The Republicans are about to buy a house that’s already on fire

12 Jan

Will the best of times turn into the worst of times?

Mitt Romney already has two primary wins under his belt and he’s gunning for the kill in South Carolina. If he wins, it is almost certain he will be the Republican Presidential nominee. However, Willard faces the same challenge many of the other candidates face, making out of the Dirty South alive.

South Carolina is notorious for being the place where all hell breaks loose. It’s the place where John McCain was smeared with the claim of fathering an illegitimate black baby in 2000 and it is often the place where we see an increased use of push polling and robo calls. This year, Newt Gingrich plans to play the role of villain (surprising right?) by launching a series of attacks on Romney regarding his time at Bain Capital. The Pro-Gingrich PAC, Winning Our Future, is getting ready to dump $3.4 million into SC to run ads and a long form documentary airing Romney’s dirty Bain laundry.
There’s so many interesting aspects to this story that it’s hard to know where to begin, but I think the most telling thing is that Gingrich, a Republican, is getting ready to literally destroy the campaign of the current republican front-runner. For as long as Mitt Romney has been in politics, nobody has really truly liked him. He won the governorship in Massachusetts by running as liberal republican who was Pro-Chioce and he was also the originator of the individual mandate idea for healthcare which he is now attacking. But you can’t blame him for that right? Any idea Obama has is a bad idea, even if it was originally Romney’s idea.
Romney has always had a problem being genuine. He’ll adopt any position that is popular at the time and he has trouble really connecting with people, think about his “who let the dogs out? woof woof” moment with youth voters in the last cycle. Also, he’s over-practiced that he ends up making cringe worthy gaffes. His Politics 101 class forgot to teach him that you probably shouldn’t say “I enjoy firing people” coming off the tail-end of one of the worst recessions in recent history. 
The Republicans are about to buy a house that’s already on fire. The established narrative is that Mitt Romney is not genuine and fails to connect with average voters and they’re already a ton of instances out there that can be shown to support that. Hell, the man won’t even release his tax returns (something that ALL presidential candidates do) because he knows it will blow most middle class voters minds. And thanks to Newt Gingrich, soon a lot more people will discover that Romney is an extractionist. Romney makes it seem that his time at Bain Capital is a plus for him as a presidential candidate. He makes it seem like it will help him guide us out of a bad economy. But all he did was chop up large companies with a ton of debt to make profits for himself, destroying, not creating jobs in the process.Taking money from others without creating anything of value; anything that produces economic growth or improves our lives is the definition of extractionism, not capitalism. The South Carolina primary is getting ready to give the Obama campaign all the opposition research it needs to have a great shot at defeating Romney in the fall. And unfortunately, Romney is about to learn that his time at Bain Capital will be the bane of his existence this campaign cycle. 
Too bad Jon Huntsman only got 17%….  
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We’re Sorry, The Problem You Are Arguing About Has Already Been Solved…

7 Nov

Fair warning, I’m about to take on what we need to do to fix the U.S. economy. Yes the whole thing. So my bad if this runs a little long. Ready? Here we go…

It’s easy to be mad at the many “Occupy” protests popping up around the country. They might make a lot of noise, or maybe they mess up your daily commute, or maybe you just don’t agree with what they are saying. I can see why people might be annoyed with them. The only problem with this argument is that protests have been doing this since the beginning of time, and they going to continue to do this. I’m pretty sure that’s the point of protests.

The key here is to listen to what the Occupy movement is saying.There’s something very wrong with the way modern America works today. We have the greatest disparity between the rich and the poor since the Great Depression and as you may now know thanks to the protests popping up around the country, the top 1% control 42% of the financial wealth in the U.S. To give you a clearer picture, that means about 400 individuals in this country control nearly half of all the wealth.

There’s a reason we haven’t seen these kind of numbers since the Great Depression, and there’s a reason why American started going through its worse economic recession since the Great Depression when these numbers started remerging. Just like greed led to our crash back then, the same greed is back again wreaking havoc on our economy. Now, this is typically the part of the argument where people begin throwing around the term “socialist” or asking  things like “why do you want to punish success?” That’s not the case, and people who say stuff like that are being short sighted.

My argument for what we need to do to fix the economy is a simple yet controversial one. The only way to put balance back into the economy is to either cut and slash or increase revenue streams. We need to do both. Yes, even though I lean to the left, there is no argument our government wastes money. It can be more streamlined and if we look hard enough, I bet we can find fat to trim in nearly every department. However, we can only cut so much from so many places and that’s where me and my more conservative friends start to part. Like it or not, government has a purpose in our lives. They pave our roads, fix our bridges, protect our cities, and help educate our children. We all benefit from the presence of government, even the super ultra rich. So isn’t it only fair that we ask the super ultra rich and corporations to step up and take on some of the burden? According to Time, General Electric made over $14 billion in 2010 yet they paid no taxes, zilch, nada, a big fat goose egg. Moreover, in that same year, the government paid GE $3 billion in credits. Can you imagine how much more revenue the government could have made if we simply taxed GE and other companies like it a measly 5%? That’s more money to help rebuild our infrastructure and so much more.

And what about the top 1% who controls 42% of the countries wealth? What if we also taxed them just an additional 5%? I mean come on, is someone who pulls $10 million a year really going to suffer and struggle feeding their family that much more just because the government took an extra 5% of their massive income? American was in a hole back in the 1930’s and the way we got out was by asking the super ultra rich to invest more in government, so government can in turn invest more infrastructure and our people.

Now that the same thing is happening again, why are we acting like we don’t know the solution to the problem?

Dear Occupy Wall Street Protesters, Can you please go occupy an island?

7 Nov

Okay so this is my first opinion post, what better way to kick this off than make a few enemies in the process? I hate the occupy Wall Street protesters with a passion. For the purpose of this post, I will narrow down my hatred to just the Occupy SF and Oakland protesters. You may not agree with what I say…..I am honestly already enjoying that blood vessel in your neck pulsating so fast that it looks like it’s about to explode. Read on dear angry person, read on.

Reason Number One:

TRAFFIC

This may seem like a nonsense reason, but I know other commuters will agree with me. SF Protestors, I am talking to you right now. It is so obnoxious when all I’m doing is trying to get to work on time, and you stop me. Either you want to engage me in a lengthy conversation that I don’t have time for or you are marching down Broadway, preventing my Muni from going anywhere. I realize that it’s only a two dollar muni ride, but I really hate getting off of it early and walking the last six blocks to work. I feel like I didn’t get the most out of my money. And since you say I am part of the 99%, that loss of a two dollar muni ride burns a little. Can you please save your primetime protesting hours for hours other than rush hour? I realize you’re not getting the most bang for you buck, after all commuters stuck in traffic are your best captive audience, but I’m trying to make a living here. I am a broke college student. I am working full time plus interning for free in the hopes that working my ass off and sacraficing any semblence of a social life will one day pay off. Save your protesting for the sidewalks, and please stay out of my way.

Reason Number Two:

YOUR TENT CITY COST US….ALOT

Oakland Protestors, you are harming your city is more ways than one. To date, the city estimates that the occupy tent cities have cost one million dollars. And that money is not coming out of “the evil 1%” pockets. Over 700 grand is spent on the overtime for the police who keep trying to keep your asses in line. 28 grand for public works, 25 grand to make repairs when the protests have turned violent and 100 grand to beef up the security for the police website because hackers keep threatening to break in. Local businesses are also suffering. Because Oakland protests have a history of getting….well let’s say just a tad violent in the past, local shops close up which means they are losing much needed revenue. FYI, mom and pop shops are a part of the 99%.

Reason Number 3:

LET’S NOT ATTACK THE 1% BEFORE WE ALL ARE PAYING TAXES

I understand people are frustrated. The government bailed out banks, brokerage firms, car manufacturers…and they gave out one really bad loan to Solyndra…. regular people like us are feeling cheated.  But let’s not jump to attacking the 1% right off the bat. All of us need pay our fair share first. Now don’t get me wrong, I hate paying taxes to a government I feel acts like a crazed shopaholic when they see a half off shoe sale… but I still feel the system can work. I wonder what would happen if we all participated. What would happen if everybody paid their fair share? Would our country be in a better place financially? I honestly don’t know but I feel it’s worth trying to figure out.

Reason Number Four:

ANGER WITHOUT A CAUSE

There are many protestors out there who know what they are protesting for, HOWEVER, they are many more people who are simply oppurtunists. They are taking advantage of the situation and making your cause look really bad. Now is not the time for people to be protesting about making marijuana legal, for example. If protestors want to be successful, they have to channel their anger towards one cause only. Now is not the time to throw in everything and the kitchen sink. The more narrow and concise the cause, the more likely you will have some degree of success. Also, channel your anger towards something more than dirtying public places. It is time to get proactive, get some legislation going, do something. You can’t just make your tent cities bigger and hope someone else will do all the work for you.

Now I will say something nice about the protestors, I mean everyone deserves to get thrown a bone. I thought Bank Transfer Day was a a novel idea and I think it should be tried again. Banks have shown us just how well they use our money….let’s not give them another oppurtunity to misuse it again.

Some sources for you 😉

City Cost for Occupy Encampment

Why many people don\’t have to pay

Excuse me! Let me introduce myself.

19 Sep

I see that my partner in crime has already introduced himself as the far-left person that he is. This blog is not about being petty or having a grudge match online. As Ej ( I can pronounce his name, but I will also stick with calling him Ej) previously stated, we have way too much time on our hands. We shouldn’t, but we do.

We are both full-time students enjoying out last few semesters before graduation. We have full workloads to pay for our skyrocketing tuition costs and full classloads with professors who don’t seem to understand that we MUST work to pay for college. And while that does mean there will be some weeks where the blogging is slow, we are dedicated to this. Both of us are deteremined to make this blog a success and make it as entertaining as possible for the people who read it.

Now for a little bit about me: I am the anomaly in the college world. I am a member of the College Republicans, and yes, such a group does exist even on the most liberal campuses. I am pro-life. I don’t think guns are evil. I don’t believe people should spend the rest of their lives on welfare. I don’t think having kids say “One nation under God” in the pledge of alliegiance at school is wrong. And while I do believe it is important to protect the Earth and all the creatures within it, protecting people will always come first.  And for the record, I did not vote for John Mccain. Of course, I didn’t vote for Obama either.

This blog is dedicated to give people two sides of an issue. It also gives the reader a unique perspective because we are representing a younger generation. If you want us to discuss an issue, please leave comments. We are open to talking about anything.

As for how a reader can distunguish between who is talking, I say we color code it. My posts will be in Red and Ej’s will be in Blue. Hopefully that will work.

Allow Me To Introduce Myself…

14 Sep

Hello and welcome to Almost Bipartisan, a political blog that gives you both center left and right perspectives on today’s issues. The blog is maintained by two San Jose State University journalism students with a little too much time on their hands. I’ll save you the hassle of learning to pronounce my real first name by introducing myself as Ej. More often than not, I will be giving you the center-left (also known as correct) side of the issues.  We still haven’t quite worked out the kinks as to how we will visually distinguish our posts, so until then I’ll use my name in any post I do and remind you that it’s coming from the guy who voted for Obama, is in favor of marijuana legalization, and thinks that taxes aren’t all that bad.

But, there will also be instances where me and my partner may agree on something (hence the name, Almost Bipartisan). When that happens we’ll come together and co-write one single post on an issue, and explain why we are right and the rest or the world is wrong.

Another feature we’re looking to roll out is Moderate Mondays, where we bring in a guest-blogger to act as the voice of reason and give us a moderate take on an issue.

So there you have it, that’s what we plan on doing with this blog. I’ll give the blogs other half sometime to introduce herself before I start getting into some of the things I plan on writing about this week, but if you want a hint you can read up on them here, here, and here.

Here’s to a beautiful online friendship!

-Ej

(P.S.: Making this blog is still very much a process, so don’t get too thrown off by any additions, subtractions, or overall changes we may make to it. Thanks!)