I remember seeing a TV program earlier this year about a small town in Michigan that lost it's Electrolux Plant (making
refrigerators) when it was outsourced to Mexico.
My reaction was: Let me get this straight. The Michigan workers who constitute the very middle class that can afford
to buy the refrigerators are out of work.The Mexican workers now building the fridges for much lower wages are not going to
be able to do the same thing - buy Electrolux product.
In outsourcing, Electrolux lowered it's market base by a small number of it's own workers and did not replace those buyers.
At this point, a labor-oriented boycott against Electrolux products in this country might have impact. Alas, labor-oriented
boycotts tend to be supported mostly by unions and the small number of Americans thoughtful enough and motivated enough to
think before they buy.
It seems to me that the outrage against this kind of corporate push for cheaper and cheaper labor goes way beyond the
stereotypical view of the need for unions. The market is not driven by a weekly stampede of millionaires to Home Depot, Wal-Mart
and Appleby's. It's the middle class that keeps those enterprises thriving day in day out. It's the middle class that purchases
far more refrigerators than the tax-cutted top percent.
Social Security: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
Thank you Rex Nutting - CBS Market Watch
As a matter of fact, by the time today's workers who are in their mid-20's begin to retire, the system
will be bankrupt. So if you're 20years old, in your mid-20's, and you're beginning to work, I want you to think about a Social
Security System that will be flat bust, bankrupt, unless the United States Congress has got ... the willingness to act
Hey there young people. Put down your iPods and MP3's and listen
to someone who's older and wiser cause I'm the President. Trust me young'ns ... you worry about buying, spending and
playing and I'll take care of what you'll have waiting for you when it's time to retire.
Since you don't really know
much about Social Security, I'll take advantage of your lack of knowledge and marginal interest and pull a little wool over
your eyes. You are supposed to believe that the same retirement system your folks are waiting for, isn't going to be
there. You are supposed to believe that Social Security is a government business that - if managed poorly - can and will go
I'm playing pretend here but I'm thinking you're too preoccupied with young people things to see through
that. Notice that although I'm talking to kids in their 20's , I'm using words and phrases that your junior high school teachers
used when you were 13.
I'm telling you that everyone who's "in-the-know" is smart enough to believe that Social
Security can go bankrupt. I'm the one standing behind the curtain. Don't pay any attention to those folks standing out
in the open and saying that by law Social Security could pay full benefits out of the general tax fund revenue.
no attention to those folks standing out in the open and saying that with no adjustment or tinkering Social Security will
still be able to pay around a minimum of 68% in 2078 when you would be in your 90's. GWB:
Most younger people in America think they'll never see a dime.Koolaid
the peer-pressure crowd. Don't you want to be among the majority of younger people in America that George thinks are
not as smart as he is?
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How much has the CBS News "RatherGate" controversy impacted your opinion of "Old Media"? | Take Back The News: "Rathergate
by ArthurRuger on January 17, 2005 - 1:07pm.
I remember Dan Rather as the reporter who stood eye-to-eye to Nixon and we all watched as Nixon was the first to blink.
Later, the 'Rather' mode seemed to have morphed into some sort of gentle and tender 'nice guy' mode that looked entirely
cosmetic. He came across almost like a warm and refined version of a greeter at Walmart and I stopped watching him.
Post 9/11 and Iraq-invasion, I began to sense in Rather some of the old tiger of the 1970's. I felt like I was picking
up on his conscience and his unrest with having to work under a muzzle or gag order that was leaving him disgusted.
The night of the fateful 60-Minutes broadcast I said to myself, 'Perhaps Rather is sending Bush a message from the old
Burt Lancaster movie: Tell them Valdez is coming!' The old gunfighter strapping on his past uniform and going against the
muzzle and intimidation.
Not to be. The ultimate action was a rejection of the more important part of the story which was true. Questions raised
remain unrefuted and undenied. The verification used on that program unfortunately was not.
Rather is back on my A list in terms of regard as a journalist who harkens back to challenging 1970's politicians. With
Rather gone - booted out of the saloon by proprietors driven by fear and greed - we've seen the last of the legitimate hard-nosed
Don't ya love all these Republican moral values demonstrating themselves?
"We won the election because we stand for moral values! Why we're so moral we're going to let Mr. Delay keep delaying and
cancelling the really good things in America while that no-moral-value Texas DA persecutes Tommy's righteous stealing of American
And don't ya just love those moral-value believers who think keeping us safe from gay weddings is more important than the
morality of war-deaths, collateral war losses and the deaths of Iraqi civilians, men, women and children?
I can hear Falwell and Robertson - the new Pharisees - right now ...
"We're pro-life! We're anti-abortion! We don't think that killing a pregnant Iraqi mother is the same pro-life issue as
anti-abortion in this country. Besides, she's not Christian and God only cares about the unborn babies of Christian women!"
And with a majority in both Houses, can't you just hear those born-again Republican Fundamentalist's?
"We aim to exercise DOMINION over this planet just like God told Adam and Eve in the Garden. 'Have dominion over the earth,'
God said. That means that we are to exploit the earth all the way to its death. Where lillies grow in fields, God wants us
to clear out the flowers and drill for oil. Where there are fish in the water, God means for us to poison the water in the
name of Holy Unfettered Capitalism and the fish can fend for themselves."
"We believe in consuming all things. God didn't want us to learn to fish, he just provided the fish for our consumption.
God didn't want us to learn to farm, he just wants us to take and eat without replenishing. Replenish means more people, it
doesn't mean tending the garden of Earth."
"You know why, Brother? Because the End Times are near. The state of the earth doesn't matter at all. Jesus is going to
come and take us righteous out of the mess we've made. You can do what you want after we're gone!"
To those elected and claiming a mandate and to those who voted for them I say ... Support your War President now!
Put your money and resources right up there with your moral voices. Say no more to me until you have signed every one of your
children up for the military. No excuses!!!
Neocon Global Agenda?
Are we ever going to openly discuss the checks the neocons are writing that will have to be paid for in blood by our
children? Do we need to impose, via our military might, a Pax Americana on the world? Or can we forget our arrogance long
enough to realize that America owns no monopoly on what defines freedom and the "highest and truest form of government based
on pure and unchecked capitalism?"
Publisher, The American Choice online political journal
Stay the Course?
Do we need instead to "amend" a policy that has worsened our problems with health coverage, employment, equality, environment,
home ownership, national indebtedness and the idea that corporate generosity and an altruistic wealthy class is going to suddenly
take actions for the highest good of all concerned?
Arthur Ruger Publisher, The American Choice online political journal
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The War on Terror?
Did the nation or a majority of its representative leadership coin the phrase "war on terror" and author the idea that
this "war" is nothing less then the equivalent of America's military objective in both world wars? Is the administrations
"war on terror" using America's military resources against global terrorists in the same manner Eisenhower and company used
our resources to invade Europe on D-day the best way to confront terrorism?
Taxes - the Devil in the Details
Ain't the economic power
of our government expressed by taxin and spendin?
Don't it look kinda dopey ta stand up and ask "How ya gonna pay for
it?" after ya cut back the revenues all by yerself? Ain't ya assumin that if yer opponent is elected, he'll be stuck with
not undoin yer own economic decisions that past 4 years?
Less taxin and less governin ain't the sum and total answer
all by itself. Yer blowin hard ta tell me ya want less taxin and less governin but then ya gussy yerself all up as knowin
best where the less taxes and less government ought to be.
And nothin gits better fer me, fer ma wife, fer ma kids
and grandkids. I don't give a rat's behind about whether or not ya think yer helpin us by making it harder ta make ends meet.
Rooney is right. One less battleship, and 20 less military planes, and 1000 less tanks'd be a good start fer divertin the
taxin to better use.
Ya keep up this dopey stuff and they'll have to put the presidential bust of you right next to
Mr. Hoover. And we'll remember ya that way no matter whether Mr. Robertson thinks God's blessin is on the emperor.