Sunday, October 21, 2007

President Clinton and Congresswoman Giffords

Tucson, Arizona. Equity has many meanings depending on context. As the middle name of this blog, its semantics imply a sense of fairness, a level playing field where life can live. Equity is NOT equality. We are not born equal. My intellect far exceeds that of our president. I’m not bragging. The average aardvark has an intellect exceeding that of our president. The blog first explores equity at The Class with No Cake. At that post I referred to Robert Reich, and his wisdom persists.

Prior to 1980, growth in worker productivity translated to growth in compensation. At that time, a CEO typically made about 45 times the average wage of his workers. Since 1980, our government started serving corporations, not citizens. As worker productivity climbed, CEO’s and top executives kept all of the gains for themselves. Executive compensation spiraled while the median wage for the average worker stagnated. CEO's now make almost 500 times what their workers average. The rich got obscenely rich, and they bought the Republican Party (shameless corporate whores) and maybe (God help us) the Democratic Party as well. Time will tell.

Our economy is bifurcating into good jobs and terrible jobs with no middle ground. The abundance of lousy positions can’t be filled (attracting whom to Russell Pearce’s chagrin?) while the high paying jobs are increasingly rare and difficult to obtain. We have unemployed people with doctorates and master’s degrees while every restaurant, retail store, car wash, and janitorial service has slave wage positions they cannot fill. Over one in four adults struggle to live in terrible positions with no health insurance, no pension, no sick leave, no flexibility, no opportunity for training or advancement. I encourage interested readers to consider The Mobility Agenda’s 24 page report with deeper material.

The Republican Party has abandoned 99% of the population to transfer wealth from taxpaying citizens to the robber barons of war (Halliburton, Blackwater), oil (ExxonMobil, Hunt, Shell), pharmaceuticals (Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline), insurance (Pacificare, Cigna, Kaiser), and agriculture (ADM, Tyson, Hormel).

The next President of the United States has figured this out, and she has built a strong base with roots penetrating deep into reality. Against this reality, the rhetoric on her negatives and divisiveness will shatter like brittle, overused props on a parched western movie set. Who is Hillary dividing? Those who know the descent from Dillards to Target to Walmart to used goods Thrift shops and the food bank?

I once had the privilege of helping families walk the other direction. A beaming father introduced me to his son, and shared that the son was wearing clothes bought new (not used) for the first time because of my math class. I cried that night. I promise the reader that I am real blood, bone, balls, success, failure, and that "life is messy." You bet I’ve cried, and tears have a taste. Sweet tears, bitter tears, profoundly moved tears, sad tears, and those hot razor blade scalding tears that carve acidic red streaks down cheeks under swollen, bloodshot eyes.

My bike ride to school each day takes me through the Tucson no Republican understands. A mile to my south lies more of the same. Take a walk a few blocks north of Columbus and 22nd. While thinking about the economic holocaust the country has become, I got a flyer from Congresswoman Giffords yesterday. My Sunday post was to be about Hillary. Surf the news sites and it's there. Let’s talk about Giffords flyer, which hits the nail on the head.

In 2001 and 2003 our country gave away hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to those making over $330,000 a year. It’s time we had a tax policy that helps middle class families, small businesses, and our men and women in combat. Smart tax policy also looks to the future by encouraging investment in renewable energy.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

The graph speaks directly to my rage and comes straight from her flyer. Bills she has created, introduced, sponsored, or supports include:

HR 2592 The Safe and Effective Drug Development Act (Her first bill signed into law)
HR 743 Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (In Committee)
HR 3388 College Affordability Tax Relief Act (In Committee)
HR 3648 Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act (Passed 386-27)
HR 3808 Combat Troops Tax Relief Act (In Committee – she introduced)
HR 976 Small Business Tax Relief Act (Passed 360 - 45)
HR 3807 Renewable Energy Assistance Act (In Committee – she introduced)

Some other bills are also mentioned.

What Hillary Clinton and Gabrielle Giffords understand that George Bush couldn’t see to save his life is that people stop caring about much else when they can’t pay their bills. King George has never paid a bill in his life. I don’t know if the man could enter a store and know how to buy something.

In 2008, Cheney's bitches (incumbent Republicans) defending their seats face tough elections. The instant they talk about helping the middle class, fiscal responsibility, intelligent foreign policy, health care, the war, education, the environment, global warming, they look like hypocritical idiots. The smart will resign. Bush’s rating is in the toilet, and the horrible rating of Congress reflects disgust with its inability to stop the war.

2008, like 1992, will revolve around the economy, except 2008 will have the added kick of a quagmire created with malicious deception and a boomer population starting to retire with the realization that their pensions will be stolen by the companies they served and their social security hangs by a thread corporate whores wouldn’t think twice about cutting.


Anonymous Francine Shacter said...

Now you need to do a post about how we can rein in the corporations. To my mind, they are the elephant in the parlor!

10/21/2007 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey its tara, here is the website i was talking about where i made the extra summer cash.......... the website is here

10/22/2007 11:41 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

I notice that the Gifford's mailer has the George Rodrigue Blue Dog in the lower left corner. Is nothing sacred?

Apparently, the Blue Dog Coalition is using the Rodrigue dog with permission, so the mercenary SOB mush have sold them the rights.

What was once imaginative and endearing to many dog lovers is now just political garbage, like everything else.

10/22/2007 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, x4mr, it appears you have received your first spam.

If it becomes a problem, enable word verification and that will clean it up. It's not as convenient for commenters, but it's better than threads choked with spam.

10/22/2007 1:05 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Thanks but I was well aware. My tolerance will be low. The next spam that hits will result in word verification activation.

Geez, Liza, still feeling burned by the 2006 primary? Not sure what you have against Giffords. I haven't heard about Salette's Oro Valley prospects. I hope she wins.

What I meant to add in the original story, had it been strictly about Hillary, is that she is shifting the public discourse to the middle class crunch, which is very real, and it is resonating.

Hillary is getting stronger and stronger talking a message that is hot and applies to the vast majority of the country. Most of us do not make $300,000+ per year. If she rallies the outrage that is possible, she sails into office.

Giffords flyer is perfect (or close) for CD 8, even if it does exploit a sacred doggie symbol and offend certain dog lovers in the community.

10/22/2007 2:57 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Hillary may very well win the presidency in 2008, the political landscape being what it is.

However, keep in mind that she is going to great lengths to position herself as the most hawkish Democrat with regard to Iran, she is owned by the "Israel firsters," and her foreign policy with respect to the Mideast will be as dismal as that of Bush/Cheney. Do you think it will be better? Please tell me how given that the Democrats are in alignment with the neoconservatives on two major issues, Israel and oil.

As for the 2006 primary, why do you keep bringing that up?

You might be surprised how seldom I actually think of your favorite politician. If it were not for these blogs, it would be never. I do think, however, that it will be sad if you start devoting your blog to hawking her for the 2008 election, but its your blog so you can do as you wish. I do see an increasing number of posts about the Bee/Giffords race, most of which have so far amounted to nothing in terms of information or interest. Now you're linking her to Hillary for whatever reason.

Strange that you haven't noticed yet how little regard I have for politicians in general.

And, yes, I think George Rodrigue is a d***head for selling his Blue Dog (Tiffany) to the Blue Dog Coalition. However, I guess he already sold it to Xerox back in 2001 in some "multi-million dollar deal" that I never heard of before. I was looking for his website to send him hate mail and found out he commercialized the Blue Dog a long time ago. What a creep.

10/22/2007 4:09 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

I know positively nothing about the dog or the story behind it. Dogs are a somewhat touchy subject for me although I've pretty much gotten over it.

I thought the linkage between the two women was obvious. My original post would have been Hillary only, discussing her skillful shift of the conversation to include the squeeze on the middle class and the concentration of wealth for the super rich. As I'm preparing the piece on Hillary, the flyer shows up with the same message. No flyer = no Giffords.

You already know this blog covers a wide range of topics at many levels and that will continue.

A burst of CD 8 material occurred because a burst of news occurred. We had the fund raising results you so enjoy discussing. Giffords first bill was signed into law. News that Bee would not resign (period) came out when many (including the press) were wondering. We had confusion about "resign to run."

As I've already suggested, I have no belief that Democrats are heroes who will save the day. Other than his zipper problem, I thought Bill Clinton was a pretty good president.

The other connection between the two is that they must win the middle ground and crossover votes.

I think Hillary will face Giuliani and she will win. I have no idea what her presidency will look like other than the likelihood that Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly will have to be sedated.

In January, new fund raising reports will come out. Expect discussion. I can tell you just can't wait.

10/22/2007 5:10 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I got the flyer in today's mail.

"In 2001 and 2003 our country gave away hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to those making over $330,000 per year. It's time we had a tax policy that helps middle class families, small businesses and our men and women in combat."

Giffords never mentions that she voted with Republicans to repeal the estate tax, a benefit to those who inherit estates worth two million dollars or more.

Hmmm. Must be something in there I'm not getting.

10/23/2007 4:00 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...


You strike a nerve here, one where I entirely side with you. I disagree with that vote.

It was going to pass in the House anyway, and perhaps a political calculation I am not qualified to address was involved.

The most disgusting excuses of human beings I have met have been individuals borne filthy rich that never had to work a day in their lives.

George W. Bush is a shining example.

I'm weak on the estate tax, so won't assert much. I have heard (don't know) the existing tax is problematic for small business owners, but don't know the issue.

In principle, I support an aggressive estate tax. A progressive scale starting at $2M seems reasonable. This dynasty crap is the reason we have an eggplant in the white house.

10/23/2007 6:58 PM  

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