Collateral damage–the taking of innocent life “by mistake.” Whether in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen or here in the US, in Oregon, South Carolina, or Connecticut, enough is ENOUGH. It’s time to stop the slaughter of innocents no matter the reasons used to justify the murder of innocent men, women and CHILDREN.
The highly concentrated corporate media in the US are destroying our democracy. They treat political contests as horse races, giving emphasis to meaningless poll numbers, at the same time they charge large and excessive amounts for advertising on TV. Most other industrialized countries restrict or prohibit paid political advertising on TV. Journalists occupy a special position in our democracy under the first amendment. They have the responsibility to inform the electorate so that voters can make intelligent choices. Our corporate media are failing in their responsibility to the American voter.
From The Enduring Revolution, How the Contract with America Continues to Shape the Nation by Major Garrett. I saw Major Garrett on TV recently joking with President Obama during the President’s news conference announcing the departure of Arne Duncan. Garrett is now employed by CBS, but was a correspondent for FOX before that. In this book, it is his contention that the 1994 GOP Contract with America is still influencing policy. I think that the quote below is useful information when discussing taxes at the Federal level.
“During the 1994 campaign, the GOP ran TV and radio ads across the country proclaiming that Clinton and the Democratic majority had ‘passed the largest tax increase in American history’ (a fallacious charge–Ronald Reagan’s 1982 tax increase, when adjusted for inflation, still ranks as the largest tax increase in American history).”
The high cost of healthcare and drugs makes healthcare insurance mandatory. I predict a day when big pharma and the insurers merge to keep all the profits within one corporate entity. Then they can just split the profits administratively–50/50% without all the paperwork now required.
I expect the 2016 presidential race to be the most exciting race of my lifetime, and probably the most important. The Republicans have a mixed field of non-politicians and incompetent politicians. The media are treating them as a circus. In contrast, the Democratic field consists of competent politicians. When it comes time for serious debates between the parties, the GOP do not have a prayer. That is why I think that the GOP will turn to Mitt Romney in desperation. Mitt is not a winner, but he is a competent politician who can debate. The GOP will try to preserve themselves by nominating Mitt again. As a party loyalist, he will accept the nomination.