The Madrigal Maniac http://www.madrigalmaniac.com Building A Nation From The Bottom Up ... Not The Trickle Down Fri, 23 Dec 2011 04:48:47 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3 Is Ron Paul a Liar? http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/22/is-ron-paul-a-liar/ http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/22/is-ron-paul-a-liar/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2011 04:14:34 +0000 Madrigal Maniac http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/?p=6616 I previously wrote about Ron Paul’s racist comments here. Here are some of them.

If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be.” – Ron Paul, 1992

“Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the `criminal justice system,’ I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.” – Ron Paul, 1992

Ron Paul

Ron Paul

“We don’t think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That’s true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such.” – Ron Paul, 1992

It’s amazing they only came up now in the presidential campaign. Could it be because Paul has risen in the polls.

The more troubling aspect is that Paul has given conflicting statements. He now says he did not write them even though they appeared in his newsletters. Moreover, in 1996 he admitted to writing them.

Which Ron Paul is telling the truth?

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Of Course it’s Class Warfare Republicans http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/16/of-course-its-class-warfare-republicans/ http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/16/of-course-its-class-warfare-republicans/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2011 12:20:48 +0000 Madrigal Maniac http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/?p=6601
Foodline

Foodline

Republicans hate it when someone says the words class warfare. This from the most vacant Republican lawmaker I’ve seen in years, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

“Class warfare … may make for really good politics, but it makes for rotten economics,” … “If you tax something more, you get less of it,” Ryan said. “If you tax job creators more, you get less job creation. If you tax their investment more, you get less investment.”

Actually that is not true. Taxes create roads, bridges, safe food, medicines, national defense, and safe water, and in many cases jobs. It just depends on what type of tax structure you have. One that benefits the many, or the few. You see, the more money the middle class has, is more money they will be able to spend. Thus helping corporations who want people to consume … to consume.

I’m not an economist nor am I Paul Krugman, but this does not seem to be rocket science to me. If the job creators are doing such good job creating jobs, where are the jobs?

Then comes this amazing stat from the United States Census Bureau.

Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.

The latest census data depict a middle class that’s shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government’s safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families.

No class warfare? Republicans have been waging a war on the middle class for years. Wake up America.

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My Birthday Present to my Father, My Recollections on MeMaw http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/15/my-birthday-present-to-my-father-my-recollections-on-memaw/ http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/15/my-birthday-present-to-my-father-my-recollections-on-memaw/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2011 15:48:30 +0000 Madrigal Maniac http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/?p=6581 DadMy father is I believe is 77 or 78 years old today. I could be slightly off, I’m sure he will let me know. He lost his mother a few years ago, my grandmother who I called MeMaw. Reports are that I coined the phrase MeMaw because I couldn’t say grandma. Some say I was her favorite because I was her first grandchild. She certainly was a huge favorite of mine.

Again, it’s my father’s birthday and he was a huge mama’s boy. He came to Columbus from West Virginia in the 1950′s to find work building airplanes. MeMaw eventually moved to Belpre Ohio, seriously a few steps from the the Ohio river and directly beside the Memorial Bridge which separates Ohio from Parkersburg, West Virginia. As a child I thought that was pretty cool. I now realize it was probably pretty crappy real estate.

Once again, my father was a mama’s boy. As a child, it seemed like we visited Belpre Ohio at least once a month. I remember holding a matchbox car and pretending I was driving to Belpre on the trips.

The biggest thing I remember about the visits to Belpre were the Holidays. I remember Christmas where too many family members were stuck in a small house, but nobody cared. MeMaw always had a Christmas tree with cheesy plastic ornaments underneath. They didn’t seem cheesy to me at the time, today they continue to be a wonderful part of my childhood.

Of course, there was always food. On occasion, we would make homemade ice cream which always seemed to require that we go purchase ice, which seemed cool to me. There was always food. MeMaw was a great cook. My only gripe is she had this thing about corn bread. To this day, I must admit I still hate corn bread. It’s not corn and it’s not bread.

During my years with the Kroger company I was stationed in Athens, Ohio which is not that far from Belpre. I was able to visit MeMaw on numerous occasions and we almost always ate at Bob Evans. She was always humble and embarrassed that she didn’t cook for me. I would always point out that she had spent a lifetime cooking for me and my father and this was my way of picking up the check.

There was something great and magical about those trips from Columbus to Belpre to see MeMaw. I’m sure my father misses her. I do too. Happy birthday dad.

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Ron Paul is Constitutionally Challenged http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/14/ron-paul-is-constitutionally-challenged/ http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/14/ron-paul-is-constitutionally-challenged/#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2011 09:56:05 +0000 Madrigal Maniac http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/?p=6574
Ron Paul

Ron Paul

I have enjoyed the Republican race to get clobbered by Obama. It makes the contestants say the dumbest things. So far Texas congressman Ron Paul has avoided that. He has a devoted legion of followers despite his racist comments from the 90′s as I pointed out here.

However, yesterday in New Hampshire he said that there’s no provision in the Constitution for Medicare and Medicaid, the federal programs that cover millions of seniors and children.

There are many services the federal government provides that were not explicitly provided for in the constitution. He is ignoring the part of the constitution that says,

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Medicare and Medicaid? What part of the cononstitution that says “promote general welfare” does Ron Paul not understand?

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Middle Class Tax Relief Will Increase Deficits, So What http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/13/middle-class-tax-relief-will-increase-deficits-so-what/ http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/13/middle-class-tax-relief-will-increase-deficits-so-what/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 18:33:35 +0000 Madrigal Maniac http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/?p=6569 Money ShirtThe Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is reporting that the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act will increase the deficit by 166 billion in 2012. Here’s my thought, so what, I don’t care.

And here’s why I don’t care. Why doesn’t the CBO do a study on how much we could reduce the deficit if we ended corporate welfare and made billionaires pay their fair share of taxes?

I’m guessing it would reduce the deficit enough to be able to help middle class Americans stay in their homes.

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Republicans and Stonewalling Health Care for Ohioians http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/13/republicans-and-stonewalling-health-care-for-ohioians/ http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/13/republicans-and-stonewalling-health-care-for-ohioians/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 09:38:43 +0000 Madrigal Maniac http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/?p=6561
Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor

States have until June 30th to enact an insurance exchange as required by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise the federal government will do it for them. In Ohio, Democrats have been trying to gauge the efforts to implement the exchange, but have been stonewalled by Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor who heads Ohio’s Department of Insurance.

So, Democratic state Rep. John Patrick Carney of Columbus went above Taylor’s head and asked Governor John Kasich to come to the General Assembly and testify on what progress has been made on enacting this federal law. Amazingly, he said this.

I’ve got to think these things through.

What’s there to think about. It’s a law passed by the Congress of The United States of America. Put together a team and implement it.

Instead, Kasich has his Lt.Gov. running around the state criticizing the law and calling it Obamacare. Republicans love calling laws they don’t like things they are not. It’s not Obamacare, it’s the Affordable Care Act. It provides health care for all Americans. In case your wondering, that’s a good thing. Of course, it might affect one of the Republicans core financial contributors, the insurance industry. Think Nationwide who is actually probably not on your side, but on the side of the Republican political rulers in Ohio and the nation.

It’s clear that Kasich and Taylor are making no progress on implementing a lawful act of Congress. That’s why the reluctance to inform the General Assembly on their progress. This should not be surprising since it would not be the first time Ohio Republicans have ignored a law they don’t like.

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Bernie Sanders Calls Out the Supreme Court http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/11/bernie-sanders-calls-out-the-supreme-court/ http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/11/bernie-sanders-calls-out-the-supreme-court/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2011 02:34:49 +0000 Madrigal Maniac http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/?p=6539
Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

I may be a couple of days late on this story, but I believe it is vitally important. Democratic Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has called out the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s about time someone did. This is a court controlled by conservative members who have no problem cavorting with rich people and corporations who may have cases that appear in front of them. There are some members of the current Supreme Court who I believe are either corrupt or incredibly intellectually challenged. They just happen to be lucky to be in the one branch of federal government where they have absolute tenure.

One of their most egregious decisions was the one where they said basically that money was free speech. But as Springsteen guitarist Steven Van Zandt, maybe one of the smartest musicians I’ve heard, pointed out in a Huffington post,

You might wonder why no one in that smart room stood up and said wait a minute, if money is speech, isn’t lack of money lack of speech?

You know, as in the rich get to talk, and the poor don’t? How are the non-moneyed classes represented by this decision?

Nowhere in the Constitution did the founders tie money to free speech. Yet the conservatives want to talk about liberal activist judges.

Now a congressman has stood up to the activist conservative judges on the Supreme Court. Bernie Sanders said the following.

I strongly disagree with the ruling. In my view, a corporation is not a person. A corporation does not have First Amendment rights to spend as much money as it wants, without disclosure, on a political campaign.

Corporations should not be able to go into their treasuries and spend millions and millions of dollars on a campaign in order to buy elections.

The ruling has radically changed the nature of our democracy. It has further tilted the balance of the power toward the rich and the powerful at a time when the wealthiest people in this country already never had it so good. History will record that the [2010] Citizens United decision is one of the worst in the history of our country.

I agree with Bernie and Steven. Money is not free speech and sorry Mitt, corporations are not people. They are made up of people who have no responsibly to Americans what so ever, only to their shareholders. That’s a lousy way to run a government and the Supreme Court should have realized that.

Sanders has called for a constitutional amendment to overturn this abuse of money as free speech.

I’m sure Republicans will come after him because he is an avowed socialist Democrat. But if you really look at the true meaning of socialism, it just means doing what is best for the community. Certainly the current conservative led U.S. Supreme Court has not grasped that concept. What part of “We the people,” not some of the people, does the court not understand?

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Where are the Serious GOP Candidates Part 3, 4, or 5 http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/09/where-are-the-serious-gop-candidates-part-3-4-or-5/ http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/09/where-are-the-serious-gop-candidates-part-3-4-or-5/#comments Sat, 10 Dec 2011 04:05:54 +0000 Madrigal Maniac http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/?p=6519
Newt

The Newt

I have posted previously about the lack of serious GOP presidential candidates and quite frankly I’ve grown tired of it. I would normally point you to my previous posts on the subject, but it just seems pointless. That’s the reason behind the title of the post. Where are the serious GOP candidates for president, there are none.

Newt Gingrich. Really? That’s the best the GOP can conjure up. Heck, I think if Bill Clinton was running for president he would get more Republican votes than Gingrich.

The GOP is the family values party.

Let’s take a quick count.

Obama one wife, Newt three. Hhhmmmnnn… I understand divorces happen. Sometimes you marry the wrong person. But the way you break up tells a lot about a person. Gingrich served one ex-wife with divorce papers while she was in the hospital recovering from uterine cancer.

Let’s take a second quick count.

Ethics violations,

The House voted overwhelmingly yesterday to reprimand House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and order him to pay an unprecedented $300,000 penalty, the first time in the House’s 208-year history it has disciplined a speaker for ethical wrongdoing.

Ethics violations. Gingrich one. Obama zero.

Let’s take a third quick count.

Conservative pundits Brooks, Will, Noonan, and Krautmammer have denounced Gingrich as the GOP nominee.

It appears Newt strikes out among his own media elite. That will probably only make him more attractive to the tea party elites who only have one goal. The preservation of their perverted view of America as they see it.

Please, please, please, Republicans … nominate Newt Gingrich as your presidential candidate. I can’t wait to see him stand beside a man in a debate who actually understands the meaning of the word values..

I think Gingrich is already out for the count.

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Why Don’t Republicans Want to Protect Consumers http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/08/why-dont-republicans-want-to-protect-consumers/ http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/08/why-dont-republicans-want-to-protect-consumers/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2011 20:45:09 +0000 Madrigal Maniac http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/?p=6507 The Consumer Financial Protection Agency was created in 2008 after the economic meltdown caused by greedy wall street insiders. It prohibits complex disclosure forms, simplifies credit cards, oversees payday loans, gift cards, overdraft agreements and other products. Simply, it protects consumers. That’s why it’s called the Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

But Republicans don’t like it so they have refused to appoint Ohioan Richard Cordray as its director. Even though everyone seems to agree he is a solid choice for the post.

Ohio Republican Rob Portman said,

“This is not about Rich Cordray who I believe is a good public servant,”

Well, if this is a government office codified as law, why not accept Mr. Cordray if he is a good public servant?

Here’s why, Republicans don’t like the law and as we have seen over and over again, Republicans have no trouble ignoring laws.

Republicans want to protect their fat cat contributors, consumers be damned.

It’s always amazed me that the supposed job creating Republicans want consumers to consume, they just don’t want to allow legislation that would facilitate that.

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What is Wrong with Rick Perry http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/07/what-is-wrong-with-rick-perry/ http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/2011/12/07/what-is-wrong-with-rick-perry/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2011 04:32:38 +0000 Madrigal Maniac http://www.madrigalmaniac.com/?p=6499 Rick PerryPerry attacks Obama on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and Christmas. His comments are ludicrous and reflect more on the fact that he is behind in the polls rather than Obama’s policy.

Here’s what Perry said.

“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian,” the Texas governor says. “But you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”

He continues, “As president, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion. And I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong.

Well, Obama is a Christian as well. And you can pray in a school, you just can’t have a public institution sanction a certain religion. It is a violation of our constitution. Is Perry against our constitution? I was in a school a few days ago and I prayed my ass off.

Also, according to sources, there are Christmas trees all over the White House.

As far as gays serving openly in the military, gays have always served openly in the military. They just couldn’t say they were gay. Seriously, one of the worst kept secrets is whether someone is gay. It can happen, but not often. If you have difficulty telling whether someone is gay, you probably don’t know any gay people. It’s been two months since “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has been repealed and clearly America’s armed forces have fallen apart. Oh, wait a minute, they haven’t.

So Mr. Perry, there’s probably a reason your poll numbers have fallen into the single digits. Your a homophobic non constitution loving idiot. The next time a Texan talks about succeeding from the union, tell them to not let the door hit them in the ass on the way out.

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