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Party Leadership Message War Via Twitter

April 2, 2014 by Andrew17

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This morning I took a look at the different tweets from the party leadership (Democrats and Republicans). You will notice something very interesting about Mitch Mcconnell's tweet. He doesn't mention Healthcare. Why is that?

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Will the government shut down of 2013 cost the GOP their House majority in the mid-term elections?

March 20, 2014 by Maureen Andrade

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The government shut down of 2013 was a costly and emotionally draining fabricated crisis. Mostly,the blame is on the GOP in the House majority. Will their high stakes antics cause them to lose many votes in the mid term elections or will the event be forgotten one year later?

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Congress Brakes for Break, But Is Already Broken

December 19, 2013 by Living Liberally

A year after the Newtown massacre, Congress still hasn't passed sensible gun laws.

A year after the GOP announced a change of heart, Congress has done nothing on immigration reform.

A year after Hurricane Sandy's devastation Congress has avoided any climate change debate.

Every day brings new NSA revelations, but Congress grumbles and lets the spying continue. The stagnant economy stresses American families but Congress never considers the American Jobs Act.

Yet Congress is now proudly patting itself on the back for an unimpressive budget deal that is only noteworthy because it doesn't push us into a manufactured crisis and gets our representatives home for their vacation,.

When Congress's marker of success is measured by not causing a government shut-down and getting to enjoy their winter break, it's time to reconsider our expectations.

After a year of putting the brakes on progress, these folks are looking forward to winter break -- sadly, this Congress is already broken.

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The Party of Nope vs Hope and the Pope

December 5, 2013 by Living Liberally

While Fox News trumps up a War on Christmas, the Corporatocracy wages a war on Thanksgiving, expanding Black Friday into Bleak Thursday as workers leave family tables for retail spectacles.

While conservatives lament the loss of family values, The Tea Party says no to any proposal that would lift hard-working Americans out of poverty, and fights against the expansion of health coverage.

The Christian Right claims to be under attack, while it is the right-wing leading the attacks undermining family planning, assaulting equal rights, and attacking the Pope for his critique of capitalism.

If you're of the belief that poverty wages are enough, the healthcare worked just fine as it was, and this Pope is being too compassionate, you might not be in the holiday spirit just yet.

During this giving season, I'd rather choose hope and the Pope over the dopes in the Party of Nope.

Say yes to a night of conversation and camaraderie as be thankful for liberal libations & seasonal spirits at your local progressive social club.

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Political Leaders On Twitter

October 31, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

Politics today is all about messaging. So I took a quick look at the Twitter account for Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. What I found will not surprise you. Republicans are focused on the ACA rollout and the report that people are being drop from their insufficient healthcare plans. While Democrats are focused on everything from Women's Rights to debt reduction.

While the President mentions healthcare in his tweet today. He also mention's how low the debt is currently vs. 2009. The Democrats are currently searching for a winning message, while the Republicans think they have found one.

A Halloween of Hollow Weenies

October 31, 2013 by Living Liberally

The shutdown ended, but the showdown continues as the mad hatters of The Tea Party extreme play dress up as grown-ups interested in governing while aiming to gut Social Security and Food Stamps.

As the Obamacare website works through its issues, the empty suits of the right-wing can't get over their own, costumed as a concerned, compassionate Congress while really seeking to undo all healthcare reforms.

And as world leaders react to more NSA revelations, the spooks and kooks of our intelligence complex deny their actions, disavow their intentions and disguise criminal behavior as patriotism.

We'd love to believe all these frightening truths are simply Halloween costumes gone awry. But the truth is much, much scarier.

It's not Halloween. It's Hollow Weenies. And they are playing tricks & stealing treats that should really terrify all Americans.

It takes no special trick to join us for a treat as we outfit ourselves in liberal living & libations at your local progressive social club.

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The Good Guys Get Traction

October 17, 2013 by Maureen Andrade

President Obama, Senator Reid and Representative Nancy Pelosi pulled off an epic victory for the American people this week when they held strong against the Tea Party’s best efforts to sabotage our government. After fifteen long days of the government shutdown, it was the strong-minded determination of our Democratic leadership that caused House Republicans to blink. The take-away is simple: good wins out in the end.

Undoubtedly, the Tea party will try to regroup and spin the narrative in their favor, but when the January and February due dates approach to revisit the budget and debt ceiling my bet is on bipartisan communication averting anymore drama. Polling indicates most American voters hate what the Tea Party did. Career politicians like GOP Rep. Herrera Beutler are finding their way to the middle, and hard core Tea Party leaders will be booking tickets home in 2014. When the American people make up their minds on something, it takes decades to change it, and they have now decided good governance makes their lives better.    Read more

Full Faith and Credit vs Fool's Faith Discredited

October 17, 2013 by Living Liberally

The nation lost billions of dollars, the GOP lost national respect & the government lost more of the public's faith while Ted Cruz grew his email list.

The global economy held its breath, the American people threw up their hands & even Republicans of good faith rolled their eyes while we learned Boehner can't run his House.

Now the government can serve the people again, the President showed he can be resolute & the US avoided national default -- with no guarantee this won't happen again.

In the meantime, Congress is back on the job of not passing bills for jobs, immigration, climate change, food stamps or gun control while wiretapping & drones continue unimpeded.

We may have maintained our full faith and credit & seen the Tea Party's fool's faith discredited. But to win the full faith of the American public, it will take real work before DC gets any credit.

Come for a night of good faith and good company as we debate, discuss & drink to recent events at your local progressive social club.

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John Boehner Needs to Break Bad

October 15, 2013 by Andrew17

It has become apparent that House Speaker John Boehner has lost control of House Republicans. So the question becomes what should he do? From my estimation the speaker has two options. One, he can continue to be rebuffed by his own party for another year until he loses his speakership in 2014.

Or he can take option two and create an alliance with a few republicans (20 or so) and all the Democrats to pass a long term debt "fix" bill that will balance our budget over the next decade. This is assuming he can get a short term debt limit increase passed. I know that's a big assumption. This alliance will give John Boehner a place in American political history that will outlast any of his current opponents. Just look at newt Gingrich the "Historian".

Now it is true that both option have a bad immediate outcome for the Speaker. He will no doubt lose his speakership no matter what he does. But option number two leaves him a career bigger then being a contributor to FOX News.

The GOP: Contortionists and Extortionists

October 10, 2013 by Living Liberally

Ted Cruz's exhortation against Obamacare and the House GOP's explosion of democratic process turn out to be part of a long-term right-wing plan for the exploitation of a government shut-down.

Bohner's lost control of the House while regular Americans are losing overall, yet conservatives bend and twist and contort to explain what it is that "winning" would like like.

The Tea Party accuses Obama of obstructionism while they refuse to govern responsibly, refuse to end the crisis to start negotiations, and keep changing what it is they demand.

They've gone from exhorting and distorting to contorting and outright extorting. When America needs serious people in charge, we're stuck with a GOP of contortionists and extortionists.

If only we could deport those who extort out of DC entirely.

In the meantime, don't shutdown, but show up for a night of lively conversation & liberal libations at your local progressive social club.

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Will John Boehner offer a clean CR up for a vote in the next 10 days?

October 8, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

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Shut Down A Little Less, Shut Up A Little More

October 3, 2013 by Living Liberally

The right-wing shuts down the government slamming our social services as superfluous at the same time that millions of Americans are seeking new government healthcare service.

Conservatives complain about public employees but their shut down has shut out these workers preventing them from doing jobs for the public good.

The GOP shut-down has turned into a shut-storm as they struggle to remember why they did it, yet the more they they bluster and fluster, the less sense -- and less progress- they make.

Meanwhile, the ACA is driving costs down, we're talking to Iran & inspecting Syria. Maybe the Tea Party should shut down a little less and simply shut up a little bit more.

And as long as our government is powered down, couldn't the NSA stop spying for a few days?

Whether you want to toast the health of our people or offer a prayer for the health of our nation, raise a glass with like-minded lefties at your local progressive social club.

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