Politics

Obama's Take on How to Defeat ISIS

Feb 11, 2015. As any general or football player knows, blurting out your strategy is, well ... just plain stupid. And so our strategist-in-chief won't do that. And I shouldn't either, but he needs help with those demanding that he blurt — call 'em the Blurters. In a nutshell, Obama doesn't want to go it alone against ISIS, he wants help from Muslims. This is best for America. By a lot. But if he caved in  to the Blurters, ...  [Read more...]


Code Pink vs the Republicans vs Obama

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Code Pink. Not Medea.

Feb 6, 2015. The UN reports that ISIS is training boys of ten as child soldiers and girls as sex slaves, crucifying children and burying them alive. Obama calls ISIS "a brutal, vicious death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism". But don't worry; Code Pink's Medea Benjamin explained her plan on Fox News (quotes below): Stop bombing and call a conference of the allies! Extremist Republicans have their own plan: First call them "Islamic" (instead of "violent") extremists, then change the goal from Obama's "degrade and destroy" to "destroy and crush." Read on, it gets better. [Read more...]


Paul Ryan: The Republicans Got It Backwards

Feb 3, 2015. Paul RyanAccording to Paul Ryan in this Sunday's New York Times, "We’re six years into the Obama economic policies. ... The wealthy are doing really well. They’re practicing trickle-down economics now.” Trickle-down economics is, of course, the Republican view that giving tax cuts to the rich will let them hire more poor people and some of the wealth will trickle down to the poor. All along the Republicans have been accusing Obama of practicing class warfare against the rich, but actually he has secretly been [Read more...]


Michael Moore Helps the Tea Party by Calling Snipers Cowards

Michael Moore

Jan 24, 2015. No one should be surprised that Michael Moore is out helping the conservatives again. Not that he wants to. He just loves the publicity too much — no matter how stupid his comments, or how much they damage the left. This time, referring to the uber-popular movie "American Sniper," he called snipers cowards. Last time, he said Obama's only accomplishment was being the first black President. His sniper comment is idiotic and [Read more...]


Background Stories

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Crony Capitalism

That’s when capitalists manipulate government to gain subsidies and loopholes. Wall Street uses a revolving door to high government positions. Big-business capitalists rely on K-Street lobbyists instead. But the Koch brothers, the Supreme Court, and Fox-Wall-St. are building a pro-corporate tea party. Occupy Wall Street and some tea baggers should join to fight corpocracy.


Extremists

The right takes the cake for extremism. David Koch, the billionaire founder of AFP, the group that invented and organized the Tea Parties, ran as a Libertarian against Reagan in 1980. He favored an end to public schools, Social Security, the FBI, CIA, and IRS, and also favored legalizing gambling, drugs and prostitution. The left dabbles in extremism (but without the big bucks) and only manages to help the right wing fanatics.
 


Lakoff-the-political-mind.pngMaking Sense

Sensible politics requires that two old-fashioned conservative principles be applied to an empathetic interpretation of the three long-recognized goals of government: protect the publicpromote the general Welfare,(1)From the first sentence of the U.S. Constitution. This does not mean the federal government can do whatever it wants. But it does mean that it should do things for the common good that are within its powers. and stabilize the economy. The two conservative principles are (1)don’t waste public funds, and (2) don’t discourage personal responsibility.


Obama_official.jpgObama vs. Progressives

The far left has turned on Obama for being too conservative, and the right calls him a socialist. In truth, he has governed from the middle. The left has always been disappointed with their presidents, and if they don’t understand why, they will hand the 2012 election to the Koch brothers.


Romney

Romney is the most liberal and reasonable (except for Huntsman) of the Republican candidates, but he has proven himself willing to take whatever position is popular. This will likely continue if he becomes president, which would mean he would reflect much of the Tea Party agenda.

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1. From the first sentence of the U.S. Constitution. This does not mean the federal government can do whatever it wants. But it does mean that it should do things for the common good that are within its powers.