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Showing posts with label GREAT DEPRESSION. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GREAT DEPRESSION. Show all posts

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Look Back At Lingering Anti-Obama Propaganda From Dick Cheney


Last August Fox News Sean Hannity gave Dick Cheney opportunity to propagandize against President Obama as the nation moved towards the November General Elections.

"Obama is a terrible president." Cheney railed.  And he did so without one iota of evidence to support his false diatribe.

Time for a bit of perspective.  Perspective is critical as we move away from  April 25, 2013: Bush Library day.  Yesterday, Pew Research published a Daily Number piece.  The piece includes approval  rating data from the Bush inauguration through his departure from the Oval Office in 2009. The data and focus of the piece is George W. Bush with respect to the dedication of his library and his public perception as he left office.  Dick Cheney is included in on chart as he was culpable in administration of the verifiable worse presidential administration in recent US History.

We at the TPI have written and published many pieces about Bush/Cheney actual job performance (policies, practices, malfeasance and failures). Let's take a very brief peep at Cheney's approval ratings.  We offer approval ratings based on the data as a true measure of credibility from the perspective of voters and polling survey respondents.

A Case of Credibility

Addictinginfo Dot Org

By CBS News (article excerpts)

(CBS) President Bush will leave office as one of the most unpopular departing presidents in history, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll showing Mr. Bush’s final approval rating at 22 percent.  

Seventy-three percent say they disapprove of the way Mr. Bush has handled his job as president over the last eight years. 

Vice President Dick Cheney also leaves office amid negative perceptions, as his approval rating stands at just 13 percent.



As Fox News trots-out the aging and increasingly inane Dick Cheney, the network fails to care that data trials exist. Data trails that place Cheney's rambles and self-serving drivel in true perspective.

Cheney just before the 2012 elections, "Obama is a terrible president", did not move voters to casting vote for Romney. The Hannity interview has other implications.  As the Bush Library was dedicated on April 25, 2013 (to open in May), the one-day politically correct drivel and oozing about Bush was disingenuous and frankly sickening.


Data Trumps Emotion And Propaganda


It only takes a few minutes to locate 2009 data indicating President Obama's economic team's success in stopping the nation's slide into an economic depression. A depression that would have proven disastrous for most of us who live in the American Middle and lower income strata.

President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Stimulus) was signed into law February 17, 2009 (Q1 2009). as you view the following sets of data, it is important to keep in mind many economist felt the Stimulus should have been approved at the request $1.2 Trillion Vs. the GOP shaved $787 billion dollars. Additional Stimulus could have proven even more effective at turning around the critically ill Bush economy. 

Cgamadvisor.com (The financial and economic mess left for Obama and the democrats)

Market Commentary: October 29th, 2009: 10 am (PST). Posted by Manu Walia
“Today’s moderate increase for third quarter GDP should provide some psychological lift for consumers and businesses since it is the first positive growth for the overall economy in just over a year. And financial markets are likely to like it since it is all about expectations and the advance estimate topped expectations. Real GDP in the third quarter rebounded an annualized 3.5 percent, after declining by only 0.7 percent in the second quarter. The third quarter boost came in above the market consensus for a 3.0 percent increase.”

GDP Q3 Oct 29 2009
 Source: www.bloomberg.com

“Jobless claims are not offering a clear indication of what to expect for the October employment report. Initial claims held steady for a fourth straight week, edging 1,000 lower to 530,000 in an Oct. 24 week that was not skewed by special factors. The four-week average is at 526,250 and does show improvement, down about 20,000 vs. this time last month. Continuing claims, where the latest data is for the Oct. 17 week, fell substantially, down 148,000 to 5.797 million and, for the first time since April, bringing the four-week average below 6 million at 5.961 million.” 
Jobless Claims Oct 29 2009
 Source: www.bloomberg.com 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Eric Wattree: "Beneath The Spin"

Cross posted from The Wattree Chronicle
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013

An Irrefutable Truth About the GOP

BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE
An Irrefutable Truth About the GOP


A gentleman by the name of James W. Lewis recently commented  no my article,"Who’s In the ‘Dark,’ the Black Community, or Dr. Ben Carson?" In his comment he posed a question which under ordinary circumstances would seem to be very reasonable, and one that seems to currently be on the mind of a surprising number of younger Black people. He asked the following:


"There’s one thing that has always bothered me about black folks. We constantly battle trying to prove we’re not all the same, especially what’s portrayed on television. We come from a variety of backgrounds, and our unique upbringings shape our beliefs, including political beliefs. If that’s the case, why do we ALL have to be Democrat (or even Independent)? The Democratic Party was once pro-slavery with obviously no, to very little African American support. The shift began in the 1940s with FDR’s New Deal. African Americans have been generally pro-Democrat ever since. If African Americans can change the face of the Democratic party, can’t the same be said for the Republican party?"


So James, in a word, no.

People often suggest that I tend to advocate for the Democratic Party over the GOP.   In response to that, first, I'd like to make it clear that I'm not a Democrat, and I haven’t been since my early twenties. I’m a independent progressive thinker, as oppose to a liberal or conservative. There is a difference.

Liberals and conservatives are both ideologues, and as such, tend to be different sides of the same coin. They both have a propensity to give ideology priority over unadulterated truth. So when truth fails to conform to their particular ideological position, they both have a tendency to try to bend and contort the truth in order to mold it into a more comfortable fit within their political philosophy.

Progressives, on the other hand, are non-ideological. We believe in following truth wherever it leads and regardless to who’s ox it gores. Truth is our only constituent, so we tend to look upon the political landscape as though we’re observing an ant farm, rather than from a partisan perspective.

At this point it must be granted, however, that progressives do generally come down on the liberal side of the ledger, but there’s a reason for that, and since we believe in truth, that reason should be obvious. The current Republican Party has become a refuge for scoundrels for some, and a refuge from reality for many others. So while I’m not advocating FOR the Democratic Party, I routinely and vociferously advocate AGAINST the Republican Party with my every keystroke, because the current GOP is filled to the brim with some of the most dangerously malevolent people in this country.

Simply ask yourself, when was the last time a party had to, literally, hide their last president and vice president during an election? Granted, I’m not a historian, but I can’t think of another time in our history. But the Republican Party had to do it twice - in both the 2008 and 2012 elections - and with good reason.

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney spent their entire eight-year reign enriching their cronies. In addition, during their time in office they didn’t do one solitary thing to help the America, or the American people, and that’s been the Republican record for nearly ONE HUNDRED YEARS. The GOP has a clear and irrefutable one hundred year record of swindling the American people, which I clearly lay out in the following link. 


Thus, the GOP has clearly become the domestic enemy of the United States. So to even try to be nonpartisan with this group would constitute colluding with the enemy against the American people.

Am I engaging in a hyperbolic rant? I don’t think so. Let me prove it: Who was the last Republican president who didn’t drag America under a bus? That’s a real brain teaser isn’t it? Now try to name one good thing that the GOP has done for the American people in the last 30 years. Let me answer that for you - Absolutely nothing.

Rush Limbaugh said it out loud,- "I don’t want Obama to be successful" - and as everyone knows, Rush speaks for the Republican Party. Thus, Rush gave the Republican Party their marching orders at the very beginning of President Obama’s administration - that GOP should do everything in its power to prevent America from succeeding, regardless to the level of suffering that the American people had to endure. That is the literal definition of a domestic enemy.

The History of the Republican Party
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The modern Republican is a coalition between fiscal conservatives, or big business, and social conservatives, or social bigots. Even though these two factions don’t even like each other, they have one thing in common – they both have a vested interest in undermining Black people.

Big business has a vested interest in not only lowering the standard of living of Black people, but the entire American Middle class in order to become more competitive in the global market against countries who pay their workers less per week, than the average middle-class American spends on lunch per day. And the great American bigot simply hates Black people in general. The most benevolent of them think that Black people should be relegated to shining his shoes.



But it is true that most Black people used to be Republicans immediately after the Civil War up through the Civil Rights Era – Martin Luther King was a Republican. But the Republican Party was different back then. They represented the business community of the North, and the Democrats, or Dixiecrats, represented the farmers of the South. That was one of the reasons for the Civil War. The Civil War wasn't actually about freeing the slaves; it was actually a dispute between the big business Republicans of the North, and the Southern Democrats that represented the farming interests. Black people just happened to benefit from the dispute, and during the industrial revolution big business could use the additional manpower.

But during the Great Depression the two parties began to change their alliances dramatically. After Democrat president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, turned on big business to help the poor and middle class with his "New Deal" for the American people during the Great Depression, working-class people began to gravitate to the Democratic Party. Then during the Civil Rights Era of the sixties when John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson began to support Black civil rights, Black people migrated to the Democratic Party, and southern racists began to move to the Republican Party. So, essentially, a complete shift took place in party alliances.

So when you hear someone from the Republican Party saying that it was the Democrats who kept Black people in slavery and formed the Klan, they’re trying to play on your ignorance of history. A much better way of keeping track of those who victimized Black people is by following political philosophy. It was conservatives who victimized Black people, and those conservatives currently reside in the Republican Party - and as we speak, they’re desperately trying to obstruct our right to vote.

But the Republican Party is currently in a state of turmoil. Every since social conservatives sought out refuge in the GOP subsequent to the Civil Rights Era, there’s been an uneasy alliance between the corporatist conservatives like Mitt Romney, and social bigots like Rick Santorum.

So once again there’s a dispute between the interest of fiscal conservatives, or big business, who benefit from a more practical approach to social policies - and who would love to bring in as many undocumented workers as possible as potential customers, and to lower the cost of wages; and social conservatives, the social bigots - who, if they had their way would send all undocumented workers back to their respective homelands. So a second Civil War is brewing, but this time it’s going on within the Republican Party itself, and it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.

But the bottom line is this - the bigots within the Republican Party hate Black people even more than they do undocumented workers, liberals, and gays; and the corporatists hate the entire poor and middle-class population. You heard Mitt Romney talking to his homies – he thinks nearly half of the American people are scum – Black and White.

Thus, any Black person, regardless to who he or she is, who think that Black people can find a comfortable fit in the churning  cauldron of Republican hatred, bigotry, and self-interest, has got to be a fool - a damn fool.
Eric L. Wattree

Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rick Staggenborg, MD: CHAPTER THIRTY EIGHT: CURING AMERICA’S DEPRESSION


Cross Posted with permission from
 Take Back America for the People Dot Blogspot Dot Com


The Essay series dates back to 2009/2010. The Series author does a masterful job of taking science of the mind and applying to modern-day politics and social interaction. The series is not one for the seeker of the quick read. It is, however, assured of touching your cognitive perception of how our society needs to move in directions not apparent to us at this time. Read for understanding and sit back for a moment and think about the message.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009

CHAPTER THIRTY EIGHT: CURING AMERICA’S DEPRESSION


Written by: Rick Staggenborg, MD on Oct 13, 2009 

This essay is dedicated to Aaron Beck, the father of cognitive therapy. He taught us that depression is most often a self-inflicted injury and developed the model for its treatment.

Depression is characterized by a pervasive mood of sadness or loss of interest in most activities, and impairment of the ability to carry out routine activities of daily living. Psychiatrists recognize that sadness is often masked by anger, so depression may present as unreasoning, pervasive anger. While the specific symptoms of depression vary among individuals, it must be recognized that America is suffering a Great Depression, the likes of which we have never seen in our history until now.

Drug manufacturers have managed to largely convince psychiatrists to abandon the notion of “exogenous” depression, or depression caused by external events. Increasing numbers of young doctors leave their training convinced that all depression is the result of faulty genes and therefore drugs are the logical first choice of treatment. 

Although it is acknowledged that psychotherapy increases rates of response to medication and helps guard against relapse, few psychiatrists are skilled in this art and it is too frequently unavailable to the patient in our expensive, fractionated medical care “system.” As a result, very few of the brave individuals who are willing to admit that they are suffering and to seek help actually receive it. The rates of “cure” of depression with drugs alone are dismal. What is needed is to treat the cause of depression, not merely the symptoms.

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