Posts Tagged ‘John Boehner’

“Empty Chamber”

Mayhem, chaos, pandemonium, repeating over and over!

Thirty rounds expelled in rapid succession — deafening above the screams, terrifying — then silence, an empty chamber, a brief respite from the maelstrom that leaves some of the 20 beautiful six year olds lying in their Sandy Hook Elementary School classroom crushed and lifeless.

Deafening silence like that from the NRA whores in Congress; those that buy into the lies of the National Rifle Association, selling their souls for a few dollars for their reelection; silence during which this deranged gunman loads another 30 rounds — another deadly high-capacity clip — and repeats the insanity. Five times!

Who are these political whores?

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“No Longer Debatable”

This new article has been posted on The Huffington Post. To view it at Huff Post click on the link.

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A President showed up for the last two Debates and won an election.

The two candidates, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, faced each other in a Town Hall format and the results were much different than the previous encounter. They clashed again over Foreign Policy a week later with similar results.

In each they battled for 90 minutes, the first over questions posed by audience members, still undecided about who they would vote for. In the next debate Bob Schieffer took them through a series of questions on foreign policies.

What was the difference between these debates and the first?

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“Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like Ali”

Just posted on The Huffington Post, 8/5/11. Click on the link to read article on HuffPost.

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President Obama could learn a lot from The Greatest!

Thousands of people — liberals, independents, and now even some conservatives — are calling for this president to get tough. Americans who understand the problems in this country want him to take off the gloves and fulfill his promises.

The President is giving yet another speech on Thursday, this one about jobs and job creation. Without even hearing the speech, or knowing what the jobs program will be, many Republicans are already saying… Hell no!

With such intransegence how can the President get any responsible policies passed?

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Why Isn’t the Economy Recovering?”

Article was posted on The Huffington Post on 8/11/11. Click on link to read it on HuffPost.

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For most Americans it has been a slow and painful recovery from this recession.

Analysts, politicians, and pundits continually offer excuses for the slowness of this recovery; and there are a multitude of excuses.

Most prominent among them is ‘the government,’ and the catch phrase being pushed, ‘uncertainty.’ It’s constantly stated, “businesses are reluctant to hire or grow, because of the uncertainty of government policies.”

They’ve blamed low income home buyers for the housing crisis; buying more home than they could realistic afford. They call them liar’s loans. But they hold corrupt mortgage lenders, Wall Street charlatans, and rating agencies, harmless.

Are there any other reasons the American economy is struggling?

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“Where Are the Jobs, Mr. Speaker?”

Data from the weekly unemployment claims have a chilling affect!

The Department of Labor unemployment data for the weeks of January 13th and the 20th contained some frightening numbers, but most everyone focused on the more positive seasonally adjusted numbers in the two reports.

Seasonally adjusted initial claims on the 13th showed a large, but manageable, increase of 35,000 after the two holiday-shortened weeks. For the week of the 20th the number declined by 37,000 reversing all the negatives from the previous week’s rise. And seasonally adjusted continuing claims actually showed a surprising improvement, dropping 248,000 on the 13th and another 26,000 on the 20th.

Seasonally adjusted claims fell to the low four-hundred thousands, which is viewed by some as good news.

But, the unadjusted numbers were disturbing, showing little gain from last year’s totals. On the 13th initial claims climbed nearly 192,000; a total of 770,413 individuals filing for unemployment compensation. And though 212,504 fewer people filed on the 20th, 550,594 people signed up for benefits. Seasonal adjustments may no longer be valid given the depth of this unprecedented and lingering recession.

Over half-a-million hard-working Americans are still being laid off across the U.S. each week in construction, transportation, retail and the manufacturing and service industries. Healthcare is one of only a couple areas that are still growing and increased by 36,000 in December.

So, where are the jobs, Mr. Speaker?

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“There’s No Crying in Politics!”

The new Speaker of the House’s eyes were already moist before his acceptance speech!

Was he crying for the American people?

For the millions out of work? Or the children now in school that will not have a chance at the American Dream? How about the millions that will be losing their homes over the next two years? Or the disabled Iraq and Afghan veterans and their families? I doubt it.

They’re tears of joy for tax cuts for the wealthy. For AT&T ($40,250) American Financial Group ($38,900) Altria ($26,400) BofA ($16,500) and Blue Cross/Blue Shield ($15,500), and other corporations that donated over $9,000,000 to Boehner’s 2010 bid for the House.

Boehner’s tears were justified. He needed all of it to be reelected in Ohio’s 8th District. His campaign spent $9,682,000 to defeat his Democratic opponent. He will be eternally grateful to the corporations that helped him become the 53rd Speaker. Especially since his opponent spent almost $242,000 against him.

But isn’t Nancy Pelosi the big spender?

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Quick Hit: “Reconsillyation?”

Can we expect good  financial legislation out of this Conference?

Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are meeting to hammer out a financial regulation bill that will be legislation for the ages!

It’s doubtful given the make up of the selectees forming the committee.

The obvious deficiencies in the conferees from the Senate are well documented in the recent article, “Are You Shitting Me?

It’s a little more difficult to judge the predisposition of the House representatives involved in this process. There are more conferees from the House and they represent smaller, more local segments of the country.

But, if John Boehner’s smoke screen and Ed Royce’s opening statement are any indication of the direction the Republican’s are going we can’t expect much help ‘for the people’ from them.

Reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be necessary as we exit this recession. The problems at the mortgage giants are enormous and must be approached in the near future as a pressing and separate issue. But, Boehner, Royce and Republican’s use them as a diversion from their complicity in the financial meltdown.

If Fannie and Freddie are a separate issue, why do they keep pushing to include them in this financial regulation bill that they already claim is too many pages?

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