Saturday, October 5, 2013

Cruz Control?

In the run-up to the recent government shutdown, Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor to speak out against funding the Affordable Care Act. The speech turned into a 21-hour plus filibuster against the bill. Early on Cruz stated

 All across this country Americans are suffering because of ObamaCare. ObamaCare isn't working. Yet fundamentally there are politicians in this body who are not listening to the people. They are not listening to the concerns of their constituents, they are not listening to the jobs lost or the people forced into part-time work, to the people losing their health insurance, to the people who are struggling.

We Made the Observer!

Let it be known that Lefty's is back and here to stay.

If you happened to miss yesterday's Observer, here's the story they ran about us.

ND students resurrect progressive blog 
by Emily McConville
October 4th, 2013

2010 was a peak year for Lefty's Last Cry, an independent progressive blog by Notre Dame students, co-editor Gordon Stanton said.

Friday, October 4, 2013

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, He'll Shut Your Government Down

Originally, I was going to write this article about the media trying to equalize blame between the Democrats and Republicans for the government shutdown. Then, on Wednesday night's Rachel Maddow, I heard about my least favorite two words.

"Grand Bargain."

Yesterday I discussed how the Grand Bargain was a deal where Republicans get nearly everything they want for small scale revenue increases on high income earners. Well, given our current shutdown, talks of the grand bargain resumed. This Forbes piece stresses the Grand Bargain "...would revitalize the economy, put America on a fast growth plan and hopefully balance the budget..." Oh, it will do all that? Well why not? It's grand! And it's a bargain! We all like bargains, don't we?

This joke of journalism is everything that is wrong with our media.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

President Obama: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Hate the Grand Bargain

Warning: this is a long post, much longer than those I will do in the future. This will serve as my thesis of what I see is the most important thing I can do with this blog: Examine the effects of corruption in government. To give an overview of this can’t be done in a short length.

First and foremost, before people get mad, let me be clear on something. I realize the American political reality that we have a two party system. I completely and totally agree that an Obama presidency is unquestionably more preferable than a McCain or Romney presidency. Please keep in mind that what follows isn't to say we should raise a one-finger salute to the Democratic Party and vote Green. Instead, I want to make clear what I think is the true danger we are facing in the Obama Presidency. Republican obstructionism has largely contributed to this, but does not excuse Obama destroying many progressive causes in his Presidency.

Read more of my liberal heresy below the fold.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Today's Shutdown Thought: The Definition of Compromise

As we are now in the second day of government shutdown, with no clear end in sight, I wanted to consider what this word "compromise" means. I see it thrown around a lot, especially by people who just want "both sides to compromise". Our media reinforces this equivocation suggesting that both sides are equally unwilling to give. This is not to say that there have never been times when Democrats have been unwilling to compromise, but rather that in this particular situation, the blame truly does fall on one side and only one side.

So how does compromise work?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

I want my government back

My thoughts on the behavior of the 'Tea Party' Republicans who have recklessly forced a government shutdown in an effort to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act are best expressed in the words of Mr. Garvey, Keegan-Michael Key's sketch comedy characterization of a no-nonsense substitute teacher:

"Mischievous and deceitful; 'chicanerous' and deplorable!"

Green eggs and a 'ham'

Senator Cruz didn't you know?
Didn't you know that book would show
Just how silly your diatribe was
Opposing Obamacare just because?
You Republicans don't seem to learn,
even though you're told at every turn.
So here's some wisdom à la Seuss
Please, please put it to good use:

Monday, September 30, 2013

What kind of power you got?

It's Energy Week this week at Notre Dame and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first portion of its highly-anticipated AR5 report, so I thought I'd share some thoughts on energy issues and policy.

I feel I need to admit up front that I'm no expert on these questions, but I nevertheless believe it's worth offering my thoughts and directing you to informed sources so you can form your own views. Mostly, however, my goal is to convince you that we as Americans need to support, and let our governmental representatives know we support, the work of those who are experts to improve our country's approach to energy.

I tried to be comprehensive, an ambitious concept, so use the subheadings to focus on what matters to you; just make sure you read the Conclusion.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Strange Case of Déjà Vu

Today is a day for new things. If you're here then you know that Lefty's 2.0 has launched, and we are bigger, badder, and bolder than ever before. What you might not realize is that I too am returning from some time away. Two years ago, I left Notre Dame, because I needed some time to clear my head. This year I've also returned, stronger, wiser, and more mature. So why does this post give me such a sense of Déjà Vu?

Because as much as Notre Dame, Lefty's and myself can change, Congress, and Congressional Republicans remain the same.

Lefty's Last Cry 2.0

"If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences that can invite the consideration of mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

George Washington