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September 18, 2012

Schreibman tops Chris Gibson on women's issues

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Nationally, employee rights are maligned by people like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as simply being out of touch with the incentives of opportunity. Mitt seems to be most enthralled by the opportunistic possibilities that gave him advantages that are not open to everyone. Barry Goldwater was once cartooned saying, “Why don’t all you (poor people) go out and inherit a department store?” Another conservative.

Meanwhile, Paul Ryan would cut Medicare back into a limited voucher system to allow tax reductions, reductions for high-income taxpayers! They seem to think this will somehow help the poor in the end. Indeed, the poor will feel like they are getting it in the end.

The big things that divide us from one another come from the huge economic inequity that characterizes our country. The “have-nots” are a large majority, but a minority of “haves” control the great bulk of national wealth. Our world is more unequal now than it has been since the Great Depression. This is not the world of a healthy society. That is why we need a local candidate who thinks for himself rather than rubber-stamping Republican rhetoric.

The symptoms of this malaise are fractious feelings, poor health and poor mental health, a sense of injustice not even recognized, much less addressed. All this undermines finding equal opportunity, because equal opportunity itself is undermined. All too often the unemployed are the ones the finger of blame is pointed at.

We need social supports that uphold the dignity of those who get trapped in conditions not of their own making. Unemployment insurance and Worker’s Compensation were put into place by Franklin Roosevelt. But also needed now are government programs that support full employment, and a living wage for all workers.

People want to work, and to be self-sufficient. They want the opportunity to earn self-respect, and the ability to support their children. We all need to be useful and connected by the sense of participating in a productive community.

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    As the time to vote draws near, we need to remember how money can run politics more than we can. Raising funds is a prominent (if not the dominant) task of getting elected. Raising issues is also crucial, but those efforts are subject to distortion and fear-mongering.

    September 18, 2012

  • Republicans feelentitled to allthey can garner

    An entitlement is a legal benefit available from the government to individuals who are within a defined category of recipients, such as needing insurance for unemployment or health services.

    September 4, 2012

  • Romney focuses on self; Obama emphasizes unity

    Mitt Romney criticizes President Obama for saying a person's success is rooted in his community, and is not all his alone. Romney belittles this with his belief in individual initiative. He is better at the put-down than the push-up.

    August 21, 2012

  • Romney shows little regard for common man

    The Republicans in Congress have voted over and over, 33 times, redundantly and uselessly, to rescind what they call Obamacare.

    August 7, 2012

  • Scouts' gay ban creates problem where none exists

    The Boy Scouts of America's "emphatic reaffirmation" of its vow to exclude any and all homosexuals from its hallowed ranks is ill-considered and pathetic, especially in view of its having reviewed the matter for two years.

    July 24, 2012

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