The haters of the Right LOVE to call people RINOs — generally meaning anyone not so obstructionist, inflexible and mean — but I am talking about TRUE RINOS: Republicans In Name Only. These are Libertarians. They have a separate agenda. A separate constituency, and a separate funding mechanism (spelled “K.O.C.H.”) Continue reading
Tonight when President takes to the podium for his State of the Union address, he will make it clear that ”he will not wait for Congress to act on reversing the tide of economic disparity, as he uses his annual State of the Union address to outline a list of actions he will take without legislative approval.” Needless to say he’s already drawing fire from the GOP, as Speaker of the House John Boehner warns, Obama is heading for a “Brick Wall.” Personally, I think President Obama is on the right track… In excerpts of the speech released by the White House, Mr. Obama vows to confront growing economic inequality in America, noting that “upward mobility has stalled” and that “too … Continue reading
Welcome to President Obama’s “year of action.” This is the meme President Obama and “his team have been using since December to describe new policies – many to be enacted as executive actions – to maintain the economic recovery.” In a speech on jobs at North Carolina State University, Obama spoke ”more about what he could do without Congress instead of what he’d like done legislatively this year. “Long term, the challenge of making sure that everyone who works hard can get ahead in today’s economy is so important we can’t wait for Congress to solve it,” he said. “Where I can act on my own without Congress, I’m going to do so.” The announcement today of “the first of three “manufacturing innovation institutes” not only follows through … Continue reading
On Tuesday, Bruce Springsteen released “High Hopes,” his 18th studio album. Springsteen also took to the stage on “Late Night” with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday to mock New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the wake of Christie’s BridgeGate Scandal: Christie’s intial explanation, “that it was a move to punish a Democratic mayor who had refused to endorse Christie’s reelection bid,” is being met with a lot of skepticism as “two special legislative committees” begin investigations into the scandal on Thursday. The panels will have subpoena power, which means that in the coming weeks and months, a parade of former and current Christie administration officials — as well as many of the governor’s closest political associates — will be called to testify. … Continue reading
Governor Christie is getting hit on all sides, including Barry Blitt’s hard hitting political cartoon on the cover of the new issue of the New Yorker: “I’m hoping this cartoon diverts a lot of traffic to my Web site,” Barry Blitt says about “Playing in Traffic,” the image of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that he penned for next week’s cover. Read the latest from the NY Times on the Christie scandal: Bridge Scandal Documents Indicate Effort to Hide Political Motive: Officials loyal to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey went to elaborate means to make it appear that the September closing of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., was part of a traffic study, even though … Continue reading
The Newburyport Daily News has a piece today about the new Mayor of Amesbury, Ken Gray and his recent hire of 19-year-old college sophomore as his “interim chief of staff.” Gray’s decision has drawn some criticism, the Newburyport Daily News reports. While I tend to stay out of the small town political arena and commentary on it, in favor of national politics, however, I find this story begs commentary. Mac Cerullo, staff writer for the Daily News notes Evan Kenney of Wakefield “is a rising and somewhat controversial star in the state Republican party.” In 2012, he became a central player in a brouhaha that erupted over the nomination of Mitt Romney at the GOP convention. His efforts to buck … Continue reading
Note the last line in the quote below and understand why the Christie BridgeGate scandal will not go away… Someone died… Emergency responders were delayed in attending to four medical situations – including one in which a 91-year-old woman lay unconscious – due to traffic gridlock caused by unannounced closures of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, according to the head of the borough’s EMS department. The woman later died, borough records show. More here. I don’t buy for a second that Christie “knew nothing about this.” Into the political abyss for Christie.
Talk about your dirty, old school politics… This is ugly, just plain ugly: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie denied knowing about a scheme orchestrated by his administration to bully a local political rival, calling the reported actions of a top aide “unacceptable.” He vowed to hold members of his administration accountable. Christie said he was previously unaware of apparent actions taken by his deputy chief of staff to orchestrate the controversial closure of local access lanes to the congested George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., in the midst of a re-election campaign. The action prompted massive traffic gridlock in the city on its first day of school. Christie is claiming to have no prior knowledge of the scheme, thus … Continue reading