Tuesday April 17, 2012, 1:08 pm
Republicans once again demonstrated that they do not represent you last night, when they filibustered and blocked the Buffett rule, as I predicted (no rocket science required). Even though 72% of Americans favor it’s passage, 72% does not matter to them. The only number that does matter is 1%.
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 3:06 pm
"..But the fierce debate preceding the 51-45 vote — the Democrats were nine votes short of the 60 they needed — set off a week of political wrangling over taxes that both parties insist they are already winning."
There's that stupid "we HAVE to have 60 votes" crap again - a simple Majority is somehow NOT enough any more... But, Just because the Senate won't vote on it doesn't mean Every Senator Can't send out news items on it & stating every interview with "Well I Wanted the Buffet Rule, but RepubliCONs are greedy ba$tards.."!!!;)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 9:05 pm
These idiots and their shell game, smoke and mirrors play acting DO NOT represent the majority of the people. They are merely stooges, bought and paid for by the 1%. They are A BITTER DISAPPOINTMENT!
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT AT ELECTION TIME!!!!!!
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 12:23 am
Senate Republicans have selective memories. They can't seem to remember WHO they represent. With regard to the Buffet Rule, they voted in favor of the 1%, whose personal fortunes they were protecting. But what about the members of the 99% who were suckered into placing their trust in them by voting them into office? They need to join us in voting these scum-sucking vultures out of office as soon as the opportunity presents itself. One of those opportunities is coming up in November...
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 1:02 am
What a fascinating discourse from Chris Hayes. He is asking a prime question that everybody should be asking --- Is my senator or representative working for me, representing the majority, or is he being bought off by monied and powerful special interests?
Jabber Jowls McConnell --- "We're in a crisis here, and sadly it's all politics, all the time. For him [Mr Obama], it's not about jobs or the economy. It's about his idea of fairness, about imposing it upon others, and if we lose more jobs in the process, oh well , so be it. . . ."
Whoa! Hold it right there JJ! 72% of Americans support the Buffett Rule and 53% of Republicans support it. So why hasn't that translated into Senate votes in support for the legislation? Had 53% of the Republican senators voted for the Buffett Rule, there would not be the crisis that JJ McConnell claims there is. Wow! what might have been?!
Chris Hayes --- ". . . the majority of public opinion is essentially supposed to be transferred into legislative outcome, and this is not a perfect one to one process. . . . in order for democracy to be functional and credible, there has to be some rough correlation between what the majority in the country wants and what the government does."
From a recent study --- "In almost every instance, senators appear to be considerably more responsive to the opinions of affluent constituents than to the opinions of middle class constituents, while the opinions of constituents in the bottom third of the income distribution have no apparent statistical effect on their senators' roll call votes."
Chris Hayes --- ". . . it goes to a core exestential crisis that democracy faces right now, and that is the question of whether our political institutions can enact into law positions favoured by a majority when those majoritarian positions will result in diminished wealth and power for the most wealthy and powerful in society."
JJ McConnell is right, there is a crisis, but it is not the crisis he thinks. The crisis is aptly stated by Chris Hayes and comes down to can the government enact into law positions favoured by a majority rather than giving in to the monied and powerful few? That is the crisis that representational democracy is facing --- is there the will by the representatives/senators to represent ALL their constituents on a equal basis? With the republican/Teabaggers, simply their individual willingness to sign Grover Norquist's "pledge of allegiance" to the monied and powerful, and stand by it is proof that the principles of representational democracy are all but dead in the party. For the Republican/Teabaggers, their mantra is "government of the rich and powerful, by the rich and powerful, for the rich and powerful". Abe Lincoln is probably spinning in his grave at this distortion and mangling of his ideals from 149 years ago. And he was a Republican!
All these pieces of legislation and more have gone down to defeat yet they enjoyed popular support --- ending Oil subsidies, the Buffet Rule, the public option in healthcare, the AJA. All have monied and powerful lobbies. It would seem that the Republican/Teabaggers for the most part are nothing more than political whores, bought and paid for by the monied and powerful.
Having identified the question, how do the American people solve the issue?
1) Cast your vote and make it count. Vote out those representatives and senators that are not representing ALL the people.
2) Hold your representatives and senators accountable. Hold their feet to the fire. Be an active participant, not a 'once every four years' participant. OWS has shown that this works!
3) Publish the roll call of each and every vote. It might be on the government's website already, I don't know, but make sure it is widely accessible and publicised.
Everybody can come up with additional ideas. Make it work. Make government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 6:58 am
It's this ridiculous 60 Vote count that should be scraped. Just more "politics as usual" and makes me sick that even though 72% of us wanted the motion to pass, we were completely ignored. How those piece of sh_t continue to get voted back into office is beyond me.
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 7:09 am
I think the Repuglicans do remember who they represent - unfortunately, it's the lobbyists and the 1%. Certainly not the American public. If we don't vote every dang one of them out, we will end up where we are headed.
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 7:37 am
The Buffet rule only addresses the marginal tax rate, it does nothing about capital gains and investment's that are not considered income, not to mention the loopholes and deductions that exist. These people are not stupid, increase the rate and they would only find a way to expose.. even further all of the above, including the loophole that allows them to have a foreign cooperate address even though they are not operating from said address, all to avoid tax.
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 9:43 am
If people don't get a clue here and vote these jerks out of power in November, then they deserve what they get! Unfortunately, the rest of us do not deserve it! I am voting Independent - I am a life long Dem, but, with Obummer's whoring to big oil, his anti public legislation (see posting on assination of US Citizens withouth judicial review), and his inability to get anything accomplished - ending big oil subsidies, tax inceases for the rich, etc. and just plain being a bad president, this is the year when we may finally have a change to establish a 3rd party. AND, it is about time!
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 10:33 am
Anyone who votes for a Republican, unless they ARE the 1%, is either totally uninformed, which unfortunately a lot are, and if they do know they need their heads examined.
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 2:49 pm
I have some concerns about the Presidents tax return and rate. Allthough his tax rate is at 20.5%, he did take deductions in which gave him a RETURN of 24,515.00. with deductioncs of 278,498 and a tax credit in the amount of 5,841. You can bet if he was not in office or seeking reelection these numbers would would be much Higher. President Obamas return: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/04/13/obama-tax-return-shows-2011-earnings-of-789-674/#license-1334330100
Also I would like to know if Mr Buffet ever addressed the tax issue with one of his companies dating back to 2002. ( Berkshire Hathaway) that had as of December 2010 unrecognized tax benefits that where about $1 billion. 2010 annual report: http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/2010ar/2010ar.pdf
Here is one more concern. Is Buffet's railroad going to be a 'Beneficiary' in President Obamas killing of the Keystone Pipeline. Burlington Northern Railroad stands to make allot of money. (No I am not in support of the Pipeline.) My question is this. Do President Obama and Mr. Buffet have closed door deals going on?
Is This the Reason Obama Said ‘No’ to the Keystone Pipeline? http://www.theblaze.com/stories/is-this-the-reason-obama-said-no-to-the-keystone-pipeline/
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 4:02 pm
Quite a LOT of the Repukelicans were NOT voted into the offices they hold because of the Electorate; a NUMBER of Repukes, just like Bush in HIS "sElection", hold the offices they presently do, BECAUSE OF TAMPERING WITH DIEBOLD VOTING MACHINES or deliberate mis-counting of votes. IT COULD HAPPEN AGAIN, too. We need to be WATCHFUL. And re-act, not be supine as before.
Another lot of Repukes, are in office because NON-REPUBLICAN VOTERS STAYED HOME.
Don't let THAT happen again!!!
A further DANGER we face, is the RESTRICTIVE VOTING LAWS instigated by those Tea-partiers who were voted into office BECAUSE DEMS AND INDEPENDENTS STAYED HOME.
It's probably better to hold your nose and vote Dem -- at least in contested States -- and NOT be too much of an "Idealist" this time around. Third parties are more possible AFTER WE DEFEAT THE REPUKES.
If THEY win -- goodby any remaining Human and Civil Rights, goodby any Women's gains, goodby Ecology and the entire Planet -- the Corporations will get it ALL, whatever is left, then you will truly have to be their SLAVE in every sense, to survive if they LET you..... They will impose their Religious Ideology to make you accept the lot of a Medieval Serf.....
So it's pretty IMPORTANT to vote so that the Repukes DON'T win.....
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 6:20 pm
No, Raymond, Obama is not in a secret agreement with Buffet on any issue.
Commonsense alone says that the pipeline is a very bad deal for America. Firstly, Canada chooses not to refine the stuff in their nation. Instead, they want to ship it south across America, refine the scum in TX, then--this is the kicker--pump the gasoline onto tankers and ship it to China. Not one drop of that oil will go into an American gas tank. Having in a previous life worked as a pipeline welder, I assure you that pipelines do not hire tens of thousands of workers; a few thousand workers during construction and at most a few hundred in maintenance phase.
And do understand this: oil in the ground whether in US, Canada or Timbucktu does not belong to the countries' citizens: it belongs to the oil companies that pump it out of the ground and refine it.
As I type this I am watching the news. Romney is confident of victory even tho he is far far down in all the polls. Could it be that he knows that Rove, et al have already set up the steal of another election?
How could you, a patriotic American, with your silence approve of electronic vote theft? I believe you to be an intelligent, honest person; therefore, I don't think I need to provide you with proof that the electronic machines are vulnerable, and have been manipulated in past elections. But if necessary, I can do so without too much difficulty.
Friday April 20, 2012, 1:38 am
'How are they going to go back and campaign on giving more money to the wealthy?' Well of course, they aren't. They will go back to their electorate and lie and lie and LIE - and should that not work they will obfuscate and prevaricate and befuddle them - then introduce legislation they promised they wouldn't.
BTW 'Sadly its about politics here...' yes, those are the democratically elected POLITICAL representatives you sad person! And if it were about politics why are the wishes of 72% of the electorate ignored?!
This isn't about politics it is about GREED GREED and more GREED!