Happy New Year: The Year of the Citizen

Cross-posted from Freedom’s Fire, Brightly Burning, with minor edits. I want to wish all our readers a happy, healthy and productive year in 2006. I hope we will work together to bring real, positive change to America and to our nation’s role in the world. There is much to be done, but it will be rewarding work. Two inspiring quotes come to mind: Margaret Mead: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. John Kerry: There is no more important word in the American language, other than love, than citizen. Let’s make 2006 the Year of the Citizen. We can take back our government this year, … Continue reading

Bush State by State Numbers Still Low

Survey USA has released the December numbers of President Bush’ approval ratings broken down by state. Forget what you may have heard about Bush’ approval ratings improving. The fact remains that in only 9 states does Bush have an approval rating higher than his disaproval rating. Meanwhile, Bush’s disapproval rate is at least as high 53% in all the Kerry states and is a whopping 62% in Ohio. His disapproval rate in Missouri is 52% (to 44% approval) and is also 52% disapproval (to 46% approval) in Florida! Going into 2006, only one Democratic Senator (Nelson of Nebraska) is in a state where Bush has higher approval than disapproval ratings. Hope this makes your New Year a little more fun.

A Simple Way to Increase Dem Turnout and Vote Totals: Increase Union Membership

Sure 57% of American households make less than $50,000. Yes Kerry won a greater percent of the voters from households making under $50,000 vote than Clinton or Gore, and adjusted for inflation did better among voters from the bottom three income quintiles than any Democrat since 1964 (except maybe 1976 Carter). Kerry not only won the under $50,000 vote nationally, he also won them in 31 states including all the blue states and all the battleground states (except Colorado (50%-49%) and West. Va. (55%-45%)), and even some solid red states like North Carolina and Georgia. Still, there are two fundamental problems for the modern day Democrat: First, only 45% of voters in 2004 were from $50,000 households. Second, too many … Continue reading

Veterans with PTSD Facing Benefits Debate

It was only a matter of time. The VA is in a war over benefits for the increasing numbers of veterans getting compensation for PTSD, according to a report today in WaPo . That number, 215,871, increased seven times as fast as other disabilities, causing an increase of 150% from 1999. In addition to the new Afghanistan and Iraq vets applying, some from the Gulf War and Viet Nam wars are now more aware of the disorder and are coming forward for treatment. The increase is threatening to expose another, more volatile problem. Continue reading

Bush Base Comes Home-And It’s Not Enough

The Baltimore Sun reported about an Associated Press-Ipsos Poll about Bush’s job approval rating has risen from 37% in November to 42%. Before anyone starts panicking lets not forget that 57% still disapprove of the overall job Bush is doing overall, still higher than in most other polls through this year and throughout his first term. The Baltimore Sun also reports that “Those disapproving totaled 55 percent on the economy, 58 percent on Iraq, both down slightly from November. The rise in Bush’s popularity appears to be the result of an increase in his numbers in the West and Northeast. It’s true that over the last month Bush’s approval rating in the West has climbed from 34% to 42% and … Continue reading

Excellent News from Out West-But Why the Sniping Against Urban Democrats?

First the good news, courtesy of the NY Times: “Look at these numbers,” said Gov. Brian Schweitzer, pointing to the annual Montana State University survey showing him with a job approval rating of 69 percent – 27 points higher than President Bush in Montana and 21 points above the Republican senator, Conrad Burns, who is up for re-election next year. “People seem to like what we’re doing.” “Across the vast inland sea of Republican red, in states like Kansas, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Arizona, other Democratic governors are soaring at the same high level of approval in the polls.” So Democrats can win in rural red states in the West. Now for the sniping: “It’s only when I get lumped in … Continue reading

Remembering Pearl Harbor – December 7, 1945 Vs. September 11, 2005: Infamous Comparisons

EDITOR’S NOTE: In commemorating Pearl Harbor Day, L.A. area writer Ed Rampell “compares where America stood four years after both the Pearl Harbor and 9/11 sneak attacks.” In his email submitting this post Ed says, “As a historian who co-wrote a book about Pearl Harbor, I have some unusual insights into these tragedies and uncovered some startling juxtapositions between then (1945) and now (2005).” December 7, 1945 Vs. September 11, 2005: Infamous Comparisons By Ed Rampell December 7th marks the 60th anniversary of Imperial Japan’s 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, which has often been likened to the 9/11 terrorist strikes. This past Sept. 11th was the fourth anniversary of Al-Qaeda’s airborne assaults on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, which … Continue reading