Greater Pompano Beach Democratic Club meet on the 4th Thursday night of every month at 7 pm at the E Pat Larkins Center 520 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. If you have any questions or would like to join the club please contact Mr. Ronald Thurston Jr. President at 954-691-6019 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Phyllis Smith Vice President at 954-971-1062 Miss_PrettyP@bellsouth.net
About a decade-or-so ago, just after the beginning of the Bush administration and 9/11, a political phenomenon took over Washington.
For the first time in U.S. history, a nation saw business tycoons “vertically integrating” vies a vie running for government office.
Works like this: instead of a business leader lobbying and fund raising to support a political figure of choice, one finances one’s own campaign figuring he/she can do it themselves and skip the “middle man”.
John Corzine, former head of Goldman Sachs
Mitt Romney, Director for Bain & Company
Rick Scott, see the entry below, courtesy of Wikipedia.com
In 1987 he helped found the Columbia Hospital Corporation with two business partners; this merged with Hospital Corporation of America in 1989 to form Columbia/HCA and eventually became the largest private for-profit health care company in the U.S. He was forced to resign as Chief Executive of Columbia/HCA in 1997 amid a scandal over the company’s business and Medicare billing practices; the company ultimately admitted to fourteen felonies and agreed to pay the federal government over $600 million. Scott later became a venture capitalist, and entered into politics in 2010, when he announced his intention to run for Governor of Florida
“You know, in my experience, I find that when rich people have too much time on their hands and interfere in politics, it makes me question who I should be shooting at”. Gust Avrakados. “Charlie Wilson’s War”. Universal Pictures. 2007.
Think about the above.
Richard Nixon was the last Mocihan insofar as he was a life-long, professional Republican politician devoted to public policy. He was born a poor, rural Quaker from southern California. Was Ivy League, promoted himself versus the iconic Kennedy dynasty in the 60s, the sexual revolution, and was an underdog until he died.
He had as much heart and smarts as any politician and did a lot for this country domestically and geopolitically. He had the moxy to go against popular opinion in Vietnam and think on a macro, long-term level versus today’s smiling, “best friend, good old boy” image candidates like Romney and the illustrious Rick Perry aspire to. The media did not care for him, nor did a number of his colleagues blue or red.
The former president gets zero mention in high school history classrooms and Wall Street brokers and pundits speak of Reagan-era supply side economics and the like. Only because the lying / impeachment scandal ruined President Nixon’s credibility.
Let me fill you in on something: Nixon would absolutely destroy the Republican primary panel any day of the week and twice on Sunday. He was a leader who devoted his life to hardcore public service and policy, cover-ups or not.
He wasn’t a part-time venture capitalist, management consultant selling off companies for their pension reserves and outsourcing jobs to China, didn’t oversee synthetic securites to rip off companies and institutional investors and get rich at Goldman Sachs, or even inherit billions and membership to a Cape Cod country club from a father who ran alcohol smuggling during prohibition in this country (sorry. we all love J.F.K., but it’s true).
If one Republican had heart, brains, good-will for this nation and didn’t come from a life of privilege, I would at least respect some of them.
6 October 2011 Blue Broward Blog entry
1. social tracking
2. economics is equal opportunity racist
3. opportunity to recognize life’s potential
4. distracting/misguiding young adults with reality television and smart phones reality television, and sports
5. losing pride and sense of hope equates to disaster
Country club versus the masses. Grow up poor, criminal records, women perpetuate poorness and survival struggle by becoming pregnant in teen years (that is without economic stability).
Middle class and poor are tracked; few escape/deviate. Pawn shops and bail bondsmen immediately outside the county courthouse. Drive to 6th Street in Fort Lauderdale and observe.
Understand politics and its relativity in your daily life and concept of the following phrase: strength in numbers.
Many prefer you install a stereo in their sports car at Best Buy rather than drive your own; that you deliver the leather couch and 60-inch plasma rather than order it in the show room that morning.
Those with political power do everything to retain; nothing personal. Not malicious. Humans want the best for themselves by nature. Most would like to see everyone healthy and prosperous, however, if push comes to shove and you present an obstacle towards a Republican’s pursuit of social and economic advancement, you will be neutralized.
Political overview 101: Three government branches
Candidates run for office making above-average, optimistic promises. The general public tends to grow hopeful of the many claims for change and betterment of life. In reality, if legislative and executive branches of government do not have the same agenda, stalemate ensues as this country is experiencing at present.
The hunt is on. Not racial, personal, mean-spirited. Economic. Many will neutralize you if they can. You will labor for an owner, remain or become poor or in debt, and technology and entertainment will continue to make things appear relatively comfortable.
Politics therefore affects your educational opportunity, legal/justice system, career avenues, and essentially where you will live and what you will eat. The same goes for your family.
Interested enough now to learn more about socio-political systems and steps you can take to better your life and that of those in your world?
Speak to an intelligent, trusted friend whose opinion you value, call the Blue Broward office, talk to a government professor at FAU or another university and learn more before discounting politics as one big mess to stay out of.
Living with the past
This sentiment — call it economic survivor guilt — is a little-noticed emotional byproduct of the financial devastation wrought by the housing and banking meltdowns of the past year. Sanko was always frugal, has a stable job and bought within her means, and yet there’s a lingering sense, as she puts it, that “you’re capitalizing off of somebody else’s misfortune.”
‘A human face’ on the issue
“I think there is a guilt of survivorship that is real,” says Lafair, who is based in Santa Fe and has provided counseling for real estate agents who say clients express this concern.
“I don’t think it debilitates very many people, but the people who are able to buy houses now can feel sympathy for the other people. My recommendation is that when you’re moving, take (your) old stuff and say, ‘Do I really need this?’ and give it to a shelter or the Salvation Army. One way to balance the guilt is to do something to be gracious.”
Mixed into the guilt, however, is some anger. Sanko notes that she was left out of the conversation earlier this decade when all her friends were bragging about the home they bought and the equity they had accrued. Being house-proud, once trendy, is now socially awkward.
“It’s personally to a point where I kind of don’t talk about it with certain people,” Sanko says. “I say ‘Here’s my house, isn’t it lovely?’ and I don’t go into a lot of detail.”
In most cases, folks who buy foreclosed properties never deal with the previous residents, but Jesse Chase, 30, of Las Vegas came home one day to find his life partner sitting with the woman who owned the house before her. The two were weeping.
“This lady came by just to look around,” says Chase, who bought the 1,800-square-foot ranch home for $130,000 in April. “Her husband had lost his job because he got cancer and couldn’t work, and they couldn’t afford it anymore. My partner invited her in and it totally put a human face on what’s happening.
“I really wish she hadn’t done that to us. We cried about it for days.”
USA Today 27 August, 2009
I am not judging either way…but, the general public needs an article in today’s USA Today bringing to our attention that those speculating real estate at bargain prices are capitalizing on the notion whomever owned that residence defaulted on a mortgage and was told to vacate?
If any readers are just now learning this…they should shoot themselves. Banks are not in business to loan people money to buy houses for fun…they make money doing it. If you do not pay them, they remove the people living in the house and liquidate it. Real estate speculators then buy the property in hopes of turning a profit.
Two ways you can look at this: Those taking advantage of the buyer’s market with rock bottom, desperation-induced sales are shrewd businesspersons and the working class person removed from his home is a victim…or you might ask yourself from a philosophical standpoint, why did the original owner enter in an agreement on a home loan they could not afford over more than a few years to begin with?
Either way, does it matter? People invest in the stock market, sell things, buy things they hope will appreciate and the like because we’re always trying to get ahead in U.S. culture. It is not exactly romantic or considerate half the time, but that is reality.
Do you think it is any different for individuals speculating a corporation’s stock price and praying to God the stock runs following a restucturing announcement or profit margins have increased? Half the time, the reason a company saved money or created a higher margin was firing workers or buying another company and firing their workers. We all still get excited and buy the stock, do we not? Is this not taking advantage of another’s misfortune?
I will leave you with this…it somewhat sets up my next blog actually: What about this situation:
A financial institution sells home loans (mortgages) and credit cards. This bank buys a mortgage company to become bigger. It then offers mortgages at low rates on television commercials and explains how it wants to help Americans finance the home they’ve always dreamed of. That same bank then sends out mailers to its credit card customers explaining interest rates and administration fees and penalties have increased up to the maximum amount allowed by law because they need to pay for their new mortgage company and the prime time TV commercials somehow. Is this unjust or righteous capitalism?
By the way, I almost forgot. If you have a checking or savings account at this bank, and because you abused the credit card they gave you and spend most of your money paying the interest and use whatever is left for your dandy new mortgage they resold you, and thus cannot meet their minimum deposit requirements necessary for the bank to hold your money, pay you 1% and loan it to me for my own mortgage at 6% and net a 500% profit margin, you pay a penalty as well.
Bank of America is tightening its metaphoric leash and conducting whip cracking according to my friend and business associate going on his eleventh year and is a middle manager in their credit card services division.
The trend seems to be grueling monitoring of restroom break times and lateness for their employees in the Atlanta, Georgia facility; very high school-esque.
This money center powerhouse buys Countrywide-the-prostitute mortgage company so they can own mortgage portfolios and sell new ones home equity credit lines, only the government regulator fines, legal expenses and delinquent debtors heaved BofA a bit of a curve ball.
Offical layoffs bring negative publicity, in times such as the present especially when PR/image management is crucial for business survival.
Someone in a position of power at the bank should be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize after implementing the following campaign: Do not fire employees. Abuse and demoralize them swiftly, counting on attrition to naturally take its toll, thus exterminating those whose jobs may be eliminated or sourced to a third world call center demanding third world wages.
Save a few bucks so senior management can brag on the next earnings call and 10Q report so this way investors can respect the stock (for the time being anyway), pat yourself on the back and call it a week.
I get a kick out of Glenn Beck, but Sarah Palin from Alaska has announced she is no longer running for president.
What a class act she is. Two words for her: Cleaning service. She should open a one and call it a day. All she talks about are tax bills and scares people to death…or aims to anyway. Discussing taxes and “fiscal discipline”, Miss Palin makes the simple complicated:
Palin announcement not to pursue GOP primary
Bottom line: Different socio-economic classes value different things with religious exception. They teach this in college courses. Ideology, religion, economics in that order. Lower classes want more cash and access to benefits and social welfare etc. because they come from little.
Those in the upper classes owning businesses want less government involvement and lower taxes because they can afford benefits and don’t need to worry about paying rent. That is why a lot of Americans grow up rebellious and want world peace and to do away with social injustices and, as they grow older and earning power rises, shift focus more on economics over ideals. At this point they want to let the next guy worry about himself.
Just remember: this is nothing new…mere human nature. The Tea Party. Interview some of their members. How much you want to bet members have nice income levels, live in nice houses and are in a higher economic class? It is great to not want to fit bills for others. Let’s say I have $50, you have five and are complaining about how you need more government benefits. Why would I say, “Gee sure, I’ll chip in”? My modus operandi is keeping what I have letting everyone else worry about themselves; Darwinism in its simplest form is built into man’s DNA since the beginning of modern history.
That is how majority of humans act, like it or not. Everyone wants a bigger slice of the metaphoric pizza pie, not to slice up and give away a tasty piece to less fortunate and every Tom, Dick and Harry. But, I would love to know if the U.S. Census surveyed how wealthy Americans accumulated their money. Go watch Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. They took it out of the next guys ass most of the time. “It is a zero sum game. Someone wins someone loses.
The FairDistricts fight continues. More info: http://www.fairdistrictsnow.org/home/
The Lauderdale Lakes Democratic Club will be hosting an event entitled: ‘Turning Broward Blue”, this Affair is Semi-formal. (All Blue attire) The cost is $20.12, Date: July 16, 2011 Time: 6:30 until 10:30 p.m. LOCATION COMING SOON!! Everyone Welcome!!
Reposting this, which came to me from Craig Borkon:
Are you fired up that Congressman Allen West recently voted for the Paul Ryan Republican budget which eliminates YOUR Medicare (and your children’s), while giving MORE tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations, and huge taxpayer subsidies to the oil companies? If you are FED UP like most Americans (even the Tea Party), JOIN US as we make our voices heard in opposition to this budget at his town hall in front of Calvary Chapel at 5:00PM.
Where is the shared sacrifice?
When: Tuesday, April 26th 7:00 pm -8:30 pm (protest first at 5 PM)
Protest to start outside at 5:00 pm, then will proceed into the town hall to ask the congressman VERY tough questions.
WE NEED EVERYBODY (ESPECIALLY SENIORS) AT THIS TOWN HALL MEETING – MEDIA WILL BE PRESENT!
Where: Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale
2401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale
Bring Signs (especially that say “HANDS OFF MY MEDICARE!”)
Come with good questions (especially about the hypocrisy of cutting Medicare and education funding while giving big tax breaks to corporations)
Show your passion!
Be aggressive getting in the question line – lines fill with people early and we want YOU to ask your question!
Make your voices heard!
Other Congressmen around the country are facing uprising from angry constituents – help us join them!
PLEASE DISTRIBUTE FAR A WIDE!!
The Pembroke Pines Democratic Club cordially invites you to our Annual Dinner 2011. It is with great pride that I am pleased to announce that Rod Smith, Chairman of The Florida Democratic Party will be our guest and keynote speaker on May 21, 2011 from 6:30-9:30pm at The Grand Palms Golf & Country Club 110 Grand Palms Drive ( 155th Ave and Pines Blvd. 1/2 mile west of I75) Pembroke Pines Fl 33027. I hope you will join us in welcoming our chairman to Broward County. We would like for him to meet all the fine people who are going to make “The Future Ours” in 2012. You will need to reserve your seats or tables by May 1, 2011. Seats are $50.00 each or $450.00 for a table of ten. You will also be able to purchase advertising in our journal. For details or a reservation form contact Marsha Smith at 954-240-113 or MARCIE2000@aol.com I am looking forward to seeing you there!