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Buffoons and Bad Guys (and gals)
The Cretins, Creeps, Crooks, and Criminals who've done more harm than good.

Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh
Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow
John Hickenlooper
John Hickenlooper
Diana DeGetter
Diana DeGette
HillaryClinton
Hillary Clinton
Bad guys:
 
AARP, Alinsky, Assange, Armstrong, Ayers, Beck, Bergdahl (Junior), Bergdahl (Senior), Bundy, Bush I, Bush II, Caplis, Castro, Carriles, Che, Clinton (Bill), Clinton (Hillary), Cosby, Coulter, Davis, Davis, DeGette, DeLay, Dobson, Dohrn, Falwell, Feinstein, Fonda, government employee unions, Grande, Hancock, Hannity, Hill, Hilltop Youth, Hickenlooper, Hinn, Holder, Hoover, Jackson, Jobs, Kaepernick, Kennedy (JFK), Kennedy (Ted), Lamb, Lerner, Limbaugh, Long, Lynch, Maddow, Maher, Manning, Moore, Morgan, Mugabe, Mumia, Neeson, Netanyahu, Obama, Oughton, Palin, Peña, People For The American Way, Phelps, Pinochet, Polanski, Polis, Pombo, Prager, Putin, Ramos, Reagan, Reid, Rice, Right Wing Watch, Robertson, Romer, Rove, Rumsfeld, Savage, Shakur, Sharon, Sharpton, Snowden, Southern Poverty Law Center, Starr, Stephanopoulos, Teachers Unions, Trump, USCOC, Warren, Weiner, Williams, Wright, 10/40 Window thugs and many, many more...
Read their descriptions below!

 

 

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Villains, Bunglers, Charlatans, and Incompetents:

Edward Joseph Snowden Okay, some are much worse than others. Some intend harm while others "only" inflict damage because they believe they're actually doing the right thing for their wealthy friends, family, church, or union buddies. Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Congressman Pombo, Pat Robertson, Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein, Jerry Fallwell, James Dobson, and Rush Limbaugh might fall into the latter while Hitler, Milosevic, Pinochet, Posada, Saddam, and Sharon, certainly fall into the former...

The problem is that a host of other draft-dodgers, blowhards, crooks, killers, fruitcakes and liars have gotten away with too much. They've been worshiped and honored by segments of our society despite the damage they've intentionally inflicted on innocent, decent people, our way of life, freedoms, belief systems, and the natural environment. So, I hope to use this page as my contribution to setting the record straight. I'm not going to waste time on the really obvious monsters, like the aforementioned Hitler or Saddam, since most of the world is in agreement even though some still honor their likes.

Nope, the folks I hope to "recognize" here are the ones who, by design, have intentionally committed wrongs yet were able to mobilize enough support to cover their tracks or otherwise leave a more favorable impression than they deserve. History, people, and the future deserve better - crooks, tyrants and criminals need to know that the rest of us are not only watching, but making plans to take action.

- Roger J. Wendell
On a Related Note: From the early 1970s, until now (the second decade of the second millennium), I regularly monitored all kinds of news in addition to listening to a lot of talk radio and monitoring internet blogs. Whether at my office, driving to work, or even repairing my car, I've always enjoyed listening (and reading) about alternative viewpoints and philosophies. And, I haven't restricted myself to just any one political persuasion or genre either - I've enjoyed hearing from both ends of the political spectrum and everything in-between. However, as time has moved on it's become increasingly evident that there's less and less objectivity on the channels and blogs than ever before. The dishonesty and misrepresentations have become so extreme that I can no longer rely on conservatives, liberals, or anyone else in the media for an objective, balanced, fair or accurate representation of the facts. Their reporting, interviewing, and talk show monologues have become nothing more than propaganda pieces for one political ideal or another.

So, after having listened to them all (Beck, Boortz, Colmes, Flanders, Goodman, Hannity, Hartman, Hightower, Lavin, Limbaugh, Maddow, Savage, Schultz, Rosen, and a bunch of locals you've probably never even heard of), and even corresponding, meeting personally with, or holding private telephone conversations with a bunch of them (to conduct business, etc.) I've concluded that they're generally no more capable of assessing a political, economic, environmental, or military situation better than you or me. And, as I've mentioned above, many continue distorting the facts in support of their own political agenda or that of their employer. Because of the media's profound influence on our society the aforementioned propagandists get special attention on this page since I don't have a national newspaper or radio show to challenge them with. They, along with their cousins holding political office, need to be challenged by the owners of this country - we the people.

- Roger J. Wendell
July 2014

 

"The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open."

 - Günther Grass, Novelist and Nobel Prize winner

 

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Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh, also pictured at the top of this page, deserves special mention because he had the potential (more than most anyone else in America at the time) to do so much good yet continued, intentionally, to endorse evil and harm. I started listening to Limbaugh sometime in the late 80s when I was working near Dallas. It was at that time when his radio program was just starting to take-off nationally.

Although he was from my generation (the "boomers") I was immediately struck (and sickened!) at how virulent and hateful he was towards anything not associated with big business monopolies, big military, or big religion. It was especially annoying because it turned out that Limbaugh, himself, was able to avoid military service and didn't particularly have a very strong set of religious values or morals to begin with (he was an admitted drug abuser, divorcee, and generally felt himself better than the rest of us...).

Anyway, who would ever care what one person like Limbaugh (or even me!) thinks or feels about anything until you realize that at its peak, the Limbaugh radio show had over 20 million very loyal listener/followers marching in almost total lockstep! A really scary scenario when you heard Limbaugh saying things like global warming was a hoax* or that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and needed to be invaded! Imagine the good Limbaugh could have done with his control of so many listeners, politicians and officials around the country. Limbaugh had the opportunity to help make our country, and our world, a safer, kinder, and healthier place to live. Instead, he put his efforts into supporting a further concentration of wealth, pushing religion deeper into the workings of government, and completely ignoring any issue even remotely related to the environment and natural world.

However, instead of just complaining about him, I actually telephoned Limbaugh to confront him head-on with his mean-spirited attack on the things most of us hold dear. As luck would have it I actually gained some airtime with him but quickly found out that dissenting voices are electronically squelched on his radio program. As just a regular caller, I'd start to bring up a different point of view or alternative only to find he and his electronic wizards were overriding my voice so that he could talk over me yet the listening audience couldn't tell what was going on.

Yes, I should have known better than calling-in to the Limbaugh show with the expectation of being heard. Sadly, as I make this particular entry in April '07 (the entire page, itself, was created a couple years earlier) Limbaugh is still admired by millions as he rails against environmentalism while promoting the concentration of wealth and illegal wars that support his cronies. Limbaugh has squandered more opportunity for good than anyone else I can imagine in my generation...

- Roger J. Wendell, April '07

*As recently as April 18, 2008 I again heard Limbaugh refer to global warming as a hoax! With my own ears I tuned in, on Friday afternoon (he's never been played live in the Denver area so his show starts a few hours later than everywhere else in the country), to hear him talking about how young people nowadays were "...buying into fullfledged hoaxes, such as global warming..." Flat-Earth guys like Limbaugh will still be denying climate change when they're up to their ears in glacial meltwater! - Roger [He said it again on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. I'll probably stop making note of it because Limbaugh repeats himself so much. Nevertheless, here's what Rush Limbaugh said that day, again, about climate change and global warming; "I happen to know there's no such thing as manmade global warming." As I wrote in my Blog that day, "Hmmm...., I wonder how this great scientist and thinker "knows" there's no such thing? I suspect Rush Limbaugh knows very well that the climate is changing, and changing for the worst, but doesn't want to be out of lockstep with the big businesses and huge political connections he has. Just a guess of course..."

[During Thanksgiving week 2009 I tuned-in to Limbaugh to hear him not only continuing to call global warming a hoax but he was now picking on Rachel Carson for her work against DDT over 40 years ago! Limbaugh's anti-science attitude has done his listeners (and the rest of us) a lot of harm - he is truly lost!]

On a related note, I also heard Limbaugh rip into CNN business correspondent Ali Velshi, in one of the last days of January '09 (I can't remember, exactly, which day it was but I did hear it live...), concerning tax cuts and our horrible economy (at the time of my writing). Limbaugh stated, "Mr. Velshi, you are incompetent. You are a disservice to your business. Except you fit right in at CNN. Disinformation, character assaults. This economy is nowhere near as bad as it was in 1982."

Well, checking CNN's website, on January 31st, I found this spirited response from Campbell Brown, she hosts CNN's No Bias, No Bull evening show:

"Mr. Limbaugh, you may well have a legitimate case to make about tax cuts and what they can do for the economy. But the histrionics and name-calling, they undermine anything constructive you might have to say. Rush, I would love for you to come on this show and debate Ali on the issues. Make a case for your ideas. Our country is in desperate straits right now and we need ideas. What we don't need is nasty rhetoric and useless noise. This doesn't help anyone get a job, keep a job, or feed their family. If there were ever a time to put the meanness behind us and focus on real dialogue and real solutions, this is the time."
So, it looks like others are growing as tired of Limbaugh's attacks and name calling as I am! - Roger

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Bush

 

George W. Bush
George W. Bush
Although George Bush had been on my mind, for many years, I didn't start this entry until October, 2006. Even then, I only began to create it in a rush to beat the mid-term elections just a few weeks away. Why? Certainly not to influence the vote (if anyone relies on a single website like mine, to make a political decision, they've got a lot to learn in life!). Nope, I just wanted to see how "omniscient" I was in all of this since I felt most of America, after six miserable years of the Bush administration, was finally starting to wake up to his misdeeds, deceit, and general incompetence.

For me, my suspicions about Bush started to grow when I heard him talk about the need for a "strong military," during the late 90s, when he was jockeying for position to run as president. Having met his brother Neil, a decade earlier, I was keenly aware that the Bush brothers, for the most part, were draft-dodging cowards who wouldn't risk their necks for anything like the defense of our country. So, it was with a bit of shock, and interest, that I watched Bush become the "war president" with most of my countrymen urging him on like he was some kind of war hero or something - actually, it was a bit sickening, but the early 2000s were a difficult time to speak up against the war (I did, however, both on my radio show and in a paid newspaper ad and other writings and messages).

Anyway, whether intentional or not, most will agree that Bush and his cronies did a lot of harm to America and its reputation. This little page of mine will remain intact to keep the record straight even after the well-monied write the history books in his favour...

Luckily, as I created this particular entry just a few weeks before the November 2006 elections, it appears the American public is finally waking up to the corruption and incompetence that has dominated the Bush White House for over half a decade now. The laundry list is long, but allow me to jog your memory in case folks start to forget:
George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
Throughout the 2nd Bush's presidency public opinion suggested that he was an inarticulate, dull-witted speaker. I didn't agree. Although Bush was an obviously poor orator I believed him to be relatively intelligent with a persistent, well hidden agenda. That agenda, as history is already revealing as of this writing, was the strengthening of the Church/State relationship that heavily favored his personal brand of Christianity. Additionally, he and his cohorts sought to turn America into an "ownership society" that encouraged an extreme concentration of wealth and power into the hands of a few. White House camp followers like Tony Snow, Don Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Carl Rove, and the other monsters who hung around Bush were somewhat successful in implementing his agenda, thus driving America in the wrong direction.
Anyway, despite the mean-spiritedness of Bush II (and his siblings) I kind of liked his father, George H. W. Bush. Bush senior, on the surface, seemed much more practical, thoughtful, and honorable than his sons - he was even a decorated war hero - unlike his kids! Of course questions still linger concerning the whereabouts of "Poppy" Bush at the time of the JFK assassination. Oh, and although he did serve our country during WWII there are lingering questions as to why he was able to escape his plane yet his two crewmembers were not. Also, the Bush family in general, going all the way back to Prescott, has been involved in countless, questionable undertakings that there are still no answeres to. And, finally, George H. W. Bush revealed his religious bigotry when he suggested, back in '87, that atheists shouldn't be considered citizens or patriots - shame on the Bush family!
- Roger, '06

 

Just one more year!
Good riddance to George W Bush
But what kind of mess will the next president inherit, exactly 12 months from today?
by Rupert Cornwell, The Independent, January 20, 2008

"Today is a sombre milestone, marking the start of the last of Mr Bush's eight years in the White House. This being a leap year, exactly 366 days remain until 20 January 2009, when his successor will be sworn into office. It is a time when incumbents look to their legacies. And for this President the view could scarcely be bleaker."

"Is he the worst President in US history? Mr Bush faces stiff competition from the likes of James Buchanan, who watched as America slipped towards civil war, or Warren Harding with his corrupt administration, or Herbert Hoover, who failed to halt the slide into the Great Depression, or, more recently, Richard Nixon, the only President to be forced to resign. But in terms of dogmatism, incompetence, ignorance and divisiveness, Mr Bush surely compares with any of the above."

"In Greek mythology, Hercules washed away that mess by re-routing the rivers Alpheus and Peneus. Whoever takes the oath of office next 20 January will face a similar task in repairing America, both at home and in the eyes of the world. By almost every yardstick, the country is in a worse state than seven years ago - a state virtually unimaginable when the new century dawned."

"...the Bush era leaves its own nasty odour. Corporate cronyism has been rife. Globalisation and cuts driven by ideology have turned the wealth gap between rich Americans and the rest from an embarrassment into an obscenity. Since 2001 the real income of ordinary Americans has stagnated."

"And that may be the greatest challenge of all facing a President Obama, Clinton, McCain or Romney. America, as Bush never tires of insisting, must lead. But it must lead by example, not just by military force. Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, secret CIA camps, waterboarding and 'extraordinary rendition' have all combined to give the lie to the US as champion of human rights."

The new occupant of the Oval Office can but hope today's dislike for America is directed at a leader, not at a country. That may well be, but one thing is for sure. Never again will the US occupy that extraordinary position of supremacy - military, moral and economic - that it held in the interlude between the demise of Communism and the attacks of September 2001.

To the 44th President falls the task of explaining that truth to the country, as well as dealing with the concrete day-to-day problems left by George Bush. Indeed, one wonders, why would anyone want the job?

 

Worst president, ever? Maybe! But, as you can see from above,
the world (at the time of this writing in early 2008) isn't looking
kindly at what Mr. Bush has done to our country and the planet.
I'll leave these excerpts from Mr. Cornwell's article posted for
a few years to see how history's look back at the Bush presidency
turns out...                                 - Roger, '08

 

"...under George W. Bush whatever had remained of the line between the interests of profit-seeking corporations and individuals and U.S. national security requirements had been totally oblitereated, a process that was more oftenn abetted than challenged by the Democratic opposition."
- Robert Scheer
The Pornography of Power, p. 90

 

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Coulter and Dobson

 

Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter
James Dobson
James Dobson
Ann Coulter was an interesting experience for me. By age 50, in 2006, I had heard a lot about her but had never actually listened to her for myself. Then, one "lucky" evening* I happened across Jim Dobson's Focus on the Family broadcast (My philosophy on this kind of listening is, "Know the enemy and know yourself;" - Sun Tzu) where he was shilling for her latest book. Although she seemed somewhat articulate I was shocked at how vehemently she was opposed to science, evolution or anything associated with inquiry and natural curiosity. She even mocked those who had an interest in natural history by saying they must think their grandfather was a "worm" or something! Anyway, who cares if people like this have fears about thought and reason unless they're powerful, well-connected folks like Dobson and Coulter? These two have done a lot of damage trying to convince Americans to shun independent thinking and reason...

*10/26/2006 @ 9:45 pm

 

Focus on the Family misleads its "Sheeple"
by Cindy Rodriguez, Denver Post Staff Columnist (Tuesday, October 17, 2006)

"There's a reason followers of the reactionary James Dobson are called 'sheeple."
As chairman of the $145 million-a-year propaganda organization Focus on the Family, Dobson is the ultimate puppet master, giving conservative members of Congress marching orders in exchange for votes from his flock."

"By manipulating religious teachings, Dobson represses his followers with a reactionary societal code: Get married, stay married, procreate and - most important - donate your money to Focus on the Family." "...Dobson has defended Republican congressional leaders who knew that former Florida Congressman Mark Foley was sending sexually suggestive messages to minors."

 

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Rumsfeld

 

Donald Rumsfeld shaking the hand of Saddam Hussein in 1983
Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein - 1983
What a strange turn of events! Rumsfeld couldn't show Saddam enough support in the 80s, as evidenced by this very famous photograph, yet couldn't contain himself when it came time to invade, bomb, torture and humiliate the Iraqi people 20 years later. My guess (or hope!) is that history will judge the Bush/Rumsfeld invasion for what it was - an international war crime that was also in violation of America's own laws as well. But, it all depends who controls the money for the history books that'll be written - and, we all know who usually controls the purse strings in this country!

Note: There is a ray of hope here! The day after the 2006 congressional elections Rumsfeld submitted his resignation to President Bush. The sadness, of course, was not only that Rumsfeld was replaced by another questionable character (Robert Gates, former CIA chief), but that those who lied, cheated and broke the law to get us into Iraq will never be questioned or challenged...

 

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Reagan

"Poor dear, there's nothing between his ears."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Ronald Wislon Reagan Ronald Reagan was president when I was in my 20s. At the time, most everyone believed him to be "The Great Communicator" yet, to me, he sounded like a babbling buffoon. I'll have to admit, this quarter century later (I made this page entry in April '07) that the diary entries I made about his inability to properly communicate were wrong. Although Reagan obviously wasn't the great communicator everyone made him out to be it appears now that he was in the first stages of Alzheimer's disease during his presidency - something that later killed him. So, we can't blame his inattentiveness, halting speech, or even napping during cabinet meetings on buffoonery but, rather, on the beginnings of a disease that incapacitates and kills thousands of Americans each year. - Roger J. Wendell (April 2007)

"What planet is he living on?"
- President Mitterand of France poses this question about Reagan to Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau.

It's both interesting and sad how so many of the bad guys, listed on my page and other places around the Internet, are so connected with each other - just like the "interlocking directorships" that have engulfed American business throughout my life, these guys (and gals) have sleazy relationships and connections with not only each other, but all kinds of unsavory and questionable characters in and outside of our country.

Ronald Reagan was no different - Oliver North, the Bush family, and others on my page have all had questionable dealings with Reagan. And, of course, Reagan's contempt for Congress and the law were legendary - it's no wonder so many dishonorable people flocked to be around him...

In real life Reagan was an actor and radio announcer - although he served during World War II it was only in a Hollywood studio making war films. Immediately upon taking office, President Reagan was "mysteriously" able to end the 444 day Iran hostage crisis. Of course it later turned out that he and his shady friends were playing Let's-Make-a-Deal with the radical Iranian government before his own inauguration. Further investigation revealed that Reagan approved of his associates' illegal trade in weapons and drugs for the support of "Contras" and other military goon squads.

"Reaganomics" and the "Trickle Down" theory were Reagan's goofy answers to economic issues. By the end of his presidency the national debt had grown to be greater than the accumulated debt of all of the previous presidents combined. And, it was during the Reagan presidency that the country's debt, that for the first time in history, grew at an even faster rate than the U.S. economy! And, obviously, Reagan's "Trickle Down" economics did nothing more than allow an even greater concentration of wealth and power into the hands of a few - even today, nearly three decades later, people are still fond of saying they're tired of being "trickled on!"

Finally, a large portion of my concern about Reagan, when he was president, was his complete disregard for the environment and natural world. His inaction and intentional harm in this regard will continue to haunt us for decades. When time permits I'll provide a more detailed list of Reagan's environmental failings. Until then, let me leave you with one of his more famous quotes on the matter:

"Approximately 80 percent of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation. So
let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards for man-made sources."
- Ronald Reagan, quoted in Sierra, September 10, 1980

 

The Reagan/Soviet Union Myth:

Soviet Flag Okay, I'll admit I wasn't an expert on American/Soviet relations but I did watch Russia closely, throughout my youth, because the "cold war" was big news designed to scare us and keep us in line. Also, I studied Russian Language in college so, on a personal level, I had a keener interest in the Soviet Union than most of my friends and neighbors.

Anyway, being somewhat familiar with Russia and the Soviet Union it always amazed me that the collapse of the Soviet Union was attributed to some grand strategy or charisma possessed by Ronald Reagan. Wrong! Reagan had about as much to do with the collapse of the Soviet Union as I did (and that wasn't much!)!

As history is only now beginning to reveal, as conservatives lose some of their stranglehold over our history books, it was Russia, itself, that made the decision to dissolve the Soviet Union. And, they did it on their own without pressure from America, Reagan, or any of the conservatives he filled his administration with. There's all kinds of evidence for this, out there in the real world, but a really solid and reliable source would be the country's two ambassadors to each other, wouldn't you agree? Here's an exchange between the two, on September 26, 2007 with NPR's Robert Siegel, that I took the time to transcribe myself:

[United States Ambassador to Russia, Jack Foust Matlock, Jr 1987-1991]:

"I sent my first message saying that we should make contingency plans for the possible breakup of the Soviet Union in June, 1990 - 18 months before it happened. And the reason I did, I saw Russian sentiment moving in a direction that they wanted to get rid of the other republics because they were not going along with the reforms that Russia wanted. And that was the key thing and that's another thing people often forget. In the bottom line it was Russia that finished off the Soviet Union. It certainly was not American pressure but it was really Russia that put that final nail in the coffin. I don't know whether Yuli would agree?"

[Soviet (and then Russian) Ambassador to the United Nations and United States 1990 - 1994, Yuli Mikhailovich Vorontsov]:

Oh, definitely I would agree but I always wondered when, here in the United States, they said the American victory over Russia that that's the United States doing and that kind of thing, the disintegration of the Soviet Union (Siegel interrupts and says, "The triumph of the cold war, triumph in the cold war, was the disintegration of the Soviet Union?"). Not at all, not all. We did it our self, to ourselves, as a matter of fact, voluntarily."

 

A second opinion on Reagan's "defeat" of the Soviet Union:

"Though the Soviets moved from ally to enemy, the Eisenhower administration never gave up the prospect of bringing them back into the fold through negotiation. It was Eisenhower, more than anyone, who deserves credit for the unraveling of the cold War by bringing Nikita Khrushchev to the United States to view and envy the bountiful grain fields of capitalist Kansas."
- Robert Scheer
The Pornography of Power, p. Xiii

 

A third opinion on Reagan's "defeat" of the Soviet Union:

"Okay, I know I'm far from being an expert on Russia but I did study their language, in college, and have watched their country closely my entire life. First, I thought it was with way too much "glee" that we thumped our chests over the so-called defeat of the Soviet Union. To me, it always seemed bizarre that we'd go on witch hunts, or even war, over anyone or anything that had an interest in Communism. second, with the break-up of the Soviet Union we were too eager to gloat about the situation, even humiliating them at times - forgetting that they're nothing more than humans, just like us, who were out for their own best interests like everyone else (right or wrong). Additionally, with Reagan being such a buffoon, it was hard for me (or anyone else who was awake at the time), to feel pride over his constant condemnations for a country he obviously knew so little about. Finally, I think (as I write this in '07) the Russians will have the last laugh - they have more resources (oil, timber, water, etc.) than we can even dream of so there's little doubt the tables will turn and they'll be the prosperous ones someday - it's just a matter of time and simple math! Oh, and let's not forget Global Warming - it'll probably expand Russia's agricultural areas in addition to opening up some ports that aren't usually accessible in winter - watch out!"
 
- Roger J. Wendell
Golden, Colorado - Summer 2007

 

Did You Know?

Ronald Reagan and Chesterfield Cigarettes At one time Ronald Reagan was a liberal Democrat:

Below are some highlights from Ronald Reagan's 1948 radio speech in support of Truman for president. Reagan also supported Hubert Humphrey for Senator from Minnesota and opposed the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 which had been passed by the Republican congress over Truman's veto.

"This is Ronald Reagan speaking to you from Hollywood. You know me as a motion picture actor but tonight I'm just a citizen pretty concerned about the national election next month and more than a little impatient with those promises the Republicans made before they got control of Congress a couple years ago.

I remember listening to the radio on election night in 1946. Joseph Martin, the Republican Speaker of the House, said very solemnly, and I quote, "We Republicans intend to work for a real increase in income for everybody by encouraging more production and lower prices without impairing wages or working conditions", unquote. Remember that promise: a real increase in income for everybody. But what actually happened?

The profits of corporations have doubled, while workers' wages have increased by only one-quarter. In other words, profits have gone up four times as much as wages, and the small increase workers did receive was more than eaten up by rising prices, which have also bored into their savings. For example, here is an Associate Press Dispatch I read the other day about Smith L. Carpenter, a craftsman in Union Springs, New York. It seems that Mr. Carpenter retired some years ago thinking he had enough money saved up that he could live out his last years without having to worry. But he didn't figure on this Republican inflation, which ate up all of his savings, and so he's gone back to work. The reason this is news, is Mr. Carpenter is 91 years old.

Now, take as a contrast the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, which reported a net profit of $210 million after taxes for the first half of 1948; an increase of 70% in one year. In other words, high prices have not been caused by higher wages, but by bigger and bigger profits.

The Republican promises sounded pretty good in 1946, but what has happened since then, since the 80th Congress took over? Prices have climbed to the highest level in history, although the death of the OPA was supposed to bring prices down through "the natural process of free competition". Labor has been handcuffed with the vicious Taft-Hartley law. Social Security benefits have been snatched away from almost a million workers by the Gearhart bill. Fair employment practices, which had worked so well during war time, have been abandoned. Veterans' pleas for low cost homes have been ignored, and many people are still living in made-over chicken coops and garages.

 

Reagan and the Nuclear codes:
cnn.com - October 31, 2008
 
In fairness to President Reagan, this was a CNN interview with Fareed Zakaria (a foreign affairs analyst) where they were talking about the confusion that can confront any change in administrations. Nevertheless, it's an accurate historical note about Reagan:

"Ken Duberstein told me a story about President Ronald Reagan's last day in office. You'll have to watch my program to hear it, and it's quite funny, but suffice to say that, the transition period is so confusing that Reagan tried to give up his nuclear codes before he was actually out of power."

 

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Ken Starr

Ken Starr "Yet the outrageously monstrous Ken Starr (about whom longtime Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau said, 'He violated every [prosecutorial] rule in the book') conducted, with federal authorization and funding no less, a seven-year, $70 million investigation of Bill Clinton's involvement in a small and losing real estate venture (Whitewater) in Arkansas fifteen years before his presidency, and finding nothing, decided to investigate Clinton's private and consensual sexual life. In the process, Starr almost destroyed the Clinton presidency, substantially incapacitated the executive branch of government, and made America a laughingstock around the world."

- Vincent Bugliosi in his book,
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, p. 29

 

Federico F. Peña

Federico Peña Former U.S. Secretary of Energy, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and Democrat Mayor of Denver from 1983 to 1991.

Peña is a special case for me as I had the displeasure of sitting next to him during one of the Army Corps of Engineers' Two Forks Dam hearings while he was mayor of Denver. At the time, I represented the environmental organization Wilderness Defense! and was working hard, with many others, to prevent the construction of the huge (and unnecessary) Two Forks Dam near Denver. Although we were eventually successful in preventing construction of the project, Peña sat next to me in his expensive suit and fancy cowboy boots pleading with the Corps to move forward with the project. Never once did the Democrats, the party of "Environmentalists," hold Peña accountable for his anti-environmental position. Heck, not only did they reward him with appointments as Secretary of Energy and Secretary of Transportation, they even named a short stretch of freeway after him for Denver's new airport!

In later years (October 27, 2015 at 08:20 am to be exact!) Peña also worked against the environment by criticizing anyone who was interested in controlling our borders and overpopulation problem. It was on that date, in a recorded interview on KGNU, that Peña said that presidential candidates speaking out against the illegal aliens flooding our country were, "anti-immigrant," and "anti-Hispanic." This from a Democrat who claims to have concerns about our country and its environment!

 

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Anti-American

Kaepernick and Reid Anti-American - 09-18-2016 In this photo San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35), refusing to stand respectfully, knelt during our national anthem before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina. The National Football League, of course, didn't have the courage to rein in these two players (employees) for fear that the flow of money into the games would be upset.

 

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Quick Quotes:

Here are some additional quotes that helped people
win a permanent position here on my Bad Guys page:

 

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Quick List:

These are names and organizations that I haven't had time to either make a full entry
for, or add their quotes, but are certainly deserving of a place in the bad guys queue!

 

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Links:

  1. America
  2. Bad Business
  3. Constitution, Bill of Rights and other Amendments
  4. Economics
  5. Electoral Vote Predictor
  6. Follow the Money in state politics
  7. Friendly Advice
  8. Government employees and their unions
  1. Media and the Fourth Estate
  2. NNDB - Notable Names Database
  3. Peace and Justice
  4. People
  5. Politics
  6. Proselytizing
  7. Spooks and spies
  8. War and Terrorism

 

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