Hello 2014, goodbye 2013

English: Invitation to attend the 2009 Inaugur...

English: Invitation to attend the 2009 Inauguration of Barack Obama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2013 is almost over and it’s goodbye and good riddance. The GOP refused to accept the will of the American people in November, 2012, and continued the obstruction that began on President Obama’s inauguration day, January 20, 2009. The do-nothing Congress of 2013 was the worst in history, and we can expect even less from Congress in 2014, an election year. It is likely to be the most intense and expensive mid-term election ever, perhaps rivaling a presidential election. It also represents our last chance to end GOP obstruction while President Obama is still in office.

2014 is going to be a very political year. If the Democrats capture the House of Representatives and a super majority in the Senate, it will be possible to end the lingering effects of the Great Recession as well as enact some of the many needed reforms to start our government working again for all Americans, not just the politically well-connected.  If we fail, the price will be two more years of obstruction as well as an attempt to impeach the President. The TEA Party must go, and if the GOP will not let go of the TEA Party and they go with it, so be it.

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Keystone pipeline nonsense

Trans Canada Keystone Oil Pipeline

Trans Canada Keystone Oil Pipeline (Photo credit: shannonpatrick17)

This morning on FOX, there was the standard nonsense, fair and balanced?, this time about the Keystone pipeline. That it would reduce energy prices when in fact the refined product is scheduled for export. That it would reduce our need for imported energy. Where do the people at FOX think that the tar sands to be transported in the Keystone pipeline are located? Alberta is a part of Canada, not the US. The section of the Keystone pipeline they want built will handle more imports, not less. Who wants the Keystone pipeline line? Big oil. And they want it because it will generate more profits for them and more pollution for the rest of us.

History has a long memory

Fidel Castro becomes the leader of Cuba as a r...

Fidel Castro becomes the leader of Cuba as a result of the Cuban Revolution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fidel Castro’s father was a Spanish soldier in Cuba during the Spanish-American War that saw the US defeat Spain and take possession of Cuba. From First Great Triumph, How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power by Warren Zimmermann:

“Ángel Casto, a subaltern in the Spanish Army, had been transferred to military duty from Spain to Cuba following the 1895 revolution. He hated the Americans for preventing his army from defeating the rebels; this hostility burned throughout his long life. No doubt he vented it in front of his son Fidel, born in 1926.”

Our turbulent relations with Iran date back at least to 1953 when the CIA under Eisenhower’s direction engineered the overthrow of democratically elected leader Mohammad Mosaddegh and the return to power of the Shah. The Iranian people have still not forgiven us for that.

Summary

OpenCarry.org travel gun laws

OpenCarry.org travel gun laws (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This blog is most concerned with politics and it is not possible to write about it without becoming aware of the myriad problems facing the US. Some are from outside our borders, but most are self-induced by the GOP, aided and abetted by some Democrats, at the instructions of their masters, the 1%. The following list is in no particular order and enumerates our tasks ahead.

  • Public financing of political campaigns.
  • Limiting the influence of lobbyists.
  • Eliminating gerrymandering.
  • Require truth in political ads and reporting.
  • Stricter gun laws.
  • Higher taxes on the very wealthy and corporations.
  • Elimination of all tax shelters.
  • Reduce offshoring and foreign banking by US citizens.
  • More green energy.
  • More airlines and greater competition.
  • High speed rail.
  • Higher minimum wage, a living wage.
  • Fewer jails and prisons, none for profit.
  • Single-payer healthcare.
  • No restrictions on the right of adults to vote, mandatory voting.
  • Reformed immigration laws.
  • Freedom to petition and to demonstrate peacefully.
  • Freedom of worship or to not worship. No religion better than another.
  • Restrictions on the CIA and NSA.
  • Institute the Robin Hood tax on financial transactions.
  • Reinstate usury laws.

I have previously written on many of these subjects, and I will be addressing the others in future posts. Thank you for your support.

7:00 to 7:10 PM MST

The Rachel Maddow Show (TV series)

The Rachel Maddow Show (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you spend only ten minutes per day Monday through Friday watching TV news, I recommend the first ten minutes of the Rachel Maddow hour on MSNBC. The information she presents in the first segment is more informative than anything else you will find on TV.