Monday, March 26, 2012

Sheen Right, Stivers Wrong

****  It is very easy to agree with what Martin Sheen has to say.

On the other hand, it is very easy to disagree with the Republican obstructionists that want to destroy Medicare in order to fund more tax cuts for corporations and the 1%.

>>>>>  Republican Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15) is doing his best to protect his banking friends. In the past, even as a state senator in Ohio, Stivers voted against consumer protection laws, and now he is doing it again.  After the banking crisis of 2008, laws were passed to protect average citizens from the unfair, reckless practices of banks where they misused the public trust and over leveraged their funds.  Banks created disasters, and therefore, they should be regulated.  Stivers and his Republican colleagues want banks to operate without regulations and controls.

The Hill:

...One of the bills, from Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), would exempt inter-affiliate swaps from some regulatory requirements under Dodd-Frank. Inter-affiliate swaps are the exchange of financial derivatives that allow companies under a common corporate ownership to move risk around, and are seen as far less risky to the broader market than swaps between unrelated companies....

Are Stivers and the Republicans trying to create another banking crisis?  Do these Republicans support their banking friends getting more profits while citizens lose money and security in their banks?  Sacrificing safety and trust so that bankers can make more profits is wrong, immoral, and unethical. 

****  My heart goes out to the family and friends of Trayvon Martin.  With a vigilante taking it upon himself to shoot a youngster because of wearing a hoodie, it all just makes me sick.  I cannot imagine the heartache that the family feels.  The entire case just makes me so sad.  We had all hoped that we had gotten beyond racism, but apparently prejudice still lives.