By Gloria Dulan-Wilson
A friend of my emailed me a New York Times Editorial that appeared in their Sunday, April 17 Edition. It's interesting how "clear" they appear to be now, after the damage has been done. Some of that "wisdom" and "intelligence" could have been helpful to the voters (now victims) before they went to the polls back in November.
My comments are in bold"
" Six months after voters sent Republicans in large numbers to Congress and many statehouses, it is possible to see the full landscape of destruction that their policies would cause — much of which has already begun. Interesting the New York Times could not see this ahead of time the way the Black press could. Perhaps we would not now be facing an even more severe period than we did under the heinous mismanagement of the Bush I and II administrations."
If it was not clear before, it is obvious now that the party is fully engaged in a project to dismantle the foundations of the New Deal and the Great Society, and to liberate business and the rich from the inconveniences of oversight and taxes. That was also as clear as glass to us. Talk about transparency!! We could see this crap coming a mile off. We could smell the sulphur in the air. Unfortunately, no accolades can be given to the Democrats, who failed to hold the line while they were in the majority; and who failed to have the insight needed to rally their bases to expand and not be bulldozed by the propaganda put out by the meanstream media - the propaganda that made the mid-term shift from Democrat to Republican a self-fulfilling prophesy. The sad thing about it is in those states where the Democrats are in charge (read New York) they still don’t have the backbone to tax the rich. They are still penalizing the poor for the transgressions of the rich. And apparently the middle class has no more effect there than they do in the Rep-ugh-blican dominated states. The effects of the Great Society have almost completely been decimated by Nixon, Ford, Regan, Bush, Bush already.
At first it seemed that only a few freshmen and noisy followers of the Tea Party would support the new extremism. But on Friday, nearly unanimous House Republicans showed just how far their mainstream has been dragged to the right.
Does anybody remember the original Tea Party? You know, the so-called Boston Tea Party? What happened there was that some whites who were too chicken to take a stand against the Brits taxation policies, disguised themselves as Indians - painting their faces, and sneaked on board several ships. They took the tea that had been shipped there from England and dumped it overboard as an act of defiance against British tax laws. Why did they disguise themselves as Indians? To escape punishment and identification. I was to appear that the “savages” had marauded the ships -- racist as usual. So why would we not understand that those were the same kinds of individuals in modern times - pretending to be one thing, while they were actually something else. It’s clear that the mainstream does not know their own history, or these turkeys would not have gained any currency in our modern times. What they are currently doing is not heroic, but undermining.
We should have garnered all our forces to make sure they got no credence - to make sure they were not able to make inroads into the progress we made. Instead we let the news media hype them; to the point that we began to believe that they were really powerful. We sat on our keesters and let them win. Our fault.
They approved on strict party lines the most regressive social legislation in many decades, embodied in a blueprint by the budget chairman, Paul Ryan. Now isn’t that special? The Dems had the majority - and they fumbled the ball. Kind of makes us look dumb, don’t you think. Instead of using our majority, we came up with some kind of lunatic fringe who called them “blue dog” Democrats. I began calling them Dummycrats - because they were as much a problem as the Rep-ugh-blicans were. They are as much a reason why we no longer hold the majority, as the propaganda from the meanstream media.
The vote, from which only four Republicans (and all Democrats) dissented, would have been unimaginable just eight years ago to a Republican Party that added a prescription drug benefit to Medicare.
Mr. Ryan called the vote “our generation’s defining moment,” and indeed, nothing could more clearly define the choice that will face voters next year. This year should be filled with more Wisconsin type of activities in each and every state where the Rep-ugh-blicans are trying to dismantle benefits and programs that are in the public’s interest. But more than demonstrations, I strongly suggest that they hire their own lawyers to launch class action suits; have immediate recalls of all Rep-ugh-blicans who are actively working against the public interest. Even if there are no laws on the books for how to recall the incumbent, public outrage goes a long way in changing things. They really can’t fight a majority whose mind is made up. It’s either that or prepare to see your children, families, on the streets begging for food; educational facilities decimated - while their cronies are driving Rolls Royce and Aston Martins from the monies shifted from the public need to their private pockets.
If there are to be demonstrations, they have to be made at the Rayburn Building - during the times of the votes - by the busloads, from all the states. It makes no sense to demonstrate in the state without concomitant demonstrations taking place in DC. These dudes think that as long as they are in Washington, you’re not going to show up, so your complaints will only be gestures. Make sure you start with Ryan - and take it across the board.
His (Ryan’s) bill would end the guarantee provided by Medicare and Medicaid to the elderly and the poor, which has been provided by the federal government with society’s clear assent since 1965. This means that by the time of the Presidential Election of 2012 you had better have at least 20 Vote Vans per precinct to physically pick up those seniors and carry them to the polls. It means that you had better be hitting each and every senior citizen center, home, and assisted living center now and get them registered. It means that you had better be keeping them abreast of the fact that these Vampires mean to suck what’s left of their blood out of them. They had already decided that they are no longer useful and deserve nothing. You need to be about hammering this point to them. They have to be involved in voting as much as the youth who stand to loose financial aid for college.
The elderly, in particular, would be cut adrift by Mr. Ryan. People now under 55 would be required to pay at least $6,400 more for health care when they qualified for Medicare, according to the Congressional Budget Office. You had better be backing AARP who have been sounding the alarm bells for quite some time. Those who think President Obama’s health care plan is too expensive need to look at what the Rep-ugh-blicans are allocating to the Pentagon.
Fully two-thirds of his $4.3 trillion in budget cuts would come from low-income programs. I would be willing to bet that no one is working on making sure those from the low income segment are being registered to vote en masse. And once they lose the safety net they need to survive and begin turning to acts desperation, we will see them criminalized in the papers; thrown into prison - instead of being given the training and employment they need and deserve.
In addition to making “entitlement” a dirty word, the Ryan bulldozer would go much further in knocking down government programs to achieve its goals. It would cut food stamps by $127 billion, or 20 percent, over the next 10 years, almost certainly increasing hunger among the poor. “Entitlement” is not really a dirty word to Ryan - at least as long as it’s applied to his cronies - to him they are “entitled” to as many tax breaks they can get; they are “entitled” to be given a pass for their transgressions against society; they are “entitled” to go on living at their original standard, even though it means the rest of America starves. He loves “entitlement” for his henchmen.
It would cut Pell grants for all 9.4 million student recipients next year, removing as many as one million of them from the program altogether. As long as their kids and grandkids can go to college, the hell with the rest of society. There are already plans to make sure their children don’t have to worry about their futures. To them Pell Grants are for “minority kids” and “Minority kids” don’t matter.
It would remove more than 100,000 low-income children from Head Start, and slash job-training programs for the unemployed desperate to learn new skills. So, as long as they have nannies - most of whom are Black or Latino whose own kids actually need to go to head start -- need these vouchers so they can work for them. Vicious cycle isn’t it? If they wanted to go to school to improve themselves, they may have to strap their babies on their backs to do so, because it’s against the law to leave them home unattended.
And it would do all that while preserving the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and even expanding them. I’m a New Yorker - and I know that as much of this problem rests at the feet of Wall Street as it does anywhere else. However, our previous governor, David Patterson, and our present Governor, Andrew Cuomo, appear to be afraid to call them to task, and to tax the Wall Street moguls for the ill gotten gains which has made is possible to live a very comfortable life. The apparent threat is that if they are taxed they would move out of New York - well we say - let them move. Tax them and penalize them - just get our money back.
Regulation of business and the environment would be sharply reduced. When you come from an environment of fire and brimstone like they do, you definitely want to curtail those businesses that would cause them to really do some ethical things - you know, like give back 40% of those bonuses; like stopping the foreclosures on properties where the real predatory lenders were the banks themselves. Environment! What environment? Does it involved the Cayman Islands? If not, they will continue to dump in the surrounding communities with impunity.
The mania for blindly cutting has also spread to statehouses, many with new Republican governors and legislatures. Several states have cut their unemployment benefits below the standard 26 weeks. Told ya! Better get your lawyers lined up, and make sure they are working for you, not the bogus elected officials. Time to vote for the community. Time to do massive recalls of those elected officials who are not acting in the community’s best interest.
Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona has proposed removing 138,000 people from Medicaid. Give the Governor a $5000 deductible on her insurance so that she will have to understand what it’s like when you place them in peril of their lives.
Many recession-battered states, including some led by Democrats, have been forced to cut other services because Republicans have made it so politically difficult to raise taxes. Make sure the cuts are across the board - not just in the impoverished areas. Tax the rich!
Education, mental health and juvenile justice funds have been particular targets. Back to my previous statement, they have their own private funds and sources to take care of their own and themselves- and guess where they got them from? Us!!
In Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Maine and Florida, Republican governors have used the smokescreen of a poor economy to pursue a long-held conservative goal of destroying public and private unions. The resident/victims of these states should band together and go to each other’s state to demonstrate. There’s strength in numbers. Make it pay.
This has nothing to do with creating jobs, of course, and it has shocked many blue-collar voters who are suddenly second-guessing their support for Republicans last November. Hindsight is 20-20 vision. Foresight is rare. But memory and lessons learned are supposed to be indelible. Somehow or other our collective minds appear to be made of sixty second pop culture instead of dealing with those things that really affect us.
Several states are also adopting Arizona-style anti-immigrant laws. Didn’t President Obama state it was against the law? Is't it unconstitutional???
President Obama, after staying in the shadows too long, is starting to illuminate the serious damage that Republicans are doing. President Obama was definitely not in the Shadows. He was studying what his next step will be. No doubt it was incredulous to him just how much more racist Congress was than even he realized. He had already taken a calculated risk in putting himself in harms way as the first Black leader of the world - it must amuse him to watch how difficult it is for Congressional Dems to make a choice between their racism and their interest. Had they not been so torn between their racist proclivities and their responsibilities as statesmen, they would have maintained a majority in congress; the bills he proposed would have been passed with a struggle - after all, they were once in the majority - it would have been easy. Now they have to deal with their own possible extinction if they don’t make a decision to really work together to support Obama. He wasn’t in the shadows - he was just observing what happens when the shadowy spectre of Racism finally forces their hands. What are they really going to do - take a stand or lose?
Their vision, he said last week, “is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America.”
President Obama was really stating the obvious, since it was apparent that the rest of the Democratic party refused to enunciate it. Vampires in Congress.
Other Democrats are also beginning to stand up and reject these ideas, having been cowed for months by the electoral wave. It’s about damned time. It’s either than or join in the melee with the rep-ugh-blicans,. Cowed is too nice a word.
Their newfound confidence will give voters a clearer view of this bare and pessimistic landscape. What confidence are you speaking of. Voters, by the way, in the main, have not been so innocent - ignorant, yes; but innocent? Definitely no. Maybe gullible; on the part of Black lazy and divided; on the part of whites, racist and divided. Now, however, they are about to be legislated into permanent poverty, they are beginning to feel the heat from the brimstone, smell the sulphur from the evil, and feel the very blood being sucked out of them by these political vampires, they are now reaching for the sign of the cross- X marks the spot on the ballot that votes them out. But they’d better hurry. 2012 is a long way a way, and the devil is busy now. They have the double duty of rallying their forces on the home front, while holding the line in Congress. The sad thing is, after the Nixon-Regan-Bush-Bush, you’d think they’d have learned by now, wouldn’t you?
Well, this so-called mid-term take over by the Rep-ugh-blican vampires should be the whack upside the head needed to clear the cobwebs from their frontal lobes.
Stay Blessed &