Obama Administration
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Obama Farewell, a Guest Post by Jim Pistorius

A new beginning, that’s what inaugurations are supposed to be about.  I know that’s what I felt in 2009 when I watched President Obama take the oath of office and give his speech.  We would finally be turning around the months of despair would from the world economy basically in …

Obama Administration

Obama Has Made Us Proud

I have to admit, I’m puzzled. I was in a discussion (okay, argument) last weekend with someone who leans pretty far to the right. I’m not talking about “white supremacist” right, but he used to listen to Rush Limbaugh, although not in the last few years, he watches a lot …

Crap Cutting 101

Who’s Having Success Against Daesh/ISIS? Obama, of Course

You know, to hear Republicans and many in the media tell it, one would think President Obama was just ignoring Daesh/ISIL and letting them get away with a lot of crap with impunity. In fact, given the media’s obsession with Donald Trump and the Zika virus, to the detriment of …

Civil Rights

Eric Holder Helps Save the Constitution

It’s not possible to overstate the importance of a move Attorney General Eric Holder made Friday when it comes to restoring at least a semblance of the constitutional republic we all dreamed of before we became so preoccupied by the “Drug War.” It’s funny; we think we’re so much smarter …

Immigration

We cause our immigration problems, not the immigrants…

The problem with immigration is that too many people think there is one problem with immigration. Therefore, most of the solutions that are proposed are generally insipid. That’s why they would do little to nothing to actually fix the immigration system, which is beyond broken, for dozens, if not hundreds, …

Election 2014
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Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS) on Display: Bergdahl Edition

For anyone who thinks Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS) isn’t real, or that the racism of the far right toward President Obama is somewhat exaggerated, consider the rhetoric involving Bowe Bergdahl. As everyone is aware, the month of May ended with a US soldier being released from a Taliban Prisoner of War …

Obama Administration

Handshake Be Damned; Why Is No One Talking About Obama’s Speech?

I woke up this morning to this image all over my news feed. If you’ve been in a cave all day, that is President Obama arriving at the memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela and (GASP!) shaking hand with Cuban Leader Raul Castro, that nasty Commie. It …

Being Better Liberals
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Of Course Obama’s Progressive! Give Him More Democrats, See What Happens

I am continuously amazed by the sheer number of self-described liberals who constantly describe Barack Obama as a “moderate Republican,” which is a concept as extinct as a dodo bird. They sometimes even compare Obama with Ronald Reagan. Some have even suggested that Obama is to the right of Saint …

Health Care

ACA Glitches Point Out (Once Again) *Republican* Incompetence

Let’s get real about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as “Obamacare.”  First of all, the only problem is with the website, and the website is not the only way to sign up. More than 500,000 new accounts have been set up so far, in a …

Health Care

Who In Their Right Mind Could Possibly Be Against Obamacare?

The first thing I’d like to note is, the number of people who are against The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known simply as the ACA or “Obamacare,” because of what’s actually in it, is actually pitifully small. But dammit, they’re loud, and frankly, I’m tired of hearing them. …

Being Better Liberals

Pacifists and Liberals ; When Do We Actually Stand Up For Those We Allegedly Care About?

Being a pacifist isn’t easy. Not easy at all. A lot of self-described pacifists think it is easy. Essentially, the equation for many is, if it maims or kills, you don’t do it. Period. That’s easy, isn’t it? There’s just one problem. It’s not pacifism. Like everything else in life, being …

Being Better Liberals
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Why Would Any Liberal Not Give Obama Credit for This?

One of the reasons liberals have such a difficult time in the political arena (and if you don’t think we do, then we have something else to talk about) is because some of the loudest and highest-profile liberals out there demand that everything be fully 100% “liberal.” Every liberal in …

Fox News Blows

Bill O’Reilly Gets It Ass Backward, As Usual

Surprise! Bill O’Reilly actually said something true in this video excerpt from the O’Reilly Factor! He is right. He is a simple man. As in simple minded. Although the people he’s speaking to (his audience, I mean) are actually simpler than he is. He’s discussing the Supreme Court’s twin rulings …

Being Better Liberals
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The Truth About AUMF and NDAA

Several times throughout his presidency, President Obama has asserted that he has the power to use lethal means (presumably including drones) to take out al Qaeda and the Taliban. His lawyers and the Attorney General have affirmed his assertion that he has that power.  And every time one of them …

Being Better Liberals
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Why Are So Many “Progressives” Helping Citizens United Win?

I am so tired of having to write this sort of piece. I need to be in full campaign mode, as does everyone else who calls themselves either "liberal" or "progressive." There's a point, every other year, when you put aside your whining about your pet issues that most other …

Being Better Liberals

Learning the Right Lessons From the Budget Battle

In reading leftie blogs and watching my Twitter feed over the weekend, I’m afraid a lot of progressives are taking the wrong lessons away from the first stage of the budget battle in Washington this year.  The issue isn’t that so many useful programs were cut and that the GOP …

Economy
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Obama’s Created More jobs in Two years Than Bush Did in Eight

On April 1, I Tweeted the following statement, and it was not a joke: More jobs created under Obama in 2 years than were created in eight under Bush. When I made the initial statement last Friday, some silly person (by the tone of the messages, I suspect this was …

Obama Administration

Obama Gets It

President Obama really does get it. It really would be nice to go back to the old days, when the Republican minority represented “the loyal opposition,” but it’s just not going to happen until we push it, and push it hard. The “loyal opposition” concept is foreign to the far …

Being Better Liberals
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We Have to Be Patient, Progressives

I know there's a growing impatience with the Obama Administration among progressives.  And I see a lot of articles and blog posts out there expressing a growing sense that he's abandoning his principles for political expediency. There's this crazy notion that 30 years of neocon politics can be made to …

Obama Administration

Obama Gets It: A Plan To Start Fixing the Foreclosure Mess

The number one problem at the heart of our economic meltdown is the mortgage problem. The key to fixing the economy on the short term is to stop the bleeding in the housing market. This is step Number one, and proof that President Obama gets it. Obama Plans to Spend …

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