How Low Can Congress’ Approval Rating Get? We’ll Know After the Elections

With the midterm elections just a few days away, politicos across the country are on the edge of their seats waiting to see whether the Republicans will take back control of the Senate. It seems as though the GOP has a stranglehold on retaining a majority presence in the House of Representatives, and now the polls indicate that they might in fact edge out the Democrats in the other chamber of Congress as well.… [Read more]

Who Owns Your Congressman?

While many people know that politics can be tricky, the financing behind it prove that politics is all but a dollar game. Take a look at the “Who Owns Your Congressman?”infographic below; it unveils the monetary goals behind political funding.

In this most recent election cycle alone, more than $441 million dollars was raised for candidates.… [Read more]

The Elections Are Over, Now What?

We all know the cliche: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  If we know this and believe it to be true, then when it comes to the election cycle we’re definitely insane.

Every year we’re bombarded with advertising that’s mostly negative. We get our full share of speculation from the various media pundits and, because we’re special, we get to hear the candidates debate issues that someone else decided were important for us to listen to.… [Read more]

Pulling back from the eve of destruction

Among the best protest signs I’ve ever seen is one that said, “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit.” This week’s ‘Say It In Song‘ post was written decades ago. It reminds us of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

 

Yeah, my blood’s so mad feels like coagulatin’ I’m sitting here just contemplatin’ I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation.[Read more]

Good news for students…for now? Not so fast…

Awaiting President Obama’s signature is a bill that will reduce the costs of borrowing for millions of students.

Don’t get completely happy about it; the bipartisan legislation links student loan interest rates to the financial markets. This means that at current market rates, students obtain lower rates now but, once the economy improves, rates will tick upwards and in synch with market conditions.… [Read more]

Fool on the Hill

“Fool on the Hill” is this week’s “Say It In Song” pick. Given the news coming out of Capitol Hill this week — ranging from the fight to take food from the mouths of babes in terms of reduced SNAP (food stamp) subsidies, all the way to the battles to bring women’s rights back to the pre-choice 1950s — it appears that many in this nation have cast votes for leaders who are our own personal fools.… [Read more]

Dude? Now? Dem seeking to capture Bachmann’s seat drops out of race

OK, sure, it makes sense. It is a rather red area. Is that what he was thinking?

Jim Graves, who lost by a thin margin to Minnesota US Rep. Michele Bachmann last year, sent a note to supporters informing that he suspended his campaign today. He noted that he was successful in his goal to oust Bachmann from Congress, just two days after she announced she wouldn’t seek re-election.… [Read more]

Wrap-up: Being President – a job that requires a large funny bone

Did you miss last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner?

White House Correspondents Dinner: President and Mrs. Obama with Conan O’Brien

In terms of a little background, the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) is an group of journalists who cover the U.S. President and the White House. According to WHCA, the organisation was founded in 1914 by journalists in response to a rumour that a Congressional committee would select which journalists could attend press conferences of President Woodrow Wilson.… [Read more]

Money

Money is on the mind today. Perhaps it’s because we’re moving beyond the trauma caused by filing our annual tax returns a couple of weeks ago, or maybe it’s because we heard the money-related news about how Congress moved to end the sequester only in an area which directly affects them; they quickly passed a bill to end Federal Aviation Administration furloughs right before they fled Washington to go on recess.… [Read more]

Budget Bargaining

Many of us are watching the next move in the political game of financial chess. Today, President Obama will submit his long-awaited budget proposal. Keeping focus on deficit reduction in the face of a slowly recovering economy and unemployment figures that hover in the upper end of the 7 percent level, the president’s proposal includes $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade, which is expected to bring in total deficit savings to $4.3 trillion.… [Read more]

Ask Mrs. Vera: Is the apology from Rep. Don Young (R-AK) enough?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

I’ve got a puzzler for you from the most northern, whitest and most frigid state of the union! It is regarding the kindest, gentlest way to handle awkward social situations that arise when old people embarrass themselves unintentionally by cluelessly referring to people they hold in contempt with candid racist slurs that both affirm their own feeling of superiority while dehumanizing the humans that made their Daddy’s business so profitable in a frozen hellhole.… [Read more]

It’s an ‘Obamanation’…Or so the fear goes.

abomination [əˌbɒmɪˈneɪʃən]

noun 1. a person or thing that is disgusting 2. an action that is vicious, vile, etc. 3. intense loathing

It’s clear that many on the right view President Obama as an abomination worthy of disdain — but is it possible that what the electorate is witnessing is their fear that the extremist ideology touted by the right continues to lose support?… [Read more]