People Pusher Beliefs

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. - John F. Kennedy

Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake. - Henry David Thoreau

The Mission of the People Pusher

It's about the people, stupid.

That's a campaign slogan I wish someone had adopted. In our world today, so much is focused on "platforms" and ideology that is not about the people. The People Pusher wants you to think about that.

At the end of everyone's life, what are they thinking about? Some are seeking redemption for the things they know they did that were "bad." Others are thinking "did I leave my mark on the world?" Still others haven't figured out yet that you can't take the bank account, high profile career, McMansion, or any of that with you.

In the end, the hope is that we are all thinking about who was loved, who we helped, and how we behaved in the community of humanity.

This blog is focused on people issues. And the mission of the People Pusher is that you will think about the people, too.

Monday, March 23, 2009

5 Things President Obama Can Do to Make up for the Special Olympics Gaffe

As most people know by now, President Obama made an off-handed comment about Special Olympics that has many people talking. He apologized immediately, but there are many people who are still quite unhappy about it. Here are 5 things he could do to make up for his gaffe:

1. Meet with the Arc of the United States as they have requested in a press release today.
2. Fully fund Medicaid waivers to end waiting lists for services people with disabilities.
3. Give a speech to the nation like his famous speech on race that calls all Americans to stop using the "R" word and stop treating people with disabilities and their families like second-class citizens. Help the public to understand why his comment and the use of the R word hurts.
4. Take that Special Olympics bowler up on his offer to teach him how to bowl better.
5. Get the entire Democratic party involved in addressing the problems of people with developmental disabilities.

All you have to do is search "Special Olympics" and "Retarded" in Twitter, and read the hateful comments by people responding to news articles about his gaffe to know that it is time for everyone to learn from the President's truly terrible mistake.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bonuses, Schemes, Pouty Quarterbacks, and Lost Newspapers

While the words in the title of this story today may not seem to relate, they do. All of the subjects of this article are about how our society has gone far astray. They all speak to why money and power have ruled our country far too long.

We need to take America back.

AIG rewarded employees for failing using $450M in taxpayer money - loans from the government to save a company that is insuring many people's lives. The people simply must rise up, screaming, for that money to be given back. It's just that simple. Without the people, the government doesn't act strongly. Let's take back that money in any way necessary.

Prosecutors are having trouble getting the assets of Bernie Madoff's wife because she claimed that money didn't come from the scheme. I argue that the money can be claimed. During a divorce, a couple has to divide property and debts 50/50 because all assets gained during a marriage are jointly owned. Apply that law to the case and her money and assets are fair game.

Quarterback Jay Cutler, who earns a gozillion dollars a year, is pouting because he thought his coach might trade him - trade him to another team who would most likely pay him ten gozillion dollars to play a game. Aweeeeee, I am just stunned! I feel so bad for Jay Cutler. He has been wronged! (Oh come on, people, what is the matter with us? This deserves 45 minutes of air time on the news?) People are losing their homes and can't feed their kids. Why does this get any more than a mention on the air? Something is so very wrong. Let's take back our airwaves. And while we are at it, let's take back sports.

Newspapers are going under all over the country. Now why is that? Could it be that corporations took over OUR media for profit? Could it be they have controlled both print and airwaves and put themselves in the hole because the people weren't all that interested in news that has been filtered by the corporate office? Let's take back our newspapers. Set up a PBS type of model and have city newspapers that can sustain themselves by public contributions.

My hope for America?

That we wake up and take our country, our airwaves, our sports, and our money BACK.