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Why the Sequester Is Likely to Happen

February 21, 2013 by LPStrat

Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of chatter about the Congressional sequester cuts going through and shock from some that we have reached this point. This astonishment is somewhat warranted given that Congress and the White House reached a deal to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff in January, and then voted to raise the debt ceiling for a three month time period. So why has there been no deal or at a minimum a punt? Let’s look back a bit.

In the aftermath of the fiscal cliff deal, both parties began setting the stage for the next parts of these fiscal negotiations: the sequester, the debt ceiling, and the budget. Each party is convinced that they have leverage in this fight and that the other party will be forced to come to them. Of course it is impossible for both sides to be correct. Time will tell who ends up with the upper hand, but with all of these challenges that need to be addressed, it is useful to look at the preferences of the White House, Congressional Republicans, and Senate Democrats.

By comparing the preferences of the various groups, the likely outcomes of the three fiscal issues become readily apparent:    Read more

Equality for Gay Americans Not Complete Until the End of DOMA

February 18, 2013 by fidlerten

The presidency of Barack Obama has brought a sea change to Gay rights, with the repeal of DODT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) and the president’s announcement that he supports same-sex Continue Reading → The post Equality for Gay Americans Not Complete Until the End of DOMA appeared first on Fidlerten Place.

Obama’s State of the Union: Big Dreams, Little Hope, But Great Legacy

February 16, 2013 by fidlerten

I for one hope President Barack Obama will see fruition to everything he asks for in his first State of the Union address of his second term. Many of the Continue Reading → The post Obama’s State of the Union: Big Dreams, Little Hope, But Great Legacy appeared first on Fidlerten Place.

Bleeding Hearts Vs Heartless Beasts

February 14, 2013 by Living Liberally

Bleeding Hearts Vs Heartless Beasts

The President's leftward lean in his Address made hardy liberals' hearts beat faster, while Boehner's stony, silent stare made you wonder if his heart beat at all.

Increasing the minimum wage, cap-and-trade, immigration reform, pay equity, gun controlwere all valentines to progressive partners, while Rubio proved more heartless than heart-throb.

Investing in education, infrastructure, science, Obama wrote a love letter to the future. Saying that we're better off on our own, Rand Paul wrote a break-up note with reality.

On this Valentines Day, the direction of our nation may be as simple as following our hearts: we'd rather be called bleeding heart liberals than conservatives without beating hearts at all.

If it's bleeding hearts vs heartless beasts, we know who will be our Valentine.

Your heart needn't bleed alone as there are plenty of like-minded lefties ready to share politics and a drink
at your local progressive social club.

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CISPA is Back; All Your Data Are Belong to Us

February 13, 2013 by David Moore

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Barely a year after the defeat of SOPA, Congress is back to testing the waters for legislation that many internet users believe to be in violation of their fundamental rights to privacy and free expression.

CISPA, a bill that would make it easier for corporations and the government to share internet users’ personal data, was officially re-introduced in the House on Wednesday. It’s already being rushed forward in the legislative process. The House Intelligence Committee is holding a full hearing on the bill today at 10 am. They will hear from four witnesses — all from the business sector and all known supporters of CISPA. No experts with concerns about privacy issues in the bill were invited to address the committee.    Read more

The Tea Party: Steeped In Perdition

February 10, 2013 by Upside Downtrodden

It’s Saturday February 9th! Do you know where your podcast is? On this day in history back in 2009, a few loose-screw Americans formed what we ended up calling the Tea Party thanks in large part to the funding and support of right-wing think tanks like FreedomWorks and ideologues like Dick Armey who oversaw the Tea Party’s perplexing (and totally manufactured) rise across the political landscape. Four years later, the Tea Party (having fulfilled its purpose as a punchline of choice to comics the world over) has dissolved into the impotent, irrelevant, waste-o’-space guano bucket we always knew it was. Thus, in honor of what is sure to be the last year of even Tea Party members taking the Tea Party serious, we’re delighted to share with you a letter we sent to Tea Party members back in 2009 in response to their solicitation to join the Tea Party. Enjoy.

"Dear Fellow New Tea Party Members,    Read more

Pot Legalization Bills Introduced, and Why Congress Will Not Legalize Pot

February 5, 2013 by David Moore

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Public polling shows that a majority of Americans now support legalizing marijuana, but will Congress even consider taking pot off the banned substances list?

Today, two members of the House — Rep. Jared Polis [D, CO] and Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D, OR] — are introducing legislation to change the federal marijuana laws. Polis’ “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act” would regulate marijuana like alcohol, and Blumenauer’s “Marijuana Tax Equity Act” would establish a federal marijuana taxation structure. The introduction of the bills is a first step, but it doesn’t mean that there is broader institutional interest in Congress for taking up the issue of legalizing pot.    Read more

The Power of Incumbency

February 1, 2013 by LPStrat

With President Barack Obama currently in the process of filling vacancies in his cabinet—already one current United States Senator has gotten the nod—and with the retirement of Senators Rockefeller, Harkin, and Chambliss, there has been a good amount of chatter about the ramifications of opening up a U.S. Senate seat. While every state is a unique case, we started wondering what the actual numerical advantage is when it comes to incumbency.

The answer is 7 or 10, or 9 or 16, depending on the situation. While this is a little less prophetic than the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life (42 for all the non-Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fans out there), there is an interesting pattern that has developed over the past six years or so.    Read more

NRA President LaPierre in Speech, Defends “Absolutism”

January 30, 2013 by fidlerten

After President Obama referred to “Absolutism” in his Second Inaugural address to the nation, the president of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre attacked the president’s use of the word by defending Continue Reading → The post NRA President LaPierre in Speech, Defends “Absolutism” appeared first on .

Obama’s Second Presidential Inauguration: Here is Hoping for Greatness

January 30, 2013 by fidlerten

President Barack Obama has finally crossed the last threshold into his second term as president. His speechwriter deserves great praise for a speech I believe will be historical in its Continue Reading → The post Obama’s Second Presidential Inauguration: Here is Hoping for Greatness appeared first on .

Great Excerpts from Obama Second Inauguration Speech

January 30, 2013 by fidlerten

President Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural speech to me was one of his most elegant and the most well said speech I have ever heard from him, and I have heard Continue Reading → The post Great Excerpts from Obama Second Inauguration Speech appeared first on .

Obama's Inarguable Inaugural

January 24, 2013 by Living Liberally

President Obama sparled his second term speaking of pay equity, marriage equality
& ensuring rights for all Americans...a message Conservatives argued was divisive.

He used a day of civic sacredness to preach of promoting pathways to citizenship,
and strengthening voter enfranchisement in a speech Tea Partiers called inappropriate.

As he renewed his role as President, he looked to lead on global challenges
from climate change to world peace...which the Right viewed as un-American.

The Right will argue against Obama's message & the Left may argue the Address was only words but it was an inarguable inaugural of a new era & we hope it augurs change in the years to come.

Inspired or tired, impressed or depressed, share your views while you sip some booze at your local progressive social club.

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Gun Law Reforms: Think about Grace

January 17, 2013 by Maureen Andrade

President Obama and Vice President Biden created the next wave of social change this week when they announced sweeping reforms to gun laws using both executive orders and legislation for Congress to pass. Though these are clearly sensible reforms meant to curb systemic violence against innocent people, Pres. Obama’s agenda is being ferociously thrashed by the National Rifle Association and politicians paid for by this organization. I have only one request for those folks who are over-reacting to this development: Think about Grace.

Grace, a beautiful, seven year old girl brutally murdered at Sandy Hook School last month, wanted to be a painter. Pres. Obama told the press her parents gave to him a painting she’d made, and he now keeps it in his study. I relate to this story because I was a little girl like that- in me still is an inner child who likes to paint pictures and give them to loved ones. Grace could have been any of us, or anyone’s daughter, sister, niece, or granddaughter. This shouldn’t have happened to her- to anyone.    Read more

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