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USA: Democratic leaders woefully inadequate against Trumpism – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Democratic leaders woefully inadequate against Trumpism

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

As the mid-term elections loom, control of at least the Senate is crucial to what will happen to America for at least the next generation because of the judiciary. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky refused to entertain President Barack Obama’s nominees for the Supreme Court and the federal bench, leaving Trump to preside over the rewriting of the laws of the land.

Shira A. Scheindlin reported in the Guardian that, in 2008, when Obama took office, 53 vacancies for federal judges existed. The number rose to 112 when President Donald Trump became president in 2016 and he is filling them with mostly conservative white men. Hugh Hewitt noted in The Washington Post that, by next year, these judges will “be participating in more than 15,000 decisions every year and almost all those decisions will be the law of the land. There will be no fewer than 400 crucial case votes and dozens of signed opinions, each year, every year …,”    Continue reading

The Tea Party Republicans’ Biggest Mistake – by Robert Reich

Robert Reich -The Tea Party Republicans’ Biggest Mistake:

 ….. Confusing Government with Our System of Government

 Robert Reich –  Published: Friday 11 October 2013 National Change – OP-ED
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Robert Reich

By using tactics perceived to violate that system, the Tea Partiers have overplayed their hand. If they don’t stop their recklessness, they’ll be out of the game.

Representative Mo Brooks, Republican of Alabama and a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act, has just changed his tune. He now says: “My primary focus is on minimizing risk of insolvency and bankruptcy. There are many paths you can take to get there. Socialized medicine is just one of the component parts of our debt and deficits that put us at financial risk.”

Translated: House Republicans are under intense pressure. A new Gallup poll shows the Republican Party now viewed favorably by only 28% of Americans, down from 38% in September. That’s the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992. The Democratic Party is viewed favorably by 43%, down four percentage points from last month.  Continue reading

US Republicans using weapons of mass financial destruction- Sir Ronald Sanders

US Republicans using weapons of mass financial destruction

The impact of the government shutdown on the US economy, which is still the world’s largest economy, will be felt worldwide says Sir Ronald Sanders.

By Sir Ronald Sanders 

Sir Ronald Sanders

Sir Ronald Sanders

 Caribbean360 News – Barbados, Thursday October 3, 2013 – There will be a lot of rubbish in Washington over the next few days.  And, that rubbish is not only the garbage that is steadily piling up in the nation’s capital because of the government’s shut down.  It is also the quality of the Republican Party’s argument for refusing to pass a Budget that would allow the federal government to provide goods and services to the public.

While the Republicans have obstructed Budgets before – notably in late 1995 and early 1996 when Bill Clinton was President – there is more than a little racism toward this first non-White American President by the right wing Tea Party element even though they have not dared to say so.    Continue reading

US shutdown: an explainer for non-Americans

US shutdown: an explainer for non-Americans

After weeks of wrangling the American government is on the verge of shutting down. Why?

Graeme Wearden – theguardian.com, Monday 30 September 2013 11.48 BST

US shutdown: the Capitol in Washington DC, where Republicans control the lower house and Democrats control the Senate. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP

What is the shutdown all about?

In a word, money. The US financial year ends at midnight on Monday. Under US law a new bill to approve funding for the next financial year is required, which must have been approved by the House of Representatives, and the Senate, and the president. This has yet to happen.

Why not?    Continue reading