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A Short Rant About Republicans, Because of a Democrat

Umm… I know that sound weird, but… the truth is I’ve been avoid politics since Obama won a second term. Mostly because I’m so disappointed. I thought there were more people in the States who thought like I did. But it turns out there are more people in the States who want free stuff.
So… My ranting is caused by an article a liberal friend posted on FB (yes, I’m addicted to social media. Sue me). Although, the more I talk to him, the more convinced I am that he’s not REALLY a liberal. Deep down inside I think he’s a Libertarian, but like  a few people I know (myself included) he’s just not comfortable voting for a “Third Party” candidate. Either way… That should be a working link to the actual article and below is the conversation that ensued.
 

MY LIBERAL FRIEND shared a link.

Not a clue…these guys have learned absolutely NOTHING!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/house-committee-chairs-all-white-men_n_2201136.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

HIS MALE FRIEND: They continue to believe they lost the election b/c they ‘weren’t conservative enough’. Let em, to their detriment. Can’t wait for the 2014 Congressional elections.

HIS FEMALE FRIEND: that ilk is specically designed for white men only

HIS MALE FRIEND: HEY, Shawn and I resemble that remark

ME (MY RANT): Huff Post as a source? shame. Altho, I am disinfranchised w/ the Republican Party… The problem most of them need to realize (or maybe have realized) is that Dems are just plain better at the minority/ women votes… both “groups” (in general) were more worried about different issues than the Repubs (who thought they could run and win on the economy), while the Dems realized that pounding women with birth control and “womans rights” and minorities with immigration issues would (and quite possible did) win them the election. Then you add in the “lower & middle class” who got tossed the entitlement bone… Oh dear, I think I just ranted on your status. Don’t forget you’re my favorite Liberal, and I’m not a Republican. 😉

MY LIBERAL FRIEND: LOL! we need a face to face, but…c’mon. look at the state level republicans. immigration crack downs, early voting, anti-abortion laws (why are women REQUIRED to have an ultra sound even if not medically necessary?) , planned parenthood defunding (really? aren’t we throwing out the baby with the bathwater here?) The republicans truly don’t have an umbrella opened wide enough. and unless they wake up to the new demographic shaping america, they will cease to exist.

HIS MALE FRIEND: Alienating minorities and women lost the election for the conservatives. Asians, who did not benefit at all from any ‘Obama gifts’ like the Dream Act voted for Democrats in the 70th percentile b/c of the rhetoric on the right re immigration. Women felt it in the state legislatures dominated by conservatives that passed bills requiring unnecessary and invasive ultrasounds, to the US House passing a bill that redefined rape. Did it to themselves, and I haven’t gotten to the appearance of favoring the rich over the middle class. Did it to themselves.

ME (RANT CONT.): haha throwing out the baby? Literally. I think things like PP AND PBS should be privately funded… like charities. as for the new demographic… I think there will be lots of defection from BOTH parties to the Libertarians by the next Presidential election. Hopefully.
@HIS MALE FRIEND… I agree. I just don’t think they should fall in line with the Dems. The parties are so diff. on things like the economy…
the Federal gov has too much control over people’s lives. Let the border states deal with immigration how they want, let the people of each state make the choice to allow abortion, gay marriage, school choice, etc…
OOOPS. Sorry MY LIBERAL FRIEND, I just did it again. I do need to see your face. I’m still think I can convince you that you’re not an Icky Liberal.

HIS FEMALE FRIEND: pounding women with birth control? that’s really offensive

ME (BEING POLITE): Patricia- I’m sorry that was offensive. It was a poor word choice. I was too lazy to spellcheck & type “inundated”.

Yup… pounding is offensive. I think I might post the “Day after Election Rant” soon. PS… please excuse my AWEFUL grammer & spelling! I get so heated, and i have clumsy fingers.
Happy Thursday!
-Hey Waitress!!
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I Believe…

… in the kindness of dogs.
And that the only use my cat has for me is feeding & litter box cleaning.
 
…in any excuse to wear high heels.
Including going to the grocery store, cleaning my apartment, and getting the mail.
 
… there is a song for every occasion and mood.
And I’ll always play it loud and proud.
 
…”high fashion” isn’t for everyone.
Including me.
 
…there’s no reason to under-dress.
Have some respect for yourself.
 
…respect has to be earned.
 
… the government doesn’t owe me anything.
And it’s not too big to fail.
 
…in working hard for what you want.
There’s no reason NOT to try to be the person you want to be.
 
…in a woman’s right to choose.
Only she can decide what is right/ wrong.
 
…Spring is the best season ever.
Mother Nature wakes. The flowers bloom. The grass greens. It’s time for Spring Cleaning, flip-flops, and open windows. It’s time to start something.
 
…in dying my hair bright, unnatural colors.
It’s the last bit of “punk” I have left.
 
…in watching the News and reading the Sunday paper.
 
… LOVE really is the secret ingredient in the perfect cake or baked good.
 
…there’s an artist in everyone.
Some people just have the talent to express it.
 
…sarcasm is an art form.
 
…anything with more than 4 legs in my general vicinity needs to be squished.
By my husband.
 
…words shape the world.
 
…fantasy writers are the most talented of all the word-smiths.
They create worlds and bring magic to life.
 
 
<3,
Hey Waitress!!
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American Jobs Act

“Voting is a right best exercised by people who have taken time to learn about the issues.” -Tony Snow

“A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else’s money.”- Carter Glass

“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” -Will Rogers

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” -JFK

“No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution… revolution is but thought carried into action.” -Emma Goldman

 “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” – Dante Alighieri

“You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt.”-Daniel Hannan

this post was supposed to be about the American Jobs Act. Turns out… I feel the need to define my position first. I consider myself an Independent, I lean Conservative,  and seem to identify the best with the Tea Party. With that in mind… here’s my rundown of the American Jobs Act.
 
  • Tax Cuts-  Cutting payroll taxes to 3.1% is good. A “holiday” on payroll tax for growth over the previous year is good. Allowing firms to take deductions on new equipment and  plants (manufacturing I’m assuming) is good. I like decreased taxes. I think allowing small businesses to grow will help the economy. Go for it.(1)
  • Tax Credits- Proposed tax credits (up to $ 15200) to companies who hire veterans that have been unemployed for more than 6months (2). I flip-flop on this issue. I know our returning veterans need/ deserve our support, and decreasing unemployment is always a good idea… but I can’t get behind more tax breaks.
  • Public Servents- $30 billion to prevent 280,000 teachers from being laid-off and to hire “tens of thousands more”. $5 billion to hire/ keep public safety and first responders (2). Still haven’t found where this $$ is coming from. I like teachers and I like being safe. I like people in my community to have jobs. I think this is a complicated issue tho. Teachers should be hired/ kept based on merit, and class size (the need for more teachers), but I’m not convinced that running public schools is the federal governments business… more on that next.
  • Public Schools- $30 billion to modernize 35,000 + schools. This includes rural schools,  Bureau of Indian Education funded schools, and community colleges. ” Funds could be used for a range of emergency repair and renovation projects, greening and energy efficiency upgrades, asbestos abatement and removal, and modernization efforts to build new science and computer labs and to upgrade technology in our schools”. (2) How about you skip adding the internet in classrooms… and buy them unbiased textbooks? Why is the federal government paying for greening upgrades?
  • Roads, Rails, Airports- $50 billion to modernize our infrastructure, which has a grade of D. That $ will give “hundreds of thousands” of construction workers jobs. “It will also take special steps to enhance infrastructure-related job training opportunities for people from underrepresented groups and make sure that small businesses can compete for infrastructure contracts.” (2) Go here for the definition of an underrepresented group. This section also doesn’t say where the $ is coming from, or which departments and agencies are picking these projects. This sounds like a national version of Boston’s “Big Dig”.
  • National Infrastructure Bank- $10 billion (start-up) to invest in significant regional or national projects. Private and public capital will be invested in these projects (2). Can it really be done without earmarks or political influence?
  • Project Rebuild- $15 billion investment to refurbish “hundreds of thousands” foreclosed/ vacant homes in neighborhoods with high concentrations of foreclosures, using the private sector. The intention is to “create” construction jobs & stabilize the housing market, while reducing crime (2). I’m honestly confused on where the investment is going. Who is going to buy the recently fixed up houses? Are more bad loans going to be given out? Which neighborhoods? Why is it the federal government’s job to fix houses that have been foreclosed on?
  • Expanding Access to High-Speed Internet(2)- you get the hint. At least there isn’t billions of dollars being spent in this section (that we know of).
  •  Unemployment Insurance (UI) Reform- More rigorous reemployment assistance from each state. Increased “work-sharing” (reducing all employees hours) to decrease lay-offs. “Additional funds” for states that have “Bridge to Work” programs, which allow the long-term unemployed  to continue to receive UI while working temporarily or pursuing work based training. (3) Why aren’t the additional funds a specific amount, and why are people allowed to collect while they are working? shouldn’t you have to reapply?
  • More Tax Credits- $4000 for hiring a person who has been unemployed for over 6months.(3)
  •  Investing in people with Low-Income- The Pathways Back to Work Fund will support jobs for low-income youth, subsidized jobs for low-income unemployed adults, and local work-based training initiatives for low-income people. (3) OK with me, but how much does it cost!?
  • Cutting Payroll Taxes- starting next year, 160 million workers will receive tax cuts of $1500 for a typical family earning $50,ooo. Social Security will still receive the same amount, transferred from the General Fund. (4) We’ve already established how I feel about more tax cuts…
  • Refinancing Mortgages-  working with Frannie & Freddie Mac (SERIOUSLY!?) to help people get “historically low” interest rates, allowing them to stay in their homes. (4) Ummm… didn’t Fannie & Freddie help get us into the housing market crash in the first place?!
 
I’ve asked all along where the money to pay for all this is coming from? the AJA answer is “The President’s detailed deficit reduction plan will pay for every penny of the American Jobs Act and include the additional deficit reduction sufficient to stabilize our debt as a share of our economy. He will also call on the Joint Committee to come up with the additional deficit reduction necessary to pay for the American Jobs Act and still meet their deficit target.” (5)
 
It looks like I have more reading to do…
 
One last thought on taxes… wouldn’t a flat % income tax make more sense, than giving breaks and holidays?
 
Independently Yours.
-Hey Waitress!
 
Please forgive my sourcing. I tried to link everything to the page i found it on… but i think I may have made it more confusing! All the information I found was from the parent website American Jobs Act. which is paid for by the Democratic National Committee.  
(1)http://www.americanjobsact.com/helping-small-businesses.html
(2)http://www.americanjobsact.com/putting-workers-back-on-the-job.html
(3)http://www.americanjobsact.com/pathways-to-work.html
(4)http://www.americanjobsact.com/payroll-tax-cut.html
(5)http://www.americanjobsact.com/reducing-the-deficit.html
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