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Bill Moyers Calls Out the GOP -- And Good


Bill Moyers

There's something about the congenial way newsman and journalist Bill Moyers captures the essence of what's going on around him -- soft spoken, folksy and stingingly right on. He's blessed with acute observational skills, an even-keeled disposition and a soothing sanity. As they said about Orson Welles, "he could read you the phone book and make it sound interesting."

Maybe it's his years of experience, his dulcet tones or that his guiding light is his moral compass, but when you want to know how things are in America, there's no greater source or voice of sanity that Moyers. He's not afraid to call out any inconsistency with human nature, no matter what political side your political beliefs. He doesn't really take sides. He observes and he comments. During the government shutdown he made an amazingly astute video.

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Moyers not only pointed out the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act, but also reminded us of the days before this lunacy, when law was law, and lawmakers worked to change laws they didn't agree with, rather than deliberately sabotage the economy, stability, and reputation of the nation in childish protest:

“When the president refused to buckle to their extortion, they threw their tantrum. Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the Union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn the place down, sink the ship of state, and sow economic chaos to get their way. This says it all, they even shuttered the Statue of Liberty.”

If it were my choice, I'd make it mandatory viewing for any incoming or incumbent congress person or senator.

See if you don't agree.


U.S. Shutdown Denies Fallen Soldiers Survivor's Benefits


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How outrageous and tragic! Over the weekend, defending our country in Afghanistan, a number of soldiers were killed. Let's not sugar coat it and say they died. They were killed, violently. They knew the risk, they took it and paid the ultimate price. Since the shutdown, nearly 20 soldiers, brave men and women have died. Each minute means another could be added to the roster of fallen soldiers.

The U.S. has a responsibility to these fallen heroes. And in the past we always accepted it, proudly, genuinely and irreversibly. With the shutdown this has become a tradition of the past. Game playing by the Republicans and their refusal to pass a continuing resolution, has now shown to the Nth degree the atrocity of the Republican party, specifically Ted Cruz and Speaker John Boehner. This is at their footsteps. This is their fault.

So what is the Republicans response to this? They want to pass a mini-CR to fund this -- nothing more. All they have to do is vote the clean CR and all of these travesties are covered. Each day we find new issues the GOP has closed down and we find are essential. Why the piecemeal? Simple. They want to hold us all hostage. Now's the time to go on the attack. Contact your congressman or woman. You must speak up. We have to pay our bills. We have to keep the country running. And we have a way to make it happen, even if it means putting their head on a spit for the next election.

The Republicans and the Tea Party hostage takers should be ashamed of themselves for betraying America over gamesmanship and dick-measuring. I know I'm ashamed and incensed. I bet you are as well.


Dems Won't Compromise -- We Already Did!



What short memories the Republicans have. The GOP says the government shutdown is because the Democrats, especially the president, refuse to negotiate. WE ALREADY DID! I thought an elephant never forgets.

The compromise was the sequester, and the continuing resolution is to continue funding at those levels. Your negotiated levels. The Paul Ryan budget levels.

These working figures are crazy, but the Democrats agreed to give into them in order to keep the government funded despite Speaker Boehner's refusal to send the higher/saner budget bills to conference. The sequester numbers cut money from nearly every branch of the government. They literally are taking food out of the mouths of babies. It's prohibiting medical care for thousands. It's denying adequate safety in the skies and greatly contributing to high unemployment on the land. Did you forget that already?

So Boehner, quit your crying. As Harry Reid pointed out time and time again, you have to learn to take yes for an answer.

There is one small chance to save face, a slight glimmer of light coming from the crack in the door. Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and George Miller (D-Calif.) are planning to circulate a discharge petition. It is very iffy at best. It requires 218 signatures. But if they can achieve that magic number of representatives signatures, the full House will be forced to vote on the petition. In this case, it's a clean continuing resolution.

The trick is getting roughly 18 Republicans to go on record as standing up to Boehner. According to various reports, there are between 18 - 21 GOP'ers who have said they favor a clean CR in order to get the government back up and funded. Yet when they had a chance to vote before this, they got cold feet.

What the Democrats can take out of this most likely futile effort is bragging rights. They tried -- and the Republicans didn't. And those like Peter King and Scott Rigell who have been outspoken in asking for a vote on a clean resolution, will have to put up or shut up. I'm betting they won't sign and that means they'll be painted by the same brush as the rest of the obstructionist Republicans who have refused to listen to the people and kept this government shut. The Tea Party stink will be all over them.

Prove me wrong, Republicans. I dare you to!


Rush fan to daughter: "I've come to the conclusion that although I really like Rush Limbaugh, I love you more."


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In today's Los Angeles Times, there is an op-ed piece by Madeline Janis, the national policy director for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), a nonprofit advocacy organization. In that op-ed, she discusses her relationship with her father, a devoted Rush Limbaugh "dittohead." Janis, on the other hand, is quite the opposite.

She loved her dad, who was nearing the end of his life, and was trying to avoid tangling with him over bringing his collection of Limbaugh baseball caps to an assisted living facility. But in spite of herself, she found herself arguing with him about it. When things calmed down, this happened:

"Sweetheart, I want to tell you something," he said.

"It's OK, Dad," I replied. "I know that we disagree on many things, so let's just not talk about politics."

But he persisted. "I've been thinking," he said. "And I've come to the conclusion that although I really like Rush Limbaugh, I love you more. So I'm going to give up the caps." [...]

My father died this month. He was 87 years old and went peacefully. [...]

Our love for each other and our family helped my father and me transcend the enormous ideological divide between us.

It makes me wonder if there isn't something in these experiences that might help us, as Americans, transcend our political differences. Even if we don't have the same closeness as a family, Americans of all political stripes do share a love of country. And that could be a start, at least, at reaching across the gulf of ideology to work cooperatively and respectfully to solve the challenges facing the nation.

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Please read the entire piece here.