Don't petition the White House, Use

Don’t petition the White House, Use

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

Obama, the Good Samaritan and the demise of the Middle Class

Apr 20, 2011 Aaron Krager 2 Comments

A young man set on a single goal of reaching his destination is minding his own business walking down the street. Along the path a larger man demanding his money stops him. Perplexed and confused, the demand comes again. Now frightened he reaches into his pocket, hoping the incident will be over quickly. In his fear he moves too slowly. The larger man backhands him knocking him to the ground. The ordeal only escalates as another person joins in and threatens to kill him.

His mind races and yet the hands move much quicker. The wallet escapes the pants pocket and a few bills protrude out. While the victim tries to hand it over the two muggers are arguing with each other on who will steal it. The first mugger finally notices the wallet, snatches it and takes off. The second mugger runs after him. As luck would have it another mugger appears and steals the young man’s backpack with his computer and schoolbooks.

Angry and shaken, the young man slowly gets up off the ground. Another young person approaches to offer him a hand. The kind person offers him a drink, food, a cell phone to report the crime and to walk him to his destination. While the kindness from the helper means little in the grand scheme of that particular person’s life it means nearly everything in that moment for the victim.

The story is not too far away from one of my own experiences. The sad thing is that the kindness of another person is the farthest things from truth for the rest of us.

We are being mugged and beaten everyday by the people who purport to ensure our safety and who pretend to help us along our path towards the American Dream. But that path is merely an illusion for us to be out on it and allow these people to rob us while we chase the fantasy of a white picket fence.

The middle class finds itself in that predicament right now. Beaten senseless, robbed blind, left to die – on the side of the road – awaiting a neighbor to show us mercy.

Over the last thirty years wages for the middle class and working poor have remained stagnant. Prices of everyday commodities have risen. College tuition has more than tripled. Quality jobs in manufacturing and growing economic sectors have been shipped overseas for want of cheaper labor. The middle class is relying more and more on a service economy for its income while being told the American Dream is around the corner.

It is the lie to get the middle class alone on the road. While the middle class walks on the road to Jericho – life’s highway – they turn a corner with hopes of capturing a hint of this so-called Dream. Unbeknownst, a gang of robbers waits. Hit from behind the middle class falls to the ground. A kick to the stomach, sticks smashing into the legs, and the sudden impact of fists striking the face. In a daze; confused at the event unfolding, the middle class has no idea they have just been conned. Barely conscious, the robbers pilfer through the clothes to find anything of value. A lifetime of savings, a home taken away after a predatory loan, laid off after years of dedicated work and any sense of dignity is long gone.

Struggling to pick itself by its own bootstraps, the middle class slowly claws its way out of the ditch and into sight on the roadside. There is neither a hospital nearby nor a neighbor offering assistance. In the distance, a possible savior or at the very least a movement promising to change the culture that plagues the road to Jericho. A promise of recovery and a promise of holding account those who are responsible.

Hope and Change. That’s what was promised. At the first opportunity to deliver it, Obama did not fulfill the Good Samaritan role. As his administration approached an injured middle class there were, and still are, two choices: a) help the middle class return to health or b) walk right on by.

Walking by is the easy route. At worst a little guilt nags a little further down the road, but life continues. Actually stopping to do something is a whole other matter. The journey comes to a dead stop and requires an assessment of the situation.

Stopping on the roadside requires a deep commitment. It compels one to see the recovery of the middle class through to the end. Human nature dictates that once we take a vested interest and claimed responsibility we strive to ensure a good outcome.

But that was not done. Responsibility has been delegated and, for the most part, pushed into the future.

Progressive criticism of the Obama administration is usually based on his role as an authoritarian – they believe he concedes too quickly, tries to find the middle ground before the discussion has even begun, and that he bows when he should stand tall. When it came to fixing up the middle class, he did not deviate from this narrative.

The robbers could be seen in the distance. Wall Street crashed the economy with high risk investments and instead of being investigated for wrong-doing, they were bailed out by the very people charged with dealing out justice.

The hospital and law enforcement are clearly within reach. Policy proposals to secure the middle class were shelved or never considered. The SEC and FBI were not used to look into fraud or abuse in banking practices.

A true interest in the recovery of the wounded means taking two actions: getting them to the hospital and utilizing law enforcement. A single individual cannot heal the wounds and track down the perpetrators. It takes reliance upon specialists to ensure a proper recovery.

But we know what happened. Obama took the middle ground to not upset the status quo. A few bandages here and there.

A little change to help the middle class along their way. – A small tax rebate in an inadequate stimulus package.

While it may have helped the middle class get back up on their feet it offered no guarantee the robbers would not return nor a safe arrival at the hospital. – Wall Street is free to continue as though nothing happened. The stock market bounces back to help the upper class continue their wealth grab.

In the parable of the Good Samaritan he is merely a passerby and does not ask to be placed in a situation of choosing to help or not. Nonetheless, the Samaritan helps. On the other hand Mr. Obama asked us to believe in him, to vote for him, to trust him as our President. Change would come but instead of living up to it he has skirted the toughest fights of changing D.C. and restoring government for the people and by the people.

The political debate in D.C. has shifted towards deficit reduction and spending cuts. The same victims of the banks and corporations are now being asked to sacrifice more after taking a beating. How much more is there to sacrifice?

Where is the middle class to go from here? The road only becomes more dangerous when one has to walk down it with a broken arm or half blind or with little ability to run away. It means the next beating and mugging the middle class takes could be its last.

That is unless a true Good Samaritan steps up; especially one that asked to be in that position.

  • Rita

    Check out Amerisus they are a two-year old startup that has reengineered how homes get built in an effort to make housing affordable for everyone so that (here’s the real agenda) they can help middle class households get their budgets in check. They are delivering affordable housing, unmatched energy efficiency, green mortgages, high tech for homes, etc. Part is whole neighborhoods. this summer their coming out with a national savings plan that will knock the big bank rebate programs on their ass. I hear that might be bought or even d an IPO.

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