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!!

Marco Rubio evokes Jay-Z to celebrate Gators win….

Since Mitt Romney and the GOP took that beat down on election night, they have been trying to figure out how can they make a comeback with the young and non-White vote.  Being known as the party of the angry White male will not win you any elections when it comes to the presidency.  Since November 6th we have heard Conservatives like Marco Rubio and Piyush “Bobby” Jindal talk a good game about immigration reform and being the party that reaches out to 100% of Americans and not just 53%.

In an effort to show he’s hip, Marco Rubio a graduate of University of Florida (Gators) celebrated the #4 Gators beating up interstate rivals Florida State University in college football with the following tweet:

So Rubio is a fan of Hov (Jay-Z)??

I guess you have to start somewhere…..

As always….

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

Talking Points Tuesdays – Rep Todd Akin needs to take a seat!!

For the record i am a Pro-Choice Catholic and I respect Todd Akin’s Pro-Life stance.

But this latest BS….

SMH, As much as I like politics there is no real reason why I should even know who Rep Todd Akin (R-MO)!

Unfortuantely for him not only do I now know who he is but so do many other folks who don’t really follow politics.  Akin went national when a local interview went viral, in that interview Akin introduced  many folks to the term “Legitimate Rape”… 

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.” – Todd Akin

Wait… WHAT????

This reckless statement took a life of its own where even hardcore Republicans had to distance themselves from Akin and his comment.  While there were some Conservatives like Dana Loesch who tried to defend Akin for the most part common sense Republicans see there is no defending Akin’s mentality.  Republicans like S.E. Cupp stood up to say the following:

“I don’t fault Akin for his disdain for abortion. But disdain alone cannot be the foundation of policy. And we shouldn’t empower people who prove so unarguably to be so unserious and incurious that they will say just about anything to back up their disdain.” – S.E. Cupp

I can appreciate how S.E. Cupp took the responsible approach and didn’t try to simple defend a fellow Republican.  Too many times since 2008  I have seen Republicans (and Democrats) blindly support their party while throwing common sense out the window.  In my opinion this type of behavior is dangerous and is the real threat to the United States.

Todd Akin’s way of thinking is out there, and he needs to take a seat.  There is no way he should be given the power to cast votes in the United States Senate, no one that believes the female body can shut its reproductive system down in case of rape should be allowed to be a deciding vote on ANY issue in Congress.

It’s time to move on Akin, do what’s right for the Republican party and step down!

To be honest as a Liberal I should be rooting for Akin to stay in the race, there is more of a chance that someone else could step in and actually beat Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

As always….

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

Talking Points Tuesdays – If it’s good enough for Warren Buffett…

Warren Buffett

If you know me you know where I stand with ending Bush Era Tax Cuts for the upper 2% wealthy and extending the tax cuts for the Middle/Working Class.  It’s very simple, our economy is driven by the middle/working class.  Yes the rich spend a lot of money, but when you compare to the amount of money and the number of people considered to be in the middle/working class…  There is no comparison!!!

People need to realize 95% Americans (that’s you) were given a tax cut by President Obama!!

President Obama campaigned on letting the Bush Era Tax Cuts for the upper 2% wealthy; so there is nothing new.  WE all knew that this was coming and it was heavily supported, no surprises or flip-flopping going on here.  In fact letting the tax cuts expire for the wealthy is still widely supported by the American people.

So what’s the problem?

The problem is so-called fiscal Conservatives in Congress are now crying that letting the tax cuts expire for the rich will stifle economic growth and kill jobs.  Meanwhile they (Conservatives) also scream about being fiscally responsible; the problem with all of this is that extending the tax cuts for the rich will cost the United States $700 Billion over the next ten years.  That’s $700 Billion that will be added to our already enormous National Debt.

The Congressional Budget Office aka CBO (neutral entity) has stated that giving the rich a tax cut is the LEAST effective way to create jobs or stimulate the economy.  Ronald Reagan’s budget officer has gone on the record that extending the tax cuts would cause my harm than good (for the record he suggest letting tax cuts expire for Rich and Middle/Working classes).

Let’s see that’s a neutral entity in the CBO against tax cuts for rich and we also have a Conservative who worked for the Grand Daddy (Ronald Reagan) of Trickle Down economics against tax cuts for the rich (and Middle/Working class).  Still we have the GOP trying to push the agenda of tax cuts rich and that Liberals are trying to start a class war.

Maybe the American people will ignore the GOP and listen to some one who will be directly affected by increased taxes; Warren Buffet.  If you don’t know Buffett; he is rich beyond rich.

How do you think he feels about letting the Bush Era Tax Cuts for the upper 2% (which he is) expire?

“I think that people at the high-end, people like myself, should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it,” he told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour

Wait, WHAT?

On increasing taxes for the rich…

“The rich are always going to say that, you know, ‘Just give us more money, and we’ll go out and spend more, and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you.’ But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on.”

As I stated in the title of this posting, “If it’s good enough for Warren Buffett…” then it is good enough for the rest of the upper 2% rich!!

Buffett

As always….

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

Lawrence O’Donnell’s Tea Party 101

Lawrence O’Donnell is famous for his blow ups and hard-hitting style; so when O’Donnell invited 4 leaders of various Tea Party movements you would think these kats would have come to this appearance ready to battle.  Instead they allowed Lawrence O’Donnell to make them look foolish; I can’t believe I was actually looking forward to this segment on The Last Word.  I have heard my fair share of opinions of what others (mainly Liberals) believe the Tea Party is about, so I thought what could be better than hearing actually Tea Party leaders speak about their beliefs.

I will admit, appearing on O’Donnell’s show is not an easy task.  It’s his show and he is a Liberal so you shouldn’t be surprised if your thought will be interrupted in mid-stride.  This is not the 1st nor will it be the last hostile interview; so the guests in my opinion have no reason to cry.  Lawrence starts off the interview admitting that Social Security and Medicare are Socialist programs; this admission by O’Donnell automatically diffuses many Tea Party arguments.  I say this as Tea Parties for the most part always harp on how President Obama and his administration are pushing a Socialist agenda; so O’Donnell gave them the opportunity to jump on those social programs. Only 2 of the panel guest would even broach the topic; it just shows when Tea Partiers talk about cutting spending none of them or really serious.  I have yet to meet a Tea Party kat that will talk about cutting one of the largest entitlement programs; Department of Defense!!!

For example listen to Amy Kremer (Tea Party Express) and Max Pappas (Freedom Works).  Poor Amy was unlucky enough to be challenged by O’Donnell; he was able to expose her as an unprepared mess full of hot air.  When asked to name a program more Socialist than Medicare that needs to be stopped because spending is too high.  Her response, “I am not an expert on the US budget…”

Here is a thought Amy, if you are not an expert on the US Budget; SHUT THE HELL UP!!!  You can’t talk about spending if you do not understand how certain spending will affect the US budget.

Then you have Max Pappas, LOL!!!  This clown sat there for approximately 8 minutes and 57 seconds listening to O’Donnell rip his fellow colleagues and all he could come up with when asked the same question posed to Amy (name a program more Socialist than Medicare that needs to be stopped because spending is too high) was a eliminating a subsidies that would save you $1 billion.  I know a billion is nothing to sneeze at but when the National Deficit is 13.6 Trillion and you are being asked to come up with 1 program that you would cut; the first answer out of your mouth is a weak $1 billion?!?!

Checkout the video:

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

Amy Holmes, hmmmm…

Amy Holmes

 

Can’t even deny it any more, I tried not be attracted to Amy Holmes but it’s not working any more.  I am willing to look past her Conservative views as no one is perfect, besides the curly-curl hair be calling me; HA!!  

For those of you not familiar with Amy here is a brief bio:

Amy Holmes is a CNN political contributor and conservative commentator. She appears regularly on The Situation Room and across all networks, including the network’s prime-time line-up in programs such as Larry King Live and Anderson Cooper 360º.  

Prior to joining CNN, Holmes served as senior speechwriter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) from May 2003 to July 2006, writing on topics ranging from economic and energy policy to judicial nominations and the Iraq war. Before that she worked for the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, and helped build the non-profit Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) as economic project director and campus project director. While at IWF, Holmes oversaw and edited the organization’s labor statistics guide, “Women’s Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economics of Women in America.”  

Holmes, a registered independent, has been a familiar face on television news and talk programs. – via CNN.com  

Mary Matalin and James Carville

 

Being the Liberal/Moderate I am I realize there are number of political and moral issues Amy Holmes and I will disagree on but why should I let that stand in the way of what could possibly be a great couple.  The perfect example of a couple that made it work while working on opposite sides of the aisle; James Carville and Mary Matalin.  So there is no reason why we can’t make it work; here Right Wing views will keep me towards the center and my Left Wing views will keep her from that dangerous extreme Right and the Tea Party.  

Amy might lack the ‘Street’ smarts I like my women to have but I am willing to look past that as she brings so much to the table.  I can probably carry enough ‘Street’ smarts for the both of us, HA!!  

So with that said I am putting it out there, hopefully this blog will find its way to Amy.  If so Lets Make it Happen Ms. Holmes!!!  

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

Pat Robertson says Islam is about “World Dominance…”

Pat Robertson

 

I just watched Pat Robertson say that Islam is about “World Dominance” and that building a Mosque near the World Trade Center is like Islam planting a flag and gloating in the face of 9/1 victims. Robertson is the latest Republican nutbag to spew hate. To think this fool tried to cleanup his comments by saying it’s ok if Muslims want to build a Mosque in other parts of New York but not in downtown Manhattan. 

Pat seems to conveniently forget about all the Christian Missions all over the world whose main goal is to spread Christianity throughout the world. There are many that will say that is a form of “World Dominance”. Here is the Mission Statement of Catholic Missions from http://www.catholic.com/home/about.asp 

Catholic Answers is an apostolate dedicated to serving Christ by bringing the fullness of Catholic truth to the world. We help good Catholics become better Catholics, bring former Catholics “home,” and lead non-Catholics into the fullness of the faith. We explain Catholic truth, equip the faithful to live fully the sacramental life, and assist them in spreading the Good News.  

This sounds like wanting to spread a particular message to the world, “dedicated to serving Christ by bringing the fullness of Catholic truth to the world.” 

Pat Robertson is what is dangerous with our country; I hope people see thru this phony nutbag for what he really is! 

I am a Catholic, but I realize and understand you show respect for other religious beliefs even if they go against yours! 

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