I was privileged to host the Jeff Messer Show on Monday and Tuesday. I was extremely happy to interview Joan McCarter from the Daily Kos. Joan has been one of the featured bloggers on the Daily Kos for more than five years. We discuss what’s going on on Capitol Hill; rather, what is not going on. Filibusters, repealing ObamaCare, government shutdown and more.
Greg Dworkin is one of the front page bloggers at the Daily Kos. He is also a physician and a friend of mine. He is also a Newtown, Ct resident. We discuss the need for gun control in this country. Yes, we need to talk about other factors, including metal health issues, but Newtown clearly revealed the need for gun control. Remember that the first victim of the Newtown shooting was a gun owner. She was shot with her own gun while she was sleeping. Having more guns isn’t the solution. If having more guns were the solution, then Nancy Lanza would be alive today. She had plenty.
But if anything has been learned since [the election], it’s that the president’s power in Washington remains severely constrained by a Republican opposition establishment that is bitter about its losses, unmoved by Mr. Obama’s victory and unwilling to compromise on social policy, economics or foreign affairs. House Republicans, in particular, argue that they won elections as well and they see their ability to retain control of the House as granting them the right to stick to their own views even when they clash strongly with the president’s.
So the Times is calling them bitter and uncompromising dead-enders? Accurate observation.
Today Nelson Mandelaturned 93. What an amazing man.
Conservatives would have us believe that government spending was a concept that Barack Obama developed, perfected and has implemented against the American people. The truth paints a far different picture. Please note when spending really took off… mid-80’s and again in the 00’s. Who’s responsible for this kind of crazy spending? Obama?
The News Corp. scandal continues to grow. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any bigger – a whistleblower is found dead. That’s more than a little bit suspicious. Testimony before Parliament begins tomorrow. Even the Prime Minister is affected. The big question is has News Corp. tapped and hacked phones here in the United States.
Even though Republicans have come up with some really goofy policies, you have to admit they do come up with clever names for their goofy policies. Cut, Cap and balance is cute and clever and, as usual, bad policy.
Marcy Wheeler, one of my favorite bloggers, has moved from FDL to her own web site. I wish her well.