Whether we're anti-war, anti-foreign aid, or not - the solution to our domestic policies doesn't lie in cuts to foreign policy. Fact is, we need to spend more at home and tax the fuckers that bought and own our representatives - the ridiculously wealthy executives and corporations that shout "Winning!" from the rooftops year after year. For the most part, they don't pay taxes at all and feed off the government tit more than anybody else. Forget "welfare queens" - go after the "all-expenses-subsidized-or-written-off welfare kingpins."
I'm so sick of the rich saying that they are getting the shaft. Oh geez, I'm a hedge fund manager and all of my income is derived from capital gains - therefore you can only tax me at the capital gains rate of 15%. Pity me. Fuck them. How many jobs did they actually create? Any tangible goods? They just shuffled paper...
Back to the point - yes, end the obscene amount of money that we're spending in Iraq and Afghanistan, but this Libya stuff is a drop in the bucket so far. We'll see. All the press reports seem to indicate that we don't want the lead on this and want to back away as soon as possible. We'll see...
QUOTING FOR THE TRUTH.
Just want to point out, Taxes for the rich were HIGHER under Reagan then they are under Obama. Republicans were bashing the proposed resolution to the end of the tax cuts, taxing the rich, but Obamas proposal was still like 7% under what Reagan raised the rates to. Regan is hailed as a hero by Republicans nowadays...
The desperatity between the wealthy and the poor is growing at an alarming rate in this country. It has nothing to do with obama. It has to do with the American people. The people that watch Fox news. The people that vote Republican and vote for big business. Tax breaks for the rich. The trickle down effect.
It just seems like this country is constantly shooting itself in the foot, namely when we vote in a Republican majority. It probably has more to do with issues like religious Fascism, abortion issues, views on evolution, etc. But the republican party is for big corporations and the rich across the board. The democrats aren't MUCH better, they still receive millions if not billions in lobbyist contributions, but their policies are still better then republicans when it comes to the rich.
By todays standards, Ronald Reagan would have been considered a DEMOCRAT
. In fact REAGAN
never would have been elected today, running on the tax increase for the rich he did under his presidency.
How is the civil rights climate any different than pre-Obama?
Patriot Act - still in place
Guantanamo Bay - still in use and filled with permanent "detainees"
Whistle blowers - still rounded up and detained
Just wanted to point out, Patriot Act is NOT in place anymore. As of like two weeks ago, it expired and was not allowed to be renewed. As to the latter two items, yeah.
Wasn't a big part of Obama's campaign health care though? He came through on that. I'm not entirely happy with Obama, but you have to remember that he is a representative to the wishes of the country as a whole, not just you or the democrats. The strong sentiment lately has been against Obama, Healthcare, Against democrats, Against federal government. Obama is meant to represent this country, not just the party he hails from.
With that said, I have health care today because of Obama. I'm over 18 and under 25. I work full time, but the health care my company offers costs 1/3 of my paycheck and covers very little, forget about the dental. I'm finally able to see the doctor when I'm sick, because I'm able to stay on my parents health insurance plan.
Children can no longer be denied treatment for 'pre-existing conditions.' Insurance is one of the biggest lobbyists in this country, pro-republican. If you don't keep insurance your entire life, without lapse, your at risk for being denied coverage when in need of life saving procedures. Hospitals treat you to keep you alive, but they treat you with the cheapest route possible, which often times has a substantially lower survival rate then if you had insurance paying for a better treatment.
I have dual citizenship with the U.S. and England, and I forget what it's called, but my "Tax stamp" or w/e is payed for to receive treatment as an English citizen. I don't trust the American healthcare system and I can still fall back on the English, a country I've only been present in for 5 days in my entire life.