Monday, 1/19/15, Public Square



by | January 19, 2015 · 6:00 am

13 responses to “Monday, 1/19/15, Public Square

  1. President Obama willingly – and knowingly – took on a job that was going to be difficult.

    I also believe that Obama truly believed that Republicans would allow their love for their country to win out over their hatred for the black president.

    This is where I think Obama miscalculated these Republicans.

    I have not agreed with every decision that President Obama has made. But what president has had a 100% approval rating?

    President Obama reminds me of the person who silently goes his way and does such a great job with positive results – in spite of so much hate-filled resistance.

    We take people that can ‘get things done without all the fanfare’ for granted. We don’t give these people the credit they deserve.

    We’ve all known people like this haven’t we? I was told once that I am a GLUE person.

    When I asked what that meant – the teacher told me that GLUE people are those folks who keep things going – keep the outer fringes in check – and we are basically the folks any group could not survive if the GLUE people were gone.

    That is how I view President Obama – he was exactly what this country needed after a disastrous 8 years of George W. Bush and Gang.

    BTW – Glue people never get the credit for what they actually accomplish. But – the Glue people do not do it just for the credit. Glue people do what they do because it is the ‘right thing to do’.

    • I actually do not think race is such a matter in it for the GOP master minds. But is just another tool to be used when him being Democrat does not. It is true that there are still some regardless of Political affiliation that are Racist. They only use it as an example to represent those whom want to take away what they have. On that account I am seeing examples of it in the government anyway. It works more against those whom do not have the weight and strength to get around it. That is why I would favor a flat income tax.

      • Flat income taxes, like sales taxes, hit those with lower incomes harder.

        If it costs $20,000 to eek out a simple living the person who makes $25,000 has very little left after paying just to stay alive. Say the flat tax is 10% and he owes $2,000. That leaves him $3,000 for all that might have to be paid over and above that minimum of staying alive. Now the person who makes $100,000 owes a higher amount — $10,000 — but look at how much more he has left after paying to stay alive and his taxes. You can bet health care, education, transportation, and all the other expenses that make moving up in the world a possibility will be easier for the guy with $70,000 left.

        Of course, when you look at tax rates and ignore tax deductions you don’t get the full picture. Often the tax rate for businesses and wealthy people is higher than the rates those with lower incomes pay. But all the breaks and deductions allow many of those businesses and wealthy to avoid paying ANYTHING! The most of us don’t make anywhere near enough to qualify for those breaks so we pay to allow them even more opportunity to add to their wealth.

      • In all my discussions with people in that diverse group I was referring to above – they all say the same thing – they don’t mind paying taxes IF the money was spent wisely and on things we actually need.

        Ah – but there’s the rub, huh?

        So many people have different ideas of the definition of wisely spent and things we really need.

        Personally – I believe we do not need to spend trillions on military defense. The USA already outspends every other country – by a wide margin.

        Just how many war machines does one need to blow up the world?

      • No kidding, Indy! If one war machine is capable of doing just that — blowing up the world, then WHY have a second one? Only in America, the land of plenty (except for those some easily ignore)!

  2. Fear is a tool used to manipulate the masses. Refusing to oblige is one way to fight back. When we are scared we are compliant. Don’t forget the amount of money the war on terror and drugs and… makes for some evil people.

  3. Most people are either uninformed or misinformed.

    • Of course those who are misinformed will always bring up the debt, and never realize the truth behind how that happened.

      • realize the truth – or refuse to acknowledge the truth?

        I have come to believe most Conservative Republicans know the truth -they just don’t want to put the blame where it belongs

      • You’re right. I may have been giving credit where none was due. Willful ignorance seems worse than just plain never having the opportunity to know.

  4. Mark Cuban hits it right on the head. There are so many people with student loan debts with no hope of it being paid off anytime soon and a degree in a field that is dwindling daily. We have bailed out wall street, it’s time for the government to bail out the individuals that have been tricked into taking on these massive federally subsidized and personal student loans with hopes of a “better future.” Reality check, the only thing that will make the future better is to stop treating education like a business for profit rather than the nonprofit service it should be.

    Billionaire Mark Cuban Warns Of Massive Crash That Will Wipe Out America’s Colleges: “You’re Going To See A Repeat Of What We Saw In The Housing Market”

  5. In addition to sowing fear is the damage done by sowing anxiety and division in the community.

    Koch brothers/charter school nightmare: “White kids get to go to a school with a Montessori approach while children of color get eye control”

  6. “Today, we come together in a National Day of Service, because as Dr. King once said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?'” —President Obama on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service