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. read more »
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. read more »
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. read more »
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. read more »
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?” read more »
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. read more »
Test your knowledge of prominent people and major events in the news, by taking our short 13-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with 1,041 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a national survey conducted online Jan. 18-24 by the Pew Research Center. The new survey includes a mixture of multiple-choice questions using photographs, maps and symbols. read more »
Both times in fairly recent years federal minimum wage was increased with the cooperation of Republican leadership. In 1996, the Republican-controlled House under Newt Gingrich, the minimum wage was raised from $4.25 to $5.15 over a 2 year period. The next wage increase took place a decade later, in 2006-2007, when Democrats won back control of the House. They found support for the increase in then President, George W. Bush. This instance raised the minimum rate to its current level of $7.25 per hour. read more »
With each new bit of regulation proposed a screeching chorus rises from industry pronouncing the dire consequences set to befall the country if even the slightest utterance of such rules are dared spoken. How many times have these warnings of cataclysm been heard? And how many times have they come to pass? read more »