Poverty is essential to wealth.

Poverty is essential to wealth. Poverty exists because Conservatives have confined poverty to culturally invisible cheap labor concentration camps. Conservatives accomplish this detention by labeling poverty as personal failure; the poor are poor because they have failed not to be poor. Failure is their own fault. Conservatives justify failure by selling themselves on the self-serving notion that the road to prosperity is through education and the social myth that education is available to everybody. In reality, a good education is available to those who can afford it and a better education is available to those few who can afford a better education. Conservatives claim poverty is no excuse for low grades, but in reality, poverty is the major the reason for poor grades. Conservatives claim test scores prove achievement, but in reality, test scores correlate directly to wealth. Conservatives reason that money spent on poor schools yields nothing but poor performance, so why waste money on failure? But again, in reality, success proves that money determines performance, and because the poor are expected to fail, lack of effort not poverty is produced as evidence. Wealth determines family assistance, tutoring, a positive home, family and neighborhood environment, access to good schools and good teachers, adequate nourishment, help with homework, avoidance of gangs, distractions, dope and dangers, access to extra curricular activities, equipment, musical instruments, funding for trips and rewarding life experiences. Poor neighborhoods do not have home ownership, tended lawns, gentrified housing, bike lanes, jogging paths, yoga classes, and children in painted crosswalks. Without jobs, parents, pride, or privilege, the poor start out in a hole, redlined, zip-coded, and invisibly barb-wired with do-not-enter, not allowed, and “what are you on my street?” mentality. Poverty is at the bottom of a titled field of competition, fettered with higher costs and fewer resources. Adversity may motivate a few to overcome poverty, but in reality lack of equal opportunity drags everyone and everything it touches down with it.  Prosperity is not hard work but a matter of inherited wealth; wealth-building contacts, support, environment, and resources. Talent and perseverance help––but most success is simply a matter wealth or luck. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Criticism instead of Cowboyism

Criticism instead of Cowboyism:  Good nations need organizing principles like, “Don’t do stupid stuff.” It is incredible how we can get it wrong so often: Ike backed CIA regime change that brought us the Ayatollahs. Kennedy’s Bay of Pigs almost went nuclear. Johnson methodically sold Vietnam escalation. Nixon turned Latin America against the U.S. ousting Allende in Chile while ignoring genocide in Cambodia. Reagan armed Saddam and then Bush disarmed him destabilizing the entire Middle East. Under Reagan, Cheney warmed the Middle East was a tar patch. Rumsfeld insisted Iraq would be a “cake walk. Along side Bush, Cheney made billions off war profiteering. Just yesterday Tweedle Dee John McCain wanted to “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. His verbal partner, Tweedle Dum Lindsay Graham has called for regime changes on demand. While Rick Perry is hunting Islamists infiltrating the Mexican border and Rand Paul is performed eye surgery in Guatemala to present his international bona fides on foreign policy, Obama is mocked by sideline peashooters as hesitant and vacillating. It’s a mistake to dismiss caution as weakness. How long do we keep on making mistakes mouthing off without deliberation? The Middle East is a tar pit. Fighting over there instead of over here still kills Americans, creates Islamic martyrs and escalates future danger. Cheney and Bush broke it and we can’t fix it with firepower. The American guns shipped Middle East allies are being sold to the enemy to kill American soldiers. Cowboy hock and owe is political shuck and jive when used to resolve problems. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Better off today than six years ago

Better off today than six years ago:  10 million new jobs have been added since the Great Republican Recession lost 2 million in 2009; 54 months of the longest private sector growth streak in American history. Autoworkers are assembling almost 800,000 more cars and trucks in America each month than in 2009. Business is exporting $70 billion more than importing each month compared to 2009. Home building is running 50,000 more starts each month than in 2009. The retail economy has risen every year for the past five years and American consumers are spending $170 billion more each month than in 2009. Everything is not perfect. Business is not reinvesting consumer spending into creating new jobs at the same level of 2009. Instead corporations are raking in greater profits, passing profits on to wealthy investors, hiding money made in America in foreign markets, all the while paying less taxes than the average store clerk. Economic growth is reaching levels not seen since the 1990s, but business is waiting for more Republican tax breaks to top off what is now the world’s greatest corporate welfare system.  And, while things are definitely better than six years ago––not to mention better fuel economy, greener construction, and alternative energy that pays its way–– college graduates can no longer find jobs that will start them up the economic ladder of success. Instead of buying a new home and auto, today’s young families face huge student loan debts as yesterdays mortgage schemers charge outrageous rates for higher learning. “Better off now,” is the result of continued slow but steady growth. Just like in the nineteen fifties. “Better off now than six years ago” was brought to you by progressive leadership despite billions campaigned to defeat it. But government can only do so much. Business ethics have to change or stagnation is the future for everyone. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Why are Republicans in Congress afraid to act?

Why are Republicans in Congress afraid to act?  In August, 2013, the President asked Congress to approve bombing chemical weapons in Syria. Congress did not debate the issue and did not offer any solutions, it simply did not respond. Fortunately for the world, the State Department negotiated the peaceful removal and destruction of these weapons of mass destruction. What if ISIS had gotten hold of chemical weapons. Over the past year, Republican members of Congress have repeatedly taken to the press the idea that the President should initiate military action against Syria, rising terrorism, ISIS, and Libya, while at the same time other Republicans were railing against a tyrannical presidency that waged war without Congressional consent. Why doesn’t Congress act? Why doesn’t Congress suggest warring on increased terrorism? Why doesn’t Congress wage war on ISIS? Why does Congress want the President to act on military emergency matters that are the prerogative of Congress? Republicans want war, but don’t want to be caught asking for war. Republican senators and representatives are constantly telling the President to bomb Russia, bomb Syria, and bomb ISIS, but they don’t want to be caught formally war mongering to the American public. House Speaker Boehner says he is too busy doing nothing. His job, he says, is to wind up the Monkey Clapper. Why doesn’t the Republican House have an opinion on ISIS? Why do House Republicans grumble about Obama’s weak response to Putin invading the Ukraine, but won’t take a stand themselves? Why are Republicans trying to make everyone else responsible for their own congressional shortcomings?

Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Conservatives Court Corruption

Conservatives Court Corruption                                                                                     Running for office costs money. For the past century, Congress has investigated anything (if not everything) that appears to involve corruption of campaign financing. Since Roberts, SCOTUS has ruled that corporations are people, money is speech, and money for speech is protected by the First Amendment. Roberts writes: “Congress may not regulate contributions simply to reduce the amount of money in politics…Congress can only target ‘quid pro quo’ bribery.” To a conservative court, the blatant fact that large amounts of money buys elections is irrelevant. Conservatives believe that money should allow access to legislation and that is how conservative commerce works. What you and I see as corruption, SCOTUS calls business as usual. Roberts writes: “Any other regulation of campaign financing is unconstitutional…(otherwise) Congress will have to amend the First Amendment.” Money to conservatives is for the expression of power. America, however, was founded on a revolution against accumulated wealth and power. Since then major battles have been waged against government takeover by corporate wealth under the administrations of Presidents Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt. Since Reagan, once again the public is losing the battle over wealth and power due to SCOTUS’ conservative legislative activism. Legislation that has set precedent for centuries is now out the window based on the interpretations of a loaded conservative court. The evil of wealth is not a figment of second-rate minds. Lack of success is not necessarily failure. Unregulated money is the root of all evil. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Republicans are politicians not problems solvers.

Republicans are politicians not problems solvers.                   To Republicans, immigration reform is about getting Latinos to vote Republican not about coming up with a sound immigration policy. The IRS investigation is not about improving the service, but about destroying Obama. Bengazi is not about American lives lost, its about making Clinton less formidable. VA funding is not about improving veteran care, but about making Obama policies look like failures. 50 votes against Obamacare were not about improving healthcare, They were about keeping corporate donations pouring into Republican candidates. Impeaching Obama or suing the President are not about anything that Obama did that was unconstitutional and done by every President before, but about ginning up the base over a hot issue will bring out more base voters. Holding IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of congress was not about obtaining government-hidden information, but the politics of constantly holding hearings to appear busy raising unsubstantiated arguments that were policies established under Reagan, all the while doing nothing to pass legislation, generate new jobs, repair infrastructure, or do anything of value in congress. See how many examples you can add to how Republicans waste taxpayer’s dollars playing politics rather than finding solutions to problems. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Profit becoming a dirty word

Profit becoming a dirty word.  A business friend snidely complained that “profit” is becoming a dirty word. Brought up to believe that increasing profit is a company’s only business, he found criticism of corporate profits threatening to his sense of values. “Why,” he was asking, “is profit being maligned?” The answer is changing cultural values. The Milton Freeman Economics of the Reagan era made shareholders into economic gods. Most shares, however, are held by the very wealthy. Mistakenly, the wealthy have of late been expressing their disdain for employees as “Romney’s 47% moochers.” More and more people want a greater sense of purpose. They find the excuse corporations use of a fiduciary responsibility as a cover up for greed. When the wealthy label the socially conscious as “do-gooders,” people recognize mushy demonizing rhetoric as repulsive to good citizenship. Before Reagan, business followed the Henry Ford declaration that, “instead of boosting dividends, he’d rather build better cars and pay better wages.” CEOs pressured since 1970s into maximizing shareholder value are yielding to those who find that social missions attract and retain talent and serve as an important selling point with consumers. It is human nature to want to be the better than others, but a lean, mean profit machine is not inherent to Capitalism. Profitable is giving way to meaningful, which perhaps describes one of the ways we are striving to overcome our baser animal nature. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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