Sunday, July 31, 2011

World Reacts To Debt Ceiling Debacle: ‘Irresponsible,’ ‘Worst Kind Of Absurd Theatrics,’ U.S. Politicians A ‘Laughing Stock’

World Reacts To Debt Ceiling Debacle: ‘Irresponsible,’ ‘Worst Kind Of Absurd Theatrics,’ U.S. Politicians A ‘Laughing Stock’: "pOur guest blogger is Ken Sofer, special assistant with the National Security and International Policy team at the Center for American Progress. The rhetoric over raising the debt ceiling has become increasingly harsh as Democratic and Republican congressional leaders trade barbs back and forth. But as the U.S. inches closer to defaulting on its debts [...]/p"

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Sly McConnell Plan For Ending the Republican Created Debt Ceiling Crisis

Dear Senator McConnell:

On second thought, I do understand why you want to bypass Senator Reid and go directly to President Obama. (Note: understanding doesn't mean I condone.) When trying to understand you, it is necessary for me to consider how children think.

When my daughters were fifteen and four, the fifteen-year-old's name not-so-mysteriously appeared on the dining room wall. Since there were only three of us present in the house when this occurred, I knew I did not do it, and I was positive the fifteen-year-old would not have omitted one of the seven letters in her name, I was 99.9% certain the four-year-old was guilty.

You would be the four-year-old in this situation. Unfortunately, President Obama would be the parent who wanted to find some way for you to save face and, consequently, probably not learn enough to never try to pull something like this again. He would allow you to say, "My fifteen-year-old sister did not create this mess," instead of forcing you to admit that you did write on the wall.

I wish President Obama would finally recognize and admit to all of us the sad truth that you do not have our best interest at heart, that you are not his friend or a friend of the people, and that you are impossible to work with. I believe he owes us that honesty.

In my opinion, your plan begs permission to pretend you aren't doing what you are doing, and is as ridiculous as my example of stating that everyone else did not do something instead of admitting that you did. I am asking you to stop the insanity and do what is right for this country. In all ways that truly matter, it would also be what is right for you. Either sign a clean bill as you did when you were a Bush puppet, or let the Bush tax cuts go, because that is the only action that would truly be a fair compromise.


Even the Children Are Disappointed In You, Senator McConnell

Dear Senator McConnell:

Who do you think you are? The amount of gall it takes for you to think that you can snub Senator Reid and demand to speak only with the President after you have done nothing but obstruct, lie, and ignore the people who have tried to contact you disgusts me.

I honestly believe you have demonstrated sufficient concern for “The American People” to demand that your mental competency be tested. We deserve to know if you are too sick to perform your duties or if you are simply a traitor. When you care more about a pledge to Grover Norquist or proving that you will sacrifice the will and best interest of the people for your personal vendetta against the President, I believe that makes you a traitor.

“The American People” have been unable to get through the phone lines to your office, although you and I both know that you will only lie and deny that you received calls from people who disagree with you. Same goes for writing, hence this blog. And trying to visit your Louisville office is a huge disappointment since they only allow two people each day to enter.

On Tuesday, after President Obama asked that we contact our representatives, I took my granddaughters with me to do just that. We went to Congressman Yarmuth’s office first, where the office staff welcomed us and allowed us to speak with Congressman Yarmuth via Skype. At ages 8 and 10, those little girls noticed that Congressman Yarmuth did not say everything some of the visitors wanted to hear, but that he kindly explained why and everyone left respecting him and understanding his position.

We then walked over to your office where the guard refused to let us enter. The ten-year-old wrote her first letter to the editor which was not printed but I include it here for you to read:

July 26, 2011

Dear Editor,

I am 10 years old, and just wanted to let you know that today I went with my grandmother and some other concerned citizens to some representatives’ offices* as the president asked. Before that we were holding some signs by a curb in front of Congressman Yarmuth’s office and got a few honks and waves, but the main thing starts after the sign holding. We went into Yarmuth’s office first but he was in Washington, so since we were in a group they Skyped him for us and we got to talk him on Skype. He listened to our questions and was polite and helpful. We talked to him for a while and then he had to go.

So after Yarmuth we went to McConnell. Now this is a very nice article . . . well at least until now. We went in and the first person had a folder pressed up against her chest and the court security officer said no signs allowed or megaphones. We left all of our signs and our one megaphone out in the alcove and went in. We didn’t tell him anything and he said only 2 people could go to the office (and Senator McConnell wasn’t even there!) if you’re in the same group and we never told him we were. We were from a lot of different groups, we told him we were from different groups but there for the same reason – because the President asked us to go. He thought we were crazy after that because he thinks it was the same thing as being in the same group. So we said okay we’ll go 2 at a time and he said no, 2 period. So we let 2 with letters go in, while we waited in the alcove because they wouldn’t even let us go through screening. I’m really disappointed that I haven’t even seen Senator McConnell in my life and I wish he cared enough to let us in his office.


• This Gramma’s heart swelled with pride when she saw the apostrophe after the ‘s’

We returned to your office on Friday, in a large group of people from many groups: KJWJ, MoveOn, Planned Parenthood, a peace group, a healthcare group, and some passers by who decided to join us . . .

My friend Minnie read a letter that she had written to you. I post it here for you to hear for yourself although I have no doubt you will totally ignore her message and continue your lies about “The American People” that you obviously do not know or want to know.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Love at First Sight, Tom Degan

These words about Mitch McConnell on Tom Degan's "The Rant" blog won my heart. So glad I found him and I'm anxious to read more.

"In fact you really have to scrape the bottom of history's barrel in order to find someone as thoroughly corrupt and as mean spirited our boy Mitch (and if you give me a month or two I might be able to come up with a name)."

Check out the full article here. WARNING: Scary picture