This past week bore witness to some significantly outrageous claims by two very public and private figures. From a burgeoning battle between a legendary journalist and the White House to an outright dismissal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by an Italian-American Supreme Court Justice coupled with what’s been recently heard from the new John McCain, are we simply observing a reflection of a divide America or is it a dire outbreak of senility? Continue reading
House Speaker John Boehner has made many a headline laying blame for the sequester upon everybody elses’ shoulders but his own. He insisted the President was responsible for the massive spending cut set to go into effect March 1st. He’s touted his own accomplishments pushing through 2 sequester replacement bills in the House, forgetting to mention the obvious one-sided nature of both those pieces of legislation. And throughout most of this week he has thrown the entire weight of the sequestration onto the Senate who has not even considered the House bills and have come up with none of its own, despite a $110 billion Democratic replacement plan already released. Continue reading
A not entirely new development in the sequester blame game reemerged this weekend in the form of Bob Woodward putting a damper on the Democrats’ Speaker Boehner sequestration powerpoint, trump card. This not wholly unexpected wrinkle shifts the sequester’s inception back on the White House. Continue reading
In the often times twisted blame game of the hyperpartisan, gridlocked politics we’ve all grown to bemoan and loath, the Republican Party has talked themselves into many a reality altering claim aimed at absolving themselves of any resposibility for this nations problems. From blaming President Obama and Democrats for the Great Recession to the debt ceiling debacle of 2011, the GOP are now attempting to lay the entire idea of the sequestration on the White House’s doorstep. Continue reading
Ron Paul will pen book advocating a free-market approach to education
Fresh off a presidential primary run and retirement from Congress, Ron Paul is hitting the books.
Actually, he’s writing them. The former Texas GOP congressman is turning his libertarian focus to education with a new book that advocates for a free-market approach to schooling and education.
“New School Manifesto” will be published by Grand Central Publishing Sept. 17, just in time for back-to-school season. Continue reading
In what has to be one of the most ridiculous examples of Republican, post-election desperation questions about Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel’s association with Hezbollah and Hamas are proven false, based on a joke by a New York Daily News reporter. Similar to past Republican gullibilities as belief in a Planned Parenthood abortion factory and Mitch McConnell’s latest flub, believing an Onion-esque article about Guantanamo detainees given veterans’ benefits, Senate Republicans have once again fallen for fake information. Continue reading
Mother Jones has sifted through the 50 states and cobbled together a list of state governors who have effectively chosen to deny the poorest of their constituencies health care coverage and the opportunity to attain basic medical care through their refusal to accept Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion provision. They represent the who’s who of Republican governors whose states occupy the core of stalwart opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading
Yesterday morning, reluctantly waking to the rude static of the clock radio I reach for the snooze but decided against ten more minutes of sleep. Instead I readjust the dial trying to find the local NPR station’s elusive, ever-shifting frequency. Squeezed in between the new Latino station and another springing reggae on unsuspecting early morning listeners, the hourly news had already broken in.
National gas prices are expected to rise above $4.00 a gallon soon…
“What? Why?” Continue reading
Much was made over the controversial Citizen United Supreme Court decision and subsequent unlimited political campaign funding observed during the 2010 and 2012 elections breaking all previoius spending levels. In tadem with this, questionable tax-exempt nonprofits began freely dumping large sums into political campaigns, most prominently on Republican campaigns. The struggle to find who these large donors were found their way into the courts where judgements fluctuated erradically depending on the who heard each case. At one point Karl Rove’s nonprofit attached to his SuperPAC, Crossroads was ordered to make its funding sources public but he refused waiting for a favorable appeal. Unfortunately, his appeal was successful and the voting public was blocked from finding out who was contributing such large sums of money. Continue reading