Wise Words

April 8, 2012

“I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing, then they’re equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle, and an equivalence is presented — which reinforces I think people’s cynicism about Washington generally. [The debate over deficit reduction] is not one of those situations where there’s an equivalence. I’ve got some of the most liberal Democrats in Congress who were prepared to make significant changes to entitlements that go against their political interests, and who said they were willing to do it. And we couldn’t get a Republican to stand up and say, we’ll raise some revenue, or even to suggest that we won’t give more tax cuts to people who don’t need them.”

– Barack Obama


“On foreign policy, Obama trounces GOP rivals”

November 23, 2011

The Article – CNN

If Barack Obama becomes a one-term president as our beloved turtle Mitch McConnell so badly wants him to be, he can at the very least point to an impressive foreign policy and national security. Arguably, in redefining America’s role in international peacekeeping after the Bush years and reaching out to the Muslim world, President Obama has, in many ways, lived up to the rather undeserved Nobel Prize he received a few years ago.

I think that this article perfectly describes the atmosphere of vitriol and opposition for opposition’s sake on the part of the GOP. Newt Gingrich practically switched from accusing the president of being secretly anti-military to praising him for the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, all in the same breath.Presidential contenders can rail on about the bad economy and be justified, but Obama has a foreign policy that they largely cannot touch. Yet they say the darnedest things. We have Herman Cain saying, “Obama….supported the opposition, correct?” and then, without having any idea what is actually going on in Libya, still managing to make sure that everyone knew “[he] would have done a better job…in determining who the opposition is.” How the hell can you say you would have done a better job of figuring out who the opposition is, when you literally don’t know who the opposition is? Cain’s willful ignorance is quite frankly disgusting. For the full clip, see this.

If you don’t feel like reading the article, here are my favorite lines:

“Jake Tapper of ABC News documented that Mitt Romney has held  five different views on the Libya Operation.”

“Mitt Romney originally built his argument against Obama’s foreign policy by attacking the new START treaty — an agreement supported by every living Republican secretary of state and our entire current military leadership.”

“Herman Cain made a telling gaffe last week when he insisted that he is ‘not supposed to know anything about foreign policy.'”

Is American History Inverting Itself?

August 5, 2011

Barack Obama: The Democrats’ Richard Nixon? – Bruce Bartlett

While my family waits for our mailbox to be set up I act as a sort of go-between mailman, biking over to a USPS office a couple times a week to pick up our mail. In the parking lot, a couple of guys had set up a stand adorned by a poster of Barack Obama’s face with a Hitler-stache. I was able to ignore them for a couple of weeks because I knew these were the guys who thought Obama wasn’t “Kenyan Socialist” enough. And after the budget deal, I kind of had to agree with them. So I decided to suffer the fools and ask them whether they had considered what they were doing was counterproductive:

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National Hypocrisy Ceiling Surpassed; Moral Legitimacy of Country tanking

July 31, 2011

What would normally be a routine debt ceiling increase for President Obama has turned into the perfect Congressional storm, bringing the United States dangerously close to a default and raising questions as to whether our government can actually function anymore, considering the 112th US Congress has been among the least productive in history, thus far.

But amid heated debates lawmakers have failed to recognize that another, lesser-known, yet possibly far more important ceiling has been disregarded, hit, and tremendously surpassed: The national hypocrisy ceiling. In fact, the sanity deficits being run in Washington today are unparalleled in history, comparable perhaps only to the three-fifths-compromise following the Declaration of Independence, or perhaps the “Grandfather clause” in Reconstruction South polling practices, which enabled poor whites to circumvent a polling tax which essentially disenfranchised poor freedmen. The budget on this issue was last balanced about 55 years ago during the actually bipartisan Eisenhower era. The Congressional Budget Office has identified some major sources of hypocrisy which have played a role in escalating the crisis:

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LGBT history? Thoughts

July 17, 2011

California governor signs bill requiring schools to teach gay history – CNN

I was rather taken aback by finding out about this. Not because I resent LGBT history, not because I think that “no factual materials would be allowed to be presented” (Rev. Louis Sheldon), or because it would be by nature discriminatory – something that it definitely has potential to be.

Bill Clinton created a campaign that resonates very strongly with my pragmatist-but-idealist-when-things-are-going-well stance – “It’s the economy, stupid.” And stupid indeed is what we can call politicians who focus their energies on the subject matter of THAT^ article rather than that of THIS one. “It’s the economy, stupid” is something I wish could be repeated more often nowadays, but I don’t think there’s anything I can do about it right now.

For I am no lawmaker. My center-left position may have eroded completely under destructive partisanship, with one third of the country swinging far right, another third going far left, leaving us with an uncertain center which can just look to both ends and wonder what the hell is going on.

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Fourth of July Special: Jimmy Carter…Hero?

July 5, 2011

When I defend my liberal beliefs by pointing out successful implementations in government, I normally point to FDR, Kennedy, Johnson, even Clinton…not Carter. Carter was supposed to be that great countervailing tide of liberalism who would recapture Great Society ideals from encroaching conservatism…and he failed. He could not reach out to nor influence Congress in any meaningful way, and his “human-rights” approach to foreign affairs was the wrong policy at the wrong time (with the exception of the Camp David Accords, a lone success), in a time of Soviet aggression and Middle East feuding. Jimmy Carter is the Democratic president who Republicans love to compare Obama to, that classic, failed, one-term president.

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Thoughts on Last Week’s Republican Debate

June 25, 2011

Well, really just one thing, concerning Rep. Michele Bachmann from Minnesota, who formally announced her presidential campaign last week and joined in on the debate. Bachmann has been termed by pundits as the “winner” of the debate, as she came off as strong, clear, and fearless on issues.

Not all that rare for a primary campaigner. After all, she just has to pander to a slightly wider base than her Tea Party core to gain a plurality, as she should be able to galvanize support for a large portion of the Republican Party as the more moderate wing may splinter between other candidates.

But while primary voting is still some 7 months away, I’m already a little bit scared. Bachmann expressed extreme disdain for one agency in particular, the EPA:

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