Daily Archives: December 13, 2014

Republican Nightmares Come True As Bernie Sanders Gets A Big Promotion In The Senate

Politicus USA has the story Republican Nightmares Come True As Bernie Sanders Gets A Big Promotion In The Senate.

Democrats may have lost their Senate majority, but the promotion of Bernie Sanders is another sign that the left is gearing up for a fight.

Maybe the Congressional Democrats can actually do something from their minority position.  Remember that Newt Gingrich was a back bencher in the Republican delegation before he started his climb to power.  Let us just hope that the climb this time will be rapid, less than two years.

5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal

Represent Us has the video 5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal.

In recent days my blog posts have focused on two ot the five awful things. At a party tonight, I was reminded of some others that i think are included in this list of 5.

I am happy to hear that Lockheed Martin is benefiting from some of these shenanigans. I decided a while ago, that if we are going to get screwed by Congress’s favoritism toward Lockheed Martin, the least I could do is to take the hint and make some money from it. So Lockheed Martin has become one of my 20 stock positions. I’d gladly give up the investment as soon as Congress stops getting bought off by Lockheed Martin.

No Senate vote yet on $1.1 trillion spending bill

CBS News has some good news in the article No Senate vote yet on $1.1 trillion spending bill.

It will be Monday at the earliest before the Senate votes on a $1.1 trillion government funding bill passed by the House on Thursday night.
At least 60 senators must agree to end debate on the larger spending package and move toward a vote of the full Senate — a procedure called cloture. A cloture vote will likely take place very early Sunday morning, setting up a final vote Monday.

Do I have to eat humble pie and say thank goodness I didn’t get what I wished for, the end of the filibuster rule?  So it only takes 41 Senators to put a halt to this obscene piece of legislation.  Wow, how lucky we still have that crazy rule.  It may save our bacon at least until the Republicans take over the Senate in 2015.

Whatever good you can say that President Obama has done during his term, he has only been playing around the periphery of the central problem.  Until we solve the central problem of the takeover of our government by the super wealthy oligarchs, then little progress can be made.  Obama is not even in the fight over the central problem.  I don’t think he even sees it as a problem.

Can Warren and Pelosi Lead Democrats to High Ground?

The Nation has the article Can Warren and Pelosi Lead Democrats to High Ground? that I really like.

No one should imagine either Pelosi and Warren or other like-minded Democrats have an army ready to march and restore meaning to the Democratic party. What they do have, however, makes them potentially powerful. They have authenticity and sophisticated knowledge. In different ways, both know how the corrupted political system does great damage to American life. It makes them disgusted too.

I just came back from a holiday party of with the Sturbridge Democratic Town Committee.  Of course there was a lot of talk about who could run for President in 2016.  Those of us who are progressive minded talked about Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Jeff Merkley among others.  Nobody even thought of a possibility of Warren/Pelosi or the other way around.  After hearing Nancy Pelosi’s House speech against the budget bill the other day, I am going to have to give some serious thought to this.  Of course, there is nothing really to do, but to watch it play out, and give support whenever needed and where possible.