Unions are vital: As little as sixty years ago, millions of American employees of American worked seven days a week; without overtime pay, health insurance, sick pay, pensions, or job security. Joining a union was the only alternative to exploitation. Congress favored business. Big money spent millions to demonize labor. The public resented work stoppage. Only the employee who got a fairer deal by negotiation appreciated unionization. Most American workers are not part of a union. Instead of organizing, they resentfully side with whoever signs their checks even against their own interests. Employers who face a strike can ride it out. Losses from lockouts are pennies on the dollar, passed on to the consumer in higher prices. Employees who chose to fight a system rigged against them need savings double the amount of lost wages. In 1963 Congress passed the Equal Pay Act supposedly guaranteeing women would receive pay equal to a man for doing the same job. In 2015, women still receive $.70 cents for every dollar men are paid for the same work. The reality of unequal pay sixty years after a law is passed shows how little Congress believes in the rights of workers, especially women. Republicans, the wealthy, and corporations want to kill unions literally stealing the rights of millions of Americans. Resenting union organizing is like cutting off your nose just to spite your face. How you vote is who you are. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
A future of poorer than parents: Income inequality is greater in the US than any other democracy in the developed world. The 2012 inequality index level was the same as it was in 1928 just prior to the great stock market crash and the Great Depression. Political scientists state unequivocally that the US is near the breaking point. Multi-millionaire RightWingers O’Reilly, Hannity, and Limbaugh laugh off inequality conning millions of listeners into believing they never had it so good, that money trickles down from wealth, and anyway it’s all Obama’s fault. Millions of young Americans will be poorer than their parents, never get a good education, a good job, or a step up the ladder of success available before the Great Conservative Movement of the 1970s. Since then stagnation has ruled the middle class and the inequality gap soared. Both parties claim they will close the loopholes, but wealth controls what congress will or will not do. So far, Capitalism is sacred. Criticism is cowed. Equal opportunity is sandbagged by the golden rule: Whoever has the gold makes the rules. Inherited wealth is continuing to grow. The privileged will never give up their privileges until another Roosevelt comes along and demands a fair deal for all Americans. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Public cheated by climate change deniers: R-Ok. Sen., Inhofe thought he was debunking global warming with a snowball. “Does this look like warm weather?” His “down-home” audience laughed and applauded. Imaging such a US Senators pimping stupidity and running our government. “If you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist,” is caveman logic. “There has never been a homosexual in my family,” Inhofe bragged to prove he was believable. Inhofe is head of Congressional damage control for our nation’s affect on the earth. 99% of weather scientists are on record openly declaring that global warming exists, and that human indifference to the environment is endangering human existence. Inhofe claims his “uncertainty” is based on a “Harvard scientist,” financed by Big Oil, who is neither a scientist nor at Harvard. The ignorant don’t care, but their ignorance is cheating your future. Indifference to ignorance is evil. Intelligence is the ability to know when nonsense is cheating you. You are how you vote. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Genocide Politics: “Drive a stake through its heart,” said Michael Greve of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, funded by Koch, in response to the Affordable Care Act. When CEI lawyers met to find a fatal flaw, Greve declared, “This bastard has to be killed for political hygiene. I do not care if it is dismembered, staked through the heart, or tarred and feathered and driven out of town.” Four words were found among ten thousand pages that could leverage descent to the Supreme Court. King versus Burwell was designed to murder the idea that helping folks interfered with excessive profits. In the ACA subsidies would be given through state exchanges. Thirty-four states opted out of state exchanges, but the Act did not specify “only” through state agencies. CEI lawyers claim what is not stated cannot be inferred. The ACA, was longest Congressional deliberation in American history. No member of congress ever tendered the idea that subsidies would, could or should not be provided outside state exchanges. In minor technicalities of the past, laws were always reworded once in operation. Out of pure unadulterated mean-mindedness, the courts is being asked to actively legislate Congressional intent. If subsidies are ruled out, immediately, seven and a half million insurance policies will be cancelled. Immediately, insurance companies will raise rates to cover losses. Immediately, tens of millions of regular policy will begin the process of cancellation. States, insurance companies, hospitals, physicians and nursing associations have filed group actions to oppose the impending catastrophe. Nineteen leading health schools have estimated that ten thousand Americans will die unnecessarily, this year alone, as a result of the insurance fall out. The shame of so-called Americans is that they despise health reform so much they are willing to destroy thousands of lives and disrupt millions more on the theory that private enterprise trumps the spirit of America, the voice of the people and ultimately the very rule of law.
Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Charity less effective than Public Welfare: Conservatives laud charity while condemning Public Welfare based on mistaken beliefs. Charity brings temporary relief. Public Welfare lifts poor people out of poverty. Charity is the traditional way of dealing with poverty for millenniums. Under charity, poverty has become an institution. Charity does not deal with the problem, but only covers over its symptoms. To Conservatives, charity is tradition; give a little and ignore the guilt. Public Welfare is new. Conservatives hate it without understanding what they hate. Charity has failed to end poverty let alone reduce it number. Poverty, on the other hand, is finally declining under Public Welfare. A century ago, 25% of the population had always been considered below the poverty line. Today, Poverty is less than 16% and dropping faster since the 1960s. Conservatives complain that Public Welfare is full of bureaucratic waste. That is more conservative baloney, reinforced by mistaken beliefs. A good example is the charity, Cars 4 Causes, one of many smaller charities under investigation by the US Attorney General. In their website, C4C claimed less than 5% of donations went to management and general expenses. Independent investigation showed 25% of the sale price went to the auction company and the other 75% paid for towing, title exchange, salaries, rent, insurance and advertising. Only high margin vehicles passed monies to the donator or needy cause. It is easy to rag Public Welfare. Charity eases guilt. But charity will never end poverty. A helping hand to pull you up is more humane than the hopelessness of community dole. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
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.