Tag Archives: Politics

Tsk, Tsk, Tsk, and Flip Flip Flop Mitt!!


By Amy M. Voltero

I have previously admitted that I rarely watch the news and at all costs, AVOID politics, but my recent exposure to the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, has enticed my interest on the logistics of this year’s presidential election.  So as a woman, I have taking an interests in certain issues, especially as the pertain to my body.  Especially since it seems the only people talking about woman’s issues are old creepy white men.

For example, everybody knows about Roe V. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that allowed woman to control their reproductive system.  Well I am a huge supporter!  I believe it is the woman’s right to choose, no matter what the circumstances. Oddly, so was Mitt Romney in 1994.

Here is a passage from the 1994 senatorial debate against Senator Edward Kennedy:

Gov. Romney: “One of the great things about our nation, Sally, is that we’re each entitled to have strong personal beliefs, and we encourage other people to do the same. But as a nation, we recognize the right of all people to believe as they want, and not to impose our beliefs on other people. I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law, and the right of a woman to make that choice. And my personal beliefs, like the personal beliefs of other people, should not be brought into a political campaign. Too much has been written about religion in this race. I’m proud of my religious heritage. I’m proud of the values it has taught me, but if you want to know my position on issues, ask me, and I’ll tell you. I think the low point of this race was when my opponent and their family decided to make religion an issue in this campaign – brought it out, attacked me for it. I think that’s a mistake, I think the time has passed for that. John Kennedy was the one who fought that battle, but that battle lives for all of us of all faiths.”

Blah, Blah, Blah… I get it, people’s views change over time. When asked the question previously, “Where do you see yourself in five years…?” I can tell you, I didn’t have a daughter, 3 part time jobs, a car, my own place to live. I most likely would have been dead, had a kept on the path I was going. My concern is the marketing tactic behind Mitt Romney’s views. Is Obama pro-choice? Did he wake up in 2008 and say, “Well, Obama has the pro-choice vote, let me recruit the pro-lifers?”

I believe that the issue of abortion is black or white. You either support it, or you don’t.

Another issue that raises my blood pressure is the subject of Massachusetts Transitional Assistance.  There are countless amounts of welfare recipients in this state. I would like to believe that most of these people use the states benefits, for what they are designed for, but I know that’s not the case. There have been numerous stories in the media about people selling food stamps for half price to small business owners, buying cigarettes, booze and lottery, with their cash benefits, etc. A task force was developed in order to monitor the abuse of statewide benefits.  Obama supports welfare, the technical aspects, I am not sure of, due to my new found love for the nitty gritty of politics.  Romney is against state aid. (theoretically) He wants to create more jobs (does that mean Obama doesn’t?) for Americans.

So I guess I agree with Romney about the creating jobs thing, however, this is a man, who wants to outlaw abortion, the pill, and all contraceptives, besides condoms. I believe he still wants abortion in cases of incest and rape only, but I may be mistaken.

And even if I am not, I am sure Mitt will eventually switch over to agree with me at some time in the future.

But wait, I have a great idea!! Let’s outlaw all contraceptives, end state assistance, have an over populated country, filled with poverty stricken families, begging to elect someone to office, that will assist families in need.

Yes, there are many cases when I have been food shopping and the woman at the check-out in front of me, has a Louis Vuitton purse, and an iPhone and nails and hair that are fresh out of the salon, pulls out her blue EBT card, and proceeds to pay for her groceries.  Who am I to judge?

I am one of those recipients, on partial assistance from the state. I do not fit the stereotype, or someone LIVING off the state. I have three part time jobs.  I wasn’t receiving child support for my nineteen month old daughter, until this past month. What most of you don’t know is the maximum amount a mother and one dependent child is to receive from the state is, $491.00. By being on “welfare” and working part time, I am only allowed to make that much money per month.  My rent is always 30% of my income.  Now, let’s add the rest; cell phone, diapers, wipes, car insurance, toiletries, clothes, gas, Sippy cups, etc.….My bills exceed what I make. Therefore, I commend state aid programs like this.  Since my most recent job, I am transitioning off state assistance, now making twice as much as I would by staying on aid.  So, a little secret to all of you who post pins that are slogans regarding having to pay taxes, and welfare recipients, do not… I pay taxes, and get state aid, so I guess, its fair game, huh?

A message to my dear friend, Mitt Romney, make up your mind, stop trying to gain prospects on untactful marketing strategies, and for Pete’s sake, stop embarrassing yourself!!


Politics or Promises?

By Amy M. Voltero

Aah politics, oh how do I love thee? I don’t claim to be an expert one bit. I couldn’t tell you who was in office before Governor Deval Patrick, or who was Mayor before Menino. Wait hasn’t Menino been mayor since I was born??? I don’t read much of the newspaper or watch the news often, due to the involuntary consumption of Sesame Street, Barney and the Wiggles, but I feel as through, I know enough to make an accurate judgment. All these FABULOUS men and women declared our nation’s politicians have two things in common:

1.  They BS their way during campaigning: Promise beneficial changes to gain prospective votes. Once elected, AMAZING, they do the exact opposite of what they were originally standing for. SHOCKING!!!!

2. All share the same million dollar smile!!! I can’t count the number of pictures I’ve seen of local politicians, where it looks like someone has pinched them ever so painfully in the buttocks. It’s like the only thing that changes in a given photo, is the scenery, and clothing of course. Hysterical!

I understand that SOMEBODY has to run our cities and State, on the contrary, wouldn’t it just be easier to pick the candidate who shares the same origin surname? I mean really. My grandmother told her children to, “Vote for the guy with the Italian last name.” That’s exactly what I did.

Yes, I am the jerk who is registered to vote all these years, who sometimes doesn’t bother to waste valuable time, standing in line with the rest of my neighbors, to cast a vote for someone whose main priority is climbing the political ladder by false pretenses and cutting corners.  I think I’ll pass. I would rather get hate mail for the rest of my life from people telling me I’m not an American, and that I should be ashamed of myself for thinking so. Blah Blah Blah.

I do however hold the deepest respect for those men and women who serve our country overseas, and in the states, every day. Those are real heroes. True they are under direction of our nation’s President, but don’t think for one moment I would even invite him over for Sunday dinner. I have the utmost respect for police officers, firefighters, pilots, EMT’s and the citizens of our nation. People who put their lives at risk, or save the lives of others. Take 911 for example, the fallen men and women, died to save the rest of us, and our country. Heroes!!

I know, I know, how could a person like myself hold the views that I have? As a recovered substance abuser, I told people what they wanted to hear. I said I was sorry; not knowing sorry was an action word. I made promises I never intended to keep.  Now that I have become educated on my addiction, I am now able to put the shoe on the other foot. I was able to see that my broken promises were part of my self- seeking behavior, and that’s not okay. The same should go for our politicians. How can you sleep at night, knowing you have no intention of keeping promises? I believe that actions speak louder than words. Until then, sweet dreams!


Occupy Wall Street evictions and the Other 1 percent

  By Megan Crotty


I like a protest as much as the next gal, but I think I have had quite enough of the Occupy movement nationwide.


Don’t get me wrong, I agree with the underlying tenants of the movement. I am part of the 99 percent, and chances are, you are too. But, I fail to see how these protests are forwarding the cause of the greater good at this juncture. I have been told by a Russian Emigre that when a protest is held in Europe it will end quickly if no one gets up to speak, no matter how grand and important the cause. The clock has been ticking for two months now, and we have had no speech, no outlining of major ideas, no leadership in the Occupy movement.


Someone in support of the movement may tell me that “I don’t get it.” That I do not understand that they are all equals and they do not want to play into politics, to which, I would respond (and I think Jack would have my back) that they do not get it. You need to play the game to effect the game, and the Occupy silence coupled with the Occupy bongos and ponchos and damage to public spaces, has caused the movement to become a nuisance at best, which is a shame considering that what they originally stood for should be of concern to us all.


While some may not agree with me, I think New York City got it right this week by removing the Occupy Wall Street protesters and their $300 tents from Zuccotti Park. I think it is prudent for them to allow the Occupiers back in with new rules as well, and I wish more cities nationwide would do the same. Why, you may ask? Because as winter rolls around, these Occupy movements will be taking away desperately needed services from the other 1 percent in our nation – the homeless.


Not the homeless that choose to be homeless so they can discuss economics and buck the system from the comfort of their temporary, North Face-designed home, but the truly homeless. Those who have really fallen on the hardest of times, which, in this economy, has begun to include more and more families with children. As volunteers descend upon Occupy camps with blankets, food, coats and free health checks, others will be neglected.


Furthermore, the movement is causing a strain on our local services, as police details, garbage and cleaning services – among other things – become necessary at each of the camps. Let us not forget that this uses valuable state money at a time when states do not have money to waste.


So, whats the answer? I am not sure, but I hope it includes clearing out of these parks and actually getting organized. Tell me something Occupy Wall Street – tell me anything, – and I would probably be behind you. But continue on like this and you will likely lose the members of the public that have not already forgotten you are camping in their major cities. Shed the public persona of the spoiled, upper middle class rich kid that can’t get a job they love and has decided to pout it out in public, and don the attire of the passionate advocate for the 99 percent.