Category Archives: U.S. Politics

Is the GOP poised to win the Senate?

Why We Worry / Washington, D.C. With the midterm election still eight months off, I hesitate to contribute, even in my small way, to speculation about how it will play out. The Perpetual Campaign has gotten so bad that House Speaker John Boehner recently warned us not to expect much lawmaking from Congress in 2014. Republicans […]

Obama’s BP spill speech

(Read the transcript here) I don’t want to spend too much time criticizing and nitpicking the President’s speech last night. After all, no amount of speeches will stop the oil leak or clean up the ocean and the coastlines. Obama did, however, miss an opportunity to move beyond generic campaign rhetoric about the American spirit […]

Why liberal ideas die in Washington

(For proof, see the Democrat’s attempt to pass the stimulus bill, health care reform, and now financial reform.)

South of the Border Roundup

I think that we’ve already said more than enough about our position on Afghanistan. The funny thing is that we have a similar situation (narcotics, corrupt governance, poverty) in a country just south of our own border: Mexico. What is occurring there is as complex as anything that we have to deal with in Afghanistan […]

Another 9/11 post

From our archives: Allende and the “other” September 11th

There won’t be compromise with Republicans on health care

On Friday, Clint had an excellent roundup of the rightwing idiocy designed to destroy any chance at health care reform. Unfortunately their idiocy is having an effect. According to Republican Senator – and Glenn Beck fan – Chuck Grassley, the Senate has dropped end of life counseling from their proposed bill. This was in response to […]

The US Abroad: How Long In Afghanistan?

We are currently in the middle of shifting our soldiers and strategic focus back to Afghanistan. What presence and control we continue in Iraq will be something only time will tell. People are calling this the new ‘surge’ but for those of us that follow these issues it seems like too little, too late as […]

Choose Life

I don’t want to say that the opponents of universal health care are lazy. Then again, the 4th of July wasn’t that long ago, and I assumed that any red, white and blue-blooded American would have brushed up on the Declaration of Independence in between sips of Heineken. Even if you just read the Spark […]

Three ideas to limit government

E.D. Kain at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen wrote an intriguing post on steps we should take to the limit the ominous size and reach of our central government. E.D.’s idea is that we can make great strides by simply reforming the legislative process. He proposes requiring legislators read bills before voting on them, standardizing […]

That Woman

Dear Purveyors of Mass Media, It would do crucial justice to the sanity of this country if there were a moratorium on continued discussion of That Woman. All statements and speculations about “2012” and the word “presidential” or “candidate” should be abandoned in the context of her name. That Woman has resigned her office due […]