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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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1formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

"Our form of representative government has collapsed with the Republicans in control."

Last I looked there was a Democratic president and US Senate majority. But rather than work with Congressional leaders, President Obama has decided to establish his own banana dictatorship by issuing executive orders that illegally bypass the constitutional powers of Congress. Where's your concern about ignoring the interests of citizens that voted a Republican majority into office?

The writer fails to note that Democrats are also controlled by union leaders who often use middle-class unions dues for their own personal and political purposes.

In response to other assertions, food stamp spending more than doubled from 2008-2012 (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Governme...). An October 2013 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that "unemployment is 3.6 percentage points higher than it would be if benefits hadn’t been extended." (http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/...). So spare me the crocodile tears about food stamp cuts and the lack of unemployment extensions hurting the poor.

Wonder if Bud realizes that increasing the minimum wage is a bone thrown to Democratic union buddies. Union wages are often tied to minimum wage rates, ergo, a higher minimum wage increases union wages and and protects union jobs while discouraging hiring younger employees entering the workforce for the first time (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/S...). So much for helping the unemployed.

I'm sure the writer would be much more comfortable in a totalitarian society where everyone was considered equal and wealth was shared by society. I wonder how the North Korea people feel about how government helps the poor when all dissent is crushed.

Perhaps Bud should get out more and talk to people from the 23 states currently led by Republican governors or legislatures. I'm assuming that the majority of those people believe that their representatives are speaking for their economic interests as much as you think Dems are looking out for the poor, Bud.

Finally, Bud, from an article entitled "Red States Have Most Economic Potential" (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Governme...). "A new study from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) ranked all 50 states for their economic potential, and surprise! Virtually all of the top ten were states that voted for the GOP." So much for your implication that Republicans continue "to ignore the ongoing destruction of the middle class and the ever-growing rise in poverty."

Next time you throw out accusations, Bud, try using some facts. People aren't as stupid as you think they are.

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2JMHO(146 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Former: BOOM! Well,done!
Note to Bud.......a democrat has been president for over 5 years now.

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3cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 6 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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4rjwhit63(10 comments)posted 6 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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5formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

"What really cracks me up is that the (Democratic) base supporters are so small minded that they really believe that (union leaders, liberal "intellectual activists") give a crap about them. Do they really believe that they will benefit from the (union) millions being pumped into (Democratic) campaigns? Do they really believe that (Democrats) are going to change things for the better. You have to feel sorry them for being such narrow minded"

Sound familiar? Here's to you, rjwhit63.

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676Ytown(1242 comments)posted 6 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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7rjwhit63(10 comments)posted 6 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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8eagleye(59 comments)posted 6 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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9rjwhit63(10 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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10GoPens(397 comments)posted 6 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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11cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 6 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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12GoPens(397 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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13GoPens(397 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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14JMHO(146 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm always amused when the libs throw out the "Koch Brothers" card. That commie George Soros has more money than God and throws billions to liberal causes, but evidently that's ok.

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15GoPens(397 comments)posted 6 months, 2 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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