Wednesday, September 28, 2005

If you make less than $71K a year you are in poverty--right where Bush wants you!

This might be the most important blog posting you ever read, pass it on and maybe it's not too late to do something about.

According to the Los Angeles Times if you make less than $71k a year, you are in poverty. Since the average household income in the United States is approximately $41k, this means that even factoring in the cost of living differences between the California and the rest of the country, the bulk of the country is living in poverty! This started with the "Reagan Revolution" and then has been finished by George Bush.

If you don't believe me look at the links, these are facts. We are now a nation of serfs. The extremely wealthy now control almost everything. They have created a system where you need money to buy things and the more money you have the more you can buy. They then drove up housing prices so that everyone bought a home using interest only loans. When those come due, the majority of poor people (e.g., those making under $71k/year) will default and the incredibly wealthy will get those homes too. Regular people are forced to get loans from banks, banks get their money from Fannie Mae, Fannie Mae is an arm of the government controlled by Cheney and Bush. Seem a little odd to you?

You don't have to believe me as the evidence is all readily available. Why isn't anyone doing something to stop this? Is it any surprise that Russia's Putin is one of George W. Bush's best friends since he is doing the same thing in Russia? In fact Putin told Bush how to do it and the lessons learned there from "Privatization".

The only people who could stop this are the United Nations and what a coincidence, the same world body that Bush has been distancing us from and undermining at every opportunity. Bush has done everything he can to weaken the UN including trumping up false charges on Kofi Annan--the head of the UN.

It is sooooo sad. By the time Hillary Clinton is elected President in 2008 if we don't do something to stop Bush there won't be a country left for her to rule. We need to act and act now. The only thing that can stop Bush is to get Americans out of poverty. We need to raise the mean income level to $71k for every household in the country. We can do this by raising the minimum wage so that workers make this amount and by eliminating the taxes that poor people way a disporportionate burden.

We can pay for all of this by eliminating corporate tax loopholes (like "depreciation" which is a huge corporate tax sheltering scheme unavailable to anyone other than big rich corporations). These steps would stop Bush's raping of the country and save us from the Feudal system he and his cronies have been engineering. I know that Barbara Boxer and Ted Kennedy will support this so we need to get a letter writing campaign for the rest of the Senators and we need it now. Like I said, pass this on.

27 Comments:

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a great idea...let's just elect Santa Claus as our next president and he can fix everything.

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger Brad said...

This is no laughing matter! The effects of the recent impoverishment of so many Americans shows up everywhere one looks in CA: People driving cars that are several years old; living in houses that don't have basements; ordering the single latte at the cafe; passing on sushi night and staying home with the kids (talk about misery); cooking their own food in a parking lot before the game. And that is just the tip of iceberg.

 
At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would support Santa Claus, but he would have to incorporate some blue into his wardrobe.

 
At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Tobey Mannion said...

My wife and I thought about putting off having kids 'til we could afford them. Then we decided, "Let's just have the kids now, and if they prove to be too expensive, we can blame the Governor/President/CEOs/NAFTA/CAFTA/NAMBLA/Pandas/and or Dan Tana." Luckily, groups like the California Budget Project are out there fighting for us.

 
At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what planet you are living on, but 71k a year around here is a very, very fine living. You need to get out the KKKalifonia and see how the rest of the world works.

Come out into the sunshine, Moonbat. Breathe the air.

You barking moonbat.

 
At 1:02 PM, Blogger True Blue said...

That is a big difference between rich people who complain about green fees versus those in poverty who don't complain because they are proud. Good for you anonymous, you are indeed noble. Poor, but proud.

 
At 7:05 PM, Blogger Brad said...

TB, I'm a little worried about fatman; no word from him for a while. Could you send a seventeen-year-girl in a cheerleader outfit over to his house to see how he's doing?

 
At 7:43 PM, Blogger True Blue said...

That is far too sexist for this blog. If you are really worried about him you should send him some Camile Tea and if you think it's serious perhaps some potpourri. As a last resort bath sea salts.

 
At 8:51 PM, Blogger MAA said...

Your'e Satire is great and so under appreciated...im going to start reading this every day.

 
At 10:14 PM, Anonymous moonbat monitor said...

I hereby demand that all employees, private sector or not, receive a 15% cost of living increase and a lump some payment of 15,000 dollars. That is what we are owed by this greedy, corporate owned government!

Pay up Bush, or expect resistance!

 
At 10:24 PM, Blogger True Blue said...

Now you are talking Moonbat. The funny thing is that the conservatives claim to be supply side economists but when it comes to giving money to the "people" as opposed to corporations or rich people all of a sudden that is socialism and is bad for the economy.

What is really hipocritical about this thinking by the Right is that money going to poor people will be spent right away. Meanwhile weathy people will just save it or stuff it into investments and other wasteful activities that do no good for the economy. When you think about it, the people who maxed out credit cards even with no possible capability of paying for them are the real heros of this country.

And for the record, this is not satire. Unlike Republicans I don't find the country's 10 million starving babies to be a laughing matter nor do I laugh when I see that a teenage single mother of four is basically ignored by our government the same way that the many fathers of her various children ignore her. Shame. If we need another bomb we can always find more money, but if she wants to give her love to child #5, all of a sudden she is perceived to be some sort of drain on society. What gives with that?

 
At 1:15 AM, Blogger fatman said...

I'm back!

Sorry to worry everybody. I've been busy. First I had to line up a place for True Blue to dump that VW before the feds find out that she's harboring an illegal alien (see my last comment in the thread about her car).

Then I had to take the Expedition in for its monthly maintenance (including getting the roadkill cleaned off the undercarriage) and go for a final fitting on my baby harp seal skin coat and...well, you know how it is.

Brad! Thanks for thinking of me. It's nice to know someone out there has my best interests at heart;)

True Blue, while I appreciate the sentiment, I must admit that I don't like Camille tea and I've never used bath sea salts. As for potpourri, forget it; that stuff stinks on ice.

Now, the only way True Blue's idea of raising the minimum wage to 71k per year will work is if we then raise income taxes to 90% on everybody making 71k per year or more to pay for it. That way, we'll have enough money to pay for all the social programs we're going to need for the unemployed when those evil corporations move all their factories to foreign countries.

That makes sense, doesn't it? (Or at least as much sense as anything else I've seen around here.)

 
At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What have you been smoking?

Must be something left over from Woodstock!

Come to think of it, save some for me, it might be fun to live in Never Never Land for a while.

 
At 3:38 PM, Blogger MAA said...

I love how you are so comitted to your literary pursuit of satire that you completely refuse to admit that this is all just a farse to show the rediculousness of far left wing politics...now if we can just have one for the right...hmmm. I guess there is always micheal moore!

 
At 8:44 PM, Blogger True Blue said...

My life is complete now that someone has put me in the same sentence as him. Think of all of the things that he has done. Uncovered the conspiracy that led to 9/11, exposed an under-reported story about a shooting at a high school in Colorado, turned around GM's exploitive labor practices leading to the unionization of the Detroit giant. I only wish I could be compared to him more!

 
At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd vote for Santa. Hillary? You've got to be joking. If she's elected president I hope like hell that there's not a country left for her to run. Scary.

Anyway, she'll be too busy chasing after her husband who has a habit of sticking things where they don't belong.

 
At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Chamomile Tea.

www.dictionary.com

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You barking moonbat.

This HAS to be satire. There is no way you could actually believe any of this shit that you are spouting off here.

To be proud of being associated with that fat toad Moore...are you for real?

I agree...whatever you are smoking, you better hang on to it. If you ever get out into the real world, you are going to be very, very scared.

I know...get a husband, tend to his every need, be barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen where women belong! Have babies, be a stay at home mom...then you can spout that shit off and no one will know what a true idiot you really are!

 
At 2:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BlueBabe, if you want to raise the mean income, you can give me a raise from my current salary (above $71K...I know, EEEVIL Rich Heartless Rethuglican I am) to $150K. Raising my salary will raise the mean, and we'll both feel better.

Then I can relax in luxury, and you can claim you've helped the world.

Otherwise, BlueBabe, have you ever heard of something called, "economics"?

Oh, that's right: in your [Stalinist] system, everyone is equal, and there is no such thing as profits. Bad. Evil.

-Wanderlust

p.s.: if you're gonna start sending 17yro cheerleaders to fatman, but not to me, that is NOT being equal...I must protest.

 
At 1:14 PM, Blogger True Blue said...

I don't mind people attacking me, as I'm used to womyn being oppressed in society so I shouldn't be surprised that this blog is representative of that. However, I was totally upprepared for attacks on celebrities like Michael Moore and Sean Penn. This is uncalled for and in appropriate. I believe in free speech but attacking celebrities is simply hate speech.

 
At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your entire blog is hate speech against our fine President Bush. Why is it not ok to return the favor?

Oops...I forgot. We aren't liberal.

You barking moonbat.

 
At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BlueBabe, we "pick on" your sweeties Sean "stoner Spicoli" Penn (whose greatest claim to fame is having once served as Mr. Madonna) and Michael "I never met a fact I couldn't get wrong, and if you don't agree with me, it MUST be a conspiracy against poor little ol' me" Moore because both of them are proofs that some sperm are better off being shot in a hanky instead of a vagina.

I feel sorry for the vaginas that bore both of those idiots into this world.

-Wanderlust

 
At 6:02 PM, Blogger True Blue said...

We'll my next post is going to set the record straight on this one. If we had no celebrities we'd have no red carpet, no summer movies, nothing to jazz up Democratic fundraisers, etc. Celebrities are a natural resource and should be protected and coddled and certainly not attacked by the likes of you!

 
At 6:24 PM, Blogger True Blue said...

By the way, I'm very familiar with "economics." It's that thing that white Euro-centric males use to keep 3rd world countries in their place.

 
At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Memo to self: never eat while reading this blog - could be dangerous to electronic equipment)

OK. Deep breaths.

Must.

Stop.

Laughing...


BlueBabe, honestly. You really should pay attention to more than the Democratic Underground and Air America.

Perhaps another try at high school would help...? Because obviously you weren't listening to your teachers.

Here's a hint, from Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary:

Main Entry: eco-nom-ics
Pronunciation: e-ke-na-miks, e-ke-
Function: noun plural but singular or plural in construction
Date: 1792

1 a : a social science concerned chiefly with description and analysis of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services b : economic theory, principles, or practices *sound economics*
2 : economic aspect or significance *the economics of building a new stadium*
3 : economic conditions *current economics*


If I were your father, and you, my daughter, exhibited such an appalling lack of intelligence (at least, based on the level of non-logic, conclusion-jumping cluelessness as you have exhibited here on this blog, to date), I'd immediately yank your butt out of the university I am paying for, and make you go to work so you can support yourself.

At least McDonalds is always hiring...

-Wanderlust

 
At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wanderlust said...

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger True Blue said...

Economics. Ah yes the discipline that tells us that there is a "natural" level of unemployment.

Instead of understanding the despair of unemployed individuals and the people who love them, economists take the distant and clinical view and talk about how in any given economy a minimum of 2-3% of people will be unemployed and that this is "natural." Well, there is nothing "natural" about it.

Let's think about this. What is "natural" about a poor person of color who can't get a job and feed their family of 6?

Or what is "natural" about an unskilled, uneducated single mother of two and pregnant with her third that can't find steady work?

What's "natural" about the person who made some mistakes early in their life (and probably not their fault) who learned valuable skills while incarcerated but now can't find a steady job for reasons that aren't their fault.

Nothing is natural about any of these and if economics was truly a social science (and not an "unsocial" science) then it would tell us that the government needs to give these people meaningful jobs and now.

If you need further proof, look no further than the father of modern economics--Adam Smith--an ardent capitalist. I rest my case.

 

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