US Domestic Politics

Discussion of US politics and their world impact.

Educate me.

Looking toward a world where there is a retirement from the Supreme court (say Kennedy), Republicans hold the senate, President is unable to get a replacement confirmed by the Republican Senate. How are 4-4 ties decided in SCOTUS decisions? Is Roberts the tie-breaker? Is there a different process involved?

American Poison, mm mm


European standards don't allow antifreeze in drinks, Americans do. Inspecting stuff from America is always a good idea, they have hardly any regulations, and regulators are bought and paid for, everyone knows that. The current regulators came from the lobby groups against regulations. Fox in the hen house is the American way. [quote]

Excessive Obama-Hate from the Right Has Been More Damaging to America than Just About Anything

Any way you slice it, the amount of rage that the right has had for Obama since day one has been excessive and done enormous damage to our recovery, our national security, our public health, and YES, our Government (ie, that which sits at the core of it all and administers it prudently or not). It really doesn't matter what the reason is for the right's hate for Obama. That investigation would only serve to further enrage its subject, no doubt.

Puerto Rico: Statehood or Independence?

The US "won" Puerto Rico and other Spanish possessions like the Philippines in 1898 at the end of the Spanish American War. While the Philippines became independent in 1946, Puerto Rico remains what's called an unincorporated territory of the US.

Is this relationship working? Is it time for Puerto Rican statehood or independence?

Better Responses

Am I the only one that thinks, "I would have said this"?

When Alison Lundergren Grimes was asked about her vote, knowing it was on film and Mitch would clip it and assert a vote for Allison was a vote for Obama, she said the equivalent of 'none of your business' almost a Christie response.

My response "In 2008, I didn't want Sarah Palin anywhere near the Oval Offiice, and in 2012 I didn't want Paul Ryan anywhere near Medicare, you figure it out"

you can help progressive candidates

FWIW, Sam Seder has set up a Call Out the Vote! site where anybody with a phone can help progressive candidates with the election

Majority Report and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee have joined forces to make millions of calls for progressive candidates.

It is disturbing that the USA thinks it is a burden to respect the sovreignity of others

As started with a conversation in a different thread with Art, we as a nation are actually considering it a burden to try being respectful to other nations considering the presence of terrorists within their borders. I am not defending the terrorists. I am not saying that nothing should be done to weaken or eliminate such organized terror groups such as Al Queda and ISIS. What I am trying to say is that the moment we have no concerns for respecting the original sovreignity and the jurisdiction of other nations, we essentially become bullies.

1 in 10 Enter Lottery

Baltimore, where for the first time in over a decade the city has opened up its Section 8 housing program. The federal program helps pay rent for low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled. Baltimore is a city with rising homelessness, increasing rents, and decreasing amounts of affordable housing, so it's no surprise the turnout has been very high. Over 50,000 people have applied for a lottery that will place 25,000 of them on a waitlist,

Help with Reaganomics Please

Can someone point me to sources where I can find what R. Reagan 's policies were that are adversely (or positively) affecting us today? Thanks in advance.

New Jersey--Wake Up

It's about time Christie gets outed for what he is, an overhyped intellectually challenged lousy manager. First he turned down fed cash for a tunnel. Then he was supposedly unaware of the shenanigans of Bridgegate despite the fact that one of his closest aides a couple of doors down from his office was a principal player. Now this.

Billionaires Day = Election Day

Here’s Andy Borowitz’ mid-term prediction followed by a Google translation of a David Brooks essay from Mexico’s “La Jornada.” If you want to read the Brooks essay in the original Spanish click on this:


“Midterms Prediction: Billionaires to Retain Control of Government”

by Andy Borowitz

Right Wing Farm

I visit a variety of sites to see what the other half is engaging in. Joanie Ernst's pig farm and castration prompted one writer to dub the tactic Bumpkinization, as lawyers and business men don bib overalls and pitchforks in American Gothic clown style. However it sells to their base. A few of the intellectual discussions abroad:[quote]

Democrats Should Go on Offense: Call Out the GOP's 100% Obama-Hate-Based Campaign (Yes They Should Defend Obama)

Everybody voting needs to understand that the ONLY motivator on the right to have a GOP Senate majority is to employ that majority to wound Obama over the next two years, in any way they can and however bad for the country that turns out to be. There is in fact no other goal in the mind of the right in this coming election.

Make no mistake, this 2014 campaign from the right is wholly built on the sadistic desire to punish Obama and NOTHING ELSE!!

Currently Chatting

The Death of the Middle Class was by Design...

Even in the face of the so-called Recovery, poverty and inequality are getting worse in our country, and more wealth and power is flowing straight to the top. According to Paul Buchheit over at Alternet, this is the end result of winner-take-all capitalism, and this destruction of the working class has all been by design.

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