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Born to Lose

The Economic Fun Fair

The Minority Vote 2010

BE SURE TO GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

 A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, 
“Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.” 
The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude. 
She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be an Obama Democrat.” 
“I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?” 
“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.” 
The man smiled and responded, “You must be a Republican.” 
“I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?” 
“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are — or where you are going. You’ve risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. 
You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.” 
  
 COMMENT: You hear the political pundits say that President Obama´s Democratic Party will not do well during the upcoming election. It’s an easy call based on historical fact (the party in power always loses seats). A big reason according to a poll by the Pew Research Center is that MINORTIES tend to not vote in mid-term elections. Let’s change that 
 
 
It’s clear that the Republican Party has no interest in helping the President fix the economy or anything else and if they regain power the country will be in far worse shape. We all know that the withering attacks that this President faces daily are really racially motivated. In spite of how the media couches their words we know that white (tea party) America does not believe he should be President under any circumstances. 
The President has done many good things that have not been publicized and he deserves our support. 
  
This could be the most important midterm of our generation, encourage your family and friends to participate; the party that got us into this mess are trying to compound what they did, do not allow this to happen. If the Democrats lose control of the Congress the Republicans will not help Obama to govern, thus he becomes a lame duck and the country will be headed over the cliff. 

  
REMEMBER POLLS DO NOT VOTE PEOPLE DO!!!

A House Divided

By Cireal Americanus

A far cry from the 1773 Boston Tea Party, the political landscape of the Republican Party has been expanded to include the emergence of an extreme right faction known as the Taxed Enough Already Party or Tea Party.  Although, both the 1773 and the 2009 movements originated as a result of frustrations over what was believed to be unjustified, unfair and over taxation levied by “Government”, their final impact, however, on their overall causes is turning out to be very different.

 Today’s Tea Party, consisting of a large coalition of small groups, is more primarily focused on “fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets”, while deliberately avoiding the more traditional conservative social philosophies such as banning Gay Marriage and Abortion.  This dramatic move from the parties more traditional social focus is an attempt to attract/retain potential allies found in the younger Republican, Independent and disenfranchised Democrat voters.   Party leaders justify their break in tradition on the basis that social issues hold little value when faced with the threat of passing on enormous debt to future generations. 

 The Tea Party’s emergence, however, does not come without a cost to the GOP, i.e. Matthew 12:25 (amplified) “…..no city or house divided against itself will last or continue to stand.”  Many Republican Incumbent candidates seeking election have found that fear of this movement has forced them to take positions far to the Right of the same fiscal values that initially got them into elected office. 

 While recent elections held on June 8th found Tea Party backed candidates to be the victors in some of the GOP Primaries, i.e. Meg Whitman ( Gubernatorial Candidate CA), Susana Martinez (Gubernatorial Candidate NM), Nikki Haley (Gubernatorial Candidate SC), and Sue Lowden (Senate Candidate Nevada), political analyst have expressed concerns that these same candidates may have now alienated essential voting demographics necessary for them to secure sought after offices in November, thus providing dramatically weakened opposition to their Democrat opponents. 

 Although the Tea Party started out with a lot of steam, the final impact may result in a great bit of fizzle.  Only time will tell………..

The ABC’s of the Buyout Tax Loopholes

With the narrative of Larry the Loophole, we are given a basic overview of the tax loopholes that were put in place during the Bush Administration and the impact of these loopholes on the average American household.  These are the same loopholes that have allowed the burden of infrastructure maintenance and upkeep , i.e. power generation and distribution, highways and bridges, state facilities and parks, etc, to fall upon the taxes collected from the average American.  Ironically, the founding fathers never intended taxes to be collected on wages earned but on products we buy and land we owned.  Larry provides a fundamental understanding of the overall impact of the loophole systems that are in place as well as insight into some of the practices that created the current financial crisis.   Check-out http://www.warongreed.org for more links to provide help in understanding systems and practices that have been put in place that continue to expand the separation between the “Haves and the Have nots”.

By Any Means Necessary

Ironically, it is the Right-wing GOP that personifies this now famous phrase.  The Lobbiest, Medical Industry Leaders and various leaders of the GOP will use smoke and mirrors to distort the “Average American’s” point of view while not restricting any aspect of the revenue generated by Health Care or the Medical industry.

6 minutes and 52 seconds of disturbing truth

The Break-Through: Politics and Race in the age of Obama

Gwen Ifill’s book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the age of Obama” is a true political page turner that takes an in-depth look at the world of politics within the “African American Community” as its focus broadens from the micro perspective of the African American Community to the macro perspective of the “Global Community” and the roles in Politics African Americans are forging for themselves.

In taking this hard hitting look at the evolution of Political Power as it transitions from the “Old Guard” of the Civil Rights Movement, i.e. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Julian Bond, etc., to the emerging group of Leaders, i.e. Newark, New Jersey’s Mayor Corey Booker, Massachusetts’s Governor Deval Patrick, and New York’s Governor David Patterson as well as lesser known up-and-comers, who have come into Political power during the era of the Obama Candidacy and Presidency, Ifill skillfully captures the internal challenges & struggles of race, gender, sexism, ageism, and the conflicts, i.e. “Sandpaper Moments”, these groups face between each other as well as those of the African American Politian.

The Break-Through is a must read in understanding the Political landscape, challenges, successes, and future role of African Americans in various Political arenas and their impact on our homes, our lives and future generations to come.