I have been learning a lot about Greg Rabidoux lately, and the more I find out, the more I like. I am amazed at the man's intellect and common-sense approach to things. All the groups that have endorsed him are groups that represent everyday people like me. I was most impressed by the endorsements by the Veterans and Military Families for Progress, the Tennessee Professional Firefighter's Association, the Tennessee Education Association, the National Education Association, and the Alliance of Retired Americans. He also has been endorsed by at least a dozen labor groups and some notable people, such as Bob Clement, Cotton Ivy, and Hardeman County sheriff John Doolen. And, he just received the endorsement of The Tennessean.
I also looked on the AARP website to see how the candidates stood on the issues as they affected seniors. Rabidoux's positions are right in line with the AARP. There was no information available on the site about Marsha Blackburn. I hope she's embarrassed about wanting to eliminate Social Security and Medicare.
Where are Blackburn's endorsements? I bet they are not nearly as impressive and that they don't represent working families and the things that are important to us. Is Blackburn even running a campaign this time? I guess we'll find out when she files her reports and claims $200,000 paid to her children as "campaign expenses." Blackburn has written off the 8th District voters. I travel a lot, and I have not seen a single Blackburn sign anywhere, not a single ad in a newspaper, not a single television ad, radio spot, and no debate. She takes our votes for granted, but this time she's not getting mine.
Regarding the story about the Memphian who fired a shot into the rear section of the mouthy teen whose pants were hanging off his legs (Fly on the Wall, October 7th issue): If ever an assault were justified, that was it. I hope he gets a sympathetic jury. He certainly has my sympathy.
I was thrilled to see that the Senate finally passed a bill! It's a very important bill that we really need. The bill has to do with commercials on television being too loud. The Senate passed a bipartisan bill, it seems, to control the loudness of commercials. I am so glad they took up important time to deal with this matter. We may not be able to get them to pass an extension for unemployment benefits, but we have a bill that limits loudness of commercials! Hurrah!
Same Old Thing?
Albert Einstein famously noted that doing the same thing over and over expecting a preferred outcome despite evidence to the contrary is a hallmark of insanity. Applied to the major American political parties' solutions for fixing the economy, it seems the politicians and their economic advisers may be due for some psychotropic medication.
Consider the classic canard that tax breaks for the super-rich are good for the overall economy. You know, a rising tide lifts all ships and all that rot. If such tax breaks for the super-rich (in place since the early part of the George W. Bush administration) were intended to let the market work its miracles, guess what. They did not work, seeing the mess we are in.
The rising tide has lifted a few yachts, luxury liners, and corporate container ships, but the canoes and rowboats that the middle class are stuck in have been taking on water. Many are drowning, barely able to hold onto the flotsam and jetsam of the recession.
Meanwhile, 2010 has been a boom year for corporate profits and CEO pay, and now stock market indices seem to be on the march. While no Wall Street bandits have gone to prison, nearly 10 percent of working Americans remain unemployed. Homes are being foreclosed left and right.
Doing the same thing, over and over (tax breaks for the wealthy), expecting an unrealizable outcome (prosperity for all!) calls for something other than medication: The economy needs an intervention.
Proposal: Let tax breaks for the gilded class go the way of the TV western. Bring justice to Wall Street and vote for pro-labor candidates in November.
John M. Kowalski
Canaan, New York
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