Marriage equality, abortion, religion and politics

The four items mentioned in the headline represent some of the most polarizing topics you could ever choose to discuss, individually or in a group (for the really brave). It would also seem that they are four topics that should never occupy the same discussion, but they seem to dominate the headlines these days.  Religion and politics are like oil and water, they simply don’t mix well. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably … Read More

New Romney Ad establishes “Day One” priorities

One thing I can say about Mitt Romney and the 2012 GOP campaign is that they are nothing if not consistent and predictable. The Romney campaign has released an ad running in 5 different states considered to be “Swing” states, including Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.  The campaign would not confirm what states the ad will run in, but did announce that they had secured $1.3 million in ad time in the 4 states listed above. As usual, it is a slick ad designed to appeal to those who have heard the GOP keywords repeated over and over by … Read More

Where are the jobs?

Chart is taken from the presentation Nick Hanauer did for TED talks. Hanauer is a multi-millionaire venture capitalist who seems to understand that the only thing that trickles down is misery, so why is it that we continue to be fed this line of crap? If lower effective tax rates equals jobs, either somebody isn’t paying attention, or someone has been lying to us. Watch Hanauer explain how it really works by clicking here. … Read More

Debt ceiling talks outline new GOP strategy for election

Deja Vu is defined as the feeling of certainty that one has already witnessed or experienced a current situation, even though the exact circumstances of the prior encounter are unclear and were perhaps imagined.  It comes from the french, and translated it actually means “already seen”. In the case of Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), I only wish that the feeling we have heard this song and dance before was imagined. Speaking yesterday at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2012 Fiscal Summit, Speaker Boehner opened the door to the next round of debt ceiling debates that loom ahead of … Read More

JP Morgan failed gamble highlights holes in financial regulations

It’s yet another bad day for conservatives who have been crying about too much regulation, specifically on financial institutions.  JP Morgan Chase announced yesterday that one of their financial schemes, I mean investments, had resulted in a loss of approximately $2 billion. Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, said yesterday that the losses resulted from a “flawed hedging strategy that was poorly constructed, poorly reviewed, poorly executed, and poorly monitored.”  In english, he means that the largest bank in the nation made yet another uber risky investment aimed at making them tons of money, with the risk squarely rested on … Read More

Same sex marriage statement draws clear line between president and Romney

“So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.” With this simple statement, President Obama established yet another clear difference between himself and his opponent in November’s presidential election, Mitt Romney. After spending years on the fence with this issue, trying to skirt around it by supporting “civil unions” and other backhanded attempts at marriage equality, the President finally stepped out there and said what should have to be said in the first place. That was the simple truth that marriage is a union of two people who love each … Read More

Where do the candidates stand on smaller issues?

Last week, we began a series highlighting the policy stances of the two main presidential candidates for 2012, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, and President Barack Obama. We began by outlining Romney’s views on restoring our economy. While we would break that single topic down for months and still not find a solid idea, we have to move on to other topics. In this article, we will cover the first of the smaller topics, abortion and energy. Abortion Romney, as a fundamentalist conservative, is pro-life and would like to see Roe V. Wade overturned.  President Obama is a passive pro … Read More

GOP primary decided, it is time to compare choices

  With Newt Gingrich finally calling an end to what he called a bid for the GOP presidential nomination, we finally have the battle lines drawn for November’s election. With no disrespect to Ron Paul, with whom I do share many common principles, the choice is President Obama or Mitt Romney.  Paul’s real role will be who he takes more votes from.  If you view his Libertarian views of the role of government, you would think it is Romney who could lose the votes of the ultra conservative, Tea Party types. But many people believe Romney will drift back toward … Read More