June 12, 2013 |
A majority of Americans oppose National Security Agency programs using records gathered from telecom and Internet companies, according to a poll released Wednesday. Fifty-three percent told Gallup they disagree with federal efforts to “compile telephone call logs and Internet communications,” with 37% saying they approved. The poll differs from findings of a Pew Research Center/Washington Post survey released Monday, which found that 56% of Americans believe the NSA's use of secret court orders in an effort to prevent terrorism was acceptable.
September 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's proposal to create a Veterans Jobs Corps to stem high unemployment among recent military veterans was shelved Wednesday after Republicans in the Senate balked over the five-year $1-billion cost, giving both sides fresh ammunition for the November election. The measure had been on Obama's to-do list for Congress, a modest set of initiatives aimed at boosting the nation's sluggish economy that Republicans have largely rejected. The jobs bill would have hired veterans who served in the military since the terrorist attacks of Sept.
October 15, 2013 |
Most Republican members of Congress claim to believe in Jesus Christ, but their votes against the food stamp program suggest they do not share their lord and savior's love for the poor. In September, House Republicans sent a bill to the Senate that would cut $40 billion from funding for the food stamp program over the next decade. The tea party caucus, a group that is quite evangelical about its economic theories and its religion, justified the spending reduction in terms that echoed Ayn Rand more than the Gospels.
February 17, 2013
Re "For Hagel, opposition from GOP is personal," Feb. 15 Despite the fact that a Cabinet nomination has never in history been blocked by a minority filibuster, Republicans are filibustering Chuck Hagel's appointment as secretary of Defense. Alexander Hamilton, one of the most conservative of the Founding Fathers, decried minority rule in the Federalist Papers. Several Republican senators announced their opposition to filibustering a Cabinet nomination, and yet the Republicans filibustered anyway.
April 19, 2012 |
Republicans are the party of business and the rich. Democrats are for the working man. That's what my dad always said. Dad, I think you were on to something. The Times reported Thursday that the Republican-led House approved a 20% business tax break for companies with fewer than 500 employees. Republicans say it will boost the economy, but Democrats say it will add $46 billion to the deficit and that it favors wealthier business owners, celebrities and sports teams.
June 20, 2012
Re "Gay Republican reflects on a quixotic campaign," June 15 Groucho Marx said that he'd never want to belong to a club that would have him as a member. If that leads to the idea that you'd only want to belong to a club that would not want you as a member, maybe that's the twisted reasoning for why any gay American would want to be a Republican. To Fred Karger I say this: become a fiscally conservative Democrat with socially progressive leanings, a place not that far from moderate Republicans before the extremists took over, and stop wasting your energies and talents trying to "feel the love" from a party that will never really love you back.
December 28, 2012
Re “ McConnell lies low as 'cliff' nears ,” Dec. 27 My-way-or-the-highway is no way to run a country, fellas. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell “lies low” while House Speaker John A. Boehner won't even call members back to Washington after pulling his failed “Plan B,” which his extreme members wouldn't support. Yet the president is returning to reach out, again, to these folks. If you legislators do nothing, it will cost my family more than $2,000. It will throw millions off unemployment relief just as our economy is starting to recover.
November 21, 2010 |
Three weeks ago, resurgent Republicans won control of one house of Congress, beginning ? officially, at least ? in January. But last week in Washington, it felt as if they had already taken control of all of Capitol Hill. They pushed the White House and fragmented Senate Democrats toward a "compromise" on extending high-income tax cuts that looks an awful lot like a Republican victory, extending for at least a couple of years low tax rates for the embattled class that earns more than $250,000 a year.
November 18, 2012 |
Mitt Romney, who just two weeks ago was the Republican Party's standard-bearer, seen by many as the all-but-elected president of the United States, has turned into a punching bag for fellow Republicans looking to distance themselves from his controversial “gifts” remark. “What the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote,” Romney said during a call with campaign donors Wednesday . Whether it's an instance of politicians smelling blood in the water as the party, following Romney's defeat, finds itself without a figurehead, or genuine outrage, a number of Republicans have eagerly castigated their former nominee.
May 10, 2013 |
Republicans could make an easy hit on the Obama administration by highlighting the State Department's apparent bureaucratic blundering during and after the deadly terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last fall, but they refuse to settle for such a small political prize. Instead, they have got themselves all steamed up and snarling about heinous, impeachable offenses that are figments of their imaginations. The latest round of House hearings about the Benghazi incident provides a perfect example of how American politics has been warped and gummed up by bombastic, partisan extremism.