Republican Obstructionism So Bad, Even Trent Lott Saying It’s Out of Control

Sometimes, things get so bad you just have to laugh.

Former Republican Senate majority leader, Trent Lott, had some interesting advice for incoming Republican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and what he thinks about the obstructionists in the current Republican party.  The quote speaks for itself:

“The leadership is going to have to find a way to deal sternly with some of these members…. I wouldn’t put up with some of the stuff that they’re doing,” said Lott. He characterized last year’s partial government shutdown – spearheaded by tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas – as a “fraud.”

And they’ve been hard at work at hardly working.  There have been more cloture motions filed in the 2013-2014 Congress, 227, than all Congresses from 1917-1980 combined, 218, according to the Senate’s website.

The great irony here is Lott lost his leadership position for praising the hypocritical racist, Strom Thurmond, a Senator famous for carrying out the longest filibuster in history because he wanted segregation to continue so badly.  You might think Lott would be a big fan of the record amount of filibusters the Republican Party has used in recent years.  Guess not.

Sometimes, you just have to laugh at the crazy.

EPA Announcement and Kentucky

KENTUCKY1-articleLargeToday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new regulations that would cut U.S. carbon emissions from power plants by 30% of 2005 levels by 2030. And this would mainly target the 600 coal-fired power plants that exist today, closing hundreds in favor of new, less-polluting energy sources.

Since STL is headquartered in the Bluegrass State, we know that coal is an essential part of our economy as implied by Democratic Senate Candidate Ms. Alison Lundergan Grimes today in Covington, KY. As the NYT reports:

On Monday, Ms. Grimes pledged to “fiercely oppose the president’s attack on Kentucky’s coal industry” if elected.

Running against Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, in a fierce battle for votes, even a Democrat is coming out against the EPA’s announcement today for the supposed “war on coal” is such an important issue here.

So this whole issue has me  pondering a complex question: what would become of Appalachia if these cuts go through?

Eastern Kentucky is one of the poorest regions of the U.S. and there only reliable industry is coal mining. So what should be done about these people barring significant and costly social programs that have been failing the area for decades. I am all for the protection of the environment at almost all costs due to the gravity of the situation, but I am also concerned about the poorest people of the Commonwealth.

So I am making a call to all those who read/follow this blog to comment on how this conundrum can be solved. What do you say?

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McConnell Tied With Grimes

1399917485000-GrimesMcConnell1-300x194As reported in Louisville’s own Courier-Journal, the latest The NBC News-Marist Poll finds that Senate Minority-Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan-Grimes are statistically tied in the race for the Kentucky Senate seat that McConnell has held for over 30 years.

Also, the February Bluegrass Poll, which was conducted by the C-J and three other news organizations, showed Lundergan-Grimes leading McConnell 46%-42%, which is also a statistical tie.

So it looks like that us Kentuckians just might “Ditch Mitch!” this November and really shake-up Washington.

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Please Leak CIA Torture Report!

1446d9b7-3c4d-45e0-8c88-f29afad5ccc6-460x276A good op-ed in The Guardian by Trevor Timm pleading that some official in the government release a full copy of the report on the torture of prisoners captured under the guise of the war on terror.

Though voted to be released by the Senate Intelligence Committee, a leak of the full report will be the only way to see all of the important info we as citizens need to know before the CIA takes a black marker to it.

The problem is that, as Timm lays out, is that the CIA itself will be redacting sections of the report themselves (along with other agencies) when the investigation was centered on the CIA itself.

Unbelievable.

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Trust McConnell With Majority Power?

04MCCONNELL2-master675Why should anyone trust GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with hopes for a more civil Senate? He’s the greatest of obstructionists in power now!

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Benghazi Report: Obama White House Didn’t Lie

Benghazi AttackA bipartisan Senate report on the Benghazi attacks came out with some scathing accusations against the State Dept. and the intelligence community today. But the big revelation is that the White House did not willfully put forth misinformation regarding the attacks despite GOP allegations.

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The “Nuclear Option”

fd489c51fA good piece in The Atlantic on the filibuster change in the Senate lead by Democratic majority leader Harry Reid.

It will be interesting to see if, in time, this bold measure will comeback to bite the Senate Democrats when, someday, the GOP is in control. Changing the rules after decades of existence could change Washington forever, and not necessarily for the better.

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Ryan Takes On Poverty

PaulRyanAP-500x333An interesting article in the Washington Post on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (former VP candidate under Mitt Romney) efforts to focus on helping impoverished Americans.

Though I do not agree with much of Ryan’s proposed policies (as few as there are), it’s a fascinating look at what the party of the rich propose to help end poverty in America.

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Gerrymandering: Cause of Washington Polariazation?

Ted Cruz with supporters after winning the Texas Republican Senate primaryI’ve been blaming the recent political polarization across the Washington spectrum on gerrymandering/redistricting lately, but now I must rethink my position.

In this interesting piece in The Guardian by Harry J. Enten, he argues, with good data, that the states, themselves, are becoming more polarized. He uses the example of Sen. Ted Cruz’s election as a good example.

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