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One Last Look At The Polls

One Last Look At The Polls

As it stands, my projections for tomorrow are mixed. I will go on the record and predict the Democrats will loose 43 seats and the House majority. As for the Senate, I will go with a 5 seat loss, leaving that chamber with 52 Democrats, 46 Republicans, and 2 Independents (Socialist Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut). These predictions project my belief that the overwhelming majority polls are showing Republicans 3-5 ahead of where reality lies. This discrepancy is driven entirely by a reliance on polling that does not capture cell-phone only households. Close to 25% of American households fit that description, and the majority of those (according to other anecdotal data) trend liberal. [Read the rest of this article...]

Remember Reform: Finances And The Street

Remember Reform: Finances And The Street

It seemed a no-brainer that Congress would substantially re-regulate the insurance and investment banking marketplace, but Congressional Republicans had vowed to block all legislative initiatives pushed by the President, and they held firm. Financial reform, like every other piece of legislation in the last two years, had to clear the unprecedented legislative hurdle of finding 60 senators to approve cloture. Just like health care reform, cap and trade, and the stimulus, financial reform would not be allowed to come to an up or down, democratic vote. The most amazing legislative accomplishment of the last two years, built on the backs of working voters assaulted by Wall Street, was the Republicans' success at turning the United States into [Read the rest of this article...]

Remember Reform: Health Care 101

Remember Reform: Health Care 101

Leading into next weak, the message that fence-sitters need to understand is that real progress was made by the passage of Affordable Care Act. Children with preexisting conditions can purchase insurance, adults will have the privilege beginning next year. Rescission has been banned, so insurers must now honor their plans unless fraud can be proved. The steady increase in the amount of premiums held back as profits, instead of being paid as benefits, has been halted. These benefits must be drilled into the minds of those who plan to vote, and those who don't see the point of voting. Even leaving health care aside, the student loan reform that was included in the final passage has pumped billions out of private banks and into pockets of [Read the rest of this article...]

Will Liberals Come To Their Senses?

Will Liberals Come To Their Senses?

Turnout, turnout, turnout. Every vote in every district will count. It is important to remind ourselves of this, because thousands of conservative blogs are being posted with the same general message. Turnout, turnout, turnout. Every friend, neighbor, or coworker that you convinced to vote in 2008 needs to be challenged this week. Turnout, turnout, turnout. It has been an ugly two years filled with occasional success bad bracketed by bitter failure. The last question remaining for the most prolonged, painful, embarrassing, and expensive midterm cycle in American history is a simple one. Will Liberals come out to vote? Will Liberals come to their senses? [Read the rest of this article...]

Blackjack: 21 Days To Zero

Blackjack: 21 Days To Zero

Republicans haven't satisfied themselves with just turning back progressive legislation, they have redoubled their attacks on the working class. This year, teachers, state troopers, firefighters, police officers, and every single other state or municipal worker represented by a union and making a decent wage have come under attack. In 1984, Ronald Reagan and the Republicans showed that they had the resolve to weather the storm of the '82 midterms, and proceeded to destroy the once central position of manufacturing in our nation. Under their leadership, shipbuilding, steel-making, and most of the appliance industry left the United States. What will Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner, and committee chairs like [Read the rest of this article...]

Keeping Kids Safe From Success

Keeping Kids Safe From Success

The most frightening trend, in my opinion, is the pattern of parents allowing their kids a pass on things they disliked when children themselves. Multiplication tables, vegetables, and the use of soap in the nightly bath might have been impositions when you were a child, but we use to grow up and accept the reasons behind the torments. Now, parents berate teachers that assign homework, question the need for mathematics in a calculator age (it is, by the way, the foundation for logical problem-solving), and embrace the "inner beauty" of their Type Two Diabetic children who came about their obesity and disease via their own parents who spared the vegetable and pushed the soda. I work with at-risk children on a regular basis, and the most [Read the rest of this article...]

The Midterms: 5 Weeks To Zero

The Midterms: 5 Weeks To Zero

With five weeks to go in the extraordinary 2010 election, the race for control of the House and Senate is tightening. The dominant theme of Republican tidal wave, an all-encompassing storyline embraced by the major media outlets for a year now, is contingent now on a series of single digit wins. If the conservatives are to control the House and Senate, it will be by a landslide of tiny margins rather than a landslide of votes. In our democracy, that is good enough (although the idea may have to be explained to Republicans bleating on about "taking back their country"). [Read the rest of this article...]

Deficit Turkeys

Deficit Turkeys

The Republicans have successfully defined all of the key terms in American politics; bipartisanship means passing conservative legislation, fiscal responsibility means cutting programs unrelated to the military and cutting taxes on high income businesses and individuals, and patriotism means pretending that we are always correct and will always be strong...just so long as we keep the blanket pulled up over our collective eyes. Eight years of conservative policies ending with a downturn eclipsed only by the Great Depression, and conservatives have successfully convinced many Americans that it is the Democrats who have "had their chance". To make matters worse, the programs, passed by Democrats, that kept our nation from going over the [Read the rest of this article...]

The Decline And Fall Of The NFL

The Decline And Fall Of The NFL

As a writer, it is almost impossible to resist the urge to compare the NFL with the Roman Empire. All of the talk of coliseums and gladiators, legions and conquest tend to leave normally humble scribes in the throws of hyperbole. And so it is that I, a certified football junky, am left to proclaim the coming fall of professional football as we know it. The NFL has fallen victim to that most American of vices, hubris. The owners and marketers that drive the league are convinced of its immortality in the same way that U.S. automakers were in the 70's and 80's, and Major League Baseball owners were in the 50's and 60's. [Read the rest of this article...]

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Animated Balls: Election 2012

Episode 1: It's Hard to Choose Just One

Episode 2: Occupy Wall Street

Episode 3: 999! The Cain Train to Prosperity

Episode 4: Small Government

Episode 5: Newt is Forgiven

Episode 6: A Candidate with Big Balls

Episode 7: Why We Must Elect Rick!

Episode 8: Don't Make Me Use the "S" Word!

Episode 9: Santorum & Obamaville

Episode 10: Settle for Mitt!

Episode 12: Austerity and Obama's Debt!

Episode 13: From My Cold, Dead Hands!

Episode 14: Ryan is a Bold Choice for VP!

Episode 15: Mitt Romney's Taxes

Episode 16: Mitt & Me; 2 Peas in a Pod!

Episode 17: Mitt and the 47%

Episode 18: The PA Voter ID Law

Episode 19: The Boss is Running!

Episode 20: Benghazi Has Legs

Episode 21: Grover, the NRA, and the GOP

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