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I’m disappointed in Democrats, and you should be too!

Posted on : 16-11-2014 | By : vlramirez | In : Alison Lundergan Grimes, GOP, President Obama

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It’s been almost 2 weeks since the mid-term elections, and I’ve taken that time to figure out what could have possibly happened and who dissapointed me the most.

What I’ve discovered is that I’m irratated at a number of different segments of the Democatic Party on different levels.

Vote Your HeartDemocratic Candidates:

Alison Lundergan Grimes was the worst offender (I might have voted against her myself had I lived in Kentucy), but most, if not all of the Democratic candidates were a huge disappointment.

  • Why did the Democrats run away from the huge accomplishments the democrats have achieved over the past 6 years?
  • Why did the Democrats not stand proudly with our President?
  • Why did the Democrats not tell the country what the Democrats stand for?
  • Why did the Democrats not make it clear that it’s the Republicans that have been STOPPING all of the Democratic legislation that would have made life a lot better for the Middle Class?
  • Why did the Democrats not make it clear that the Republicans vote again and again for policies that TAKE AWAY RIGHTS and FAVOR THE 1%?

Where would we be now if they had?

Apparently these candidates don’t realize how disloyal the voters think they are.

Hey Democratic Candidates and Democratic members of Congress, when a reporter asks you a question, speak from your heart, no matter where you fall on an issue. We want honest politicians, not people who speak and vote always with a calculation in thier head of what will happen in the next election based on what they say or how they vote. SPEAK and VOTE with integrity and heart. That’s what Democratic voters want. We expect better than that.

Democratic Women are the life of the party

Women Voters:

What can I say about the Women voters? Regardless if you are a Democrat or a Republican, you have allowed the Republicans to continue the War on Women. Our reproductive rights are being systematically taken away state after state and we have missed a huge opportunity to make our voices heard. Even if we couldn’t vote these neanderthal self rightous white men out of office, we have the power to make the races close enough to scare than straight.

What is one of the first bills put forward in the House of Representatives every session? A bill banning Abortion. Women have it in their power to completely change the Congress every 2 years, and the way this country is funtioning, but we don’t step up.

What are we thinking?

Minority Voters:

I  know how disallusioned some of you must be by the lack of progress being made to make your lives better, but you have to understand why progress isn’t happening. The Republicans are the ones taking away Women’s rights, Voters rights and obstructing bills in Congress that the Democratic Party have put forth to create jobs, raise the minumum wage and generally make life better for the Middle Class.

But what was the result of the election?

Minority votes took out their frustration by not voting. This tactic doesn’t solve anything. In fact, by not voting, you just made your own lives WORSE. The obstruciton will now continue by the Republicans unabated.

Minority voters had the power, even in the deep south Red states to take over both Houses of Congress. You had real change in the palm of your hands and chose to turn your back on President Obama and the Democratic Party.

Your Vote Counts 2016YOUR VOTE is the only power you have to change things for the better. NOT voting silences you completely.

The Democratic Base:

I’m hoping that this is the one segment of the Democratic Party that voted in the mid-terms, I know I did. How do we turn this around? How do we energize the Women and Minority voters?

Now What?

For the next 2 years we have to suck it up and let the Republicans be Republicans. Hopefully they will wield thier power into a total melt down. They are drunk with power, we have given them the rope, now we wait for them to hang themselves. They may give us lip service, but they will never vote against the nastiness of their hearts.

The GOP’s Descent Into Madness–And America’s Apartheid

Posted on : 07-07-2013 | By : Guest Blogger | In : Mitch McConnell

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Guest post by Harvey A. Gold

Republican MadnessYears from now historians are going to have a ball with the early 21st century aren’t they?

As political upheavals go, some historians in the future might say the election (and re-election) of Barack Obama might be the most consequential event in America’s relatively short history. Some might point to the obvious lies, corruption, and robbery of America’s Social Security Trust Fund to fight the only two unfunded wars in U.S. history—including the Revolutionary War–and the resulting economic crash it helped cause; surpassed only by the Great Depression in size and scope. But in reality, the most consequential event in the early 21st century of the U.S. is the rapid descent of the Republican party into utter madness.

The Tail That’s Wagging The Elephant

Never before in American history has a political party been so completely subjugated and controlled by its extremist wing. Never before has the U.S. seen a political party that brings together the attributes of nihilism, callousness, intolerance and naked partisanship quite like the modern GOP. In a two-party system like America’s, the result is unprecedented dysfunction bordering on treason when the Minority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell essentially declared war on President Obama and his administration, and never before has a major political party in America called for Apartheid which is what GOP “Patriots” are doing now.

Whether it was the wanton misuse of the filibuster and other blocking parliamentary techniques in the Senate to stop President Obama’s agenda; the manufactured fiscal crises highlighted by the disastrous debt limit showdown of 2011; or the unending efforts to undermine the economic recovery by deliberately obstructing any and all common sense efforts to stimulate the economy, President Obama’s first term was dominated by the Republican’s unrestrained obstructionism and lack of concern in actually governing the country.

The most bizarre aspect however is reserved for what happened—or didn’t happen– after the results of the 2012 election. Anyone with an IQ whose number exceeds their shoe size might have expected the Republican fever to break allowing some modicum of sanity and good sense to rise from the ashes of their resounding defeat.

Think again. This type of callousness, if evaluated pertaining to any other country, would be called a slow moving genocide, not entirely unlike the late 1900′s apartheid in South Africa by a similar white minority. It’s a blatant indifference to the the poor, unemployed, or disabled citizens in our country, with a bent towards their ultimate demise that the country’s Founding Fathers simply could not have foreseen.

If anything, in the first half of 2013 the GOP has accelerated its journey towards the depths of immorality. Go back to the beginning of the year. As millions of Americans were celebrating New Year’s Eve, the Republicans were lurching the country into the fiscal cliff because of their doggedness that no rich person should ever pay a single cent in higher taxes. The budgetary obsession continued through the sequestration and refusal to compromise with President Obama even after he put the liberal sacred cow of Social Security on the table.

Along the way Republicans thwarted modest efforts at gun control, ginned up made-up scandals involving the IRS and the death of four Americans in Benghazi but simply couldn’t be bothered with the difficult task of proposing public policy legislation. And after three years of complaining incessantly that Senate Democrats haven’t passed a budget, key Republicans have spent the last 100 days obstructing the budget process.

But in the past few weeks things have actually gone from terrible to unimaginable. There’s the GOP so-called Farm Bill, which would have cut food stamps by $20.5 billion, robbing nearly 2 million poor Americans of basic food assistance. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the Republican House also passed an amendment to the bill that would force food stamp recipients to work in return for benefits, which would be great, but it provided no actual funds for job training. In fact, it specifically banned states from spending more money on employment and training.

So if you’re a poor person and you lose your job, you lose the government benefits that allow you to feed your family, Then along comes this piece of genocidal legislative nastiness which was supported by all but six House Republicans.

Heartlessness With No Bounds of Decency For Fellow Countrymen

Across red state America, Republican legislators are doubling down on new abortion restrictions like:

  • Wisconsin will force women who want a constitutionally protected abortion to have, in some cases, a wand inserted into their vagina so they can see the fetus they are about to abort.
  • In Ohio, the state recently enacted new anti-abortion laws that divert federal funds away from Planned Parenthood to anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy centers” where women are fed a witches brew of mistruths about the health risks of abortion.
  • Perhaps the worst case is in Texas, where a proposed law would ban any abortion after 20 weeks and allow precious few exceptions for the health of the mother or the condition of the fetus.

wendy DavisSo imagine if a woman goes in to see her doctor in the 21st week of her pregnancy and discovers that her baby is afflicted with a terrible genetic anomaly. This is not a hypothetical since procedures like an amniocentesis are performed that detect such disorders. Under the Texas law, a woman would be forced to carry that baby to term. This is akin to state-sanctioned torture. And even if the woman’s health were partially, but not severely at risk, abortions would be forbidden. All in the name of some faux-consideration for “the fetus” with no regard for the indifference, no, scorn that the child will be shown by the same party once alive. And this ban is actually more generous than the recent post-20 week abortion ban passed in the House of Representatives, which would have no exceptions except in the case of the life of the woman.

Texas legislators and Governor Rick Perry have defended these bans as part of their fierce regard and respect for human life. Unfortunately, that pro-life agenda is only reserved for fetuses. Once that fetus comes to life, Perry and his ilk could give a rat’s ass what happens to it. Texas executes more prisoners in one year than the next ten highest rate states combined.
For example, Texas also has one of the stingiest welfare programs in the US (recipients get less than $300 a month). The state has also consistently refused to take federal money to expand health insurance for children and Texas has joined two dozen other red states in refusing to take federal money to expand Medicaid for its poorest citizens.

The GOP’s efforts to reject Medicaid expansion are perhaps the best example of the Republican party’s desire for genocide for poor Americans. Even though under the provisions of the law the federal government would be picking up the tab for the first five years of the program and even though Republican governors like Rick Scott in Florida, Rick Snyder in Michigan and John Kasich in Ohio support the expansion, GOP legislators are balking.

They use the facade of fiscal righteousness as the basis of their opposition (a fallacious claim) but in reality the opposition is yet another example of Republican psychosis about Obamacare. The conscious decision to reject Medicaid money will not only increase the economic anxiety, not to mention the cruel health consequences, of otherwise potential recipients. It will exacerbate mental health deterioration through poor nutrition and literally cost lives. But such “humane” arguments have never done much to shake GOP lack of empathy for less fortunate Americans.

On the contrary, Republicans on the national level are now doing everything in their power to ensure Obamacare fails regardless of “collateral damage” in their unholy war against the President. Collateral damage meaning the systematic destruction of all of the poorest and most defenseless Americans. Just this past week, key GOP senators, after discovering that the Obama administration was working with major sports leagues to encourage people to sign up for coverage, wrote a stern letter threatening the leagues for partnering with the White House on a law that was passed along partisan lines and is “controversial”.

Let’s put aside for a second that Obamacare was passed by Congress and upheld by the US Supreme Court. Even if Republicans remain unhappy with the legislation, it is the law of the land and its proper implementation is the responsibility of the federal government. But the GOP goal is not to make sure what they believe to be a terribly flawed law works; it’s to make sure it fails so that Democrats will be blamed and Republicans will reap the political benefit. That millions of Americans will be harmed and will suffer because of a narrow political agenda is totally irrelevant to them.

GOP War on AmericaOf course, none of this should be a surprise to even casual observers of American politics. In the narrow pursuit of political gain, Republicans have adopted an agenda that is quite simply, inhumane and cruel, rising at times to the level of treasonous obstructionism of their duty to defend ALL of the Constitution, not just the 2nd Amendment. ALL of it.

Even if I were to be charitable and defend their actions on the ground of the Republicans adherence to an ideological agenda of smaller, less intrusive government (except in the case of vaginas or birth control) it simply can’t be defended. If one’s ideological bias means denying food assistance to people who are laid off from their job or forcing a woman to carry a dead fetus to term or preventing individuals from getting health care coverage, then you have an ideology only shared with the most despicable villains in history any way you slice it, parse it, or manipulate it.

This is not meant as an indictment of all Republicans because it’s very likely that many rank and file Republicans don’t share these predilections. Rather it’s an indictment of a once proud political party that is delving into the depths of extremist radicalism and repudiation of everything once thought to define “American generosity”; or stated differently, like an alcoholic or crack addict that simply hasn’t hit rock bottom yet.

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Swing States, Moveon.org needs your help!

Posted on : 15-09-2012 | By : vlramirez | In : GOP, People with Common Sense

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Moveon.orgMoveon.org is looking for volunteers in every state, but mostly in swing states. 

Because I live in Florida, i received a call from Moveon.org today asking me to volunteer.  If we are going to win this election for President Obama and create a prosperous middle class, we NEED to win the swing states of Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Iowa and Wisconsin.

If you live in one of the swing states, Moveon.org needs you!

To volunteer, go here:  Join Your Local MoveOn Team

Get involved with the 99% movement and connect with progressives in your community.



The GOP has a broken picker, they picked another lier!

Posted on : 18-08-2012 | By : vlramirez | In : GOP, Herman Cane, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rachel Maddow, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Sarah Palin

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What is wrong with the GOP and their ability to pick candidates? I thought the GOP would have learned their lesson after John McCain picked Sarah Palin. After a failed vetting process, as documented in Game Change, Steve Schmidt himself has admitted that they picked Sarah Palin to make a game changing move in the election, to win at any cost, not because she was qualified to be President of the United States. Schmidt admitted on Morning Joe that they made a reckless choice and did a disservice to the United States of America by picking Sarah Palin. Did they learn? I think not.

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During the Presidential Primary, we were presented with a host of incompetent candidates. Newt Gingrich? Rich Santorum? Ron Paul? Michelle Bauchman? Herman Cane? Really? Who encouraged these people to run?

GOP Presidential Primary Candidates 2012

It seems like out of a host of incompetent candidates, the one with the most money won. Just that simple, his money out lasted everyone else while he was slamming his opponents with nasty ads over and over and over again. Money talks. Mitt Romney is the GOP nominee for the President of the United States, apparently by default.

Doesn’t it seem that the GOP didn’t run their best and brightest? Do you think they were so sure President Obama would be re-elected that they didn’t want to tarnish their best candidates with a loss? Is Mitt Romney a human sacrifice hand fed to the American public by the GOP? Who are they holding back for the 2016 race? Jeb Bush?

Did anyone but me notice what happened when it came time for Mitt Romney to select a running mate? How many potential Vice Presidential short listers came on the air and said categorically NO, maybe adding some Romney insults to the interview to make sure they weren’t included on Mitt’s long or short list. Wouldn’t you love to see a video of those strung together? Oh wait a minute, there is one, you can watch it here.

I think Mitt Romney’s short list didn’t consist of the best Republican running mates that are qualified to be President. I think his very short list consisted of a very small number of people who were willing to run on a ticket with Mitt Romney.

Now we have Paul Ryan. Qualified to be President? I hear he was sent to Washington because his family didn’t feel he was qualified to be a part of their family business. Was Ryan sent to Washington to secure Government contracts for the family business?

The one thing he is qualified to do is lie, just like Mitt Romney.  I’ve done a few blog posts regarding Mitt’s blatant lies on the campaign trail, check them out.

After only a few days on the trail, Paul Ryan is lying already. What a way to pick GOP.

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He Tried, We Tried, the Republicans Didn’t Try!

Posted on : 24-07-2012 | By : vlramirez | In : Bush Administation, GOP, President Obama

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This video is a piece of pure fiction.  Don’t get it twisted RNC, Americans aren’t stupid. You think we don’t know what “Do Nothing Congress” means? The saying should be “Do Nothing Republicans in Congress.”

I’m having a hard time understanding why the Republicans ran for Congress. To help the American people? I think not. They came to Washington to help themselves and do the bidding of the Koch Brothers. Their every thought and every move is all about how to get re-elected. Where’s the integrity in this political party?

The only legislation the Republicans want to pass is legislation taking away more and more of our rights.  If the Democrats weren’t in control of the Senate and able to stop them, I don’t know where we’d be now.  



He Tried, We Tried, the Republicans didn't try


Our fate is in our hands.  


Trickle down economics that are so beloved by the Republican party don’t work. We’ve tried this over and over and over. We’ve been applying trickle down for over 10 years and WHERE ARE THE JOBS? Don’t raise taxes on the “Job Creators?” The “Job Creators” have had the lowest taxes in history for over 10 years! WHERE ARE THE JOBS? 

The question we should be asking after over 10 years of trickle down economics is, WHERE IS THE MONEY? Not in my bank account and I’ll bet it’s not in yours either.  It’s defiantly not with the middle class, that’s for sure. I know where it is, in the savings and off shore accounts of the top 2%. Trickle Down? Don’t make me laugh.

This video speaks the truth and tells us straight up what he tried and continues to try. Had President Obama’s policies been adopted by Congress, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are now.  President Obama is not to blame for today’s economic problems, the Do Nothing Republican Congress is. He tried.

Give President Obama four more years.  It is OK to make a change, elect Democrats to Congress so we can get this fixed. If we don’t, the economic melt down of a few years ago is going to look like a walk in the park.


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