Posts tagged ‘Republicans’

Does Obama Economic Policy “Just Need More Time”?

by , posted on Sunday, September 16th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

from The Real News Network

Gerald Epstein (Political Economy Research Institute, and Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst): The basic policies must change or recession and high unemployment will continue


PDA-IL: Ed Yohnka (ACLU-IL) on Voter Suppression

by , posted on Sunday, September 16th, 2012 at 9:17 am

from PDA-IL

Ed Yohnka, Director of Communications and Public Policy for ACLU-IL (American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois) speaks on voter suppression and the Republican electoral strategy to stop poor and the elderly from voting.


JoAnn Wypijewski: The GOP’s Ron Paul Problem

by , posted on Monday, September 3rd, 2012 at 6:29 pm

from The Nation

The Republican party has a problem and his name is Ron Paul. The libertarian politician’s supporters are some of the most earnest and zealous members of the GOP’s current grassroots base, but at last week’s convention in Tampa, the party did everything in its power to quiet some of their more radical small-government critiques. Watch the full video with JoAnn Wypijewski to learn more about how the politics of the Paul delegates could soon lead to a split within the Republican party.

Share presidential campaign ad: Romney & Ryan’s GOP: Back to the Back Alley

by , posted on Friday, August 24th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

from Political Action

Only decades ago women suffered through horrifying back alley abortions, or they used dangerous methods when they had no other recourse.

So when the Republican Party officially promotes forcing rape victims to bear the children of their attackers as part of its assault against a woman’s right to choose–we had to ask:

Why is Romney & Ryan’s GOP trying to send women back. . . to the back alley?


Jesus Meets the Republican Party

by , posted on Sunday, July 8th, 2012 at 7:00 am

It was early in the morning and I was late for an appointment. But it was my brother calling, so I answered my cell.

“Hey Ellen,” he said, “You know that piece you wrote about Hultgren being unconcerned about all those people who don’t have medical insurance?”

“Well, yeah,” I said. “The one where the man asked Hultgren why he opted to take federal health insurance for himself and his family, but didn’t want the rest of us to have it?”

“Yeah, that one,” he responded. “I sent that piece to my neighbor who voted for Hultgren because he is a Christian. I thought she would see this as the betrayal of Christian morals it actually is.”

“But she didn’t see it that way, Ellen. I don’t get it,” he continued. “Didn’t we learn the Golden Rule? You know, do onto others as you would have them do onto you?”



Remember. Recall.

by , posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 9:03 am

from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Donate to air this ad on TV in Wisconsin:

Credit: GumSpirits Productions (Aaron Duffey / Jim Cole) for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee


Say goodbye to Perry’s Presidential aspirations.

by , posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 9:18 am

You have to wonder why anyone would vote for this moron.



The Patriotic Thing to Do

by , posted on Sunday, September 11th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Our military heroes will be returning soon to the States, and many of them will be looking for work. Most of them will have a struggle, though, because the jobs they seek simply are harder to find these days. Yes, we could blame one party or the other, but in the U.S., WE, the People are the government.

As President Barack Obama said in his speech on 9-8-2011, the people we elect to Congress work for us. They are servants of the people, and, We, the People demand more than just talk and posturing and political backbiting.

It is long past time that both parties, but in my eyes, especially the Republicans, start to understand that no one can have everything their own way. It is a simple rule of a democracy that you give some and you take some. If it were otherwise, we would be a dictatorship.

Thus far I have seen almost no give and all take from the GOP. I have seen the Democrats give a lot, often in vain, because, as I see it, when they agree to some line in the sand by the GOP, and want something in return, it is not passed because the GOP will not agree to meet them somewhere in the middle.



Kendall Republicans Welcome Racial Profiling as New Family Value

by , posted on Monday, August 29th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

The Kendall County Republican Central Committee invited one of the most divisive people in America to be the keynote speaker at their annual family picnic. I guess the six or seven Republican presidential hopefuls are skipping Kendall County, and Sarah Palin was not available, so they turned to the other media hound, Joe Arpaio.

What is scary is that Joe Arpaio, who put Arizona taxpayers on the hook for his illegal racial profiling, and is also being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, drew several hundred Republicans to a fundraiser. 

I read this Beacon News article and decided Sunday afternoon was an appropriate time to pen my response.  On this Sunday, I am certain that many Republicans who pledge to the Christian faith were in church pews, but where were they on Saturday when Joe Arpaio was in town?  Were they at the protest outside or did they venture inside the GOP fundraiser?

Being raised on the mission field in West Africa I learned a Sunday School song that has this verse, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.  Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.”



Hultgren votes with the Dems

by , posted on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 at 8:35 am

Here’s a thing I did not see coming from my new congresscritter: Randy Hultgren has voted, along with a handful of other new tea-partiers in the House, to block the extension of three controversial Patriot Act provisions. And they succeeded in doing just that.

The motivation is actually quite consistent with tea-party logic – they see it as an unecessary intrusion on personal liberty – but the thing liberals need to think about is this: When’s the last time we saw a crack in the Repub block that resulted in blocking legislation that the Repubs wanted and the Dems did not? When? Anybody? Anybody?

The incident has me pondering two things this morning:

1. Where else can liberals find common ground with these Freshmen?

2. What would have happened if Progressives in Congress had displayed a similar unwillingness to “play ball” when the game itself violated their core convictions?

I could drive myself crazy pondering that latter ephemeral question, but the crack in the Republican block just delivered a tangible result.

So let’s be practical: What else can we do with this interesting new crack in the world?