Friday, March 23, 2012

(12th CD) Tawana Garrett seeking election as a Georgia Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Over in the 12th Congressional District Tawana Garrett, who ran for HD 159 in 2010 is declaring her intentions to be a Georgia Delegate to the 2012 Democratic Convention that will be held in Charlotte. If you are a registered voter in the 12th Congressional District, join other voters & travel to Georgia Southern University on April 21 & cast your ballot for Tawana Garrett to be a Georgia Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

A pickup/meeting location will be provided at a later date. It is extremely important that you arrive on time. To all the voters in the 12th Congressional District, elect Tawana Garrett as your delegate to the DNC. If you are a REGISTERED voter, travel to Statesboro on the 21st of April & cast your vote for Tawana Garrett as Delegate to the DNC

Ms. Garrett will need help in regards to Transportation to & from GSU on April 21, as well as food. Voters can, as well as volunteers can sign up @ Garrett, a former chaplain assistant in the U.S. Army would make a great choice for voters in the 12th to send to Charlotte to represent the district, as well as the great state of Georgia

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Homeschool Domination?

I got this interesting email from a reader who happened to stumble onto Peanut Politics & in it it shows some interesting numbers when it comes to kids being homeschooled compared to those who are attending public schools. Take a look at it...

Homeschool Domination

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Rich, The Poor & Deficit Reduction

Every politician claims to love the poor, the downtrodden, the unemployed. Yet, the same politicians vote to cut the deficit, hurting those poor he/she loves so much. Sadly, the poor buy into it. Both parties claim that reducing the federal deficit will reduce unemployment and benefit the working class and the poor.

Exactly how a reduction in net federal dollars flowing into the economy will stimulate employment and benefit the working class, never is explained, because there is no explanation. It is a bogus argument.To reduce the deficit requires taxes to be increased or federal spending to be reduced.

The Democrats want to reduce the deficit by increasing taxes on the “wealthy.”
The Tea Partiers/Republicans want to cut the deficit through federal spending reductions.

Functionally, there is no difference between a tax increase and a spending reduction; both reduce the amount of money being added to the economy.Traditionally, the Republicans have favored cutting taxes, an act that benefits economic growth. Democrats traditionally have wanted to spend more, which also benefits economic growth. Unfortunately, the Tea Party, which is in my opinion is a outgrowth of President Reagan’s memorable statement, “. . . government is the problem,” has taken over the Republican Party, who now will do and say anything to get into power. This has dragged in the Democrats, who will do and say anything to stay in power, so both parties now are preaching an anti growth line, being led by a group of economic know-nothings.

Extreme views often gain favor during difficult times, when people are desperate for a solution, and in this case, the extreme views are supported by the wealthy. Note how people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have made statements actually supporting a tax increase! Why do rich people want their taxes raised? Not out of generosity. Read on .Because a growing economy requires a growing supply of money, a tax increase and/or a spending reduction reduce economic growth

And no matter how it’s done, deficit reduction hurts the lower incomes most. Consider a tax increase on the wealthiest. What does it accomplish? It reduces the amount of money in the economy. A Monetarily Sovereign nation does not spend tax money. It has no need to. The spending itself creates money. So what happens to tax money? It leaves the economy and is destroyed. It simply ceases to exist. History shows that every depression and most recessions not only have been caused by reductions in the money supply, but even by reductions in money supply growth. Who suffers most during recessions and depressions – the wealthiest or the poorest? Right, the poorest. Although tax increases will force the wealthiest to pay more taxes, that will not affect their life styles. They’ll find more tax “loopholes.” They’ll get by on two cars rather than three (Dealerships may fire some working salespeople), and the remodeling of the 2nd home may be delayed a year (Some tradespeople will lose their jobs). But life will go on for the wealthy. Not so for the less wealthy who, during a recession, may become unemployed, lose their housing, spend less and cancel plans for children’s college

In short, all taxes and tax increases hurt everyone in the economy — they are recessionary — but they hurt the poor more than the wealthy, so by comparison, the wealthy become wealthier. Tax increases make the wealth gap grow.Now consider a federal spending reduction. Medicare and Social Security are the biggest targets, and who relies most on these federal programs. If Medicare and Social Security are cut, the rich will hardly notice. Warren Buffet probably doesn’t even know whether he receives Medicare and Social Security benefits.

Financially, it is meaningless to him. Cutting social programs hurts the poor more than the rich, increasing the gap between rich and poor. Or, we could cut military spending. This would cut profits and jobs from all those industries that sell to the U.S. military, and it would cut the number of salaried service people. Cutting military programs hurts the poor more than the rich, increasing the gap between rich and poor.

GOP's Culture War against Women.....What is going on here?

Democrats are in full cry against what they call a “war on women” waged by Republicans. At first blush, it comes across as gross exaggeration, Democrats pulling out all the stops in a highly charged election year.Of course, the GOP is aware that women vote. And the fact is there are women voters who oppose abortion and health insurance coverage of contraception. These women would gouge their own eyes than give a dime to Planned Parenthood of America.

And the GOP will do anything to get these women to the polls come November. Even if it means ratcheting up the rhetoric on the campaign trail.But here’s the frightening thing: There’s genuine substance behind the rhetoric. Federal laws have accommodated religious beliefs of doctors and nurses at the expense of individual legal rights to abortion, for example. And while that may be understandable in a society that respects religious differences, state legislatures have acted as if this were a matter of an official state religion, too. Suddenly, it’s not just about abortion

A woman’s ability to obtain birth control pills, breast cancer screenings and pap smears is at risk. Barefoot and pregnant? That’s not even the half of it. There are women who will die in this war.It’s a nationwide phenomenon: States are proposing and passing laws that make ideological points at the expense of women’s health. The Guttmacher Institute, a nonpartisan health think tank, estimates 430 abortion restrictions have been introduced by state legislatures this year. The barrage of artillery coming from the right is hitting its mark and changing the way we talk about women’s health issues.

Who would have thought that, in 2012, a women’s right to contraception would be up for discussion? Or that a woman expressing her views on the topic would be taunted as a “prostitute” and “slut”?

Up in Atlanta last week, female legislators, all Democrats, walked out of their chamber after the Republican majority voted to prohibit state employees from using state health benefits to pay for abortions and to deny employees of private religious institutions the right to demand insurance policies pay for contraceptives.“They never had a problem with it, but here come the right-wing shock troops, marching, marching, marching,” Nan Orrock, one of the Georgia lawmakers who walked out, told her local TV station. “And women are on the bull’s-eye target.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Could Macon Democrats Randall & Paris be facing possible Primary Challengers in July?

As the legislative session winds down, all eyes will turn to the 2012 elections & who will challenge who.

In Bibb County, Democrats Nikki Randall & Miriam Paris both could have challengers for their perspective seats in this upcoming July Primary.

Randall, who is the leader of the Bibb County Delegation haven't had a serious challenger for that seat in years & Paris, who won the seat after the late Robert Brown resigned to run for Macon Mayor could possibly;y get another challenge from her last opponent David Lucas in a district that now includes Washington & Hancock Counties.

The one issue that may very well spur challengers for their seats is the proposed Macon-Bibb County Consolidation Plan, depending on who you ask is good or bad for the City & County.

Randall will be a tough out for any potential challenger & Paris, although she enjoyed plenty of crossover support in the special election maybe the easier target given that she only been in office for a few months.

Now I'm not that well informed when it comes to Macon Politics, but the chances are better that 50/50 that both women will receive challengers for their positions in the July Democratic Primary.

The question is who will run against them? Could David Lucas make another run for the State Senate? Could some darkhorse come out of no where & challenge Randall? What about C. Jack Ellis? Ooh so many possibilities!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

To win, Georgia Democrats must look to the Center/Right

State Progressives Complain, but the party can't achieve gains without attracting or regaining Centrists & Conservative Democrats

Right now, Georgia Democrats need to focus on how they can win consistently, and that requires engaging the party's moderates & conservatives (Yes there are still conservatives in the party). It does not mean abandoning core beliefs or giving up on efforts to influence opinion. But it's easier to influence opinion when you WIN, let me repeat, WIN elections.

Democrats can embrace the middle and win, but if Republicans push too hard to embrace the middle, they will lose too many of their activists and non-activists. The key, in my opinion to victory for Georgia Democrats is to force Republicans to fight for the middle, it's a win-win strategy for Democrats, as they attempt to grow their coalition and divide the already strong, steady Republicans.

The Republican coalition is smaller, but it's uniformly conservative. But there remains a divide between Democratic activists and non-activists. Non-activists are very moderate and include quite a few conservatives. Furthermore, non-activists make up the vast majority of the party and are ideologically situated right between the liberal and conservative "peaks" of each party's activist base. Republicans can win by attracting those moderate and conservative Democrats; in fact, the GOP is sunk without them. (Remember, many of these republicans nowadays used to be Moderate/ Conservative Democrats). If Democrats can bring them securely into the fold, they are unbeatable.

If Bob Kerry can do it, why not Sam Nunn (for Governor in'14?)

Why Not?

If you haven't heard but former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerry will run for the seat being vacated by Conservative Democrat Ben Nelson (D-NE) in November, which was seen as a likely republican pickup in its attempt to regain control of the senate. Kerry, 68 will be making a political comeback for his old senate seat. The political environment is different now thatn it as when Kerrey left the senate, but he is still held in high regard all across Nebraska, which is a solid Red State.

Remember St. Louis Rams Head Coach Dick Vermeil, who came out of a 15 year retirement at age 61, only to lead the Ram to a Super Bowl Victory in 1999.

So I ask the question, if Bob Kerrey can do it for the U.S. Senate, Dick Vermeil can do it in the NFL, then why not Sam Nunn, no not for the U.S. Senate, but for Governor in 2014?

Yes I know Nunn would be 76 in 2014, but remember John McCain almost became president at age 72, shoot, Ron Reagan was 68 when he took the W.H. in 1980, so being president & governor are two different things.

Look, the democrats really don't have anywhere else to turn. Their bench of prospective candidates is as thin as a thread. There are only 4 candidates that could REALLY make a run at the mansion & win it: Jim Marshall, John Barrow, Michael Thurmond & Sam Nunn.

But Nunn out of all the canddiates would probably be the strongest because of his statewide electoral success. Yes Georgia has changed since 1996 & yes it has gone from being a democratic control to a GOP controlled state, but he would do well where democrats haven't done well at all here in over 12 years..Independent-Conservative, small town voters & he would do well among suburban swing voters also.

I know its a 50 to 1 odds that Nunn would even entertain the thought of coming out of retirement to run for governor, since he is the CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which is a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. But if he were to he'll be the shot in the arm Georgia Democrats need in order to get moving once again, just like Bob Kerrey who gave Nebraska Dems their shot in the arm in trying to retaining the Senate seat in November.

Bible Verses for the Day

"Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”"

Hebrews 13:5

"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."

Isaiah 40:28-31

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2–4
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