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Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy.  Let the stupid begin. …radical Greens, one of the most influential political forces in America today… Seriously?  He goes on to mention the famed Sierra Club as one of these forces.  And where did they rank in 2013 on lobbying: 755.  In fact, if we look at the top 50 interest groups giving to members of Congress this year, no sign ...

Anti-Israel Policies/Actions Is Not Anti-Semitsim

There have been growing protests in Europe against the mass murder of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel. These actions are in response to the IDF killing 500 Muslims there with the vast majority of them being civilians. But what is troubling about these movements is, according to this article in the NYT, an anti-Semitic tinge has taken place at these protests. The story reads that in France: Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over ...

Warren For President?

Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial ...

Social Protest Literatue at Sparking The Left

Here at STL we are starting a new feature. In between our political-insight posts, I will start publishing excerpts or entire pieces of great literature that speak to crucial social and political issues which span the centuries. Though almost all in the Western tradition, the subject matters are transcendental. Now first to name my source, I am taking pieces from Upton Sinclair’s selected and edited collection “The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Great Social Protest Literature of All Time.” ...

Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Detained for Being Undocumented

I was first brought aware of Jose Antonio Vargas’ story last week in a piece he penned in Politico. He explained that he was in the Rio Grande Valley, in the city of McAllen, just north of the Mexican border. He was there to see first hand the tens of thousands of undocumented children, most of them from Central America, and observe how they were being treated. The trip was also used for a news conference appearance and vigil organized by United We Dream, ...

GOP Refuses Funding for Border Children Projects

A humanitarian crisis unseen before at our borders is becoming more and more urgent everyday at Rio Grande Valley, TX, and other Southwest locations. And yet the GOP is arguing over numbers. Yesterday President Obama requested an amount of $3.7 billion from Congress to help aid the 57,000 unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the border from the Mexico side since October. They are mostly from violence-ridden Central American countries, like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (Honduras has the world’s highest murder ...

Problems galore for the new government headed by Mr. Narendra Modi in New Delhi – Imperative for the first time PM and his council of ministers in governance amidst multiple challenges

The phenomenal victory for Mr. Narendra Modi and his party (the BJP) in May 2014 general elections has not only drawn the adulation of people world over but also silenced all its die hard critics at home and abroad. It was so stupendous and stunning that even the American government and its top leaders across party lines acknowledged Mr. Modi as the emerging democratic leader of the world, setting aside their past antagonism as an error of judgment, not based ...

Embarrassing Weekend for NSA and CIA Good for Democracy

U.S. intelligence took a couple of pretty hard slaps in its face this past weekend and, when reading the articles about their wasteful and ridiculous actions, the slaps were clearly justified. First off, it was announced on Friday that Germany had arrested a man accused of spying for the United States and passing on the details of a German parliamentary committee’s investigation.  It’s pretty disgraceful that the U.S. is spending taxpayer dollars to buy spies so we can know about an ...

Has Putin Over Reached Once Too Often?

My, oh my.  We've watched this man make mince meat of Obama over the past several years.  Each time you could see the smirk broaden and the swagger get more pronounced. He and his allies - Iran, China, Syria and North Korea were truly enjoying themselves. But as happens with a lot of bullies, they get over confident and suddenly everything around them collapses. I'm wondering if this is the case with the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet. With the death ...

If Only It WERE The Heat!

What a day.  A passenger plane has been shot down over Ukraine uncomfortably close to the Russian border. Hamas reneged on the humanitarian cease fire so Israel launched their ground offensive. Children still pour across the border while Congress dithers. It's now being reported parents are giving them birth control in case they are raped during the journey. Along that line former member of Congress, Todd Aiken, who once talked about legitimate rape and the idea that women's bodies protected them from becoming ...

Hannity's Histrionics

For a person who doesn't have much faith in the intellect of pundits, I wonder why I watch them so often.  I wonder even more why the cable outlets and networks that employ them don't take more care in who they hire. Many of them get on crusades that bear no resemblance to reality.  Sean Hannity is one of the most prominent. The night before last  he was on his Bowe Bergdahl kick demanding to know why he was returned to ...

Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

If the President could run away from the border mess any faster I'm sure he would. It's being said it's because being seen in the setting of kids crammed into confined spaces with their scabies and lice would reflect badly on him.  It could even be his Katrina.  Well, maybe.  But who's fault is that? It goes to show his handlers aren't as smart as they think they are.  For one, drinking beer and shooting pool in Colorado, a state where ...

The Kids Always Went Home

Watching the immigration mess going full bore brought to mind a lot of things that have involved children from other nations.  The first thing that comes to mind is the Disney song It's a Small World After All that speaks to all we have in common. Hopes, dreams, all the warm fuzzy stuff. We've had exchange student programs where a student from another country lives with a local family to learn not only academics but what life in American and Americans ...

The Militia Is Coming, The Militia Is Coming!

That's all we need! News has it a call has gone out for militia, both unarmed and armed, to gather along the border to help private land owners protect their property in something called Operation Save Our Borders.  Terrific! Remember how well it went when militia turned out to help to  help Cliven Bundy in his fight over Federal grazing rights in Nevada?  It came within a hair's breadth of turning violent. I really feel for the border towns who are the ...

Will Cheney Help Or Hurt The Republicans In The Mid-Terms?

Will the re-emergence of Dick Cheney help or hurt the Republicans in the mid-terms?  There is so much going on about which voters are rightfully incensed my guess he will have little impact. I think it depends, however, on what happens in the middle east over the next couple of months. Those who believe it wouldn't be in the mess it is if it weren't for the Bush/Cheney policies and rush to war will be reminded of just that - the ...

So Sue Me

I often wonder these days how our country is going to survive the remainder of Obama's term.  Whether or not you agree with the Supreme Court decisions, they have been made never-the-less and the President has been slapped down on many occasions.  Sometimes unanimously. So why, I wonder, has the President decided to continue his mantra of it's my way or the highway.  He complains endlessly about the Republicans refusal to work with him.  House Speaker Boehner explains one reason is ...

We shall have our follies without doubt. Some one or more of them will always be afloat. But ours will be the follies of enthusiasm, not of bigotry, not of Jesuitism. Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both. Thomas Jefferson
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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Misplaced Budget Blame?

Conservatives Complain About Being Wrongly Blamed For U.S. Fiscal Woes!

One Man’s Opinion
By John Richard Liming

I am reading through a stack of newspapers, as is my habit, to find something worth blogging about and, what to my wondering eyes should appear…an article by a Right Wing Commentator bemoaning the fact that Conservatives are bearing the brunt of the blame for the great American Budget battle Fiasco and all the fallout that ensued.

As the baby said, when someone grabbed the lollipop out of its hand, “Waaannhhhh!”

I have noted of late that many Conservatives have at least one craft down pat if none other.  I have noted that they are great at stirring the crap and then when it starts to stink, they stand back with that angelic look on their faces, fold their hands and glance about furtively as if to say, “Who, me? Surely not me!”

As I see things, if they are not playing the “Innocent Victim” game, they are playing the “Project The Blame Backward” game.  Here is an example of how that one works:

For weeks, the Conservatives refuse to compromise, meet the Democrats half way or give on any point in the fight over raising the American Debt Ceiling Limit. They stand their ground on their pet issues and refuse to move or budge on anything at all. (That is what I saw when I watched. That is how I saw things unfold.)

This attracted  the attention of the Credit Rating Agencies who then  said  to themselves and to the world something akin to, “The Government looks like it is willing to jump over the precipice rather than to handle these negotiations in a responsible manner, so we are going to downgrade their credit.” (My interpretation, folks, my interpretation.)(Not an actual quote.)

In point of fact, I believe that Standard and Poor, specifically, issued some statement to the effect that it was Republican intransigence that led to the downgrade. That information has been played and played and played into the ground by now, so if you need to refresh your memory on that historic statement, just type into your browser something like, “S & Ps Reasons For Downgrading The U.S. Credit.”  Sooner or later that famous statement will appear, I am sure of it.  I would link it here again, but I have recently been concerned about the legality of linking to other people’s stuff.

Anyway, the newspaper writer that I am talking about here pointed up his contention that “Polls” show that the American People are blaming the Republicans for the financial crisis and are giving  the President a pass.

Then this writer naively suggests that the reason for the financial crisis in the first place was “Run Away Spending” that drove the national debt to its legal limit. (I never knew the national debt ever had a legal limit, did any of you out there in Blog Land?)

I have to agree with this writer to a point. It was runaway spending that got us into this mess and it began with the Bush Administration. Everyone knows that, but most of the Right Wing Extremists like to either forget it, conveniently, or just cover their rear ends by reminding us that “Obama” spent a lot of money too. (And I have to remind them right back that “Obama” spent a lot of the money he spent in order to try and fix the mess that he inherited from the previous spend-thrift Republican Administration. (But,  of course, since they are always right about everything and everyone else is always wrong, the Right Wing Extremeists aren’t hearing any of that.)

You know what, folks?  I contend that if The Ree-Pub-Lickins had gone along with President Obama’s original request for a “Clean Bill” to raise the debt ceiling limit, we wouldn’t have had to endure all this downturn, downgrade BS that is now threatening the financial security of the nation and the generations of our future.

That debt ceiling had been raised numerous times before, especially during Republican Administrations, but not a peep was heard from the Right side of the aisle until “Obama” asked for his turn at bat on the  issue.  Then,as I see it,   the party of “Our Goal Is To Make Sure Obama  Is A One Term President” got their noses up and, in my humble opinion, decided they were going to obstruct and embarrass the President even if it meant sending the country over a cliff.

Well, the newspaper guy is right about one thing for sure! In my view,  the newspaper guy has hit the nail on the head when he tells us that “The American People” are blaming the Republicans for this mess. It is plain to me, the newspaper guy is absolutely correct  because (Again in my opinion) they deserve every bit of the blame for playing their silly little games with all our futures. The nation has seen them at work and the American People are not dummies and I firmly believe they will hold those Reicht Wing Extremeists who are responsible for this mess accountable at election time.

One can spin this “Blame” thing any way they wish to spin it, but America watched this thing unfold and America knows and I trust that Americans always makes the right decisions when things get tough and I believe America will not let The Far Right Wing Extremeists get  into a position where they can do this kind of thing to us again.

I firmly believe that America can recognize reckless irresponsibility when they see it and there will be a price for the Reicht to pay in the 2012 elections.

What do you say about it,friends?

John Liming - American Liberal Times

Author: John Liming - American Liberal Times

I am an American Man, 72-years-old, and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I have served honorably in both The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. I am a concerned citizen and refer to myself as "A Crazy Left Wing Liberal Nut Case with occasional Right Wing Conservative tendencies. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation.

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