Day: October 6, 2010

Michael Steele, The Republican Party, and The Minimum Wage!

Republicans all over the country are campaigning to reduce or eliminate the minimum wage, presently at $7.25, which was originally created under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in 1938!

The fact that the minimum wage was not raised at all under President Ronald Reagan, and only in the seventh year of the Presidency of George W. Bush, means that it is about 40 percent behind the cost of living as it was set originally in 1938!

And yet, Michael Steele, the Republican National Chairman, is totally unaware what the minimum wage is, and is unconcerned that even if the minimum wage is retained, it means those living on it are making about $15,000 a year!

It is obvious that many Tea Party Republican candidates, including Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ken Buck, Christine O’Donnell, and Linda McMahon, among others, have no concern for workers who are poor but trying to survive, and these candidates also desire to end unemployment compensation and privatize social security and medicare, and repeal health care legislation passed earlier this year! 🙁

How any struggling worker, white or black or latino or asian, could conceive of voting Republican in this midterm election is beyond understanding! The Democrats need to emphasize the reality about the Republicans and working people–that the GOP is dangerous to the American worker, and only cares about corporations and the wealthy! 🙁

An Obama-Clinton Presidential Ticket In 2012? Don’t Bet On It!

Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, who has just published OBAMA’S WARS, his new book on the Obama Presidency, is spreading the rumor that the nomination of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for Vice President in 2012 is “on the table”!

This rumor has been spreading for awhile, and Woodward makes it seem more legitimate, but it is hard to imagine it occurring!

It is true that Vice President Joe Biden always wanted to be Secretary of State, but it is unlikely that having been Vice President and living in the VP mansion, that Biden would want to step down to the State Department. If asked, Biden would be a team player, but it just seems highly unlikely that it would occur!

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is dismissing such speculation, and she seems to enjoy her job. On the other hand, moving up to the Vice Presidency would put her into a better position to run for President in 2016!

Obama and Clinton get along very well, and the old rivalry of 2008 seems gone, and Bill Clinton has been helpful to Obama. But if Obama decided to switch Biden and Clinton, it would be an admission that he thought he could not win without Clinton!

Hillary Clinton could bring blue collar workers, senior citizens, and women to Obama’s support, three groups he seems to have trouble with electorally, so it could be a productive development, but still, looking at history, it is highly unlikely!

Very few Presidents have ever switched running mates for the second term bid–only Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin D. Roosevelt (actually switching for third term and then again for fourth term). Only Lincoln really did so for electoral reasons, and unfortunately, it gave us Andrew Johnson in the Presidency, as a result! 🙁

So while the thought is fascinating, don’t bet money on it! It is highly likely that Joe Biden will be leaving the Vice Presidency before 2017, unless Obama loses the election in 2012!

Sexual Bullying: The Responsibility of Parents, Churches And Politicians!

Lately, there has been a noticeable increase in sexual bullying, with five young men ages 11-18 committing suicide in various ways after being harassed for being gay.

Of course, bullying also goes on at the middle and high school level for those who are short, fat, handicapped, black, hispanic, jewish, muslim and other factors.

All of it is regrettable and is avoidable, but the gay bullying is the worst right now, an epidemic!

This is a very serious matter, and must be addressed by parents who must cease their prejudices and fears, as it is passed on to their children!

But it is also the responsibility of churches, where pastors preach against gays, and politicians who exploit the issue for their own benefit, to stop and realize that they are responsible morally for the hate that they peddle! 🙁

It is time for people of religion to stop peddling hate, and for politicians to work to UNITE the American people, instead of dividing them!