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“By All Appearances”

Republicans want us to believe they’re still the ‘Grand Old Party’

At first glance, or really first listen, they sound like they’ve done some pretty wonderful things — like they’re fighting for you.

But looks, and sound bites can be deceiving. They no longer resemble the party known as the Republican Party not so many years ago — a conservative group of individuals that worked for a better country for all.

So, who are these new Republicans?

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“A Party Without a Soul”

The party of family values searches for a new life force.

The Republican party is fractured and dying and they don’t seem to know why, or how to correct it.

At their annual meeting they tried to pull together the party’s dysfunctional factions, an attempt to renew the party after their stunning failures in the recent election. Demographics have changed but the Republican Party hasn’t.

Is there something they’re missing?

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“Where Would We Be If…”

This article has been accepted by The Huffington Post for publication.

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…we didn’t have the safety nets established years ago?

As Republicans strive to strip the programs that prevented us from falling into another Great Depression their arguments are devised to distract us from the truth.

Programs like Social Security and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, put into place after the financial collapse in the 1930’s, were borne of the pain and suffering millions of hard-working people endured throughout the thirties.

Where would we be today without them?

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“Financial Ruin: A Republican Legacy!”

The right continues to push U.S. into a deep financial abyss!

Holding Republicans responsible for the damage they’ve caused over the past three decades should be our first priority. And the damage is unprecedented.

The mid-term elections and the rise of the Tea Party has again changed the political landscape so it is even more imperative that the American people start paying attention to the reasons we’re in this incredible mess and why we’re sliding back into recession.

In the second article in the Republican Crises Series, “Financial Crisis: Made in America by Republicans,” eleven different events that have caused pain and suffering for the American people are listed.

Have Republican policies ruined America?

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“Debt, Deficit, and Deceit”

New article has been posted on The Huffington Post, on 7/19/11. Click on link to read article on Huff Post.

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Holding the debt ceiling hostage is a huge political mistake.

The debt limit and budget deficit are separate issues and should be dealt with separately.

This debt limit is the ghost of Congresses past. The budget and reducing the deficit is the ghost of Congresses future. But, reality is firmly entrenched in the present.

Reasonable legislators understand the immediacy of raising the debt ceiling and the potential ramifications of failing to do so.

It has been raised without question 10 times since 2000, eight times under George Bush. Though there is no clear history from a previous default, economic and business leaders around the world are warning of catastrophic implications in failing to do so.

If this is even remotely possible, why are Republicans holding the debt ceiling hostage?

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“The Norquist Conspiracy”

A ‘mystriguing’ title for a mystery novel but this is not fiction!

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, prides himself on the pledge that he has most Republicans sign.

The pledge, which Norquist entitled, Taxpayer Protection Pledge, essentially marshals every Republican politician at the federal level and most at the state levels from raising taxes in any form; including a misinterpretation of temporary tax benefits, such as oil subsidies, and the reasons for their passage.

Such a stringent demand on legislators has no place in a healthy and vibrant democracy. In fact, a pledge so restrictive as to potentially derail a functioning democracy can not be tolerated in a free society and should be viewed as UnAmerican.

What of the politicians who would sign such a pledge?

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“Republicans Run From the Truth: Again!”

This new article has been posted at The Huffington Post and on wsj.com.To read it there click on the link.

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Like spoiled children the remaining two Republicans quit bipartisan budget talks.

Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, and Senator, Jon Kyl, the last two GOP members, left the Biden chaired budget negotiations.

But this is not the first time Republicans have quit.

Because things weren’t going his way, Senator Tom Coburn, left the Gang of Six. Sarah Palin continues to quit everything she starts, more recently her big bus vacation. And Republicans have, over and over, abandoned positions they had previously supported as soon as the Democrats or Obama endorse them, even if they’re good for the nation.

This time, the consequences may be more serious—the results far more devastating.

Why, when negotiations reach critical points, do Republicans take their ball and head home?

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“America’s Retirement Insecurity”

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Republicans are bent on eviscerating America’s security against poverty!

The recession has taken its toll on hard-working Americans. It has left a nation insecure and unsure of the future; a future that is dimming with every new crisis.

Not since the 1930’s has the need for a social safety net been more crucial.

Years of impaired vision, misplaced ideology, and tainted government have left the U.S. vulnerable to a catastrophic collapse the magnitude of the ‘30’s.

Republicans, after causing most of our fiscal problems, are attacking the social safety net, more specifically Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, as the major problems in our fiscal solvency.

Representative Ryan’s attempt to privatize Medicare is meeting considerable resistance. People are acutely aware of the negative ramifications of his proposed voucher system; a push for privatizing healthcare.

George W. Bush’s attempt to do the same to Social Security in 2005 was equally rebuked and failed for good reason.

Why are people so averse to modernizing these social programs?

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“Slip Sliding Away!”

Republicans are eating away at everything that is great about democracy!

Paul Ryan introduced his Republican version of a budget, and like his Road Map for America’s Future, it’s aim is to privatize everything and destroy America.

The budget and deficit are in desperate need of adjustment and rebalancing, but Ryan’s plan fails in its exclusion of many equally important issues that need to be part of the discussion. This would include an honest evaluation and truthful discussion of taxes and past budget deficits.

As is typical of all Republican fiscal legislation, Ryan’s plan has the greatest impact on the most needy and transfers taxpayer money to corporations and wealthy Americans.

Can we really go down this destructive path?

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“Closed!”

On April 8th the Government of the U.S. may close it’s doors…

…defaulting on its obligations and plunging an already fragile global economy into chaos!

As the two political parties battle, one blinded by ideology and motivated by greed, the other insufferably timid, the nation holds its breath.

Republicans want to kill the country and still pay the doctors. Democrats want to continue trying to resuscitate it after the Bush Administration killed it.

The disruptive faction of the Republican party—Tea Party newcomers—are adamant that Republicans stick to the $61 billion in Republican proposed spending cuts; reductions that will ultimately weaken the U.S. economy.

Democrats, on the other hand, claim to be for more responsible cuts; reductions that won’t hurt those that need assistance most and not slow or destroy the recovery.

Which side is virtuous in this struggle?

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