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From hate to Hypocrisy. If It Ain’t One thing, It’s The Other

I’m not sure where we took this turn.  We’ve always had Democrats and Republicans, at least during my lifetime.  There have always been Liberals and Conservatives and everything in between.  We’ve always had lively, sometimes rancorous political debate and we’ve often disagreed with one another vehemently during an election and then gone right back to being friends the day after.  It was just the way politics was done in America.

But no more. Today, there’s no such thing as civil discourse or even political debate. Those days are long gone and today the only thing we have that even approaches a political philosophy of any kind is hate.  Not since the nineteenth century have we seen hatred dominate our political spectrum the way it does today and the sad part is it’s based on the same things now that it was then, racism, bigotry and religious intolerance.  In all my years of coming up through the fifties and sixties, fighting for equality and the right of every man and women to walk among their peers with dignity and heads up did it ever occur to me that there would come a day when pure, unadulterated hatred would be the rule and not the exception and that our children would be working as hard to tear down what we had built and defending hate as “humor” or “free expression”. When the best reason you can come up with for voting for someone is that you’re voting against someone else… no matter what the consequences… you’ve pretty much shown you’re too damned ignorant to be trusted with the vote but here in America everyone has a say… as long as they can keep from being expunged off the voter rolls for being brown in a white Christian country.

If much of the rest of this post sounds familiar to many, there’s a reason for that.  I freely admit that I have not only been heavily influenced by but paraphrased and even lifted verbatim, passages from a January 12th Daily KOS diary by Ministry of Truth titled “Open Letter To Those Who Hate Obama More Than They Love Their Country”.  I do so because I could labor mightily for weeks to come up with some way to express the basic truths in the heart of that diary in my own words and because I feel so strongly about the subject matter and couldn’t say it any better myself, it would come out sounding as if I had… well… paraphrased or lifted it verbatim anyway.  First thing I want to talk about is hate and that’s where MOT’s diary comes in.

I meet you all the time on line. You’re everywhere and wherever you are you hate something or somebody. There’s no escaping you or your hate, nowhere one can go where people congregate and not feel the primal hate like it was something something palpable about to attack from the darkness and suck the very marrow from your bones.

You hate Obama worst of all. I had one person tell me that she hated “that man” and couldn’t really explain why. He simply aroused inexplicable blind hatred in her.  I had a guy tell me it didn’t matter who it was, anybody was better than Obama.  Blind ignorant hate that can’t even be explained by those doing the hating.  What a rationale for casting a vote, eh?

You hate poor people and would deny them the very assistance that helped many of you through your own hard times See the section on hypocrisy, below).

You hate gay people, often invoking Jesus’ name although I’ve read the bible twice now and have yet to find a passage where Jesus hated anybody, including gays.  As near as I can tell, Jesus didn’t shun anyone except the money changers, one of the few groups you people DON’T shun.

You hate black people, immigrants and Muslims, not necessarily in that order but you hate ’em.  All of ’em.  Little ones, big ones, it doesn’t matter.  You burn their holy books and destroy their relics all in the name of Jesus who not only would find such practices abominable but if he showed up today wearing his robes preaching his gospel of love and caring for one another, would likely be run out of town on a rail as a damned hippie socialist.  Today’s Jesus… maybe Jesus v2.0?… must wear Armani suits and have offices on Wall Street.

You hate labor unions because you’re afraid the workers who produce the goods will want a little better deal for themselves than they’re getting from those who simply sit and push piles of other people’s money around.  You know, the ones who call themselves “job creators” but who have done nothing but outsource and offshore jobs for the past thirty years having created not one single job since their tax cuts kicked in in 2001.  But of course, I keep forgetting, you’ve compressed those thirty years into the last three years and absolved yourselves of any and all blame for all that.

You hate women who want the right to make choices concerning their bodies, even when your own (government?) insurance company is probably paying for your own birth control and you may yourself have had one or more abortions at taxpayer expense.  And in a stunning example of double standards as expressed by El Puerco, those women who enjoy recreational sex the same way MEN enjoy recreational sex are sluts and prostitutes and since you’re paying for them to have sex, you ought to get to watch them do it. Isn’t that what the fat pervert said?

You hate being called racist even while posting pictures of the President of the United States in witch doctor garb with a bone through his nose.  For you, that’s just good old fashioned “humor” and if someone gets “butthurt” by it, hey that’s THEIR problem not yours because YOU get to define racism and by God, you’re not a racist.

Many of you can’t even talk about about black people… or these days, brown people… without automatically assuming they are thieves, murderers or worse… so much so that you can follow a black kid part way home after being told not to, provoke an incident and then kill him for threatening you with a bag of Skittles and your community will rally around you and try to protect you from the consequences of your own actions.

You automatically assume that black women are on food stamps and their men are in one of  our newly privatized for profit prison system jails that require a constant flow of bodies through the system to provide dividends for the taxpayers but you’d deny vehemently that you engage in stereotyping entire groups of people you deem inferior to your own white Christian self because stereotyping of that nature is racist and you get to define racism and by God, you’re not a racist.

Yes, you… the majority… deny the affected minority the right to determine what is offensive and/or hurtful to them and demand the right to define racism on your own terms so that you can vigorously deny that calling the POTUS a tar baby is racism but is just some of that good hilarious Larry the cable Guy hillbilly humor.  Maybe if you’d stop doing that you’d stop having to beat up on those with the temerity to point out you’re doing it but that’s not necessary because by God YOU determine what’s racist and what’s not, and you’re not a racist.

If there’s one thing you’re good at, it’s hating whole groups of people, often several different groups at the same time.  Yet you hate being called a bigot to the point of being a bigot about it. Maybe if you talked about things like creating jobs or securing health care for the millions of victims of our current Wall Street contrived depression more than you talk about why you hate Obama and/or  this group or that group you wouldn’t be called bigots but we all know that’s not going to happen, don’t we?

You not only hate socialism (even though only about ten percent of you could define the term right now without running for a dictionary and then you wouldn’t accept the definition) you also hate social justice. You hate community organizing, You hate regulations and taxes and spending and the Government. You simply hate.

Wait a bit though, I’m being unfair.  You don’t hate EVERYTHING.  You LIKE never ending wars that make Wall Street and defense contractors like good old KBR who manged to “lose” between 9 and 27 billion bucks (nobody knows for sure how much) in Iraq alone lots and lots of money.

And you like yourselves some torture too. I remember a time when we thought that torturing political prisoners was a practice only to be engaged in by those Communist barbarians from the “Evil Empire” during the Cold War.  Now we has met the “Evil Empire” and he is us.  Today. you think it’s a real cool thing to do, especially to all those brown people with other religious beliefs with a liberal or two tossed in now and again.

And you have an outright love affair going on with hypocrisy which is my second major subject and the one I’m going to talk about now.  It’s a subject I feel qualified to speak to since I see it on a daily basis, being proudly displayed by people I once thought were close to me.  If there is anything you LOVE with a passion that many of you claim to reserve for Jesus, it’s your God given right to be a total damned hypocrite and thanks to electronic media and social networking that allows a complete nobody to be a major cheap shot king or queen among his or her peers or “minions”, most of you manage to get in several hours a day of practice at it.

Going to use the small town I grew up in as an example.  Small farming community, 50 years of history during the transition from the dust bowl migrant system of agriculture through the bracero era to the almost full mechanization employed by the factory farms today.  Hard little dirt scrabble town straight out of Grapes of Wrath in the 40s when I landed there.  Poor.  The kind of poor that “grinding poverty” doesn’t begin to describe.

There were times during the 50s and 60s, even into the 70s, when at least seven or eight out of ten families in that town were flat on their backs broke and on some form of assistance.  There weren’t a lot of social programs other than direct assistance through the USDA commodities program and some small cash aid grants.  All of the major social programs came in the late 70s and 80s when our kids were growing up there and thereby hangs the tale.

I would guess… conservatively… that 75-80% of the (white) families in that town during the late 60s-70s lived in FMHA subsidized homes and were on various forms of assistance for varying lengths of time, including food stamps, Medicaid, rent subsidies, etc.  No shame in it, really.  Basic farm labor just doesn’t do a whole lot in providing more than the most basic of necessities.

The kids that were born there during that period and who went on to have families of their own there?  Nothing changed.  I look at my own two oldest daughters and most of their poorer friends and the pattern is clear.  Most of them had kids early and were immediately absorbed into the system, some of them struggling to escape, many of them not making it for up to ten years or so before they finally managed to plant their feet on higher ground and get above it all. The point is that very few of these people escaped some degree of the kind of poverty that had worn down every generation before their own and that required liberal applications of social programs to keep them going until they could make it on their own… those that hadn’t managed to escape early.  And who was paying for it?  Right, MY generation.  That’s the way it always was when we were a people instead of a rabble… one generation paying it forward for the next.

You’d think that kids that had basically been born to poverty, grew up in poverty and had been forced often to live a life of poverty on various forms of subsidies from the taxpayers that were part of the great social experiment that had begun with the New Deal would be those more likely to have compassion for those who find themselves in the same boat today.  If so, you sadly underestimate the capacity for hypocrisy that pervades today’s Republican voter base.  In fact, sad doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Until a couple of days ago, I would get up in the mornings and check my Facebook page like millions of others and seldom would a day go by without that whole little knot of about ten 40 somethings posting several examples each of what they called “humor”, some harmless but some also mean minded little cheap shots at this group or person or that.  Some directed at the president, others at “Liberals” at large or, more and more, at the expense of those who today are exactly what they were 10-15 years ago, all designed to lay claim to some kind of moral superiority that they had neglected to earn during their relatively short lifespans.

To hear these people go on you’d never believe that most of them were largely raised on the very programs and social safety nets that they want to deny the next generation now that they themselves figure they no longer need them.  It’s the whole “welfare queen” syndrome that began under Reagan all over again only the ones doing it now are the ones it was being done to then.  It doesn’t get much more hypocritical than that.
Today, I am no longer on Facebook and seem have been pretty much disowned by most of my family which is no big deal really.  I made the mistake of calling bullshit on some of the stuff being said that I took issue with, which is interpreted in 21st century Newspeak as “Trolling my timeline” or some such gibberish.

Truth of the matter is that I’ve been dying alone in this little apartment for several years now and seriously doubt that the time I have left will be any the worse for lack of something I never had in the first place.  But I will always regret seeing some of the kids I loved most in the world, including a few not even my own, become selfish, self absorbed little brats who seem to have forgotten the first thirty years of their lives and the crap they had to go through to get to where they are today.

It hurts to see them working so hard to deny the same opportunities they were privileged to receive to those who are following them, especially in these depressed times when we should be pulling together and doing more for each other, not less.  I’ll be gone in a manner of a relatively few months now.  They will have to live with the results of their actions for a while yet and part of it’s going to entail explaining to their kids why they allowed the Fascist vampires to take over the country because they hated one man more than they cared about the country’s future.   Good luck with that.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Why Your Vote Is WorthExactly Squat #5

It’s all about State’s Rights. Well, unitl it isn’t.

San Francisco – As the 2012 Farm Bill continues to take shape in the halls of the United States Congress, the immense influence of corporate interests is on display.

On June 21 the United States Senate voted overwhelmingly against the Sanders Amendment that would have allowed states to pass legislation that required food and beverage products to label whether or not they contain genetically engineered ingredients.

The amendment, proposed by Independent Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, is particularly relevant as many states prepare to vote on a ballot initiatives that would require such labelling of genetically modified (GM) foods.

Lobbyists from the biotech industry have ardently opposed GMO labelling. These opponents argue that because food labelling has historically been handled by the Food and Drug Association (FDA), it is a federal issue and, therefore, individual states do not have the right to implement such legislation. Indeed, in the case of Vermont, Sanders’ home state, Monsanto successfully intimidated the state legislature from voting on a bill that would have required GMO labelling.

Patty Lovera, the assistant director of Food and Water Watch, explained that states planning to vote on GM labelling in November could face a legal fight to defend their right to enact such laws.

“However, this amendment would have taken this threat away,” Lovera told IPS

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So ya see Bubba, when it com to your vote counting for anything… even at he state level my man… my suggestion is that you vote in the one hand, take a dump in the other and see which one fills up first.  Until you grow a setr of balls and the brains to realize who your enemies really are, you’ve doomed yourself and your descendants  for the foreseeable future to lives as serfs and fodder for the elites.  It’s a choice you had for yourself and Miss piggy but your kids deserved the right to make their own decisions and to not have you sell their birthright out from under them.  You might be proud of that wonton ignorance Bubba… the rest of us you’re dragging down to your level, not so much.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Why Your Vote Is Worth Exactly Squat #4

This one is dedicated expecially to the Teapers:

Votes? We don’ need no steenking votes. THIS is how things get done in American politics today.  From WaPo

Romney plans posh weekend donor retreat featuring Rove and VP hopefuls

By , Published: June 20

Fresh off the best fundraising stretch of his presidential campaign, Mitt Romneyplans to spend this weekend strategizing and fraternizing with his biggest bundlers at a posh resort in Park City, Utah.The presumptive Republican nominee and his senior advisers and aides are hosting two days of policy sessions and campaign strategy discussions at the Deer Valley resort for more than 100 top fundraisers and their spouses. Those who raised more than $100,000 are expected to attend.

More than a dozen Republican heavy-hitters are scheduled to join the private retreat as special guests. According to a fundraiser who is attending, they include some GOP stars thought to be in contention to be Romney’s vice presidential running mate: Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. John Thune (S.D.).

George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove, who helps run American Crossroads, the well-funded GOP super PAC, is planning to speak at the retreat, said the fundraiser, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the event and spoke on the condition of anonymity. Rove’s appearance could raise questions because of laws barring any coordination between super PACs and campaigns.

Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, also is scheduled to attend, according to the fundraiser.

Other expected guests include former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and James A. Baker III, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, strategist Mary Matalin, and commentators Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes.

Any of you poor Tea Party boobs who still thinks your vote is going to count for anything other than a chip in the final showdown, a thin shet of veneer on a facade made of rotten pulp…you’re beyond feeling sorry for.  Once mittens and that bunch above GETS that vote counted, you’re back to being a nothing, just like the rest of us.

With those new voting machines that can flip your party and your choices with a few basic keystrokes, all they need from you is the initial input.  Your vote will be for what or whom  THEY want it to be when the counting’s all done and it would take an act of God or the sorriest Supreme Court in the history of man to set it right (with Jeb Bush involved yet) .  And YOU Mr. Highfalutin Teabagger will rank right down here with the elderly,  the sick and the young the unemployed… the ones that you all fought so hard to marginalize>  You’re a nothing once Mitt has your vote.  A naught.  You will  have exactly zero influence on anything that matters.

I suppose that’s going to take a while to soak into those numb skulls of yours but eventually you’ll realize it.  In the meantime, the rest of us will have been busting our asses trying to prevent or reverse the Fascist takeover and when we win… and history shows we always win eventually… I’m not so damned sure I’d want the group that did everything it could to bring open Fascism to America as part of any world that will exist after we cast it out again.  Maybe a little reservation on some island where you can all sit and fling your feces at each other while the rest of us get on with trying to rebuild what you helped to destroy but I’d really hate to see you sitting on your asses and throwing poop in any world MY descendants are going to live in like you do today.

Now trot on back to you big screens and pop an other top… wouldn’t want you to miss the starting lap of the Daytona Teabag 500 or whatever.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Why Your Vote Is Worth Exactly Squat #3

More from a piece at Erica Payne_The Daily Agenda:

The Senate Banking Committee’s Charade Last Week

  • Senator Richard Shelby, Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, asked JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon – one of his largest donors – if he would prefer to go into a closed session – to give his testimony to the committee privately. Then asks Dimon to explain what a “synthetic credit portfolio” is. Ends questioning by asking Dimon what he’s learned from the experience.
  • Sen. Bob Corker told Dimon: “You’re obviously renowned, rightfully so I think, as being one of the most, you know, one of the best CEOs in the country for financial institutions.” Sen. Bob Corker has received $61,000 in contributions from JP Morgan since 2007. Corker later called the $2-5 billion and counting trading loss a “blip on the radar screen.”
  • Sen. Mike Johanns (who’s received $147,204 from the financial services industry since 2007) gushed to Dimon, “your enterprise (is) big and powerful… you’ve got a lot of firepower. You’re just huge.”
  • “I really appreciate you voluntarily coming in to talk with us,” said Sen. Jim DeMint, apparently forgetting for the moment that Mr. Dimon received about $400 billion from the Federal Reserve and that the deposits he holds are guaranteed by the FDIC.  “We can hardly sit in judgment of your losing $2 billion,” said the senator, “We lose twice that every day in Washington.”
  • You guys know the industry better than anybody sitting up here,” said Sen. Jon Tester, who received $45,000 from JPMorgan from 2007-12.
  • Senator Reed asked, “How do we build in rules that prevent well-intentioned people from doing detrimental things?”
  • Dimon returned the Committee’s adoration with warm words: “Me and lots of other folks, we’ll do whatever you want, we’ll even get apartments down here.”
  • Wall Street Journal reports that Dimon “personally approved” of the risky trading strategy that lost his firm billions; Dimon denies allegation on the stand and says he was “aware” but did not personally approve.

    Here’s what some of the top financial sector experts had to say about last week’s testimony:

  • S&L investigator Dr. Bill Black said: “After this hearing, we have no answers for virtually anything.  He refused to say what they did or when they did it.  When the story keeps changing and contradicting itself, it’s probably not true. . .  Shelby asked if Dimon would prefer a closed session.  We make the CIA or FBI disclose sensitive information if people’s lives are on the line.  But with the big banks, no problem.”
  • Dr. Robert Johnson, former chief economist for the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, said the senators basically asked Dimon, “How may we help you?”  He also had predictions for the aftermath: “There is an illusion of precision, and they are behind that curtain working furiously. I would imagine given the size of the bank that over the next quarter they will evoke a tremendous amount of accounting ingenuity to try and create offsets, create derivatives to bring revenue forward and look profitable.”
  • Professor of Economics Stephanie Kelton said the Senate testimony was like “watching a slow pitch softball game… they really pulled out the kid gloves.”

And it’s still more important to you People on the right to get the black guy out of the White House than to put a stop to crap like this?  I’m beginning to wonder if this country even DESERVES to be saved from itself.

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Why Your Vote Is Worth Exactly Squat #2

Again Sourced from a piece at Erica Payne_The Daily Agenda:

Sen. Bernie Sanders gave anti-TBTF advocates a huge boost today as he unleashed records from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that demonstrated a clear conflict of interest between Wall Street and the Fed. These records show that more than $4 trillion in near zero-interest Fed Reserve loans and other financial assistance were handed to the banks and businesses of at least 18 current and former Federal Reserve regional banking directors in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

Sanders issued these findings as part of a requirement of the GAO’s investigation. A previous report on Oct. 19, 2011 indicated some of these findings already, but it wasn’t until Sanders’ recent unveiling that the names were made available.

As Sanders said:

This report reveals the inherent conflicts of interest that exist at the Federal Reserve. At a time when small businesses could not get affordable loans to create jobs, the Fed was providing trillions in secret loans to some of the largest banks and corporations in America that were well represented on the boards of the Federal Reserve Banks. These conflicts must end.

We should have be clued into this already. Remember one salient case, when the NY Fed paid AIG’s partner, including Goldman Sachs, 100 cents on the dollar to tear up their contracts with the insurance giant. This latest report confirmed that having CEOs from the banking industry serve on the Fed Reserve’s board of directors posed a “reputational risk” to the Federal Reserve System, compromising the basic duty of the Fed as explicitly spelled out by their Guide of Conduct.

In Dimon’s case, JPMorgan received “some $391 billion of the $4 trillion in emergency Fed funds,” all while the bank was being utilized as a “clearinghouse for emergency lending programs.”

What’s informing: General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt was a New York Fed board member while GE was simultaneously helping to create a so-called “Commercial Paper Funding Facility” during the crisis. Immelt, you’ll recall, eventually resigned from his post because GE Capital would be regulated by the Fed “as a systemically important financial institution.” This is an unavoidable precedent, one Bernanke should bring to bear on Dimon.

It should be amply clear by now that Jamie Dimon ranks right up there with Mitt Romney as one of the gravest ever threats to democracy and freedom in the United States.  Are you STILL going to vote straight Republican in November Bubba?

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Why Your Vote Is Worth Exactly Squat #1

From The Agenda Project:

House Financial Services Committee’s Financial Ties to JPMorgan

  • Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-AL) has received $119,000 from JPMorgan, $1,297,713 from the Commercial Banks industry, and $965,243 from the Securities and Investment industry throughout his congressional career.
  • Vice Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) has received $50,962 from JPMorgan, $688,095 from the Commercial Banks industry, and $658,242 from the Securities and Investment industry throughout his congressional career.
  • Three other congressional members, Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL), Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), and Rep. James Himes (D-CT) have received, respectively, $23,800, $70,350, and $51,450 from JPMorgan throughout their congressional careers.
  • Between 2011-2012, the total amount of political contributions provided by the Securities and Investment industry to members of the House Services Financial Committee was $4,009,642.
  • Rep. John Campbell (R-CA) was the Deputy Project Manager for JPMorgan’s $1 billion new headquarters on Wall Street, and was responsible for the bank’s lending portfolio in the southern cone of Latin America.
  • In 2010, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) fought for an exemption for some of the country’s biggest banks from supervision by a new consumer-protection agency; soon after he received thousands in political contributions from the banks. During his 2011 campaign, Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) received political contributions from 9 of the top 10 bank holding companies, including JPMorgan.

The above, sourced from an email from The Agenda Project, explains in no uncertain terms why members of both houses of congress were lining up to kiss Jamie Dimon’s well upholstered ass last week and SHOULD serve as a wake up call for those of you who just keep on voting for these damned criminals.  That anyone able to at least stand upright and make mewling sounds would continue to vote for these clowns after seeing what they are doing to us and to our country is living proof that we need to cull the goddamned gene pool and right damned soon, too.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Another Worm’s Eye View

Well, my SSI is down to $7 a month and MediCAL is totally gutted and I can neither get my meds this month or pay the copays on all these procedures anymore… the ones that MediCAL USED to pay.

This pisses me off because I worked PAID my damned taxes for more than 45 years, including during those times when the rates were twice as  high as they are now because I understood the need for the the infrastructure maintenance, the social safety nets and to provide for future generations… mostly your generation come to think of it.

Today, we have the lowest effective tax rate in 60 years and people are still demanding that we lower it even farther AND continue to cut the floor out from under people who are already falling through the cracks. And what’s funny about it is that every nickel you save on your taxes just goes in some banker or corporate CEO’s pockets anyway but that seems to be OK with everybody.  Guess I’m just too damned old to understand this “I’ve got mine, screw you” thing we got going on today.

The simpleminded among the electorate can’t see any farther than that each of them knows at least one person who is cheating the system, therefore everybody (except them of course) is cheating the system.  As far as they’re concerned, anyone who doesn’t have a job making enough to feed, clothe, house and educate their family is a “freeloader” or some kind of “welfare queen”.

I didn’t work my ass off for almost half a century just to be treated this way when all those years are finally extracting their toll on both my body and my mind to the point that I’m apparently nothing more than a negative cypher on someone’s P&L statement.  To those of you who will vote Republican knowing that it pretty much dooms people like me to a life… and speedier death… without simple dignity…$%#! you very much.  I hope you enjoy every penny you thought you were going to “save” by eliminating the safety net for people like me.

That is, if you can pry it from the tentacles of the Wall Street vampire squid.  Good luck with that.

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized