Archive for February, 2012

Mitt’s Picks

Posted on February 29, 2012 by

Now that Mitt is back on top, what could he do to clear the path to the convention? Why not buy off his pesky primary challengers with promises of future jobs in a Romney Presidency? Here’s what that could look like: Rick Santorum – Health and Human Services Secretary While working diligently to dismantle “Obamacare,” [...]

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L.A. Times Fading Away?

Posted on February 25, 2012 by

Expect tens of thousands of Southern Californians to remove their bookmark from the online edition of the Los Angles Times when it imposes its paywall next month, further diminishing the reach and influence of this once important publication. With the skimpy print edition of the paper bleeding circulation, the barely-adequate website at least gave interested [...]

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East L.A. Unsettled

Posted on February 22, 2012 by

Moving to Los Angele more than 30 years ago, I recognized that I’d come to a very unsettled region. Not just because of seismic activity (which I would experience first-hand the following decade when my family was forced to vacate our Northridge Earthquake-damaged apartment just north of the Santa Monica Freeway bridge collapse). But – [...]

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From Birthers to Birth Control

Posted on February 19, 2012 by

What was more repulsive and contemptible than when establishment republicans were fueling the “birther” issue: Exploiting paranoid suspicions among vulnerable segments of the population.   Insinuating that the President is un-American. Now they’re seething over Obama’s birth control policies. And back to stoking doubts about the president’s Christianity. Democrats believe we’re finally in the driver’s seat. [...]

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Unions “Ambush” America

Posted on February 16, 2012 by

Did you know that American unions are planning to “ambush” employers throughout the land? “…[S]tifling employer free speech and worker free choice.” That’s how the republican-controlled House Education and Workforce Committee officially describes a modest rule change by the National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] to allow certification elections within ten days. Of course, what the [...]

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Santorum’s “Surge” and the Orrin Hatch “Purge”

Posted on February 15, 2012 by

Senator Orrin Hatch – who fought and foiled liberals for 36 years – is on the tea party hit list. Republican ultra-conservatives – busy stopping Romney’s nomination – are determined to purge “big government barnacles” like Hatch. Also targeted in an upcoming state primary is Indiana’s Dick Lugar.  These attacks by  “ultras”  on incumbents push [...]

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“Obama, Explained” Condensed

Posted on February 10, 2012 by

James Fallows – a disciplined and experienced political observer – assesses the Obama presidency in the March issue of Atlantic. Although the piece is long and repetitive, he makes important points about the president’s character and performance. Here’s the link and highlights (the cover graphic pictured here is from a previous issue of the magazine): [...]

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Democrats Fiddle as Republicans Kill Off Unions

Posted on February 8, 2012 by

Making sure the labor movement never regains real power in America, republicans in congress and the states do everything possible to prevent unions from organizing, bargaining and collecting dues. Republican governors make undermining government worker unions their top priority.  So even if conservatives hold statehouse majorities for only a couple of terms, they leave office [...]

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Republicans Doubt Mitt’s “Electability”

Posted on February 4, 2012 by

Even conservatives desperate to beat Obama may now be concluding that Romney is no more “electable” than his primary opponents or a brokered convention nominee. Mitt’s thickheaded comment on the “very poor” appalled right wing pundits like Andrew C. McCarthy: While arming the Left with a luscious sound bite with which to caricature him as [...]

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Gingrich: The Republican Ralph Nader?

Posted on February 1, 2012 by

It’s an imperfect analogy. Ralph Nader’s third party candidacy in 2000 may have cost Al Gore the election.  But it wasn’t a primary fight and Ralph was not pummeling Al everyday. Newt’s relentless assault on Mitt may land Barack Obama a second term.  And history may blame Gingrich for doing the democrats’ dirty work. Though [...]

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