Saturday, October 12, 2013

Saturday Clips of the Week

This is the first installment of our new weekly series "Saturday Clips of the Week" in which we share our favorite segments from a week of Daily Show and Colbert Report episodes. We hope you enjoy our selections!

Friday, October 11, 2013

When John Lewis is arrested, we should probably pay attention

Representative John Lewis (D-GA) has an astounding record of civil and human rights advocacy, both as a private citizen and a civil servant. He was a young civil rights leader who spoke at the March on Washington and now he is a champion of progressive, moral causes in congress.

John Lewis has been arrested 45 times in his life. The first 40 times occurred in conjunction with non-violent protests while striving for civil rights alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others. The remaining five arrests all occurred while serving in congress; he was arrested twice at the South African embassy protesting apartheid, twice at the Sudanese embassy protesting genocide in Darfur, and on Tuesday was arrested during a rally for immigration reform.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

This shut down doesn’t have to be a showdown

This is a guest post by Sean Long. Sean is a junior political science major at Notre Dame and Co-President of College Democrats.

Congress can take a better approach to ending the government shutdown if Democrats and Republicans focus on interests, not positions.

Keeping in mind that congressional vote counts aren’t set in stone, here is a snapshot of how government shutdown negotiations currently stand in the House of Representatives: All 200 Democratic members support a “clean continuing resolution (CR),” meaning a bill that would temporarily continue normal funding of the government with no changes to Obamacare. About 175 of the 232 House Republicans, as Byron York of the Washington Examiner writes, would vote for a “clean” CR if House Speaker John Boehner offered one. Another 20 to 30 House Republicans are willing to compromise, but fear a primary challenger from the right if they “cave” to Democrats and fail to defund or delay Obamacare. This leaves about 30 Tea Party Republicans who will not negotiate on a CR to reopen the government unless it also either defunds or delays Obamacare.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

House Republicans: Lying or Ignorant

Lately several Republicans have decided the the debt ceiling is no longer a bad thing, or even a real thing. However, refusal to believe in the debt ceiling isn't going to make it any less real. It's going to be a real economic calamity that will really risk putting the real world back into a real economic recession when it has barely recovered from the last one. At least, that's what pretty much every economist is saying.

Don't tread on *burp* me.
This is despite the Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street, and other pro-corporate groups begging the GOP to just do a clean debt ceiling raise. However, it appears the Tea Party that these interests have used to gain power has now resorted to cannibalizing its own party. They would rather destroy the world economy just to sate their desire to stick it to "big government" than to actually solve problems that require government solutions.

Unfortunately, the House GOP has decided to bet on crazy. This week, we have heard a bevvy of silliness from Republicans. Most of it has revolved around the false idea that the government can arbitrarily choose to pay some bills and not others.

Monday, October 7, 2013

If corporations are people, why isn't "the government" people?

Remember back in the 2012 presidential election when Mitt Romney said that "corporations are people" and then everyone on both sides of the American political divide either defended or decried his statement (and either way did so loudly)?

Those who defended his statement often relied on the obvious facts that the employees of corporations are people and the "actions" of corporations are ultimately carried out by people. An example of this argument is found in this Wall Street Journal Op-Ed by former General Electric CEO Jack Welch and his wife Suzy, a former editor of the Harvard Business Review.

Ignoring the still unresolved question of corporate personhood, let's assume the Welch's and those who agree with them are right in their arguments for why corporations are people. Now, let's ask ourselves: If corporations are people, why isn't the US federal government (which the same conservatives who call corporations people depict as some sort of inhuman, monstrous entity) or any such government also people for the same reasons?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Maybe it’s Time for the Sane Republicans to Shine

In the initial phases of the government shutdown, the two parties appear to have switched personalities, with Republicans constantly fighting against internal disagreements and Democrats putting up a strong, united front.

In fact, Senate Democrats unanimously voted down a House bill which would have delayed funding for Obamacare, even though “Harry Reid didn’t convene a private caucus meeting to discuss the measure.” Republicans are using this rare show of unity among Democrats to assign blame for the shutdown on liberal obstinacy, but that is just a cheap political tactic.

Opening Week

As we've now come to a close on the first week (and what a week it has been) of Lefty's 2.0, we just want to say: 'Thank you.'