2. Will you end all our wars of choice (illegal wars of
aggression) and drone attacks (also illegal), especially in the Middle East and
in Pakistan, and finally bring all those U.S. troops home?
If Barack Obama were truly a liberal, he would have created millions of federal jobs right after his first inauguration in 2009,
when he had majorities in both the House and Senate, and most Americans were
very supportive of him, so he could have used the "bully pulpit" of national TV
as effectively as he had during the 2008 election campaign, to pressure the
Republican minorities then in both chambers of Congress to go along with that
Deficit spending is the tried and true method of
getting out of economic depressions and recessions, as economist John Maynard
Keynes taught us, and as FDR proved. The increased jobs and wages thereby
created then lead to increased consumer spending, which leads to increased
demand, which leads to increased production, which leads to more profits, which
then, sooner, rather than later, helps decrease the deficit.
FDR's New Deal policies and the huge budget deficits
from WW II spending, causing nearly full employment here, proved that policy
works. As a result, the two decades following WW II were the best decades ever
for the U.S. working and middle classes.
The fact that he has resisted such a proven policy, and
that Democrats have gone along with that resistance, condemns Obama and the
Democrats as enablers of continued, avoidable, massive, crippling unemployment
which only the Plundering Class wants maintained in order to continue to
suppress wages while their profits and wealth, from financialization and
off-shoring U.S. jobs, increase at the expense of 90% of Americans.
This is why so many Americans are so justifiably
displeased with Obama, why most Democrats currently running for election are
distancing themselves from him, and why his failed presidency will most likely
cause the Democrats to lose their Senate majority in the November midterm
The Democrats have no one to blame but themselves if
they lose the Senate. When they had majorities in both the House and Senate in
2009, Obama, enjoying very high approval ratings then, refused to use his "bully
pulpit" to push for progressive reforms and his Democratic Congressional
majority refused to push for such policies as well. That enabled rich
Republicans to fund the "Tea Party" movement and cost Democrats the House
majority in the 2010 elections.
That should have taught Democrats a lesson, but they
are still too comfortable and greedy doing the will of the Plundering Class to
care about the 90% still suffering from the Wall Street Banksters Depression of
Democrats have callously and foolishly gone along with
the neoliberal austerity policies worshipped by Republicans and even some
Democrats, policies which serve only the interests of the Plundering Class,
which includes Obama, Biden, and all the many millionaires in
If Republicans gain the Senate majority, they will do
even more, with their fellow regressives in the House, to block Obama in the
last two years of his failed presidency. Hillary Clinton, already crowned by
many pundits as the next president, is also a proponent of these failed
neoliberal economic policies as well as of the failed, warmongering,
neoconservative foreign policies which only succeed at generating more
terrorists and more blowback while wasting hundreds of billions of our tax
dollars, so nothing much will change for the better if she does get elected in
Questions for the Democrats if they somehow
maintain their Senate majority:
1. Will you finally force the Republican minority to do an
ACTUAL filibuster, as seen in the movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", instead
of you caving before the mere THREAT of one?
3. Will you shrink the bloated "National Security" budget
down to a sensible size and use those saved funds for the true benefit of most
Americans, instead of for the U.S. global empire which benefits mostly the
Plundering Class? The "National Security" budget, including the Defense
Department, Homeland Security, 17 intelligence agencies, the part of the Energy
Department budget which funds nuclear weapons, the part of NASA's budget which
funds military uses of space, and the so-called "Black Budget" for secret
operations, adds up to more than One Trillion dollars per year, more than the
defense budgets of all other nations combined. It also funds more than 900 U.S.
military bases in more than one hundred foreign countries (most of which do NOT
want those bases there), and nuclear-armed fleets on every ocean, all to
maintain and expand the global U.S. military empire.
4. Will you oppose the anti-environment, anti-worker trade
agreements Obama is secretly negotiating?
5. Will you oppose the tar sands pipelines and fracking,
which will only increase the accelerating climate catastrophe which threatens
the futures of our children and grandchildren?
6. Will you oppose Obama's modernizing of our nuclear
weapons arsenal and his storing of our aging nuclear weapons supposedly "for
future use against asteroids headed for the earth"?
7. Will you support a comprehensive nuclear weapons ban
8. Will you work for effective policies to slow down and
eventually mitigate the accelerating climate catastrophe, especially the
necessary eventual (but soon) end of reliance on fossil fuels?
9. Will you work for an end to the wasteful, inefficient,
and foolishly risky (as shown by its poor response to the Ebola emergency),
for-profit health INSURANCE system we are stuck with, even under Obamacare, and
finally catch up to the rest of the developed world by instituting a
single-payer or Medicare-for-All health CARE program, which most Americans
prefer to the current system which wastes 25% on administration (paperwork)
versus less than 7% in single-payer systems? Health care, like access to water,
food, shelter, and education, are basic human rights, not privileges or
for-profit schemes. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
which the United States signed in December, 1948, asserts those basic human
rights. It is time the U.S. lived up to that signature.
10. Will you push Obama to create jobs as FDR did, with
federal programs which should do necessary work such as repairing/rebuilding our
crumbling infrastructure, retrofitting all buildings with insulation and
energy-efficient technology, subsidizing and expanding production and
installation of low-emission energy technologies as well as wind turbines and
solar panels throughout the U.S., and hiring more well-trained teachers to
enable lower class sizes , especially in schools in poor
11. Will you abandon the foolish, failing austerity
policies and commit to deficit spending to move to full employment, while
abolishing corporate tax loopholes as well as corporate tax havens and raising
taxes on the wealthy and increasing the tax on dividends and taxing stock
12. Will you support a new, 21st century version of the
Glass-Steagall Act to keep investment banks separate from savings banks, as they
so successfully were kept separate before the Republicans convinced the greedy
President Bill Clinton to foolishly sign the repeal of
13. Will you implement policies to end the unconsciously
high level of U.S. economic inequality, the worst among developed
14. Will you fight for women's reproductive rights
nationally and locally?
15. Will you fight to reverse/repeal the anti-democractic
Supreme Court decisions which equated speech with money (Buckley v. Valeo), and
unleashed unlimited campaign funding (Citizens United and McCutcheon) which have
turned elections into auctions?
16. Will you sue the Republican party for taking away
voters' rights (mostly those of blacks, Hispanics and the poor) in states where
they have passed voter limitation laws (so-called "Voter I.D. laws") based on
the lie and myth of alleged "voter fraud"?
If the Senate Democrats cannot answer "yes" to these
questions, why should they be kept as a majority? They are essentially already
supporting the most regressive/Republican policies if they will not support the
Suggestion to those who still believe voting actually
matters: don't vote for candidates from either of the two wings of the
One Corporate Party. Instead, vote Green Party, if only to show your contempt
for the Democrats and Republicans.