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Party Leadership Message War Via Twitter

April 2, 2014 by Andrew17

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

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?

Blog Poll: 
Do you think there is a chance Healthcare Reform (ACA aka Obamacare) will be repealed?

Results or Process: How Should We Evaluate Judges?

March 17, 2014 by gawilliams14

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news, law

A few days ago I was asked which of the Justices on the US Supreme Court I admire the most.  My answer shocked the friend who asked the question: Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Stephen Breyer. His reaction was almost immediate. "How can you admire two justices who are so different (i.e., conservative and liberal respectively, though the use of the political terms is somewhat inaccurate)???  I would like to take a moment today and explain why I feel we (the general public) have a tendency to look at the wrong aspects when evaluating our judges.

For decades Judges, especially Supreme Court Justices, have been labeled either liberal or conservative, judicial activists or practitioners of judicial restraint, strict constructionists or living constitutionalists….  The list goes on and on.  Oddly enough, none of these terms are accurate in terms of what judges actually do, or rather, the processes by which they do their work.  As a result, there is a very skewed perception of what is being done by the courts (see my blog on judicial review posted in February of this year).    Read more

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

February 13, 2014 by Maureen Andrade

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Around my community of Southwest Washington all eyes are on the Oregon Legislature this week as committees decide the fate of the Columbia River Crossing (CRC). For those in other parts of the country, the CRC is the replacement project for the I5 Bridge that connects Washington and Oregon in Vancouver and Portland. It’s a heavily researched, debated, and berated piece of infrastructure legislation that has come to represent the divisions in our national discourse. The CRC is nothing less than a symbol of political breakdown over common sense use of government.    Read more

Little Boy Lost

January 29, 2014 by Andrew17

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news
New York City is one of the safest big cities in the world but that statement does little good for the Oquendo family this week. On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 the Oquendo family found out that their son who had been missing since October was dead.
 
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The Polar Vortex of US Politics

January 23, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

While another deep freeze engulfs the country, a deeper freeze permeates US diplomacy, as critics cast a chill on negotiations with Iran and create slippery conditions for Syria talks.

The weather shut down DC, but even if it hadn't, the GOP has effectively shut down congress closing down work on jobs, immigration, guns through distractions, deceptions and detours.

As icy roads snarl traffic as bad as Christie could, the President is caught in his own series of jams, gummed up over revelations of NSA wrongdoing, and road-raging to ram through a bad trade deal.

Americans know the current Polar Vortex will pass. Yet the Washington Polar Vortex has no end in site.

Warm up your soul, raise up your voice, lift up a pint to toast and talk, share and care, chat and cheers at your local progressive social club.

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When Politics and Religion DO Mix

January 17, 2014 by Maureen Andrade

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

It’s something I do about once a week: share a quote from the Dalai Lama with my Facebook friends. Typically, this most revered Buddhist has his people post something about curbing one’s selfish desires and living a decent life. Often, the Dalai Lama implores people to use their minds. Think, for God’s sake, just think before acting, he dictates. If half of our politicians and their advisors actually listened, how much better off would our nation be!

Another religious leader who is quickly becoming important beyond his parishioners is the new pope, Francis. In his eighty-four page document released earlier this season, he ordered his church to become Christ-like once more, and address the issues of greed, abuse and poverty. Additionally, he has chosen to not advance conservative extremists in the church. Pope Francis states reformist intentions as clearly as a noontime cathedral bell.    Read more

Did Hell Just Freeze Over?

January 9, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

As America shivered through a historic freeze, Obama warmed up the discussion of poverty, the Senate passed unemployment benefits and debate shifted from austerity to inequality.

While record lows chilled much of the country, there was a spark of hope on intelligence reform, Affordable Care sign-ups heated up and new allies called to let Snowden thaw out.

And in NJ, the GOP's most popular candidate may have to put his 2016 plans on ice as his national ambitions seem a bridge too far.

Politics has never been believably pretty, but in the Garden State, Did Hell Just Freeze Over? it's unbelievably petty.

Maybe the polar vortex caused hell to freeze over: we're witnessing events we had never expected, and a few conservatives stuck out in the cold.

Warm company, hot topics and cool beers will turn a winter night into a winner night at your local progressive social club.

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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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Fed publicizes plans for additional economic stimulation

December 6, 2013 by hemlock

The Federal Reserve said that it arranged the choice of more economic easing following the release of August's poor jobs report. Those efforts have been formulated, and were publicized on Thurs. Article resource: Fed Economic Stimuls
 

Drive down borrowing expenses

The Federal Reserve has decided it is necessary to drive down borrowing expenses even more after a two-day meeting with the policy committee. The Federal Reserve explained that it will spend $40 each month on mortgage backed securities to do this. This will be a 3rd round of “quantitative reason.”

Short term interest rates will stay at historic lows for six months longer than they used to until the end of 2015. The Federal bank has publicized this change in policy.

In 2013 and 2014, the Federal Reserve lowered its growth outlook for 2012 from 2.4 percent to 2 percent. By 2014, the unemployment rate is anticipated to decrease from 8.1 percent to 6.7 percent too.

Stock market rallies following announcement    Read more

Listening to Lincoln, Keeping up Kennedy

November 21, 2013 by Living Liberally

150 years ago, Lincoln extolled the importance of a government of, by and for the people. Today, the Gettysburg Address would be criticized by cable news for being too short to take seriously.

50 years ago, we lost Kennedy, who had exhorted us to ask what we could do for our country. Today, such a call would be met with derision, obstruction, filibuster and called "socialism."

We honor the President who preserved our union while Congress tries a new form of nullification. We remember a man who championed voting rights while we experience new forms of voter suppression.

As a country, we mark these moments of our history, with news stories, ceremonies and TV specials.

Maybe we should mark them by learning from them: remembering that America has been at its most inspirational when leaders call for united action in the face of crisis and when we face grave moments with renewed national purpose.

If we can revitalize the meaning, not just recall the words, then a government of the people, by the people for the people, shall not perish from this Earth.    Read more

This is the way you don't handle the press

November 15, 2013 by Andrew17

In politics, there are good ways to handle the media and there are bad ways to handle the media. Lets see how Toronto's Mayor, Rob Ford handles the media. You may want to look away, but you can't.

A Disaster Worse Than Metaphor

November 14, 2013 by Living Liberally

We talk of the roll-out "disaster" of Obamacare, but now see a real disaster of staggering scale: the typhoon and aftermath in the Philippines.

We survived the "tragedy" of our shut-down, a game of pointless political parlor tricks, when the truly tragic events around the world remind us that governing shouldn't be a game.

We watch the wrangling on Capitol Hill -- who "devastates," "demolishes," "slams" whom. These "life or death" debates pale beside life-or-death struggles of refugees & recovery.

And as we wait for the climate to change in the debate over climate change, the climate has just changed the lives of those in the Philippines forever.

We may use ferocious rhetoric in our politics, but the typhoon should remind us that reality is far fiercer than all our metaphors…and deserves action stronger that rhetoric.

May governments and people of the world pull together for the people of the Philippines, and may we get serious about strengthening a solid, sustainable, safe society for us all.

Join a night of like-spirited souls as you share reactions to this week's actions at your local progressive social club.    Read more

Running For Everything, Standing For Nothing

November 7, 2013 by Living Liberally

Two campaigns for governor come to an end yet we don't ask how these winners stand to govern -- rather how Christie's victory boosts his Presidential run and how McAuliffe's win may bolster Hillary's race.

As we deal with the healthcare website's problems, instead of standing firm for getting Americans covered, the GOP is ready to run midterm races against Obamacare and Dems wimpily wonder whether to run away from it.

And as America climbs back from the shut-down, instead of standing tall to run the country, The Tea Party fixates on running primary right-wingers, and Ted Cruz limbers up for a run for the White House.

With so much running, you'd think they are marathoners, but they are just politicians running wild. We could use a few who run less, stand a little more -- and are upstanding, understanding and outstanding as well.

What good is running for everything if, in the end, you stand for nothing?

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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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