Fired American Workers Train Foreign Replacements: Don’t tell me about illegals taking jobs from American workers. California Edison is firing thousands of American workers and filling their jobs with low-pay visa workers from India. Google and Microsoft have tens of thousands of foreign workers on low-pay visas taking jobs away from Americans. US business whines we are not graduating enough high-tech engineers, but then uses fired American workers to train their low-pay replacements. US business whines about lack of labor then cuts education budgets using the extra profits to elect Republicans to Congress. US business politicizes government education as socialism and then hires low-pay workers whose education is subsidized by a socialist government. Two-faced pro-business policies are promoted by Republicans who lobby for tax cuts for business and budget cuts for workers, while hiding behind pseudo-patriotic politics. You are how you vote, profits or people. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Oil exploration causes birth defects: Pumping chemical water into the earth to loosen oil for extraction as in Fracking or Keystone pollutes ground water. Polluted ground water kills. Water seeps through the earth uncontrolled in all directions. Toxic water reaches into public streams and home water. Government testing is reporting that underground levels of toxic wastewater are 700 times higher than the maximum allowable level. One chemical commonly found in oil production wastewater is benzene. The Department of Health and Human Services has determined that benzene can cause cancer, anemia, immune system disorders, bone marrow disease, and birth defects. No one really knows the long-term effects or the possible side affects in medical problems. The argument that we need more oil for national security is baloney. Irresponsible profit is offset by far by the burgeoning costs of healthcare. What we need is to campaign against “No-Compromise” conservatives in Congress who bar laws that regulate polluters, cut budgets that monitor pollution, amend laws to ensure they fail to punish polluters, and tax incentives to repeat pollution offenders. Profit at any price hurts 99% of Americans. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Republicans govern by gossip: “I’ve heard parents tell me of many tragic cases of children suffering harm after receiving shots,” Sen. Rand Paul. “Parents should be given a choice,” Gov. Chris Christie. Former Rep. Bachman proudly pointed to her neighbor’s gossip as scientific evidence that Obamacare was killing mothers, children, and seniors. Republican leaders want to govern the country based on gossip. Instead of listening to the overwhelmingly accepted medical advise of doctors who unanimously tell us vaccinations do not cause autism. Republicans are pandering to voter ignorance. Vaccinations is not a complex issue. Those of us who are old enough know what it was like before vaccinations became mandatory. Vaccinations have ended many major diseases. But vaccinations only work if every child has them. Parents who do not allow their children to be vaccinated put all other children’s lives at risk. Republicans who govern by gossip for votes are willing to endanger the entire country for politics. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
No Grand Foreign Policy Vision? No sweat! The GOP only complains. Now it’s Obama is thin on foreign policy, which translates means the President is not making the world safer for fossil fuel interests. “Muddler-in-Chief” is spoken with a wolfish grin. Stop with the “exceptionalism.” America’s foreign policies have had disastrous consequences for the past half century. Nonwithstanding, the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the discredited domino theory, and the 38th parallel, the Dumb Iraq War, the longest war in Afghanistan, and ISIS are all Cheney’s vision of sowing Democracy in the Middle East. Who welcomed us? Who did we liberate? Why are we suffering from the terrorism provoked by greed for oil? Who gained by a foreign policy vision that placed hundreds of thousands of US men and women in uniform stationed on foreign soil around the world? Never Forget warped into the deaths of thousands and permanent injury to tens of thousands of US soldiers, not to mention the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. True, Obama ousted chemical weapons from Syria; weapons ISIS would be using today. True, Obama opened a door shut by a fifty-year cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face policy with Cuba. True, Obama got China to agree to climate change controls and Iran is talking to us after fifty-years of a go-it-alone nuclear program. GOP ridicule talk is cheap. Bragging is for bullies. We need a foreign policy of listen, and think. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Dependence is Citizenship: “Reliance” is the newest term the GOP is using to condemn government service programs. Citizens who rely on Medicaid, however, are no different than businessmen who rely on government secured bank loans. Reliance or dependence, however, is a function of Democracy. Government exists for the purpose of helping all citizens prosper. Success is never achieved by individuals. Everyone relies, and yes, depends on government support. Liberals and Conservatives both recognize “dependence.” Conservatives, however, want to think support is limited to family, social networks and community. Liberals feel government is there to help all citizens do what they cannot do as individuals. Under “limited support,” Conservatives can control the accumulation of wealth, conserve power, establish social rules, and exclude anyone who do not suit them. States Rights, for example, has always been a Conservative power issue. Through “little democracy,” affluent locals have created socially subordinated local communities. States Rights foments social class systems. Federal Rights fight to keep class systems from dominating society. Americans fought a Revolution against accumulated wealth, the entrenched divine right of kings, and the power of privilege. But some Americans never did and still do not want to destroy “taxation without representation,” they merely want the rights of accumulated wealth only for the privileged like themselves. Today’s GOP represents accumulated wealth. To maintain control and increase wealth they demonize government services, making them appear as if they lead to a society of “hand outs,” yet readily depend on government to secure their bank loans, provide police protection, and guarantee huge mortgage deductions.” Accumulated wealth has the money, controls the media, and dominates the message. The only way to compete against wealth is to vote. Fairness is not what the GOP refers to as a Liberal cheap trick. Equal opportunity for all is vital for a worthwhile Democracy. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
The Lesson of Gov. Mario Cuomo: Winner-take-all politics/economics is bad for America. To build a “more perfect union,” united we must stand for divided we will fall. Every American deserves the promised equal opportunity for prosperity. Success of the individual resides in the success of the community. To achieve community success, Government provides a “hand-up,” so too many won’t be left behind. Government will never replace the individual desire to get ahead. Only by a strong, compassionate, effective government can a community realize prosperity. In tribute to a child of immigrants who gave back more than he received, The Lesson of Gov. Mario Cuomo should read: “Act not just in what is good for you, but act good for what is just for your community.” Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
US Consumers Driving Resurgent Economy: Despite six years of the maniacal Right Wing’s “Make Obama Fail” manifesto, the US ended 2014 with an S&P 500 gain of 11.4%––the third straight year of gains––leading every nation in the world recovery from the Great Republican Recession. The US national economy grew by 5% in the last 3rd quarter, far exceeding 3.9% expectations. Lost in the economic shuffle was the huge surge in consumer spending due to consumer savings of $120 billion in lower gas prices. Resurgence is a clear indicator that consumer spending––not hunkering down and riding out hard times, and certainly not increased drilling for oil––is the major factor both in growing and in fostering a dynamic economy. The Stock Market, which once again is reaching all time highs, only relates to investors. Most investors are already wealthy and simply squirrel-away profits in overseas tax dodges. Most Americans do not have investments, do not own stocks, and see no return from the Stock Market. Most Americans, however, do have a huge stake in consumer spending. Everyone with a job spends money. Everyone with a living wage has money to spend. This past holiday brought in record spending for the fourth year in a row. Consumer spending drives the US economy. Corporations don’t create jobs, consumers do. No investor starts a business without existing consumer demand. No corporation or investor can operate a profitable business without employee/consumers who spend their wages right away on the products they make and the services they provide. Obama was right and the Right is wrong again. Regardless of the treasonous attempts of self-serving conservatives to kill the American economy just to regain public office, America’s dynamic consumers have taken the wheel of economics and are driving the economy forward. Workers spend money. Corporations hide profits. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.