Tonight will be President Obama’s third State of the Union address. The remarks afterward by Mitch Daniels and Herman Cain will undoubtedly try to cloud all issues and spread false facts.

Think Progress posted an impressive list of facts this morning, some of which outlines accomplishments by Obama. (POLITICS FACTS: The State Of The Union
By Judd Legum on Jan 24, 2012 at 11:10 am). Other items in the post point out the need for a return to more equality and building the middle class. See the article for sources linked. Here’s the list.

• Since the last SOTU, the economy has created 1.9 million private sector jobs. [Source]
• The top 1 percent take home 24 percent of the nation’s income, up from about 9 percent in 1976. [Source]
• Private sector job creation under Obama in 2011 was larger than seven out of the eight years Bush was president. [Source]
• The top 1 percent of Americans own 40 percent of our country’s wealth while the bottom 80 percent owns only 7 percent. [Source]
• Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million young adults gained health insurance. [Source]
• For every one job opening, there are four people looking for work. [Source]
• Last year, China spent 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure. The U.S. spent 2.5 percent. [Source]
• 2.65 million seniors saved an average of $569 on prescriptions last year thanks to the Affordable Care Act. [Source]
• “In 2011, the United States killed Al Qaeda’s most effective propagandist, Anwar al-Awlaki; its operating chief, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman; and of course its founder, chief executive and spiritual leader, Osama bin Laden.” [Source]
• Union membership is at a 70-year low. [Source]
• Unemployment benefits have lifted 3.2 million people out of poverty. [Source]
• The United States used to have the world’s largest percentage of college graduates. We’re now #14. [Source]
• One quarter of all contributions to federal campaigns come from 0.01 percent of Americans. [Source]
• 47.8 percent of households that receive food stamps are working, because having a job is not enough to keep them out of poverty. [Source]
• In the last three years, 30 major corporations spent more on lobbying than they paid in taxes. [Source]
• 50 percent of U.S. workers make less than $26,364 per year. [Source]
• More than one in 70 homes faced foreclosure last year. [Source]
• Since 1985, the federal tax rate for the 400 wealthiest Americans dropped from 29 percent to 18 percent. [Source]

Any way you shake it, this country is struggling to gain back not only its economic footing, but its integrity as a nation. From what I have heard and seen of the Repub candidates so far, they are not promising to correct anything. Only continue the failed policies of the Bush Administration to a degree not only Bush could imagine. All backed by Corporate Money.

Obama is talking about returning this country back to its people, rather than delivering it wholesale to corporations. In other words, preserving what’s left of our democracy for everyone rather than become a corporatocracy where only the rich participate. Sometimes known as fascism.

What the Progressives Stand For

I found this on the website for the Progressive Congressional Caucus.
The URL is http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=63&sectiontree=2,63

Leadership: Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, John B. Larson, Keith Ellison, Raul Grijalva
Co-Chairs: Keith Ellison, Raúl Grijalva
Vice Chairs: Tammy Baldwin, Judy Chu, William “Lacy” Clay, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Chellie Pingree
Whip: Hank Johnson
Senate Member: Bernie Sanders
congress members – very long list of members – too long for this entry. Go see . . . My congressman is on it and I couldn’t be prouder. I found out he is one of the few openly gay representatives serving in Congress.

The Progressive Promise
Fairness For All

The Congressional Progressive Caucus believes in government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Our fairness plan is rooted in our core principles. It also embodies national priorities that are consistent with the values, needs, and hopes of all our people, not just the powerful and the privileged. We pledge our unwavering commitment to these legislative priorities and we will not rest until they become law.

1. Fighting for Economic Justice and Security in the U.S. and Global Economies
» To uphold the right to universal access to affordable, high quality healthcare for all.

» To preserve guaranteed Social Security benefits for all Americans, protect private pensions, and require corporate accountability.

» To invest in America and create new jobs in the U.S. by building more affordable housing, re-building America’s schools and physical infrastructure, cleaning up our environment, and improving homeland security.

» To export more American products and not more American jobs and demand fair trade.

» To reaffirm freedom of association and enforce the right to organize.

» To ensure working families can live above the poverty line and with dignity by raising and indexing the minimum wage.

2. Protecting and Preserving Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
» To sunset expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and bring remaining provisions into line with the U. S. Constitution.

» To protect the personal privacy of all Americans from unbridled police powers and unchecked government intrusion.

» To extend the Voting Rights Act and reform our electoral processes.

» To fight corporate consolidation of the media and ensure opportunity for all voices to be heard.

» To ensure enforcement of all legal rights in the workplace.

» To eliminate all forms of discrimination based upon color, race, religion, gender, creed, disability, or sexual orientation.

3. Promoting Global Peace and Security
» To honor and help our overburdened international public servants – both military and civilian.

» To bring U. S. troops home from Iraq as soon as possible.

» To re-build U.S. alliances around the world, restore international respect for American power and influence, and reaffirm our nation’s constructive engagement in the United Nations and other multilateral organizations.

» To enhance international cooperation to reduce the threats posed by nuclear proliferation and weapons of mass destruction.

» To increase efforts to combat hunger and the scourge of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases.

» To encourage debt relief for poor countries and support efforts to reach the UN’s Millennium Goals for Developing Countries.

4. Advancing Environmental Protection & Energy Independence » To free ourselves and our economy from dependence upon imported oil and shift to growing reliance upon renewable energy supplies and technologies, thus creating at least three million new jobs, cleansing our environment, and enhancing our nation’s security.

» To promote environmental justice in affirmation that all people have an inherent right to a healthy environment, clean air, and clean water wherever we live, work, and relax.

» To change incentives in federal tax, procurement, and appropriation policies to:

(A) Speed commercialization of solar, biomass, and wind power generation, while encouraging state and local policy innovation to link clean energy and job creation;

(B) Convert domestic assembly lines to manufacture highly efficient vehicles, enhance global competitiveness of U.S. auto industry, and expand consumer choice;

(C) Increase investment in construction of “green buildings” and more energy-efficient homes and workplaces;

(D) Link higher energy efficiency standards in appliances to consumer and manufacturing incentives that increase demand for new durable goods and increase investment in U.S. factories;

» To eliminate environmental threat posed by global warming and ensuring that America does our part to advance an effective global problem-solving approach.

» To expand energy-efficient transportation choices by increasing investment in synthesized networks, including bicycle, local bus and rail transit, regional high-speed rail and magnetic levitation rail projects.

» To preserve prudent public interest regulations that encourage sustainable growth and investment, ensure energy diversity and system reliability, protect workers and the environment, reward consumer conservation, and support an expanding marketplace that rewards the commercialization of energy-efficient technologies.

Budget Cuts Mean More Misery. Why? Life is Cheap.

The New York Times ran an article today about Obama catpitulating to the demands of the depression makers. It made me sick.

I’ve been looking for other voices in this time of accerating chaos. They are out there: Jean Houston, a visionary and activist in Social Awareness, Barbara Max Hubbard, an expert in the human evolutionary process in these times and some others I’ll talk about in another post. There is a way out of the current shit, but it will not come from the system that has made itself so radically sick. Einstein said you can’t solve a problem using the same processes and ideas that created the problem. That’s where we are today. We as a country and culture are very ill, and we have to fire the doctors and find our own solutions, and we have to start talking about it a lot more.

This is the comment I posted as Lallen56 to the article “Obama Budget Pivots From Stimulus to Deficit Cuts.”

The cuts to education and every program that supports actual people shows me that the Republicans are pushing to make the American worker extinct. If fewer people are educated they can justify outsourcing more jobs to countries the demand less in wages but still support education. Cheap engineers, cheap attorneys, cheap computer scientists, cheap everyone.

Our lives are cheap to them and they are the ultimate Grinches. It’s a race to the bottom. I am disgusted that Obama has capitulated to this degree. My only hope now is that the Republicans so overstep their bounds that their cruel, domination agenda becomes obvious to even the most staunch TPer’s. Neither party seems up to the challenges. Maybe the solution will come from the trenches.

There are movements afoot that emphasize evolutionary possibilities. More people should know that this doomed scenario is not the only one. (See Jean Houston, Barbara Max Hubbard and others like them.)

We can do better. We can form a culture that supports those who participate, but it will mean a complete overhaul of our economic and political systems. It can be done with determination and activism toward systems that build caring communities rather than punitive surfdoms dominated and ruled by corporate overseers and cruel warmongers.

It’s time for us to grow up and be civilized. It can be done. Wake up.

Cell biology video, and financial fiasco commentary

Charlie Ehin (aka Dr. Charles Ehin and Kalev Ehin) sent these articles to me. He’s the author of the book I edited this fall and that will be published in May. The book is titled, “The Organizational Sweet Spot.” Charlie was my academic advisor at Westminster College of SLC and is a wonderful friend. He continues to inspire me and prod me into deeper thinking about many of today’s issues including organizational and human development, scientific advancement, and social issues. He’s a treasure. I hope you enjoy this information as much as I did.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zufaN_aetZI&NR=1

Interesting utube video about cell biology and how cells may have developed and ultimately influenced the development of life on Earth.  Really cool stuff here unless you don’t believe in science.

 

Article from Business Week about economic crimes:

http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/mar2009/ca20090319_591214.htm

Different take on the human consequences of allowing greedy corporations to function with no oversight and regulation.

 

Article from The Rolling Stone about how the financial crises developed and how it is really all about power and how the corporation got too much of it.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/26793903/the_big_takeover/print

Helped me understand the structures and how financial vehicles got warped completely out of control. A real testiment to the need for regulation and oversight and what can happen when greed takes over.

 

TT: Joys of Autumn

 

I have been obsessing about how bad it will be if McCain and Palin are elected and the entire world’s economy collapses and all the wolves are plunked dead by crazy women in helicopters. I love wolves – the wolf is my totem animal guide. I have a strong vested interest in keeping the wolf population safe.And caribou, whales, polar bears, chipmunks, and scorpions, mollusks, badgers, skunks, and eagles. . .  And all their relatives.

 

But this political dithering and distressing is counterproductive. That which receives attention is what persists. Or is it what you resist, persists. Either way, obsessing about McGramps and Sarah of the Pale Inn will not bring about peace of mind, world peace, or a piece of pie. Even if they are elected, we will survive. I will survive. Who knows, maybe I’ll even do better than that. Stuff will change, but it will be an adventure. Maybe I’ll be in New Zealand, but oh well…

 

Back to the story. I have noticed that I have been less and less able to write for fun, think of lighthearted and colorful delights, and participate in artistic endeavors. My life has become a manifestation of working at home, watching poly-ticks and enjoying very little play.

 That’s no way to be. Especially since I am intriguingly middle-aged, energetic, healthy, attractive, artistic, talented, and incredibly horny.

 NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BE ISOLATED! Double especially since I’m still looking for a job.

 

So I know I must shake it off and more fully engage in the beauty around me. Including the colors, smells, and crispness of my favorite season – Autumn.

 

Autumn is the year’s evening, burnished, rich, sunset-tinged.

Our reward for enduring summer.

 

Practical sounds of school bus and youthful voices.

Cats bristling new thick fur and languishing on down comforters.

Baby quail have grown their black bobble head feathers,

Brown bellies spotted with white.

When did they learn to run so fast?

 

It is Nature’s full, heavy sensuality. Joyous Harvest, reaping, readying.

Earth scent reminiscent of summer grass, freshly crisp, yielding, nurturing, cooling.

Snap of apples, crackling fire, sweet wood smoke.

I see your words in the evening air. Your breath has substance, weight.   

 

Deep, lingering conversations over savory chowder and warm bread.

The day’s story, a gentle touch, laughter.

Crystal seduction of burgundy wine and white cake.

Welcome the night, warm flannel sheets, candlelight,

and the fulfillment of sly, suggestive glances.

 

Autumn’s promise – we will awaken content and complete

            When Spring’s sun rises again.

 

 

The bright spot in today’s news:

I read in news article today that the Fish and Wildlife Commission has placed wolves back on the endangered species list because last summer hunters slaughtered about 10% of the wolf population. Sorry Sarah, you’ll have to find some other wild thing to shoot with your nifty automatic weapons. Or better yet, just cut it the Hell out!)