Wednesday, February 26, 2014

MSNBC – Run Elizabeth Warren, Run! On her very Popular Policies

Krystal Ballover at MSNBC lays out the case for why she feels Elizabeth Warren, brand new Senator from Massachusetts, should run for the Presidency on the Progressive Democrat ticket:

This view is puzzling because Warren and her policies are quite popular.

For starters, she is a strong backer of lifting the minimum wage which is massively popular across the ideological spectrum.

And Warren’s supposedly radical idea that we should expand Social Security by more accurately calculating the cost of living is also very popular. The National Academy of Social Insurance found that 7 in 10 Americans preferred expanding Social Security and paying for it by lifting the income cap to our current system.

But Warren has really made her name by fearlessly challenging banks and trying to reign in their predatory practices. Here again, she’s got the public’s backing with 68% of Americans believing that banks are hurting the country. On the issue of inequality, to me the central issue facing our nation, voters overwhelmingly believe inequality is growing and that the government should do something about it. So, if Warren’s a radical leftist, well I guess much of the country is as well.

The real problem is not that Warren is too left, it’s that we’ve allowed our politics and what is considered the “center” in our politics to be pulled farther right. That’s no accident. A lot of money has gone into convincing us that the moderate, centrist responsible thing to do is to lower corporate taxes, cut social security and basically let banks do whatever the hell they want. So yeah, Warren might be too liberal for the donor class, and Bill O’Reilly might want you to think that she’s too liberal for America, but America overwhelmingly disagrees. It is long past time for a course correction.

That doesn’t mean Warren can’t fundraise. In fact, she raised more in her Senate race than any other congressional candidate in the country. It turns out that there are a lot of folks who’d be willing to make a small investment in some actual people-powered, unbought democracy.

Although Ms. Ball finds that one might think Warren is too far left (seriously), all of her policies are wildly popular – the question remains, with whom? – Generally, the minimum wage is popular among a segment of the society that believes all things should be equal –and that tacking on the price of a raise to the customer is not an issue, nor the burden the small employer – go figure. – Who needs jobs and affordable groceries/fast food anyhow?

Inequality in voting does not keep most American’s up at night –there is an old history book, circa 1860, that offers an overview on the duty to vote: Once, in one place, and as a citizen, one got a ticket to vote – granted women were not given that ticket – times have marched on but the principals are the same.

Yes, the banks, we can all agree we’d love to have more in them, but, stretching the hard earned money of those still employed in order to put money into savings is becoming more difficult.

Had she said, nice old lady, a professor, looks like a grandmother, who can’t trust their grandmother – and she’s feisty, a carpetbagger from Oklahoma who suggested she had some Cherokee blood in her veins (the tribe hotly denies), in order to get tenure at Harvard. – So smart, and not above a bit of larceny.

Presidential Material – absolutely, especially if one is one the left –watch for a Warren center-right makeover and that will be the writing on the wall.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Club for Growth Scorecard – Where the Senate and the Congress Fall when it comes to Pro-Growth legislation – A 2014 Voters Guide

The Club for Growth has released it’s scorecard for the 2013 legislative body – the ranks from 1(high) to N/A – (insufficient votes to register) can be found here at

Not surprisingly, the top members who are not likely to legislate the nation further into debt and promote economic growth are Cruz (R-TX), Lee (R-UT), Paul (R-KY), Enzi (R-WY), Risch (R-ID), Scott, (R-SC), Inhofe (R. OK), Corurn (R-OK) (The Waste Book Author), Cornyn (R-TX and Toomey (R-PA) round out the top 10 in the Senate. The House has Frank Trent (AZ-8-R) at the top, and Peters (MI-18-D) rounding out the bottom – scores 100% perfect to the single digits (Club for Growth).

Poltico was quick to point out that two Democrats did fairly well on the list, holding at 40% were “Retiring House Democratic Reps. Jim Matheson of Utah and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina. (This was followed by:) The GOP lawmakers that the Club ranked below Matheson and McIntyre are: Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida (38 percent), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida (37 percent), Michael Grimm of New York (37 percent) and Chris Gibson of New York (37 percent). Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) tied the two conservative Democrats at 40 percent. (Politico)

What this tells us is that normally split fairly evenly along party lines (with pro-growth meaning fewer taxes and incentives for businesses to hire, (simple version), there are variances in each party, and according to the state or district one represents.

One might however, be more inclined, in this economy that, although improving, is nowhere near where it needs to be in order restore significant j job growth, to check the other name on the ballot in 2014 when every single one of those Representatives are up for reelection and elect a new citizen representative.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Left Give and Takes as Baldwin and Morgan bow out of the Limelight – the rise of the American Revolution against the “Ruling Class”

Not normally one to pay much heed to what takes place in the working day to day drama that is “celebrity” (with the exception of allegedly “rock star” politicians), it is interesting to note two individuals who have experienced both the largesse of the celebrity lifestyle and the lows of the same.

The first is Alex Baldwin, more infamous than famous one might think, but interestingly enough, Baldwin, who is noted as “left-wing” – was bitten by the very individuals who held him in esteem, over what one might think was politically incorrect, he sums it up in his “goodbye to public life”. Apparently he has no use now for the “media” ( The other is Piers Morgan who realized that his views and the views of the U.S. public, as well as the delivery at CNN, were not in harmony, so he’s leaving the network. (NYTimes).

Both men were speaking about ratings, however, it is the left of center that simply does not sell, not in any considerable volume and the general public takes the opportunity to walk away from one mindset for another –the point being that there are choices and U.S. citizens will make those choices, not being fond of what might, in another time, be considered propaganda.

Speaking to the heart of this, is an article in USA today regarding American’s Rising up Against the Government, written by a University of Tennessee Law professor – he begins the article in with the stunning: “America's ruling class has been experiencing more pushback than usual lately. It just might be a harbinger of things to come.”, and the article went downhill from there. – Speaking to the inability of the bureaucracy to implement laws that the general public may not care for..

First, the ruling class of which he speaks is the government, and by extension, those in the media who are in the back pocket of the same. The American’s take out their frustrations not in the general sense of an uprising, but while exercising their rights in this Republic, by voicing their opinion, voting for the opposition, and turning to another news program or opinion program at a competitive network.

What Alec Baldwin may or may not have realized, (given the article it appears anger, and bitterness over the media and the liberals whom he felt have abandoned him) is that he is now in a position to understand the extreme’s of those who live for regulation, rather than for liberty. The professor who abhors the exercise of liberty has established that there is a ruling class (liberal), and that those that don’t subscribe to the loss of liberty by this ruling class, are undertaking a revolution.

It is not so much a revolution but a rejection of the very same nonsense that is big-overreach-government, which is drawing more individuals to the Jeffersonian Republican outlook (i.e. Libertarian). They mistake the exercise of the right under the Constitution as somehow criminal and the fact that they belief there is a ruling class in this nation, makes them even more gullible, pitiable. There are those who may believe they rule, however, given they are citizens elected by a body of citizens, it is simply not the case. Elections are won and lost, parties with power are also been known to crumble from within and reform as time and history dictates, and power is won and lost – all within the boundaries of the Constitution which is the only rule that applies.

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