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Of the eight House seats still in play, Republican Mary Bono Mack conceded her seat yesterday. Another Republican Representative loses their bid for reelection in the House. Final vote count reveals that Democrat Raul Ruiz took Palm Spring’s Mary Bono Mack’s seat with nearly 7,300 more votes out of the approximately 180,000 cast. (Note: Both she and her husband, Connie Mack, a Republican from Florida lost their bids. Connie Mack lost his fight for a Senate seat against Democrat Bill Nelson.
This is now a net gain of four in the House for the Democrats.
There are still seven seats in the House that are too close to call. Seven unresolved U.S. House races remain too close to call with votes still being counted and potential loser preparing and in some cases, already launching court challenges.
1. Democrat incumbent Mike McIntyre held a lead of 533 votes over Republican Challenger David Rouzer in the race for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District seat.
2. Democrat Scott Peters leads Republican Brian Bilbray for California’s 52nd District Seat.
3.Democrat Ami Bera leads Republican Dan Lungren for California’s 7th Congressional District by 184 votes.
5. Democrat Krysten Sinema of Arizona’s 9th Congressinal District widened her gap between Republican Vernon Parker who is not trailing by 4,000 votes.
6.Democrat Ron Barber according to results posted late yesterday now has a lead of nearly 600 votes over Republican Martha McSally in the 2nd Congressional District of Arizona.
7. Note: Allen West like many Republicans just can’t believe that he lost Florida’s 18th Congressional District to Democrat Patrick Murphy, even though his opponent won by 2,500 votes. Allen is another Tea Party casualty. I guess one of the reasons he finds it so hard to believe that he lost is that his campaign spent $17 million compared to his opponent’s campaign expenditure of $3.6 million. I guess this, combined with all the help that he and other Republican candidates got from Republican Governor Rick Scott’s voter suppression does make any Democrat’s victory in Florida seem like an impossible feat. However, it’s calling voting. The close the count is to the majority who get out and vote, the less likely any Republican is to win. I hope that people remember that in 2014.
Right now the Democrat House seat count stands at +4. If the lead for the remaining contested seats remain, this will bring the total count for net seats gained by Democrats in the House to +11.
As mentioned previously, some Democrats lost seats in the House due to Republican redistricting. However another telling in the shuffling of these seats that progressive Democrats replaced no less than 10 Tea Party fanatics who were elected in 2010. This is significant. If Allen West loses his seat, it will mean that 11 Tea Party fanatics have been replaced by Democrats. This will shift the tone in the House considerable. John Boehner and Eric Cantor will certainly not be returning to the same House in January. As for Paul Ryan with his comments that rape to him is “just another form of conception”–well, he is going to find himself facing quite a different audience as well. There won’t be nearly as many people left to agree with his radical Tea Party rhetoric. Ryan is finished politically. He will not be re-elected in 2014.
If Boehner thinks that he can hang onto the Republican obstructionist politics that have been in play for the past four years and continues to play that game along with McConnell, BOTH houses in 2014 could end up with a Democrat supermajority.
If the Republicans think they can hold onto the House because of their redistricting, they better wake up to the effects of disasters like Sandy. When disasters of the magnitude of Sandy happen, people migrate to other areas and demographics shift radically overnight. No doubt Sandy has already done untold damage to the intended impacts of Republican redistricting in these areas. And between now and 2014, there will likely be at least one if not two more Sandy’s along the east and Gulf coasts. Thanks, in large part, to a Congress who have to date preferred tax cuts to repairing the nation’s infrastructure and addressing global warming and the erosion of our coastline.
The Truth About the Republican Majority in the House: Democracies are hijacked when people don’t show up to vote.
The Republican majority in the House today is not a “mandate” from the majority. They are a mandate from the minority achieved in 2010 when 37% of the voters showed up. This “mandate” was maintained by deliberate manipulation of districts in 2012. This is what happens to a Democracy when people stay home from the polls. That’s what we get.
The House of Representatives represent 37.8% of the voting age population in 2010. 37.8%!
In 2010, the USA had 235,940,406 voting age population and of that we had a 90,732,693 turnout. To put this in proper perspective, we have people sitting in the House of Representatives today who were sent there with as few as 18 or 19% of their electorate. They may or may not be representative of the majority, but we certainly cannot draw that conclusion from the turnout of the 2010 election.
Source of Statistics: United States Elections Project
TO SUM UP 2010: The Republican majority in the House was earned in 2010 by default because voters didn’t show up. For Boehner to act as if it is a “mandate of the majority” is simply not true.
If the Democrats don’t want 2010 to happen again, they are going to have to start getting the vote out now for the 2014 mid-term. A good place would be to start shoring up the votes of those under thirty. Young voter turnout fell 60% from 2008 to 2010–60%! (Source)
Republican Redistricting — Hardly a mandate of the Majority
Many of the seats kept by the Republicans in 2012 were the direct result of extreme Republican Redistricting. All you have to do is look at some of their redistricted maps to see what I mean. These maps are absurd, absolutely absurd.
But, if the Republicans think they can sit back and rely on redistricting to maintain control of the House, they are going to be very disappointed in 2014. (And they do have this delusion. I’ve read more than one article touting how redistricting makes the House “safe” for 10 years. They have this delusion, just as they had delusions of winning this election, because the leadership of the Republican Party has yet to adjust their anti-social ideology to the 21st century. Instead, they continue to believe they can adjust the people to their ideology.)
Demographics can shift drastically within two or three months–especially in urban areas and their surrounding suburbs. Just ask the Republican leaders in Dallas and Harris counties here in Texas. In 2008 both of these counties went Democrat for the first time since 1964. Why? Well, one of the contributing factors were all the people who migrated to the Dallas and Houston areas from New Orleans after Katrina. It’s highly likely that at least some of the redistricting in New Jersey and other nearby states will be drastically altered by shifting demographics as a result of Sandy. And who knows how many more natural disasters in between now and 2014 might cause dramatic demographic shifts–especially since we are a nation that does not believe in global warming and thus don’t take preventive measures to protect our people.
The significant event that people like Boehner and other Republican leaders should pay attention to is that 10 seats won in 2010 by radical Tea Party nuts were taken over by 10 Democrat progressives. Among them was Democrat progressive, Alan Grayson who won back his seat. Ten seats in the House won–not by Democrat centrists but by progressives. And those who know Alan Grayson know that these people are extremely articulate and they do not go gently into the dark night. They are much more likely to stand up to Obama than centrist Democrats. These people are tough. Yes, it is true that the Democrats only gained a net increase of 3 seats. But what is lost in much of the analysis that there was an exchange of seats and thus there are many more Democrats positioned in the House where they were not before and of course some of them gone in the areas of severe Republican redistricting.
Boehner does not have much credibility for those who know the real score and can read the handwriting on the wall when he blusters about the “mandate” of the House. The only “mandate” running the house today is a Republican mandate that is coming from the pie holes of leaders who should have been retired years ago. More people in 2014 will be willing to vote against them–not only Democrats, but people in their own party, especially younger people.
Reagan knew that he could not defend his actions against Carter’s forward-thinking ideas for energy so he and the leadership of the Republican Party attacked Carter, the man.
Reagan’s bad behavior became the template for the Republican leadership and nowhere have we seen this bad behavior more apparent than in the behavior of the Republican leadership in the House and the Senate for the past four years.
Their goal, instead of working together to promote ideas and change for the majority, has been to stop Obama. That has been their mantra, In so doing, the Republican leadership have not only stopped Obama, they have stopped the nation. We have been at a standstill for almost four years and it is in great part because of the “leadership” of Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Eric Cantor.
More than anyone else, the “leadership” of these three men have brought our nation to its knees.
Cantor and Boehner are up for re-election this year. Those who vote for either of these men will be doing themselves a disservice.
Republicans like Dwight D. Eisenhower have been replaced by selfish pigs:
Mitch McConnell – Millionaire and still takes handouts from the American taxpayers for himself and his buddies while tearing down the middle class.
John Boehner – Millionaire and still takes handouts from the American taxpayers for himself and his buddies while tearing down the middle class.
Eric Cantor – Millionaire and still takes handouts from the American taxpayers for himself and his buddies while tearing down the middle class..
Paul Ryan – Millionaire and still takes handouts from the American taxpayers for himself and his buddies while tearing down the middle class..
Obama: I’ve got it! We will let the conservatives take a bite out of the Senior Citizens and we will reframe the rhetoric as “Bipartisanship.”
iflizwerequeen solutions for the majority–not necessarily for Wall Street and the Rich
1. End the $2 billion dollar a week war in Afghanistan: $104 billion in one year
2. End all but the $500 million in farm subsidies paid to small farmers who still live on their land: $19 billion in one year.
3. Collect taxes that are owed but not paid: In the USA tax evasion added $3 trillion to the deficit over the past decade alone, an average of $300 billion a year, according to IRS data. This isn’t revenue lost from legal tax write-offs, like the mortgage interest deduction. It’s not even, as the IRS notes, “taxes that should have been paid on income from the illegal sector of the economy.” That $300 billion represents the amount of revenue lost from people deliberately cheating on their taxes every year. This includes underreporting income, hidden offshore bank accounts, sham trusts, and other ways to illegally stiff the IRS.
4.Take back what’s left of that $100 billion the American Taxpayers forked over to IMF in 2009 and use it to create jobs to repair the crumbling infrastructure of the USA.
TOTAL: $423 billion ongoing year after year and as for #4–who knows? It would take a financial detective to get at that amount. I would guess at no less than $20 billion a year.
And notice that I didn’t even touch the sacred cow of BOTH party leaderships–the Bush tax cuts
Let’s look at how much the millionaire pigs in the House are suffering from the “jobless recovery of the past two years. All of these people should be removed from the list of those who refer to themselves as “human beings.”
None of these a-holes have to worry about Medicare. They already get government subsidized healthcare through their Congressional appointments. Most of them don’t have to worry about Social Security either as they have Congressional tenure which means that they are guaranteed pensions in excess of $60,000 a year–a helluva lot more than the $12,000 that Americans get for Social Security–not even at poverty level.
DON’T TELL ME THAT BEING A CONGRESSIONAL MILLIONAIRE DOESN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HOW THEY VOTE AND HERE IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF THAT PROOF. ANY AMERICAN FROM MAIN STREET WHO VOTES FOR THESE WALL STREET PIMPS IS A FOOL.
JEFF SESSSIONS - Sessions is the top Republican on the House Budget Committee
In 2009, Mr. Sessions increased his net worth 124%. According to Roll Call, Sessions reports owning over 1,600 acres of timberland, some valued as high as $5 million, on his latest financial disclosure form. His net worth increased from $1million to $2.2 million in 2009. I can hardly wait to see the numbers for 2010.
Paul Ryan–the Dr. Kevorkian of Medicare
Republicans have always hated Medicare, but most Americans have always love it. Now, led by Paul Ryan the Republicans are trying to kill it once and for all. Paul Ryan was born to his wealth–into a family with a 125 year old corporation of one of the nation’s largest site worek contractors. Mr. Ryan’s net worth is estimated up to $2.4 million. He has a hole where his heart should be. In a previous post, I pointed out that Mr. Ryan takes 2/3′s of his budget cuts from Low income families.
Eric Cantor – would end Social Security and Medicare
Eric Cantor is another millionaire pig who is clueless in regard to the people and life on Main Street. I’ll never forget during the healthcare town halls in 2009, Cantor told one of his constituents to tell her friend who needed an operation immediately to remove a cancerous tumor that she should seek out a charity–that was his solution for healthcare. Seek out a charity. When the lady asked Cantor for a list of charities to contact, Cantor could not come up with a single name. It’s no wonder. Cantor will likely never have to rely on Medicare, he already has government subsidized health care and he won’t have to worry about social security either as he will receive a tidy Congressional pension, a government subsidy worth a lot more than a measly $1,000 a month Social Security check. And in addition to this, Mr. Cantor has a $6 million net worth to fall back on.
John Boehner – would end Social Security and Medicare
Boehner has a net worth estimated between $2million and $7 million. Here is his filing for 2008. You can see for yourself how heavily Boehner is invested in Wall Street. Now you tell me why Mr. Boehner would choose YOUR best interest over those of his in his stock portfolio? Here is how Mr. Boehner likes to do business: according to Golf Digest Magazine, Congressman Boehner finds time to play about 100 rounds of golf a year– most with special interest lobbyists. He says he pays special attention to the lobbyists he meets on the golf course, bragging “…if someone I’ve gotten to know on the golf course comes into my office with a good argument, I tend to want to listen.” So if you live on Main Street, you better be able to afford the greens fees if you want to talk to John Boehner.
“The House leadership, with the speaker, have a very clear choice to make. And they don’t have much time to make that choice,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), flanked by the entire Senate Democratic caucus, said at an afternoon briefing. “They can keep their word and significantly cut the federal deficit, or they can shut down America’s government over women’s access to health care.”
“If that sounds ridiculous, it’s because it is ridiculous,” he added
If the Republican Tea Party Nuts Sound Ridiculous–It’s because they are!
AND ON FRIDAY, SLIGHTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT, AS I PREDICTED THIS MORNING, AN AGREEMENT IS REACHED AND ANOTHER SIDESHOW FROM WASHINGTON AS BEEN PUT TO REST WITH MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING FOR THE REST OF US.
i just heard that the budget passed. I suppose it’s more of “starve the ‘beast’ and feed the plutocrats but the corporate Centrist Democrats have to play their role to look like they are putting up a fight.
PLEASE. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, VOTE FOR THE GREEN PARTY IN 2012.
We really can’t afford much more of either the Republican Koch Tea Party bunch or their professional wrestling buddies the Corporate Centrist Democrats.
John Boehner and several leading Republicans have been quoted to day as saying that the Democrats will win in the event of a government shut down.
This is an example of just how self-centered and conceited congressional millionaires like John Boehner are.
No, the Democrats don’t win and the Republicans don’t win either. Instead Americans who can least afford it will lose: Our military service men and women and Social Security recipients to name two large groups.
The Democrats and the Republicans BOTH lose.
The only group who may win in this free-for-all against the MAJORITY of the American people might be the GREEN PARTY.
More Americans will be considering the Green Party as a viable option in 2012. And if you think that the Green Party can’t win, you should look at the German elections less than two weeks ago. Huge victories for the Green Party–a party in Germany that had a previous history of losses not unlike that in the USA.
THE TIME HAS COME AT LEAST FOR SOMETHING BETTER THAN EITHER THE DEMOCRATS OR THE REPUBLICAN/TEA PARTY ARE OFFERING.
This is a class war. It matters little if a millionaire is a Democrat or a Republican. They both represent Wall Street and the rich–not the majority.
IT IS TIME FOR A REAL CHANGE–NOT A MERE CHANGING OF THE SAME GUARD.
In case you missed it yesterday,
The National People’s Action network picked Monday to launch the “Make Wall Street Pay” campaign thanks to another show in town: the National Association of Attorneys General’s Convention in Washington, D.C.
But they didn’t stop there.
Moving from the meeting of all 50 Attorneys General, the crowd made their way to a Bank of America branch on Pennsylvania Ave. While about 300 stood outside, another 300 moved indoors, filling up the lobby and bringing business to a standstill.
Then, they went to see if Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) was available, filing into his Capitol Hill offices to send an unambiguous message: Wall Street must pay.
Folks, by and large, a millionaire is a millionaire and it does not matter what party or what faction of a party they belong to. They vote to protect their own personal vested interests in Wall Street and you can count on them to do that. If you are still a fool who votes by straight party then you are either still asleep, or you are a millionaire who belongs to the same club.
Do you think that any of these three men will ever have to worry about making ends meet with an income of about $1,000 a month? Hell no. Yet all three of them have no hesitation about cutting such a meager benefit for millions of other Americans. Do you believe it? These rich thugs think that $1,000 a month is too much for old people.
A new study released by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) examines the pocketbook realities facing retirees, now and in the future. The NASI study clearly demonstrates that today’s Social Security benefits are modest yet essential in providing an adequate retirement income for millions of American seniors. The average Social Security benefit is only about $1,000 a month. It replaces just about one third of workers’ average earnings, and once the retirement age increases to 67, that replacement rate will shrink further. This leaves little room for the significant benefit cuts proposed by some policymakers.
All three of these men have an income that is guaranteed by the taxpayers and health care that is subsidized by us as well. John Boehner gets almost a quarter of a million dollars a year from us in salary alone; Justin Amash gets $174,000 a year in salary along from us; and President Obama gets The a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 non-taxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment.
In 2006, the average annual pension for retired senators and representatives under CSRS was $60,972–considerably more that what the rest of us get for Social Security. Presidential retirement benefits were non-existent until the enactment of the Former Presidents Act (FPA) in 1958. Since then, presidential retirement benefits have included a lifetime annual pension, staff and office allowances, travel expenses, Secret Service protection and more.
Former presidents are offered a taxable lifetime pension equal to the annual rate of basic pay for the heads of executive branch departments, like the Cabinet Secretaries. This amount is set annually by Congress and is currently (in 2009) $193,400 per year. The pension starts the minute the president officially leaves office at noon on Inauguration Day.
THIS IS WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE WHEN THEIR MASKS SLIP,
OR WHEN THEY STAND BEHIND THE CURTAIN TO CRANK OUT PROPAGANDA.