As part of their voter outreach program, the Republican Party unveiled their latest mascot in a series of commercials last week. Meet Scott Greenberg. It’s nice to see the GOP finally focusing on the one demographic they consistently overlook, the heterosexual white male.
Former GOP presidential hopeful and Libya strategist Herman Cain has come to the realization that the Republican Party may have an issue with race. It wasn’t the series of voting restrictions targeting minorities or the recent tweet from the RNC that declared racism over that bothered Cain, it was the omission of his name on a flier for potential 2016 presidential candidates.
History seems to be repeating itself in Washington, whether it is the debt ceiling, the fiscal cliff or now, the subject of sequestration. I am predicting another last minute (poor) deal or extension to avoid drastic spending cuts from going into effect, but the real question is: why does this keep happening?
No surprise here, but I love discussing politics. This election season has led to some of the most interesting, and at times insane, debates I’ve ever partaken in.
Thanks to the craziness of the modern-day GOP, this is a year that has seen candidates share a Republican primary debate stage who:
- Have claimed Disney’s The Lion King is gay propaganda
- Proudly displayed their lack of knowledge on foreign leaders
- Referred to one of our nation’s allies as “Islamic terrorists”
- Do not believe in evolution
- Warned us of the “dangers of contraception”
- Claimed Satan is attacking America
- Wondered why airplane windows don’t open
You cannot make this shit up.
Night two of the Democratic National Convention wrapped yesterday with an incredible speech by former President Bill Clinton that will likely have people talking for some time to come. Think of it as the Democratic equivalent to the Eastwood speech… but informative, intelligent and really fucking great. But first, let’s take a look back at night one!
Last week, President Obama announced a new immigration policy that will benefit thousands of people. The policy allows illegal immigrants to file for a two-year deferral from deportation, with the possibility of renewal. The criteria for eligibility are:
- Under the age of 30 and arrived in the United States before the age of 16
- Have lived in the United States for five continuous years
- Individuals who do not have a criminal record
- Individuals who are successful students (High School Diploma or GED) or served in the military
Those that meet the requirements are also eligible to apply for work permits.
The GOP has been consistently blocking nearly all potential job growth legislation from the Obama administration. The most damaging block was the American Jobs Act, which, as we pointed out in the entry The One About the Pipeline, would have provided more jobs to the state of Iowa alone than the Keystone pipeline could provide for the nation.