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Archive for the day “May 28, 2013”

Why it’s called the ‘Stupid Party’ – ‘Kansas Republican Actually Opposes The Poor Buying More Food’

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‘The Kansas state Senate has voted to lower the sales tax from 6.3% to 4.95% on groceries only – other purchases remain at the same rate – trying to ease the burden on middle class and poor families’.

‘It passed by a vote of 25-14. The plan also cuts the state income tax. Now it goes to the House, but its fate there is not very promising’.

‘Governor Sam Brownback would like the sales tax to stay at the current rate to make up for income tax cuts last year and the House is inclined to do what the governor wants’.

‘The situation has some urgency as the Kansas legislature is working overtime in Topeka to get business completed before their summer break. Aw, poor babies’.

‘Enter State Rep. Jeff Melcher, the leader of the opponents of the Senate’s plan’.

‘His arguments against the tax rollback are not based on economics, however’.

‘He’s worried that lower prices on food will move the poor to buy more… food’.

‘Let that one roll around your brain for a minute, I’ll wait. Your head still in one piece? Okay, here’s Melcher’s insane troll logic’:

“It seems to me we are encouraging the behavior of purchasing food and discouraging the behavior of purchasing anything else.”
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/05/26/kansas-republican-actually-opposes-the-poor-buying-more-food/

 

2016 – President Obama’s Legacy – A President in name only

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Although my first choice in 2007 & 2008 was Hillary Clinton, I voted for Obama……twice.

For the most part it was because I believed in the programs he was promoting but also because, as I and countless others have said over and over again – the Republican alternatives – McCain/Palin & Romney/Ryan were economic, social and political jokes.

But it’s time to move on from this President to the opportunities of the next.

President Obama will never be anything more then just a President in name only.

There are two main reasons.

#1 – The Republicans via defunding in the House and filibuster in the Senate have effectively made him, as Senator McConnell promised – ‘a one term President’.

And #2 – I and millions of others waited for 2 1/2 years during his first term and now for almost 6 months in his second term to be an engaged President.

Giving a speech IS NOT LEADERSHIP.

NOT when you have a minority that controls the majority of a political party that has access to a 24 hour news network promoting that you are destroying America.

As to #1.

For the last 2 years since the 2010 Midterms, the Republicans have made it very clear that they would oppose anything that the President was connected to.

Actually they have extended that to any thing THEY or more correctly their ‘base’ does not believe in – will not become legislation.

37 attempts to repeal or defund Obamacare should have been a very clear message to President Obama that attempting to negotiate for a compromise with Republicans was going to be a complete waste of time.

Yet that is exactly what he did…..time after time after time…….

To the complete frustration to those of us who wanted to see legislative victories especially after his clear re-election.

So in the Senate – the day after the re-election victory – he should have called Senator Reid into the White House and said – ‘Enough. We will lose the Senate some time in the future but if we don’t act now, kill the filibuster, we won’t pass any legislation and will lose the Senate because of that’.

IS Senator Reid to blame for the continued abuse of the filibuster by the Senate Republicans?

Yes to a degree. The Presidenjt needed to lead on this and come out publicly supporting the other Democrats that wanted filibuster reform.

But he didn’t.

So how does that make him a ‘President in name only’?

‘GOP filibuster kills background checks’
@ : http://www.salon.com/2013/04/17/gop_filibuster_kills_background_checks/

When……..

’90 percent of Americans want expanded background checks on guns’
@ : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/04/03/90-percent-of-americans-want-expanded-background-checks-on-guns-why-isnt-this-a-political-slam-dunk/

90% of us wanted expanded background checks on guns and because the Senate Republicans filibustered it, the President failed.

Failed when 90% of Americans wanted this legislation.

That is a ‘President in name only’.

On #2.

In 2011, it took the Republicans bringing the full faith and credit of America to it’s knees for the President to finally get angry and engaged.

Why did it take 2 1/2 years?

And did President Obama only become engaged because he was up for re-election?

The IRS, as the information slowly dribbles out, well eventually reveal that the teabagger groups did abuse the ‘social welfare’ clause for tax exempt status. Most tax exempt groups do to some degree.

But the IRS ‘scandal’ has given new life to the far right teabaggers.

They have never let ‘facts’ get in the way before and won’t with this either.

The GOP will campaign on the sound bite of ‘Big Government Abuse’ and they will win.

Does Obama understand that the VP choice in 2008, Palin, gave voice (because she found it made her money) to the far right?

Add to that, FOX helped create and aggressively promoted the tea party, the very wing of the Republican Party that was ‘attacked’ by the IRS.

FOX also is a 24 hour operation that again aggressively promotes that everything Obama says and does is designed to destroy America.

Do you know why Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell give press conferences complaining about the President ‘campaigning’ when he goes to other States and gives speeches?

Because that ‘campaigning’ completley offsets the 24 hour FOX.

The only problem is that Obama figures because he is President, that the speech of statement he gave is all he has to do.

Meanwhile FOX brings on Republican Representatives and Senators to give us sound bites as to why what Obama just said is either a lie or destroying America.

We are a partisan Nation that now gets it’s ‘facts’ from sound bites.

But when a politician and especially the President comes to us and speaks…….it’s the only time we are actually ‘in touch’ with our Government.

The Presidents ‘bully pulpit’ could, could….if he used it….break the filibuster and force the Hosue to actually govern.

But Presient Obama rarely uses the ‘bully pulpit’ and when he does, it’s one speech/comment and he thinks that’s all he has to do.

He never, never explains.

President Obama could have broken the Senate’s filibuster by just going to the States where Republicans voted against the gun background checks.

Instead…….one comment in the Rose Garden and then moving on to the next weak effort.

The IRS needed fast and complete disclosure.

FOX needed 24 hour countering.

Obama gave us neither.

‘Ohio School District May Add Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theories To Curriculum’

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This is the same school board that in ‘2011, “backed away from plans to teach creationism under public pressure” from the ACLU. It plans to vote on this proposal in early June and is facing similar criticism from parents and students’.

‘The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is challenging an Ohio school district for considering a “controversial issues policy” that would require teachers to encourage discussions about creationism and conservative conspiracy theories about U.N. Agenda 21′.

Springboro Community City School District’s new curriculum — mandates that “[a]ll sides of the issue should be given to the students in a dispassionate manner” to help “students to be taught to think clearly on all matters of importance, and to make decisions in the light of all the material that has been presented or can be researched on the issues.” Controversial issues include’:

“religion when not used in a historical or factual context, sex education, legalization of drugs, evolution/creation, pro-life/abortion, contraception/abstinence, conservatism/liberalism, politics, gun rights, global warming and climate change, UN Agenda 21 and sustainable development, and any other topic on which opposing points of view have been promulgated by responsible opinion and/or likely to arouse both support and opposition in the community”.

‘Teachers would have to provide equal weight to widely-accepted scientific theories like evolution and right-wing conspiracies advanced by Glenn Beck’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/05/27/2063861/ohio-school-district-may-add-glenn-beck-conspiracy-theories-to-curriculum/

 

‘Groups Targeted by IRS Tested Rules on Political Activity’

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While I agree with the object of this story, that tea party groups well over stepped the bounds of ‘social welfare’ and so should be examined closly (as well as all groups including Liberal), the writer concludes with
“But a close examination”.

The American public does not ‘closely examine’ Government.

As a group, Americans put more thought into what will go on their pizza then who and why to vote for.

We wait to see which 30 second sound bite gets the most attention and that determines what the majority of the public and the press decides.

‘New York Times: “Representatives of these organizations have cried foul in recent weeks about their treatment by the I.R.S., saying they were among dozens of conservative groups unfairly targeted by the agency, harassed with inappropriate questionnaires and put off for months or years as the agency delayed decisions on their applications.”

“But a close examination of these groups and others reveals an array of election activities that tax experts and former I.R.S. officials said would provide a legitimate basis for flagging them for closer review.”
From : http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/05/27/groups_targeted_by_irs_tested_rules_on_political_activity.html

One Man’s Trash…. – ‘Trump researching 2016 run’

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Trump is only one of  many Republican wanna bes that will dump on the Republican Presidential selection.

Santorium, Perry, Cruz, Rubio and 4-7 more will all ‘throw in their hats’.

Eventually it will come down to Christie and Paul with Paul if he can use his dad’s political base and machine and get finacial backing, making a third party run at the White House.

But on to what makes the Republicans the ‘Stupid Party’.

This guy at one time was polling 30+% in the Republican Presidential standings in 2011.

‘Donald Trump has spent more than $1 million on electoral research for a potential presidential run in 2016’.

‘Sources said the tough-talking “Celebrity Apprentice” host is increasingly being asked to speak at Republican events, and he appeared at the Oakland County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Novi, Mich., last week to a record crowd of 2,300’.
From : http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/trump_researching_run_YO6Qa9F3xQLS1UmLzQkKdJ

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