Some things political

Just a few things jotted from news shows in the past few days.

The new Infrastructure bill has passed the Senate 74 to 26.  It now heads to the House, where the Boehner/Cantor faction is expected to not pass it.  Unfortunately, if it has not passed  by the 31st, states will no longer be allowed to spend money on infrastructure.  And they cannot collect gas taxes for the highway trust funds.  This means a loss of 55,000 jobs in Boehner’s state and 40,000 jobs in Cantor’s state alone.  The bill would create 1,000,000 jobs.  Unfortunately, the Republican House will do anything to keep Obama from being successful.  Folks, you need to do something about this.

RomneyCare is working in Massachusetts, according to numbers out on Tuesday.  But, there will be no celebrations, no mention of what he did right.  He cannot celebrate the success of his health care plan in Massachusetts because he is trying to separate himself from ObamaCare, which is based on Romney’s plan in Massachusetts.  Too bad he is so stiff-necked about that.  It might have helped him in his current campaign.  Instead, what we are getting from him is that he plans to get rid of Planned Parenthood altogether.  These reports came from Jonathan Gruber, who worked on both plans – Romneycare and Obamacare.  So something that might have given Romney some assets he is ashamed to admit to.  Sorry, Mitt.

Does Romney really want to get rid of Planned Parenthood, when you think about his involvement with them, and donations to him, and his wife’s interest in them, or is he just pandering to the far-right base?  Is this a promise he would back out on if he was elected?  We will never know, of course, because he cannot beat Barack Obama in the November elections.

Mitt’s son Matt, while being interviewed in Hawaii, replied to a reporter’s question, “I’m not here to talk about Obama – I think he’s great!”  Yep, folks, that is what he said.  So was this the truth?  Or is he pandering to Obama fans.  I personally think he was speaking truth, but the Romney campaign team will make sure he never says it again.

Rick Santorum says Puerto Rica can apply for statehood “only if they learn English”.  He says that has always been a requirement for statehood.  Excuse me?  When did that get put into the Constitution.

The Republicans just keep offending key voting blocks to pander to their base, which is going to vote for them anyway.  So far, Blacks, Hispanics, Women.  Who is next?

Maybe Santorum, Romney, and Gingrich are so afraid of Iran and other Muslim countries that they are trying to get us to follow Islam.  The GOP is trying to reverse the Violence Against Women act, which has been a bipartisan issue, always popular with Congress, since 1994.  The ultrasound requirements may be even harsher treatment against women than Islam is.  The Republican women in the House, including Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, are urging the House to vote FOR this bill.  But it is being said that the GOP in general won’t vote for it.

Now the AFL-CIO has come out as being in favour of the Assault on Women bill.  The GOP House is going against some really powerful people, including women from their own party, on this one.

Karl Rove and the Koch brothers are going to try and raise 44,000,000 dollars so they can try to buy votes.  They are trying to get Romney more interviews on Fox programs.  But even Fox News’ own polls are putting Obama ahead of Romney, 50% to 39%.  So Obama’s favourability is soaring as Romney’s is plummenting.  Obama has an even higher rating over Santorum, although I don’t seem to have written that one down.

So the GOP is pushing for Voter ID laws across swing states.  If they succeed (and I don’t think the Feds will let them, at least at this point), 70% of electoral votes will be compromised by the voter ID laws.

How low will the GOP go to win in 2012?

Against global warming?  Ninety-seven percent of climate researchers say global warming is real.  This in the face of the far-right which is trying to convince everyone that global warming is not a problem.  I think the high temperatures this winter might tell a different story.  I suspect the summer is going to be even worse than it was last year.  And that will mean more fires, less water in the lakes, maybe even more violent storms which are generally found where the air is too warm.

I laughed at a commentator last night who was talking about Newt Gingrich and his promise for $2.50 gallon gasoline.  This man said “Does GOP mean Giving Oil to People?”  Do you believe this?  I understand that while gasoline prices are pretty much above $5.00 a gallon in California, and creeping up elsewhere, it is not expected to get higher in the near future, and that they may even go lower in the summer, when it will probably be too hot for many people to just get out and drive for pleasure.

While Repubs are trying to blame the oil prices on Obama, a poll shows that 66% of the people blame Big Oil and foreign nations; only 23% blame the president, and we know where that 23% is coming from, don’t we?  I also think that people who blame Obama for not signing the Keystone bill are ignoring, or maybe just not realizing, that the oil pumped through that pipeline would be destined for other ports in the world rather than the US – we would just have to buy it back from them.  This decision is, of course, laid at the feet of the Big Oil folks, not the president.  But we can see where the Big Oil interests lie in this election year – 88% of their donations are to the Republicans, only 12% to the Democrats.

Yesterday, March 15, was the 47th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson, perhaps the only really good thing he did while in office.  He famously said that he had just set the Democratic Party back decades.  But now the GOP is trying to reverse this with the Voter ID issue.  Let’s hope the government stands firm on this one.

My greatest fear right now is that President Obama will have an assassination attempt on his life.  Because as long as the Repubs keep shooting themselves in the foot, this may be the only way seen by the most radical factions of the present Republican party.  God forbid.

Carol Stepp, Austin, TX

About carolstepp

Music is about the most important thing in my life, and I follow a large number of musicians, particularly Irish, Scots, Classical, Crossovers of any of these. I was writing a blog about Celtic Thunder regularly on MySpace, and now I have left them after a year, and will start writing my blogs here. I am 70, retired, living on Social Security, and have a lot of social network fans.
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