Thursday, November 29, 2012

@SenatorBurr - Just WTF are you doing up there in Washington DC?

I sit behind a bank of computer screens all day long.  Beyond the flashing lights of securities trading activity,  I'm monitoring news flow to see what's impacting the securities markets.  These days,  it's nothing but fiscal cliff.  The Bush Tax cuts are expiring.  Deep budget cuts are kicking in.  And it's all coming down on our heads if our politicians can't get a deal in place to address all these budgetary issues.

As a result,  the news flow is dominated by Senators and Congressmen pounding the podium,  blowing smoke,  and challenging each other to determine who can crater the markets more.   Absent from this parade of clowns?  Where in the hell is Senator Richard Burr these days? 

Honest to God,  I just don't know what our worthless Senator does up there in Washington DC.  Do you?  Even my google alerts on Senator Burr have gone dark.  Nothing.  He's not doing anything news worthy.  You'd think with all the activity happening now on the tax front,  our Senator would be there somewhere,  saying something,  doing something news worthy.

Maybe he's:

o Up under his desk again catching up on his sleep.
o With Q-Tip in hand,  he's having great difficulty getting the wax out of his ears.
o Got lost trying to find an AMT to withdraw his allowance.
o Is out driving his thingmobile and got caught in a perpetual traffic circle.
o Sitting around waiting for Mitch to tell him what to do.
o Is lost without guidance from Tom Coburn.

Heck,  I don't know what our Senator is doing these days.  But I do know that we could get rid of him,  and his office and personnel expenses,  and no one would know.  No one.  The man is worthless.

North Carolina deserves better than Republican Senator Richard Burr.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Articles worth a read, November 2012

11/29 Grover: Actually coming out the winner
11/29 GOP House Chairmen: White Men Only
11/29 College sports: Its all about money

11/28 McCain: Stupid
11/28 WSJ to GOP: Grow up, raise taxes
11/28 Romney team: Delusional

11/27 Lower Cap Gains Tax: Worthless to economy
11/27 GOP: Owned by Billionaires
11/27 Black Friday Sales: +13% YoY

11/26 Wal-Mart: 80% of employees on food stamps
11/26 Fox News: Wing of GOP
11/26 Fla Laws: Goal was to suppress vote

11/20 IRS: Tax Facts
11/20 GOP: Eye on the ball ... Taxes, Jobs
11/20 GOP: Hell yeah, we love war

11/19 Obama = Reagan: Yep
11/19 Small businesses: $450 B Tax Cheats
11/19 GOP: Pitching a tax reform LIE

11/16 Romney: Sore loser
11/16 GOP Lawmakers: Acting like children, again
11/16 Obama: GOP dynamic scoring is bullshit

11/15 GOP Lawmakers: 'Effing LIARS
11/15 Romney: Intelligent supporters, not
11/15 Obama's focus: Ground game, middle class

11/14 Taxes: Must raise, but how?
11/14 Bush Tax Cuts: Must end
11/14 Jindal: GOP, stop protecting the rich

11/13 McCain: Clueless dolt
11/13 GOP: Running away from Romney
11/13 Pollsters: Out to lunch

11/12 Karl Rove: Loser
11/12 Less educated: Voted for Romney
11/12 Mandate: Bush, but not Obama?

11/09 House GOP: Lost the vote
11/09 Romney: Actually thought he would win

11/08 House: Won by redistricting, not votes
11/08 GOP: Blaming Sandy and Christie
11/08 ObamaCare: Exchanges

11/07 Romney: Hurt by demographics
11/07 Pollsters: Good and bad
11/07 Obama: Victory speech

@SenatorBurr - North Carolina Republican Politicians are scumbags

This article angers the crap out of me.  Republicans took back the NC legislature in 2010.  They redrew all the voting districts in our state,  cramming all the Democrats into just a few districts,  spreading out the rest to give the advantage to the Republican Party.  Although the boundaries were challenged in court,  judges ruled that it was fair.


You call this fair? ...

... "In North Carolina, Republican candidates garnered a total of 2.14 million votes in the 13 districts, winning nine. Democrats gained a total of 2.22 million votes, winning three districts and leading in a fourth."

What happened in our State is a fucking insult to common sense and fairness.  And changes need to happen.

Republicans are simply scumbags.  The only way they win elections is to lie, cheat and steal their way into office.

Fuck 'em.  Fuck the North Carolina Republican Party.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

@SenatorBurr - This angry old white guy flipped our GOP a middle finger and voted for President Obama, again.

I made up my mind a couple weeks before the election that I would vote again for President Obama.  Once  firmly decided,  I just didn't want to think about politics for a long while.  So I backed away from this blog and cooled my jets until after the election.  While I had indicated in my last post that I would spell out my thoughts on why I was,  once again,  turning my back on my party and voting for the other guy,  I just didn't want to think about politics until the election had come and gone.  Thinking about the failures of our modern day GOP is just simply too stressful.

Today's Republican Party is a giant, colossal failure.

Here's why I could not vote for Mitt and Paul:

1. Abortion

It's a personal decision to be made within my family, after consultation with our family doctor.  It's not a religious decision.  It's not a legal decision.  It's a moral and practical decision that belongs within the walls of our home.  To interject our government into this most personal of decisions is to say to us that our lives belong to the government.  I vehemently reject that idea.

In addition,  I was tremendously turned off by Paul Ryan's rigid insistence that abortion be made completely illegal.  His beliefs are driven by his religion.  I deplore Mr Ryan's religion.  Catholics should be very deeply ashamed of the institutional pedophilia that continues to be uncovered within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.  Hello?  Your Priests are raping children, and the leadership of your Church does nothing, but try to cover up that fact.  Mr. Ryan, until you clean up your house,  don't use your screwed up home as a basis of telling me how I can live in mine.

I won't be voting for another GOP Politician until the GOP takes a practical stance on Abortion.  It's not something that needs government intervention.  Leave the issue alone.  Refrain from even talking about it.

2. Taxes

Mitt Romney made $20 Million in income and paid less than 14% income tax.  I made substantially less,  and paid taxes at twice that rate.  It's not class warfare.  It's not jealousy.  It's a more fundamental problem.  Fairness.  It's just not fair.   Those who make more,  should pay more.  And our idiot GOP Politicians continue to think otherwise.

Additionally,  I just flat got tired of reading about all the tax loopholes Mitt used.  Trusts for the kids.  Trusts for the wife.  Offshore corporations in the Caymens.  The CRUT Trust with his church.  The double Irish with the Dutch sandwich corporate structure.  The $100 Million IRA.  WTF?  It was simply too much.   And not once did Mitt tell us that it was too much.  He didn't tell us these things were a problem that he would fix.  He did not tell us that our tax system was unfair.  In fact,  he only told us he wanted to make it even MORE unfair.

Fuck that.  If you make $20 M and pay a lower percentage of your income in taxes than a teacher, policeman or firefighter,  and don't think that's wrong,  well then,  you deserve to have your ass kicked in the election.

3. Business skills

I was greatly amused at all the talk about Mitt Romney being a brilliant businessman.  Oh please. The man was good at raising money from institutional investors. He then invested that money with good business people.  But Mitt's business skills?  Well, they sucked hind tit.

What was Mitt's message?  Honestly, when you thought about Mitt,  what was he communicating as his theme,  his central message?   He didn't have one.   President Obama's was memorable and effective ... FORWARD.  Every good business person knows that their business needs a theme,  a message,  and an logo to constantly remind customers/voters of the message.  President Obama had it, communicated it effectively .... FORWARD.

Mitt, on the other hand, was all over the map.  You never really knew what he stood for,  where he was headed,  what he wanted to achieve.  And once you thought you might have him figured out,  he made such drastic turns, twists and changes to his message that it left our heads spinning.

Poor Mitt struck me as being a scatter brained idiot who couldn't run a business to save his life.  We've already had one of those Presidents ... George W Bush.  How did that turn out for us?  'nuff said.

4. Lies

Oh god.  Don't even get me started.  Let's just say that I am so fucking fed up with all the lying that comes out of the mouths of GOP politicians that I can't bring myself to vote for them.  And they lie with such ease,  like they think that none of us are intelligent enough to know otherwise.  Mitt lied frequently.  And I just got tired of hearing the lies.

5.  Vitriol

If the modern day GOP excels at anything,  it's at pointing fingers at the other guy and blaming him for everything,  while offering up absolutely no alternatives,  no solutions,  no recommendation or suggestions.   If you're going to spew hate and criticisms,  then tell me how you'll do better,  or just shut the fuck up.  I can't name a single GOP Politician that I've listened to recently and hadn't wished they'd just shut the fuck up.  I thought that often about Mitt and Paul. 

That's it.  And surprisingly,  I wasn't the only angry white guy who was fed up enough with his political party that he walked into the voting booth and voted for the other guy.  Mitt got his ass kicked,  badly.  And the result is as it should have been.  He didn't deserve to win this election.  And if he had,  our country would have been worse off as a result.

That's my opinion about Mitt, Barack,  and this election .  I'm entitled to mine.  You're entitled to yours. That's what makes our country great.

Now,  I can get back to dishing out grief to the idiocy of our Republican Party, and our idiot GOP Senator ... Richard Burr.

North Carolina deserves better than Republican Senator Richard Burr.