Weekly Address 03-31-12

 Posted by at 09:07  Politics
Mar 312012
 

“Passing the Buffett Rule So That Everyone Pays Their Fair Share”

From the White House weblog:

President Obama calls on Congress to pass the Buffett Rule, a principle that ensures that millionaires and billionaires do not pay less in taxes as a share of their income than middle class families pay — as a matter of fairness.

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Mar 302012
 

Welcome to this week’s collection of the best and brightest political and editorial cartoons published during the week just ending. Click on a thumbnail to view a cartoon full size. You’ll also be starting a slide show during which the images will change every eight seconds. You may start and stop the show at will. Enjoy.

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.
 

Killing health care

 Posted by at 18:56  Politics, Republicans
Mar 282012
 

It is unfortunate that our Republicans have channeled their hatred of President Barack Obama (and Democrats in general) into their fight against the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as “Obamacare”). If they were honest with themselves and us, they would acknowledge that they would be praising this legislation to the high heavens had it been enacted by a Republican president and a Republican congress.

The Republicans have succeeded in pushing their fight against the Affordable Care Act (and President Obama and the Democrats) all the way to the Supreme Court, where current consensus among the pundits appears to have the legislation on “life support.” That is a shame as it means a return of complete control of your health care to the big insurance companies. The Republicans have nothing with which to replace the Affordable Care Act. This is fine by them as it is not their intent to replace it. Their sole intent is to see it struck down as most Americans view it as a victory for the Democrats. They simply cannot let that stand. It has to go.

And that is a shame. If the Affordable Care Act is struck down, a whole lot of Americans are going to suffer. The thing is… Republicans don’t care. Their blind hatred supersedes any hint of humanity they might possess.

They must be stopped.
 

Weekly Address 03-24-12

 Posted by at 09:59  Politics
Mar 242012
 

“President Obama Says House Must Pass Bipartisan Transportation Bill”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama called on the House of Representatives to pass a bipartisan transportation bill that would repair crumbling roads and bridges and support construction jobs in communities all across America. According to a new report, 90 percent of these construction jobs are middle class jobs. The Senate passed the bill with the support of Democrats and Republicans because if the bill stalls in Congress then constructions sites will go idle, workers will have to go home, and our economy will take a hit. The President calls on everyone to tell their elected officials to pass a long-term transportation bill that will support American construction workers and our economy.

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Mar 232012
 

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.
 

Weekly Address 03-17-12

 Posted by at 11:29  Politics
Mar 172012
 

“Ending Subsidies for Big Oil Companies”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama called on all Americans to place their bets on America’s future as we reduce our dependence on foreign oil by expanding domestic oil and gas production, increasing the efficiency of the vehicles we drive, and investing in advanced technologies and alternative fuels. While there is no quick fix for the problem of high gas prices, the President has taken steps to save families money at the pump, including signing Wall Street reforms to stop traders from unfairly manipulating the energy market, and establishing historic fuel economy standards that will nearly double the efficiency of the vehicles we drive, saving families $1.7 trillion at the pump and reducing oil consumption by 12 billion barrels. We are also producing more oil at home than at any time in the last eight years, but with only 2% of the world’s proven oil reserves, drilling alone is not a solution. We must have an all-of-the-above energy strategy that invests in new technologies and ends the $4 billion in annual subsidies to oil companies that are earning historic profits. If you believe Congress should end these oil company subsidies once and for all, tell your elected officials that it’s time to put middle class families first, not the big oil companies.

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Doonesbury vs. Texas

 Posted by at 19:20  Politics, Republicans
Mar 102012
 

Next week’s Doonesbury comic strip will be tackling the Texas anti-abortion/mandatory ultrasound law, prompting some newspapers around the country to run “flashback” strips instead. To my surprise, my hometown paper (The Dallas Morning News) will be carrying the strip. Will yours?

Here’s what will be covered:

Monday: Young woman arrives for her pre-termination sonogram, is told to take a seat in the shaming room, a middle-aged male state legislator will be right with her.

Tuesday: He asks her if this is her first visit to the center, she replies no, that she’s been using the contraceptive services for some time. He says, “I see. Do your parents know you’re a slut?”

Wednesday: A different male is reading to her about the transvaginal exam process.

Thursday: In the stirrups, she is telling a nurse that she doesn’t want a transvaginal exam. Doctor says “Sorry miss, you’re first trimester. The male Republicans who run Texas require that all abortion seekers be examined with a 10″ shaming wand.” She asks “Will it hurt?” Nurse says, “Well, it’s not comfortable, honey. But Texas feels you should have thought of that.” Doctor says, “By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape.”

Friday: Doctor is explaining that the Texas GOP requires her to have an intimate encounter with her fetus. He begins describing it to her. Last panel, he says, “Shall I describe it’s hopes and dreams?” She replies, “If it wants to be the next Rick Perry, I’ve made up my mind.”

Saturday: Back in the reception area, she asks where she goes now for the actual abortion. Receptionist tells her there’s a 24-hour waiting period: “The Republican Party is hoping you get caught in a shame spiral and change your mind.” Last panel: She says, “A final indignity.” Receptionist replies, “Not quite. Here’s your bill.”

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Weekly Address 03-10-12

 Posted by at 09:51  Politics
Mar 102012
 

“Investing in a Clean Energy Future”

From the White House weblog:

In his weekly address, President Obama spoke to the American people from a factory in Petersburg, Virginia about the growing trend of companies creating more jobs in the United States, and also making better products than ever before. The new technologies they are developing are playing an important role in reducing our dependence on foreign oil and saving families money at the pump. Under the Obama Administration, domestic oil and gas production is up, and we are currently producing more oil at home than any time in the last eight years, but with only 2% of the world’s oil reserves, we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices. We need an all-of-the-above strategy that focuses on American-made energy, as well as increasing the fuel efficiency of the cars we drive, saving families money and dramatically reducing our reliance on foreign oil. The President also called on Congress to end the $4 billion in subsidies to oil companies each year so that we can invest in clean energy technologies. There is no silver bullet to solve high gas prices, but together we can work to overcome our energy challenges as we create new American jobs.

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