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SHAME ON SAM JOHNSON! TWICE HE VOTED AGAINST 9/11 HEROES!

September 30, 2010 in Campaigning

HERE’S A PIE FOR SAM JOHNSON’S PIE HOLE.  HE CLAIMS HE IS A HERO.  SOME HERO!

Help elect a real hero of the people.  Go to John Lingenfelder’s website (Johnson’s Democratic opponent) and help Lingenfelder retire Sam Johnson by signing Johnson’s retirement card and contributing as much as you can to John Lingenfelder’s campaign. HELP RETIRE REPUBLICANS LIKE SAM JOHNSON WHO VOTE AGAINST HEROES.

Please contribute and ask everyone you know to post this on their Facebook wall.  Even if you can only give $10 you can help defeat Republican cowards like Sam Johnson

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Sam Johnson doesn’t have any qualms about playing his 50 year old hero card every single election over the past 20 years but when it comes time to vote for heroes of this century he is the typical self-serving stingy me-first rich Republican.  SAY NO TO THE PARTY OF NO!

You are no hero Sam Johnson!

Voting for the second time on the measure, the House of Representatives approved by a 268-160 vote Wednesday a $7 billion health bill for first responders who fell ill at the World Trade Center site, more than nine years after the September 11th terrorist attacks. The vote was 268 to 160, with 17 Republicans joining Democrats in support of the bill. Opposing the measure were 157 Republicans and three Democrats.

The House first failed to pass the bill with a two-thirds majority in July and Sam Johnson voted against the bill then but the latest passage only required a simple majority.

Republicans attempted to derail the vote on the legislation by trying to send it back to committee for amendments. That effort failed, and the bill was passed without amendments.

Supporters said the aid was critical for first responders at the World Trade Center site who grew sick after they were exposed to toxins released after the collapse of the Twin Towers.

“This is not a New York issue, our nation was attacked and those who are suffering come from all 50 states, and 428 of the 435 congressional districts nationwide — nearly every member of Congress — has constituents who lost their health because of the attacks,” said Democratic Manhattan-Queens Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, one of the bill’s sponsors.

“The EPA, despite ample evidence to the contrary, kept falsely proclaiming that the air was safe to breathe. It wasn’t,” said Democratic Manhattan-Brooklyn Congressman Jerrold Nadler, another sponsor of the bill. “The terrorists caused an environmental catastrophe but the federal government compounded the damage by telling people that the environment was safe when it wasn’t, and now thousands of people are sick and in need of special care. We have a moral obligation to treat those who became ill, and that’s what this bill is all about.”

“The toxins are in their blood. All of that now is coming forward,” said Republican Long Island Congressman Peter King, another sponsor of the bill. “You see people in the prime of life — 40, 50 years old, people who run marathons, people who were in the peak of shape — dying slowly in front of us.”

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    NOT EVERYONE HAS BOUGHT THE KOCH-SPONSORED TEA PARTY CLAPTRAP

    September 29, 2010 in Class War

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    Not everyone is sitting around with glazed eyes glued to Fox News watching intently as their corporate propaganda turn corporations into people and people into commodities while telling us that up is down and down is up like some Orwellian nightmare brought to life on Main Street in the 21st Century.  There are some of us out there who are taking to the streets in a real grassroots movement–unlike the fake Koch brothers John Birch Society corporate-sponsored Tea Party Movement.

    From “Our World is Not for Sale“:  “People are joining  protests now against the G20 Summit, which will be held in Seoul, South Korea from November 11 to 12. As you know, the G20, originally formed to respond to the global financial crisis, is attempting to set itself up as the authority responsible for directing the world economy and defining world governance.

    While completely excluding most nations from decision-making, the G20 is attempting to make the world ‘safe’ for neo-liberal capitalism by forcing emerging economies to shoulder part of the burden of the crisis, promoting trade and investment liberalization dressed up ‘in new robes’, negotiating weak financial reforms that largely allow financial speculation to go on unchecked, and reviving the ailing IMF and other IFIs. This agenda is being pursued despite the fact that neo-liberal capitalism is clearly a failed model, which only increases poverty and inequality around the globe.”

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    YES, THE NEO-LIBERAL ECONOMICS ON WHICH THE REPUBLICAN PLATFORM STANDS IS BROKEN TO THE CORE AND DOES NOT WORK EXCEPT FOR A VERY FEW AT THE VERY TOP.

    Ever since Ronald Reagan the cheerleaders for the rich (and that includes Bill Clinton as well as Reagan, and both Bushes) have been pushing their neoliberal capitalism on the world.

    THE ONLY PEOPLE IT SERVES ARE THE RICH.  And once again, here is that broken platform.  Remember that if you vote for any Republican (and even a few of the Democrats) this is what  you are supporting:

    CORNERSTONES OF THE FAILED RIGHT-WING ECONOMIC IDEOLOGY

    In addition to the healthcare system another system that is broken is the right-wing conservative economic neo-liberal ideology that includes:

    1. THE RULE OF THE MARKET. Liberating “free” enterprise or private enterprise from any bonds imposed by the government (the state) no matter how much social damage this causes. Greater openness to international trade and investment, as in NAFTA. Reduce wages by de-unionizing workers and eliminating workers’ rights that had been won over many years of struggle. No more price controls. All in all, total freedom of movement for capital, goods and services. To convince us this is good for us, they say “an unregulated market is the best way to increase economic growth, which will ultimately benefit everyone.” It’s like Reagan’s “supply-side” and “trickle-down” economics — but somehow the wealth didn’t trickle down very much.
    2. CUTTING PUBLIC EXPENDITURE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES like education and health care. REDUCING THE SAFETY-NET FOR THE POOR, and even maintenance of roads, bridges, water supply — again in the name of reducing government’s role. Of course, they don’t oppose government subsidies and tax benefits for business.
    3. DEREGULATION. Reduce government regulation of everything that could diminish profits, including protecting the environment and safety on the job.
    4. PRIVATIZATION. Sell state-owned enterprises, goods and services to private investors. This includes banks, key industries, railroads, toll highways, electricity, schools, hospitals and even fresh water. Although usually done in the name of greater efficiency, which is often needed, privatization has mainly had the effect of concentrating wealth even more in a few hands and making the public pay even more for its needs.
    5. ELIMINATING THE CONCEPT OF “THE PUBLIC GOOD” or “COMMUNITY” and replacing it with “individual responsibility.” Pressuring the poorest people in a society to find solutions to their lack of health care, education and social security all by themselves — then blaming them, if they fail, as “lazy.”

    Around the world, neo-liberalism has been imposed by powerful financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. It is raging all over Latin America. The first clear example of neo-liberalism at work came in Chile (with thanks to University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman), after the CIA-supported coup against the popularly elected Allende regime in 1973. Other countries followed, with some of the worst effects in Mexico where wages declined 40 to 50% in the first year of NAFTA while the cost of living rose by 80%.

    You want to know why we had millions of displaced persons from Mexico to migrate to the USA from 1994 to 2000?  Look no further than NAFTA.  This happens all over the world when unfair trade agreements are enacted.  People migrate in order to survive.  They become displaced persons.  In countries like Colombia, they migrate to the large urban areas of Colombia and become beggars.  Since 2000 until today, however, the population of displaced persons in the USA has declined by slightly over 1 million people due in great part to the worsening economic conditions in our own nation as we slide into position as what we once referred to as a Third World country.

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      You want examples of Republican leadership? Look no further than the state level!

      September 28, 2010 in Class War

      The state of Texas has had nothing but Republican leadership since 1994 when Bush was elected the 46th Governor .  Of course in 2000, before he had even served out his first term as governor, Bush like Sarah Palin, deserted his obligations to the people who elected him and jumped on the bandwagon headed for greener and more lucrative pastures for him.  At that time he handed over the reigns to his protege Rick Perry who has since carried on the assault of Texans that was started by George Bush.

      Here we are nearing then end of a 15 year rule by Republicans and what do Texans have to show for it?  A WHOLE LOTTA NOTHING!

      Update 2009.
      It’s not getting any better in Texas. Texas still has the highest insurance rates in the nation, electricity deregulation has failed prompting lawmakers to stop deregulation in some areas of the state. College tuition has doubled again prompting lawmakers to freeze rates in a emergency move. We still rank #1 in children without health insurance, #1 in air pollution, #1 in teen pregnancy, #1 in population without health insurance, and it just gets worse.

      The report Texas on the Brink is provided by State Senator Shaphleigh out of El Paso.  READ IT.  THEN ASK YOURSELF:  CAN YOU REALLY AFFORD TO VOTE REPUBLICAN THIS YEAR?

      Not if you earn less than $180,000 a year you can’t.

      It IS the economy stupid and the Republican Party is NOT on your side!

      When they say “tax cuts” please remember they are talking hundreds of thousands of dollars for the rich and pennies for you.  When they say “tax cuts” they mean less for public education, bigger potholes in the roads, crumbling levees, and more of a whole lotta nothing for the majority.

      You do not belong to the Republican’s country club and  you never will so I hope that this year Texans are smart enough to stop voting for the enemy and start voting for people who are on your side.  They don’t care about public education. Why should they?  They can afford to send their kids to private schools.  They don’t care about potholes in the roads.  They can afford to pay the toll ways on privatized roads PLUS they also reap the added benefit of increased dividends as many of them own stock in the companies that get the government contracts paid for by your tax dollars to build these private roads and then charge you money to drive over them.

      Of course these people want to make the government out as the enemy.  The government IS the people and we ARE their enemy.  BUT PLEASE REMEMBER:  WE OUTNUMBER THEM.  AND EVERYONE GETS ONLY ONE VOTE—EVEN THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES ONLY HAVE ONE VOTE.

      IT’S TIME FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF TEXAS TO STOP ACTING LIKE THEIR MOMMAS RAISED FOOLS!

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        Colombian “Democracy” at work as Government removed Senator and Human Rights Defender: More bully tactics from Right-Wing Liars

        September 28, 2010 in Colombia

        Colombia’s Attorney General Alejandro Ordóñez Maldonado today  he was firing opposition Senator Piedad Cordoba from the nation’s Congress, barring her from public service for 18 years.

        Sen. Piedad Cordoba, a member of the country’s Liberal Party and an outspoken critic of the government’s drug war policies, was dismissed for allegedly aiding members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerrilla group (FARC in Spanish initials). Soon after the supposed discovery of the electronic equipment, the government’s official line on the raid kept changing.  The number of computer disks found fluctuated. Colombian law enforcement authorities admitted to handling the disks before they were given to INTERPOL for inspection. There was no actual proof of where the computers came from, who they belonged to, or who put the documents on to the disks.

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          The Senate weasels out of three bills at once–a new record.

          September 27, 2010 in Congressional Antics

          Well, I suppose the weasels have a way for worming out of not voting for the D.R.E.A.M. Act. It was one of several amendments tacked on to a defense spending bill that the Senate voted on Tuesday, Sept 21st. The bill also included the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

          Those in heavily populated Hispanic districts can say: “Gee I would have but there was that gay provision. . .”

          Those in moderate to liberal areas can say: “Gee I would have voted for the Gays and the Hispanics but I just couldn’t vote for more money for war.”

          Those in extra conservative areas can say: “Gee I hated to let our war contractors down, but I couldn’t vote for illegal immigrants and homosexuals.”

          Has our Senate become a joke or what? If they think that they are not obvious, then they are wrong.

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          MORE ABOUT THE DREAM ACT It would cover children who immigrated with their parents at a young age and who have spent most of their lives in the United States. Its provisions would offer citizenship to young adults who have been in the country for more than five years, arrived before the age of 16 and have graduated from a U.S. high school, provided they commit to two years of university education or military service.

          The Supreme Court ruled in 1982 that illegal immigrants are entitled to free education from elementary through high school — a ruling that paved the way for future reform but created a glut of educated, successful high school graduates with nowhere to take their degrees.It is not like these young people have been “illegally” enrolled in our schools as some incorrectly assume. These estimated 65,000 high school graduates a year (according to U.S. News & World Report) are stuck in limbo, awaiting further legislation, avoiding arrest, treading water. These young people have nowhere to go–literally!

          To send them to Mexico would be as analogous for many as it would be to banish a 20 year old American citizen to Mexico who last was there when he/she was two years old. What the heck would they do in Mexico?

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            The Tea Party Bunch are nothing but Republicans on Steroids

            September 26, 2010 in Class War

            Those who think that the Tea Party is some new “grass roots” movement from the people need to start drinking water and not the kool-aid dished up by the Koch brothers.  The Tea Party is nothing more than Republicans on steroids.  These are people who instead of rebuilding their broken right-wing ideology are head bangers who tell us that if we just bang our heads harder against the brick wall of failure that their ideology will somehow work.

            Those who think that these people are for Main Street and the working class,  need a serious lesson in reality. These are people who are so wrapped up in “being right” that they applaud when America loses jobs.  That’s correct.  In October of 2009 when International Olympic Committee’s rejected the USA bid to host the Olympics here in 2016–a loss of thousands of jobs for Americans and billions to our economy, these nut jobs actually cheered!

            These people are anything but the patriots that they think they are. Upon being informed of the news, a gathering of conservatives at the Americans For Prosperity — one of the main organizing groups behind the tea party protests — erupted in applause. They cheered once more after they were told that Chicago had been eliminated during the first round of voting. The moment was captured on video (below) and reported by Hotline On Call.

            Americans for Prosperity should be renamed:  “Americans for the Prosperity of Koch Industries and the Koch Brothers” because that is who they represent and not the majority of the American people.

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              Keep your religion to yourself and out of my government

              September 25, 2010 in Class War, Culture

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                John Lingenfelder has the respect of the Majority

                September 25, 2010 in Class War

                John Lingenfelder does not take the people in his district for granted.  I realized that as I walked one of the far reaches of the Third U.S. Congressional District, Hamilton Park, a black community,  with John on Friday.    I asked all the people on whose door I knocked if in the 20 years that he has been in office had Sam Johnson ever come knocking on their doors asking for their votes.  Out of the fifty homes that I visited, not a single voter could tell me that they had ever even seen Sam Johnson, much less had him knock on their door and ask for their votes.

                John Lingenfelder takes the time to walk the neighborhoods and talk to and listen to the people himself and that is why John Lingenfelder is going to replace Sam Johnson.  John Lingenfelder will not vote to cut Social Security.  John Lingenfelder knows that immigrants are what make our nation strong.  John Lingenfelder believes in equal pay for equal work–unlike Sam Johnson who voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act. John Lingenfelder thinks that it is a national disgrace that Sam Johnson has served in the US House of Representative for 20 years and NEVER enacted a single piece of legislation.

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                John Lingenfelder will represent ALL people not just the “have mores” and that is why John Lingenfelder is  my hero and not Sam Johnson.

                Speaking of heroes, John would have supported the bill to provide medical assistance for the 9/11 First Responders and not voted against it as “hero” Sam Johnson did.  The 9/11 First Responders are heroes and they deserve better treatment that what Sam Johnson gave them.

                And speaking of supporting small businesses, if John Lingenfelder had been your Congressman this week, he would have voted for the bill to help Small Businesses that all but one  Republican including Sam Johnson voted against.

                Sam Johnson says he is a hero, but he doesn’t support them with his vote.

                Sam Johnson says that he supports small business but he doesn’t support them with his vote.

                IT’S TIME FOR JOHN LINGENFELDER!

                GO TO JOHN’S WEBSITE AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE RETIREMENT OF SAM JOHNSON!

                WWW.RETIRESAM.COM

                TWENTY YEARS OF DOING NOTHING FOR THE MAJORITY IS ENOUGH!

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                  The minority and working class base in the Third US Congressional District of Texas are energized and they are voting in November!

                  September 25, 2010 in Class War

                  The Senate’s recent vote against the DREAM Act has energized the Hispanic voters in the Third District.

                  Some Republicans in Collin County smugly dismiss the Hispanic vote, but someone needs to remind them that the Third US Congressional District contains many more thousand voters than just those who live in Colllin County.  They ignore the Garland voters but they won’t after this election–not when it comes to national offices.

                  The racial makeup of the Garland which includes a large portion of the Third US Congressional district  has 41.87% White, 10.27% African American, 0.60% Native American, 7.35% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 11.99% from other races, and 2.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 45.58% of the population.

                  IN OTHER WORDS FOLKS, ABOUT 59% OF THE POPULATION ARE HISPANIC, AFRICAN AMERICAN OR ASIAN. and of the 41% white, many of them are middle class Democrats.  Do you really think that these people will be voting for a man like Sam Johnson with his anti-immigrant attitudes, a man who threatened to “nuke” Syria?

                  As for Collin County, those demographics have changed as well since the last election, even from two years ago. 7.2% of the county are African Americans.  10.2% are Asian and 12.8% are Hispanic.  Over 30% of the population of Collin County are minorities and not all of the 81% white will be voting Republican.  This isn’t about race–as much as the Republicans and Tea Party bigots try to make it that way.  It is about CLASS–those of use who have to work for a living versus those who live off the labor of others.

                  Do the math.  WHO SAYS THAT DEMOCRATS CAN’T TAKE OVER COLLIN COUNTY!

                  If the Republicans in Collin County keep acting like such horses asses, the Democratic base will be totally energized and they will take over.

                  So just keep it up, Judge Keith Self, Sam Johnson and the recently six indicted Republican women who were indicted and arraigned on charges from the Texas Rangers of committing fraud against the people of Collin County.

                  Just keep showing the public what you really stand for.

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                    We need to think in new ways about security, what it really is and how we can attain it.

                    September 24, 2010 in Conservative Nonsense

                    Individual Americans need to start thinking in new ways that are more reflective of the  world that we live in.

                    We are all going to have to let go quite a few old notions–among them is the notion of what really constitutes “security”.  It is not a fence.  No fence can be built high enough or strong enough to keep out people who would want to harm us.  In fact, some of those who would harm us were born here and live among us.  Look no further than Timothy McVeigh for an example.

                    It is not having the strongest fighting force in the world. In spite of the fact that we denuded the jungles of Vietnam, we lost.  But the devastation of the US military lives after them.  One of the most controversial aspects of the U.S. military effort in Southeast Asia was the widespread use of chemical defoliants  between 1961 and 1971. They were used to defoliate large parts of the countryside. These chemicals continue to change the landscape, cause diseases and birth defects, and poison the food chain.  Then there is the issue of unexploded munitions, cluster bombs in particular–a munition that nearly all countries in the world except for the USA and Israel classify as Weapons of Mass Destruction.

                    We have the strongest military in the world and yet it was not able to transform Iraq into a Democracy  as the Bushites claimed we would.  Iraq lies in ruins, with 90% of its infrastructure in shambles.  And is there a Democratic government there after 7 years of US military intervention?  No, of course not.  Afghanistan–another demonstration of the total impotence of a military approach to solving problems.

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                    THE SOLUTION IS NOT A MILITARY ONE

                    We are the ones who must change–not others. And that is no easy task as we are bombarded daily with media paid for by those who have a vested interest in the status quo.  Still we must rise above them and see their solutions for what they really are–a self-serving continuation of more of the same, the same old tired solutions of cut taxes for the rich that have not worked in the past, will not work in the present, nor will they work in the future.

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                    AND THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE REASONS WHY
                    I SUPPORT JOHN LINGENFELDER AND NOT SAM JOHNSON

                    Sam Johnson is steeped in solutions of the past century.  One of his most famous solutions that he put forth was to “nuke” Syria.  That is how Sam Johnson thinks.  He still believes that solutions lie in not only beating people up, but in annihilating entire cultures.

                    John Lingenfelder has solutions that are more appropriate for the 21st century.

                    Perhaps they will work, perhaps they will not.

                    BUT ONE THING IS A PROVEN FACT:  SAM JOHNSON DOESN’T HAVE ANY SOLUTIONS–AND THOSE FROM THE PAST THAT HE STILL CLINGS TO DO NOT WORK AND HAVE NOT WORKED FOR 50 YEARS NOW.

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                    Rick Steves, author of “Travel as a Political Act”, recently offered a good example.  It costs us $1million for each soldier that we keep in Afghanistan.  It takes $10,000 to dig a well so that a woman does have to walk 4 miles every day to get water.  If the USA dug a well for that woman’s neighborhood, every day that they walked the short distance to get their water they would think:  “This well was given to  us by the USA.”

                    What do you think they see when they see a US military man, who costs tax payers $1 million a year (not that our soldiers ever see any of that money) ?  Mostly likely it is a fearful thought, a reminder that their country is occupied by a foreign military.

                    AND I ASK YOU:  OF THE TWO SOLUTIONS, WHICH ONE DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST RETURN ON INVESTMENT? The $10,000 well for the community or the $1 million soldier?

                    Yes, we need to think of security and what it really means and how we can achieve it in the 21st Century.

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