Archive for March, 2012

Oh, you want a dictatorship!

In the form of government we actually have, Presidents don’t get to order Congress around.  Really, truly, seriously.  A President can persuade, he can ask, but he can’t tell a Member of Congress what they’re going to do.  They don’t answer to him.  They answer to their constituents, and any President who tries the heavy handed “I’m ordering you” approach is going to seriously piss off that member of Congress.   Congress doesn’t get to order the President around, either.   They can pass laws – but he can veto them.  They can withhold funds, but that doesn’t necessarily stop him.  There’s another balance in the equation as well. The courts.  You see, the courts get to decide what is or is not “allowed” according to the Constitution.  So either one or both has to answer to that law.

Oh, you want a dictatorship!


Average Americans need to be more informed about what is going in the country,  but also where to get their information. The argument isn’t about holding a  liberal or conservative ideology, it’s about facts that are based on truth or  information that is based on twisted logic. Americans need to learn to dig a  little deeper to find honest reporting, not just believe something that falls in  their lap at the expense of a billionaire funded think tank or news  organization.

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Following GOP strategy, Fox News is again blaming the Obama administration for rising gasoline prices — a claim that has been repeatedly debunked by energy analysts. But back in the summer of 2008, when the average U.S. gasoline price hit a record high of $4.11, Fox said that “no President has the power to increase or to lower gas prices.”

In 2008, Fox’s coverage occasionally even mirrored the facts: expanding domestic oil drilling willnotsignificantlylowerprices, and the only way to reduce our vulnerability to gas price spikes is to use less oil. Perhaps there was more room for reality-based coverage at Fox when there wasn’t an incumbent president to defeat?

Dear Patricia Heaton,

What happen there with your tweets?

We here in the “Middle” America value fair play, civility and are not extreme with our religion or politics. We love you in your 9 year run in Everybody Loves Raymond. Your character Debra Barone was one that was Respectful, Fair, Smart and Balanced. It is what we were familiar with, love and admire about the character. Maybe not a rational thought to you but we believed you were Fair, Smart and a Balanced person also.

And that is why your tweets are receiving a huge push back. It is a big disappointment and a shock to the “Middle America”. The values we cherish were not shown by your tweets.

Please, my advice would be to do some political research on the important issues that are vital to “Middle America”. Attacking a young woman that is not a public figure but a private person concerned about Health Insurance Companies covering basic women’s healthcare is unacceptable. And that is the lesson learned in the Rush Limbaugh incident.

If private Americans are attacked, expressing their concerns to congress, we are on our way to lose much in our society and our Democracy. These unacceptable actions from a few put us all in danger.


Susanthur Middle America





FROM the 1940s to the 1970s, organized labor helped build a middle-class democracy in the United States. The postwar period was as successful as it was because of unions, which helped enact progressive social legislation from the Civil Rights Act to Medicare. Since then, union representation of American workers has fallen, in tandem with the percentage of income going to the middle class. Broadly shared prosperity has been replaced by winner-take-all plutocracy.

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