Voting Rights decision another fine mess for Congress


Before we join our fellow progressives in the justifiable assault on the Supreme Court for its colossally f-ed up decision, Tuesday, in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down key elements of the pre-clearance provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, let's talk about for whom this mess tolls. It tolls for Congress. "This is… Continue reading Voting Rights decision another fine mess for Congress

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For Obama, it’s really always been about unity


If there was ever a question about which commitment President Barack Obama has made in his life that will live beyond his presidency, it is his stubborn belief that a united America, without the distraction of division, can and will accomplish great things. Regardless of whether he is able to reach effective but difficult compromises… Continue reading For Obama, it’s really always been about unity

Legislative surreal-ities; what the GOP resists, persists


Compromise - it's the word that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) eschewed as a synonym for "sell out," when he spoke to CBS' Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes, one year ago, before he took the gavel from Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in January. It should come as no surprise, then, that the third most… Continue reading Legislative surreal-ities; what the GOP resists, persists

Tramecksans in Congress, and the hobbling prince


"...for about seventy moons past there have been two struggling parties in this empire, under the names of Tramecksan  and Slamecksan, from the high and low heels of their shoes, by which they distinguish themselves...  The animosities between these two parties run so high, that they will neither eat, nor drink, nor talk with each… Continue reading Tramecksans in Congress, and the hobbling prince

Debt rhetoric scary and entertaining at the same time


"I think disgust is still a valid emotion, and that's kind of the way I'm viewing this." - James Amos, CEO, Tasti D-Lite, discussing Congress' dysfunction, highlighted by the "self-inflicted" debt crisis, on MSNBC's Jansing & Co, Friday, July 29, 2011 The time for staying above the fray with logic has passed. The simmering, schmaltz-laden… Continue reading Debt rhetoric scary and entertaining at the same time

The modern Republican – an American problem


The new Republican party is an albatross of ideological intransigence. It is an anchor that lists the ship of governance as far to the right as it can, until it starts to take on water. The threat not to raise the debt limit, that enables the federal government to pay our debts, has pulled the… Continue reading The modern Republican – an American problem

Eric Cantor, morality and the politics of Joplin


You'd never know it to hear House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), tell it, but the town of Joplin, Missouri, is a GOP stronghold. NPR called it "the reddest corner of Missouri," back  before the election in 2008, and the final returns from Joplin/Jasper County from the vote that year bears that out. According… Continue reading Eric Cantor, morality and the politics of Joplin

‘Holy cow,’ said the elephant – Newt’s a RINO


"You're an embarrassment to our party." - Iowa Republican voter chastising Newt Gingrich, Monday, in-person, for his "undercutting" Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) Medicare proposal on this week's "Meet the Press." What Newt Gingrich, and the GOP tomato throwers who have targeted him the last two days, have demonstrated so perfectly is that there is no… Continue reading ‘Holy cow,’ said the elephant – Newt’s a RINO