The Legacy of Ronald Reagan….

This is interesting stuff. I already knew that Reagan was one of the worst Presidents that we’ve had. Here’s a new book that details his policies and actions:

The Man Who Sold the World

Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America

by William Kleinknecht

The myth of Ronald Reagan’s greatness has reached epic proportions. The public rates him as one of the most popular presidents, and Republicans everywhere seek to cast themselves in his image. But award-winning journalist William Kleinknecht shows in this penetrating analysis of his presidency that the Reagan legacy has been devastating for the country—especially for the ordinary Americans he claimed to represent.

So much that has gone wrong in America—including the subprime mortgage crisis and the meltdown of the financial sector—can be traced directly to Reagan’s policies. The financial deregulation launched in the 1980s freed banks and securities firms to squander hundreds of billions of dollars and make a shambles of the economy. Boom-and-bust cycles, obscene CEO salaries, blackouts, drug-company scandals, collapsing bridges, plummeting wages for working people, the flight of U.S. manufacturing abroad—these are all products of Reagan’s free-market zealotry and his gutting of the public sector. Reagan pioneered the use of wedge issues like race and the war on drugs to distract America while his administration empowered corporations to lay waste to our traditional ways of life.
read more here

BP Gulf Oil Spill….it isn’t what they say

It’s very sad that the topic of switching to alternative energy was discussed back in the 70′s and here we are in 2010 allowing oil companies to have a chance to do this to our environment.  This live feed is from the AP and was released this week.

Gallegly is Against Healthcare Reform…here’s why

Here  is Gallegly’s 2010 campaign contributions:

Industry  ↓ Total  ↓ Indivs  ↓ PACs  ↓
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $9,000 $1,000 $8,000
Telephone Utilities $4,000 $0 $4,000
Defense Electronics $4,765 $1,765 $3,000
Commercial Banks $3,000 $0 $3,000
Health Professionals $5,665 $2,665 $3,000
Electronics Mfg & Services $3,330 $830 $2,500
Real Estate $8,562 $6,062 $2,500
Misc Issues $2,000 $0 $2,000
Home Builders $2,000 $0 $2,000
Computers/Internet $2,265 $1,265 $1,000
TV/Movies/Music $3,000 $2,000 $1,000
Lawyers/Law Firms $10,999 $9,999 $1,000
Insurance $2,000 $1,000 $1,000
Crop Production & Basic Processing $4,650 $4,350 $300
Livestock $5,514 $5,514 $0
Building Materials & Equipment $4,600 $4,600 $0
Casinos/Gambling $2,000 $2,000 $0
Retired $16,711 $16,711 $0
Trucking $2,065 $2,065 $0
Business Services $2,665 $2,665 $0

Here are Gallegly’s campaign contributions for the 2008 cycle:

Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $36,500 $17,000 $19,500
Telephone Utilities $11,000 $0 $11,000
Real Estate $48,244 $37,444 $10,800
Automotive $18,800 $8,800 $10,000
Public Sector Unions $9,000 $0 $9,000
Home Builders $10,000 $2,000 $8,000
Defense Electronics $10,000 $3,000 $7,000
TV/Movies/Music $10,600 $4,600 $6,000
Crop Production & Basic Processing $16,448 $10,648 $5,800
Health Professionals $10,795 $7,648 $3,147
Securities & Investment $9,800 $7,300 $2,500
Building Materials & Equipment $16,250 $13,750 $2,500
Lawyers/Law Firms $22,120 $19,870 $2,250
General Contractors $9,050 $7,050 $2,000
Lobbyists $9,150 $7,150 $2,000
Republican/Conservative $10,410 $9,410 $1,000
Misc Finance $9,900 $9,400 $500
Livestock $14,200 $14,200 $0
Retired $40,849 $40,849 $0
Casinos/Gambling $10,600 $10,600 $0

A break down of the later demonstrates this:

Sector Total PACs Indivs
Agribusiness $46,898 $17,800 $29,098
Communications/Electronics $29,489 $21,000 $8,489
Construction $38,949 $12,500 $26,449
Defense $15,250 $12,000 $3,250
Energy & Natural Resources $12,750 $12,500 $250
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate $89,444 $26,200 $63,244
Health $48,995 $23,147 $25,848
Lawyers & Lobbyists $31,270 $4,250 $27,020
Transportation $24,800 $13,000 $11,800
Misc Business $41,202 $12,564 $28,638
Labor $12,000 $12,000 $0
Ideological/Single-Issue $23,861 $11,401 $12,460
Other $48,499 $0 $48,499

Insurance and Health contributions combined make up for his main campaign contributions. If you want to include Lobbyists, that includes another $31,000.

Add to this misery, Gallegly won’t hold town hall meetings and won’t debate campaign challengers.  Probably because he doesn’t care what his constituents have to say and doesn’t want to be challenged with the facts.

Data provided by Opensecrets.org

Go play with the yearly data there, and you’ll see he’s always been a favorite of the insurance/pharma industries.

Over the course of Gallegly’s Congressional career, here are his totals:

Sector Total PACs Indivs
Agribusiness $335,074 $120,211 $214,863
Communications/Electronics $263,672 $192,112 $71,560
Construction $308,391 $105,050 $203,341
Defense $156,868 $135,557 $21,311
Energy & Natural Resources $161,076 $131,018 $30,058
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate $756,363 $319,949 $436,414
Health $401,417 $205,322 $196,095
Lawyers & Lobbyists $219,363 $39,525 $179,838
Transportation $218,316 $135,120 $83,196
Misc Business $352,147 $139,545 $212,602
Labor $58,025 $57,525 $500
Ideological/Single-Issue $192,638 $127,618 $65,020
Other $284,506 $500 $284,006

hmmmmm

Sarah Palin’s Left Hand

Unbelievable. Frightening actually. Sarah Palin spoke last night to the Tea Party Convention using notes scribbled on her left hand. If she can’t make it through a speech without notes on the palm of her hand…notes that she needed to respond to a question of what are the top three steps necessary for America, what of importance could she have to say to anyone in this country? I think we can get many handfuls of American citizens to respond to that question without crib notes. Just what were the Republicans trying to pan off on America when choosing her for a Vice Presidential candidate?

There was another time when Sarah Palin had hand issues, that was during the Sarah Palin – Joe Biden Debate

Was this after she hurt her hand?

Obama Admin switching sides on Public Option for Healthcare?

The Remains of Gaza

A last image for the passing administration…

it was that bad and we didn’t impeach, shame

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