Conservative activist groups such as Americans for Prosperity, the Club for Growth and Heritage Action all pressured congressional Republicans to vote against Hurricane Sandy relief, but a backlash led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie led to a wise reassessment.
by JON AVLON, CNN
"It's why the American people hate Congress. Unlike the people in Congress, we have actual responsibilities."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped a bomb on Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Congress for refusing to allow a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief in the final hours of the 112th Congress. It was an instant classic of principled political outrage. It provided a strong dose of what Washington has been missing: blunt, independent leadership.
Christie prosecuted the case by pointing out that hurricane relief had been provided more quickly to others: For victims of Katrina after 10 days and victims of Hurricane Andrew in Florida after 30 days. But residents of the New Jersey and New York coast have been waiting 65 days to date for some relief.
Christie also accurately pointed out that Northeast states such as New Jersey and New York send more to the federal government in taxes than they get back in federal aid, unlike many of the red states represented by conservatives in Congress. The "makers versus takers" narratives fall apart fast when confronted with reality. [MORE]
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Meet the late Sarah Horowitz, child of political activist David Horowitz, who managed to fuse the painful lessons of her father’s life with a mystical Judaism to complete the task he never could: showing how the Left could save itself from...
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:
I ran across an article that was very condemning of Van Jones. He is a a man I do admire so far. I followed that article to the source to learn where it came from. Then I followed up to see who funded the site. I then went on to read several articles about a man named David Horowitz. Ironically I began to read how this man had been most of his life openly and actively what he accused Van Jones of being and then he changed his mind. Then there was a mention of a one time estranged daughter he wrote a book about who was firmly opposite of what her father had become and was a very completely committed progressive. I followed that link as well and found this very heart touching summary of what I feel is a truth. I think I may be buying a book written by this hateful David Horowitz in remembrance of his daughter.
“A Cracking Of The Heart” might be a good book for both parties and all people to read.
This is what the reviewing author (David Swindle) sums up of Sarah Horowitz lasting legacy:
"The world could not be effectively changed at the level of government. Merely passing laws, smashing institutions, and electing better politicians would not work to heal the world. To do so was to not really go to the root of the problem. To pursue tikkun olam effectively, to truly be progressive, to be radical in spirit, one must operate at the level of individual people – not governments, laws, and institutions.
This approach takes the Left out of the political arena and returns it to the religious realm from which it originally emerged. Focusing on healing individual souls is the way churches and synagogues function. And here’s the secret: it works. Good houses of worship do heal people’s souls and make them better people.
Sarah understood this. That’s why she primarily worked this way: she taught autistic children, she worked with poor communities in foreign countries, she taught at her synagogue alongside her mentor the late Rabbi Alan Lew.
Both those on the Right and the Left need to understand this: the way to heal the world is one shattered human soul at a time." (From the article)
Her father David Horowitz who appears to live life exactly opposite of how his daughter lived her short life wrote this book about her.
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, once considered among the nation's most powerful and feared lawmakers, was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for a scheme to influence elections that already cost him his job, leadership post and millions of dollars in legal fees.
The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay, a Houston-area Republican, on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering for using a political action committee to illegally send corporate donations to Texas House candidates in 2002.
Prosecutors said DeLay will likely be free for months or even years as his appeal makes it through the Texas court system. [MORE]
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The Guardian Google's Eric Schmidt to make humanitarian visit to North Korea The Guardian He is pushing science and technology as a path to economic development for the impoverished country, aiming for computers in every school and digitised...
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:
There are more positive ways to lead where we hope others will follow and Eric Schmidt seems to be showing that side of communiication and negotiation skills.
Lawmakers in Washington have stripped an amendment from next year’s National Defense Authorization Act that could have kept the government from indefinitely detaining US citizens without charge or trial.
"Even aside from the numbers, Brooks is fundamentally wrong that transfer programs can “bankrupt the nation.” Transfer programs, as their name suggests, transfer income from one part of the population to another. Social Security, for example, is primarily an intergenerational transfer program. It taxes current workers to fund benefits for current retirees. (Most people pay taxes that fund other people’s benefits, during one part of their lives, and then receive benefits paid for by other people’s taxes, during another part.) The “losses” for those who are paying the taxes, at any given time, are not losses to society as a whole. They are balanced by the gains to those who are receiving the benefits." (from the article)