I was once a republican. I believed that maintaining the national debt at a manageable sustainable level is important. The Republican party said they did as well.
I believed that annual budget deficits were often unavoidable during recessionary cycles but knew that during grow cycles budgets needed to be balanced in order to be able to sustain a manageable national debt level. I thought te Republican party believed the same.
I was wrong on both counts as the Republican party has been most responsible for our national debt explosion every since Ronald Wilson Reagan was our president. It continues under Trump unabated and NO ONE in the Republican party is even talking about the national debt or budget deficits any longer.
It’s like no one cares anymore. Likely that is because they don’t. The Republican Party aversion to raising taxes during growth cycles is stuff of legendary proportions. Even though that is how debt control works. Reducing taxes to “stimulate economic growth” is something we’ve seen time and again just doesn’t work. The national debt stands as a monumental statue to that fact.
The Party of Lincoln (actually it no longer is) has become the Party of the Wealthy , By the Wealthy, and For the Wealthy. Its primary focus is to insure that wealth remains concentrated in the hands of those occupying the top 1 or 2 percent on the economic scale. A sure tract to oligarchy.
Below excerpt is from The New York Times.
… The financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 left the vast majority of working people and the Democrats’ base of African-Americans, Hispanics, single women and millennials shattered for years. They lost much of their wealth and were forced into new jobs that often paid less. Many faced prohibitive student debt. With wages stagnant for a decade, they were frustrated with the daunting costs of health care, prescription drugs, child care and housing. Yet in the main, Mr. Obama, Hillary Clinton — and now Mr. Trump — hailed the economy’s progress, the millions of new jobs. But that was and is clueless. Mr. Trump will be the latest presidential candidate punished by the voters for not getting it.
The Democrats in the 2018 wave election did get it and made their biggest gains, compared with 2016, not in the suburbs — despite winning most of their new seats there — but in the rural areas and among white working class voters, particularly women. This pullback from Mr. Trump among white working class women in particular went further this year. As of 2019, he enjoyed only a single-digit lead with the voters who played such a big role in the 2016 surprise. In 2018, Democrats succeeded by attacking Republicans for attempting to repeal Obamacare and failing to lower skyrocketing prescription drug costs. They proposed trillion-dollar investments in infrastructure and battled to drive dark money out of politics.
Mr. Trump and the Republican Congress continued to seek the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, working both to make it fail in practice and to slash federal health care spending for seniors and the poor. That made health care the top reason for voting for Democrats in 2018, but it also revealed what has become a defining partisan difference: a Republican Party determined to destroy government outside of defense and a Democratic Party determined to use it expansively.
The Democrats today are reacting not only to Mr. Trump but to the Tea Party-dominated Republican Party that preceded and prepared the way for him with gridlocked government. After coming to power in the 2010 wave election, the Republicans tried to keep the government from addressing virtually any problem at all. The Tea Party movement was animated by its hostility to Mr. Obama and his activist government. Empowered in the House, it forced an I.M.F.-like budget austerity on the federal government and blocked any new economic stimulus and investment. As a candidate, Mr. Trump built his base among Tea Party Republicans and Evangelicals in order to carry forward the assault on government nationally and in the states. The Democrats watched in frustration as the government was presumed to be impotent to address wage stagnation, surging inequality, climate change, the slaughter from automatic weapons and the flood of dark money into politics.
But this dam has burst. With Mr. Trump’s ever-escalating assault on government, the proportion of Americans who say that government “should do more to solve problems and meet the needs of people” surged to the highest level in 20 years. Democratic candidates who understand this political moment will push for a government that changes the country’s course, as it did under Democratic presidents after the progressive victories of 2008 and 1964 and especially after the 1932 triumph of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal.
Democratic voters today look at the chief executives of major corporations and they see the face of an era where greed was unchecked, where companies failed to invest in their workers and used their big donations and lobbyists to rig the political system against the middle and working classes. They are determined that government must do something not only about corruption and corporate excess, but also inequality, universal health care, the state of the working family, climate change, globalization, entrenched racial and gender disparities and more…
Democrats have an amazing opportunity to take back America for the middle class and those less fortunate. But, the mega guns of the Republican party and its wealthy donors are gearing up for the monumental fight they KNOW is coming. Independents and Democrats need to unite to destroy the seeds of Trumpism before it destroys America.
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The battle over whether America continues its steady progress towards increased firearm violence or formulating a cohesive and effective national strategy to reduce firearm violence and the resulting loss of life is again at hand. As the nation prepares itself for another contentious political battle it is anybody’s guess how it will shake out. Our best guess? Unfortunately until the rank and file GOP’ers in the Senate grow a set, stand up on their hind legs, and tell the NRA and Moscow Mitch to stick it nothing of any consequence is going to happen. Sad but true.
“We’re doing this quarter-million-dollar ad campaign to make sure we are a part of the conversation and policymakers know that the gun industry has been leading on this issue for some time,” an NSSF official told The Daily Beast. “We’re the ones who conceived of the instant background check system and are doing an average 38,000 of them every single day.”
The gun group will argue that nobody cares more than firearms manufacturers about keeping their products out of the wrong hands. It’s an argument that is likely to draw pointed criticism.
It’s been years since the NSSF launched an expensive campaign to shape the conversation about guns. In 2013, they funded a grassroots effort to oppose legislation from Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin that would have expanded background checks (the bill did not become law). But besides spending to support candidates, they’ve been publicly quiet since then.
The ad buy highlights the fact that supporters of gun rights take seriously the upcoming congressional debate on firearms. Last week, The Daily Beast obtained a letter from a top NRA official saying the group moved its scheduled mid-September board meeting from Alaska to northern Virginia so its team could be close at hand during Congressional talks on guns. The letter predicted “a fight of historic proportions.”
We are hoping for the best but expecting the worse. AGAIN.
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Approximately 36% of American voters have an almost cult like connection to Donald J. Trump. For them his many character flaws, his narcissism, his aversion to truth telling, his seeming support for white nationalists, his new found interest in the Evangelical Christian right’s agenda, his obvious disregard for diplomatic protocols, his demeaning rhetoric aimed at people of color, his complete disinterest in controlling the national debt or annual budget deficits, and the list goes on.
Many on the right whine that those who don’t support Trump (with all his character flaws to tow) hate him. Well, I can speak only for myself but I don’t hate Trump. And I suspect most do not actually hate Trump. However, the majority of Americans do have problems with his performance as president as well as his myriad character flaws. In a nutshell Trump s simply, and sadly, neither presidential nor effective in his role as Chief Executive of our Democratic Republic.
Our president, aside from managing national affairs, ought to be a leader that exemplifies ethical and moral behavior. Trump, though his statements and actions, has demonstrably failed in this dimension of his job. True principles and character matter. Unfortunately DJT apparently either fails to understand this or just doesn’t care a wit about such things. America is undoubtedly the worse for it.
I will give Trump some kudos for the robust economic picture so far during his first term. But, as we all know the economy has been faltering on the heels of the trade war Trump started with China. We’re going to need to wait to see the ultimate fallout but it likely will create a degree of pain fr American consumers. The only question is, how much.
2020 gives American’s the opportunity to right a badly listing ship of state. Wise Americans will listen closely to the rhetoric of ALL candidates, examine each candidates record in whatever capacities they have filled, and then make an informed decision. A decision based on whom they feel is the most qualified and demonstrates the character attributes they find presidential. Our president should represent the BEST of America, not the worst.
Here are 14 reasons I’ll vote for any Democrat over Trump
Kudos to Justin Amash, the lone (libertarian) republican with a big enough set to essentially call for Trump’s impeachment. Here’s hoping his move ultimately creates another Howad Baker moment for the republican party. Of course it is unlikely this will happen because the current GOP has neither the character or integrity of the 1973 re[publican party. Sadly the GOP has given up any credibility when it comes to honesty or decency.
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Tuesday said he would not rule out a third-party challenge to President Trump in 2020.
The Hill asked Amash if he is thinking about leaving the Republican Party to run for president as the Libertarian Party candidate.
“I’m just focused on defending the Constitution, it’s not something I’ve thought about,” Amash said. “I don’t take things off the table like that, but it’s not something at the forefront of my considerations right now. I’m just focused on my job. I wouldn’t take running for governor off the table or Senate or statehouse, I don’t take things off the table.”
Amash this week became the first Republican in the House to support impeachment proceedings against Trump.
In interviews this year, Amash has toyed with the idea of switching parties and running for president. The Michigan Republican has described himself as the only Libertarian member of Congress and has been increasingly critical of the GOP, accusing the party of abandoning its conservative values in the age of Trump.
Libertarian National Committee Chairman Nicholas Sarwark told The Hill there’s a full-scale effort underway to convince Amash to register as a Libertarian and run for president against Trump.
“There are a lot of Libertarian Party members actively encouraging Rep. Amash to switch parties and seek the Libertarian nomination,” Sarwark said. “This is probably the most organized recruitment effort I’ve seen going back to 2012 when people were trying to recruit [former Texas Rep.] Ron Paul.”…
Unfortunately William Weld has not been able to get any traction since announcing his intention to challenge Trump in 2020. An Amash Libertarian Party candidacy might be the straw that would break The Donald’s back.
One can get out and work against Trump’s reelection if you understand the dangers his presidency casts on America and her republic. That and hope for the best.
The question was stark: Would you support enfranchising incarcerated people like the Boston Marathon bomber or convicted rapists?
The answer Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont gave was starker: Yes.
“I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy,” Mr. Sanders said during a town hall-style event on CNN this past week. “Yes, even for terrible people.”
That singular answer made up my mind. I can not, and I will not vote for Bernard Sanders should he win the democratic nomination. Period.
Individuals who commit heinous crimes against their fellow humans have, in my educated opinion, given up their right to have a voice in our society.
Why in the hell should evil destructive degenerates have the right to be heard or counted AFTER destroying the lives of innocent individuals? Why should such a person have the same rights to be heard as those of decent law-abiding citizens who have never harmed anyone? Why should a monster who has zero understanding of the rights of others have a right to be heard. Answer, they shouldn’t.
Having said the foregoing I do believe that AFTER individuals have FULLY paid their debt to society for their grievous actions against their right to vote should be open to review and consideration. It should however not be automatic.
Sanders has obviously allowed his extreme progressivism to addle his brain. Either that or he severed his connection to reason. BTW, NO democratic candidate who shares Sanders views on this issue deserves consideration in my educated opinion, Period.
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