The Black Swan of the North

Dec 03

A 28th Amendment for Congressional Reform

With apologies to Warren Buffett and the actual contributors to the urban myth regarding a 28th amendment to the US Constitution.

“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes.  You just have to pass a law that says that any time there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.” — Warren Buffett, in an interview with CNBC on 7 July 2011.

 

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social
Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and
participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

Apr 05

Tumblr — Get the Advertisements OUT of MY Posts

Who the fuck put the advertisement for some sleazebag moneylender in my last post?

If you’re going to stick advertisements for sleaze balls and scumbags at least let me choose which greedy whore you promote using my posts.

One of the greatest white collar crimes being perpetrated today are by the greedy whores making student loans at exorbitant interest rates.

The interest rate on a student loan should be no more than 2.5% and repayment for loans should be suspended, without the accumulation of interest, if a loan holder is unemployed for more than six weeks.

Companies that engage in collecting on delinquent student loans should be paid a flat fee of one-half of one percent of what they collect on a delinquent loan over a 1 year period.

Dear Reader — I beg you PLEASE boycott any company that is using this ad without my permission (all of them) to sell their goods, products or services.

Mar 05

To My DSCC Friends

STOP with the outrageous accusations and stick with Joe Friday Facts.

It is enough to petition the advertisers who buy ads on the shows of talk show shock jocks.  If some obese ex-drug addict wants to demonstrate that his understanding of civil political discourse is to slander Georgetown law students, there is no need to engage in over the top histrionics.

Keep your cool and keep a civil tone to your messages and don’t ask me to sign meaningless petitions.  Ask the people who put money in his pockets to stop.

Mr. Limbaugh understands only one thing — his income.

Mr. Limbaugh enjoys public attention.  He thrives on attention.  STOP giving him attention.  

START urging people to boycott businesses that support anyone who uses the radio waves to attack innocent young women for engaging in meaningful and respectful political debate.  The executives in the firms that advertise will know who you’re referring to, and will, if they have any integrity stop supporting this entertainment buffoon.

STOP giving him credit he doesn’t deserve.  He’s not the GOP’s top megaphone.  He is simply a radio baffoon who panders to the darkside of human nature in order make money.

STOP sending me hysterical e-mails and start engaging in mature, responsible political discourse.

Mar 04

Check this out — Tin Man’s Top 10 

The Tin Man’s Top 10 can be found here:

http://blogs.wsj.com/wealth/2012/02/28/romneys-top-10-wealth-gaffes/?mod=WSJBlog#

There will of course be more to come.

Hey Mr. Tin Man, some of us are very likely to vote for “the other guy” because we’d like to see the rule changed so that we too can be successful here in the good ol’ U S of A.

Feb 24

Do Not Track

It’s a clear statement.

It is not written in the vocabulary of arcane cabals that thrive on parsing the contents of post-doctoral publications.

Some inventive hacker needs to share with the rest of us cyber-simpletons how we can take revenge upon cyberstalkers who choose to ignore our clear and simple request:  Do NOT Track.

Some inventive hacker needs to show us a way that we can feed these stalkers false information, or better yet feed them viruses that will disable their tracking software and leave them with nothing. 

Some inventive hacker needs to twist the meaning of “Do Not Track” into a warning rather than a request.

If we had a way to cripple cyber-stalkers and cost them billions of dollars a day in lost revenue if they tried to leave their tracking cookies where they were not wanted, cyberspace would b a much nice place to go a navigating.

Feb 01

Wielechowski doesn’t go far enough

Sen. Wielechowski is to be commended for sponsoring the resolution urging Congress to amend the Constitution to undue the damage done by the US Supreme Courts asinine Citizens’ United decision.

He suggests a ban on the so called independent super PACs.

Not good enough.

If we’re going to restore sanity to the funding of political campaigns we need to impose much more strict limitations.  We need to limit candidates from receiving money from anyone who cannot vote for them.  If you can vote for a candidate you can give them your money as well.  If you can’t vote for them, you can’t contribute to their campaign.  And candidates must report all contributions.  We will all know who gave them how much.

We shall never make campaign funding sterile, so we should let the ultra-rich give all they want to the candidates for whom they can vote.  That way they can buy or lease only one city council member, one county commissioner, one state representative, one state senator, one member of the US House of Representatives, possibly two US Senators and we’d all know how indebted a presidential candidate is to them.  The only elections they could corrupt would be those in their own backyard.  No more Don Young doing fundraisers in Washington State to collect contributions from wealthy voters in 49 other states.

Yes, there will be more Bill Allen’s who will give money to employees who live in other districts, but even the Anchorage Daily News’ lazy reporters should be able to figure that out without expending too much effort and doing too much of the real work of checking facts and sources and expose this most ancient of political campaign corruption.

If you can vote for a candidate you can contribute to a candidate.  If you can’t vote for them, you can’t give them money.  If you can give them money you can give all you want.  But everyone will know how much you spent to buy or lease them.

It’s not 100% corruption proof, but the abusers will soon be found out and we will all know to whom candidates are beholding.

And it will do away with corporations giving money because corporations can’t vote and if the Supreme Court gives them the vote, I’m confident We the People will rise up and run them out of the country.

Gaffe? Goof? Or Insight in to Romney’s psyche?

MSNBC is calling it a gaffe.

Was it simply a tired candidate overly eager to seduce the millions of middle-class voters who he will need come November poorly choosing his words?

Or was it a telling Freudian slip that reveals the core of Mitt Romney?

He’s not ”concerned” about the “very poor.”  After all there is a safety net for the very poor.  And Romney reassuringly added that if the safety net needs fixing he “will fix it.”

Here is a man who has no idea how badly tattered and torn the so called safety net for the “very poor” has become.  He is clearly clueless as to how severely he and his crony vulture capitalists have weakened, even destroyed the institutions that comprise our social safety nets.

I’d like to have Mr. Romney’s number so I could forward the calls that I answer each week from people who aren’t “very poor” just your common ordinary garden variety working poor for whom there safety net doesn’t help.  The very poor learned two or three years ago that the safety net was gone and they were on their own.  The once lower middle-class who have slowly or not so slowly slipped into poverty since the housing bubble burst are now discovering that there are huge holes in the nation’s safety net.  And where there is some web it’s extremely frayed and not likely to catch much.

As for his “I will fix it,” that as phony as Obama’s campaign pledges to do this that and the other, all of which remain undone because no “I” can do it.  Romney can’t fix safety nets.  All he can do is wait for Congress and sign the bloody bill.

On the morning after his big victory in Florida we get a glimpse into the true nature of the man who would be president.  Greedy for middle-class votes he reveals how cold and calculating he actually is and how ruthless he will be as president.

He doesn’t care about the “very poor” not because there is a “safety net” to take care of them.  He doesn’t care about the very poor because most of them don’t vote and he knows the few who will won’t vote for him.

Jan 31

Florida primary gives us what?

The lesser of four evils if you ask me.

I’ve felt comfortable with candidate Romney.  Not because he’s not conservative enough.  But because he’s a flip-flopper who flipped from what he believed to what was necessary to claim to believe in order to win over the hard-right RINOs.  John McCain before him, sold out his legitimate GOP Maverick positions and tried kissing ass of the likes of Jerry Falwell and the religious right in order to win the primary.

If Mitt had the courage of his convictions and had stood up for what he did in Massachusetts as governor instead of running away I would now be a died-in-the-wool Romney supporter.  But he didn’t and I’m a died-in-the-wool there’s got to be somebody more principled and courageous that Mitt Romney.

Rumor has it, Jeb Bush just might be that guy, but for reasons which haven’t drifted this far north I haven’t heard a compelling reason as to why he isn’t.  Lots of speculation on why he is laying low, but only speculation and rumor.

As for the rest of the RINOs running, well they’re RINOs and not Republicans.  Honest members of the Grand Old Party of Lincoln and Teddy and Ike understand that government is a good tool when used wisely and judiciously.  Good, honest Republicans like New York Times columnist David Brooks are few and too far between.  If actor Ronald Reagan can be elected president, then why can’t a political pundit and newspaper columnist like Dave Brooks do it?

So what do we get out of the Florida GOP Primary election?  The lesser of too many evils and little… No.  Make that NO Hope that the Republican Party will return to its roots.  I think with the nomination of Mitt Romney historians in a generation or two will record that in 2012 the GOP completely sold out to the RINOs in pursuit of the first American oligarchy.

Jan 30

Obama In Bed with Wall St. Bankers

I said it before and I’m saying it again and if you don’t believe me then checkout ProPublica’s Secret Docs Show Foreclosure Watchdog Doesn’t Bark or Bite.

I continue to blame Geo. W. Bush for Wall Street’s unchecked excesses which caused the recession of 2008.  However, Obama must take the blame for this outrageous failure to reign in the mad men of Wall Street and to begin to make good on his specious campaign promises.

Obama is clearly incapable of dealing with the vulture capitalist whose insatiable lust for more personal wealth at any cost are now in control of Wall Street and hell bent to establish an oligarchy inside the Washington DC beltway.

(Source: propublica.org)

Jan 29

Dare we call this a moment of bipartisan civility?  I think we should.
While I hold Poppa Bush responsible for being the first to recruit the old racist Dixie Democrats into the GOP, which gave rise to the RINO (Republican In Name Only) overthrow of the Grand Old Party of Lincoln & Teddy Roosevelt, I have admired him as a person and as perhaps the last of the honest GOP Republicans to serve as president.
That Poppa Bush would meet quietly with the president days after Mr. Obama quite correctly pointed out that Geo. W. was, if not the architect, presided over and endorsed the economic policies that brought on the recession of 2008, tells us how a gentleman and a statesman behave.
This photo confirms for me much of what I’ve heard about Jeb Bush.

Dare we call this a moment of bipartisan civility?  I think we should.

While I hold Poppa Bush responsible for being the first to recruit the old racist Dixie Democrats into the GOP, which gave rise to the RINO (Republican In Name Only) overthrow of the Grand Old Party of Lincoln & Teddy Roosevelt, I have admired him as a person and as perhaps the last of the honest GOP Republicans to serve as president.

That Poppa Bush would meet quietly with the president days after Mr. Obama quite correctly pointed out that Geo. W. was, if not the architect, presided over and endorsed the economic policies that brought on the recession of 2008, tells us how a gentleman and a statesman behave.

This photo confirms for me much of what I’ve heard about Jeb Bush.