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Episode 115 – GOP Presidential Politics, Unions and Budget Shell Games

Jeff and Glenn make no friends this week in taking on everything and everyone. They first explain why the GOP field is thin and hurting its chances of victory in 2012 through an apparent lack of organizing, fundraising and hiring. With Sen. Thune out, Huckabee likely not running, Daniels slow to start and Palin in her own orbit, where is this field headed? They also take on Republicans in Congress for the imposter that is posing as a budget cutting bill, explaining that there is indeed no budget for this fiscal year. They chide the Republicans in the House for passing this bill, knowing that it would never become law, and take on all Members of Congress — Democrats and Republicans — for not working together to pass a budget and fund the government in a coherent and responsible manner. How would they like it if their livelihood was funded on the basis of a series of continuing resolutions? It’s no way to run a business, or a government. They also explain why raising the retirement age and means testing Social Security needs to be discussed if we ever want to bring our fiscal house in order. In a surprising move, Jeff — the show’s stalwart Progressive – takes on public employee unions, specifically teacher’s unions – over the policy of tenure, and notes that FDR himself was opposed to public employee unions as standing in the way of the prudent operation of government. They understand why tenure was created, but forcefully argue why it is an outdated model now, especially in a struggling economy. A strong union backer, Jeff also chides Gov. Walker for elevating this issue to the point where there can be no reasonable discussion or conclusion that moves policy forward.

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Economic Lesson of the Future?

Scary music and a look at what China may be teaching their students in the future… this ad is a sobering view of the potential results of unchecked government deficit spending. Citizens Against Government Waste just launched this ad. While I remain an optimist, this ad is a sober reminder of what the big picture that we need to focus on is. It is about getting the Good Ship USA back in calm fiscal waters.

Angle Attack Ad Hits Reid in His Pocket

Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle sends another ad in the final weeks of the campaign to question how  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made his money while he has been a public servant. The ad asks: “How did Harry Reid get so wealthy on a public servant’s income?”

The ad follows the line of questioning delivered at the recent debate where Angle positioned Reid as someone who has done well financially through his political service. The ad goes even further by incorporating Reid’s claim from the debate that he has been on a fixed income. The ad also speaks to Reid’s “million dollar” condo in the Ritz Carlton.

In a razor thin race and current mood of Nevada residents who are experiencing a 14% unemployment rate, this ad will have some traction.

Congressman Markey Doesn’t Live Here Anymore?

Ed Markey has been the Congressman from District 7 in Massachusetts for 34 years. His listed residence is in the district. His opponent in the race, Gerry Dembrowski, posted this video. It’s a humorous look at a painful reality in politics in which incumbent’s “home” often times becomes the Washington DC area.

Please fill in the blank… “The reason why we don’t have term limits is ______________________.”

Specter the Defector Part 2

A little over a year ago, Jeff & I called Senator Arlen Specter defection to the Democrats “political expediency and shameless acts of self-preservation”.  Well, it looks like we planted a seed that Specter’s opponent in the primary, Joe Sestak, has watered and put into full bloom with his latest campaign ad.