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Monday, January 23, 2012

Senate Leader Harry Reid: New Year's Wishes: What to expect from Congress in 2012

Senate Leader Harry Reid gave a speech on the Senate Floor today saying that he hoped to work with Congressional Republicans. This year to basically work on the issues that confront the country. I would like a Vacation Home in San Diego, I'm not expecting that to happen anytime soon. One can hope for anything, a midget could hope to be six feet tall, a fish could hope to fly. A cat could hope to bark, Orlando could hope for snow. The thing about hope though is that its limited but what's reasonable, which is what Leader Reid is hopefully more focused on. As I'm sure he hopes to be reelected Leader of the Senate in 2012, which is one hope thats realistic. But what's reasonable or what former Vice President Hubert Humpfrey once called. "The Art of the Possible", are two different things and Senate Democrats led by Leader Reid. Especially as they face a General Election thats coming up where they have 23 Senate Seats up for reelection. And an Election where victory means holding on to the Senate, even with a 51-49 Majority or 50-50 even. If the President is reelected instead of actually adding to their 53-47 narrow majority. And they'll have another big debate ahead of them with Senate Republicans and House Republicans coming up. Over extending the Payroll Tax Cut and extending Unemployment Insurance, if both sides get through that. Without a huge Partisan Fight. Not expecting that, then maybe thats a sign. Of Divided Government working well in 2012.

What to expect in 2012 especially with the President's State of the Union Speech Tuesday Night sounding like a Campaign Speech. And an Announcement for his Reelection Campaign, well if your familiar with the year 2011. Then you already know the answer to that question, especially with another Debt Ceiling debate coming up. House and Senate Republicans trying to position themselves around the eventual Republican Nominee for President. And their Nominee doing the same with Congressional Republicans. Congressional Democrats doing the same thing with President Obama. In this is how American Politics tends to work especially during Election Years. With both parties trying to make the case in why they should get both Congress and the White House. Democrats want to retain the White House obviously, retain the Senate and take back the House. Republicans want the White House back, retain the House and take back the Senate. And in order to do this, both parties have to convince American Voters. That they not only have the right agenda for the country and that they are different from the other party. And to do that, there's only so much compromising you can do with the other party to make that case.

So again you know take Senate Speeches for what they are for, I guess if you listen to anything long enough. You might find some truth and something that makes sense in it. And that even applies to the Senate but thats not the most reliable place for sense and truth. And you got know that Senators have a habit of speaking to empty rooms. To lay down goals in what they are trying to accomplish and that if they can find support on the other side. Great but what they are really interested in is passing their agenda, whether it has Bi Partisan support or not. And thats what Leader Reid's speech today was about.

C-SPAN: Dennis Prager's- 'Top 10 Ways Liberalism Makes America Worse'

Source:C-SPAN- Right-wing radio talk show host Dennis Prager: speaking at the Western Conservative Summit -
Originally from Townhall Magazine?

Source:C-SPAN: Dennis Prager's- 'Top 10 Ways Liberalism Makes America Worse'

The Left (as Conservatives like to call it), is wide-range group of political ideologies, ranging from liberalism where I am, to state socialism. (Meaning communism and Marxism) People especially on the Right, like to call communism part of the Left. But it's actually a mix of Far-Left on economic policy and Far-Right on social policy. Authoritarian across the board.

And a lot of times when the right-wing critiques the Left and liberalism, they lump the entire Left into one package. The Center- Left where I am, with the Far-Left Democratic Socialists and Communists.  And when the right-wing critiques the Left, as far as the role of government and claim how much we are in favor of big government, (by the way I find it hysterical when Christian-Nationalists put down big government because they criticize something they support. The right-wing likes to say how much we are in favor of the welfare state and want to make America like Europe.

When you critique the Left and you want to be accurate and honest, explain what part of the Left you're targeting. Because when you go after the welfare state and the so-called self-esteem movement, that we all people need to feel good, whether we deserve to be or not, you're not talking about Liberals, you're talking about Socialists. And when you go after the Left for being soft whether it's crime, welfare, defense, terrorism etc, you're talking about Socialists or Anarchists. But you're not talking about Liberals and Progressives who created the National Security State. The institutions we used to combat and win the Cold War, as well as World War II. Socialists, yes believe in big government, but mostly as it relates to economic policy. But tend to be liberal when it comes to social issues and believe in freedom of choice, at least on some issues. Unlike Christian-Nationalists,  who support big government on social policy.

The right-wing, unless they are Conservative-Libertarians, really have no business when it comes to critiquing liberalism. Because they tend to lump the entire Left into one pot. It would be like left- wingers saying that all Conservatives are bigots and hate minorities. And want to take America back to the 1950s and outlaw a lot of activities that are legal. And take away a lot of our individual liberty. Which is what a lot of Christian-Nationalists want to do. Just take a look at Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann.