Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement . . .

Corporate oversight of ANY “government by the people” regulatory efforts is a disastrous policy . . .
See the economic “downturn” of 2007-2009 . . .
The “Fast Track” efforts of this trade agrrement lends credence to the view that it’s a shady power grab by corporations. The ill-informed Conservatives that continue to advocate “State’s Rights” and “Corporations are People” are pushing this deal as a means to garner more American jobs and increase average American incomes . . .
Bullsh*t . . .
President Obama is also on the wrong side of this legislation – the fact that he is supportive has some Republicans fearing a trap. More Executive powers? Increased immigration avenues?
Why is this trade agreement so grand, yet so under-reported?
The media is strangely quiet . . .
Allowing corporations (& the governments that control them – re: China) legal avenues to redress “lost profit” claims is so wrong & potentially crippling that the Republican Party may as well admit that “average Americans” is a figment of their PR department’s imagination. They’ve effectively blown off their constituents for years. And the fear-mongering rhetoric that Republicans rely upon is / has been an awesome display of corporate shilling this citizen has ever witnessed . . .
Family-values and jobs for Americans are positions that Republicans routinely ignore via performance, but talk about incessantly . . .
Say goodbye to any hopes of representative government . . .

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A pollster weighs in on “reporting” . . .

Regarding a “report” by Jim Clifton (CEO of Gallup) on the accuracy of unemployment figures – “The Big Lie” . . .
Your point is what?
That the onus of “big government” (government being a reflection of the electorate) is on us, the “listener”, to this “Big Lie”? That corporations (who are also people) are not complicit in manipulation of profit reporting, receipt of entitlements, a failure in educational support?
The whammy of “not doing enough to end restrictions on the free enterprise system” seems to be directed at certain politicians, until the self-same “victims” are riding high, based on the results of policies that (gasp!) seem to work . . .
Silence from the aggrieved, yet monied – that is a story worth delving into, at any time.
Why not mention that Americans are realizing greater access to healthcare (vis-a-vis a more consistent “reporting system”), yet if a citizen has inoperable cancer, they will feel that the levelling of that playing field “overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently . . .” whatever.
A statistician referring to a subset in an emotional plea for what? To affect an outcome? To lend creedence to a superior methodology? It’s adorable . . .
How has the current climate affected Gallup, Nielsen, and other “pollsters”? Working on new metrics, are we?
The world changes, and some folks can only point out that “reporting” is inaccurate – your sampling is valid & reliable only in your rear-view mirror. What decisions does John Q. Public make based on unemployment stats? Or, on “your opinion”?
Thanks for letting us know that some folks are ignored, through no fault of their own . . .

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Mitt Romney – Really?

A poll by CNN has a “supposed” 2012 election re-run going to Romney . . .
The economy is what, going backwards? The Dow (etc.) is way up – speculators on publicly-held companies are fearing for the worst? We came to Colorado in 2010 (from Florida), and the highway, plus surface street traffic has steadily increased – not only at rush hour times. Construction activity, trucking (all types) and said workplace commutes, have been cause for positive economic comment . . .
Guns have been confiscated, religion has been outlawed and all opposition (esp. “sovereign citizens”) is interned in re-orientation camps? Your “freedoms” have been stripped away? This country (egged on by foreign policy whizzes like Sen. McCain) would be fighting in Syria AND back in Iraq. Cheney (et al) would be doing more than quacking on random interviews . . .
The public health would still be a runaway disaster with unregulated costs (coupled with unexplained fees) being glossed over by the mantras of “Capitalism” and “less government” . . .
Remember – the sway of supposed “polls” and the uninformed herd-mentality of corporate-driven media techniques will always influence the weak . . .
It can’t be just me that believes that a “Big Business” politician would NOT have this country in a better place. Pick a sector, an industry, or any area of personal concern and do your homework as to its progress in the last four (eight) years. Do yourself a favor – live a good & fruitful life TODAY.
Be aware of the vastly improved mood of this Nation . . .

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Affordable Healthcare Act “false reporting” . . .

Human intent is always nebulous, even to the one initiating action. Instinct, hopes, good intentions – all can be hammered in the microscope of hindsight. But the interest in, and the actions taken (regarding Affordable Healthcare Act) seems valid & reliable. People recognize the need for rule changes and in the playing field. Speculating on “what the numbers actually mean”, and “the Prsident’s lying” about said numbers, seems awfully short-sighted. There’s even talk of this “effort” being geared toward corporate payout action . . .
Here’s my limited perspective . . .
From my career in big (& small) print outfits in LA, Florida & Colorado, there have been “benefits” over the years that were basically medical. Every year the provider would change, as would dependent coverage, and preventative care was non-existent. Plus, nothing was free (OK, sometimes adding “spouse only” was free) . . .
One had to address the “choice” . . .
The hope today is that mandated coverage will keep folks healthier (via “free” preventative care) – providing a better workforce, cheaper free-market “overhead” in the long run and that monitoring said escalations in insurance rates will be more efficient (hope springs eternal) . . .
We all know folks who’ve never seen a doctor, until they cram into the emergency room for something not-so-emergency-ish . . .
As for the “penalties” – there are so many options/workarounds/credits that doomsdayer predictions seem over the top. Hasn’t civilization adopted toilet paper? Paying other people to cook our food? Single-occupant vehicles? Oh-so-necessary smartphones? Damned commercials on “free” TV?
Saying that this Administration is taking away freedoms (esp. since the Left are basically hippie, tree-hugging, escape artists) and/or exists “only for corporations” seems to be akin to a guy saying “look over there”, while running off with your bags . . .
Isn’t the Right whining about regulations, about corporations “having the same rights as people”, okaying money pipelines to politicians by the biggest lobbying interests and denying “lesser” folks (esp. women) any say in the workplace (or in healthcare choices)? Are corporations using the Affordable Healthcare Act as a cover for what they’ve been doing for years anyway? Cutting hours, moving jobs overseas, creating less mobility? Treating citizens as gullible cash cows, not partners?
All free-market, capitalist systems bemoan the “forced changes”, amazingly shake it out & become “taken for granted”, á la business (& profits) as usual.
Have people “signed up”, “shown an interest?”, “taken advantage of deadline relaxations?”, been “counted falsely?” . . .
To gain what? Something politically? If raising a shield against negativity and fear is solely a political motivation, then I’m for it . . .
Most human intent is geared towards a better lifestyle, a better future, the ability to enjoy the fruits of our labors. The perception that an avenue towards that goal is “OK” should be fostered . . .
Standardizing healthcare (plus the attendant insurance homogenization & coherent fee schedules) might be a good thing . . .
Has to be a good thing . . .

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Raising the debt ceiling . . .

In response to a posted jibe that “Reagan tripled the deficit and received 18 raises of the debt limit, Obama halves the deficit & gets compared to Hitler”, a good friend pointed out that the Reagan debt limit (1987) was 59.1% of the GDP, while the Obama debt limit (2008) was 100.8% of GDP . . .
True about GDP woes, and the disparity of the ’80’s vs. the present day . . .
Is the solution to expanding our GDP achieved through further pinching the workforce (that’s being forcibly “dumbed-down” by tech and market forces) by destabilizing & trashing the home playing field? Instead of riding out the stormy market forces that include a (necessary) shuffling/balancing of international production methods, wages and consumption habits, we obsess over choices presented by marketing perverts because “keeping up with the Joneses” is planning for the future?
America needs the ability to repay who? The “too big to fail” entities that precipitated the massive loss of “wealth” in this country five years ago? $2.5 trillion is owed to China, Japan & Great Britain – what about the other $13 trillion?
The emphasis on anti-abortion measures that impact the burgeoning minimum wage sector, the economic pressure on educational options, the “insightful” planning exhibited by those who insist on religious and nationalistic oxymorons to “shape” this country (plus justifying their greed), all show amazing disregard for humanitiy’s ability to achieve much of anything unless you already have everything.
America’s ability to repay anything (or supposed irresponsibility to do the same) isn’t a political party’s agenda (or a politician’s), anymore than the roll-out of a new smartphone is a mark of a country’s world leadership. Creating perceptions of someone’s “agenda” via statistics based on “citizens” and their ability to respond to the market manipulations of the very corporations that suck dollars away from said “ability to repay” is the underlying mental illness here . . .
Kind of like defining “America” as the zeitgeist of “Death Valley Days”, so accurately detailed by Hollywood. And, the True Americans that we all aspire to be have spoken from on high . . .
The Art of Perceptual Manipulation as presented by those who have no grasp of the past (& its lessons), but want oh-so-much to relive “the way it used to be” . . .

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Empowering Women vs. Men who are not “at the top” . . .

There is an interesting polemic making the rounds that postulates that girls are locked out of “success” through early societal empowerment structures that favor boys.
Here’s a video version:
If you are a woman, love a woman, or are raising a woman, do her a favor & watch this
How can the statement “when a man leads (even if it’s on the kindergarten playground), he is applauded – he is cheered on. We certainly don’t criticize” be considered emblematic, when at that moment of applause, there are the “other” men who are being led?
And, when considering the ascension of a “boy”, it is a fallacy to think that said “leader” is not ever criticized. Whether it’s a coach, a parent, or any aspect of “the media” – there are always hands that are pulling on the rug . . .
What percentage of men are also unsure of themselves, are afraid of failure, have the ear & the voice, but cannot call themselves musicians? The generalization that “it’s a man’s world” ignores the reality that males are beating on each other physically & mentally from Day One. Ignoring females, and/or belittling them is definitely a by-product, but it is a character flaw that may, or may not, be internally rectified. The best “men” who honor all partners (& competitors) do exist, and are available. They have more than likely recognized and suffered the same inequalities, mis-labelling and yes, even horrors, as the above-mentioned “girls”.
The challenge for ALL humans, male or female, is overcoming our fears . . .
Being a part of a competitive, capitalistic civilization invites crushing diversions, détentes and defeats. “Did you do the best you could” is the question, not “were you treated fairly”. Pointing fingers at a vague “playing field” is pointless . . .
Some people never win, and no one wins forever . . .

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Christian Evangelical persecution is everywhere, and it’s so scary . . .

Can’t understand this logic, nor can I support any “highlighted forum” afforded people who feel affronted when they claim to be “simply expressing their personal religious views” . . .
Chris Broussard, via ESPN, described Jason Collins (12+ yr. NBA player) as conducting himself in “open rebellion to God” and “living in unrepentant sin” because the Bible condemns homosexuality . . .
Because the man said that he believes something to be true about himself? And, “Christian Evangelicals” are being persecuted and hated?
First – when someone works for an internationally-known media outlet, and uses that soapbox to vilify another person’s life choice, especially when sensationalism is the media’s bread & butter (not just sports media), it seems disingenuous at best. A “journalist”, even as a “commentator”, supposedly realizes that personal views are something to be tempered. Not held up as humanity’s sacrosanct opinion . . .
And, second – a corporation distancing “themselves” from such inflammatory attacks is a surprise? In addition, the world, as it stands in this “instant, social media” blitz mentality, is going to moderate itself and its response?
Really?
The Conservative Right, Evangelical Christians (& all other fundamentalist religious zealots), plus any other people living in “we’ve always done it this way” denial, need to monitor their responses (& apparent entitlement to same) as they oversee other people’s non-violent lifestyles, choices & experimentations . . .
Verbally casting the first stone vis-a-vis any media, while bemoaning perceived evidence that the world is going to Hell in a handbasket, seems fairly weak in an “actions speak louder than words” reality. Complaining that “no one is listening, in fact, we’re living in fear as we speak our mind” is pure manipulation masquerading as historically-derived peer pressure . . .

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