We all know that the will of the people doesn’t really get any traction these days in the Senate and House floors these days. The fact we are still waiting for a balanced budget, immigration and gun law reforms, and a real plan for job creation to become a priority is evidence of that. I know I am tired of hearing about fruitless attempts to repeal Obamacare and legal abortion. I am dismayed by the power Monsanto wields over and in concert with the legislative and executive branches of American government.
With that said, enjoy the latest dispatch from Represent Us regarding the latest efforts to get big money out of our politics.
We survived the 112th Congress, regarded by most politics watchers as a ‘do nothing Congress’. And the latest group of legislators in the 113th Congress are no picnic either, judging by the sequester we still find ourselves in. I sometimes think the wing nuts like Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Rand Paul spend more time blowing smoke up conservative bloggers skirts, and grandstanding on talk shows than actually working at the House of Representatives.
Well, even John Huntsman thinks the current political obstructionist culture is stupid. Continue reading →
You know, you would think this is a no brainer for Boehner, especially after all the resolutions of the GOP to get modernized, and more accepting of things like science, and dare I hope…facts. Hmmm, I signed the Petition, but I am not convinced he will get the message, seeing how his party consistently does the opposite of what we the people want and need. Read on for the latest dispatch from Credo Action:
Tell John Boehner: Remove Michele Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee
The petition reads: “Speaker Boehner, Michele Bachmann should be removed from the Intelligence Committee immediately!”
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Representative Michele Bachmann is the Tea Party’s queen of crazy. So what kind of a signal does it send that she’s on the House Intelligence Committee where she has access to sensitive national security information?
Bachmann has actually said that gay marriage is the biggest problem facing the nation, financial reform efforts equate with Mussolini-style fascism, and that President Obama is “anti-American” and “turning our country into a nation of slaves.”
Her loose association with the facts and her willingness to believe in all sorts of completely baseless conspiracy theories makes her one of the last people in Congress who should be entrusted with our nation’s secrets.
One of Bachmann’s most irresponsible actions was to launch an anti-Muslim witch hunt and suggest, à la Joe McCarthy, that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the American government.
Bachmann articulated her paranoid fever dream of a conspiracy theory during an interview with Glenn Beck, saying:
“The influence today of the Muslim Brotherhood at the highest levels, from the White House, to the Pentagon, to the FBI, even to our United States military, truly is breathless and people have to know about it.”
How’s the sequestration treating you? Most may ask, ‘What Sequestration?’. Alot of folks stopped paying attention to this sort of thing, due to fatigue, so it is understandable that they would not know. It’s a state of broad departmental budget cuts to government programs and services. We are gifted with this albatross because the last Congress could not pass a budget. The doomsday scenarios the White House and some Democrats warned against haven’t happened. Yet.
The country has not imploded yet, nor been invaded by a foreign entity.Personally, I haven’t been affected at all by sequestration, which I think is indicative of the experience of most Americans, because I am self sufficient, I have no special needs that require federal aid. Unless you need a service of any kind…..that you depend on to eat, take care of yourself and family, to educate children. You know, nothing of real importance to the media, or the average Senator and Congressperson. Like booking a flight home from Washington!
Once again, those wild and crazy guys in the GOP are doing what they like best; Refusing to nominate someone that would actually help Americans protect themselves from predatory financial companies.
Check out the email I received about the Senate minority’s quest to serve their real masters, and sign the petition if you’d like to send them a message.
Below is an email from James Lardner of Americans for Financial Reform, who created a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.
As Elizabeth Warren says, “Never before in American history has a minority in the Senate blocked a nominee to try to get changes in a law they don’t like and don’t have the votes to change.”
She’s talking about the 43 senators who have threatened to block Rich Cordray’s re-nomination as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). They don’t question his qualifications; their grievance is with the agency itself. They want changes that would undermine its funding, independence, and authority before they will allow a vote on any nominee for the job.
You know kids, forgaggle of politicians who claim that government is too big, and invading on state and local freedoms of American citizens, they sure do love preventing women from making decisions about their own bodies and destinies. Check out the latest message from Draw The Line, and throw some support if you can.
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 →
I loved this when I first saw the video short on Upworthy.com!
It always irritates me when the talking heads stay “on message” without really saying anything at all. Three minutes of “Blah Blah, Obama failed”, and then the “face” that communicates disapproval, followed with a slight head shake while rounding out the soundbyte. It is as if they all go to a class where they learn the expressions they should have on their faces whenever President Obama’s name is mentioned, along with the talking point GOP marching orders.