Posts Tagged ‘Senate’

“The Fairer Sex in the Senate”

Women in the Senate are becoming more powerful.

The August body, though still in the grips of mostly older white men, is now the provence of 19 women, from 16 states, and the number grows every election.

That trend is likely to continue as newly elected Senators like Elizabeth Warren make a significant difference in the political discourse — especially within the Senate — countering the divisiveness, intransigence and the fatalistic policies of McConnell, Grassley, McCain, Alexander, Hatch, Cornyn, Graham, Sessions and so many others.

Are strong women the answer to our political nightmare?

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“The Rabid Dogs of Hypocrisy”

This article has been posted on The Huffington Post, To view it on HuffPost click on the link!

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Discontent is high on both sides of the political spectrum.

These are the best of times and the worst of times — a clash between the tea party and occupy, taxes and spending cuts, the haves and have-nots, religiousocity and reality, poverty and gluttony, big government and small government.

But the warring — the battle between right and wrong, good and evil — does not stop there. The battle lines are fluid, constantly moving, and as more lines are being drawn chances of survival decline.

What’s caused this huge divide?

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“Job Killers”

Job Killers was posted on The Huffington Post on 10/21. To view it at HuffPost click on the link.

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Unemployment is still high — five people compete for every job!

This country needs jobs — badly — if we are to come out of this devastating recessionary event.

The ‘Great Recession’ has been unprecedented, destroying lives and families. It has been especially destructive on hard-working people; the middle class.

Restoring jobs is the most important issue to reinforce an economic recovery. Housing is also a drag on the recovery, but jobs will help housing begin to rebound.

When the Tea Party swept the Republicans into the majority in the House of Representatives and handed the gavel to Congressman John Boehner, he promised job creation would be one of the new House Majority’s priorities.

Has it been?

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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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“Corruption: With a Lot of Help from Their Friends!”

Congresses love of corporate campaign money influences their vote and is eroding our democracy!

For an American citizen to run for elected federal office today requires huge sums of money; well beyond the imaginations of our Founding Fathers. Clearly they didn’t envision this.

Nor did the wise patriots that constructed the Constitution envision ‘professional’ politicians. They anticipated regular citizens becoming politicians to help run the government ‘for the people,’ then returning to private life after fulfilling an honorable and short-term patriotic duty ‘to the people’ of this great country.

Pure and uncorrupted democracy.

We no longer have a pure, uncorrupted form of democracy. It’s been stained by dirty corporate money; a malodorous patina that may take years to expunge.

It’s obvious things have changed in the electoral process and in the makeup of Congress. Not necessarily for the good. Corruption at varying levels permeates the halls of Capitol Hill. American’s are disgusted and outraged at Congress, evidenced by their current approval rating of 18 percent.

The People’ no longer matter in the modern operation of our government.

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