Election

Jul 242014
 

The right’s anti-healthcare jubilee! Why they can’t quit the Obamacare obsession – Salon.com by Simon Maloy

Conservatives’ gloating over Halbig reveals why the right’s insular, fact-resistant world is so dangerous

The unseemly side to all this celebrating is the fact that these conservatives are, in effect, throwing a party over a judicial ruling that would strip millions of people of their health coverage. “The next time Republicans are wondering why so many people think their party is cruel and uncaring and will gladly crush the lives of ordinary people if it means gaining some momentary partisan advantage, they might think back to this case,” wrote Paul Waldman in the American Prospect.

Conservatives, obviously, wouldn’t see it that way, even though the policy ramifications are clear. In that way, Halbig has offered a stark reminder of just how vast the differences between the two sides in the Obamacare fight are. It’s not just a simple matter of policy disagreement – conservatives and Republicans have constructed a separate and impenetrable reality in which the Affordable Care Act is a catastrophic failure that has not provided a single measurable benefit.

The right’s anti-healthcare jubilee! Why they can’t quit the Obamacare obsession – Salon.com

 Posted by at 8:03 am on Thu 07/24/14
Jul 172014
 

Do you really want Republicans controlling the Senate, too? If not, donate time and money to decent candidates and VOTE against the Party of Nonsense.

On impeaching: Palin 1, Boehner 0 | Albuquerque Journal News

That’s right: By Boehner’s lights, Obama’s abuse of authority involves delaying a requirement – a delay, incidentally, intended to help businesses – of a law that Boehner’s House has voted more than 50 times to repeal. (Never mind that, as Ezra Klein of Vox has pointed out, President George W. Bush unilaterally waived Medicare Part D penalties for low-income and disabled seniors late to enroll – with nary a peep from Boehner.)

On impeaching: Palin 1, Boehner 0 | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 9:02 am on Thu 07/17/14
Jul 082014
 

The tea party’s embrace of martyrdom – The Washington Post by Dana Milbank

Imperial Japan taught its soldiers that death was preferable to surrender. The tea party’s code is similar: Stand firm, regardless of the odds of success or the consequences of failure. I’ve argued before that the struggle between the Republican establishment and the tea party is no longer about ideology — establishment figures have mostly coopted tea party views — but about temperament.

It has become the amiable vs. the angry, the civil vs. the uncivil, a conservatism of the head vs. a conservatism of the spleen. The division now is between those who would govern and those who would sooner burn the whole place to the ground — and in this struggle, McDaniel carries a torch.

As the economy continues its slow recovery, the ranks of the angry are shrinking, but there remains a sizable and outspoken minority that listens to conservative talk radio and embraces martyrdom. It

The tea party’s embrace of martyrdom – The Washington Post

 Posted by at 4:06 pm on Tue 07/08/14
Jul 042014
 

Americans are evenly divided between those who think DUHbya, the guy who pissed away a fortune in war and tanked the economy — not that it hurt the profits of his friends one bit — or Obama is best/worst for the economy. Get real, people. Something is horribly wrong with the ability of a frightening large number of Americans to think clearly.

Poll: Obama ‘worst president’ since World War II

In a new Quinnipiac University Poll, 33% named Barack Obama the worst president since World War II. Only 8% named Obama as the best president. How the 12 post-war presidents fared:

Poll: Obama ‘worst president’ since World War II

First time ever | Albuquerque Journal News

“Clearly, if you had the guts to invest during the depths of the crisis, your returns would have looked just spectacular,” he said, noting annualized returns of 21 percent and a total return of 175 percent from March 2009 to the market’s peak.

Browne said it was stressful, of course, including watching the Dow drop 50 percent from its highs, but again the takeaway is pick an “appropriate asset allocation and stick to it.”

First time ever | Albuquerque Journal News

My ranking:

  1. DUHBya is the worst, may no one ever approach his crapulence.
  2. Nixon was a dirty rat and dreadful. (I never thought I’d hate a president more, but I was so wrong.)
  3. Raygun was the turning point in the destruction of America by blind conservatism.
  4. Ford was pointless.
 Posted by at 11:06 am on Fri 07/04/14
Jun 232014
 

When I saw the referenced Albuquerque Journal article, my first thought was “what about the goddamn Koch Brothers (sons of the John Birch Society)?” Perhaps the Journal will write a similar piece on Republican money, in which half a dozen billionaires own every GOP candidate.

Exposed: the network of secret GOP PACs raising and spending money for the right-wing agenda in NM | PROGRESSNOW NM

the Journal interviewed … went to extraordinary lengths to imply that progressive leaders weren’t playing fair. And then the Journal made a point of saying “Republicans don’t appear to have a similar large web of interacting PACs.” 

What a bunch of B.S.

The Journal is just WRONG.  In fact, our review of the top spending PACs in New Mexico found that the governor’s Susana PAC raised and spent more money than the top two Democratic leaning PACs combined.

Exposed: the network of secret GOP PACs raising and spending money for the right-wing agenda in NM | PROGRESSNOW NM

 Posted by at 3:00 pm on Mon 06/23/14
Jun 062014
 

Too many turned-off voters will keep Martinez in office.

King and the rough road ahead | Albuquerque Journal News

New Mexico is a blue state, with Democrats accounting for 47 percent of all registered voters. Republicans are at 31 percent and independents at 19 percent. Of course, New Mexico has a fair share of Democrats, especially in more conservative parts of the state, who are willing to cross party lines.

King and the rough road ahead | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 12:26 pm on Fri 06/06/14
Jun 042014
 

In a recent race, two candidates faced off. One was the incumbent with years on the job and much formal training. The other was completely unqualified. Moreover, the challenger failed to respond to the Albuquerque Journal, effectively hiding two DWIs, a lie of omission, at best..

How did that candidate get one third of the vote? What is wrong with people? Do they like the surname or gender or position on the ballot of the challenger or dislike those of the far-better-qualified incumbent? — who was really, the ONLY qualified candidate.

A potential disaster was avoided, in no thanks to thousands of ignorant voters. Not that it would have been the first such blunder.

Inform yourself before you vote. If you know little or nothing about a race, don’t vote.

 Posted by at 4:47 pm on Wed 06/04/14