MoD's federal individual's income tax proposal:
$0          - $25,000:   0%   |  $100,000 - $150,000: 15%
$25,000 - $50,000:   5%   |  $150,000 - $250,000: 20%
$50,000 - $80,000:   8%   |  $250,000 - $500,000: 25%
$80,000 - $100,000: 10% |         above $500,000: 35%

State income tax
: Not to exceed 10% of net income. States may vary income tax between 0% and 10% and continue to compete for residents as they do now, being able to charge as little as no ($0) state income tax.
For couples filing jointly, existing variance or consistence as they relate to current rates being charged to those filing as single, may continue to apply.

The IRS should serve necessary enforcement and information supply role. The tax code needs to be simplified and stripped of loopholes that let the very rich and the corporate profiteers abuse the systems with tax evasion and nonsense tax rates. It should be reduced to as few pages as possible and clearly outline how we deal with corporate and investment taxation locally and in international finance maneuvers.
All this being contingent on a government that is committed to being wiser and more efficient about how it  spends tax payer dollars. Actually making the revenue count.  ...As if I know wtf I'm talking about. 
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Is Independent the New Cool?
Notice the way people say it while straightening the shoulders and lifting the chin. Like they've graduated to a higher plane of political awareness. "I'm an Independent, actually". Pronouncing it like a badge of freedom. Like White people under forty nowadays proclaim residence in Brooklyn as if they want the world to know that they've joined the coolest club.

Simply voting for the better candidate, regardless of their party affiliation or lack thereof, can be cathartic and is always a good way to send a message to party politicians who want to own your vote. It doesn't bode well however, when the fair, most open-minded people in government give up as a result of frustration.

At least 43 elected members are leaving the U.S. House of Representatives, mostly blaming their departure on partisan gridlock and childish bickering among the 'do-nothing' Congress which is tilted in numbers toward the Republican party and seemingly focused on making sure the Executive branch of government is ineffective. This exodus is enhanced by an unusual number of U.S. Senators retiring with a hearty good riddance and a similar frustration of not being able to serve their true purpose as lawmakers and stewards of the people. Whether other factors such as the inability to raise or make money in the stalemate political climate, at a rate they expected, play a role in some of these politicians' departures, is difficult to attest to. One thing is for sure. Some are fed up with being outcasts because they are willing to cross party line to get good work done in the face of peer pressure.

Considering that
the main focus of party politics, fundraising, has been overrun in the last few years by rulings such as Citizens United and SpeechNow.org v. FEC, surges of money from single donors and new superPACs now infuse political campaigns without the traditional footwork of actual fundraising. Grassroots efforts are a necessary ingredient in the stew of democracy, but grassroots by definition, merely refer to a stage in a movement. Most, if not every movement aspires to be grand. A movement worthy of declaring itself or being declared a Party power, in the arena of national politics, has grown beyond roots.

The rise of Tea-Party-like entities has been wearing down the tether of the Republican Party as Democrats grow more frustrated with the feeling that they exist only to provide fodder for the GOP and opportunities to freeze government. The Democrat party has not been burdened with any official strain or fringe sector, perhaps because it has been somewhat timid and reactionary until recently. It has awarded itself the moral highground for now. There is an understanding, that legislative constipation is the dirty works of the other side, and particularly its fringe elements. 43 members from both parties however, are done trying. Many of them too discouraged about wasted opportunities on Capitol Hill at a time when bold steps may be what is necessary to finally yank the American economy out of the ditch.

etting things right for the People isn't something to fight over, it is something to work out. It requires compromise, not gang mentality. I listened to rally cries at a state Democratic function recently and agreed; yes I see the racism. Yes I see how they cheat. Yes I see how the system is rigged. Yes I see how they feed the rich and starve the poor...CONTINUE  
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  Obama's Syrian Destiny
                                                                                                                                                                                            (Published: August, 2013)
Threads of time, knitted into a thick Persian gelim... Decades of worldwide events deposit us into this moment and Barack Obama's own mind is split on a matter that may very well decide the fate of this planet. To strike, or not to strike. He knows he must state publicly, that Syrian headman Bashir al-Assad, needs to have his bell rung. Someone must cripple Assad's ability to wield a free military wand; especially if that wand occasionally points at chemical weapons ...against civilians no less! But Obama also knows that most people in his United States, is weary of its military action, especially in the Arab region. Many Americans are as divided as their President, wondering about the endless possibilities after a military strike against Syrian targets. What will be the ultimate response from Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, eventually Israel and the like? Doing the 'right' thing, especially when only France appears to have your back, could develop into an international disaster.

There is the message that needs to be sent about the use of chemical / nuclear weapons, and how the sane world will or will not tolerate it.

There is the question of who? shall be the world police. Many voices from inside the USA insist, iT ought not be that enforcer, for it sets itself up as the Sheriff who must be shot; and in this case, there seem to be no Deputies. The United Kingdom (Britain) is opting out on this one. Britain's Parliament is still licking wounds from Tony Blair's wingman role to George W. Bush in the whole Iraq war saga. If the USA can count on ANYBODY to ride shotgun, especially when the fight is in the Middle-East region, it is the British government. But the English has forced me to start another sentence with the word 'but' and use a comma before the word 'because', because they said: fuck tha! you on ur own, 'merica.

There is that recent history of  Iraq and Afghanistan, and where the current US president had staked out position on these mega-military dramas. Terms have evolved between his appearing on the big stage, and now. His responsibilities are far different. It is not as easy to draw a straight line between his ethics, and his decision. As the cartoon image (upper left) indicates, the Periwinkle Line has gotten quite Squiggly. He can't be the guy who turned a blind eye to the atrocity of children being poison-gas to death while calling for his help. He can't be the guy who starts World War III by trying to help. 

There is the real possibility of the US Congress voting No on any strike against Syrian regime targets, at this point in time; despite the commitment to strike, that Obama has already made, verbally. There is his credibility (which is very important, for many reasons we might get into some other time) that could crumple, depending on how things unfold.

here is the 'Arab Spring', and how that seems to be turning into the unpredictable realizations of a process that was always destined to be, well, ..f-ck-d up.

Pictures of anti-government rebels executing Syrian regime soldiers and dumping them in pre-dug holes, counter images of people suffering from Assad's poison gas attacks. This does not help the call for action, from those who believe there must be  external intervention. In fact, it solidifies the argument that; the content of all the characters involved in the current Syrian civil war, is pregnant with unknowns. The Good-Guys have not been distinguished from the Bad-Guys.

There is the United Nations (UN), and itS credibility, after pleading the fifth, much like England, albeit for less dignified reasons. The UN and NATO are hand-tied because Russia, for example, wants to leave Bashir al-Assad alone to gas children to death, at will. So these worldwide organizations will not get the necessary votes to sanction effective group intervention to do something about the world's latest rogue madman who considers an entire nation, his domain, to rip apart at will.

There is the Arab League -- Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the like. What will they do if events escalate? What about the effect on civil unrest and turmoil in an unstable and important Egypt, that is currently mired in anarchy.  The tangents, yes, they are a many.

Right now though, there is Barack Obama, who basically opposes war, unless danger is eminent at home. How far is he willing to go? Is he prepared to defy the U.S. Congress if it votes no on the issue? What will US cruise missiles actually strike, in Syria? Wouldn't the Syrian regime have targets stashed among civilians? Will there be majority unmanned drone strikes? Will U.S. action extend existing conflicts, and/or lead to new ones? Will Assad double-down on the fight and use chemical weapons again?

Perhaps, this is an opportunity for the world to learn, how to surgically strike and disable a despot like Asssad's capability to kill people via unspeakable methods (not that method measures the worth of life). With the technology developed, the intelligence provided by a post 911 dragnet, and the forethought of a General Barack, a result could be achieved, which kills 0 to few civilians and set off the avalanche that unseats Assad. The international agreement, to not tolerate chemical warfare has been around for a long time, relatively speaking, but there is no "how to" guide on record.

He wishes he could remind Americans that the "how to" guide that has changed, is how to fight war, the way he reminded Mitt Romney in a debate; "..we also have fewer horses and bayonets.."To remind the world that the USA probably won't need boots on the ground, even if the situation escalates after a missile strike at Syrian targets, is to remind the world that America thinks it can crush you from a distance, without getting actual hands dirty; without risk of strike(s) against its homeland. This.. could foster more anti-USA fervor ..more hate, for the "great satan".

Here is Obama (with Rwandan genocide still fresh on his mind), who's already said he'll strike; but then, he's waiting to hear what Congress thinks first. Here is Obama, who mentioned War almost 40 times in his Nobel PEACE Prize acceptance speech. Standing among us, as the man of the moment; the mysterious man of the moment; maybe isn't such a mystery at all. Even doves, draw a line somewhere.

April, 2015

Maybe it’s the ironic temporariness of the many neglected pre-1900, ultra-slim row houses in blocks of its blighted neighborhoods. The ones that sit just off the sidewalk and squirt back like markings on a ruler with no space between. The sad duskiness of certain connected pavements and facades that makes one want to pick up an entire area, truck it to the harbor and wash it in the Basin. A shadow of gray that drags on, parallel to 'normal life'. Refuse items resting in open ghetto lots and alleyways as if sanitation department believes it belongs to someone who's coming back to get it. The blue lit oppressor-cameras on most street corners in the hood, gleaming dull, like sparse Christmas lights on a drying tree. A randomness with which things appear scraggly pieced together over time. Broken walls that seem to want to tell me that “Here, once, stood something – meaningful – or  not – but it was here – and this is what is left”; sprouting defiant weeds proudly from their cracks.  Aimless youths who spring from subjects of the crack epidemic and its epic mourning period .  Being in the mostly beautiful city of Baltimore always makes me cognizant of the old elephant in the room; its name is not Charm.

As situations unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri over the police killing of Michael Brown in summer of 2014, I thought of Baltimore, and how much more combustible it could be. My mind flashed back to images of its idle youth scaling the mighty walls of its NFL football stadium, for the hell of it. Not like the raving destructions of college students after winning or losing a big game. With the youth in Baltimore, it is resentment -- a symbolic reaction to being the heart and the wart of a system and a city that doesn't care if they care; a system that locks them out. I thought about that seething underbelly, froth with restless undereducated young people in a region that is rich with prestigious colleges and universities. Our future, climbing on top of itself beneath the lid of a pressure cooker like desperate crabs in hot water, as we boil them and label them thugs.

I lived in a Baltimore suburb recently, for years and there are similarities with the nearby District of Columbia; like subtle reminders that lurk just below the
Mason-Dixon Line. Or the way it seems like the haves are trying not to rub luxury in the faces of the have-nots, while often coexisting in the same air space. I understand the history wrapped up in these places. This is not a full indictment on the city of Baltimore. At least, not of its underclass who call these neighborhoods home. I know these people well and I love them dearly. Such places are my melting pots. This is not a typical knee-jerk reaction to what’s in the news. It is a sentiment I carry; what I’ve always told people when they ask me “How is Baltimore?”

It is the 'lesser' parts of town and what it takes to survive there, that tells me what a city is all about. I don’t know if Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of young police on bicycles and
paddy wagon operators who shake and roll the dice with Black people’s lives, will spark the dawn that soaps dusky #Bemore.  Stranger things have happened.

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Sp!tn B'tween Ra!ndrops

                     |(Published: December,  2011)
It has become clear that we broke it and did not fix it. Although the United States must let go, in order for Iraq to walk on its own, U.S. presence there must continue to be more than just symbolic. It must continue to be effective, only spending treasure as necessary; the cost to keep necessary bodies and resources there, in order to prop up a nation which is currently built on sand.

The embedded presence must be military; the bare minimum, in order to deter or quell any uprising or conflict which may disrupt progress. It must be intellectual and logistical (not political), in order to help deliver public service, technology and a lasting government that is genuine at the core. Iraq, like any truly successful democracy, will need an indigenous, built to last, system of governing all of its people with their different religious persuasions and sectarian conflicts.

When the USA truly lets go of Saddam's legacy, the real New World that American intervention/ invasion promised the average Iraqi citizen, like stability, electricity, education, transportation, safety and protection must have been delivered. At the very least, the sprouts of these basic civil necessities must be clearly visible.

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Arabian Clusterfuck                     (Published: June, 2014)
Remember the powder keg that is sectarian Iraq that Saddam Hussein sat on, preventing it from exploding, until this band of misfits decided to lie to the world, invade Iraq and eventually hang Saddam? So... yeah... that happened.

Nouri Kamil Mohammed Hasan al-Maliki, also known as Jawad al-Maliki or Abu Esraa is the 
Shiite Prime Minister of Iraq and Secretary-General of the Islamic Dawa Party that the West helped to prop up after 'cleansing'  Iraq's former government of Sunnites). Maliki
is now requesting USA airstrikes as his 'nation' erupts. Weapons left behind by USA and allied forces facilitate a full blown 3-way war (Sunnis, Shias, Kurds) in Iraq that will trickle over to already war-torn Syria, draw in Iran and likely, Lebanon and Hezbollah and more.

ISIS aka ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant -- or Syria)
with its vast majority of Sunni rebel fighters put out a 'help wanted' for pilots to fly war planes abandoned by USA and allied trained Iraqi Defense Forces who have shed uniforms and left heavy arms for ISIL rebels to come along and scoop up. These ISIL fighters want to depose the current Iraqi Shi'a government and/or make land grabs for territory and oil, while Kurds already 'claimed' oil rich Kirkuk on June 11, 2014 after Iraqi Defense Forces abandoned bases in Northern Iraq to avoid confrontation with ISIL.  Questions:

Didn't al-Maliki agree that all USA troops leave Iraq?
Isn't al-Maliki the one shitting on Sunni population?
Did allied forces really expect uniforms to cloak and dissolve centuries of sectarian commitments?

al-Assad in Syria, al-Maliki in Iraq and leadership in Iran are basically all Shi'a and on the same side. Al Qaeda thinks ISIL is extreme, Taliban hasn't officially chimed in yet and Saudi Arabia is Sunni ruled and opposes almost anything having to do with Iran. Once again, the USA don't know who to bed or who to bomb. Poor Barack Hussein Obama. *
What's a brotha to do?

Hillary Clinton says in her new book (Hard Choices); she wants to arm mystery rebels in Syria.  (this, combined with her fuckup in Benghazi, is probably why President Obama gave the Secretary of State job to John Kerry).  U.S.A.. always fighting against its own damn guns.

America should stay on top of intelligence and put the drones to good use. Otherwise, Leave those damned Muslims to their millennia of wars.

With an overabundance of weaponry, idle minds, idle hands and religious convictions, what's to stop that part of the world from boiling in warfare? 

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Crisis of Confidence Part VIII
In his 2013 State of the Union talk, U.S. President
Barack Obama suggested raising the USA federal Minimum Wage from $7.25/hour
to $9.00/hour...

Crisis of Confidence Part VIII
$18,720 = $9/hr X 40hrs/wk X 52wks. $9.00 per hour IS STILL POVERTY

February 2013: President Obama's call for a $9/hr federal minimum wage is a bargaining pitch. $1.75 jump from the current $7.25 is pipedream-ish, considering the challenge it is bound to get from those arguing against a hike. He may settle for $8/hr for now. After a year, when the sky hasn't fallen as a result of $8/hr federal minimum wage, Obama can, to some degree, point to economic improvements resulting from the 75 cents bump and argue for another bump. This gives him the platform and pattern to propose even a third bump before the end of his second term and depart the Whitehouse with federal minimum wage around ten dollars, which I think he will be satisfied with, all things considered. This would then prompt individual states and municipalities that keep local minimum wage above the federal base, to raise in accordance.

Meanwhile, I have this recurring fantasy that the nation, the WORLD will wake up one day soon and realize that the relative cost of goods and services, with respect to inflation over the past twenty years has ballooned out of control. Price tags just don't seem to match the things they are attached to. International economic recession has honed in this problem to some degree, with regard to things like interest rates, housing prices and such but not enough to offset the preceding trend in the opposite direction. My dream notion of Cost of Living decreasing and matching up with stagnant Minimum Wage, is stifled by the reality that Cost of Living never regresses. [Crisis of Confidence I through VII]

January 2014
: Unable to move the ball in 2013, President Obama recommends a $10.10 minimum wage. | more things change, more they stay the same | #FightFor15

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Potluck Poetry
----------------«»----------------Hollywood is as much to blame for the rise in gun violence in America as anything else. A showing of batman at a Colorado movie theatre brought that fruit home to bare. Cavalier violence in cinematic art has always fueled our appreciation for and glorification of said violence, as well as appeal to the 'monkey see, monkey do' aspect of human nature. The acceptance of quick-killing as a method of conflict resolution or mass killing as a method of 'blowing off steam' becoming commonplace in the real world, paves a path that gun peddlers travel along, as they deliver us to evil.

We know that the vast majority of perpetrators of random mass murders in America's urban and suburban communities are young. We know that there is a frightening spike in mass murders, primarily via gun. The spike is in direct correlation with the spike in violent video game culture. This is not a coincidence. Movies inherently and the influence of movies on video games, drives the delivery mechanism that enhances young minds' ability and propensity to drift toward acting out the violent extreme. This is how our youth are being assisted in delivering mass violence; from visualization to execution.

If 'gun control' (which anybody who's OK with the term 'birth control' should be OK with) isn't going anywhere because this is afterall the land of 'live free and die hard', then we need other approaches besides blaming mental health and trying to find evidence after the fact that our killers should have been certified as crazy. Guns have been around for a long time. So has mental illness. Certainly, guns are different now, and these differences contribute to the extent of the carnage, but we already clarified that restricting ownership is a dog that wont hunt. Since we can't seem to control unnecessary manufacturing or inadequate tracking of guns, maybe it is time to embrace the 'guns don't kill people, people do' concept more, as a society and focus on the trends in popular culture that bring out 
Mr. Hyde in some of us.
It is the youth among us who will have real affect against this epidemic--eventually and young people's approach (according to a recent report published by
Center for American Progress) is to attack the problem as a cultural one as well as a material one. Maybe it is time to consider negotiating with American movie makers to get them to reverse trend and tone down the guns and explosives, instead of exporting the glorified violence to European movie making and the like. Time to put effective restrictions on the vulgarity and violence in video game content.   Rated M for Mature just isn't cutting it anymore.

Risky Business!
This TV Ad pressures President Obama to abandon pro-drilling stance. Courtesy of www.foe.orgPresident Obama may want to opt for free-agency on this one. Playing on the Drill Baby Drill team with Limbaugh, Perry, Palin and other "act first, think later" wing-nuts could blow up in his face. Explosion at a West Virginia coal mine in 2010 (killed 29 people); Epic BP oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Off-shore drilling and "clean-coal" mining has taken a couple of hefty punches to the gut. Now the drill team wants to speed straight ahead (crash-dummy style) with this Keystone Pipeline.  Think Baby, Think!

[FRACCIDENTS via EarthJustice.org]

*Synopsis:  The debate between Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jonathan Chait Re: Pres. Barack Obama's pattern and Congressman Paul Ryan's remarks on "Black Culture" and "Culture of Poverty"   (http://t.co/Tk6BSmUzFX)
Cultural erosion is far less to blame for stifled ambition, achievement and joy, than is sustained oppression -- blatant or otherwise.

For the AfroAmerican male, being learned and prepared is not enough. He also needs luck. Luck is not a laurel on which 1 ought ever rest

FromMichelle Obama
To:        editor@mindofdemus.com

Subject: Healthcare Reform & Childhood Obesity

Dear Editor --

When you hear about the new health reform law these days, too much talk is focused on the political.

What I've found is that most Americans just want to know how this new law helps their families stay healthy -- and how it reduces their costs.
read full letter

Obama Administration picking lower hanging fruits like Women's rights, Gay rights, Immigration and other things that garner more public consensus and can be affected through Action from the President via Executive Order. Changing the American social landscape and power lanes, while "filling the stat sheet" (sports metaphor). Although these issues are not "easy" to navigate, they keep the progressive train chugging ahead with marked accomplishments while the administration continues to tackle gorillas in the room like: USA Economy & Tax Code | 21st century Pentagon | Peace & War | Healthcare & Guns | Energy | new Industries & new Jobs. Wow! Full plate. There will be lots of leftovers for Obama and OFA to nibble on, in post-POTUS life... Education | Prisons | Drugs | Poverty | Environment | Climate Change...
Hillary Clinton testifies on Benghazi (1-23-13 via TIME.com)

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Opinion the New News?

We know traditional newspapers are on the way out. The old New Orleans Times-Picayune recently joined the list of expired print media. Merged with or converted to internet media, or just folding up shop; this is the way of the newspaper business these days. No more ink on the finger, no more ink on your tongue from licking your finger to create that all too familiar page turning saliva gumption. The page is turning on magazines too. Sales for traditional newsstand magazines have plummeted so much, that that particular format actually bested non-glossy newsprints in the race to the computer screen. Today, prior to getting the sports pages in the morning, you've already seen reports on every sporting event replayed on ESPN a handful of times the night before, or fished out specific highlights on your smartphone.

With all the nerds crawling over each other to get apps approved and sold, all the tech companies battling it out on the shelves or in court (like Apple claiming Samsung is making iPhone and iPad knockoffs, or Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University suing Apple for stealing Siri), it's not only important to be first, but to be first in daily revolutions. The speed at which information and communication media is evolving right now, has many folks suspended in a state of uncertainty. Most people still get a chunk of news from TV, as they have for the last several decades, but that number is also skydiving as the new generation takes flight. The major TV networks hardly ever report news anymore they just recap whatever has been churning out of the cable affiliates that attempt to report news all day long.

Lately, even cable news seem to be getting a nudge from operations like Huffington Post, which recently launched its new HuffPostLive format; integrating standard video news and discussion programs with commercials, into the pioneering internet news "paper" which recently merged with AOL in order to up its web potential and capacity. Yet, as hard as HuffPost is trying to keep up, I still sense frustration from its leadership that their new toys keep feeling like old toys by Boxing Day.

Whether it's the TV news or newspaper-turned-internet like CNN.com or NewYorkTimes.com, or web originated outlets like HuffingtonPost or GlobalGrind; they are all trailing behind the flash speed of smartphones and social networks (aka #Following Twitter). It use to be that news would happen, then someone or a crew would go out, report on it and tell the rest of us. Now, before they can warm-up the NewsVan, people on the scene have already tweeted the story with picture and video in tow. In a few seconds, someone on the other side of the world has already glanced at his phone or laptop and soon considers it stale news.

What this leaves us with is an instantly informed public which no longer has a need to read news, so it is left reading opinions, far more than in the past. Opinion Editorials (Op-Eds) are often all that is left to be written, even moments after a story is deemed newsworthy or fresh. No; hardcore reporting is not dead by any means. There will always be a place for researched stories and deep coverage that employ painstaking journalism. Journalists who are embedded in warzones, dodging bullets; the investigative chipping away which leads to breaking stories in other areas, will always be unique and irreplaceable. What is being replaced, is how the information gets disseminated. For the most part, reporters don't chase news anymore. They wait for news to come to them; knowing that the news probably got to the public around the same time and also knowing that what they have left is the discussion aftermath. Robbed of the opportunity to be the news breaker and competing with social networks for airtime.

Careers are being built on Opinion Journalism now. There is value in the not-so-instant availability of different viewpoints on issues. There is even a confidence boost in reading and hearing viewpoints which are in sync with our own. Even with the over saturation of websites and blogs offering people's take on everything under the sun, if we pay attention, we happen upon a good read from time to time. This is when we put the 'favorites' function to work. Chances are, a compelling opinion writer, is worth reading or hearing, on a range of topics.

Opinion has always had a chair at the news table. That chair has morphed into a bench. The other segments of the traditional newspaper and magazine are stuck in a chaotic game of musical chairs. Meanwhile, internet news is using opinion reporting to find its sea legs. 
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Crisis of Confidence
Excerpts from original series published in the heat of the crisis
(September, 2008)
...While watching the Olympics I saw an AIG commercial in which they boasted of its size, power and ability to make my life more financially secure. Later that evening, while on a midnight snack run, I stopped to get some $4 per gallon gas. I must have missed the AIG guy standing next to the pump offering me some of his money.

...result of a hands off,
Laissez-Faire, no regulation, free market system. This may be the proof in the pudding; the verdict, on what ultimately happen when this old, eagerly professed and defended philosophy is applied to an economy as vast as what the United States' has become.

The test period has run its course on trickle-down economics and the result is rolling in right before our eyes. Our current troubled economy is the rebellious teenage version of "
Reaganomics".  We let it continue and we will eventually have a bearded monster sitting on our lap

The pyramid scheme on Wall Street simply amounts to fraud in too many instances. Instead of going to jail for deceptive business practices in new, innovative, unprecedented ways, criminals are getting bankrolled by the very people they have taken advantage of.

...When Wall Street firms and their investors are making record profits like oil companis, they are never interested in sharing the wealth and even lobby for adjustments to tax laws in an effort to keep more of the wealth. However, when the investments go south the burden is shared with all tax payers, even those who have no direct stake and earn no immediate profits from the financial marketplace. The big players know the risks when they play. The insurance companies and mega lenders knew they were playing with fire with the sub-prime/back-loaded mortgages, the loans without collateral, no down payment, insuring entities which have not proven true long term value...  Their eyes were wide shut and their conscience shut tight.

The fat, greedy, cry-baby America we had become needed a dose of reality, not Ritalin. America needed a spanking, not a time-out. >>> read more


Like an army of marauding ninja vampires, slithering around the underbelly of life, waiting to slip through the smallest crevice and seize the first opportunity to reappear and muck things up. Even while their thirst is dormant, they proceed to sink their fangs into the necks of the rational, sucking the sweet blood of logic from the veins of life. Before you can mount a defense, or even reach for an intellectual bandaid -->
Boom! It's in your face and all over your favorite pair of shoes.

You may ignore it, but that cuts to the heart of the matter.  Asking some of us to ignore the power of nonsense, is like telling us to continue to brush our teeth with sandpaper because eventually it's going to feel better.  You can run from it, but that would be like trying to beat Jamaica's superhuman trackstar Usain (lightening) Bolt in a 100 meter dash.  You can counter it with logic, reason and common sense, but that can prove to be equally exhausting, and in the end you may give in, due to the sheer power in numbers.

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