Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What is wrong with being fair?

Did you watch President Obama's State of the Union last night?  I was struck by his call for fairness, his challenge to get the country moving again, and his positive attitude about ways to solve our problems. President Obama offered us all a chance to get out of this economic funk by proposing bringing jobs back to this country and giving more opportunities for people to attend college.  The President did have examples of people who've taken advantage of retraining programs that helped them qualify for new jobs.

However, I was also cognizant of the obvious display of complete boredom and arrogance shown on the faces of John Boehner, and Eric Cantor. Both of them looked like tired, old, constipated, white guys, who've grown accustomed to expensive liquors at "the club."  I guess Republicans are quite happy to collect massive contributions from anti-environment PACs, big shot billionaires, and right wingers who want to take our country to a time before Civil Rights, voting rights, women's rights, child labor laws, safety on the job, and a minimum wage.  Republicans want to go back to the early 1800's when white, male overlords controlled everything.  I have a message for Republicans:  We are going to move forward, not backwards.  You can be part of the solution, or left on the side, wondering what happened.

 Where do we go from here?  The only way to keep moving forward is to -

1.) re-elect President Obama.
2.) elect Democrats who will embrace and help the President's agenda.
3.) adopt a fairness doctrine---
        - fairness in taxes (Warren Buffet's secretary should have a lower tax rate than his)
        - fairness in opportunities in education, jobs, training, and access to health care.
        - fairness in the way we approach our daily lives.

Do you really want the closed-minded, arrogant, Republicans controlling your lives, your reproductive rights, and your future?