Yesterday Eric Cantor announced he would be resigning as Majority Leader, effective July 31. There is only speculation on who his successor will be, but that is couple with one fact - the next Majority Leader will serve during a time when Congress is in session only 27 days (pdf file). Compare that to the 106 days the average American worker will serve in the same time period and you see a problem. But there's also another problem. Between Cantor's last day and the mid-term there are only 12 days in session. No one knows what will happen in November, and the person elected to replace Cantor today, may not be the replacement elected in January. So basically those 27 days have become none, with the controlling party of the House unable to lay out any agenda and too afraid to do anything, especially before November. That makes Congress the biggest welfare recipients in the country.
David Brat, the teabagger that beat Eric Cantor in the primary last night, was on Chuck Todd this morning advocating for the abolishment of the minimum wage, arguing that wages should be based upon productivity. In the above chart, you can see that his arguments fall flat, with productivity rising over the past 40+ years while wages remain flat. Somehow I think a professor of economics would know this simple fact. Of course this is a guy, that is making this argument, while trying to get one of the only jobs in this nation where wages have continually risen, while productivity has continued to plummet. That job - CONGRESS!
The House Majority leader has just lost his primary battle against the Tea Party challenger. Yes, Eric Cantor has now lost his seat.
When I was in school we used to have drills where we hid under desks in case of a nuclear attack. Luckily that was only carried out in drills and we never saw the actual need for it. Now it looks like our children will have a new drill. A company has developed a bullet-proof blanket to help protect children from shooters. Seeing something like this shows a very sad state of our nation. Instead of addressing the core issue, an increase in access to killing machines and a society with no mental health facilities to really help, we are now selling products to hopefully save the lives of our children from an increasing terroristic threat they are all facing - not one from half way around the globe, but rather from people in their own neighborhoods and possibly classrooms. America, you can do better than this!
Obama is making the announcement right now. The GOP and some Democrats have now gotten their blood, so let's see what happens with getting a new secretary confirmed. It's going to take a lot to fix the mess created by George Bush.
An amendment by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) that restricts the DEA from raiding medical marijuana operations in states where it's legal passed the house by 219-189 yesterday. 170 of those nay votes came from the right, showing that the GOP is still much aligned with prohibition of marijuana, even if it's something supported by a sovereign state. Perhaps if tilt the House more to the left, then we can have a future where marijuana is as legal as cigarettes and create an economic boom, along with a serious reduction in our prison population.
Coming to a Congress near you - GOP Ultimate Smackdown! In this corner we have the Tea Party and in this corner, we have John Boehner and his friends (or friend?). Who will come out the victor? Will it be the jazzy driving, funny hat wearing Tea Party crowd, or the man in orange? Only time will tell, but this will certainly be the fight to watch!
The other day countless veterans groups, including the VFW, were upset over Republican Senator and Tea Party Hero, Richard Burr (R-NC) when he got on the groups for not calling for the resignation of Eric Shinseki. Burr, a man who loves cheering for war, yet is too much of a coward to have even served in our military, has heard the calls of outrage and decided to double down in his attack against our nation's heroes.
Now I'll admit that I am not a veteran, but I have nothing but respect for those that served our nation. This scandal is an outrage, but for Republicans, including Burr, to act like this is something brand new is a flat out lie. Veterans have been outraged over these wait times for years. The only reason Republicans care about this now is because it gives them political fight for November. After that they will go back to considering out veterans nothing but government freeloaders. The veterans realize this and the GOP is now upset that their actual intentions are so transparent. This whole game of using our veterans as political pawns could actually end up backfiring on the GOP this fall.
Texas Gun nuts are up in arms (ok - pun intended) because Sonic and Chili's have refused to serve them. In a video obtained by Mother Jones one Texas gunaholic, seen with his toddler, defends his decision to eat with his people killing machine because it's "not safe to be here". So shouldn't Texas' child welfare department question the father as to why he decided it was fine to take his child to an area that is so unsafe, just to have an artery hardening meal? After all, the father flat out admitted he did just that.
With more companies collecting online data about you, storing it and selling it to advertisers, creditors and future employers, the FTC has said it is time for transparency and regulation over the practice. But will Congress, who is paid for by the users of this data, take action? So far one attempt by Sen. Jay Rockefeller has fallen flat in the Senate and past actions by the GOP leads me to beleive the House will have nothing to do with this either. That inaction basically turns us into a nation by the people, for the corporations.
Kynect, the healthcare exchange in Kentucky set up as part of the Affordable Care Act, has been widely successful and popular in the bluegrass state. So how does Mitch McConnell address that while being one of the leaders of the party of repeal? Simple, he flat out lies about it, saying that the system is in no way connected to Obamacare. And when he is called out on that lie, he just doubles down even more.
Tomorrow night the Republican Leadership Conference starts and one of the people scheduled to talk on opening night is non-other than Phil Robertson, the homophobic, racist star of Duck Dynasty. Apparently this is the outreach the GOP has said they need.
The welfare Rancher that insists the government shouldn't charge him for profitable use of federal land has decided he just don't like the GOP anymore, so to show his ire with them has decided to register as an Independent.
Republicans have been calling for the resignation of Eric Shinseki non-stop since the news broke that people in some VA hospitals were forging wait time lists, a problem that has spanned decades and really grew under the Bush administration, but was ignored. While there should be outrage over this, and should have been even when we had a Republican President, we can't lose sight of what provoked this problem. Our VA system is overtaxed and under budgeted, especially given the influx of new patients from two wars in the past decade. Yet it's the GOP that constantly blocks any further increases VA funding. And instead of trying to remedy the problem of the system being broken, instead they are using this scandal in a purely political sense - to get the head of a Obama cabinet member. The GOPS actions are even so egregious that now you got the largest veterans group in the country blasting them, the VFW.