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Congress Avoids Fiscal Cliff – Now the Debt Ceiling

January 2, 2013 by fidlerten

Though it took going past the deadline into the New Year, the United States Congress managed to settle on a deal that raises taxes on the wealthiest Americans who make over $400 thousand a year for individuals and $450 thousand for couples and yet continues the Bush tax cuts for everyone else.

There was dissatisfaction from both sides of the aisle, as some Democrats were angry about President Obama raising the threshold for raising taxes, from $250 thousand a year to the $450 thousand, and some Republicans were angry because of the lack of spending cuts in the bill. The last step for final passage of the bill in the house, saw the Republican leadership split, with House Speaker John Boehner (OH) voting for the bill and Eric Cantor (VA) voting against.

The bill passed the U.S. House 257-167 and now awaits Obama’s signature which he has assured us he will sign.    Read more

Sandy Hook: The Tragedy That Changed America’s Heart

December 22, 2012 by fidlerten

Nothing since 9/11 has affected so many Americans with so much grief and heartache. The horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut reaches most of us — Democrats and Republicans — deep down and on a personal level; we can only imagine what the families of the victims are going through. Our hearts go out to them, through much sorrow and the shedding of many tears.

Personally, the tragedy has made me feel so helpless and I have cried my eyes out too many times to count. Children should never have to face such an awful ordeal.

The mass killing at Sandy Hook elementary school — unlike other tragedies of this type — revealed a common ground between all of us: it is our children — do not hurt our children.    Read more

Republican Lawmakers Want Control over Women’s Bodies

August 22, 2012 by fidlerten

I for one do not believe that most Republican lawmakers really care about unborn children that much, if they did then they would not be spending so much effort into taking food out of poor children’s mouths.

What I do believe is, Republican legislators in both the United States Congress and in state houses across the country, really want is to control women’s bodies. This is just a speculation here but it seems there are still many men, who look upon women as though they are property, or at least should be.

Recently a certain lawmaker made the news because he inadvertently revealed his personal thoughts about rape, which really is the personal thoughts of many of the GOP, but his mistake was to reveal what he really thought, instead of what the GOP’s talking points are. Bad boy, out you Go!    Read more

ALEC and the Unduly Influence of Corporations

April 16, 2012 by fidlerten

Recently, large corporations such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Kraft and the latest, Wendy’s, have been dropping out of supporting American Legislative Exchange Council also known as ALEC, a conservative political organization that introduces and pushes pieces of legislation through Congress and state houses across the country.    Read more

We lost, but we won [Greg Laden's Blog]

April 15, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Yesterday, at the Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) Convention in Minnesota's United States Congressional District 3, my candidate, Sharon Sund, did not gain the endorsement of our party; the endorsement went to the Gentleman from Edina, Brian Barnes. Brian won fair and square, and it was a good campaign.

This morning, my car sits in the garage crammed full of seat cushions and Sun(d) chips, campaign posters and stickers, and other sundry items hastily gathered from our convention field headquarters and the lobby of the Valley View Middle School where the convention happened.

I'll be straight and honest with you, as always: It was not a pretty picture.    Read more

Disrespect of Obama Seen as Okay in Republican World

April 9, 2012 by fidlerten

The Dixie Chicks can tell you what happens when you speak ill of the president. During the Bush presidency, one of the Dixie Chicks said at a concert in London:

“Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”

A popular radio station in Nashville called for a boycott and millions of Country & Western fans tuned them out and boycotted their music, which cost them heavily as far as concert ticket sales, records and cd sales. Conservatives were outraged that anyone would speak so disrespectfully of the President of the United States.    Read more

Disrespect of Obama Seen as Okay in Republican World

April 9, 2012 by fidlerten

The Dixie Chicks can tell you what happens when you speak ill of the president. During the Bush presidency, one of the Dixie Chicks said at a concert in London:

“Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”

A popular radio station in Nashville called for a boycott and millions of Country & Western fans tuned them out and boycotted their music, which cost them heavily as far as concert ticket sales, records and cd sales. Conservatives were outraged that anyone would speak so disrespectfully of the President of the United States.    Read more

But I Can’t Remember Where Or When

March 28, 2012 by fidlerten

It seems we’ve often met like this before.

We looked at each other in the same way then.

But I can’t remember where or when

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Well; here we are again.

The reason I can’t remember where or when is that there have been so many times when we as a people have had to face the same shame and the same sense of loss.

We have been forced by our humanity and our conscience to internalize the pain and the heartache that comes with the senseless slaughter of women and children.

Force ourselves to feel the deep dark sense of loss that the parents of these dead children must feel.    Read more

Three reasons the Supreme Court should uphold ACA [denialism blog]

March 26, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

With the Supreme Court hearing arguments for the next three days on the Affordable Care Act, many commentators, including Dahlia Lithwick appear to have so much contempt for the Roberts court that they believe the issue will likely be settled on politics rather than law.     Read more

A DFL Walking Caucus [Greg Laden's Blog]

March 25, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

This is what a Democratic Party Walking Caucus looks like. It is a thing we do in Minnesota. It is so arcane and complicated that the press never covers it, so no one has any idea that we are doing this to select our nominees for political office. We have a fake "primary" at the beginning of the process, and that is what the press reports, but the "primary" result has nothing to do with the outcome of the process.     Read more

Congratulations Sharon Sund [Greg Laden's Blog]

March 23, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Sharon Sund, who is running for Third District Congress in Minnesota, has received an "A" level rating from the Stonewall DFL. For context:    Read more

Virginia Ultrasound Bill Back from Dead [denialism blog]

February 29, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Turns out I gave Virginia governor McDonnell too much credit after he rejected the VA ultrasound bill on the grounds the state should insert itself into medical decisions. He's gone and flip-flopped as a slightly revised version of the bill passes through the VA Senate:    Read more

How Do We End Election Year Politics?

February 13, 2012 by fidlerten

When one says election year politics, it doesn’t particularly mean that it’s because it is the year of an election, at least not anymore. The truth is elected officeholders begin election year type of politics as soon as an election is over with. The reason being, they need to raise campaign money for the next election as it’s what makes it possible for them to compete once the next election comes, though it is in two years or four years.

The biggest problem we have with our election process is the need for politicians to raise oodles of money to run for office. They also need to become whatever those with the most money want them to be. For Republicans; they need to show how conservative they are, if they’re Democrats; they need to show how progressive or liberal they are.    Read more

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