August 15, 2012
Meet Paul Ryan, the GOP congressman running to keep his seat in congress. Oh and he is also running for Vice President with Mitt Romney this year. Talk about hedging your bets! What a play this guy has. I bet he buys about 50 lottery tickets at a time. It is like playing several numbers on the same spin of the wheel.
What a waste of Wisconsin taxpayer’s expense to run Mr Ryan as a representative. What if he wins both elections? He will have to forfeit his seat in the House so he can preside in the Senate. On second thought, maybe he could do both jobs. After all the House has not done much of anything this year. Make no mistake, the GOP controls the House this year and all they have done is play golf and change the names of post offices. If things stay slow over there, he could pick up some extra hours as VP.
I had to laugh when I heard Paul Ryan’s first speech. He did a John Boehner, “Where are the Jobs Mr President?” The answer is of course, the jobs are waiting for Rep Ryan’s YES vote on President Obama’s Jobs bill back in the House of Representatives. Of course they won’t vote on that, they would rather try to blame their inaction on Obama. What a shill, what a maroon!! It was a Bugs Bunny guffaw for a minute but then I started thinking about what could happen if Paul Ryan became the next Vice President. That will be the subject of another post, because I’m not ready to descend into the darkness that the Romney/Ryan ticket signifies.
We have to hand it to Romney, however, Ryan is not vapid like Sarah Palin. Romney seems to have made a better choice than McCain in this area. He is easy on the eyes and easy on the ears if you are stuck in the permanent state of cognitive dissonance that results from overexposure to Fox News. He has the easy charming gaze of a rattlesnake about eat his next mouse. He may even charm some middle road poorly informed ‘independent’ voters.
Even if the Romney wagon doesn’t ascend into the stars, I think we will see this character on the national stage over and over until the nation figures out that the main product of the GOP is Snake Oil.
- Hey girl, @PaulRyanVP doesn’t give a damn about women’s lives (current.com)
- Paul Ryan Worth Millions Thanks To Wife’s Wealth (huffingtonpost.com)
- Gallup: Low Marks for Ryan as VP (drudge.com)
- Under The Microscope: Ryan’s Plans For Medicare, Medicaid And The Budget (badgleyandassociates.wordpress.com)
July 31, 2012
Mitt Romney’s overseas trip has been fodder for the press and media as quite a source of humor and more example of fumbling and mumbling we have seen from the candidate since the primary season kicked off. Something that has been noted is that his trip was in reality a visit with potential donors for funding his silk stocking presidential campaign. The question I ask is when did this become ok for politicians in the US to seek campaign funding overseas?
The bundlers who put together funds for campaigns such as Romneys will expect to have favorable access to their candidate should he win. What happens when the bundlers are foreign and in direct competition with the interests of Americans? Can we trust Mitt to keep the interests of Americans in mind when his fund raising may come directly from foreign competition? If Mitt accepts money from mainland Chinese interests, can we trust him to represent American’s best interests if they are in direct competition with those of China? I believe his presidency is up for auction to the highest bidder.
International fundraising is done under the rubric of collecting donations from expatriate Americans. Expatriate Americans who happen to host $10k per plate dinners for their foreign friends to meet candidate Romney, for example. If the host is American, no problem if he puts the 1-2 mil collected from his foreign guests under his name, right?
Under current law, anyone with citizenship or a green card may donate to a campaign, but let us be clear: that is a very low hurdle for huge bundles of money to jump on it’s way from one nation to the candidate in the pursuit of undeserved favor and alliance. It is tantamount to bribery by a foreign entity. Funny how times change. A hundred years ago, that was considered a high crime. Make no mistake, the US has excelled at this practice with buying its own puppet dictators over the years, but now the game could be played on the American people, where we elect a puppet president obedient to a dark multinational financier.
I’m not an authority on the history of campaign funding, but I do remember a time in my life when international funds for campaigning were strictly forbidden. Later the rules changed so that there were strict limits placed on funding so that no one donor could become the sole recipient of the benefits of their elected candidate’s authority. Also, sources for campaign funds had to be disclosed so that voters could see who the candidate would likely favor in office. My sense of things is that the funding from international sources has grown over the years and instead of trying to stem the tide or at least disclose the extent to which the monies flow in from over seas, we have just opened the floodgates and declared all money from overseas to be just fine. (No thanks to the SCOTUS decision on Citizens United)
It may well be that allowing unlimited funding from foreign sources essentially puts our country up for auction to the highest bidder for the next four years. I think Americans deserve a president who does not bend over for his British and Israeli banking benefactors. When it comes to the American people or his rich friends, which side do you think Mitt will take?
The lack of controls over campaign funding continues to be the single most powerful factor contributing to the disconnect of the federal govt with the will of the American People. The escalation of international funding of campaigns only widens the gulf between the will of the American people and the choices made by their leaders.
- There’s No Hiding It: Citizens United Wasn’t About Speech, It was About the Takeover of Democracy (garyalanfinkelstein.newsvine.com)
- ‘Dark Money,’ Secret Donors Behind Half Of Independent Election Spending (huffingtonpost.com)
- Candidates look overseas for campaign cash (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- EXCLUSIVE: Romney Bundler A Registered Foreign Agent For Hong Kong (thinkprogress.org)
- Mitt bundler was ‘go-between’ in Plame outing (politico.com)
- Companies Bigger than Countries: Transparency needed for all (one.org)
June 19, 2012
President Obama did what he could to show people the way this last week on how to deal with the massive immigration dysfunction that our US system has become. In years past, it has been far easier than present day to enter the US and immigrate. All the way through the late 70s, immigrating to the US was a process that had a finite beginning and end. Today it is a maze of bureaucracy hampered by pre 911 prejudices and post 911 paranoia.
Homeland Security is a department in the executive branch and thus under the authority of the President. The policy change is fairly simple. Children of illegal or undocumented residents could gain at least a 2 year stay on their deportation if they :
• Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
• Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the U.S. on the date of this memorandum;
• Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
• Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
• Are not above the age of 30.
This announcement has been widely criticized as a political move by the President, but ask the GOP and Mitt Romney for their vision of how to handle illegal immigration. They do not have a plan on how to deal with the millions of illegal and undocumented residents. They do not have a plan on how to change anything from the current status quo which is onerous, cruel and unusual punishment to people for simply wanting a better life but not necessarily committing other crimes.
The children of families caught up in the ICE and Homeland Security bureaucracy are truly innocent in the situation and blameless for the choices of their parents. This is a bad situation where the government truly needs to reorganize and restructure.
The overall policy is misguided and unrealistic as well. If we wish to stem the tide with illegal immigration we need to address the rules of employment and the enforcement of hiring and documentation. As long as illegal immigrants can get a job in the US, they will continue to come. So far, it appears that Mitt Romney and the GOP want to close their eyes and continue to pretend the current state of our immigration policy is just fine.
The day that President Obama announced the change to deportation policy which is only to be a two year trial, the President was heckled during his opening statement by Neil Munro, an online reporter-blogger for the Daily Caller, a GOP newsite. As the cameras were trained on the heckler to capture the exchange between President Obama and Mr Munro, you can see the frustration and even seething hatred as Mr Munro appeared to be trying contain himself and allow the President to speak. Mr Munro, if nothing else is just the latest symbol of the unthinking raging hateful angry opposition which believes that the office and functions of the President is not worthy of high respect, no matter who is in that place. Mr Munro is just another zombie of the right blinded in their rage.
- theGrio editiorial: Disrespect is the story, not Neil Munro (thegrio.com)
- Obama Offers Immunity to 800K Young Immigrants (newser.com)
- Immigration reform: five Reasons Obama ordered the DREAM (thegrio.com)
- Obama move is momentous for some illegal immigrants (kansascity.com)
February 8, 2012
I don’t envy conservatives who have to choose between Newt and Mitt. I was posting on another blog tonight and hit on the notion that choosing between them is like having to choose between Warner Brothers antagonists Elmer Fudd and Coyote.
Now don’t get me wrong, both Elmer and Coyote have some endearing qualities, but ultimately, Fudd never gets Bugs Bunny and Coyote never catches the Roadrunner.
He makes good use of known method. He is a dogged hunter but has no staying power because he is not very smart and always misses his prey by a misstep or two.
Then you have Coyote.
He has yards of faith and inches of food.
He is a simple humble genius who can architect the most epic methods of falling flat and far behind the Roadrunner. Everytime he comes close to the roadrunner, something blows up in his face or an elaborate trap backfires.
Oh, yeah don’t forget.
Sylvester the cat.
Sylvester ends up taking a wailing from a boxing kangaroo. Karma is real.
- Shhhh! Gingwich Is Hunting Womneys (slog.thestranger.com)