Sunday, April 20, 2014

Allen West Is Full Of It.

                                                  

A couple of my friends recently posted a snarky little essay on Facebook by Allen West - Top Ten Reasons to Vote Democrat in 2014. 

Allen West is totally out of the reality ballpark when it comes to what Democrats believe. Since he doesn't like Democrats and doesn't respect Democrats and possibly doesn't even know any Democrats, I thought I would attempt a response from an actual living, breathing Democrat.

Top 10 Reason - "I'll vote Democrat because I can't wait for college football season to be delayed or cancelled because the student athletes are union employees."

My answer - Yep, you're pretty right on on this one but here's why: I think colleges have screwed the kids that actually bring the mega-bucks into their athletic programs for generations. Here is how valuable universities think sports are: Kentucky basketball coach salary = $5,387,978; Louisville basketball coach = 4,812,769; LSU football coach = $3,856,417; Alabama football coach = 45,476,738; Texas football coach = $5,353,750; Wisconsin football coach = $1,400,000. (Meanwhile, the highest paying universities pay their full professors an average of $180,000). And the kids, why they get nothing at all in return for their labors. Half the time, the schools don't even bother to give them a decent education out of the deal. This is a fair bargain how? $5,000,000 million for me, zero for you? Yep, that's how conservatives think all right.

Top 9 Reason - "I'll vote Democrat because I believe oil company profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't."

My answer - Oil (energy) companies are the largest and most profitable corporations in the world, holding 7 of the top ten spots. Royal Dutch Shell took in 30.3 TRILLION in revenues with a $1.5 trillion profit. Exxon is America's most profitable company with profits of $44.9 billion last year. So it doesn't appear that $.04 cents a gallon tax is hurting them to badly. And they don't have to build roads and repair bridges and fund schools and maintain parks and on and on. Instead the oil companies USE the benefits the government spends THEIR 15 cents on.

Top 8 Reason - "I'll vote Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would."

My answer - I don't know what Mr West would spend his tax money on if he got to keep it but I consider taxes the dues we all pay to live in a civilized society so if he'd stash it in the Caymans (a la Mitt Romney) while the government would use it to feed hungry children, I'll go with the government.

Top 7 Reason - "I'll vote Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it."

My answer - This is a bullshit meme by the oh-we're so victimized right. Facebook itself proves that Freedom of Speech is alive and well in America EVEN if it offends people. I see lots of things on Facebook that offend me (including this idiotic screed by Mr. West) but I don't complain and I don't turn him into the the Offensive Speech police. I just scroll on by....or occasionally take them on with my own right to Freedom of Speech. 

Top 6 Reason - "I'll vote Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves. I am also thankful that we have a 911 service that get police to your home in order to identify your body after a home invasion".

My answer - Again with playing the victim card. No legislation that has been proposed would take all their guns away from Americans. We Democrats would like to see background checks on all purchases and stricter penalties for straw sales which was what was in the bill the Republicans filibustered last time around (thank you, NRA). Background checks have actually stopped some criminals from buying guns...and just maybe, saved your child's life.

Top 5 Reason - "I'll vote Democrat because I'm not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive and comfy."

My response - I am pro-choice that is true. This is a personal decision that I don't believe politicians should have anything to say about....especially male politicians....especially male politicians who consistently voted against the best interests of those babies once they were born. My answer to abortion is to provide all kids (girls and BOYS) with sex education and all women with free contraception to minimize the number of abortions as much as possible. You will never stop unwanted pregnancies completely and making them illegal only makes them unsafe. As for inmates, I don't care if they are comfy but I believe everyone we are responsible for should be treated humanely, up to and including not torturing them.

Top 4 Reason - "I'll vote Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education and Social Security benefits and we should take away the Social Security benefits from those who paid into it."

My response - No one is talking about changing/limiting/privatizing Social Security except your party, Mr. West. As for illegal aliens, I think its to our benefit that all people living in America to get health care and an education. That's better for us as a country. I think kids like the Dreamers, who've lived here virtually all their lives and know America as their only home, should be given amnesty. They make our country stronger, not weaker. They are contributors, not takers. 

Top 3 Reason - "I'll vote Democrat because I believe that businesses should NOT be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see it."

My response - Of course, this is ridiculous. No Democrat believes corporations should not make a profit. If that were so, how do you explain that right now, businesses are making record profits and the stock market is at an all-time high under Barack Obama. The fact is that industry is ALWAYS more prosperous when Democrats are in charge. You could look it up but you probably won't because what you found would conflict with your fantasy.

Top 2 Reason - "I'll vote Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters."

My response - You're kidding, right? We now have the most conservative court we've had since the New Deal. Chief Justice John Roberts almost always sides with the conservatives in controversial cases. It is only Justice Kennedy that keeps the conservatives from winning every decision. Not only is this the most conservative court but it is the most pro-business court ever. This is the Citizens United court that said corporations are people and money is free speech, which allows big bucks to virtually buy our elections. This is the court that said, "nah, we don't need the Voting Rights Act anymore 'cause there's no discrimination in America". This is the conservative court that doesn't even try to shield its bias, as in Justice Thomas' wife being the head of a Tea Party group.

Top 1 Reason - "we buy oil from countries that hate us but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle, gopher, fish or frog."

My response - We are drilling more in America than we ever have. Our exports of foreign oil are less than they have been in decades. Nothing is allowed to stand in the way of Big Energy. They can perpetrate gigantic spills that despoil our sea coasts, our wetlands, our rivers, our neighborhoods and walk away with a slap on the wrist. They can engage in fracking that scientists now assert causes earthquakes ("too bad, so sad, get used to it neighbors") and most likely leak pollution into the water table. They dig mines then walk away from silted up creeks and bare mountaintops and dead miners. They hold their contaminated waste in ponds that leak and ruin whole stretches of rivers, not to mention poisoning the water of large sections of cities. They tear up the land to plant giant pipelines to carry especially nasty tar sands oil even though the people who live near the path of the pipeline protest again it. They bag up their radioactive waste and dump it in public places rather than dispose of it properly. So, it isn't only beetles, gophers, fish and frogs (you forgot birds, otters, turtles and numerous other forms of wildlife) who are risk. People who get in the way of Big Energy's agenda are endangered too.

Gee, Fox News printed Mr. West's little essay on their blog. Do you reckon they'll do the same for my response?