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Using bankruptcy as a tool for hostile takeover is right out of the predatory capitalism playbook. Wealth builders (not job creators) love to play this game.

The Congress is knee deep in this smarty pants biz strategy. The ongoing Political Fiscal Theater III is a manipulation of law, constitutional intent, and a media blitz that would have us believe we are in danger of some catastrophic financial event. Ironically, the economists I respect see this hostile takeover as just that. A disaster is being provoked and promoted as a means to an end game where monied interests have control of our government.

Even if you believe the government can do better, I respectfully request you contact your Representative in the House and tell them that America is not for sale. Make Congress work for US, not for campaign funders.

Find out how to contact your Representative at www.house.gov.  NOW. Thanks.

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Pork: poison pill or political payoff? Bad, either way.

The camera-talkers in DC often squawk-out for “an up-or-down vote”, but we (the people) seldom get the whole story.

“Pork”, the unrelated actions attached to pending legislation, is deadly to any notion of integrity or transparency in government. If some cabal doesn’t want a bill to pass, they attach contrary, expensive, or politically charged pork: the poison pill approach. If it is clear legislation will pass, many will attach opportunistic pork (that often benefits big campaign contributors): the political pay off approach.

I’m fed up with this barnyard mischief. I want up-or-down votes alright, for one thing at a time: the bill. Smarty pants law making must end if our current (creepy) Congress wants this citizen’s respect. Or, to be re-elected, for that matter.

END PORK POLITICS NOW. We might actually see something get done in DC.

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Bogarumba: frantic dancing to imaginary music


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I have used the term Bogarumba for 30 years to describe the private-interest mischief used to confuse, manipulate, and distance real people from meaningful participation in the American political process. So much more than “wag the dog”, it includes every known strategy to control the narrative so that we (the people) spin off in ungrounded debate – planting flags, taking positions, never to find common ground – while the narrative creators have their way with the law of the land.

Funded by a crescendo of tax cuts leaving mountains of money in the hands of the few and their pet lobbies, they have launched fake science, blocked research, and created an infusion of “common knowledge” that is based upon private objectives, creating a barrier to our solving old problems in new ways: the very definition of American ingenuity.

Before any reader decides this is an attack on one party or another, let me be clear that this is an attack on the influence of cash on this republic’s democracy, regardless who plays the game. This is a cry for first, Campaign Finance Reform, as a tool to get our elected out of the financial death grip of monied interests (allowing the elected to represent voters rather than dollars), and second, Tax Code Reform that properly channels American wealth into a legitimate form of participation in the American political process.

Anticipating our recognition of these barriers, well paid spin doctors have prepared a plethora of alienating talking points and logic pathways to keep us apart. Our only defense is for each of us to ask ourselves the simple question, “is there life after kool-aid?”, can we each describe to ourselves the America we seek, and then come together to address the multitude of issues we face as a nation?

I say we can. This is what the Coffee Party is all about.

David Brooks and Date Rape

New York Times columnist David Brooks told the world Monday that he thinks voting for a guy that has a chance of being accepted by the obstructionist, grid-lock Congress will reap bigger rewards than voting for the guy with all the ideas they work so hard to stop.

Isn’t that like telling your daughter that if her date wants more than she is willing to give, she should submit, and things will work out for the best?

How is giving in to the demands of the Stop-Obama-At-Any-Cost-Congress not like giving in to date rape? Or paying kidnaping ransom? Or negotiating with terrorists? Or at least giving your lunch money to bullies?

We try to teach our children to do the right thing even when it is hard. I don’t recall teaching my kids the fine arts of  sabotaging your opponent, then lying in wait to take their place when they or their followers have given up.

I will not reward the well established pattern of bad behavior in Congress, State Legislatures, or anywhere else by caving-in and supporting their chosen candidates.

Tax Cuts and Date Night

Parents know that when the kids begin to date, school nights are out and weekends are in. There are exceptions, of course, but we know that kids need sleep if they are going to try to learn something in the morning.

I say peace and prosperity tax cuts are just like date night: they should only happen when the conditions are appropriate. The continuation of these tax cuts during time of war and recession makes about as much sense as letting your kids go to a rave the night before their final exams.

And, as every parent knows, once it looks like the exception has become  the rule, you have a battle on your hands that you may never really win.

But when I try to be the adult in the room and point out the obvious about tax cuts (that the conditions are not right, and the exception has become the rule), you would think I was standing in the lunch line at school badmouthing the rave:  the “partiers” doth protesteth too much, methinks.

BIG Government Hates the Vote – So VOTE

If this republic’s democracy is a team sport, what is “the game” if it is to be won by disqualifying the players?

I’m afraid it has become more like a fairy tale. The wolf in sheep’s clothing, voter suppression costumed as anti-voter fraud, is the best example of the worst a Big Bad Gov has to offer: wasting tax payers’ money to fix something that isn’t  broken.

Here’s an idea: vote out the micro-managers (the trolls under the bridge). It’s like firing a bad boss!

VOTE. Vote with a buddy or in a group. Vote early. Use your phone to photo or video anyone who tries to stop you. Ask for names on camera. Call 866-OUR-VOTE for immediate help with state-specific details. (Be prepared by going to www.866ourvote.org now.)

Heck, yell to the crowd if you have to, “Can anyone help me vote?” and see if some hero comes to the rescue! If you hear someone yell out, at least yell back, “LET HER VOTE!”. (Let’s get this back to a team sport.) Don’t leave without voting, even if it is a provisional ballot. VOTE.

Do you think I’m crying wolf? I’m afraid this creepy story is just beginning.

Surplus-Based Tax Cuts in Deficit Times

Agree with Bush tax cuts or not, at least there was a budget surplus at their inception. Some wanted to pay down the debt instead….

But keeping the surplus-based tax cuts after going to war was like my deciding to buy a yacht after choosing to work part time! War without war tax (a first) was the beginning of the end of any meaningful budget or debt management in Washington, DC.

Private money has been spent on lobbyists, special interest groups, and candidate election funds, all intended to coax America to suspend financial reason for over a decade. It  has been expensive beyond belief, but the best investment the 1% could have made: they are over the moon; We the People are under the bus.

I am going to count to three. We will all wake up, feeling refreshed, and ready to end these suicidal tax cuts. One… two… THREE!