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Tuesday Evening News Roundup

With President Obama set to nominate former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon, there’s been a surprising amount of opposition coming from Republican ranks. On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that it would be rough sailing for Chuck Hagel in the Senate. Hagel’s former friend, John McCain, looks like he is going to lead the opposition. Remember that Chuck Hagel and John McCain really separated ways over the Iraq war. This is going to be a good knock-down drag-out fight. I’m just not sure what the Republicans hope to gain by opposing Hagel.

So, former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head by a crazed gunman last year, decided to visit some of the families who suffered losses in the Newtown shooting. For some reason, Rep. DebraLee Hovey decided to post the following welcoming statement, “Gabby Giffords, stay out of my towns!!!” She went on to say that Gifford’s visit must be politically motivated. Within less than 24 hours, she retracted her venomous statements. Craziness. (more…)

By |2013-11-03T18:20:21-04:00January 8th, 2013|Domestic Issues, Foreign Affairs, Military|2 Comments

Fiscal Cliff: Déjà Vu

While we are thinking about the Fiscal Cliff we need to think about fixing our country.


From Robert Reich:

So the bidding has begun.

According to the Wall Street Journal (which got the information from GOP leaders), the President’s opening bid to Republicans is:

— $1.6 trillion in additional tax revenues over the next decade, from limiting tax deductions on the wealthy and raising tax rates on incomes over $250,000 (although those rates don’t have to rise as high as the top marginal rates under Bill Clinton)

— $50 billion in added economic stimulus next year

— A one-year postponement of pending spending cuts in defense and domestic programs

— $400 billion in savings over the decade from Medicare and other entitlement programs (the same number contained in the President’s 2013 budget proposal, submitted before the election).

— Authority to raise the debt limit without congressional approval. (more…)

By |2012-12-02T20:09:00-04:00December 2nd, 2012|Economy|Comments Off on Fiscal Cliff: Déjà Vu

Rooting for economic failure

Finally, a Republican brave enough to speak the truth – we are rooting against the economy. (I am paraphrasing. Click on the video below.)

Conservatives have made their position extremely clear. They have stated their position in multiple different ways. You have Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stating that his number one priority was to prevent President Obama from having a second term. We know that leading Republicans met in an exclusive Washington DC restaurant on the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration and decided that their number one priority would be to oppose the president on every front. Their priority was not to negotiate to help the country. Their priority was not to try to push the agenda to be more conservative. Instead, their agenda was to oppose anything the president proposed, whether is was good for the country or not. Finally, we know that this “new breed” of conservatives have no interest in compromise. They were willing to bring down the government and our economy over the debt ceiling debate. There were willing to have the government default in order to make a point. Therefore, it is not that hard to imagine that Republicans are actively rooting for the economy to fail.

By |2012-06-25T00:40:32-04:00June 22nd, 2012|Economy, Party Politics|Comments Off on Rooting for economic failure
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