Did a bit of research and am posting some of what I found. I thought it quite interesting.———-
Here’s What Science Says About the Brains of Democrats and Republicans
Author: Dylan Goldstein
“Researchers investigated the emotional differences between the two groups and found that when faced with risky decision-making, the amygdalae of Republicans fire at a greater rate than those of Democrats. This suggests that Republicans might be relatively more influenced by emotions in their decision-making process. What’s more, a study found that conservatives were aroused to a greater extent than liberals when shown disturbing images, such as those depicting infested wounds. Simply put, it appears that the conservative brain is more sensitive to stimuli that carry emotional weight.
Research shows that individuals who are more engaged in politics exhibit greater firing in the amygdala and ventral striatum while viewing statements consistent with their partisan ties. The amygdala is linked to emotional importance, while the ventral striatum is linked to reward value. Thus, political fanatics seem to find heightened intrinsic satisfaction to ideologies with which they agree.
These findings suggest that as we trudge deeper into the political world, we become more and more tied to our respective political parties. Scientists believe this may build a feedback loop that fuels polarization in the political world, motivating us to selectively seek out information that confirms our pre-existing beliefs. Even if we attempt to break from this self-perpetuating cycle, research also suggests underlying neural mechanisms that impede our capacity to empathize with members of the political out-group. It’s as if we are programmed in a way that is less than helpful for seeing alternative points of view.
Back in 1796, George Washington offered the nation some unheeded words of advice: beware of political parties.
Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think is a 1996 book by cognitive linguist George Lakoff. It argues that conservatives and liberals hold two different conceptual models of morality. Conservatives have a Strict father model in which people are made good through self-discipline and hard work, everyone is taken care of by taking care of themselves. Liberals have a nurturant parent model in which everyone is taken care of by helping each other.
Conservatives have more structured and persistent cognitive styles,” said Carola Salvi, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow in cognitive psychology at Northwestern and RIC.
Liberals were more likely than conservatives to achieve solutions with a sudden insight or “Aha!” In contrast, both groups achieved roughly an equal number of solutions through gradual, analytical processing.”
You may have heard “status quo” during this time of heavily pumped politics. In case you don’t know the definition of it, it means “to stay the way things are”…”keep the current situation the same”.
Apply it to politics. Of course no career politician wants anything to change. This is why some republicans are fighting against Donald Trump so hard. If things change then ALL THE MONEY that goes for their pleasure, the planes, the trips, the expensive clothing, and the perks that go along with being a politician…might be taken away! Things might change and all that makes them want to be career politicians might go away! democrats are concerned too.
I am neither republican nor democrat. I am an American. I am neither conservative nor liberal, but a fine mix of both that upholds my personal beliefs and philosophy. I am neither rich nor poor. I am white and was born into a middle class family (it would be poor now). My son said I was beautiful. I don’t think so. I believe it was my heart and positive attitude that made me liked by many different types of people – White, Mexican, Black, Asian, American Indian…. whomever I got a chance to share time with was to me, was a human being worth getting to know. I was taught I am NOT the judge of humans. I was born to love God and others.
I was also taught the difference between good and evil, manners, and given the patience to get to know someone before deciding whether I wanted to continue as friends or not. I was taught NO ONE HAS THE CHOICE OF WHERE THEY ARE BORN, WHAT COLOR THEY ARE, and OR WHAT CULTURE THEY HISTORICALLY ARE FROM. NO ONE HAS A CHOICE IF WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE, IF THEY ARE GENETICALLY HEALTHY OR NOT, AND WHAT HIS OR HER PARENTS FINANCIAL STATUS IS! That’s the truth!
Of course we all begin adapting to life reflecting the values and thoughts of our parents, and other family members and those who participated in our lives often. But there is a point wherein we must decide for ourselves what path in life we will take…the high road or the low one.
I have separated from the initial thoughts that made me begin to write this morning. I don’t write every morning “just to write”. I write when I have passion about a subject, or feel it is God-sent, or important enough to take the time to sit still!
This started off with the intent of stating as citizens we have little real choice about anything expect on a personal basis within our minds and choices. We are presented with whichever multi-million dollar candidates “they” (not positive who they are) hand over to us peasants.
So to decide whom to vote for this year for president is simply a choice between one millionaire and the other. A man or a woman who has already been selected for us. for us. Someone who wants to keep the “status quo”, or someone who wants to upset the apple cart and make some changes (that may seem frightening to some individuals, and career politicians, for sure!)
I won’t vote “just because” one of the candidates is a woman. I am a friend snob and only hang out with people who I believe are quality and truthful. I tried hanging out with “questionable girlfriends” – I couldn’t save them from themselves, and I couldn’t stay out of trouble! I would rather hang out with ME than people I cannot respect. (Doesn’t have anything to do with money or race!) As far as hillary.
I am old enough to remember everything from Tennessee to today, and the clintons are soooooooooo NOT as the media and the way they like to portray them. So she’s out! Her motto should be “I will LIE and DENY, unto death do we part”.
I liked lots about Bernie Sanders, but in the end he sold out.
I am reading everything I can get my hands on about Donald Trump. I do like the “tentative” cabinet he has selected…or at least the one mentioned on line.
The truth is I am favoring Donald Trump thus far. So many are afraid he will be radical and things will “topple”…. I don’t think that is a bad idea. I know there is a silent majority who have been not voting, and hold back about the fact things are not better – they are not better at all!
For as many “accolades” as obama lovers give him (and I really tried the first four years) I have seen a radical increase in racial tensions…. I am old enough to remember that the racial problems for many years have been on the decline until a few years after he actually took office. If you think about it, “tension” in many areas has increased in the last eight years.
I will always be upset with him for not declaring, he is not black – he is mulatto. I have no problem with black! I have NO problem with mulatto! I have two EXQUISITE grandchildren who are a mix of two cultures…. I love their mothers and am proud of them. I will defend them to the death! As well as my mulatto grandchildren – and all those I love! I just think if he were truthful it might have shown he is NOT RACIST against white…he never acknowledges his white!
Enthusiasts listened to him speak and he did speak eloquently. He promised change. People were tired of war and he made promises that sounded as if he would unite the country. Think about it. Do you really see unity within the country?
He did pull troops out of Iraq, but only to loose footing in that county. Strife began again within the borders. All those USA patriots who died, died for nothing.
His accomplishments include releasing long term prisoners; over 500 of them. If you know anyone/or have friends who knows anyone that has been in prison long-term, you know they are changed forever. They are institutionalized. That is not to say some can’t make it, but the majority (statistics show) are still recognizable as a poor sufferer of a system that really doesn’t want changes, and back in trouble within months, if not days.
In California (I only know about my state in this area) the federal government mandated releases from prisons because they were overcrowded. Well, AB109 has released over 30 people from prison a month in each county, and in my town the crime rate, violence, theft, rape, and a multitude of horrific crimes has increased substantially.
Giving Iran a stack of millions of dollars cash was simply an invitation to critical problems for our children. They did admit it was done about the same time as four people were released! I remember the last releases – for five criminals, we got one traitor!
hillary, as Secretary of State was equally as bad as obama. The discord in the countries she visited is horrendous, and the money she has taken from countries that believe in the abuse of women is substantial.
I hadn’t thought about it for years, but my mama was very interested in politics. At the time I was raising three children and dealing with an abusive husband. She had a scrapbook with all the incidents that the clintons were involved in from Tennessee forward. She told me that they were criminals before I knew anything about them.
Good grief. I didn’t intend to write this book. I just am sharing where my thoughts are and asking that before you cast a vote this November, THINK. STUDY. PRAY.
We really have two candidates…any other good person would not be able to have enough votes to sustain themselves at this point. It is the electoral votes that count anyway. That’s another story. We are a country run by millionaires and billionaires.
I know one thing I don’t want – I don’t want to be a part of the “new world order”. That signs a DEATH warrant for the United States of America – my country. I love being an AMERICAN first (my mutt historical information is secondary in importance.) BTW, I am proud to be an American Mutt.
Remember, THINK, STUDY, PRAY. Use the gift of intuitive feelings. We all have been given this gift. Recognize it.
Addendum: if you think I slipped and didn’t capitalize names that should have been, please know it is my choice, and I will never capitalize a name of someone I do not respect.
Also, I am not pushing you for one candidate or another – simply expressing MY FEELINGS, and what I know to be true. God bless and help us all, and all those around the world who are in need.
I think our politicians and leaders are the only ones in the world who sell out their own Native people by selling our country out from all of us. It does make me sick. I love my country.
Katniss is real, and she is an Apache.
While we were all looking the other way, sacred Apache land (that was also property of the American people as a whole) was sold to an Australian-British mining company that will soon have the rights to leave a 2-mile crater in the area. How did this happen? Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake slipped the deal in at the last minute at the bottom of a much-needed military defense spending bill. Apache have been camped out on the sacred site of Oak Flat ever since, and this young warrior, along with a handful of others, traveled to NYC all the way from Arizona to try to bring attention to her people’s plight.
Let’s help this story spread and let this real life rebel know that she is not alone, and that the American people won’t stand for this betrayal to us all.
Here is the true state of the Union. Money controls because it empowers. Politicians control because they come under the guise of the “people’s” representatives – and they get fabulous money and benefits. Those with fabulous money never have to worry about protection, and those with moderately fabulous money will simply hire people to protect them. Our government has the biggest weapons of course. Those with the biggest weapons always rule.
Let’s give our weapons in and just let the government run everything, and hope the bad guys gave their weapons in too! No that’s not a good idea – that’s what happened in Hitler’s case. (If you aren’t familiar with that history, you should brush up a bit.)
If you think people are informed – think again. The media has swayed this country since the beginning of it. I spent the last three days reading and studying our Constitution, slavery, etc.…Gosh, my eyes have been opened. I read different versions – I think I finally read the truth about history.
If you think the common man is educated, find the Jimmy Kimmel show that happened around MLK day, and listen to his interviews of “the common man.” It is disgraceful. Did you know there was much dissention about creating this holiday? Reagan and MANY people didn’t want to initially, but football labor unions and others…put the pressure on the folks to sway the vote.
It is also disgraceful our government send three representatives to Ferguson for the funeral of a young criminal. You may not like cops but if in trouble who do you call – ghost busters? I think not!
People like Al Sharpton instigate Trouble with a capital T. The media and anyone looking for fame, no matter what, run to any situation to ensuethe biggest story and the most media possible. Ever hear of editing….
I didn’t start this post with “any intention”, but I am a bit fired up at all the lies told daily to invoke a separation of citizens. “A house divided falls” – have you ever heard that?
John Perry is an idiot. He sent a “hug to Paris” and had JamesTaylor sing “You’ve Got a Friend.” Throw up. Our pres. was too busy to go to Paris.
Do not be fooled. State of the Union? Huh. For all his rhetoric and fluffy speech, I heard these things: Hail all the supreme leader who won both elections. Did you listen to the speech? Really?
How about this: “I will NOT let THIS congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on OUR efforts.” (Translation: I will veto any bills the republicans try to pass regarding health care- the OUR stood for Democrats. A hand across the table brother.
Already he has his pen in hand to negate anything the congress that the PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY VOTED IN this last election. He said those words with a connotation I picked up that really said he isn’t going to do anything anyone else wants to do!
“Climate change poses an immediate risk to national security.”
Say what? (A very well educated friend always said, our records only REALLY go back for a limited time. Climate has always changed and most people just theorize what’s happening, it’s all theory.”)
“We reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims, lesbians, gays, transgender, and bi-sexual.” (Just whom is obama speaking for anyway?) A bit of stereotyping, (remember 9-11, and read about today’s terrorists), goes a long way towards prevention!
Personally I like to think I do not judge ANY PERSON, however, I have certain “unalienable rights” to think freely, and to speak – and should without hesitation! Whatever is my own personal set of beliefs, I will speak my mind and not be afraid to say what I believe when asked. If that is wrong, since I am not a terrorist or killer, or a bigot, then I am just not in America any more!
Speaking of rights – AT LEAST 38, yes CITIZENS of 38 states VOTED NOT to treat same sex marriage like the marriage between a man and woman. Thereafter, slowly, 38 State court judges changed the ruling because it wasn’t fair. Why vote?
Also kind of ticks me off that the electoral vote picks the president…I don’t even know why Californians, or anyone in the far western states votes – makes NOT ONE BIT of difference in the elections. And this year, because of the lack of boundary on “donations” to candidates – pretty much once again, MONEY RULES, FAIR Play DROOLS!
Talk about the truth. I’d like to see obama, while smoking his cigarette (YES he smokes), and say: “Actually my really name is Barry, I’ve been trained in Muslim ways, and I am as much white man as I am black man. I married a real black woman…so don’t be racist or judgmental.” HHHHAHAAAAAAHAAAA. True, but that is never going to happen. I am not just picking on the swave, Harvard education “speaker” – I refer to LIES from them all!
Let’s give junior college to everyone for free! What a brilliant idea. Let’s take motivation to attain goals out of the picture altogether, and just pay billions for those who want to go. I wonder if that includes illegals, senior citizens, children who were unable to finish high school because they cared for an aging parent or grandparent…etc. Why should anyone have to work for anything, anyway! Just let the government use the willing ones work and pay taxes, keep those who have no motivation or like to drink and use drinks – just barely existing and out of the way, and make sure billions are put in the fund to protect the politicians from every stray man and woman LEFT BEHIND.
My friend told me she knows a lady and her husband who escaped to the us fourteen years ago, and neither work. The man is 50 something and he spends most of his day in the apt. bedroom being depressed, and neither of them know English yet. However, they are paid by the government and do exist.
He forgot to mention Isis and our other terrorist groups. He didn’t mention the fact he will veto anything that tries to keep funding away from accepting millions of illegal aliens. We haven’t enough jobs for citizens, 50% of America’s children are poor, and what we teach these people is that doing something illegal pays off!
Liberties? Privacy? For the middle class “folks” (he uses this when he wants to be like a peasant)- give me a flipping break. Next month there will be drones about your house letting the government know in which room you are standing.
If you say ANYTHING out of what the “text” of those in charge want you to say, LOOK OUT, and if you keep listening to the media – you will be a member of the “dumbing down of America club”.
Exhortion – being forced to pay health insure when you are young and don’t really need it. Having taxes taken out and never really have a say in anything. The folks who left England to form a new country were tired of being taxed to death.
As an addendum – did you know the Portuguese were the first to sell slaves from Africa, and Africans were the ones who rounded up and sold their countrymen? Most of Europe and many South American countries joined in selling slaves – a couple of centuries, maybe more, before America joined in. Even Lincoln would have sent Africans to South America or back to Africa, but he couldn’t figure out the logistics….honest. I guess as a white person I am sick of taking all the wrap – besides I would NEVER do something like that. That was then – this is now! Forgive and forget the past or you will waste your entire life.
If this country is so prejudice why do we have a mullato president? How could Oprah become a billionaire and an actress? Why do America’s Got Talent and American Idol (Harry Conick Jr. is soooo funny!- I am an idol head again because of the judges! ) allow all races to participate? How do all races participate in music?How come sport teams are made up of different races. And how in the heck do we all live in peace day by day by day, most days? That’s not reported, is it!
So let’s do what we can.
Rebel by living a good life following what we believe, loving each other regardless of anyone trying to convince us we don’t. Rebel by being a decent person and a good neighbor, loving our children and other children, and being kind to our pets.
Rebel by saying many prayers and remembering we are all human and just because we don’t get radical doesn’t mean we give in!
Is anyone else sick of all the BS that is happening in the USA right now? Itell you what, I sure am! It’s hard to tell where to begin.
1. I have a real problem with obama and his cronies pulling this “racial unrest” crap. I have seen the problem built up in increments, and with obama being a racist (he has always denied his white – he has never mentioned he is mullato) – I find it sickening that he is so ashamed of his white.
2. The young adult killed in Ferguson and those who chanted insited much. Sixty hours of witnesse’, six black people saying he was the problem, a black policemman who was there…and all the media can say is “he was a child-a defenseless child. If you had a huge mad man coming to inilate you, what would your instinct be? Self defense? The media is so f—— twisted. It is terrible for anyone to be killed, but he had just robbed a store and threatened someone.
3. It was terrible a twelve year old was killed,…,people who were frightened called, and he had something that looked like a weapon and was flailing it around…I don’t know the details, but if you don’t want the police to bother you – DON’T PLAY WITH GUNS THAT LOOK REAL threatening people, don’t rob stores, don’t do the crime!
4. The media kisses the ass of obama and the politicians that follow his lead. The real problem is POVERTY. The crime rate in areas of poverty is high – and in black communities the murder rate of black on black is unbelievably high. POVERTY AND all that comes along with it is the problem.
5. Before this stirring of the racial pot, the majority of America was melded and living peacefully as it should be.
6. Let’s take all the money obama wants to help Central American people with and turn it to our own poor communities to help them.
7. I heard something that made sense yesterday. If you get a ticket, or are sited for no driver’s license, etc. just say, “I am not breaking the law by being an illegal immigrant. I am legal, I pay taxes, I work…which offense is worse? I don’t get FINANCIAL HELP when I am sited for breaking the law.”
8. Yes, there are cops who are corrupt. But if you stand the good guys next to the corrupt ones, the good guys would win hands down. These guys began a career putting their lives on the line to keep peace and keep citizens safe. Would it really do any good if cops just slapped a hand and said naughty-don’t be bad? I don’t think so. Here’s an idea: Why don’t all the cops in the USA take a two week leave and see what happens. No cops on the streets at all. Think about that one.
9. Obama, his family, all the political persons (well, 90%) are taken care of for life. No worries. My husband was told not to work more than 40 hours, and even if he did, taxes would gobble up the money. Last time he got overtime he was taxed so highly we decided it wasn’t worth the extra time out of our lives.
10. Our military has to follow “rules of engagement” and in doing so our guys and gals are in serious trouble.
11. Lower the taxes for “we the people” and stop helping so much in countries that hate us.
Our president apologized long ago for America. He is going on a rampage – return one
American and give Cuba three Cubans…one was in jail for murder. Are we worth less?
It’s all about the MONEY, GREED and POWER. Sony may as well have bowed to N. Korea and said, “whatever pleases you.” They didn’t release the movie simply because the were afraid it would cut more into their profits. The invasion hurt them financially and they are simply AFRAID of the financial losses. Good job Sony – let them see we bow down to bullies.
Did you hear about the two innocent policemen that were murdered? One was American Asian, and one Latino American. How about the black high schooler that stabbed a white girl in the eye with a pen, “because she was white”? There are black on white crimes that are just quietly put to the side.
Did you notice how smoothly the border crisis slipped to another crisis, and then another?
It is all planned! Slick, eh? They divert our attention and we go on to the next problem. This has been a tactic for decades – and it works.
I don’t want to ship out families that have been here and worked and raised their children and been a part of communities. I just don’t want the cartels and criminals to have easy access to America.
Consumerism – big brother wants us to buy buy buy. The dumbing down of America is what I like to call it! We sit glued to the computer or our “portable device” and are doing exactly what they want us to do.
Many families have gone from enjoying time together to each preferring to be separate and on the internet so they can make secret plans, watch porn, or write to their hundreds of friends. A house divided falls.
I appreciate many things about the technology, but it is NOT MY LIFE. Did you know the intellect of technology has doubled every year since 1956? This should be a bit terrifying to us all.
I know this post is scattered but there are so many problems and I need to get them out of my head and on paper. It is all lies. Now all those who voted to get some changes made are shaking their heads because the Republican party has already gone back to being just members of the political club.
I know there is a silent majority here in the USA – a strong silent majority. The thing that non-citizens and those out of the United States of Amercia don’t realize is that when it comes down to the bottom of the barrel, somehow that melting pot of people that make up America will pull together and do what needs to be done.
My savior in all this mess – my faith! I am not blind and I am not stupid, I keep in prospective what is real and what is urgent. LOVE EACH OTHER, forgive each other and hold tight to family and friends.
Do not be duped into being stressed out about the holidays, or something that is manufactured by the media, our politicians, and those greedy bastards that have so much control over the peasants.
If I am lucky I probably have 10-15 years left to live on this planet. I intend to use every moment of it remembering what life is really all about! I hope you do to, and you use these moments to to love each other and forgive each other…including yourself!
Kind of a strange holiday greeting, I know. I don’t like mincemeat pie and I don’t like to mince words. Stop being brainwashed by commercials, and stop watching so much news…you will feel so much better!
I am going to take my own advice and probably won’t write again until after Christmas.
DO NOT VOTE for Jerry Brown (that is my opinion). If you are not old enough to remember his last stint as governor of California – I will tell you I am. Remember, I am not Republican or Democrat – I simply KNOW from seeing the horror that was Jerry Brown the first time he was governor. For eight years he lied. He was a TERRIBLE governor – and the people paid – literally! That is all I have to say about that.
As I’ve said before I am a political atheist. Yes, I do vote, but I reiterated, I am not affiliated with a particular party. It really makes me mad that the president of ALL citizens (Republican, Democrat, or whatever), is spending taxpayers dollars to promote the Democrat party. That to me is really not right. Does anybody out there have any idea of the cost to the taxpayers?
Just another poor representative of ALL citizens, by a non-bipartisan president…..ha
Big brother doesn’t have to knock – he’s already “in the house”. There was a teamster work building a stage for an obama rally, who was wearing a Bush hat and tee shirt, when he was told: Turn the tee shirt inside out and take off the hat….he didn’t, and was fired!
He does not blame the obama team (to be clear) – but the teamsters! Ironically, the “Bush” that was represented was the aircraft carrier that his son has been deployed on for three individual tours-I am not certain where, so I won’t presume to say, but I did hear the man tell the story himself, so I know it is true.
I heard these words on a television show (Channel 10), as I was looking for mindless humor to watch: something about a woman, a guy said “…..you have to kiss a pussy’s ass”.” I am sorry, but this is regular tv at 9:50PM . I am angry that crap like that is on all the time now. I am not big brother (or sister), but have we, as a people, forgotten who we are and decent words and behavior?
Silly question. Sickens me though.
One thing I think television teaches the viewers is to trust no one, and to argue about almost anything. That’s why the race card has been brought up in the election. “A house divided falls.”
Enough of this rattling. Have a wonderful evening. I will. My hubby can’t work tomorrow due to rain, so we are going to enjoy it while we can.
Blessings to you all. Enjoy the moments – they are fleeting!
I rarely get sick – last time was about fifteen years ago! I’ve been VERY sick since Sunday. Was told, “probably virus, maybe allergies, and if not better by Friday take this antibiotic as it’s most likely bacterial.” Okay. Antibiotic it is!
There were a few more things that made me sick this week. I am never late on a payment as we are trying to keep our credit good, though I can’t figure out why right now!
I mailed Juniper (Barclay’s bank) my payment on the day it was due. Whoops – hey, I’m really sick and my husband is out of town trying to hold things together. The same day I got a letter from Juniper saying they hadn’t received my check on the 12th and now I have added a $39.00 late fee. Yikes.
I was pissed. That’s the only word that fits. I got on the phone and called. Well the customer service representative was in the Philippines and I could hardly understand her.
Let’s see – corporations out source work to the Philippines, India, Mexico, and who knows where else. No work here – unemployment claims went up 25,000. last week. ☹
Anyway, back to no help.I got put on hold, transferred, disconnected, and then called again to speak to another Filipino gal. She said we could resolve it. No grace period, but as a one time courtesy they would remove the late charges if I would pay another $35.00 by phone this very same day! Remember I have NEVER been late with a payment in all the years I’ve had this account. I almost said something I would have regretted. I know this young woman is not to blame. It is the banks we bailed out. ☹
Moving on to the next complaint. (Remember it’s always good to get feelings and complaints out even if it’s just writing.)
I applied with Costco’s “mortgage” partners for a great deal to refinance my home, the Lending Tree. Remember I have GREAT credit and payment record with all three credit agencies.
First of all they ran a credit score from all three agencies for my husband and myself. Our credit average is 792. It somehow slipped from the low 800’s and I haven’t a clue why!
We have done nothing to have it lower.
Next the best they could do for me was 5.8460 % (my rate is 6% right now. The total cost would be $5,746.92.
My mortgage is a pittance: I owe $163,723.65. Been in the home 20+ years. If I refinanced this amount the finance charge over the years would be $178,628.79, with a total payment cost of $345,628.79. Sweet, eh?
I would be better off to go to prison for life where I would get no hassle medical, dental and glasses (Medicare, by the way doesn’t cover dental or glasses, and most doctors won’t cover a hysterectomy if a woman needs one and has medicare.)
Of course if I was an illegal alien I would get all my medical for free – plus my kids would be covered and when school was out I could be assured for hot meals for the kids everyday for free.
The state of California is so generous. Oh, our state tax just went up 10%. Do illegals pay taxes? ☹
Back to prison. I could get my education, work out every day without the cost of a gym, have free psychological help, and from someone I know who’s son is in prison – get the best drugs ever! Hmmmmm. Did you hear one of the 911 terrorists came to America on a visa years ago and was given a twenty thousand dollar education paid by taxpayers?
Next. Heard about the “creation” of life without genetic background? Only took 40 million dollars to be able to do this little project. I wonder if these creatures would have a spirit or just be little robots to control. Oh, also, during these scientific studies I understand there is a fear of some bacteria being released that could harm millions – probably won’t happen though. ☹
Census takers are nearing the end of their jobs……there goes all that flurry of happiness about “new jobs” being created.
Be prepared for another round of foreclosusres. It comes in July (all the arm loans, I believe). Also, seniors were not given a cost of living increase this year. Oh well, the social security they’ve earned over the years will cover any expense – NOT!
It is amazing to me nothing was mentioned when Mexico’s president was visiting about the increased gangs and cartel bringing drugs into this country. That’s right, what is more important is for it to be mentioned American weapons are getting into the hands of bad men in Mexico. Tsk tsk. Kind of follows the theme Democrats are following on gun control it seems to me. (I am a political atheist. I belong to no group – well maybe the tea party).
So I ask you, WHERE’S THE HELP for the vaporized middle class Americans who have slaved all their lives and paid into taxes and social security, and not faltered on payments due. We go from week to week and have little or nothing left over. Falter a couple of weeks and our lives will change – and who knows, maybe it will be better in this MexAmerica melting pot. I used to love to walk in the woods, but the armed Mexicans with the cartels kind of put a hex on that. I am not a bigot by the way.
Humans are humans and I would help anyone if they needed help. I just tell it like it is, and every time I watch the LOCAL news the problem is with convicts released early, child molesters, and Mexican residents. Hey – I’m just reporting the news honestly.
Now back to being sick…….at least it helped me to get it out!
FIRST LET ME SAY THIS: I am a political athiest. I vote but I belong to no party. I think the system is corrupt and ninety-nine percent of politicians are corrupt. These are my thoughts simply as a human who has lived long enough to have seen our government in action over and over again. I wish I could be more positive about this.
I am REALLY rushed this morning so if there are typos I apologize right now. Also, if you disagree with the facts I’ve written or have your own opinions about all this, I would LOVE to hear them!!!
Obama: “I don’t know where you get the notion it’s one-sixth of the economy.” (then in the net breath he said,)
“Yes, it’s one-sixth of the economy, but…..”
Obama: “The vast majority of people will be able to keep what they have because they’re getting’ a better deal…”
Then what is the nearly trillion-dollar bill about, and why do they have to VASTLY reduce Medicare for the elderly? Why will we be taxed for ten years and yet the program won’t “activate for four years,) I am a bit confused.
Even if you are liberal REALLY check out the Bret Bair interview with the president.
I love the way when obama “talks to” the people he drops his correct diction to get folksy – such as: “gettin”, “fixin” and “loosin”. In his interview with Bret Bair he didn’t directly answer one question; using debating tactics he side-stepped around and went into a blather of words. He kept saying “let me finish my sentence,” but what I noticed was he wouldn’t let Bret finish a question, really…he just kept “talkin”.
I loved the fact that if families earning under $88,000.00 a year had a hard time paying for the insurance or the fine if they don’t get it, our corrupt government would kick in a “supplement” to help their deficiencies. Where does that money come from?
Here are some interesting numbers. There are 304,059,724 people in the USA (not including illegal immigrations – whom by the way, often get medical help, food help, and more – but they don’t file income taxes. The census bureau’s form for this year doesn’t even ask if you are a citizen or not…
Out of 133 million income tax filers (yes 170,059,724 don’t file) 40 million of those filing DON’T pay taxes, but often get refunds. So that leaves only 93,000,000 who pay ALL THE INCOME TAX…..hmmmm. I think I know many of these hard work peasants. I think I am one. That’s a pretty heavy burden with all the job losses and foreclosures, and Wall Street and the banks keep on ticking on with multi-million dollar bonus packages!.
I wrote Senator Barbara Boxer my thoughts about the health care fiasco. This was her response. This is, I am sure, a form letter for all of us peasants who are just too stupid to be written to in an intelligent manner. So let’s be condescending and reiterate what all the politicians always say:
BLAH BLAH BLAH
All this letter says to me is blah, blah, blah.
“Dear Mrs. O’Brien:
Thank you for writing to me about pending health care reform legislation. I appreciate hearing from you.
There is widespread agreement that we must reform our health insurance system, which is a huge financial burden on our families. The status quo is no longer sustainable. Thousands of Americans lose their insurance every day while thousands more are denied coverage. If we do nothing, 45 percent of an average family’s income will go towards health insurance premiums in 2016. And without action, Medicare will be broke by 2017.
On February 25, 2010, President Obama held a summit on comprehensive health insurance reform. I was pleased to see members of both parties participate in this frank and forthright exchange of ideas.
I strongly believe that we must seize this opportunity to move forward on health care reform, and I hope that we can. I will continue to fight for health care reform for Californians and all Americans.
Again, thank you for writing to me. Please feel free to contact me again about this or other issues of concern to you.
United States Senator”
DON’T YOU LOVE THIS? I don’t want to go to her website and fill out another form. Wouldn’t an email be simpler? :☺
My gut level feeling is we will be “screwed and tattooed” if Obama and Biden and their cronies manage to pull this off.
Medicare will be depleted of millions and millions of dollars, we WILL BE TAXED HIGHER TAXES (for ten years – though the implementing of the program won’t start for four years!) and from what I’ve heard – the almighty health care won’t be available for four years!
Excuse the hell out of me – “ALL AMERICAN FAMILIES WILL BE REQUIRED TO GET HEALTHCARE, AND IF THEY DON’T THEY WILL BE FINED”. How can you fine someone who has lost their job and possibly their home?
I want Obama, Senators and Congressmen to have the same plan the peasants will be offered. By the way – what about the care of indigents and illegal aliens?
I don’t feel a bit badly about the president putting his trip off anyway. He was going to Indonesia(where he lived as a child) – to enjoy celebrations of him. What was the reason citizens would be paying for the Australia trip?
Did you see the woman whom the president was dedicating his trip to support the bill? She has cancer and her insurance will no longer cover her. HOWEVER – she is being treated in one of the best cancer care hospitals in the USA and will not be charged for her care. (I am HAPPY for her), but I thought Obama was there to stand up for her not being able to get care because of no insurance.
It’s all such a bunch of bolony! The only change that will happen if it passes is that you and me, our kids, and grandkids will be paying forever on this with higher taxes.
Social Security taxes will go up. Did you know that before you get social security every paycheck is taxed? (of course you did). I bet you might not know that when you get social security it only covers the hospital? You are required to pay over $100.00 a month to get physicians and prescriptions covered – that is taken out of your social security check. Then you need to get a supplement to cover expenses that’s are NOT covered! Did you know after you start receiving social security as your earned help, it is taxed again-considered with “income”. Even our tax consultant said that’s double taxation.
If the bill passes healthcare benefits for seniors(Medicare) will be reduced by millions, and I’ll say it again – TAXES WILL INCREASE.
Did you know social security doesn’t cover glasses or teeth? That is horrible considering the seniors whose teeth need work, and whose vision is poor.
Why does this concern me? My parents were seniors, I hope to qualify by living long enough, and even if you are eighteen now, you may live long enough to be a senior! It concerns us all.
Oh I know the bill is under a trillion dollars – by a pittance.
One last kind of negative comment: I would love to backhand Nancy Pelosi. She can’t decide for us all. Arrogant bitch. (Wow – is that me writing that? Yep. ☺
I know, “Relax, its Just Life”… and I will! I have aired my feelings on this and used my oxygen to empower and relax me, and now I feel better. What other good choice is there, but to choose to be calm and happy, no matter what. Ruining my own mind and body won’t change a thing. My attitude will! ☺
I will assert my power in a positive way. I would be interested in your thoughts on this if you care to share.
If you get overly concerned, close your eyes for a moment and go within. Take a few cleansing breaths and try to let any sense of fear or burden to melt away for now.
At least it is still a country wherein we can voice an opinion. It may not mean anything in the process, but it’s a great relief to me to get this all out. 🙂
Thought this funny. Noticed how when the president looked to his right the cameras panned there and everyone was standing and cheering like crazy.
The two or three times the camera panned to the people on his left, I noticed the majority of people in the roomwere sternly sitting and no applause. I heard a couple of gasps at some things he said, and some “snorts” that sound rather like “Oh sure…”.
I did put the speech on hold when they did one of these pans and thought you might enjoy it if you didn’t catch it. The little area that is more colorful up andto the left) is that verbose small group. The rest of the people from center to right – are the ones who were obviously displeased. Interesting, eh.
Pretty reflective of public opinion, I believe. Obama is the “Word Meister” for sure. Heard it all before. Just an emphasis on what might sell the public on him – I think. What do you think?
By the way, the 2.3 billion dollars Obama is designating to create jobs with construction of new railway- who do you think will get the jobs? Unions I would bet 100%. Hmmmmmmm, election backers for Obama.
What I find fascinating is that he wants to keep up with Europe’s fast trains when all across America the infrastructure is falling apart – bridges, sewers, water pipes, etc. etc. etc. Interesting again, eh?
One more critique, if I may. I love the way this Harvard (I believe) educated man speaks eloquently and with perfect pronouncing of his words……until……he is speaking to the “common man”. My husband and I have noticed this many times. Instead of saying, “I want them to work with us…” (specifically he said this yesterday), “I want them workin’with us.” Kind of puts him right in there at the same level with the workin’folks doesn’t it?
Lastly – it is the squeaky wheel that gets the attention. What in the heck is the matter with the TWO votes Californians have decided to keep gay marriage from legal rights as married couples! The majority spoke twice. If this is overturned you may as well throw away your voting ballots…oh yeah, may as well anyway as money rules the elections.
I am not mad. Just amazed so many think “change” is in progress.
Same old-same old.
The “governator” in California is proposing this: Instead of housing and feeding illegal alien felony prisoners, send them to Mexico – and build a prison there to house them. My personal opinion is to agree with the first half, but let the Mexican officials find a prison of their own to house them….What do you think?
Did you hear the Supreme Court decision stating that Corporations now have no limit on the money they can offer a presidential candidate?
It cost a billion dollars to put Obama into office…how much more now for those with money to win the elections? I think it stinks personally, though I often hear Unions already buy elections.
Did you know there will be another round of foreclosures in July?
Anyone know more about that one? I also read on the news today that lending is “tightening” (didn’t really know it had loosened up) – and that the interest rate for mortgages is going up.
Of course my thoughts about these things happening do not include surprise. Nothing much surprises me lately. As far as the state of the union for tomorrow night – when you are trying to stay afloat in politics, you will focus on what people want to hear – not what is actually happening!
As a debater the president was a champion.
I respectfully say, Mr. President, you should have remained a junior senator….you have spent more money than any previous president, and none of the promises you reiterated have been kept.
Would love input on any of the subjects mentioned. Please keep those poor citizens in Haiti in your prayers, and if you have the resources, a bit of the green stuff is always helpful.