Big Day For The Supreme Court

It’s a great day for someone today. The Supreme Court not only eliminated campaign contribution limits, but they also have declined challenges to gun control laws. I’m starting to think these guys in the robes are the real problem. They are really trying to stack the deck for their own party. I thought they were supposed to be impartial. BTW, I love this quote:

“With the ruling, we continue to chip away at the long entrenched status quo from the grassroots — a status quo that has kept challengers, better ideas, and new entrants to the political arena mostly locked out,” McCutcheon said in a statement. “Ensuring that citizens are able to contribute to multiple candidates or causes who share their views only provides further support to a system in which ‘We the People’ hold the ultimate reins of power.”

He’s actually trying to say the rich and privileged are the victims in this. Are you kidding me!? If your party is losing, maybe it’s because their ideas and policies are out of step with the rest of the nation. Maybe you should attend to that first. And once more, the Supreme Court makes a ruling that completely flies in the face of all sense and justice. I mean, they aren’t even trying to be subtle about it. They’re the ones responsible for this Citizens United nonsense in the first place. I really hate that thing. The name makes it sound noble, but all it does is give corporate America a blank check to buy the government and now they’ve opened that up even wider.

Get ready for the future people. A government that’s up for sale and guns for the mentally unstable. Woo hoo!

7 Days A Week?

Okay. This got my blood boiling. It seems Wisconsin Republicans Glenn Grothman and Mark Born have authored some state legislation that would effectively create a 7 day work week for retail employees. And guess what. They’re circulating this piece of legislation on behalf of the state’s largest business organization.

Think on that.  A bunch of overfed CEOs are gathered at the table in some boardroom complaining they aren’t making enough money. They can’t afford the latest Ferrari or they can’t add that eighth room to their mansion. Poor guys. Solution? Make the workers work longer hours. Squeeze a few more drops of blood out of those lazy, minimum wage  earning drones. Maybe that’s over dramatized, but basically that’s what is going on and the GOP is taking the side of the business owners. To hell with the little guys. I guess it’s better for them to make sure the little guy stays the little guy because if ever the day comes they rise up, the GOP is in for a world of hurt. It seems like these days the GOP is doing exactly that. They are doing everything they can to make sure those that are on the bottom stay there.

I say that the minimum wage workers of the nation need to band together and bang on the GOP’s front door and tell them in no uncertain terms that they are not mindless drones, or machines owned by these companies. They are not mere equipment to be used by their employers until they break down and are replaced one day. They are human beings with families and dreams and a desire to live their lives, not work in your stores/factories. They didn’t come out of school with the dream of standing on their feet for 8 hours  a day, 7 days a week, checking groceries until the day they died. They maybe wanted to travel to Europe, or simply wanted to raise a family. Whatever their goal in life is, they have as much right to pursue it as anyone else, but the fat cats above are trying to take that away now. Even that much freedom is too much to allow. Where the hell do they get off? I’ll tell you CEOs what. If your profits are down and you need more people working, get off your own asses and do it yourself! It’s your business. The responsibility falls ultimately to you. Pull all those vice  presidents you’ve got and get them out into the trenches with other workers. Fill in a few shifts yourself. You say you’re too old to be doing such work? Well, I’m certain you’ve got many employees older than you doing that same work, so spare me that excuse.

The corporate culture in this country has grown so lazy and shiftless. They want more profits, they cut their employees benefits or salaries or they just force them to work more hours. They don’t want paying for health insurance to cut into their profits, so they cut workers hours, and therefore make them ineligible for decent benefits. The corporate kings of this country are raping and pillaging us and we’re letting them!

The GOP fight for them claiming that a higher minimum wage would cost jobs and hurt the economy, yet at the same time all their policies have not only not helped our economy but have hindered it. Billion dollar companies don’t pay taxes while struggling families are forced to carry the burden. I have been paying attention long enough to know what’s going on. The GOP has chosen to represent a small portion of this country with all the money. They do this because who’s going to finance their re-election campaigns? For instance, consider the Koch Brothers. They have been pouring millions of dollars into GOP campaigns for congress and senate so that when their boys get in there, they will do what they want them to do, and they will do what they want them to do because they want their money. It’s a vicious, corrupt cycle that needs to end before our government becomes nothing more than a prop. Honestly though, I don’t know how much longer the Koch Brothers’ wealth is going to last if they keep dumping all this money into politics. It’s just about the worst investment you can make. Look at all the backers who hedged their bets on Romney. They lost big time. Bad investment. And a lot of those guys supposedly make their money investing money and advising others how to invest. Kind of tells you something, doesn’t it?

The GOP fight against school lunches, yet have no problem with their free meals. They don’t want affordable healthcare for the public, but have no problem with their healthcare packages. They make millions in the private sector, but still take their federal pay and then complain about all the money we’re wasting on education. It just seems there is a major corruption of priorities here. They live in their ivory towers like royalty and hold court over us like we should be grateful.

I know this isn’t going away. It never will. They right the rules and their first priority is naturally to protect their own interests. Although if a day ever comes that we can fix this, I say we take away all of their salaries. In the beginning, senators and congress people didn’t get paid at all. If they must be paid at all, they should have to earn the median income of their constituents, and if they make any money in the private sector, they shall be ineligible for federal pay. They must live in their districts and spend the majority of their time there. They should receive no greater benefit than those they represent. The certainly can no longer vote for raises for themselves. I have no idea how that happened, but that has to stop. Remember last year when Congress voted for a raise for themselves? A raise is an increase in pay as a reward for a job well done, but they didn’t do a good job. If they were regular employees, they would have been lucky not to get fired. When did we allow them to raise themselves up above us like this? They are to be for the people and of the people. Right now, they aren’t.

Yay For Hawaii

So now we have one more state in the union that allows gay marriage. It’s a slow crawl, but at least we’re crawling forward. Now, as much as I’d love to make this post all about the fantastic news, but I just can’t make that work. Despite the glowing news of today, there’s always  a little rain cloud on the radar and in this case, according to the article I read, that rain cloud is named Sam Slom. In the article I read, he was noted to state that he feels that states need to stop legislating marriage. Really, Senator? Really? Is that what you think? Is that what your party thinks? (Btw, he’s a Repub. Shock.) If that were the case, then this whole gay marriage debate would be done by now. If that were true we would have one federal law allowing marriage equality across the board, because, dear senator, by voting against the bill, which you did, you WERE trying to legislate marriage. The bill on the floor was opening up marriage to all, while voting against it was announcing support for clamping down and restricting it from a certain group. I realize there are a lot of big words flying around those halls, but that is what is normally considered legislating something. Allowing everyone to marry, regardless of race or sexual orientation, is also a form of legislating, but it expands and includes and makes the whole of society stronger. Also, isn’t legislating a part of your f#($*ing job?

Repubs are a kick. They say one thing and then do the very opposite and still maintain their righteousness, They dance around terms and semantics in efforts to not change their views, but rather to twist the world to fit their visions. They think they’re the smartest dudes in the room, but after the dust settles and the facts are in, there’s very little intelligence in what they say or do. I could list some choice moments in this realm, but I don’t want this post to be too long. Let’s just leave it at ‘legitimate rape’.

I know Dems aren’t innocent, but by my counts, they admit their mistakes and faults a lot sooner than Repubs. I mean, we’re still hearing birther crap from the right. In fact, most of their arguments for everything are pretty much the same as they were 30 years ago. Gay marriage will bring God’s wrath. Feminism will lead to the destruction of the American family. I’ll tell you what the real problem with the GOP is. They are made mostly of white, straight men and that is the one group in this country that has never had to fight for any of their rights. They had the vote. They had the property. They never had to rally for their civil rights. They don’t know what that fight is. They don’t know the value of those rights because they’ve always had them. In fact most of the time when I hear Repubs talking politics, their arguments sound as though they are coming from someone who has never been on the other side of the oppression. There are some Repubs within minority groups who do know tho, which is why it’s baffling to me that they are Repubs. How can you support a party that would just as soon throw you to the wolves? The only time they love the blacks and latinos is when it’s an election year.

Okay. Whew. Quite the rant again. Sorry. I just get fired up. Congratulations Hawaii. Welcome to the family and good luck with the forth coming legal challenges to your new law, because  there will be many but at this point, with over 15 states with gay marriage, I can’t see them doing any damage. Let the bitches throw their tantrum. Once they get beaten, they’ll crawl back under their rocks and vanish in time.

Shut it down!

Wow. It happened. They really did it. First day of government shutdown. As if things weren’t bad enough already, now this. I’ve been watching this drama unfold over the past few weeks and I have to admit I was a little surprised it came to this. Usually when the Repubs play chicken like this, they blink before going over the cliff, but I guess this time they’re ready to bring us all down in order to keep that black man from winning.

I’ll admit, I wouldn’t mind Obamacare getting delayed for at least one more year. I’m not quite ready to add mandatory medical insurance to the long list of bills I already have. For one, I would be needing a job to pay for said bill.

I’ve been watching the news this morning and I keep hearing the Repubs complaining that the Dems won’t negotiate and I don’t know where that’s coming from because from what I hear, the Dems are willing to negotiate, but since they won’t budge on what the Repubs want, that translates into ‘unwilling to negotiate’.

I’m hearing a lot of outrage over the salaries of congress and the president as well and I agree. Although, wasn’t a law passed last year that stated that if no budget is passed, congress goes without pay? I think they all shouldn’t get paid in the first place. Back in the old days, these jobs didn’t even have salaries. Some were non-paying and others were per diem. These days especially considering many, if not all, congressmen and senators have day jobs that rake in millions of dollars annually. They don’t need this money, yet take it and now that we’ve shut down, are they going to feel the pinch? No. They have plenty of money. They can afford to miss a few paychecks.

I’m more outraged by how this whole debacle isn’t even about what they say it is. It’s the Tea Party flexing their muscles and Boehner allowing a fringe group within his party to hold the entire country hostage despite the fact the president was re-elected on his platform which was predominately about Obamacare. The people wanted it. They voted for it, but these knuckle draggers are acting like little babies, kicking and screaming and basically flushing our economy down the toilet based on their biased and ignorant beliefs. It’s hard for me to argue this whole thing because as I mentioned earlier, I wouldn’t mind a delay on the healthcare bill, at least for a little while, but I do know that it’s already been helping people and I’m sure it will help millions more. I only pray this situation will resolve quickly because my only hope for any financial aid right now lies in the hands of the government, I’m afraid to say, and as long as they’re closed, so am I.