Rep. Jeff Denham (R) faces hundreds of angry protesters| [Video]Democrats didn’t win in Wisconsin — yet — but Republicans are losing ground with their constituents in other states. Angry over no jobs and how Republicans have opted out on their promises to fix the economy by placing their support firmly behind their deep-pocket donors, GOP constituents are letting them know just how they feel about that. Watch the video below and be sure to check out Jack & Jill Politics post, “Boehner Confronted by His Own Constituents for Failing to Create Jobs.”
$40 million vs. $8 million and Wisconsin GOP still lost two seats.|Some see this as a victory for the GOP in Wisconsin — headlines claim, “Republicans take 4 seats in recall …” But the reality is Republicans, despite an obscene amount of money (Koch brothers), held onto four seats and lost two seats.
Voter Suppression is not a myth, and neither is the system of apartheid.|Voter suppression is not a new strategy for the GOP, it’s a standard. In the words of Paul Weyrich, co-founder of The Heritage Foundation, Moral Majority and some other far-right of the right groups, had this to say about “getting out the vote” in 1980.
Sen. McConnell denies he won’t negotiate, except with the President?|Did I hear correctly? Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell won’t negotiate with anyone except perhaps the President? Really. Then, when that tidbit hit the airways, his office promptly fired back a denial of same fast!
Speaker Boehner does what we thought he would do all along – cave into Tea Party demands.|House Speaker John Boehner says today he’s talking about jobs — NOT. He says he put revenues on the table and yet there isn’t anything in his current bill that remotely resembles revenues. It’s just more show, albeit a little more frustrated, with Boehner as the centerpiece.
Sen. McCain. News Corp problems are just a British issue. | Really? As the rest of the world watches not only with great intrigue but with mounting concern over the unraveling of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in Great Britain, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says it’s a “British issue.”
Rep Eric Cantors $350 BN Mediare/Caid Cuts and the 45 thousand who die each year because of no insurance | We all remember the contentious battle over getting a health care bill passed in Washington. It was at a time when we talked about the 45 thousand people who die annually because of no access to health insurance. It was a time when we talked about 62 percent of bankruptcies filed in 2008 were directly related to health care costs. We got a bill passed. It’s not perfect but its a start.
Bachmann on Slavery. Black babies better off during slavery than under the President. | First we had real estate mogul Donald Trump running so far afield on the “birth certificate” issue, even conservative folks were tired of the noise. Being a savvy businessman, however, Trump cut his losses and left the table before his chips ran out. Smart move on his part. Now if only Congresswoman Michele Bachmann would follow his lead.
Our voice does matter; even in the face of great odds. |There’s hardly a week that goes by that I don’t post a message about a petition and a cause from my friends at Change.org. Sometimes, the odds seem insurmountable. Sometimes the cause is a fight taking place on the other side of the globe. So what’s my name or anyone name on a sheet of paper demanding justice going to do? Move a mountain. It’s a powerful, sweet thing! Here’s what my friends at Change.org had to say today:
Koch Brothers spend 24+ million to misinform public on Social Security |Despite the millions of dollars that the Koch brothers spend to promote falsehoods about Social Security, as well as even more money into political pacs to get lawmakers to do their bidding, Social Security is not going bankrupt; the program has a $2.6 trillion surplus. Social Security is not contributing one cent to the national deficit.
Private Immigrant prison systems. Where profit trumps humanity. |I was about to power down my computer when I noticed a new video posted by Immigrants for Sale about a young man who was detained and shouldn’t have been. The private prison that detained him made about $72,000 by doing so.
Ousting Weiner. Who makes the call – Democratic leadership or the voters? | [Video] Okay. I’m finding it hard to let this one go. But this is a great conversation hosted by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Hard Ball with Rev. Al Sharpton and Josh Marshall. And this is real news and not a circus.
Child Labor Laws Become GOP Target |GOP Plan for America. Suppress the vote for students, people of color, the military and workers (so whose left, you may ask), kill unions, eliminate women’s rights, demolish municipal governments, do away with a quality, free public education system except for a very few, kill health care, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security (so that’s where they got the “death panel” idea from) and roll back child labor laws, to reduce the cost of business doing business in the US and dummy down our economy.
Really? Update on Wisconsin and Gov. Walker |Today, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) signed into law a bill that “prohibits local governments from passing ordinances guaranteeing workers’ paid sick and family leave.” Gov. Walker’s says the bill removes another barrier to creating jobs. Businesses may create more jobs, but whose going to work at companies with no benefits?
Republican-Controlled House pass more bills that hurt not mend | Every bill seems to be bent on hurting the American people. They’re giving tax breaks to big oil companies and then make us pay for it. I’ve got that old feeling again, “will we make it to 2012″ and the next election to vote these folks out of office.
Diversity of Ideas vs. Gov. Snyder and One-Man, No vote Rule | Everyday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder comes up with new measures for everything imaginable. Ideas are great; the more, the better. Unfortunately, Snyder’s approach is his voice, his plan, leaving a gaping hole in the fabric of our core democratic values, as well as silencing the voices of his citizens (and possibly the law and due process).
Benton Harbor City Commission won’t give Up | The Benton Harbor city Commission, which was stripped of its power to do anything other than call meetings, approve minutes, and adjourn meetings, decided to call a meeting yesterday and do something before adjourning that meeting – they called a vote and decided (6-2) that appointing Joseph Harris “as the Emergency Financial Manager and his subsequent stripping of the Commission’s ability to govern the City, was unconstitutional” and submitted a resolution noting each violation to Gov. Rick Snyder, EFM Joseph Harris and others.
Immigrants come to US for the American Dream & not Gov. Snyder’s Nightmare | Michigan, whose population has been on a steady decline since 1950, lost a chunk of its population over the past decade (by 26 percent). Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) has a way to deal with that loss: “repopulating” the state via immigration. That sounds more like taking advantage of a bad situation than a remedy given the governor’s financial martial law act, his restructuring of Michigan’s workforce and more. This is especially true when you take Gov. Snyder’s proposed tax plan.
Can America Sustain the Unity we shared after bin Laden’s Demise? | At moments of great tragedy or success, we put our differences aside and come together in a force-field of unity for the greater good. It’s not a request. There’s no planning committee; its instinctual and spontaneous. That happened when folks learned of Osama bin Laden’s demise.
Pres. Obama Looks to Cut $4 billion a year of Taxpayer Oil Subsidies | On the surface, cutting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, education and other vital services may be one way to cut our budget, which would increase the national deficit and do more damage than we could imagine…. Instead of cutting these vital services, the President has released an energy plan that can save $4 billion a year just by eliminating wasteful spending on oil company subsidies paid for by our tax dollars.
MartialLaw – New Section on Financial Martial Law in America @ GroundUp |“Whenever we see a law or public policy that affects those who are often perceived to be on the edge of society, i.e., minorities, the impoverished and/or imprisoned, we should sit up and pay very careful attention.Why? These populations are often the testing ground for implementing policies and laws that erode our civil liberties. Often the policies and laws tested in this manner are applicable anywhere and can have far-reaching impact on the lives of everyone.”
West Wing Week – Week of 4/22/2011 | [Video] Nothing can replace hope, confidence and the ability to get the job done despite the push back from the “other side of the aisle!”
John Conyers Declares Michigan Emergency Law Unconstitutional | U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr. declares Michigan Emergency Financial Law unconstitutional. He discusses concerns with publicly elected officials being stripped of power in cities of Benton Harbor, Flint, Highland Park and Detroit Public Schools. Conyers intends to present constitutional violations to U.S. Attorney General.
Maddow: Michigan Governor Gives Up on Democracy | Gov. Snyder targets 23 school districts for takeover – 19 of them are predominantly black. Really.
Republicans Brake their Promise to Protect Medicare and Social Security | [Video] Over and over again, Republicans vowed to protect seniors by preserving Medicare and Social Security. Now that they are the leadership in House, they willingly break that promise while giving obscene tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.
Koch’s web of influence | “Koch Industries launched a social media advertising campaign against the Center this week to rebut an iWatch News report about its lobbying activities. The story by the Center’s John Aloysius Farrell outlined Koch’s multimillion-dollar lobbying network in Washington and its attempts to influence Congress and federal agencies.
Gov. Snyder does away with Democracy in Mich. | Whenever we see a law or public policy that affects people who the majority perceives to be on the edge of society, i.e., minorities, the impoverished and/or imprisoned, we should sit up and pay very careful attention. Why? These populations are often the testing ground for implementing policies and laws that erode our civil liberties.
The New Republican Right and the loss of Civility | Since Republicans have taken control of the US House, along with doing the same in some states, civility seems to have been tossed out the window. There’s no civility among the far-right. There’s no sense of hope; only gloom and doom. Its their way or the highway; an all or nothing tactic that is destroying previously amicable relationships between government and unions.
Wis. Supreme Court Election Race too Close to Call | I have to say that it really feels odd listening to Supreme Court Justices campaign in this way. I’m definitely not routing for Prosser.
Alabama Legislature wants to “corruptly” change | Man oh man, it doesn’t get any better than this. This should be taking place in Louisiana during the days of Huey Long. | Back in the good ol’ days — that would be December — Alabama’s brand new ethics law made it illegal for public officials to ask for or receive anything from those who want to influence them.
9/11 accused to be tried at Guantanamo |This is a grave mistake. Guantanamo should be closed. Our judicial system is where these men should be tried, like the rest of the terrorists have been tried.
Recall Momentum! (Green Bay) | [Video]
Is Schiller Right on Tea Party’s Religious and Racial Intolerance? |James O’Keefe and his trusty hidden camera is at it again, taping private conversations with people and then turning them into fodder for the far right-wing culture war movement. O’Keefe’s latest victim is NPR former executive Ron Schiller. Sadly, the rush to denounce Schiller’s comments by NPR is unwarranted in my humble opinion, for several reasons.
States GOP Immigration Bills. Follow the Money. |The bill appears to be weak on punishment of employers of unauthorized immigrant workers. It requires employers to use the federal E-Verify system when hiring “new” workers. It also requires employers seeking a license to do business to sign an affidavit that they will use the E-Verify system when hiring “new” workers. It also allows the state to be sued if an employer who has signed the affidavit violates same. In my opinion, that’s insufficient.
AG Holder’s Letter to Boehner Re: DOMA. Fox Doesn’t Get it|True to form, Fox News and Monica Crowley falsely state that President Obama is “picking and choosing” which laws to enforce, which is NOT TRUE.
Sen. Jim DeMint Goes After Elmo and the “Muppet Lobby.” Really|In his words: “Elmo has been particularly busy,” DeMint wrote in a message posted on his blog. “Elmo has testified before Congress about the need for more funding for the arts and participated in other press conferences to increase spending on public broadcasting.
South Dakota’s Bill to Redefine Justifiable Homicide Promotes Mob Rule| South Dakota State Rep. Phil Jensen(R-33) proposed bill, HB1171 “An Act to expand the definition of justifiable homicide to provide for the protection of certain unborn children,” would legalize murder of abortion clinic doctors and staff.
GOP Seek to Defund NPR and PBS, Again| On the surface, it may seem hard to understand the GOP’s reasoning in defunding National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); especially since public broadcasting is more family-oriented than corporate broadcasting networks. You won’t find an episode of WWW Raw on NPR or PBS.
Trump Surprise Appearance at CPAC. Palin Predictable Shout Out from the Sidelines| Day One at CPAC. A Whole Lot of Dissing Going On. The Donald shows up, disses Ron Paul. Paul supporters storm out, dissing the Donald. And the ever-predictable Palin calls out from the sidelines, dissing Rick Santorum and CPAC.
Timing and Merits of the Release of FCIC’s Report on the Financial and Economic Crisis| On January 27, 2011, the national commission tasked to review and determine the root causes of our economic crisis released itsFinal Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States. The report documents what many have been saying for a number of years, namely that the financial and economic crisis was avoidable.
Palin Out, Bachmann in as Keynote for CPAC Conference | Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin declined, for the third year in a row, the Conservative Political Action Conference’s (CPAC) invitation to be keynote speaker at their annual conference next week, which will take place February 10-12, 2011, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC.
President Sets the Tone. Will Congress Follow? | It was wonderful to watch the President deliver his State of the Union address before a house, even if only symbolically, united. It was equally wonderful to hear both sides of the aisle talk more sincerely about working together instead of politicking against each other.
The 2011 State of the Union Address | [Video]
Rep. Bachmann at her Best. Choosing Fact Over Fiction | Not Really! US Rep. Michele Bachmann shares her rationale for repealing the Affordable Care Act during a press conference on January 24th in her home district.
Obama: State of the Union to focus on jobs, deficits | [Video] It is not about culture-war labels, i.e., liberal, leftist, centrist, right or far right, or any other labels that are bantered about, imposing culture wars on us at every turn. It is and will always be about the economy!
I see Dead People, And I get Money from them Too |1999 gave us a catchy new phrase to banter about from the movie, The Sixth Sense. Who can forget the scene that was played over and over again promoting the movie where Cole Sear, played by Haley Joel Osment, tells Malcom Crowe, played by Bruce Willis, “I See Dead People.” Ten years later, there’s a new phrase that is gaining notoriety, “Political Donations from Beyond the Grave.”
Do As I Say and Not As I Do: GOP Leaders to the Rest of Us | House GOP passes a litany of new rules that they deem to be necessary to ensure a transparent legislative process. On the surface, that seems like a good thing and maybe that will make them look good in the eyes of their beholders.
Senate May Vote Tonight on DADT | he Senate may vote as soon as this evening on whether to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy that prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. The time is now to end this discriminatory practice once and for all.
Ban Ear Marks. New Sound Bite from the TPP/GOP |Too bad ideology cannot pay one’s mortgage or create jobs or jump start the economy in some way. If you are a member of the Tea Party Patriots [TPP] (umbrella name for all tea party groups), you might believe that ideology — especially yours — can do just that; especially if your party won some seats on election day.
CT Gubernatorial Race. Malloy/Winner. Foley/Sour Grapes | After 20 years, Connecticut elected a Democratic governor. Dan Malloy (D) won over Tom Foley (R) by 5,637 votes, placing Malloy well beyond the recount threshold. In addition, the balance of power in Connecticut’s legislature has also shifted; neither party has total control.
Treasurer’s Opponent Resorts to Lies and Ignores the Facts | At first glance, one might see the title of Rev. Sexton’s blog, “Dear Ones Healing Ministry,” and would assume it is a blog about religion and healing for one’s soul. Instead, the first post on the front page boasts, “NAPPIER VS. WRIGHT” The latest news from Tea Party Patriot Reverend Barbara Sexton.”
A Vote for Jim Himes is a Vote for What is Right about Connecticut and Our Country |Connecticut citizens want someone who will do all they can to address their needs. Bussinesses and employees alike want responsible sick leave, a minimum wage that is conmesurate with the cost of living. Small businesses, the heart of our economy nationwide, and non-profit employers/workers deserve to have unfettered access to health care insurance just like big industry.
What do We Really Know About Tom Foley, NTC Inc. and the Bibb Mill? | Another reason to vote for Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman. Connecticut cannot afford to have Foley at the helm; we’re in enough trouble as it is. Just look what he did to the employees of the Bibb Mill. As you can see from the article, the mill was in trouble. They paid Tom Foley millions and the end result thousands lost their job and a city dissovled its charter and exists no more.
Wright vs. Nappier. If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It | The Treasurer’s opponent is still running for Governor, claiming the wrong stance on issues that are irrelevant to the Office of State Treasurer. Or, sadly, maybe he just has no clue as to what the office is all about. In either scenario, Connecticut citizens can do without him.
CT US Senate Race. This one is Easy |For starters, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (Row B) has a 19 year record of standing up for consumers, protecting our environment, and much more. Never has he needed to resort to theatrics or “steel-toed” shoes to go up against big industries such as the tobacco, power companies and the ever-powerful insurance indsutries on behalf of Connecticut citizens.
George Jepsen: Eligiblity Challenge Frivolous | Democratic candidate George Jepsen said Tuesday that the legal challenge to his qualifications to run for Attorney General in Connecticut was without merit and a waste of the court’s time and the state’s money.
Voter Intimidation 2010. How to run a Campaign When you’re Not Qualified for the Job |To be or not to be a viable candidate. That is the question. Were a lie better put to use than on the lips of those who have nothing to offer us but lies, cheap shots, and the ultimate shame of promoting bigotry, hate and fear. Of whom do I speak? Pick one.
Connecticut Citizens Unable to see Russia from their Windows |I guess we should all feel rather a bit sorry for GOP candidates like Linda McMahon. There just isn’t much she has to offer except for a penchant for flaunting how much money she can spend on her campaign. In my youth, we used to call that thenouveau riche. Literally translated, the new rich; those who have acquired a lot of wealth within their generation. In Linda’s case, that’s all she has acquired.