Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
History will not be kind to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell’s legacies. They began their dive on the very night Obama took office when they decided to obstruct his every move.
I want to remind you all of a few things that have taken place in the past six years since Barack Obama was sworn in.
- Unemployment was over 9.9% during his first year (now 5.8%)
- Gas Prices were over $4.00 (now under $3.00)
- 10 million less people had health insurance
Congress averages 137 workdays per year (since 2001)
The average salary of House members is $174,000-per-year
- 2013 Government Shutdown cost taxpayers $24 billion.
- 2011 Sequestration Deal (2011 Budget Control Act) between Congress and White House has cost our Defense Department, as well as ALL Public Sector jobs.
We are on the verge of another GOP Meltdown because of the President’s Immigration Executive Action. They are accusing him of “Lawlessness” and of being a “Monarch.”
The American people are starting to tire of these childish temper
tantrums. I still can’t believe that no one held the GOP accountable electorally for the LAST Government Shutdown.
President Obama has the upper hand. He wins no matter what. If the GOP shuts the lights off in Washington, no one will buy into the “President Did This” anymore. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are not racists, but many of their caucus members are. I am sick of the media not OVERTLY calling them out.
This is the guy in the White House for two more years. He will end up in history as a “GREAT” President, yes “GREAT.” He will be credited for Health Care and a ton of other things he did to help Americans and people around the world.
John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will be footnotes, known as obstructionists. History will not be kind to these two men. Remember Newt Gingrich? He shut the Government down in the 1990’s and is known as a right wingnut.
In January, the GOP will have a massive majority in both chambers. They will then have LESS control of the process. Their every move will be even more transparent, just as Obama’s moves on the chess board.
President Obama is way smarter than these guys and he will end up winning the biggest prize…The RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY.
The gloves are off and we are about to see what the will of a U.S. President, not shackled by his own political party can do against an overmatched institution like the GOP-led Congress.
This is NOT hype. It is real and it will play out every week day over the next few weeks.
WE may be headed for another government shutdown if the House refuses to fund the government or continue a resolution to fund the government after December 11. There is a great chance Obama will sign an executive order allowing 4-5 million illegal residents to remain legally in the country.
I seem to remember John Boehner even admitting Obama could use his pen on this issue before Congress took all that time off to get re-elected. The GOP (to their own NATIONAL detriment) doesn't WANT TO embrace Latino voters. They must feel they can win elections without those voters who seem to be a growing force in the elecorate.
Obama doesn't have to answer to ANY Democrats in Congress. It is him against EVERYONE right now and he has the upper hand.
Obama has several aces to play and the GOP will look bad
no matter what happens because they want to obstruct and even take away things. The U.S. public would not like having things like voting, health insurance and better wages stolen from them like a thief in the night.
I took a lot of heat for my piece about a third party, but we are headed for that eventual reality because of Citizens United.
Until the Supreme Court changes over to more moderate Justices, the TWO-PARTIES we have will continue to suck th elife out of any possible governance.
The gloves are off and the Barack Obama Party is going to kick some ass and take names later.
by Marc Platt
November 14, 2014
A funny thing happened to Barack Obama on his way to the Middle East this week. NOTHING HAS CHANGED. At least from his stand point. The man seems undeterred by elections when it comes to dealing with Congress.
Everyone got so caught up in the horse race, they forgot that this man is focused ONLY on governing. He will use every political trick in his arsenal. He WILL take executive action on Immigration. He could give a rats ass what the Republicans have to say OR his own Congressional Democrats.
That's right. He is FREE from Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi since they can no longer help him with his agenda anyway.
John Boehner and ESPECIALLY Mitch McConnell probably hate strutting around like schoolyard bullies. They are both institutiolists who want to have some sort of legacy themselves.
What does this all mean?
Yes. barack Obama is in a war with Congress that he must fight on his own. He never embraced these people and they certainly didn't embrace him or his agenda.
When Obama was re-elected, he absolutely knew that he would have to find a way to get this Immigration situation done. He will use his pen, the GOP will go wild and then they will get their asses kicked when America backs the President.
they force a shutdown, we will all know who is to blame.
Congress doesn't seem to care that they are not popular. McConnell and Boehner want to be loved, but they don't have the tools. Obama has never stopped campaigning since he got in office. He knows how to campaign and will continue.
Stuff will get done.
He will find a way to protect his signature legislation The Affordable Care Act.
Please Replublicans try to Impeach this President, knowing that you will never get 2/3 of the Senate to convict. DO IT. DO IT!
Dear President Obama:
A lot of us voted for you TWICE. We deserve your best effort to thwart John Boehner and Mitch McConnell's efforts to destroy what you've started.
You need to put the gloves on and fight these guys tooth and nail for every last scrap. You are a junkdog just like they are. You started out in Chicago where it is always tough. You are a tough guy who speaks softly.
You are excellent at backroom dealing. We will have to trust that you will make the right deals.
Please call these guys out in public. If they try to gut the ACA call them out by NAME. Remind all the people that "John Boehner" and "Mitch McConnell" want to take away insurance from millions of citizens and that THOSE men can stop it...If THEY choose. THEY are in charge of their caucuses.
If Boehner and McConnell want to everyone can have Immigration Reform. Mr. Boehner only needs to have a vote on the House Floor of the bi-partisan Senate bill that has already passed.
Look. If you are going to have to allow that pipeline deal to happen, cut a deal. Get Immigration, Minimum Wage and/or Unemployment Benefits restored. These right wing blowhards are killing our country. People are suffering and no one is doing anything.
Mr. President...You MUST figure out how to get these people to act NOW. It is getting very late.
I blame YOU for not figuring out how to fix these three basic issues that are a neccessity for our people.
2-Time Obama Voter
I am and have been a political junkie for a long time. I lean pretty far to the left and have always believed "Entitlement Programs" and Government in general are a very
important factor in keeping the peace and protecting the citizens who cannot protect themselves from threats at home or abroad.
It pains me to no great end that there is a segment of elected representatives AND citizens who don't believe those basic necessities. They are ideologically opposed to helping the poorest citizens, as well as being against "Big Government."
These people are (for the most part) in the pockets of Wall Street and big business and basically make a nice living off the backs of America's poorest lower and middle class (or what's left of it). That is not to say that there aren't many Democrats in those same pockets. The difference is MOST Democrats vote to protect most of the citizens.
How did we get here?
In 2000 when Bush v. Gore happened and the Supreme Court basically decided that George W. Bush was the winner of that hotly-contested election, things really started to change. We would soon see more and more ideologically-based Supreme Court decisions coming down the pike.
When President Obama was elected and got the Affordable Care Act shoved through a Democratic Congress, Republicans became so enraged that their once-protected Health Care deep pockets would be going away as the Citizens United decision has now detroyed the election process allowing unlimited money into all elections.
There is now so much money pouring into local, state and national elections that it is hard to tell what these people will do once they get there. They have to protect the people who spent all the money to get them elected for ideological reasons.
It used to be different. Democrats and Republicans could reach across the aisle and co-sponsor legislation that was goiong to HELP govern the people and not the politician's own interests.
Immigration Reform, Minimum Wage (Living Wage), Unemployment Benefits, lack of Ambassadors, Fair Pay and Reproductive Rights are ALL contested by the GOP. Think about that...They don't want to govern at all. They want to NOT govern and then get re-elected on OUR dime over and over again.
Local GOP-led legislations have shut down Women's Health Care Centers because the Koch Brothers and other right wing organizations PAY these people to vote against any and all legislation that they want to control.
The NRA is a very high-priced lobby with their hands in the pockets of many GOP AND Democraticly-elected officials. They don't even want "Background Checks" to pass which was something THEY promoted in 1999 after Columbine.
Is there any hope?
As long as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Scalia are on the bench, I would say "NO." These guys are the most conservative and ALSO in the pockets of a lot of Big Business and Wall Street guys and gals. These two justices have been seen quite frequently at JUNKETS that were fully paid for by political lobbies. That just isn't right.
The answer to this problem has to do with the make-up of the Supreme Court NOT the Tea Party and/or right wing politicians protecting their own self-serving interests.
I will vote the entire Democratic ticket here in California and will continue to support the lesser of two evils until Thomas and Scalia DIE or retire.