Archive for ‘Congress’

October 3, 2012

Politifact gives Conservative PAC a Smackdown

Newspapers in the battleground states of Florida and Ohio were riddled with ads from the conservative political action committee Government is Not God claiming the darndest things. Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize winning factcheck website, took notice and essentially gave what can only be described as a serious smackdown.

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October 1, 2012

Why We Don’t Elect Republicans

Given the performance of the current Congress, what was observed during the George W. Bush years and the evolution of the 21st century GOP…

How wise is it to tempt the current crop of Republicans with the reigns of power?

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September 17, 2012

Boehner’s Misconception of Governance & other Political Missteps

A few events over the intervening week held sway enough to make me ponder aloud, “Does John Boehner truly understand American governance?”; “Are the embassy attacks about US policy?” and “Does President Obama flagrantly advocate abortion?

      Election years are crazy enough with the monkey poo fights that erupt across the political ad-osphere but the complete abandon of facts this time around has sent this season into a tailspin of opportunistic malfeasance as its players seek to rouse emotion at the expense of rationality.

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September 15, 2012

Daily Scoop: Why judges are dismantling the GOP agenda

A year after Wisconsin exploded in protest over Republican legislation to gut collective bargaining for public employees, a Wisconsin judge has nullified the law, ruling on Friday that it violates workers’ equal rights under the Constitution.

Those dramatic union reforms and the political theater it sparked last year turned Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker into a Republican hero and helped balance the state’s budget.

With its focus on a signature Republican law, Friday’s ruling also highlights a series of state and federal rulings over the last year that have turned back major tenets of a Republican agenda fueled by the massive electoral victories the party brought home in November 2010, when it took over the House of Representatives and won nine governorships.

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September 10, 2012

The Daily Scoop: GOP wish for Power vs Economic Recovery

Today we have two articles which delve into a disturbing possibility which has developed over the past 3 1/2 years. Has the Republican Party purposefully sabotaged the economic recovery from the Great Recession for no other reason but to regain power? It’s a tough question to answer definitively and is hard to believe all members of the party would subscribe to prioritizing the attainment of the presidency over the needs of average Americans amidst such an economic crisis. However, it’s just as difficult to dismiss such an accusation given the actions witnessed since the Obama presidency began. From the national GOP leaders inauguration evening adoption of a strategy to oppose everything put forth by the Administration to their subsequent, consistent opposition to middle class tax cuts, small business support legislation and anything stimulative in nature to record senatorial filibusters, the trend which has developed speaks volumes. It speaks to a coordinated effort to essentially disrupt economic recovery to ensure a Republican victory in 2012.

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September 5, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Student Loan Debt Crushing the Economy

With the start of another school year, the air is once again filled with  angst over the high cost of college. But the discussion is shifting. It’s not  just about runaway tuition inflation anymore, or even the individual hardship  that excessive college loans create for graduates. Now we’re talking about how  student debt is everyone’s problem because it is crushing the economy.

Total student debt recently crossed the $1 trillion mark, more than Americans  collectively owe on credit cards. New findings conclude that this debt is  shutting young people out of the housing market, further depressing what is  already the economy’s most troubled sector.

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August 1, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional by G.W. Bush Appointee

A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act in a challenge brought by married same-sex couples.

Judge Vanessa Bryant, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled that the Section 3 of the 1996 law, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, violates equal protection guarantees. The suit, Pedersen et al v. Office of Personnel Management et al, was brought by six couples and one widower in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont who were denied federal benefits because they were legally married to a spouse of the same sex.

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July 27, 2012

GDP Growth & The Bigger Picture

While much of the Gross Domestic Product is driven by consumer spending, it is worth looking closer at the numbers reported earlier today.  The GOP used the report to chastise Obama once again for his “failed policies”. In so doing they forget the findings were actually better than economists’ expectations. Additionally, they neglect to make not of impressive growth rates in the other GDP measures.

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July 25, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Outside money ban in Mass. Senate race is working, at what price?

It appears this ban on outside money, which has and does influence many local races, in the Massachusetts’ Senate campaign is causing regrets within the state Republican Party solely because they are unable to attack Warren on the Native American heritage claims. Their regrets lie in their inability to dominate the conversation with largely unimportant attacks rather than substantive debate of the pertinent issues. This speaks volumes about the state of political campaigns these days and why so many voters are so very frustrated with the overall process. 

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July 13, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Unpopular Mandate

An interesting article tracing the evolution of the Republican Party’s love-hate relationship with the individual mandate from their 20 years supporting it to their paradigm shift as it became part of the Democrats’ health care reform.

On March 23, 2010, the day that President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act  into law, fourteen state attorneys general filed suit against the law’s  requirement that most Americans purchase health insurance, on the ground that it  was unconstitutional. It was hard to find a law professor in the country who  took them seriously. “The argument about constitutionality is, if not frivolous,  close to it,” Sanford Levinson, a University of Texas law-school professor, told  the McClatchy newspapers.

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