They Killed the First President I Cared About. He was the first white man I knew who spoke out for civil rights for black people.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963
I dedicated my senior yearbook to this very special man!
More and more these days, middle-class Americans seem to feel that their opportunities for income growth and achieving the American dream simply aren’t what they used to be.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Hedrick Smith, author of the new book Who Stole the American Dream, joined Hardball Friday to explain the hidden causes of inequality in the U.S. economy. The public, Smith said, has been led to believe that the middle class squeeze in this country has been caused by globalization, technology and market forces.
Not so, argues Smith, who points to a political/corporate power shift in the late 1970′s as the culprit of the widening wealth gap.
” There was a political rebellion. [The corporate interests] absolutely stuffed labor, they stuffed the consumer movement, they got deregulation, they got tax cuts, they got all kinds of things so the power shift tilted the policy towards business, towards the wealthy,” Smith told Chris Matthews.
Why has there been so much gridlock in the Senate during this Congress? Why couldn’t we get good legislature passed? The answer is Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell‘s use of the filibuster which can only be “fixed” on the first day of the Congress. Senator Harry Reid was afraid to “fix” this for the current Congress, if I remember correctly. I recall being broken-hearted about it. Now, along comes Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren vowing to “fix” the filibuster which only requires a majority vote. She chose this to be her first mission in the Senate. [We are counting on her!] The US Senate used to be “The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.” Last time I checked their approval rating was “11.”
The filibuster has been used 384 times since Democrats won control of the Senate. This is obscene! According to pundits who comment on Kentucky, Sen. McConnell is not well-liked back home. It seems that he doesn’t do much as an US Senator…except for invoking the filibuster. He is ripe for losing re-election in 2014 and I hope Kentucky has had enough! This time Democratic Senators, fire Mitch McConnell from his campaign of gridlock. Cut him off at the knees and get 51+ votes to “fix” the filibuster. We want our Senators to be just like Senator Smith in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” If a senator wants to filibuster, read that debate a bill, that senator should have the balls and, also, be required to stand on the Senate floor and defend his position on the filibuster. Senators should actually debate and not act cowardly and just file a filibuster and retire to a back room and smoke a cigar! [Brandy?] This is what the American people require of you. Abandon your personal agenda and do what the people want you to do as their advocates! Don’t you swear to do that? Honor your oath of office!
PRAYER FOR UNITY
You, the one
From whom on different paths
All of us have come.
To whom on different paths
All of us are going.
Make strong in our hearts what unites us.
Build bridges across all that divides us;
United make us rejoice in our diversity.
At one in our witness to your peace,
A rainbow of your glory.
– Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB
This email is from “Team Mitch”
Let’s convince Mitch McConnell to retire.
President Obama thinks we have given up.
Just days after the election, the President is calling for a massive tax hike on American small businesses. And, he thinks he has a “consensus” of Americans who will go along with his dangerous plans.
The President has been very clear about what he intends to do. In the coming weeks, he will try to use the “Lame Duck” session of Congress and the threat of the fiscal cliff to pressure Republicans to fall in line with his tax hikes. He thinks we will roll right over.
This election taught us that there is consensus on some core issues. The American people are all worried about the future. They know they need jobs, and that we need to fuel our recovery. And, they want Washington’s solutions to work, not hurt.
But, I see absolutely no consensus anywhere, save from the radical left, that we should hike taxes on our small business owners and stall this fragile economy.
A tax hike on American small businesses WILL kill jobs, it WILL stifle our fragile recovery and it WILL NOT work!
You see, an independent study by the highly respected accounting firm Ernst and Young estimates that President Obama’s tax hike plan would crush tens of thousands of small businesses and destroy 710,000 jobs.
Let’s be honest. I am sure you are disappointed with the results of last week’s elections, as am I. But now is not the time to hang our heads.
The President is counting on us to sit on the sidelines during this fight so he can push through his tax hike agenda…
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MoveOn.org has created a political ad that features Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-AZ) briefly joking about the prospect of bombing Iran by singing to the tune of the Beach Boys song “Barbara Ann” (“Bomb, bomb, bomb, Bomb Iran“) while giving a speech. MoveOn.org asserts that this is evidence that McCain would be a reckless president, and ends the ad by saying that “we can’t afford another reckless president.”
WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OUR NATIONAL HEROES WHEN THEY START TO EMBARRASS THEMSELVES IN PUBLIC?
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM, SUSAN RICE IS FROM FLORENCE, SC. IS YOUR ATTACK ON HER JUST TO PLEASE YOUR BASE WHICH “RESENTS” [SIC] BLACK SOUTH CAROLINIANS?