Pawlenty blasts Bachmann

Pawlenty blasts Bachmann

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty says 2012 rival Michele Bachmann has a “nonexistent” record of accomplishment during her three terms in Congress. Pawlenty, who’s behind in the polls and lagging in fundraising, says that as a former Minnesota governor, he has executive experience and achieved results under challenging circumstances. A poll last month in early-voting […]

GOP backs away from Obamacare repeal

GOP backs away from Obamacare repeal

Republicans stormed into control of the House after the 2010 elections determined to repeal Obamacare. They promised to replace the controversial health care “reform” with something else. That was then. This is now and you don’t hear much talk on Capitol Hill about “repeal and replace.” “I can’t get any traction,” says Iowa Rep. Steve […]

Even the right is pissed at Republicans

Even the right is pissed at Republicans

Republican intransigence on lifting the debt ceiling is angering those on both sides of the debate with even some on the right saying the GOP is taking a big chance with its our-way-or-the-highway strategy. “If the debt ceiling talks fail, independent voters will see that Democrats were willing to compromise but Republicans were not,” conservative […]

Debt-limit chicken

Debt-limit chicken

Like a high-stakes poker game with other peoples’ money, Democrats and Republicans continue to posture, ponder and pontificate in their game of debt-limit chicken as the deadline for raising the nation’s credit ceiling looms less than a month away. Publicly, neither side appears willing to budge.  They fight the battle in the media through sound […]

Bye bye Biden?

Bye bye Biden?

Is Joe Biden an endangered species in the Obama White House? Conservative media outlets say “yes.”  New York Post Columnist Fred Dicker claims prominent Democrats and Republicans say Obama could dump Biden from the ticket in a run for a second term next year and replace him with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I don’t […]

The Cain mutiny

The Cain mutiny

First Newt Gingrich, now Herman Cain. Key staffers are jumping ship from the long-shot Presidential campaign of the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO — thought by some to be the GOP sleeper candidate in 2012. Iowa organizational director Tina Goff, New Hampshire director Matt Murphy, regional director Jim Zeiler and Iowa straw poll director Kevin Hall […]

GOP undermines financial reform

GOP undermines financial reform

Congressional Republicans declared war on President Barack Obama‘s financial overhaul as soon as it it became law last year and they are using every tool at their disposal to weaken the reforms and restore the ability of  financial institutions to screw their customers. And they could be winning the war — bit by bit — […]

Independence Day

Independence Day

  The following sticker appears on the back of two of my motorcycle helmets: I’m not a Democrat. I’m not a Republican. I’m an American. There is a difference. That sticker sums up my philosophy and my feelings about my country. My beliefs and my soul belong to no political party, no ideology, no philosophical […]

Beck exits stage right

Beck exits stage right

Glenn Beck, another cable-TV demagogue in a field crowded by zealots from both the right and the left, signed off his Fox News show this week in a typical show of propaganda-driven bile that appeals to the hate and fear of the ignorant.   Beck’s bitter final telecast summed up his rise and fall in […]

Senate cancels holiday recess

Senate cancels holiday recess

The Senate, adding another act to the growing Kabuki Theater of government by showdown, canceled its July 4th break but the action — like everything else in what has become a war of words, positioning and posturing — will not break the deadlock over extending the debt limit. Democratic and Republicans have no plans to […]