Straight talk in a queer world
By Roy Steele
While most of the political rhetoric emanating from Washington is related to the debate over the sequester, and the fiscal health of the United States of America, the urgency of gun control legislation and sensible immigration reform has been overshadowed by developments on Wall Street, and President Obama reaching out to Republicans.
The Illusory High And the DowWe hear news anchors and television personalities gush about the record high on Wall Street, and that’s much ado about nothing. When you adjust the record number and account for inflation, Ezra Klein noted, “the Dow would need to hit 15,731.54 to break the record. In fact, in inflation-adjusted terms, the Dow is still well below it’s 2000 high.” So bear that in mind when you hear people talking about the record. Until the unemployment rate goes down significantly, and average earnings increase significantly, we’ve got a long way to go before we can gush about Wall Street and the economy.
Jefferson in WashingtonI think it’s great that President Obama is reaching out to the intransigent Republicans, and I hope he keeps it up. The President was the host for dinner last night, and his guests were 12 GOP US Senators, at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington.
Meeting and calling Senators and members of Congress is a time honored tradition that every President has employed, to develop relationships, and gather support, for pet projects and legislative initiatives.
It’s been alleged that the president doesn’t like this part of the job, and if that’s the case, he’ll have a hard time accomplishing the objectives he articulated in his State of the Union address. If the President continues his charm offensive, he will improve the odds of reaching bipartisan consensus on a host of issues, and the entire country will reap the benefits. Let’s hope that he and the GOP remains committed to this new found bipartisan cooperation.
CPAC = Crazy Politicians Are ConservativeThe 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is being held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, and the only thing “gay” about CPAC this year will be the “gay” in Gaylord. The gathering of conservative Republicans takes place from March 14th to the 16th.
CPAC banned GOProud, the small band of hapless gay neocons, for the second year in a row. GOProud was invited to CPAC in 2011, and was a co-sponsor of the event. A number of prominent conservatives objected to GOProud being excluded, and are boycotting the event.
CPAC neglected to invite conservative New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Virginia Governor ultrasound himself - Bob McDonnell. Both men are mentioned as potential 2016 GOP candidates for president, and the snub was decried inside and outside of the beltway.
CPAC announced that Willard Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, would be speaking at their event. This enraged quite a few conservatives, because they believe the GOP needs to look forward, not back.
CPAC announced on Tuesday that reality TV personality and king of the birthers, Donald Trump, would speak to the assembled right-wingers - and all hell broke loose. The hashtag #CPACisdead was trending on Twitter after the announcement.
The Washington Post’s conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin wrote:
Yesterday, conservatives of all stripes launched an assault on CPAC. The trigger was the group’s invitation to Donald Trump, a self-promoting and unserious person whose politics can at best be described as eclectic (at worst, unhinged birtherism with a strong dose of trade protectionism).In order to be a viable political party in the future, the Republican party has to find a way to be more inclusive and less exclusive. Banning gay GOProud, and excluding Governor Christie, while embracing Trump, and Newt Gingrich, and Rick ‘Sicko’ Santorum, at a conference sponsored by Focus on the Family and the hate group Family Research Council, is evidence that the party of the rich is still bigoted and intolerant.
The acronym CPAC has a new meaning - Crazy Politicians Are Conservative. And that's the truth.
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