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Showing posts with label John Boehner. Show all posts
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Boehner Exclaims, "We Have No Plans To Impeach The President."

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Ryan: Impeachment Talk 'A Ridiculous Game' By Obama

Which political party mentioned impeachment first? Hint: 2013 Congressional Summer Recess (see below). Who is playing games? Did GOP impeachment talk backfire? 
John Boehner went on record yesterday in response to questions of GOP impeachment of the nation's president. Boehner denies plans for impeachment and lays all the talk squarely on political posturing and fundraising. According to Nate Silver's Five Thirty Eight Blog, Democrats and liberal media are discussing "impeachment" far more than conservative media (Fox News). A fair assertion by Boehner and interesting  understandable data from Silver, but there is much more.

Let's start with Boehner on yesterday.

Boehner: Impeachment Talk Nothing But White House ‘Scam’

Boehner is so very phony and disingenuous, Let's dispense of political correctness, Boehner is simply a bold faced liar running interference for a party out of control. After Sarah Palin opened her cable network with mumble-mouthed "impeachment" marketing strategy and after the 2013 Congressional Summer Recess with "Impeach Obama" as the talking-point theme, Boehner has  gall speaking as such before open microphones and cameras? The House leader insults us with cheap political posturing. We have memory, we have video, and we have learned the new GOP.

Laura Ingraham, noted conservative celebrity, en-capsulized the talk in the late spring of 2013, well before the Congressional Summer Recess.  While Brit Hume questioned the wisdom of impeachment talk, he will be the first to jump on the bandwagon should the GOP takeover the US Senate this fall.

Real Clear Politics

Brit Hume: "Stupid" For Republicans To Talk About Impeachment Right Now  Posted on May 17, 2013

LAURA INGRAHAM: Brit, we had a lot of Republicans running to the microphone yesterday and quite a number of them were using the i-word, i.e. impeachment of Barack Obama. What's your take on the reaction so far among some of our more conservative Congressman and Senators?  
BRIT HUME: I think it's stupid for them to say stuff like that. These cases will be driven by the facts, which has happened so far -- information drives these things. And big talk about big measures and most people in this country, I think, regard impeachment as an extreme measure necessary in some rare cases is way premature and it only runs the risk of having this appear to be political on their side. 

Boehner's remarks can be bundled into a package that can be sold only to the more gullible and die hard conservatives. Those of us who follow current events with a large, watchful eye on conservative America know better. Fox nor CNN will provide any opportunity to refute Boehner's claim of complete innocence on the Right. I suspect both networks will run and re-run Boehner's remarks until network producers feel their viewers "got the message." Yet, I will also wager neither network will visit the summer of 2013 and obvious GOP Recess town-hall "impeachment" talking-points.


Chris Matthews, Hardball (August 2013)

Chris Matthews in a far too lengthy segment: 2:26 minutes. I offer a much more brief segment below, but it is absent salient points from Matthews and his Panel guests. The Hardball, segment includes a comprehensive summary of GOP members of Congress who occupied 2013 Recess town-halls with talk of "impeachment." Our point of interest and focus comes at the 2:20 minute mark and ends shortly thereafter (3:11 mark) once Matthews and his guest move to the standard MSNBC panel (opinion talk). The segment is long, but Matthews poses a cogent point that like it or not has merit. After all of the malfeasance and deleterious governance from Bush W., the word impeach simply wasn't a political tool. Democrats and the public simply did not 'Go there.'

Joy Reid, MSNBC.... (August 2013)

GOP Impeachment talk!

I often read GOP leadership is not in agreement with "impeachment" talk and there are no plans. Mere words from people who have shown they will throw words at the public while literally planning contrary actions in back rooms. Boehner says there are "no plans." Well, maybe not as GOP money-brokers and oligarchs have not ordered their political operatives to move the US Congress to the constitutional process. If the Kochs, Adelsons, and other uber wealthy money backers wish, their political wing will certainly follow lockstep. We can rest with comfort in the reality GOP leadership has discussed impeachment and we would be naive to think it is not a future strategy. Hint: After the mid term elections, if the GOP wins the US Senate. Boehner publicly 'goes there' with his claims of disagreement with GOP celebrities and media gold-diggers (i.e., Sarah Palin). 

In fairness to House Speaker John Boehner, he is one of official record with ”I disagree,” when asked by Luke Russert about Palin's impeachment marketing strategy. 

Boehner is correct in his assessment and assertion of fund-raising related to GOP impeachment talk. Donations to Democrats fund-raising has increased with a major spike after Palin deployed the "I" Word strategy before announcing her cable Network Channel. Donors also undoubtedly remember the summer of 2013, mistrust the GOP, and are reacting to the reality of GOP members of Congress and their subservience to Conservative celebrities. Yes, the Grand OL Party has de Facto leadership of Internet bloggers (e.g., Drudge) and multi-millionaires who do not hold elected office and who and sit in front of cameras, and radio microphones. Going on camera to refute the reality of GOP talk of impeachment is like denying the GOP strategy to shut down the US government. No, Boehner should look a lot closer at this Palin Frankenstein Monster; she continues to wreak havoc on the GOP.
Now let's close with my promise of ,.."but there is more.

With what we have seen from the GOP since the night of Obama's inauguration why should we accept Boehner's crafty......."there are no plans?"  What is it about the American psyche that does not allow for acceptance the party on the Right is ripe with misinformation, lies and outright political subterfuge. Should we expect Boehner to simply admit impeachment could be a strategy after the fall elections? How many GOP members of Congress are stating 'no plan' to impeach and in the same paragraph clearly stating the procedure is a possibility?  The "Full Stop" point: "After Boehner has indicated a pending lawsuit against the president (Over of all things the ACA extensions) and GOP ideology leaders have begun to use the "I" Word, wouldn' Democrats fail in not anticipation the legal actions? Wouldn't liberal media fails it viewers via not covering or not talking about the legal process.  We are talking media here, after all. Hello!
The ultimate and most salient point; when did President Obama finally drop all reservation about hitting the GOP impeachment strategy head-on? The following videoed public appearance took place this year (2014). Based on the embeds an information posted above, it seems the White House has every right and expectation to lash back against impending threats.

Think of the flak from the Left if the president and his team did not face what was an obvious GOP talking-point playbook strategy. Does the GOP really believe the president is weak and will not fight back? Of, is the GOP deploying another playbook strategy. I offer both prospects are reality.
What a sad political party wears the GOP moniker!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Allen West Typical GOP

Fundraiser/Political Strategy
As the US House prepares for John Boehner's "tea party" fundraiser (Select) Benghazi Committee, the committee members have been announced.

Boehner's "fundraisers"

Pelosi's "Guardian Monitors"

And the circus begins. The NRCC has already commenced raising money form the hearings, despite actual hearings as weeks and maybe months away. Remember, Boehners "rangers" are in no rush as fundraising and political leverage for 2014 mid-terms and 2016 general elections are the ultimate mission.

While NRCC fundraising off the deaths of heroic Americans is as despicable as it gets. Yet, another noted Tea Party demagogue has attacked a member of the Democrat committee members.

As a matter of introduction, let's meet the combatants attacked and the attacker.
American War HeroLadda Tammy Duckworth
Tammy Duckworth
Tammy Duckworth, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
An Iraq War veteran, Duckworth served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm. She was the first female double amputee from the war.[1] Having received a medical waiver, she continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard along with her husband, Major Bryan W. Bowlsbey, a signal officer and fellow Iraq War veteran.

American anti-hero: Allen West resigned military commission to avoid court martial and possible imprisonment: torture of an Iraq war detainee.

The Nation
West resigned from the military in 2004, following an incident involving his unit’s treatment of an Iraqi man. West himself was charged with two violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including one against assault, and agreed to retire after an Article 15 hearing in order to avoid a court martial.
Read more after break below 
According to a 2004 account in The New York Times, West let the soldiers under his command beat the Iraqi man, whom West believed was involved in an attempt on his life. (No evidence was ever found implicating the man). Then, he staged a mock execution: 
Soon, the soldiers began striking and shoving Mr. Hamoodi. They were not instructed to do so by Colonel West but they were not stopped, either, they said. ‘I didn’t know it was wrong to hit a detainee,” a 20-year-old soldier from Daytona Beach said at the hearing. Colonel West testified that he would have stopped the beating ”had it become too excessive.” 
Eventually, the colonel and his soldiers moved Mr. Hamoodi outside, and threatened him with death. Colonel West said he fired a warning shot in the air and began counting down from five. He asked his soldiers to put Mr. Hamoodi’s head in a sand-filled barrel usually used for clearing weapons. At the end of his count, Colonel West fired a shot into the barrel, angling his gun away from the Iraqi’s head, he testified.

 A bit more ......Rep. Allen West says 'about 78 to 81' House Democrats in Communist Party

I know of Allen West, you know of Allen West, the GOP knows of Allen West, and those who made the big mistake of electing West to the US Congress in 2010 felt they had grown to know West. 

Allen West is nothing shy of a gutter dwelling mouthpiece who will say anything for attention. In fact, I suspect West has ambitions to re-enter US politics via convincing the majority of voters in some district someplace to elect him. It should be noted he won his 2010 seat via an election that turned the US House over to tea party politicians who cling to the Koch bothers like scrap metal against a giant magnet. They infested and sat through a congress that led to the lowest congressional approval ratings in US history and a number of the more whacked-out representatives (West and Joe Walsh) lost their seats via awaken and back-tracking constituents. 

West has commented in a most disrespectful manner. The Tea party mouth-piece attacked War Hero Tammy Duckworth.  If you prefer a short version of West's comments:

Right Wing Watch
“Tammy Duckworth, you know I just don’t know where her loyalties lie, for her to have been a veteran and a wounded warrior for the United States Army, she should know that this is not the right thing and hopefully she will remember the oath of office that she took as an Army officer and not the allegiance I guess she believes she has to the liberal progressives of the Democrat [sic] party,” Allen West. 

The following Crooks & Liars piece places West in perspective and reminds of a mind gone bad.

Allen West Doubts 'Legless' Tammy Duckworth's 'Loyalty' To America (via
By John Amato May 22, 2014 11:33 am - Comments This isn't the first time she's been attacked for her military service by Tea Party Republicans. We all remember what Republicans and Saxby Chambliss did to former Senator Max Cleland, a disabled war hero…

If you need a bit more on West check this out.


Friday, March 21, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: No More National Parks?

Do you have any empathy for decreasing swaths of US geography that we can truly call pristine? If you are a conservative and say yes, be very careful others in your party and some who share your ideology may sense that empathy. It seems your political representatives in the US Congress don't share your environmental concern. 

If you think I am being persnickety and typically liberal, read on.

Think Progress-Climate

Obama Creates New National Monument


"Obama Creates New National Monument"

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Mendocino Coast, California.
Mendocino Coast, California. CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK
On Tuesday, President Obama held a ceremony at the White House to announce his use of executive authority to expand the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) to include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands on the Mendocino Coast. This is the first land-based addition to the CCNM and permanently protects more than 1,660 acres of beach, bluffs, and the Garcia River estuary. The area is home to rare and endangered species such as coho salmon, steelhead, the Point Arena mountain beaver, and the Behren’s silverspot butterfly. The Mendocino Coast of California was recently picked for the number 3 spot in the New York Times “52 Places to Go in 2014.”

The president's exercised executive authority to preserve what amounts to a modicum of our national geography while protecting species from encroachment by human beings. We should look to doing more to preserve the Earth for people who will live as Earth's denizens long after our spirits have departed on last journeys to a spiritual haven (spelling intentional) or to the depths of a fiery perpetual tortuous realm. 

American power brokers, corporatist, and uncaring conservative politicians cannot possibly care less about our environment and protection of specifies that live precariously at the whims of human beings.

I suppose by now you know what comes next. Have you ever heard of early GOP obstruction to the Obama Administration: simply called "The party of NO?" We really had no idea early "party of No" was the genesis of today's Universe "Big Bang," obstruction.  

Within the week John Boehner and Eric Cantor's Tea party House of Oz moved to smack the president's hand.  The House leaders continue to practice silly legislative "marbles" while the same period found the party leaders doing this to our long-term unemployed: MSNBC, CBS.  

Your Tea Party has taken a short break from frivolous repeal ACA votes (at cumulative cost of plus $81.6 million USD). Herewith is the latest anti-Obama legislation and it is a real doozy.  

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House To Vote On Controversial ‘No More National Parks’ Policy

"House To Vote On Controversial ‘No More National Parks’ Policy"

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Responding to President Obama’s decision last week to protect a stretch of California’s Coast near Point Arena as a new national monument, the House of Representatives is planning to vote next week to overturn a 108 year-old law that presidents of both parties have used to protect iconic American places, including the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and Arches National Park.

The bill, H.R. 1459, aims to block presidents from using the Antiquities Act of 1906 to establish new national monuments by putting caps on how many times it can be used, requiring congressional review of proposed monuments, and forcing local communities to engage in an ironic exercise of reviewing the environmental impacts of protecting lands for future generations.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), criticized President Obama’s use of the Antiquities Act to expand the California Coastal Monument last week as an end-run around Congress. “In other words, the House was punked by the President,” said Bishop.
However, despite arguments from Bishop and Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) that Congress should hold exclusive power to decide whether or not to protect public lands, the House has effectively shut down all legislative efforts to protect wilderness, parks and monuments since the Tea Party takeover in 2010.

Question. Did you actually vote for these people to facilitate legislative performance at the lowest level of relevance and most asinine in US History? We understand your hatred of President Obama. We understand your deeply inbred social paradigm. We realize you are not concerned with the plight of the nation's poor and less financially fortunate. You are showing your admiration for Vladimir Putin has resurfaced and in full blossom. And, your Tea Party House has gone insane with obstruction. Yet, we do not understand why are there any issues with efforts to preserve pristine geographic regions?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Minimum Wage...Time For A Change!

While wealth has a relationship to the health of the nation and a special relationship to regions of the country, it also is worth watching to see where wealth is most absent. In more simple terms, if you look at an illustration of wealth you will also find a visual of poverty. While the federal minimum wage isn't a guaranteed stairway of out poverty, the higher hourly rate will offer opportunity to equal of surpass the establish poverty level.

Federal Minimum Wage $7.25 per hour X theoretical 2080 annual work hours (40 hour week times 52 weeks) = $15,080 per year. 

Of course, many low wage earners do not have the opportunity and privilege to work a full 40 our work week. Perspective on $15,080 on the high side for the wager earner?  If the worker is single and believe with Mom and Dad the annual $15,080 may work very well. Once the unmarried worker moves family-life, the scenario worsens exponentially.
The Institute for Research and Poverty- University Wisconsin- Madison
What are poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines?
Values of the poverty thresholds for the years since 1980 for families of different sizes are available on the Census Bureau's website. The most recent values of the poverty thresholds are provided in the table below. For example, a four-person family with two adults and two children is poor with annual cash income below $23,283; the threshold for a four-person family with a single parent and three children is $23,364.
U.S. Census Bureau Poverty Thresholds, 2012
Size of Family UnitPoverty Threshold
One person (unrelated individual)$11,720
  Under age 6511,945
  Age 65 or older11,011
Two people14,937
  Householder under age 6515,450
  Householder age 65 or older13,892
Three people18,284
Four people23,492
Five people27,827
Six people31,471
Seven people35,743
Eight people39,688
Nine people or more47,297
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Weighted 
Sadly, the older worker who must supplement low Social Security payments if they lived a life of a low income earner. A part-time job is probably a requirement unless there worker has significant other with social Security payments. Pre-65 years old are relegated to overwhelming poverty, or they are forced to work two or more jobs. For the pre-65 years old minimum wage working family, everybody works. 

We would be remiss if we did not state many states have state minimum wage rates that exceed the federal wage rate.  

Despite a fairly common dissing of, or dismissive, towards, WIKI, we occasionally find it a useful information source. A review of poverty by state is easily accomplished via Wiki and the data seems accurate. Moreover, the data is source linked.

List of U.S. states by poverty rate

Map of poverty rate in the United States in 2008.

This article is a list of the 50 United States of America (U.S.) states, also including the District of Columbia, ordered by poverty rate. 2009 statistics are not identical to official poverty rates because they include children not counted in the official numbers (see Revised Tables link below). Supplemental Poverty Measure takes into account differences in cost of living between states (i.e. housing costs appreciably higher/lower than the national average). All data are from the United States Census Bureau.

Wiki link navigates  to table that speaks volumes about poverty; where it exist, to what extent it exists and the data is ranked 1 - 50 states.  We ask that you pay close attention to the lowest 39 - 50 impoverished states and the top 1 - 20 states with the lowest poverty rate. Looks like a tabled map of the GOP. The table is "quick view" illustrated via the map above.

The rational mind recognizes geographic regions that consistently support the GOP suffer the most poverty. If we take that last statement to a very basic splurge of logic, we might come to the conclusion the lowest 50 states in the table would have the highest need for a minimum wage above $7.25 per hour. 

Of course, raising the minimum wage would induce instant heartburn among the majority of American corporatist; thus the GOP's lack of interest in raising the rate. The Republicans are so averse to any conditions that impact the revenue streams of big business, they saddle their loyal constituents with permanent blankets of poverty. Contributions from Big Business obvious outweighs GOP concern for their constituents. The GOP may have surveyed into the prospect, people who suffer from stifling poverty may not actually exist as vote risks. We wonder if they comprise the 40% of voters who never vote in elections (General, mid-term or local). 

Quick hits on the Minimum wage experience in America. do not fret, we have also found race related information as we review the Minimum Wage. It appears many authorities look at minimum wage without looking at the fact minorities are disproportionately affected by the minimum wage.

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Women's Share of Low-Wage and Overall Workforces

Women Gain Low-Income Jobs

In 2012, the 73.5 million US workers age 16 and older hourly paid employees represented 59.0% of all wage and salaried employees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 3.6 million of those workers earn at the prevail federal  minimum  wage rate ($7.25 per hour) or less. 

A few BLS minimum wage facts:

  • Minimum wage workers tend to be young. Although workers under age 25 represented only about one-fifth of hourly paid workers, they made up about half of those paid the Federal minimum wage or less. Among employed teenagers paid by the hour, about 21 percent earned the minimum wage or less, compared with about 3 percent of workers age 25 and over. (See table 1 and table 7.) 

  • In 2012, 6 percent of women paid hourly rates had wages at or below the prevailing federal minimum, compared with about 3 percent of men. (See table 1.) 

  • About 5 percent of White, Black, and Hispanic or Latino hourly paid workers earned the federal minimum wage or less. Among Asian workers paid at hourly rates, about 3 percent earned the minimum wage or less. (See table 1.) 

  • Among hourly paid workers age 16 and over, about 10 percent of those who had less than a high school diploma earned the federal minimum wage or less, compared with about 4 percent of those who had a high school diploma (with no college) and about 2 percent of college graduates. (See table 6.) 

  • Never-married workers, who tend to be young, were more likely than married workers to earn the federal minimum wage or less (about 8 percent versus about 2 percent). (See table 8.) 

  • About 11 percent of part-time workers (persons who usually work less than 35 hours per week) were paid the federal minimum wage or less, compared with about 2 percent of full-time workers. (See table 1 and table 9.)

  • By major occupational group, the highest proportion of hourly paid workers earning at or below the federal minimum wage was in service occupations, at about 12 percent. About three-fifths of workers earning the minimum wage or less in 2012 were employed in service occupations, mostly in food preparation and serving related jobs. (See table 4.)  

  • The industry with the highest proportion of workers with hourly wages at or below the federal minimum wage was leisure and hospitality (about 19 percent). About half of all workers paid at or below the federal minimum wage were employed in this industry, the vast majority in restaurants and other food services. For many of these workers, tips and commissions supplement the hourly wages received. (See table 5.) 

  • The states with the highest proportions of hourly paid workers earning at or below the federal minimum wage were Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Idaho (all between 7 and 8 percent). The states with the lowest percentages of hourly paid workers earning at or below the federal minimum wage were Alaska, Oregon, California, Montana, and Washington (all under 2 percent). It should be noted that some states have minimum wage laws establishing standards that exceed the federal minimum wage. (See table 2 and table 3.) 

  • The proportion of hourly paid workers earning the prevailing federal minimum wage or less declined from 5.2 percent in 2011 to 4.7 percent in 2012. This remains well below the figure of 13.4 percent in 1979, when data were first collected on a regular basis. (See table 10.) 

  • The rational person would think the public is not only aware of the need for consideration of raising the Minimum Wage, one might also believe we are educated on the issue. Well, according to the following set of information, we (as a nation) are not aware of Minimum Wage as an issue. 


    Published on Nov 20, 2012

    Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

    As surely as most in the nation know the $7.25 per hour Minimum Wage is inhumanely low, there are some who refuse to even acknowledge the issue. Here is a prime example: John Boehner.  While we are here let's at the tip of the abscess of GOP Congressional obstruction: John Boehner

    Of course, Boehner is a GOP Leader in Congress and serves as the visible part of the infection. The following table clearly illustrates the remainder of the GOP infection among the GOP and American conservatives as the infection relations to the Minimum Wage. The chart also suggests survey respondents could not have included many Americans who were considered in the charts at the top of this piece.


    US conservatism and the Republican Party has proven they are not good managers of the US economy.

    Many have continued to nurture affinity for supply-side (Trickle-down) economics with no regard for its earth-shattering failure since Ronald Reagan and his team first uttered the words.  They relish the reality of supply-side as it actually trickles-up not down. Yet, consideration of increasing the minimum wage is tantamount to stopping GOP voter suppression and their so obvious war on women.