Politics by the people for the people...or is it politics buy the people?

Sunday

Democrats will look better in 2016 elections to voters

Hillary Clinton button 2016 election
Looking toward 2016

The first thing you should know is that I am a die-hard, bleeding-heart, left-wing liberal, and proud of it! So of course the latest midterm election was a disappointment. I’m not as disappointed in the results as I am in the way they were won. This past Congress had at one point a 7 percent approval rating, yet 91 percent got re-elected.

The Republicans, who now control both houses, were instrumental in shutting our government down. They cut security funding at our embassies, but blamed our president for Benghazi. They voted to cut funding for our veterans, but screamed bloody murder when veterans were not getting good care. They fight to take away a woman’s choice over her reproductive rights, but cut funding to help feed the babies that they force a woman to have. They fight against marriage equality, even though they may be, like Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi, going on their third marriage.

All I have heard is we need to “take our country back.” Back to what? High unemployment, unwanted wars, low stock market, soaring gas prices? But congratulations to the Republican Party. It won with absolutely no plan or promises. Party leaders should enjoy it while they can, because 2016 will be here soon and since you demanded instant results from President Obama, I am holding you to the same standards. And please have something else on your agenda other than repealing the Affordable Care Act and impeachment. You will lose on both accounts.

By: Bob Sirois

Wednesday

A lesson in voting - Get out and vote wisely...

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Our slogan shouldn’t be, “Get out and vote”; it should be, “Get out and vote wisely.”
I was a second-grade teacher. Just before Election Day each year, I held a mock election in my classroom. On the way to school, I would stop at the post office and get a picture and short biography of a man on the “most wanted” list. I would also have with me the picture of a humanitarian, whom I knew the children wouldn’t know.

At school, I would paste the two pictures and biographies on a piece of colored paper, and then cover it with a second colored paper, cutting out two squares so that only the men’s heads showed. Under one picture, I’d write “1” followed by the name “John Green.” Under the other one, it would say “2” and the name Bill Brown. There was also one referendum: “Would you like to have school on Saturdays?”After the class voted, I would lift up the outer paper and read the biography of each man. The children who voted for the criminal always expressed dismay. Some said they liked his face better. A few liked the color green better than brown.

Hopefully, they never forgot the lesson that one should never vote for a face or a name, but should always study the candidates and vote for the one who expresses their views most of the time.And, oh, yes, I never had more than three votes for class on Saturdays. And one of those votes was not my vote!


By; JOAN LAMSON

Monday

Brownback’s constituency is not the people of Kansas, but the Koch brothers and their ilk.

Kansas state flower- sun flower


The Brownback administration is in a time warp, trying to recover the worst in our past and to destroy our future.


In Brownback’s administration, Kansas ranks 41st out of 50 in job creation, with only a 0.7% increase compared to 1.6 nationally, and we lost 7400 jobs in December alone.Kobach’s and Brownback’s voter ID laws are among the most restrictive in the nation, in spite of a dearth of evidence for their need. They serve only to suppress voting among the poor and minorities.


The administration is intent on maximizing what they term “freedom” for everyone – meaning freedom from government involvement in guns and taxes and the like. But when it comes to the health and bodies of women, they feel it is time for the government to dictate morality.


In the matter of taxes, Brownback has reduced income taxes at the expense of sales taxes, which are the most regressive of taxes. Also, everyone, especially farmers in the “Big First”, is seeing substantial property tax increases as an offset to the income tax reduction. Taxes are not being reduced; they are being shifted to the backs of the middle and working classes.Brownback and his puppet legislature have gutted education funding in the state in a way that hits rural communities and minorities the hardest.


Craziest of all, the taxes we pay to the federal government are used in part to support Medicaid; yet Brownback, in his knee-jerk reaction against anything Obama, has rejected federal Medicaid funds that are needed to support our poor and our hospitals. Some will die as a result of that decision.In the latest assault on our freedom, there is now legislation pending to stop or restrict broadband internet implementation in the state. This will have the largest effect on underserved communities.Brownback’s constituency is not the people of Kansas, but the Koch brothers and their ilk.Additionally, every member of the Kansas delegation to Congress just voted against the Farm Bill for the first time in history.Brownback, Kobach, Huelskamp, Yoder, Pompeo and Jenkins all desperately need to be sent out to pasture.


By; Douglas McGaw

  1. Sam Brownback               Image result for Brownback
    Governor of Kansas
  2. Samuel Dale "Sam" Brownback is an American politician currently serving as the 46th Governor of Kansas. Wikipedia
  3. BornSeptember 12, 1956 (age 58), Garnett, KS
  4. NationalityAmerican
  5. OfficeGovernor of Kansas since 2011
  6. SpouseMary Brownback (m. 1982)
  7. Previous officeSenator (KS) 1996–2011

Saturday

Corruption and insatiable greed President Eisenhower got it right


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THE NEW HITLERHere we go again. The same corporate military industrial media complex that helped con us into a war in Iraq is working their magic. The American public, one of the most propagandizable and gullible populations in the world is tripping and falling over itself to the accept the new narrative that ISLE is the new Hitler, the new boogie man, the new “weapons of mass destruction” horror that will require massive open-ended military intervention and hundreds of billions of dollars for years to come. And take heed, shivering masses, Sen. Lindsey Graham said, “We’re all going to die.”

Wow, didn’t we just spend $3 trillion on the longest war in U.S. history that created the basket case scenario we now see in Iraq? And now instead of investing the needed trillions into a rotting U.S. infrastructure and creating millions of jobs we will be arming and throwing money at this week’s tribal faction flavor of the month that was our arch enemy last month, and on and on for a mission that no one understands. But of course the corporate contractors will rake it in and the chicken hawks in Congress who receive their enormous campaign contributions will continue to pound the war drums.

Woe to America. Eisenhower warned us 50 years ago about the corruption and insatiable greed of the military industrial complex and now it is even more entrenched and corrupt than ever.

By; Gerry Rempel
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  1. Dwight D. Eisenhower
    34th U.S. President
  2. Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander ...Wikipedia
  3. BornOctober 14, 1890, Denison, TX
  4. DiedMarch 28, 1969, Washington, D.C.
  5. Vice presidentRichard Nixon (1953–1961)
  6. Presidential termJanuary 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961

Friday

Doctor Follow Strict Protocols When Dealing With Ebola

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Ebola Workers Removing Child

The response of our government toward the Ebola threat is appalling. As a community doctor I think the measures taken by Washington are totally inadequate and unsafe. The lessons of the past (please see the book “Plagues and Peoples,” by William H. McNeill) show quarantine is the major role in dealing with plagues.
This must start with essentially no entry into the U.S. by individuals coming from areas of high disease burden. Stop the flights from West Africa. Quarantine people coming from that region for 21 days.
As to the hot spots of disease already here, health care providers should adhere to the CDC’s own guidelines of Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) procedures. This requires individuals coming into contact with sources of Ebola virus to use an air-supplied positive pressure suit and take a shower after exit. This is not possible at community hospitals. No amount of training of ordinary health care providers and use of equipment less than BSL-4 clothing standards will make handling this virus an acceptable risk. This virus does not allow for any errors.
It is obvious that “breaches of protocol” are not to be blamed on the nurses; it is a failure of the protocol itself. I suspect this protocol does not use BSL-4 methods. The CDC BSL-4 lab has been managed safely for a number of years. A weaker version of the protocol in Dallas did not work. Fix it!
By; Robert Carithers, M.D.

Thursday

Political food for thought on Presidents Trust

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Five President's

What people want to believe
Here’s some food for thought:
President Harry Truman, Aug. 6, 1945: The first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base.
President John F. Kennedy, April 18, 1961: I have previously stated and I repeat now that the United States intends no military intervention in Cuba.
President Lyndon Johnson, Aug. 5, 1964: United States ships were attacked today on the high sea in the Gulf of Tonkin.
President Richard Nixon, Nov. 19, 1973: I’m not a crook.
President Ronald Reagan, Nov. 13, 1986: We did not ... repeat ... did not trade weapons or anything else for hostages...nor will we.
President Bill Clinton, Jan. 26, 1996: I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.
President George W. Bush, Oct. 16, 2002: Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.
President Barack Obama, Sept. 9: Ebola is not a threat to America. Sept. 16: First and foremost, I want the American people to know that the experts here at the CDC and across our government agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low.
I certainly feel reassured and safe, don’t you?
By: Paula Burkhardt Rizzo

Saturday

Obamacare makes us safer from Ebola

Ebola scare highlights risk of no insuranceIn Texas, a man was diagnosed with Ebola after two visits to the emergency room with what was initially thought to be the flu.Twenty-two percent of Texans and 20 percent of Floridians do not have health insurance. Let's speculate on what might happen if just one uninsured person were to contract Ebola and, thinking he had just the flu, decided to wait it out. Let's also assume that he works in the hospitality or restaurant industry and has no paid sick leave, and he can't afford to miss a day's pay.How many people might be infected before it is discovered that he has a serious, deadly and contagious illness?

Wednesday

President Obama Thank You For Doing Your Job

Pete Souza, Official White House Photographer
Pete Souza, Official White House Photographer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thank You Mr. President!


Why is it that people can’t see all the good President Obama has done for America?

Is it because we have a Republican- controlled House of Representatives which from the day Obama was elected vowed to not work with him on anything? People need to understand that more than any time in history this Republican Party has used the super majority rule to block bills from getting passed in Washington

Native Americans “ethnic cleansing” and forced exile

Chief Sitting Bull
Chief Sitting Bull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Israel is defending itself

What do you think the United States would do if thousands of missiles coming from Mexico or Canada rained down upon Americans? Americans who live on land we did not get peacefully, or in many cases, ethically and honestly? Much of our country has been deplorably stolen from Native Americans, whom we subjected to “ethnic cleansing” and forced exile. If these former occupants were to mobilize against us, would we dutifully return our homes, businesses and the land which our ancestors stole, and hope the missiles would stop? My guess is that we would blow these enemies to high heaven.

Sunday

The GOP is hard to get along with.

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GOP (Photo credit: seasidepost)

Bashing the presidentWhy all the Obama bashing?It seems to me things are going pretty good now. The stock market is at a record high, unemployment is near 6 percent, housing sales and new homes are on the rise, construction of all types is going on, roads and infrastructure are being updated, health insurance is available to anyone who wants it (and affordable).

I do not know if President Barack Obama is responsible for all of the positive things listed above, but if these areas were not doing well, you can bet the GOP would be blaming the president.

Saturday

Rick Scott as a governor, he will be rated among the worst.

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Business and public good are sometimes incompatible

Government is about essential services; business is about profit. Business types have no “business” running government. That is the purview of elected officials.Government’s focus should be on solving problems, not on available dollars. The challenge is to find the resources, not cut the programs. It’s a different way of thinking and the best example of a failed businessman-politician is Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott.By “hook or crook,” he has become a very successful businessman. But as a governor, he will be rated among the worst.

Tuesday

Do you think your religious rights are being taken away?

The Intersection of Church and State
The Intersection of Church and State (Photo credit: Wyoming_Jackrabbit)
Some ‘rights’ trample others

In the First Amendment to the Constitution, you will find the “Establishment Clause.” It prohibits the government from passing any laws that imply an establishment of religion.
Since the 1880s, the government has violated the Establishment Clause through numerous polices that involve religion. Among them:
“In God we trust” on our money.
“Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Prayer in schools and government meetings.
Refusing to provide service to the public on religious grounds.
Bans on gay marriage.
Anti-abortion laws.

 
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