Friday, June 28, 2013
Rubio and Cruz - photo - Politico
The Senate Passage of the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act’’ (Read Act Here)has shed some light as to the individuals within the Senate that are willing to compromise to move a goal post towards progress (rather than Progressive), and Marco Rubio, the Senator from Florida, appears to be of such mind. This was the type of move, bi-partisan in nature that sunk Scott Brown like a rock in the 2012 elections. One might think it was the fact that he was tagged as a Republican, however, those on the right in Massachusetts and those so-called independent voters, were not thrilled with the way he voted – crossing party lines in this heavily polarized nation in which we live, can be political folly. The Tampa Bay Times writes an interesting article, titled: “Senate passes immigration bill, but at what cost to Sen. Marco Rubio?”in which his move to work within the structure of the Senate and Comprise, may hurt him politically, with those considered to be on the “fringe” or “far right” voters – (see Tea Party). Of course, the later labels are journalistically created nonsense; rather it is a question of those who adhere to the Constitution and those who feel it is a document to be trifled with. Those Conservatives and Tea Party Members are constantly cast as out of the mainstream, however, one might find that more agree on principle, than not, with conservative values.
Ted Cruz, the Senator from Texas, is one who opposed the Act – not because of immigration reform, rather the contents of the ACT. There are those who refuse to go along to get along, and regardless of political outcome, act on their principals, rather than what is politically correct at the time.
Both Senator’s Cruz and Cornyn voted “No” on the Immigration Reform Bill (Dallas Morning News), as it was written. The Act in its current form, with the addition of amendments, and the loss in the bill of any border security, that stopped both Texans, and will cause the Act to die in the House.
One can understand that Rubio voted out of compassion for those, living here in this nation, who are in the shadows (to use a tired phrase), and would be allowed to come forward, with a process, and become law-abiding, tax-paying citizens. However, without border control, and with the past as a guide, once amnesty (and that is what this Act allows), is granted, millions more flock to this country. To get to the border, and across there is much peril, including those who would financially benefit from either holding individuals for ransom, or charging exorbitant fees to bring them across the border, or, once in the U.S., having them work of the cost of their travel to the U.S. which could take half a lifetime.
That is what Cruz objects to and rightly so. It is not that one might be against an orderly and fair immigration bill, as long as the first measure was to secure the border, by whatever means possible. It would be surprising if either man were hurt by their respective positions in the long-run, as geography is a grand factor – Florida being a microcosm of the Northeast, and Texas being a border state with good reason to be suspicious of any bill coming out of DC. – The Senate Bill as written, is similar to ObamaCare, and everyone knows how that is turning into a nightmare for the Democrat Party.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Ed Markey – New Senator from Massachusetts –Wins in Low Turnout Yawner – Despicable Ads Turn Voters Off
The New York Daily News headline says it all Democrat Ed Markey wins John Kerry’s Senate seat”, in a 10 point spread over first-time political office seeker, Gabriel Gomez, who ran as the Republican. Markey, a diehard progressive, will undoubtedly jump on the climate change bandwagon, elected just in time to sing the Al Gore tune with the President.
Meanwhile, Massachusetts will continue as normal – however, one might be cautioned to either ignore and or pay close attention to the Massachusetts race, which Politico dubbed Markey’s win as a sign of things to come in 2014. One must keep in mind that anything that comes out of Massachusetts politics is probably not in the best interest of the rest of the nation. Those masochists who remain out of a sense of family, or in the utopian hope that somehow Massachusetts will miraculously turn into a 50/50 splits state rather than an 80/20 Democrat to Republican ratio (if it is that high), will carry on. When the you-know-what hits the fan, those that supported Gomez will be able to say “told ya so”.
Markey’s win, either by hook or crook, was established before Gomez entered the race; therefore, there is no surprise in the victory. There is zero organization by an opposing political party to the Democrat machine in Massachusetts – yet. Should they feel the need to step out of the usual comfort zone, they might find fertile ground in an election that brought out a historically low voter turnout – Of course, the negative ads run by both campaigns was a major turnoff. Hand it to Gomez, however, as a 10 point deficit might sound huge in say, Texas, but in Massachusetts that a huge showing of support for the other team. There were several smaller precinct cities which swung 60 percent to Gomez, while formerly backing Warren to the hilt. See Town by Town results at AP.opg For example, Chicopee, which went large for Warren, turned on a dime and went for Gomez – this without a Republican Committee – go figure. While Boston, which a smidgen of the vote, helped to push Markey over the top. This leads one to wonder why on earth Politico would use Markey as the front man for the future – if that is the case, one might expect tons of boring politicians running extremely negative ads and a totally demoralized and disgusted electorate in 2014.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
IRS – Targeting Political Groups to the Right and to the Left – Progressives On IRS List – They also Protested the Administration!
Image of Progressives in San Francisco protesting against Obama - Article Here at progressive.org
Who knew that Progressive Democrats had more in common that just living in the same city, state or country – they both are now knownto have been targeted by the IRS, according to the Miami Herald. Apparently some Democrats are irate that the agency swayed from its persecution of Conservative Groups and cross the line, politically speaking:
Democrats are unhappy that newly revealed Internal Revenue Service documents show the agency screened for progressive groups seeking tax-exempt status, not just the tea party organizations for which the IRS was already under fire.(Miami Herald)
Democrats also want to know why the Treasury Department inspector general who investigated IRS targeting of conservative groups didn't mention that terms like "Progressives" and "Healthcare legislation" were on the same lists agency workers used to find applications to review closely.
Perhaps those who felt protected from the long-arm of the Administration and those at the IRS (Where a stunning 95% of the IRS lawyers donated to Obama(Front Page Magazine)), who were targeting those darn Tea Party groups, should have not had the nerve to stage protest against the President!! (CBS News)
One finds the news outlets, in full swing, as the story line is now that the Tea Party is complaining about something that happens to other political groups! – Therefore nothing to see anywhere, move along.(Business Week) – However, it also may be argued that an enemies list used, whereby, either directly or by proxy, against anyone who would naysay the President, may be something a bit more – malignant.
It is one thing to afford the man who holds the Office of the President some respect, but when it comes to adoration, specifically by employees of the government, to the point where some may be abusing the people, right or left of the political spectrum, that pay their salaries, perhaps, just perhaps, there should be a bit broader of an investigation by those in Congress who might wish to tame that arm of the government down a bit – perhaps modernizing to the point where, with everything automated, from filing to processing of payments, refunds and returns, it has become as relevant as the Post Office – except everyone likes the Post Office.
With all seriousness, rather than deflect the Tea Party Narrative of Abuse, what this does in highlight the probability of complicity between the Administration and the Internal Revenue Service. It is more than likely a group of zealots, rather than the man they feel transcends mortality, yet, it is to the point where it is becoming more clear by the day, that a smaller, leaner, Constitutional Federal Government would produce a more effective and efficient and stable United States.
Monday, June 24, 2013
From the Daily Mail - a new breed of cat has been discovered by scientists – one that, due to a genetic mutation – has a coat that is noted as being either poodle-like and/or sheep like. The fact that the cat has feral origins – may have left a bit of a mystery as to classification – however, it is a gene that is consistent in litters.
I’m a fan of the dog – but all animals fascinate. Most of those of the political nature.
Tomorrow Massachusetts votes for an interim U.S. Senate Seat – the winner will either has to run again in 2014 and/or bow out – either way – if one lives in Massachusetts, one is eligible to vote, one should vote. I have, in the past few days heard many references to “why should I bother” – this from both sides of the aisle – those on the Republican side, (or independent leaving Republican) – don’t feel their vote would matter given it’s a Democrat state of mind – On the other hand, those voting Democrat are – Demoralized – Markey doesn’t excite and now paying attention to everything in Washington, are laying blame, sometimes without evidence – sometimes with –but with their own party. – This may be the lowest turnout in history – complete due to apathy – so in this case –either way; one vote could make a difference.
This of course, has nothing to do with cats, but, could not resist throwing in a little science.
Posted by Tina Hemond at 6:21 AM
Labels: Massachusetts Politics - Vote on Tuesday - Markey - Gomez, Montana Feral Cat, The Selkirk Rex