Why is it that politicians quit caring for humans after they are born? Because it makes them rich!

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2011 at 10:57 AM

I am a 46 year old white male, who thankfully is still gainfully employed, with aging parents of the baby boom generation. My career path has landed me in an industry that by the shear token of the aging and death of this generation remains a somewhat viable economic vehicle to earn a decent living. I’m in the real estate industry of sorts and as “boomers” lose their parents, at an ever increasing rate, my industry benefits from the liquidation or redistribution of their respective estates.

The truly sad part of all of this is that it seems our Government wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve been helping my father (a 77 year old Korean War Veteran) complete the necessary applications for VA benefits. Earlier this week he received the response back from the VA as to what “they” decided about my father’s qualifications for the benefit – it was of course denied. The reason they stated was because his yearly income level was TOO HIGH? Realize the combined income of my father and mother is strictly from Social Security Benefits – a whopping $18,972 annually. The VA was kind enough to take into consideration and subtract the $2,316 they pay into Medicare Part B on a yearly basis. So their net income for benefit qualification is at $16,656 – and that is still TOO HIGH. The income limit for a veteran with 1 dependent is $15,493 – that is inhumane. That is the value our Government has determined that my fathers life was worth.

I understand those that say things like “…well they should have saved more or invested more…” etc., but wasn’t there a debt of gratitude that our country should be responsible to pay back from the service my father gave serving our Government at a time of war? Not in my estimation. The repayment of that debt (in the form of potential future VA benefits) were a ruse to coerce my father into joining the military – or at least part of the ruse. They probably left out the part that you will be shot at by people intending to end your life – not a real good selling point, especially when the reasons you are in the line of fire really have nothing to do with your individual liberty but rather to protect the interests of the super rich.

What is the motivation for our Government to change this policy or raise the income level? None that I can see. Here are a few reasons that I can think of:

-Insurance companies stop making money (or at least as much money) on the old once they are part of Medicare because there exists the smallest modicum of regulation and oversight that doesn’t allow them to steal from the American public without prejudice through Medicare. It is hilarious and so awful that politicians claim that “Medicare is the biggest rip off of the American public” when they write legislation that allows insurance companies to continue to raise premiums and limit coverages practically everyday! How dumb does the Government think we are? Pretty dumb I guess. Insurance companies fund politicians during their government service and many of them after they leave for private practice by offering them positions within their companies many times as lobbyists.

-Those that are elderly (according to the World Health Organization 65 years of age classifies a person being elderly) often have little to no income to tax until they die. As I stated above I’m in a business that makes income from the distribution of the estates and property of the dead – our Federal and local governments do as well in the form of taxation at the time of that redistribution of wealth and assets.

-How much longer can a politician count on the vote of someone +65? Not many more election cycles come through before they are off the voting rolls. What is the benefit to their re-election if they aren’t alive to vote?

So why try and keep the elderly healthy and alive when the hope of continuing to collect from them financially is so limited? Our Government must think it’s a zero sum game that isn’t worth fighting for from a financially strategic perspective and that the American people can once again be cajoled into believing it is right to leave out a HUGE segment of our society from any Government services and support. I say that because with the noise level rising from both sides of the aisle hollering to shut down Medicare, cut Social Security and VA Benefits as the only way to balance the books you’d think anyone past 55 is a scourge to the American way of life.

Of course those that have gained the most off the backs of people like my father; those that could very possibly not of had a chance to make their fortunes if it weren’t for people like my father protecting American interests in countries around the globe and here at home; those who are now able to fund political campaigns directly (primarily due to Citizens United case) get to make the decision to not suffer AT ALL and are given tax breaks, loopholes and incentives while at the same time starving out the very backbone of our country by sending the manufacturing of goods and services, customer service industries and other American created industries overseas in order to financially benefit on loose child labor laws and human rights. Oh and while we’re at it lets lower tariffs and not tax any income these companies realize from relying on the infrastructure of our country and the exploitation of the third world. These companies, and the people that own and operate them; prey on and use the simple (and patriotic) sensibilities of the elderly; the middle and lower class American’s just trying to scrape together next months rent or tomorrow’s grocery money, often the people who have built this country and protected it in times of war and other calls to duty. It is a disgrace!

Tell me why abortion is out of the question and is an immoral decision by women when you look at how our Government cares for and uses you once you are born? Because for the next 50-60 years a healthy human means a lot of money for our nations politicians and super rich – that’s why. Any encroachment on that potential revenue base is blasphemy! And who are they going to fill the ranks of our military? – the children of the super rich? NO WAY! They must keep a middle to lower class of society that sees risking their lives on the whims and decisions of those who benefit the most as a better option (or the only option) to surviving and having any resemblence of a properous life – even though it might get a leg blown off or permanent brain damage – injuries that our Government will turn their back on as soon as they return home. Sickening.

Please do all you can to protect Social Security, VA Benefits and Medicare. Write you Senators and Representatives and the President and tell them that we have asked so much of these people and have given so little back it is simply un-American.



In Uncategorized on March 1, 2011 at 1:09 PM

As the “Show Down” in Wisconsin comes to a conclusion, or at least a transitional conclusion, I wanted to take the time to memorialize my thoughts on the bigger, much more far reaching, impact on ALL American’s not just the citizens of Wisconsin.

I wanted to do this so that my grandchildren would know where I stood when we allowed the gutting of their future and the hope of them accomplishing the American Dream had come to a resounding end. It is obvious to me that we are headed that way regardless of my undying optimism in the power of the middle class and the general goodness, I think, that exists in most people. I wanted the generations that will follow me in my family to know that Grandpa Siege wasn’t completely lulled to sleep by the multi-national corporations and their poisonous “bag men/women” of State and Federal governments who are controlled by greed and the attraction to their simple problem solving rational.

You see what is happening in Wisconsin is the beginning of the end, as far as, our country having a representative government that actually represents the people. It is also the beginning of the establishment of a completely new class of American’s – the Super Wealthy. This class actually wipes out, replaces or abolishes the middle class altogether. What was once the middle class will become the poor or labor party – which is better defined as the minions of the Super Wealthy. Let’s call it the Minion Class.

As I sit here typing this memo and listen to the noise of people outside my office (most are soon to become members of the Minion Class) trying to stay busy doing SOMETHING so they can pay their rent/mortgage; keep the “Repo Man” from towing their car, while they try to gage how much gas they are going to burn dropping their son off at daycare (because they can’t afford to lose their child’s spot in the daycare), their daughter off at school (public school because tuition for private school is an extravagance they no longer can afford) and make it to work (or internship, or Senior Center where they volunteer, or Office Max so they can get their resume printed, or meet with a former colleague to talk “business” and “network”) so their psyche doesn’t make them feel like they are doing nothing to get them out of the jaws of foreclosure, or debt collectors. I think of the day when the backbone of this country, the people I just described, had a chance to make it through a day without honestly considering what homelessness might feel like. Would if they get sick – their employer simply replaces them with a computer program or “outsource” facilitator. It’s our reality.

I say all of this because what is happening in Wisconsin is the proverbial push over the cliff of a simple existence. Remember simple existence? When you can get a job, have a roof over your head, watch your children grow and excel past your achievements, and ENJOY a couple weeks during the year that you can turn the cell phone off and get your feet wet or shoes dirty or whatever you like depending on the extra cash you saved during the past year. No Wisconsin wants to end all of that and sees no harm in it – as a matter of fact they think the reasonable expectation of this simple existence is un-American and those that see it as an American right to this simple existence are a “welfare case.” So what are they doing about it? They are attempting (and more than likely will succeed) to tear apart collective bargaining from State workers. They are not Union busting – although the net result is the same – and for the Democrats it sounds better to say “union busting” than have to explain collective bargaining. Don’t get me wrong, the Democratic Party really wants nothing to do with stopping Governor Scott Walker from fulfilling his promise to multi-national corporations, they just want to sound like they do. It’s their form of a lullaby for the liberal left without damaging the centrists more conservative campaign funding arm of the Party. Trust me these guys are just like their Republican counterparts they will say anything to keep your eye off the ball. Watch they will start saying that this whole affair in Wisconsin is in order to beat Obama in 2012 – oh wait they’ve already started saying that… Trust me Obama is going to win in 2012 and the Republican’s already know that – if they thought they had a chance there would already be someone declared that had the money to run – check it out not one Republican has declared that has the money to run and we are only 9 months from the traditional start of the campaign run. No they (the Democrats) are trying to lull us to sleep too.

Then what is collective bargaining and why does this affect me when I live in Washington State or for that fact if I live anywhere in the country? Hell I’m not even a public employee. Well because the foundation of the middle class is “SAFETY IN NUMBERS.” Collective bargaining by definition (Negotiations between representatives of workers and employers. Issues included wages, hours, and working conditions) protects those without the means to have a voice any other way. Without the ability to come together as a group and negotiate with an employer (ANY EMPLOYER) is what is being snuffed out by this legislation. You think that is where government is going to stop (just their State workers) oh no it can be (and will be) extended to all work places – this law sets precedence.

Why would the government do this? First our government is not doing this – the polls indicate that 2/3rds of typical American’s don’t want collective bargaining abolished in Wisconsin or anywhere else AND WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT – YOU AND I. It is a small cadre of the super wealthy utilizing the power of public office, and most media outlets, to get more wealthy that’s it! If they control the employee, they control their largest expense. If they control the employee from collective bargaining, or assembling a union lets say, then they can ship labor to countries in the third world (whatever that means anymore) for pennies on the dollar and employees in this country can’t do a damn thing about it!

The super wealthy in this country (about a million people in our country) over the past 30-40 years have done a bang up job stealing our country of natural resources and intellectual property for their own personal well being. This group looks at the world very different then you and I – I would say that we really don’t even exist in their world. They see oil, water, food all running out and they are going to make sure they have a place to inhabit when it all comes crashing down around them – borders do not matter to them, just space and safety. They don’t understand or refuse to believe that American ingenuity can innovate the way out of global crisis. They claim they do by stating things like “free enterprise, capitalism, democracy, let the market determine the market” but what they don’t highlight is that all that stuff, buzz phrases and words, only works if you have the money. Isn’t it shocking how we have let the big banks (all are global not just operating in our country) turn record profits by continuing to play the Stock Market casino with OUR tax dollars. All the while the banks have very little interest in loaning to small business, the Minion Class, so that we can get out of this quagmire? How has that happened? Why are we allowing it? What can we do about it? There are many things from shorter term limits, to public funding of elections, to appealing that awful Citizens United case. That is a start but do you think it will happen? Neither do I.

The Super Wealthy Class also believes that regardless of innovation the world cannot sustain the population growth and wars for water and food will become the norm. These same people control the media, control the Supreme Court (see Citizens United case), and of course control our politicians.

The politicians in our country have been co-opted by multi-international corporations in order to fulfill the intentions of the super-wealthy. They either fall in line with the desires of the Super Wealthy Class or what do you think their chances of winning a reelection would be? This has happened in both the major parties and to a lesser degree to the various sub parties (Tea, Green, Libertarian, etc.). During my adult life I’ve voted for candidates of the Republican or Democrat parties although I have usually sided with the Democrats feeling they represent the working class more directly than the Republicans. I too was lulled to sleep during the power grab of the Super Wealthy.

We have 14 State Legislators (all Democrats) hiding across state lines in order to avoid the inevitable in Wisconsin. That is the saddest example of what is to be an American that I’ve ever heard. If you think their tactics will work please don’t be lulled to sleep – time is on the side of the Super Wealthy ruling class in that state. However, I do commend those “lone rangers” for doing SOMETHING to bring attention to the plight of this state and later, the rest of the country. Their beacon is not of hope but of awareness – doubtful it will amount to any real protest in other parts of the country as the Super Wealthy class assumes power over workers one union, one sector at a time. You see the only media left that isn’t obscured or tilted or flat out hamstrung from the “party line” of the ruling class is this media – the blogosphere – and given time and more lullabies the ruling class will find a way to filter and control that too because as Governor Scott Walker put it “[they] aren’t one of us.” Although there are those simpletons that think NPR or MSNBC are still left leaning media outlets don’t be fooled by this window dressing. The ruling class wants you to think that so they have a villain to fight in their fixed battle, a perceived outlet for us radicals. Sadly both of these media outlets are also controlled by billionaires and multi-national corporations and don’t believe for a second they are going to let any objective point of view escape without quantified censorship. I’m taking bets on how long Rachel Maddow has to express her opinion across PUBLIC airwaves.

Anyway it was nice while it lasted I guess but this country has forever changed and unless and until we, the people – the government of the United States of America, decided to evolve and innovate our way of thinking as to how our country should be represented (100 Senators represent 300 million people? Really?) Then we will continue to follow the sound bites, fall in line and drink the righteous fruit juice of the super wealthy, the ruling class. The fall of the working class, the middle class, the backbone of this country will dissolve into obscurity without a voice, without hope or the opportunity of any chance at what was once our right to achieve “the American Dream.”

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Arizona Massacre – is it a random event or example of things to come?

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 5:02 PM

The tragedy in Tucson has brought to light how the actions of people who are in desperate straits either due to employment, mental illness or general state of helplessness due to personal situations in their life can impact a nation.

The media pundits and Government Officials on both sides of the political world want to place blame on something, someone in order to advance their own personal relevance in their careers or community standing.

However, when you really look at this horrific tragedy objectively, we may never know why this 22 year old mentally deranged person decided that this would answer the questions about his position in the world. Was he pushed to this awful choice by the “crosshairs” (and Sarah Palin’s claim that they were surveyor marks is, as she would put it, ‘reprehensible’) put on a Congressional District map by the opposing party in this past November’s mid term elections. Or was it that he was unemployed, shunned by the military, tired of living with mom and dad, chemically unbalanced? None of us knows – only Jared Lee Loughner would know and he probably doesn’t either.

Or is this just a precursor of more violence to come. With what has happened the past 2-3 years with OUR tax dollars inside Wall Street board rooms; with both political parties making promises they never intended to keep (i.e. ending our involvement of the Iraq and Afghan Wars); with ALL branches of the Federal Government putting the banks ahead of the common welfare of the citizens of the United States; with the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States granting corporations the same rights as individuals?? It’s not a surprise that we don’t have riots in the streets all over America, but we don’t.

Noam Chomsky has said that we are a much more civilized nation then we were in the 1960’s and 70’s and that is why you don’t see any spirited uprising in the streets or anywhere else for that matter. I hope Noam’s right because this country has never been more divided without any hope of our Government bringing us to common ground in my lifetime. Whatever side of general public discord you fall in once the demonstrations start (if they start) the ugliness of the pent up anger and disappointment in our current governmental leaders will blow in a big and bloody way.

Is this Jared Lee Loughner creep just smoke or is he a spark? The media (and I don’t even bother stating Corporate Media anymore) would love to keep the blame debate going. When things like this happen everyone wants a piece of it. I for one have decided to tune those clowns out and direct my energy at changing our Congress one vote at a time.

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