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Examples of true stuff
  • 10309192_380985722026469_5178060331706932765_nVaccines do not cause autism or mental retardation.  Proven fact.
  • The climate is warming up.  Fact.
  • Human activity is contributing to the warming of the climate.  Fact.
  • Most living creatures (including humans) will suffer in many, many ways as the climate warms.  Duh.
  • The earth is not 6,000-10,000 years old.  It is around 4.5 billion years old.  Regardless of how many “generations” are listed in your religion’s holy book.
  • Certain economic policies, usually associated with more liberal politicians, tend to improve our economy.  Certain other economic policies, usually associated with more conservative politicians, tend to harm our economy.
  • Rape really is a thing. Benghazi really wasn’t. Our Constitution was not based on the Bible. Most homosexuals didn’t “choose” their sexuality. These things are just true, despite the stuff that Fox “News” bombards its viewers with.

10940990_10205877078512706_7880031694690054037_nWhat I find in my work with people is that a lot of folks, instead of seeking truth, want reassurance that what they already believe is true.

What science has recently revealed, also, is that some brains are more geared toward allowing new facts to adjust their belief system, while other brains are geared toward defending against changes in beliefs by rejecting facts.

What if we took our lead from the Enlightenment thinkers and based our opinions on facts, instead of on feelings, superstitions, ancient books, left or right-leaning news stations or paid-for-by-corporations-politicians?

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pulling up the ladder

Posted: January 25, 2015 in economic policy, Obama, Republicans
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10353128_1295085560521092_7357942925525864168_nIf anyone here in Congress truly believes that you can make it on $15,000 a year, try doing it yourself!

Obama, State of the Union

obamagq312At every step, we were told our goals were misguided or too ambitious; that we would crush jobs and explode deficits. Instead, we’ve seen the fastest economic growth in over a decade, our deficits cut by two-thirds, a stock market that has doubled, and health-care inflation at its lowest rate in 50 years. This is good news, people.

Click here for articlegraph

Plot idea: 97% of the world’s scientists contrive an environmental doomsday crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires and oil companies.

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Cantor-6-30-11-color2-640x487From The Rachel Maddow Show

House Republicans on Friday approved a $156 billion corporate tax break.  How’d they pay for it?  They didn’t even try.

The “fiscally responsible” party only cares about deficits when it feels like it.

voting-republican-1Most everyone agrees that the Republican party and their policies favor the wealthy.  In fact, a recent New York Times/CBS News poll showed that 70 percent of all Americans believe that the policies of the congressional Republicans favor the rich, at the expense of the poor and middle class.  Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of tax cuts for millionaires and corporations.  In 2012, Obama’s “Buffet Rule,” which would place a minimum tax rate of 30% on millionaires received only one Republican vote in Senate, while most Americans (72%) supported the bill.

The question:  If so many people believe that a particular political party has only the best interests of a small elite in mind, why do so many still continue to vote for them?  Why do working class, low and middle income families continue to support a party that gives little to no benefit to them, and in fact, whose policies continue to harm them?

It makes economic sense for the wealthiest Americans to vote for the Republican party because they want to protect their own private finances without giving others the chance for more upward mobility. What makes people scratch their heads is the idea of a working class person, who earns $50,000 a year, voting for a party that continues to give tax breaks to the wealthy and pays for it by cutting the programs that benefit lower and middle class income families.

Wayne Flynt has written about why Americans often vote against their best interests in his book “Poor but Proud.”romney_bumper_sticker

“It’s because preachers tell them that the Democratic Party is a godless party, and because the rich (the owners of FOX News) tell them that the Republican Party is God’s party.”  

Dr. Flynt points out that in many southern states, Evangelical Christians make up the majority of the voters, most of them Republican.

With the recent insurgence of the Tea Party movement into the national Republican party, Christianity has made its way into secular society. Today, more than ever before, religion has found its way out of the home and church and into the political process, a place where religion was never intended to be when our founding fathers crafted the United States constitution.  And what conservative Christianity has emphasized more and more over the past few decades, over justice, over equality, over speaking out against oppression, over attending to the needs of the “least among us,” is sex (abortion, homosexuality, birth control, etc.).

“If you are a truck diver, a plumber, an electrician or a steel worker and you live in Alabama, and you are surrounded by conservative Christians, you figure that everybody thinks the way you do…and you vote Republican, because you’ve been told that that’s the “right” way for Christians to vote, that it is God’s Party because it is the “moral party,” regardless of how the Republican Party hurts you, your family and your community.”

“When conservatives leave church on Sunday, they go home and turn on the TV to Fox News, or set the radio dial to Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck or Michael Savage – and, of course, those programs are owned by rich Republicans, and their message is loud and clear:  ‘Vote Republican…it’s God’s party.'”

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The way I see it, my conservative friends, you have three choices:  
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1.  You can raise the minimum wage so that people can actually afford to eat, pay rent, drive, and even buy the occasional birthday present for their kids.

2.  You can continue to “subsidize” big corporations, like Walmart, by allowing them to pay poverty wages and forcing their employees to apply for government assistance (average per Walmart store – $904,542),  while the executives of said organizations make millions.

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3.
 We can cut government aid (food stamps, etc.), not raise the minimum wage, and continue the fantasy of “churches will take care of these people,” and watch while said churches (the good ones) are overwhelmed with the need and unable to really help AND (the bad ones) deny that we should help “free loaders and lazy people.”  And then sit back and ignore the suffering.

Which is it going to be?