#Burned Out? #Hillary Can’t Win. Media Bias Is Out Of Control

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Ok, if you are anything like me, or value my opinion you’ll want to read this. Since you are here I know you want to know what I am talking about.

The media bias in this election is out of control. I wrote a piece about the 25 year media vendetta against Hillary Clinton and I still believe strongly in that. All the GOP smears never ended up proving fault, illegal behavior, or any evidence of anything done wrong by Sec. Clinton. Did the media, ever even once, attempt to clarify this? NO.

This is why Mrs. Clinton has a ‘cloud of suspicion’ over her head. Unproven allegations and no media outlet saying each and every allegation has been proven false. This bias has morphed directly into her 2016 presidential bid.

Now, today, Bernie Sanders is receiving outrageous treatment. Every reputable news outlet is saying ‘he is done,’ ‘he is berned out,’ he has lost and needs to go home.’ The headlines are endless. All saying Mr. Sanders has already lost the nomination.

I hate inaccuracy in reporting. Reporting must be telling people the facts. That not only no longer exists, it is a pipe dream.

What thinking people know is that we don’t know what will happen next. We will know more on the first Super Tuesday, March 1st. And, even more on the second on March 15th. But, to be writing obituaries now is not only inaccurate it’s dangerous. Why dangerous? Because when people read it’s over for Bernie, or Hillary can’t win, it affects who they will vote for.

Yes, media bias can alter the outcome of our so-called democracy.

Incorrect reporting and incompetent reporters also make me furious. Yesterday I was watching some of the Sunday so-called news shows. ABC ‘News’ reported Mrs. Clinton squeezed by with a win in Nevada. No, actually, she won with a large margin. Close to 6% and over 50% of the vote. We need news sources to tell the truth and report accurately.

Also, on #MTP Bernie Sanders was talking in one breath about his political revolution will change everything and in the other breath saying he lost Nevada because of very low voter turn out. You’d think even the dim Chuck Todd would ask “How can you have a revolution when you can’t get people out to vote?” But, no. Todd, let that statement slide by. Todd’s lack of intelligence and curiosity are astounding.

I want to hear the truth. I don’t hear it. Just because Mr. Sanders lost Nevada doesn’t mean he is done, campaign over with and time to drop out. He lost Nevada. Mrs. Clinton lost New Hampshire. These are facts and need not be turned into a dramatic crisis.

What really irritates me, I think even more than the media bias, is the childish and pettiness going on on twitter between Clinton and Sanders supporters. I really find it astonishing how petty and immature it is. “Clinton cheated to win,” “Sanders is a fraud,” you name it I have heard it.

A message to all of you on twitter who partake in this nonsense: grow up, no one is even listening to you. Learn to speak in facts and not speculation, and remember the goal is to have a Dem POTUS.

The Death of the US Democracy, Presidency and Imperialism

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Looking around at what’s going on in the presidential race makes me embarrassed to be an American citizen. What we have going on here is not a democracy, far far from it. Everything must change if we ever want a government that is ‘for the people and by the people.’

If you have read this blog over the years some of what I am about to say might sound familiar. But, it is imperative that it be heard again.

I don’t even know where to start, being that everything is such a mess. From a media that doesn’t focus on facts, but instead focuses on sensationalism and ratings; to a rigged format of unqualified people narrowing down the presidential candidates; to a completely fact free group of candidates that no one questions.

Let’s start with one of the things that irritates me the most: the order of the primary states. Not only are the people of NH and Iowa not representative of the country they also allow years of pandering by potential candidates. The primary states schedule should be released at the first day of the election year. They can be chosen at random, lottery style, anyway that sounds good.

Time to end the grip of New Hampshire and Iowa, they have no business being the first threshold candidates go through. This would also make potential candidates speak to the entire country, not just these 2 sates.

The caucuses need to go, period. It’s archaic and makes no sense. Vote in primaries.

The electoral college needs to go also. This is not the way to choose a president. It should be chosen by the majority of Americans. No more kissing up to Ohio, Florida, and the other  swing states. Let the majority decide as would be expected in a democracy.

Mid term elections must be ended. The day a person starts work in the House they need to start raising money for their reelection, a mere 2 years later. Our congress people should be there working for us, not fundraising.

Here’s how this would happen; House seats would change from 2 to 4 years. Senate seats would change to either 4 or 8 years. This way more people will vote which will mean more people will be represented.

Voter turn out is an embarrassing disaster. My way of fixing it is not by shaming the non voters it’s be making voting easier. I have been saying this for years. Voting should be done by mail with the government sending a receipt to each voter confirming their vote. We would have so many more people voting if people were offered this convenience. Voter fraud would be off the table because people’s ballots would be sent to their registered addresses. The ‘Get Out to Vote’ effort can change to ‘Learn what they say and who you agree with.’ I would also add that postage return be paid for.This will allow for people who can’t afford the postage won’t have an issue.

There is so much more that needs immediate changing:

  • All money must be taken out of politics; the government should give an allotted amount to each candidate and that’s what they can spend. Period.
  • Senate seats must be changed from 2 per state to a per capita system. If CA has 4 times as many people as Iowa, CA should have 4 times as many people in the Senate.
  • There must be some kind of reform on congress. If they refuse to do their jobs and or refuse to show up for work they should not be paid a salary, benefits and pension by the American tax payer.
  • I’d propose a war tax, as we had for every war before Iraq. Our country will be much less likely to go to war if everyone had skin in the game.
  • Taxes must change. Companies must no longer be able to hide their money overseas to avoid paying taxes. We do have one of the highest business tax rates in the world, but no companies pay them. Time for them to pay up. High income earners must also pay more in taxes. Our government is bankrupt, it needs an infusion of money so we can regain our leadership in the world.

In summation, we do not live in a democracy and that needs to change. We must make big changes in order to survive in the world. Everything I have just said needs to be considered, and in my mind implemented.

Smart, common sense solutions will make us prosper. Going down the same road we have been will make us the fallen empire.

Flashing Red Lights and Sirens Should be Going off for Dems

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Democrats need to stop bickering over Hillary and Bernie and need to pay serious attention to what is going on today in our economy. Just about every single business news outlet, from The Wall Street Journal to CNNMoney, have been warning of another recession about to hit the US economy.

Many might find that striking news because 99% of the country has not recovered from the crash and Great Recession/Depression of 2008. But, the fact that things could get worse, considerably worse, is something Dems need to pay very close attention to.

“It’s the economy, stupid” is still true. If continued bad times happen and deteriorate the country will look for a change. This change is very likely to be which party controls the White House.

The US stock market has been plunging since December of 2015. The Nasdaq, which took 15 years to recover from the dot com bubble, is now down about 20%. Consumer confidence is down. Consumer spending is down. According to the Journal, most economic indicators point to a global slow down, volatile 2016 and a recession in the United States.

One can very easily debate if this would be a new recession or a complete replay of the Great Depression.

Either way, politically this is a disaster for the two Democratic presidential candidates. I will repeat, bad economic times makes people want change. That change could be disastrous with a “President Trump” or even worse a “President Cruz.”

It is time for president Obama to start pushing hard for a stimulus, job growth proposals and other ways of boosting the economy. Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders need to be standing behind him and pushing him, the congress and the country hard for this relief. First for the benefit of the country and second for the benefit of the future. We need one of them to be the next POTUS, no questions asked.

If the economy is doing poorly in the fall neither one of them has a chance to win. The GOP will just make matters worse for every day citizens and the overall economy.

The ‘happy dance’ needs to end. All the talk of how well we have recovered, the enormous job gains we’ve had need to stop. There is a reason the majority of Americans think we still are in a recession. There is a reason why there are more people on government assistance than ever in our country’s history. There is a reason why the people in the workforce is at a 40 year low. There are severe consequences of having an economy that grows at under 2%.

It’s time to deal with facts. We need to create and strongly push for new plans for job creation, increased wages and increased GDP.

Senator Sanders has done a better job in outlining the problems in the US economy, now is the time he needs to  try to make things happen. Sec. Clinton is much stronger on foreign policy, but it is also time for her to speak up and demand help for the people.

Pretending everything is going great is a very foolish strategy. The abysmal place the economy is in now and the thought of it getting worse will be crippling for the American public.

It will also guarantee us a Republican President in 2017.

Why Is The Media Out To Kill A Hillary Presidency?

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I have wondered this question for a while, but the way the news was reported today really showed me how biased our so called news media is. How they don’t report facts, and how utterly falsely they report on Sec. Clinton.

Yes, I am aware that this media bias affects everyone and everything, however, I think the way Mrs. Clinton has been treated is a scathing account of media credibility in the United States.

The polls had shown for weeks that Clinton and Sanders were tied in Iowa. The running meme was that if there was high turn out Mr. Sanders would win with large margins. There were extremely high turn outs and Bernie Sanders did not win by large margins. He lost. Sec. Clinton won by a tiny margin.

Did the media point out she did better than expected? No. Did the media point out that Sen. Sanders failed to perform as expected with a large turn out? No. Why? Bias against Hillary.

What really pisses me off about this is the lack of fairness. The media can, and does, create winners and losers. The fact it isn’t done factually is unacceptable. This post is not an endorsement of Hillary Clinton, it is about our complete failure of having a news media that we can look to for factual, non biased straight information.

On the other side of the aisle, when I learned today that Cruz sent out a statement last night saying Dr. Carson had dropped out of the race so Cruz could win Carson’s supporters it infuriated me. I think Carson would be a horrible POTUS, but, again, everything needs to be above board and fair.

Back to the war between the press and Hillary Clinton. I feel like it started back in 1991 or 1992 when she said something about not baking cookies. The media lambasted her for that.

People always talk about the shadow of doubt over Mrs. Clinton. Why is that? Since 1992 to 2016 the right wing has been trying to take her down. From Whitewater to emails. Has the media ever clarified that Sec. Clinton has not once been found to have done anything wrong, illegal, questionable or scandalous? No. The media has fanned the flames of all the accusations without ever once going back to look at what happened and clarify that there was no wrong doing. The media has let, and promoted, the shadow of doubt over Hillary Clinton.

The narrative of the story is what the press controls. They can report that yesterday was a victory for Clinton with the very high turn out of Sanders supporters, or they can and are reporting a stinging loss for Mrs. Clinton in the virtual tie that incurred. This is extremely important because it will influence the way people vote in New Hampshire. And, in the rest of the primaries.

We allegedly live in a democracy. Forgetting about the fact that we don’t and actually live in an Oligarchy some things must be sacrosanct. If Mr. Sanders beats Mrs. Clinton in primary states he deserves to be the Democratic nominee for POTUS. The same is true if Mrs. Clinton wins.

What is unacceptable is the media bias in their reporting. Whether it’s Clinton or Carson, everything must be reported factually and in context.

My belief is the media has been out to get Hillary Clinton since her husband ran for the presidency in 1992. The media has continued to fail in its reporting. In the end, one might wonder why they are so against her; but that is another conspiracy theory out there.

So, in summing up, I want to see more fairness in reporting. Hillary won last night even with a huge turn out. That’s good for her.

Now let’s get back to the race, everyone please #vote. And, as a good friend said earlier today #GameOn

 

To Reduce The Longterm Debt We Must Increase the Tax on Gasoline

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The last I heard our national debt was between $18 Trillion – $20 Trillion. It is time to start doing something responsible to pay down this debt for the longterm stability of the Country.

This view of mine might seem in complete contrast to my last post about the economy being in horrible shape and tens of millions of people suffering. Read on.

I read this morning on Reuters that gas prices could be heading towards $1.00 per gallon. This is insanely inexpensive and was never planned. My proposal is to raise the gasoline tax by 25 to 50 cents per gallon. I am not an economist, and would ask one to say what the best amount is.

This extra money needs to go directly to the longterm national debt to pay it down. Our country cannot go on spending money it doesn’t have without eventually paying a price. With the surprising windfall of gas prices plummeting we must take advantage of that. You don’t have to be a member of the tea party to realize the debt must be dealt with.

The reason this added tax is consistent with my beliefs is that this is a windfall no one was expecting. The amount of debt we could pay down could be significant as long as oil prices stay low.

I also feel very strongly that a tax credit should be given to individuals and families who are earning a certain amount. If you are a family of 4 living on $30,000 you should not have to pay the gas tax. Everyone always forgets about the single people; if you are single and earning $35,000 you too should be exempt from the tax.

Also, an extremely important point is where in the United States you live. Thirty-five thousand dollars a year goes much further in some places than others. Location must be included in this.

No one predicted oil and gas prices would plunge like they did. So, let’s take advantage of that and help the country’s longterm debt. I would be open to listening to any economist who can say the best amount to raise the taxes and the best amount of income to exclude people from paying the extra tax.

It’s time this country came together to do what is the best for all. No partisanship, just the best ideas to make life better for everyone.

As most people know, the interest on our debt is becoming a huge portion of our budget. If we can lessen this there will be more money left for essential things like job creation, infrastructure, education, budget solvency.

It’s time to act. Now.

Why Can’t People Be Told The Truth #Economy

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It really blows my mind that people don’t want to be educated, don’t want to know all the facts, don’t want to do their own research.

No, I am not talking about the fact denying GOP who think climate change is a hoax, gay marriage is the coming of the rapture or that giving young people sexual education will greatly reduce the number of abortions.

I am talking about the ‘Happy Dance’ Democrats who want to read nothing but the headlines about jobs and the economy in the United States today. Todays job report sounded very good for those of you who only read the headlines. Hiring is up, the last few months hiring has been increased.

Everyone applauds President Obama. The President himself does victory laps. Hillary Clinton tries to ride the coattails of the so-called success. Doing this will lose Sec Clinton the presidency in 2016.

What most are unwilling or uninterested in doing is reading the entire article, not just the headline. According to the Wall Street Journal, todays jobs report imposes a huge amount of pressure on the Fed. Jobs are up; half the jobs created are temporary positions. The rest are in service industries that pay very low wages and no benefits.

Wages went down again this month, making it harder or nearly impossible for a family to make ends meet. Temporary positions, when finished, will lead to many more unemployed people. Part time jobs, a sizable chunk of the jobs that have been created, aren’t enough for a family to live on.

Our economy and GDP have been growing in the 2% range, the lowest in the last 50 years.

The economy is not working for the majority of Americans.

We need an incredibly strong jobs creation program enacted so people can get back into the job market and earn their own way in the world. No, we haven’t done this. The GOP has blocked every attempt of Obama’s to bring this kind of salvage to the American people. Unfortunately Mr. Obama gave up too soon. His last attempt for a substantial jobs package was in 2011.

It’s time to face the music and fix the problems. We need new jobs so that 30 million people can come back to work. The workforce participation is at its lowest in 40 years.

We can fix this.

A dire warning to any and all Democrats: If you keep praising the accomplishments and achievements of the economy you will lose. The public will vote for something new, as in a Republican in the White House.  It’s not too late to fix this for a victory in the fall.

More importantly, it’s time that the tens of millions of unaccounted for unemployed people get their chance to go back to work.

Fox News Won and Other Political Realities

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In my unscientific, anecdotal evidence I have seen that Fox News has won the ‘War on Christmas.’ I have seen every talking head on every network say ‘Merry Christmas.’

This includes everyone whom I have seen on @CNN, @MSNBC, @ABCNews,  @CBSNews etc all have all of their anchors and guests say ‘Merry Christmas.’ Yes, I know Hanukkah is over, but the point is so much deeper.

Fox said we have a war against Christmas because people say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Guess what? Fox has won that battle, they have everyone on every network not saying Happy Holidays.

Is this the end of the world? No! But, it is an extremely dangerous precedent that Fox is setting. They make up whatever they want to and all of the rest of the media stands in line and does what they are told.

Not a news flash — not everyone celebrates Christmas. Sometimes people say Happy Holidays to include New Years and any other holiday people celebrate.

Fox called everyone out on that and everyone pathetically capitulated to their inane observations. Having Fox call the shots is an embarrassment to this Country.

Other notes of matter that have gone unnoticed, and/or ignored by the media include what Hillary Clinton has been accused of. It is commonplace for Mrs. Clinton to be blamed for the invasion of Iraq because she voted to authorize it. It is also commonplace to say she is responsible for Libya because of her recommendations.

These are both false. The fact our media lets people get away with these insinuations shows the lack of knowledge and research by our media.

Yes, Sec Clinton did vote for the authorization of force to remove Saddam Hussein. What no one pays attention to is that she never voted to approve of one of the most ill-fated and poorly planned wars in U.S. history. Mrs. Clinton cannot, and must not, be blamed for the complete ineptitude of the Bush administration’s conduct of that invasion. I can’t imagine anyone foreseeing President Bush overseeing such a fiasco that has tarnished American strength and power maybe forever.

Libya? She doesn’t have to explain why the commander in chief of the United States of America did what he did. His choice was his choice. Any advice and counsel he received is not known by the public. As is Sec Clinton’s advice for her entire 4 year term working for President Obama.

As far as the debate schedule allegedly created by Debbie Wasserman Schultz on her own? If she was in fact, like so many speculate, was trying to protect Mrs. Clinton, she backfired more than possibly imaginable. I see no benefit to Mrs. Clinton to seem unable to debate openly with her contenders. I also see no advantage to Senator Sanders to have less on the air debate time.

Whatever the motive, it has been a complete failure. If the motive was to favor one candidate over the others I believe Ms. Shultz should be investigated and held responsible if her intention was to deceive.

MORE:

  • Donald Trump is imploding. He goes lower every week. Talking about Mrs. Clinton’s time in the bathroom is a non-starter and a reason to push out the adolescent.
  • Ted Cruz rising in the polls? If that is what the GOP wants, that is what they deserve. A self serving hypocrite who has no redeeming qualities.
  • If Senator Sanders is really doing well and receiving a media black out our Country really has turned into Russia or North Korea. If people are supporting a man that wants true change and people are supporting him, or media ignoring that is more than shameful.

It is time for us to stand together, Dem and GOP alike, to find the best candidate to lead or Country forward. The last 8 years have been a complete disaster for 99% of the American public.

It’s time to come together to once again make America the “Shining City on the Hill.”