We all remember when Joe Wilson, Republican from South Carolina’s 2nd district, shouted “You lie” during President Obama’s 2009 health care address to Congress. And now, at a recent jobs summit in Inglewood, California, Maxine Waters, Democrat from California’s 35Th district, said “the Tea Party can go straight to hell”. Is this the way Americans want their congressmen and women to act?
Surely this type of uncivil behavior would result in the offending congressmen getting booted out of office. Not exactly, Maxine Waters carried her district by a 79% margin and Joe Wilson carried his by 54% in the 2010 elections. Unfortunately, these congressmen represent districts of homogenous views and generally are elected year after year, as long as they don’t commit a felony. Continue reading Gerrymandering – Recipe for Uncivil Behavior in the Beltway
It was recently reported that over $60 billion dollars worth of America’s treasure has been “lost” as we’ve frolicked in the fog of Iraq and Afghanistan. I have yet to hear a fiscally conservative teabagger complain about this. Why?
The following column by David Brooks appeared in the September 2, 2011 edition of the New York Times. While I as a Democrat don’t agree with all Brooks has to say, he really isn’t speaking to me so much as he is speaking to his own political party. As a moderate Republican, Brooks is having the discussion all Republicans need to be having but is being avoided by the party’s elected politicians and leaders.
There’s a specter haunting American politics: national decline. Is America on the way down, and, if so, what can be done about it?
The Republicans, and Rick Perry in particular, have a reasonably strong story to tell about decline. America became great, they explain, because its citizens possessed certain vigorous virtues: self-reliance, personal responsibility, industriousness and a passion for freedom. Continue reading There’s Not a Republican in America Who Shouldn’t Read This
America has been taking the first Monday in September off since the late 1800s. The holiday rose from the labor violence of that era as a reaction to the growth of the unionism and collective bargaining. It is a day whose purpose is to honor the efforts of those who fought so hard to attain better conditions for the nation’s working classes.
In the decades that followed, the day has come more to mark the end of summer rather than a day to acknowledge the reason for the holiday itself. Labor Day is a day Continue reading As You Drink a Cold One on Monday
Just when you think you can’t get more upset you pick up a cyber newspaper and in the words of Emeril “BAM,” you get smacked between the eyes. This morning’s draw dropping headline screamed that at least 25 American corporations paid their Chief Executive Officers more in salary than they paid Uncle Sam in taxes.
On the list were such luminaries as Boeing, eBay, Verizon and General Electric. Of the 25 companies the average CEO salary was $16.8 million in 2010 while receiving tax refunds from the federal government. Continue reading Companies Pay More to CEOs than Uncle Sam
There are more things than not in which I disagree with presidential candidate, Ron Paul. Just this morning I read a headline about him having said we would be better off without the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). I thought to myself, wonder what song Paul would sing if his district got slammed by some major natural disaster? Certainly he would cave and be the first to the FEMA Calvary to the rescue.
Well, good thing I read the remainder of the story. When his home district, Continue reading Ron Paul, Consistently Consistent
GOP presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman, is considered by many to be a RINO (Republican in name only). He’s being attacked by the most vocal in his party as being too informed, too reasonable, and too trusting in science. To me he sounds like an educated person. Where did we reach the place where being all of this became a political liability?
Frequently when discussing the distribution of wealth in America a conservative will employ the phrase, “class warfare.” They argue that liberals and the liberal media are trying to drive a wedge between the haves and have-nots that will somehow lead to a forced redistribution of wealth at the hands of government.
I don’t think anyone is advocating real “class warfare” but, there Continue reading Maybe Not Warfare But Certainly Disparity
When blues legend, Robert Johnson, sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads he received in turn his tremendous mastery of the guitar. I wonder what politicians get when they go to the crossroads?
Several years ago, before Don Imus got his tit caught in a public relations wringer and was canned from MSNBC, I was a devout fan of his morning program. It was just edgy enough to sate my irreverent sense of humor and bring forth a few laugh out loud moments most mornings.
Through Imus I was introduced to several people I’ve come to greatly admire and enjoy. That list includes Delbert McClinton, Continue reading Kinky is Kinky for Perry
Trivia fact: did you know that most presidents were lawyers? (27 out of 44)
Of the 10 presidents I have seen since high school, five were Republican, five were Democrats (who seemed to a better job).
When I was in high school, Democrat John F. Kennedy was president. Kennedy was born in Massachusetts, of Irish descent, a Harvard graduate, a Navy veteran, and the first Roman Catholic president. Continue reading Past History – Present Reality
About a year ago a bill became law in the United States. A law whose purpose was to reform Wall Street, banks that were “too big to fail,” and better protect the American consumers from the abuses that rained upon their heads following the 2008 collapse of the economy.
If you recall, a major cause of the Great Recession was the failure of governments, state and federal, to regulate Wall Street and the banking industry. Continue reading The Business of Government is Now Business
The day before President Obama left for vacation the Dow-Jones fell 419 points. The first day of his vacation the Dow fell another 173 points. I wonder what effect it would have on the Dow if the president got a turd caught sideways? Obviously our presidents have too much power if their actions are followed this closely. 🙂
Kosher is generally defined as (1) pure (in food), (2) proper, genuine, authentic, or legitimate.
As a senior citizen and in my opinion, we do not have a Kosher Congress in Washington right now. We have almost total gridlock in our national legislative body, strangling debt, and America is fast going into a sinkhole. Continue reading Kosher Congress
There’s been a lot of discussion lately concerning the power and influence of the wealthy in America. One of many old sayings is, “It takes money to make money.” There are several ways in which this is true and one of them is money can buy you political favors that could easily result in you making even more money.
That seems to be the case with the major political donors of Texas Governor, Rick Perry. The Daily Beast and the Los Angeles Times are both Continue reading What Big Donors Get in Texas