I have made my thoughts known about what I think of so-called “centrists”……not a big fan of the term…but for those that missed my past posts…..
As an example I will use the civil rights fight John Clyburn (this will get me into trouble for attacking an icon like him)….this is about bowing to cash in opposition to progress……
James Clyburn is a Dixiecrat on almost every issue except segregation, and even then he repeatedly chided the Civil Rights Movement for “going too far.” His pivotal endorsement of Obama said more about Obama’s real political character than Clyburn’s. But say this for the Dixiecrats of old, they based their politics largely on conviction, debased convictions to be sure. Clyburn follows the money (He’s pocketed more than $1 million from the health “care” lobby alone). He is one of the premier transactional politicians of our time, a contract killer hired to protect the agenda of corporate America.
(Jeffery St. Clair)
He is an example and by NO MEANS a solitary figure….this is how progress comes to a halt….bowing to cash and lobbyist.
Cash buys even civil rights icons….so how can we get anything done in the nation?
When will this era of buying government come to an end?
To answer my own question….since I am an old fart….not in my lifetime….greed is more powerful than allegiance to country and its people.
This has to end.
We need dedicated representatives….not toadies standing in the payday line at lobbying firms.
But that is a pipe dream as long as dark money is throwing in the direction of our politicians….federal funding is the answer.
Corporation can give all they desire but t would go into a fund and not in the pockets of individuals….
Money has given rise to the idiocy of today…..and only the loss of that cash will stop the spread of the political cancer we are suffering with now.
A complaint filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission accuses 18 super PACs—which dumped over $200 million into races from 2017 to 2020—of deliberately misleading voters by concealing their connections to the major party political action committees that financed them.
“Voters have a right to know when big money is flowing into their elections from D.C.-based groups hiding their agendas and funding behind fake names,” said Adav Noti, senior director of trial litigation and chief of staff at Campaign Legal Center (CLC) Action, and former associate general counsel of the FEC, in a statement.
“The vast scope of this illegal concealment should prompt swift investigation and a firm crackdown by the FEC,” he added.
Even Progressives are not at all pleased with the antics of these Centrists….
House Democrats from both sides of the political spectrum are finding it hard to contain their annoyance at their 10 colleagues threatening to topple President Joe Biden’s entire agenda — for no real reason.
The centrist group claims that Americans can’t wait a moment longer for the hard infrastructure upgrades, and that the bipartisan bill shouldn’t be used as a “political football.”
I have been told by friends that I may be a bit too hard on the Centrists (Moderates)….but his says I am not…..
With Democrats clinging to just an eight-seat majority in the House of Representatives, even a small number of defectors can hold up the party’s legislative agenda. That reality was on vivid display last week, when nine moderate Democrats threatened to vote no on moving forward with Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget resolution unless the House first voted to pass the Senate’s bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure package.
I decided to offer my analysis of the Obama Admin before his year is up….that way I cannot be accused of letting others influence my analysis…..my technique will be a percentage grade and a letter grade for the different categories and then an overall grade in the conclusion……
I know….I know….this is a bit early for a one year evaluation…but we bloggers have been blamed with just following the leader on many issues and I thought I would eliminate that accusation before someone had a chance to level it…..onward and upward!
Diplomacy: 95%–because Obama is trying to turn the world away from the distaste for American policies–A+
War: 75%–because he ran and won on an anti-war rhetoric and he has done little to end these conflicts. He has set a couple of deadlines for troop removal….a promising turn–C
Stimulus: 90%–because he helped stop the economic skid into oblivion…..B+
Jobs: 65%–because there has been lots of lip service..no action….F
This category will cover everything from education to energy to ……well use your imagination…..75%–because little has been done to improve the lives of American citizens….C
50%–he has NOT done what he was sent to Washington to be…the leader…if he cannot get an issue passed even when he has a 60 vote majority in the Senate …then he has failed….F
Approval of the American people: 70%–because he has helped Wall Street become MORE profitable than before the crash and Main Street less profitable…..he is not holding the approval of the people……D
Finally…there is EFFORT……Obama has tried to tackle as many issues as he could….because of that effort I give him 95%…..A
Now for Pres. Obama’s score for his first year as president…….he plays well with others…..participation needs work….needs to be more assertive……his score total is 80% or educational terms ….a C+!
In his inauguration OBama said, “Change has come to America” and that was the truth…but the only change that has come is that there is not some white dude in the Oval Office……