Can you imagine that citizens could be against raising the minimum wage so hard-working people don’t have to live in poverty? No way there seem to say several in a land where they have found enough money and wealth to enjoy themselves for decades. as long they have it good why should they bother for others? As long as they are young have a good job, no diseases, everything seems to be all right, having a nice big car, a big house, television and lots of food, so why bother about those who do have to look in the bins for food? Protecting Social Security and Medicare for our seniors? Forget it. Equal pay for equal work? In your dreams.
Karl Rove could have said that Elizabeth Warren had a long history of cranium consumption, and there’s nothing she could do to stop him. His name never appeared on several ads. The rich guys that paid for them were totally anonymous. That is what the Americans call “freedom“.
Those with enough money can make or break a candidate be it for the senate or for presidency. today we may see Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers spending zillions of dollars to keep the system rigged against America’s middle class. That’s why they want control of the Senate. That’s what these disgusting TV ads are all about.
The Koch brothers are funneling endless attacks into six battleground states they need to win to take over the Senate. According to MSNBC, the GOP now has a razor-thin advantage. Mitch McConnell just spent over $100,000 on ads to grasp the momentum and pull into the lead and have Kentucky completely deadlocked. But ABC News reports that if Grimes is successful in beating McConnell, “this will be the biggest loss establishment Republicans suffer” this year. If the Democrats can defeat McConnell and help Grimes win, it will finally “lay all the blame for 2013 dysfunction at McConnell’s feet.” It’s their moment to show him he can’t stage over 470 filibusters and get away with it, but it would not be America if the Democrats needed enough money to make their cause.
But we can’t do that if we let McConnell outspend us and pull ahead today. That’s why we must match McConnell’s ad buy dollar-for-dollar. In the next 14 hours, we must put another $100,000 in our Defeat McConnell Fund to help defeat Republicans across the country and prevent a Republican Senate takeover. Will you help us?
was their call to many people who do want to see the danger of those money blockbusters.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid slammed the Koch brothers’ political activities Thursday, accusing the influential conservatives of trying to “buy the country.” Reid was responding to comments from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who howled over President Barack Obama’s crackdown on politically active tax-exempt organizations as
“declaring a war not just on its opponents, but on free speech itself.”
McConnell compared the administration’s proposed rules on those groups to the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of outside groups and said Democrats are trying to stifle their election-year critics. Reid hammered the networks backed by David and Charles Koch as political organizations masquerading as social welfare groups and criticizing McConnell’s efforts to help them.
“Because of a United States Supreme Court decisions called Citizens United, there’s been some really untoward stuff going on in the political world. We have two brothers who are actually trying to buy the country,”
“The Republican leader has long been an opponent of campaign finance reform. This has been part of his career. So it is no surprise he opposes the administration’s efforts for greater disclosure. The abuse here is not the administration’s enforcing the law, but folks like the Koch brothers pretending to be social welfare organizations.”
The administration’s proposed rules would limit the ability of nonprofit groups organized around “social welfare” to engage in political activities. McConnell said Democrats are surveying a difficult midterm election cycle and trying to muzzle groups that back Republican candidates.
“Democrats think 2014 is shaping up to be a tough year for them politically. So instead of trying to persuade the public that they’ve got the best answers to the problems we face, they try to shut everybody else out of the political process, they try to shut them up,”
Obama “wants to use the IRS to drive conservatives right off the playing field.”
The Koch brothers — though they are major conservative financiers — have actually previously given to Democrats, including Senate Democrats.
Senate Democrats’ campaign arm has increasingly referred to the Kochs’ influence in its fundraising solicitations, alleging that the brothers are behind “disgusting” attacks on vulnerable incumbent Democrats. It appears that Democrats will have plenty more opportunities to raise the Kochs as a boogeyman, as Ellender indicated their activities won’t slow during the 2014 midterm elections.
“Charles Koch and David Koch will continue to exercise their First Amendment rights to advocate for their fundamental beliefs in individual liberty, limited government, and promotion of policies that help people improve their lives,”
Right now it looks like strong Democrats are being drowned in a sea of early attacks. Sen. Warren said it best:
“the only thing you can do when you’re being attacked like that is to fight back as hard as you possibly can.”
“It’s time for the Democrats to fight back as hard as they possibly can”
says Elizabeth Warren,
“because the Washington Post just projected that we have just a 56% chance of stopping the Republicans. To answer these attacks and stop a GOP Senate takeover, we absolutely need to fill the $175,000 hole in our January budget by the FEC deadline in just 24 hours”
- Rand Cozies Up To The Establishment (personalliberty.com)
GOP Presidential hopefuls are already jockeying for position in the 2016 Republican primary, and none is doing more jockeying than Senator Rand Paul. It seems this apple fell a long way from the tree.In 2009, Paul shocked the Republican establishment by riding a wave of Tea Party anti-establishment sentiment and knocking off Trey Grayson (who had the endorsement of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and the State’s party apparatus) to win the seat formerly held by Jim Bunning.
- Koch brothers’ attempt to bolster Terri Lynn Land’s candidacy draws scathing rebuke from the New York Times (eclectablog.com)
A couple of weeks ago, the Koch brothers, through their astroturfing corporatist front group Americans for Prosperity, attempted to roll out their latest attack ad on Gary Peters in the state Capitol Building. They literally planned to use the resources of the Michigan state government to propagate pro-business propaganda by holding a press conference in the Speaker’s Conference Room. Only after they were shamed into by Democrats did Republican leaders kick AFP out the door.
- Another $4M in outside money heading to Fla. Race (sfgate.com)
Need proof outside money is going to matter in this year’s elections? Just look at spending this week.Republicans are sending almost $2 million into a Florida special election for the U.S. House, and Democrats are standing by with almost the same amount. A group backed by conservative billionaire oil heirs David and Charles Koch is running ads nationwide criticizing the federal health care law. And Democrats are trying to fight back against the Koch brothers’ political influence, starting with an ad of their own in a key Senate race in Iowa.The flurry of spending illustrates the outsized role outside groups are expected to play in the midterm elections. Disclosure of the new spending comes a day before federal candidates have to report how much money they raised and spent on their own last year in the run-up to November’s elections. That’s when voters will determine the balance of power in the House and Senate. Thirty-six governors’ offices also are up for grabs.
- Mitch McConnell Threatens To Destroy The Economy Unless Obama Approves Keystone XL (politicususa.com)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made an appearance on Fox News Sunday this Sunday. Speaking with host Chris Wallace, McConnell touched on a variety of subjects, ranging from the minimum wage, unemployment benefits and thee GOP’s chances of taking over the Senate. However, the most interesting part of the interview came when Wallace started discussing the upcoming debt ceiling with the Senator. McConnell basically stated that the Republicans will once again try to use the debt limit as a hostage to get what they want.
- 60% Of KY GOPers Buck McConnell, Support Medicaid Expansion (talkingpointsmemo.com)
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky poll, reported by NPR-affiliated WFPL, found that 60 percent of self-identified Republicans said they support expansion. In total, 79 percent of Kentuckians agree with Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to expand coverage to low-income people under the health care reform law.In a statement to WFPL, McConnell spokesman Robert Steurer dismissed the findings.”Most new Obamacare enrollees are not on private plans, but are added to the state’s struggling Medicaid program,” he said, “where one hundred percent of these costs will be picked up by taxpayers and where there is already a shortage of physicians accepting Medicaid patients.”More than 120,000 Kentuckians have enrolled in Medicaid through the state’s Obamacare website since it launched in October, according to Beshear’s office, though that number includes some people who were previously eligible for the program.
- Will Conservatives Continue Being Their Own Worst Enemy? (mychal-massie.com)
I am terribly afraid the voters who most vociferously claim they want to take our country back are going to be the very ones to sentence us to a further decline and the continued transmogrification of the Republican Party into a cheap version of the Democrat Party.George Kelly in his book on Personal Construct Theory wrote: “Psychological disorder is any personal construction which is used repeatedly in spite of consistent invalidation,” i.e., repeating the same thing failure after failure is a psychological disorder.And that is exactly what the so-called concerned have yet to, in fact, refuse to, realize. It is as if the idea of not shooting themselves in the foot is an anathema to them. Unless We the People realize that the Republican establishment (read hierarchy) are not our friends, we will be hopelessly mired in a state of mediocrity and betrayal.
- Hitting Mitch McConnell over health care in Kentucky (washingtonpost.com)
In yesterday’s speech, President Obama gave a shout-out to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, citing his tireless efforts to expand Obamacare coverage to his own constituents in a deep red state. As enrollment mounts, Mitch McConnell has refused to directly answer questions about Kentuckians befitting from the law.Counter-intuitively, some Kentucky Dems believe McConnell will ultimately face a reckoning on this issue. There is no more experienced McConnell watcher and antagonist then Dem Rep. John Yarmuth, so when he says McConnell is cornered, it’s worth listening.
- Karl Rove Calls Push to Raise Minimum Wage an ‘Obamacare Distraction’ (crooksandliars.com)
Old Turdblossom is back, doing what they love best over at Fox “news” — throwing cold water on the need to raise the minimum wage and its impact and claiming that any attempts by the Democrats to do so is just a distraction from the problems with the Affordable Care Act.Karl Rove Misses The Mark On Impact Of Raising Minimum Wage:In another attempt to cast the Obama administration’s focus on income inequality as an Obamacare distraction, Fox contributor Karl Rove argued that raising the minimum wage “doesn’t affect a lot of American workers.” But raising the minimum wage would impact 30 million workers, or nearly 20 percent of the American workforce.On the January 6 edition of America’s Newsroom, Fox News contributor Karl Rove dismissed the Obama administration’s efforts to raise the minimum wage as yet another attempt to distract from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and falsely claimed that raising the minimum wage “doesn’t affect a lot of American workers”
- On Key Progressive Policies, Obama Has A Mandate (ourfuture.org)
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Tuesday before President Obama’s State of the Union address, and a Democracy Corps focus group polled during the speech, indicate that President Obama wins, and Democrats in Congress will win, with a progressive populist economic agenda. And they need not shy away from highlighting Republican obstruction and wrong-headed priorities.Respondents to the NBC/Journal poll were loud and clear about what they believed should be the nation’s top priority: jobs. Ninety-one percent said that “creating jobs” should be “an absolute priority this year,” 17 points above the second-ranked priority, “reducing the federal budget deficit.”The other economic priorities that received more than 50 percent support for being made “an absolute priority” this year included “ensuring all children have access to pre-school education” (63 percent), “closing corporate tax loopholes” (59 percent), “fix and keep the new health care law” (54 percent) and “increasing the minimum wage” (51 percent).One additional economic priority, “reforming Social Security and Medicare,” received 56 percent support.
- promises, promises (empowerwomenunite.wordpress.com)
I’m the first to admit and recognize the need to focus on unemployment and the need to create more jobs. However, don’t begin a topic if you are not going to follow it through. Obama finally shares the already overly stated fact that women deserve equal pay for equal work. Yet he does not say what the government is going to do about it. Instead, it ends up being another meaningless statement and/or plea to hopefully bring some kind of conviction to employers. It wasn’t even a slap on the wrist!