THE GREAT AMERICAN RIFT
3 years ago I said that as far as our economy was concerned it did not matter who won the presidential race because we were in for very difficult times… I just never realized myself HOW difficult those times would become.
Across the country Americans are still in shock that they are so much worse off than they were in 2006… and most do not see it getting better although the all hope it will… but in reality I see nothing to indicate it will get better… OHH yes I see SOME economic reports that show this thing or that thing is getting better… only to find out later that it as not as great as reported originally… This makes most of us think that we cannot trust the economic data being provided anymore.
Let’s take the rate of inflation… for most of us that means the CPI or the Consumer Price index… most of us see greater inflation in our household budgets than what the government reports… this is not new… in fact the government over the past 30 years or so has CHANGED how this inflation figure is calculated 19 times.. . Yes, you read that correctly, that is not a typo….. NINETEEN times, each and every time decreasing the actual inflation that a normal household really experiences. Don’t believe me… look at your utility bills that last few years… or see how much your food Costs are… and the size of the package your food is in… it may not appear smaller… but if you look at the actual weight on the package it is… you are paying the same or MORE for less.
Gasoline, food, utilities insurances (Health and auto and homeowners) and much more that are most of the actual budget of a home are sky high and wages are not up… and taxes have risen in some areas like the so called penny tax School taxes in many places are HIGHER than property taxes… and we are not getting the bag for our buck there… but I will save education issues for a later post. Even my cable bill with Comcast or the new name X-finity is outrageously high… and like most Americans I am fed up, frustrated and feel helpless when my elected officials are getting good paychecks and NOT helping the people who they were elected to serve… Politics which was always a dirty word has become so bad that I fear some people will cause physical harm to me if I bring it up in a conversation….
OK so I hope most of us can agree with the into here… now for what I see as the GREAT AMERIAN RIFT.
No surprise that Politics is to blame for where we are… the only difference we may have is WHO or Which Party you feel is responsible… and to tell you the truth I don’t care which side you’re on… it is bad. Politics used to be negotiating from an ideological viewpoint the ways in which to make this country great and keep it great… NOW however I see it as just an argument on Ideology… and the polarization of this country has never been so great since the Civil War that tore this country apart and took decades to recover economically and more than a entry to mostly heal the social divide (which unfortunately still exists in areas of racism, homophobia, religion, women’s rights, and the Right to Life movement, etc) we are a nation divided to the point that if we could see one state on one side of the issue I would not be surprised if a succession movement evolved again. But geographical divides will never be tolerated… and so, because of politicians, we find ourselves involved and on the brink of another civil war in this country… the GREAT RIFT will cause a great divide that may never heal under our current form of government.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease… or so they say… but Politics has become a situation of such Ultra extremists in both parties controlling the entire party and hence setting an agenda that is not in keeping with the actual real beliefs of those in that party…. And WORSE… not being honest loyal Americans FIRST. IF they were good Americans I believe they would want and FIGHT for is best for the PEOPLE of America…. It is PEOPLE who make America great… and sadly we are losing that greatness because of cowardly politicians. They bow to those motivated to vote… so I say with a loud voice the GREATEST THREAT TO THE AMERICAN WAY IS VOTER APPATHY
Children of parents who constantly fight and call each other names and LIE never fare well in life Citizens of a country whose politicians are so intransient in their positions suffer from that as well… Unless your party gets 80% of a vote where at least 80 percent of the registered voters voted… THEN YOU DO NOT HAVE A MANDATE FROM THE AMERICAN PUBLIC…you simply won an election… so get over your self-grandioseing and get on with helping America… you incessant BS is aggravating to most Americans to say the least.
Someone needs to come out and speak for the SILENT MAJORITY and the loud mouths and liars are in control lately… I believe 80 percent of Americans are not happy with either party the way they are behaving… and this polarization of America MUST STOP. Am I angry?? DAMN right I am.
I am a lifelong Republican… and quite frankly I am pissed off at my party… and the Tea Party in particular … for what they are doing to America today. BACHMAN… oh for crying out loud… Spineless politicians who will not say the truth about her obvious ignorance in the things she says… WHY… “OH well… She is a Republican and we can’t call her out on false statements!”… Most of America knows what you our LEADERS are afraid to say and would welcome honesty and straight talk for a change… at least I know I would… you lose my respect every day when you allow this type of behavior in OUR party…
I voted for Obama… why?? Because I tough he was better then what you put up for President… I like John McCain… but Sarah Palin… come on guys did you intentionally want to lose??
Taxes.. Can any republican say with all honesty that it is right for a Hedge Fund manager to make millions… sometimes hundreds of millions and only pay 15% taxes when his staff pays 30-40 percent in taxes. And don’t give me the BS that he creates jobs with lower taxes… he creates NOTHING but profits a leach on society…. Shaving pennies from hundreds of trades a day in rapid computer generated trades… the Stock market is no longer a free and fair market with these types of shenanigans going on.
I would LOVE less regulation from Government… but greed and corruption exists and Corporations cannot be trusted to do what is right… they incentivized by one thing and one thing only profits… and who can blame them when you have corrupted the system so much as to let them fail the people of this country and demonize anyone who dares speaks up for the human condition in this country… instead encourage them to do what is right with financial incentives if need be… and then and only then will I support a reduction on regulations.. I said it above and I will repeat it again now: PEOPLE make America Great.. NOT businesses or corporations… we have the most creative and innovative collection of minds in this world… yet it appears they get sucked into how to maximize profit and to disregard the human condition. I cannot begin to say how ashamed I am sometimes for being Republican… but yet I will not become a Democrat… for they are besieged with equally distasteful ideas… and will drive their party into the ground unless they learn to compromise and negotiate for the benefit of the American public … even if it is at the expense of some of their pet projects. Simply put.. BOTH of your parties are more damaging to AMERICA then IRAN… because you have lost your souls for your ideology to the detriment of this country
China: China is NOT our friend,, and dependence on them for the benefit of business has NOT helped America.. Ohh yes it may have reduced some costs to the American Public… but in reality we lost more in jobs and wages and disposable income and reduced our GDP by doing so. And WHAT DID WE GAIN.. Corporate profits at the expense of our country… the same for NAFTA and other free trade agreements.. And now in our current situation we have no ability to create jobs for our unemployed as there are fewer factories to employ the people we need to give jobs to. WTO is basically a fare to the Hourly wage earner in the industrialized world.
Government is NOT the same as Households or business… and it not the same at FEDERAL level as it is on the state level… IN Economic down times like these GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO SPEND MORE TO HELP CREAT JOBS AND BRING BACK A TAX BASE OF EMPLOYED PEOPLE (Do I have to remind you of Roosevelt’s initiatives that helped bring us out of the Great depression) … Cutting Corporate taxes does NOT create jobs as you have told people or by extending the tax cuts last time around you have not seen a real increase in hiring… and why is that.. Well Mr. Politician… our economy is more than 70% consumer driven: no jobs, no spending… no spending then no company wants to invest in plant, equipment or hiring… so where do the jobs come from…ONE word… INFRASTRUCTURE as these projects are critical in America today when our infrastructure is crumbling and jobs are just not available anywhere else… and they have to be paid for by our government through HIGHER taxes on those that can afford and on corporations…
Why is it so hard for you to understand BASIC economics and tell the truth instead of pandering to a minority base of zealots who will destroy this country?
SO… what is the RIFT we are facing in America today? It is Class Warfare… based in steep and entrenched Ideology that is not often based in reality or honesty. It is the division in America not just between political parties but in the haves and have-nots… It is politically driven and fueled by greed and fear and is clouded by lies and distortions of truths… it is the worst of all types of warfare.. it is the kind that fuels revolutions in other countries… and destroys nations… it is the warning bell to the fall of America as great nation and we will not even know until we have fallen so low as to not be able to pull ourselves up. And it seems to be savored not only by our enemies and countries jealous of our success…. But also by the Media who likes conflict and sound bites and lacks the same courage to set things straight and to further polarize this country based on ideology.
So as this election season now seems to be starting and we have 15more months of this slander and false statement season and cowardly politicians on both side.. Remember this… WE are ultimately responsible for what is about to happen.. WE the SILENT MAJORITY… who has failed to speak up… who accepts the media on face value… who blindly believes their parties rhetoric… and then the PEOPLE who FAIL to VOTE… as I said above the GREATEST threat to America today is Apathy.. a failure to vote and to make your voice head at the voting booths.. WE are responsible for the future of this Country….
Who among you will raise to the occasion and do the simplest thing to help it by voting… and who among you will just lay down and accept whatever happens… From the Primaries where you will select your candidate (*where I fear the most for my party in getting a BAD candidate again because the radicals get their supports to the polls and the majority of republicans just sit back and watch and then find out they have a fool for a candidate)… to the General election where you should vote for the BEST person for President as opposed to your Party’s CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT…. WILL YOU STAND UP FOR AMERICA??
A final note to my Republican Party.. If you give me someone like Bachman as our candidate I will NOT vote for her… but I will vote. Republican or not I am an American first… and that woman has no business even being in Congress let alone holding the office of President of the United States. Until you my fellow republicans find your backbone and speak truth and care for the AMERICAN people I will not be able to vote Republican .
Greetings Ms Shelly, Whoever and wherever you are.