Colin Powell, a prominent Republican, recently spoke some constructive criticism to his own party in an interview. Other Republicans, though, have not been taking it well, tearing Powell apart, denouncing him as a Republican, and more. Here's Rev. Al Sharpton and others at MSNBC putting it all in spirited context:
The Republican Party is caught a ridiculous, illogical, Tea Party mindset, and its eating itself from within. Good on Colin Powell for giving the Republican's a little dose of truth, and bad on them for refusing to listen. After its defeat in the recent election, the Republican Party should be looking for ways to strengthen and broaden its base, but every reasonable person is pushed out or ensnared by the Tea Party.
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Republicans are trying to convince us that Social Security is in dire trouble, we should cut it, blah blah blah. In reality, Social Security doesn't add one penny to the deficit, and going forward, the reforms we need are obvious.
Let's let these awesome seniors explain:
If we "Scrap the Cap" of $110,100 on paying FICA Tax, millionaires would not be unfairly exempt from paying for Social Security, and we would have more than enough money to provide seniors with a high quality of life – and their own places to live – for generations to come.
Even Right-Wing Fox News is confused by some of the things their guest will say. This Sunday on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace attempted to construct a conversation about background checks and gun sales. However, his guest Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America was not so interested in having a productive debate. Instead, Pratt went straight for the jugular claiming background checks create a false sense of security, and that legislatures should stop wasting their time with background checks and should work to remove gun-free zones in schools and churches. Watch the video here:
In a moment of honesty, Virginia State Sen. Richard Saslaw claimed that the environmental effects of currently debated legislation should not be considered because he’s “not going to be here”. The state of Virginia is currently debating whether or not to lift a ban on uranium mining passed over 30 years ago.
Numerous environmental groups have come out against lifting the ban arguing that repealing the ban would impact Virginians “both directly, by increased environmental and occupational exposure to uranium and other toxic substances through the air, soil, or groundwater and accidents resulting from mining operations, and indirectly through stress and other heath effects related to community changes, including potential loss of recreation sites, declining property values, changes to the local economy, and the perceived stigma uranium mining.”
But State Sen. Saslaw doesn’t see these effects affecting him at all. As a politician, Saslaw’s job should be to work to the benefit of his constituents, not himself. He might not be here in 100 years, but his grandchildren will. Why would Saslaw not concern himself with the environmental effects of something so toxic as Uranium.
In addition to his interesting views on the environment, it seems Saslaw is the leader of the Democrats in the Virginia State Senate. Representing one of the most progressive districts in Virginia covering the city of Alexandria, Saslaw must assume the views of his district and hold himself apart from the Coal and Energy Commission.
Holding things hostage seems to be a theme of the Tea Party Republican Congress. First it was Sandy victims, and now the threat of the debt ceiling. However, top Senate Democrats today signaled to President Obama that should the Tea Party attempt to recreate the events of the summer of 2011, the President should use the 14th Amendment and unilaterally raise the debt ceiling.
In a letter to the President, Harry Reid, the lead signer of the letter, wrote “defaulting on America’s legal obligations would undermine the American economy and spread global economic havoc.” He goes on to argue that the President should make it known that he will not allow Republicans to ignore the obligations that are the “responsibility of all Americans.”
Lets stand with Reid and not allow the Tea Party Republicans to cause economic havoc in our country. Sign here to tell Congressional Democrats "Abolish the Debt Ceiling" What do you think about this letter? In your comments tell us how you feel about the executive taking this power from the legislature.