My belief is we need to give people a path to legal status. “You pay your fines, you get provisional work permits, where you come out of the shadows, you pay taxes, you pay fines, you don’t receive government assistance, you learn English, you don’t commit crimes. Any of those things that you do would be a deportable offense.” Jeb Bush Feb 2015
Reforming immigration, a campaign topic that will again be a campaign issue in the upcoming 2016 presidential election. Jeb Bush’s statement above made while speaking to the Club for Growth in Florida. Bush’s statement is far from cutting edge. In Novemeber 2014 President Obama was making the same statement when he bypassed Congress, “If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the lawPresident Obama Nov. 2014. (http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/20/politics/obama-immigration-speech/)
Although not the same position on the subject overall this statement is the same. Make right with the government and all will be well. Both Jeb Bush and Obama believe illegal immigrants have an overall desire to come out of the shadows and pay taxes? Myself and I am sure many American’s struggle with the idea of this.
Immigration and the need to reform? If we do not enforce the plan we already have, why would we enforce a new plan? President Obama took executive action in 2014 simply because Congress would not pass any bill. Why would they not pass one? Because they lack character and more so fear voter rebellion.
So can Jeb Bush change the direction of the country, who has been wthout direction for the last twenty years on immigration? I would have to say NO. Big business wants cheap labor. Big business is getting cheap labor for the “jobs nobody wants to do” and MORE! Jeb Bush will not change immigration. And for that matter neither will any of the other candidates. The country is BROKEN not the system. The illegal immigrant can come to this country. Work for higher wages then they have ever earned. They also can get healthcare and, attend our schools free of charge. This the bottom line on why reform will not work. To the illegal immigrantthe system is working just fine. The businesses who make money off their labor, the system is working just fine, the same group who buys elections.
“Only God saves more then Bernie” If you are from the Philadelphia area you know that this slogan is tied to Flyer great Bernie Parent. The usefulness of it in regard to Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential bid? Well fellow Americans, Bernie Sanders will certainly need some divine intervention if he is to come away with the Democratic nomination. Sanders is a true underdog. He is not the parties choice, so the donors sure won’t be lining up to fill his campaign war chest. So where will the campaign donations come from? Or where should they be coming from?
The importance of a Sanders victory to the 99%. We are dying a slow economic death at the hands of the 1%. This will end quickly and not without mercy. That is unless “we” dig into our pockets, raise or voices and scream “we need Sanders!” Sanders has spoken out against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The trade agreement that will finish off the middle-class, and eliminating hope for those who want to be with us. No candidate so far has taken such a firm position against the TPP. Sanders also took his position against before he was even asked as a candidate. There are many issues to consider when selecting a candidate. But, none more important than economic survival for the 99%.
Educate yourself on the devastation that was the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA). Can we the 99% continue if another trade agreement that is equal to 40% of the worlds economy is signed? The shrinking middle-class, and the increasing ranks of those in poverty, have a life raft available. That raft is Bernie Sanders and I hope we will be saying, “Only God saves more than Bernie Sanders” in 2016.
Know your candidates and Vote Smart.
President Obama’s legacy, what will it be? “The first African American President”? Or “The President that killed the American Middle-Class?” The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement currently being negotiated that is closer to reality with each passing day. We have covered this in the past in two posts, for your consideration links below.
Briefly recapping the previous posts, the United States will be entering into this agreement with 11 nations from South America and the Pacific Rim. NAFTA on steroids is how it has been described, with the agreement 40% of the world economy will be wrapped up in the TPP. Again with promises of increased opportunity for American Workers in wages and job growth. (?)
The White House now desires “fast-track authority” from Congress to negotiate the deal which if it does approve will leave Congress with just an up or down vote on the agreement. We should expect a fierce battle from the GOP led Congress as they do support “free-trade” just not President Obama. If Obama get’s it done or not depends much on Congress. But with under two years remaining on his second-term we better get asking the question of candidates. As their answers might make 2016 THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIME. Where does Hillary Clinton and the GOP candidates stand on this issue? We MUST make this an election issue.
The long-awaited announcement has come, Hillary Clinton is running for president. This will be her second run at America’s top job. Clinton’s political experience, Secretary of State during President Obama’s first term (09-13). Senator representing the state of New York (01-09). And as we all know First Lady (93-01).
The question that I, who am loyal to the Democratic Party has, “What viable opponent will run against Clinton during the primary?” Vice president Biden has interest in a run but, he is not a viable candidate. Elizabeth Warren, a media darling who many would like to see run has not indicated she will. So who is left???
Clinton’s fall from the democratic machine’s good grace’s (and money) during her first run is a concern. My concern would be if she’s simply “anointed the Democratic candidate” with no competition. If so, it may be a shaky election day in 2016 running against the Republican nominee. And who will that be???? Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Chris Christie? None look like contenders today but we are a long way and a ton of money away from November 2016.
“I hear that train a coming, it’s rolling around the bend” The train? The soon to be Republican controlled Congress. What is at stake, the environment, health care, social security, Medicare, the list is potentially endless. When the blood-letting begins and the cries of foul come from the mouth’s of those effected STOP! Think for a minute, what could you have done better? Far too many people remained on the sidelines for this mid-term election. The MANDATE of the people, 33% of voters showed up to cast votes and the majority were REPUBLICANS. By their own hand Democrats will cut the programs and policies that they are endeared too.
Blame> Plenty to go around , from the lazy union worker who did not go to the polls. ( might they fall victim to a National Right to Work?) To the Walmart worker, who is the working poor in many cases. (repeal of the Affordable Care Act). And the senior citizen, who was sick of politics and couldn’t find the energy to vote. I myself, VOTED I was among the 33% who took out the few minutes to cast my ballot. I am also a voter is sick to death over the apathy and disinterest of our country. When will it change? Will it take a depression or collapse of the way of life as we know it? Sounds dramatic but it should be, think about what could and possibly will change in the near future.
To start, the XL-Pipeline is on the agenda to begin 2015. Recently voted down by the lame-duck Senate, it is coming to a vote again in January and WILL PASS. Crappy oil running through a pipeline to the Gulf. Pumped onto a ship and EXPORTED to third world countries who are not concerned about the air they breath. No the people of the United States won’t become energy independent. Big Oil will reap the rewards. (More on XL_Pipeline http://defenderofthemiddleclass.com/xl-pipeline-will-create-nearly-7-billion-jobs )
National Right to Work? The Right to Work Act landed in the backyard of labor, Michigan. The workers and voters there responded with Rick Snyder being re-elected? How is this possible in Democrat Michigan? Hell, New Jersey my home state voters stayed home and re-elected the blow-hard Christie to a second term last year. In Wisconsin, it will be more of the anti-labor, anti-middle-class Walker.
Lack of voter participation is not our only issue. The candidates are a bigger and more difficult problem. Who is really for the worker, the poor , the middle-class? Those who voted believe it’s the Republicans. Aren’t they responsible for the past 30 years and the income divide?
Governor Christie as head of the Republican Governor’s Association was in Iowa last week. Raising money and stumping for himself as well as other presidential hopefuls. Christie has yet to say that he is planning to run and this visit is not going to change his announced status.
The short of “why Christie cannot win a presidential election”:
1> His personality, Christie who has never apologized for who he is or to quote Christie “I am who I am” (isn’t that a Popeye quote?) His bluster, yelling, and his bombastic personality the main reason why he will not win a single primary if he runs. Iowa or any mid-west state has little interest in this style of management. With some, they blame that personality directly for Christie’s Fort Lee scandal. Taking that personality to the South and the Bible belt? Unless Christie plans to yell bible versus suddenly, his personality and delivery will be a hindrance to his campaign.
2> Christie the liberal? Living in New Jersey it was difficult to type those three words. But taking his record on the road, Christie is far too moderate on issues that are important to the Republican party. Guns for one, Christie only recently danced around and vetoed a gun measure. It had state Democrats up in arms, but even the Gun Right realize that Christie vetoed for presidential aspirations.
3> Fiscal failure> $1.57 BILLION reasons the Republican party will turn down Christie. Promising pension reform in his first-term, this amount represents his budget shortfall. Christie will avoid making pension payments to balance the budget. Kicking the can down the road in New Jersey yet again, Christie is no different then his predecessor Governor Corzine.
We are a long, long way from 2016 and much can and will happen. Names will come. Names will go. Christie’s name will be mentioned some more along the way. But when the name mentioning really matters, Christie’s WILL NOT BE HEARD.
With the last debate in the primary cycle in the rear view mirror, ‘who’s your pick?’ Money buys elections and Tom Wolf is sitting at the top of the heap heading into the Democratic primary.
Don’t believe the ads! While the low information voter might rely on them, we certainly should know that they are chock full of B.S. The attacks on Wolf, the most misleading, with the emphasis on Wolf “THE TAX COLLECTOR”, who allegedly raised taxes by 17% in PA. Wolf who worked under Governor Rendell was in fact the tax man, though not responsible for the proposed 1% tax hike, that was Rendell. But the emphasis in the ad, heck who likes the man with the label “tax-collector?” The other label appropriately applied to Wolf, “millionaire”.The way it is used in the ads, the same way used by democrats to frame the Republican Party. Millionaire equals EVIL, yes?
Whether Wolf is your pick or not, the ads against him are strong, pointed and with little accuracy. Why did we pick out Wolf and the ads against him? Isn’t that where all the focus is? Afterall, he is rich, has bought tons of ad time and he is way ahead. Putting him on the radar of Republicans for general election time. Low information voters, that is who put him in the lead in the polls, only appropriate they believe the nonsense against Wolf now.
The proposed legislation to increase the federal minimum wage has been shot down again. The Republican controlled Congress continues to block increasing wages for Americas lowest paid workers and ‘why’? Well the quote from Speaker John Boehner, ‘ America can’t afford the increase in this stagnant economy.’ Boehner is correct that America has a stagnant economy. The “can’t afford” is the dumb of his statement.
Our consumer economy can’t afford more purchasing power? This would be the end result from any minimum wage increase as the working poor would put directly back into the economy. President Obama’s statement after, equally as dumb, portraying the increase as if the poor would no longer be poor. In the end, the legislation on increasing the minimum wage is election year politics. Nothing more! A disgraceful display by both parties.
Time is running out on the debt ceiling with Congress and President Obama getting closer to a deal. Again, America is being subjected to last-minute politics averting tragedy. Well tragedy might be a little dramatic and I say this because of history. Never has America defaulted on debt, so it is safe to say the do-nothings in Washington will get a deal done. The deal? Extending the debt for six months or a year, temporarily saving America, punting the ball for another future potential tragedy.
At risk of change, Social Security, Health Care and revenue. Revenue being taxes, Republicans again will push for tax reform that will benefit business and the few at the price of everyone else. Reducing taxes what effect it will have on the bottom line? The rudimentary math is the country is running a $750 billion deficit, reducing taxes will drive this number higher. The answer to closing the gap, entitlement reform to include Social Security and Medicare putting the retired at risk and the future of many in peril.
The ridiculous statement that imply government is in the way is an oxymoron. Government is clearly in the way, creating events at a semi-annual rate, governing a few months at a time. But there is a long-term strategy and that is to move the remaining riches to the few, finishing off the diminishing voices of protest and create the two-class economy. Personal responsibility, when if ever will Washington be held to this standard? They certainly believe the poor and the soon to be poor (middle-class) need to be held to it.
Approval ratings,does policy have an impact on the numbers? One would think that the voter would measure leadership by their success. Employment, taxes, the overall health of the economy, a logical scale. But the tale of New Jersey’s Governor Christie and Pennsylvania’s Governor Corbett has them on opposite ends of approval. Both have enacted similar policies that have not had the same success. Governor Corbett has slashed spending to education, Christie has slashed education. Christie has privatized the states public television which voters seemed to approve of. Corbett’s attempt at privatizing the lottery and alcohol sales as not been met with the same approval. These are a few examples just to show their similar paths.
Governor Christie’s approval rating, a whopping 70%. Governor Corbett’s approval rating,stands at 36%
The nuts and bolts of Governor Christie’s economy, 9.6% unemployment rate, the highest it has been in 35 years. So when the governor spoke to the people of New Jersey in January (State of the State address), he mentioned unemployment and a jobs plan not once. Housing in the state has followed the same path as the nation, losing value. But as the country began to recover, New Jersey continued to decline and foreclosures have increased from last year to this year as well as 7.7% of NJ homeowners in foreclosure. The New Jersey economy is in shambles.
Governor Corbett’s economy is no economic boom but it is certainly better in regards to jobs. Unemployment in the state is 7.5% and on the decline. Corbett after slashing education has come back to add funding. Taxes, unlike New Jersey is not a burden for the Corbett Administration. Corbett has some of the same issues as Christie in regards to gun control and gay marriage, Corbett has not taken the Christie position, let the voters vote on it.
Just on unemployment and the overall health of the economy Corbett should be doing better in the polls. Christie’s near 10% unemployment, if it was all about the economy his approval would look more like Corbett’s. Is Pennsylvania voters smarter than New Jersey’s? Well they certainly can recognize that above 7% unemployment is not a success. Which leads me to Christie’s approval rating, it has all to do with personality and nothing to do with success. New Jersey’s voters or that 70% are STOOPID (with a Jersey accent). What can possibly change the mind-set of those 70%? Maybe we should listen to the politics across the river, they seem to have more on the ball.
In the aftermath of the Connecticut school massacre, the country has been the victim yet again of do nothing Washington. Since the shootings, the leaders of Washington have promised change. Others have taken their typical stances on protecting the Constitutional right to bear arms. President Obama has laid out a plan for change and through Vice President Biden have articulated what they believe is needed.
Through it all, FEAR of change has spurred gun sales, fueling gun manufacturer Smith and Wesson’s projected profits.(quarterly results to be announced today, expected to have tripled). The White Houses key proposal, background checks, could this alone be why sales are soaring? Or is it the gun advocates spreading the fear of bans? What’s the responsible response to the latest massacre certainly requires actual action. While the powers of Washington play politics the big business of manufacturing and selling guns is reaping huge rewards.
More guns on the streets, this seems to be the trend after massacres. What has actually happened after recent tragedies, plenty of shareholder profit, talk and lies. Hopefully this time words will become actions. If Washington has no real intent of changing anything, if they all just shut the hell up, they might keep some guns off the street.
Lies and deception, this is how the Republican Party and Mitt Romney have successfully moved many to believe that”entitlements” namely Social Security are bankrupting the nation. We have heard it now for quite some time and many voters have bought in to this belief. To pick on those who are collecting these “huge checks” would seem appropriate considering the state of current politics, so I will jump on the train and pick on those BUMS, SENIOR CITIZENS!
These lousy, self-centered seniors come in two groups, those who collect “HUGE CHECKS” and those who collect “HUGE CHECKS” and support Republican Mitt Romney.
Senior supporters of Mitt: First you must understand that YOU are WHO the Republicans are targeting, which apparently to know this is lost on you. Maybe the double-speaking Mitt Romney has you confused. It could be that you don’t recall how these crazy, over generous benefits have become as the GOP states, “too rich to afford”. So let us take a quick trip down memory lane…
Question #1: Under what President did the acceleration of borrowing on social security begin? That is when did the federal government begin robbing YOUR Social Security dollars for the federal budget. 1987 and that would be President Ronald Reagan. From 1987 to 1989 the federal government’s borrowing on Social Security went from $50 billion to $100 billion. This theft of YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY DOLLARS also coincided with President Reagan cutting tax rates to include the RICH! President Reagan’s budget, unbalanced running up debt as well, while your Social Security helped in pumping money into the budget.
Since the beloved tax-cutting budgeting of President Reagan, the federal government has never stopped in its mystical money moving. Now in 2012, the federal government “borrows” nearly $800 billion for social security,selling t-bills to CHINA!
To place blame on the people to include America’s wonderful senior population, what words can possibly come to mind? If we buy into this notion, then the word to label the American people and SENIORS would be IDIOT! BLAME and who to blame? The beginning of this event should be where it is placed should it not? Well taking that to heart, the blame lies at the feet of President Ronald Reagan and you do remember he was a REPUBLICAN don’t you?
If we can’t quite figure out yet what the hell is wrong with this country, we are obviously ignoring the obvious. In the news recently two politicians have made the news for their stupid decisions,”gaffes” or whatever label you would like to apply. The GOP, is now burdened with Senate candidate Todd Akin, with his “legitimate rape” opinion. Akin, who is ignoring the calls of resignation by his party, believes that the voters should decide in the fall.
In a totally unrelated Democratic scandal, we have Minnesota House Representative Kerry Gauthier, caught having oral sex with a 17-year-old minor at a rest stop. Gauthier admitted to police that he used Craigslist to seek out sex partners. With the legal age of consent in Minnesota 16, no criminal charges have been filed.
What these two cases have in common is that both as of now believe that staying in their races is the right thing to do for the country. “Let the voters decide” is the resounding theme from both. It would be hard to imagine that either would win their races but you never know.
Both are two perfect examples of politics as a career choice. The voters/constituents in both elections, who “will decide in the fall” have no meaning to either Akin or Gauthier. American politics have had plenty of scandals in our history. Many of times the politicians have been executed by the voters so we do have hope that the right thing will be done. In the end, the constituents in the districts of Akin and Gauthier have little option in picking their opponent on election day. And we are worried about voter fraud?
August 1, 2012 could go into the history books as the official start to the end of the Postal Service as we know it. Failing to make a $5.5 billion payment into its employee pension fund it shows the continued lack of action by Washington. We should have fully expected this non-payment considering the Postal Service’s recent $12 billion funding to keep it operational. While there are bills in the Senate and House both of which will require cuts in service, neither party seems to be able to come up with legislation that is palatable.
The future of the Postal Service is mired in politics as lawmakers attempt to protect their own interests. The larger picture seems to be lost which is JOBS and providing America with continued mail service. We all can understand that nobody wants to see their local post office shuttered. But the reality is if the do nothing Senate and House continue on this path we will be without any mail delivery at all and more than a half-million will be without a job.
So Mitt Romney wants an apology from President Obama? The truth of Romney’s time with Bain Capital is what the Republican candidate is upset over. If you believe the Romney camp’s version of what he did with Bain (allegedly a job creator) or not is not what has gotten my attention. For the record I am not buying his “great success as a job creator”. What is a glaring example of spin, is that Romney and his campaign cannot even get his dates of employment right. President Obama’s campaign through government records is exposing that Romney has not been all that truthful in pointing out he ended his work with Bain Capital in 2001. Romney has stated many a time that he left in 1999, when he took up heading the U.S. Olympic Games. This date “mistake” and this alone is glaring and was meant to deceive the public.
Romney advisor offers spin: “He actually retired retroactively at this point” states Ed Gillespie as he ended up not going back to the firm after his stint with the Olympics. Another advisor of Romney’s Kevin Madden has come on to further “explain”, “Romney had no choice as his name was on Security Exchange documents as he sought to transfer the company’s leadership to partners.”
The American public is expected to buy into the notion that Romney had no decision-making ability during this two-year period of “retroactive retirement”? If you or I was on a job search and we ALTERED dates of employment on a previous job what would happen if we were caught? WE WOULD BE DISQUALIFIED! This should not be a difficult thing to admit to unless you are trying to hide something. This is the bottom line and now that the opposition has discovered this FLAW in the TRUTH and is exploiting it, Romney CRIES FOUL. The job application, the first step in getting yourself hired anywhere. Romney’s application, FALSE!