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What if…

Posted in Second American Revolution on September 17, 2013 by GoThere.com

What if we just continue to exploit workers who have the right to have guns but have no right to support themselves and their families?

Oppression is felt not just from an unjust monarch, (remember the American and the French revolutions?) but from any perceived unjust control over people’s lives.

People aren’t going revolt for the lack of a BMW, they are going to revolt when they can’t bring bread home to hungry children. When they have no home.

Either we have a revolution in the way Americans help every other American help themselves, or there will be a cold dawn in our not too distant future when the hungry will just help themselves to what they see others have in abundance.

CEOs bullish on Florida, unlike workers

Posted in Opinion, Second American Revolution with tags on May 8, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

Mrs. Amos Davis and former slave Charlotte

Tampa Bay Times’ Robert Trigaux quotes studies that CEOs rank Florida as number 2 in the nation as the best state for business; while workers rank Florida number 47 concerning their own well being.

How different would these numbers be for Florida in 1861 when half the people of the state were “employed” as slaves?

In an ironic coincidence, large planters (owners of 50 slaves or more) made up less than 1% of the state’s total population.

The more things change, the more things stay the same.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

The privatization of American government

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Second American Revolution with tags , , , , , , on March 8, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

The Federal as well as every state and local governmental body is constituted to express the will of the people from whom all power is derived.

What we are seeing in this recent wave of the privatization of education, prisons and soon health care and retirement safety nets are manifestations of a corporate take-over of our basic civil liberties.

Government is accountable to the people; corporations are not.

Taxpayer support of for-profit companies at the expense of publicly supported institutions will inevitably lead to higher costs with attenuated quality of services.

All of this leads back to our elected representatives who have become dependent on the largess of political donors to fund their campaigns.

Political parties have become the enforcers of the party line, marginalizing any member who does not go along to get along.

Only when the voting public finally has had enough of being led around by their wallets by an entrenched political elite can we once again exercise our franchise to elect a truly representative government.

 “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
– Thomas Jefferson -

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Stop exporting U.S. Gasoline

Posted in Alternative Energy, Job-creators, Opinion, Politics, Second American Revolution, taxes with tags , , , , on February 21, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

Gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel are now this country’s largest export.

That’s right.

In 2011, oil refiners in the United States exported an estimated 117 million gallons per day of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other petroleum products worth $88 billion. 

These fuels are being sold on the “world market” because there is insufficient demand in the U.S. due ironically, to rising gas prices and higher-mileage vehicles being sold.

The Keystone Pipeline, environmental issues not withstanding, would be good for the Canadian oil export companies and good for the U.S. gasoline exporting companies but would have little lasting value to the average citizen.

That oil, once refined in the Gulf states would be sold as gasoline to South America, not North America.

The same issues involve additional oil drilling in the U.S. All that excess gasoline produce would be sold and shipped out of the United Sates, thereby keeping U.S. gas prices high.

Until our benighted elected government representatives ban all exports of U.S. produced oil products, we will have ever higher gas prices at the pumps and see ever higher, obscene profits going to oil companies.

What about it Congress?

Care to pass a law protecting The People of the United States of America instead of the oil companies?

What we have are war-mongering congressmen beating the drums for conflict with Iran, and shutting down their oil production just to further increase the “world market” for gasoline and increase oil companies profits.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Prisons for Profit

Posted in Job-creators, Second American Revolution, taxes, Tea Party with tags , , on February 13, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

Did the Tampa Bay Times edit out Brad Swanson’s reasons why Florida is spending too much on prisons?

He says we need to do “something different” to cure recidivism, but he doesn’t say how privatizing prisons is the answer.

He says that privatizing prisons will save taxpayers 7%, but doesn’t say how these companies can operate the prisons with less money, and still squeeze out new profits.

He says that existing correctional officers won’t lose their jobs, but doesn’t say what those new jobs will pay, or what benefits they will have to give up.

Without these answers included in his comments, it appears that this plan is designed only to enrich investors at the expense of the rest of us.

Has anyone thought about first trying to fix what we have before we hand off it off to someone else wanting to profit on what we should be able to do better ourselves?

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

The insidious nature of vouchers

Posted in Opinion, Second American Revolution, taxes with tags , on February 6, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

Voucher programs are touted by fiscal conservatives as panaceas for the costs of public education and universal health care. In realty, what will be created are systems that subsidize the well-off at the expense of the less-well-off.

Public schools receive our tax dollars based on student attendance. If fewer students are attending those public schools, the money received by those schools is thereby reduced. They cannot charge more per pupil to make up for the loss. Schools, as each of us, have both variable and fixed expenses. When our own incomes go down we have to cut back where we can, but we still need the basics of food and shelter. Likewise with schools, which can layoff some teachers, have to maintain the physical plant regardless of the number of students attending.

Enter charter schools, education voucher programs and investor profits. Students can leave the public school system and attend a charter school, taking with them those tax-funded dollars. Charter schools may be able to operate on that money by not having to comply with certain governmental mandates required of public schools; charge more per pupil, and/or rely on tax credits such as the New Markets tax credit passed in 2000 by congress that allows enormous federal tax credits to banks and equity funds that invest in community projects in underserved communities. So even if a charter school program is run as a not-for-profit, the investors reap huge profits on the building. Parents, who cannot afford to pay the difference between a voucher and the tuition at a highly rated charter school, must keep their children in under-funded public schools, while their tax dollars fund vouchers for well-off families to pay for tuitions they already pay because they can afford private schools for their children. The tax dollars of the less well-off also go into the pockets of charter school investors.

Enter the health care voucher program. Seniors now can get Medicare benefits thanks to contributions made by them during their working life. People, who can afford it, buy their own health care. With a voucher system, those well-off people receive what amounts to a subsidy for health care insurance they already purchase. Less well-off seniors would have to supplement whatever voucher money they would receive to pay to for-profit insurance companies operating under no pricing or benefit regulations. Vouchers for the well-off would be funded in part by taxes on the less well-off.

Continuing this trend, we have privatized prisons taking our tax dollars to fund for-profit operations; and we have highly-paid mercenaries from for-profit companies providing security services at several overseas locations such as Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Our whole system of governmental protections; health, education, welfare and even national security seems to be moving inextricably into the hands of investors and their for-profit enterprises.

Is our “of the people, by the people, for the people” simply being reduced to “what the traffic will bear”?

Corporate America is turning our nation into America, Incorporated.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Gingrich primus inter pares

Posted in GOP Convention, Politics, Second American Revolution with tags , , on January 29, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

Just what we need as a leader during a time of deep national and international volatility: someone like Newt Gingrich, described by the Tampa Tribune as “…still histrionic and overly confident.”!

His solution to governing is to ignore the Supreme Court when it is convenient and blindly follow the dictates of an ultra-conservative right-wing group which claims a special understanding of the U.S. Constitution.

For all their waving about of paperback copies of the Federalist Papers, has anyone actually read all 85 essays?

It is filled with dense prose and frequent references to ancient cultures and pivotal world leaders. 

Hamilton, Madison and Jay read Latin, Greek and studied the political histories of Europe and the East, as did educated readers of the day.

Today, lacking that “liberal” education, we have to rely on sources like Google, a thick dictionary and our elected representatives to help us understand what our Founding Fathers understood about liberty and justice for all.

Take an example from Hamilton’s Federalist No. 34 to the People of the State of New York, January 4, 1788:

 “It will be readily understood that I allude to the COMITIA CENTURIATA and the COMITIA TRIBUTA. The former, in which the people voted by centuries, was so arranged as to give a superiority to the patrician interest; in the latter, in which numbers prevailed, the plebian interest had an entire predominancy. And yet these two legislatures coexisted for ages, and the Roman republic attained to the utmost height of human greatness.”

 What high school teacher today could readily enlighten an inquiring student on the meaning, context and implications of even this short passage?

We have dumbed down our schools, our teachers, our students and our selves about why we have this Constitution under which we live; and truly, even why we should care.

No wonder we are so willing to accept dumbed down political hacks to lead us.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

What would Susan say?

Posted in Politics, Second American Revolution, taxes with tags , , , , , , on January 25, 2012 by verbumsapienti2
Susan B. Anthony Day

FIX public schools, you pin-heads

So, our lawmakers in Tallahassee are pushing a new law that would allow 51% of (voting) parents to have a chronically failing school closed and reopened as a private for-profit charter school?

Legislators and parents should take note of what famous Republican Susan B. Anthony said on the subject:

“If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.”

Anthony was a key player in passage of the 19th Amendment, getting women the right to vote.

I doubt she envisioned women voting to close public schools rather than to fix them.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Where is the 1% Tea Party now?

Posted in Politics, Second American Revolution, Tea Party with tags , , , , on January 10, 2012 by GoThere.com


Waiting for the 99% to catch on?

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Rescue the poor and needy

Posted in Job-creators, Politics, Second American Revolution with tags , , on January 10, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

My whole being will exclaim,
“Who is like you, LORD?
You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
the poor and needy from those who rob them.”

Psalm 35:10

The greedy need not apply.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

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