Romney is NOT our Man

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Quick, which Presidential candidate had a rich daddy pay for his Harvard education?


Which candidate broke companies apart, created layoffs for his fellow Americans and became rich in the process ?


Romney’s campaign slogan “Putting Jobs First” is a joke of epic proportions. Romney isn’t someone who knows about putting jobs first. He is a business man and a very successful one. For that he deserves credit. However; you CAN’T run the government like you run a business.

Business people care about profits and that runs contrary to creating jobs. Businesses don’t create jobs for the sake of creating them. They create jobs when there is a need.

What creates need? Demand. Demand for your products or services creates the environment that causes companies to higher.

Profits DO NOT create jobs. Take a good hard look at the profit and lost sheets of nearly every major company in the country. You will find that most of them – the majority of them – are making higher profits now then before the 2008 crash.

Then, take a look at their hiring. See any job creation? Not a lot.

Think tax cuts are the answer? Think again. Taxes on the upper one percent and corporations are lower now than they were in the 1950s. And, still, very few jobs.

Is our economy improving?

Yes it is, but if we make cuts in government spending now – like Romney supports – and we further cut the taxes on the rich – like Romney wants – we’re repeating 1937. And, we all know what happened in 1937.

Romney is the wrong man at the wrong time. We don’t need a business man who only knows profits. We don’t need a man who spent his professional career laying people off. We don’t need a man who asks his country what can you do for me and then hides his money in the Cayman Islands. We don’t need a man who believes that “Corporations are people, my friend.”

We need a man who has had student loan debt. A man who knows our communities. A man who understands that the road to success is paved with hard work and dedication.

We need President Obama for another four years.

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Gay Marriage: Not a Single Issue

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A good friend of mine posted on a Facebook status regarding gay marriage and voting that some people don’t just vote a single issue. Now, he’s a little misguided because I know plenty of people on the right that vote Republican solely because they’re anti-abortion. And, I know plenty of people who voted Democratic because they were against the war in Iraq. Quite frankly, I agree with my friend: one shouldn’t vote just one issue.

But, when you’re gay, gay marriage isn’t a single issue. It affects nearly every single issue out there for gays and lesbians.

Point 1: Taxes. Everyone complains about how much they pay in taxes.  If you’re a straight married couple with no kids, making what Cheryl and I make, you pay around $1000 less in Federal income taxes than Cheryl and I do. Between the two of us, we paid more than $10,000 in federal income taxes – roughly 16% of our joint income. This means we paid a higher percentage than Mitt Romney.
The Republican tax plan? It will cost us a lot more, while lowering taxes on people who all ready pay less than we do and, I’m ignoring the other items, like lowering taxes of the rich.
You want tax equality? Let the gays get married.

Point 2. Social Security. I earn a substantial amount more than Cheryl. Therefore, I pay more into Social Security than she does. If we were allowed to legally marry, she could apply for Social Security under my name. However; because we’re not legally married, she can’t.  She, also, won’t receive any death benefits if I happen to die first – unlike her legally married, straight counterparts.  In the land of equality, this stinks. A man can marry a woman, stay married for ten years and divorce her and she can file for his Social Security. That same man can marry another woman, stay married for ten years and wife #2 gets a piece of his Social Security pie. His benefits are never reduced. 

Point 3. Healthcare. Taxes. If I take my employer provided healthcare benefits for Cheryl, like millions of straight married couples do all over the country, I will pay income taxes on the employer cost of said healthcare. You want to fix healthcare in this nation? Start by eliminating the domestic partner taxes on healthcare.

See, I’m not asking for special rights. I am demanding equality. The right wing yammers on and on about fairness and freedom, but it’s just talk. They don’t believe in equality. 

Further, there are more issues than just these three that is affected by one’s marital status. Gay marriage may not be important to straight people, but it is literally the most important issue to gay people. It affects everything about our lives.

If you care one iota for your gay friends and family, you’ll vote Democratic this fall. Until we’re all equal, none of us are equal.

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Show if Hands Poll – Money giving

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The Show of Hands question was: Have you ever given cash to a person on the street with a cardboard sign?

Here’s what didn’t surprise me; more Democrats and Independents said yes than Republicans. Most Republicans do their charitable giving inside church walls or at church run/sponsored events.

Here’s something that did surprise me: More men answered yes than women. 52% if the men vs 50% of the women.

And, here’s something else surprising; the higher the respondent’s income, the more likely they answered yes. Only half of the under $50,000 earners said yes, while 54% of the over $100,000 earners said yes.

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Employers and Colleges Demand Facebook Access

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Bob Sullivan posted an article on MSNBC on how some employers and colleges are demanding access to potential employees and athletic students Facebook pages.  Because I’m writing this on my phone,  I am unable to copy the link and post it here.

The idea that a potential employer would demand access to my Facebook page is appalling.  Sure, we all talk about work, but for the most part, most of us keep home and work totally separate. So, foe an employer or a potential employer to demand access is just ridiculous.  Why would I hand over a list if all my friends to an employer? Why would I hand over transcripts of conversations to my employer? Considering that I use Facebook as my own political sounding board, turning over access would equate turning over a list of my political beliefs. Since employers can’t ask about religious or political beliefs in an interview, why should a prospective employee answer the question by giving access to their Facebook page?

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Am I Alone?

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I pass on a lot of articles, facts and funny pictures all related to the upcoming Presidential election. A few if my friends have mentioned that they’ve turned off my feeds because they find it overwhelming. I get it. One friend turned me off because she didn’t want to see what I posted, because it differed greatly from her own views. The facts I post were getting in the way of her conservative belief system.

I realize not everyone gets how important this next election is. I get that some people have their beliefs so ingrained that you can’t shake them with facts and figures. But, I never stop trying and I’m beginning to feel alone in my hardwork.

Am I?

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To Cut Taxes or To NOT Cut Taxes

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I happen to be against continuing the payroll tax cut. I don’t think it is wise to extend it for another year. I’ve said that I didn’t like the idea of it.

That said, I saw an article that stated along with the tax cut, there would be a tax raise on those making more than a million dollars. This raise would be used to offset the financial effects of the tax cut.  If there is going to be a way to make up the money Social Security loses, I would be willing to rethink my opposition to the payroll tax cut.

Since then, I’ve heard that the raise is now off the table.  Now, I’m back to my original opposition.

This makes me one of what the right calls the elite. See, I can think for myself and weigh all of the options.  The right doesn’t like people who can think for themselves.

They, also, don’t like the Americ


Worker. The GOO is against this tax cut.

Is that a fact?

Yes, it is.

Tax cuts / breaks for those earning more than $250,000 per year. You beach! Those people work hard for their money.

Tax cuts for the little guys. Not on you


life – the American worker is nothing more than a lazy bum looking for a handout.

Make sure you remember how the GOO is too busy making nice with the CEOs, who are jacking up their stock profits, while running away with their double digit raises, to care about what happens to the American worker.

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