Sunday, November 14, 2010

Texas considers dropping Medicaid

Texas Gov. Rick Perry agrees it's a good idea

However, this is little more than political game-playing and passing the buck

by Peter Stern

Texas is one of several states considering to drop Medicaid. If the state drops Medicaid will Medicare be far behind? And then, will the state consider dropping public education so it can save money? Each such consideration is "penny-wise and pound foolish" as the saying goes. This is just political posturing, or at least I hope it is --- or it is a death wish.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Illegal Immigration Issue

With all due respect, It is hypocritical for legislators to feign distress about the illegal immigration issue but permit employers to hire the illegals as cheap labor.

If these employers were prosecuted under the current immigration laws, illegals would not be hired so easily, could not send money home and they would return to their place of origin or elsewhere to look for work.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Prognosis for the Future

Some last words from me...

by Peter Stern

We have come to the point where there is little hope for the populace. It is going to be a long, bitter cold Winter for many people.

For too many decades Americans have been too complacent. They have permitted their leaders to manipulate the system for the benefit of wealthy special interests. It is now too late to do anything, as neither party learns from its own history and the beat goes on.

All we have is an ongoing political ping pong match, which sees power shifting from one party to another, but nothing tangible occurs so that all Americans may take part in our nation's glory and successes which are now provided only to the wealthy chosen few.

I have been writing almost daily for the past decade on various issues and I plan to stop. It has been a long, frustrating series of events that have culminated in my acknowledgment that there is little we can do to change things. Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower was correct in his warning of the pending doom of Democracy by the arrogant and greedy Industrial/Military Complex, which has shifted to the Corporate/Military Complex.

Without a strong and prospering Middle Class our representative democracy is lost and we will never get it back short of another massive rebellion by the people. The people do not have the means to win in such an attempt because the Corporate/Military Complex is too strong.

So, it will be the survival of the fittest again for most Americans who have become second-rate citizens in their own nation. Thirty years ago few would have considered that our proud nation would have evolved to this point. It is a damn shame we have permitted this to happen. I just want to wish all of you well in the difficult years to come.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

GOP Domination for the Immediate Future

It's going to be a long, lonesome toll road for most Americans

by Peter Stern

So, where are we going?

I read an article from FOX News that a lot of credit is being thrown at Sarah Palin for the huge Republican win. The train of thought is that most of the GOP candidates that Palin supported won. Personally, I think President Obama and Congress deserve more credit than Sarah Palin for the massive Republican wins.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

2010 Elections: a few post election notes

by Peter Stern

Republicans rule Texas!!!

Perry and all his current top henchmen won --- that was expected

Not one Republican incumbent was removed from office.

Approx. 23 incumbent Democrats lost their House Seats in the state, while approx. 5 Federal House Reps lost their DC seats.

Most Texans voted Republican.

In elections with no incumbent running, ALL the candidates who won are Republicans.

Incumbent District 45 Rep. Patrick Rose who acquired the largest contributions of any House candidate, more than 1 million dollars, LOST to newbie non-politician Jason Isaac.

Finally, Republican Texas is in a great position for the 2012 Presidential Election having added seats at the state and DC levels. Perry is sure to try his hand at a DC position in 2012. For Texans, the next 4 years will be financially difficult, with Perry and his band of merry legislators doing pretty much whatever they want.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Campaign Contributions Continue to Contort and Destroy America's Representative Democracy

Supreme Court Tenders Its Verdict FOR the Wealthy Corporate Sector

by Peter Stern

This year, thanks to the radical [NOT conservative] Supreme Court ruling, that corporations and unions have a 1st Amendment right [free-speech] to make unlimited contributions to influence elections. The ruling permits and encourages wealthy corporate and private donors to provide significant contribution to any groups or individuals active in battleground races.