Saturday, June 02, 2007

Thanks Lonna

L0nna sent me this and it is definately worth noting. She said:

It would be good for you to have read the column below when you hear the pundits really light into Edwards in the next few months. You will not, of course, get the real story. btw, has anyone seen aerial photos of all of Cheney's homes.
Feel free to forward.
Let me tell you after reading what happened to the Northwest airline employees while the 11 people who did such a great job of screwing them were allowed by the bankruptcy judge to take $60 million in bonuses for it while the pilots lost something like 900 million and the flight attendants lost $1000 a month, I think it is time we went "far left," even if Edwards were REALLY far left, which he isn't. Unfettered capitalism isn't doing much for the people, lately!! In the overall scheme of things in the world of "business," how stockholders fare matters a little. how workers fare matters not at all.
What bothered me most about Northwest was how it was reported. When I heard it reported on CNN several times as I sat waiting for my truck to be fixed, they mentioned "labor concessions" without going into detail, but they NEVER mentioned the $60 million in bonuses to the top executives! I suppose because it is SO "business as usual" for that to happen while the workers get screwed that it is not considered "news" when it happens. I think they got screwed even worse than workers for U.S. Air, and United.
I then read an article in the Minneapolis Tribune about it which went into more detail and told about the $60 million in bonuses and my blood boiled!! Some "shared sacrifice" for the good of the company!! I didn't read anything about what happened to their pensions. I know I read some time ago that taxpayers and not United will now be paying what reduced pensions United employees get. I could be wrong on that as I have not investigated it.
I heard some pundit's response to Hillary's plan of 'sharing prosperity." He yelped "sounds like socialism to me!" A little socialism in this country would be a good thing, or at least taxing the rich like Eisenhower did at 91% of the top end of their earnings, and the huge corporations like EXXON at 52% as he did would be a good thing!! Because the rich have not been taxed since Reagan and Bush is the only president not to raise taxes during war while cutting taxes for the rich even more several times, every household in this country now owes Uncle Sam over $500,000. Sorry if I am preaching, but I am really angry on behalf of the Northwest employees!! Everyone should fly Delta whenever possible. As I recall, THEIR CEO and top execs actually did sacrifice when they were in trouble!

Jeff Cohen: Are Media Out to Get John Edwards?
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 2:09pm. Guest Contribution
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTIONby Jeff Cohen Give me a break about John Edwards' pricey haircut, mansion, lecture fees, and the rest. The focus on these topics tells us two things about corporate media. One we've long known -- that they elevate personal stuff above issues. The other is now becoming clear -- that they have a special animosity toward Edwards. Is it hypocritical for the former Senator to base a presidential campaign on alleviating poverty while building himself a sprawling mansion? Perhaps. But isn't that preferable to all the millionaire candidates who neither talk about nor care about the poor? Elite media seem more comfortable with millionaire politicians who identify with their class - and half of all U.S. senators are millionaires. Trust me when I say I don't know many millionaires. Of course I don't know many presidential candidates either (except my friend Dennis Kucinich, whose net worth in 2004 was reported to be below $32,000.) But I'm growing quite suspicious about the media barrage against Edwards, who got his wealth as a trial lawyer suing hospitals and corporations. Among "top-tier" presidential candidates, Edwards is alone in convincingly criticizing corporate-drafted trade treaties and talking about workers' rights and the poor and higher taxes on the rich. He's the candidate who set up a university research center on poverty. Of the front-runners in presidential polls, he's pushing the hardest to withdraw from Iraq, and pushing the hardest on Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to follow suit. Given a national media elite that worships "free trade" and disparages Democrats for catering to "extremists" such as on Iraq withdrawal, the media's rather obsessive focus on Edwards' alleged hypocrisy should not surprise us. Nor should it surprise us that we've been shown aerial pictures of Edwards' mansion in North Carolina, but not of the mansions of the other well-off candidates. Or that a snob such as Brit Hume of Fox News is chortling: "What Would Jesus Do With John Edwards' Mansion?" Or that we've heard so much about Edwards' connection to one Wall Street firm, but relatively little about the fact that other candidates, including Democrats, are so heavily funded by Wall Street interests. Or that Juan Williams and NPR this weekend teed off on Edwards for saying he's "so concerned about poverty" while pocketing hedge fund profits and $55,000 for a lecture at University of California, Davis. NPR emphasized that the Davis fee was for a "speech on poverty" -- but didn't mention that Davis paid other politicians the same or more for lectures. Or that Rudy Giuliani gets many times as much for speeches. You see, those other pols aren't hypocrites: They don't lecture about poverty. What's really behind the media animus toward Edwards is his "all-out courting of the liberal left-wing base" (ABC News) or his "looking for some steam from the left" (CNN). One of the wise men of mainstream punditry, Stuart Rothenberg, said it clearest in a Roll Call column complaining of Edwards' "class warfare message" and his "seeming insatiable desire to run to the left"; the column pointed fingers of blame at Edwards' progressive campaign co-chair David Bonior; consultant Joe Trippi; groups such as and Democracy for America; and a bring-our-troops-home message "imitating either Jimmy Stewart or Cindy Sheehan." Leave it to Fox's Bill O'Reilly to take the mainstream current over the cliff - bellowing Tuesday that Edwards has "sold his soul to the far left... MoveOn's running him... His support on the Internet is coming from the far left, which is telling him what to do." What seems to worry pundits -- whether centrist or rightist -- is that Edwards is leading in polls in Iowa, where the first caucuses vote next January. Indeed, current media coverage of Edwards bears an eerie resemblance to the scary reporting on the Democratic frontrunner four years ago, Howard Dean. If Edwards is still ahead as the Iowa balloting nears, expect coverage to get far nastier. The media barrage against Dean in the weeks before Iowa -- "too far left" and "unelectable" with a high "unfavorable" rating -- helped defeat him. (I write those words as someone who was with Kucinich at the time.) Today, elite media are doing their best to raise Edwards' unfavorable rating. But the independent media and the Netroots are four years stronger -- and have more clout vis-a-vis corporate media -- than during Dean's rise and fall. And it's hard for mainstream pundits to paint Edwards as "unelectable." Polls suggest he has wide appeal to non-liberals and swing voters. After years of pontificating about how Southern white candidates are the most electable Democrats for president, it'd be ironic for even nimble Beltway pundits to flip-flop and declare that this particular white Southerner is a bad bet simply because he talks about class issues.

Now while I may not agree with all the numbers on taxation, the idea that we should cut anybodys taxes, expecially the most wealthy, during a war that is suppose to be about the survival of our country it's self seems a bit disingenuous to me at least. Dell just turned in numbers that beat wall street estimates. Did that productivity result in job security for their employees? Not the 10% of employees that were told they had lost their job.
You see if they are to remain competitive and make maximum money they need to eliminate the very expensive "people" segment. Then maximum dollars could be obtained. Of course there are a few obvious flaws in this plan too but as Lana said above. Unfettered capitolism is not the answer. I would argue unfettered socialism isn't either but we had better quit pushing the extremes and find something that can work for all of us. That is the American spirit.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Capitalism is the disease, Socialism is the cure, Communism kills the patient - Eric Blair.
Nations that have knowledge of Justice and still abuse workers, the poor and have unjust courts, more than others must either change or will be destroyed.

Larry in New Mexico

11:43 PM, June 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fact #1 Many Republicans are hypocrites more concerned with social status, success, and money than with anything else. Therefore it comes as no surprise that they criticize others for things they are guilty of themselves.
Fact #2 The powers that be (Bush, Cheney, etc.) and the talking heads (Limbaugh, Faux News, Coulter, etc. ) are not REAL Republicans like Teddy Roosevelt and Ike were.
Fact #3 Ever since the despicable Mr. Limbaugh redefined the word Liberal, anyone the right wants to make look bad is called the most liberal (radical, anti-christian, socialist, etc.) member of Congress, etc.. This is what they did to Kerry who wasn't the most Liberal member of the Senate anyway and if he had been then good! That was a compliment but the sheeple are too dumb to know this.
Edwards is my favorite candidate, but his wife's cancer is in her bones. The election is a year and a half off. I think he'll have to drop out. And why should Elizabeth who is a wonderful caring person have cancer and not Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, etc.? Not fair!!!
What is scary to me is that all too many Democrats are short sighted and petty. They are ticked off about the Dems who voted for the supplementary spending bill and are planning to desert the Party, change to Ind., Green, etc. I think that many Republicans are sick of Bush and this war but won't vote for a Democrat. They'll stay home and not vote. If a lot of Dems do the same or vote 3rd Party, Juliani, McCain, or another Republican't will be sitting in
The White House and the GOP may regain an actual majority in Congress again. It is so depressing I don't want to think about it much.
No surprise that the workers were hurt and the CEOs were rewarded and the latter are surely Republicans supporting Bush's and Cheney's anti-unionism, How many airline workers are immigrants? How many workers are ill-trained and overworked and how many planes are in horrible repair? What's really sickening is how many of America's workers are so brainwashed they rush to vote for the Party that helps their bosses give them the shaft.


1:08 AM, June 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an unrelated topic, but hopefully if I comment here, others will see it. Just saw a headline-Germany Praises Bush on Global Warming-but haven't read the article, yet. Is this bogus info like the lies about the non-existent WMDs, etc.? Maybe this comes from the mouth of Rush Limbaugh or the imagination of Karl Rove? Or is Germany once again being run by fascist Nazi capitalist pigs just like Cheney, Rummy, Wolfowitz, etc.? Yeah, sure praise Bush for destroying the planet-NOT.! How evil and/ or stupid can people get?
And I don't much like the new German pope, either. He's no John Paul I or II, that's for sure.


1:03 AM, June 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron, Libby, Lonna, et al, I found this interesting website from West Virginia on things which generally concern us. Thought I would share it with you.

Larry in New Mexico

5:51 PM, June 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read thru that article about the German chancellor praising Bush. Turns out that it was re: the promises he's made recently to do something about global warming and the environment. They are telling him that he has to work within the UN framework, tho.
#1 Bush promised to do a lot of things, including to go to Kyoto and to do something about global warming and didn't. He may have meant it at the time, but he's not the one in charge, right?
#2 We will be having an election in '08 and Bush's approval rating is in the basement and Cheney's is in the sub-basement. The GOP may not fair so well even if they do succeed in cheating again which they certainly will try to do.
This is just more of the same. Empty promises, programs to help the environment which don't get funded and are undermined in other ways, stalling, etc. until they win and put another *&^% republican in office and a bunch more in Congress, etc. because they made promises the sheeple will believe and which they have no intention of keeping. How can anyone in Europe or anywhere else actually trust Bush to do anything that would hurt "big bidness"? Not gonna happen. And anyway even if he wanted to Cheney wouldn't let him!!
Speaking of the devil, his grandson's name is Samuel David. Thank goodness for his sake, it's not Damian, but how sad that he has to grow up with Dick and Lynn (She makes me sick!!) Cheney for grandparents. Poor little kid.


1:06 AM, June 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget how many of the low wage workers can't find decent daycare for their kids, much less be able to take them to daycare when they are sick. Parents, usually the mother, having to miss work to take care of sick children is a major problem, too.
Not so for wealthier professional families who may even have a nanny or housekeeper to take care of their sick kids.


1:18 AM, June 05, 2007  
Blogger Ron said...

Merkel is to the right and would likely support others on the right. I think she has yet to examine Bushs' record. His promises mean nothing. He lies all the time.

Libby-Good point on daycare etc. Something that the wingnuts never even consider because it isn't a part of their world...and we all know that is all that counts.

8:20 PM, June 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of housekeepers, Kitty Kelly said in her book, that the Bush children were largely raised by housekeepers while Barbara was out social climbing and trying to keep an eye on her husband who divided his time between fulfilling his political ambitions, making money any way he could, and his GIRLFRIENDS. (And the GOP trashed Bill Clinton for the same thing-hypocrites!)
Should the housekeepers be blamed for Dubya, Jeb, Neil, and Marvin? After all, the maids were working class people unlike Bush and his good buddies who don't have to take responsibility for anything they do. Except for Paris Hilton..Yes!! What a spoiled little brat!
3 wks without shopping. Can she survive?


1:55 AM, June 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that Paris Hilton has been released from jail after barely starting her sentence and is under house arrest for some undisclosed medical condition-yeah right-shopoholism! What a priviledged little twit she is and I'm so sure this is going to teach her that there are consequences for violating her probation. She'll just sit home on her cell phone watching The Home Shopping Network and shop that way.
Would not be surprised at all if she's a Republican and her dimwitted mother thinks Paris is a role model for young girls. I really hope not!


11:40 PM, June 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, make that 45 days without shopping not 3 wk. What did she serve-less than a week, isn't it?
Martha Stewart is a democrat and actually spent time in jail-Paris has got to be a Bush supporter. Hiss! Maybe Duhbya will pardon her since Arnold didn't.

11:44 PM, June 07, 2007  
Blogger Ron said...

Paris is an absolutely perfect example of a soft, pampered, weak, worthless twit. She is nice looking(not great) but looking at her and knowing who and what she is makes me throw up a little bit in my mouth.

12:51 AM, June 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention she has NO talent, either. BUT, Paris is the HOT news of the day, isn't she? Latest I hear is that she (reportedly) had a nervous breakdown over having to go back to jail. Even Britney, also, a twit, spent more time in rehab than the 3 lousy days Paris had in jail and now the time she had at home is being counted, plus she will get one day off for every four days of good behavior, so maybe she has 18 days left to serve. Hey, maybe she can do a TV special while she's there-"Jail Cells of the Rich and Famous". LOL


11:45 PM, June 08, 2007  

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