Welcome to the inaugural blog of Nocoprogressives. We are a progressive grassroots group of bloggers that will present the facts on political issues, then let the citizens make decisions based on facts not fears. We hope you find this website informative, interesting and thought provoking. With that said, lets get to work and start blogging.
First of all, why did this site come to be? The idea started to formulate itself during the presidential campaign of 2008, after Barack Obama was nominated by the Democratic Party. Heated public debate and some name calling is certainly nothing new to our political process. But it was the false accusations of not being American born or being a Muslim, of almost trying to strip the man of being worthy of running for the office of President of the United States that shocked me. While middle class Americans were having their jobs sent over seas, their retirements funds vanish, their homes foreclosed on and their health insurance dropped and yet they were outraged that Mr. Obama wanted to raise the taxes on the top 2 percent of Americans. What could possible make these people act the way they did? With a little research, I found my answer.
In 2009, eight of the top ten nationally syndicated political talk radio show hosts were conservatives reaching over 70 million listeners per week, while progressives had two in the top ten (Thom Hartmann is one of the two and can be heard in Colorado on AM760) reaching approximately 8 million listeners per week, add in local and state wide conservative talk radio hosts, plus 24/7 FOX News, and I was starting to understand just where this fake outrage was coming from.
Fake outrage you say! Listen, I’m all for someone who has convictions and beliefs, that’s what makes this country great, our diversity, our freedom of speech, that is certainly what our founding fathers had in mind. But ask a conservative about their outrage that President Bush created the largest federal government agency in the history of this country (Department of Homeland Security), or that we have spent over a $1 Trillion looking for WMD’s in Iraq, or that communist China owns over $1 Trillion of our debt, and yes this is debt that your children and grandchildren will have to pay, and I get this blank stare. Ask a senior citizen about privatizing their Medicare while they are carrying a sign stating, “Keep Socialism out of my Medicare” and they will beat you with it. These are just a few of the examples of the outrageous rhetoric the conservatives have spun to keep this country divided and hide the real agenda.
This country has been on a destructive path since Reagan first started deregulating the very safe guards FDR put into place after the Great Depression, and yes Clinton had a hand in it to with his signing of Senator Phil Gramm’s (R-TX) bills, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act of 1999 “that decimated Depression-era firewalls between commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, and securities firms – setting off a wave of merger mania,” (remember that phrase, “too big to fail”), and the most cunning ploy of Mr. Gramm’s political career was getting passed the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, this was the bill that let companies like Enron, perform energy trading free of regulatory oversight. Why would Mr. Gramm give such generous provisions to a Texas energy company, perhaps the fact that Wendy Gramm (Phil Gramm’s wife) was an Enron broad of director and during her tenure, “her Enron salary and stock income brought between $915,000 and $1.8 million into the Gramm household.”
We at Nocoprogressives will present facts, because truth is power, and help expose the hypocrisy of our elected officials, and how politicians are nothing more than puppets to their greedy corporate masters and the ultimate plan, to systemically dismantle the middle class, and let you the citizen decide if you want to keep electing this kind of bought and paid for politician or do you want to elect people that represent us.
Again, thank you for signing on to read Nocoprogressives.com, I encourage you to post comments and help spread the knowledge that this country was created by and for, WE THE PEOPLE, and remember, stay progressive!