“Our economy is facing a major headwind, and that is Republicans in Congress.” This was how White House spokesman Jay Carney tried Wednesday to explain away any responsibility on President Obama’s part for the 0.1 percent economic contraction that occurred in the fourth quarter of last year. In particular, he cited Republican “brinksmanship” over the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.
From the way he spoke, you would think that Republicans control the apparatus of government in Washington. You would think that Obama hadn’t been president for four years, or that he didn’t spend months threatening to veto any rollback of the sequester cuts, or that the sequester had not originally been his administration’s idea as a solution to the budget impasse of 2011. But as he has for so long, Obama would rather blame, in Carney’s words, Republican “brinksmanship” over the sequester. Continue reading →
I didn’t want a tax hike of any sort. I’ve said before the thinking of higher taxes creating revenue is a fallacy. Though for full disclosure, it’s the spending that’s the issue and this was going to be a tough road for Republicans after the 2012 elections.
Watching the fiscal cliff negotiations was a ‘hope-against-hope’ proposition for me. I’m a Minnesota Vikings fan so it has been a long life, many Superbowl’s and play off chokes to not understand what hope-against-hope feels like.
The bridesmaid thing stinks. That’s what it feels like as a Republican these days. Continue reading →
Boycotts are for sore losers. Sure, it makes sense if you don’t agree with someone out in the market, talk with the purse. It makes sense. Money is a powerful tool. As the saying goes; hit ’em where it hurts, in the wallet.
I wouldn’t argue that it’s all well and good that boycotts can be an tool for sociopolitical statements. I’m just not so sure they’re worth the effort. Continue reading →
(Rightward Journal Note: Interesting Perspective from a long time Democrat)
I strongly disagree with Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge. But I believe his views are sincere. And I condemn those who substitute personal attacks on Norquist for factual arguments to prove him wrong.
First, I don’t get why my fellow Democrats and liberals blame Norquist for the “pledge” — rather than those who sign the pledge. Continue reading →
The ‘red pill’ and its opposite, ‘blue pill,‘ are pop culture terms that have become symbolic of the choice between blissful ignorance (blue) and embracing the sometimes-painful truth of reality (red). It’s time for America to take the red pill and wake up from the fog of apathy.