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|The Future of U.S. Israel Relations
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| I believe Jihadists must be forcefully countered
Forcefully does not always mean "with force", but sometimes it does mean that, and I believe the use of force is an important aspect of countering Jihadists now. I have always resisted the use of ...
|Grenada, the Crimea, and the GOP
In 1983 a government of disputed legitimacy in Grenada, a small Caribbean nation well within the long acknowledged U.S. sphere of influence, was itself overthrown by a coup amid social turmoil that ...
|"Make me do it" is the most honest and important statement Obama ever made
Want a progressive agenda implemented? "Make me do it" is the presidential reply. That not only applies to President Obama, who actually once said words to that effect, it also applies to every ...
|Bridget Kelly woke up one day and realized "Hey, my life is too dull".
It's the only explanation left for what happened with the George Washington Bridge access lane closures if you take Chris Christie at his word. Sure Bridget had a secure six figure job with a ...
|Steve Kornacki, Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow: Promise Kept
I, like millions of other Americas, have watched the emergence of this new generation of television journalists with delight. Like the whole political world, it seems, I am glued to their collective ...
| Iran in U.S. Senate Crosshairs
Pending legislation actively supported by a significant minority of the U.S. Senate, including 15 Democratic Senators, establishes strict economic sanctions to be imposed on Iran should it not ...
|It simply is true. Current Capitalism is failing the American People
This isn't a rant. It's not even really about ideology in any black or white sense. Capitalism, like most human endeavors, isn't static. It evolves, it gets modified and it changes. For all the love ...
|The case for throwing Republicans a fig leaf
It's a straight forward argument. If Republicans get some face saving fig leaf in return for backing off the creaking branch that they've climbed out onto, the odds increase that our American ...
|The Republican Idea of Compromise
So now it is looking like the best case scenario end game to stave off the two headed Republican sponsored monster of government shutdown and defaulting on our fiscal obligations is for Republicans ...
|There is no new world order. The last one ended in Iraq.
I have mixed feelings about this. People always strive to establish order, that’s one of the main things that we do. We set up homes and make friends. We set up governments and make allies. We ...
|Corporate Democrats think we'll tire of "flavor of the month" outrage re: the Chained CPI
We are just liberals being liberals after all, flitting from one burning cause to another. By Summer at the latest they count on us moving on to something else; it might be GMO crops, or Fracking, ...
|So, protest from "his base" can strengthen Obama's hand, eh?
The media has Sister Souljah Psychosis. We are no longer in the 1990's. It is no longer "news" when a Democratic politician rattles liberals. It doesn't stand out as "a refreshing show of ...
|War or Peace? A Political Decision
OK, you might call this a flat out rant, written in the wake of a certain official budget leak. Over dramatic? Perhaps. But how many lives continue to be lost to a circle of widening poverty? For ...
|This Middle Class Amnesia Won’t Last Much Longer
In these enduring economic hard times, class consciousness in a lagging indicator that most Americans are still loath to recognize. Wall Street C.E.O.s lend their support to campaigns for sweeping “
|The Ultimate Wedge Issues: Rebellion and Civil War
The fringe has been creeping out from under the rocks for decades now and have reached the edge of the playing field, in open view of anyone not caught intentionally looking the other way. Call them ...
|The Republican Fraud
It’s no accident that politics has two poles. Conservatives and liberals have debated each other for centuries. The wisest in both camps always acknowledged some virtue in their respective ...
|The Anti-Democratic Party: An Overview of the Modern Republican Party
Changing the Rules: Ultimately there are three reasons why anyone might propose changing how Americans elect our government(s); to make the process more or less fair, to make the process more or ...
|If Republicans Obstruct Again They Do So At Great Peril
Nothing is the same this time around, other than the fact that Barack Obama once again got elected President. He isn’t the same as he was four years ago. The nation isn’t the same as it was four ...
|Money and The Maxed Out Right
What will Wall Street do? The Republican Party has been their go to team for most of the last century. Sure Wall Street curried favor among some Democrats also. They are after all the folks who ...
|I remember the old definition of "Middle". You know, like the 50 yard line in football.
Mid field has as much turf extending to the right as it does to the left. And when a team runs a fullback up the middle he plows into the center of the opposing line. Middle still means middle in ...
|What's not being said about Guns
A small but increasingly influential element of the Republican Right opposes all efforts to regulate assault rifles, semi-automatic weapons, and high capacity ammo magazines precisely because they ...
|Tax Cuts, F-35s, or Medicare?
Social Security and Medicare were instituted to combat the damning scourge of Senior poverty in America. Today most Americans may be living longer, but becoming poor younger. Our economy has changed ...
| “Shared Sacrifice” and “The Fiscal Cliff”.
The United States by all accounts is deep in debt and something has to give. Our Government needs more income and/or fewer expenses; either that or a lot more credit cards from China. Americans need ...
|Romney Forfeited His Closing Argument
It’s a tradition when Election Day looms, candidates for President fashion their closing argument to voters. Even when they have nothing new to offer they attempt to make a definitive case. On a ...
|For Democrats the Short National Nightmare is Over
On October 4th 2012 we woke up to a chilling prospect. A man who hired for his advisors most of the foreign policy team that thrust America into a disastrous Iraq war; a man who pioneered the ...
|An Opportunist Candidate.
It’s not subtle, it’s stark. Rarely has a major party candidate for President so positioned himself to ride any and all prevailing currents, regardless of the facts, the way that Mitt Romney has ...
|Obama Courts the Motherlode of Undecideds
When you can't see the forest for the trees it becomes easier to get lost. President Obama's swing state scramble has sent a number of political analysts off barking up the wrong tree, failing to ...
|Romney Was Afraid of Something Last Night
It wasn't so much his policy shifts, which pretty much left him endorsing Obama's foreign policy agenda - though there certainly was that too. It was the personality transplant that Romney underwent ...
|For Mitt Romney, the Great Recession Never Happened
Not according to his campaign anyway, not when he can get away with it. When Romney says "If you re-elect President Obama, you know what you’re going to get. You're going to get a repeat of the ...
|What Recession is He Talking About? Not What a Real Recovery Looks Like???
It was one mean mother fracking recession that the last Republican administration left us with, not at all like the 11 more or less garden variety previous recessions that the United States ...
|What Was Buried By The Debate Fixation
While attention stays focused on the words said at the first Presidential debate, and how well or poorly they were spoken, there is a trend gaining momentum in the real world in which Americans ...
|G.O.P. Govs laid off thousands, Repub House killed jobs bills, Big Corporations sat on huge profits
And the unemployment rate still just dropped below 8%, down a full half percentage point this Summer/Fall to 7.8%. Republicans and Romney's Wall Street backers tried every trick in the book to delay ...
|Incoherent on the Middle East
Probing for a weakness to exploit, Mitt Romney’s campaign has turned to attacking President Obama on U.S. policy in the Middle East. Romney claims U.S. leadership is lacking in the region, and ...
|The Politics of "Bring it On!"
That notorious quote from President George W. Bush continues to echo in today's Republican Party. The same macho posture, the same "our troops can handle anything the enemy throws at us, so let them ...
|Focused Like a Laser on a Mirror Ball: How a Paul Ryan Fiasco Became Almost Unavoidable
So I wrote and first posted this (somewhere else) over two weeks ago; on Sunday August 25th to be precise. Both the Republican and Democratic Conventions were still yet to come`Somehow it seems ...
|One Crazy Too Many
No one exactly saw it coming, not then, not there anyway. And certainly not in the person of Clint Eastwood; who is widely viewed as a relatively down to earth and thoughtful man. .But it happened ...
|Retro Man Lyrics
I filed my taxes many years ago Seperated from my firm And I'm gonna be richer than you forever more I didn't have to quit being CEO on time I kept my pay for three years The past has no hold ...
|2016 Tea Party Platform: Privitize Citizenship
Today as we celebrate the American Revolution, let us look forward to future milestones of freedom, independence, and the ultimate triumph of free market forces. Once again ...
|The World Grown Smaller: Wealth Holds No Allegiance
I remember all the optimistic visions of our future generated by the first photos taken by NASA of "Spaceship Earth". No borders could be seen dividing one branch of the human family from another. ...
|Heroes in the Dark with names I will never know
The Egyptian citizens who held out through the night to hold onto their position inside Liberation Square saved their Revolution. They showed incredible courage facing down the hoards of armed ...
|Obama's NAFTA moment: Reaganism under a Democratic Banner
Cut the size of Government, give taxpayers back their money, depend on the private sector for solutions to whatever ails us. Our nation is still in the worst economic crisis since the Great ...
|No one ever pooled their tax cuts to build a high speed railroad
The hidden cave in to Republicans,and perhaps the most far reaching in consequences, is Obama's surrender to Republican ideology; tax cuts as the cure all for all that ails us. With the nation in ...
|My Big Picture Populist Rant
Deficits aren't the problem. An untenable economic future is the problem, and while ongoing massive deficits could lead us to that state someday they do not currently pose our gravest economic threat.
|Nine Ways Obama Didn't Fight
The debate continues over whether our support is deserved for Health Care Reform in its current guise, but I can't ignore the paths not taken. The consequences of the choices Obama made on the road ...
|Co-Pays, Deductibles, Out of Pocket Expenses, and Me
As a self employed person who had private insurance and dropped it a few years back, let me simply share this with you. As I kept getting older and my premiums kept increasing, I couldn't afford ...
|Casey Jones you better watch your speed (would have been better off just pushing insurance reforms)
That is what makes this current compromise surrender to special interests so doubly tragic. Like any exercise in legislative sausage making, near infinite deals and trade offs went into crafting the ...
|Comparing Unhealthy States and Electoral Votes; New Data
Forbes Magazine, which has never been called a liberal rag by the Right, recently published a 2009 national survey by the United Health Foundation entitled: "The Healthiest And Unhealthiest States". ...
|A Rant for Reid
Even if Harry Reid knew he didn't have 60 votes locked up, Reid made the right choice. Even if the White House worried that he didn't have 60 votes, he made the right call. The corporate centrists ...
|Red States and Camel Noses
I will feel bad for people living in states that opt out of a public insurance option. However it won't help them one bit if people in NO states are given the choice of a public option instead. ...
|The Problem with a Race to 60 Votes
Yes rumors continue to swirl about President Obama's tactical preferences for pushing health care reform through Congress this year. Some believe that Obama is playing 11 dimensional chess which ...
|A fig leaf for a trigger?
It's true Olympia Snowe does call herself a Republican and she did give her tepid and pointedly non binding support to the Baccus "we don't need no stinkin public option" health care reform approach.
|The Democratic Party has been put on notice.
The strong upswell of grassroots support for a real public option in health care reform caught some Party leaders a bit off guard. But what really caught them off guard was the tenacity with which ...
|Political Convergence: Bank Bail Out Profits and the Public Option
The great Wall Street Bail Out, TARP and the various programs associated with it, continues to breed deep levels of resentment and cynicism in the American public who footed the bill for rescuing ...
|"Keep your powder dry"
Pick your fight, give it your best shot, wait for the moment to be right; all battle related cliches with more or less the same meaning: be strategic in your timing to increase your chance of victory.
|The Problem with Profits; Case in Point
A small story appeared in the New York Times that few nationally are likely to have noted. It was published on page MB1 of the New York edition, not exactly high profile placement for a national ...
|If Democrats get it right this time...
they will be America's Party for the next two decades, or more. If Democrats find their voice, declare their beliefs, and affirm their values now, they will be ascendant for a generation, or more. ...
|When a Political Party will not defend my interests I will not defend that Party
I am ready to write off the Democratic Party as a cause that I am willing to invest any time, energy or money into. I am willing to see the Democratic Party lose power if that is what it must come to.
|Is the Democratic Party still Proud of Medicare?
It sure doesn't seem like it. For generations the Democratic Party defined themselves as the Party that fought for and won Social Security and Medicare benefits for Americans who needed them most. ...
|A Challenge to Blue Dog & Republican Senators
How many of them would feel comfortable voting on a Sense of the Senate Resolution such as this one?
|I dislike dynasties & I back Caroline Kennedy for Senate
There are two related arguments used against her; that she seeks the office without sufficient experience based on the power of her family connections. In my ideal universe name recognition and ...
|Obama is forming the U.S. near equivelent of a National Unity Government
He hasn't moved to the center, he has moved the center to him. 8 years of George W. Bush's Administration has progressively deepened a national crisis on every front. With challenges as severe as ...
|September 12th - A day and a nation later
In October of 2004, I had the following piece forwarded to the John Kerry campaign by a contact I then had who had access to it's inner circles. It was my proposal for the theme Kerry should have ...
|Obama and the Sacred Pow
The Republican Party, true slackers when it comes to upgrading the nation’s mass transit infrastructure, have none the less been busy electrifying the tracks of American politics with all the ...
|Why not Rhonda Cornum or David Eberly for VP?
I'm just throwing out a couple of names here, no doubt with a little effort scores more good potential Commander in Chiefs in waiting VP's can be found by pursuing this line of inquiory. It all ...
|Obama; his Church, our People.
I fully accept and understand that Barack Obama has remained a member in good standing of Trinity Church for twenty years, even though some pretty outrageous things have been said there from time to ...
|Majority Voices Support for Hillary
The voices of women, who of course make up the largest majority group in America, are featured in two new video ads released by the Hillary Clinton campaign. An appeal to women, and support from ...
|“Opting Out” Undermines Core Democratic Values
Most core Republican Party special interests, with a partial exception for some elements of the Religious Right, essentially believe in Social Darwinism. They heap high praise on “The ...
|It's Time for Barack Obama to Call Out Jon Stewart. Who is with me!?!
Jon Stewart just took the malicious racial and religious smears that the Right Wing will try to use to bring Obama down and made them viral. He openly injected America's fear of Islamic extremist ...
|Ron Paul '08: A Primary vs Caucus Results Case Study
No serious political observer ever believed that Ron Paul had a real chance to win the Republican nomination for President in 2008. Ron Paul was always destined to be a spirited also ran. But one ...
|I Think I Would Really Like Hillary Clinton If I Knew Her Personally
It's a funny thought for me to settle on now, with a huge election test looming on Super Tuesday. But it's the one that has slowly been working it's way up from my sub conscious mind, and now that it'
|A Strategy to Contain Nuclear Proliferation: Peace
This has become my annual Christmas Day post. May the day come when I feel no need to post this: Some times the obvious must be stated, and this seems to be one of those times. It may almost be too ...
|Wes Clark Got 2 Steps Ahead of the Netroots
General Clark went well beyond the mainstream Democratic Party in preemptively positioning himself, and those who stand with him, to confront a growing threat to peace, and also to our Party. For ...
|Poll: Compared to when Wes Clark ran for President in 2004, What do you think of him Now?
The Labor Day weekend is now here which is traditionally when political campaigns begin in ernest, and it is making me think about what was going on at this time in 2003, and how I was feeling when ...
|Option "C" for Democrats - Winning on National Security
Labor Day is approaching and George Bush and Dick Cheney are now almost certainly the least popular President and Vice President team in American History. John McCain, the G.O.P. pretender to the ...
|The Case for Clark 08: Best if Used before 10/07
Two things the media loves nowadays are sports and reality TV. No wonder they are so enthralled by Presidential contests. What could possibly be better than two fields of high profile celebrities ...
|Gore, Clark, Kos, and the 2008 Election
For readers of tea leaves, the omens have not been favorable lately for a 2008 Gore Presidential run. For one thing, the man himself still sounds decidedly less than enthusiastic about the prospect,
|Freed from the Shackles of Ideology: Today’s G.O.P.
Some observers perceive a double standard in how the Republican Party of today trumpets the righteousness of President Bush’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s sentence compared to their ...
|“If we want a war with a billion Muslims we can probably have one.” - Wes Clark
Subtitle: When Pushers Sell You a First Hit Cheap – Worst Case Scenario. The Neocons are mobilizing again, this time pushing hard for an American strike on Iran. Few any longer doubt their ...
|We Are Losing the Fight Over Iran
The neocons have selected the designated next enemy of the United States, and they are hard at work convincing Americans to fear Iran. The public comments we just heard Joe Lieberman utter about the ...
|2008's Second Season
America’s omnipresent attention deficit disorder is again on an annual collision course with the lazy hazy crazy days of summer. With more temptations calling our attention than sun drenched ...
|READ THIS ON IRAN: "Diplomacy at Its Worst" - Nicholas D. Kristof
All the dirty secrets about the disaster the Bush Administration has been for America have been flooding out of the closet of late, but this one is particularly timely now, on the eve of Condi Rice'...
|The Netroots' Greatest Challenge
It's a big one this time, a really big one. It isn't about electing the right person to office, no matter how high the office. It isn't about changing Congress, no matter how poorly it functions. It'...
|Our Canary in a Neocon Coal Mine
It’s been over 40 years since LBJ refused to choose between Guns and Butter, and we all came out losers because of it. Had he chosen only Guns, fewer Americans would have paid an economic price,
|"I Heard a Clark Candidacy at the DNC Meeting in Washington"
I am posting this Diary for a friend, Gordon Suber, who neglected to become a member of kos in time to post it here himself. His observations are important. They should be shared. I'll add my own ...
|Clark Challenges Bush in DC on Iraq
Smack dab in the Beltway's Morning newspaper, The Washington Post, General Wesley Clark takes it right at the Bush Administration today, in an OpEd I'm sure that they don't want to read, but which ...
|Looks Like Big Trouble Ahead for Clinton and Obama.
The recent performances by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, in national opinion polls measuring the support potential Democratic Party Candidates for President currently have, is enough to set off ...
|How I First Came To Support Wes Clark For President
I probably wrote this piece about a year ago actually, but nothing has changed. While all of us are waiting to find out for sure if Wes Clark will run again in 2008, I thought I could share with ...
|The Lid On Pandora’s Trunk; Stopping the Next War NOW
With eyes fixated on the horror of Iraq, it is hard for our minds to grasp the greater pending horror of Iran, but our government is still stuck on a collision course for disaster with that ancient ...
|Startling True Confession: I Am A Candidate Advocate
I wasn't always like this. I still remember what life was like before this overcame me. I remember when I used to wear political buttons that NEVER had anyone's name on them - unless of course I ...
|The Donkey In The Room: Wes Clark 2008
Tradition says an elephant in the room doesn’t get talked about, but tradition’s just another word for conventional wisdom, and CW until a few months ago said the U.S. Senate would stay ...
|Rep. John Boehmer and I agree about Donald Rumsfeld||Tom Rinaldo||11/02/2006||4||5||-||-|
|Why not have the Vice President Deny that he Beats his Wife while he's at it?||Tom Rinaldo||10/28/2006||18||7||1||-|
|Clark Flys Under National Media Radar For Dems In 06||Tom Rinaldo||10/18/2006||92||78||3||13|
|Republicans Will have the Cash, so do We have the Will?||Tom Rinaldo||10/05/2006||9||14||-||146|
|Election Math for Democrats: 2 + 2 + 2 = Clark||Tom Rinaldo||09/26/2006||101||49||2||16|
|Will NY Return Hillary To Washington With A Message?||Tom Rinaldo||09/08/2006||31||8||1||2|
|TV Station Sets $$$ Threshold to Block NY Clinton vs Tasini Primary Debate||Tom Rinaldo||08/03/2006||40||11||-||111|
|Bush's Low Tide Line On North Korea||Tom Rinaldo||07/05/2006||15||8||-||-|
|Wes Clark's 4th of July Comments||Tom Rinaldo||07/04/2006||12||16||-||6|
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