CONFIRM LORETTA LYNCH!
|From a Bible card published by|
the Providence Lithograph Co.
SAY NO TO THE PARTY OF NO
It is incredible to me that this mid-term election could result in a Republican controlled Senate, as well as a Republican controlled House of Representatives. What a disheartening prospect that is, even frightening, when you realize how many Republicans would owe their victories to their States’ voter restriction laws and the Koch brothers’ millions.
|Mitt Romney sounding off again. Associated Press photo.|
It is the Republican controlled Congress that has blocked every constructive piece of legislation that has come before the House. They blocked the American Jobs Act, they have opposed raising the minimum wage, they oppose gun control legislation, they have continually tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they have blocked the infrastructure bill, they have rejected immigration reform, they have fought campaign finance reform, they have opposed closing the gender pay gap, they have opposed the President’s economic stimulus plan, and they have been against everything and anything the Obama administration has brought to them.
Whatever the issue, if the President is for it, they are against it; if he is against it, they are for it, even when it means reversing their previously help positions! They give him no credit for anything —the soaring stock market, the stronger economy, the lower unemployment rate, the high corporate profits—, but if anything bad happens, no matter what it is, they find some way to blame the President. They impugn his motives, misrepresent his words, malign his character, and question his ability to lead while at the same time accusing him of being an “imperial” president. Their blatant inconsistency does not seem to bother them one bit.
The sad fact is that their negativism has paid off. Tell the same lies often enough and the gullible will start to believe them. They are the reason for the President’s current low approval ratings. They have succeeded in convincing too many people, as Romney is trying to do, that the gridlock in Washington is President Obama’s fault, when it should be obvious to anyone that the Republican controlled Congress is to blame.
Contrary to what Mitt Romney is saying, should the Republicans succeed in gaining control of the Senate, that will hardly end the gridlock, for the Republicans are themselves far from unified. Two things they all do agree on, however, are their common disdain for Barack Obama and their unrelenting desire for him to fail.
The pollsters are now telling us that many of the races are too close to call. That is encouraging news for the Democrats, given the earlier projections of a Republican take-over of the Senate. I am disappointed in some of the Democratic candidates in red States, who for fear of the Obama-haters have distanced themselves from the President in order to boost their chances of getting elected. I would admire them more if instead of putting expediency over principle they had remained loyal to their party leader and the values for which he stands. They should have been defending the President and his record all along and countering the lies of his opponents.
As one who believes in our system of government and sees the value of opposing political parties, I wonder whatever happened to the concept of “loyal opposition,” and I yearn for the return of civility in political exchange and statesmanship in public discourse. I am embarrassed by the “in your face” style and belligerent attitude of some politicians, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie being a notable object lesson.
Disagreement is to be expected, but fairness and decency demand that participants represent their own views honestly and their opponents’ views accurately. Too many politicians are always attacking snowmen of their own creation. We must not be misled by such behavior, nor should we put up with the hate mongering of the radical media. Their egregious disrespect for the Office of the President is despicable.
To that end I hope that the American electorate will surprise the pundits and issue a resounding “No!” to the Party of No on Tuesday, November 4!
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THE REPUBLICANS' CONSISTENT INCONSISTENCY
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OUR PARTISAN SUPREME COURT
|The Supreme Court of the United States|
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HERE'S ONE YOU SHOULDN'T SIGN
|Rep. Sen. Mitch McConnell|
|Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly - AP photo|
|Swearing in the witnesses - L to R: Mark Kelly, David Kopel,|
James Johnson, Gayle Trotter, Wayne LaPierre (AP photo)
|Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell (AP photo)|
|Sec. Hillary Clinton - csmonitor.com|
After listening to Hillary Clinton’s testimony yesterday before committees of both Houses of Congress and her exchanges with her Republican critics, I was more impressed than ever with the intelligent and capable leadership of our soon-to-depart Secretary of State.
Mrs. Clinton made it quite clear that the Republican controlled House of Representatives must bear their share of the blame for any failure to protect our overseas diplomats, by refusing to provide the funding needed.
The questioners made fools of themselves by their unwarranted
accusations, and I was left with the impression that it is Congress, not the State Department, who should be held accountable for their total lack of support. They ought to be answering questions rather than asking them. The arrogance of Rand Paul was appalling. From now on that word should be spelled with a “u”!
The Republicans’ witch hunting betrayed their obvious political agenda, which was to damage the high reputation of the person who could well be the Democratic nominee for President in 2016.
Despite their attacks, Secretary Clinton won the day. She was the “adult in the room.”
Worst of all was tonight’s angry diatribe against the President by Wayne LaPierre, executive director of the National Rifle Association. His false accusations and misrepresentations were typical of the kind of fear mongering we have come to expect from the NRA, 74% of whose members disagree with their leadership’s opposition to sensible gun legislation.
Not all Republicans were disparaging of the President’s speech. David Brooks in his op ed column in the New York Times this morning called it one of the best of the past half century. Too bad the GOP politicians have to take their cue from the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Wayne LaPierre instead of David Brooks.
I thought President Obama’s speech was masterful. He covered all the bases, as he challenged us to work together to make the American dream possible for all people. In my view his speech was a beautiful blend of idealism and realism, appealing to our higher instincts while acknowledging the challenging practicalities. I heartily agree with his commitment to issues of social justice, equal opportunity, the need to address the impact of global warming, and his desire to end our years of involvement in wars and to find ways to resolve our differences with other nations peacefully, while maintaining our support for the cause of democracy.
Having listened to and having read his address carefully, I can find nothing in it that should upset any fair-minded person. One has to read into the President’s words one’s own political agenda to condemn the address as vociferously as his Republican opponents are doing. Is the way they are misrepresenting his words and impugning his intentions an ominous indication that they still haven’t learned their lesson from the recent election and that the same spirit of opposition and obstruction prevails?
We’ll soon find out, as the Senate addresses the issue of reforming the rules concerning filibustering.
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|Joe Biden and the Task /Force|
|Children being led to safety out of the Sandy Hook|
Elementary School with their eyes closed to avoid their
seeing anything that might disturb or frighten them.
|Illustration by Stephen Kroninger for TIme|
|Senator Mitch McConnell|
|Ambassador Susan E. Rice|
|Representative Ron Paul|
|Pres. Obama and Gov.Christie on Marine One|
|Photo by Michael Phillips-|
|AP photo/Charlie Neibergall|
|Photo by Richard B. Levine - Newscom|
|Jon Keller (c) moderates first debate between Republican|
Senator Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth
Warren. Photo by Barry Chin, Boston Globe staff
|September 25, 2012 - President Obama addresses the United|
Nations General Assembly - AP Photo by Seth Wening
|AP Photo/Charles Dharapak|
|DLM Press. Pacific Coast News.com|
UNFAIR CRITICISM OF THE PRESIDENT*
|Photo by Catherine Vail|
|"No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate"!|
|Believe the opposite of what they say!|
Yet the Republican candidates are accusing the President of robbing Medicare of that amount in order to pay for the Affordable Care Act. That’s the dickcheyneyan principle: If you tell a lie often enough people will believe it.
So, too, with their total misrepresentation of the President’s welfare program, which they say has no work requirement. That is an outright lie, but they keep saying it. They want people to believe the exact opposite of the truth. They should not be allowed to get away with such deliberate falsehoods!
Back to the Medicare issue. The Romney/Ryan team wants to institute a voucher system, which would be disastrous for seniors, of whom I am one. I don’t know what my wife and I would do without Medicare. The vast majority of seniors are happy with Medicare the way it is. Those who are not are being hoodwinked into thinking the President wants to change Medicare, when it is his program that is protecting it!
Romney and Ryan want to restore the $715 billion in Medicare savings “that Obama stole.” According to independent research analysts, to do that would increase the premiums and co-payments for beneficiaries by several hundred dollars a year! But that doesn’t stop the Romney team from perpetuating their falsehoods.
As the benefits of the Affordable Care Act are kicking in, there are more and more beneficiaries of the system to call the lie to the Republican anti-Obamacare rhetoric, rhetoric that is all the more reprehensible because they have no real plan of their own to replace it! The President has acknowledged that the new law has some wrinkles that need to be ironed out, and his administration is perfectly willing to work with the Republicans to refine the program as needed. But even as the law now stands, millions of Americans are already benefiting from the Act’s provisions, and millions more will benefit in the future.
Barack Obama was able to accomplish what no other President before him was able to do. Romney’s vow to repeal Obamacare on his first day in office should be reason enough for seeing that he never gets to be President!
But an even more important reason is Romney’s lack of trustworthiness. I want a President I can trust! If we can’t believe what Romney says as a candidate, how could we believe what he says as President? I’m not referring to the usual political hyperbole. That’s to be expected. I’m referring to his outright lies and deliberate misrepresentations of the facts.
I repeat: Romney has run the most dishonest campaign I’ve ever witnessed.
|AP Photo by Evan Vucci|
|Congressman Ron Paul|
|Photo by Carlos Osorio/AP|
|Chief Justice John Roberts|
|First Presbyterian Church|
|U. S. Attorney General Erick Holder|
|Right winger Mike Vanerboegh|
|Republican strategist Karl Rove|
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|Photo by REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque|
|U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky|
|Speaker of the House John Boehner|
|Florida 's Gov. Rick Scott|
|President Barack Obama|
|Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney|
|Joe Scarborough of MSNBC|
|Talk Radio Host Rush Limbaugh|
|Gov. Mitt Romney|
|President Barack Obama|
Don’t let Scott Walker buy his reelection with big bucks from corporate interests outside of Wisconsin. You have a powerful weapon: the right to vote. Use it!
Republicans and Democrats alike should be alarmed that Governor Walker is outspending Mayor Tom Barrett 25 to 1, largely with money from outside the State. According to current polls, it is having its effect. It is incredible that even some union members, who have the most to lose if Walker wins, have been deceived by his "divide and conquer" strategy. Are you going to let the Koch brothers and their ilk determine who wins the election on June 5?
Wisconsin is a microcosm of America. Karl Rove has a new $10,000,000 ad out attacking Barack Obama that is full of false information about his record as President. Wisconsinites can lead the way in exercising the power of the people to prevent a few rich billionaires from buying any election. Rest assured they’re putting their own interests ahead of yours.
A million people signed the petition for Walker’s recall. It was a grass roots movement. Those who until now have been undecided, or who have been hoodwinked by the deluge of Walker’s campaign ads, should take your stand and do the right thing for your fellow citizens whose basic rights are being threatened by the Walker administration.
We’re watching, Wisconsin. Set an example for the nation!
It was just one year ago when Governor Scott Walker proposed revolutionary legislation aimed at reining in public sector unions and saving Wisconsin's economy. . . The state legislature passed his reforms. Unemployment in Wisconsin fell, and the nation took notice. [Early reports showed Wisconsin ranked last among all the States in job creation last year. In an unusual move to counter this statistic, the Governor used information schedule to be released from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on June 28 to announce today that Wisconsin had gained gained rather than lost jobs in 2011. Even so the figure, which is not yet official, is far less than the Governor's announced goal.] . . .
- A left-wing judge who signed a petition demanding that Walker be recalled and whose wife works for the recall campaign just ruled that Wisconsin's ballot security law [Part of the Republicans' voter suppression efforts!] cannot be enforced this election! [Good!]
- Twenty-nine additional judges in Wisconsin have violated their oaths of office and have openly declared their support for Walker's recall. [That 29 judges feel Walker should be recalled does not speak well for the Governor!]
- And, twenty-five Wisconsin "journalists" have openly come out in favor of Walker's defeat! [Nor does that!] . . .
Governor Walker and his allies are being outspent massively by the labor unions and he needs our help. [That is absolutely false! The amounts raised are public information.] . . .
Chairman, Conservative StrikeForce PAC
|Senator Richard Lugar|
Before entering national politics Richard Lugar was an immensely popular, exceptionally effective, and highly respected Mayor of Indianapolis, whom I knew personally and admired greatly, when I was serving a church in that city.
As a United States Senator he has exhibited the highest and best of bipartisan politics. Throughout his long career he has been a man of stature and integrity. Because he was willing to put principle above political expediency and the good of the nation above partisan loyalties, he was able to work with his colleagues across the aisle on matters of national importance. That spirit, along with his wisdom and good judgement, earned him the respect and gratitude of his colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and of our nation and its allies.
In reflecting on his recent defeat, Senator Lugar commented, “I knew that I had cast recent votes that would be unpopular with some Republicans and that would be targeted by outside groups. These included my votes for the TARP program, for government support of the auto industry, for the START Treaty and for the confirmations of Justices Sotomayor and Kagan. . . But I believe that they were the right votes for the country, and I stand by them without regrets. . . ” (quoted from the Newark Star Ledger of May 11, 2012).
How different his attitude and demeanor from that of the Republican leadership in the House and Senate today. Their announced goal has been to make Barack Obama a one-term President. To that end they have opposed every proposal put forth by his administration and given him no credit whatsoever for any of his accomplishments. The Party of Lincoln has become the Party of No! What a tragic development!
There have been many glowing expressions of appreciation for Senator Lugar’s service in the Senate. We wish him well, as he finishes his term in office. Would that there were more Republicans like him today.
Finally, a main stream press article that tells it like it is! To read it, click on the link below:
The G. O. P. is adamantly bent
on favoring the wealthy one percent.
Their “trickle down” approach has never worked,
and that's why most economists are irked,
especially those who care about the poor,
whose numbers are increasing more and more.