This week wraps up with the topic that promises to be the talk of Washington and the nation until it’s resolved one way or the other by January 1, 2013: the budget showdown, entitlement programs and the impending fiscal cliff. President Obama has repeatedly stated that Social Security is not on the fiscal cliff negotiating table but that message has been largely ignored by House Speaker John Boehner and congressional Republicans, and maybe even some Democrats.… [Read more]
Wrapping up this week means continuing the discussion that has been taking place since Election Day: the nation’s economy and finances. Many say that both parties need to take heed of a couple of points that voters made: the Democrats won the White House but still don’t have a House majority. Republicans, on the other hand, maintained their majority but gave up Senate seats — and it is noteworthy to mention that some of the bigger losses were those suffered by Tea Party-supported candidates.… [Read more]
“Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?” ~ John Belushi (1949-1982), National Lampoon’s Animal House
Did the normally restrained President Obama learn some “ya wanna a piece of me” South Shore bluster from his pre-Election Day Hurricane Sandy bromance with Joisey Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)? Or did our Chief Executive stand up for a competent staffer instead of throwing her under the bus for cheap political points?… [Read more]
For today’s Weekly Wrap, there’s no more appropriate summary for all events that took place over the past seven days than to simply say…President Obama won his bid for re-election. To the surprise of the Republican Party, the President won both the popular vote and the Electoral College vote, with a final tally of 332 to 206 once Florida’s votes were counted.… [Read more]
Broadway Cares…and so do we. Tuesday’s presidential election is critical; it will determine if the citizens of this nation want to move backwards to a time of greater economic inequality, a perpetual ‘War on Women‘ and a renewed era of deregulation.
This election will chart a course. Americans must decide if they’re willing to move backwards to the ‘good old days‘ that weren’t good for everyone — or if they want to embrace the change that will help this nation grow and provide for its people.… [Read more]
Wrapping up this week, we thought we’d post a public service announcement video by singer Lesley Gore, known for several 1960′s classics. This pro-feminist announcement, “You Don’t Own Me,” is more than fitting for today’s social and political climate — especially in light of the GOP’s “crazy uncles” such as Todd Akin and, most recently, Richard ‘Rape babies are “something God intended to happen” Mourdock.… [Read more]
One never forgets his or her first love. Most guys never forget their first car. And a political columnist never forgets his or her first campaign.
Former Senator and 1972 presidential candidate George McGovern (D-S.D.) died early this morning at 90 surrounded by family and friends in a hospice in Sioux Falls, S.D., a constituency he served as a Congressman and Senator.… [Read more]
The Diplomat from China was waved through the back entrance to the White House, just like a hundred times before.
Since President Romney took office things have been great for the Chinese. The invasion of Taiwan took place and the country was securely absorbed with the mainland. Over 250,000 Taiwanese died fighting the invasion, but the island is slated to become a resort for the new Mainland’s middle class.… [Read more]
Get real. We can’t even say that with a straight face.
Our pick of the week video sums up how many of us feel about why voting for the GOP is not an option.
#Backwards…… [Read more]
The end of another week means that we are that much closer to election day in the US. Based on the way the media covers the flood of campaign ads, the latest polls, voter suppression efforts and the power of Super PACs one could easily draw the conclusion that not much is else is going on in the world.… [Read more]
Although this is a satirical piece, we have no doubt that there are many who feel this way. Randy Newman’s song, “I’m Dreaming“, is an interesting trip down memory lane and, given Mitt Romney’s latest debacle, there’s something about this that seems like it’s what Romney and his ilk are hoping for.
Sorry folks.… [Read more]
In light of yet another great week for Mitt Romney, watch this (unsettling) video. It shows both sides of Mitt — assuming there are only two sides.
“He physically, personality wise, comes across as if he was designed by East German scientists to be the perfect android politician.”… [Read more]
For this week’s wrap up, filmmaker Gene Cartwright’s video provides a succinct response. The 2012 answer to Ronald Reagan’s 1980 Campaign question to President Jimmy Carter is clear. At no time can every individual in America answer,”yes” but this short film provides a fact-filled answer that no reasonable questioner can deny. Without the actions presented in the video, the nation would most certainly be MUCH worse off.… [Read more]
Yes, that’s what the hashtag said: #HugAThug.
During a check of Facebook and the Twittersphere for information about ‘work’ and organised ‘labour unions’ I came across that hashtag. Given that my search was rather specific and timed in advance of Labor Day, when that particular hashtag popped up it caught my attention.
It took a moment before things began to click; it wasn’t referring to a hip-hop album, it was referring to union workers.… [Read more]
The Republican National Convention is here. Yaaaay! (or not…)
In case you missed it, Chris Rock covered the Grand Old Party‘s convention 8 years ago. We thought we’d take a look back to see what, if anything, has changed.
Quite a lot. And not all of it has been good.
Funny how an agenda of obstruction can mess up how a party is perceived…… [Read more]
For those of you who haven’t seen it, this week we’re wrapping things up by sharing this original video by MoveOn.org. There are fewer than 3 months until election day; learn what has happened and what you — and the nation — are up against.… [Read more]
In light of Mitt Romney’s announcement that this guy, Paul Ryan, is his choice for VP, we thought we’d show you “These Guys” — the people with whom Mitt is surrounding himself. #VoteWisely, my friends:… [Read more]
We began the week with that horrible deja vu feeling; first we said, “Enough is enough” with the Aurora, Colorado shootings, and then we ended up questioning whether we are asking the right questions. Do we ever know what really is in or out of our control when we look at the aftermath of violence, whether the episodes take place domestically or overseas?… [Read more]
Some of us are wondering if a sensible conversation about guns will ever take place — or are we, as a nation, too far gone. After all, the NRA is one of the most powerful organisations in America; congressmen are theirs for the picking. In this culture, violence is brought out into the open and it is glorified while, simultaneously, mental health issues are still swept under the rug.… [Read more]
We began this week discussing accountability; we were focused on international issues — Pakistan, specifically — but, once again, the nutty GOP — Mitt Romney, specifically — diverted our attention…Oh goodie! Since we’re all about putting the truth out there, we’re glad to see that even the mainstream media is catching on to the notion that the most phony candidate this side of Mars doesn’t want to be held accountable for where he worked and/or where his
loot money is stashed.… [Read more]