That the ELECTED might never form to themselves an interest
    separate from the ELECTORS, prudence will point out the
    propriety of having elections often.

    — Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

Will it happen this year? Will President Obama get a congress to fully support his plans. i wish President Obama could stay in power for the next 20 years.



Can’t say what *will* happen, but all indicators are looking good for President Obama. My personal opinion is he rolls to victory — possibly with a larger mandate than 2008, when he won by nearly 10 million votes — and that is despite the Republican voter suppression efforts and the unlimited corporate cash that is trying to buy the Presidency for the greedy bastard Rmoney and his trust fund baby cohorts.

The Senate is looking very good, as well, and it is very likely that we keep — possibly increase — the majority there. In addition, the Senate votes on their “rules” in each session and for years they have had this silly rule that it takes 60 votes for anything to pass (or rather, it takes only 40 votes to filibuster/kill legislation, as we saw with the Veterans Job Act that got killed last week via 40 Republican votes against it, including the unconscionable hypocrite McCain).

Majority leader Harry Reid has hinted at changing the filibuster rules in the next session so as to end Republican obstructionism in the Senate. Personally, I hope he brings back the old-school filibuster and makes the traitorous Republicans read the phone book for days on end so citizens can see their obstructionism in real time.

The major upside to gaining in the Senate is that President Obama will have the votes to confirm his Supreme Court nomination(s), perhaps the most important legacy any President can leave for future generations.

The House is a different story, but there is hope there as well. The Dems need to have a net gain of 25 seats to secure a majority.

What can YOU do to make this happen?

To all who are reading this, do what you can to help flip these seats, whether it be volunteering, helping with GOTV efforts, or just talking to your friends about how what goes on in The House has tangible effects on your lives, now and in the future.

Though it is possible that we could gain a majority in The House, I believe it is unlikely this year because the vile, racist teabaggers come from districts filled with willfully ignorant rubes who are told how to vote by either FOXaganda® or charlatan preachers who cower in fear that they will lose their tax-exempt status.

But take heart! the The House is very fluid, with every seat up every two years, because The Founders insisted that the will of The People not be crushed under the weight of those who would intentionally do them harm. It’s as if my hero Thomas Paine foresaw the evil that could be perpetrated by organizations like the Koch-funded Teahadists when he wrote:

“That the ELECTED might never form to themselves an interest separate from the ELECTORS, prudence will point out the propriety of having elections often.”

- Common Sense 1776

The Teabagger “movement” is already waning big time, and they also have generational attrition and demographic forces working hard against them. Assuming that the few treasonous teabaggers that remain after this election continue to reveal their racist, homophobic, misogynistic agenda, and their desire to inflict their personal religious beliefs on all Americans, I believe the country will have left them completely behind by 2014, and it is then that we will take back complete control of The House.

In the meantime, President Obama is 100% correct when he says that change in Washington must come from the OUTSIDE — from We The People.

Pay attention to legislation that is coming down the pipeline and when the time comes for a vote, it is imperative that you pound on your Senators and Representatives to do the right thing — call them, write them, go to their office and get all up in their face — BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE.

(reposted to make Reblog-able)

firstfamily:

$1 BILLION TO DEFEAT PRESIDENT OBAMA
Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, and a $1 billion pledge to defeat President Obama.
Do we have your attention?
Politico is reporting today that Republican super PACs like Rove’s Crossroads GPS and other right-wing groups are planning to spend $1 billion to defeat President Obama and take full control of Congress—with $400 million expected from the Koch brothers alone. To put that figure in perspective, John McCain raised $370 million for his entire 2008 presidential campaign.
That means Rove and the Kochs could determine the outcome of November’s elections. As MSNBC’s Steve Benen notes, “Obama, in other words, is going to face a far-right wall of at least $1.8 billion between now and Election Day. To say this is without precedent in a major democracy is a dramatic understatement.”
And that is why May 31’s fundraising deadline is so important. If you donate today, you can help level the playing field for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.
But more than that, a strong showing of grassroots Democratic donors sends the message to Republicans that Rove, the Koch brothers, and their ilk can’t just buy their way to victory on November 6.
Make a contribution in any amount today.

firstfamily:

$1 BILLION TO DEFEAT PRESIDENT OBAMA

Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, and a $1 billion pledge to defeat President Obama.

Do we have your attention?

Politico is reporting today that Republican super PACs like Rove’s Crossroads GPS and other right-wing groups are planning to spend $1 billion to defeat President Obama and take full control of Congress—with $400 million expected from the Koch brothers alone. To put that figure in perspective, John McCain raised $370 million for his entire 2008 presidential campaign.

That means Rove and the Kochs could determine the outcome of November’s elections. As MSNBC’s Steve Benen notes, “Obama, in other words, is going to face a far-right wall of at least $1.8 billion between now and Election Day. To say this is without precedent in a major democracy is a dramatic understatement.”

And that is why May 31’s fundraising deadline is so important. If you donate today, you can help level the playing field for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.

But more than that, a strong showing of grassroots Democratic donors sends the message to Republicans that Rove, the Koch brothers, and their ilk can’t just buy their way to victory on November 6.

Make a contribution in any amount today.

(via abaldwin360-deactivated20130708)

reuterspolitics:

Kochs brothers help Republicans catch up on technology
Themis, a secretive group reportedly bankrolled by the billionaire Koch brothers, aims to become an analytical powerhouse for Republican campaigns, Peter Henderson reports: 
Called Themis, the independent group is the most ambitious of the many conservative political technology projects now in development. People with direct knowledge of the group as well as political technology industry veterans say it is backed by the Koch brothers, although their names do not appear on an annual regulatory filing and Koch Industries spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment.
The Kochs own Koch Industries, the Wichita, Kansas-based natural resources conglomerate that refines oil, produces chemicals and owns the paper products company Georgia-Pacific. Chief Executive Officer Charles Koch and his brother David are worth $25 billion each, according to Forbes.
Themis staffers in their twenties and thirties, clad in jeans and checked shirts, work out of a suite in a nondescript office building in Alexandria, Virginia. City records indicate that the company expanded recently, and a federal filing shows millions of dollars in the bank.
Themis operates like many other Koch projects - in secrecy. A reporter retrieving a federal filing from the company was not allowed inside the unmarked front door, and Themis executives declined or did not respond to requests for comment.
Read more
Photo credit: A man takes pictures of Newt Gingrich with an Apple iPad during a town hall campaign stop in Plymouth, New Hampshire, January 5, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Kochroaches cowering in their caves, plotting their propaganda campaigns and economic terrorist attacks, just like Bin Laden used to do.
Also, too, as an example of how technologically challenged the RNC is, check out www.RNC.com

reuterspolitics:

Kochs brothers help Republicans catch up on technology

Themis, a secretive group reportedly bankrolled by the billionaire Koch brothers, aims to become an analytical powerhouse for Republican campaigns, Peter Henderson reports: 

Called Themis, the independent group is the most ambitious of the many conservative political technology projects now in development. People with direct knowledge of the group as well as political technology industry veterans say it is backed by the Koch brothers, although their names do not appear on an annual regulatory filing and Koch Industries spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment.

The Kochs own Koch Industries, the Wichita, Kansas-based natural resources conglomerate that refines oil, produces chemicals and owns the paper products company Georgia-Pacific. Chief Executive Officer Charles Koch and his brother David are worth $25 billion each, according to Forbes.

Themis staffers in their twenties and thirties, clad in jeans and checked shirts, work out of a suite in a nondescript office building in Alexandria, Virginia. City records indicate that the company expanded recently, and a federal filing shows millions of dollars in the bank.

Themis operates like many other Koch projects - in secrecy. A reporter retrieving a federal filing from the company was not allowed inside the unmarked front door, and Themis executives declined or did not respond to requests for comment.

Read more

Photo credit: A man takes pictures of Newt Gingrich with an Apple iPad during a town hall campaign stop in Plymouth, New Hampshire, January 5, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar


Kochroaches cowering in their caves, plotting their propaganda campaigns and economic terrorist attacks, just like Bin Laden used to do.

Also, too, as an example of how technologically challenged the RNC is, check out www.RNC.com

Lobbyists Guns and Money (Paul Krugman )


shihtzuman:

Florida’s now-infamous Stand Your Ground law, which lets you shoot someone you consider threatening without facing arrest, let alone prosecution, sounds crazy — and it is. And it’s tempting to dismiss this law as the work of ignorant yahoos. But similar laws have been pushed across the nation, not by ignorant yahoos but by big corporations.

Specifically, language virtually identical to Florida’s law is featured in a template supplied to legislators in other states by the American Legislative Exchange Council [ALEC], a corporate-backed organization that has managed to keep a low profile even as it exerts vast influence (only recently, thanks to yeoman work by the Center for Media and Democracy, has a clear picture of ALEC’s activities emerged). And if there is any silver lining to Trayvon Martin’s killing, it is that it might finally place a spotlight on what ALEC is doing to our society — and our democracy.

full article »

We’re winning. 45 states have said no to Obama and no to tax increases…The Republican party has changed for the better. And the Tea Party gives me real hope. From Christie in New Jersey, to Scott in Florida, to Kasich in Ohio, to Boehner and Mitch McConnel in Washington. There’s nothing you can’t do in the United States in a 25-year period. With enough time, you can do a lot of stuff over time.

- Grover Norquist, who holds meetings with top conservatives and Republican politicians every Wednesday to discuss conservative party’s plan.


Interesting that Grover doesn’t mention Koch-Whore Scott Walker’s upcoming defeat in the Wisconsin recall election, nor does he mention last November’s resounding defeats by We The People of:

1) the ALEC Union Rights Stripping Bill in Ohio

2) the ALEC Voting Rights Stripping Bill in Maine

3) the ALEC Personhood Bill in Mississippi

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

Barack Obama Just Went After The Wealthy Libertarian Koch Brothers On His Twitter Account

Occupy Rallies Against Powerful Right-Wing Group You've Never Heard Of


ashleybaxstrom:

Today, occupiers in 80 American cities are holding the movement’s largest coordinated demonstration since fall: a huge protest against the American Legislative Exchange Council.

“ALEC is like a speed-dating service for lonely legislators and corporate executives,” says one activist.


I’ve heard of ALEC. Here’s some more info & links to spread the word about ALEC’s mission to turn our Representative Democracy into Theocratic Feudalism…

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate front-group that represents the interests of big-name corporations by drafting legislation for state lawmakers. ALEC, which has the support of conservative heavy-hitters like Koch Industries, Walmart, and ExxonMobil, has written close to 800 model bills as templates for legislators on a wide range of issues.

ALEC Exposed


ALEC Exposed: The Koch Connection, The Nation Magazine


ALEC Funding, PRWatch


American Legislative Exchange Council, SourceWatch


Climate Denial Report on ALEC and Exxon Funding for ALEC, Greenpeace

Governing the Nation from the Statehouses, Progressive States Network

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, Common Cause

ALEC: The Voice of Corporate Special Interests In State Legislatures, People for the American Way

Corporate America’s Trojan Horse in the States, Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council

ALEC Behind Voter Disenfranchisement Efforts, Center for American Progress

Ghostwriting the Law for Corporate America: American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

The American Association for Justice Report on ALEC (PDF) May 2010


The Corporations Funding The Annual Meeting of ALEC
Think Progress

and the piece de resistance…

Idiot Florida Legislator Leaves ALEC Mission Statement in Bill She Introduced Think Progress

(via oldenough2burmom)

politicsplus:

Could Walker’s Koch Be Cut Off?
As the stage is set for recall in Fitzwalkerstan,  formerly Wisconsin, Fartfuhrer Walker has become all the more dependent  on the largesse of the corporate criminals, to whom he sold-out his  regime’s tortured subjects, especially the Koch Brothers.  However, the  Koch Brothers have become so blatant, it appears that they have actually  admitted to violating campaign finance laws, as the following article  by John Nichols demonstrates.  If so, Walker’s Koch may be cut off…

Gets the prize for best headline of the day ;-)

politicsplus:

Could Walker’s Koch Be Cut Off?

As the stage is set for recall in Fitzwalkerstan, formerly Wisconsin, Fartfuhrer Walker has become all the more dependent on the largesse of the corporate criminals, to whom he sold-out his regime’s tortured subjects, especially the Koch Brothers.  However, the Koch Brothers have become so blatant, it appears that they have actually admitted to violating campaign finance laws, as the following article by John Nichols demonstrates.  If so, Walker’s Koch may be cut off…

Gets the prize for best headline of the day ;-)

Schadenfreude
(google it)