Posts tagged ‘Democrats’

July 3, 2013

Reading 7/3/2013

by thoughtfulconservative

If George Zimmerman Is Found Not Guilty, Can The American People Handle It? « TheTradingReport.

I suspect some rioting will take place if he’s found innocent.

The growing public acceptance of same-sex marriage and the legalization of marijuana are signs of that the idea of the government minding its own business — in most things — is gaining credence with the public.

via The Libertarian States of America.

And it has a map! #mapgeek

A Gallup poll has found that Obama’s Perceived Honesty, Crisis Management Key to Approval.

So there’s that.

And it’s a poll so <shrug>.

JONATHAN ALTER: There is already very little [illegal immigration] right now, if you look at statistics.

via Chris Matthews: “Republicans Don’t Like Illegal Immigration” And Democrats “Believe In Illegal Immigration” | RealClearPolitics.

Matthews’ quote is, as media is wont to do, a broad brush that attempts to polarize. One group is one side of the issue, the other group is the other side of the issue. It’s what draws viewers and henceforth sells advertising.

Although MSNBC doesn’t seem to be doing that well…

June 16, 2011

And our long national nightmare is over…

by thoughtfulconservative

Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign –

One of these days, politicians may learn.

But I doubt it.

April 12, 2010

Ah, those crazy politicians,

by thoughtfulconservative

bloggers and news outlets.

President Obama has made some recess appointments and to read and listen to the buzz, you’d think no one has ever done this before.

Ah, yes, the old game of political hypocrisy is in full swing. Democrats who criticized Bush when he made recess appointments now say President Obama is justified in making his. And Republicans criticize Obama while forgetting all the ones Bush made.

Actually recess appointments have been used by presidents since the founding of the republic. And it’s completely legal!

But to listen to the cries of outrage from both sides you’d think that Presidents Obama or Bush (depending on your political leaning and time frame) invented it and is using it for dastardly purposes.


You’d never guess by what is being said/written that all these folks held opposite opinions a couple of years earlier.

Newsmax labeled the move “Sneaky.” I’m fairly certain they never used that label with Bush’s appointments.

Likewise the New York Times.

Righty blogs are outraged now, but not so much back then.

Lefty blogs? Just the reverse. (I’ll let you find them; I’m too tired.)

Politicians? Likewise. Note this about John McCain.

And, of course, the president, who, as the ultimate politician tries to have it every which way he can, opposing the filibuster while voting for it.

Let’s get to something important, people.

December 15, 2009

Parties switch Medicare roles

by thoughtfulconservative

For decades, Republicans scraped and clawed to cut money from Medicare. But these days, they’re talking as if they created the popular health care program for seniors.

And Democrats — seeking to trim more than $450 billion from the safety net for seniors over the next 10 years to help finance a sweeping health reform bill — are having to swallow their old rants against cutting the program.

via Parties switch Medicare roles – –

This is nothing new, of course. Political parties have been switching sides for years. Republicans used to be the “progressive” party, then an isolationist party, then the anti-deficit party (well, unless we’re cutting taxes), then….well, you get the drift. Democrats likewise have switched sides with the Republicans.

Sometimes it takes years; at other times, simply months.

At this particular phase, we have Medicare. No one wants to lose the senior vote; they vote most regularly of all the demographics.

Hence the current posturing. Remember a few years back? Republicans wanted to make some changes to Social Security. Democrats said no and so did the seniors and it was dropped never to be heard of again.

If money can be trimmed, I don’t see a problem. But in this day and age of “Gotcha!” politics, the Democrats will yield and a chance for saving money (which Republicans are in favor of, if I remember right) will pass by again.

February 12, 2009

Democrats who have called for the ‘Fairness Doctrine’

by thoughtfulconservative

Coninually pooh poohed by the left, nevertheless there’s a growing crowd advocating for the reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine.

The list, which will grow, no doubt. The links are followed by the Democrats mentioned in the news item.


Sen. Debbie Stabenow, whose

husband, Tom Athans, is and has been an executive at several liberal radio talk groups.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who only wants to

ensure that there are a few liberal shows on the air.

I guess he’s can’t get Air America, either.

Former President Bill Clinton wants ‘more balance’ on airwaves.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

defended the so-called Fairness Doctrine in an interview on Fox News, saying, “I think we should all be fair and balanced, don’t you?”

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), told The Hill in 2007,

“It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine. I have this old-fashioned attitude that when Americans hear both sides of the story, they’re in a better position to make a decision.”

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Senate Rules Committee Chairwoman

“I believe very strongly that the airwaves are public and people use these airwaves for profit. But there is a responsibility to see that both sides and not just one side of the big public questions of debate of the day are aired and are aired with some modicum of fairness.”

Senator John Kerry

In a radio interview on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, excerpted on YouTube, Senator Kerry said he thought the doctrine should return. Calling it one of the “most profound changes in the balance of the media,” he said conservatives have been able to “squeeze down and squeeze out opinion of opposing views. I think it has been a very important transition in the imbalance of our public dialog,” he said.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio).

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.)

I guess my thought is that talk radio and media generally should have a higher calling than just reflect a particular point of view. I think they should use their authority to try to – their broadcast power to present an informed discussion of public issues.

Are there more?

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September 29, 2008

House Rejects Bailout Package, Stocks Plunge

by thoughtfulconservative

Via the

The vote against the measure was 228 to 205, with 133 Republicans joining 95 Democrats in opposition. The bill was backed by 140 Democrats and 65 Republicans.

Wisconsin’s delegation voted as follows:

Democrats 4-1 in favor (Baldwin, Kind, Moore and Obey for; Kagen against).

Republicans 2-1 against (Sensenbrenner and Petri against; Ryan for).

Each side blames the other for the failure. Republicans fault Nancy Pelosi’s speech before the vote. Democrats say the Republicans are putting partisanship before the country.

Stocks have tumbled. Shortly before the closing bell, the Dow was down 777 points, NASDAQ was down almost 200 points and the S&P 500 was down 106 points. A sea of red is scrolling across the bottom of CNBC’s screen. This is the largest drop in 10 years.

Republicans leadership is said to be working hard to get the thirteen votes they need to pass the bill.

Oh and another byproduct of this is that Citicorp is buying Wachovia.

The Asian Badger read the bail out bill and gives his thoughts.