Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"It has to be pulled out by the roots." I thought Speaker Boner was talking about invasive species in the Farm Bill.

Speaking of roots, has the Speaker noticed the drought in the Corn Belt which caused a commodity increase by 35%?

This was the first time I have ever witnessed a Constitutional Law being repealed in a nonsensical vote. This is expensive. It is expensive to have Congress in session to play politics with the House when they are suppose to be conducting the country's business and it is expensive for all the work they could have done but didn't. All the country's business had to be put on the back burner while the majority Republicans played politics with our treasury paying for the entire mess.

Thirty - three times is ridiculous. How much money have the Republicans used to play politics from the House floor because all those games are ethical violations.

This isn't sweet corn. This is field corn. The plants get 12 to 15 feet tall.

by David Pitt 
Jul. 11, 2012 06:08 PM
Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Some cornstalks in fields (click here) around the farm where David Kellerman works stand tall. But when the husks are pulled back, the cobs are empty. No kernels developed as the plants struggled with heat and drought.

The soil in Kellerman's part of southern Illinois is like dust after less than an inch of rain since mid-April. This week, he and the farmer he works with cut and baled the withered plants to use as hay for their cattle.... (They bailed it because corn is a form of grass, therefore, hay. It doesn't have the same nutritional value though.)

...Almost a third of the nation's corn crop is showing damage. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released another report predicting that farmers will get only a fraction of the corn anticipated last spring when they planted 96.4 million acres, the most since 1937....

...A rule of thumb is that food prices typically climb about 1 percent for every 50 percent increase in average corn prices, said Richard Volpe, a USDA food markets research economist.
The government has already predicted food prices will increase this year by as much as 3.5 percent.

Kellerman, 28, farms near Du Bois, Ill., with his neighbor, Gerald Kuberski. He said they gave up last week after more than a week of 100-degree or hotter days.

Temperatures over 95 degrees while corn is pollinating can stunt the growth of ears and prevent kernels from fully developing.

"Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we had 108 degrees. It just pretty much fried the corn," Kellerman said....

I would have brought rotten tomatoes in full expectations of using them.

There was too much dignity in the room as far as I am concerned.

The soft bigotry of low expectations? What?

That is bizarre. 

Romney is a bigot. Racist, whatever you want to call him. He was speaking to a room of minority voters and never extended his hand to them.

There is no such thing as soft bigotry of low expectations. Ask President Obama, I am sure he'll tell you the demand by all minority parents on their children to reach for high goals. There is no such thing as soft bigotry.

The inner city is plagued with problems of violence that has nothing to do with low expectations, it has to do with the lack of hope and a drug economy. It is about complacency in believing life actually has a better outcome. There are many reasons why there are problems in some communities across the country, but, low expectations is not one of them, unless it is out of ignorance of knowing there can be a better life.

Let's just call this what it is, racism.

Yesterday, Dennis Miller did it again. He chuckled it up with a caller stating even the USA Park Commission demands 'No feeding of the animals to prevent from dependency.' I mean these people are a disgrace to the word American. 

It is racism. Just that simple.

One of the places the carpetbaggers of 2008 hit the worst was Black Wealth. Don't even try it.

Preserving the Middle Class Tax Cuts is not an attack on Small Business.

$250,000 threshold has nothing to do with Small Business Growth.

How many times does it have to be said for Republicans to change their rhetoric because they are "W"rong.

What do we know about the Income Tax Return FORM?

What do we know?

We know there are SCHEDULES on the Income Tax Return Form that allows Small Business their reduction in taxable income by the expenses of their business.

We know the taxes paid are on what small business owners REALIZE as profit.

Ready for this?

If I were a small business owner looking at paying a higher income tax because my bottom line is over $250,000, what would I do to bring the income tax level down?

Personally, I would be checking to be sure it is not time for expansion and/or whether or not I needed to make a capital investment and/or needed to increase my market share by adding advertising venues before I paid monies into the USA Treasury.

If I was comfortable with my market share, wasn't really ready for expansion and had all the updated equipment I needed; basically cruising along just fine. I would pay the extra tax over $250,000 and take a different vacation next year.

Why would I be happy to do that? Because I would be paying down the national debt, improving the financial viability of my country and be confident my children were going to have a better future; while my business was doing just fine.

The argument in preserving the Middle Class Tax Cuts are obvious, THEY are our economy and we are still growing every month. Let's get this done. The incomes over $250,000 are not necessarily returning monies into the USA economy; in the case of the disgustingly wealthy, we know they aren't; but are offshoring.

What can be done for those $250,000 to $1,000,000 income, make incentives to increase their interest in the USA economy and offer that as a tax break, but, that is all I'd do to bring interest to the economy for those making over $250,000. Otherwise, the Middle Class is where our economy is at and we need it to be as viable in the market place as possible.

One other thing, I'd re-examine "Income Averaging" for those having one exceptionally good year out of every five. This to be sure they aren't unfairly having a tax burden one year that sincerely would be unfair over a five year window. That would also provide a better option for those $250,000 to $1,000,000.

Another name for income averaging is "fairness." 

Bill Clinton reached into the USA economy and found strength with minority entrepreneurs.

This graph notes in 1992 the opportunity for loans were made to minority Americans for economic growth. That was Bill Clinton.

There was over growth and over confidence in regard to loans under Bush as revealed by this graph and it has one word, "Countrywide." Who should be trusted this November? The Republicans understand only one thing "Bigger is better." No so.

Bill Clinton, even today with his Global Initiative, champions minorities and WOMEN to the opportunity of business and economic growth.

Former President Clinton found a great deal of economic strength in believing in women in minorities. He opened new opportunities for women and minorities including college. The increase of women being the majority of college graduates occurred because of the years of Bill Clinton.

Women and minorities do better with Democratic leadership. 

Guess what? The best and most benevolent health care reform in the USA happened with a woman as Speaker of the House.

January 26, 2010

...But there is a growing set (click here) of data and trends indicating that men are not as well equipped for the demands and stresses of modern society as women.  Men die younger, have substantially higher substance abuse rates and are much more likely to be in jail. 
Recent studies also show a major shift in mental health, with depression rising among men and decreasing among women.
Men don't do as well in school as women.  The chart below is from The Rise of Wives, a Pew study on marital changes caused by women outpacing men in education and earnings growth over the past couple of decades....

Local economies are leading the way in job and economic growth in the USA.

The investor class, like Romney is not interested in the USA. Pay attention to the large firms and how they have negative growth in the USA economy. They are leaving. They are taking their money and leaving. The American people are growing their own economy. Congratulations, no one can take it away from you now.

September 01, 2011

...Nearly 2/3rd of private-sector hiring was done by firms with fewer than 50 employees (click title to entry - thank you) last month, which means they added 58,000 jobs in August. Compare this with the meagre 3,000 jobs added by large firms (firms with more than 500 employees). Here's a chart from Société Générale that shows the hiring patterns of small, medium and large firms: