Republicans Lying Again: Obamacare NOT a Middle Class Tax

July 11th, 2012

The Republicans are delusional or lying again by stating that Obamacare is “the largest middle class tax ever!

The fact is that the vast majority of the US middle class HAS health insurance! Thus, Obamacare adds ZERO to their taxes. So, when is a ZERO TAX INCREASE the biggest one ever???? When you would believe your biased dogma rather than the facts.

May God protect us from liars who believe their own lies.

Republicans are Tax-phobic, Revenue Hoarding, Disconnected and Uncompassionate Cowards

July 9th, 2012

First, it takes courage to understand others and compromise. The Republican “my way or the highway” way of working with others takes no courage. Thus, the Republicans are cowards since they have been unable to compromise. Their repeal “Obamacare” efforts are prime examples of their persistent cowardly behavior.

Second, they are disconnected in that they only understand themselves and unwilling to connect to others which is required for compromise. This disconnection makes them uncompassionate and wanting to cut others benefits at others costs.

Third, they have hoarded all the increased revenues of the last decade and refuse to pay their fair (progressive) tax rate. In fact, they are tax phobic as if taxes is a religious rather than a political practice.

They would be ludicrous and pitiful if it weren’t for their political status. Instead they are scary. They are scary like a four year child pointing a load gun at you. One cannot know what will happen but it will not be good.

Republicans need to stop being disconnected, uncompassionate, revenue hoarding and tax-phobic cowards and join those of us in our courageous struggle to live life in the now and not in the past.

All Hispanics are NOT Equal in Immigration making Senator M Rubio wrong again.

June 27th, 2012

Senator Mark Rubio (R-FL) states that the Democrats are trying to promote infighting among Hispanics. He believes that this is wrong because Hispanics are all in the same circumstances.. He is wrong.

First, Puerto Ricans Hispanics are American Citizens since Puerto Rico is an American possession. As US citizens they do not have immigration issues.

Second, escaping Cuban Hispanics were automatically favored for immigration. The vast number of escaping Cubans have had little to no immigration problems. Ironically, Senator Rubio’s parent immigrated into the US before the Castro Regime. Thus, they weren’t escaping Cubans.

That leaves the rest of Hispanics from Mexico and Central and South American Hispanics. They are illegal UNLESS they are rich. Wealthy Hispanics from these regions have a method for immigrating legally. It is called money.

Thus, all Hispanics are NOT equal. Senator Rubio’s family came before the vast Cuban and Hispanic migrations to USA and he has very little understanding of their immigration issues. This is because he has bought into the While Male System (A Women’s Dilemma by A. S. Wilson) and is as ‘white’ in values as is Dick Cheney, Mitt Romney and Clarence Thomas. Skin color nor Hispanic name does not keep them from being ‘white males.’

Thus, to believe all Hispanics alike to to try to make all Hispanics fit the Republican mold. They don’t. In spite of a similar languages (and markedly different dialects), they are as different as white Northerners, Southerners and Westerners. All speak English but certainly not homogenous.

Tea Party Conservatives are Cowards

June 21st, 2012

When Scott Walker won his recall election, he stated that the people chose someone who could make “tough decisions.” How ‘tough’ is it to make decisions that only diminish your opposition??? If he really wanted to make a tough (and courageous) decision he would had also raised taxes. He doesn’t have the courage to make that decision.

Conservatives want to do everything to everyone else but themselves or their causes. Conservatives have cut there own taxes and now want to cut others entitlements to cut the deficit that their tax cuts (not entitlements!) caused They are NOT giving up anything. How cowardly can that be?

Courage is required to compromise in politics and the Tea party is making sure all courageous Republicans are voted out to be replaced by cowardly replacements. It is time to stopping voting for cowardly politicians. Courageous electorates must elect courageous politicians.

Income Hoarders aka “Job Creators” are the New Robber Barons

June 6th, 2012

Years of increased worker productivity has not been match with increased worker incomes. Instead the benefits of these increases have gone to CEOs and investors making literally modern day Robber Barons. To many corporations, CEOs and investors of more important than their workers and even their products.
Corporations should take care of their own. Yet, at the first sign of a financial crises corporations cut their works and thus production. If corporations were persons it is like cutting their legs off to say energy. It will work temporarily but with dire consequences.
The marked increases in corporate profits with decreased taxes have NOT created more jobs nor increased worker pay but instead shifted income to the top 1% making them the new American aristocracy (“Upper Class”) and 21st Century Robber Barons.
Corporate Boards much take action to reverse these inequities. If they don’t then the government must intervene directly or indirectly.

Marriage is Unconstitutional and Illegal

May 9th, 2012

If marriage is ordained by God or its clergy to be between only a man and a woman, then it is unconstitutional. This unconstitutionality is based on the doctrine of the separation of Church and State. No State should codify religious or “sacred” practices.

Marriage between only men and women is illegal because it is the systematic discrimination against gay and lesbian couples. Civil unions are illegal because they are based on the separate but equal doctrines previously deemed unconstitutional.

The solution is to copy many countries throughout the world. These States only licenses and allow Civil Unions no matter the genders of the couples seeking union and only Churches perform marriages. In these countries couples go through two ceremonies–one civil and one religious. In the USA, we could probably agree that a religious Marriage ceremony could fulfill the requirements for a Civil Union. Thus, according to the State all Civil Unions have the same rights. The bases of “sacred” unions is then left to religions. These practices maintain the separation of Church and State.

Finally, the “majority” does not have the right to impose their values on a “minority” by virtue majority vote. The courts have supported the rights of the individual in spite of the majority vote. This was and still is the whole basis of the civil rights movement.

Framing Abuse: It’s a “Left Behind Tax” – not a “Death Tax”

May 7th, 2012

Framing an issue is key to communicating and MIS-communicating. Republicans are particularly adept in framing negative issues to SEEM positive. Unfortunately, they get away with it and the negative consequences of these issues persist. A long term example is calling the inheritance tax as a “Death Tax.” This is wrong!

If there is a “Death Tax” it is imposed by God after death. I suspect most people would be willing to support a law that exempts any wealth that a person takes WITH them! Realistically, there is no way to collect it anyway.

On the other hand, any wealth left behind is inherited by individuals and they are subject to an inheritance tax, i.e., a “Left Behind Windfall Tax.” I purposely used the terms “wealth” and “windfall” because current law exempts inheritances not consider to be “wealth” by many from any inheritance taxes. Thus, “Left Behind Taxes” are imposed only on those who inherit windfalls.

That wealth reaped from a relative dying should be taxed as income through inheritance taxes. There is no reason it should be taxed like all other incomes are taxed.

Framing Abuse: “Income Hoarders” are NOT “Job Creators”

May 7th, 2012

Framing an issue is key to communicating and MIS-communicating. Republicans are particularly adept in framing negative issues to SEEM positive. Unfortunately, they get away with it and the negative consequences of these issues persist.

A good example is the framing of the top 1% of income earners as “job creators” as if they are actually doing something good for the economy. Instead, these “job creators” are “income hoarders” and actually hurting the recovery of the economy.

Nearly 80% of the US economy is based on consumer spending. Part of the problem with the current economic crises is that people as consumers are deeply in debt and are not willing to spend themselves into more debt. In conjunction, people as workers are losing ground because their incomes are not only not keeping pace with their productivity but actually losing ground. (The top 1% are misdirecting the income from the increased productivity to themselves.) Thus, the economy is not recovering because consumers are not spending and they are not spending because as workers they are not being paid their due.

In reality, the top 1% of income earners are harming the economy by hoarding income that would be readily spent by the other 99%. If Board of Directors restore parity to the top 1% compensations packages and gave the excessive income to the thousands of first and second line workers, this money would be spent and the economic would recover.

For example, give a CEO $1 million and he (yes!–still predominately a man) is unlikely to spend more than a small percentage. Give the same $1 million as $20k to 50 first and second line workers and they will spend all of it! Multiple this compensation parity by hundreds of thousands of times and the economy will become robust again.

Ironically, even when jobs are created by the top 1%, they create low paying jobs in order to increase their income hoarding. So even then, income hoarders are not helping the economy.

Board of Directors MUST be held culpable for the maldistribution of income to the top 1% that perpetuate the faltering of their companies and the US economy. They probably need a wake up call from the US Justice Department.

Our Yearning for Consciousness Stated Lyrically & Beautifully By Billy Joel

March 12th, 2012

In his lyrics of the song “The River of Dreams” from his album “The River of Dreams” Billy Joel beautifully states the human’s desire, fervor, quest, yearning to understand one’s Self consciously and to achieve Oneness with Self, i.e., consciousness and subconscious. Actually the whole album relates to this yearning. The lyrics are below. What follows are some insightful questions I see asked by them.

“In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
From the mountains of faith
To a river so deep

I must be looking for something
Something sacred I lost
But the river is wide
And it’s too hard to cross

And even though I know the river is wide
I walk down every evening and I stand on the shore
And try to cross to the opposite side
So I can finally find out what I’ve been looking for

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the valley of fear
To a river so deep

And I’ve been searching for something
Taken out of my soul
Something I would never lose
Something somebody stole

I don’t know why I go walking at night
But now I’m tired and I don’t want to walk anymore
I hope it doesn’t take the rest of my life
Until I find what it is that I’ve been looking for

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the jungle of doubt
To a river so deep

I know I’m searching for something
Something so undefined
That it can only be seen
By the eyes of the blind

In the middle of the night

I’m not sure about a life after this
God knows I’ve never been a spiritual man
Baptized by the fire, I wade into the river
That runs to the promised land

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the desert of truth
To the river so deep

We all end in the ocean
We all start in the streams
We’re all carried along
By the river of dreams

In the middle of the night”

Here are but a few questions that these lyrics bring us for meditation, contemplation, pondering.

1)
“I must be looking for something.
Something sacred I lost”

What sacred something do we feel we have lost?

2)
“I try to cross to the opposite side
So I can finally find out what I’ve been looking for”

What are we continually looking for? What drives this search?

3)
“I’ve been searching for something taken out of my soul
Something I would never lose, something somebody stole”

What was taken out of our soul? Who stole it?

4)
“I know I’m searching for something, something so undefined
That it can only be seen by the eyes of the blind
In the middle of the night ”

What are we searching for that can only be seen by the the eyes of the blind, i.e., while we are asleep?
Hint: an alternative to sleep is “vivid dreaming” google it and see what it is

5) (My truth included…now give me your truth)
“I go walking in my sleep
Through the desert of truth to the river so deep”

Truth is barren, desolate, nothing. The opposite of a truth is ANOTHER truth!
The river so deep is our own subconscious that goes on forever.
I you look out into space you can see/imagine that it goes on forever and ever.
The same is true for our own subconscious. You can look/visualize into it as far as you see/imagine space.
Both the outer world AND our inner world are infinite!!! THAT IS GOD and then much more. 🙂

6) (My truth again. What is your truth?)
“We all end in the ocean, we all start in the streams
We’re all carried along by the river of dreams”

We begin life with minimal (“streams”) of consciousness, awareness of our inner and outer worlds.
As our consciousness grows it joins the much greater (“ocean”) consciousness that is the nirvana, heaven on earth, etc. This ocean is shared consciousness with everyone that has made it that far. Everyone has the capacity to go from their streams to the ocean but few do.

God Is Not God and You Are Not You

March 7th, 2012

Understandings regarding God are thousands of years old and are essentially unchanged. Though these understandings were appropriate for a world of hunters and gathers and subsequently agriculture-based primeval tribes, they are anachronistic and unsatisfying for modern tribes. This leaves many current believers in God unchurched because they cannot believe teachings based on outmoded understandings of God. Many want understandings of God to evolved just like our understanding of the physical universe has evolved. Paradoxically, an evolved understanding of God leaves us at a juncture in our human evolution that is both dismaying and awe inspiring.
Our understandings of our physical universe now includes DNA, genetics, space/time, molecules, atoms, quarks, bosons, Higgs particles and beyond. These understandings are based on science, i.e., provable premises. Innumerable proofs, i.e., “laws of science,” are already at hand or being researched. Nevertheless, due to physical limitations it is unclear whether scientific methods will ever be able to investigate all scientific theories, i.e, premises to prove or disprove them. String theories may be one of theories.
Our understandings of God are based on philosophies, i.e., unproveable premises, handed down through the ages in constantly changing contexts and texts. This is exemplified by the fact that there were many kinds of Christianity’s based on differing premises before one Christianity, i.e., one premise, destroyed them all. Ironically, this one Christianity has since split into countless variations, a.k.a, Denominations, based on differing premises.  The fact that there are more variations of the Bible then there are words in the Bible is emblematic of these problems. 
Judaism and Islam are no better shape. There are many sects in Judaism and Islam, each with their variation on central or peripheral doctrines. Like Christianity, they are based on a prophet or prophets whose understanding of God is the basis of the religion or sect. Yet these prophets live in ancient times. Thus, our understandings of God are anachronistic.
So, how are we going to modernize our understanding of God. A scientific method called “a thought experiment” can be used to this end. This would go as follows: 
Think/Imagine God. He/She/It is much more than that thought/vision. And then he/she/it is infinitely more than that. And then infinitely more than that. And goes it goes on infinitum after infinitum without end.
It is obvious that God is incomprehensible by humans and that humans will never know God in their lifetimes. That is why “God is dead.” It is hard to call anything “alive” that goes beyond infinitum and beyond our understanding. What “God is dead” is really declaring is that the anachronistic and anthropomorphic understanding of God is dead. 
Now, how about the fact that God made humans in his “own image.” Let’s do the same thought experiment again:
Think/Imagine You. You are much more than that thought/vision. And, then you are infinitely more than that. And then infinitely more than that. And goes it goes on infinitum after infinitum without end.
So, what is the proof for this “You are not You.” Science can helps us to this end. We know that we are all unique. Due to epigenetics even twins are never identical. So, like snowflakes, not two humans are or ever will be identical. 
Next, science tells us about invariable cell death and growth that is constantly changing our bodies. Our bodies consisting of approximately 1×1016 cells is not made of the same body of 1×1016 cells from moment to moment. So, physically You are not You from moment to moment.
How about mentally?  Aren’t You constantly You mentally? Actually, we now know that most of thoughts and action are controlled by unconscious processes. These thoughts are constantly changing to deal with our constantly changing environment. New memories are examples of our constantly changing.  Thus, mentally You are not You because of constantly changing interactions with our physical environment moment to moment.
Finally, how about socially? Are You constantly You? Marriage is the prime example of You not being You moment to moment. No matter how long two people are married, they will never know their spouse completely because that are constantly changing physically and mentally. That is why divorces happen decades into relationships. The same is true with every social relationship. Just look at your children. In their first two decades, their constant growth physically, mentally and socially changes moment to moment are incredible.
So, we do not and can not know God and we do not and can not know ourselves. Both dismaying. Yet, religions have two aspects: Mysticism and Ethics. Their current understandings of God in their mystical religious thought are what are anachronistic. The above thought experiments tells us that “God is” and no more. Nothing more is knowable and saying anything more is hubris. 
What the prophets told us and humans can abide by is their ethics, i.e., moral philosophies. Ethics are how a person should act. For example, the “Jefferson Bible” or “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth” extracts from the Bible the moral teaching of Jesus as a man tat can be emulated by humans. Jesus as the miracle worker is “Christ”/God and therefore unknowable as noted. Similar ethics teaching can be obtained from the Koran and Old Testament. Sadly, these ethics are either overlooked in favor of mystical worship of God or interpreted for one’s own religious benefits; thus the innumerable denominations and sects.
So, what is awe inspiring? The fact that we have been shown or told how we should act is awe inspiring. We can stop worrying about God and start worrying worrying about how we act. Behaviors based on religious ethics inspires many God-like acts. Imagine a world where this was the rule rather than the exception.
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