Friday, November 11, 2011

Occupy Protesters: Lazy or Just Fed Up?


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The unemployment rate is currently at 9 percent according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, and monthly job growth has slowed to an average of just 90,000 new jobs a month over the past six months, a pace at which growth in the working-age population will always exceed the number of new jobs being created. All something that can’t be fixed by dumping McDonald’s application on protesters. That was exactly what The Chicago Board of Trade did to Occupy protesters in Chicago, and this wasn’t their first stunt.

The Chicago Board of Trade also plastered “We Are the One Percent” on their windows last month right in front of all the people general fed up with the way unemployment is heading or just those who previously felt alone in their belief that the current economic system is broken.

Dumping McDonald’s applications on protesters can’t solve everything. McDonald's has already declared their plans to hire 50,000 new employees in a single day in April, but the restaurant was consequently swamped with more than one million applications. There are simply not enough jobs for the 13.9 million unemployed people in America as of October, a McDonald's spokeswoman told the Huffington Post in April.

And even though people are aggravated by the unemployment rate, government corruption, collapsing environment, labor standards, World Bank lending practices, housing policy, and the increasing wealth disparity, and are trying to do something about it by voicing their opinion, people like The Chicago Board of Trade and other people populating the one percent are calling these protesters lazy college dropouts.

The thing is there are not just teens and college students out there protesting. There are people out there married with kids who are out of a job and are desperate to find another one despite there not being enough. There are also elderly people slipping into poverty and college kids graduating into piles of debt with no way to enter into the competitive job force.

This contagion called the 99 percent force a reconsideration of the way the nation does business because as members of a democratic country, they are entitled to do so, even though we appear to be falling away from democracy with the way giant corporations run things. The protesting against corporate greed and the social and economic inequality shouldn’t just be kicked to the side and covered up with photocopied McDonald’s applications.

The one percent populated by the banks, the mortgage industry, the insurance industry who happily take bailouts from the federal government, but who look down on programs helping the rest of the population, and the uninformed individuals oblivious to the happenings of the state and causes of the economy who call these protesters lazy and throw McDonald’s applications on top of them are incredibly ignorant and rude. They are just forcing the gap between the 99 and one percent further and ignoring the many rising inequalities presented today.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Flip-Flopping in the GOP


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There seems to be a lot of confusion going among the Republican presidential candidates. Front running official in the national polls seem to have trouble pinning down what they actually believe in and what constitutes as a decent joke.

Take for instance Herman Cain. On Saturday, Oct. 15, Cain had made a comment curbing illegal immigration with a giant man-killing electric fence in Tennessee. The next day he apologized for his statements saying that his proposal for zapping Mexican immigrants crossing the border was all a very terrible joke on NBC's "Meet the Press,” but by Monday, Oct. 17, Cain took back his apology and changed his mind again in Arizona, home of Sheriff Joe Arpaio who is well known to put securing the border at the top of his list, and said that the fence joke wasn’t actually a joke.

Not only is Cain’s man-slaughtering fence idea making every sane person worry about the expenses coming out of their own pockets, but the majority of the population isn’t too keen of electrocuting people, or the fact that Cain can’t make up his mind on the issue.

With constantly flip-flopping views like that, how is it that anyone can trust his opinions on anything else? It’s as if he’s just trying to give the people what they want to hear and then secretly do what he wants if he gets elected to office.

"Words have consequences, both in shaping ideas and inspiring actions,” said the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in a statement made in ‘The Hill.’ “Whether or not he made his comments in jest, Mr. Cain's words show a lack of understanding of the immigration issues our country is facing and a staggering lack of sensitivity. Surely, Mr. Cain understands the duty that candidates have to offer responsible policy proposals."

If Cain does finally get to push his own secret agenda, the 2,000 mile long stretch of land would be covered with a fence that can cost anywhere from $2 million to $70 million per mile depending on the terrain and the style, according to an article by Mother Jones. This is of course not piecing in the finances of maintaining the fence running enough electricity in it to kill someone.

"When I'm in charge of the fence, we going to have a fence.” Cain said during his speech in Tennessee. “It's going to be 20 feet high. It's going to have barbed wire on the top. It's going to be electrocuted, electrified. And there's going to be a sign on the other side that says it will kill you."

Perhaps flip-flopping Cain is just confused about the issue in the first place. It seems fairly common place to do so with Republican presidential candidates such as Mitt Romney’s views on abortion.

During his 2002 campaign for governor, Romney supported abortion rights saying “I will preserve and protect a women’s right to choose,” during a debate against his Democratic opponent Shannon O’Brien. Then during his term as governor, Romney vetoed a bill in 2005 that would expand access to emergency contraception. In an op-ed explaining his veto he wrote that he was "pro-life" and also wrote that while he didn’t favor abortion, that he would not change the state's abortion laws. Then six years later, Romney made clear is current anti-abortion stance, writing in a National Journal op-ed, that he supports overturning Roe v. Wade and defunding Planned Parenthood, "If I have the opportunity to serve as our nation's next president, I commit to doing everything in my power to cultivate, promote, and support a culture of life in America."

Romney recently flip-flopped on an amendment that would define life as beginning at conception which would outlaw most forms of birth control and throw women back into the dark ages.

At a campaign stop in Iowa last week, Romney said "life beings at conception, birth control prevents conception," but said he was "not campaigning for an amendment of some kind."
Even though, naturally, two weeks earlier Romney told Fox News host Mike Huckabee that he would "absolutely" support such an amendment. Certainly a statement, like Cain’s border control proposal, which leaves everyone standing on the fence about these presidential hopefuls and voters confused on what promises and opinions coming out of the mouths of the GOP candidates that they can believe in.