Can’t we just get along?

March 6, 2015

For those reading this blog that do not already know, I am a Republican. One of THOSE guys! But a reasonable one, I hope. On Boehner’s decision to bring Netanyahu to the states, I disagree. They should both be locked up.

But it is what it is, and time will tell. I do believe that Iran should not be allowed the bomb, though Israel is not going to wipe them off the map. But I blame mostly the American politicians who have been taking cash bribes from Israel and defense manufacturers. For decades! And I blame Boeing and Lockheed for helping to corrupt our leadership and country. War is profitable, and we must block the corruption. Today America is no better than the worse.

But I’m 77 and have little left at stake. Except for my wife and 7 grandkids and 3 greatgrandkids. Unfortunately our politicians seem free of such ties, so here we are.

I keep thinking, can’t we just all get along? What would happen if we had a world where nobody harmed or stole from anyone else? What would happen with ISIS? What would Iran do?

But war is profitable and politicians are corrupt. We, the public, are screwed, though we deserve it. Were it not for our politicians on the take, would Israel even have to worry?

Unfortunately, even Israel’s politicians take bribes.

But what if they didn’t? What if corruption didn’t exist? How can America rule the world with dirty hands? How can people respect us?

Now the R’s have the wheel. Will they blow it?

November 12, 2014

Probably. They talk big now, but the cash bribes will soon flow to our esteemed lawmakers.

By Jack E. Lohman

Yes, ObamaCare must be repealed. NOW!!! It never should have been passed in the first place, but cash talks. Ask Sen. Max Baucus. Or your esteemed president Obama.

ObamaCare should be repealed and in it’s place inserted single-payer. All US citizens and taxpayers should receive the SAME health coverage, unless you are in the 1% and choose additional services. And taxpayer funded, like police and fire services.

It should have been, but wasn’t, put in place that way the first time around. But the money from the insurance industry was heavy, and we had Senator Max Baucus in the loop. Insurance money flowed to both parties, and stupid voters keep drinking the Kool-Aid. So what could go wrong?

We now have a chance to fix it, but will we?

The smartest thing we could do is eliminate health care costs from employers and employees and the unemployed, but someone has to pay for it.

How about the same people who are paying for it now, the citizens of the United States???  ALL of them!!! Now paying in one form or another!!!

Yea, they call that socialism. Terrible, isn’t it? Country after country — SOCIALIST COUNTRIES!!! — have taxpayer-funded-healthcare. And it WORKS!!! AT HALF THE COST!!! For-profit ripoffs have been eliminated!

 

Guaranteed, had we passed public funding of campaigns years ago, where politicians got their money from taxpayer coffers instead of special interest bribes, today we’d have single-payer or Medicare-for-all health care.

YES there are problems with “government control!”

AND private-control!!! Life’s a bitch, and I hate government bureaucrats. But CEO personal greed is no better, and there are ways to prevent it:

The VA system, properly modified, could play a role. It ALREADY HAS salaried physicians. We need “PRIVATE OVERSIGHT”, “clear” fraud prosecution, and of course, more hospitals. The government should buy up all of the private hospitals and meld them into it’s VA system. And HIRE all of the private personnel.

But the politicians get campaign bribes from the insurers, and the media ultimately gets the campaign bribes. The current system is broken and the politicians and media want to keep it broken. And the bribes to continue flowing. And the fat cats love it.

So… what’s for dinner?

 


Inequality? Bullshit! Political corruption: ONLY!!!

October 29, 2014

There is just one (and only one) issue to blame for this nation’s demise: Political payola! Dishonest politicians! Crooks at the top!!!

By Jack E. Lohman

Get it?

It is frustrating as hell to see media and politicians and low-information voters blame our nation’s problems on everything but the truth.

Get this: MONEY WORKS!

POLITICAL BRIBES WORK!

BRIBES ARE DRIVING AMERICA!

WAKE UP, IDIOTS!!!

Bribes always have and always will work. At least, until our politicians get honest and eliminate this legalized payola from our government. NEITHER political “party” is cleaner or dirtier than the other! They are BOTH corrupt.

We would not have our esteemed politicians passing laws that reduce taxes for the wealthy were it not for their getting a share of the profits. Or passing laws that allow corporate outsourcing to China of manufacturing. Or corporate inversions, a legalized game that allows corporations to re-establish in countries that have lower taxes! (Without, of course, paying import tariffs for sales made in the US, which they now avoid.)

Without payola we’d not have disagreements (and wrong decisions) on fracking and oil pipelines and, well, virtually EVERY public decision our politicians make! They *ALL* involve profits to special interests, and our politicians are driven by money. (Outside money, not yours.)

And yes, much of the campaign bribes filter down to the Media in terms of political advertising. So they like it just as it is. When systems are broken, yet profitable, why fix them?

How to fix it?

First some news for Hillary… it is NOT the R’s OR the D’s who create the jobs, it is BOTH. The combination “economy.” Unfortunately, our corrupt politicians make it good or bad, depending on where the special interest cash comes from. (Isn’t our cash-and-carry political system great?)

But to answer the question, get the political bribes out of the system. Period!

Transparency International has the US listed as the 24th most-honest government in the world. NOT 1st, mind you… 24th!!! The top goes to New Zealand and the socialist countries.

I saw an article the other day… Why the GOP must pass a real ObamaCare replacement after they win the Senate

Yes, eliminate ObamaCare!!! It was designed by an insurance company executive put on the government payroll by then Democratic Senator Max Baucus, who after its passage announced his retirement from the government (thank the Lord.)

But ObamaCare has hurt ALL businesses (except the Insurance Industry and their agents).

I am constantly reminded of Winston Churchill’s quote: “America will always do the right thing, but only after everything else fails.” Must we prove him correct?

Single-Payer? YES!

It will be difficult to pass, because it’s the right thing to do. And it will cost the insurance company interests, who give money to the politicians.

But I heard from one of my right-wing business friends who owns a company: her insurance (per employee) has increased by 65%. WAY TO GO, POLITICIANS!

As a former business owner in the healthcare industry (and a “jobs” creator), I argue that the elimination of my health care costs would have given me more cash to hire people.

AND we could implement it and save the country $400 billion in health care costs AND cover 100% of Americans, working or not!


China, are you ready for a do-over?

October 2, 2014

In golf we call it a Mulligan, but my guess is that China wants to give Hong Kong back to England.  And soon. Russia will also be faced with a similar decision regarding Ukraine.

By Jack E. Lohman

In my world it’s called “be careful of what you ask for, because you might get it.” And they did.

The cost of China keeping Hong Kong, and Russia keeping Ukraine, and Jerusalem keeping Palestine, or whatever, are going to ultimately be absolutely horrendous! Is it worth it?

Why do they want to do this??? Why don’t they just direct those expenses toward fixing and building their existing countries?

It only took me 77 years, but I now get it!

It is greed and religion!!! In China’s case, power converts to greed. But it all converts to stupidity, and political leaders are at the top of the ladder.

But it’s all short term, and the end isn’t going to be pretty.

Ultimately everybody having the bomb could help.

In the US, we say, keeping a gun in every house keeps the bad-guys away. And maybe that can be extended to the Middle East (though I worry about trigger-happy wackos). Can the Middle East leaders control them?

We need an incentive!

But where is the incentive in “Peace?” Wars are profitable (to Lockheed and Northrup). And from that and other payola comes campaign bribes and media buys. It’s called “cash flow!”

Transparency International has done an excellent job at ranking countries and their honesty in government. The U.S. ranks 24th on their “Corruption Index” (NOT 1st, incidentally. That goes to New Zealand, followed by the socialist countries.)

But give us this… we have the best politicians money can buy!

But, it turns out, we Americans are not interested. We like free-market capitalism, but we DO NOT like crony-capitalism and payola-based taxes and corrupt politicians. The former has longevity and the letter does not.

Can we get there before we have another revolution?

I would favor getting all of the world’s leaders to agree on one form of honest government. Countries who have this honest government are included, the others have to change before they are allowed in the pact. I’d start with public funded campaigns (I’ve seen nothing better) and include term limits and after-government employment restrictions (see more at https://moneyedpoliticians.net/political-reforms/)

No, Eric Cantor. Your $3.4 million job is not allowed, even if it did result from being unelected!

And Eric Holder? Give me a friggin’ break.

But then, I am weird. I have Indian blood and am proud as hell to support the “Redskins” name when used by sports teams! Go figure.


Why would Americans leave the U.S. to join ISIS?

September 14, 2014

Desperation and confusion, maybe, but leaving one country led by crooks to join another country led by murderers is not a step up. You and I think they are crazies; they think they are heroes.

By Jack E. Lohman

There is ZERO excuse to harm ANYBODY, EVER!!! Except in self-defense, though they obviously think differently than I. Whether Ray Rice or foreign kooks, keep your hands to yourself.

But this is just the beginning, and at 76 I thought I’d be gone before the sh*t hit the fan. I was wrong. The future is not going to be a pretty sight, and our country and world is going to fill with kooks who think they are doing good according to their God.

Let’s analyze this…

Two things drive this world… religion and greed. Worldwide, religion should be totally removed from politics. If you have a God, see him at church on Sunday or your sabbath. You go to your church and let me go to mine. If you don’t believe in abortion, don’t have one. Advertise why, through your anti-abortion group, but let others lead their own lives. Keep abortion and religion out of politics!

I’m not a church-goer, but I’m a Christian who opposes abortion. I live and let live, and I don’t believe that you must comply to my beliefs. (How’s that for a concept?)

Now let’s get real…

Many politicians are wackos themselves and will sell their religious-based laws (for a price, that is). Actually, they’ll sell anything for a price, even their mother, and I often wonder how these crooks lay their heads on the pillow at night, knowing that their corruption is stealing their kid’s future. It takes all kinds, and these low-life’s (politicians) will bury their own.

Actually, it is we voters with the major problem. WE KNOW they are political whores, and we re-elect them anyway. WE MUST (!!!) — absolutely MUST — stop allowing the corruption, but WE VOTERS are hung up on the partisan Left or Right, even as it gobbles up our country.

No, our enemy is not ISIS. It is US!

OUR GULLIBILITY WILL DESTROY US!

So how do we fix it?

I was amused by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s (R-WI) plea to the little folks to step up and not fight the 1%, because, after all, it is THEY who create their jobs and economy! And fund elections! (Excuse me while I puke, Jim!)

I often wonder, had we fixed the political corruption problem decades ago, would our politicians still have written the laws to easily allow the outsourcing of jobs to China, or still written laws to allow the “inversions” that corporations use to avoid US taxes, and even the laws that govern (or permit Boards of Directors) to establish outlandish CEO salaries, or even the laws that control our war policies?

But then I remember, yea they would. Politicians accept cash bribes to feed their campaign to get re-elected. To do exactly ALL of that!

What fine leadership we have! Hopefully they will be next!


“I’m just not going to vote in November!”

July 11, 2014

Absolutely the wrong way to tackle the problem, but voting out the R’s and the D’s makes sense.

By Jack E. Lohman

Otherwise you give the Fat Cats and their “politician workers” 100% of what they want… no opposition! And they continue screwing the public without ever going to jail (or being beheaded, which some deserve.)

Instead we must discard 100% of the politician bastards. Vote *IN* third party candidates across the board. Show them that you, the citizen, are in the driver’s seat! That YOU matter!!!

OR, we go on for another two years. Get used to it!

So here we are… two newcomers!

Something for all of us! The left-wing “progressives” and right-wing “tea partiers,” with good and bad to both.

But they are *NOT* republican and *NOT* democrat, so we can breathe easier.

We’ll not be perfect!

Best to vote both in the primary AND final, so at least your vote counts for your party of choice. And I don’t know about you, but a new congressman is as important as the right congressman (neither of which is assured).

Alternatively, we can await the rebellion.


Diversion! Divide and Concur!!!

June 27, 2014

Right, Scott? Get these yokels working on the little fires and we win the big one! Good thinking!!!

By Jack E. Lohman

I absolutely don’t care if you are a Republican or Democrat or third party, if you are corrupt you are a nothing. To your party and to your family and to your legacy. *AND* … if you are a pretend good-government type, you are no better.

I follow the 80-20 rule a lot. 80% of the people are either good (or bad) and the other 20% are the opposite. In this industry — I’m afraid to say — 80% of our so-called good government fighters are simply in it for the money, or are there to satisfy funders.

(And some funders are unions, in it only to increase membership and salaries for their leaders. As an ex-steward under the original Jimmy Hoffa, I still object. And yes, I’m old enough!)

“Is THIS an issue that will spark contributions?”

One group that I know, and I’m sure you do too, absolutely does not care that 100% of their writings speaks of the “problem” but ignores the “reason.” They speak of the “effect” but ignore the “cause.” And likely that’s because the effect (fracking or global warming or whatever) draws more sympathy (and donations) than the cause (corrupt politicians).

I’m a big Fox News watcher, but I know they refuse to discuss the real issue… money! But take the money out of the political system and we’ll see “issues” fixed overnight. ALL issues!!!

Oh, please send a donation! We cannot save the world without you!

Perhaps I’d be less resentful if I didn’t receive about 100 emails per day asking for money (I send nothing!). And that’s bad. I know they need cash to operate, but I’d rather spend my cash on useful purposes, not fake CEO salaries or to employ someone on a frivolous or made-up cause.

If I were a legitimate group I’d be pissed that these jokers are dipping into the public pie created for GOOD causes.

Let’s be real!

  • We need one or two GOOD organizations pulling the voters together on the one issue that counts: Money in politics! All others are little fires. Diversions, often intentional, even though by themselves some may have merit. But win the big one and these get fixed in the process.
  • And we need ONE or TWO issues! Not a laundry list… ONE or TWO!!!
  • And we must focus on ONE thing: YOU POLITICIANS WORK FOR US!!! The people and voters!!! And if you choose not to believe us, YOU ARE SHORT TERM!!!

In fact we must start in November by dumping the trash. They MUST learn that we are serious and have the masses behind us.

“Some” Fat Cats are coming around to correctly believe that the current system will dry up their customer base, but worse is that we are laying the bricks for an armed rebellion, where they’ll lose even more.