Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Apr. 10, 2014

"In 2016, would you prefer to be called 'Madame President' or 'Mrs. President'?" a moderator reading questions asked Hillary Clinton. Clinton chuckled and placed down her mic, shrugging her shoulders as she exited the stage to cheers from the audience.
(From a Huffington Post article April 10, 2014)

I know I have gone on the record saying I wish she wouldn't run, because it will be very difficult in this climate for her and history says the road for HER will be pitted with political landmines.

It don't matta.

She will run and she will win big when she does.

The Right Wing Political Establishment will do what they always do and demonize her and Bill Clinton all the way to the end.

Let's go through the potential opponents and current landmines she will have to manuever to get to the White House.

On the Democratic side:

Joe Biden will have to do a lot of soul searching from now until Mrs. Clinton announces her candidacy. He wants the job himself and probably feels a bit of entitlement. His 1988 candidacy was derailed by plagiarism charges from speeches he gave using phrases and wording from  Neil Kinnock, leader of the British Labour Party at the time.

We are a long way off from 1988 and Biden has done a lot of service to his country, but compared to Hillary Clinton, he is not formidable. He has served the Obama administration with dignity and diligence, but his time has long passed to be President.

Elizabeth Warren is THE populist choice, but she is in the Hillary Clinton camp. I have written it before and I will say it again right here. She should be on the ticket with Clinton. Two STRONG women. The northeast angle may keep that from happening. They both reside in the northeast.

If I were Hillary, I would still take a long look at Warren as second banana. States like Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia and Michigan could be swayed by Warren's message of helping citizens. I feel it would be a strong ticket with THESE two women on it and Clinton could keep Warren on the "Clinton Message" and not so much the "Warren Message."

Okay. Time to discuss the "Clown Car" and the establishment GOP candidates.

Rand Paul is the best far right candidate, but his message of Libertarianism will not sell in swing states. He has no foreign policy experience.

Ted Cruz has no political skills moving towards the center. Paul does. Cruz will likely be toast very early in the process.

Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul may just cancel each other out as the primaries move along.

Chris Christie seems to be a non factor with scandal surrounding him on several fronts.

Jeb Bush is the MOST appealing GOP candidate. It will be fascinating to watch him re-establish the old guard Republican party. Bush appears to be on a path to NOT catering to the right wing. 

He recently stated his views on immigration. He is married to a Latina and speaks fluid Spanish. Bush looks to be on a course to be middle of the road and unapologetic about it. If he can buck the trend of the current far right Republican politics, he will give Mrs. Clinton a tussle.

Bush would win Florida and the southern states in a close election.

The question of voter suppression could be interesting in that Bush may start to push back on those conservative legislatures who continue to make it harder for its citizens to vote Democratic.

The way I see this playing out is Clinton v. Bush II. If that campaign materialized, it would be very close. Jeb Bush will have to restructure the Republican Party to be a more center right party. That will be very difficult to do, but he may be their ONLY hope to regain the White House.

Mar. 30, 2014

"The debate over the ACA is over. This law is here to stay"

(Barack Obama, April 1 2014)

It is time to put the Affordable Care Act to bed as a news story. It is time for the Republicans to stop raising money and drumming up their financial support on the backs of American people who really cannot afford to spend money to dump a law that is on the books. There is now insurance for millions of its citizens who were recently uninsured.

Do you really believe that people will give up their insurance because a bunch of rich people in Congress tell them they should?

When will people stop voting against their OWN interests? Do they really believe that the government is too large?

Paul Ryan's current budget calls for the repeal of the ACA, cutting food stamps.

Ryan's budget does RAISE the spending for the military. Does that sound like smaller government to you? This country ALREADY spends more money on the military than the REST OF THE WORLD conbined.

Paul Ryan has been the GOP poster boy for economic brilliance. He is still showing that we need to take stuff away from the poor people of this country and help the richest Americans, who continually back Ryan and his GOP cronies.

I am sick to death of watching this happen time and time again.

Please Wisconsin. Wake up and vote Ryan and the GOP members of Congress out who do not want to help you. Vote for people who do want to make America the great country it has always been.

Ryan is the Chairman of the Budget Committee and his work has been a joke. To stay on the path of NOT RAISING TAXES, yet SPENDING MORE on a military that is changing with the changing times.

We do Drones NOT boots on the ground wars now. The cost is low and the results are better. Whether you believe in the Drone Program or not, you have to admit America has not wasted money on Tanks and other obsolete programs since Mr. Obama entered office in 2009.

So why do the Republicans keep insisting that we must trim, trim, trim the deficit when it is actually the lowest it has been in years.

The GOP really needs to come up with some game. They have no new Health Care Program of their own. They could give a rats ass about people who need assistance. They keep "Porking It Up" for the wealthiest 1% at the detriment of the now defunct middle class and the poorest Americans.

The GOP will find a way to hang on to the House. They will inch closer in the Senate and they may even give the Dems a run for their money in a Presidential election, BUT they have no game right now.

It is time for the Democrats to call them out on their misguided ACA Repeal attempts and hust them at the election polls throughout the year. PLEASE Democrats...EMBRACE the ACA and kick their asses where it counts most. THEIR pocketbooks.

Mar. 28, 2014

Time to return to the GOOD OLD DAYS of Republican opposition. Here are some memorable quotes and flip flops on Medicare from some very notable VIPs in the GOP world...

Ronald Reagan (1965) : “If you don’t [stop Medicare] and I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.” 

Ronald Reagan (1980 to Jimmy Carter): There you go again. When I opposed Medicare, there was another piece of legislation meeting the same problem before the Congress. I happened to favor the other piece of legislation and thought that it would be better for the senior citizens and provide better care than the one that was finally passed. I was not opposing the principle of providing care for them. I was opposing one piece of legislation versus another.

Barry Goldwater: “Having given our pensioners their medical care in kind, why not food baskets, why not public housing accommodations, why not vacation resorts, why not a ration of cigarettes for those who smoke and of beer for those who drink.” [1964]

Goldwater even stopped campaigning against LBJ to fly back to D.C. to vote "No" on Medicare. It is known as a big reason he was trounced in that Presidential election.

Bob Dole: “I was there, fighting the fight, voting against Medicare . . . because we knew it wouldn’t work in 1965.” 

In 2006 during Medicare D rollout:  "AcrossAmerica, I see Part D pricing working," said Dole. "When you've got a lot ofpeople out there competing for somebody's business, prices are going to come down. After only one year, these Success Stories are a testament to the realsavings and satisfaction associated with the Part D benefit."

Guess who spoke these words..."Three years ago, I proposed a major health insurance program to the Congress, seeking to guarantee adequate financing of health care on a nationwide basis. That proposal generated widespread discussion and useful debate. But no legislation reached my desk."

Richard Nixon. He was a BIG proponent of Health Care Reform.

Here is some more from that 1974 speech on Health Care Reform: "First, it offers every American an opportunity to obtain a balanced, comprehensive range of health insurance benefits;Second, it will cost no American more than he can afford to pay; Third, it builds on the strength and diversity of our existing public and private systems of health financing and harmonizes them into an overall system..."

Does this sound familiar?

My point is MOST, but not all Republicans will fight tooth and nail against government programs the Democrats get through. They continue to figh against the ACA, which was their own idea several years back. 

In 2006, then MA. R-Governor Mitt Romney even passed the law in his own state and then later disavowed it in order to pander to the right wing base of his party. This is gutless, soul-less garbage. 

For the GOP to try to repeal a LAW that gives millions of uninsured Americans a chance for reasonably-priced health care is unforgiveable. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Individual Mandate.

These people need to get over themselves and help make the law work. Do your job people. You are fighting a losing battle. 

My gut instinct tells me that by November, this tatctic of running against Obamacare will bite them in the ass.

There was blowback to Social Security starting in the 1920's throughout the 1930's, even to this day. Social Security has benefitted Republicans and Democrats politically for decades.

It is important for these politicians to be on the right side of history when all is said and done.

Ronald Reagan EVOLVED over the years, but made his name on opposing things like Medicare. He was against assualt weapons, yet the current crop of Republicans overlook his actual views on certain issues and embrace their fantasy of Reagan.

This generation is not buying it throughout the entire country, but in small GOP pockets, the myth is more exciting than the truth.

Reagan embraced Medicare as President, yet staunchly opposed it in its infant days.

John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, PLEASE read your actual history and make the ACA work.

Mar. 20, 2014

I have been writing practically from the day President Obama was re-elected that I hoped Hillary Clinton would NOT run in 2016. I don't believe history is on her side, BUT Barack Obama blew history out of the water in 2008 by becoming our nation's first African American President.

Hillary will be 68 years old when she runs, but I have to admit that this woman is tough as nails and has many more than nine lives politically.

Look at all the things she has accomplished, despite being shamed (Health Care & Lewinsky Scandal) as a First Lady. She knows her way around the congress and the state department AND the Oval Office.

She has raised a daughter and managed to stay married to a man who continually played the field throughout their marriage.

She has had her official time off and now readies herself for a big Presidential campaign with Obama ON her side this time.

To me it makes sense to consider Elizabeth Warren as her running mate, even though both women currenty reside in the northeast.

Here are my reasons:

  • They are both women
  • Warren is a progressive and threatens Clinton's Progressive Credibility
  • Warren is a fan of Clinton and will serve her faithfully
  • Warren could take on Wall Street FROM the White House and use the Clinton's Wall Street ties to mend some of the current friction.
  • The Clintons could keep her in their sights at all times

How it could work politically:

  • Progressives will support the ticket 
  • Clinton has strong ties in Florida (possible new Governor Charlie Christ)
  • Clinton OWNs California voters and California loves Warren
  • Warren would be the FACE of progressivism from within the White House, enabling Hillary to move her moderate agenda.
  • Clinton could rely on Warren for domestic agenda items and concentrate on a troubling foreign agenda.

This would set the Democrats up for several years in the White House. The rest of the party will have to figure out how to keep House and Senate seats workable.

It is still early (March, 2014), but I could see this working for the Democrats in 2016.

The Clintons are very smart people. They will call in some big favors (Obama) and I really see Hillary Clinton needing a strong faithful smart ally in her corner. Elizabeth Warren makes sense.

Mar. 19, 2014

"I brought myself down. I impeached myself by resigning.
(Richard M. Nixon)

There is a  funny thing about our elected representatives in the U.S. Congress who were not there in 1998 when President Bill Clinton was brought before the U.S. Congress. The new breed of representatives do NOT know what impeachment means:

"Impeachment in the United States is an expressed power of the legislature that allows for formal charges against a civil officer of government for crimes committed in office. The actual trial on those charges, and subsequent removal of an official on CONVICTION n those charges, is separate from the act of IMPEACHMENT itself."

But if you were to listen to Texas Represantive Blake Farenthold or Michigan Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, you would think they could just haul Barack Obama down to the Capitol and just kick his ass back to Kenya, no problem.

These guys are all talk. They say this crap to raise money from their overeager constituents back home. They really don't have grounds for impeachment, say like the Iraq War or selling arms to Iran for hostages.

They will bring up the NON-IRS Scandal, which to this day baffles me that they have not even READ the law and IRS regulation they accuse the Obama administration of breaking. The LAW was broken by the Republican Eisdenhower administration in 1959 when they changed the words "Exclusively" to "Primarily" in the IRS Guidelines for 501 C-4 application status.

They would bring up the botched CIA Libya (Benghazi) Operation that cost America it's ambassador and three other Americans there lives. Obama is blamed by those on the right for the "cover-up." There was no cover-up.

There are many things conservatives don't like about Mr. Obama, but the number one thing they don't like is his skin color. I hate to say it, but there is still a segment of our beloved country that has not accepted the results of the Civil War OR the Civil Rights laws that have long been in effect in America.

They hate this president so much, they even praise Putin in Russia. This is something we have never seen. The climate of our political landscape is disgraceful. We have regressed to a point I never thought was possible.

The advent of the Tea Party occurred BECAUSE we elected an African American as President. It was the FIRST year of his administration that these groups started popping up with their "Obama as Hitler" banners.

Tea Party groups have even demostrated in front of the White House with confederate flags. That embarrasses me as an American. 

I guess we never really progressed since LBJ passed through all that legislation in 1965.

The states have been cutting into those laws and the Supreme Court has not helped matters much, gutting section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, opening the door for the states to suppress African American, Asian and Latino voters. States like Ohio and Florida have regressed shutting EARLY VOTING down to allow LESS voters the ability to get to the polls.

This is disgraceful.

Anytime President Obama tries to do anything to better the people's survival and chance to thrive, the far right goes crazy riling up their fundraising to try and push back.

Things have really changed and there is little respect for the office of president, as long as a black man resides there with his family.

I hope and pray the Democrats keep the Senate in November.

This President and administration is not perfect, but they have tried to help mainstreet and they HAVE helped Wall Street in so many ways, but have been derided at every turn.

Someday when history is written, these men and women will be disgraced. I truly believe it. They didn't try to help fix the problems, they made MORE problems.

Too bad. This really could have been a special time in our country's history. It is not. It is a shameful period. We have regressed.