Browsing the "GOP overreach" Tag

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How the GOP learned to stop worrying and love Trump

Remember the #NeverTrump campaign? A lot of people within the Republican Party opposed Trump during the primaries, and even well into the general election. Former Republican presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush reportedly did not even vote for Trump. I’m sure many other prominent Republicans didn’t either. Seasoned politicians who know how government and politics work […]

May 16th

GOP pushing for oil drilling in national parks

On Monday, Rep. Paul Gosar, the Republican who represents Arizona’s 4th Congressional District, launched Example #117 in the Trump-era category of No Big Surprise. By Meteor Blades (Originally appeared at DailyKos) He introduced a resolution to eliminate rules imposed in 2016 under the Obama administration that placed restrictions on existing oil and gas drilling operations on land governed […]

February 2nd

Dem senators propose $10 trillion infrastructure plan (But should they work with Trump?)

By Meteor Blades America’s infrastructure suffers from decades of reckless neglect, what bureaucrats and policymakers conceal behind the euphemism of “deferred maintenance.” Decrepit describes the consequences. Myopic describes the attitude. This affects many realms—our public schools, our public health system, our electrical transmission grid and, despite how deeply we Americans treasure personal mobility, our transportation […]

January 25th

GOP plan Bundy-style public land giveaway to oil, mining and ranching millionaires

By Meteor Blades Two Republican Utah congressmen have introduced a deceptive public lands initiative designed to open a million acres of public land to private interests while pretending to protect other lands under a bogus “wilderness” designation where weakened environmental regulations would make that label a very unfunny joke. For 40 years, extremists have been eager to take over […]

January 21st

Why Republicans will vote for Bernie Sanders

Thom Hartman thinks that Republicans will eventually vote for Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump. Yes, even Republicans. Hartman points to recent polling that shows that on basic economics, Sanders is talking the talk of mainstream America: Like Bernie, 75 percent of Americans poll support fair trade that “protects workers, the environment, and jobs.” 71 percent support giving […]

August 20th

Obama creates new National Monument, GOP tries to strip him of that power

By Meteor Blades President Theodore Roosevelt designated the first National Monument, Devil’s Tower, Wyoming, in 1906. It was the first of 138 such designations by 16 presidents. Last week, President Barack Obama signed the most recent designation, the Organ Pipe Desert Peaks National Monument of New Mexico, 496,000 acres of the southern Rockies. If Republicans had their […]

Why are MI and IN GOP trying to wreck cleanup of Chesapeake Bay?

Opposition to Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan by Michigan and Indiana Could Hamper Great Lakes Protection Efforts CHICAGO — The Chesapeake Bay is worlds away from the freshwater Great Lakes, yet that hasn’t stopped the attorneys general of Michigan and Indiana from inserting themselves into a legal battle there and siding with opponents of a plan to […]

February 25th

GOP Civil War – Tea Party will primary GOP traitors

Will the GOP hold the house in 2014? Not if the Tea Party has its way… Intent on making all GOP politicians purer than pure (and not caring who gets hurt in the process – children, moms, the US credit rating, or the environment), one Tea Party organization is now announcing it will primary 87 […]

November 14th

Is the (artificially crafted) shutdown crisis really over?

By David Brin As we track events in Washington, so far, it seems that my prediction — which few others shared and that many called “blue sky” — appears to be unfolding almost precisely as it was laid out here… and here… and here.  Details develop though, so let me elaborate.  After Senators Reid and McConnell finish their current […]

October 16th

David Brin – Shutdown or showdown? What’s really going on?

By David Brin Hello, did I call this or what? Is the GOP dropping Obamacare in shutdown debate? That’s the notion Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget Committee chairman, and the party’s vice presidential nominee last year, argued in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Here’s How We can End the worst part of […]

October 10th

David Brin: How the government shutdown will end

By David Brin Before I get to my forecast of how the Great Big US Government Shut-Down of 2013 will end… let’s start with this surprising commentary. Yipe. The following is from Fox News. It is harsh, factual, on-target… and did I mention it’s from Fox, of all places? Could Rupert be asking “what have I […]

October 5th

Why are we cutting spending NOW? This is just stupid.

What should be happening right now in the US is INVESTMENT. Instead, everybody in Washington – all the Very Serious People – are convinced that our true crisis is spending… because sometime 25 years down the road or so we will run out of money. Let me repeat: This is just STUPID. As Nobel Laureate […]

March 6th