Friday, November 16, 2012

The Daily Beast: BeastTV: Meghan McCain: "What Republicans are Doing Wrong and Why Karl Rove Sucks"



Even though Megan McCain is still baby face adorable and could pass for 15-16 years old, she makes a good grown up point. Here that the demographic that Republicans continue to shoot ever single election, since 1964 or 66. Older rural Caucasian Protestant men and their wives is no longer going to be enough for Republicans to get elected nationally and if. You looked at the Senate elections last week, no longer just enough for Republicans to get elected statewide for Senate. Just look at some of the Senate Democrats seats and the states they represent, one in North Dakota and in South Dakota. One in Missouri, two in Montana, one in Louisiana, one in Arkansas, one in North Carolina, one in Alaska. Two in West Virginia, these are all Republican states that Mitt Romney won overwhelmingly that President Obama. Didn't put much effort into winning and yet Democrats can get elected to the Senate from there.

Republicans are either going to have to bring in new voters or they are going to go out of business. At least as a major political party and then Conservative adults and perhaps even Libertarians if this doesn't happen. Before they are no longer a major party, will put together a party that represents a real Conservative party in the United States. Not some far right party that can only appeal to, well if you said far right, you would be correct.

The American Prospect: Ian Millhiser: The Judicial Bush Doctrine: How to Reform the Senate Filibuster

The Judicial Bush Doctrine

Its not as if President Obama doesn't want to fill the vacancies and that he isn't sending appointees up every time. A new vacancy comes up, because he is sending up new appointments but Senate Republicans thanks to the leadership. Of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell whose probably the most powerful Senate Minority Leader we've ever seen, perhaps even the most powerful Minority Leader. In Congressional history House or Senate and Chuck Grassley the current Ranking Member the. Chief Republican on the Judiciary and before that Jeff Sessions, keep blocking with the cloture rule qualified. Democrats to fill these seats and yes Senate Democrats under Tom Daschle and then Harry Reid did the same. Thing when they were in the minority under President Bush but President Bush still had a better batting average. Then President Obama as far as getting Federal Judges approved and President Bush had four years with a. Democratic Senate to deal with, the problem with this issue is the obstructionism of the Senate Minority and. We gotta stop both parties from doing this in the future.

So what should Senate Democrats do about this and they need to be very careful about this because most likely. Within the next ten years unless the GOP goes over the cliff as far as attracting new voters, Senate Democrats. Could find themselves back in the minority and with a Republican President, so they need to reform this rule. That works for both sides and more importantly the country and this could be done by eliminating the filibuster. On judicial appointments all together and requiring that judicial appointment and all executive appointments period. Have to get sixty votes in order to be confirmed but that they would have to get a vote and then bad appointments. Would be defeated even with less then fifty votes and Senators would have to explain why they voted against qualified appointments. Which would make it harder for them to vote no.

Another way would be to allow the leadership from either the majority or minority to holdup the vote of appointments. For a week to demand more time to debate or see relevant records that the appointee hasn't  shown yet and once the appointee does that. They would get their up and down vote but to simply throw out the filibuster on judicial appointments without having an alternative to it. Senate Democrats need to think seriously about it, because it could be used against them in the future.

Salon: Robert Reich: "Stop Income Inequality!": How To Get To Economic Growth & Fiscal Responsibility

Stop income inequality!

I'm not an economist and don't pretend to know more about economics then Progressive economist Robert Reich. But when your national debt equals the national economy, which is where we are now and with our debt growing faster then our economy. Because we are currently growing at 2% but we have annual deficits over 1T$ every year, we simply can sustain that. And its only going to be a question of whether we decide to get our debt and deficit under control or those decisions are done for us. And with economic growth being as weak as it is and interest rates and inflation being as low as they are. Now is the time to do that but in a fiscally responsible way that doesn't hurt anyone, that reforms and protects and saves our entitlements. For the people who needs them, that gets people who can afford to pay more in taxes to do so and cuts and reforms our Federal Government in a way. That makes it more efficient, effective and cheaper, thats what a balance approach to deficit reduction looks like without. Putting any details on the table.

As far as income inequality which since the Great Recession has occurred has only gotten wider, where we see. People who were living in the middle class just four years ago are now collecting public assistance to pay their bills. Or are working and making less then they were four years ago while the wealthy are still doing very well, if not better then they were four years ago. This is an issue that should be addressed as well but not instead of addressing deficit reduction but doing them both at the same time. With an economic and fiscal policy that puts us on course to pay down the debt and deficit and at least at some point in a. Timely way that puts us in position to balance the budget and creates an economy thats growing for everyone. Where the middle class are getting wealthier and moving up, people are moving out of poverty and into the middle class. And where even the wealthy are doing well, because now more Americans have money to spend but where they are also paying their fair share of taxes.

You do this by educating people who are currently unemployed and haven't ever gotten enough education in. Life to be self sufficient or who do have a formal education but perhaps lost a job thats not coming back, rebuilding our country. And putting people back to work that way, who already have the skills but just need work to do and reforming our tax code. So business's want to do business here now and in the future and you do all of this in a fiscally responsible way. That doesn't add to our debt and if anything helps pay it down because of the new economic growth that it generates.