Let’s see. This week has been eye opening if you are awake, which sadly most Americans are not because they no longer read anything but their Iphones. And if you listen to the news, well the media is still stuck on he said/she said. So with that in mind, I will just present you with a few odds and ends that might actually be quite clarifying about where and who we are:
- Senator Rob Portman, Senator from Ohio has changed his position on same sex marriage after his son told him he was gay. It’s all about that empathy thing. Conservatives don’t experience empathy. Unless they have an actual personal experience, they don’t get it. That is how it is so easy for them to disenfranchise gays, the poor, elderly, illegal immigrants, deny global warming, not send aid to Sandy victims, and think a gun keeps you safe. Until they understand shit happens to all of us or that gayness is not a choice, just a state of being, it must be because they made bad choices (NYT)
- This week we really got three possible budgets for the way forward, two of which are realistic, one from fantasy land. The fantasy land one would be from Paul Ryan. Happily the pundits are figuring out this thing does not make sense or even add up this time. The other two are the one from the Progressive Caucus (Back to Work Budget) and the one from the Democrats in the Senate. The one from the Democrats in the Senate is really Republican lite, but livable, while the one from the Progressive Caucus is really one to put our country back to work. Sadly the pundits will not figure out that reality lies somewhere between the Progress Caucus budget and the Senate Budget and completely write off the Republican Ryan approach (Krugman)
- John Boehner was calling out for leadership from the President on the budget. That is the new talking point from the Republicans as I heard S.E. Cupp say the same thing. This is called projecting. The Republicans have no budget plan. The Ryan Plan does not add up, and does not identify cuts or tax savings. The Republicans refuse to list what they want cut or put a plan forward that can be marked by the GAO, but they want leadership from the President to come up with an all cuts plan that does their work for them. They want Obama to be Judas for the Democrats. Now who exactly is lacking leadership in proposing some sort of compromise position since the Democrats are offering one? By the way, on a search of Google on John Boehner calling on the President to lead, you find references on the debt talks, the fiscal cliff, and just about everything else. Maybe John ought to look in the mirror. (Washington Post)
- The bill to ban assault weapons and limit magazine clip sizes got through the Senate Judiciary Committee with all Democratic votes. On this no-brainer issue, the no-brain Republicans could not vote for it. Be assured they will filibuster it in the Senate. What more do you need to know about Republicans? McClatchy)
- An amendment, introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders, would establish a deficit reduction reserve fund that would seek to ensure that large profitable corporations cannot use loopholes to entirely avoid income tax, and direct savings recovered from closing such loopholes to deficit reduction. Over two dozen major corporations “remained in the no-federal-income-tax category over the 2008-2011 period.” It passed the Senate Committee with no Republican votes. You think they are going to compromise on anything but cuts to spending if they can’t close this no-brainer loophole? Washington Post
- And last but not least, if you think Republicans are rethinking anything, you have not been paying attention to the speeches at CPAC. Now granted they are playing to the Republican loony base, but they control their primaries and if they don’t move that base, well, nothing changes. Texas Governor Rick Perry got big applause explaining why they lost the election by not nominating a “real conservative”. That would probably be Atilla the Hun. And Marco Rubio’s big idea is that we don’t need to change, just re-embrace our “Americanism”, whatever that means. Meanwhile they don’t think immigration reform should include a path to citizenship. It’s that empathy thing again. Oh, I just can’t wait to see what Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney have to grace our intellect
So if you are thinking both sides are the problem or that the Democrats just need to compromise, take a long look and who is just saying no to change, any change. It would be nice if America would wake up to the disaster the Republican Party and conservatism has and is raining on America.