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“If by a ‘Liberal’ they mean…”

“If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”

― John F. KennedyProfiles in Courage

I, too am a proud Liberal.  (KS)

 

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Congressman gives GOP a piece of his mind in Obamacare hearing

Rep. Timothy Griffin, the Congressman who asked Rep. Bill Pascrell if he would “yield” so that Griffin could speak, is on his way out of Congress, because according to Griffin,  he wants to “spend more time with his family”.  In my opinion,  the corrupted king of ‘voter caging for the Bush administration can’t leave soon enough.

Daily Kos

On Tuesday, Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) excoriated Congressman Tim Griffin (R-AR) and Republicans over their intransigence on Obamacare.  He reminded them that they did not like President Bush’s new drug program. They had valid objections. The donut hole and lack of negotiating on drug prices were serious flaws. Democrats in the end helped make the program work.

The following exchange was beautiful to watch. One would hope more Democrats would get the spine to speak up as this congressman did. Americans need to see those that support the program display more passion than those that hypocritically oppose it. This program is essential as a pathway to real universal health care coverage.

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ): Despite Democrats opposition to Part D ten years ago we committed to making the best of the program. … We lost the policy fight. And what did we do? We went back to our districts. And we told our seniors although we voted no, we personally believe and would work with the Bush administration to make it work. That’s what we did. And how many of you stood up to do that. … What are you going to do about the approximately seventeen million children with pre-existing conditions who can no longer be denied health insurance coverage. … You are going to tell the parents of those kids? Which one of you is going to stand up and tell the parents of those children, the game is over. Sorry, that was just a failure.

Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR): Will the gentleman yield.

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ): Yes I will.

Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR): It’s a false choice to say it’s Obamacare or nothing. There are numerous proposals including the one I am a co-sponsor of. …

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ): Are you really serious; after what we have gone through over the last three and a half years? You can sit there and say that you had a legitimate alternative after these years? We’ve gone through 44 votes, 48 votes now of you trying to dismantle this legislation. You call that cooperation? I don’t.

It was evident that Democrats are starting to hit a sensitive spot in these hearings. Republicans have opposed most laws that expanded the safety net. This is why they respond immediately to the valid accusations. Their responses are generally flawed at best.

Having hearings like these provide Democrats with a platform to expose those who really care about the well-being of middle class Americans. It is important that one is not meek in defending the values Democrats and progressives stand for. Republicans are bold in lying about their policies’ impact on Americans. Democrats must be more passionate in truth telling. Democrats must buck lies at every turn mercilessly.

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October 30, 2013 · 6:10 AM

Biden To Swear In Cory Booker On Oct. 31

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Senator-Elect Corey Booker – AP Photo / Julio Cortez

This is good news for Democrats…

TPM LiveWire

Vice President Joe Biden will swear in Sen.-elect Cory Booker (D) next Thursday, a White House official confirmed to TPM.

Booker, the former mayor of Newark, will take the oath of office administered by Biden at noon.

Booker won the special election for deceased Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-NJ) Senate seat roughly two weeks earlier. Booker replaces interim Sen. Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ), who was appointed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to fill Lautenberg’s seat in June after Lautenberg’s death.

The Newark Star-Ledger first reported the news of Booker’s swearing in.

 

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Fox News Poll Finds Disapproval Of GOP Skyrocketing After They Shut Down Government

John Boehner crying

PoliticusUSA

Bad News is everywhere for the Republican Party. Even the Fox News poll has found disapproval of the Republican Party jumping to 59% in their latest poll.

According to the Fox News poll, disapproval of the Republican Party has jumped from 46% in September of 2012 to 59% today. Disapproval of the GOP has climbed from 54% in January to 56% in April to nearing 60% today. Approval of the Republican Party has fallen from 45% to 35%. In contrast, Democratic Party unfavorability has stayed stable in the Fox poll at between 48% and 49% all through 2013.

Support for repealing the ACA has dropped from 39% in June to 30% today. This could mean that the linking of funding the government to defunding or delaying the ACA has completely backfired on the Republican Party. The number of Americans who think that they will be better off under Obamacare has risen by 7 points from 34% to 41%, and by a margin of 36%-19% respondents thought that Ted Cruz’s fake filibuster hurt efforts to repeal the ACA.

Eighty one percent think the government shutdown is a serious problem, and they are blaming John Boehner and Ted Cruz (42%) more than they are blaming Harry Reid and President Obama (32%). A new CBS News poll confirmed the Fox News poll by finding that 44% of Americans blame Boehner and the Republicans for the shutdown, while 35% blame Obama and the Democrats.

The behavior of House Republicans isn’t just hurting their 2014 chances. It is damaging the whole Republican Party. When a Fox News poll finds a sizable margin of people are blaming the Republicans things are really bad. The Fox News polls have always shaded their questions with loaded terms, so it means a lot when a poll that is normally friendly to the GOP finds things going this badly.

Republicans dismiss most polls as “rigged by the liberal media,” but it is difficult for them to ignore a poll that cones from the supposed only real news source that they trust. The government shutdown isn’t just bad for Republicans. It’s disastrous.

All of the Republican talking points blaming Harry Reid and President Obama for the shutdown are failing miserably. Every moment that the shutdown continues compounds the damage. We all knew that this day would come someday. The Republican Party is being destroyed by their own obsession with Obamacare.

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Maher: California’s economy is booming because ‘we’re tea party-free!’

Maher on California Sep 27 2013

He’s got a valid point there…

The Raw Story

Friday night on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher pointed out that unlike most of the country, California’s economy is surging ahead, thanks to the efforts of the state Democratic Party and veteran Gov. Jerry Brown (D). California is going to drag the rest of the country kicking and screaming into the present, he said, if it can.

“New rule,” Maher said, “Conservatives who love to brag about American exceptionalism must come here to California and see it in person. And then they should be afraid. Because while right-wingers are taking over places like North Carolina and Texas and even Wisconsin, California is creating the kind of modern, liberal nation the country as a whole can only dream about.”

“And not only can’t the rest of the country stop us, we’re going to drag you with us,” he said.

In 2010, he said, when many other states were electing tea party Republicans to office, California elected a Democratic governor. Without a Republican governor or state legislator “cock blocking” efforts at reform, the state was able to raise taxes and reorganize spending and turn its massive deficit into a budget surplus.

“Here in California, we’re not just gluten-free and soy-free and peanut-free,” he said, “we’re tea party-free! Yes, we can live in reality.”

Watch the video, embedded below via YouTube user “Walter Cronkite”:

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LGBT activist: Michelle Obama got ‘in my face’ after heckling at fundraiser

Michelle Obama via AFP

I saw Michelle Obama’s name trending on Twitter this morning so I decided to see what was going on.

The heckler’s complaint about Mrs. Obama “getting in her face” reminded me a lot of the incident at the Arizona airport in early October 2012 where reporters took pictures of Gov. Jan Brewer wagging her witch-like finger in the POTUS’ face.

When asked by reporters why she did that, Mrs. Brewer complained, “I felt intimidated by him…”

So let me see if I understand the heckler’s logic here.  She interrupts a speech given by the First Lady.  The First Lady steps down from the lectern to speak to the woman one on one instead of retorting in a more public manner via the media presence.   The woman felt intimidated because Mrs. Obama “got in my face”.  Yet, the heckler initiated the exchange.

There are some parallels to both of the above instances…at least from where I stand.  Both examples show the complaining parties as the persons doing the intimidating yet they both complain of being “intimidated.

The Raw Story

A member of an LGBT advocacy group heckled First Lady Michelle Obama at a private fundraising event Tuesday night, leading to a brief confrontation between the two.

The Washington Post reported that Obama was speaking at a Democratic Party event at a private residence when 56-year-old Ellen Sturtz, later identified as a member of GetEqual,interrupted her speech to demand that President Barack Obama sign an executive order forbidding federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The first lady allegedly addressed Sturtz directly, telling her, “One of the things that I don’t do well is this. Do you understand?” before walking toward her and saying, “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”

Sturtz told the Post Obama was “flustered” when she replied that she would be happy to take the microphone, saying that the executive order would protect 22 percent of U.S. workers.

“She came right down in my face,” Sturtz said to the Post about the encounter with the first lady. “I was taken aback.”

Sturtz was escorted out of the event shortly afterward, but loudly identified herself as a “lesbian looking for federal equality before I die” on the way out.

GetEqual’s co-director, Heather Cronk, told Buzzfeed Tuesday night that the group planned the incident beforehand. In a release, the group said three other members were present at the fundraiser, which cost between $500 and $1,000 to attend.

But Sturtz, who donated $5,000 to the president’s 2008 election campaign, also said to theHuffington Post that she did not go to the event planning to heckle the first lady, instead intending to speak to Democratic National Committee officials about her worries regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

“Basically, I was asked by the first lady to be quiet, and I can’t be quiet any longer,” Sturtz told theHuffington Post. “I was surprised by how negative the crowd seemed to be. It was actually a little unsettling and disturbing.”

 

 

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Drudge Puts Christie On Notice: ‘Whose Side Are You On?’ (PHOTO)

TPM LiveWire

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has been put on notice.

“Whose side are you on?” screams a Monday headline on the conservative Drudge Report, linking to an Atlantic Wire article that spells out his precarious position with the right as he considers a replacement for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who died from complications with pneumonia.

 

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GOP: Party of crybabies

GOP: Party of crybabies

The above headline caught my eye for its accuracy…

Salon

It’s time to call out a major Republican theme of how politics should be practiced in a democracy: the supposed right to be free from criticism. It may sell wonderfully inside the conservative closed-information loop, but it’s a nasty idea that sorts exceptionally badly with democratic politics.

In case you’re unfamiliar, the right to be free from criticism is the core idea behind what used to be complaints about “political correctness” and which have now morphed into the conviction that some accusations are too terrible to be made. See, for example, former Heritage immigration expert (or is that race-and-intelligence obsessive?) Jason Richwine. As he told conservative reporter Byron York:

The accusation of racism is one of the worst things that anyone can call you in public life … Once that word is out there, it’s very difficult to recover from it, even when it is completely untrue.

What does “difficult to recover” mean in this context? Richwine, after all, is the protégé of none other than Charles Murray, who has been accused of racist writings for … well, for decades. And yet Murray has “recovered” just fine, at least if book sales and think-tank posts and other traditional markers of success are concerned. Richwine surely knows that. So what’s his complaint? It is the same as most complaints about political correctness: that some people won’t consider his actions respectable.

(No doubt someone with a bit more imagination than Richwine might imagine even worse things to be called than “racist.” For example, someone could be called a member of an intellectually inferior race, genetically doomed to always be looking up to those races that have superior intelligence. But pointing that out would no doubt violate Richwine’s standards of civilized political discourse.)

Similarly, the Republican response to the Democratic “war on women” rhetoric hasn’t been so much that the criticism is wrong but rather that it’s — as one Republican member of the House said this week — “repugnant.”

One might say that whatever grievances one former Heritage think-tanker, or even some Republican politicians, might have are interesting but of little importance in the grand scheme of things. But it turns out that the exact same logic — the logic that conservatives should feel perfectly free to engage in political advocacy without any danger of someone criticizing them — has become central to the Republican platform on campaign finance.

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Adventures in Fox polling

Rachel Maddow Blog

From time to time, I enjoy marveling at the kind of questions that appear in ostensibly neutral Fox News polls. This latest entry only helps reinforce suspicions that the network asks questions intended to get an ideologically satisfying result.

C’mon. Does anyone seriously believe an independent poll would ask whether respondents feel like “the federal government has gotten out of control”? I think it’s far more likely Fox wanted to tell it’s viewers about results that reinforce a preconceived narrative, so it asked a question to illicit a predictable response.

As for the underlying point, it’s also worth noting that Fox did not ask whether the public believed “the federal government has gotten out of control” when the Bush/Cheney administration said warrantless wiretaps of Americans were legally permissible.

Let’s also not overlook the larger polling pattern. I’ve long marveled at the kind of questions that make their way into a Fox survey, starting in March 2007 when the network’s poll asked, in all seriousness, “Do you think the Democratic Party should allow a grassroots organization like Moveon.org to take it over or should it resist this type of takeover?” Soon after, another Fox poll asked, “Do you think illegal immigrants from Mexico should be given special treatment and allowed to jump in front of immigrants from other countries that want to come to the United States legally, or not?”

In 2009, a Fox poll asked, “Do you think the United Nations should be in charge of the worldwide effort to combat climate change and the United States should report to the United Nations on this effort, or should it be up to individual countries and the United States would be allowed to make decisions on its own?”

In March 2013, a Fox poll asked, “Former President George W. Bush stopped golfing after the start of the Iraq war. Do you think President Barack Obama should stop golfing until the unemployment rate improves and the economy is doing better?”

As a rule, professional news organizations put a great deal of care into how they word polling questions. To get reliable results that accurately reflect public attitudes, surveys have to be careful not to guide respondents or skew their answers.

It’s possible Fox is less concerned about accurately reflecting public attitudes.

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Obama On Gun Violence: ‘Shame On Us If We’ve Forgotten’ Newtown

The POTUS made some good points in his speech…

The Huffington Post

President Barack Obama pressed Congress on Thursday not to forget the heartbreak of the Newtown elementary school massacre and “get squishy” on tightened gun laws, though some lawmakers in his own Democratic Party remain a tough sell on an approaching Senate vote to expand purchasers’ background checks.

“Shame on us if we’ve forgotten,” Obama said at the White House, standing amid 21 mothers who have lost children to shootings. “I haven’t forgotten those kids.”

More than three months after 20 first-graders and six staffers were killed in Newtown, Conn., Obama urged the nation to pressure lawmakers to back what he called the best chance in over a decade to tame firearms violence.

At the same time, gun control groups were staging a “Day to Demand Action” with more than 100 rallies and other events planned from Connecticut to California. This was on top of a $12 million TV ad campaign financed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that has been pressuring senators in 13 states to tighten background-check rules.

But if political momentum was building after the nightmarish December shootings, it has flagged as the Senate prepares to debate gun restrictions next month. Thanks to widespread Republican resistance and a wariness by moderate Democrats from Southern and Western states – including six who are facing re-election next year – a proposed assault weapons ban seems doomed and efforts to broaden background checks and bar high capacity ammunition magazines are in question.

In one statement that typifies moderate Democrats’ caution, spokesman Kevin Hall said Virginia Sen. Mark Warner is “still holding conversations with Virginia stakeholders and sorting through issues on background checks” and proposals on assault weapons and magazines.

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