Love Him or Leave Him

Love it or Leave it

I saw a poll among voters who consider President Obama to be the worst president in post-FDR history. They ranked President Reagan as the greatest.  It isn’t hard to dismiss this sort of faux-information as shallow, given the fact that Duck Dynasty and the Bachelorette continue to get high ratings, but I must admit that a wave of dark energy coursed through my veins.… [Read more]

School for Political Scandals

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I’ve been reading a lot lately about the scandals under the Obama administration and I’ve been hearing right wing columnists and pundits saying that “things have never been this bad before.”

Really?

Let me see what I can remember, just off the top of my head, from previous administrations.

With George W. Bush we had the Valerie Plame spy scandal, a Medicare scam,  Abu Ghraib prison torture, manufactured evidence and false intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq, Enron, Ashcroft’s violations of campaign finance laws, Halliburton no-bid contracts and Cheney’s secretive Energy Task Force.… [Read more]

Will we keep the ‘social’ in Social Security?

Reagan Social Security Rescue

“There is no more important domestic issue on which we have to have a national consensus than social security, because it affects just about all of us either as current beneficiaries or current taxpayers. Continuing the minimum benefit for present beneficiaries reflects a bipartisan consensus, which I strongly support.” ~ Ronald Reagan, December 29, 1981

Subsequent to that time, interfund borrowing ensued as what was supposed to be a temporary solution to fix financing difficulties faced by the Social Security program.… [Read more]

Britain’s ‘Iron Lady’ Passed Away

Margaret Thatcher

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away. The Baroness, who died today at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke, was the longest serving PM of the 20th century having served from 1975 to 1990, was a leader of the Conservative Party, and was Great Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister.

A woman of humble beginnings, Thatcher was a grocer’s daughter who became a chemist and then an attorney before entering politics.… [Read more]

Continued Angst over Argo…

Cue the Canadian...on three

“Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it.” ~ Winston Churchill

“Those who expect real history from Hollywood should have a keeper.” ~ Davies

Cue the Canadian…on three

So it was last week in our land of perpetual mirth and sunshine. The latest cultural tempest in a thimble is the Oscar success enjoyed by Ben Affleck for his film Argo.[Read more]

There You Go…Again.

Here we go again...just spinning our wheels!

For several months, politicians on both sides of the political aisle have been sounding the alarm. We’ve been warned that the sequestered spending cuts are across-the-board and, therefore, without analysis. We’ve also been warned that the draconian measures will slow economic growth and, as a result, cost the nation somewhere in the area of 750,000 jobs – a figure agreed to by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.… [Read more]

A Kiss is Just a Kiss

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The Academy Awards were just a week ago so, before everyone moves on (well, most of us have already moved on), let’s talk about kissing.… [Read more]

To Regulate or Not to Regulate…

Regulate

There has been a major push to deregulate businesses, a push that was started with the Reagan Administration. Some argue that by deregulating businesses it would reduce the cost of doing business thereby giving businesses an opportunity to grow and add jobs while others scream that this would be the end of the world as we know it.… [Read more]

Hippie New Year 2013

Hippie New Year, 2013!

Happy New Year from your local Hippies!  If 2012 was good to you, we wish you even better in 2013.  If 2012 was a disappointment, with any luck at all, 2013 will be the year you shine!

Barbara and Jeff were born right after the war in the late 1940s and are charter members in good standing of The Baby Boomers. … [Read more]

Social Security’s Not on Negotiating Table, but Revenue-Raising Option Being Ignored

Social Security

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]

Reagan and the Law of Unintended Consequences, a.k.a. Today’s Mess in the Middle East

Unintended Consequences

Yes, hindsight is always 20-20 and, no, this is not a post to bash Ronald Reagan. The Reagan administration certainly did what they had to do and they managed the challenges presented at the time. What they could not see were the consequences of their actions as they were unintended.

How does a country that was a sweetheart of the free world and a defender of democracy end up being the object of hate for so many?… [Read more]

President Obama Helps Disaster Victims While Romney Takes Cheap Shots

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In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the contrast is striking. On the one hand, we have a President who’s cancelled campaign stops, and who’s calling on donations to the American Red Cross instead of his campaign. As reported by the Huffington Post: “On the campaign side, Obama halted his flood of fundraising emails on Sunday, and the campaign is now using its Twitter, Facebook and campaign pages to instead urge donations to the Red Cross storm relief.[Read more]

The Limitations of the United States and its President

The Republican party used to follow the precepts of Henry Kissinger (right, pictured with former President Ronald Reagan) in foreign policy--preserving American national interest ran supreme and the country's limitations in foreign policy were taken into consideration. Nowadays, it seems Republicans, and often Democrats as well, don't seem to believe the U.S. possesses any such limitations.

Despite his empty-chair-talking tendencies, I still remain a fan of many of Clint Eastwood’s movies. And one of my favorite Eastwood scenes occurs in the Dirty Harry film Magnum Force where Clint observes “Man’s got to know his limitations.”

I only wish more people heeded this advice.

The Republican party used to follow the precepts of Henry Kissinger (right, pictured with former President Ronald Reagan) in foreign policy–preserving American national interest ran supreme and the country’s limitations in foreign policy were taken into consideration.… [Read more]

What Standing Do the People Have in the Dirty Game of Politics?

Ronald Reagan

My north Jersey neighborhood is pretty Republican. In fact, I claim on my blog site, Liberaloutpost , that the area is so Republican that even birds don’t have left wings. Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it doesn’t change the fact that there’s not a whole lot of political debate going on.… [Read more]

How Reagan Sold The United States Piece By Piece

Puzzle Pieces

One thing that the libertarians are extremely good at is channeling the anger at Democrats for the Republican misdeeds. The methodology is rather simple and this is how it works.

  1. Take any action where the government made a big boo-boo!
  2. Keep talking about the mistake and how that mistake would not have happened if there was no government.
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New Republican Debate to Focus on Breadth, Depth of Candidates’ Reagan Trivia

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Sensing an overall lull in interest after approaching the 3652nd Republican Primary Debate of the 2012 election, RNC chairman Reince Prebus has announced that the next GOP debate will be focused exclusively around trivia relating to former President, and GOP man-God, Ronald Reagan.Prebus, in an exclusive interview to Borderless News and Views(BNV), said, “So we were all sitting around, trying to figure out how to try and get people interesting in the shit-slinging again.… [Read more]

Corporations Are People? I Beg to Differ

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“Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people .”

This little nugget came from none other than presumptive GOP nominee and proud 1%er Mitt Romney. It’s a quote consistent with the time-honored conservative Reagan dogma. Of course, I’m referring to Trickle Down Economics – the theory that wealth-oriented growth models ultimately see profits trickle down to the lower and middle classes.… [Read more]

Laugh Now, Cry Later

Laugh Now Cry Later

I read many news sites and it’s becoming all too common to see posts in which people say that the Republicans are “funny”.  I know they’re saying that if the right wing sincerely believes that this current lineup of presidential candidates represents their ‘best in class‘, then they must be kidding and they must be quite high.… [Read more]