Love Him or Leave Him

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

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?

“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

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…

“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

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.

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

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…

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

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

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]