Nov 192014
 

Why Democrats need rich people, too – The Washington Post by Dana Milbank

Yet there’s a limit to how far Warren, and the Democrats, can go with their little-guy theme, for one simple reason: They can’t afford it.

More than ever in America, elections are purchased, not won. And that money comes from corporate and wealthy interests. Run against corporations and you lose that money — and the election. …

In addition, the wealthy are finding more ways to exploit the 2010 Citizens United ruling and other campaign-finance decisions that give super PACs and unregulated “dark money” even more influence — further diluting the power of low-dollar contributions. …

This leaves Warren well-qualified to ask what she calls a “fundamental question”: “Who does the government work for?”

The answer is easy: The people who bought it.

Why Democrats need rich people, too – The Washington Post

 Posted by at 4:55 pm on Wed 11/19/14
Nov 162014
 

U.S.-China pact is an accord the planet needed – The Washington Post

The incoming head of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma — a state where coal is not a big industry — has called climate change a “hoax” and a conspiracy to “shut down this machine called America.”

“God’s still up there,” Inhofe said on a radio program in 2012. “The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is, to me, outrageous.”

Inhofe’s view is theologically questionable and scientifically absurd, but there you have it: The senator with the most power to affect U.S. environmental policy does not believe climate change is conceivable, let alone real.

The problem for Republicans who want to stall climate action is that Obama can carry out his agenda without them.

U.S.-China pact is an accord the planet needed – The Washington Post

It’s possible that Inhofe isn’t the IDIOT he appears to be. If that’s true, he is an immoral bastard. Pick one.

 Posted by at 8:47 pm on Sun 11/16/14
Nov 162014
 

Even as Republicans give the Oil Industry the Keystone pipeline, the GOP will also make sure the Oil Industry pays nothing for cleanup costs.

Every time the GOP shows its contempt for the rest of us, shine a light and pass it on.

How your congressional delegates voted | Albuquerque Journal News

LIABILITY FOR OIL SPILLS: By a vote of 192 for and 224 against, the House on Nov. 14 refused to require the Keystone XL Pipeline to pay into the Treasury Department’s Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

Sponsored by Democrats, this motion to HR 5682 (above) sought to blunt an Internal Revenue Service ruling under which crude extracted from tar sands is exempted from mandatory support of the oil-spill fund.

The ruling spares TransCanada Corp., the Keystone owner, from having to pay 8 cents per barrel into the fund to help cover the cost of cleaning up any spills.

Congress established the fund in response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez grounding, which spilled hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude into Alaska’s Prince William Sound.

A yes vote was to require the Keystone XL Pipeline to contribute to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

YES: LUJAN GRISHAM, LUJÁN NO: PEARCE

How your congressional delegates voted | Albuquerque Journal News

Note New Mexico’s own estimable – make that execrable – Steve Pearce, oil millionaire voted FOR Keystone and AGAINST funding for cleanups.

Now that the Oil Industry no longer considers Keystone economical to build, I assume the GOP will support funding to build it at taxpayer expense. Why not? We’ll have to pay to clean up, we might as well pay to make the mess in the first place.

 Posted by at 2:33 pm on Sun 11/16/14
Nov 152014
 

Kiss the Gila River good-bye, my friends. The Profiteers never give up. The Profiteers never have enough. The Profiteers will take everything and sell you the waste before they move on.

A few ranchers will kill all the wolves again and raise their beef on our public land with the last of our wild water. If any water remains unpoisoned by fracking, it will be bottled and sold to slaves.

It’s going to be a very profitable End-of-Days. Invest now. Put aside food, water, and guns, because the Profiteers are shaping the World to their liking.

 Posted by at 10:26 am on Sat 11/15/14
Nov 132014
 

Opposition to the Affordable Care Act is often ironic | Albuquerque Journal News by Winthrop Quigley

I have long found it amusing that so many people describe the Affordable Care Act as socialism. It is a law that is designed to secure 40 million new customers for the for-profit insurance industry so that the bills of many thousands of for-profit health care providers can be paid.

A single-payer system whereby tax dollars cover every citizen’s medical costs is a government takeover of health care. Obamacare is no such thing.

Opposition to the Affordable Care Act is often ironic | Albuquerque Journal News

Will Obamacare separate Scalia from his principles? – The Washington Post by E.J. Dionne

Here’s a hypothetical for you: First, the Supreme Court issues a ruling that installs a conservative president. Then, he appoints two conservative Supreme Court justices who then join with three of their colleagues to make mincemeat of the greatest achievement of a progressive president elected by a clear majority. If such a thing happened in any other country, would we still call it a democratic republic?

Will Obamacare separate Scalia from his principles? – The Washington Post

 Posted by at 7:59 pm on Thu 11/13/14
Nov 102014
 

Don’t govern on fantasies – The Washington Post By E.J. Dionne Jr. Opinion writer November 9 at 7:42 PM

“A prove-you-can-govern strategy will inevitably divide the party on the same tea-party-vs.-establishment lines that Republicans have just succeeded in overcoming,” the National Review argued. Also: “If voters come to believe that a Republican Congress and a Democratic president are doing a fine job of governing together, why wouldn’t they vote to continue the arrangement in 2016?”

They’re saying, in other words, that spending two more years making Obama look bad should remain the GOP’s central goal, lest Republicans make the whole country ready for Hillary Clinton. This is the prevailing view among conservatives. McConnell’s main argument with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), and his followers is not about ends but means. McConnell is no less focused than Cruz on bringing down Obama and discrediting Democratic governance, but McConnell needs to be more subtle about it.

Don’t govern on fantasies – The Washington Post

The Governing Trap | National Review Online

If Republicans proclaim that they have to govern now that they run Congress, they maximize the incentive for the Democrats to filibuster everything they can — and for President Obama to veto the remainder. Then the Democrats will explain that the Republicans are too extreme to get anything done. …

Not much progress is possible until we have a better president. Getting one ought to be conservatism’s main political goal over the next two years.

The Governing Trap | National Review Online

Fuck you, Nation Review. Go to hell.

 Posted by at 11:30 am on Mon 11/10/14
Nov 072014
 

After we’ve all spent a few days of rationalizing and denying the real significance of the midterms, a hardcore progressive yells “wake up!” Read it all at the link.

Where the Democrats went wrong – The Washington Post By Eugene Robinson Opinion writer November 6 at 8:47 PM

You’re telling me that Anthony Brown, an uncontroversial if unexciting candidate, couldn’t win the governor’s race in Maryland, usually a Democratic fortress? That Sen. Mark Udall couldn’t squeak to reelection in Colorado, a state that has seemed to be trending blue? That Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina could run what the political cognoscenti called a nearly flawless campaign and still lose? That Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, who had been expected to win his race easily, managed to survive — pending a final vote count — only by the grace of a few precincts in the Washington suburbs?

Democrats may be tempted to say, relax, we’ve got this. Voter turnout was low even for a midterm. Two years from now, we’ll have a presidential election — the Democratic Party knows how to win those, having taken the popular vote in five of the last six — and the Senate seats at risks will mostly be GOP-held.

This kind of magical thinking would be a terrible mistake.

Where the Democrats went wrong – The Washington Post

 Posted by at 9:47 am on Fri 11/07/14