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Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Today we get to vote. We can make a difference, every last one of us. Don't be a sucker — VOTE!

Disappointed in Obama? Thought he would’ve/should’ve accomplish more? I’m absolutely certain he could’ve and still can BUT he’s facing the brick wall of Republican/Tea Party opposition. This seditious collection of empty suits, corporate shills, religious frauds and Richie Rich apostates without a shred of human decency amongst them will do/say anything to gain their 30 pieces of silver (adjusting for inflation around $6,000 — I imagine that’s their price per dirty deed).

A Forbes (of all places) post highlights the insanity:
...three-quarters of all state economic development subsidies went to just 965 corporations since the beginning of the study in 1976. The Fortune 500 corporations alone accounted for more than 16,000 subsidy awards, worth $63 billion – mostly in the form of tax breaks.
Think about that. The largest, wealthiest, most powerful organizations in the world are on the public dole. Where is the outrage?
Ronald Reagan famously campaigned against welfare queens. The right has always been obsessed with moochers. But Boeing receives $13 billion in government handouts and everyone yawns, when conservatives should be grabbing their pitchforks.
Crickets and I'll bet you can guess why.

We all need to read beyond the sensationalist headlines, get past the outrage du jour, the red meat bloviating, the pandering screeds and find out what our elected officials are really doing on our dime. We all need to read between the lines, be informed enough to understand when candidates for office are running a shell game on us. Being well informed can be depressing as hell, infuriating and can lead to overindulgence in the grape (that can't just be me!) BUT it's better to know and understand reality than to live in an easily punctured fairy tale balloon. Eh?

Here are just 14 accomplishments of the Obama administration (go to the linky for more info) — achieved despite the radical, treasonous behavior of the Republican/Tea Party (from a well sourced Hub Pages post):
1. We've now had 63 straight months of economic expansion.
2. We are currently enjoying the longest period of private sector job creation in American history.
3. Unemployment has dropped from 10.1% in October of 2009 to 5.9% and projected to reach 5.4% by summer of 2015.
4. The stock market continues to set new records since President Obama has been in office.
5. The Federal budget deficit is shrinking. It’s been reduced by two-thirds since 2009.
6. Under President Obama, spending has increased only 1.4% annually, the lowest rate since Eisenhower was president.
7. For 95% of American taxpayers, income taxes are lower now than just about any time in the previous 50 years.
8. Our dependence on foreign oil has shrunk due to record domestic oil production and improved fuel efficiency standards.
9. At least 7 million more Americans now have health insurance than before.
10. The Affordable Care Act has added years to the life of Medicare.
11. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, we are seeing the slowest rate of increase in healthcare costs since 1960.
12. We currently have fewer soldiers, sailors and airmen in war zones than any time in over 10 years. 
13. There have been zero successful attacks by al Qaeda on US soil since Obama became president.
14. We now successfully catch and deport more illegal immigrants than ever before.
 Let's send some honest, hardworking, thoughtful, genuine men and women to congress. It CAN be done!

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