Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Al Jazeera: UN to Vote on US Embargo of Cuba



The Communist Republic of Cuba is obviously not a perfect country with a perfect government, far from it. If they were they wouldn't be a Communist Republic and would be more Democratic but since Fidel Castro is out of power they have made steps in the right direction. They are moving towards privatizing their economy and giving Cubans economic freedom, under what's called State Capitalism. Which is essentially a mixture of Capitalism and State Ownership with a large Welfare State and they have moved. To give Cubans some religious freedom as well and bringing the Catholic church back in Cuban life, President Raul Castro has figured out that Communism doesn't work. At least not as well as advertised and there's a limit to what the Communist government can do for. Its people and that Cubans need the freedom to run their own lives for Cuba to ever be able to take off. And succeed as a country.

Cuba is not a threat to America militarily, economically or when it comes to terrorism or anything else. And the Communist government is moving to become less of a threat to its own people, which is something. That America needs to realize and that the only people they are hurting are the Cuban people and American business's that want to do business in this country. I'm not for repealing the trade embargo unconditionally, the Castro Regime would have to show that trading. With Cuba would go to benefit the country, not to subsidize the government but we should do this.

MidweekPolitics: "President Obama Has a Huge Mandate"



Whatever mandate President Obama may or may have not of won last week, has to do with raising taxes. On the wealthy to pay for deficit reduction, which is why you already see Congressional Republicans in the House and Senate. Saying new revenue has to be on the table to pay for deficit reduction, the other mandate has to do with working with the Republican House. To deal with the issues of the country, the same mandate that House and Senate Republicans that were reelected won. As well and thats where it pretty much ends, Americans want an effective government not gridlock or. Dysfunctional government and they don't trust either party enough to give them all of the power, so they want. Democrats and Republicans to work together, President Obama understands this and hopefully he also understands that in this new environment. He should be able to get some things that he wants, like new revenue and hopefully new infrastructure investment.

What President Obama hopefully also understands is that he doesn't have to give Republicans everything. They want in return either, savings in Social Security and Medicare but not try to completely privatize them either. Or new tax cuts for the wealthy, that will only go to the wealthy for the most part, that both parties get some big things that they want. But since President Obama was reelected, he doesn't have to give them everything that they want. He's going to have to work with House Republicans, just for the simple fact that half of the country voted. For someone else for President last Tuesday.

The Nation: Katrina Vanden Heuvel: "Grand Bargain Is the Wrong Solution"

Grand Bargain Is the Wrong Solution

To put some basic facts on the table that I'm not sure some Progressive Democrats understand, other then maybe. Patty Murray whose in the Senate Democratic Leadership, yes President Obama was reelected and you could argue overwhelmingly. At least in the Electoral College and Senate Democrats added two seats to their majority but Republicans will still control the House in the next Congress. Democrats and Republicans weren't elected and reelected to cave to each other, they were elected and reelected to work. With each other which is different and something that President Obama, Speaker Boehner and Leader Reid all understand. Which is why Speaker Boehner has already put new revenue on the table to pay for deficit reduction, something he wasn't willing to do just two weeks ago. And if President Obama goes up to 1M$ for the cutoff point in when taxes would go up, the President has already agreed on savings to Medicare. And perhaps even Social Security, we could put the fiscal cliff behind us and enjoy a prosperous economy again.

I wish House Democrats had not ran such mediocre campaigns and ran with the President and Nancy Pelosi. Would enter the next Congress as Speaker of the House, instead of contemplating whether she wants to be Minority Leader of the House in the next Congress or not. And then Democrats could put more defense cuts in the table, like pulling all of our troops out of Europe, Saudi Arabia, Korea and Japan. To pay for deficit reduction and reform Medicare and Social Security long term in a way that doesn't hurt. Anyone who actually needs those programs and we could put real tax reform on the table, that eliminates corporate welfare. But these things didn't happen and instead we are stuck with a Republican House for at least two more years and is something Progressives need to deal with.

The Progressive idea of deficit reduction and thats assuming they would ever use this plan for deficit reduction. Instead of spending new revenue on programs they want, is gutting defense by at least 50%, raising taxes on everyone and eliminating most tax loopholes and then using this new revenue. To invest in current social programs and creating new one and whatever new economic growth comes as a result. That money may be used for deficit reduction or new spending but their candidate wasn't elected President. Jill Stein didn't even get 1% of the vote and they need to accept that.