Lobbying Part II: Where’d the money go?

K Street—the lobbying capital of our country. If you want something done, no matter what it is, you’ll be able to find someone on K street to lobby Congress on your behalf. But, is this a benefit to our political system?

It depends. If you’re a senior citizen, you probably belong to the AARP and like it that the AARP lobbies on issues concerning senior citizens.… [Read more]

Part I-The business of lobbying

Whether we like it or not, lobbying is part of our government. If it’s an issue that we like (education?) or one we don’t care too much about (taxes?), the fact remains that there is probably a lobbyist working on the issue. But, how big and pervasive is the business of lobbying? I know it’s a stupid question, but I get to ask it anyway because this is my post.… [Read more]

“It’s a Sad Day for Conservatives,” a.k.a Good news for healthcare reform

The  attention-grabbing title, “I am very disappointed in Governor Rick Scott” was enough to let me know that I would soon have something to smile about. Red State’s Eric Erickson’s morning e-newsletter said the following:

I was one of the few national conservatives to support Governor Scott in 2010 during his primary. He is a fundamentally great person.[Read more]

Paving the Way to a Legacy: Beyond Inauguration Day

With the eyes of the nation focused on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Barack H. Obama will be sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States.

Whether we agree with his politics or policies there is one thing about which we should all agree: we are bearing witness to a powerful, historic event – one which is a significant reminder of the greatness of a democracy.… [Read more]

S#!t Just Got Real

There is a lot of talk these days about the sandwich generation — people of a certain age who have both children and aging parents whom they care for. Some, like myself, may only have parents to care for. Even without the added duty of child rearing one may still feel ‘squeezed’ in the middle, only the last thing it feels like is being between two soft pieces of bread!… [Read more]

Remembering Lyndon B. Johnson Amidst Today’s GOP

On this day in 1908, Lyndon Baines Johnson was born. With all of the GOP’s documented anti-democratic voter suppression efforts underway across the country, this quote from President Johnson came to mind:

A man without a vote is a man without protection.

Reading this quote, on his birthday, made me think about Johnson’s legacy and how far we as a nation have come since his presidency.… [Read more]

Let’s Call a Spade a Spade: Why Paul Ryan Is Anything But Nice

Since Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his presidential running mate there has been a barrage of commentary surrounding the seven-term Congressman from Wisconsin. Quite naturally there has been much talk of his influence by Russian-American novelist and atheist Ayn Rand whom he has credited as his inspiration for entering politics. Something which he now is adamantly distancing himself — actually flat-out denying.… [Read more]

Eh, You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Medicaid!

With the current war on vaginas and uteri in full swing, I imagine moderates and progressives across the US and the globe are wondering, “What in the bloody hell is going on in America?” It’s completely amazing, and not in a good way, how far the GOP and Religious Right are pushing such crazy agendas. Trans-vaginal ultrasounds for abortions, “personhood” amendments that give zygotes more rights than a legal voting-age woman, the evils of hormonal prescription birth control…the ever-growing list is absolutely mind boggling.… [Read more]

Rick Perry’s God Problem

Rick Perry got me thinking the other day.  He had an encounter with a fourteen year old bisexual girl that went like this:

“This is about my faith, and I happen to think that there are a whole host of sins, homosexuality being one of them,” Perry said, adding that he himself was “a sinner” so he wouldn’t “be the first one to throw a stone”.[Read more]

Panama Meets The Teabaggers

I’m not a proud American, I didn’t do anything necessarily to be proud of. I just happened to be born within her borders, but I like it here, some places more than others however.  I am a humble American.  I am humbled by the opportunities afforded me by birthright.

And I love Maryland.  I just moved here in January and while not perfect, the state makes sense to me. … [Read more]

For The Economy’s Sake…

…Let the Bush tax cuts expire. Congress will, at some point, have to make a decision before their next taxpayer subsidised vacation on whether or not to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that were put in place during George W. Bush’s presidency. It’s really clear to me though not clear to any viewers of FOX/Fake News that the Republicans aren’t anxious to take any action that will move the country forward given how much they loathe the POTUS represent compromise with the Democrats but, perhaps, they can consider that letting the tax cuts expire will boost their image among sane people and enhance the nation’s overall economic picture.… [Read more]

Taxpayer Funded Benefits For Congress

Taxpayer-funded benefits for members of Congress is a topic I have been bitching complaining about for ages. It’s a point of contention for me that the people who sit as the supreme overlords rulers over the rest of us are able to collect substantial benefits funded by taxpayers especially since they don’t do much to earn them — the same benefits that they seem to think the rest of us are not “entitled” to.… [Read more]

The Will of the People

Do The Right Thing‘ isn’t just the name of an old Spike Lee movie; it’s a strong sentiment and a wish directed from the American people toward their elected officials.Recent polls strongly suggest that the majority of Americans believe slicing ‘entitlements’ (i.e., Social Security and Medicaid) that form the basis of financial support for many citizens is a wrong move towards getting America’s budget deficit under control.  … [Read more]

We Need to Wake Up…

I just don’t get it…it’s like a really bad movie…every day in the news there is some clip featuring a random stereotypical, toothless, back-woods bamma complaining about how the nation is being ruined.  Just what is it that they think happened to dash away all their hopes for a brilliant future?  Um..those people…  What’s even worse is when it’s working people who are in the same struggling boat making the claims about those people who are destroying the country — all while their hard-earned dollars, just like the (few) dollars held by po’ folks, are worth less than ever before.  … [Read more]