Saturday, October 22, 2005

We Don't Need No Stinkin Pensions

Corporations have not been putting appropriate funds into pension plans. Now, as the baby boomers come due to retire we have a problem coming and its going to be huge. The executives made them selves look good and got their bonuses (pronounced bone-us) by effectively stealing from the pension fund. The government, which insures these pensions, has no regulatory agency with teeth to prevent this from happening. So, soon its going to be the S&L crisis all over again.

"We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes."
Leona Helmsley, criminal..

Let me a see a show of hands, who is tired of paying the rich with tax dollars that would be better spent rebuilding our infrastructure, teaching our children, providing research for new technologies, defending our nation or caring for the needy? When the executives steal, they eventually steal from us, the tax payers. Ah, and let us not forget that the richest American now have the least tax burden. When millions of working people suddenly discover they have been screwed by these firm, let us hope that they organize into a political movement so that we can start to roll back the time of two Americas.

- Human Toll of a Pension Default
- Is There a US Pension Crisis?
- Pension Pains

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Tired of Grabbing Ankle for George W. Bush

What follows is an open letter that I sent to my elected officials.... Perhaps you might want to contact yours and send them a similar message?

Senate: 202-224-3121
House: 202-224-3121

Dear Elected Official,

The budget continues to be a sweepstakes for the top %1 while the rest of us get screwed. We are cutting monies for research and development that could fill the pipe and create whole new industries or lead us toward energy independences so an CEO can have a HUMMER. It was better when the President was getting one of those and our fiscal policy wasn't so insane. The NEO cons must be stopped before they destroy our middle class and then our democracy. We don't live in a stratified society like Brazil yet, let's keep it that way.

I ask you to stand up and say no. I ask you to stand in front of the tank just like man outside of Tianamen Square. If you do, I'll be there beside you, and so will many other Americans. We do not want two Americas. We want a land of freedom and opportunity. Let us being to roll back the insanity and stupidity of the past five years.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Cartoon Violence

UNICEF used the cute, cuddly and annoying smurfs to raise money and awareness regarding the effects of war on children. The rational was that violence upon cartoon characters is more effective than real pictures of the devastation done to people.

In the nation, there was an article about how a porn site is now carrying explicit war footage shot by soldiers in Iraq. The visitors to the site enjoy the carnage which according to the article is quite graphic. So, cartoon children suffering is controversial and real children blown apart is titillating pornography.

Smurfs Bombed In UNICEF Ads
The Porn of War