Big and small

Big Business (1929 film)

Big Business (1929 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Republicans support SMALL government and BIG business. Democrats support SMALL business and BIG government to regulate BIG business and ensure the survival of SMALL business. Without the regulation of BIG business by BIG government, SMALL businesses are subject to the predatory practices of BIG business, witness Standard Oil in the past and WalMart in the present. Mom and pop small businesses on Main Street are fast disappearing in America thanks to big-box stores and the outsourcing and off-shoring of American jobs. Many Americans cannot afford to purchase American goods and services because wages have not kept pace with American productivity. The average wage in America should be twice what it is now and it would be if not all the benefits of gains in productivity had not gone to the 1%.

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“Just say no”

Official White House photograph of Nancy Reaga...

Official White House photograph of Nancy Reagan, wife to then-President of the United States Ronald Reagan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are too many Reagan Republicans in the US Congress, not Ronald Reagan Republicans, Nancy Reagan Republicans. When she was First Lady of the US, Nancy Reagan crusaded against illegal drugs with the slogan, “Just say no.” Many, too many, members of the GOP in Congress have adopted that slogan, not just against illegal drug use, but against anything that President Obama supports. If you are considering voting for a Republican, ask the candidate if he/she is a Nancy Reagan/TEA Party Republican or if like her husband, the candidate is willing to compromise with Democrats to accomplish the nation’s business? If he/she is not willing to compromise, just say “no” to their candidacy when election day rolls around.

Filibuster

Chuck Hagel - Caricature

Chuck Hagel – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

The GOP failed in preventing Barack‘s re-election. They know that a second term president has about 18 months to accomplish anything, and they have decided to go into ball control mode to run out the clock. That is why they are filibustering Chuck Hagel‘s nomination to be Secretary of Defense. They know that cloture will be voted and that Hagel will be confirmed. However, precious time will be wasted and taken off the legislative clock. We can expect more of the same in future days.

Please see Chuck Hagel | Chuck Hagel part 2

Mugwumps

The Mugwumps were Republicans who refused to s...

The Mugwumps were Republicans who refused to support Republican presidential candidate James G. Blaine in 1884. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What this country needs is a revival of the Mugwumps, who were Republican reformers who supported Cleveland for president in 1884. They bolted the GOP and some became Democrats because of the financial corruption associated with the GOP nominee, James G. Blaine. We need more of that courage from current members of the Republican Party.

Alan Grayson

English: Official headshot of Rep. Alan Grayso...

English: Official headshot of Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Democrat from Florida Alan Grayson was a member of the House until he was defeated in 2010. Now he is back in the House beginning January, 2013. Welcome back, Congressman Grayson. Gone from the House will be Joe Walsh from Illinois and Allen West from Florida, both TEA Party favorites. You may recall Alan Grayson from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) debate when he described with charts the GOP plan. “Don’t get sick. If you do, die quickly.”

Alan, it good to have you back in Washington. We need more legislators like you.