Monday, 3/4/13, Public Square



by | March 4, 2013 · 6:00 am

17 responses to “Monday, 3/4/13, Public Square

  1. (from the link): With President Obama now contemplating up to nineteen executive orders to combat gun violence, conservatives have started to flip out in characteristic form. Kentucky senator Rand Paul has accused Obama of acting “like a king or a monarch.” South Carolina congressman Jeff Duncan declared last week, “We live in a republic, not a dictatorship.” Mike Huckabee proclaimed that the White House has “nothing but contempt for the Constitution” and seeks to “trump … the checks and balances of power in which no branch could act unilaterally.” Texas congressman Steve Stockman has already threatened impeachment.

    If it’s the use of executive orders in particular that’s getting critics all riled up, though, then it’s worth noting that Obama has used this lever of presidential power less frequently than every other president in modern times.

    • Bob White

      Balance of power! Our US form of government provides for no “balance of power.” The republicans have all the power as they so often demonstrate to all the voters by (1) voting as required by the GOP leaders, both Senate, House and individual states, (2) not voting at all on the federal bills and legislative proposals sent to their respective sides and commonly dictating the state legislation that is occuring , (3) predetermined oppostition to each and every Presidential proposal, (4) a republican majority of state legislatures and governors, and (5) gerrymandering at the state level in order to defeat any power balance potential, both state and federal. A power balance would be designed as “one-for-one,” i.e., “virtually equal.”

  2. Forbes has “the rest of the story” clearly, concisely and accurately.

    Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You
    Believe It’s Barack Obama?

    • rick liebst

      One fault with the premus is something that is quite clear, “War” when there is extensive military actions going on the demand for manufacturing goes up. Government spending is at a all time high. Think about it, if not for WWII Boeing might have never gotten so large.

  3. Graphs, charts, facts.

    A Special Report on the Rise of Mass Shootings in America

  4. (from the link): Less than a century ago, women in the United States were not guaranteed the right to vote. Many courageous groups worked hard at state and local levels throughout the end of the 19th century, making some small gains toward women’s suffrage. In 1913, the first major national efforts were undertaken, beginning with a massive parade in Washington, D.C., on March 3 — one day before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. Organized by Alice Paul for the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the parade, calling for a constitutional amendment, featured 8,000 marchers, including nine bands, four mounted brigades, 20 floats, and an allegorical performance near the Treasury Building. Though the parade began late, it appeared to be off to a good start until the route along Pennsylvania Avenue became choked with tens of thousands of spectators — mostly men in town for the inauguration. Marchers were jostled and ridiculed by many in the crowd. Some were tripped, others assaulted. Policemen appeared to be either indifferent to the struggling paraders, or sympathetic to the mob. Before the day was out, one hundred marchers had been hospitalized. The mistreatment of the marchers amplified the event — and the cause — into a major news story and led to congressional hearings, where the D.C. superintendent of police lost his job. What began in 1913 took another seven years to make it through Congress. In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment secured the vote for women.

    Don’t miss the photos. Remember how much thanks we owe to the women who came before and worked so hard —

    • rick liebst

      If a Republican is supportive of something first look for the financal angle in it? It is almost a certainty that with the increase in buying power of women there would be a raise in profits too. The plus side of that though is that women bring such a difference P.O.V. to things that the world had to be improved by their imput and buying directions.

  5. (from the link): In Florida, President Obama has nominated the first openly gay black man to sit on a federal district court. In New York, he has nominated the first Asian American lesbian. And his pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit? The first South Asian.

    Reelected with strong support from women, ethnic minorities and gays, Obama is moving quickly to change the face of the federal judiciary by the end of his second term, setting the stage for another series of drawn-out confrontations with Republicans in Congress.

    The president has named three dozen judicial candidates since January and is expected to nominate scores more over the next few months, aides said. The push marks a significant departure from the sluggish pace of appointments throughout much of his first term, when both Republicans and some Democrats complained that Obama had not tried hard enough to fill vacancies on federal courts.

    The new wave of nominations is part of an effort by Obama to cement a legacy that long outlives his presidency and makes the court system more closely resemble the changing society it governs, administration officials said.

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