Monday, October 29, 2012

Andy Schmookler's Vision for America

This is the transcript of Andy's recent speech given over several locations in the final week of the campaign. It needs to be seen and shared widely. The contrasting visions of Mr. Schmookler and Mr. Goodlatte could not be more stark. I urge everyone to read every word and share it with everyone you know as widely as possible. Mr. Schmookler would be a positive addition to the House of Representatives. Mr. Goodlatte is part of the reason for it's 9% national approval rating. Read on:

 “I See an America” Andy Schmookler’s Positive Vision for Our Country

I've spoken often against the threat that I see to all that has made America great. And I've addressed many nuts-and-bolts issues that affect our district, including jobs and the budget and healthcare.

Now I want to speak to the vision of the America I am fighting for.

In some ways, it’s the America I grew up in.

I am fighting for an America where the government plays a role in creating a vibrant middle class — as it did after World War II by providing educational opportunities for returning war veterans and by creating a more level playing field for workers and the great corporations that employ them.

I am also fighting for an America where our political leaders come together on the basis of the values that we share, liberals and conservatives alike, to achieve our common purposes.

Part of America’s greatness has always been that we have been guided by a vision of our best possibilities.

More than 70 years ago, a great American president — Franklin D. Roosevelt — articulated such a vision.

“I see an America…” FDR called out in a speech, and then he gave an eloquent recital of the qualities of the America he was working to foster.

“I see an America,” FDR said, “where no businessman can be stifled by the harsh hand of monopoly…”

I join him in supporting a market economy where there is fair competition because the government plays a role in keeping the giant corporations from abusing their power.

"I see an America where factory workers are not discarded after they reach their prime, where there is no endless chain of poverty from generation to generation…"

I share FDR’s concern that average Americans be treated fairly. And I share his determination that America be a land of opportunity, raising up a people with initiative and the ability to better their condition.

“I see an America of great cultural and educational opportunity for all its people.”

I support his vision that there is no more important investment for a healthy society than in the development of the potential of its people. And I share his sense that man does not live by bread alone.

“I see an America,” FDR continued, “whose rivers and valleys and lakes — hills and streams and plains — … are protected as the rightful heritage of all the people.”

I share his understanding that our natural environment is not merely a means to the end of anyone’s private enrichment but belongs to us all and warrants our protection.
 Now let me share some of my own vision.

I see an America where our citizens are secure about getting the healthcare they need without fear of being bankrupted.

I see an America where people care as much about doing what’s right as about getting what they want, where corporations care about the country and not just their own profits, and where the media care about their effect on people’s minds and souls, and not just their ratings.

I see an America that honors scientifically established fact, and where neither corporate powers nor political parties try to deceive people about truths important to their future.

I see an America where the young are educated to be productive, but also to become fully developed, whole human beings.

I see an America that leads world civilization toward a time when the genocide in Rwanda and the rape-camps in Bosnia cannot happen, because the world is organized to stop such horrors. And an America that leads toward a time when humankind lives in harmony with our planet, and the health of life on earth is growing stronger rather than deteriorating.

And perhaps the starting place for a better America lies here: In the America I grew up in, we had a sense that we were on a path of continual improvement, and a determination to strive along that path. We lost that. I want it back.

We should always be asking ourselves, "What do we want America to be like generations hence?" and be working always to find ways to make it so. If one approach doesn’t work, we Americans should try another.

Without a vision to strive toward, we cannot even maintain the status quo. As it says in the Bible (Proverbs 29:18), “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Death By a Single GOP Cut? | Mother Jones

Death By a Single GOP Cut? | Mother Jones or is it death by a thousand small cuts? It's very evident that the Republican majority in the House is against the American Dream for anyone who can't afford it. The list of government programs that are being cut only includes those that have a direct impact on the quality of life of a lot of Americans. It doesn't seem to matter to them that none of these cuts represents fiscal sanity, or that even when all of the small cuts are totaled up they won't even make a dent in the the nation's debt. It's pretty safe to assume that this radical gang of partisans is simply on an ideological war party. They've got their war paint on and are looking for scalps.

Somebody save Big Bird!!

"You didn't build that!" ~God

What Does Lower Spending and Deficit Reduction Look Like?

Bob Cesca: Repeat After Me: Obama Cut the Deficit and Slowed Spending to Lowest Level in 50 Years

Ok this is truly stunning.  That the GOP can still roundly denounce the spending level of Mr. Obama and think that they could do better simply shows that they are only playing for political blood... Mr. Obama's.

Math challenged Republicans are looking very foolish to me... Is this true for anyone else?

You didn't build that! ~God

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Mr. Obama, You've Got This

The second presidential debate is approaching.  Mr. Obama says he's relishing the opportunity to redeem himself for his lackluster showing at the first debate.  Perhaps the energy of Mr. Romney's fast-talking, truthy, sales pitch to America will be a wake-up call. It certainly should call the president's attention to the political race that will determine the rest of his career as a politician.

Prepare yourself Mr. President.  Mr. Romney was prepared.  He had memorized talking points and statistics that sounded fantastic as he chattered away, all the while looking you in the eye and daring you to disagree or call out his inaccuracies.  Engage! He's making the sale.  He's memorized his pitch.  His handlers have decided that most anything he says will be believed and repeated by the supplicant media.  In the first debate he won because as Mr. Reagan found out, "a lie travels 'round the world before the truth puts its boots on."

So Mr. Obama you need to get out in front of this.  Be ready to make the truth sound like a lie.  Keep it short and succinct.  Pithy phrases, simple ideas. Color in the empty statements of Mr. Romney with stories, facts and interesting information.  You can stay cool and calm, just get the jump this time.  Its a fast break.  You are the point guard. Look for the opening then make the assist, score the ball, get back on defense and get ready for your next opportunity.  It's winnin' time.