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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Petitions For The People's Lobby

For those who are new to viewing this blog (1st of all, welcome), the People's Lobby is an advocacy organization that fights for the voices of the American people who aren't part of the elite. I've been in contact with the organization's sole director/administrator, Dwayne Hunn, for the last year or so. He's got 2 petitions up for signing and sharing, so if you have a chance: please do so. The petitions are here and here.

The first petition is about getting law makers to raise the effective taxation level of the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations. Increasing their rate will help to close the budget gaps we're currently facing as a result of the Republican's tax-cuts. It will also make it so that we have the money to establish the Medicare-for-All system and tuition-free public colleges that Bernie Sanders had advocated for back in 2016.

The other has to do with creating a World Service/Jobs Corps as a 21st-Century recalibration of the Peace Corps. This would give Americans the opportunity to engage in an additional form service to country to serving in the Military. This would be a better use of our foreign policy resources, as it's a great way for us to engage in soft-power diplomacy. Plus we'll get the added advantage of winning the hearts and minds of people in the countries we're aiding. Especially when the living conditions foster an environment for political and/or religious extremism. 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

We Can’t Afford To Get Complacent After The Democrats’ Victory In November

We should take a moment to reflect on the fact that we’ve partially shut down the Right’s ability to cause more damage than they’ve done already, but we shouldn’t get complacent. Just because the Democrats will control the House of Representatives starting Thursday is not a reason to become inactive. We still have too many members of the House Democratic Caucus that are under the control of Wall Street, and are ardent defenders of Third Way politics of the 1990s. These Corporate Democrats need to go.

This is precisely why we need to lean hard on the Democrats. The last thing we need is for the Democrats cave to the corporate media’s pressure to fulfill Wall Street and Corporate America’s rediculous demands. They don’t need more money and power; if anything, they need to be stripped of it. We need to make the point clear to them that we’re going to hold them accountable if they think they can get away with for more corporate welfare. It’s time to end this charade.

2019 Is Going To Be 1 Hell Of An Interesting Year

There’s no denying that because of the outcome of the 2018 midterms, 2019 is shaping up to be a real interesting ride now that Donald Trump is practically cornered. How much more mayhem he’ll cause is still a massive unknown, but 1 thing is definitely clear, it’s not going to be a pretty picture. What happens now is dependent on what he chooses to use next as a conveniently placed distraction.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Why Donald Trump's Contract With Andrey Rozov May Not Be The Evidence To Prove Collusion And Could Possibly Land Him In Prison

Given the release of the contract between Donald Trump and Andrey Rozov by CNN, this means that Trump, while certainly guilty of perjury with regards to the Trump Hotel in Moscow, is not likely going to face his political demise. Make no mistake, it doesn't look good for him by any stretch; however, proving whether or not this led to collusion is going to be much more difficult. Intent is the determining factor, and much of the evidence for that would likely be in Russia (No, Vladimir Putin and his goons/cronies won't give it up; it makes them look bad). If anything, it illustrates Trump's business relations with several Russian Oligarchs (including the amount of leverage he had over them), while also proving just how much of a liability he's become.

In so far as Robert Mueller's probe is concerned, the contract may not be the investigation's smoking gun. What ultimately will be is hard to say. Rest assured, Mueller most likely has other evidence lined up that's even more damning than that contract. But given the course of the investigation since March 2017, there's been a constant theme: no hard evidence that Trump colluded with Russia to win the presidency. The only case that's been proven is that Trump had engaged in several illegal business practices before entering office, but even that's been common knowledge for years. The fact is that his actions are catching up to him, and, while it still questionable as to whether or not he's going to be impeached, they will likely land him in prison once he's out of office.

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Right-Wing And Corporate America Are In For A Nasty Surprise Come January

The newly elected class of House freshmen are about to give the Right and Corporate America numerous headaches when they're sworn into office on January 3. Many of these freshmen are progressive insurgents who got into office by knocking down a few incumbents in the primaries. They've shown that they're not only listening to the progressive grassroots, they're channeling their energy into forcing the Democratic House leadership to partially abandon their attempt to knee-cap any progressive priorities. This doesn't mean that they'll win on ending the practice of PAYGO (Pay As You Go), but it does mean that they've got the leadership on notice that they're ready to be headache inducing back benchers if they feel like they[re not being listened to.

For Corporate America, it means that they are now dealing with a class of freshmen incumbents who largely won't play by their rules. This is an absolute nightmare for them, as they'll have no control. For the rest of us, it'll be a good thing, as it will finally start breaking Corporate America's 50-year coup and war of attrition on all of us. This may mean that some corporate excesses could be reined in to a degree. Example: Just look at the skyrocketing prescription drug prices, that'll likely be a top agenda item. Seeing some legislation passed on curbing the pharmaceutical industry's ongoing and absurd price gouging is very likely to happen.

There are numerous other examples of Corporate America's excessive political power. The bottom line is that there will be some more new faces in Congress who've got a massive incentive on reining this excess in. That's the impact of the progressive wave is having on the order of the day in Washington.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Why The Right Should Be Panicking Given The Outcome Of The 2018 Midterm Election

Seeing that the Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives and cut down the number of governorships that the Republicans have control over means that the right wing is starting to really panic. They should be because they have absolutely no credibility with their regressive policies and distractionary hatemongering. If the conservatives in Congress and state houses bothered to pass laws that benefit all of us, they'd have a case to run on to hold on to power. Here's the thing, they haven't and that's why their panicking is a good thing for the rest of us. We're likely going to see some laws proposed that are meant to be symbolic as they'll help make the case for the left that the right is no longer interested in policy making and is just drunk on money and power.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Vladimir Putin Is Losing Ground With The Russian People

An article came out on the AP earlier today regarding Vladimir Putin's approval rating among the Russian people. Turns out that his approval numbers have just dropped below the 60% threshold. What this translates into is that Putin's stranglehold on power is beginning to come apart. This doesn't necessarily mean that he'll be under 50% by the time his term expires in 2024, and there's still a strong probability that his numbers won't get to that point. Go ahead and read the article for yourselves, and hit me up on either Facebook or Twitter with any of your own thoughts.

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