Saturday, March 31, 2012

Paul Douglas Speaks and the GOP Should Listen

I’m going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud: climate change is real. I am a moderate Republican, fiscally conservative; a fan of small government, accountability, self-empowerment, and sound science. I am not a climate scientist. I’m a meteorologist, and the weather maps I’m staring at are making me uncomfortable. No, you’re not imagining it: we’ve clicked into a new and almost foreign weather pattern. To complicate matters, I’m in a small, frustrated and endangered minority: a Republican deeply concerned about the environmental sacrifices some are asking us to make to keep our economy powered-up, long-term. It’s ironic. The root of the word conservative is “conserve.” A staunch Republican, Teddy Roosevelt, set aside vast swaths of America for our National Parks System, the envy of the world. Another Republican, Richard Nixon, launched the EPA. Now some in my party believe the EPA and all those silly “global warming alarmists” are going to get in the way of drilling and mining our way to prosperity. Well, we have good reason to be alarmed.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Health Care and America

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You know, the Republicans had an historic opportunity to work with the president and the Democrats to overhaul America's healthcare system to help ALL Americans.However, they did not see something good for America, they saw something good for themselves...a chance to destroy the America's faith in the newly elected president and to regain seats in the house, senate and the white house in 2012. 2010 showed them they were right as the Republicans ran on JOBS and gained control of the house and enough seats in the senate to continue to block anything president Obama proposed.
The sad part of the story... a large part of the health care bill was modeled around Republican ideas and their own legislation from Governor Mitt Romney. Yet, the Republican hype machine has been in overdrive trashing the health care bill calling it Obama Care and using words like "Death Panels" to scare Americans. It is working. Just look at the signs at the supreme court today and the absolutely venomous rhetoric from the Republican candidates including Mitt Romney...who's legislation the health care bill was modeled after.
So, Republicans lost an opportunity to make history by making health care available to all Americans to fulfill their desire to regain the white house and congress. Pushed by billions of dollars from corporations and the rich their fight goes on. Left on the battle field are the Americans that need good health care.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Scandals, Quotes, and Character * The Real Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich's Skeleton Closet: Scandals, Quotes, and Character

Newt Gingrich is smarter than you. Don't feel bad, he's smarter than the rest of us, too. Just ask him. Or look at what he's done.
Repeated adultery with younger women, while each successive wife was seriously ill. Attacking mortgage lender Freddie Mac, while secretly getting paid $1.6 million as a lobbyist for them. A half-million charge account at Tiffany's Jewelers for his latest, youngest woman (that we know of). Attacking Congress for gridlock, when he personally led the destruction of Congress' civility and traditions in the 1980s as a "bomb-thrower" and evil genius tactician. (Seriously, look it up.)

All this for 30 years running, and he's still a leading contender for President as a religious, morally crusading Republican? Yeah, he's smarter alright. As an historian, he knows Americans forget anything over 5 years old, and the press will ignore your long-term character traits if you give them any new, shiny story to report.

It's not that Newt lacks charm. My personal favorite thing is that he loves, loves, LOVES dinosaurs, with the deep enthusiasm of a five-year-old boy. He even gave a zoo $15,000 to buy 2 huge monitor lizards. For that matter, did you notice how many of his "visionary" scientific ideas involve lasers and outer space and huge explosions?
A MOON BASE?!?! AWESOME!!! That's adorable. The problem is, most five year olds have a sincere narcissism that would lead them to happily order far-off cities destroyed if they got some candy in return. That's why we don't put them in charge of the world.

I've researched a lot of polticians' scandals over the years. Some are lying, adulterious lechers (Clinton). Some are money-grubbing and corrupt (Santorum). Some are vindictive and dangerously authoritarian (Giuliani). Some are incredibly phony and change with the wind (Romney). Some are draft dodgers (actually, most of them are). But in 17 years, only one man has been able to combine every one of these moral failings into one, super-humanly despicable candidate: Newt Gingrich. Click on the allegation of your choice:

Adultery -- Draft Dodger -- Lying Corporate Lobbyist -- Spending Spree at Tiffany's -- Who Owns Him? -- Divorce, Disease and Younger Women -- Dead-Beat Dad -- House Banking Scandal -- Wannabe Dictator -- GOPAC sleaze -- Corporate $ to Newt's wife -- Shady Book Deals -- Sources -- Quotes