Just what are the minimum requirements to be fit to serve in public office? I really have to wonder these days. Aside from the blatantly criminal behavior evidenced by the boys and girls serving up in Albany, NY that is…..those jerks have really brought the bar down low, and it just seems politicians are getting less intelligent. Governors leaving office because of sex scandals, jump immediately to mind. Shouldn’t one have their personal life in order before they dare presume to order our public lives?
Consider the national Congress and Senate shenanigans, during speeches and on the Sunday shows, and you could make a case for the decline of American politics indeed. Some of the most stupid, harebrained, and racist comments are not made by some loopy blogger in an obscure location; they’ve been uttered by those already holding public office, and usually seeking a higher office. I even wonder if politicians should be tested for mental illness. Continue reading →
Apparently, our favorite fact free Congresswoman from Minnesota has been a naughty gal. Allegations of corruption have been leveled at prominent Tea Party leader, Michele Bachmann, giving rise to a State Senate investigation in Iowa. Iowa’s ethics rules prohibit lawmakers from being paid for their work on presidential campaigns. That line of inquiry has given rise to questions about whether Bachmann’s campaign broke federal campaign finance laws by failing to disclose an estimated $52,500 in compensation for Sorenson, her highest-profile supporter in Iowa. Andy Parrish, Bachmann’s former congressional chief of staff and a longtime Minnesota Republican operative, has said that Sorenson was paid for his support of her run at the 2012 Presidency.
But that’s not all for the former Republican presidential nominee! Two other investigations are currently underway, also into the financial aspects of the ill-fated 2012 presidential bid from even farther back. Congressional ethics investigators are examining whether staffers in Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign Continue reading →
So, most of us were relieved that there was news of a compromise reached in Washington, that a bandage was slapped on to the mess our nation’s finances are in.
For most of the United States, 2012 has been a difficult and challenging year, replete with extreme weather phenomena, tragic losses of life, and one of the most polarizing elections of modern times, so I understand why the average American just wants to move on. We are weary. We’ve all had enough uncertainty, we need to be able to spend without worrying as much for awhile. Our economy depends on it.
The new legislation keeps the Bush era tax cuts for persons making less than $400,000 and couples making less that $450,000. It also makes permanent the fixes for the Alternative Minimum Tax and delays government spending cuts for two months. Continue reading →
You remember the underlying theme of the abortion obsessed GOP this past election cycle? You know, the same tired anti woman crap that resulted in less Republicans in Congress and the Senate? Well, you should know, that same sort of anti woman world view affects women adversely, all over the world.
Government policies in many countries across the globe deny women their basic rights. Women jailed for having the gall to try to control their bodies, for not choosing to give birth. Women held hostage for the crime of giving birth while poor. Women and children treated worse than unwanted animals. Continue reading →
The race for Joe Lieberman’s Senate seat was a big deal here in the Tri-State area! Linda’s ads during Good Morning America. Linda’s ads during the mid day news. Linda’s ads during our nightly news. We were so literally deluged with Linda McMahon campaign ads, we would have rather watched wresting! She probably lost not for siding with the union busting Republican Mitt Romney, but for really annoying us morning, noon, and night!
Let’s indulge in a little grave dancing, shall we? I found this neat little article on Mother Jones by Nick Baumann.
The sore Losers of Election 2012 are not taking it easy. Particularly the Republican ones. And some just never got the lessons in grade school about being poor winners and losers, that the rest of us enjoyed. Maybe they don’t teach sportsmanship to the folks who get to Capitol Hill either?
Congressman Allen West, the south Florida Republican who has made headlines nationally for his fiery Tea Party rhetoric, filed motions asking a judge to require elections officials to impound ballots and voting machines. 100% of precincts reported Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy as the victor. But West still refuses to concede. Continue reading →
This year marked the first election that I donated to campaigners from other states. I felt that strongly about getting more Progressives in House and Senate seats, here’s a thank you notes I received:
Last night was YOUR night. This victory is YOUR victory.
This was a campaign that broke records — raising money from more small donors than any Senate campaign in the history of the country. Knocking on more doors than any campaign in the history of Massachusetts. An amazing campaign. Continue reading →
I don’t care what anyone says, America loves a good O!
Or, at least I do. Watching this speech, I fell in love with my president all over again. I’ve posted President Barack Obama’s victory speech here, just in case you missed it last night just like I did. Enjoy!