Saturday, October 30, 2010

Health Care Reform Explained

This video is a clear and to-the-point explanation of the Health Care Reform. It's also pretty cute.



http://healthreform.kff.org/the-animation.aspx

Friday, October 29, 2010

More Incentive to Vote...

In the final stretch to the election, politicians from all parties have been slinging mud. Recently House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other democratic leaders hinted that the GOP has been accepting illegal donations. Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, told Pelosi he wanted proof, saying “put up or shut up.” I’m not going to make any claims about legal matters, but I’m still disturbed about who is funding Republican candidates. BP and other European companies such as Bayer are pouring money into Tea Party candidates that deny global warming. In fact, nearly 80% of campaign donations from major European businesses went to Tea Party candidates who blocked or opposed legislation on climate change.


But of course, Tea Partiers are ‘taking back America,’ representing the interests of the heartland. That’s a little hard to do when you owe BP for your election.


Additionally, the United States Chamber of Commerce, which is running a $75 million dollar campaign to unseat congressional progressives and push a big-oil agenda, has accepted donations from oil companies owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain and others.


I’m not saying it’s wrong to accept foreign donations, but I don’t want my senators funded by foreign oil companies. I know politicians will always be swayed by one ideology or another, but donations such as this make unbiased representation seem like a laughable myth. That’s why it is SO IMPORTANT to get out and vote on November 2. Vote in Indiana or fill out your absentee ballot, but make your voice heard so democracy isn’t a farce.


For more information of campaign finance, check out these sites:

http://www.opensecrets.org/

http://thinkprogress.org/

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Final Stretch

Election Day is five days away. This midterm election will affect everyone. A Republican majority may take over the House. Many seats are threatened in the Senate. If this happens, President Obama will have a near impossible chance of keeping his campaign promises. More importantly, if this happens, Congress will undergo two years of major gridlock.
This election is important. Unfortunately, this country has fallen into a state of apathy. Dissatisfaction with the state of American affairs has caused the most politically conscious to avoid this midterm election. We cannot afford to stay on the sidelines. Democrats need to get out and vote. And Democrats need to convince other Democrats and left-leaning Independents to vote. We need to do all that we can to insure that President Obama and Congress has every opportunity to pass the legislation we, as a country, need.
We cannot lose sight of the change that we all worked for in the 2008 elections. We need to go beyond voting and volunteer for the local Get out the Vote (GOTV) campaign this weekend. We need to encourage people to vote by knocking on doors and making phone calls. This is the only way to impact the election. Notre Dame Democrats need to Get Out The Vote for Congressman Joe Donnelly. A loss to Jackie Walorski, the Tea Party challenger, cannot occur. Volunteer for Joe Donnelly in these last five days. Congress will lose Democrats. After all, it is a midterm election. But we need to do all we can to insure a Donnelly victory. If Donnelly loses his seat, we lose the change we all worked for in 2008. Get Out The Vote!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Tea Party in Our Backyard

As the clock ticks down to election day, back on the Indiana home front, Joe Donnelly is showing up Jackie Walorski, the midwestern breed of Tea Party craziness. In a recent ad, she seems to have condemned one particular block of South Bend, which she has never actually visited, as a sign of the "ruin" Joe Donnelly has brought. Take a look and see how residents of over 40 years respond to having their corner labeled as a "road to ruin".



Guess the "family values" of the Tea Party don't extend to showing common courtesy to the very people they say they want to represent.