them? I am at a loss for words, it is insanity. Pure and simple, there is not a single candidate among the GOP field that has the best interests of the American people at heart. The party has lost sight of reality, is catering to a bunch of radical nuts and uber-wealthy who all the money in the world will not be enough for them and are ready to continue using us as their slaves in order to get what they want.

I for one cannot stand idly by and let this happen to our country. We have to get the word out, we have to thoughtfully educate people, there has to be a stop to this madness.  The ideology of the GOP is capitalism. Capitalism and Christianity do not match in any way, shape or form. If we are to have any hope we have to start caring for each other as much as ourselves. We have to demand that our elected officials represent the people not the wealthy, not extremist groups, not corporations.

As FDR said, “I am a Christian and a Democrat, that’s all.”  I will say the same,  I am a Christian and a Democrat, that’s all.

U.S Marines Urinating on Dead Bodies

I have been watching this story unfold for several days and it makes me so very sad.  I may surprise you with what I am going to say, but here goes.

“Shut up, they are doing their jobs the way they were trained to do it.  It is apparent by the quantity of these things that are turning up that this mentality is standard.  So, instead of going after these soldiers why are we not going after the establishments that trained them?  Why are we not going after the heads of these establishments that react with such shock and give the good official responses such as “I find the behavior depicted in it utterly deplorable” or “I condemn it in the strongest possible terms” and then going so far as to say  “Those found to have engaged in such conduct will be held accountable to the fullest extent.”

Guess what my friends, I doubt that we are all of a sudden having an outbreak of soldiers that are taking it upon themselves to treat the enemy with such contempt and to be so comfortable with this activity that they photograph it.  I would dare suggest that this dehumanization of the enemy and subsequent actions, if it were condemned by their commanding organizations, would have photos of the actions making their way onto public internet venues with the offending soldiers faces in clear view.

We, the American civilians should quit acting so damned naive about the whole thing and realize as long as we are willing to engage in war then we will have this very issue of dehumanization of the enemy to contend with.  We need to get off of our soapbox, quit demanding punishment for doing what we have trained these kids to do and perhaps demand more of our leaders.  Perhaps demand alternative methods of war, if it is going to be necessary (and in a GOP world it will be).  Perhaps demand options besides war be chosen as a preferential method for dealing with problems.

First off, for the record, and I’m sure as no surprise to anyone who has read anything I have ever written, I find war to be one of the most unacceptable activities a country can be engaged in.  I have strong opinions about the whole war on terror which I will not even talk about here.  I want to save this for just the issue of these soldiers and their actions.

These men, perhaps boys, who knows how old they really are?  Are in a war zone, they are living in a situation where any moment they could die.  They have been trained to kill people, and to do it without hesitating.

Now, I would like for you to stop and just think about that for a minute.  I don’t mean in a video game sense or movie sense, I mean you and standing face to face with a person and you are going to end their life.  Now, just concentrate on what that might be like.  Go ahead, I’ll give you all the time you need………………………………………………………………….

 

Back?  Ok, Imagine that this person has the same objective, to end your life, so may have to fight them to the death.  Stop and contemplate this.  Really, contemplate the  meaning of this.  Once again, take all the time you need………………………

 

Yeah, me too….it is extremely disturbing isn’t it.  Death is always difficult, but violent, hateful, unnecessary death is more than just terrible.  Words cannot describe the feelings associated when you are involved in a death like this.  Additionally the repercussions of what it will do, not only to you and to them, but to the people in their life and in your life are far reaching.  It is not just a single event.  It is like a stone being dropped in a puddle.  There is a ripple that hits everyone that is part of those peoples lives.

So, lets now shift our focus onto why these soldiers feel that this acceptable behavior.  I mean these men and women are warriors and they have been trained to be what they are.  They did not burst from the womb, finger pointed (since there was no M16 readily available),  ready to kill the first hadji they see.  They joined the military, probably to try to help themselves and to support their families and there they were taught to be killers.  Sure, some probably had a head start, there is always the kid that likes to pull the wings off of butterflies and shoot robins, but we all know that behavior is nurtured in a military environment.  So, regretfully, dehumanization of your target is a necessary byproduct of being trained to be an effective warrior

Of course it is never idea to reveal that you have trained your troops to devalue life to the point that urinating on a dead body and photographing it would be a good idea, but there are costs when you send boys & girls to the military and into war.

Lastly, we should be worried about how to help these men and women cope and rehabilitate should they choose or if they are forced to leave the military, and need to rejoin civilian society.   It is only fair that  we need to be prepared to invest just as much in the decommissioning of our soldiers as we do in the commissioning of them.  It is only fair to them that this would be offered.

I understand that the photographs shown are offensive and people are upset by them.  But come on guys, really?  This is not the first instance and I doubt it will be the last we will see of this.  How about a little concern over the fact that we have a military leadership who obviously is training these soldiers with the understanding that capturing these  grotesque acts of defiling a dead body is a trophy the soldier should be seeking?  The fact that this is being done is nothing new.  One can find pictures dating back hundreds of years of soldiers standing triumphantly over the dead bodies of the enemy.  One can only assume that other, less tasteful, images have probably been taken all along but there just was not a public venue for them at the time.  Now, in the digital age you can load this stuff onto Facebook, You Tube or whatever for posterity in a matter of seconds.  So, here we are.  Now our military leaders face a dilemma of the most difficult kind.  What to do?  We want our soldiers to stay killers, we don’t want to change that program.  We have to answer to all of these civilians who can see what we are doing.  Well, I will tell you what they are doing.  They throwing these kids under the bus right now.  It’s like “A Few Good Men” happening in real life…except its not a Code Red, its the enemy and anyone who cries about it is called un American.  They could possibly be called a terrorist sympathizer.  Look out, NDAA here is what you were made for!!!

I reiterate we need to be looking at our leaders, as a whole.  Not these kids who are only doing what they have been taught.

 

 

 

 

 

Just say NO to the GOP

Why would I care or pay attention you may ask? You thought I was a staunch Democrat? Well, you are correct, I am a believer in the Democratic beliefs, I am right leaning. I care and pay attention to make sure that I am not missing anything that is worth hearing, it is wise to listen to what your opponent says so you are aware of what their plan is so you can combat it. My greatest fear is that people will not vote because they think it doesnt matter and the GOP will take back the Presidency. This would devastate our nation, we see what having a majority of our recent years with GOP rule has done to our country. History is the proof, 20 of the 28 years between 1981 and 2009 the country was ran by the 1%. And in 2008 the global economy came crashing down because all the wealth in the world was not enough for the money grubbing bankers, corporate executives and congress persons. They had to deregulate (i.e. get rid of the rules) so they could take even more money for themselves and leave us holding the tab. Now, the GOP’s “best and brightest” who are out there running for President already have said that they would continue these same policies. I am not ready to let government keep screwing us.

So I watch, and I listen and try to be amused listening to them attempt to debate. (It is far better than crying, thinking about the possibility of one of them getting into office and effing up this country even further.)  Now the calendar is closing in on them so their herd of elephants is thinning out. Of course this always happens in the year of election.
So of course I am going to touch on what I have noticed or think about these candidates thus far. Most of it probably won’t be much of a surprise, I’m nothing if not predictable.

I don’t think it’s much of a surprise that Herman Cain is gone. He was after all, pretty much a flake. I did expect him to last longer than Newt, but I guess his little head overruled his big head too many times in the past and that always catches up with a man when he is running for public office. Hell, Ask Newt, he has a real problem with keeping it in his pants! Cain did make for a good sound byte with “9-9-9” no matter how unfeasible it may have been. Then of course Ms. Bachman announced she was dropping out this week. I am all for a strong female candidate, and she was NOT it. I am glad that she is out of there. I am so tired of seeing that blank stare and her nonsensical ramblings. She is giving female candidates a bad name.  So that leaves the GOP field with Romney, Santorum, Huntsman, Paul, Perry & Gingrich? Have I missed any of them? They are all pretty much the same. My husband argues that Ron Paul is way better, but I take issue with anyone who does not want to care for his fellow man.  Ron Paul is that guy, he does not believe in taking care of his fellow man and that is wrong. Of course in the field of the republicans, he is the least evil if you have to make a choice basing it on the lesser evil.  Looking at the others, you have Romney, he is a businessman. He will take care of corporations. He IS the 1%. Huntsman, he is the same guy as Romney, just not a Mormon. Santorum, the same, but add hypocrite because he claims ethics and morality that he does not practice. Sadly, activities more typical of the majority GOP members as of late than not. Then of course there is Newt. Who, in my opinion is the reincarnation of Napolean. I have never in my life seen anyone that held themselves in such high regard that they would have the audacity to get angry with people questioning them over their transgressions. He is just a douchebag. Last but not least there is Perry. Dear God, George W. Bush 2.0. Except this one may be narcoleptic. The state of Texas has declined further under his watch, education has suffered tremendously, sure he has created a ton of jobs, but they are all LOW WAGE jobs, ones that you cannot support a family on. Additionally, the number of people living in poverty is increasing at twice the national rate, 25% if the population is uninsured, and 18.8% of the families (1 in 5) were unable to feed their families. Add to that he cut firefighters budgets during some of the worst fires in TX history (firehouses were actually buying their own equipment out of their own pockets to fight fires), their executions of questionably innocenct men, and covering up his pedophile appointments to the TX youth commission.

Americans cannot afford nor can we tolerate anymore GOP antics.

These candidates, our elected representatives and especially Speaker Boehner are the embodiment of the unbudging, unwilling, selfish, and childish, stance that the 1% and corporate America represent and are now more than willing to show us. We are clearly witnessing now that they have no interest in representing all of the people and helping everyone and this country.  They show in both their actions and they state clearly in their words that their only interest is in making themselves, their friends money.

If we do not take action to get these people out of positions of power we will be doomed to be their slaves for the rest of our lives and we are also selling our children into slavery as well. They have no problem pissing away the money that our elected officials willingly hand over to them time and time again and saddle us over and over with the bill. The only problem they have is when we start pushing back demanding that government stop giving them the money and that government start taking care of us the way they care for them. Then we see things start happening like OWS protesters being evicted from the parks, NDAA being enacted and news stories being diverted from the truth. The American people already have the attention span of a 2 year old and the memory of a late stage Alzheimer patient.

We have got to do a better job of paying attention to what is happening in our country, who is doing it and making sure we use the tools we have available to us to change things before they are taken away from us. Mark my words, our rights are being taken away from us. There are GOP’ers that are trying to revoke peoples rights to vote so you have to pay attention.

I close with my favorite Reverend Martin Luther King quote of the day “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”  It is time to JUST SAY NO TO THE GOP!