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My name is Patrick M McCormick and I have created this blog as a platform for my political views as well as those of select contributors.

I believe that American Politicians have lost sight of their goal: To uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of the people of the United States. They argue and bicker on the floor of their respective houses, positioning themselves for the next election, while they accomplish very little business for the citizens of this country.

Meanwhile our economy is sliding downward. Millions of our precious jobs have have been exported overseas. Our social safety net and other public services are being cut. Our middle class is rapidly disappearing and the numbers of citizens existing below the poverty line is increasing dramatically.

I plan to examine the causes of these terrible changes to our American way of life. Your comments will help us all arrive at some important conclusions.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Republican Leaders Searching for Scapegoats!


Lotta soul searching in the Republican camp these days. They are pointing the finger of blame at everyone and everything but themselves... and their basic philosophy... which is dead wrong.

They are out of touch with Women. They are out of touch with Gays. They are out of touch with Hispanics. They are out of touch with Blacks. They are out of touch with Students and the youth of this country. They are out of touch with the middle class and the working poor. They are out of touch with reality.

And worst of all... they continually attempt to pass laws that reflect the religious beliefs of their Evangelical, way too far to the right, minority base. Most of us still believe in the separation of Church and State. If you don't approve of abortion... don't get one. If you don't approve of same sex marriage... don't marry them in your church. We are all free to believe what we want to believe, but we are not free to force everyone else to live their l...See More
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Saturday, June 23, 2012

American Citizens Sold Out One Job, One Farm, One Factory and one Brick at a Time!

Russ Limbo
As I see it
June 22. 2012

American citizens are being sold out one Job, one vote and one brick at a time by our major corporations and our political leaders are doing nothing but counting their campaign contributions while it happens. Not only jobs, but whole industries, farms and our precious resources have been steadily moving overseas. This represents more than a threat to our economy; it represents a threat to the security of the nation and its entire people as well. We, The People of the United States of America, are in serious trouble.

Let’s go back two years…

President Obama was quoted in The Washington Post as saying: (Published: Aug. 21, 2010 at 6:01 AM WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI):

U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday warned of a "corporate takeover" of democracy and said Republicans want the public kept "in the dark" on campaign funding.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, the Democratic president found fault with a Supreme Court ruling that permits corporations, unions and other organizations to spend "unlimited amounts of money to influence our elections."

"They can buy millions of dollars’ worth of TV ads -- and worst of all, they don't even have to reveal who is actually paying for them," he said.

"A group can hide behind a phony name like 'Citizens for a Better Future,' even if a more accurate name would be 'Corporations for Weaker Oversight.'"

He blamed GOP leaders for killing legislation this summer that would require "corporate political advertisers to reveal who's funding their activities."
(The remainder of this article is listed on Aug 21 in this blog)

That was an extremely serious warning by our President, but two days later I was saddened to read that a vote had failed to pass the “Disclose Act” designed to protect US, the citizens of the United States. It was a “Low Blow” dealt the people of America by their own elected officials. Let me include the following article:

Today in the Washington Post:
Senate Democrats again fail to pass campaign disclosure law

By Dan Eggen Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 23, 2010; 11:10 PM

Senate Democrats failed again Thursday in their attempt to require corporations, unions and other interest groups to provide more details about their political spending.

The measure, known as the Disclose Act, fell one vote short of the 60 needed to break a GOP filibuster in the divided Senate, with Republicans uniformly opposed to the bill. The legislation had also been blocked by Senate Republicans during an earlier vote in July.

The 59-39 vote marks a bitter defeat for Democratic leaders and President Obama, who has repeatedly urged Congress to pass the bill in response to a Supreme Court ruling lifting restrictions on corporate and union political spending.

The outcome represents a major victory for Republicans and major business groups, which lobbied hard against a proposal that they said was an attempt by Democrats to silence GOP-leaning business groups.

Since then President Obama and The Democratic Party have remained mysteriously silent on the issue. Did the “Threat” simply vanish with the vote? I think not! But obviously, The Republican Congressmen and Senators have remained silent as well.

Why should we view this as a serious threat to US, Our American Republic and our unique way of life?

Let’s talk about corporate taxation.  Oh, I know what all of the so called “Shock Jocks” and ultra-right wing media pundits will say, “We have the highest corporate tax rate in the free world”. That may be true on paper, but which fortune 500 company pays their full taxes? There are so many loopholes in the Federal Tax Code, if there are any that actually pay the full amount; I’d be willing to bet you could count them on one hand.

In the old days, when America used to manufacture things, it was not a critical issue. There were so many blue collar middle class workers dumping their withholding taxes into the Federal coffers the government functioned smoothly.  It did not matter that those large employers paid little or no taxes, their workers did. In those days we could afford to contemplate “The Great Society”. True, there was a lot of waste; but we were the wealthiest nation on the planet and had the money to waste.

In the good old days, we had social programs for everybody in need, we gave ungodly amounts of money as foreign aid and we policed the world with our mighty military forces. We were also the leader in the exploration of space. Scientific innovation was our forte because our educational system was excellent and our government could afford to fund hundreds of ambitious research programs.

Then, some accountant figured how much money their company could save by manufacturing overseas in third world countries. America began exporting those high paying middle class blue collar jobs to extremely inexpensive labor markets. It was great for a while… we got some really great deals on radios, cars, television sets and all sorts of great consumer goods.

Today… we are paying the real price for those great discounts: our economy is failing. Our children can’t find jobs when they graduate college. We import so many of the goods we use in our daily lives that our Trade Deficit has skyrocketed. Still, our elected leaders are oblivious to the painful cries of the people: nothing is being done about it.

Yesterday I read in the Washington Post:
By Tom Hamburger, Published: June 21

Mitt Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India.

During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission

While economists debate whether the massive outsourcing of American jobs over the last generation was inevitable, Romney in recent months has lamented the toll it’s taken on the U.S. economy. He has repeatedly pledged he would protect American employment by getting tough on China.

“They’ve been able to put American businesses out of business and kill American jobs,” he told workers at a Toledo fence factory in February. “If I’m president of the United States, that’s going to end.”

Speaking at a metalworking factory in Cincinnati last week, Romney cited his experience as a businessman, saying he knows what it would take to bring employers back to the United States. “For me it’s all about good jobs for the American people and a bright and prosperous future,” he said.

For years, Romney’s political opponents have tried to tie him to the practice of outsourcing American jobs. These political attacks have often focused on Bain’s involvement in specific business deals that resulted in job losses.

But a Washington Post examination of securities filings shows the extent of Bain’s investment in firms that specialized in helping other companies move or expand operations overseas. While Bain was not the largest player in the outsourcing field, the private equity firm was involved early on, at a time when the departure of jobs from the United States was beginning to accelerate and new companies were emerging as handmaidens to this outflow of employment.

Now that Mitt Romney is running for President He thinks that outsourcing all of those jobs was a “Bad Idea”. Ten million Americans will agree whole heartedly on that issue. Of course he has changed his mind… he wants our votes, but can we believe him when he says he wants to fix the problem”?  Personally I believe we would we be electing “The Fox to guard our Henhouse?”




Now we face a situation where our government has created a huge debt load… and guess what folks… there isn’t enough money to pay it down. In fact the interest on that debt is killing us. This tremendous financial burden is forcing Uncle Sam to make some serious cuts in expenses

Our military, NASA, education, Social Security, Medicare and a host of other vital social programs have already felt the knife. Our vaunted right wing shock jocks and media pundits are pointing the finger of blame at the recipients of benefits from those programs; as if it were their fault the country was going broke.

It’s true; we don’t have the money to pay for it all. But I have to ask this question “Is it fair for US, working class Americans, to suffer while those giant companies are still soaking up the profit from their cheap overseas manufacturing?”  Isn’t it logical that the entities responsible for the problem pay their fair share? Think about how many of the above programs could have been kept “As is” if those great corporation had been paying their taxes?

The average American is already suffering. Many small companies and workers are dealing with reduced incomes. The number of private homes being sold for tax liens is steadily climbing. All of this suffering is due, in a great part, to the export of our manufacturing jobs.

Large corporations have the ear of our elected officials because they finance the greater part of political campaigns. All we, the citizens of the United States, have is our vote and our voices. It is time that we make ourselves heard. We are after all, “A Government of The People, by The People and for The People” and not “A Government of The Corporation, by The Corporation and for The Corporation”; aren’t we?

We still have time to fix our problems and we need to start at their root cause. We need complete transparency in political campaign funding. We need to seriously limit the amount any individual or corporation can donate to any campaign. We need to protect our markets as strictly as Japan, China, Germany or any of our other so called “Trading Partners” do. We have not been playing on “An even field” for decades. It’s time we played by their rules.

Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, you had better look hard at these issues. Our factories and our farms are being moved overseas while we, US, sit back and do nothing. It’s time we spoke out… No… It’s time we cried out! “Enough… Let’s rebuild America… Not sell it for scrap to the highest bidder!

Or… some day in the not too distant future… there will be nothing left to sell!

And this is how I see it,

Russ Limbo

First published in The e-Buffet Online Magazine: http://www.e-buffet.org

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Introducing Russ Limbo


INTRODUCING
RUSS LIMBO

Am I a Democrat, Republican or Independent? I am all of these things, sort of. I consider myself a Social Liberal and a Fiscal Conservative. I am a staunch supporter of equality and the civil guarantees set forth in our Constitution. I believe that Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are the inherent rights of all human beings. 

I try to take the people’s position in all political arguments. These facts make me an independent freethinking American and take me down the middle of the political road.

I will address the everyday problems of the average American. Your comments will help US all arrive at solutions to those problems. With all of the spin going on, it is sometimes difficult to see the forest for the trees. Together, we may be able to determine “What really is and what isn’t”, or more simply put, “The Truth”.

I promise to prowl the internet looking at current events, politics and the state of the world around us and then offer my own “Brand” of commentary. Sometimes I will be serious; sometimes I will look at the humorous side of life.  I promise that I will try to keep it interesting.

First of all… let me tell you what I think about US… you know, “We the People”.

We are the US in the USA !

Politics as usual are getting pretty boring. With all the office holders glad-handing, taking photo ops, grandstanding for the press and hurling insults at one another, nothing important to the people… you know… US, is being done.

Crime is rampant, our boarders have more holes than a good Swiss cheese, people are out of work, the economy falters and the balance of trade is way out of balance. None of our favorite sons seems to care, they are so busy doing everything but the work entrusted to them; governing The United States of America.

Being a Republican or a Democrat used to mean something. You could be proud of your congressman or senator. People loved their president. America made things and exported them to everybody. The Japanese made junk and the Chinese made babies. Africa was a place where the wealthy went hunting. Everyone on the planet looked up to US.

Where did we go wrong?

I don’t know if I can put my finger on all of it, but I know a few things that are wrong;

We don’t play as a team any longer.

We have forgotten that all people are equal.

We don’t take the responsibility for our own actions, we blame our neighbors, we blame immigrants, we blame the other political party and we blame God.

Our elected leaders and political candidates use hatred, innuendo, and fear instead of the truth and the facts in order to influence US.

We have forgotten where we came from, who we are and where we need to go.

It is time we remembered.

We are the US in the USA, the citizens of the United States of America. We are a democracy, a republic and we are still the most powerful nation on this earth. We can do anything we set our minds to.

We need to stop fighting with each other and work together to solve our problems. We must lay the blame aside and begin to cooperate with each other once more and fix what is broken in our country.

The road to our recovery will not be an easy one. We will need every citizen; White, Black and Brown, Straight and Gay, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Jew all pulling in the same direction. We must become what we started out to be, “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.

We can still reach our American Dream, but we must reach it side by side, marching  together,  or we will have accomplished nothing.

And that is how I see it…
Russ Limbo

First published in The e-Buffet Online Magazine:  http://www.e-buffet.org

Monday, March 28, 2011

Nuclear Power Plants and the Future of US

I was born at the dawn of the nuclear age, when we only had the bomb and no power plants. Our elders used to scare the hell out of US kids by making US hide under our desks at school for “Duck and Cover” drills. By the time I was ten, I was scared to death of the communists and ready to go to war at the drop of a hat. We all knew it was coming.

Well, war did not come, at least not that war. There were a lot of little ones, but we never used the nukes again.

Nuclear Power was another issue. It launched a great industry. Oh, we were constantly assured that the demon was safely trapped inside the bottle and could not get out. Every time the “Big guys” and their political lackeys wanted to put another one of the things up, they would parade a line of experts in front of the microphones and cameras of the press and assure US how safe they were; again and again and again!

Then came the disasters, one by one. France, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl; they were awful. Lives were lost and communities ruined, but in the end the long line of experts came out and assured US how much we had learned and how much safer the big power plants would be. Apparently they have such a low esteem for our intelligence, and rightly so, they continually sell US those big monsters and the “Bridges to Nowhere” that connect them to our pocketbooks, knowing that we will just stand there while they turn the monster loose in our back yards.

The United States and the State of California even built one on the California Coast, right next to the San Andreas fault, waiting for the “Big one”. They sighted the tremendous improvements in technology that make Nuclear Power Plants safe from anything nature can throw our way. What an F-ing joke.

 Well, the big one hit Japan, there still could be bigger, and with it the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The explosions, fires, ruptures and radioactive pollution caused by that enormous disaster have not changed a thing. World leaders, most of them anyway, are beginning to parade their long line of experts for US again. Nothing changes. People, WAKE UP!





We do not need the God damned things. Search “Thermal Solar Power in Seville Spain or follow this link: "Thermal Power", These plants are springing up all around the world.

The great thing about thermal solar plants is they do not pollute the neighborhood, the rivers or the atmosphere. If a monster quake strikes near the plant, it will fall down just like the rest of them, but unlike “Humpty Dumpty” or Fukushima Daiichi, we can put them back together again. 

When wind and tidal generators are combined with them and their output is used to maintain temperature in the heat storage tanks, Thermal plants will generate power for a long time without sunlight.

It should also be technologically possible to run salt water or waste water through them and create volumes of pure distilled water as well. Why is this not happening?

The answer to the question is coal and oil. The powerful companies that mine and sell coal and oil do not wish that our government officials help build any renewable energy plants to compete with them. Because these giant companies donate millions to election campaigns, our leaders turn their backs on the needs of the people, and submit to the will of these industrial giants. The "Government of the people" has become the government of "The Giant Corporation".

It is time to change the way our people generate their electrical power. It would be much safer and easier on the environment. But, it will never happen unless the average taxpaying, voting citizen demands it be done. 

Listen to my podcast “The Dreamer” then get involved, write your local representatives, join a local environmental group; Do something about it; please!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pardon all of the Dust

The Journey Begins
Its been a busy couple of months for me... I have been juggling my Primitive Politics blog, creating two new podcasts, writing material for Al Ernst (Very little) and trying to make a living. I reached a point where my creative efforts did not make sense anymore; there was no direction. A few days ago, it came to me...the only way all of the pieces would fit was to incorporate them all under one roof.

I needed a vehicle and I found one; an eZine. An electronic magazine delivered on the internet. I told Al Ernst about it and he suggested a name... "The e-Buffet". I registered the domain name about an hour later. The e-Buffet will house this blog, my podcasts, my serialized stories, some comedy from Al Ernst and a couple of other bits I've been fooling with. I'm putting it together now...it will take a few more weeks to get it up and running.

I thought I'd give my followers the ability to watch it grow. Anyone interested can go to The e-Buffet and watch as I assemble the pieces. Be patient, it won't happen overnight. I need some help so I am making some calls to recruit some artists and writers, but I have a large percent of it all ready.

When it is finished, I will be able to deliver written material, podcasts and streaming video to all manner of electronic devices. This effort will take all of my time and then some. It will become a full time effort for several of us so The e-Buffet will have to pay its own way. We will have to make it a subscription service. I will probably put it out at fifty cents a month...hope that does not scare anyone.

I would appreciate it if you kept an eye on its progress, send me some feedback, maybe participate if you are so inclined. I need a lot of help.

Thank you all..

Pat McCormick

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Back to Work

First of all, I would like to thank all of those that still visit my blog; even though I have been inactive for a couple of months. My absence has not been caused a lack of desire to write or a binge... one can only wish...

I became a grandfather in January. A lovely baby girl entered the mosaic of my life. My heart dances with a joy that only other Grandparents will understand. They will also relate to the turmoil such an event can bring.

The last month of my daughter's pregnancy was a troubling time for us. We were preparing to move mom and dad into a new house and she had several nerve wracking bouts of the old "False Labor". Hard to pack while you are on bed rest. Needless to say, I was busy in December. We moved daughter into the new place three days before the baby arrived...Whew!

The baby's arrival triggered the usual flurry of activity, guests and phone calls, diapers and doctor's visits. With all of that going on, I set up camp in the guest house behind their new place. Grandpa gets to hang around and help (No diapers as yet).

A little computer trouble, some unpacking, sorting, trips to goodwill, Feng Shui, some sweat and elbow grease and presto...I am ready to write something. The problem is I am two months behind the news and have to catch up...bear with me, I am reading.

Love you all and thanks again...

Pat McCormick

Friday, December 17, 2010

Got Nerve? Listen to Blue Collar Republican

BLUE COLLARREPUBLICAN

Read the following article... Got Nerve" click on title here.

Blue Collar Republican

A Podcast

Written by Patrick M McCormick
Copyright © 2010
All Rights Reserved

Vocals by Emily and Patrick M McCormick 

“Nothing but laughs”, Zero Muscatel, South American Freed Press
“Laughing all the way”, Christopher Kringal, Arctic Travel Assn
“One laugh after another”, Solomon Bogart APII
“Continuous Laughter, what a gas”, Aurora Boree-Alice, New Light APD

(This Podcast represents the personal thoughts of the author)


I’m getting really sick of Republicans blaming the costs of our social safety nets as the reason our society is in financial trouble. Fiscal programs of the past Republican Administration, tax cuts and the two wars, coupled with the housing scandal and our loss of jobs are the reasons America is broke.

I was thinking about reasons why blue collar workers, the unemployed and the poor would want to support a political party demanding a reduction in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Unemployment Insurance, Financial Aid for Students and many other social programs frequently used by the working class. I started laughing.

The more I thought about the psychology behind this strange phenomenon, the more I laughed. This podcast is the result. Listen if you dare.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Tax Cut Scam

Commentary by
Patrick M McCormick

12/10/2010

A lot of noise is being made about these tax cuts for the wealthy. Top Republicans have dumped all sorts of fearful prophecies upon US Voters. The sky will fall, the economy will crash, there will be more unemployment, housing sales will fall and god only knows what other terrible calamities will descend onto the backs of the American workers if we do not extend Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy.

But wait, I read where these cuts will cost more than the stimulus package... isn't that more government spending? Oh they are going to make cuts in social services to pay for these tax breaks for the excessively rich. It sounds like a bitter pill to swallow, cut medicare, social security, medicaid, food stamps, educational loans and anything else that tax dollars pay for. Then, when they get the extra tax cuts, the really wealthy corporate leaders will get to work and improve things for US. I can hardly wait for that.

The theory is that by cutting taxes on the rich, the economy will rev up and everything will magically improve. Are we that F-ing stupid? These cuts have been in place for more than ten years. How many new jobs did the Bush administration create... Don't forget, with their big fat tax breaks, those generous old corporate moguls used the extra income to send more of our manufacturing jobs to China and India.

During the years the wealthy were sucking up the benefit of ridiculously low taxes, our economy crashed, the housing market collapsed and twenty million Americans were put out of work or forced to work for less. Millions have lost their homes and all of the bad things the GOP is threatening US with now... have all ready happened. I think the Grand Old Party has been infiltrated by a bunch of stand-up comedians.

If they were weren't so cruel, I'd be laughing with them. Here's what we can expect from the GOP... Take the case of six-month-old Seth Petreikis, who suffers from complete DiGeorge syndrome, which keeps him from developing a thymus, an infection-fighting glandular organ. He needs a transplant that's been pioneered by a specialist at Duke University in North Carolina.  But the procedure costs $500,000, and the state of Indiana's Family Social Services Administration won't pay for it under the state's Medicaid, It claims that the treatment is "experimental" -- even though 58 of 60 children to receive it have survived, in order to save money... they condemn the poor child to death.

Sadly, this great Bastian of GOP Christian family values, the Indiana FSSA, also recommended  parents drop off their developmentally disabled children at homeless shelters. The parents had failed to receive schedule Medicare waivers to pay for care. It seems Gov. Mitch Daniels -- who is now weighing a possible 2012 GOP presidential run -- cut the agency's funding to deal with a budget shortfall. I do not believe that he cut the payroll of state employees; why should they suffer.

And then there are the wars... when GOP leaders mention cuts, they seem to forget how much money Iraq and Afghanistan are costing US taxpayers. Why do you suppose that is? Could it be that their buddies, those wealthy businessmen, are cashing in on the wars as well? If we stopped spending our money there, how much cash would we have for the average citizen's social safety net? I'm guessing trillions.

The whole thing does not really make any sense... unless you add one word....GREED.

But We, The People, voted for the GOP because they promised to cut spending and improve our economy. Their plan is to return to Bush era programs and, as if by magic, everything will be lollipops and roses once more. Personally, I find it all rather hard to believe. The Economy the Bush Administration inherited was virtually debt free and we are dealing with the mess that Bush era Republican financial strategies caused.

 The GOP wants to sweep it all under the rug in the oval office.  President Obama, weakened by the mid-term elections, is now willing to walk over the bumps. It's a scam.




Saturday, December 4, 2010

We Need to Save Ourselves Before We Try to Save the World

Commentary by
Patrick M McCormick
Dec 4, 2010


The national press is buzzing about “The report of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility”. Every politician and every News Commentator has an opinion. I agree that America needs to get its financial house in order. We need a sensible strategy for eliminating our enormous deficit. It is the most important problem our leaders have to address.

Many want to make huge cuts in medical benefits and social security. Many desire to reduce our social safety net; unemployment, food stamps, welfare, and educational assistance. Personally, I think this is the wrong road to travel. We elect our leaders so they may serve and protect the citizens of their individual districts. We elect them to protect and serve US, the citizens of the United States.

Somehow, our senators, congressional representatives and presidents have twisted this obligation to protect US into a global philosophy where the needs of other nations come before the needs of American Citizens. We give huge donations to hundreds of foreign countries while people in this country are out of work and hungry and in many cases, losing their homes.

In order to stimulate the economies of hundreds of foreign countries, Our leadership has allowed the economy of our country to take a back seat and suffer. This has allowed, in part, for an enormous financial trade imbalance.

We maintain standing armies in many foreign lands, when those countries could, and should, defend themselves. If we brought our troops home, they could protect our boarders and airports as part of their training.

We have allowed whole industries vital to our national defense to move overseas. Not only has this cost jobs for Americans, it has put US at risk.

We are waging two unjust wars in countries where we stand to gain nothing that will repay the tremendous waste of our resources. We need to end those wars now and use those resources to help rebuild America.

The first and foremost responsibility of our leaders is to make our own economy well and attend to the needs of our people. We cannot remain a world power if our own society crumbles.

How can it be better to wage war than to provide for the needs of our own citizens? People that desire to cut social services while we continue to wage war are morally corrupt. How can killing people be a better thing than curing them or feeding them while they are out of work?

It is time for all Americans to rise up, write their elected officials and demand that they solve our problems before they attempt to solve the problems of other nations. We no longer have the resources to “Save the World”; we need to use what we have left to “Save Ourselves”.