May 31st, 2012
By Tony Petromonaco -- I know Mitt Romney's remark that he felt the U.S. Constitution should be changed to require three years of
business experience to be President was more than likely a volley of President Obama and his campaign's "serve" attack ad on Romney's Bain Capital track record -- but it calls the question about what being a worth candidate should entail.
As long as we are taking a look at the Constitutional requirements to be President, we have a few ideas.
How about a requirement to serve in the military for at least three years in order to run for President, an office which includes the title of Command-in-Chief of the entire military establishment as one of its ancillary responsibilities. I mean, as long as you are going to be in a position to send American men and women off to die, don't you think it would behoove the person in that position to have at least served at some level for some rudimentary period of time before we put them in charge of the whole thing.
Another good thing, since the President is ultimately responsible for the well-being of all the people of American --
not just the rich -- then perhaps we should require that a candidate for President should be required to have served at least three years as a community organizer in order to be qualified for President. I mean if you're going to be responsible for their well-being, it seems like it might be handy to have some experience out their in the communities in the real world -- finding out what the needs of the people are -- and helping them figure out tactics and strategies that might help them better their situations. Some minimal working knowledge and first hand experience of what the job of serving American citizens requires -- could potentially come in handy..
One final note here, too, Mitt. Acting like a carnival barker -- a tea party jokester clown -- and then letting yourself be upstaged on your own campaign stage by a "bloviating ignoramus" is not likely to be perceived as Presidential by the American people -- and not likely to propel you to the Presidency. Not at all.
By Byronn Glenn • Posted in Politics
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May 31st, 2012
By Frank Byronn Glenn -- Former Wyoming Senator, Republican Sen. Alan Simpson went on record criticizing fellow Republicans for their
unyielding opposition to new tax revenues, which he said is obstructing efforts to reach a debt reduction agreement.
“I guess I’m known as a RINO now, which means a Republican in name only,
because, I guess, of social views, perhaps, or common sense would be another one, which seems to escape members of our party,” said Simpson, a co-chair of President Obama’s fiscal commission, speaking on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”
“For heaven’s sake, you have Grover Norquist wandering the earth in his white robes saying
that if you raise taxes one penny, he’ll defeat you,” he added. “He can’t murder you. He can’t burn your house. The only thing he can do to you, as an elected official, is defeat you for reelection. And if that means more to you than your country when we need patriots to come out in a situation when we’re in extremity, you shouldn’t even be in Congress.”
“You can’t cut spending your way out of this hole. You can’t grow your way out of this hole. And you can’t tax your way out of this hole.
So put that in your pipe and smoke it, we tell these people. This is madness,” Simpson said. “If you want to be a purist, go somewhere on a mountaintop and praise the East or something. But if you want to be in politics, you learn to compromise. And you learn to compromise on the issue without compromising yourself. Show me a guy who won’t compromise and I’ll show you a guy with rock for brains.”
The Simpson-Bowles commission’s work comprised of policies worth trillions
in long-run deficit reductions by way of deep domestic spending reductions, cuts to safety-net programs like Medicare and Social Security, and new tax revenues.
Simpson characterized Obama as well-intentioned but caught in a no win situation.
“If he had embraced our plan, he would have been ripped to shreds,” the former senator said.
“[H]e would have been ripped by the Democrats, say, why, you rotten — you’re digging into these precious, precious Medicare. And the Republicans would have rejected — if he’d have embraced it, the Republicans en masse in the House would have rejected it. So either way, he’s going to get hammered. So he is playing the waiting game.”
Well, all I have to say is, it doesn't happen very often -- but today I find my self in substantial agreement with a Republican
-- though admittedly an old style Republican -- from back in the day! Shout out to Alan Simpson!
By Byronn Glenn • Posted in Rock-head Republicans
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May 31st, 2012
By Stephanie Devereaux -- I keep saying that Republicans hate democracy, but I have a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that if we
analyzed the situation carefully we would find that in fact it is nothing that comprehensible -- or respectable.
. .I I I think it is as simple that democracy does not matter to them. or to the extent that it does --
it is mess -- and a nuisance. What matters to the Scott Walkers, the Snyders, the Scotts, and Christies is that they have found a way -- patterning themselves after the Rush Limbaugh career track -- that totally valueless individuals with megalomaniac personalities can indenture themselves to billionaires (thanks again to Citizens United) -- and shock and astonish themselves and everyone who knew them by becoming relevant in the life of America in an enormously negative way.
They represent that generation of morally bankrupt and intellectually vacuous opportunists that come along every generation or so and bring fascism
and totalitarianism with them like monarchy and dictatorships are brand new ideas they have discovered and fallen in love with -- because by serving their "economic royalist" masters they can somehow propel themselves out of their existential ennui and somehow become relevant and larger than life (in their own minds) in an otherwise confusing and daunting world. You have to feel sorry for them -- on the one hand -- and sorry for Wisconsin, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, Florida -- and the Unites States, America, and good Americans everywhere across this good land -- on the other.
It is sobering -- and not without angst -- to consider that this morally bankrupt bastard in Wisconsin -- who has done so much harm to that state -- and to America -- is even still considered to have a chance to survive this recall -- just because a few despicable billionaires have ponied up millions -- to keep their own personal Genghis Khan and democracy-executioner alive and well in the governors mansion in Wisconsin.
It is my fervent hope that -- in the fullness of time -- all of their souls will burn in hell for what they have done to the rest of us!