In Kentucky a minimum wage earner fortunate enough to be covered by Federal Laws will earn about $15,000 a year. A single parent with children needs food stamps or rental assistance. This is America?
The Circus Elephants always make their grand entry in single file with trunks grasping the tail of the elephant ahead. The first with the word “Koch Millions,” then“Koch Billions”, the third ”Americans for Prosperity.”, The next elephant wears camouflage in an attempt to hide, “Crossroads GPS.” And last, the haggard elephant named simply “Senior Senator”, atop a logo: “Make Me AN Offer.”
If one has found the fabled Fountain of Youth, then feel free to criticize Medicaid, Medicare, Obamacare, and Social Security. Remember to share with your parents, aunts, and uncles and others your longevity secret; too many elders knew the diet was beans and taters in the County Poor Houses of their youth, beggars—not pan handlers- on street corners in our larger cities.
Right to Work Laws portend a return to the 12 hour work day working alongside a couple of ten year olds. A vision of heartless money grubbers uncaring for the workers under their aegis. They have been brought to heel in the past by Unions, a fight that continues. When the water raises the boats of organized labor, all boats in the water rise.
In 2014 do we want more corporate control? The choice is clear: Vote for the Party that created a pompous Supreme Court, treading on God by creating a new species of “people”-- the corporations. Or, vote for the Party that actually stands up for real people. We must not let the Democracy of the people, by the people and for the people slip away.
Talk is cheap. Words to purportedly patriotic tunes can ring hollow too when they are sung by a guy who skipped military service in wartime yet bases his whole show biz persona on very public professions of love for God and country.
I mean Lee Greenwood. The country music star is famous for crooning “God Bless the U.S.A.” The tune was “voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America,” according to his website.
The Grammy Award-winning Greenwood, 72, sang his signature song at a free concert on behalf of the Mitch McConnell campaign Tuesday night on a farm near Murray. McConnell stood next to Greenwood as the popular recording artist belted out “God Bless the U.S.A.”
About 200 people, including First District U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, showed up.
McConnell and Greenwood (Whitfield, too) share hard right Republican politics with a God-and-country slant.
George Washington knew that there was a fear in our young democracy that a new form of royalty might be realized if he accepted a third term as President. He set the Gold Standard for politicians by serving only two terms in office.
The multiple terms of Franklin Roosevelt may have been appropriate in time of war. However, the American People clamored for a two term limit and our Constitution was amended to limit presidents to two terms.
We rail against strangleholds in Congress by Senators and Representatives. Senators have been know to be wheeled into the Senate Chamber in a hospital bed, decades in Washington have twisted them beyond recognition. Snake oil salesmen come along at election time to blind our eyes, addle our brains, and transform us into poor deciders.
If you believe term limits for Congress are in order, now is the time to vote against lifelong politicians. Some call this democracy in action.
Reporters are still bird-dogging Sen. Mitch McConnell over a story in The Hill that said his campaign offered to pay volunteers to help boost “an enthusiastic atmosphere” at his campaign rallies.
The other day, Louisville’s WAVE TV ran a news story featuring McConnell’s response to the continuing controversy. Predictably, the senate majority leader wannabe tried to fluff it all off.
But what got my attention was how the WAVE story ended: “McConnell also faced a question…about whether if he became majority leader he would push legislation to offer privatized accounts for Social Security. McConnell said he wasn’t going to say what his agenda would be” [Italics mine].
Alison Lundergan Grimes is this union card-carrying, 63-year-old Social Security recipient’s candidate.
Yet if I were a retiree on the fence wavering between Team Mitch and Team Switch, I’d give what McConnell said – or, rather didn’t say – some serious, if not prayerful, consideration before I voted a week from Tuesday.
In any event, this lifelong Kentuckian and out-to-pasture community college teacher is grateful to be getting Social Security. I want Uncle Sam to keep running the program.
Right-wing scare tactics about Social Security going broke are baloney. They are calculated to undermine public confidence in one of the best federal programs, thus helping pave the way for Republicans like McConnell to privatize Social Security.
Former president Bill Clinton, stumping for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Paducah, revealed his version of how Sen. Mitch McConnell is trying to con voters by tying her to President Barack Obama.
“Now here’s what the real message is,” Clinton told about 1,800 Grimes partisans who jammed the McCracken County High School gym.
Grinning broadly and standing before a huge American flag reminiscent of the opening scene from the movie Patton, he pretended to be the senate majority leader wannabe: “I know you don’t like the president.
“This is your last chance to vote against him because he’s gonna be gone in two years and you know you want to pop him one more time.
“You know you do.”
The Big Dog paused to let the laughter and applause subside.
The Hill Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined comment on the news that he's offering all-expenses-paid trips for volunteers to provide "enthusiasm" during stops on his bus tour.
"I'm not sure I know what to say about that," he told CBS affiliate WVNS, directing the reporter to campaign adviser Josh Holmes.
The Hill reported this week that a Kentucky Republican Party operative emailed supporters in early October offering all-expenses-paid trips to join the senator's tour and "contribute to an enthusiastic atmosphere" at events.