Before anybody gets the wrong idea, and even though it is not anybodies business, I will state that I am registered as a Democrat. But ... just as I have lost faith in our system of justice in this country I have also lost faith in our current administration.
As a side note I find it deplorable that some members of our government as pushing the debt debates until the 11th hour to upset the public, worry the public and use the fear of the American public to drive votes away from the current administration and to them in the next election. Many Americans do not realize that the debt ceiling has been increased many times during past administrations. Reagan raised the debt ceiling 17 times. Bush Jr. raised the debt ceiling 7 times. This is nothing new but this is being used to put fear into the heart of the American public. Again, to many of our elected officials; shame of you. What little respect I had for many of you has turned to distain and disgust.
Side note to folks that look at statistics of another sort; Debt increase by presidents: Reagan 186%, Bush II 72% Bush 54% Clinton 41% Obama 23%. Source CBO.
You can continue to read this post, the long version that is updated on a continual basis, each story from each link more depressing than the last. Or, since our government is making no sense, on 7/28/11 I was driven to write a new post that might fit more into the way our government is currently working. That post can be read at http://bit.ly/rfnKZg Can you be as ineffective as our government? That is the question and topic of the post.
I agree with some of the basic core values of each of the political parties in our country. My thoughts on big government versus smaller government, abortion, gun rights, taxes, defense, freedom and how freedom is defined, etc., may cross political boundaries.
In my own case I just observe things on a daily basis and see things getting worse rather than better for the average American trying to live day by day. High taxes and big dollar portfolios are not as applicable to most of the population. Gas prices, food prices, basic living necessities, medical attention and a roof over our head is what is important and critical to the vast majority of the population in this country.
I understand that it took many years for the country to get to the current position. I have written pieces on how America has outsourced jobs, cannot compete for many reasons, how our lack of creative classes in our schools has taken away aspects of creative thinking in art, music, and vocational classes. I have listened to the point of view that it will take many years to dig out of the current situation. But, what I cannot wrap my head around is how difficult for me to find some basic examples of how things have gotten better.
Things continue to decline. What has gotten better? Where is any improvement?
If our current administration sees any of this it sure seems as if they have not taken a single step to show me, and millions of other Americans, that they understand any of this.
Just one story today of too many to count:
Financial Repression Coming to America: El-Erian - Yahoo! Finance
Less people filing for unemployment? Wake up. One of my past pieces noted that Employment Development offices have added armed security along with photos.
Cutting taxes for the wealthy? Reducing expenses by cutting things like unemployment, Social Security and basic services that people rely on to survive?
Allowing big business such as the oil companies to post record profit and allow mergers of companies like AT&amp;amp;amp;T and T-Mobile which will drive Internet based business into failure with data caps and higher prices.
On 5/28/11 this blog post was found in the blog of The Speaker of The House - THE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER DAILY is out! http://bit.ly/aPqwRc ▸ Top stories today via @ladyred133 @tigerz23 @myles111us @jszeluga
Our President made a number of promises, or if I take a lighter stance I will say "predictions" on what he intended to accomplish. So far it seems that from where I sit things have not come to pass in most cases.
5/31/11 - Economy gains, yet housing spirals downward - http://bo.st/jiuTKf Economy gains where? This story was published on 5/31. Look at what happend the next day.
6/1/11 - Stocks falter: weak economic data cast doubts on the strength of an economic recovery - http://yhoo.it/l6jZzq Hey folks, things are not working at all for the man on the street.
Disabled workers: America's hidden unemployment problem - http://bit.ly/jVBpzj
Unemployment Still Hampering Recovery Efforts http://prn.to/muYrPs
The poor economy complicates Obama's debt ceiling position http://wapo.st/mrn7RU
Dow falls more than 200 points on fears about economy - latimes.com: http://lat.ms/lOS65L The worst drop in a year? Perhaps Wall Street will no longer be able to be used as an example of how things have been improved under the current administration.
Private Job Growth Weaker; Factories Losing Steam : NPR: http://n.pr/int0DV
Economists Lower Job Estimates Following Disappointing ADP Report - ERE.net: http://bit.ly/kmqqFo
If you haven’t already heard about today’s jobs numbers from ADP, well, to paraphrase Bette Davis, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”
Looking Ahead: A Jobs Setback in May? The Atlantic: http://bit.ly/lm32JF
Unemployment rate is down because job seekers are giving up http://bit.ly/kizLCp
More 'Unexpected' Bad Jobless Numbers http://bit.ly/is9qrl
Employers add fewest jobs in 8 months; unemployment jumps to 9.1% - The Washington Post: http://wapo.st/iFGuJg
Could Unemployment Numbers Cost Obama His Job? : NPR: http://n.pr/ifNMxA
May Unemployment Rate Rises to 9.1 Percent - http://abcn.ws/kTDvaL
Morning Bell: Unemployment Goes Up, Obama Declares Victory http://bit.ly/lka7tO
US Has To Create 250K Jobs A Month For 66 Months To Return To Dec 07 Unemployment By End Of Obama 2nd Term http://t.co/njWKOSw
People Who Want A Job Now, Average Duration Of Unemployment Both Hit All Time Highs http://t.co/dRSrgUr
Allentown PA: 265 Allentown school teachers to get pink slips today - http://t.co/yyEyX08 Teachers cut, admin stay?
The double-dip threat returns - http://bit.ly/jp27nJ
Americas Under and Unemployed Battlefield http://bit.ly/iRYqKH
Little safety net for foreclosures tied to joblessness http://bit.ly/l0VY9B
Bank of America Gets Pad Locked After Homeowner Forecloses On It - http://t.co/hpKkA4x
24.6 million or more are looking for work, not 14 million! http://bit.ly/klNt4B Use all the facts!
As usual the MSM misses the mark when it comes to reporting unemployment numbers. There are 13.9 million regular unemployed, there are 2.2 million who are marginally attached to the labor force who want to work, but aren't considered in the unemployment of 9.1%. There are 8.6 million underemployed. Those are people who want full-time work, but are working less than 34 hours a week. As a result, the underemployed are probably looking for full-time work. So in total, there are at least 24.6 million people who want full-time work! Why is the media so unable to report anything beyond the simple BLS 9.1% unemployment rate?? These "experts" should be embarrassed by their inability to see the bigger picture and report accurately. And they wonder why they are losing audience.
Michael Thornton: More Long-Term Unemployed, More 99ers, More Despair http://t.co/8VeNbTy - Virgil's income has fallen from a high of more than $100,000 in 2003 to less than $20,000 today. His wants are simple; a full-time job and a place to call home.
6/6/11 I am sending this post to people in many positions within our government. These folks all have twitter accounts. I am sending this: America in economic freefall? http://bit.ly/lUjlar - RT if you feel the man on the street has worth. I will keep track. The folks that re-tweet will be mentioned at some point in this post which I will keep updated. Those are the people that care about you and I. I may also mention some that do not respond. Perhaps social media for those folks who do not respond is something that they use because they feel it looks good for them rather than a way to communicate with the people.
6/7/11 - A few stories from today
More Long-Term Unemployed, More Despair, but Less Government and Private Sector Action on Jobs: http://t.co/FBTF5GG
Dean Baker: The Latest Jobs Numbers And The Very Real Chance Of Another Great Depression
The New Republic: http://t.co/xirsjBH
Boeing to Cut 100 Jobs from Huntington Beach Space Division Orange County Business Journal: http://t.co/FPWlezk
Medtronic's cutbacks end; final job loss tally is 1,700 StarTribune.com: http://t.co/lXklhDo
Collins plans to cut 300 jobs in 2012 - Erie County NY - The Buffalo News: http://t.co/rUbOeFR
Obama's chief economic advisor resigning http://lat.ms/jJwjKf
Obama has no fear but I do along with 25 million Americans who are out of work. I had high hopes for the current administration but over the last two or so years have lost faith. Come to think of it, even his own financial advisor lost faith as he resigned. Obama: No fears of double-dip recession - http://t.co/st0aDYK
Today on facebook there were questions on whether I was an Obama fan. I am not sure if he thought I was for our President or not. On this blog there are comments of mine on both political parties. The comment was: I see you love Obama as much as I do. I guess he quit being president and is out trying to get votes.
My reply to his comment: I was originally a fan. I don't think of myself as a democrat or republican as I share views with both parties.
These days I am not much of a fan of our government, our legal system, our economy.
Before somebody gives me a lecture of love it or leave it I will ask them to look at what I have personally given to this country and if push comes to shove I may be one more name on the lists that are kept by some organizations in our government.
This country needs to remember that there are a lot of us from Vietnam to Afganistan who were trained not to quit or walk away. I was not a Marine but love their saying - "the difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer".
Pawlenty Economic Platform Includes Massive Tax Giveaways To The Rich And Corporations
ThinkProgress: http://bit.ly/jJV5j3 - my comment: So many viewpoints that are so very different when it comes to Democrats and Republicans. Well, I suppose folks will make up their own minds. Those folks that live in places like Montana that have dug in may be on the right track. It took America a long time to get into this mess and will take a long time to get out but.... I see more people on the street each month, more people out of work each month, more home foreclosures. The question I ask myself is, will there be something to rebuild or are the survivors going to have to rebuild from scratch?
How Long Before The Unemployed Find Work Or Give Up?: http://huff.to/jAVO8f
As Economy Falters, Worries Grow That Stocks Will Follow - CNBC: http://t.co/zaa1Qk5
Unemployment benefit claims at high level; trade gap shrinks - USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/jEgGyr
Poll: Republicans Gain on Deficit, Economy; Mistrust of Both Parties Rise - ABC News: http://abcn.ws/mL48IP - Seems as if I am not in the minority when it comes to faith in either side of our government. I am keeping my own poll of who responds to questions or requests for certain action and which of our representatives sit back quietly in the shadows.
The Associated Press: Slow economy weighing on stock market, finally: http://bit.ly/kCgFsD
Perhaps big business will now also admit that there is a problem and those who pointed to a rise on Wall Street that things were getting better.
U.S. Jobless Claims Inch Higher As Economy Sputters - Steve Schaefer - Exile On Wall Street - Forbes: http://onforb.es/me8gzc
Three big banks fail in foreclosure relief program [Updated] - latimes.com: http://t.co/RakTWeE
Newt Gingrich's entire senior staff resign http://t.co/TGxj73E
All sorts of folks are resigning on both sides of Washington. Obama's financial advisor as well. I will refrain from the obvious "sinking ship" comment. See story link above on 6/7/11.
For those folks that think things are improving, how do you ignore the activities in Washington by people at the highest levels of government (not counting the Weiner antics)?
US stocks off sharply; 6th down week looks likely - http://yhoo.it/iVEQHj
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