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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 ...

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Is Ryan Budget Plan The Answer For America?


If I am not mistaken, the cost of running The United States has been placed on the backs of middle and low income Americans for as long as I have lived and that has been 74 years now.

It seems to me (Much the same as it seemed to my Dad and my Grandfather) that the wealthiest 1% always manage to receive some kind of special pass when it comes to contributing a fair share to the  maintenance of the greatest Democratic Republic in History.

Oh I know, they claim to pay more than 70% of all taxes paid, but I am of the opinion that the amount of taxes that could be collected for The Treasury is severely curtailed by loopholes in the tax codes that give the very wealthy all those big tax breaks and by the fact that clever millionaires and billionaires know how to maintain accounts off shore on which no Income Taxes are ever due or paid and that this creates unfair pressures on the country.

Lately I have been hearing about a proposed budget plan called by the probably affectionate tag, “The Ryan Plan.”

It is reported that among other things, this proposal which the front running candidate for President on the Republican Side is said to have endorsed would place the cost of health care squarely on the backs of senior citizens and the physically challenged through a plan to privatize traditional Medicare and issue vouchers with a limited value to those seeking health insurance coverage.

I am told that these vouchers will be used by those who receive them to purchase a health care insurance plan from private insurers.

I can almost see how quickly the initial value of those proposed vouchers will be absorbed in competitive pricing from the private insurance providers and how quickly someone with a modicum of business sense will find a way to match the voucher value with what I like to call, “The Purchaser’s Share” of whatever plan is purchased.

I cannot guarantee that this is what will happen, but in my opinion, the temptation will be out there along with the opportunity unless someone has had the foresight to include a little “Regulation” of practices and procedures under the proposed plan.

And that is only the health care portion of this proposed plan that the Right and Far Right are pushing with such great energy now.  This plan has even been called “Marvelous” by at least one political contender.

Then there is all the talk I have been hearing about how this “Ryan” Plan will cut back on Social Security and God only knows what else.

In a recent news program on television, I heard that even the Catholic Church has said that the “Ryan” Plan is out of sync with certain moral considerations.

Will Americans swallow all the advertising being done on behalf of this and other Right Wing proposals for getting America back on Her fiscal feet again?

I feel obligated to remind all who read here that America has always fared far better under Democrats than under Republicans and I hope voters keep that in mind as they approach the challenges of this coming Presidential Election.

I suggest reading the following very closely:

Some Details Of The Proposed Ryan Plan

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/paul-ryan-catholic-bishops-ayn-rand.php

Check this one out too:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/03/romney-endorses-ryan-budget-118079.html

Do Millionaires Hide Funds In Offshore Accounts?  Read this:

http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/09/pf/taxes/offshore_accounts/index.htm

Posted by John Liming (Political Opinion)

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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.

3 comments to Is Ryan Budget Plan The Answer For America?

  • Is understanding the fundamental principles of the Constitution and applying them to our government obstructionism? I think not. Our future generations depend on us to continue to enforce the Constitution on our politicians. In point of fact the Constitution does not allow for the executive branch to have a health and human services department. Article 2 of the Constitution states pretty clearly the job description of the president. Allowing the executive branch to gather more power to itself violates the three equal branches principle of our Constitution. The Ryan budget does not balance the budget soon enough. We have to cut spending now and drastically or our kids, grandkids and great grandkids will live in poverty.

  • If The Right regains control of the Government, EVERYBODY except for the very wealthy will live in poverty. Now we have two opinions expressed;the Pro and the Con. That is a good thing.

  • I do not want to get into an endless merry go round of arguing the fine points of the Constitution, but I will say that Health and Human Services is a duly authorized Cabinet Department,appointed by The President and confirmed by The Congress according to the authority of Article 2, Section 2 of The U.S. Constitution and is, by incorporation, a legal part of The Legislative Branch and while the Constitution makes no overt provision for the Department of Health and Human Services, it certainly does not go to any length to forbid it either.

    This disclaimer of the Constitutionality of the Department of Health and Human Services, is in my opinion, attempted Revisionism and can safely be discounted.

    If the Department of Health and Human Services is, indeed, not provided for in The Constitution, then I raise the question, “Is the Department in question doing what might be considered as a “Christian” work in its attempts to address the ills of Mankind? Is America and The Blessed Constitution not supposed to have been born in the fires of Christian fervor?

    If the Constitution is, as some on the Far Right Fringe have suggested, a “Christian Document Governing a Christian Nation,” then I contend that the question of whether or not the Department of Health and Human Services is Constitutional or not is totally and irrevocably mute.

    Faux intellectualism makes a good verbal case, but common sense and reality dictate the need for The Department of Health and Human Services in a “Christian” social order.

    One cannot reasonably apply a secular argument against a religious reality. If The Constitution arises from Biblical Inspiration, then the compassion, love and caring nature of Christianity must also be inherent in The Constitution. If this is true, then Health and Human Service is a natural evolution of the ideology.

    Conservatism,in my opinion, has consistently been on the wrong side of every issue that was ever designed to be of service to those who have need in our society and constantly seeks the benefit of the wealthiest 1% at the expense of the so-called “Common” (Not so wealthy or privileged) among us.

    If America did not think that Health and Human Services was Constitutional, it would have been dispensed with a long, long time ago and we certainly do not need to be trying to take the country backwards by disallowing the Progressive benefits that have been achieved through the blood, sweat and tears of human beings who care about others in The United States.

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