Stop the GOP

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There is no Social Security emergency!

Social security is paid for with payroll taxes. It has nothing to do with the debt ceiling. Any attempt to take anything from it is theft from We the People. Social Security is an entitlement program because we are ENTITLED to it because we paid for it! It is a successful and fully funded program that can continue without change for the next 37 years. There is no Social Security emergency.

The United States of America is the ONLY developed nation that does not provide health care for all. We pay MORE THAN ANY OTHER NATION for health care, yet over 50 million of us receive no health care.

Single Payer Universal Health care would SAVE US MONEY because it would make better use of the money we are already paying and it would provide preventative health care for all rather than having 50 million people doing without health care and having to rely on catastrophic health care when they finally get sick enough to be treated. The reason we don’t have Single Payer is that the insurance companies would no longer be able to bilk us out of trillions of dollars a year if we did have it and the insurance companies pour lots of money into the coffers of the GOP.

To save money and curb spending we need to tax billionaires and corporations fairly. Our tax levels now are the LOWEST IN THE WORLD for these entities. 400 individuals in our country hold more than 50 percent of the wealth and they pay the lowest rate in taxes. Corporations pay phenomenally low tax rates, often paying nothing at all AND getting refunds. Compare that with individual Americans struggling to survive below the poverty level while paying huge amounts in taxes and getting little or nothing in return.

Furthermore, to save money, we need to end the illegal, immoral, unnecessary wars that were all started for the purpose of stealing resources from other nations and pouring our tax dollars into the private coffers of the likes of Halliburton.

Bring our troops home NOW! We have no business meddling in the affairs of other nations while people in the US do without jobs and health care, our infrastructure crumbles, and we are told that "we can't afford" to take care of our own people, but we can afford to spend trillions of dollars killing innocent people "en masse" in other countries so that private oil companies can profit.

Stop the GOP!

What we are witnessing today, and what Faux News is spouting is an attempt to brainwash the American people into letting corporate powers overthrow our government and take over our nation. It needs to be brought to a screeching halt.

We need to bring our resources home, end our dependence on fossil fuels, develop green industry to create sustainable energy sources and provide jobs. We need to take care of our own people with education, job training programs, single payer universal health care, and fair taxation on millionaires, billionaires and corporations.

The obstructionist Republicans who are playing games with our budget and attempting to force our nation into default are guilty of treason! They need to be booted out of office, brought up on charges, and imprisoned in the “prisons for profit” they and their cronies have so eagerly been setting up around our nation for the last 10 years to enable the corporate powers that run them to further drain our tax dollars and profit from the misery being inflicted on us by the GOP/Republican Reich since the day Bush II seized power.

President Obama needs to begin acting presidential and stop trying to make any kind of deals with these traitors! He needs invoke the 14th Amendment, raise the debt ceiling and get busy keeping his campaign promises to We the People. He has been far too accommodating. It is obvious that the GOP wants nothing more than to hand our nation over to their corporate cronies and pocket the profits themselves as well. This cannot be allowed.

"Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss." ~ Proverbs 22:16

The final outcome of the "negotiations" show the GOPs true priorities. We the People apparently don't figure in.
The final outcome of the "negotiations" show the GOPs true priorities. We the People apparently don't figure in.

A Note Regarding Comments...

I have received a number of comments - some negative, some positive. Among them were several very lengthy comments in opposition to this HUB.

I encourage authors of lengthy comments to work them up into separate HUBS, and we can form a link network.

I have no interest in long, drawn out arguments, and I dislike HUBS that have comments a mile long. I think they are discouraging to readers. There's no point in writing a thousand word comment. If you have that much to say, I believe your thoughts will attract more of an audience if you create HUBS with good keywords and so on.

To those who wrote positive, supportive comments, I thank you.

In response to a few of the non-positive comments:

I am well aware of the history of social security. I never called it a retirement program. It is an entitlement program. We are entitled to receive it because we paid for it. It is fully funded for the next 37 years. There is no emergency and no need to make cuts on benefits in regards to the debt ceiling because it is not tied to the debt ceiling and should not be.

Adjustments in the administration costs of Social Security made carefully over time will take care of budgetary needs. There is no need to cut benefits, and the fact that the GOP continues to tie Social Security with the raising of the debt ceiling and continues to perpetuate this falsehood is irresponsible and traitorous.

President Obama is not "threatening" to withhold Social Security checks. He is calling the obstructionist GOP on their bluff. He is saying to them, "If you insist on tying Social Security to the issue of raising the debt ceiling, here is what will happen." It is up to the GOP to stop walking away from the table and work for the good of our nation, rather than continuing to obstruct progress. President Obama has bent over backward to accommodate them, and they refuse to agree to a plan that more than fulfills their demands.

Regarding Single Payer Universal Health Care: It would NOT "water down" the quality of medical care in our nation. It would simply remove the strangle-hold of Big Pharma and the insurance companies and make medical care available to all of us. It would be a wise use of tax dollars we are already spending.

Regarding the wars: They are all about oil - every one of them. We are not doing anyone in the Middle East any favors. Our presence has destroyed the infrastructure of many cities and literally countless innocent citizens have been killed. We have made terrorism worse - not better. We have lost thousands of our own soldiers, and we have spent trillions of dollars that would have been better used here at home.

Regarding green energy: We have known for many decades that we need to develop sustainable energy sources and new technologies to stop the destructive use of fossil fuels. Our addiction to oil is behind all of the wars and all of our environmental problems. The time for us to stop haggling about oil and stop feeding corporate powers has long since come. We need to focus our efforts on ending our addiction to oil and reaping the benefits that will come with that freedom. We should be leading the world in this process rather than lagging behind.


Comments guidelines...

Make the best use of the resources we have at hand. If you find that your comment is going to be longer than 300 words, take the very same words you used in your comment and create a HUB. Then link it to mine and any others that are applicable.

This will make better reading and be advantageous for everyone.

Thanks!

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HennieN 5 years ago from South Africa

Maybe a pity item, but I believe we in South Africa have the most expensive medical.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

That could well be! Thanks for your comment! :)


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

You seem to be one who won't puiblish a comment unless they agree with you. Some writer and debater you are.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Frog Prince, as I explain above and as I also explained in comments on the HUB that this was originally in response to (although that author has deleted that explanation, preferring instead to make false accusations against me) I encourage people who posted very lengthy comments to post them as HUBS instead and link to this HUB, and I will link back to them. I think this provides a better reader experience, and it is more beneficial to us as HUBBERS. Doing it that way gives us use of all of the resources (video, etc.) to make our points. It is better for our hub ratings, and so on.

There's no point in posting a thousand word comment. You are just giving your work away when you do that! Post that long comment as a HUB with good keywords and link it. It will be better for you, me and the readers.

It has nothing to do with agreeing or disagreeing. I chose not to publish any of the initial comments (negative and positive) rather than pick and choose between long ones and short ones. Instead, I responded within the body of my HUB to concerns culled from all of the comments I initially received and provided a link to another HUB that further addresses the issue - thus supporting that HUBBER and providing more information.


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

Suzanne, You must have deleted my comment because I disagreed with you, it was a short comment. H


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Harvey,

Yes, as I said, I just tossed all the original comments, positive and negative, rather than pick and choose and introduced the idea of making a network of linking HUBS to address this. You can post it again if you want to. :)


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

I reckon that one sort of editorial license. But it is nice to be able to read other people's views.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Suzanne,

I have the same complaint Frog does. I admit my post was long, but it took a long time to write, and was extremely on point (it addressed your points one-by-one). I was hoping for a point-by-point rebuttal, but instead all I got was a wipeout.

There is no "word limit" on posts. Any post that is relevant to the Hub should be approved, and ideally responded to. I'm hoping there is some way you can restore my original post, and reply to it. You made alot of very anti-conservative statements in your Hub, and I tried very hard to refute them with fact. The least you owe your readers is the courtesy of posting their comments and replying.

Stu


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Yes, that's the way I do look at it, Frog Prince - as editorial license. I find HUBS with lots and lots of long, argumentative comments off-putting, and I don't want to present that to my readers.

Stu, it's unfortunate that you didn't save your post in a word doc. That's always a good practice. Sometimes things disappear without editorial input! From now on, I will post a guideline on controversial HUBS first, so that people will know what to expect.

I apologize for the inconvenience, and I hope you are able to work your thoughts up into a HUB and link it with this one (and I will link back with you) so that it will attract more people who share your interests, will generate more income for you, and will provide good fuel for conversation.

Best wishes!


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tsadjatko 5 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

So you deleted mine too - but I did save it - are you prepared to print it now? I suppose not.


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

Suzanne...Thank you for having the courage to write this article! I agree with you 100%, though I know you will catch a lot of flak from those who will support the GOP regardless of the harm they do to the U.S.

What continues to amaze me is that so many U.S. voters blindly adhere to the GOP propaganda in spite of the fact that doing so actually hurts them! Republicans know how to push all the "hot buttons" that frighten people who don't actually research the issues and discover the truth. When someone who is not wealthy casts a vote for a Republican politician, that is akin to shooting ones'self in the foot!

I've usually tried to steer clear of controversy on Hubpages--politics, religion, etc.--but I'm so angered by the GOP digging in their heels to protect their wealthy cohorts (and their lobby money), refusing to compromise or even budge on the issue of protecting the ultra rich from taxes while the U.S. faces a crisis of monumental proportions that I want to make a stand on this issue. Thanks for writing such a terrific, fact-filled hub and giving me the opportunity.

Jaye


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Suzeanne - Is there something missing here. Why make a post where you don't allow users top post there comments? Because you don't like them? give it a rest. Facts are facts.


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

just, So you are the anointed censor. I believe there is a person that frequently has had that word used on him for 2 1/2 years.

Why should anyone comment on anything a person says when their words ------ --------. H


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

tsadjatco - As I have said, many times in many places, if it was over 300 words, work it up as a HUB and link it with this one. That will provide a better reader experience and be more beneficial for us all as HUBBERS in the long run. If I feel so moved, I will respond in kind with another linked HUB. It makes no sense at all to write comments of more than 300 words. That is giving your work away, and IMHO makes for a negative reader experience.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Jaye, thank you for your support. Yes, the corporate powers that be have really invested a tremendous amount of money in pulling the wool over the eyes of voters, and the fact that so many have been absolutely convinced to vote against their own best interests, is very frightening and could be the downfall of our nation if We the People (both republican and democrat) do not wake up and realize that we are being played. We need to look at the entire situation with clear eyes, stop in-fighting, and vote in favor of our own rights and our own good.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Frog Prince & Harvey, I have explained my thinking multiple times in multiple places. Here it is for the last time:

As I have said, many times in many places, if it was over 300 words, work it up as a HUB and link it with this one. That will provide a better reader experience and be more beneficial for us all as HUBBERS in the long run. If I feel so moved, I will respond in kind with another linked HUB. It makes no sense at all to write comments of more than 300 words. That is giving your work away, and IMHO makes for a negative reader experience.

I will not waste space explaining this again. Censorship is not possible when multiple avenues of communication are open to you. I have a right to manage comments and to present what I consider to be a positive reader experience to my readers.

Why don't the two of you act in your own best interest and work your ideas up as HUBS so we can try this linking HUB idea? It is a much better, more readable way to present and explore all of this information.

And, Frog Prince, as far as your personally insulting 6 word comment, no, I choose not to print that. It's off-topic and not pertinent.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

As usual, I kept my comment short, polite, and to the point. However, I did not agree with you, so you chose to delete it.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Will, as I have said MANY TIMES, I tossed ALL of the original comments rather than picking and choosing at all. If you want to repost your comment, please do! If it is under 300 words and not a personal attack, I will print it.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Suzanne - You as the poster are supposed to "read" and maybe learn something. Don't have a brain cramp on us. The point posters are making to you is, "Stop being a censor." If you can't take the heat get the hell out of the kitchen.


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

JUST,I hope you're not insuating my comments were too long, see above. Just as you have your opinion on how long a comment should be, I should be allowed my own opinion on censorship of a comment. I would NEVER think of telling anyone how to write their comment.

Would you be happier if you didn't get any comments, you can't argue with how short that would be. H


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Harvey: as I said, I just tossed all the original comments, positive and negative, rather than pick and choose and introduced the idea of making a network of linking HUBS to address this. You can post it again if you want to.

Harvey & Frog Prince: (again) I will not waste space explaining this again. Censorship is not possible when multiple avenues of communication are open to you. I have a right to manage comments and to present what I consider to be a positive reader experience to my readers.

PLEASE NOTE!

I will not be addressing or posting any further comments on comments.


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tsadjatko 5 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

of course because you want to censor any opposition to your uninformed, misguided and insane positions


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

tsadjatko: I have clearly and completely explained my thinking and proposed a way that we can all benefit from handling longer comments. I will not repeat myself on this issue any further.

You have reacted to perfectly reasonable communications by posting fraudulent personal attacks against me on a HUB that expresses hate speech against people with a liberal point of view. Your "reports" on our communications are false. I have TOLD YOU - not "begged" you as you fraudulently report - to remove every word pertaining to me and my HUB from your HUB.

I will not tolerate your libelous, slanderous personal attacks. I wash my hands of you and your abusive behavior.

I am TELLING YOU here and now openly: Cease & Desist!


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Geoffry Vickery 5 years ago

Ok wait a minute, last time I checked the united states leaderboard was 2/3 democratic and its doing a horrible job. Our troops are still in Iraq and Afghanistan and yet you choose to blame everything on the GOP?? I'm sorry but whenever Obama signed that bill creating basically no jobs, yet somehow managing to spend more money than we could ever pay off, there were little to no republicans in the house or the Senate. If you're going to blame all of this crap on repubs, you must be a full blown crackhead because dems have been runnin the show for nearly three years now.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Geoffrey - Here's a chart that compares spending under Bush with spending under Obama that should be helpful to you:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2753739/p...

No, I do not blame the whole budget problem on Republicans; however, there are many more effective places to rein in spending than by reducing benefits to which We the People are entitled from a program that is fully funded. It is the Republicans who are insisting on tying the raising of the debt ceiling to Social Security.

As I say, the wars are a huge unnecessary drain. The fact that billionaires and corporations pay little or nothing in taxes is another. It is the Republicans who insist this situation should not change.

And it is Obama who keeps insisting on trying to negotiate and caving in over and over. He needs to pull himself together and act like a president!


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Geoffry Vickery 5 years ago

Yeah I guess there's truly bad things about both parties. But I'm not necessarily a repub. I'm independent. I'll vote for whoever comes closer to having the same ideas as I do. I radically believe in ending free trade agreements and raising tariffs. That is the only way to bring foreign industry back to America.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Yes, I think you are right about that, and we desperately need someone in our White House who will stand up to big business and corporate powers. Corporations are buying up our government. They are all for sending all our jobs overseas and have no real affiliation with our nation. Money is money as far as they are concerned. Whoever will work the cheapest is who they want to support.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Suzanne,

If I rewrite my point-by-point issues with your Hub, will you:

(1) Allow it to be published?

(2) Respond to each point (about ten of them)?

Stu


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

If it's under 300 words, I'll publish it as a comment. If not, you publish it as a HUB and link it to this one (for all the reasons I have already mentioned). Either way, I will respond to it as a HUB because my response is sure to be lengthy, and I don't give my work away!


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Here is my first follow-up article on this opinion piece:

What's the Deal With Social Security?

http://hubpages.com/politics/Whats-the-Deal-With-S...


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

"Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss." ~ Proverbs 22:16

What the debt deal costs chart was added on 8/17/11


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

Thanks for the additions, Suzanne. This is a remarkable hub! I only wish that those people who have been brainwashed by the GOP (or Republican Reich, as you so rightly called them) would open their minds, use their brains and realize that every word you wrote is TRUE.

Reading the chart that shows the results of the so-called "debt deal" made me feel physically ill! Republican greed is disgusting!

Jaye

Jaye


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Jaye! Yes, the blatant greed is astounding! I need to get busy and write the next installment in this series. I've been very busy lately eking out my meager living! :) I should have something new within a week or so.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Well, i think your hub was spot on. Anytime you write anything against certain issues you will get those who are way too obtuse to understand that there are 2 sides to every issue, not just theirs. Good article. And right to the point.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, D! I appreciate your comment! :)


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JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

justmesuzanne

''We need to bring our resources home, end our dependence on fossil fuels, develop green industry to create sustainable energy sources and provide jobs''

’US multinationals had a total investment figure of $49 billion in China While we are assured that such investments don't take jobs away from Americans, unemployment continues to climb, and our middle class continues to shrink into a poverty stricken mass’’

The jobs will go offshore only because of government taxes and regulations in addition to higher labor cost here in the US. THAT TOO IS AN OLD STORY.”

Check out this Series of articles tracking the stimulus money for solar and wind

. By Russ Choma

Blown Away: Tracking stimulus grants for renewable energy

http://investigativereportingworkshop.org/investig...

Out of 70 major wind farms that received the $4.4 billion in federal energy grants through the stimulus program, public records show that 11, which received a total of $600 million, had erected their wind towers during the Bush administration. And a total of 19 wind farms, which received $1.3 billion, were built before any of the stimulus money was distributed.

Yet all the jobs at these wind farms are counted in the administration's figures for jobs created by the stimulus.

Since it gave out its first grants on Sept. 1, 2009, the renewable energy stimulus program has handed out more than $5 billion to more than 1,100 projects, many of them small solar-energy projects. The largest amount of money, $4.4 billion, has gone to big wind farms.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas Author

...and we need to continue working toward green, sustainable, renewable energy. It is our ONLY hope for ANY future...

Here is some interesting information that addresses many of your points:

"Congressman Kucinich is readying legislation to create millions of jobs using the engineering and technical expertise of NASA to develop concepts and to design and engineer wind and solar micro-technologies for license and/or auction to the private sector for manufacture, distribution and maintenance. He is promoting a second jobs program based on a new WPA which he is now sharing with colleagues. He is working with Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME) to challenge free trade agreements."

http://kucinich.house.gov/news/email/show.aspx?ID=...

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