The Port Arthur News
It's almost election day and there are some things voters should remember...
Mendacious Mitt Romney and Prevaricating Paul Ryan made about as much sense at the Greedy Old Party (GOP) convention as did Cover-up Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair.
Prevaricating Paul said that President Obama was to blame for shutting down the GM factory in Wisconsin. That factory, however, began shutting down during the reign of Bush II.
Then when Mendacious Mitt was asked if he had paid a lower tax rate than the 13.9% he owned up to, he said, “I've paid all the taxes required by law.” Which, of course, could be true...
However, it's very easy to prove; all he has to do is show us the records. After all, it's not as ridiculous as the furor over the president's birth certificate. But Romney refuses.
He accuses President Obama of raising taxes on the middle class, but the act he was talking about only included 1% of the middle class, as he well knows.
He says President Obama doesn't have a plan to save jobs. But, guess what? The American Jobs Act that Obama proposed could have created 2 million jobs — but Republicans blocked it. And Mendacious Mitt says during his one term as Mass. Governor, “We added more jobs than the president has in the entire country.” The fact is that Mitt had one of the worst job records in the country.
But none of that is as dangerous to the future of this country as the billionaires who are busy flooding the campaigns of Republicans with cash. The Republican dominated Supreme Court's “Citizens United” decision allows billionaires like David and Charles Koch to buy our American dreams. Their effort is nothing new, you see, it's been going on a long time. As of 2008, for example, the ratio of corporate spending to labor was 15-1.
Then, of course, there are those like Karl Rove's groups who are making every effort — and spending more millions — to cut back on the number of voters, by using voter ID laws and other restrictions. People of color, as usual, will be affected most.
Senator Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont, says, “Today, the top 1% own 40% of all wealth, while the bottom 60% own less than 2%. Incredibly, the bottom 40% of all Americans own just 3/10 of 1% of the wealth of the country.”
Yeah, and yours-truly fears that bottom 40% are the least likely to vote.
The scary bottom line is that corporations and billionaires, after “Citizens United”, can purchase every election they want to. So where does that leave those who are already in office, like the United States Congress?
It leaves them terribly intimidated in their hopes for re-election if they dare to speak out, or vote against corporations or billionaires.
Senator Bernie Sanders says what the Supreme Court told Corporate America in “Citizens United” is, “You own the coal companies and you own the oil companies. Now, for a very small percentage of your wealth, we're going to give you the opportunity to own the United States government.”
Sixteen states have adopted voter suppression laws. If approved by Federal Courts, these laws will affect the election of 214 electors — 79% of the Electoral College.
Karl Rove, of course, loves it. He tells us, “In Florida and Iowa, Democratic registrations are down from their 2010 levels while Republican numbers are up. For example, nearly 29,000 Democrats have disappeared from Iowa registration rolls since January 2011...In Arizona, Democrats are down 58,000...and there are now 176,000 fewer Democrats registered in Pennsylvania that in November 2010. Rove is ecstatic.
With billionaires and corporations paying millions — pocket change for them — for lying commercials and radios there are many examples.
Romney says he can cut taxes by 20%, but he has a math problem, says the “New York Times”. He said he would eliminate loopholes, like the ones he himself enjoys, I assume.
But a 20% tax cut for everyone, even with the elimination of the Alternative Minimum Tax and the estate tax, it would cost the US government some $500 billion a year. And even if he got rid of most every tax deduction, including the charitable deductions and mortgage interest, he could only cut tax rates about 4% without adding to the deficit. All that is from “The Week” magazine 10/26/12. Which proves Mitt Romney's mendacity.
Yet, one of the biggest lies perpetrated on Americans is that whopper about corporations being “liberated” from so many regulations. Overturn those, says the GOP (Greedy Old Party) and corporations will “create” millions of jobs.
Well, okay, check the job-making record of major corporations in the ten years of 1999 through 2009.
They eliminated 2.9 million jobs in the USA...but “created” 2.4 million jobs offshore. And, as my Patricia Kathleen says, “I'm not making this up.”
Nope, it was actually printed in the Republican-loved, “Wall Street Journal” on April 19, 2011. Go look it up.
Okay, regardless of the election winner, or the “debate” winner, if the future President of the United States does not jump on top of the job creation problem, and the “Citizens United” problem, the gigantic losers will be the American public.
Neal Morgan of Nederland is a retired educator. Contact Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.