Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Apr. 5, 2015

Commentary
By Marc Platt
4/4/2015

Whether you like this Iran "Framework" for a deal or not, you should be aware that the GOP opposition has a lot more to do with Quid Pro Quo  ("something for something" in Latin) means an exchange of goods or services, where one transfer is contingent upon the other) than ideology. 

You need to know and keep telling yourself that Senator Lindsay Graham (R-So. Car.)was given less than $100,000 in the 2008 election cycle from pro-Israeli donors to more than $285,000 (source NY Times) in the 2014 election cycle.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) on the other hand saw his drop from $300,000 to less than $150,000 (source NY Times)

Tom Cotton is the GOP Freshman from Arkansas who gathered the 47 signatures before ANY framework was presented. Republican columnist Bill Kristol heads up an organization called "Emergency Commitee for Israel." Mr. Kristol's outfit spent...Are you ready??? $960,000 to get Cotton elected.

The next thing you know, the former military veteran and Arkansas conservative is the NEW champion for extreme military intervention in the U.S. Senate. He gets this letter signed by wingnuts and moderates alike to shove it in President Obama's face.

Why do they care?

Because...They have failed at every single measure aginst Obama for six years. The Affordable Care Act, The Economy and Gay Marriage. There are many others.

The GOP has decided to go back to their old playbook. Foreign Policy. The problem here is the fact that Preident Obama has actually made some significant improvements in the way our military operates in a time period that is most dangerous.

The Republicans who oppose him on nearly everything he has ever done is treading on a very tenuous ground on this Iran deal, mostly because the military complex may end up endorsing what Obama, Kerry and his team have done in reaching out to our enemy Iran and opening the door.

In my opinion, the alternative is untenable...War.

WE just got out of two wars in which we overtaxed our young men and women with multiple deploymants. These were ill-advised wars. They made Vietnam look mild in comparison.

We fight our wars with drones and technology in 2015. We don't face off like the Civil War musket to musket. It is way more complicated than that.

When Senator Cotton jumped on the U.S. Senate Floor a few weeks back and said we needed to spend "MUCH MORE" to build our military back up to "ACCEPTABLE" levels, he was speaking from where his bread is buttered. Mr. Cotton is in the pocketbooks of some heavy hitters.

The GOP will buck and kick because this is all they have left in their playbook.

It is a very dangerous batteground they have chosen. The President of the United States conducts our foreign policy. The Republicans still cannot accept that Obama has continually gotten over on them and will continue to do so.

Bottom line...He is smarter than all of them.

 

 

Mar. 21, 2015

 To the GOP-Elected Officials:

Stop being idiots.

You hate Eric Holder, yet you are holding his replacement (Loretta Lynch) hostage even though you love her because the Democrats won't allow abortion language in an UNRELATED "Human Trafficking" bill. This all comes after your ineptness in funding DHS. I have to say I AM surprised.

Mitch McConnell AND John Boehner, you are both establishment "Lifers" who know all the ins and outs when it comes to getting shit done. You have lost your caucus and now you look like racists.

Your stupidly supporting a guy (Netanyahu) who more than disappoints me as a Jew. This guy used racist rhetoric (disparaging Arabs) on election day and flip-flopping on a two state solution. The rest of the world is NOT happy with Israel right now and I don't blame them. The people of Israel are getting bamboozled the same way many Americans are by YOU.

I LOVE Israel and the Jews that live there. I am very disappointed that Netanyahu got over and through in his election. Israel needs new leadership in my opinion.

The good news is the deal with Iran may be getting better with a possible 20-year timetable instead of the 10 years that had been rumored to end this threat of a nuclear weapon once and for all.

Let Obama and Kerry do their jobs. Get out of the way. You have proven that you cannot govern.

What the hell will you do if millions of American citizens lose their health insurance because of you and your hatred of the very people you are supposed to protect. You better hope that the Supreme Court DOESN'T end the Affordable Care Act.

You will be blamed and thrown out of office in 2016.

Stop letting junior peons like Tom Cotton steer you towards extinction.

Get a grip and a hold of your party once again.

Sincerely,

A VERY-Concerned Citizen.

 

Mar. 17, 2015

I know this will sound very simplistic, BUT how can we even consider the GOP's proposed budget and its philosophy of cutting government "Safety Net" programs and boosting "Defense" and "Military" spending???

Aren't we missing a very important factor? If their proposal were to go through, who would be in the military? Our country completely overexposed ourselves in Iraq and Afghanistan with young men and women being deployed 2-6 times. We are not investing in our future.

We are lining Boehner, McConnell, McCain, Graham and MANY Democrats pockets, as well. Are we going to institute another draft? I listened to Tom Cotton's U.S. Senate Floor speech yesterday and he was going on and on about bolstering military spending with NO PLAN to get people to JOIN that military.

Rand Paul seems to say whatever is necessary to get people to even consider him to be President. Ted Cruz is busy scaring three-year-olds with his "The world is on fire" statements. Cruz is a well-schooled constitutional lawyer who says a lot of nothing that means anything. This man has argued in front of the Supreme Court, yet all he does is gin up his base with a lot of nothing. The words that come out of his mouth are venom.

Political convenience is starting to lose out to careful "Calling Out." These guys get called out without any consequences for their lack of governance. We need to hold them accountable when they want to cut a program. THEY need to feel some pain themselves.

Keep your eyes peeled for a logical plan and let me know when you hear of one....

Mar. 1, 2015

This Will Never Happen
By Marc Platt

Wanna know how Speaker John Boehner can break the "Cycle of Crazy" and get the U.S. House of Representatives to function?

He can team up with Nancy Pelosi and start bringing bills to the floor.

You say he will lose his speakership???

Not necessarily.

What if???

  • Boehner were able to tell the 50-or-so 'Freedom Caucus' members to sod off and KNOW that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats would support him?
  • Boehner didn't have to manage his body crisis-to-crisis?
  • Boehner was able to do the Immigration Reform that the REPUBLICANS so desperately need to have a chance at the White House in 2016 or any other Presidential election year?

It is likely Hillary Clinton will be following Barack Obama and become #45. The GOP knows this, Boehner knows this, McConnell knows this. These two men have been around a long time. They are politically savvy.

John Boehner has been afraid for too long. His legacy is garbage right now. He is NOT as conservative as you might think. He is a political hack, but eager to have a legacy of greatness. The Tea Party has been blocking Boehner's agenda since Day #1.

He needs to approach Pelosi and Reid about breaking the cycle (with THEIR support). 

Pelosi and Reid are ALSO very bright political operatives who know that there is no alternative to John Boehner. They need to work with him and he REALLY needs them to survive.

What if John Boehner were to cut a deal to get stuff passed that would benefit the American People without political reprecussions? What if Nancy Pelosi were to actually support these moves and provide Boehner with the votes that woul assure his legacy.

Mitch McConnell is actually doing HIS part and making the Senate a more bi-partisan body.

McConnell WANTS Immigration Reform. McConnell wants to fund DHS. He is a smart guy.

Boehner MUST do something that goes totally against what he has been doing with January, 2011.

But of course you know I am dreaming AND...This will never happen

 

Feb. 26, 2015

Whether or not John Boehner and his Crazy House Republicans fund a clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), he has now shown he is not fit to lead anyone or anything.

When reporters asked him about putting up a vote to fund a clean DHS bill, he mocked the press by blowing kisses. This is not acceptable.

I think we are too cynical and not proactive enough as Americans. When our elected representatives do things like this and the families of Kayla Mueller, Steven Sotlove, James Foley and the others have to sit there in total grief wondering why even bother when their government has totally failed them, I feel a sense of rage.

These people make a ton of money and work very few days in Washington. We see young congressmen like Aaron Schock abusing his office by taking lavish trips and getting massages on the people's dime WITH interns while truly patriotic young citizens are dying at the hands of ISIS.

We see irresponible public officials on the right, stick Immigration ammendments to DHS Funding bills. This is offensive to me and many Americans.

Are we going to just sit back and let these over-bloated assholes get away with this crap anymore?

Are we not going to call Justice Anthony Kennedy out for his wrong-minded vote on Citizen's United five years ago? His deciding vote allowed for this current crazy state of American Politics.

EVERY Branch (Including The Executive) has failed this country in so many ways.

President Obama is now FREE to call these corrupted politicians out by name. He has no more elections to win. 

He has acted more like I thought he would since the GOP took control of the legislative branch, but he must now start calling Boehner out for stuff like this.

It is disrespectful to the memories of ALL veterans living and dead and the recent deaths of the young people killed by ISIS.

I emplore all people reading this piece, to at least think about what you can do to make a difference. Even if it means just having this conversation at the dinner table.