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In a sense, our first Romney free open thread since 2007, since Mitt Romney began running for President. And by “Romney free,” I mean, we, the citizens of this country, are free from the prospect of Willard Dillard Mittens Romney III ever being our President. If you thought “Romney free” meant this open thread was free of mentions to Romney, you are sadly mistaken.
The Old Custom House, on King Street in Wilmington. The Federal building was constructed in 1855, and originally housed a post office on the main floor, with a courtroom upstairs. The custom house was renovated in 1976, and housed Wilmington College until 2004. Photo by xzmattzx.
A reader of Dish wrote in after watching Speaker Boner and Majority Leader Turtle’s joint interview of 60 Minutes this past Sunday, and offered these observations.
They also acknowledged that the recovery has mostly only benefited the top income-earners while leaving the majority of Americans stuck in neutral. Boehner and McConnell want to “do something” to address income inequality and make sure those on the bottom of the economy have the opportunity to move up. They basically accused Obama of only helping the top 1% (which seems a complete reversal of the stories we’ve been hearing from them the last six years, but I digress).
This all sounds good enough to me, since for so long, it seemed the GOP was unwilling to even acknowledge there was an issue with inequality. If they want to blame Obama, I don’t really care so long as they are willing to present solutions.
So, the interviewer then asked if they would support raising taxes on top income earners. Answer:
No. The interviewer asked if they would support raising the minimum wage. Answer: No. The interviewer asked if they would support Obama’s plan to provide free community college. Answer: No. The interviewer asked if they would support Obama’s plan to expand the Child Income Tax Credit for working families. Answer: Maybe (Boehner mumbles about wanting to help working families but says he needs to further study this idea).
The Republicans really do have an issue and agenda problem. My God, what will they do after Obama is gone? Well, I suppose screaming no to President Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton will suffice until 2025, but then what?
Brandywine Academy, on Vandever Avenue in Wilmington’s Brandywine Village. The schoolhouse was built in 1798, and served as a school and meeting place until 1870, a year after Brandywine Village became part of Wilmington. It later was used as a library, from 1915 to 1943.
Alabama’s first openly gay state legislator fired back on Facebook over the weekend, including a threat to expose the affairs of state officials, to comments made by Republican Party officials in the wake of a federal judge declaring the state ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, said she was elated and in “shock” when the judge issued the order overturning Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban.
But after seeing comments by Republican officials, particularly from Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, and seeing Attorney General Luther Strange’s efforts to get a stay of the judge’s orders, Todd fired off an emotional Facebook post making a threat to expose politicians’ dalliances.
These Republican officials of course say same sex marriage is an affront to family values and good Christian morality. So is sleeping around with mistresses, or in some cases, boy toys. I say don’t just make the threat, reveal all now. If Republicans want to act holier than thou, then they better be holier than thou.
No, he hasn’t, but he is done something pro-environment and non-corporate that may force his recall by Carperdyne Industries. And that, coupled with Congressman Carney’s normally backbenching silent service in Congress since 2011, points me to the conclusion that Carney is gearing up. Like with Bluewater Wind prior to his first gubernatorial run.
A Delaware Democrat isn’t on board with the Obama administration’s consideration of a proposal to open up Atlantic coastal waters for oil drilling. Congressman John Carney tells WDEL News offshore drilling in the Atlantic was a bad idea when it was first proposed 5 years ago, and it’s an especially bad one now.
“We’re more energy-independent from foreign oil than we’ve been in a long, long time–greater production with existing offshore wells, as well as onshore sources of oil, and so this is just unneccessary, and a great risk to our beaches in southern Delaware,” said Carney.
Whenever I see a news story that references a state-run news agency in a foreign country, like Russia, for example, or North Korea, the adjective “state-run” is always a pejorative, indicating to the reader that the news or quote you are about to read is not to be trusted, because it is coming directly from the suspect government in question, a government that is so distrustful of an independent media and the freedom of press and speech that it has set up its own propaganda arm.
Keep that in mind when you read that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, of course a Republican, is setting up his own state-run news agency. The agency will be called “Just IN” will provide pre-written stories for small Indiana news outlets on breaking news as well as “personality driven profiles.” Stories will be written by the Pence administration’s communications team. Yes, this is a valuable use of taxpayer money. I wonder which child’s education was cut to pay for the Republican propaganda?
….and that is in states with the most uneven and unequal economic recovery. According to a new research paper released yesterday by the Economic Policy Institute, in 39 states, the top 1% of wage earners earned at least half of all income gains between 2009 and 2012. In 17 of those states, the top 1% earned all income growth, while everyone else’s wages stayed stagnant or declined.
But where did the 1% gain the most?
You guessed it.
This is cool, and I am going to waste hours playing with this. Becky Ferreira reports that a blizzard was not the only thing we missed out on yesterday.
[A]n enormous space rock missed Earth by a narrow margin of 745,000 miles, or about three times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. With a diameter of 550 meters and a velocity of about 35,000 miles per hour, the asteroid, known as 2004 BL86, will be so bright in the evening sky that it will be visible through binoculars. Scientists don’t expect another object of this size to pass so closely to Earth until August 7, 2027.
But what if this asteroid had hit the Earth? Well, now you can play with Purdue University’s Impact Earth tool I linked to above.
Wall Street Journal: “Potential presidential candidates — top-tier contenders and long-shots alike — have already spent years quietly laying groundwork, building email lists, recruiting staff, and generally doing the scut work of building an organization on which to call if they flip the switch and launch a 2016 campaign. Mr. Biden, who said this week that he is still weighing a presidential run, is one of the few potential candidates with no political organization, nonprofit, foundation, or campaign staff-in-waiting.”
That is because Biden is not running for President, and, according to the Politico article linked inside, is only saying he is considering it in order to be some kind of Plan B in case Clinton dies, implodes, or something else truly horrible happens.
Douthat imagines how the left and right will respond to the president:
[Obama’s] influence over Clinton’s campaign will depend on economic trends and foreign policy developments as well as her own choices: If he’s climbed to a 47-48 percent approval rating by early 2016, I wouldn’t expect there to be any daylight between his agenda and her platform; if he falls back toward 40 percent (or drops below) amid some unlooked-for crisis, then no presidential speech is likely to constrain Hillary from trying to charting a more post-Obama course.
Meanwhile, the future relevance of his stab at a middle class agenda will be determined in part by whatever the G.O.P. comes up with for its post-Obama blueprint. If you contrast what was on offer last night with some of the ideas that, say, Utah Senator Mike Lee has proposed, there’s a very interesting right-left debate to be had around higher education reform, tax reform (family-friendly and otherwise), and other issues as well. But maybe the eventual Republican nominee will have a very different game plan, and the big clashes will end up happening elsewhere. Or maybe the mere fact that Obama has touched these issues will prompt the right to retreat to “safer” (that is, staler) ground.
In conservative-land, you see, Obama’s first election was a fluke and his second a calamitous accident, both canceled by the ensuring midterms and both destined to be remembered as incidental interruptions of the Long March of Movement Conservatism towards total power. The idea that 2008 and 2012 are just as significant as 2010 and 2014 (maybe a bit more significant insofar as far more Americans participated) is outrageous to the Right, and so Obama mentioning them was the defiant act of a political nonentity.
Beyond that, the basic framing of Obama’s remarks on the economy left Republicans even deeper in the trap they’ve been in ever since conditions began improving. The main criticism available to them for the performance of the economy is the one Democrats (and Obama himself) have been articulated: sluggish wage growth and growing inequality. But Republicans have little or no agenda to deal with that beyond the usual engorge-the-job-creators stuff dressed up with attacks on the few corporate welfare accounts they’ve agreed to oppose, and then the Keystone XL Pipeline. On this last point, Obama was very clever in dismissing Keystone as one controversial infrastructure project we’re spending too much time fighting over as hundreds of others languish. It made Joni Ernst’s plodding Official Response sound all the more foolish for spending so much time on that one project.
Ezra Klein says that if Mitt Romney was President right now, and we had all of this good economic news, the applause would never have ended on Tuesday night, and Brian Beutler says Republicans would have “draped him in Reagan’s cloak, and the public would have warmed once again to the kinds of policies that George W. Bush’s presidency briefly discredited.”
The Vote Tracker is a joint project between Delaware Liberal and the Progressive Democrats for Delaware (PDD). Each week we will be keeping track of how our General Assembly votes on bills of progressive or liberal interest. Now, this chart does not follow all the legislation that has been filed. We don’t report on perfunctory […]
The National Journal quotes a Republican Congressman, Rep. Charlie Dent, on how horribly the first weeks of the new Congressional session are going for the GOP:
“I prefer that we avoid these very contentious social issues,” said moderate Rep. Charlie Dent, reprising comments he gave in the closed-door conference meeting. “Week one, we had a speaker election that did not go as well as a lot of us would have liked. Week two, we got into a big fight over deporting children, something that a lot of us didn’t want to have a discussion about. Week three, we are now talking about rape and incest and reportable rapes and incest for minors. … I just can’t wait for week four.”
In week 4, you got owned by the President on national television.
Governor Markell previewed his State of the State speech that he will deliver this afternoon to WDEL’s Amy Cherry. Governor Markell said his top priorities will remain centered around economic development, education and effective governance.
“Certainly, the job growth over the last year has been really good, fourth fastest in the country, 24 straight months, where it’s been strong relative to the rest of the country,” he said.
Markell said he’ll continue to build on that progress along with progress made on education and environmental issues. Without getting specific, the governor said he’ll revisit themes you heard in last year’s State of the State.
I’d like to know what progress he thinks was made on education. More inside…