Monthly Archives: December 2013

The GOP’s Biggest Rebranding Failures Of 2013

The very notion that a party can conquer new demographics simply by rebranding itself shows just how shallow they are. Political affiliation is more then just a billboard sign or a logo, it is about ideology, pragmatic governance and a value system bringing its member together towards a common goal. The Republican Party hasn’t been […]

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

Fourteen 2014 New Year’s Resolutions for Progressives — and One for Every Year

This list of resolutions should be printed out as fliers and distributed far and wide. We, the progressives, need to show that we are the party of opportunity, possibility and progress, a distinct contrast to the republican’s negative and nihilistic vision for the average person. I use the term nihilistic because by denying collective bargaining […]

Ted Cruz Insists Role In Government Shutdown Wasn’t A Mistake

Senator Ted Cruz seems to be one of those who refuse any accountability when things go wrong, but are extremely happy to reap all of the glory when things go right. I don’t think that people want that character trait in a boss, a co-worker or least of all a legislator. I hope that when […]

Here Are All The Times Congress Screwed Americans This Year In The Name Of Austerity

The health or unhealthy state of our economy is primarily determined by policy choices. Austerity is very much a policy choice and the resultant consequences are man-made, there aren’t any natural economic laws such as there are in physics. Economies can be manipulated, changed or helped by government policies or lack thereof. Let’s not forget […]

After Newtown, Building A Stronger System Of Mental Health Services

I think that getting rid of the stigma of mental health illnesses is a tremendous step in the right direction. Mental health issues at any age is a cross to bear, but the burden is especially high in the young and the adolescent. Letting everyone know that they are no longer alone is such a […]

Health Care Law Divides Republican Rivals

Actually I think that this is a good thing for the Republican Party and its electorate. I would rather have them hash out their differences on the campaign trail as opposed to gumming up the works during congressional legislative sessions. The republican congressmen should show up to work, not campaign while in session. This inter-party […]

Pope Francis Offers Hopeful Christmas Day Message From St. Peter’s

I went to Catholic school until the age of 18, I remember loving the whole concept of God and Jesus, one and alike, a wondrous being who loves us no matter what, no matter who we are. Unfortunately I fell in love with history and political science and I realized that religion has nothing to […]

Mike Huckabee’s Bully Pulpit: Economic Populism

It seems to me that Mike Huckabee’s economic populism isn’t in keeping with his political ideology. He is a conservative republican, who believes in the free market and believes that government isn’t here to help the people economically. I don’t understand how he can be a preacher and be a republican at the same time. […]

House Republicans Opposed To Extended Unemployment Benefits Could Pay The Price In 2014: Poll

Just imagine how it must feel to know that your congressional representative, who theoretically works for you, is unabashedly opposed to letting unemployment benefits continue for you, the long-term unemployed, despite the fact that your representative has voted down every single bill presented that potentially could have added jobs, simply because they are firmly opposed […]