An Open Letter to Sec. Clinton and a Serious Warning

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Let’s all be realistic and look at what’s going on right now in politics and the presidential election. Sec. Clinton will win and be the first female president of the United States. This is a huge accomplishment and a well deserved historic and congratulatory moment in our history.

Sec. Clinton I beg you to take the anger in the country seriously. We saw extreme anger on the left, which led to the huge success of Bernie Sanders. We also saw it on the right with the even more hugely success of Donald Trump.

This anger cannot and must not be ignored.

If you do get to the Oval Office your first main priority must be to understand and deal with the anger that is going on. Ignoring it won’t make it go away; it will just make people even more angry.

What do I think you should focus on immediately?

  • The economy. As your husbands advisor James Carville said “It’s the economy, stupid.” That was true back then and it’s even more true today. There are tens of millions of people who can’t find a job, can’t find a job that can support their family and many millions who have given up.
  • The lackluster/failing economy is what fuels most people’s anger. People can’t find jobs, can’t get ahead and justifiably are very angry about that. You’re first priority is to get a job creation bill going. Not just for ‘infrastructure’ but also for all jobs. Young people can’t find employment and neither can people over 45. This must immediately be addressed.
  • Don’t make the mistake of the Obama administration of flaunting all of the job creation. Everyone knows that the jobs created are subpar and have not helped the economy grow. Under GWBush the economy was growing at over 5%; Obama’s average is under 2%. That can’t continue.
  • Another thing I think people are very angry about is the complete lack of faith in the government. You must try to make the government work for people. All everyday Americans see are politicians who earn way more than they do, do nothing all day but block bills. That makes people furious and not want to participate in the voting process because, does it make a difference?
  • You can prove it does make a difference.

Bernie Sanders is correct in many of his views about how dysfunctional our government actually is. He does not give many details about how to change it, that will fall on you Sec. Clinton.

The anger, the income inequality, the corporate greed at the expense of the people are going to explode. You, as our hopeful next POTUS, need to put these issues front and center to start changing them.

Lip service won’t work, we have a public that is about to explode in their anger. You need to not only acknowledge the anger of the people and accept responsibility for the governments role in it but you must address and work to fix the issues.

Now is the time to leave no one behind. Now is the time to address the public anger. It is critical that you do this as the anger is so high on both sides of the aisle.

Sec. Clinton, I know you can do this as long as you focus on the immediate priorities. Call me, I have many ideas to fix things.

Prove people wrong, you aren’t a corporate owned politician and that you have the peoples best interest at heart.

You can rise higher than anyone would have guessed or not. Your choice

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Flashing Red Lights and Sirens Should be Going off for Dems

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A beggar is seen with her child on a street in central Athens December 1, 2010. Greek Minister of Labour Louka Katseli said in a conference on Monday November 29, that one in every five Greeks live under the poverty line. According to the European Commission data, 21 percent of Greeks (2.2 million people) survive on an income below the threshold of 60 percent of the national median income. Greece and Ireland have the highest poverty rate in the 15-member EU, while Sweden has the lowest at nine percent. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE – Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS POLITICS) – RTXV9Z8

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 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.

2106 The Candidates The Issues The Media The Fiasco

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I was watching Meet the Press this past Sunday and saw Chuck Todd interview Jeb Bush. The entire interview was about Jeb’s drop in the polls. Why was he dropping, why wasn’t he the frontrunner, what does this say about his future Todd kept asking. I kept longing for Todd to ask “how would you safely get us out of Afghanistan, Iraq and now Syria?” Or, “the numbers look good on the economy but they aren’t good for every day Americans, they are earning less working more and tens of millions of uncounted unemployed people, how specifically would you address this?”

But, no. All he asked were unimportant irrelevant questions. This is what our media has become. No substance, just about producing ratings. It is very much a shame in that the American people aren’t being educated so they can make informed make decisions. And, the candidates don’t have to talk about anything specific.

Everyone is talking about the CNBC debate and the GOP candidates getting together to make demands of the media before the next debate. This is an extremely dangerous situation. The news media is supposed to be the 4th estate of the U.S. government. They should never give in to the demands of any candidate. As President Obama said last night, how could these crybabies ever deal with Putin if they can’t deal with CNBC moderators?

So true.

The CNBC debate wasn’t as much of a fiasco as everyone has made it out to be. But, the debate itself was set up very poorly. Five or 6 different people asking questions? That’s too many people. Asking Trump if his candidacy was like a comic book character, asking Jeb why his numbers are dropping. See above. The audience wants substance, not BS.

The point is really no longer about if George Bush made the wrong decision invading Iraq (YES he did) or if Obama’s seemingly lack of strategy has made the situation worse (probably); the point is how do we fix it. How would each candidate fix the messes we are involved in. Sorry Mr. Trump, staring down your rivals won’t change anything.

If you look at the candidates from the GOP I am hard pressed to find one acceptable candidate. Sure, Trump and Christie make me laugh with the ridiculous things they say, but they aren’t suitable. Carly? How many times does this woman have to lie for people to get it. She shamelessly plays the gender card by saying ‘Hillary’ ever other word. Carson, Huckabee, Jindal, Cruz all just so full of bigoted hate and pandering to their bases. Unsuitable. The rest? Forgettable.

On the Dem side it’s a bit different since so few are running. Really the only two meaningful people left are Clinton and Sanders. Whereas I have not decided yet, Bernie talks a great game but can he win in a general election? Hillary is probably the most prepared and competent person to ever run for the presidency. It would be nice to see a strong experienced leader that doesn’t need the learning curve Obama and Bush needed.

There are so many things going on today that choosing our next leader is vitally important. Even if you just look at the Supreme Court, a Dem must win.

There are so many other issues as well. Actually being able to create real jobs that can pay enough for a family to live on. There is a reason why we have more people living in poverty than any other time in our history: because the newly created jobs, while impressive in numbers, are low paying, part time, and unacceptable. A dire warning to Hillary, if you keep up the Obama happy dance about the economy you will look out of touch and uncaring.

There are so many other issues from income inequality to education to legalized discrimination to Climate Change. And many many more. But we aren’t hearing any substantial conversations on any relevant issues, and, we probably won’t.

Right now this is a fiasco. Candidates running wild, trying to bully the news media. The news media unable or unwilling to ask candidates the questions to move our country forward and the worst of all; I don’t think there is one candidate running who has the American peoples best interest and the country’s best interest as their first priority. It’s all about them.

So, where does that leave us? In a shitty place. This is definitely not what our founding fathers wanted for the future of this country.  Together we must change everything.

Watch Out, Baby Who’s That, Don’t Look… Click And Read

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Today I want to talk about the 2016 presidential elections. I already see great media bias against Hillary Clinton.

The news media is watching her every move and criticizing everything she does. It sickens me to hear ‘on her second try at the White House’ basically making out to be a loser who is trying again for an unattainable goal. Did we hear this about Mitt Romney in 2012? No. Did we hear about this with John McCain in 2008? No.

So much sexism is going on it shocks me that more people don’t notice it. “Hillary is a grandmother now, why would she want to run for president?” Again, do we ask this of Romney, McCain, Biden or anyone else? No, we hear it because she is a woman.

There is also so much ageism going on. Talking about how she would be the second oldest person to ever be sworn in as POTUS. It should be no surprise to anyone that women live longer than men and also that life expectancy is longer now than it was in 1980 when Reagan was sworn in.

I seriously think the negativity coming from the media could alter the outcome of the race. I think the medias love affair with then Senator Obama had a hand in his beating her. But, really, Obama did not beat Clinton in 2008. She got 18 million votes, he got 17 million. But with the way the primary math/maps worked Obama won. No, he didn’t steal it from her; that’s the way our broken election system works.

Now, I will declare, I am not sure Hillary is the best person for the job. I want to hear more. How she would get the economy to work for more people. How she could stop, or try to, the disgusting partisanship and paralysis of our government.

That said, I believe very strongly that everyone must vote for the Democratic nominee no matter who it is. The future of the Supreme Court is much too important to leave in the hands of the GOP. SCOTUS is one of the main reasons our political system has turned into pay for play. Seriously turning this country into an oligarchy. I think 4 of the justices will be over 80 and soon to retire in the next four years. A Democrat must, and I repeat, must be the one to replace them.

Back to Hillary. The last 2 presidents we have had have been young, inexperienced and impressionable. When you look at the GOP side with people like Cruz, Paul, Rubio, Walker; they don’t have the experience to be president.

Mrs Clinton, who knows most if not all of the worlds leaders personally,  has seen firsthand for 8 years how deals get done during her husband’s administration, has worked in a bipartisan way in the Senate and 4 years as Secretary of State makes her the most qualified person on earth to be POTUS. How nice would it be if someone was in the White House that knew what they were doing, had a vision for the future, and more importantly know how to make that vision a reality. It would almost be the way our Founding Fathers wanted the presidency to be like!

Why am I not totally sure about Hillary yet? I don’t want to re-live the 1990’s again. Back then I was young and didn’t pay much attention, but everything they did was criticized. Everything. Sometimes I wonder, maybe it’s not Obama’s race that irritates the GOP. Maybe they just are such crybabies that they can’t stand to see a Democrat as president. The torture they put the Clintons through was unprecedented. Accusing them of everything from fraud to murder. They were so desperate to bring Bill Clinton down at any cost. The famous impeachment of Mr. Clinton was unnecessary and actually very harmful to the country.

Yes, while President Clinton was being impeached about having an affair and not being honest about it, which I bet 75% of congress is guilty of the same, a little known group named al Qaeda was planning to attack us. Yes, I am saying that the ridiculous impeachment took everyones eyes off of the growing threat. Perhaps, if the GOP had more interest in ‘Country First’ Clinton could have taken out bin Laden before 9/11.

It’s time to stop all of the Hillary negativity. Wondering why she ate at Chipotle, criticizing her driving in a van instead of hoping on a normal flight like Rubio would. That all needs to stop. Now. Judge Hillary, as I will, on her message and vision. If you don’t like those that’s fair game, that you can question and drill down on. Not how much she earned for each speaking engagement. Did we ever criticize Reagan for his speaking fees?

I want to hear more, I want to know more about what Sec. Clinton has in mind. I don’t want to hear ridiculous bullshit about her eating at Chipotle to appease latinos.

Whatever will be, will be. But, we all must get out and Vote for the Democratic nominee, and all Democratic on the ballot.

** title words courtesy of George Michael

What Would It Be Like If The U.S. Turned Out The Way The Founding Fathers Wanted

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Everything in politics is such a mess, I can’t even imagine if this Country turned out how the ‘Founding Fathers’ wanted it to. When I say it’s a mess, I mean that most, if not all, of the entire government has been bought and paid for and has no interest in the good of the American people.

In the days of the Founding Fathers the behavior that goes on today would be called treason and people would be put to death for it.

Country first isn’t just an old campaign slogan of John McCain’s it is actually how this Country was intended to operate. At no point in the history of this Country was the intention for political gains and self interest to be encouraged, accepted or tolerated.

The goal was to have checks and balances and people in government being trusted to work for the American people. To help improve their lives, to make the U.S. the strongest Country on earth.

What we have seen lately is a complete disgrace to those Founding Fathers and to our entire Country. When you have one party, the GOP, outwardly trying to embarrass the President of the United States? When that same party won’t sign off on a child sex trafficking act until a non related anti abortion act is agreed to; and will let child sex trafficking continue until they get their way. Those are just a few examples of the complete breakdown of our government.

What we have now are politicians who only want to keep their jobs and keep collecting illegal money from corruption. We do not have a government for the people, run by the people. We have a government run by large corporations and their financial assistance. This goes all the way up to the President of the United States.

Yes, Barack Obama has sold out the American people. His latest tax proposal closes most loopholes except for his major donors. This is unacceptable. This is also made a necessity because of various Supreme Court rulings; allowing money to buy elections.

And, we look at Afghanistan and say they are corrupt. What a joke. Everyone knows, but no one fixes the extreme influence big money buys in Washington. Big Tobacco, Oil, Pharma, Farming, Sugar Industry. It’s endless. But, no one confronts it or wants to change it.

I don’t see one branch of government that is non corrupt and acting solely for the best interests of the American people. Not one. This is a disgrace. Where to go from here? I can honestly say I don’t know. Our system is so polluted with greed and self interest I am not sure how to change it.

I’d love it if a consulting firm could come in and evaluate the government, how it works, how honest it is, what kind of results are they getting for the American people. That’s a pipe dream.

The Founding Fathers of this Country would be horrified to see what is going on today. This was not the intention nor the goal.

Hillary Hillary Hillary You’re F#&cking It Up

white-house-expansion-1900-northI’ve been meaning to write about Hillary for the last six months or so. In my mind, she is doing the worst rollout I’ve seen in recent decades. And, every week it seems to get worse.

Hillary, as a president I think you would be fantastic. Everyone runs from the word ‘experience’ but you have it and could do great things with this Country. No learning curves needed. You’ve seen first hand how deal get made, you have been a Senator. While Secretary of State you met and know the world leaders. What could be better.

Especially after the last two presidents we have had, young, inexperienced who relied too much on their ‘inner circle’ to give them guidance. And, what poor guidance they received. President Bush, who ran on tax cuts, knew that once he was in office there was no more surplus. Their was no money to give back to the people. The dot-com bubble bursting was far more severe than most realize. It not only wiped away and alleged surplus it also eliminated every financial gain from that era. Only now, 15 years later, is the Nasdaq back where it was in 2000.

The Iraq invasion, complete inept strategies for the war speak for themselves. We would not be in this place today without the very misguided invasion of Iraq.

With President Obama his lack of experience comes out in different ways. His not schmoozing with the GOP, the Dems or other world leaders, in the end made his job much more difficult. Anyone who develops strong longterm relationships with allies knows it takes work. Mr. Obama didn’t feel the need to put in that work.

Above and beyond the complete GOP mandate to decimate Obama, his mistakes have made it worse. He feels no reason to explain to the U.S. or the world what his motives are; what his goal is. He doesn’t feel the need to explain exactly what’s in ACA. Most people attribute this to an arrogant man who thinks his decisions are best and speak for themselves.

That’s not the way politics works.

That brings me back to you, Mrs. Clinton. You could be the one to start on day one, tap your knowledge, experience, and persistence day one to start getting the U.S. government out of this mess. But, what are you doing?

You are waiting around like a queen who is ready to be coronated as POTUS. You are going on a book tour that not only makes you seem rusty but also makes you seem like you aren’t connecting to todays’ world. You must know that people listen only to 1/3 or so of a story. When allegations were made about donations to the Clinton Global Initiative from global leaders you should know no one is going to read the fine print. People are going to think something shady is going on.

The email scandal? Again, people don’t do research, they don’t read every word of an article. They don’t know what is different that you did than what Sec Colin Powell did. They just see you hiding things.

When I was working at a global media conglomerate I used two devices. And, you know what? I survived.

Your press conference yesterday was very disappointing to me, someone who could have been a huge fan/voter. Your saying it was more ‘convenient’ sounded like BS.

I was in my 20s and paid almost no attention to your husband’s administration. But everything you are doing now instantly conjures up all of those old scandals. Even half paying attention, White Water, and all of the other scandals seem to be replaying themselves right now. Today. The uncertainty.

My advice to you

  • Send all the servers to a third party. Computer literate people can un-delete anything
  • Sart ‘working for’ the nominations. American hate people who think they deserve a coronation
  • Stop making me, and everyone else, think of the days you and Bill polled people to see where was the best place to vacation

Everyone right now might be thinking the GOP and their asinine tactics will surely loose them the White House in 2016.

Think again. The GOP will try to claim the last 8 years was due to Obama and that it’s time for a Republican in the White House. Yes it can happen.

Hillary, stop fucking up and put out your A game!