[By Ken Campbell, Self-professed political nobody]Once upon a time, there was a cowboy from Texas who lived on a big ranch with no cattle. Oh, never mind, I was never good at anecdotes...
I was listening to my President at a Social Security rally last week. A lady stood up, with stress and frustration in her voice and told our president that she was working THREE JOBS to keep afloat.
OUR PRESIDENT, chuckled in disbelief and asked her to repeat herself. Perhaps he thought he heard her wrong. Perhaps he couldn't believe the screeners let her into the event. THREE JOBS she repeated. Our President chuckled again and said to the crowd... Are you ready for this... "Three jobs... UNIQUELY AMERICAN."
UNIQUELY AMERICAN?#$%? What is the matter with this guy? How can he not acknowledge that there is something wrong when a woman has to work three jobs to survive? When did the American dream become a throwback to the slave labor and endless hours of the industrial revolution?
Our nation is being run by morality manipulators who care nothing about regular people. They sweep into office with citizens fears about a changing world and confusion about the abortion issue strapped into the passenger seat. Oooh, angry liberal rhetoric, you say? Forget the past five miserable years... let's just look at THIS WEEK:
The "minimum" wage is $5.15 cents. It has only increased by about a dollar in the past 14 years. A family of four with two adults working full time at that wage live below the poverty level. I guess it's called the "minimum" wage because if you are earning it, you'll be getting just that, the minimum
clothing for your children. Minimum
time with your family.
This week, YOUR COMPASSIONATE, MORAL, GOD-FEARING, PEOPLE-LOVING, LIFE-PROTECTING, ORDAINED REPUBLICAN Senate voted to reject two a bill to raise the minimum wage $2.10 to $7.25. Republicans voted overwhelmingly against it.
But wait, what about the bill offered by Republican Rick Santorum, which proposed raise the minimum wage $1.10? There you are, compassionate conservatism! I knew you weren't a fairly tale. Oh, wait, the bill also includes some MORE tax breaks for business? It included provisions that would have allowed companies to avoid paying overtime to workers
Nice work Santorum! Now Rush Limbaugh can rant for weeks about how the Democrats voted against a Republican attempt to increase in the minimum wage. Millions of Limbaugh lemmings will hear that Republicans are looking out for you and Democrats are the spawn of Satan. Genius. Pure, evil genius. You have to admit, these guys can do politics.
Their follow-up act was to pass a new Bankruptcy "Reform" Bill. Be careful when this crew uses the term "reform". That usually means regular people are about to get nailed. The bill, which credit card lobbyists have admitted they authored and put in the hands of friendly Republican politicians
, tightens the screws on working class Americans who declare Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy.
Sounds reasonable, right? We should keep people from abusing the system, shouldn't we? Read the fine print.
These crusaders hope you won't notice that current bankruptcy law already
allows judges the option to reject a declaration of bankruptcy. They hope you won't notice that fully half of all bankruptcy cases
are as a result of debts incurred by medical bills
. They hope you won't notice that they voted against numerous amendments that attempted to close loopholes in the law that allow millionaires to shield their assets
in offshore accounts and high dollar property. They hope you won't notice that the credit card industry pocketed 30 BILLION
in profits last year, a figure TRIPLE
their profits just eight years ago.
Oh yes, my friends, these people are looking out for YOU
, aren't they?