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C'mon GOP - Don't Use Idle Threats. Just Do It!

Category: US Politics
Posted: 11/14/14 22:32

by Dave Mindeman

Alright, let's just speculate about what happens now. I still have trouble understanding last week's election with such a low turnout, but there wasn't much motivation. Democrats didn't push anything and put themselves on the defensive all the time.

Well, maybe President Obama has decided that the time for action is now. He doesn't have to answer to the GOP and he doesn't have to answer to whiny Democrats. Time to push the envelope.

So, he moves on Net Neutrality and he gets a surprise climate concession from China. And now, it looks like he might move on immigration with clear executive action....at least we can hope he does.

OK. What does that do?

It forces the GOP's hand. Immigration is their achilles heal. They are caught between a stubborn, obstinate base and a Latino population that deserves and demands action. The Senate passed a bipartisan bill in 2013...bipartisan. The House has sat on it ever since. Obama has talked about executive action over and over.....encouraging the House to act. He has given them time. More than enough time to act on their own. They have refused. He even waited for the midterms to be decided to act....I'm not sure why he did that, but it may have been more a request from cowering Democrats than any threats from the Republicans.

But let's say the President follows through and moves with executive action. What happens?

Of course, the GOP goes ballistic. They already have boiled over on just the mere idea that Obama says he "might" do it. They have brought up impeachment, government shutdown.....all the nuclear reactions they can think of.

Which makes it all the more important that Obama does it. To finally force the GOP to react to Democratic action rather than the other way around.

Democrats get an advantage if the GOP shuts the government down. The Democrats get an advantage if they try to impeach the President. (It will accomplish nothing because even if articles get out of the House, it takes 2/3rds of the Senate to convict and that is just not going to happen.)

You have to wonder how foolish the Republicans are to even think about taken such drastic actions, but they have generally done so in the past.

I can't think of a better way to motivate Democrats for 2016 than for the Republican Party to follow through on their threats.

It motivates the Hispanic community. It motivates black voters. It motivates Progressives. It will motivate every single part of the Democratic base.

And as we have learned - if Democrats vote....Democrats win.

So let's follow through Republicans, don't just talk - do it.
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People In the News: In An Odd Way

Category: US Politics
Posted: 04/27/11 16:06

by Dave Mindeman

You know, some days are just odd....

Glen Taylor

Glen Taylor is on jury duty in Mankato. Maybe he should be on the jury for a case that is deciding if the Timberwolves are the biggest embarrassment in MN professional sports history. Of course, he'd have to recuse himself as the cause.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump says he is proud of himself for making Obama bring his long form birth certificate out in the open. Proud? I think Trump better start thinking about what he is going to do next for attention. Maybe he should take on the "Putin is a robot" theorists.

Ben Bernanke

I taped an hour of the Ben Bernanke (Fed Chair) press conference and will soon market it as the next cure for insomnia. Any investors?

Brodkorb vs. Anderson

On the Michael Brodkorb vs Pat Anderson kerfuffle regarding her taking a lobbyist job for racino which Brodkorb says is against the party platform. This could be a new reality show - When Narcissists Collide.

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush was at the Capitol promoting the Florida education plan. Now, if Bush can pull that off, Minnesota should hire the guy and promote a new power point presentation for him - "I moved to Minnesota for the climate".


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Minnesota Campaign Finance Disclosure Law Withstands Challenge

Category: US Politics
Posted: 10/29/10 17:26, Edited: 10/29/10 17:47

by Dave Mindeman

Minnesota's model on campaign finance disclosure has apparently been given the green light by the US Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has refused to block a Minnesota law requiring disclosure of corporate political spending. The high court without comment turned away a request for an injunction from Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.

This was a request for an immediate injunction. The lawsuit will continue but the Supreme Court is allowing the law to stand during the legal procedures and obviously means it will be in affect for the forseeable future.

Within the Citizens United ruling, the US Supreme Court cited the need for disclosure as part of the unlimited spending ability of corporations. Free speech without identifying who is speaking is unrestricted babble without accountability. We need to know who is funding these outside groups so that we can make a "free speech" evalution and exercise our own free speech rights to respond.

Minnesota managed to get a disclosure law passed despite working through a Governor who probably regrets signing the bill already.

There are very few other states that have such requirements and that secrecy has allowed corporations to toss around their secret money in any manner they choose.

This may be another reason that Minnesota has managed to withstand this corporate funded tidal wave that encompasses the nation.

Yet another reason that the progressive roots of Minnesota still leads the way.
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