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The bad news? GOP’s same Spineless Leaders

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So you think the fact that Republicans now control both houses of Congress there will be a rollback of Obama’s unpopular policies?  Guess again.

If you hit the snooze button for another two years, there will be a lot of whining and gnashing of teeth, but nothing important will get done.  Obamacare will still be the law of the land.  We will still be spending more than we take in and our immigration laws will still be a joke.

But wait a minute.  Isn’t this why the electorate gave the Republicans control of Congress?  What about the millions that were spent on the ads Repubican candidates were running touting these very things?  Aren’t these the very issues this election was supposed to be all about? Read the rest of this entry »

Why I left the Democratic Party

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Recently, I received an email from a former television colleague.  I’ll call him Jack (not his real name).  Jack lamented the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and invited me to read and post on his blog.  It had been years since we’ve had any direct contact, but I have great respect for this man.  Therefore, I went to Jack’s blog and began reading.  It sickened me, so much so that I was, for one of the few times in my life, speechless.

It was one of the worst biased political rants I have ever seen.

It began with a personal story.  As a young photographer, Jack covered a race riot in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he discovered that the local police chief had sent officers in blackface to stir up the rioters so he could crack down on them.  After that, the “chief” ran for Congress as a Republican and won.

I don’t doubt Jack’s veracity.  However, it was as if time has stood still for him.  Therefore, he believes all Republicans (and tea party members and other conservative-leaning organizations like the Heritage Foundation) to be racist. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 27th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

The Lady Has Balls

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In the race for the Iowa Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin one candidate has balls, a lady.  Those balls have propelled her into the lead in a crowded Republican primary and they just may be enough to take her all the way to Washington.

Make no mistake.  I’m not talking about a transvestite.  Those balls belong to Joni Ernst, a mother of three.   They are not her own.  They are the ones she bragged about taking from the pigs she castrated on her family’s farm in her first 30-second TV commercial.  Read the rest of this entry »

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May 21st, 2014 at 5:30 pm

McConnell’s Ill-Timed “Fighting Words”

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One thing coaches fear is a player with a loose tongue.  He may say something derogatory about an opposing team that can be used to gin up the opposition on the eve of a big game.  Over the years, these “fighting words” have inspired many weaker teams to prevail over stronger, cocky opponents.

Feeling his oats after a brief appearance before the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) committed such a faux pas during an interview with The New York Times which was published Saturday.

McConnell and two other Republican senators with questionable conservative credentials are facing strong Tea Party-backed challengers in their primaries this year. McConnell simply could not hide his disdain.  “I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” he told the Times.  “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”    Read the rest of this entry »

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March 17th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

What the Polls are REALLY telling us about the Shutdown

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Woe to the GOP!  Beware of a government shutdown!  You will be blamed and if you persist in challenging the president.  You will lose control of the House of Representatives and kill any chance of regaining control of the Senate!

These “world will come to an end” warnings were issued by the Republican establishment and  often repeated by timid GOP elected representatives who fear — above all else — being thrown out of office and having to get real jobs like the rest of us poor saps who pay their salaries.

Who can blame them?  

In the USA they helped to create, jobs are hard to come by and even harder to maintain.  

Now, the party establishment and their echo chorus in Congress are gleefully pointing to the latest Washington Post/ ABC News poll that shows that 74 percent of the American people are unhappy with the way they are handling these negotiations and saying, “I told you so!”  

Not so fast.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jane Chastain

October 16th, 2013 at 5:30 pm


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