Friday, April 22, 2005

I don't want to make a habit of just cutting and pasting posts from other blogs to the YD blog but this one from www.Americablog.com was too good and too relevant to my earlier post to pass up, cheers:

'Cheney Threatens Dems. on Nuclear Option -- And now, Reid's Response by Joe in DC - 4/22/2005 03:34:00 PM Dick Cheney issued a threat to the Dems. today on the nuclear option, according to the Associated Press:
"Let me emphasize, the decision about how to proceed will be made by the Republican leadership in the Senate," Cheney said. "But if the Senate majority decides to move forward and if the issue is presented to me in my elected office as president of the Senate and presiding officer, I will support bringing those nominations to the floor for an up or down vote."He's so tough. And, if I am doing the math correctly, if it gets to the point where Cheney has to vote, they've already lost five Republican Senators.UPDATE: Harry Reid blasted Bush and Cheney today. Basically, Reid said Bush lied about how the White House would handle the filibuster debate. Once again, Raw Story (who we thank profusely for the always great work) has the details. Here are a couple key paragraphs:
“In the span of three minutes, the vice president managed to reinvent 200 years of Senate history and ignore the fact that Congress has already approved 205 of this administration’s nominees. Apparently, a 95 percent confirmation rate is not enough for this president. He wants it all, even if it means shattering the checks and balances in our government in order to put radical judges on the bench.“Last week, I met with the president and was encouraged when he told me he would not become involved in Republican efforts to break the Senate rules. Now, it appears he was not being honest, and that the White House is encouraging this raw abuse of power. Okay, by now, the GOP should begin to understand, you can't screw with Harry Reid. They are so used to rolling Dems. and having no one fight back. Reid has changed the rules. '

HAVE A NICE WEEKEND

The Pious Sen Santorum

Check this out:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=519&e=5&u=/ap/20050422/ap_on_re_us/santorum_fundraising

What is the correct pronunciation of "nuclear option"?

The battle over the filibuster is about to come to a head in US Senate as two of President Bush's most controversial nominees to federal appellate court were endorsed by the Judiciary Committee yesterday. If you are not aware, GOP Senators want to change Senate rules to end filibusters on a simple majority rather than the 2/3rd's required now, this has been commonly referred to as "the nuclear option" because it will drastically change Senate rules and render the minority party almost useless in judicial nominations.

There is plenty of information on this topic if you use our "Google news" link at the bottom right of this page. What's my take? Well, partisan politics and love of Jimmy Stewert in "Mr. Smith goes to Washington" aside, this isn't the "nuclear option" it's the "suicide option." If this happens, the GOP will be able to have free reign to pass anything they want with only 51 senators and not have to act bi-partisan at all. Sounds great if your an (R) but least we forget that we live in a fairly divided nation politically. President Bush won re-election with 51% of the popular vote and lost the popular vote in 2000, if any bill came to 50-50 tie the Vice-President will cast the tie breaker with out threat of filibuster before it can come to the Senate floor. This gives outrageous power to executive branch to pass there agenda now, without looking into the future.

The mid-term elections next year and 2008 presidential election may have a change in power back to the Democrats and they can hold all the keys. On the surface this sounds great for the (D)'s but there a little thing called "checks and balances" that will be shot to hell if the nuclear option goes ahead. No party, Republican OR Democrat, should have absolute control of setting the nation's agenda if that party only truly represents half of the country. That's why there is three branches on federal government in the first place. If the GOP had 60 senators this debate is mute and one can truly argue that the Senate represents the will of the people. But that is not the reality. Senate rules should not be permentlly changed to satisfy a Republican problem now. For all the right wing spin that we have heard about the "founding father's intentions" in regards to our constitution, it's time for the Republican Senate Caucus to re-read the document they claim to love.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Be careful what you wish for Tom

Found this gem over at http://www.dailykos.com enjoy:

'DeLay vs. DeLay by kos Thu Apr 21st, 2005 at 01:07:34 PDTOoops.
"The time has come that the American people know exactly what their Representatives are doing here in Washington. Are they feeding at the public trough, taking lobbyist-paid vacations, getting wined and dined by special interest groups? Or are they working hard to represent their constituents? The people, the American people, have a right to know...I say the best disinfectant is full disclosure, not isolation."Another Democrat bashing Tom DeLay?
Nope. That was Tom DeLay himself on the floor of the House on November 16, 1995.
So was DeLay always corrupt and simply cynical, or did absolute power corrupt him absolutely?'

Well said Mr. DeLay.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Senator Robert Casey

This is a great thing, I cannot wait unitl next November when we are celebrating Tim's victory as well as Casey's defeat of our facist senator. Also I recomend that you all check out Politicspa. com on a daily basis for all the good information it has. Keep it real. Michael Vigoda

Casey/Santorum '06

A new poll from Quinnipiac University has State Tres. Bob Casey Jr. leading Sen. Rick Santorum 49% -35% in next year's Senate race. A wee-bit to early to get overly excited, but still good news. Study also has interesting tid bits on Social Security, Schavio and other news events regarding PA. Here's the link: http://politicspa.com/temp/clay_f.htm

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Being Blue in a State of Red

If you ever get into a conversation with someone about politics and they tell you that the Democrats are out of the mainstream, let them know about Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer. There is a nice story about him in the online magazine "Salon" this week, the link is here:
http://www.salon.com/news/lotp/2005/04/19/montana_governor/index2.html You have to watch a short ad first but it is well worth it. I predict that Schweitzer will be at the very least the key-note speaker at the 2008 DNC, he is pretty captivating.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Pretty Hate Machine

Ann Coulter has made the cover of "TIME"

http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,1101050425,00.html

Yes, yes that darn liberal media at it again.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Blogsphere the Final Frontier

Blogging has recently become the new hip trend in American politics. It's combination of news, commentary and conspiracy theory has given anyone with a keyboard a chance to be their own Hunter S. Thompson. Major news events have been broken recently because of blogs such as
http://www.dailykos.com, or http://www.americablog.com, which unveiled the Jeff Gannon/James Guckert controversy. Matt Drudge and his infamous http://www.drudgereport.com, has been doing this for years. Drudge, though technically not a blogger, and his website became part of the whiry dervish known as Monica-gate and helped impeach a president who has an extra-martial affair.

The blogs have been wrong as well. During the media blitz surrounding Terri Schiavo, a memo was leaked pointing out the advantages for Republican Senators to get involved in the affair. The right was outraged at the accusation that the GOP would use a dyeing woman for political gain. Bloggers that are right of center began claiming that the memo was fake and constructed by the Democrats in order to make the GOP look bad. This story was picked up by news outlets like Fox News(shocking!!) CNN and MSNBC. Then, while mainstream media was focused (and rightfully so) on the life and passing of Pope John Paul II, it was revealed that the talking points memo was in fact written and distributed to other Republican Senators by a staffer for Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) This story did not make much noise outside of Air America Radio or the internet.

So what does all of this have to do with the Young Democrats of Schuylkill County? Well I guess we will find out. The point is that blogging has become another outlet for information in the political realm. One that we hope to use to it's fullest potential.

Welcome!!

Welcome to the new blog for the Schuylkill County Young Democrats. We hope to give viewers of this blog news, commentary and other information pertaining to the politics of Schuylkill County as well as state and national events.
Enjoy!!