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SOCIAL CONTRACT OF THE RICH

 

Elizabeth Warren speaking on a walking tour, “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there—good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.

Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea—God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

Posted September 22nd, 2011.

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DEBT CEILING SIMPLIFIED

Normally Congress passes a budget and then raises the debt ceiling to accommodate it. George Bush did it seven times. But this time, the Republicans, spurred on by the religious right, are refusing to raise it unless they get certain concessions. They are holding the debt ceiling, and the ability of the government to function, hostage.

Without raising the debt ceiling, the government cannot pay it’s bills and the U.S. will lose its triple A credit rating. So why would anyone contemplate not raising it?

There is a movement on the extremist right which has an underlying belief that government is a bad thing. They hate the government. These groups, one of which is The Tea Party, have become more active in the face of a black president and gay rights. And they don’t care about reason since they are driven by faith. They actually want to bring the hated government down. They believe that this is what Jesus wanted — no government — everything run for profit. They also don’t care much for evolution and global warming. The latter is considered to be a left-wing plot to take away our freedom despite every scientist’s opposite opinion.

The religious evangelical right wants to overthrow our government. And they have enough power in Congress to allow the debt ceiling and our country to fail. This is such an absurd concept that the stock market hasn’t even responded to it yet, but if it happens, Wall Street will plummet.

Most intelligent people believe it can’t happen — it’s that insane. But as we get closer, the country is wondering. Has our economy been hijacked by religion — which many people believe should have nothing to do with politics? Remember the separation of church and state? This is why it’s is a bad combination. This type of religious belief doesn’t care about your social security check, treasury bonds, military salaries — all federal government workers for that matter. If you are not a member of this crazed movement, call the White House (202 456-1111) or your representatives in Congress. This is about you. And if this happens, your life will change on August 2nd.

If you’re unhappy with our government, support Campaign Finance Reform and allow ordinary citizens to run for office.

 

Posted July 26th, 2011.

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THE POWER OF WORDS

 

I’m writing a book, YOUR BODY IS YOUR BILLBOARD, about how astrology and dieting can work together. We all have a message. And the way we look tells people something about how we want to be perceived. And if we quit caring about how we look, have we quit caring about people? Are we isolating ourselves from society? Are we giving up? Is this the real end of civilization? Are fat Americans epidemic of a culture that doesn’t care about each other or themselves?

When you view this amazing video, think about your message and if it says what you want it to say. Oprah was talking about this yesterday on her last show. You have a purpose. You have a mission.

 

Posted May 26th, 2011.

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