Don’t blame Koch brothers
By Brent Budowsky
The latest brainchild of Washington insider Democrats, to waste millions of dollars running attack ads against conservative mega-donors Charles and David Koch, might be the worst idea since the owner of the Titanic cut the budget for lifeboats.
Most voters do not know or care about the difference between the Koch brothers and Coca-Cola. In the hierarchy of actions to mobilize the Democratic base, which wants to see Democrats in Washington fighting for their beliefs, campaign ads against GOP donors don’t rank very high.
Democrats need to calm down, toughen up and think clearly….
Please sign this White House petition and ask everyone you know to do the same.
President should send the Senate nominees to fill all federal judicial vacancies by May 1
Justice and democracy are under attack by the unelected, life-tenured federal judiciary which shows contempt for elected branches and by Senators abusing filibuster rules which must be changed if abuse continues that prevents filling the large number of judicial vacancies.
Democracy is threatened by decisions that allow the wealthy buy elections while attacking the right to vote in elections and by decisions such as the D.C. Circuit attacking recess appointments which should have no precedent value since it would have been decided differently if vacancies were filled.
Women, workers, consumers, minorities, the poor and justice for all Americans are systematically disadvantaged by numerous vacancies and Senate abuse that prevent confirmation of nominees.
Reposted from The Hill, with the permission of the author:
Make my day, Mitt
By Brent Budowsky
I am a big fan of Clint Eastwood. After his appearance at the Republican convention I imagined what he might do addressing Mitt Romney with an empty chair at the Democratic gathering. While Lloyd Bentsen would say I am no Clint Eastwood, here goes:
Glancing at the chair, I begin: Gov. Romney, remembering the jobless rate four years ago, in November 2008 — Americans lost more than 500,000 jobs that month.
Even worse, in the weeks before President Obama was inaugurated, America lost another 700,000 jobs. Governor, you believe Americans were better off four years ago with that? You promise that if you are elected, your policies would destroy 500,000 jobs, or 700,000 jobs, as happened during the Bush crash that you claim were better days?
Social Security could be next to need a bailout
My letter to the editor of the Washington Post:
HOW DARE YOU allow Alan Sloan to pretend that paying back the DEBT OWED to those of us who have PREPAID OUR RETIREMENT constitutes a bailout?
San Francisco Chronicle:
GOP’s Brown wins Mass. Senate race in epic upset
In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to win the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy for nearly half a century, leaving President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in doubt and marring the end of his first year in office...
Brown led by 52 per cent to 47 percent with all but 3 percent of precincts counted. Turnout was exceptional for a special election in January, with light snow reported in parts of the state. More voters showed up at the polls Tuesday than in any non-presidential general election in Massachusetts since 1990.
The Democrats' answer? Go after the most popular government programs ever created in the U.S.
Andrew Leigh on The Economics of Terrorism:
Why were hardly any lives lost to suicide bombing in the 1970s, but over 10,000 in the 2000s? What makes suicide bombing so popular in the modern age?
Most people find it impossible to answer this question without using the word ‘crazy’. But a fascinating strand of research has begun to use the tools of economics to try and better understand what drives suicide attacks, and how we might stop them in the future...
"BREAKING: Democrats Hoping To Take Control Of Congress …
… From Republican Minority In 2010"
Why was that tweet from The Onion so funny?
Because it’s so true.
Despite a Democratic president, a Democratic majority in the House, and 60 members of the Senate caucusing with the Democrats, the corporate lobbyists’ agenda continually prevails.
If you want to force that situation to “change”, if you’ll pardon the expression, read on.
Last Gallup: dead heat (Not Your Sweetie)
There would be an image here if they were allowed.
A bit of history is offered: [F]our years ago [Friday], John Kerry led George W. Bush by four points (49% to 45%) and by five with leaners (51% to 46%). That matched his best day ever and was the last time he enjoyed such a sizable lead. At this point four years ago, the Democratic National Convention had already been held.
Update as of Saturday, August 2, "Gallup Daily: McCain, Obama Remain Tied"
Update as of Sunday, August 3, "Gallup Daily: Obama 45%, McCain 44%"—Caro
MORE MORE MORE
So where does Barack Obama really stand on these three issues?
Has Markos ever apologized for getting this one wrong?
PMO: Officials only got briefing from Obama campaign (The Canadian Press)
OTTAWA — Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton never gave Canada any secret assurances about the future of NAFTA such as those allegedly offered by Barack Obama's campaign, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office said Friday. With the NAFTA affair swirling over the U.S. election and Canadian officials skittish about saying anything else that might influence the race, it took the PMO two days to deliver the information. After being asked whether Canadian officials asked for — or received — any briefings from a Clinton campaign representative outlining her plans on NAFTA, a spokeswoman for the prime minister offered a response Friday. "The answer is no, they did not," said Harper spokeswoman Sandra Buckler.
MORE MORE MORE
Republicans for Obama will pull the Democratic leadership EVEN FURTHER TO THE RIGHT. That’s not what I want, and maybe not what you want, either.
Texas Republicans cross over to vote for Obama
A poll released this week by SurveyUSA of Verona, N.J., indicated that registered Republicans would make up 9 percent of Democratic primary voters next week. Michael Baselice, head of Baselice and Associates, a Texas polling firm, said that was in line with what his company was finding. A bloc that large could make a significant difference for Obama, who holds a large lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York among Texas Republicans, especially in a close race. Polls this week were showing a dead heat in Texas as Obama began pulling even with Clinton.
MORE MORE MORE
The general election this year is going to be exceedingly strange.
The primary has had its own surprises, but I predict that things are going to get much more shocking.
The reason is that Karl Rove desperately needs to keep himself and his creation, George W. Bush, out of prison. Only the most die-hard true believers still deny that Bush and other members of his administration have broken laws, and probably many of them. There’s only one way to be sure they won’t be held to account, and that’s to install a Republican as the next president.
MORE MORE MORE
McCain’s Wisconsin Victory Speech Remarks
"I will fight every moment of every day in this campaign to make sure Americans are not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change that promises no more than a holiday from history and a return to the false promises and failed policies of a tired philosophy that trusts in government more than people. Our purpose is to keep this blessed country free, safe, prosperous and proud. And the changes we offer to the institutions and policies of government will reflect and rely upon the strength, industry, aspirations and decency of the people we serve."
And when he said proud, do you think he might have been referring to a rather injudicious statement by Mrs. Obama? See below.
MORE MORE MORE