January 31, 2009
How interesting the “party of principle” can’t seem to get on the same page.
The GOP governors largely want the stimulus funds while Congressional House GOP members have rejected it unanimously.
What is Rush Limbaugh going to say now? Are you as confused as the Republican party is?
January 30, 2009
Many (mostly Republicans) believe that Barack Obama made a rash decision to close Guantanamo, the place where the Bush Administration housed people labeled as “enemy combatants.”
Several weeks ago, I was of the opinion that we shouldn’t close Guantanamo. I believed the correct answer was simply more transparency of everything going on there.
Now, after further reflection, I can tell you that I agree with Barack Obama. Guantanamo has become little more than a international symbol of disgrace for the United States due to the lack of transparency by the Bush Administration.
Barack Obama certainly got it right. We should close this installation as quickly as possible. Transparency is not going to overcome negativity in the international community.
What do you think?
January 30, 2009
This week, the House GOP unanimously rejected the Obama-led bailout initiative to bolster the sagging economy. Why?
The GOP claims to the be a “party of principle” against deficits, government bailouts, etc. The GOP believes that trickle-down economics is the only way to go and feels the answer is simply more tax cuts.
If the House Republicans are truly a party of principle, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and the House GOP leadership should immediately announce that the House Republicans will refuse to accept any bailout funds coming into their districts. Stephen Colbert suggested they do on his show last evening, a brilliant idea don’t you think?
By rejecting bailout funds, the House Republicans send a strong message of principle not only to Barack Obama and the Democrats but also to their constituents. Think of the strong message that would send! Why, even Rush Limbaugh would be delighted with this principled response, don’t you think?
Do they have the guts to do it? Of course not. They really aren’t that principled. What do you think?
January 26, 2009
After driving the economy into the ditch, do the Republicans really think they offer the leadership and insights to “jumpstart the economy?” What a ludicrous thought!
Thankfully, the GOP lost the last election cycle. Can you imagine if McCain and the GOP were in charge now?
The standard GOP refrain is to simply “lower personal income taxes” not to spend money on a stimulus package.
Excuse me, but, how does “lowering personal income taxes” help the person who doesn’t have a job? How dumb does the GOP think we all are out here anyway?
The stimulus package is a lifeline to create meaningful jobs to bridge us from where we are to where we need to be.
I, for one, am not looking for any additional GOP “leadership” about how to fix the economy anymore than I’d be looking for Captain Hazelwood–the Captain of the Exxon-Valdez–to offer suggestions about how to maneuver an oil tanker through Alaskan waters.
Every day of delay further puts our economy at risk. Under GOP “leadership”–George Bush and Henry Paulson–we’ve already sunk about $700 billion in bailouts to Wall Street and I’ve yet to understand how we are better off. Can anybody explain this to me?
As far as I’m concerned, the GOP needs to shut the f__k up on matters of economic policy and let the Barack Obama lead the way. If the GOP continues to look like obstructionists, things will only get worse for them in the 2010 election cycle.
Barack Obama correctly pointed out that “he won” the election. We need change. GOP–get out of the way. Try to become part of the solution rather than remaining part of the problem.
What do you think? Democrat Dave
January 22, 2009
It’s absolutely wonderful to awaken knowing the 8-year Bush-Cheney nightmare is over.
You could see the joy in the faces of people at the inauguration. Nearly 2 million people showed up in person in Washington, D.C., to celebrate President Obama’s election to the highest office in the land and the departure of one of the least popular administrations in our nation’s history.
I am absolutely in favor of prosecuting the prior administration for its illegal acts, particularly for any war crimes that were committed.
When the President of the United States announces to the world, “We do not torture,” and then allows and even condones “aggressive interrogation techniques” previously defined in international law as “torture,” we cannot turn the other cheek.
Prosecution of war crimes is not a partisan undertaking. It establishes that no one is above the law, even the President of the United States. We can allow the international community to pursue such prosecutions–that is certainly acceptable to me.
I understand that Barack Obama does not want to be distracted from the critical tasks at hand nor does he want his administration to get bogged down in what many would say is a partisan issue. But, his administration can’t simply ignore past illegal acts.
Today, Barack Obama enjoys the approval of more than 80% of the American people. I’m delighted that he and his team are in charge and wish them well leading us back from the brink.
What do you think? Democrat Dave