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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bailouts and Failures

As the US and World Financial markets crumble deeper into oblivion there is a major portion of the country and the world who just don’t give a damn, and that is because it just really does not effect them. Baseless rhetoric is repeatedly broadcasting the need to helping those faulting on their mortgages and bailing out the financial markets by using depression like imagery; however this “crisis” is more of a crisis for the rich and those who falsely believed they were rich.

The poor and moderate income classes have been struggling for years. Most Americans have been struggling to pay for health care, fuel, and food bills before. It really did not matter to the Republicans, Democrats, and other talking heads until it affected their interests. An investment with Lehman Brothers was the last thing on most American minds, for it was an activity for the select few. The repeated economic myths either keep people struggling to maintain their lifestyle or push them into depression for feelings of inadequacies. Installed upon us are the myths of the American Dream and “middle class” which have become so prevalent that there is an illusion of a common “middle class” culture.

Politicians manipulate those myths to captivate the populace to their political persuasion. The myth of the American homeowner is so wide that it is common belief that most people own their own homes, but in actuality only one-third of the population does. Furthermore, reality dictates that most Americans do not have the money to invest in the “financial markets” because they just do not have the money. So while the media trumps the continual mantra for the economy, we the people should realize that the actual crisis is for the rich.

While yes, even though I do criticize the “trickle down” theory of economics I do realize that there are residual effects from the economic crisis, so there are needed actions to help common Americans. However great the need for government involvement the first priority is to restore regulations and consumer protections to thwart against future corporate predatory behavior. Years of Reagan/ Bush policy of deregulation (and Clintonian corporatism) have to replaced and restore protection for the American public. While we Americans struggle for the necessities of life, corporate welfare is not to be tolerated!

People are the priority; therefore before any bailouts we should reinstitute and introduced new checks on the economic system to prevent these failures from happening again. The “Free-Market” mantra has failed and it is time to rethink the ideology of greed and constant growth. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has stated it quite elegantly, “If a company is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.” Mere bailouts of mega-corporations are just band-aid solutions, for we need a system wide fix. If you agree with me, join Senator Sanders’ petition to Treasury Secretary Paulson calling on restoration of regulation and ensuring that middle income and working families are not the ones who are paying for this bailout.

It is quite evident that “Free Market” has failed, so let us advance society to a “FAIR-MARKET” where workers are paid for what they are worth, farmers are treated with dignity, and jobs are prioritized based on the importance they are to society, such as teachers, fireman, social workers, and nurses, not a trans-hyper-conglomerate-market-analyst. Business as usual will no longer do, if the system is not fundamentally change the country will collapse further than before.


Robb Kidd

“Those who produce should have, but we know that those who produce the most - that is, those who work hardest, and at the most difficult and most menial tasks, have the least.” Eugene Debbs - American Presidential Candidate who was jailed for his socialist viewpoints. - In America you are free to agree with the powers that be, otherwise if you don’t you are ridiculed, ignored, threatened or jailed.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Real Man of Hope

There are the rare occurrences in life when you know that you are in the presence of greatness, and on this particular Saturday in the Peoples Republic of Brattleboro, Vermont at the Art-Deco/Greek Revivalist Latchis Theater I and a crowd of nearly eight hundred were amongst an American treasure, Pete Seeger…

I, a man now in my late 30years have fortunately been around hundreds of musicians and political activists prior to this day, however this night was special for I was in complete awe. There upon the stage was a man who has stood up to the xenophobia of McCarthyism, the genocide of African-Americans, the countless acts of American Imperialism, the environmental pollution from the iconic American corporation General Electric, and the latest rounds of American hegemony under the Bush crime family.

Pete Seeger has stood strong throughout the ages and now at eighty-nine years old, he is still able to passionately move a crowd. I along with my wife(Sarah, for those who missed it we are married now) were moved with tears many times throughout the night by the soulful singing of his classics tunes and with new adaptations reflecting the turbulence of the modern times with his grandson Tao Rodriguez, and musical cohort Guy Davis. A classic American sing-along harmonized the blessed souls of the room with “This little light of mine, I am going let it shine” and classics like the 60’s anthem made famous by the Byrd’s filled the room.

“To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose under heaven.”

Contrary to what some may think, the night was not an idealistic nostalgic “love-fest” of the past, but a beacon of hope for the future. I not being the most optimistic of person did leave there feeling that there is hope in the world. Although the message of the night was more about hope and light they still reminded us of the McCarthy like darkeness we are currently faced with.

Appropriately, since Brattleboro was the town that voted to instruct the Sheriff if Bush or Cheney were to be arrested if they came to town ,Tao wore a shirt broadcasting the words “Arrest Bush” along his chest like he was superman,. In addition, an improve performance from Guy Davis with a fellow Montpelierite playing a didgeridoo (I don’t know his name but I’ve seen him on the street), telling the tale of an evil green giant named Halli-Burton. Most important the performance was real and was not a theatrical performance designed to solely appease the crowd.(Please note the show was a benefit for New England Farm Relief.)

Moving forward, Pete, Tao and Guy removed the darkness by singing Pete’s lifetime of words of wisdom. At times it felt that Pete was reflecting on his own life with lines like, “But there's one thing for certain, when it comes my time, I'm gonna leave this old world with a satisfied mind.”

In all the performance was something to remember and I will always be grateful for the experience. I have seen many great performers in my life, but for this day it was more than just a performance, it was spiritual. Pete Seeger is a man, whose legacy is marked upon us all. He has done more for peace, the environment, equality, and justice than any president will or ever will do. Pete is not just an American treasure he is a treasure for the Earth.

Robb Kidd

“Nobody living can ever stop me, As I go walking my freedom highway,
Nobody living can make me turn back, This land was made for you and me.”
Woody Guthrie/However Pete Seeger has performed riveting versions of the song throughout his life.

To read another perspective of the night read my wife’s thoughts here.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Change ?

I am tired of hearing politicians and there minions declare that they are the agent of change. Everywhere I go I see the words change illuminated on the political horizon; however when a candidate announces something different than the status quo or the candidate is not part of “establishment” the candidate is chastised as either being unrealistic or just “inexperienced.”

So, I ponder, what does change mean for these supposed agents of change?

Political speech in an Orwellian World:

Candidate of Change:

1. being different than the candidate who currently holds the position, but only slightly in regards to social policy, not in economic, foreign or energy policy;

2. being the candidate who may be of a different major political party, but only when that candidates is not part of the same party of the current unpopular Chief Executive;

3. being a candidate that has been a major voice in the legislative body and has willing compromised and cooperated with the current Chief Executive into orchestrating draconian or Band-Aid solutions;

4. being a candidate that either comes from wealth, a long history of being a political insider, or an executive of a company that has profited enormously from the economic system.

Whichever it is, it all is crazy. No wonder, we as a society keep going in a political merry go round of nothingness. If you want different results you can not just support empty baseless rhetoric and wash your hands of it. You as an individual must rise to the occasion and participate in the experiment called democracy, otherwise it ain’t a democracy:

1. Get yourself informed- That does not mean watching CNN (The Corporate News Network), reading the New York Times (The paper of Judith Miller the stooge and the drum majorette for Bush’s War), or the Blogs (most of them are just rehashed political diarrhea –including mine). Information- is obtained first hand be being there and hearing yourself, because by no matter who tells the story it is all biased-(Including mine- haven’t you figured out that I am a conservative Republican with Stocks in Exxon-Mobil, I really think Nuclear power is the way of the future and that Global Warming is a plot of the International Jewish Conspiracy.)

2. Speak your mind- When you find something you support go out and support it. Do not just sit there in your pink bunny slippers watching TV waiting for the second coming of Jesus. Go out there and speak your mind and speak it loud, and don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. (If you refuse to speak because of your job, realize that your job is just not that important, for you will find another one, and if your employer does not like what you said, then maybe you just should not work there if can not freely speak your mind.)

Change is something that comes from within and is not something that is dictated from above. If you want change, get out there and speak your mind, because the talking heads will continue to do it for you if you do not.


Robb Kidd

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Oppositional Collapse....

As the country and world crumbles, we can see why the Democrats can not represent a viable path towards change. After the Democrats finished their Madison Ave-Hollywood fabrication in Denver, the Republicans and John McCain come marching in and pop the Democrat’s bubble by introducing little known Sarah Palin as McCain’s Vice-Presidential Candidate.

And what do the Democratic loyalist’s, pundits, and bloggers have to say? Oh, ‘she’s not qualified,’ ‘can you believe her seventeen year old daughter is pregnant’, or ‘she is a member of the NRA’. Blah, blah, blah… That there is my friend is what is wrong with the loyal opposition. It’s all about the image and not about the issues.

You know, I can care less that her daughter is pregnant, I can care less that she likes to hunt, and I can care less that she is under qualified by being the Governor of the 48th largest state (That did not stop all those Deaniacs from supporting the former governor of Vermont, Howard Dean).

What I am concerned with is that she comes from another oil-producing state, and we all know what kind of credentials the oil industry brings to the table. Secondly, her husband is an executive with BP-British Petroleum. For the record, BP is the only major oil company to support drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and by chance she and McCain are pro-ANWR-drilling, despite the fact every other oil company has deemed drilling in ANWR as being unfeasible. Also for the record, if drilling were to open in ANWR it would take at least ten years for that oil to reach the US market and furthermore it would not even have an effect on gasoline prices.

So, what really scares me is that while the knee-jerk-liberals react to the superficial Sarah Palin chatter, the real issues are being ignored once again. But hey why would the loyal oppositionists want to talk issues when there own Vice Presidential candidate is a war hawk and has been a stooge for the world bankers.

All that is within the conventions and the presidential elections is a front on democracy. As citizens we are better off getting involved with our local elections and acting closer to our homes, however the powers that be would rather have you engaged with the superficial chatter where your vote just doesn’t matter. Instead, as former US House Speaker Tip O’Neil had stated “All politics is local”, so get out there in the street and act locally.

Robb Kidd

“In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.” George Orwell