Militant Mondays – Colin Powell on GOP’s “Dark Vein of Intolerance”

Colin Powell

Colin Powell

I am a big fan of Colin Powell and whenever he does an appearance/interview I try to watch; and his appearance on Meet The Press Sunday was not a disappointment for me.  Colin Powell does not shy away from the fact that he is a Republican but at the same time he is not shying away from expressing his disappointment in the party he grew up with.

I will say that I believe that the term minorities is no longer a term to be identified with a particular race but it’s more about economic status.  The 47% that Mitt Romney spoke about leaving behind is more than just Black people, it’s made up of low-income folks struggling to stay above water.  This is the group of people that so-called conservatives have forgotten.

The GOP will have to get it together if they stand to have a chance in 2016.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Broadway’s Blog: President Obama’s final news conference of 1st term

As reported by The Washington Post…

President Obama is planning a news conference Monday at 11:15 a.m. A White House official said Obama plans to use the platform to make his case for Congress to raise the debt limit.

This will be Obama’s final news conference of his first term and comes as his administration readies an ambitious second-term legislative agenda including comprehensive immigration reform, an overhaul of gun laws and continuing fiscal issues.

Harry Reid and John Boehner

Takeover Thursdays – Goodbye 112th Congress, and hello 113!!

Harry Reid and John Boehner

At 12 noon the 113th Congress will be in session for the 1st time, I can only hope this congress will prove to be more productive than the 112th Congress.  The 112th Congress will go down in history as one of the LEAST productive, and Democrats and Republicans are both responsible for this lack of productivity.  It’s popular to just blame Speaker Boehner and House Republicans, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has done his fair share of “making the sausage” .

“The 113th Congress will convene Thursday at the constitutionally required time of noon … There are 12 newly elected senators – eight Democrats, three Republicans and one independent, former Maine Gov. Angus King, who will caucus with the Democrats. They will be joined by Rep. Tim Scott, the first black Republican in decades, who was tapped by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to fill the remaining term of Sen. Jim DeMint….

I have hope, but to be honest not a whole lot of hope!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

President Obama on the “fiscal cliff” agreement

Now that we averted the Fiscal Cliff the President Obama will HAVE to start working on reducing the deficit.  We have to start showing that we understand that adding to the debt is not healthy for the future of the United States.  With that said deficit reduction will have to be in a responsible way as draconian cuts will set the economy back.  We have seen improvement in the economy in areas like housing, now is not the time to stunt that growth.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

House WILL Vote on Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill!

Don’t understand why Speaker Boehner and Eric Cantor had to be shamed into doing the right thing for Hurricane Sandy victims.

Politico is reporting….

After a barrage of criticism over his decision to scrap a Tuesday night vote on a disaster aid bill, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that the House will vote in two phases to provide billions in relief to Hurricane Sandy victims. On Friday it will vote on a measure “to direct resources to the National Flood Insurance Program;” then on Jan. 15 it will take up “the remaining supplemental request” for Sandy victims. Boehner did not detail the dollar amounts of the measures. “Getting critical aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy should be the first priority in the new Congress, and that was reaffirmed today with members of the New York and New Jersey delegations,” Boehner said in a joint statement with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

The House will NOT vote on Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

Breezy Point

Breezy Point

House Republicans decided to NOT take up the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill tonight after an all day back and forth over the bill to avert the Fiscal Cliff.

Republicans promised to work on the supplemental disaster aid bill for Northeast states affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Apparently this is House Republican payback for having to vote on the Senate-passed bill to avert the Fiscal Cliff.  Lawmakers from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (Democrats and Republicans) took to the floor of the House to voice their disappointment.

This is the disgusting side of politics that makes me sick, to think House Republicans like Eric Cantor would go back on a promise they made.  A lot of work has been done to get this disaster bill together, that work will have to be re-done as the new 113th Congress will be sworn in on January 2nd.

This is why congress has some of the lowest approval ratings, SMH!!!

Representative Peter King (R-NY) called this “indefensible” for Congress

“It is disgraceful. It even makes it worse being a Republican.”

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

The House Passes Bill to avert Fiscal Cliff

From Politico

The House has passed a bill to avert the fiscal cliff, 257-167, sending the bill to President Barack Obama and ending a dramatic New Year’s Day showdown over income taxes and deep federal spending cuts. The bill — which would allow tax rates on upper income Americans to jump, makes permanent middle class tax cuts, extends unemployment benefits and overhauls a variety of other tax and spending measures — passed the Senate early in the morning on New Year’s Day on an 89-8 vote.

The passage of this bill was done with majority support from Democrats and the support of 85 Republicans; including notable Republicans Speaker Boehner and Paul Ryan.

President Obama will sign this bill into law tomorrow!

What’s next???

  • Avoiding the sequestration cuts and coming up with cuts that are responsible and will not hurt the economy and Americans
  • Raising the Debt Ceiling
As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

House will vote on Senate bill w/o amendments to avert Fiscal Cliff

In a move that just makes sense, House Republicans will NOT add amendments to the Senate‘s bill to avert the Fiscal Cliff.  Speaker Boehner will take an up-or-down vote a clean Senate passed bill.  This bill will more than likely need the support of both Democrats and Republicans in the House to pass.

Politico reporting…

The House plans to vote tonight on the Senate-passed bill to avert the fiscal cliff. Passage in the House, which is expected, would clear the bill for law since President Barack Obama has said he will sign the legislation.

The decision to move to an up-or-down vote comes after House Republicans internally rejected a plan to amend the bill with a package of spending cuts. That move would’ve likely killed the bill, allowing taxes to go up on all Americans.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

What will House Republicans do with Senate Bill to avert Fiscal Cliff?

Speaker Boehner

Speaker Boehner

Speaker Boehner is in the difficult position of not only trying to avert the Fiscal Cliff, but he also has to keep in mind how can he retain his speaker role in the House.

Last night the Senate passed a bipartisan deal with a 89-8 vote, yes my Republican friends the senate deal was overwhelmingly supported by both Republicans and Democrats.  House Republicans have come out today stating their disapproval of the bill the senate passed, they are complaining about the lack of spending cuts in the senate’s bill.  This is something Speaker Boehner warned House Republicans what would happen if they failed to come up with a deal a couple of weeks ago, he stated you will be forced to make a difficult decision on a bill that you did not have a say in and will have the pressure of the fiscal cliff to keep in mind.

Speaker Boehner and House Republicans are trying to figure out what to do with the pending deadline (that actually already passed); they have 2 options at this time…

  1. Pass the Senate bill as is with no changes to it, It would prevent middle-class taxes from going up but would raise rates on higher incomes (> $450K (couples) and > $400K (single)). It would also block spending cuts for two months, extend unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless, prevent a 27 percent cut in fees for doctors who treat Medicare patients and prevent a spike in milk prices.  Lawmakers will have to revisit difficult budget questions in just a few weeks.
  2. The House Republicans can attach their proposed spending cuts ($300 Billion) and send the bill back to senate for a vote. This will more than likely require 100% Republican support in the House as Democrats will not support those attached cuts.

For House Republicans the 1st option would be a difficult pill to swallow… At this moment Speaker Boehner has warned House Republicans that if they do decide to amend the senate bill with proposed cuts they will more than likely set themselves up to be held responsible for the United States going over the fiscal cliff as the Senate would not likely support it.  Boehner has told House Republicans if he can get majority support (217 Repubs) to add amendments to the senate bill he will bring that to the floor of the House for a vote.

When House Republicans decided to go home for Christmas they gave up their right to amend anything!

It was the House and Speaker Boehner that decided they would stop working on a deal and wanted the Senate to come up with something.  The chance for a grand bargain deal disappeared when Speaker Boehner and the House left Washington a couple of weeks ago.

Stop playing games House Republicans, pass the Senate bill which is not the ultimate deal but it gets us past the fiscal cliff and then re-focused on reducing spending.

**Update**

Signs are that the House Repubs will take a vote on the Senate’s bill as is; no amendment with spending cuts!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

House Republicans Oppose Senate Bill to Avert Fiscal Cliff…

According to Politico….

House Republicans are overwhelmingly opposed to the Senate’s bill to avert the fiscal cliff, making it nearly certain that Speaker John Boehner’s chamber will amend the legislation and send it back to the Senate — a potentially serious blow to a package that appeared well on its way to becoming law. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the No. 2 House Republican, told GOP lawmakers that he was opposed to the legislation in its current form. Republicans are chiefly concerned with the lack of spending cuts in the tax bill.