Now that the "fiscal cliff" dive has been diverted without Republicans being allowed to pick Medicare and Social Security clean the Senator for Communist China Mitch McConnell is fuming. He was forced to raise taxes on a few folks like himself and lost a huge opportunity to steal from more working and retired Americans. He did not get to raise the Medicare age, the Social Security age and did not even get to gut benefits for current retirees. Yes, all in all it was a very bad deal for Mitch McConnell and the party of greed and idiocy he "leads".
The news today if true about the "fiscal cliff" negotiations is not only quite disturbing, but equally as much perplexing. I guess it should not be. The modern Democratic Party with a few exceptions has long been very good at this. Through cowardice or complicity or whatever reason you might believe the Democratic Party always seems to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. No wonder they can never keep power for too long and can never enact an agenda to stop decades of trickle-down economics. Americans believe they talk a good game but are too cowardly to do anything about it. And you know something? They are for the most part spot on.
Despite the continuing stalemate some good seems to be coming out of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations. While we appear no closer to a bad deal it appears one thing is finally happening. Democrats are banding together against "compromise" with Republicans. Compromise that included the stealing of Medicare and Social Security from younger generations.
In the circus of idiocy we know here as the Republican Presidential race we have a new frontrunner. After Herman Cain's past indescretions with women he has long since taken his 9-9-9 plan to the sidelines where it belongs. In his stead we have a new frontrunner that is an old Republican hand. Yes Republicans meet your failed future which also happens to be your failed past. Your new leader, Newt Gingrich.
WDRB.com LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Oldham County School officials say they're cracking down on parents who use fake addresses so their children can attend schools in the district. Charles Lauron of Louisville is charged with theft by deception, after his son attended Oldham County schools for eight years, using a friend's Goshen address. That friend is also charged with theft.
Is The 2008 Democratic National Platform - "Renewing America's Promise" worth the paper it is written on? Do elected Democrats take this promise seriously? Did the builders of this Platform "Renewing America's Promise" do it with a wink and a smile knowing full well it was all bull shit? Maybe the Democratic Platform builders could just copy and paste the Republican Platform, because that seems to be what they really believe in. Where were these platform builders and where was their outrage during the Health Care debate? Want my opinion? OK here it is. The platform builders are all words and no action, in other words, bull shit artist hoping and praying we have short memories. Let me make my case.
I have felt for a long time now that the best means at the disposal of America for creating good, high paying jobs is the investment in and development of the fuels of the future. Using American innovation, hard work, and farmland as well as the many closed down factories that dot the mid-western landscape to refine them we could create a whole new industry that not only provides jobs and cheaper energy, but ends our slavery to middle-eastern countries who hate us but supply us with oil.
I guess the lessons of last year have not completely set in. All the lies about "death panels" and "death books" and all the right-wing lunatics shouting like idiots at town-halls must be a distant memory. That is because it seems as if the President seems determined to repeat the failures of last year. Has he not learned when you reach out to Republicans all you do is pull back a bloody nub??
With the state of the economy and the healthcare fight, Republicans all over the airwaves see themselves as poised to make huge gains in the House and Senate late next year in the mid-term elections. However, here in the real world, a place that seemingly does not exist in the Republican mindset the numbers may tell a different story. While President Obama and the Congress have lost some of their shine and popularity, it appears as if the American people simply despise the Republican Party, their leaders and tactics.
As some of you that read here regularly may have noticed, I have not refrained from ripping into Democrats and Congress here lately when I feel that they are wrong. Unfortunately, too many times here lately I find myself almost as disgusted with Democrats as Republicans. However, this is not something I take particular pleasure in. I would much rather be talking about the good things my party is doing for our country and today I finally get a chance to do that, although as always it is tempered by the fact that many elected Democrats are quite simply bought and paid for, gutless, and belong in the elitist, uncaring party on the other side of the aisle, the Republicans.
The opponents of Progress in our country are showing just what they are made of. There latest target is Tom Periello of Virgina. Think what you want of him but this guy has made some gutsy votes. On one important vote he has already taken a stand and sounded like a real Democrat in doing so. Now for his efforts it appears that the Chamber of Commerce may be running illegal ads against him and that the classy folks within the delusional "Tea-bagger" movement may burn him in effigy, of course right along with Nancy Pelosi.
Well, we have a healthcare bill passed in the House. While I have very mixed feelings on the bill, it is at least a step in the right direction, albeit a baby step. However, as while I wanted the bill to be stronger and fear it's fate in the "House of Lords" known as the U.S. Senate, I will not sit idly by as Conservative idiot "pundits" lie about the process which gave birth to this historical vote.
Washington, DC – Today, Representative Anthony Weiner (D - Brooklyn and Queens), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, released the following statement on his decision to withdraw his single payer amendment to H.R. 3962, the House health care reform bill: “I have decided not to offer a single payer alternative to the health reform bill at this time. Given how fluid the negotiations are on the final push to get comprehensive health care reform that covers millions of Americans and contains costs through a public option, I became concerned that my amendment might undermine that important goal.” “I am going to continue to press the case for health care reform in every venue I can. And I also will continue to press for a smarter, less-expensive, more-comprehensive alternative to the employer-based health insurance system we have today.” "I've discussed the issue with Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Waxman, and agree with them that the health reform bill is so close it deserves every chance to gain a majority." Click here to read the statement Speaker Pelosi released supporting Rep. Weiner's decision.
According to a post on Pennsylvania blog, House speaker Nancy Pelosi will allow a mere twenty minutes of debate on single-payer, albeit indirectly.
The debate will actually be on an amendment put forth by Anthony Weiner, Democrat of New York's 9th District, which would effectively transform the corporate giveaway that is HR 3200 into something very close to the single-payer form offered by Dennis Kucinich and John Conyers's HR 676. According to David Swanson, the debate on the Weiner amendment is being used as cover for dropping Kucinich's amendment, which would allow states to create their own single-payer health insurance systems.
This is probably our last, best chance to improve what is shaping up to be a disastrously bad bill that will force Americans into buying unaffordable insurance. Click on the House Telephone Directory link, call as many representatives as you can, and demand that they pass the Weiner amendment. This may be our only shot at getting something that will work for all Americans, instead of simply further enriching Big Insurance.
House Democrats joined the Senate in unveiling their version of healthcare today. Although nothing will provide the real solution like single-payer most hopes were that the House version would be more Progressive. Those hopes were partially dashed as the House version had some good and some not so good. In the end, it appeared as if at least in the House this bill has a good chance to garner the needed votes.
You know how we hear from Republicans and some Democrats how we cannot have real healthcare refomr because of the devestating effect on small business?? How small businesses all over the country will just wither and die?? As usual these folks do not know what their talking about. What really is crushing small business is completely different than they try to convince their minions.
Despite the consensus in the media that the junk reforms of Max Baucus' Senate Finance Committee are written in stone to become law, many believe they do not go far enough. In the House, there is still plenty of support for a robust public option. They seem to realize mandating coverage without a vehicle to drive down costs is political suicide for our party. For her part, Speaker Pelosi is still pitching the public option.
Nancy Pelosi has long ruffled the wingnut feathers. Just the mere mention of the city she hails from, the dreaded "San Francisco" is enough to make most of the rabid right bust a spring and foam at the mouth. Now it appears a war of words is ensuing between the right and Pelosi over well, war.
It is no secret that many Progressives are getting fed up with the direction, or lack thereof in Afghanistan. We inherited a failed war in which the previous administration dropped the ball. We may not be able to pick it up no matter how hard we try and the harder we try we may dig ourselves as deep a hole as Bush dug himself in Iraq.
Nancy Pelosi has the unenviable task of trying to reconcile Blue Dogs with Progressives in the House. This is made harder by the fact that these Blue Dogs seemed to be opposed to any bill that asks the wealthy or businesses, all of whom have walked all over working America the last several decades to sacrifice anything. Meanwhile, Progressives realize it will take sacrifices from these folks to achieve any real reform to healthcare.
On the top of the Republican hate list either just over or just under Barack Obama is Nancy Pelosi. Being from the vilified city of San Francisco, it seems every self-righteous wingnut in the world loves to hate Nancy. While I do not always agree with her, this unending attack and vilification from the right has actually whipped up a little sympathy for our Speaker of the House, I just wish she would quit playing footsies with these folks and fight them with all the resources at our disposal.
With all the fanfare we have known for quite some time now that the Baucus "compromise", which none of those we compromised with supports would not include a public option and would impose mandated coverage. While being hailed in the press as the only way we can get a bill it appears as if several Democrats even in the Senate may be opposed to it, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has lukewarm support at best.
Last night we heard a speech from a young, charismatic Democratic President that undeniably inspired many within our party. We all heard how even a Congressman in a joint session of Congress showed the disrespect Republicans everywhere have shown in townhalls, disrespecting their elected leaders and neighbors by shouting over others even when it was not their turn to speak. However, despite feeling the obvious disgust at an extremist that is just determined to not hear the truth I came away with the impression that yes, maybe Progressives can work with these people and maybe they should.
With the Senate and Max Baucus appearing to be ready to "compromise" and the White House leaving it hanging in the air whether they will fight for a public option the hope of Progressives and those who desperately need real reform falls to Progressives in the House. While I hope the President will come out swinging for a Public Option tonight, all early report are that he will not. However, that does not leave the idea without its defenders.
You know, one of the most infuriating parts of the healthcare debate is the fact that folks are saying that all of us as Democrats and our leaders want to march seniors and sick children in front of death panels consisting of Hades, Beelzebub, Satan, Lucifer, Hitler and Attila the Hun who will in turn euthanize with great malice and vengenance.
With Healthcare Reform not getting done before the August recess Nancy Pelosi is setting the tone for the battle to win hearts and minds in the coming month-long debate. In the process of laying out the battle plan she is displaying a fighting spirit that helped sink George W. Bush's attempt at privitization of Social Security. An idea that has since proven if enacted millions of Seniors would have lost their livelihoods in the economic collapse.
Listening to Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi definately brings out a contrast in leadership. While Ms. Pelosi as Speaker of the House is trying in difficult situations to clean up a huge mess left behind by failed Republican Rule during the Bush years, and all Mitch McConnell can do is blame someone else for the problems he himself and his greedy, visionless party have created.
Before I write anything else here, I would like to say that for the most part I like Nancy Pelosi. While I have not always been pleased with everything the House as done with her as Speaker I believe overall she has done an admirable job. Unlike many rural Americans I believe that San Francisco is actually in America and their representative does mostly reflect my values as a rural American. Nobody ever agrees with anyone all the time.
After President Obama came back from overseas and "persuaded" Congress to get serious about Healthcare, lawmakers in the House have gotten on the ball. They unveiled their plan today to overhaul the system. It has a lot of good things in it, but predictably awaits an uncertain fate in the "House of Lords" known as the U.S. Senate and will probably draw opposition from Corporate Democrats as well as Republicans.
With the new revelations coming out that show what many Progressives already knew, that the Bush Administration had no respect whatsoever for our Constitution, other revelations come as no surprise. Neo-Con former Vice-President Dick Cheney had a leading role in keeping information from Congress that should have been disclosed. No wonder we were whipped into a frenzy of fear after 9-11. The Bush Administration wanted to use their own failures in preventing an attack they were warned about the circumvent our Constitution and Congressional oversight.
Nancy Pelosi has made a gutsy call and I believe she got it right. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee proposed a House resolution honoring Michael Jackson, the late undisputed "king of pop". Now, Jackson had, and still has millions of adoring fans. However, many people are leery of his bizarre actions in the last decade or so of his life.
Congressman John Yarmuth co-sponsor of HR 676, single payer healthcare, introduced Congressman John Conyers , click here to view the video, and Congressman Conyers let it all hang out and with his soft unassuming voice and mannerisms exposing the maneuvering by the Whitehouse, Nancy Pelosi and members of Congress to kill HR 676, single payer healthcare. Click here to view the video.