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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS WE SENIOR CITIZENS RULE AMERICA

You know how I know we senior citizens rule America? Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson says so in his column of February 21. Right in the title, he says: “Who Rules America?” and then right in the title, he gives the answer: “AARP.”

According to him, the AARP, with it 40 million members, has taken over the government. Now he doesn’t say this in so many words. No, his words are “The great question haunting Washington’s budget debate is whether our elected politicians will take back government from AARP…”

Well, sir, I’m one of those 40 Million members and this is the first I heard that AARP had taken government from who? I suppose the taxpayers, of which I am one.

Anyway, his beef with us senior citizens is we will not allow the politicians to touch Medicare and Social Security. No, sir, we AARP frustrates “needed Social Security and Medicare changes.”

AARP is so powerful it throws fear into the politicians.

I don’t know how long it took the politicians to make payment for medicines a part of Medicare, but it took a long time. If the AARP is powerful, why did it take so long.

And if you senior citizens didn’t know it, these programs, says Samuelson, “constitute middle-class welfare.” Ignore the fact that senior citizens paid into both programs during their working years.

If you can’t find anyone else to pick on, pick on the old folks.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS FUND RAISING IS GOP’S EXPERTISE

The country is supposedly in a recession, but you the way the Republican party is able to raise money sho’ don’t look like we in a recession to me.

Several groups favoring the GOP have raised $56 million to give to GOP candidates this year to help defeat them democrats.

Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota done raised $5.4 million dollars in the last quarter.

But that woman in Nevada, Sharron Angle, who is challenging Harry Reid for the senate, did Michele one better. Angle raised $14 million in the third quarter.

Them Republicans, man, they experts at raising money. They done raised 75.4 million dollars, and that aint hay.

The government is running a humongous deficit. Well, now, why don’t them Republicans donate some of that money to the US treasury?

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS CONGRESS AINT FOR THE PEOPLE

In my high school civics class, I was taught that we send them senators and representatives to Washington to represent us. Course, they caint always represent our will cause sometimes our will may be against the national interest.

I’m not so sure that they represent us at all, to tell you the truth. If they do, how come they let the corporations who give them money to run they election campaigns write the laws? We all know that the insurance companies and drug companies aint gon lose nothing in the health care bill. Ifn you dont believe me, just take a look at that there prescription bill for us old folks passed a few years back. How come the government dont want us to get them cheaper medicines from Canada? Hell, the same companies make the drugs sold in the U. S. of A that’s sold in Canada, so it aint got nothing to do with safety as some politicians claim.

Money talks when it comes to gettin elected to congress, and the folks with the money is them corporations.

Ifn you dont believe, ask yourself how come the congress caint stop them subsides to farmers who dont need them?

Where is the voice of the people?

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS ONLY IN AMERICA

I dont know whether to cry from shame or be bold like a man and admit that I agree with Sarah Palin on something. She is right when she says the picture on the cover of Newsweek magazine is sexist. There, now I said it.

What I want to know is how in hell did Sarah Palin become the governor of Alaska? Other than being the governor and being stupidly select as a vice-presidential candidate, what has she contributed to  the anything or anybody. She done wrote that book “Going Rogue: An American Life.” She right bout one thing: hers is an American life cause only in America could she, like a lotta others, become famous for being famous and get a lotta money for writing a book bout, well, hell, I dont know what it’s bout since I aint read it and dont plan to.

I aint bout to make her rich by buying her book. I gotta say, though, she aint dumb. No dumb person could get a publisher to publish a book bout nothing, or get interviewed by Oprah and Barbara Walters.

She burnin up the news these days. I, for one, will be glad when she flame out.

She proves once more that only in America can a nobody become a celebrity for being famous.

 

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS 2009 AIN’T BRINGING HIM NOTHING

Everybody is writing bout what 2009 will bring them and about New Year resolutions. Well, I figure 2009 ain’t gonna bring me nothing new and I sure in hell don’t make no New Year resolution that I won’t keep anyway.

The way I figure it, with times being as bad as they are, I’ll be doing all I can to keep my head above water. Look at what’s happenin to the Black middle class folks. They why I’m all for the bailout for the carmakers. Those folks gon or already done lost their jobs cause the carmakers almost broke. Them high wages they made, well, they probably ain’t make them no more, so sir. Now don’t get me wrong, some White middle class folks is suffering too. Suffering don’t know no race, color, or religion.

Now I likes Obama, the president elected, but man, I’m facing one fact: he gon have a hard time correcting the financial mess we in, and I ain’t holdin my breath til he do. I just hope they don’t reduce my pension, cause if they do, I’ll have to look for a job, and I ain’t sure I can handle an eight hour shift no more, what with my old man illnesses. And I ain’t sayin what they are.

And I ain’t lookin back at 2008 like all the newspapers and TV are doin. I’m with Satchel Paige who said something to the effect “don’t look back because something may be following you.”

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS OBAMA NOT A GENTLEMAN

Alvin was cutting Mr. Thompson’s hair. Mr. Thompson is a professor at the local college. We were discussing how Obama’s campaign had raised a shit load of money.

“That Obama is a smart man. I see in the paper he don’t want no help from the government.” Alvin paused and then went back to Mr. Thompson’s head. “But, man, I think he did McCain wrong.”

Our true Obama fan, Jabo, chimed in. “I tell you that boy knows what he’s doin. Didn’t I tell youall he was a heavy thinker, huh, didn’t I?”

“No, you did not,” said Leroy, “but he is smart. And he gon win.”

“Professor, what do you think,” I asked.

Alvin paused to let the professor speak. He couldn’t cut while the professor was speaking because the professor talked with his hands.

“Well, Obama is a very smart man, no doubt about that. But I agree with Alvin, he had agreed to take Federal money but then he reneged when he apparently suddenly discovered he could raise more money than he would get from the government.” The Professor waited for a reply from one of us.

Leroy obliged him. “Now, look here, Professor, if the guy could raise more money than them McCain, he did the right thing. I mean how come both of them got to have the same amount, huh, how come?”

“Look, my man,” I said, “the rule for public financing of presidential elections is not about both candidates having the same amount of money. It is about preventing the rich folks’ money from influencing the election. Am I right, Professor?”

“In part, yes,” the Professor replied, “mainly, it is about preventing special interest from influencing the election. The problem, you see, is it doesn’t stop groups from collecting as much money as they want and using it for negative advertising, such as the Swift Boat group did to Kerry.”

The professor was going too deep for us.

“Well, all I know is Obama can raise a whole lot of cash using the internet, and by God, his plan to do it is a good thing,” insisted Jabo. “I tell you the dude knows how to win.”

“Well, Alvin,” I asked “you gon voted against my man Obama?”

“Now you know what I do in the votin booth is private. Besides, how I vote is neither here nor there. I’m just sayin Obama ought to keep his word, as a gentleman.”

“Politics is no game for gentlemen,” I shot back at him.

“Amen,” said Leroy.

“You got that right,” added Jabo.

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