While watching “Meet the Press” yesterday, I remembered a counter to Republicans always mentioning their opinions of Ronald Reagan: Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “GREAT SOCIETY! Read this from Wikipedia:
Doesn’t that sound like what we need today? Mr. President, maybe looking backward will inspire us forward. Democrats were great then. The times needed us to be great. President Johnson had his connections with The Congress to press adoption of the Great Society. Sadly, President Obama has been the victim of an organized campaign from the right to delegitimize his presidency and limit his success. What we need from him is a BIG DEAL. And, to get it, we not only must press him, but use our collective influence on our senators and representatives to pass the Obama Agenda. Perhaps it would be more palatable for Republicans if we call it a New Great Society…or something appropriate. Whatever the name, we need a big job creation program that has immediate and long-term results.
We need educational programs that raise our position in global technology and innovation. Conservative Republicans are wrong to choose cuts to education. (Where does such an idea come from?)
I was so disappointed that the last stimulus has been assessed as “not big enough.” Mr. President, give us a BIG, BOLD STIMULUS and promote it so that your opponents will suffer politically if they do not adopt it. Government spending can foster job creation and can make the economy stronger and more stable. Our new Great Society must be robust!
Finally, we must do something for minority communities who suffer intolerable unemployment and have had their wealth devalued. We must present a kicker that will inspire and galvanize blacks and Hispanics who inure to the success of democrats.
Both political parties must put the health of our country before political success. That Republicans want the Presidency is legitimate but, it is unconscionable to legislate to that agenda to the point the Nation is injured. Our current problems require that republicans and democrats work together to fight our national crisis. We have done it before. Some of you in Congress remember how we pulled together during the last World War. We can do this again…without a war. All it takes is a willingness to put personal ego and political intransigence aside to achieve a greater goal.
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Rick Perry wants to be president of the United States, and in order for that to happen, he must not only gain the votes of independents, but also the votes of the Religious conservative base. That’s why last Saturday Perry led a “Prayer Session”, pandering to this sect. Turns out though, that there was morepandering needed to win over the this group, so admitting that he made a major mistake in Texas, was as good a place as any to start.
The mistake Perry is now regretting, was a mandate he set up in 2007, requiring all sixth grade girls in Texas to get the HPV vaccine. HPV — Human Papillomavirus — is the cause of, among other things, cervical cancer. Although this decision to have girls be vaccinated seemed like a good idea, conservatives have been getting down on Perry for making this decision. They claim this mandate is “too much government involvement.” At the time of his decision, Perry explained it this way;
“I understand some of the concern some of my good friends have about requiring this vaccine, which is why parents can opt out if they so choose. But I refuse to look a young woman in the eye 10 years from now who suffers from this form of cancer and tell her we could have stopped it, but we didn’t.”
“Others may focus on the cause of this cancer, but I am going to stay focused on the cure. And if I err, I’m going to err on the side of protecting life.”
That was his decision in 2007. The issue even followed him up to the 2010 Texas election, when his Republican primary rival Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, said this in an interview;
“[Perry] mandates 12-year-old girls to be vaccinated with an executive order for heaven’s sakes. “Didn’t even ask; didn’t even ask for an expert opinion; didn’t even ask the legislature for their approval. That is dictatorial.”
Now, realizing he’s on the national stage, Perry feels the need to flip-flop and explained his decision as “a mistake.” This is his new position, as he explained Saturday in New Hampshire;
“The fact of the matter is, I didn’t do my research well enough to understand that we needed to have a substantial conversation with our citizenry.”
Call him a flip-flopper, call him a panderer. Just don’t call him a man of conviction.
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Christine, I am watching the full, unedited Piers Morgan interview. In part 1 I learned that your book is political and all of the part 1 is political in content. You have no basis for complaint about part 1. Part 2 begins with questions about sex. You admit that sex is explored in your book, the reason for appearing on “Piers Morgan, Tonight.” Christine, you kept saying you were there “to talk about the book,” but were unwilling to answer specific questions about the book. That’s crazy! You had no basis for calling Piers rude. A guest on a talk show is there to ANSWER QUESTIONS and, in turn, hawk their product which they hope will give them celebrity…and cash! Your are both celebrity for having dabbled in witchcraft and for being in the political arena. You can’t say either are inconvenient…if you want to continue in the public eye. You admit the error of using your ad which showed you looking like a witch. That image was very convincing. To some people you will always be a witch. A prominent one, to be sure! [Can you be both Roman Catholic and a witch?] 🙂
You tried to imply that Piers had not read your book and he had. He even praised your book after you walked off his show. Shame on you! Even Gloria Allred denounces your protests on the next day. [Gloria appeared on the the show showing the replay.]
Columbia, SC — In the same week that Republican’s Nikki Haley and Superintendent Mick Zais turned down the $144 million dollars for public education, the Republican Governor asked and received a federal bailout for the Department of Transportation, an agency that she heads up.
“Nikki Haley hates Washington’s free spending ways until she needs a loan to cover her financial mismanagement.
She wasn’t home minding the state when her Department of Transportation went broke and couldn’t pay highway contractors. She then didn’t hesitate to go to Washington and ask President Obama’s Federal Highway Department to float her a $52 million dollar taxpayer funded loan.