Our United States current Democratic Party administration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden learned with the rest of our citizenry last week who their primary opposition’s vice presidential candidate would be.
Given that this man has been a very visible U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, actively involved in offering very controversial budget proposals in the past year or more, I am constantly amazed when I keep hearing news reports that many in the general population have never heard of him. I find this more than just troubling, since I am always interested in knowing what government leaders are doing, or not doing, on my behalf.
When I think of what this nation, people in every little town and on every farm have endured during the days of Wall Street and the banking world’s upheaval – the challenges we continue to face – how could people not be aware of or concerned about individuals such as him who are potentially instrumental in formulating plans they claim are needed to extricate us from this maze?
During the approximately 11 weeks remaining until our November election, we have the opportunity to thoroughly acquaint ourselves and others with as much as we can learn about these candidates, their beliefs, past actions, and plans that will significantly affect our lives and that of our children, grandchildren, future generations.
A most succinct fact presentation of pertinent issues with information about these candidates has been provided at Ronni Bennett’s “Time Goes By” yesterday and the previous day (8/14 and 13.)
Whatever ones views about how to resolve our nation’s budget crisis, or if one has no view yet, I strongly urge you to read and give serious consideration to the facts she presents about Social Security solvency, Medicare’s and Medicaid’s healthcare dismantling. The radical surgery proposed for these programs may not only be unnecessary but if done, and this was a true medical procedure, could be considered malpractice.
Following is a slightly edited comment I was motivated to leave at TGB on those subjects.
There can be little doubt about the goals of Republican Party Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, now that he’s selected Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate I concluded independently before reading here (TGB.) [Romney has since been trying to distance himself from Ryan’s positions to keep from losing support.]
Clearly the 2 rr’s (Romney and Ryan) every effort is directed toward channeling citizen monies to those wonderful financiers on Wall St. who did so much to bring us the Great Recession. The financiers and bankers are doing fine, but the same cannot be said for too many Americans.
I think it's incredibly naive to think this nation would have recovered much better under an administration run by the 2 rr's, or would now with what they propose.
I agree with an approach of gradually reducing this nation's debt and not at the wholesale expense of reducing/eliminating support for those whose life experiences have necessitated their needing assistance as the 2 rr's budget would impose.
I believe there is value in offering individuals a hand up to get back on their feet when circumstances have created such a need. After reading one comment, [possibly from a troll] I do have to wonder why anyone would assume their children and grandchildren would sit around and not work just because assistance was available to others in need?
I, too, recall family members stories that old folks feared going to the poor house before the creation of Social Security as a safety net. They knew of those who despite lives of hard work, had unexpected health, accident, or business upsets that destroyed their financial base leaving them destitute.
I know of individuals who suffered such life setbacks. They would likely have ended in a poor house had it not been for the safety net of social security and/or disability with Medicaid insurance coverage. Incredibly to me was that they continued to support the political party and candidates who were the very ones persistently trying to undermine those safety net programs. Those beneficiaries were intelligent reasonable people in other ways, though locked into their ideology, but were blind to life's realities -- their own reality, right in front of them.
Were they living today they would probably vote for the 2 rr's who I think of as capable of readin' and 'riting but lacking a 3rd R in 'rithmetics higher functions -- those that combine mathematical complexities with practical reasoning through rational thought.
I believe the 2 rr’s will try to privatize portions of Social Security -- this would be a disaster as we should have learned from the recent financial markets collapse.
I do see the 2 rr’s power play $$$ grab to consolidate control of our government into the hands of the uppermost % of the wealthiest citizens and corporations – however unintentionally, or intentionally.
We must ask ourselves if this is the American Dream we want to leave our children, grandchildren and future generations?