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The War Mongering That Was the Final Presidential Debate

Monday’s presidential debate exemplified everything that is wrong with U.S. foreign policy. Moreover, it has become apparent since the very first presidential debate that the substance of the debate is irrelevant when one of its participants just lies. I mean really, how do you debate with a liar? With a dishonest crook?

Mitt Romney has been exposed as an empty suit with dubious foreign policy credentials trying hard to look presidential by agreeing (or pretending to agree) with the President. In fact, he has been lying so much, he contradicts himself in the same speech with such ease it is as if he practices incompetence.  During the debate he first said that  “we can’t kill our way out of this.” Two minutes later he said that his strategy was “to go after the bad guys and kill them.”

Romney’s lies and contradictions (which ultimately have their roots in lies) have become so commonplace that people almost don’t notice it anymore it seems.  Or they do but they don’t point it out because then they would never get to do anything else.  

I have nothing but contempt for Mitt Romney and his policies. He is an opportunistic liar with truly disturbing and contemptible policy objectives disguised in lofty speeches about love for one’s motherland, hard work and the American Dream, undoubtedly to appeal to the uninformed, simple minded voter.  Don’t for one second be fooled with his grandiose talks about helping the middle class – a term he and his supporters didn’t even know existed up until six months ago when they were briefed that using such a term would be politically expedient.

Romney doesn’t care about the middle class and he most certainly does not care about the poor, the elderly, and the less fortunate. In fact, he doesn’t even care about the 95% of the people he addresses and lies to in those rallies and who support his plutocratic agenda.  He is someone who made it his life’s work destroying the American Dream for countless people by decimating companies, sucking up their money, laying off their employees, stealing their retirements and taking away their health insurance while offering absolutely nothing to anyone but tons of money to line his own pockets.

The real Romney we saw, which may have been the only time we saw the real Romney, was during the infamous 47% speech, when he didn’t know the cameras were rolling as he was addressing his own kind – the out of touch millionaires and hedgefund holders – cracking jokes about the plight of most Americans and dismissing them by stating that 47% of them are nothing  but parasitic mooches who don’t work hard or know responsibility. After the video leaked he didn’t even try to deny it but instead stated that his comment was not “elegantly stated“. Yeah, cause that is the issue, that it wasn’t elegantly stated.

Mitt Romney’s dishonesty is only superseded by his callous indifference for not only 47% of Americans he and his plutocratic wife spit on, but also pretty much toward everyone who isn’t a wealthy white man.

War Mongering as a Foreign Policy Objective

The debate Wednesday was especially hard to watch because these men stood there dividing the world between them, talking about how they will essentially selectively meddle in other countries’s internal affairs when there is a vested, corporate interest, including the projection of military power. They were talking about the world as if it was theirs for the taking, making casual statements about what countries to militarily occupy and attack.  As if these weren’t people being killed in those wars but just push pins on the map to move around for our own political gain.

It must have been a chilling sight for foreign countries listening to both Obama’s and Romney’s warmongering and how they plan on taking down countries whose leaders and policies they do not approve of and thus impose more death to people around the world. And then their talk about nation building and how we must create civil society in those countries. It was paternalistic and condescending.

We live in a world in which a lot of suffering is taking place; unnecessary preventable suffering: from human rights violations to environmental destruction that is always a hindrance to economic development and human health, gender inequalities with life and death consequences and famines and food shortages resulting in tens of thousands of children dying each day. Yet all these two dido heads could talk about on the foreign policy front was war: when to start it and how much. The idea of not being engaged in any war at all did neither cross their or that of the “focus group’s” minds. It wasn’t even a question of whether to go to war or not, it was a question of when and for how long and to what extent.

Their fear and warmongering was further exemplified in their foolish attempts at outdoing each other in how loud they can shout out the words “sanctions against Iran“. As if what they proposed was an admirable thing and the only solution; as if at the other end of those sanctions there weren’t human beings suffering.

Mitt Romney made absolutely no distinction between the Iranian government and the Iranian people. President Obama, on the other hand,  tried to make a distinction, using  non-othering language to talk about how there are many Iranian people who have the same dreams people in the US do. Yet somehow all that went under in Romney’s feverish demands for more and more crippling sanctions. “Crippling sanctions do work! It’s the right thing to do to have crippling sanctions.” Romney’s disregard for anyone else but his own self interest is appalling. And this man calls himself a Christian.

It was also sickening to watch Romney advocate cutting programs that help people in this country access food, healthcare, and education in order to spend even more money on the military and with it war and destruction  It became apparent to me last night that Mitt Romney is not just offensive to America, he is offensive to humanity.

During the debate Romney bulled and disrespected the president and unloaded ridiculous, hyperbolic and unfounded lies onto the American people.  I definitely think Romney practices being condescending every day

Obama did not do much better either. While both were engaged in a bloodthirsty shouting match about tougher and harder sanctions on Iran, they added fuel to the warmongering by reaffirming America’s undying allegiance to Israel – which undoubtedly means military involvement from the U.S.  Obama prefaced his decision to “stand by Israel no matter what” by citing his visit to a Holocaust museum in Israel. As if him visiting a Holocaust museum had anything to do with US support of Israel or even was a perfectly sound justification for formulating U.S. foreign policy, obligating American tax payer dollars and lives.

To add insult to injury and as if the $ 70 million we do not have and which we had to borrow from China at high interest rate just a few months ago wasn’t enough, now we are also swearing allegiance to Israel by promising to charge to their rescue and wage another devastating war for the apartheid Zionist regime. In fact, Israel’s security was debated more than American security in the form of jobs or health care or mortgage foreclosures or fair elections.

Both candidates made it very clear that they will rub Israel’s back whenever it requests it while  everyone else gets crippling sanctions.

Memo to both candidates: going to war with everyone is not a foreign policy objective.

How Romney is to pay for any of this remains as elusive as his ten years worth of tax returns. The “man” wants a tax cut for everyone, including and most importantly the rich, he wants the DoD to remain severely overfunded building more Navy ships we do not need;  he is championing all sorts of wars – from Libya to Syria to Iran  – as well as our undying support of Israel – all without explaining how he is planning to pay for any of  that. Maybe he thinks he can poof it into existence much like Joseph Smith poofed the tablets from god into existence calling himself the second coming.

The truth, of course, is that Romney plans on paying for all those things by going after the poor and unfortunate or just the regular middle class wage earners. That has always been the plan of this corporate raider without a conscience. Everything else is just stiff he tells people to get their vote.

Going After Vulnerable Populations to Pay for Deficit

Corporate and individual greed in an unregulated economy and banking system created by the same kind of policies that Romney and Ryan are pushing have caused the recession, yet those issues cannot be touched when it comes to trying to find ways to reduce our debt. That is true for both Republicans and Democrats – even though Democrats are more inclined to go after private enterprise to protect workers and consumers.

What is up for discussion, however, are seniors and food stamp recipients and vulnerable populations –  such as hard working middle class wage earners, welfare recipients, seniors and college students.

During the debate Romney stated that the number of food stamp recipients has risen under Obama, demonizing and scapegoating those people as if they created the recession or were even part of the problem. Romney actually managed to turn something so basic as feeding people into a bad thing; a liability.

These entities have somehow become the fall guys, the target when it comes to our domestic policy objectives in terms of reducing the deficit. God forbid we make millionaires pay their fair share in taxes; as everyone knows it has been food stamp recipients and college students responsbile for the demise of our economy.

I’m waiting for the day that a politician stands up and says that even if food-stamps were just for people without jobs, that it is okay because letting people starve to death is not okay.

Syria and Iran Do Not Share Borders, Mr. Harvard Alum 

I am also shocked that not more people are pointing out the fact that Romney is unaware that Syria is not Iran’s sea port and that there is a whole country between them.  This means that Romney doesn’t even know where these countries are on a map.  How could he possibly be placed in charge of foreign policy as our commander in chief? He stood up there talking about what he wants to do with each and every single one of them, snugly deciding fates and he doesn’t even know anything about their geography. And he wants to lead this nation. Shit that’s scary guys  (to be fair, I doubt most Americans are aware where those two countries are located on a map either).

That Mitt and his policies are contemptible is obvious. But the fact that nearly half of Americans who are going to cast a ballot this election actually buy that garbage is even more troubling. I understand why that greedy bastard Romney is trying to get his filthy and plutocraticpaws into the White House but why do all these poor schmucks who would definitely not benefit from even one piece of legislation proposed by Romney? Remember this is going to be a close race.

The US as the “Hope of the Earth”

After spending the last hour talking about the various ways with which he plans on dividing and conquering the world and killing people, Romney actually had the audacity to conclude his closing statement by stating that the United States is “the hope of the earth” and a “torch for the world to see.

The truth is that our problems as humanity are not going to be solved through wars and military confrontation  but through diplomacy and cooperation. War mongering and paternalizing our neighbors, exploiting and threatening them, arming warring entities and adding fuel to century’s old rivalries resulting in military confrontation are not what render a nation the “hope of the Earth“, they render it its nightmare and demise. The person holding the highest position of leadership  in this country has to truly understand this. Mitt Romney is not that person.

(Oh and memo to Romney: you are running as this country’s president, not prophet, so tone it down with the light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel and shelter-from-the-storm bullshit. )

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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Debate-opsy

I cannot believe the extent to which I – as a liberal – keep overestimating Obama. And with that I mean overestimate his backbone and willingness  – as well ability – to truly fight for his constituents instead of pulling his tail in and cowering into a corner, like he did during the first 2012 Presidential debate with Mitt Romney this past Wednesday.

If there is one thing I was sure of then it was that Obama would obliterate this plutocratic puke Mitt Romney at the debates; yet all he did was just stand there and nod like a school boy being dressed down by his principal. Obama did not even make an attempt to correct Romney who unloaded all these horrendous and shameless lies onto him and the American people.   It was as if the past year – and specifically the past few months – just had not happened.

We all knew Romney wanted to reset the campaign, but why did Obama? During the debate Obama, ironically enough, became the proverbial empty suit Eastwood has mocked just a few weeks ago during the RNC. He was so bad, he made Romney look good.  That is how epic-ly bad his comatose, cowardly performance was.

It is amazing. Romney has no tax plan, no health care plan, no jobs plan or any other kind of plan economic recovery plan for this country other than the busted “trickle down economics” myth and the “anything before Obama“mentality. His campaign consists of leaving behind a messy trail of lies, gross manipulations, gas lighting, flip flopping on issues and just a lot of foot in the mouth moments insulting our allies and adding fuel to century’s old rivalries  while masking his real agenda of catering to the greed of the 1% at the expense of everyone else.

Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up

The 47% speech was the real Romney; that speech was from the heart – behind the cameras and behind closed doors, he was finally speaking the truth, showing his disdain for the American people and those who aren’t in the millionaire’s club.  Yet he somehow managed to wipe the floor with Obama during the debate. And he did so not by presenting facts and making a strong case for his candidacy, but by telling shameless, boldfaced lies – which is something to be expected from a corporate raider who spent his entire life scamming people.

For example, Romney said that Obama does not like bipartisanship, that he does not reach out to Republicans. In reality, everytime Obama tried to work with Republicans, they went out of their way to obstruct him.  In fact, after Republicans ended up with both the House and Senate majority in 2010,  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

Why did Obama not mention any of this?

Obama did not mention Romney’s supremely insulting and incriminating 47%  speech – in which he was for once speaking from the heart,  he did not mention Bain Capital at all – which says a lot more about Romney and his philosophy than anything else, he did not mention his 14% tax rate and he also did not confront him about his tax returns and his refusal to release them.

Finally, in a year where women’s reproductive rights have been under a vicious assault – from transvaginal probing of women who want to get abortions, to defunding Planned Parenthood, calling Sandra Fluke a slut for using contraceptives  to Akin’s “legitimate rape” and woman-give-off-certain-juices-when-raped-so-they-don’t-become-pregnant remarks, it was beyond bizarre, but mostly disappointing, that Obama just did not even mention anything in that regard. He looked like a school boy being dressed down by the principal.

The thing is that the above mentioned were issues that got a lot of undecided voters and those liberals who felt alienated by Obama’s repeated giving in to Republican demands, on Obama’s side. Yet he did not even mention them. And for that matter, he also did not mention same sex marriage and his support thereof.

What the fuck is wrong with this man?

Over 70 million people watched and this could have been an amazing opportunity for Obama to reach out and bring across the message and for once and all put an end to Romney’s lies and right out confront him and call him out in his lies.  And he blew it. The man blew it. He did the same thing that both John Kerry and Al Gore did, fail to take the battle to Romney.

The folly with Obama is that he does not want to fight dirty – if one can consider stating facts and confronting a liar as playing dirty –  and in in some ill conceived sense for bipartisanship he has given Republicans everything they wanted. What he he needs to realize, however, is that you cannot play fair and nice when you swim with sharks. Obama is going to have to get dirty. He’s going to have to kick, bite, scratch, and claw his way forward. Republicans have no interest in working with Obama or the American people, as they have made abundantly clear in the past by categorically opposing policies that would benefit the American people for no other reason than making Obama look bad.

Of course that is something he should have been doing for the last four years yet failed. He failed to bring true health care reform to this country in the from of government run insurance side by side private insurance; he utterly and miserably failed in the  Bush tax cuts issues – extending them for the richest people in exchange for nine months more of unemployment benefits; he did not go after BP; he did not go after Wall Street. He stayed mums on the Right wing’s audacious and callous attacks on women’s reproductive rights – only mentioning it as a talking point during his speeches –  and he let Republicans hold the raise of the debt ceiling hostage in exchange of Obama budging in on budget issues – which is absurd because the debt ceiling is about money already spent while the budget is about money going to be spend.

There is a time and place for diplomacy and holding the moral high ground. And there is a time to fight. Trying to hold the moral high ground while being lied to and bullied, as was the case with the debate on Wednesday, is not one of those occasions where diplomacy will work. Obama can’t win on Hope and Change and Yes We Can this time because there is no longer any Hope, there was no real meaningful Change, and he may still believe that Yes We Can is possible but there are a lot of Buts after the slogan.

On Wednesday the President did not make the case for himself;  he did not call out the lies or even make the case as to why we should vote for him. I could not sleep that night wondering what has happened to Obama and what a truly horrific future is to await all of us if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan – two people who represent the cold side of humanity – were to become the leaders of this nation because of Obama’s lack of courage. I also kept wondering how Mitt Romney –  with his horrible policies and the plutocratic, dystopian future he has in stow for all of us, – could even get this far.

Yet there is a real chance he may make it. I blame uninformed and “independent” voters. How can anyone  think positively of a guy who in his heart of hearts believes that half of Americans are irresponsible mooches who view themselves as victims who are uninspired and unmotivated to improve their lives and irresponsible?

I also would love to know who taught Obama that checking your balls at the door is a sign of a competent and strong leader. It is one thing to get riled up confirming the stereotype of the  “angry black man”, it is quite something else to stand there and let someone bully and insult you in the face while you say nothing. Of course, this wouldn’t concern me if the American people weren’t intellectually challenged, but they are. The fact that Obama has this knack of regularly fucking up when it comes down do it is remarkable. That man has a sense for screwing up when his supporters count on him the most, it is amazing.

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The United States Congress is a Millionaire’s Club at the Expense of the American Tax Payer

According to a study by the Center for Responsive Politics, 238 of the 535 “public servants” (Congressmen), are millionaires. That is 44% of all members of Congress are rich beyond the wildest dreams, and possibilities, of most Americans they govern. In fact, your chances of running into a millionaire in the state’s capital are four times higher than in the rest of the nation.

And this is just the reported wealth. No one knows how many undisclosed assets members of Congress possess. The numbers would likely be even higher if personal residences, government salaries, and pensions were included. Yes, you read right.  They are millionaires without even counting their already bloated salaries and perks and that awesome health insurance that you and I pay for.

Half of Congress is basically part of the 1% and we are expecting that they enact legislation that would in any shape hurt their position in society? Increase their taxes? Is this a joke? 

One reason for why half the people running this country are millionaires  is that members of Congress are not subject to any of the ethics and conflict-of-interest laws that most public servants are. Congressmen can own stocks and investments unhindered and in any company while at the same time being often in charge of drafting legislation that might affect said company.

This leads to a fundamental conflict of interest because these Congressman are not likely to enact legislation that might hurt the cash value of any of the companies they and their spouses have personal investments in.

Joe Lieberman, for example, who has been opposing any and all health care reform has close ties to the insurance industry as his wife worked for a health care lobbying firm whose clients benefited from the senator’s legislation.

Oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, banks and the likes of Koch Brothers own Congress and they have spread the golden parachute so wide that these Congressmen and women don’t see anything else but dollar signs and thus rarely, if ever, enact legislation to benefit the majority of this society that isn’t part of the millionaires’ club.; the average citizen. All they care about is pandering to the causes of the wealthy to ultimately line their own pockets.

To make matters worse, not only are Congress members not subject to any kind of ethics standards while in office (except for those of the sexual kind because we all know how bad sex is. See Anthony Weiner), but most Congressmen go working for some of the companies they “failed” (read: refused) to properly regulate while in office.

In secret, pre-arranged deals they are promised millions of dollars or more in pay if they come to work for them after they leave office. Once a public official makes a deal to go to work for a lobbying firm or corporation after leaving office, he or she becomes loyal to the future employer. And since those deals are done in secret, legislators are largely free to pass laws, special tax cuts, or earmarks that benefit their future employer with little or no accountability to the public. While campaign contributions and super PACS are a big problem, the everyday bribery of the revolving door may be the most pernicious form of corruption today.

Unlike some other forms of money in politics, politicians never have to disclose job negotiations while in office, and never have to disclose how much they’re paid after leaving office. In many cases, these types of revolving door arrangements drastically shape the laws we all live under. For example, former Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) spent his last year in office fighting reforms to bring greater transparency to the derivatives marketplace. Almost as soon as he left office, he joined the board of a derivatives trading company and became an “advisor” to Goldman Sachs. Risky derivative trading exacerbated the financial crisis of 2008, yet we’re stuck under the laws written in part by Gregg. How much has he made from the deal? Were his actions in office influenced by relationships with his future employers? Does anyone care? Do most of the middle class, or poor chest thumping idiots who fight for the causes of the rich, even know this?

Former Congressman Billy Tauzin (R-LA) made $19,359,927 as a lobbyist for pharmaceutical companies between 2006 and 2010. Tauzin retired from Congress in 2005, shortly after leading the passage of President Bush’s prescription drug expansion. He was recruited to lead PhRMA, a lobbying association for Pfizer, Bayer, and other top drug companies. During the health reform debate, the former congressman helped his association block a proposal to allow Medicare to negotiate for drug prices, a major concession that extended the policies enacted in Tauzin’s original Medicare drug-purchasing scheme. Tauzin left PhRMA in late 2010. He was paid over $11 million in his last year at the trade group. Comparing Tauzin’s salary during his last year as congressman and his last year as head of PhRMA, his salary went up 7110 percent.

An important thing to note is that political affiliation doesn’t appear to matter when it comes to wealth as both Democrats and Republicans seem to be rolling in money. Even Nancy Pelosi owns vineyards in Napa Valley and Barack Obama’s wealth as of 2010 is estimated at $ 11.8 million. And these are the good guys. Although frankly I doubt that Obama or Pelosi amassed the wealth by selling out to big money.  Most of Obama’s money comes from book sales and he has spent most of his life being a community organizer. Pelosi seems to have married rich.

It is certainly no coincidence that Congress has been repeatedly favoring the wealthy and the corporations that keep them wealthy at the expense of the middle class and middle class causes and thus the overwhelming majority of the people who elect them into office and on whose behalf they are to act. The reason we are this money-loving, greed-is-good society that doesn’t give a damn about the greater good, is because of legislation that has been favoring the wealthy and corporations that, in turn, keep members of Congress wealthy and cushioned so they continue creating the kind of legislation and with it society conducive to their paradigm of greed and exploitation in the name of Jesus and capitalism and the Founding Fathers.

Rich politicians without accountability to anyone is a serious problem. And nothing gets done with respect to the occupy Wall street movement because the 1% are in charge. 

That is the theme in America and these corrupt congress members have convinced millions of minions, which make up the base of the Republican party, that it is in their very interest to vote for people like them, making referneces to Jesus, god and love for one’s motherland because those tactics always work.

I am not advocating for our leaders to be poor but based on the aforementioned and the non-existence of laws restricting Congress from behaving in such a manner and pretty much next to zero accountability on their part, I do have to question the extent to which those laws truly benefit the public that elected those officials.

When looking at a piece of legislation or law we take for granted and accept in this society as a given through the social contract, we often forget that those laws were drafted by a Congress member who, most likely than not,  is primarily looking out for his own interest. Yet we often don’t question those laws – from tax law to anything that is regulated by Congress really. W just obey them, no questions asked.

Remember laws aren’t written in a vacuum or by divine, infallible beings. Behind every law that you see, on the local, state or federal level,  sits a human being who has an interest and altruism and the greater good usually aren’t  part of those interests

A congress member’s primary irresponsibility  is to its constituents. Instead, it seems like Congress members are using their position as elected officials to line their own pockets.

I also have to wonder about the extent to which someone whose earnings and assets are orders of magnitude higher than those of the masses, can actually relate to the people governed. When you are that far removed from the people you make decisions for, like some sort of a royal in his ivory tower, how effective of a leader can you be? How much of their causes are you going to fight for ? How much of their struggles do you truly comprehend?

Rich people also tend to suffer from amnesia. Just because someone grew up poor, doesn’t mean that once they do make it they will relate or be charitable. Look at John Boehner. The man grew up poor, apparently twelve people in his house sharing one bathroom, and he is worse than Mitt Romney – repeatedly blocking legislation that would benefit the middle class in favor of legislation that only furthers rich people – and thus indirectly his pockets.

The Culture of Greed is the New American Dream

But isn’t that whole pandering to rich people and that wanna-be millionaire mentality exactly the problem in the US?  What everyone is encouraged to do? Not being rich has become a liability. And the get-rich-or-die-trying mentality has become the American Dream unbeknownst to most of those who dream it.

We don’t like non-rich people. Forget about the poor. They are a non-issue. We definitely can’t stand those. Just look at the streets in the US where the poor, who are often mentally ill, have been abandoned and discarded by society, roaming the streets like stray dogs, eating out of garbage and sleeping under bridges. We treat stray dogs better than these human beings.

But even middle class folks are not favored upon. Middle class seems to have become a mere transition stage for most people on their way to this elusive millionaire thing. John Steinbeck’s quote about why socialism never took root in American comes to mind, because “the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” 

Most people, even middle-class folks, don’t like middle-class. And being filthy rich, not just rich, is what has become the new American Dream.

In fact, the entire platform Romney is running on is that he is rich ipso facto he is entitled to the presidency.

Romney doesn’t actually like the United States and he certainly is not a patriot. Because a patriot pays his taxes, a patriot does not spend most of his life working against the United States by betting against the American dollar or siphoning his wealth off to offshore accounts to evade paying his fair share of taxes to the government that has provided him with the groundwork and infrastructure  necessary to be the man he is today.  In fact, he has worked so hard against America, that he doesn’t dare to release his tax records because they show a man who spent his entire life ruining the American dream for everyone – which was the creation of the middle class after WWII, not the creation of vacuous vulchers like him.

Yet Romney and that god awful callously ignorant wife of his feel entitled to this country as leaders  because he has money. He treats running for president like a hostile corporate takeover or a promotion – from CEO of a company to CEO of the United States. He doesn’t have any concrete policy proposals other than undo everything Obama did and that “being successful” ought not to be punished. As if capitalism was about stealing, which is how he got rich.

The Love of Money – A pillar Next to Jesus and Jingoism

There is a theme to be found here folks and that theme is called the unconditional love of money. This country is a lot about the love of money and every policy out there, or not out there, is because of this love for money and this wanna-be millionaire mentality.

As Marina Keegan – the late Yale student who tragically died in a car accident this past May wrote in her essay on the sad lives of Ivy League graduates that blindly chase corporate jobs even though they really have many other wonderful things in mind  when they first enter college as hopeful freshmen: “When I arrived at Yale as an eager 18-year-old, I had never even heard of consulting or I-banking. And to be honest, I still didn’t totally understand the function of a hedge fund. But what I do understand is that students here have passion. Passion for public service and education policy and painting and engineering and entrepreneurialism. Standing outside a freshman dorm, I couldn’t find a single student aspiring to be a banker – but at commencement this May, there’s a 50 percent chance I’ll be sitting next to one. This strikes me as incredibly sad .” 

It is indeed very sad. But the reason those kids feel the need to do exactly that is because we have created a culture of greed and money-above-all. Charity is not rewarded. Working for a non-profit to better society for everyone is not rewarded. Being an engineers to build bridges is not rewarded or lucrative. What is rewarded is greed and selling out: Kim Kuntrashian does it, and so does the US Congress. There is no difference. So of course those kids, after four year, end up with shattered dreams and then resign to it and follow the money.

When you live in a society in which every action is measured by the financial bottom line, from medical research to environmental protection, you create a culture of greed filled with narcissists thinking they have to get rich or die trying and that in fact doing so is a virtue. A  lot of people think that the American dream is about getting rich.

That is why in Mitt Romney’s universe people who aren’t millionaires are nothing but losers to spit on. That is also why his wife condescendingly referred to the voter base as “you people.” Ann Romney is too well-bred to call African-Americans “you people” in public, of course, especially after what happened to Ross Perot. But she obviously has no problem referring to other folks she holds in contempt that way. And she holds them in contempt because they aren’t rich – which is her criteria for success in and worthiness to life.

So with millionaires in charge of our country and the ongoing, all-encompassing corruption of elected officials – corruption that has become so widespread it is invisible at this point – is it any surprise that the United States is going down fast? Is it any surprise that the world looks at us in astonishment when they see our people show up to public hearings with assault rifles to oppose access to health care? Is it any surprise that unemployment is high? And the economy a mess? Or that some elitist, Mormon nut-job who nets a quarter of a billion dollars but who has never done a hard day’s work in his life, is running as the leader of this country?

Corporate raiding, mass-layoffs and tax evasion are not hallmarks of either a patriot, a person of integirty or a successful man who earned his riches. The operative word here being earned. And they most certainly are not the hallmarks of a man who wants to represent us.

We are no longer the subjects of our leaders as was the case hundreds of years ago – at least not in the way we used to be. We are slaves to money in a very high tech fashion – but we are still  enslaved. Nearly every politician is a multimillionaire while the overwhelming majority of those they represent lead very modest, wage earning, middle-class lives, about two paychecks away from destitution and definitely several lifetimes and dreams away from being millionaires.

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Tax Evasion is Unpatriotic, Mr. and Mrs. Romney

Republicans, but Americans in general, are big on patriotism. The platform that Romney is running on for president is steeped in classic Americana  of the “Leave it to Beaver” kind: mom and apple pie, the flag, guns, Christian values, and a lot of other things that evoke pride in and ask for devotion to the United States of America.

But devotion to one’s country also requires personal sacrifice for the larger good, including paying your taxes. For Romney to preach the Republican gospel from the top of a mountain while privately amassing a fortune by evading taxes is deeply hypocritical and unpatriotic.

Based on his track record, the only use Mitt Romney has ever seen in the government apparently is the extent to which it can be manipulated and molded to cater to the needs of corporations and the wealthy, at the expense of everyone else. Outsourcing jobs, which effectively means paying very little for labor overseas while at the same time depriving Americans of the opportunity to earn a living, is completely in line with the aforementioned credo.

Mitt Romeny’s past with respect to Bain Capital are at the forefront of the debate in this upcoming presidential election and campaign, seriously questioning his fitness to be the President, not CEO as he seems to think, of the United States. Swiss bank accounts and offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda for the purposes of tax evasion as well as his refusal to release his financial statements and tax documents seriously bring into question Mitt Romney’s integrity and most importantly fitness for the office of the presidency. They also seriously bring into question Romney’s alleged patriotism.

Furthermore, questions about Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital and the fortune he earned there have dogged the former Massachusetts governor as Obama and his allies have said the Boston-based firm shipped jobs overseas. Romney insists he left the company in February 1999 to take over the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, but documents suggest he was still in charge as late as 2001.

He actually retired retroactively at that point,” Romney adviser Ed Gillespie said. “He ended up not going back to the firm after his time in Salt Lake City. So he was actually retired from Bain.”

Yet there are documents that show his signature past the date he allegedly left Bain. A second adviser, Kevin Madden, said Romney had no choice but to have his name listed on Security and Exchange Commission documents as he sought to transfer the company’s leadership to partners.

The reason that there is a document that had … his signature is because, during that transition from 1999 to 2002 … there was a duty to sign those documents,” Madden said.

The exact role Romney played at the firm between 1999 and 2001 is important not only because critics have raised questions about his truthfulness, but also because Bain was sending jobs overseas during that period. For someone who is running as President of this country and who has been accusing Obama of outsourcing, the question as to his role in Bain capital, especially pertaining to sending jobs overseas while he was in charge, are completely and totally relevant just as questions about his personal fiances that show a man who has been working hard to doge paying taxes in the country that houses and supports him and his activities, are relevant.

No one is questioning Romney’s right to create wealth through private equity or by putting his money into offshore bank accounts. What is in question here are his personal beliefs and judgment and thus ultimately his goals. If Romney is going to stand on a platform of patriotism and love of country, siphoning off his wealth from American shores to save on taxes which the United States desperately needs is no way to do that.

It is disturbing to think that a potential president of the United States would consider it acceptable to direct money into offshore bank accounts in order to shield that money from taxes. Taxation, unpleasant as it might be, is the primary funding mechanism for our nation; without it we would be reduced to a wasteland of crumbling infrastructure, non-existent public services, and anarchy. Taxes fund most of our crucial public functions from road repair and public transport, food inspection,  to the police force, welfare, and even trash collection. Why then would a highly educated, politically conscious, and ostensibly patriotic Romney go out of his way to minimize his own share of taxes?

At best it shows a greedy mentality, and at worst demonstrates a disregard for the welfare of his country. According to a 2011 report from the California Public Interest Research Group, offshore tax havens cost the US government roughly $100 billion every year.

Romney’s general unwillingness to take responsibility for his actions and much less own them further creates a chasm bringing into question his already-withered-down-to-a-toothpick ethics and sincerity. Gillespie said Romney may have been listed as “part-time” in Bain after 1999, but that he had no role in the firm’s day-to-day affairs, a point the campaign has attempted to make repeatedly in order to separate him from Bain’s activity related to outsourcing during that period. Romney has said he left the company completely in 1999 when he started working to plan the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Romney: Dishonest and Unpatriotic

A couple of months ago I reported on the groundbreaking levels of dishonesty Mitt Romney had crossed. That was right after he took credit for the automobile industry bail out, even though he had been caught on record asking for Detroit to go bankrupt already:

If General Motors, Ford and Chryslesr get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye,” Romney wrote. “In a managed bankruptcy, the federal government would propel newly competitive and viable automakers, rather than seal their fate with a bailout check.”

I didn’t think it was possible for Romney to be any more dishonest than he already is, but what do you know: there is always room for more lies, shameless accusations that have no basis in reality and the kind of insincerity that makes politicians who have the ethics a notch underneath that of child molester, seem like a fountain of integrity.

So you understand that it is beyond hypocritical of Romney to be calling Obama out on alleged dishonesty when campaigning, accusing him of saying anything to win a second term and demanding he apologize for attacks on the Republican’s successful career at a private equity firm.

No, we will not apologize,” the president responded, adding that if Romney wants credit for his business leadership, he also needs to take responsibility – a word which apparently is not in Romney’s vocabulary.

Furthermore, if Romney has really nothing to hide and is in fact the person he portrays to everyone, then why not release his taxes? Why not disclose those financial documents?

The truth is that Romney has, in fact, a lot to hide. And he knows it. He knows that those tax records, unlike him, don’t lie and show a side of him he has been working hard to gaslight everyone into believing is not true.

Finally,  Romney should be the last person to accuse anyone of dishonesty when not only his entire campaign but in fact his entire life is based on deception and dishonest practices to accumulate riches. He is a liar and dishonest man who got wealthy taking over companies, loading them up with debt, driving them into bankruptcy and laying people off.  He changes his “mind” depending on who he is talking to and what he thinks they want to hear and he took undue credit for the car bailout – that turned out to be a success – even though he is seen on record opposing it. He is not a successful businessman, unless you call stealing from and bankrupting others while taking jobs overseas being a successful businessman.

That he has the audacity to accuse Obama of dishonesty or foul play is just another testament to this man’s not only minuscule mind but just sheer insincerity and greedy disposition.

No one is saying that you cannot be successful and wealthy in the US. What people are angry about is Romney’s complete lack of forth-right behavior and air of superiority. It is as though no one can question him. He  is running for President of this country – that runs on taxes – yet he evaded paying taxes for decades.  And every time someone shows evidence of a problem that seriously questions his fitness to be president, he says it is not true and that people should should just believe him. In fact, “take my word for it” has become Romney’s response to a lot of this nation’s problems.

He was the CEO, chairman and president of Bain yet he insists that he was not responsbile for what Bain did. And everytime anyone asks these relevant questions, he goes on the defense accusing the other side of begrudging him his business success.

It is apparent that Mitt Romney will will say and do anything to get the highest office in the land – even if it means demeaning the highest office in the land. And to add insult to injury, he and his useless mere figure-head of a wife pretend to relate to people who have to work for a living, trying to spin how the garbage policies they propose and which are aimed at redistributing wealth upwards, are in any way going to make their lives better.

Stealing and Bankrupting Others, Tax Evasion Are Not Hallmarks of Success

Mitt Romney is proud of Bain Capital’s “success” and feels that he and Americans in general should not be ashamed of  said success. However, if “success” means putting people out of jobs and outsourcing and forcing companies into bankruptcy for personal gain, as well as evading paying taxes, then yes, we all should be ashamed of that kind of “success.”  Amassing wealth through theft (of the white collar kind) and dishonest practices is not success or anything anyone in this country should emulate. The fact that a lot of Romney’s supporters, especially the middle and working class ones, think it is, is the truly disconcerting part.

Since Mitt Romney claims to be such a pious man of god who holds himself and everyone else to the highest moral standards,  I conclude this post by citing a verse from his very own holy book – which he apparently failed to take into account when making those “successful” decisions at Bain and then later as Governor of Massachusetts:

“To him whom much is given, much is expected.” – Luke 12:48

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Harvard Apologizes for Including Unabomber in Alumni Directory

Ted Kaczynski – Criminal

Unabomber Ted Kaczynski graduated from Harvard in 1962 with a degree in Mathematics. Harvard had invited all alums, including Kaczynski, to update their directory and so he listed his occupation as “prisoner” in the alumni directory and said his awards are “Eight life sentences, issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 1998.”

Harvard went ahead and published the information but the alumni association quickly regretted that decision and later apologized for it.

A stupid move when considering that Mitt Romney is an alum whose information, I promise you, won’t be deleted off the alumni directory.

Now before anyone jumps my throat because of the comparison let me elaborate: there are two kinds of violence in the world: overt violence and covert violence.

The Unabomber engaged in overt violence, directly costing the lives of three people and injusring 23 others.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand,  has for decades engaged in covert violence – through hostile take overs that have left countless people jobless with all the perils and consequences following such layoffs, including the loss of health insurance and thus ones health. I believe the latter can lead to death. Much like it did with Kaczynski’s victims.

Yet we send the former to jail and call him a psycho, we honor and decorate the latter as the American Dream in the flesh and have him run for the highest office in the country.

The Unabomber killed three people but how many people have suffered, and died, at the hands of Romney’s policies first as the governor of Massachusetts and of course for decades as CEO of Bain Capital?

An ad by Priorities USA Action last week featured former employee Loris Huffman, who was laid off after Bain Capital drove her place of employment – office supplies plant Ampad –  into bankruptcy. Huffman – who had worked at the company for 34 years before Romney’s actions left her with no health care insurance – stated that she thought that she was going to retire from there since she only had about two and a half years to go. “I was suddenly 60 years old. I had no health care and that’s scary. When Mitt Romney did that, he — he made — he made me sick“, Huffman stated in the ad.

Mitt Romney – Man of the People

And this is just one person speaking out. Imagine how many thousands of people had similar fates due to the actions of Mitt Romney as the head of Bain Capital. That does not even include his actions as governor of Mass; actions that were so irresponsible that they resulted in the state he was running to rank 47 in job creation.

How many people and families have suffered and lost their livelihood and health care, and with it health and maybe even life, as a direct consequence of Mitt Romney’s policies?

Yet he is a revered man and the Unabomber a psycho whose existence Harvard refuses to even acknowledge.

Two things to learn from this story:

1) Our priorities as a nation and as a peoples are skewed. We are easily impressed and swayed by outward appearances and labels and rarely look underneath to truly comprehend the nature and essence of what we see and what is presented to us. Overt violence is condemned  – and rightly so – but covert violence is wrapped in euphemisms, masking its true consequences, thus often going unnoticed.

2) Ted Kaczynski has a sense of humor.

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Stupid Things People Say: Obama is a Closet Atheist

In what was yet another speech full of lies and high class bullshit uttered in a world of his own, fiber glass coif Mitt Romney accused Obama of essentially being an atheist, stating that Obama wants to “establish a religion called secularism.” 

As if that was a bad thing.

But I must admit that I am pretty stunned that everyone is treating atheism as some kind of a  terrible insult. Being an atheist in the US ranks high up there with pimps or drug dealers.

Controversial billboard paid for by the North Iowa Tea Party

What’s wrong with this country? Since when has rationalism and a life based on knowledge and fact as well as a desire to learn and find out about the world we live in and our place in it from more than just the confines of dogmatic religions,  become an accusation; an intolerable liability.

The President has been called many things, from likening him to Hitler or calling him a socialist, but atheism has become a huge party favorite among the faithful members of the hate and bigot party, also known as Republicans.

It is utterly ridiculous.

If Obama is an atheist, he should be proud and he would certainly have my respect.

The United States is Not a Country Founded by Christians, for Christians 

Someone should brief Romney that atheism is not a religion, but that in fact atheism is the absence of religion; it is irreligion.

America is also not a Christian nation per its Constitution and while it protects citizens from persecution based on their religious faith, it does not allow for its integration into laws and legislation, which is exactly what Romney and Santorum have in mind.

Furthermore, nowhere does it say in the Constitution that anyone running for office, but especially the President, must be either Christian or religious for that matter.

Article VI, paragraph 3 of  the Constitution states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” In fact, the words “Jesus Christ”, “Christianity”, “Bible”, “God”, “Creator” and  “Divine” are never mentioned in the Constitution.  The only time religion is mentioned in the Constitution is in exclusionary terms. The term In God We Trust was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956 as an alternative to the original, and more appropriate motto of E Pluribus Unum – and that only to set us apart from those allegedly godless evil communists. McCarthy era anyone?

When the Founders wrote the nation’s Constitution, they made sure not to leave any room for religion to come back and make the claim of being the official, national religion, such as England had. Giving equal citizenship to believers and non-believers alike was a radical concept in those days and apparently it still is today.

The Declaration of Independence gives us important insight into the opinions of the Founding Fathers, who  were men of  The Enlightenment, not men of superstition, intolerance and Christianity. They had learned the lessons of humanity as it played itself out in Europe for centuries and vowed not to repeat those mistakes.

Thomas Jefferson wrote that the power of the government is derived from the governed. That is because up until that time, it was claimed that monarchs ruled by the authority bestowed to them by God. The Declaration was a radical departure from the notion that the power to rule over other people comes from god or anything divine. The Founding Fathers made it clear in their letter to the Crown that power they wanted in the colonies was to be derived by the people, for the people. In fact, escaping the corrupt oppressiveness of the church and religious institutions and leaders was he driving force behind the creation of this nation.

When I hear Republicans, including supposedly educated men like Romney and Santorum,  go on and on about how this is a Christian nation where somehow being religious and Christian were the required prerequisites to run for office – or do anything else for that matter, including creating legislation, it makes me cringe, because obviously this is a lie.

Mitt Romney is a liar.  Rick Santorum is a liar. Gingrich is a liar. Republicans are liars.

The truth is that if you are asking a politician to talk to you about his faith,  you are just asking to be lied to. And America has been asking to be lied to for decades now.

Another American Exceptionalism Bullshit Argument

Regardless of the facts and intentions of the Founding Fathers that laid down the law of the land clearly barring religion from playing any part in it, America – since its foundation – but in particular since the end of World War II – has been increasingly viewing itself as a religious nation entrusted with a special mission from god.

The only thing America is exceptional at is promoting ignorance and greed

The fight against communism – a philosophy always falsely associated with atheism, as if there was some sort of a causality or correlation between them – has further aided in entrenching religion deeply into our society, much to the detriment of rationality and rational people who have to constantly run around apologizing for their rationality and refusal to let fairy tales and anecdotes and the unfounded belief in a divine be used as the basis of governance and decision making in this country.

Ultimately, America’s self-righteous views, as well as the war on communism, have managed to  portray atheists as a godless enemy, a fifth column either for Satan or for totalitarian communism.

Ironically, religion in this country has never been a bigger opium for the masses, manipulating people to vote against their own self interest much in the same way fascists (i.e. the totalitarians from above) did, including in Germany in 1933 with the burning of the Reichstag and granting Hitler more power than an absolute monarch.

Imagine how much better things would be in this country if the President were an atheist…

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