Re: Women and equal pay. Romney doesn't mention any policies he put in place while governor to show his support.
Romney says he's about removing taxes on dividends for the middle class. What??? ROMNEY, THE RICH HAVE DIVIDENDS, much more than the middle class and even more than the poor.
This morning around 5 a.m. a car struck a mother who was walking her kids, killing one of the kids. The mother was pushing a stroller. It's unfortunate... My co-worker asked 'Why would a mother be pushing a stroller and walking her kids around 5 a.m.?' I told her she has to consider the working poor have to contend with things like that often: getting the kids to a sitter so the parent can go to work.'
Does the mother and her children fall into the class of the working poor? I don't know. But I see so many people who work so hard to make ends meet-- even ushering their kids out in the early morning just so the parent can get to work and earn minimum or near minimum wage.
My co-worker is so 'numb' to reality, and the disgusting thing about it is she refuses to see how she is. She lets me know 'she isn't racist' and 'goes to a church that has 'a Korean man as its minister' -- oh yeah, and that the current Obama Administration is moving the country towards, as she claims, "a dictatorship"... sorry, I'm just so tired of this co-worker... My condolences to the mother who lost her child and I wish more folks would understand the realities of the working poor. Obviously my co-worker doesn't understand, nor does she wish to understand because to do so would upturn the world in which she has taken refuge.
I know I'm venting, but know one thing: the incident like the one that happened this morning and having to contend with individuals like my co-worker inspires me even more to continue to fight for economic justice and social equality. OK, I'm done with this post-- BUT I'M NOT DONE WITH THE FIGHT.
I was about 5 minutes late tuning into the debate, but when I did the first thing that struck me was how exhausted the President looked.
I was used to my (excuse me, Mr. President) my cutie as being bright- eyed and ready to spar, but last night he didn’t look that way. Though it’s somewhat nderstandable when you consider that President Obama HAS A FULL-TIME JOB (more than full-time, actually) AND he’s running an election. It’s like I tweeted last night: “President looks a bit tired. But then, he's juggling BEING PRESIDENT and running in an election. THAT'S A LOT OF WORK.-- unlike Romney. HOWEVER, looking through all of the FACT-CHECKS this morning, it all comes off as this: A lot of the important points Romney made SIMPLY DOESN’T ADD UP. And to add to that, Romney did some back-pedaling, something the President didn’t do… For the next two debates I’m making this suggestion to President Obama: Let Hilary and Joe handle things while you rest up. BTW, here is the link to the fact-checkers: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/10/03/162263539/romney-goes-on-offense-pays-for-it-in-first-wave-of-fact-checks
Doug Cooper Spencer is a novelist, short fiction writer, and essayist living in New York City. Doug is the author of four novels: 'This Place of Men' (1999), 'People Like Us' (2008), 'Leaving Gomorrah' (2011) (which are books in a trilogy), and 'Ella Pruitt' (2015), as well as a book written as an epistle 'A Letter to a Friend' (2007). He has also written numerous essays, short stories and autobiographical memoirs which he calls ‘memory pieces’.
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