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Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
So let's take a look at some of the top pollsters:
Thursday, November 11, 2010
"It is important that we do everything we can at a particularly sensitive time in the region to try to redouble our efforts to achieve a two-state solution [to Israeli-Palestinian tensions], to help stabilize the situation in Sudan, and to work to ensure that the people of Lebanon can have accountability in the search for justice," said Hillary Clinton.
Clinton said that the issue at the top of the agenda was the need for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks toward a two-state solution.
The U.S. Secretary of State has echoed President Barack Obama's criticism of Israel's announcement this week that it is moving ahead with plans to build 1,300 new housing units in East Jerusalem.
What are they thinking (if anything)?
The newest on the list: nine-time Congressman Sanford Bishop from Albany, Georgia, who just barely won reelection this season. According to Bishop, a change is needed in the Democratic structure of power and Pelosi simply is not the one to provide it:
“I have nothing against Speaker Pelosi; she has worked tirelessly to bring Democrats together. But given the fact that we suffered substantial losses in the election, I think a new face is needed for leadership of the Democratic Caucus. I am part of a group looking for an alternative."By "new face" Bishop did not mean a new, botoxed-filled face, but a new person in charge of the Democrats in Congress. Showing that Mr. Bishop might have been one of the few Democrats who actually learned from last week's defeat, he went on to say:
“I’ve had a number of my constituents and supporters ask me to help change the face of the party, and I am listening to my constituents.”Mr. Bishop joins the growing number of Democrats who want a new leader in the House.
In North Carolina, Democrat Larry Kissell stated that he hopes Pelosi "will change her mind and step aside." Representative Joe Donnelly of Indiana has stated that he is "disappointed that Speaker Pelosi is going to seek the position of Minority Leader." Representative Dan Boren of Oklahoma stated that Pelosi's bid is "very disappointing." Representative Heath Shuler said he may even challenge Pelosi's bid.
With many against Pelosi, it is hard to understand why she is pushing on. Yet even these Representatives do not comprise the entirety of Democrats against Pelosi in the House. Even hardened supporters of Pelosi, ones who voted with her near or at 100%, want her out of power.
As the numbers grow against Pelosi, it will certainly be interesting to see how this all plays out. Is Pelosi that desperate to hold on to power? Only time will tell.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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But now, after two years of President Obama, and a massive Republican voting-wave last Tuesday, the question that many are starting to ask is: do you miss George W. Bush as President? Well, do you? Vote below:
In a statement on his campaign website, Senator Reid explained how important it was to work together with Republicans, even though most of the legislation that the Senate has passed in the last two years have been down party lines:
"The message that voters throughout Nevada and all across the nation sent to Washington is that they want Democrats, Republicans and Independents to work together to find the common ground needed for real solutions and real progress...And I also welcome every opportunity to work with our Republican colleagues as we know the challenges that lie ahead of us know no political affiliation.""Work together" from the man who said this last December:
"Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, 'slow down, stop everything, let's start over.' If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said 'slow down, it's too early, things aren't bad enough.'"Apparently Reid does not mind that he is being an utter hypocrite, so long as he thinks it will net him support.
|Reid with Nancy Pelosi (right)|
"The time for politics is now over. And now that Republicans have more members in both houses of Congress, they must take their responsibility to present bipartisan solutions more seriously. Simply saying 'no' will do nothing to create more jobs, support our middle-class and strengthen our economy.Obviously, Senator Reid has not learned the very lesson that he said that he did. Also, the American people did not vote for Republicans and Democrats to work together, Mr. Reid, they voted for things to get done. Good things that will put our economy on track.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Writing after she gave herself a pat on the back for all of the "accomplishments" she achieved in Congress, Pelosi wrote of her new-found willingness to listen to GOP ideas:
"Democrats will continue to put forward innovative ideas, engage in entrepreneurial thinking and work to create the jobs for middle class prosperity. Republicans and Democrats must work together, with President Obama, to prepare for our nation for the 21st century while creating clean energy and infrastructure jobs. As we go forward, we welcome Republican ideas about job creation.Pelosi's writing is clearly trite and full of derision. Obviously, she never wanted to be in the position of having to listen to Republicans' (and the American people's) wishes. This fact becomes all the more stark after reading just a one of her opening paragraphs (emphasis added):
Though they elected a new majority in Congress, Americans did not vote for the special interests. They voted for jobs. Democrats remain committed to fighting for the people's interests, not the special interests.
While the election is over, the urgent needs of the American people remain. Over the past several days, I have spoken with my Democratic colleagues about where we go from here. I have heard from Americans across our country who are relying on us to continue our fight to create jobs, hopefully in a bipartisan way, and move our nation forward."
"Democrats passed Wall Street reform to ensure that never again will the recklessness of some on Wall Street cause joblessness on Main Street. Our small business bill is now extending credit to small business owners so they can grow and hire. And we are committed to strengthening America's manufacturers — helping them with our "Make It in America" strategy, so our workers can make it in America. We made the largest investment in student aid in our nation's history, reducing the cost of loans to families and reducing the deficit. We achieved more progress over the last four years for our veterans and military families than any time since the passage of the original GI Bill in 1944. And we did all of this while restoring fiscal discipline to the Congress by making the pay-as-you-go rules the law of the land."Democrats this, Pelosi that. Obviously Ms. Pelosi hasn't learned to be the least humble, even after her party was crushed last week.
According to the Quinnipiac polls the voters have differing opinions on his job performance:
- 17 percent of New Jersey voters give Christie an A;
- 31 percent give him a B;
- 20 percent give him a C;
- 16 percent give him a D;
- 15 percent give him an F.
So Christie's off to a good start-- and Obama appears to have fallen significantly.
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- President Bush's tax cutting policies increased government revenues, established the conditions that led to the creation of eight million jobs across the Nation, and reduced the unemployment rate to 4.4%.
- President Bush's leadership in the War on Terror cannot be forgotten: the Taliban are no longer in control of Afghanistan, Saddam Hussein is dead, and the Iraqi people are free at last to govern themselves.
- President Bush's Christianity led to the prohibition of all partial birth abortions, the defense of marriage, and the expenditure of almost $15 billion to fight the dreaded AIDS virus in poor African nations.
- President Bush's Conservatism led to the Judicial Nominations of Justice Samuel Alito, and Chief Justice John Roberts, both of whom are stalwarts of Constructionist realities on the bench.
The picture, which intentionally tries to mock Palin, links to an article by the Huffington Post that states that Palin "misquoted" a story in the Wall Street Journal. However, if you wade through the article and past the liberal slant, you would realize that Mrs. Palin is telling the truth.
If you read the article, Palin stated that food prices increased over the last year. They did. The HuffPo cries foul, saying that the prices didn't rise that much, but obviously their lies cannot hid the fact that Palin was correct.
Later in the story, it reports that Palin wrote this on her Facebook page:
"That's odd, because just last Thursday, November 4, I read an article in Mr. Reddy's own Wall Street Journal titled 'Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise Prices: Packagers and Supermarkets Pressured to Pass Along Rising Costs, Even as Consumers Pinch Pennies.'"The HuffPo jumps on Palin, saying that she misread the article. The problem is that this is the exact headline from the WSJ article:
Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise PricesYou know, that's odd... That's exactly what Mrs. Palin said. It's almost like the Huffington Post is lying because they want to libel Mrs. Palin. How odd.
Packagers and Supermarkets Pressured to Pass Along Rising Costs, Even as Consumers Pinch Pennies
And let's not forget what the point of the story in the WSJ was: that food prices have indeed risen and will most likely rise a great deal in the near future for consumers. Not only that, but it includes this picture:
Don't expect the Huffington Post to come clean or even change their story anytime soon.
Of course, in his opinion piece in the Christian Science Monitor, he states that the election did not accept the GOP into Congress and whatever other excuses you've been hearing for the last week. He goes into the mushy rationale that the electorate was smaller and that things could change in 2012.
However, he also believes that the Democrats will be able to play the Republican Party in the Congress to make themselves look better:
Now, this new GOP-led House will make sure that nothing of note passes, and will try to gum up the works further with investigations into President Obama’s birth certificate and other such insanities. There’s nothing Democrats can do about that, but with power comes responsibility, and presumptive Speaker John Boehner will be under pressure to walk the line between the ideological purity his tea party base demands, and the pragmatism of governing. When he fails (and he will), Democrats need to be ready to pounce.
He's willfully ignoring Republican proposals to cut the deficit and make sure that there are not the large tax hikes planned for the end of the year. He's also assuming that the President can deflect all of the potential investigations, rather than actually cooperate in cutting the budget. It's wishful thinking, I know, but this will be the Left's plan of attack for at least the next year.
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Monday, November 8, 2010
As a long-time fan of O'Brien, I was disappointed in hearing that Max Weinberg would not be returning with him, but at least Andy Richter is coming back.
Our country is in the hands of dogmatist free-marketers who had the good fortune to come into power at a time of financial crisis and vulnerability when Britons feel lost. The mission is ideological – to demolish the principles and structures of the welfare state, including the humane idea of a shared and caring nation, where those who can support those who can't and even the minority who won't. I have paid taxes since 1975. Some of the money has gone to the "undeserving" indigent – so what? I know about privation. During desperate times, my mum lied to get loans and sometimes "forgot" to pay back neighbours. When the classes are divided by serious inequality, you do what you have to. The poor are castigated if they envy the rich, but the rich, it seems, can now freely express and enact the politics of resentment.
This seems to sum up a lot of American politics, too.
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When the Legislature and Governor of New Hampshire legalized homosexual marriage in June of 2009, most expected a serious political backlash against the Democrats who rammed it down the collective throats of New Hampshire's Live Free or Die citizenry. However, few expected Republicans to gain both houses of the legislature in NH back, with almost four-to-one margins.
Republicans now control New Hampshire's lower house with 298 seats (out of 400), upper house with 19 seats (out of 24), and the supposedly pro-traditional marriage Democrat Governor John Lynch will sign whatever the legislature sends to him on marriage because he is without longstanding principle on the important topic.
I agree with the Conservative New Hampshire Union Leader that Republicans should deal with the financial crisis first: "Bringing those budgets into balance must be the most pressing and important goal of the new Legislature". But the sanctity of marriage must not be forgotten by the Republicans either.
|New Hampshire State Flag|
Homosexual marriage was also legalized in Maine during the 2009 Legislative session, but 53% of Maine citizens voted to repeal the law last November, and the citizens of Iowa voted out all three of the judges who legalized homosexual marriage in their State. Officials who bow to the altar of socialistic-secularism should be wary, regardless of what state they are from.
Granite State Republicans: balance the budget and restore marriage this year. Both are vital to this Nation in their own important functions.