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There’s a conference for peace and spiritual awakening in Washington DC. I wonder if it’s possible to get Eric Cantor, John Boehner and Don Young to the conference.

Several rare Vietnam War photos have surfaced. Some of these are extremely good.

There seems to be a lot of buzz over an agreement between labor leaders and business leaders which should clear the way for immigration reform. The media’s painting a picture where everyone is popping the champagne corks, but I’m not so sure. I believe that conservatives have not only said no, but hell no to any type of immigration reform. I’m not sure than an agreement between labor and business is going to change that. The recent reaction of John McCain to a constituent illustrates the point. Basically, conservatives believe, and rightly so, that these undocumented workers came here illegally. The problem is that they are here illegally and therefore you have to deal with the illegal aspect of their presence first. Any thought that these “economic refugees” (I still believe that this is a better term to describe the immigrants who have come here because of their economic status in their own country) are going to voluntarily go back to their home countries is laughable. I have a better chance of twitching my nose and making millions of dollars fall from the sky than you have of these undocumented workers simply packing up and going home. It simply won’t happen.

Rush Limbaugh is upset that Doctor Ben Carson is stepping down as commencement speaker because of his anti-gay statements. What really has gotten to Rush Limbaugh is the fact that medical students are bent out of shape. Unfortunately, what he doesn’t realize is that medical students are young, idealistic and liberal. It’s only later when they become old, seasoned and grizzled physicians, who are stuck in their ways, that they move on to the conservative side. I’m not sure what happened to me. I am clearly old. I’m clearly grizzled. I have yet to embrace conservatism. 🙂

I’m just wondering why I haven’t stumbled across buried treasure like an old Spanish Galleon filled with silver. Of course, I live in Asheville, North Carolina. There are not many Spanish Galleons here in Asheville. Then there’s that day job that I have that seems to take up a considerable amount of time.

Many Catholics are up in arms because Pope Francis has washed the feet of two young poor women. I don’t get it. Isn’t this an example directly out of the Bible? As a matter fact, why don’t other religious figures do the same thing? Can you imagine some of those Sunday evangelists like Rick Warren washing the feet of some of his poor parishioners? Nope, I don’t see it either. (more…)

By |2013-03-31T12:08:44-04:00March 30th, 2013|Economy, Music, Religion, Sports|2 Comments

Winning elections

Originally, more than a week ago, it was unclear exactly what was going on in Wisconsin. A new Republican governor, a tea party candidate, was trying to extract concessions from a union. No surprises here. Everyone assumed that Wisconsin, like all other states, was in financial peril. Nothing could be further from the truth. As a matter fact, Wisconsin’s budget was just fine before the governor started giving away tax cuts to businesses. Let’s be clear, business tax cuts do not stimulate the local economy. Business tax cuts make business leaders happy. States hope that happy business leaders will expand their businesses within the state and hire more employees. Past experience has shown us that this is not necessarily the case.

I’ve edited a couple of Rachel Maddow shows to hone down to the crux of the problem. The problem is that unions support Democratic candidates. That’s the problem. If you’re able to break the union, you’re able to break the funding mechanism of Democratic candidates. This is what the crisis/showdown in Wisconsin is all about. Watch the video:

One of the talking points that the right-wing has used during this crisis in Wisconsin was that the union workers were paying almost nothing into their pensions and paying almost nothing for healthcare. That was their argument. They didn’t go the extra step and find out that union workers in Wisconsin get paid less. It would be completely different if union workers in Wisconsin got paid at the same rate as nonunion workers. This would make their total compensation much higher than their private-sector colleagues. Reality tells us that the union workers are receiving less in salary and less in total compensation. So this government giveaway that Republicans are pushing is a crock.

By |2011-02-23T14:51:18-04:00February 23rd, 2011|Business, Living wage, Party Politics|Comments Off on Winning elections
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