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Representative government in US collapses under Republican rule



Published: Mon, March 3, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Representative government in US collapses under Republican rule

The great Will Rogers once said “ten men in the country could buy the world, and 10 million can’t buy enough to eat.” Kind of rings true today, don’t you think?

Today’s workplace majority can plainly see that a privileged few at the top are building their fortunes as fast as they can and destroying the well-being of the rest of us.

After the 2008 economic collapse, everyone rushed to the aid of the pampered few with taxpayer money and called it a bailout, but they did little about the crash in wages, income wealth and economic power of the bottom 90 percent.

This is 2014, and the Republican Congress continues to ignore the ongoing destruction of the middle class and the ever-growing rise in poverty. They seem to think that cutting food-stamp funding and jobless benefits is doing something helpful.

Lets face it, people. Our form of representative government has collapsed with the Republicans in control. They’re not even trying anymore, not listening to the people, not talking their language, not even knowing any regular folks and definitely not representing their interests.

Some of the things that should be done to stimulate the economy are raising the minimum wage, rebuilding our infrastructure, job training and shooting down the proposed free-trade agreement — the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership).

In my opinion, large corporations are in control of the Republican Party and when it comes time for more tax cuts and favors, all they have to do is crack the whip and toss out some more campaign money.

Working part time for 175 grand a year, taxpayer-paid health care and other perks and all they have to do is go in and press the “nay” button on everything they’re told to.

Pretty good job, huh?

Bud McKelvey, Hermitage, Pa.


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1cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Former DEMLIBERAL you are "right on". Mr. McKelvey would still love to BLAME BUSH! How sad that DEMS can be led off the CLIFF by SOCIALISM. This explains the "low information voter syndrome" that reelected a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER who is destroying the American economy.

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2rjwhit63(10 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Right on Mr. McKelvey. I agree with you 100%. If we hand this country to current group of Republicans it will be the end of Democracy as we know it. What really cracks me up is that the GOP base supporters are so small minded that they really believe that the Koch brothers give a crap about them. Do they really believe that they will benefit from the Koch millions being pumped into GOP campaigns? Do they really believe that the GOP are going to change things for the better. You have to feel sorry them for being such narrow minded.

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376Ytown(1299 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Bud, we do agree on one thing. "ongoing destruction of the middle class and the ever-growing rise in poverty", but the "collapse" is in the fact that we are adding subsidies under the guise of "helping" the poor. In reality, we are simply bringing our lower and middle class down. Every day there's a yet another angle to encourage people to quit working and live off the government.

Welfare has not become a hand-up, but instead a hand-out. It has become a way of life for some. As long as the benefits of staying home, having the government provide food on the table, take care of your medical bills, utilities and roof over your head and a little change in your pocket are enough to get by, what's the incentive to go to work?

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4rjwhit63(10 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I can tell by your "grasping for straws" response that the truth hurts doesn't formerdemliberal. By the way what unions are you talking about? The GOP has done a thorough job of dismantling most of the Unions in this country by threat or coercion as demonstrated in the Tenn. situation a couple weeks go. I suppose you also feel that the government shut down, that cost this nation 24 billion dollars, was also a great move but the GOP senate blocked the passage of the veterans bill last week because they want to know how it will be paid for. What patriots? Are you out there waving your patriotic flag former liberal dem. Right back at you FLD.

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5dontbeafool(1097 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

You have a bromance with Soros eivo. Every other post has his name in it. Rush must be on a Soros kick this month or something.

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6redeye1(4702 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

@rjwhite & DBF I'm betting you two are on the welfare membership roles. You two only can see that when the GOP takes over our Gov't in November your freebies will be cut drastically.
Bud Get off the Kool-aid before its too late, there still is time to wise up.
DBF Soros is backing Hiliary the murder with his money just like he backed OBAMMY. How much money did he give you? My guess is Not a DAMN dime!!!!!!!!!

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7eagleye(59 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Looks like the Loon of Hermitage just came back from a trip to Colorado to pick up some weed. His rants usually are off in LA LA Socialist land. Hey, moron, who's been in charge of Congress (appropriates the money) for most of the last Century? DUMBOCRATS!!! I'm happy the GOP is the party of NO.
NO to to The Obamunist's Marxist economic policies.
NO to blowing the country into a financial black hole.
NO to an incompetent Senate and Dumbocrat leaders.
NO to anymore worthless stimulus money. (Check out the $560 million that Timmy Ryan blew in this area. Go to the government web site and get into the details of who and what got millions. GUESS WHAT, BUD, only 286 jobs were created!. Ryan could have just given every man, woman and child in the district $50,000 each. THAT would have been a real stimulus.) You need to extract your head out of Nancy Pelosi's rectum for a change. By the way, you should really stop laying down everyday and taking the DNC enema of talking points too.

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8jojuggie(1478 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Mckelvey says that "corporations are in control of the Republican Party."

I wonder if he realizes that welfare recipients are in charge of the Democrat Party.

The Democrats need an underclass. Someone who is uneducated that relies on someone else for a handout.

How long will it be before you admit, that the liar, Obama was a mistake? This last statement is brought to you by Republicans who work so hard so that you won't have to.

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9jojuggie(1478 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Bet your friends haven't seen this one!

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10rjwhit63(10 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Hey eagleye, bend over spread those cheeks. Here comes the GOP.

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11GoPens(397 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Eivo, you're a two-faced idiot. Here you're crying that Harry Reid blocks legislation and yet you say in the letter to the editor about Republicans moving to the dark side that Boehner needs to block legislation. Which is it? Never mind, we all.know what answer your pea sized brain will come up with.

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12cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

rjwhite proving your "character" with response. When DEMS/LIBS start name calling, they have proven they have LOST the debate.

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13GoPens(397 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Nitwit, why vote on Obamacare? It's already been voted on and passed. Deal with it.

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14dontbeafool(1097 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

like 40 times

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15GoPens(397 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

The Koch Bros. giving you the talking points again Eivo?

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16GoPens(397 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Charles Koch and David Koch worth $36 billion each. Tied for 4th for richest person in U.S. Combined they tie for number 1 with Bill Gates.

George Soros, 19th richest in U.S. with $20 billion.

If Soros has more money than God, where's that leave the Koch Brothers who likewise throws billions to right wing causes? In addition takes money from saps like eivo? I guess that's ok though.

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17jojuggie(1478 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Indeed. It is revealing to compare Charles and David Koch with the owners and managers of the New York Times Company. The Koch brothers employ a growing, highly-paid work force of 60,000 in the United States, around one-third of whom are unionized. Koch Industries enjoys excellent relationships with its unions. The New York Times Company, on the other hand, employs a shrinking, largely ill-paid work force, and is embroiled in a long-running feud with its unions.

Koch Industries and its subsidiaries produce tangible products that enrich the lives of Americans–among other things, Koch transports and refines oil, makes products that are used in construction, and manufactures a wide array of consumer products that are staples in most American homes. The New York Times Company produces nothing but shoddy left-wing journalism that is of questionable benefit to anyone.

Then we have the roles of the two companies in their communities. Koch Industries and its subsidiaries have been recognized countless times for their many contributions to the communities where they operate. It is fair to say that there is no better corporate citizen than Koch. To take just one instance, Koch and its subsidiaries have been honored hundreds of times by the EPA for their environmental stewardship, which is second to none. And, as most people know, Charles and David Koch are two of the world’s most generous philanthropists. David alone has donated well over one-half billion dollars for medical research, the arts, and so on. You can read generally about the Koch Family foundations and philanthropy here.

The New York Times? Not so much. The Times and its owners contribute to a few philanthropic enterprises, but with nowhere near the commitment to making the world a better place that the Koch brothers have shown. I like this, too: the Times web site talks about the company’s environmental stewardship:

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18jojuggie(1478 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

All you Dems ever do, on this message board, is knock Kasich & the Koch brothers. The following is what Kasich has done for the state of Ohio:

In economic terms, what’s been happening in Ohio has been hailed by some as the “Ohio miracle.” That’s because, the state’s governor, former Congressman John Kasich is doing for Ohio what he did for America in the late 1990s when he was the last man to balance the federal budget as the chief architect of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

Since Kasich became governor, the results of his “Jack Kemp style” economics have made a dramatic difference in the Buckeye State.Under Kasich’s leadership, Ohio has eliminated the state’s estate tax. Its “Rainy Day Fund” has gone from a mere 89 cents (yes, you read that correctly) in total to $1.4 billion by July 2013.

Ohio’s $5.3 billion income tax cut has been the largest in the nation, with $1.4 billion of that now going to small business entrepreneurs who are leading the way in creating jobs.

Since Kasich became governor, the results of his “Jack Kemp style” economics have made a dramatic difference in the Buckeye State. Here are just a few examples:

-- Over 170,000 new private sector jobs have been created

-- There have been more new businesses created since Kasich took office than at any other time in Ohio history.

-- Incomes in the state are now rising twice as fast as they are across the country

-- The state’s unemployment rate has dropped by 21%.

Kasich, who took a private sector job with Lehmann Bros. after leaving Congress, was part of the business team that took Google public.

As governor, he has offered a shining example, an Economics 101 class if you will, on why the free enterprise system works.

How did we get here?

A little history is in order. In 1995, then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich pushed hard for Kasich to become chairman of the House Budget Committee. He got the post and successfully shepherded the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

This was a major accomplishment: America’s budget had not been balanced since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon.

It hasn’t been balanced since.

Fast forward to today: As governor, Kasich is leading the way in calling for a constitutional convention to take the necessary steps to approve a federal balanced budget amendment. Lately, Michigan, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee have joined Kasich’s effort which is supported by 20 states.

Recently, I was speaking to a well respected journalist about possible 2016 GOP presidential contenders AND I and threw out Kasich’s name. He responded, “Oh yes, I’ve done some checking and he’s the one who scares the George Soros and Hillary Clinton crowd the most.” “Why’s that,” I asked. He replied, “They can’t figure out how to beat him in a general election.”

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19jojuggie(1478 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Here is more Kasich:

The more I thought about it, the more I realized why the George Soros crowd fears Kasich the most. They can’t demonize him and use the same old worn out liberal playbook they’ve used against national GOP contenders in recent years.

Kasich, the son of a mailman, is also the grandson of Croatian immigrants. He’s a blue-collar Republican who feels as much at home in a bowling alley -- drinking a beer and eating chicken wings – as he does when he gives a rousing speech about entrepreneurial capitalism that can bring the local Chamber of Commerce crowd to its feet.

An early opponent of ObamaCare, Kasich angered a number of conservatives on the right when he expanded Medicaid.

His response to his critics was, “It’s going to save lives.”

To be sure, Kasich is an unorthodox conservative. He had consistently strong ratings in Congress from America’s leading conservative organizations like the American Conservative Union and 60 Plus.

Nevertheless, he didn’t check in then with the Republican National Committee to get his daily talking points. And he doesn’t’ do so now, either. He knows who he is and what he believes.

An evangelical Christian, whose parents were killed by a drunk driver, Kasich’s empathy for others is one of his strongest qualities. His faith-based initiatives and efforts to combat human trafficking in his state are substantive and sincere.

Since 1964, voters in the Buckeye State have correctly picked the winning presidential candidate in 12 consecutive elections. There’s a reason President Obama went into Ohio 12 times in 2010 to campaign against Kasich. With a record for balancing the federal budget and now, the undisputed economic success of the “Ohio miracle,” it all adds up to trouble for Democrats in 2014 and 2016. National Democrats know that Kasich’s “blue collar Republicanism” is hard to beat.

If the governor does decide to run for president in 2016, his biggest obstacle will be winning the GOP nomination. That’s what the George Soros crowd is banking on.

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