The Watering Hole: Wednesday, June 20, 2012: Does it really Matter?

Ok, so for the next few months, if you’re in a “swing” State, you’ll be inundated with SuperPAC commercials designed to get you to vote against your own best interests. We will also be systematically bombarded with messages from the Mainstream Media designed to influence our thinking.


If the Powers That Be really want Obama out, all they have to do is raise gas prices to about $5.00/gallon. Instead, gas prices are going down, heading into the summer vacation season. That’s not to say they won’t go up between now and the election – but they are an accurate predictor of where our economy will head. So, pay attention to the pump, not the talking heads.

Ok, that’s my $0.0199 cents. And you?



President Obama’s Weekly Address: Ending Oil Subsidies

Oil companies are some of the most profitable entities on this planet, and yet we give them billions of taxpayer dollars as subsidies.  Stop the insanity!

I do wish the President would stop using the words “foreign oil.”  It’s ALL foreign oil, even the stuff we pump out of the ground ourselves.  That might be nitpicky, but it’s only perpetuating the misinformed belief of many Americans that “drill baby drill” means less dependence on “foreign oil.”

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Good news in the auto industry and more Republican obstructionism

This week, President Obama speaks to us from the GM auto plant in Detroit, Michigan.  Many jobs have been saved in auto companies that might have otherwise liquidated — despite the efforts and dire warnings of the “Just Say No crowd.”

He goes on to talk about the Small Business Jobs Act, a bill that would provide tax breaks and lending assistance for small businesses, so that they are able to build their business and hire more employees.  Naturally, Republicans in the Senate faux-filibustered the bill.  The President once again called on Republicans to “stop holding America’s small businesses hostage to politics” and allow an up or down vote on the matter.  Remember when the Republicans were in front of the microphones just about everyday whining and demanding an up or down vote?

Finally, the President reminds us that Americans are tough, we work hard, and we don’t give up.  We will push this country forward inch by inch — in spite of those working so hard to hold us back.

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Obama’s Weekly Address: Filibustering & Obstruction

While Democrats try to go about the business of getting things done for the people — helping create jobs, boosting small businesses, extending unemployment insurance payments, and more, a minority of Republicans continue to obstruct the business of the Senate by filibustering EVERYTHING.

The best way to jump start the economy right now is extending unemployment benefits, so families will be able to buy the things they need to survive.  But Republicans stubbornly insist on “making their stand on the backs of the unemployed,” by screaming and moaning about the deficit — oh my god, the DEFICIT!!!

No Republican will so much as utter the word “deficit” when they are in power — while they happily destroy any surplus, spend money like drunken sailors by giving unbelievably generous tax cuts to the richest people, prosecuting two wars completely off the books, and trying to permanently repeal the estate tax.  This is how Republicans prove they are not in government for the people — they only think about the “small people” at election time.  It’s all about trying to make President Obama fail.  Period.

If the Republicans want to filibuster EVERYTHING, according to the Senate rules they certainly may do that, but no more of this “cloture” crap — make them stand up and do the damn filibuster.  Bring in the cots!  Make the Republicans stand up for their mighty principles so the American people will have the opportunity to understand what all the fuss is about.  Do it proudly, Republicans!!

I dare you.