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Intermezzo In Style Or Why I Support Progressives

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-           Retirement benefits

-           Good public schools for my kids if any (so that I will not have to pay   for the private school and still pay my property taxes)

-           Vast network of vocational schools and community colleges from which we, engineers should get technicians and be able offer them good jobs.

-           Technical professionals, not managers being in charge of outsourcing.

-           Significant technical presence in politics with emphacis on big national projects.

-           Transformation of the corporate   strategy   back to the product- oriented one.

-           Strong, organized and highly qualified manufacturing   people; Trade Unions are actually good for   professionals.

And   here's the one overcasting all the others- stop lying.

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Someone   said in my former life in Russia   that lie was not economically viable.   That   means that no matter what the lie is about-it is always a waste.   Take the budget issue for instance. GW squandered the budget and when he was doing that GOP was with him. He lied about everything. Just imagine how much money was wasted on the covert vengeance against Valery Plame and you will understand   where the whole US budget went. So when now the   GOP folks howl about   fiscal responsibility they lie through their teeth. Democrats   lie too. They lie     in their vehement effort to lie better then   Republicans. " Everything they can do, we can do better,'- sing the Dems   the same song all the time.   In reality they all serve the same masters.

Lie destroys our country.   It was a lie that paralyzed   the Katrina response and thousands paid the price. It was a lie that sent our troops into the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and we still   are paying for it.   It   is   a lie that our country   will benefit from the predatory outsourcing   and from the losing of the Trade- Unions. It is a lie that our teachers are bad- our schools are bad because we do not want our children to study; we do not have perspectives for them.

I do not want   to be super- rich. I want to be able to work for living and be valuable and useful as me, not some compendium of skills. And I want respect, very much so.   The climate of total disrespect we cultivated had created monsters. I don't want to be one of   them. I want   to live and   die human,

Considering all of the above on whose side should   I be?   On whose side we all should be?   Isn't it obvious that   GOP and Dems   had abandoned us; they sold themselves   to the highest bidder/ Then what must we become? We must become   a highest bidder. And that brings me     to the   last   point in my stylish narrative: we need a victory.

- Instead of hearing what Robert E. Lee could   do to us I would like to know what we can do to him.

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Ulysses S. Grant

I am tired of hearing about GOP offensive. I want to hear   quite the opposite. I want to hear   an offensive on Them! I want   the cooperative initiative of all progressive forces   and their allies doing something. Like impeaching Clarence Thomas or making Michelle Bachmann shut up forever. Something     which will lead to victory.   I am willing as a professional to contribute to any plan which leads to the    eventual victory if not just a hope for it. But I cannot and I will not contribute to   the    way we are now: whining and complaining that THEY are on the prowl. YES they are!   We must turn the tables.   And   that would be stylish, directly from that book:

- Once upon a time Little    Red Hood   was walking through the woods, when   the Wolf jumped out from behind   the   tree frightening her.

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The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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