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How Do Average Working People Who Are Republicans Tolerate These Things?

Republicans in Congress have blocked a bill for medical care for 9/11 responders because of an alleged concern it would add to the deficit.

Yet at the same time Republicans insist on tax cuts for the most wealthy regardless of the impact on the deficit.

I wonder sometimes if we live in a legitimate country, or if we all exist and work so a powerful few can prosper.

How do average working people who vote Republican tolerate these things?

Even if you disagree with Democrats on many issues, how do you stand something like this?

December 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 5 Comments

There Is Little I Can Tell You That You Don’t Know—What Are You Going To Do About It All?

In Houston and Harris County, our newly elected chief voter registrar, Don Summers, a Tea Party supporter, is making it more difficult for new citizens of our nation to vote.

Nothing about this is surprising.

In Texas, our official State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon, says global warming is real and that human beings are a leading cause of the warming.

Nothing about this is surprising.

In our nation, the retention of tax cuts for the most wealthy that is backed by most Republicans–And, sadly, by our President,–will add billions of dollars to the budget deficit. This despite the fact that we hear so much about deficit from Republicans.

Nothing about this is surprising.

Here is the question—-What are you going to do about all this?

Will you talk to friends and family about your beliefs, write a letter to the editor, start a blog, run for office, donate to candidates and causes you support, and whatever else it is you feel you can do to make the most of your beliefs and abilities?

There is  little I can tell you  on these issues that you don’t already know.

What are going to do about all this?

Are we going to get outworked by Tea Party/Republican Party folks like we were in 2010? Or are we going to move ahead and make progress in the time we have on this Earth?

December 9, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts On Bush Tax Cut Deal Illustrated By Tree, Sidewalk & Grass

Above you see that people and nature can co-exist.

The tree can go on being a tree and people can still take a walk.

That is at least one way of looking at this picture I took in Houston a few weeks back.

Another way of looking at this picture is that the tree is the Republican Party that would not allow unemployment benefits to be extended, unless tax cuts were kept for the 2% most wealthy of Americans and unless the wealthy got a break on the estate tax.

Democrats are the sidewalk that yielded to these obscene demands.

Rotten tree.

Why do Democrats always seem to be sidewalk and Republicans always seem to be the tree?

This “compromise” will add to the budget deficit. We keep hearing about the budget deficit. Yet that does not seem to matter so much when tax cuts for the rich are at issue.

Barack Obama has said for the longest time that he would not support extending the Bush tax cuts for the most wealthy.

I’m not even sure that Mr. Obama is the sidewalk in this picture.

Maybe he’s the grass you see growing on the left.

Passive silent grass that just hangs around waiting for some rain or waiting to be mowed.

The road on the left is the powerful driving unencumbered to more money and power while others catch Hell in this recession.

When I took this picture I thought it represented man and nature living in harmony.

I want to be hopeful.

I just don’t think co-existence can be about one side always being rooted in far-right extremist ideas, and the other side always giving way.

Rank-and-file liberals, progressives, Democrats, independents, and centrists need to fight back.

Republicans are not about the deficit or about working on addressing the recession.

Republicans are about serving the interests of the few and about  far-right extremism on social issues.

The leadership and action of average citizens is needed now to offer a countervailing view to this frightening reality.

Photo Copyright Neil Aquino.

December 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hello President Obama—Please Fight To End Bush Tax Cuts For Most Wealthy

Hello Barack Obama.

Thank you for visiting Texas Liberal each day.

Please don’t give in on ending the Bush tax cuts for people earning more that $250,000 a year.

We are at war in Afghanistan, we have a big budget deficit, and we are in tough economic times.

People who are doing well can pay a little bit more.

Have we no bottom line standards at all?

Wealthy people can’t help their country during hard times?

The party of the  working man and woman has no fight left?

It seems sometimes that we are going out of this world backwards.

December 3, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Sometimes There Is No Middle Of The Road Position

As you can see from this picture I took a few days ago, sometimes there is no room in the middle of the road.

There is no room in the middle of the road when we have a congress that is denying the extension of unemployment benefits during this tough recession, while at the same time debating to keep tax cuts in place for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.

This kind of thing really makes you wonder about what kind of country we are at the moment.

It is up to you and I to fight back. How long can we allow Tea Party groups to have the upper-hand as the rich get richer and the rest of us are pushed aside?

Are we really going to extend the Bush tax cuts for the most wealthy and then have cuts for programs for the poor and working class in the next Congress?

What kind of country is this? When will we fight back?

November 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

Can’t The Most Wealthy Pay Some More Taxes In Hard Times?—When Will We Grow Up?

Even in this deep recession, we are having a hard  time getting the top 2% of wealthy Americans to pay a tax rate that they were paying in case just a few years ago.

Senate Republicans say they will fight the repeal of Bush tax cuts for top earners. These are people making over $200,000 in single earner households and $250,000 in dual income homes.

Why is it so hard in this nation to get anybody to sacrifice for anything?

Is this a great nation where the people are willing to do what it takes to get back to prosperity, or are we just out for ourselves even as we go on and on about how we love America?

Here is what President Obama said in his inaugural address

“Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.  Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered.  Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many — and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet….We remain a young nation.  But in the words of Scripture,the time has come to set aside childish things”

I think President Obama should return to this theme that we need to grow up and realize we are part of a society. This message should not be directed only at the wealthy. We should also recall that in some respects, though in not all respects, we brought this recession upon ourselves. Muslims and immigrants did not force us to buy big houses and big cars that we could not afford. Nor did Muslims or immigrants force to pass tax cuts that we could not afford.

September 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 2 Comments

Obama Wants To Repeal Bush Tax Cuts For The Most Wealthy–In Hard Times, Those Who Can Pay Should Pay

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President Obama wants to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.

The tax cut will be repealed for those making more than $250,000 in a dual-earner household or $200,0o0 in a single-earner household.

Nobody else would have the tax cuts repealed.

The President wants to use the money raised from this repeal to build infrastructure and create jobs.

This is the kind of leadership we need.

In these hard times, those who can pay should pay.

September 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments