January 31, 2015

These are must reads

President Obama: GOP ‘rhetoric starting to sound pretty Democratic’ (VIDEO)

President Obama Mitt Romney middle-class economics

President Obama talks middle-class economics as he chided GOP & Mitt Romney's new found interest in middle-class and poor. President Obama continues in his new form as he gave a compelling defense of his successful implementation of middle-class economics. He gave the speech at the House Democrats retreat in Philadelphia. "Middle-class economics works," President Obama said. "That has been the history of this country. That has been the history of the last six years when we've implemented middle-class economics and the other side was telling us it would be a disaster and it would kill jobs and raise the deficit. Healthcare cost would explode. None of that happened." The President's next statement is the one every Democrat should have used during the 2014 election and must use in 2016. "It is pretty rare where you have two visions, a vigorous debate, and then you test who is right," President Obama said. "And the record shows that we were right. And middle-class economics does work. ... Bottom … [Read more...]

Chris Matthews to GOP operative ‘You know why I am really against your party?’ (VIDEO)

Chris Matthews to GOP operative 'You know why I am really against your party

Chris Matthews slams GOP Party Chris Matthews ran a segment called the "The Clown Car Returns" where he ran some clips of Republican presidential hopefuls' speeches in Iowa. They were at an event co-sponsored by controversial Congressman Steve King (R-IA) in Iowa. He showed clips of speeches given by Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, and Rick Perry at the event. Chris Matthews then posited the real question. "That reminds me of tagging up in base ball," Matthews said. "Candidates have to touch first base before rounding the horn. But is Steve King the base Republicans really want to tag?" GOP operative John Brabender initially seemed to agree that Republicans' inability to support an increase in the  minimum wage is a problem. But subsequently he implied that the speeches given by Republicans at the event were positive pretty much because Republicans did not pin themselves down on social issues. Joan Walsh refuted his statement by specifying where each … [Read more...]

Woman saved by Obamacare sits in First Lady’s Box at State of the Union Address

Astrid Muhammed saved by Obamacare

Astrid Muhammed's life was saved by Obamacare Astrid Muhammed's is the perfect illustration of the reason Obamacare was and is a  must for millions of Americans. It saves lives. Americans will hear her story tonight at the State of the Union address. She will be sitting in the box with First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union Address. Astrid Muhammed's story Something didn't feel right, and Astrid knew it. And in April of 2013, she saw an ENT who found the unthinkable: a brain tumor. But Astrid, the mother of two young children, was a self-employed virtual assistant and cardio dance instructor, and she didn't have insurance -- so she couldn't afford to get the treatment she desperately needed. After the Health Insurance Marketplace opened in 2014, however, Astrid was finally able to purchase insurance that would cover her medical costs. "Because of Obamacare, I was able to have the surgery I needed and the tumor was removed on August 28, 2014," she wrote. "Had I not had the surgery, … [Read more...]

Watch French TV make fun of Fox News claims of Islamic ‘no-go zones’ in Paris (VIDEO)

French TV make fun of Fox News claims of 'Muslim no-go zones'

Fox News appropriately ridiculed for silly misinforming coverage of Paris attacks Fox News was appropriately ridiculed on French TV for stating that Paris has Islamic no-go zones. Le Petit Journal took them to task. Fox News in their standard 'Alert' hyperventilated about the Paris attacks in one of their segments. "Is France fueling the rise of radicalism by allowing no-go zones in Muslim neighborhoods?" Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked with a sense of despair. She then introduced supposed expert Nolan Peterson who has been to Paris to talk about no-go zones. Le Petit Journal thought that was rather odd. "Tell us about those no-go zones in France with your specialist in New York," the host said. "So... we know there are some sensitive zones in France, but listen to what comes next." The Fox News clip continues. "Well it was pretty scary," Nolan Peterson said. "I've been to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kashmir India and at times it felt like that, those places. ... You see young men wearing Osama Bin Ladin … [Read more...]

GOP Presidential Hopeful Ben Carson compares founding fathers to ISIS (VIDEO)

Dr. Ben Carson 1

Did Ben Carson make the correct comparison? Yes. Ben Carson did compare the founding fathers to ISIS. He qualified it however appropriately in his mind. But is he correct? "A bunch of ragtag militiamen defeated the most powerful and professional military force on the planet. Why? Because they believed in what they were doing." Ben Carson said. "They were willing to die for what they believed in. The British were not. Fast forward to today. What do we have? You've got ISIS. They’ve got the wrong philosophy, but they are willing to die for what they believe, while we are busily giving away every belief and every value for the sake of political correctness. We have to change that." In the context of this post the founding fathers were all those that fought to create the America of the 1700s. That was the context Ben Carson was speaking about when he said "bunch of ragtag militiamen." I will not make believe that somehow Ben Carson believes in some strong congruity between the founding fathers and … [Read more...]

Crowded 2016 Republican field should scare Democrats

Republican Jeb Bush and Rand Paul

Many will laugh when one states that a crowded Republican field should scare Democrats. However, that is likely the case. It is not 2008. The dynamics of the presidential run will be quite different. One thing is certain, much of the Washington DC punditry continue to be backward looking. They prognosticate based on past occurrences instead of on more deterministic data. Many pundits discount Chris Christie and Jeb Bush under the premise that a moderate cannot win the Republican nomination. Of course Mitt Romney, a moderate governor of Blue State Massachusetts won. John McCain, a moderate won. While it is true they veered right while campaigning in the primaries, GOP voters knew exactly what they were doing. The last crowded field of Republicans included the comedy detail comprising Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain, the quirky detail comprising Ron Paul, and Gary Johnson, the lecturing detail comprising Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, and the competent detail comprising Mitt Romney and … [Read more...]

Jon Stewart’s shallow bad call on Obama no show in Paris (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart and US Media got it wrong

Jon Stewart joined shallow journalistic fray on this one Jon Stewart normally gets it. Generally he does not succumb to current faux journalistic 'popular winds'. This time he did.He slammed the Obama administration for not having a bigger presence than that of the US Ambassador to France at the rally in Paris. What is ironic is that within his skit he provided a good reason why the President of the most powerful country in the world or his immediate subordinates did the right thing in not being on that front line. First of all one knows that even as of this writing, France does not know how deep is the cell that effected the attack. In other words, as Jon Stewart said in the piece, "They are daring terrorism to come over." Should any US President, Vice-President, or cabinet member put themselves in a still unstable situation where their presence may 'incite a big one' for suicidal terrorists? The shallow American media continue to hyperventilate incessantly about having a more prominent American … [Read more...]

Chuck Todd get schooled on his indirect attack Muslims (VIDEO)

Arsalan Iftikhar - Chuck Todd - Muslim

Chuck Todd schooled again on accurate reporting on Muslims Today Chuck Todd used a Wall Street Journal oped by ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali to launch an indirect attack on Muslims albeit with much civility. She wrote the following. If we take the position that we are dealing with a handful of murderous thugs with no connection to what they so vocally claim, then we are not answering them. We have to acknowledge that today’s Islamists are driven by a political ideology, an ideology embedded in the foundational texts of Islam. We can no longer pretend that it is possible to divorce actions from the ideals that inspire them. Chuck Todd asked Arsalan Iftikhar to comment about Ali's oped based on the loaded snippet above. Arsalan Iftikhar was ready for that type of question. After all, the media is infected with those that have picked up the mantra of the Right Wing to continue an effective demonizing of Muslims. "I would say that she is being too reductive in her reasoning," Arsalan Iftikhar said. "And I … [Read more...]

Is it the right time for a higher gasoline tax?

Gasoline Tax needed

Gasoline prices are down more than $1.00. This is a gift for the poor and middle class like no other. In many cities and rural areas where mass transportation isn't the standard form of commute, this is equivalent to an influx of thousands of dollars a year. Every American must choose how best to spend or save this unexpected windfall. It is first important to understand why oil is falling. Price per barrel of oil was high enough to make it profitable to bring hard to reach (read expensive shale and other types of formations) oil to the market. This in turn flooded the market with oil as new sources were constantly brought on. Supply and demand, the market dictates that a fall in price would occur. Normally big producers like OPEC, specifically Saudi Arabia would curtail production to stabilize prices. They however have no intent of doing so. They want to decimate American shale production by making oil so cheap that shale producers are forced to stop and go bankrupt. Saudi Arabia is betting that … [Read more...]

This is the type of discussion I yearned to have about Obamacare

Obamacare Health Insurance Premiums

Yesterday I posted the article "Obamacare revisited: Terrific year, surging gains – You Covered?" on the Coffee Party USA Facebook page. I was touched by a decidedly conservative poster who was in fact harmed by Obamacare. Granted, Obamacare has made healthcare in our country in the aggregate orders of magnitude better, for those that are hurt it does create hardships. I am sure if Republicans in Congress decided to work in the interest of poor and middle class Americans to fix issues like those that have materially hurt many Americans, the problem would be fixed. The problem however is twofold. Politicians that are wards of the Plutocracy have convinced many Americans that the fixes needed to Obamacare can only be accomplished with a repeal and redo. Unfortunately history is probative. President Obama did what no other President and Congress was able to accomplish for over a century. A repeal would guarantee the same result. A misinformed electorate gives the wards of the Plutocracy full reign. That … [Read more...]