Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Daniel Davis Edwardsville Office Opens

The Downstate Democrats for Change announce that they will work and staff the office that they rented for the Daniel Davis's Campaign in Edwardsville.

Please join us! Pam Gronemeyer RSVP Online at:

Event Date: Aug 9, 2008
Event Time: 10:00 AM
Venue Name: Madison County Office for Daniel Davis
Address: 212 St. Louis Street
City: Edwardsville
State: IL
Zip Code: 62025

Remember: The list of reasons to NOT vote for John Shimkus can only grow longer as time progresses. The latest addition (after he also has ties to sweatshop-loving Karl Rove like almost everyone else in the GOP) ---> the evil overlord of the Grand Oil Party is back in action bringing his hammered behavior with him. In truth, he never really left. He just slithered into the dark shadows of a hole that unfortunately was way too shallow for words. Ever the good little soldier, even a disgrace to the uniform will follow orders like before. And John Shimkus prides himself on following orders to the letter. Besides, it was worth $22K and guaranteed more income per annum than his teaching high school history. Who knows how much it will be worth to him this time.

Obsequious loyalty -- it's a good thing!

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At 21 October, 2008 22:00, Blogger berniew1 said...

Major factor in fiscal crisis: Repub. fiscal irresponsibility (documentation)

Unprecedented massive U.S. national debt, trade deficits, capital outflow and wealth transfer to other countries, and redistribution of wealth from poor and middle class to the ultra- rich. (documentation)

1. At the time of recently announced major fiscal bailouts, the outstanding U.S. Public Debt was $ 10.2 trillion, which is $33,300 per citizen.

2. 100% of this debt was responsibility of 3 administrations: Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II.

3. The national debt is increasing by $3.0 billion per day.

4. Adding unfunded Medicaid, Social Security, Medicare, and similar obligations for the current population, this figure rises to a total of $59.1 trillion, or $516,348 per household.[6] These trust fund surpluses have been spent by the Bush Administrations and now represent unfunded liabilities [8].

5. Additionally, losses from the falling value of subprime mortgage assets may reach $400 billion worldwide, Deutsche Bank AG analysts said. (Bloomberg) Subprime mortgages totaled $600 billion in 2006, accounting for about one-fifth of the U.S. home loan market[7]. Unsecured risk insurance by agencies involved in packaging risky investments added large amounts to the losses. Credit card debt is on its all time high. The Federal Reserve reported that revolving consumer credit has risen 7.4% from the same period last year. Outstanding credit card debt hit $937.5 billion. "AMERICAN credit card debt is growing at the fastest rate in years, a fact that may signal coming trouble for the banks that issue them... The annual growth rate has now been over 7 percent for three months running, the first such stretch since 2001. In late January of 2008, Bank of America executives said credit card delinquencies in California, Florida, Arizona, and Nevada—states with high foreclosure rates—increased five times as fast as in other states. Average debt on credit accounts and fixed-payment accounts such as auto loans climbed to $16,600, up from $15,500 last April, according to the credit reporting agency Experian. Credit card companies have responded by raising interest rates on struggling customers, causing additional difficulties for such consumers. [9]

6. Additionally, the 2007 U.S. trade deficit was over $739 billion and the debt is rapidly accumulating.

7. The major factor in U.S. trade deficits is fuel imports; the U.S. is 70% dependent on oil imports, plus large amounts for natural gas and coal. The debt and deficits are a major drain on the value of the dollar, and result in a massive transfer of U.S. wealth to other countries and economic decline.

8. The annual trade deficit is 35% larger than total Social Security spending, 50% larger than total defense spending, and 250% higher than Medicare spending.

9. Since 1952, the international reserve position of the U.S. has fallen 95%, from 50% of the world total to 2.4%.

10. The U.S. manufacturing base has declined 60%, while import ratios increased by a factor of 5.

11. There has been a huge transfer of wealth from the middle class and the poor to the ultra-rich; with increased gap between rich and poor, and increasing inequities and joblessness.

12. In both cities and suburbs where overall poverty rates rose from 1999 to 2005, child poverty rates rose faster. The income of the top 1% in income increased 14%, while that of the lower 90% declined.

Sources: (1)
(3) summary:

Policies that led to current situation:

The same fiscal policies were responsible in all 3 administrations- huge tax breaks to the rich and political supporters, borrowing from social security and similar trust funds, huge military spending increases, huge fiscal bailout due to lax regulation and mismanagement, cuts to programs affecting the poor, failure to address energy dependency)


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