Monday, 5/6/13, Public Square

shameful senators


by | May 6, 2013 · 6:00 am

5 responses to “Monday, 5/6/13, Public Square

  1. Benghazi seems to be what the republicans have their panties in a wad about again. It is so easy to simply laugh at them and ignore their obsession. I can see what republican legislators are doing in states and at the federal level so their screaming about Benghazi isn’t going to detract my attention — or the attention of the majority of women, the poor, the jobless, gays, all minorities.

    What is it again they expect their collective butt showing to accomplish? Tarnish Hillary Clinton? Are their hopes for finding something / anything damaging to President Obama still high? Oh well, no amount of understanding their motive(s) will make it more difficult to see their pure desperation which they’ve decided to put on public display. Some days I feel a twinge of sympathy for them. It’s desperate days for their political party.

    • Yes they are so reminding me of the ole husband defense when ever getting caught doing something that they should not have. It is generally so poor an excuse and weak to the point of making them look foolish. Then of course there is the blame game of using the illegal invasions that were done by the Republican administrations under the Nazi-Neocon ideology of “If you had just invade and killed a lot of innocents then Benghazi would not have happen! “””.

  2. Robert Reich says:

    My wonderful students want to “give back” to society in the form of public service, but not politics. That’s the biggest difference from when I was their age. Then, giants like John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr., made politics and political advocacy seem a noble calling. Now, it’s easy to see why politics seems so hopeless. Ninety percent of Americans support universal background checks before buying a gun but Congress refuses to act. A majority wanted to raise taxes on incomes over $250K but the Bush tax cuts were permanently extended for incomes up to $400K. Most support giving undocumented workers a path to citizenship, yet opponents are readying a massive attack this week when the bill is to be considered. And so on. Sometimes I fear that the greatest regressive victory of our era will have been to turn Americans, including otherwise idealistic young people, off politics – so that special interests can have our democracy all to themselves. I hope I’m wrong.

    Bolded emphasis mine. fnord

    • Based upon the expressed attitudes of my younger, Dr. Reich is most correct. Give back through public service? Of course. Do it through being active politically? Not on your life (or, as she has said, “If I wanted to be a whore, I’d not have gone to college”).

      • I’d say it’s not just repukes who turned off young people. Many are severely disillusioned by Obama’s quick willingness to abandon his campaign promises and his puppy-like willingness to appease republicans even if it means screwing over the very people who worked to elect him.

        He’s been very good on social issues. On economic equality issues? Not so much, and these are the kids being hurt worst by the economy, with low paying and few job prospects and huge college debts to pay. The only people being hurt more than the youth are the oldsters like me, nearing retirement with little or no hope of gainful employment and health insurance between now and when social security and Medicare kick in. And even those might not be there for us if Obama and the republicans have their way.