Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 2, 2016
Democratic politicians use the gender and race cards to further their political aspirations. This has divided the Country into “warring” factions and significantly hindered America’s social progress and economic growth.
In a recent example of race-baiting, former US Atty. Gen., Eric Holder said the following in an advertisement for Hillary Clinton’s South Carolina presidential campaign (emphasis added):
“If the Republicans win, we’ll all lose. They want to roll back the clock on civil rights. They want to make it harder for African-Americans to vote — not easier. And they’ve got no plan to deal with gun violence or any of the issues we’re facing in our communities.”
Incredibly, this same Eric Holder refused to review the case of voter intimidation against the New Black Panther Party in 2009. The same man, supposedly a champion of the underprivileged, played a key role in Pres. Bill Clinton’s pardon of wealthy financier Marc Rich.
As a chief law enforcement officer of the United States, Holder was cited for criminal contempt by the Congress for withholding documents relating to the fiasco called “Fast and Furious”. This vote included 17 Democratic Congressman making it a bipartisan vote.
There are many dubious legacies left to the American people by Barack Obama. Certainly a disastrous foreign policy will be in the forefront. Not far behind will be a disintegration of race relations in America caused by the President and his party’s lust for power. This legacy has a champion and it is Eric Holder.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 4, 2015
MSNBC commentator Chris Hayes interviewed former Maryland Congressman and past NAACP president Kweisi Mfume concerning recent events in Baltimore, Maryland. As an unapologetic Leftist, Hayes proffered questions to Mfume in an veiled attempt to obtain the canned Progressive responses. However, Mfume response also strongly condemned the Democrat Party for its past related inactions:
“I see where Harry Reid today, said he was directing his staff to come back with some ideas about what to do with this issue. I’m trying to figure out where was that kind of thinking back, 7 years ago, when my party, the Democratic Party, controlled the White House, controlled the Senate, controlled the House of Representatives, and you could have gotten anything through because you controlled the vote. So Harry Reid? Please, give me a break.”
While this Blog may differ as to problem resolution, we agree with Mfume as to a major source of the problem, poverty. At the same time, it needs to be asked why with trillions spent on anti-poverty programs in the United States since the mid-1960s are the inner cities in the sad state they are today. Also, since Democrats control nearly all major large cities’ governments, it is reasonable to ask why their policies have not improved the poverty situation in the cities. Finally, it is reasonable to conclude that should we continue following the same failed policies, we should expect the same failed results.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 6, 2012
Earlier this week there was controversy over two issues in the Democratic Party Platform. For the first time in history their Platform did not include the word “God”. It also questioned a commitment for Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, as affirmed by Pres. Obama four years ago.
Because of the political firestorms created by the issues, the Democratic Party attempted to correct the matter by modifying the Platform. According to Democratic Party rules, a two thirds majority from via a voice vote is required to a change the Platform. While the Party bosses thought implementing the changes would be pro forma, as the video shows, many delegates objected to the changes. When the speaker called a voice vote, twice it seemed to come up with an even response. After a third vote came up with the same results, the speaker merely claimed a two thirds majority and passed the resolution to a chorus of boos.
Irrespective of what some Democrats suggest, there is a large portion of Party that has an aversion to religion and religious beliefs. In addition, the Party’s commitment to Israel is a tenuous one. Party bosses’ attempts to cover up these realities are hypocritical.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 13, 2011
The New York Post yesterday published a story (Blow Against O in Wiener Race) with implications for the Democrat Party and President. Koch is actually urging voters in the heavily Democrat district of former congressman Anthony Weiner to “make history” and vote Republican.
The Post reports that Koch is furious with President Obama’s stance on Israel, asking it to return to the 1967 borders, as well as the President’s consideration of cutting entitlements. Both issues are perilous for the grand coalition that is the Democrat Party.
Jewish voters have long been a strong underpinning of the Democrat coalition. So have those receiving or making a living off of America’s entitlement industry. Should either or both of these constituencies give even a large minority of votes to Republicans, Obama’s reelection chances drop from unlikely to very unlikely.
The coalition that is the Democrat Party is held together by a loose set of diverging policies that often conflict. Just as important, it is held together by government programs; i.e. handouts that the Country can no longer afford. Cut back on the handouts and come up with clear positions that offend some in the coalition and the Party will fracture. That dynamic is starting to occur.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 5, 2011
Big unions and large businesses use money to influence political outcomes. In previous decades, the large companies were often heaving industry and the unions were those involved with the heavy industry. While this industry and their unions received many benefits for their political payoffs that did not forestall the forces of the market; i.e. supply and demand. Many in this these industry and their unions have since perished, replaced in size by companies that are not unionized and who spend more effort innovating.
Today, heavy industries have been replaced by banks and conglomerates, such as General Electric, who strive for Washington favors in return for their support. Union power has shifted to those that represent public employees, the growth opportunity for organized labor. The amount of money these public employee unions give politicians is staggering, as the chart below indicates, with most of the funds going to Democrats.
There is something unclean in the relationship between the Democrat Party and unionized public employees. These unions give Democrats cash and in return, the Democrat politicians agree to union demands to the detriment of the taxpayers who they work for. Clearly this is a conflict of interest. However, like their private sector brethrens, public sector unions are infamous for eaten their young. They have taken so much from the taxpayers that many states and municipalities are on the brink of bankruptcy. The great mediators, the markets, are now exerting themselves on the public employee unions. The outcome is inevitable.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 14, 2010
Those on the Right have been criticizing President Obama’s Leftist policies from the early days of his Presidency. The “change” he brought to America has been the most radical shift to the Left in the history of this Country. The amount of money spent and the increase in the Nation’s deficit are truly historic in proportions.
The results of the mid-term elections have shown that the discontent has gone well beyond those on the Right side of the political spectrum. It was clearly the Independent voters who just two years ago elected Barack Obama president have become disenfranchised with the President’s policies.
Since the elections, the “community” of those abandoning the President has grown to now include mainstream Democrats.
On the far Left of the Democrat Party, radicals like Michael Moore complain that Obama didn’t go far enough and that he was too accommodative to Republicans. This conclusion is not credible. Does Mr. Moore really believe that even more radical Lefty policies would have been viewed any more kindly by the voters that just gave the Democrats an historic shellacking? Adding insult to injury, Mr. Moore had the gall to suggest that Obama should “Take Off the Pink Tutu”. Sounds rather sexist, doesn’t it.
Video – Moore tells Obama to “Take Off the Pink Tutu”
While Moore is on the radical fringe of the Democrat Party, it is the middle-of-the-road or mainstream Democrats who are starting to complain that should be of greater concern to President Obama. Today’s Washington Post is an op-ed by Democrat strategist and pollster Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell titled “One and done: To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012” that suggest that President Obama should not run for a second term. This is a highly usual call from Party faithful and is likely to grow with the President’s diminishing popularity in the coming months.
Video – Schoen suggests that President Obama should not seek reelection
It is remarkable how fast President Obama has lost the support of the people and the mandate that came with that support. Those on the Right, however, should not celebrate this downfall. The Country has significant issues that need to be addressed and this President’s lack of experience and now lack of political capital will make meaningful progress in these areas unlikely. It is with this reality that Schoen and Caddell suggest that for the good of the Country the President withdraw from participating in the politicking required for reelection and focus on addressing the serious problems the Country now faces in a truly bipartisan way.
Schoen’s and Caddell’s logic is impeccable. However, one who writes an autobiography at the age of 35 and before he has accomplished anything of significance is unlikely to get out of the way of a huge ego.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 1, 2010
This past Sunday Theodore C. Sorensen, speech writer and close confidant of President John F. Kennedy, passed away at the age of 82. Sorensen’s health had been deteriorating since 2001 when he suffered his first stroke.
Sorensen, like most Democrats of the Kennedy era, was quite different from the radical Left that has hijacked his Party in recent years. This differentiation is made clear by perhaps the most famous words Sorensen wrote for Kennedy that was included as part of the President’s inaugural address:
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”.
Those words, while profound nearly 50 years ago, would likely brand one who spoke them today as a Tea Partier. It is just not politically palatable to ask the approximately 50% of Americans that pay no taxes to do something for their country.
How far the Democrat Party has fallen.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 31, 2010
As the elections have gotten closer and the Democrat’s poll numbers got worse, it has been amazing to watch the denial from the Party’s leadership. When confronted with the numbers, Obama, Reid and Pelosi would indicate that the problem was their “communications” or caused by Fox News, Limbaugh and others. Never would they admit their errors and misunderstanding of the People’s desires.
Yesterday, Wall Street Journal writer John Fund wrote of an interview with retiring Democrat Congressman, Brian Baird of Washington state. Baird voted for Nancy Pelosi’s major legislative priorities including the Stimulus Package, Cap and Trade and Healthcare reform. However, this six-termer had enough of politics, wanting to spend more time with his family. He was therefore willing to openly discuss the issues that will lead to the upcoming carnage the Democrats will face in next week’s election. Baird’s conclusions include:
- On Pelosi’s House leadership: “It’s been an authoritarian, closed leadership. That style plus a general groupthink mentality didn’t work when Tom DeLay called the shots”. “We’ve made some of the same damn mistakes, and we were supposed to be better.”
- On Pelosi’s reforms to make the House more ethical and deliberative: “We abandoned all that work after the election, and leaders told us we should trust them to clean things up.”
- On fiscal responsibility. “We initially had numbers a bit more honest than the Republicans – we at least included war costs in the budget. Now we’re authorizing programs for three years instead of five in an attempt to pretend we’re saving money.”
- On Cap and Trade: “You don’t get real reform by pandering to every special interest. With cap and trade we wound up with a bill that didn’t accomplish much, was enormously complicated and expensive.”
- On Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who helped create the housing meltdown: “When I was first elected I was puzzled why they were holding events in my honor as a mere freshman. I asked myself, why is a federal entity so involved in political activity?“
- On Healthcare reform: “What the hell were we doing voting on this? I had labor groups come to me and insist the bill was so important we couldn’t wait to know what was in it. I asked them if they were handed a new union contract and told it was so important they had to agree to it without reading it, would they go along?“
- Also on Healthcare reform: “I warned my fellow Democrats that the insurance companies they were whacking could increase premiums just before the midterm election and blame them for it. I pointed out that the major benefits wouldn’t kick in till 2014, but the costs were up front. I asked them, where was the political win? There was no real answer.”
- In his new book, Character, Politics and Responsibility, Baird said: “I would eliminate the concept of entitlements and move to needs-based social insurance. The key is to both promote personal responsibility while lowering expenditures by not promising or giving money or other benefits to those who don’t need it.” While questionable logic, the honesty is refreshing.
- On the Democrats’ willful blindness: “Back in September, we had pollsters and strategists from my party tell members that the mass of people didn’t care about the deficit. The mind-boggling lack of reality coming from some of the people who give us so-called advice is stunning.“
- On the upcoming elections: “It looks like we’re going to lose the House, possibly badly, and could lose the Senate. We will lose a lot of centrists while the people in the Party some voters are most mad at survive in safe districts. A lot of rethinking is needed”.
Finally, Baird has some advice for the soon to be elected newbie’s (Republicans):
“Governing isn’t as easy as you think. Many of you have taken pledges that are contradictory – to balance the budget and cut taxes, for example. You must be honest about the numbers, since our annual deficit now exceeds all discretionary spending combined. If you set as your goal to roll back the size of government, you have an obligation to answer the tough questions and show real courage, not just appeal to ideology. Treat the voters like adults.”
The Republican Party would do well to heed Mr. Baird’s sage advice. They should remember that it was the failure of their Republican Party that got the Country in the frame of mind where it was willing to vote for a man with no executive experience and give him the keys to the kingdom by also giving his Party control of both houses of Congress.
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