The Fire in Every Pot

Jim, I love your idea, though with Amzaon’s new line of Kindle’s, I’m not sure A Kindle Fire in Every Pot would survive the legal challenges. Great job of outlining the opinions of the country right now. It’s always interesting to see what people think and relate that to what actually is. The one point I might slightly disagree with you on is that the Democrats are the party of the poor. It is certainly true that the Republicans are the party of the rich, and unfortunately, I think the Democrats are also largely the party of the rich, even while they give some lip service to the poor, for that is where they get their votes.It is certainly true that the Democrats want to do more to help the poor and average Americans than the Republicans do, and it is also true that they are also largely controlled by the rich and their money. All you have to do is look at Obama’s economic advisors. They all come from Goldman Sachs and other monied interests. You don’t see anyone like Robert Reich among the people who have his ear. (It is true that in congress there are some great, true Democrats, who do fight for the poor, including my own representative, the wonderful Jan Shakowski). It was wealthy bankers who funded his ’08 campaign, and he has rewarded them nicely. It is good that Obama has found a bit of his populist voice again, calling for higher taxes on the wealthy. And I’ll believe him when that actually passes. For two years, though the country wanted higher taxes on the wealthy, such a thing could not be discussed by either party in public. I give Obama credit for finally talking about it, and I’m just cynical enough to believe it is only political talk and he knows it will never happen, as do the rich who will fund his reelection campaign. I hope I’m wrong, and only will be if the American people keep pushing him, and vote some of the Republicans out. Salon has a great piece today on the money going into both Democratic and Republican issues. Read it and you realized that both parties are really controlled almost exclusively by the super rich. Everyone else is really just a pawn in the game. Granted, there are more pawns than anything else, and they have less power so it is hard to get them to unite and use their collective power, which is their only hope. The protests on Wall Street are a hopeful sign that it could happen.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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