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DOMA Defense…

Previously on Top Of My Head…

Back in February, I wrote that I was torn on President Obama and the Justice Department’s decision to not defend DOMA in Federal Court.  Today, I’m experiencing Deja Vu.

The Republicans announced that they will defend DOMA.  Again, I’m torn.

On one hand, I don’t want someone being able to challenge a law in court without the government mounting a defense against the challenge.  On the other hand, this law affects me and mine, so I want to see it go down in flames.

As quoted by NPR, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said, “I don’t think the House had any choice but to take the position that we were going to defend the work of the Congress. And only the courts are in the position of determining the constitutionality of any bill.”

And, he’s correct.

Unfortunately, this defense is falling along party lines.  The Democrats should sign on to defend the law as well.  However; I can understand their reluctance to do so.  Fifteen years ago, support for DOMA was huge.  A great many people were against the idea of gay marriage.  A vote against the law back then was probably more risky then than a support to overturn it is now.  To me, DOMA is an example of why we shouldn’t make DOMA a Constitutional Amendment.  A law is much easier to overturn than an Amendment.

That said, the Republicans have nothing to lose with their support and everything to gain.  Setting aside that they are doing the right thing, they will gain momentum with their base – people who are anti-gay.  On a side note, most of their base is anti-something.  The law, even as unjust as it is, needs to be defended in court.  That’s how our balance of power works.  I would give more credit to the Democrats if even one of them had the courage to say, “I don’t believe in the law, but it needs to be defended.”

Of course, I would give the Republicans more credit if they worked this hard to repeal DOMA.

Lack of Republican Solutions

Did Republican Leader John Boehner really say on Sunday we can’t “begin to talk about potential solutions”?  Honestly?

Why not?

Are we really going to allow the nation to fail for the next two years because the Republicans don’t want Obama to succeed?  How does that work?

High unemployment?  We’re sorry, but if everyone who wants a job had a job, Obama would get the credit.

Is that there answer?

Is anyone paying attention?  Or, are we all drinking tea?

Tax Cuts and the Rich Republicans

Pay attention – the economy is improving.  Things are getting better.  We are on the right track.  But, if we turn the reins back over to the Republicans, all we’ll hear about for the next two years are cut taxes and gay marriage.  This group of Republicans are probably making Ronald Reagan roll over in his grave.

There entire goal is to be re-elected and once re-elected, it will be pro-business, anti-worker as usual.

Case in point, House Minority Leader John Boehner has said that he will back  “President Barack Obama’s proposal to renew the expiring Bush tax cuts only for those making less than $250,000 if it were his only option.” (Quoted from CNN)  But, that’s not good enough for the rest of his party.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell thinks that no one should pay any higher taxes next year.  McConnell, also, believes that the people hardest hit in this recession were those who made more that $250,000 per year.  Seriously?  There were a lot of homes in foreclosure in my neighborhood – not one of those families that lost their homes earned more than $250,000 per year.  The people hardest hit were those in the middle and on the bottom rungs of the ladder, not the fancy quarter of a million dollars a year people.

Eric Cantor – R-Virginia – proves that he’s a stand up guy – for the rich:  “I will do everything in my power to stop President Obama and Speaker Pelosi from raising taxes on working families, small business people, and investors.”  Nobody said they wanted to raise taxes on working families – just those people earning more than $250,000 per year.  And, think about that — that’s NET not GROSS.  I know small business owners and they don’t make more than $250,000 per year.

According to Obama, extending the tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 per year will cost the government $700 billion – which would go a long way to fund our military, our schools and put Social Security back on the right track.

The bottom line is this:  Bush gave a huge tax break to the wealthy.  The wealthy in turn said thank you very much and began laying off workers.  Even though the economy is improving and business profits are up, the wealthy is still saying, “We’re not hiring.”  Companies, like Harley Davidson, are asking for drastic concessions from their workers and not promising a thing in return.

Let them pay the higher taxes — they haven’t been hiring with the lower taxes – maybe this’ll give them the swift kick in the rear that they need.

Wake Up, America!

Here’s what I don’t understand about the upcoming elections.

We elected President Obama because he said he would bring us change.  He promised Universal Healthcare and Wall Street Reform.

He fulfilled his promises.  He said he would do it.  He told Congress to do it.  They did it.  He signed them into law.  He even managed to lower taxes for 95% of the population.  He expanded college loans and he put regulations on credit card companies that, not only, make them more transparent in their fees and rate hikes, but stops the ever moving due date.  (Ever been late because your credit card company changed the due date from the 21 to the 18th?  No?  Well, I have.)

President Obama received a country in complete and total shambles.  We had a president before him (and a one before that one) who took the bite out of banking regulation, which led to the Wall Street meltdown that, in turn, has led to Main Street’s demise.

But what those Tea Partiers keep yelling for is smaller government and less taxes.

Well, that’s just not going to happen.  And, it is a crock of crap.

Really – it is.

The deregulation over the last thirty years has led to one of the worst financial meltdowns since the Great Depression.  The lower taxes on the rich has just made them more greedy and has led to companies moving plants overseas, which has led to job loss.

All caused by Republicans.

And, now, every magazine I read, every blabbermouth on TV keeps telling me that my fellow Americans want to put the Republicans back in power.  Aren’t any of you paying attention?  Don’t you know your history?  Don’t you get it?

The Republicans have been running elections on the idea that if the Democrat fails, they win.  It worked under Clinton.  But, in their 12 years of Congressional power, the nation began it’s free fall.  They have caused the jobs to be lost, the banks to fail and the poor to become poorer.

And, they don’t give a crap about you.

Do you think Sarah “You betcha” Palin in her expensive suits and with that $150,000 shopping spree gives a rat’s butt about those of us in the the bottom 99%?

Heck no.  It’s a load of bunk.  She cares about the 2012 election, when she’s planning on running and God help us all if she actually wins.

Do you think Rush “I’m rich and you’re not” Limbaugh gives a crap about America?  No, he doesn’t.  He’s been wishing failure on Obama’s Presidency since day one.  And, you should really keep this in mind, when the President fails, so does the nation.  Limbaugh, Mr. Draft dodger himself, proclaims to be a Patriot, but when you want the nation to fail, you’re a traitor, not a Patriot.

Do you think Glenn Beck cares about you?  No, he does ads for a gold company that is under investigation for ripping people off, so there’s another one who could give a crap about real, hard working Americans.  Further, the man is against Net Neutrality, which means he is simply a total moron or he seriously doesn’t care.

Do you think House Minority Leader John Boehner cares about you?  Well, he doesn’t – he’s calling to repeal the Wall Street Reform and he wants to raise the retirement age to 70, in order to pay for the War in Afghanistan.  Does that sound like someone who gives a rat’s rear end about you or me?

I love my country.  If I wasn’t a lesbian, I would’ve served in the military.  I believe we’re the greatest nation on earth, but if we send just one of those tea party candidates to Congress, then we have truly become a country of non-thinkers.  And, if we turn Congress over to the Republicans, well, it proves that we have drunk the kool aid.

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