Items from My Political Catalog
October 21, 2010
(ChattahBox Op/Ed News) – Let’s take the opportunity today to take a look back and take a small look forward. There is just so much going on deciding on one topic today was just too hard a choice without the benefit of having enough coffee before I had to get writing this morning. And trust me, coffee is at the center of every decision I make before noon.
□ The Tea Party activists are having a hissy fit over my post yesterday. Although only a handful commented on this website, I was inundated with calls for my head on a platter for opining about the reality of the Tea Party via e-mail. These are scary people at many levels and it just reaffirms my original theory that they are extremists. I’m curious how the Republicans are going to deal with their unrealistic expectations of what governing means to them. I just pray it doesn’t hurt the country too much.□ Once again, the courts, and a Appeals Court this time, have reversed the decision by lower court Judge Virginia Phillips to throw out Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. DADT is discriminatory, period. Judge Phillips got it right using the Bill of Rights and measured DADT against that test. Sadly, homophobia continues. Now the question is will the Supreme Court weigh in or will Congress finally do the right thing and eliminate DADT? Stay tuned.
□ For those of you who criticized TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program), it seems like it was not only the best thing to do for Banks and more importantly the economy, its success is returning a better yield than anyone would have predicted. In a story yesterday at Bloomberg.com, reporters Yalman Onaran and Alexis Leondis article screams with success of TARP and how it has already earned the U.S. $25.2 billion on it’s $309 billion investment, a return of 8.2 percent, even outpacing Treasury Bonds. Republicans had a fit when President Obama announced the program and the vote in favor was right along Party lines, but its success is indisputable. Why Democrats aren’t hyping this success is beyond me.
□ Many European economies are deeply stressed and there is great reason to be concerned in the United States. A Global depression will affect everyone worldwide and a recent call for a global currency would not be the answer to what is financially ailing the world. Massive protests around the world as governments are cutting jobs and services is dangerous and how this gets turned around if not an easy question to answer.
□ Juan Williams, a longtime news analyst for National Public Radio (NPR) was fired after he appeared on Fox News The O’Reilly Factor. O’Reilly recently caused an uproar on the television show The View for racist comments he made about Muslims. Williams, appearing on the show to talk about civil rights was quoted as saying, “Look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.” It wasn’t a smart thing to say and with the attention being paid to this issue, NPR fired Juan Williams. Makes you wonder if Bill O’Reilly set him up.
□ The key to the elections next Tuesday is not about polls, it’s about voters. Mark my words, if Democrats can get out the vote then huge gain many are speaking of will not happen. Yes, there will be some turnover, but it will not be the tidal wave that is predicted by pollsters and pundits. Again, it’s all about GOTV and if the Dems are good at anything it is GOTV. Don’t count them out just yet.
□ Remember to vote on November 2, 2010. If we have less than a 50% turnout nationally what that means is that a minority of people in this country have defined what your life will be like for the next 2-4 years. Is that how you want decisions made, by the minority? I think not.
Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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