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 →
The United States Postal Service is the finest, most reliable postal service in the world Everyone knows this, and the fact that we can send a letter to any place in the United States to any other place for forty-six cents is frankly amazing. I appreciate the ease with which I can ship packages all over the country with a minimum of fuss or trouble, and the certainty that my numerous internet purchases will make it to my door safely. The USPS workers are our friends and neighbors; it is and always will be a large part of the fabric of American life and business. So why all the fighting over the state of the USPS on the House floor?
Correct me if I am way off base, but aren’t we guaranteed a Postal Service in our Constitution? And aren’t most retirees unlikely to live seventy five years past retiring, let alone all? Why was the United States Postal Service saddled with that stupid rule rather than businesses in the private sector? You can imagine the furor if Fedex or UPS were federally mandated to pre-fund seventy five years of health benefits? 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 →
Once again, the country is held hostage, all because of a pledge given to a humorless minion of the super rich. Which is exactly the reason to not stop applying pressure, even if the election is over! Not as fun as the “kick Grover Norquist in the dick” petition, but I think its well worth signing! Had to share with you, Kids!
Grover Norquist’s iron grip on Republicans in Congress is so strong that they’re afraid to raise taxes on billionaires even one red cent.
But now some Republicans claim they’re coming to their senses about Grover and his anti-tax pledge.If you agree that it’s time to stop protecting tax cuts for the rich, then sign our petition to Boehner, Cantor and the Republicans.
Remember last year when the unwillingness of a Tea Party-ish Congress to raise the debt ceiling damaged our country’s credit rating? And do you recall the same folks calling for austerity cuts to social safety net programs instead of raising taxes on billionaires, to reduce the national deficit? It’s all most time for the fiscal cliff joyride again!
The fans of balancing the budget on the backs of the poor children and elderly of America, really dug their heels in on anything that might make the sitting President look like he was helping the economy, at the cost of hurting their fellow Americans, well, they are all just great admirers of Grover Norquist.
Now Grover’s been described as “The dark wizard of the Right’s anti-tax cult.” He is very good at his job, which is helping the uber rich keep most of their incomes, and convincing the right people to aid him in that aim. He will tirelessly stay on message on political shows, in his magazine and internet columns, at D.C. insider parties, and in the very halls of our government to accomplish that purpose. Grover Norquist is unsurprisingly, the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform. Continue reading →
I woke this morning to the good news. President Obama had one a hard fought, long battle to stay in the White House for four more years. I cannot stay up late, I have to man my post at work very early, so the news came as a pleasant start to my day.
As someone who believes in good sportsmanship, I refrained from crowing my pleasure, only giving in to one positive tweet:
After all the ups and downs, dog-whistles, and ridiculousness of the GOP Primary, and horribly divisive Romney campaign filled with fact averse statements, and the most pumped up media coverage of a presidential race to date, America chose to stay the course. Continue reading →
Election day at last!!! Like a good little citizen, I went to my local polling place, waited in line, got my ballot, made my selection, and exercised my civic duty and precious right to vote. The whole process took less than twenty minutes to my surprise, perhaps due to the fact my district enjoyed a short ballot this year. I hope your experience was as pleasant! Now all that’s left to do is wait for the results, the continuation of the Obama administration, or a less clear path under Mitt Romney.
I really got a kick out of the people from other nations, whose curiosity about the way Americans vote, made me think about the whole process in a new way.
Whether you think Romney won last night’s first Presidential debate of Election 2012 on style, or if you are left wondering at the calm demeanor displayed by President Obama, you must admit there were a preponderance of falsehoods uttered on that stage. Whipsaw Willard was living large last night in Denver, just banging out the best performance of his life, even pushing the moderator around, evoking shades of Newt Gingrich in the primaries. False statements notwithstanding, Mitt Romney is considered by the media as benefiting from his aggressive behavior at the debate. This makes me wonder: Is this truly an election where facts don’t matter? Continue reading →