Friday, December 25, 2009

Holiday Pundit Weekly Flashback....

Keith Olbermann: Gave his special comment on health care reform ...... Does not approve...
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/

Chris Matthews: Also feels the bill has been compromised too much...... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/

Rachel Maddow: Is worried about white house cocktails...
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/

Ed Shultz: Gave Palin the biggest lie of the year award...
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30031533/

John King: Gives John Boehner face time to talk up the evil empire game plan...
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/state.of.the.union/

And the rest, well....need I say more?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Why Glenn Beck is Dangerous to America..

If I had children, I'd probably put parental locks on the entire FOX news network.

One thing I find particularly troubling is the fact that the FCC allows talking heads like Glenn Beck to spew his hatred, his racism, his ignorance and his blatant stupidity on national television nightly. I don't get it.

He perpetuates lies, he incites violence and hate crimes and stirs up some serious anti government sentiment. None of what he states is factual, and he plays to a crowd who's educational numbers look like Bush's last days in office. It's downright scary.

I'm not so sure Glenn Beck even has a college education. I really think he should be taken off the air, because his show is nothing but an extreme right wing propaganda machine which is reminiscent of Nazi era hate speech.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

To Bill or not to Bill

There's been a lot of debate regarding the state of the current health care legislation that won the Senate democrats approval yesterday. No public option, the fact that current health benefits would be taxed and a mandate for all Americans to buy insurance regardless. Not so kosher.

Although these 3 major issues make the bill less than...most of the bill is a step in the right direction. It limits power to big health insurance companies, it strips down big PHARMA spending, and it brings in more people under the blanket of medicare then we have now.

No, it's certainly not the bill I would like to see, but anything at this point is a good start. Health care has been a 60+ year debate, and we've seen absolutely nothing come of it, ever. This bill starts the actual foundation to get the ball rolling, and that's a good thing.

This legislation can always be modified later.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lou Dobbs No More?

Lou Dobbs has made a stunning, surprising, and much needed announcement on last night's broadcast of his CNN show. He will be leaving the network, stating that his opinions are no longer welcome. That they aren't.

Dobbs is most known for his outspoken rhetoric on Mexicans, often inciting some pretty fierce conversation against immigration. Or as he likes to say, "Illegals". Mr Dobbs was allegedly given a choice from the CEO of the CNN network; tone it down, or hit the road.

I guess he choose the ladder. It's unclear where Dobbs will land next, although I have a suspicion FOX has an opening, right after that psychotic wack job, Glenn Beck.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Step One Has Passed

The Helathcare Reform Act has passed the house, and is now on it's way to a senate vote. Hold your breath. It just made the house, passing by 220 votes. 215 are needed. However you feel about this bill, it's a step in the right direction, and if passed in the senate, will be modified for the better over time.

You can read the entire bill here: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.3962:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

What a Guy!

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN'S BOTTLE OF SPRAY TAN?
Because I think he cried it all off, and he needs a fresh coat. Disscuss.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Still, We Saw a Victory

Tuesday's elections results showed us two things. One, that far right conservative wack jobs don't do well on election day. We saw this movie before a few times. Palin, Thompson, and so on. We were able to take NY'S 23rd pretty comfortably without a hitch.

Second, Democrats who gain power MUST, and I repeat, MUST get something accomplished. Corozine had some great ideas, but nothing was ever produced. I think he felt he could coast on blue state pride alone, thus assuming most would favor the Democrat in the voting booth when it came down to the final hour. Not so. He ran a horrible campaign, not to mention the fact that he made the stupidest choice of all when he referred to Christie's weight in a campaign ad.

I don't care what party you're in, this is just a cocky, ignorant, pathetic attempt to win an election, and it turns people off. Grow up. In retrospect, I don't feel so sorry for Corozine, although I am sorry there's now a Republican in power because of Corozine's arrogance.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Upstate NY'S 23RD

This is one of the craziest political battles we've yet to witness. 3 small town politicians battle it out on the national stage; one brings in political big wigs, one is jumping in front of any camera or microphone that will have her, and one is on the phone with Pelosi. It's really something.

The funny thing is, all 3 are in danger of self destructing before the actual showdown. Republican VS republican, Republican VS Conservative, Democrat VS Republican, etc. The 3 political showman who are making a mad dash for the Canadian border are a complete joke, and most definitely a Saturday night live skit if I've ever seen one. Fred Thompson, Sarah Palin and the gang are well known for the almighty political flops that cost them votes, yet conservative candidate Hoffman thinks they will do him some favors.

Whatever happens, us Liberals will strike victory as we get the popcorn, and watch the far right fringe bloodbath. Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Health Care 2.0

As we watch our health care system start to reform slowly, this week, Nancy Pelosi suggested that the public option will actually be an extension of medicare benefits.

That would be fine, the only problem is this. It wouldn't really be much of a "public option", mostly because Medicare already exists, and pushing the bar up to include more people who would qualify for the extension of medicare isn't really reform. It's modifying an already existing plan to include a little more of the general public. So what? How is that a public option?

If this is the Democrats version of the alleged "public option", then we've been had. Then all along, according to congress, we've had the "public option", right?

This would not be "a public option", because it would not cover everybody or anybody who wanted in. It would just open the doors to more of the working class who couldn't afford medical care, which is a good thing, however all of the middle class who's paying out the nose for coverage still looses out.

Also, president Obama's alleged campaign promise that "all would have an option if they desired" would be dissolved.

This is not solving the problem. It's an absolute joke, and it's giving the Republicans exactly what they're looking for.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Great Czar Debate

Over the past 8 months or so, the Democratic leadership as well as the Obama administration has come under fire for using and appointing Czar's to manage various areas of policy. We have the health care czar, the climate and energy czar, the car czar and so on.

Republicans are constantly attacking the use of czars to aid the entire policy process, almost making the argument that the obama administration should be able to handle all these things without delegating these duties to people whom the responsibility would be entirely their own.

What's wrong with that?

The Bush administration used Czars. In fact, almost every single administration since Lincoln, both Republican and Democrat, have used and delegated Czars to handle various functions. I see no problem with this whatsoever.

What I do see is a Republican spin machine, desperate to bring President Obama down. Whatever it takes. Weather other Presidents called them Czar's or not is irrelevant.

You can't attack the obama administration for "doing their job" and then turn around and claim, "their not doing their job". What do you think?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Bailout, A Slap in the Face

As we watched Wall Street pocket the big bail out money the Obama administration dished out this past spring, it seems Wall Street is reluctant to show any sign of gratititude for the life raft.

Today, President Obama plans to attend a Democratic Fundraiser at Manhattan's Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where most of the donors will be dishing out the Maximum legal amount allowed; $30,400 a plate. Amazingly, less than half of the Wall Street leaches who benefited, profited, and downright flourished under Obama's bailout will be missing from the guest list.

Apparently the reasons for the missing bankers is due to fear of public perception from those who disagree with the bailout all together, and you know, just bad overall PR.

Right.

However as Wall Street continues to live in post bailout bliss, banks like JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup can jack up interest rates on credit cards so high, the average American has to choose between paying the mortgage or paying credit card bills. How about that?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

What's the Problem?

video

I have to say I really don't disagree with Barney Frank's point of view regarding the Washington March last week. He makes some great points in this interview with Joy Behar, as well as the interview he had 2 weeks ago with Sirius radio host, Michaelangelo Signorelie.

The march in itself was a great thing, however marching on a Sunday when congress isn't in session doesn't and didn't really do much. I realize the main idea was to attract media attention, but seriously, how did we do kids? We didn't.

A few mentions here and there, and that was it. More than half of America had no idea we had something going on.

Now, had we have had this march during the week, I really feel we could have turned way more heads and ruffled more feathers then what you saw last Sunday. The giant media outlets would have had no choice but to pay attention to our cause.

What I did see at the march were a lot of young kids who were all fired up and ready to go at their first ever rally. Sure, this a good thing. But in Barney Frank's point of view, the activism has to continue when you get back on the bus to go home. I'm not so sure it will.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Gay Money; An Argument for Marriage

Last week the New York Times ran a story titled: "The High Price of being a Gay Couple". In the article, the NYT proposed fake scenarios in which they looked at 2 gay couples, 2 men and 2 women, both with incomes of $70,000 or more each, and how that money was spent. According to the article, the couples lived in states with the highest gay populations; New York, Florida and California. All couples were college educated, were home owners and spent about half to over half of their income on taxes, health care, child care (assuming there was children in the picture) and other necessities that are a natural part of coupled life.

The article brought in some great points, and made a great argument for gay marriage, all of which I completely agree with. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/03/your-money/03money.html?emc=eta1

What I didn't agree with are the unrealistic incomes of all parties involved. This article assumes that most gay men and women are upper middle class to wealthy, and in some areas of the country this is true, however it's not in most cases.

I happen to be college educated, have a fairly decent job, and so does my partner. We live in New York state, we don't have children, and we rent our home not own. I do not make anywhere near the assumed $70,000 a year, nor does my partner. Our incomes combined are a little over the single, $70,000 each article starting line. So what gives?

The majority of gay men and women earn between $25,000 - $50,000 each per year. The top 10% earn between $70,000 and $100,000. This includes educated individuals living in all 3 states the article highlights. Although as I mentioned before, if you just take NYC alone, the cost of living is more, so incomes may average out a bit higher there. If you just take Manhattan alone, then $70,000 is about right, seeing as how Manhattan is next to impossible to afford, even on a duel income of $70,000 each. You factor in kids, taxes etc., forget about it!

I guess what I'm trying to say is this. Once again, big media misses the bus on the gay community. I was really excited to read the article when I saw the headline, but as I read, I became disillusioned. I felt disconnected with the article, then realizing the times was missing the big picture. I know many gay men who like to claim they earn way over what they actually do, and if you meet a gay individual who tells you he earns over $70,000 a year, he's probably full of shit.

There are exceptions, and some who do, but if you take the majority of gay men and women in all 3 states, you'll see that most of us are middle class men and women who lead normal 9 to 5 lives. We are far from the glossy, fabulous lifestyle that was and is still portrayed in American society.