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It was appropriate for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to extend their prayers and sympathies to those affected by the horrific tragedy that occurred in Aurora, Colorado. However, prayer and sympathy will not solve the problem of gun violence. As long as Americans insist they have a right to bear arms, someone, somewhere, who shouldn’t have a gun, will acquire one. But, we don’t have to make it easy for them.

And until America’s leadership muster up the courage to stand up to the gun lobby, and specifically the National Rifle Association (NRA), laws will never be passed that will minimize unlawful gun possession.

Nevertheless, there is an exigent need …

Read article here: The NRA, Constitutionalists, Childish Fetish’s prevail again

 

 

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Supposedly, President Obama has spent nearly $100 million on television advertising, according to the Associated Press.  According to the Washington Post, providing data provided by the Campaign Media Analysis Group, Barack Obama has spent $54.2 million, Mitt Romney has spent $36.7 million, and total spending has been $222.6 million.

The discrepancy in reported spending by Obama really doesn’t matter because either number is still remarkable.

As remarkable is that 69% of the money is spent on advertising that seldom represents what is authentic and relevant.

The ads are successful. Political attack ads that employ mudslinging and putdowns framed around misleading information or misinformation are favored for the same reason folks like Rush Limbaugh and the evening news embrace them: They achieve …

Read article here: The Nonsensical Political Attack Ad

 

 

 

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” Senate and House Republicans have all said essentially the same thing.

And that evokes certain questions:

What’s really at the heart of America’s gridlocked dysfunctional Congress, could it be nothing more than a republican strategy to make President Obama look like an incompetent boob?

Is to paint President Obama as unelectable more important than our nation’s economic recovery, jobs and unemployment, education, debt and deficit; does it supersede the healthcare and wellbeing of any American?

And McDonnell said “…

Read article here: It’s True: Obama’s Political Demise is the Republican’s ‘Single Most Important Goal’

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Oh, the magical blessings of a free market. A market unfettered by pesky regulations. We just need to let capitalism reign and get rid of government intrusions that do nothing but hinder our freedom, diminish opportunity, prevents everyone from getting a fair shake, and gets in the way of Americans who want to buy a home, acquire an education or just take that vacation they have been looking forward to all year. The workings of Adam Smith’s invisible hand, a claimed dynamic of capitalism and a robust free market, is what will solve these and all of our other economic problems. This is Mitt Romney’s vision and economic solution for America.

But that vision will only lead to the poor getting poorer and the rich getting richer. It’s an Ayn Rand world …

Read article here: Romney: An Economy Fueled By Freedom

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In its ruling, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) said that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate clause could be upheld if it’s a tax and not a penalty.

The new healthcare reform legislation mandates a tax if you don’t have health insurance. Mitt Romney, in his latest “ Etch A Sketch,” says that he now agrees with SCOTUS that it is in fact a tax, qualifying his change of heart by saying “The majority of the court said it’s a tax and therefore it is a tax.”

Of course, Romney is running for cover. The SCOTUS’ ruling that the individual mandate is not constitutional as a penalty but is as a tax leaves Romney open to criticism. As governor of Massachusetts he signed into law a similar healthcare plan with an individual mandate, which he then insisted was a penalty and not a tax.

Although President Obama is pleased with the court’s ruling, he has …

Read article here: SCOTUS: It’s a Tax, Not a Penalty — Does It Really Matter?

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Now that the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (ACA), Vicki Kennedy, echoing her late husband, Senator Ted Kennedy, said, “This health care reform was the cause of my husband’s life. He believed that it was a moral issue, that it defined the character of who we were as a society, who we were as a country, and that decent, quality, affordable health care should be a fundamental right and not a privilege.

“And now, all three branches of our federal government have affirmed that right, and I think if Teddy were here, he would tell us, ‘Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves, get to work, fully implement the law and move on with the business of our country.’ “

And that’s exactly …

 

Read article here: A Time to Move Forward, Focus on America’s Urgent Challenges

 

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), in an attempt to track guns bought in Arizona by straw purchasers on behalf of the Mexican drug cartels, employed a tactic of monitoring firearms sales, deliberately letting gunrunners cross the border back into Mexico without interdiction.  The operation was part of Project Gunrunner, whose aim was to “suppress firearms trafficking to Mexico and stem firearms-related violence on both sides of the border.”

Operation Fast and Furious, a Project Gunrunner initiative, was spotlighted when a Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, was murdered by one of the guns ATF was tracking. It has spurred congressional inquiry and has become a political device for republicans to use against President Obama and the democrats.

Conservative media and talk-shows have jumped on the bandwagon. The National Rifle Association (NRA)

Read article here: Conspiracy, Republican Hoopla, False Accusations, and Brian Terry’s Murder

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