Monday, October 16, 2006

The Great Society vs The Rat's Ass Society

In 1968, America reached 200 million people in population and President Johnson made a speech recognizing the fact. We also have significance at this time to compare Presidential and Congressional activity today.

""A Great Society" for the American people and their fellow men elsewhere was the vision of Lyndon B. Johnson. In his first years of office he obtained passage of one of the most extensive legislative programs in the Nation's history."

"The Great Society program became Johnson's agenda for Congress in January 1965: aid to education, attack on disease, Medicare, urban renewal, beautification, conservation, development of depressed regions, a wide-scale fight against poverty, control and prevention of crime and delinquency, removal of obstacles to the right to vote. Congress, at times augmenting or amending, rapidly enacted Johnson's recommendations. Millions of elderly people found succor through the 1965 Medicare amendment to the Social Security Act."

Let's look at President Bush and Congress for their efforts:
1. Aid to education has been drastically reduced. Most of today's students in America have major loans (in the tens of thousands and even the hundreds of thousands of dollars)that will be difficult for them to repay.
2. Attack on disease. Bush and Congress have restrained the research into stem cells, one of the most promising avenues of research.
3. Medicare. President Johnson and Congress established it and President Bush and Congress want to tear it down today. Let Bush and Congress return all of the Medicare funding their relatives have received over the years.
4. Urban renewal. America's infrastructure is continuing to fall apart. The urban renewal America is paying for can be seen in India and China.
5. Beautification. Bush and congress have no clue.
6. Conservation. Bush and Congress do not believe Global Warning exists. America is the only major country that does not support the Kyoto efforts. Bush and Congress only listen to the major oil companies and they don't believe global warning exists either.
7. Development of depressed regions. The number of depressed regions have increased with President bush and the Republican Congress because they have done nothing to retain American jobs rather than outsourcing them to foreign countries. They have also not protected American industries from unfair foreign competition causing the loss of hundreds of thousands of American jobs. They have not even tried to bring in alternative industries to these areas. The development of depressed regions that America pays for are in foreign countries like India and China.
8. Wide scale fight against poverty. Bush and Congress made it much more difficult to escape debts from bankruptcy. Many people have to pay even though they only have Social Security retirement to live on. The number of Americans without health insurance has declined with Bush. Wages for unskilled and semi-skilled workers have declined in real terms across the board with Bush. Bush and Congress have not increased the minimum wage in over 9 years. The major success on poverty for Bush and Congress has been allowing 10 to 20 million illegal workers receive social benefits such as medical care and education of their children at the expense of American labor, while American business benefits. Bush and Congress also fight poverty in India and China by outsourcing millions of American jobs there.
9. Control and prevention of crime and delinquency. The Bush and Congress approach to most things is to ignore them. They ignore the prosecution of thousands of employers of illegal aliens.
10. Removal of obstacles to the right to vote. President Bush has violated the right to vote by not following good voting practices and allowing the republican supreme court to appoint him president. The conspiracy of Bush and his bother Jeb "Chad" should never have been tolerated. Gore had the majority of the popular national vote. There were major problems with the next presidential vote, also with Bush. Today with no paper trail and the underlying fraudulent ability to hack most of the electronic voting machines...I certainly have very little faith in next months election as to being accurate and that a recall can accurately be accomplished in all election districts. We tell other countries to change their ways and vote, but America has voting problems that must be solved nationally.

The Great Society vs The Rat's Ass Society are in sharp contrast to each other. Presidents Johnson and Bush are both from Texas, but that seems to be where the similarity stops.

This blog was started to celebrate reaching 300 million in population, to enable discussions to learn major issues that have gone on in America over the years, and to look forward to America's future.

This article was written to compare the efforts of President Johnson when the population reached 200 million and the similar efforts of President Bush when the population reaches 300 million.

The History of Labor Day

"Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means"

"Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country," said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor. "All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation."

"Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

The link to this article and the quote from it above best represents to me the significance of the United States reaching 100 million people around 1915. There were many employer abuses of American workers going on and many were deadly and others were maiming. Some abuses were outrageously unfair economically to the employee such as company towns and stores where workers were paid low wages, the employers were paid high rents, and they even charged highly for goods at the company stores. Many labor laws were developed at this time.

Another activity going on simultaneously were anti trust and other anti business laws were enacted where very rich investors unjustifiably sought unfair profits on smaller businesses and citizens.

The current President Bush and Congress are exploiting American labor especially by unfairly increasing the supply of labor with millions of illegal aliens, tens of thousands of H1B aliens working in America when there are Americans qualified and willing to perform the work, and by the unabashed outsourcing of American jobs overseas.

Additionally, President Bush and Congress are not obeying the constitution by not prosecuting employers of illegal aliens.

Further, President Bush and Congress are impeding other labor laws by underfunding them. The federal agencies require higher staffing levels to perform their lawful roles and when there is not enough budgeted funds for them, they cannot hire the investigators and lawyers to administer, research, and prosecute more than a token number of claims.

President Bush, Congress, and the Courts all favor employers. Many employees lost their jobs when they went out to strike and the courts allowed the employers to fire the strikers and hire replacements. Union leaders are sent to jail like the transit union leader of bus and subway workers in New York City by Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Pataki. How they stay elected is beyond me.

President Bush and Congress also see no evil in American business except for a handful of arrests of executives that cooked their books and otherwise stole funds from the businesses. They make no effort to salvage American jobs from being sent overseas. They do nothing to save major American industries, in America's interest from self destruction like the auto assembly and fabrication industries. They import workers to be exploited by American business such as the illegal aliens and the legal H1B workers.

"Labor Day....It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country." Labor Day should not be a one day event but a daily event all year long to remind President Bush, Congress, and the courts that the American worker is responsible for the strength, prosperity, and well-being of America. All politicians should remember this.

What do you think about President Bush ignoring the welfare of American workers and putting them at disadvantages by unfairly increasing the supply of illegal aliens and H1b workers into America, underfunding labor laws, not overseeing fair business practices. Do you know whether the polititions you have to vote for are for labor or anti-labor like Bush, Congress, and the Courts?

USA Today Editorial on 300 Million Population Growth

Here is another article on US population reaching 300 million.

Another USA Today article says that President Bush has nothing on his agenda to signify that he will announce the US population reaching 300 million because it would bring attention to his policies of not protecting our southern border allowing millions of illegal aliens into the country and also his policy of not arresting employers of illegal aliens. It goes further saying it is a political hot potato.

"Rather than seeing a vibrant, growing nation, a variety of anti-immigration groups see one that is growing too fast, getting too crowded or speaking too much Spanish. This growth, they argue, is leading to a decline in the quality of life as schools and roads become overcrowded and once close-knit communities change their complexion almost overnight. Environmental groups echo some of those concerns and add others as more and more open space is paved over."