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Hillary Clinton Presidential Announcement Video and Biography (VIDEO)

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton's announcement video This week Hillary Clinton announced that she is running for President of the United States. To be clear, of everyone expressing interest in running thus far I believe Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate. That said I would love to have a battle of ideas with other women (and maybe a few men) challenging her in a primary. This election is too important for a coronation. The reality is America in need of a real Liberal that will stand up for progressive values, the values that moved this country forward. Since the Ronald Reagan's/George HW Bush's trickle-down economics, Bill Clinton's triangulation, George W Bush's neoconic incompetence, and Barack Obama's over-cautious governance the middle class has been in decline. Progressives must define and promote a plausible shakeup of the current economic model. They must then choose a candidate in the primaries that will jump on board. Hillary Clinton's Biography Hillary Clinton has served as Secretary … [Read more...]

This message should flow from the tongue of every Liberal effortlessly (VIDEO)

This message should flow from the tonge of every Liberal effortlessly

Honest and truthful dialogue is important between all sides and factions. Most importantly all factions, sides, and ideologies should be able to express the reasons for their belief in said ideologies. Being able to express the truthful reasons for supporting a specific ideology lends itself to an objective dialogue based on ones moral compass, ones level of societal empathy, and much more. In fact when the truth of ones ideology is expressed, it can actually cause a reconsideration. Speaking as a Liberal, one of the most impactful sequences on the series West Wing was the debate between Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) and Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda). Victor Sifuentes was running as the Liberal Democrat and Arnold Vinick as the Conservative Republican. When Arnold Vinick pointed out that many Liberals feared the word Liberal so much so that they now refer to themselves as Progressives, Matt Santos shot back in the dialogue. "I know you like to use that word Liberal as if it were a crime." He continued with … [Read more...]

Which Rand Paul announced for Presidential Run? (VIDEO)

Rand Paul announced for Presidency

A Rand Paul run will be interesting The Republican establishment is going crazy. They are attacking their own. Even  before Rand Paul announced, there are million dollar ad campaigns attempting to bring him down. If they really believed Rand Paul was not a real threat they would not be spending this type of cash against him. To be clear, all of the following are Rand Paul facts. Opposes Same-Sex Marriage Opposes Abortion Rights Opposes Gun Control Legislation Opposes Bipartisan Campaign Reform Supports Cutting Government Spending Supports a "Balanced Budget Amendment" Supports Massive Increases in Defense Spending Supports Extensive Use of Drones at Home and Abroad Supports School Vouchers Suggested Putting People In Prison For Listening To 'Radical Political Speeches' Doesn't support raising the minimum wage Believes private businesses should have the right to discriminate Thinks vaccines should be voluntary Wants to repeal the "Affordable Care Act" known as Obamacare In … [Read more...]

Is it our fault that politicians are scamming the middle-class?

Ignorance Paul Krugman

Ignorance is not bliss Paul Krugman wrote the article "Economics and Elections" that should give us all pause. He makes a statement that should make every American cringe as it is likely the cause for the manipulation of otherwise intelligent citizens. He uses the likelihood of Britain's conservative victory as an example. Britain’s economic performance since the financial crisis struck has been startlingly bad. A tentative recovery began in 2009, but it stalled in 2010. Although growth resumed in 2013, real income per capita is only now reaching its level on the eve of the crisis — which means that Britain has had a much worse track record since 2007 than it had during the Great Depression. Yet as Britain prepares to go to the polls, the leaders of the coalition government that has ruled the country since 2010 are posing as the guardians of prosperity, the people who really know how to run the economy. And they are, by and large, getting away with it. Paul Krugman notes that the reality of … [Read more...]

Bernie Sanders: For a Political Revolution

Bernie Sanders

It is time to create our own future. Remember, every time you look in the mirror you are seeing the only savior we really have to secure this country's future. For a Political Revolution by Senator Bernie Sanders The good news is that the economy today is much better than it was six years ago when George W. Bush left office. The bad news is that, despite these improvements, the 40-year decline of the American middle class continues. Real unemployment is much too high, 35 million Americans continue to have no health insurance and more of our friends and neighbors are living in poverty than at almost any time in the modern history of our country. Meanwhile, as the rich become much richer, the level of income and wealth inequality has reached obscene and unimaginable levels. In the United States, we have the most unequal level of wealth and income distribution of any major country on earth, and worse now then at any other time since the 1920s. Today, the top one-tenth of 1 percent of our nation owns … [Read more...]

Paul Ryan (R-WI), This is when estate tax cutting become immoral (VIDEO)

Paul Ryan Estate Tax

The immorality of the estate tax repeal It is hard to believe that Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his ilk would be so blatant in showing that there main purpose in Congress is to serve the rich, the wealthy. This is neither hyperbole nor an exaggeration. The Washington Post's Matt O'Brien says it best. A specter is haunting America's super-rich — the specter of progressive taxation. Don't worry, though, the Republican Party is manning the barricades against this menace. That's been true for the last 35 years, and it's no less so now. Indeed, the Paul Ryan-led House Ways and Means Committee just symbolically voted to end the estate tax entirely. In other words, to stand in solidarity with the heirs of the top 0.2 percent. That's how many households pay the estate tax now: 2 out of 1,000. Why so low? Well, the first $5.43 million that an individual or $10.86 million that a couple leaves behind isn't taxed when they pass away. The estate tax, with its 40 percent top rate, only kicks in for anything more than … [Read more...]

Chris Matthews slams GOP strategy for stealing 2016 election (VIDEO)

Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews calls out the GOP Few journalists are willing to succinctly call out the GOP for exactly what they are attempting to do. They are using and creating bad laws to steal elections. There are two specific methods being used. The first is gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is used to pack a few districts with Democrats thus allowing the majority of districts to have a slight to substantial majority of  Republicans. This allows for a Congress where there is a Republican that does not reflect years of Democrats receiving vast majorities of the actual votes. The graphic below illustrates what occurred in Pennsylvania. In 2012 Democrats won thousands more votes than Republicans. Yet Republicans received more than double the amount of representatives in Congress. This has also been replicated in state legislatures. This was the first part of the process. Now that Republicans control most of the legislatures undemocratically, they have allowed them the wherewithal to implement the second part. … [Read more...]

Israeli Election an interesting reflection of and on America (VIDEO)

Benjamin Netanyahu Bibi Israeli Election

Lessons from the Israeli Election are stark Benjamin Netanyahu won an election very few expected him to win. Tactics he used should open the eyes of many as Israel is upheld as the model democracy in the Middle East. Jon Stewart did a masterful job in inferring a very bad lesson that was likely learned by some on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's big win. His satire hit a nerve because he effectively noted that Netanyahu one upped America’s own racist politics. Unfortunately what Netanyahu did to win was being telegraphed throughout Election Day for Right Wing politicians in the US and throughout the world to see. The US news media played up Benjamin Netanyahu's win as if he was running against Obama. "Last night Benjamin Netanyahu apparently defeated Barack Obama and the Palestinians,” Jon Stewart said. "Finally Republicans found a Conservative that could defeat Obama." Stewart mocked all the news channels that were hyperventilating because President Obama 'had not conceded' or called Netanyahu … [Read more...]

Workers awakening in Texas – United Steelworkers rally at Shell and LyondellBasell Houston HQ (VIDEO)

United Steelworkers

United Steelworkers rally for refinery safety Texas refinery workers along with refinery workers throughout the country are striking against several refinery operators including Shell, LyondellBasell, and Motiva Enterprises. They intend to keep the strike going until their demands are satisfied. On March 5th, 2015 the United Steelworkers Texas refinery workers had a very large protest with north of 500 workers participating. They rallied in front of both the Shell and LyondellBasell headquarters in Houston Texas. They were very well organized. All the workers present were knowledgeable on the issues they were fighting for. The President of United Steelworkers Local 13-1 Lee Medley said that this action is not about money. "This is about safety," Lee Medley said. "It's about people being qualified and trained at these refineries. It's about working long hours and people getting on the roads and putting other folks in danger. ... We have good jobs. We want to come home from these jobs safely though. … [Read more...]

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chanting ‘Never be a n****r’ (VIDEO)

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chanting 'Never be a n****r' (VIDEO)

University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members' racist chants No one really knows what goes on behind closed doors. We can infer but we are never sure until some brave soul on the inside reveals occurrences like the above. So is the case with the University of Oklahoma's chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. A video appeared on twitter that shows members singing a rather racially insensitive if not racist rants that take us back to the pre-Civil Rights days. The fraternity clapped and chanted “There will never be a n****r at SAE. You can hang them from a tree but they will never sign with me.” Following is the twitter press release from OU_Unheard on the incident. #NeverBeANiggerInSAE #WakeUpandHearMe @OU_Unheard — Meagan Johnson (@Meggie_Jay) March 9, 2015 Unheard is an alliance of Black students organized for change within campus administration and atmosphere. Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national headquarters released the following. FRATERNITY … [Read more...]