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Sad Day for the Eastern Shore!

It is a sad day for the Eastern Shore, to have a liar and a sham, like Andy Harris, be re-elected.  I was so hoping that this, my first post after the election, could call for a coming together of the “right” and “left.”  But, upon hearing Harris’ comments after his win, I am more committed than ever to replace him as our Representative.

Andy “Bizarro” Harris

He lives in a ‘bizarro’ world, claiming to have “reached out” to Democrats, when we know that he has voted against any proposals put forth by House Democrats or the White House.  His approach has even earned him the nickname, “Dr No”, because that has become his standard vote and position! And, according to his post-election comments, he will continue to live by his moniker and obstruct any progress in the House.

I am not whining about Harris’ win; the former Democratic candidate, Wendy Rosen, certainly didn’t help, by resigning a week after the deadline to remove her name from the ballot.  As such, Dr. John LaFerla could only run as the Democratic write-in candidate. I am just astonished by the failure of the commonsense Eastern Shore voter to see through the disguise and insincerity of Harris’ campaign. He is definitely a “RINO” (Representative In Name Only)!

When Harris holds himself out as a “great communicator”, saying that he is bringing both parties to the table, it just doesn’t fit with his history and performance, whether in the State Senate or in Congress.  In fact, Harris has been a major roadblock to both, the Maryland delegation and the House, where there have been multiple efforts by the Democratic leadership and the White House, to repair the economic mess perpetrated by the previous administration.

Harris lies when he talks about helping farmers, since he has voted against the Farm Bill, introduced by his own Party! Without its passage, our farmers will be hurt financially. He has voted against education, medicare, social security, job creation, health care and protecting our air and water, or the Chesapeake Bay.  In fact, only 4 bills were introduced (and passed) by Harris in his 2 years as Congressman. They dealt with reducing the tariffs on foreign-made men’s and women’s shoes! While millions of Americans were still unemployed and suffering, Andy embraced a foot fetish!

“Dr. No” – Doing nothing for the Eastern Shore!

Aside from the sound bites and clichés he has come to rely on, Harris cannot point to any real action on his part, to help our district or its residents.  He has failed to spur job creation, being more interested in expanding ‘fracking’ even though it has been shown to be destructive and dangerous, than he is in cooperating on solving our “Fiscal Cliff.”

He is a pawn of his corporate campaign contributors, mostly from out-of-state, and the sooner 1st district voters open their eyes, the sooner we will get a Representative who truly represents our interests. Until then, “Dr. No” will continue to be the obstructionist and do-nothing elected official, that he has been since his days in the Maryland Senate!

The True Andy Harris…Obstructionist!

What is my ‘issue’ this election cycle?  The farther we go into the Republican Primary season, the more it seems that Gingrich, Romney, Santorum & Dr. Ron, will destroy each other, then move on to President Obama, after the carnage settles. This made me think about what might have the most impact from my efforts in 2012, as well as a direct benefit to my community.  Yes, I’ll be supporting the President for re-election – there’s no sane alternative – but I feel I can do more for myself and my community by helping to achieve an important goal, locally!

Politics and ideologies aside, “What galled me the most in 2011?” The Republican-led House came to a standstill regarding the most important issue in the country: JOBS! Continuing to have millions of unemployed isn’t good for anyone; neither the unemployed, nor the country. But what did the Republicans introduce to change that? Not much! What they did introduce had strings, so heavy, attached to them that they were dead on arrival.  The Republican-led Congress, with Tea Partiers pushing hard to obstruct any compromise, reached their goal…Obstruct any legislative initiative put forth by the minority Democrats or the White House. In fact, the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), summed up his party’s position best, when he said, “There will be no cooperation with the White House until the resident there is replaced.”  You can’t get much clearer than that, can you?

McConnell - "The King of Obstructionism"

We constantly hear the ideologues talk about “deregulation”, “lower taxes”, “more government help”, or “less government help.” Honestly, none of this will convince corporations, sitting on TRILLIONS in cash, to expand and hire.  Some say that getting rid of regulations or lowering corporate taxes would help.  I say, “Baloney!”  I’ve started several businesses over the years and if I could make money with an idea, I ran with it! It didn’t matter if there was paperwork to fill out or if the tax rate was 35% or 50%.

No, the real issue for job creators is that they don’t see a functional legislature in DC. Without negotiation and compromise, there can never be agreement. Ideological extremists are keeping the “middle” from ever being attained.

Harris - "Student Obstructionist"

Our local, do-nothing, obstructionist, extremist is Andy Harris; so, I am committing to replacing him with someone who will “play nice with others.” After all, isn’t that how our Founding Fathers created a country?  Over the next few months, on this blog and The Daily Times (Salisbury, MD newspaper), I will be exposing the non-record of Mr. Harris and showing my neighbors on the Eastern Shore, that this man has no clue how to work in Congress, where negotiation and compromise have become lost arts!  I will also expose his positions on Social Security, Medicare, job creation, alternative energy and other issues that are critical to people.  The more Harris talks, the more his vitriol and hatred of the President becomes evident…his goal is to support those who have no vision, except to remove the President from the White House. Unfortunately, his goal ignores the very people who pit him in office, and it’s time for Harris to answer for his failures.

And WE’RE the Anti-America Crowd?

Just when we all thought that the far right could do nothing more to expose their ignorance and hatred for Obama, we find that the Tea Party has surprised us again!  What is so unbelievable is that the Tea Party likes to characterize Obama, Democrats and those of us with Progressive views, as “socialists, anarchists, anti-American scum, bent on the downfall of  ‘merica.”

"Bring down the country so we can bring down the President!"

Last week, Tea Party activist Melissa Brookstone, writing on the Tea Party Nation website, called for a “national strike” by small businesses. And, what is the goal of the strike? To call on Congress to come together and stop bickering?  NOOOOO!  To demand that Middle Class Americans get help to refinance their “underwater” mortgages?  NOOOOO!  Ok…how about to stop cutting programs that provide medical services and school lunches to our millions of hungry and uninsured children?  HELL, NOOOOOO!

Brookstone’s ‘strike’ calls for America’s small businesses to stop all hiring (yes, you read that right: STOP, not START) while Obama and the “Democrats-Socialists” who control the Senate stop leading this country into chaos. Specifically, Brookstone rallied her troops with:

I, an American small business owner, part of the class that produces the vast majority of real, wealth producing jobs in this country, hereby resolve that I will not hire a single person until this war against business and my country is stopped.

I hereby declare that my job creation potential is now ceased.   “I’m on strike!”

Well now…that’s one way of helping to bring around the demise of capitalism and economic growth in the country. But, considering that there are some wily, cunning and creative (best positives I could come up with) people on the far right, you’d think that they could have come up with something a little more helpful to the cause of capitalism, individual freedom, democracy…and the American way of life!

If I had been in Brookstone’s shoes, I would have attacked this problem of “Global Socialist Decay” in an entirely different way. If the Tea Party and the far right REALLY wanted to show Obama and the Democrats/Socialists ‘what for’, they should have done the following:

1.  INVEST in their business by hiring and expanding;

2.  INVEST in their business by providing their workers with the benefits that the Government has been forced to provide;

3.  INVEST in America by bringing back jobs from overseas and putting their neighbors back to work;

4.  INVEST in the message, “We believe in America and the American way of life, so we are going to show those Socialist Pigs the right way to get this country back on track, by hiring, expanding, providing competitive wages and benefits to our employees, which, in turn, will foster loyalty, improve production and make their lives richer and more secure. THAT’S how we’ll get back at those anti-American, protesting, living-off-the-dole socialist, commie-pinko-fags!”

Now, call me naive and a hopeless optimist, but wouldn’t these actions show the positive sides of laissez-faire capitalism, democracy and the American way of life?  My Mom always told my brother and I, “Don’t get mad…GET EVEN!”  It seems to me that Brookstone is VERY, VERY mad! Unfortunately, the only ones that will have a chance to “get even”, with her approach, will be those ‘Democrats-Socialists’ when election day, 2012, rolls around; people will have seen no improvement in the jobs outlook, thanks to Brookstone’s “strike on hiring” and now that she has put such an idea in writing, those same people will be able to point to her philosophy on economic growth and say, with the flick of their finger, “FOUR MORE YEARS…FOUR MORE YEARS!!!”

And the beat goes on…

The Senate on Thursday night blocked a $35 billion bill for states and localities to hire teachers and first responders, marking the second defeat for President Barack Obama’s jobs agenda in less than two weeks. The bill, which failed in a 50-50 vote, marked the first attempt by Senate Democrats to move pieces of the president’s American Jobs Act that was defeated by a Senate filibuster last week.

For more information… http://www.politico.com

The GOP attack on the unemployed continues, unabated! What is it about JOBS that the Republicans don’t understand? Ahhh…right…compassion…economics 101…and, of course, defeating President Obama next year!  Perhaps, defeating the President is the biggest hurdle to overcome.  Republicans are hell-bent on that goal, putting blinders on and forsaking all assistance to the American workforce until they either have one of their own in the White House, OR, until they are soundly defeated at the polls in 2012.

9-9-9…I’d rather have a pizza!

At first blush, almost any plan looks better than the jumble of rules, regulations and loopholes of our current tax code. Unfortunately, the proof is in the pudding, as they say, and when you run Herman Cain’s plan in various scenarios, it just doesn’t work. In order for a plan to be truly effective, it needs to be run in every scenario possible, with positive results. This ‘plan’ is especially ineffective in most scenarios and actually INCREASES taxes for most Americans and many businesses. EX. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/herman-cains-misleading-pitch-for-the-999-plan/2011/10/12/gIQAHszPgL_blog.html

Cain’s plan makes no distinction between profits and revenues for a business…so, if a company has revenue during the year, but still has a loss (which many businesses do for their first few years), they STILL have to pay the Sales Tax 9% AND the Corporate tax 9%, for a total of 18%…even though they show a loss!! How do you think THAT will fare with business owners? I’m one of them and I would NOT be happy!

9-9-9 May Be A Good Price for A Pizza...But It Doesn't Work for A Tax Overhaul!

Also…right now, everything a company invests in its business is tax-deductible, including worker salaries…not so under the Cain plan. The figures show that companies (especially small companies) will pay more under Cain’s plan than current. For instance, if a company has capital expenses now, they’re deductible. Under Cain, they’re deductible ONLY if the purchases are for products made in America! Sounds really good until you realize that we are a world economy today and that there are no (or very few) semiconductors or integrated circuits (and other computer parts) that are made in America. Without those deductions, MOST companies would go bankrupt, being unable to deduct their product & inventory (cost of goods) purchases…they just couldn’t get by without the deduction, and then add 18% tax on top of that (corporate income 9% and sales tax 9%). EXAMPLE: if a company wants to buy 500 Apple computers because of expansion, would they be deductible because they are being purchased from an American company? Herman Cain’s answer to that very question is, “Ahhh…I don’t know!” LOL. “I DON’T KNOW????” Mr. Cain, you wrote the plan…if you don’t know, who does?

Sorry, on a purely financial analysis, Cain’s 9-9-9 plan is untenable and will drive businesses into bankruptcy and lose more American jobs than you can imagine! If someone out there has a different analysis, I’d love to see it. BTW…if a Democrat had proposed this plan, the right-wing would be up in arms against the “anti-business” socialist who wants to destroy business in America!  

As another aside: Cain’s preference for American goods only, would be a direct violation of the many international trade agreements that we have signed over the decades. Sure, we could say, screw the agreements…BUT, then, America would not be able to sell our products overseas…then what!?? Sometimes, what seems so simple is just that…simple…too simple and impractical.

Rich Lowrie - economics advisor to Cain - has no economics degree or experience! He's a Wells Fargo financial planner!

Life…and economics…is more complicated than that. THAT’S the problem with Cain’s economic advisor…he has none! The only adviser Cain has been willing to mention by name —Rich Lowrie –  is a wealth manager for a division of Wells Fargo, and according to his LinkedIn page, holds an accountancy degree from Case Western Reserve University. Lowrie also spent three (3) years on the advisory board of the conservative third-party group Americans For Prosperity. Not totally surprising is that the 9-9-9 plan that Lowrie came up with was actually co-opted the tax system from the Sims videogame!!  I think Mr. Lowrie (AND Mr. Cain) are operating a little out of their league!  But, I’ll leave that for you to decide.

Government Creates “Underclass” For It’s Own Purposes

The following was submitted by Al Kappenberger, from the Coalition of Eastern Shore Progressives:

Some thoughts on corporate exploitation and creation of the “underclass worker”, who take American jobs:

Consider how our government, being totally controlled by corporate money, will use money to further its own ends. It will always utilize every legislative avenue and public relations resource it can control, to perpetuate the belief that undocumented workers must be identified and deported, in order to prevent them from taking jobs from American citizens, who could do these jobs themselves. This is willfully creating an “underclass” in America.  Consider, too, that you hear all too often of businesses hiring undocumented workers with little or no attempt to verify their legal status. Law enforcement regularly looks the other way.

I believe there is more going on here than what would seem obvious.  You should also consider why it is that the undocumented worker will be hired over the legally documented worker, with similar qualifications. The obvious answer is that they will accept work for far lower wages. Why? It is the very fact that they are an illegal “underclass”,  having no legal rights or political power, that keeps their wages down. In truth, this actually gives this “illegal underclass” a form of  “power” that allows them to take a job from someone who expects to receive a higher pay.

It is in the interest of the business, who use unskilled workers, to do everything they can, to see that “undocumented” remain an underclass. If, on the other hand, the “undocumented” were treated the same as citizens, with full access to all services, and with complete access to petition our government, their wages and status would then rise to equal that of the rest of us. The “undocumented” worker would eventually loose this “power” to take American jobs for lower wages.

As I see it, doing everything the government and business can do to perpetuate an underclass to exploit, is the very thing that is allowing them to take American jobs! Every undocumented worker is a “person” and part of our economy, in every way.  All each one lacks is a piece of paper identifying that he is a US citizen. What makes him  a member of the underclass is nothing more than where he happened to be born!  Examples of these efforts on the part of our government, to perpetuate this exploitable underclass, is the move to deprive them of something as basic as a drivers license and the outrageous “papers, please” legislation being promoted in many States. These are not efforts to protect the “legal” worker, but rather, are parts of the continuing effort to perpetuate an underclass for business to exploit! An occasional raid by immigration officials, to round up and deport a few undocumented workers, is a necessary part of the strategy!

Denouncing 6 Big Republican Lies!

EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS VIDEO!  It explains, in plain language, why the lies being told by the right-wingnuts need to be rejected by all of us.  The GOP strategists continue to lie to their “limited information voters” who need nothing more than a half-truth, cliche or metaphor, sounding patriotic, to make a decision. These voters fail to ask questions or perform the research to uncover the truth that will show the simple-minded drivel being expressed by people like Perry, Bachmann, Paul and yes, even the most “normal-sounding” of all the wingnuts, Romney!  They are leading this country down the path of a theocratic oligarchy! As Reich says in this video: We cannot become so cynical that we give up, throw in the towel and allow the wingnuts to win. It will put us all back into the 18th century, where royalty, the church and the rich held power over the poor. By giving up, we give our children and grandchildren a future of submission and scraping to survive, while the rich control the world!

Rep. Andy Harris’ Response To The President’s Jobs Proposal

The following is Rep. Andy Harris’ (R-MD) response to the President’s speech to the Joint Session of Congress.  Excuse me, Mr. Congressman, but you have GOT to be kidding, right?  You must be drinking at the Ron Paul (R-TX) and Rick Perry (R-TX) trough, where minimum wage (and less) jobs are king and migrant workers are preferred over American teens.  I challenge the Congressman to tell us what “job creators” he spoke to on the Boardwalk: the arcades, the temporary food vendors, the seasonal musicians…WHO?

"We need more Boardwalk Job Creators!"

The “Job Creators” on the Boardwalk bring in part-timers (no benefits) from foreign countries (THAT’S the way to support the youth of America) who, at the end of the summer, either go back to their countries or stay and go to school here.  Meanwhile the “Job Creators” close up their Boardwalk enterprises and kick back for the winter, while collecting unemployment benefits.  GOOD WORK IF YOU CAN FIND IT, HUH, CONGRESSMAN?  Oh, wait…you did!

President Obama’s Jobs Plan: Stimulus II 

“Over Labor Day weekend, I met with many small business owners on the Ocean City Boardwalk – a common theme I heard from those potential job creators was their desire to get government out of the way so that they could do what they do best: grow their businesses and create American jobs.  President Obama’s newest spending plan is nothing more than a second Stimulus bill.  Just like the first Stimulus passed by the previous Congress, it will not create jobs, but instead delay recovery, increase the debt and grow the size of government.  I believe that common sense ideas like a balanced budget amendment, elimination of job-destroying regulations and making America energy independent will create American jobs and get us out of this recession.”

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