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Mick Youther is an American citizen, an independent voter, a veteran, a parent, a Christian, a scientist, a writer, and all-around nice guy who has been aroused from a comfortable apathy by the high crimes and misdemeanors of the Bush Administration.
We have to do something different in Illinois. We cannot allow the politicians in Springfield to keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome. That is one of the popular definitions of insanity.
Illinois need to have a graduated income tax--rather than the regressive one it has now.
It is time to stop the insanity.
Saturday, June 19, 2010(17 comments)
It is Time to Raise Taxes on the Wealthy and Save the American Dream
Republicans demand more and more cuts to social services and programs to reduce the deficit (which they caused), but refuse to even consider raising taxes on wealthy Americans.
Taxes must be raised--and will be raised (eventually). The only question is--will they be raised in time to save our schools and other government programs and services that so many people depend on.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Howard Zinn (1922-2010)--A Professor of Patriotism
• "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience "Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves" (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem."-- from The Zinn Reader, Seven Stories Press, 1970
Monday, January 18, 2010(3 comments)
The Bush Decade
Right now, our government can read our letters and emails, monitor our phone calls, track our movements, search our houses, examine our medical and financial records, and confiscate just about anything it wants--even if there is no suspicion of a crime. The government claims it has the right to do these things--The Constitution of the United States says it doesn't. That is why we must defend our Constitution.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Do You Know Afghanistan?
President Obama says that he is still weeks away from a decision on Afghanistan--So call your Senators and Representative at the Congressional switchboard ((202) 224-3121), and call the Obama White House at (202) 456-1111, and let them know that the United States has wasted enough money on George W. Bush's misadventures in the Mideast. We have sacrificed enough lives. Enough is enough.
Sunday, October 25, 2009(4 comments)
Why Are We Still Fighting in Afghanistan?
As the war on Afghanistan enters its ninth year, President Barack Obama is trying to decide what to do. Call the White House (202-456-1111) and let President Obama know that it is time to end Bush's wars and bring our troops home.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009(1 comments)
How Not to Reform Healthcare
Most Americans know there is something wrong with our healthcare system, and it needs to be fixed. This past summer, a New York Times poll (6/21/09) found that nearly three-quarters of Americans favored “offering everyone a government administered health insurance plan like Medicare that would compete with private health insurance plans.” That is the kind of plan that Congress should be working toward.
Friday, August 7, 2009(6 comments)
Bush Torture Program Comes Back To Haunt America
We musthold George W. Bush and his co-conspirators responsible for the crimes they have committed. Either the United States of America is a nation of laws, or it is not. Either it is a nation where no one is above the law; or it is a nation of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy--where the rest of us are allowed to shut-up and do what we are told.
Sunday, May 31, 2009(5 comments)
Another Pandemic of Fear
The Bird Flu Pandemic was a no-show. Tthe Swine flu is failing to live up to the hype--but don't un-pucker your sphincters yet. It could still mutate into a killer pandemic and wipe out all humanity. Be afraid. Be very Afraid.
No More Dumb Wars!
What happened to young Senator from Illinois that spoke our against invading Iraq? Now--rather than ending Mr. Bush's dumb wars as quickly as possible, President Obama plans to escalate Bush's war on Afghanistan ("the graveyard of empires") and expand it into Pakistan. The cause may be just, but will sending more troops to Afghanistan accomplish any of his stated goals?
Friday, March 27, 2009
Steps in the Right Direction
We didn't get into our current mess overnight, and it cannot be fixed overnight; but President Obama is taking things a step at a time; and more importantly--he is taking steps in the right direction. Call your Senators and Representative (202-224-3121) and tell them to help President Obama take the next step.
Friday, March 13, 2009(3 comments)
Volunteers Needed For the War on Rich People
It is time America started spreading the wealth around a little more fairly. How about jobs that pay a living wage? How about affordable healthcare? How about preventing companies from being able to make workers pension funds disappear, while their executives float away on golden parachutes?... It is time Congress started representing the rest of the American people--not just the richest two percent.
Saturday, February 21, 2009(2 comments)
The Myth of Republican Fiscal Responsibility
If you examine the numbers, you will find that Democratic Administrations have been better for the U.S. economy--even for business and stock investments. The only thing Republicans do better than Democrats is LIE. It is time to call them on it.
Monday, January 26, 2009(2 comments)
The Inauguration of Hope
The American people have relegated the Republican party to minority status and elected Democrat Barack Obama to take the nation in a new direction. Now, we can wait and watch as the Republicans block the changes we want to see, and while the media shifts the blame for the failures of the Bush years onto President Obama--or we can get involved and help our new President make the changes America needs.
Thursday, January 22, 2009(4 comments)
Some Unfinished Business with the Bush Administration
The wheels of justice grind slow, but they grind exceedingly fine.
So, We must start the wheels of justice and allow them to grind Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, et. al. into dust. Then, and only then, they can be swept into the dust-bin of history; and Americans can finally turn the page on this horrid period in American history and move forward to rebuild our nation on the solid foundation of Constitutional Law.
Monday, January 12, 2009(4 comments)
The Bush Legacy
Did you know that none of America's problems was George W. Bush's fault? He just happened to be President when they occurred, and he handled them the best he could (and a darn fine job he did too--even if he had to say so himself). Bush disciples appear to believe that history will exonerate their fearless leader. It won't--unless we allow them to rewrite it.
Saturday, December 27, 2008(6 comments)
Bu$hWorld--The End Game
The United States of America may get a new President on January 20th, but the Bush Administration is doing everything it can to make sure that we will be living in Bu$hWorld for a long time.
"If you thought the first hundred days of the Bush Administration were bad, just wait and see what the last hundred could bring,"--Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA)