Observations regarding S&P’s Downgrade of America’s AAA bond rating.
They say the worst news in Washington is dropped on Friday afternoon. Yesterday was no different as Standard and Poors’s decided to downgrade America’s AAA bond rating. While many in the political establishment (that includes many of us activist) view what may be profitible for the next election, businesses look for stability and solvency to ensure a return on their investment. As a result I believe | Read More »
Two unanswered questions about Boehner 4.0
The devil is always in the detail. Certainly is the case for Boehner 4.0. Some of us sought to crash the car or toe the line if default, others like my self, did not. We wanted a solution which would keep the ball moving forward while doing the right thing for the country. Which of the conflicting strategies is right or wrong is for another | Read More »
Initial thoughts on possible debt ceiling compromise. (Updated)
National Journal is reporting the outlines of what may be an interesting debt ceiling compromise. While details are sketchy, if true, Republicans and conservatives should be happy with much of what Democrats and President Obama might agree to. Of interesting notes: There will be an extension of days to allow Congress to slow things down without threatening default. To me, this could be key so Congress will | Read More »
Have we prayed for our leaders?
As dawn breaks over the nation this morning many thoughts touch my mind with one common theme: have I prayed enough for our leaders, even those who I do not agree with, on this matter. I am forced to admit that I personally have not. 1 Timonthy 2:1-3 (NIV here) comes to mind a lot. As we go through today and the coming weeks I would ask | Read More »
53+7 = Obama and Democrats winning in 2012
While trying to upstage today’s vote on cut-cap-balance, initial reports emerging from the United States Senate point to some sort of deal being pasted together from the “Gang of Six” talks which would reduce the deficit by 3.5 trillion over ten years. Seventy five percent would come from cuts from a broad range of programs, including defense. Twenty five percent (or 1.2 trillion) will come | Read More »
At the risk of losing friends and alienating everyone…
I know a lot of you and are friends with many more. Ive gotten to live blog here and sit in on live chats during important times in this nation’s history. I care a great deal about my family, friends and country. I am greatful for those experiences. Even more greatful for the ear and soap box which this place allows me to speak from. | Read More »
Suggestion: Keep pressure on issues, not on eating our own.
If your anything like my self you’ve been a nervous wreck the past few weeks as the debt issue hurtles out of control and into the realm of obscene comedy. First there was the possibility of reasonable policy discussion. Then there was the class warefare and insults launched at Republicans. Then there was more discussion followed my more insulting of Republicans, and Americans and large, | Read More »
Time to go to the mattress.
As reported all over the news is this morning, Speaker Boehner is abandoning the “grand deal” after it was made clear Democrats would demand roughly two trillion in tax increases over the next ten years in exchange for four trillion in estimated spending cuts. I believe this move was smart for Speaker Boehner and he should be commended for holding the line on potentional tax increases, which would not | Read More »
Speaking of freedom…
Quick reminder of true freedom and liberty for all.
Dear Democrats and President Obama. What part of broke do you not understand?
Dear Democrats and President Obama, I know you guys seem to believe its all cool to demand some sort of new tone in politics while calling your opponent’s policy as immoral or try to humulate them to their faces in front of the national press. Guess what. Because of your absolute insistance on increasing spending, instead of reigning in and cutting an already out of | Read More »
Cantor should be applauded.
We are facing a serious problem with the national deficit with the perverbial credit card limit due to expire some time in Agust. Everyone knows this. Even Democrats. Enter stage right a deficit “committee” headed by Vice President Biden, tasked with the goal of finding a way to reach a deal that would allow for the debt limit to be raised while making substantial cuts | Read More »
President Obama’s Afghanistan End Game
Over the past few hours media outlets across the spectrum are discussing the expected announcement of the withdrawl of around 30,000 troops from Afghanistan tonight. I cannot wonder if what we are seeing play out is soley an effort for President Obama to boost his sagging poll ratings, especially with the bulk of the draw down to occur late next summer. What we may be | Read More »
Analysis of GOP Presidential Primary debate for 6-13-2011
Let me begin by saying that I was not over whelmed by any of the candidates. That is not to say they came out flat. To the contrary. The problem I found with the debate was more in the format in which 90 out of 120 minutes of the debate focused on domestic issues. Republicans missed, in my opinion, a chance to connect to people who | Read More »
What is in a primary choice?
All through 2010 we were told to vote our consciences and stick to our principles. We were told to rise up against the establishment and rock the boat, even if the results provided someone who was relatively unelectable to the rest of the body of voters. The call to shake things up was correct one. The result a record number of freshman, many who have never | Read More »
Claire McCaskill politicizes Joplin, Missouri disaster.
Senator McCaskill ended speculation whether or not she was behind in polls for her re-election Wednesday after chiding Majority Whip Eric Cantor from the floor of the United States Senate and using the disaster in Joplin, Missouri as a political football. In a statement, Senator McCaskill chided Majority Whip Eric Cantor’s call to ensure there would be offsets for disaster spending. To make such an outrageous statement | Read More »
Dear National Jewish Democratic Council: President Obama was wrong to change policy on Israel.
One of the more interesting articles crossing my desk the past few days is a column by Ben Smith regarding a bipartisan meeting of Jewish interest groups with Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I simply could not help but snicker at how Smith tried to play up perceived Republicans attempts to drive Democrat and Jewish interest away from Israel – citing comments from the Jewish | Read More »
President Obama to Businesses: Sacrifice your self to improve my poll numbers.
I suppose, given past policy regarding small businesses, no one should be surprised by the line President Obama used in a town-hall style meeting held yesterday. During the meeting President Obama demanded businesses and banks who he claims benefited from “extraordinary measures” to “rescue”, to spend massive amounts of money to hire new employees. Translation: I bailed you out, bail me out from the poor polling data. | Read More »
One word: Relieved
Across the world one item was more likely than not the topic of conversation: the demise of Osama bin Laden. Most, here in the United States of America, were in a up-beat and near celebratory mood. After all, it is not every day that one of the world’s most evil and menacing figures ends up assuming room temperature. For me it is a simple matter of being relieved. Not | Read More »
Congress must act now to protect individual rights
One would think the Constitution and Bill of Rights spell out in plain language our freedom to donate to whomever we like politically, to move freely about privately without worry. Unfortunately, several recent reports note that this is not the case. Congress must, therefore act, in an effort to preserve these basic and essential elements of liberty.
Then there are the rest of us.
I am not a happy camper. No sir, not one bit. This last week reminded me once again what burned me out during the 2009 and most of 2010 political news cycle. The conflict between those seeking to position themselves politically and those who are seemingly tone deaf to the desires of the American people is gut wrenching and dispiriting. Neither is playing smart or seemingly interested | Read More »