Saturday, March 8, 2014

Republicans Rush to the Right

CPAC Christie, in other words, bears no meaningful resemblance to New Jersey Christie.
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It's primary season for Republicans--and silly season for every sensible American Person--as the Republicans rush to the right in their attempt to prove to the big money that they are more conservative than the next guy. It's sad that they can't just be themselves, but the need to bow down to the big money conservative fat cats outweighs any ethical considerations in their rush to get elected. CPAC has just concluded with most contenders for the Republican vote showed up and bowed down to the rich conservative contributors. It would be funny if it weren't so impactful on our governing process. The influence of money on our political process is shameful. Politicians are more influenced by political contributions than anything else and the people who blindly follow large contributors while driving themselves into poverty are sad.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

B.C. sure has it right (sorry for the pun) when it comes to Washington. Nothing, it seems can be compromised or moderated. Everything is taken to extremes, especially for the Tea Party. They seem to be hell=bent on blaming everything on Obama whether it makes sense or not. They take it to the point where they are willing to harm the country if it means "hurting" Obama.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Jobless Benefits End

Conservative Republicans must be exstatic. They have managed to deny long-term benefits to millions of people who have been unable to find jobs for more than 6 months' More money available for corporate wellare And, after all, to their minds, helpping the rich is what it's all about. It's absolutely disgusting that those same fiscally conservative Republicans are the same onew who trumpet their "Christianity". The economy just isn"t where it should be' People still need help if we are to get tings to where they need to be. If you want to save money, reduce the corporate welfare and save LOTS of money.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

I like this man

The more I read about Pope Francis, the more I like him. Republicans should adopt his Christian attitude. He is definitely putting the teachings of Christ back into Christianity and the church. But, we all could learn from his words and deeds.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Spend more on healthcare than on cell phone?

In a speech to some young folks about Obamacare at the White House...Obama digressed into tech territory in order to draw another strained analogy between healthcare.gov and one of the world’s most popular consumer products. From the transcript:
Now, I am not allowed, for security reasons, to have an iPhone.  (Laughter.)  I don’t know what your bills are.  I have noticed that Sasha and Malia seem to spend a lot of time on it.  (Laughter.)  My suspicion is that for a lot of you, between your cable bill, your phone bill, you're spending more than 100 bucks a month.  The idea that you wouldn’t want to make sure that you've got the health security and financial security that comes with health insurance for less than that price, you guys are smarter than that.  And most young people are, as well.  
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Is he right? Are we really smarter than that? I'm not so sure. As a nation, we seem to want to spend more on flat-screen TV's, cell phones, clothes... than we do on important things. Hopefully, we are smarter than that, and the ACA will be successful. This will be a major step toward reversing the distressing trends in our society.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

... bruised, hurting and dirty

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/11/26/pope-francis-poverty/3759005/?csp=usattumblr

Pope Francis: 'I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty'

The more I hear from this man, the more I like him. He wants the Church to be involved with the people, in the footsteps of Jesus. That is a church that I want to be part of. Sure, there are still lots of problems with the institution, but then, I don't worship the institution, but the man that started it all -- Jesus. Cleaning up the institution and refocusing it on the words and actions of Jesus is, to my mind, the way to make it more relevant in today's world. On Thanksgiving, let us remember the poor and those in need of our help and compassion all over the world and dedicate ourselves to achieving the teachings of Jesus throughout society.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Budget Conference Committee...deja vu all over again

The scene in Washington DC looks eerily familiar. A budget (super) committee meeting before a sequester deadline with government shutdown and debt ceiling deadlines looming shortly after. The same cast of players including the entrenched Tea Party which just can't seem to get the idea. Hopeful? Not so much.