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Palestine Borders and Demographics Prove to be A Ghetto

Thanks to a good idea given to me by my partner here at STL, I started to research and analyze some geographic information regarding the Jewish land-grab in Palestine. I then followed by studying some demographic info on the Gaza Strip and drew some interesting conclusions. Here’s what I found: First, some great maps over at Wikipedia with adjoining historical context info and links portraying the boundaries of Palestine/Israel since the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement (The linked information could have you reading ...

Social Protest Lit: Ebenezer Elliot, “The People’s Anthem”

A poem from Ebenezer Elliot entitled The People’s Anthem from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy! when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Flowers of the heart, O God, are they! Let them not pass, like weeds, away! Their heritage a sunless day! God save the people! Shall bring crime for ever, Strength aiding still the strong? Is it thy will, O Father? That man shall toil for wrong? “No!” ...

Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy.  Let the stupid begin. …radical Greens, one of the most influential political forces in America today… Seriously?  He goes on to mention the famed Sierra Club as one of these forces.  And where did they rank in 2013 on lobbying: 755.  In fact, if we look at the top 50 interest groups giving to members of Congress this year, no sign ...

Anti-Israel Policies/Actions Is Not Anti-Semitsim

There have been growing protests in Europe against the mass murder of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel. These actions are in response to the IDF killing 500 Muslims there with the vast majority of them being civilians. But what is troubling about these movements is, according to this article in the NYT, an anti-Semitic tinge has taken place at these protests. The story reads that in France: Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over ...

Warren For President?

Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial ...

Social Protest Literatue at Sparking The Left

Here at STL we are starting a new feature. In between our political-insight posts, I will start publishing excerpts or entire pieces of great literature that speak to crucial social and political issues which span the centuries. Though almost all in the Western tradition, the subject matters are transcendental. Now first to name my source, I am taking pieces from Upton Sinclair’s selected and edited collection “The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Great Social Protest Literature of All Time.” ...

Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Detained for Being Undocumented

I was first brought aware of Jose Antonio Vargas’ story last week in a piece he penned in Politico. He explained that he was in the Rio Grande Valley, in the city of McAllen, just north of the Mexican border. He was there to see first hand the tens of thousands of undocumented children, most of them from Central America, and observe how they were being treated. The trip was also used for a news conference appearance and vigil organized by United We Dream, ...

GOP Refuses Funding for Border Children Projects

A humanitarian crisis unseen before at our borders is becoming more and more urgent everyday at Rio Grande Valley, TX, and other Southwest locations. And yet the GOP is arguing over numbers. Yesterday President Obama requested an amount of $3.7 billion from Congress to help aid the 57,000 unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the border from the Mexico side since October. They are mostly from violence-ridden Central American countries, like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (Honduras has the world’s highest murder ...

Selective Outrage

War is hell.  All we have to do is look around the world to see its toll.  That being said, I don't understand the lack of outrage coming from this President and his administration other than that aimed at our one ally - Israel which is doing no more than trying to protect it's people from rocket fire and constant raids from Hamas. The fact that Palestinian civilians are getting killed is a tragic yet unavoidable aspect of this war.  Why ...

Why Are We So Full Of Hate?

What has happened to human kind?  No matter where you look we find ourselves surrounded by a world filled with hate. What puzzles me is how it's combined with political correctness.  Take this country where so many words are now frowned upon and even forbidden because they are hurtful to certain people.  Redskins, squaw, savage plus a whole lot applying to blacks, orientals and hispanics not to mention middle easterners.  Has it dawned on anyone banning the names has done nothing ...

Has Putin Over Reached Once Too Often?

My, oh my.  We've watched this man make mince meat of Obama over the past several years.  Each time you could see the smirk broaden and the swagger get more pronounced. He and his allies - Iran, China, Syria and North Korea were truly enjoying themselves. But as happens with a lot of bullies, they get over confident and suddenly everything around them collapses. I'm wondering if this is the case with the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet. With the death ...

If Only It WERE The Heat!

What a day.  A passenger plane has been shot down over Ukraine uncomfortably close to the Russian border. Hamas reneged on the humanitarian cease fire so Israel launched their ground offensive. Children still pour across the border while Congress dithers. It's now being reported parents are giving them birth control in case they are raped during the journey. Along that line former member of Congress, Todd Aiken, who once talked about legitimate rape and the idea that women's bodies protected them from becoming ...

Hannity's Histrionics

For a person who doesn't have much faith in the intellect of pundits, I wonder why I watch them so often.  I wonder even more why the cable outlets and networks that employ them don't take more care in who they hire. Many of them get on crusades that bear no resemblance to reality.  Sean Hannity is one of the most prominent. The night before last  he was on his Bowe Bergdahl kick demanding to know why he was returned to ...

Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

If the President could run away from the border mess any faster I'm sure he would. It's being said it's because being seen in the setting of kids crammed into confined spaces with their scabies and lice would reflect badly on him.  It could even be his Katrina.  Well, maybe.  But who's fault is that? It goes to show his handlers aren't as smart as they think they are.  For one, drinking beer and shooting pool in Colorado, a state where ...

The Kids Always Went Home

Watching the immigration mess going full bore brought to mind a lot of things that have involved children from other nations.  The first thing that comes to mind is the Disney song It's a Small World After All that speaks to all we have in common. Hopes, dreams, all the warm fuzzy stuff. We've had exchange student programs where a student from another country lives with a local family to learn not only academics but what life in American and Americans ...

The Militia Is Coming, The Militia Is Coming!

That's all we need! News has it a call has gone out for militia, both unarmed and armed, to gather along the border to help private land owners protect their property in something called Operation Save Our Borders.  Terrific! Remember how well it went when militia turned out to help to  help Cliven Bundy in his fight over Federal grazing rights in Nevada?  It came within a hair's breadth of turning violent. I really feel for the border towns who are the ...

I could think of no worse example for nations abroad, who for the first time were trying to put free electoral procedures into effect, than that of the United States wrangling over the results of our presidential election, and even suggesting that the presidency itself could be stolen by thievery at the ballot box. Thomas Jefferson
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Austerity Is Not The Answer!

I think a lot of Conservatives have hated Social Security since the time it was first implemented during The Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration back in the 1940s.

The funny thing to me is that no matter how much some of the Conservatives claim to dislike Social Security (Because they like to talk about how it is nothing but a “Give Away” program that takes from the “Honest Taxpayer” and gives to those who want Government handouts) they seem to be more than happy to receive that monthly check themselves, don’t they?

I have discovered (In my experience) that many who claim to be Conservative will argue until they are blue in the face about why Government should never have such things as Medicare, Social Security, Pell Grants or much of anything else that will help people who sometimes have few other resources (Or none at all).

I have also discovered that many of those same Righties who argue against all the Government “Give Aways” are often the first ones in line with their hand out when it comes time to get a piece of this “Government Pie.”

Of course, being a staunch Liberal myself, I find this attitude on the part of some Conservative types to be absolutely the epitome of hypocrisy.

I hear a lot of Conservatives talking about the need to cut back on Government Spending but then I observe that the last time they got control of the reins of government, they built the largest government bureaucracy ever known in this country and ran up the biggest national debt ever…so what I want to know is “What are they talking about?”

Practically speaking, if The Righties were finally able to get rid of all those social safety net programs they claim to detest so much (And believe me when I tell you they appear to be working on it every day that passes) the overall benefit to the American Economy would hardly be noticeable.

In fact, I think that if the Draconians on The Right side of the aisle are ever able to jam their “Cuts” down the American People’s throats, the effect on the Economy will most likely be disasterous.

Imagine what it would be like if suddenly millions of retirement age seniors were to face the prospect that all their income were cut off—every penny—except for what little they might have been able to save all their lives (Which will soon be spent and gone if inflation does what inflation does).

Yes, try to get a picture of what it would be like to have these senior citizens without any income at all or any prospects of having any.

If that were to happen (And that is what some of The Righties are working to make happen in my view) the days of seniors without adequate food, clothing, housing or medical care would be on us in a flash like it was in the 1920s and 30s and there would be visible desperation, poverty and despair in this country like no one could possibly imagine in their wildest imaginations.

If The greed hawks on the Right keep on with their ambitions, the day may come when a working person will be faced with the fact that they dare not retire before they are in their mid 70s, 80s or worse. (Raising the retirement age is one of Righties big ideas for saving Social Security.)

Personally, I think if they are going to get the retirement age raised, they should just “Go For It” and get it up to 100 years or so and be done with it.

Of course I am only kidding, but I wouldn’t put it past some of them to think in those terms.

Now consider this:

If seniors were forced to meet such prohibitive requirements for collecting any Social Security and they had to keep on working for all those extra years—how many job openings do you think there would be for new employees to enter the work force?

There would be quite a few less available jobs if seniors were forced to hang on for all those extra years because I doubt that the “Job Creators” (The Rich that are always portrayed as “The Job Creators”) would be very much more disposed to spending capital to make work for people than they are right now…do you?

How many businesses can you name that are in business for the sake of creating jobs?

Most of the businesses that I have ever been associated with are in business to make money—not to create jobs.

In fact, most of the businesses I have known would rather eliminate jobs wherever they can in order to increase the bottom line.

But Righties never tire of spouting that same old line about the “Job Creators” do they?

If America gets to the point where Conservatives can damage the social safety net enough, unemployment will rise to tragic proportions in this country and may never be reversible unless there are vast public works programs introduced like there were in the 1940s.

And that option—in my view–is not available with the obstructionists and intransigents of Conservatism in The United States.

The bottom line is this:

If Rightie gets all the cuts in the social safety net programs that they seem to want, the end result will be that the fat cats will get fatter yet on the middle class and lower income earner’s dime, the general Economy will go to worse straights than it is in now and the senior citizens will suffer a fate worse than they could in any Third World country.

I hope American Voters are smarter than to allow the greed mongers to do these awful things to our beloved country just so some who already have most of the wealth can have a little more.

It is unfair and unjust and detrimental to America and I hope and pray that things like the Occupy Wall Street Movement will inspire others at the grass roots to step forward for the sake of Justice and Equality and cause America to kick Radical Conservatism and it’s forced austerity measures in the rear end on a massive scale.

American leaders need to get back to a place where they can work together and they need to reject the notion of “My Way Or The Highway” at the negotiating table because if they do not or cannot, this country will undoubtedly be in for some rough sledding over the next few decades.

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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Author: John Liming - American Liberal Times

I am an American Man, 72-years-old, and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I have served honorably in both The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. I am a concerned citizen and refer to myself as "A Crazy Left Wing Liberal Nut Case with occasional Right Wing Conservative tendencies. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation.

2 comments to Austerity Is Not The Answer!

  • “I hear a lot of Conservatives talking about the need to cut back on Government Spending but then I observe that the last time they got control of the reins of government, they built the largest government bureaucracy ever known in this country and ran up the biggest national debt ever…so what I want to know is “What are they talking about?”” (A direct quote from the above posting)

    May I ask what cave you have been living in for the last 3 or so years?

    Virtually every published statistic, particularly those produced by the current administration clearly indicate that President Obummer has in the last 3 years outspent and grew the debt more than any other President including George W, who was a spender himself yet in 8 years didn’t raise the debt as much as Obama has in just over 3.

    I realize its fun to crank out post after post bashing the “rightie” and Conservatives in general, but would it be possible on occasion to actually not ignore the facts, or worse yet rewrite them to serve your agenda.

    I have a news flash for you, your not the only source of information for people on the internet, most of us try to find reliable sources and evaluate them. This means that when you publish this claptrap, frankly it is an insult to most peoples intelligence.

    We understand that you lean to the left, we get it that you don’t like Conservatives. However if you want to be taken seriously make a logical argument for your case and stick to the facts. The alternative only makes you look foolish and sad.

    Sincerely,
    A Canadian Commenter

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