Barack Obama, our next President

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ... Read more
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#777917 Oct 19, 2012
the grapes of jazz
For most American farmers, the first two decades of the
20th century were comparatively good times, as low-grade
inflation pushed up commodity prices and eased debts. The
Great War years were particularly prosperous, after Food
Administrator Herbert Hoover, trying to boost production
to feed hungry allies, set commodity prices sky high. Farm
income swelled, and many farmers borrowed heavily to
expand their acreage and buy new equipment. But in 1920,
the bubble burst.
President Wilson cut price supports and wheat prices
declined that year from $2.50 a bushel to less than
$1; corn fell by 75 percent and stayed low. Meanwhile,
small-town grocers, general store owners, druggists,
and the other independent proprietors on Main Street,
already reeling from the decline of the farm economy,
began to face ruinous competition as giant chains like
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) and
Sears Roebuck and Company expanded out of the cities
and across the American heartland. In 1926, Imperial
Wizard Hiram Wesley Evans, presiding over a rapidly
expanding second Ku Klux Klan movement, bemoaned
the economic collapse facing “Nordic” Americans in the
countryside.
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#777918 Oct 19, 2012
“Our falling birth rate, the result of all this,
is proof our distress. We no longer feel that we can be
fair to children we bring into the world unless we can
make sure from the start they have capital or education
or both.”23
This was a key cultural moment in the history of the yeoman
tradition, and one that has many implications for
today’s blue state–red state divide. The Progressive movement
rested on a rare alliance between family farmers,
small-town independent proprietors, and urban professionals,
who found common cause in resisting the consolidating
power of giant corporations. Yet by the 1920s,
deep economic and cultural divisions had emerged
between the increasingly desperate and often reactionary
heartland and the increasingly prosperous, libertine,
“roaring” major cities.
Urban sophisticates turned away from politics to enjoy jazz
parties, bootleg liquor, Sunday golf, and a booming stock
market.“It was characteristic of the Jazz age,” F. Scott
Fitzgerald would later remember,“that it had no interest
in politics at all.”24 Meanwhile, millions of yeoman farmers
driving secondhand Fords across the American heartland
were losing their farms and stores, comforted only by the
millenarian promise of evangelical Protestantism. By the
1930s, a new American type emerged: the yeoman farmer
who, like the Joads in The Grapes of Wrath, had become an
embittered penniless migrant.
consuming vision

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#777919 Oct 19, 2012
dem wrote:
Rush Limbaugh calls for eliminating electoral college cause his bitch can't win Ohio. Lol
Give us the reason for the use of the Electoral College, Ifs yous know?
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#777920 Oct 19, 2012
Even as the Great Depression dragged on, President
Franklin D. Roosevelt continued to celebrate the yeoman ideal. Addressing the Texas Centennial Exposition in
1936, FDR proclaimed:
In our national life, public and private, the very
nature of free government demands that there
must be a line of defense held by the yeomanry of
business and industry and agriculture…. Any elemental
policy, economic or political, which tends
to eliminate these dependable defenders of democratic
institutions, and to concentrate control in the
hands of a few small, powerful groups, is directly
opposed to the stability of government and to democratic
government itself.25
Yet from the beginning of his administration, Roosevelt
struggled with an opposing value that would eventually
come to define the New Deal and liberalism up to this day.
Small-scale producers might be dependable defenders of liberty.
Yet New Dealers increasingly concluded that what was
needed to jump-start the economy was to serve the interest
of a newly abstracted type: the consumer. FDR gave an early
hint of this shift in 1932, when he said,“I believe we are at
the threshold of a fundamental change in popular economic
thought…. In the future we are going to think less about the
producer and more about the consumer.”26
Populists and Progressives had worked to defend the interests
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#777921 Oct 19, 2012
Populists and Progressives had worked to defend the interests
of small farmers and businessmen without much concern
about what scale of production would offer the “best deal” for
shoppers. Writing for the majority in an 1897 opinion against
railroad tariffs favoring large-volume shippers, U.S. Supreme
Court Justice Rufus Peckham took the typical Progressive
view: even when big combinations of capital could permanently
deliver lower prices, they should be opposed because
they threatened to put “small dealers and worthy men” out of
business. If small-scale farming, manufacturing, transport,
and retailing had built-in inefficiencies that led to higher
prices, so be it. That was the price of liberty, which could only
be achieved through adherence to the yeoman ideal of broad,
small-scale ownership of productive assets. As Sen. Henry
Teller of Colorado observed in 1889,“I do not believe that the
great object in life is to make everything cheap.”27
But New Deal liberals saw the trade-offs differently. Monopoly
was still bad, but mere bigness was not. New Dealers believed
that large-scale production in both agriculture and industry,
when guided by government and counterbalanced by
a strong labor movement, could lead to greater efficiency
Nobama

Allentown, PA

#777922 Oct 19, 2012
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>There are a dozen other sites that list the age lower, some as low as 57. There is a missing ingredient in the Powers figures. The Escalade, or perhaps the leases.
perhaps your other sites are counting buyers in Communist China....

J. D. Power is very authoritative on this subject.....

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#777923 Oct 19, 2012
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
You are acting like the ACA has created this. Its bee there all along.
It's all part of the same problem.
FIRE THE GOP

Lillington, NC

#777924 Oct 19, 2012
flack wrote:
<quoted text> The only 'job' I have right now is dad.
Mitt Romney's kids have a job: kids!

Hey?

When has a CEO ever done anything for the people?

We have insurance companies who drop you when you need them most: your not covered, here are your premiums back, sue us! Did some CEO think up that one?

Mitt Romney: I was a CEO! I will create 12 million jobs. Really? Most CEO's seem only to hire as a last resort. If demand for their products outstrips supply: they hire.

Most CEO's love the Bush massive recession: cheap labor!

They can put up signs "hiring" and offer lower wages!

Mitt Romney:

Cut taxes for the richest like him to zero!

Cut:

Medicare
Social security
Medicaid
Healthcare coverage access for all
EPA
PBS?

To pay for tax cuts!! It's insane!

Hey! Don't put grandma out on the street:

VOTE FOR OBAMA!! VOTE ALL DEMOCRAT TICKET!!

(or just fffccckkkk off!)

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#777925 Oct 19, 2012
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>And band watcher___right?
That's not a job. I don't get paid but I could. A lot.
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#777926 Oct 19, 2012
Yet if the yeoman lost his farm or his store in the Great
Depression, his children were quite likely to gain a tidy suburban
bungalow eventually. The yeoman ideal did not die
in the 1930s. Instead, it found new expression in the ethic
of homeownership, to which politicians across the political
spectrum increasingly appealed. In 1931, President Hoover’s
Conference on Home Building and Home Ownership concluded
that democracy is not possible “where tenants overwhelmingly
outnumber homeowners.”
Hoover is not often given credit for it, but in 1932, he signed
into law one of the nation’s most effective efforts to promote
homeownership, the Federal Home Loan Bank Act,
which led to that crucial instrument of modern middle-class
American life: the 30-year, self-amortizing mortgage. The
act signaled a gigantic commitment on the part of the government
to a new kind of homesteading, this time on the
“crabgrass frontier” of suburbia.28
Under FDR’s presidency, this commitment would deepen
dramatically, through such legislation as the Home Owners Loan Act of 1933 and the Federal Housing Act of 1934. The
National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 even included a
provision for “Subsistence Homestead Communities”—a
small, last-gasp, literal effort to restore the yeoman ideal.
Far more realistic and consequential was the Servicemen’s
Readjustment Act of 1944, or the G.I. Bill, with its offer of
a college education and low-interest, zero-down-payment
home loans to returning veterans, including blacks and
women. In the tradition of the Homestead and Morrill acts
of the previous century, the G.I. Bill brought college education
to the masses, built the suburban Levittowns, and
funded the baby boom—though it could not make yeoman
farmers out of returning soldiers and sailors. Most of its
beneficiaries would wind up working for giant, hierarchical
corporations during the 1950s and 1960s. Postwar suburbia
would boast few backyard chicken coops, fruit trees, or even
vegetable gardens. Still, the G.I. Bill put a lot of husbands
behind lawn mowers on the weekends, and gave them a settler’s
stake in their new communities.
Nobama

Allentown, PA

#777927 Oct 19, 2012
Lily Boca Raton FL wrote:
<quoted text>
She found out she was paid 14% less than Scarborough and almost quit.$2 million to make smirks and roll her eyes isn't bad change.
you make my point that just because the two sit there side-by-side does not mean that they bring the same value to the table.....

Mika pisses off male viewers by her open disdain of any reporting on sports issues....don't understand why she can't just shut up if she hates sports.....

of course you know her history of getting fired at CBS to free up the big bucks for Katie Colonoscopy.....
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#777928 Oct 19, 2012
yeoman to yuppie
There have always been two essential types among America’s
yeomanry. One is the striving strain—materialistic, acquisitive,
and set on rising in the world. This type included the entrepreneurial farmer on the frontier who behaved more
like a real estate developer, rapidly clearing his acreage only
to sell up and move on. It also included the sort of individual
Woodrow Wilson approvingly referred to as “the man on
the make”—who would prove his entrepreneurial prowess
if only the government would give him the opportunity to
do so by breaking up the trusts.
Nobama

Allentown, PA

#777929 Oct 19, 2012
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text> And money is access. Insurance is access.
not if the compensation rate is so low, as in Medicare, that doctors prefer to treat more profitable patients....

many doctors are already refusing to accept new Medicare patients.....
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#777930 Oct 19, 2012
FIRE THE GOP wrote:
<quoted text>
Mitt Romney's kids have a job: kids!
Hey?
When has a CEO ever done anything for the people?
We have insurance companies who drop you when you need them most: your not covered, here are your premiums back, sue us! Did some CEO think up that one?
Mitt Romney: I was a CEO! I will create 12 million jobs. Really? Most CEO's seem only to hire as a last resort. If demand for their products outstrips supply: they hire.
Most CEO's love the Bush massive recession: cheap labor!
They can put up signs "hiring" and offer lower wages!
Mitt Romney:
Cut taxes for the richest like him to zero!
Cut:
Medicare
Social security
Medicaid
Healthcare coverage access for all
EPA
PBS?
To pay for tax cuts!! It's insane!
Hey! Don't put grandma out on the street:
VOTE FOR OBAMA!! VOTE ALL DEMOCRAT TICKET!!
(or just fffccckkkk off!)
OBAMA IS THE TO{P CEO AND YOU r RIGHT CEO DO NOTHING FOR THE PEOPLE SO just fffccckkkk off!)SAMBO QUIMBO OR YEOMAN
Nobama

Allentown, PA

#777931 Oct 19, 2012
RealDave wrote:
Looks like the Boy Scouts took a page from the Pope.
the Boy Scouts actively tried to exclude homosexual leaders to prevent such problems.....

of course, the left would rather protect homosexuals than protect children....
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#777932 Oct 19, 2012
During the brief recession of 1958, President Eisenhower
twice went before the American people to tell them that it was
their patriotic duty to save less and “Buy Now.” Advertisers
quickly seized on the presidential directive, producing such
slogans as “Buy Now: The job you save may be your own.”31
Consumers were the new heroes on the expanding frontier
of mass consumption. If they lacked freedom and independence,
they could at least console themselves with their
bungalows and patios, and with more stuff bought on store
credit than their parents had ever dreamed of owning.
Nobama

Allentown, PA

#777934 Oct 19, 2012
Lily Boca Raton FL wrote:
Oct. 18, 2012 If the Romney’s can’t win legally, they’ll take over Ohio’s electronic voting machines through investments, a direct conflict of interest in a contentious state in this election.
The new owners of Ohio’s voting machines under the brand name HART Intercivic is none other than Tagg Romney the son of one of the candidates Mitt Romney. In recent weeks Tagg has taken a more “active role in his father’s campaign management” but when you look further, he also has a major problem with that role.
By virtue of conflict of interest alone, this role should be investigated by the DOJ preferably involving the addition of the FBI, Homeland Security and the CIA to ensure this connection will not endanger the vote in Ohio and other states.
Read more: http://www.politicolnews.com/tagg-romney-inve...
kind of like Al Franken finding bags of ballots in car trunks???...
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#777935 Oct 19, 2012
Other boomers may recognize more of themselves in the striving
strain of American yeomanry. By the late 1970s, the ruling
coalition of big business, big labor, and big government that
had prevailed since the late New Deal had hit a wall, producing
high unemployment and stagflation. Into the economic
void came the high-tech start-ups— companies founded as
often as not by college dropouts in their parents’ garages and
funded by credit cards—whose “creative destruction” pushed
the American economy out of its lethargy. Yet if Bill Gates
started out as a classic striving “man on the make,” the sort of
yeoman who would have stirred Woodrow Wilson’s heart, he
soon enough became a monopolist. This, in short compass,
defines the central economic dilemma of today’s America:
how to once again to preserve the yeoman’s interest in an era
rising inequality and vast concentrations of capital
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#777936 Oct 19, 2012
the new yeomanry
We now live in a world in which for increasing numbers of
Americans there are few alternatives to some form of yeomanry.
The grand bargain struck between industrial labor
and large manufacturers in the postwar era, which allowed
even automobile assembly-line workers to own their own
homes, send their kids to college, and look forward to comfortable
retirement, is now a dead letter. Similarly, the option
of becoming an “organization man,” securely entrenched in a
rule-bound corporate bureaucracy, is rapidly disappearing.
Between 1983 and 2006, median job tenure (time in one
job) declined by 38 percent among men aged 35 to 44 and
by 37 percent among men aged 45 to 54. When displaced
workers find new jobs, they often take a sharp drop in pay, a
phenomenon that during the last recession (2001–03) was
most pronounced for highly educated individuals, whose
typical earnings loss was about 21 percent.32
Global competition, which increasingly affects white-collar
as well as blue-collar workers, is partly to blame for the
declining economic power of employees. So are automation
and an aging workforce, in which there are fewer and
fewer workers to support the “legacy cost” of each retiree,
and in which older workers face increasing age discrimination
due to the soaring cost of their employer-provided
health care. Taken together, these and other trends have
increased the power of large holders of capital and caused
a rewriting of the social contract.
Obamasharpton

Lakewood, NJ

#777937 Oct 19, 2012
FIRE THE GOP wrote:
<quoted text>
Mitt Romney's kids have a job: kids!
Hey?
When has a CEO ever done anything for the people?
We have insurance companies who drop you when you need them most: your not covered, here are your premiums back, sue us! Did some CEO think up that one?
Mitt Romney: I was a CEO! I will create 12 million jobs. Really? Most CEO's seem only to hire as a last resort. If demand for their products outstrips supply: they hire.
Most CEO's love the Bush massive recession: cheap labor!
They can put up signs "hiring" and offer lower wages!
Mitt Romney:
Cut taxes for the richest like him to zero!
Cut:
Medicare
Social security
Medicaid
Healthcare coverage access for all
EPA
PBS?
To pay for tax cuts!! It's insane!
Hey! Don't put grandma out on the street:
VOTE FOR OBAMA!! VOTE ALL DEMOCRAT TICKET!!
(or just fffccckkkk off!)
Why is Obama losing?

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