Delaware Dem's Latest Posts
A new CNN/ORC poll finds 50% of Americans “believe Republican control of both chambers of Congress will be bad for the country, and a majority say it will in fact cause more gridlock in Washington.” Further, 68% of Americans polled say the GOP isn’t cooperating enough with President Obama, while 57% say it’s Obama who’s not cooperating enough with the GOP. And 100% of me is sick and tired of an American public that expects bipartisan cooperation. Liberals and conservatives, represented by Democrats and Republicans, respectively, don’t agree on much, and the public either needs to stop expecting them to agree, or they should stop electing divided government.
The New York Times revealed yesterday that an “unprecedented, secretive alliance” between Republican state attorneys general and energy companies has been formed to thwart the laws of the United States and regulations imposed on these companies by the EPA and OSHA. This is not at all surprising, and if you are surprised, then you have been criminally negligent in not paying attention. Of course energy companies have Republican elected officials in their pocket, doing their bidding. All the Times report did yesterday was make what was an allegation into a indisputable fact.
Americans are narcissists. Self centered. Especially when it comes to their income, economic well being. They know how much things cost, and the costs usually always rise. They know how much they make, and that usually doesn’t rise, especially in this Reagan Anti-Middle Class Era that began in the 1980’s. When they are making enough money to afford things, Americans are happy. See mid to late 1980’s and mid to late 1990’s and early 2000’s for proof of that. When they are not, they are not.
First Read: “It’s possible — though hardly a certainty — that lower gas prices over a sustained period of time finally begin to change the public’s perception about the U.S. economy. After all, the economy has produced 200,000-plus jobs in each of the past nine months; GDP for the last quarter was revised up to a healthy 3.9%; and the unemployment rate has declined from 7.0% in Nov. 2013 to 5.8% now. But many Americans haven’t been FEELING that improvement, due in large part to wages not keeping up with the cost of living.”
“Politically, an improving economy helps the president and his party. (It also makes it harder to say the health-care law has stifled the economy.) And in macroeconomic terms, lower gas prices serve as a kind of economic stimulus — which Congress doesn’t have to pass or finance. Yet more importantly, they’re an easier way for Americans to ASSESS the state of the economy. The monthly jobs report might not mean a thing to them, but they can see when it costs just $35 to $40 to fill up their tank each week when it used to cost $50.”
E. J. Dionne, Jr.: “Now, it will be a Republican Congress vs. a Democratic president. Voters will have a much easier time seeing who stands for what…Obama and progressives should spend the next two years accomplishing as many useful things as they can, blocking regressive actions by Congress, and clarifying the choices facing the nation’s voters. And they’ll get much further by doing all three at once.”
Apologies to our loyal readers for the break we took over the past Thanksgiving week. Personally I had five days of real work packed into two and a half days, then we had thirty family members to visit and two Thanksgivings meals to attend and leaves to rake and Christmas decorations to put up and roofs to climb and lights to hang. Come to think of it, I need another week off.
So since you did not have an Open Thread for some time, have this one….
The Plank House, off of Main Street in Smyrna. The house is believed to have been built in the 1700s, and was originally located farther north on Main Street. It was moved behind the Barracks, another of Smyrna’s historic buildings, in the 1990s. Photo by xzmattzx on Flickr.
This section of Old South DuPont Highway, south of Tybouts Corner, is noteworthy for being the first section of divided highway in the world. The southbound lanes, which were the original lanes built in between 1917 and 1923, are on the left. Photo from xzmattzx on Flickr.