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Steyer’s Right, Pelosi’s Wrong: Trump’s the Main Issue for 2018

Billionaire Tom Steyer, who has launched a campaign to get President Trump impeached, says that Democrats, in the upcoming elections, should focus on the...

Monday News: Power Struggle at CFPB; NY Times Tries/Fails to Defend...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, November 27. Also, check out this "tweetstorm" on why...

The Only Good Reason I Know for Dumping Pelosi is a...

You've probably heard that in the wake of Jon Ossoff's loss in GA-06 there have been calls for Nancy Pelosi to step down from...

Video: Reps. Beyer, Connolly, McEachin, Scott All Vote for Nancy Pelosi...

Congratulations to Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA04) on his first vote as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives -- Nancy Pelosi for Speaker....

Thursday News: Trump Embraces the Worst of Wall St.; So Much...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, December 1. Also check out Trevor Noah take on...

Wednesday News: Trump Moves to Screw the White Working Class Voters...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, November 30. The election really was rigged ("Millions of...

Nancy Pelosi Demolishes Eric Can’tor’s Idiocy on “mobs,” “class warfare”


See at about 3:40 into this video for Eric Can'tor saying he's "increasingly concerned about the growing mob occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country; and believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans."

Nancy Pelosi responds, utterly demolishing Eric Can'tor's idiocy. Check this out:

PELOSI: I didn't hear him say anything when the Tea Party was out demonstrating, actually spitting on members of Congress right here in the Capitol, and he and his colleagues were putting signs in the windows encouraging them. But let's not get down to that. Let's not get...

AMANPOUR: But do you think it's pitting Americans against Americans?

PELOSI: But it's the American system. It's the democratic system. We don't all agree. We'd have a king if we were all of one mind. We don't. We have different views. And the -- part of the democracy of our country is the expression that people give, and the Constitution guarantees that.

AMANPOUR: The story seems now to be one of class warfare. Are you concerned and worried that that is going to be the story going into the elections?

PELOSI: Well, actually, that notion, which I don't like, is one that came from the other side. When we said everyone should pay their fair share, the other side said that's class warfare.

No, it's not. It's the most endearing American value, fairness. And it's about everyone paying their fair share. We all have a responsibility to grow our economy, reduce the deficit, keep us number one.

So the very idea that the disparity in income and the disparity of equity and ownership in our country has grown so great -- listen to Ronald Reagan, when he talked about how unfair it was for a bus driver to be paying at the same rate as a millionaire. Listen to Ronald Reagan talk about that; he speaks beautifully to the unfairness of that scenario.

Exactly right. Of course, Eric Can'tor conveniently forgets that St. Ron used almost the exact same words as President Obama. Then, apparently, it was fine. Now, it's socialismcommunismmobshorrible. How does that work again? Oh yeah, it's always ok if you're a Republican (IOKIYAR), and of course if you're a cynical, stuffed-shirt hack like Eric Can'tor.

Still Looking for a Spine on Tax Cuts

In their Thursday morning meeting with President Obama, congressional Democrats wanted to know what the President's strategy was on the question of extending the so-called Bush tax cuts, according to Carrie Budhof Brown and Glenn Thrush, writing in Politico. Apparently Nancy Pelosi laid it on the line with the President, telling him that House Democrats insist on extending the tax cuts for the middle class, but definitely not for the wealthy, those making over $250,000.  Unfortunately, she apparently did not get a commitment from Obama, said Glenn Thrush in a later article in Politico, who noted it was "a move that could complicate the administration's efforts to reach a compromise with Republicans," especially since Senate Democrats did not believe they could get such a bill passed by the Senate, although they wanted to force a vote so as to put the monkey on the backs of the Republicans. Democrats on the Hill keep telling Obama that he cannot appear weak in negotiating with Republicans, and that his constant talking about driving "the hardest bargain---- while signaling his openness to a compromise" inevitably sounds weak to Republicans

Speaker Pelosi to GLBT Young People: “It Gets Better”


Can you imagine John BONEr, Eric Can'tor, Mitch McConnell or any other Republican or Tea Party leader cutting an "It Gets Better" video to GLBT young people?  As one commenter writes at Daily Kos, a "GOTea" video would be like this:
Boehner: "It gets better? Hell, no, it doesn't!"

Palin: "It gets better once my pastor casts that gay demon outta ya!"

O'Donnell: "I'm not a gay."

Romney: "It used to get better, but I can't endorse that anymore."

So true. So sad.

P.S. Did I mention how sick I am of watching Republican'ts bash this great woman, Nancy Pelosi, and of cowardly Democrats run away from her?  If you are too, send her an email (AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov) and thank her for the great work she's done as Speaker of the House. Then, help GOTV on November 2 so we don't move way backward with the guy who gets a hard-earned ZERO rating on GLBT issues from the Human Rights Campaign, John BONEr.

UPDATE: Oh, and don't forget to watch Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns' powerful, emotional "It Gets Better" video, after the "fold."

When Will Bob McDonnell Thank Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy...

When will Bob McDonnell "man up" and admit that his supposed "budget surplus" comes almost entirely through a combination of: a) shortchanging the state retirement system; and b) a huge influx of assistance (see the press release by the Commonwealth Institute below) from the evil "tax and spend" federal government? Oh, and while he's admitting that, maybe he can also thank Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi for saving his butt? Yeah, I know, "don't hold your breath."
Federal Infusion Helps to Stop the Bleeding: The Inside Story of ARRA Funds in Virginia

New Report Shows How Recovery Act Funds Helped Virginia Balance Its Budget

RICHMOND, VA -Fiscal relief funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) continue to be a key element in helping Virginia balance its budget, according to a new report by The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis.

"Recovery Act funds helped Virginia avoid deeper cuts in key services like health care, education, and public safety," said Michael Cassidy, President and CEO of The Commonwealth Institute.  In a new report released today, The Commonwealth Institute documents how enhanced Medicaid matching funds, additional federal funds for education and public safety and flexible federal fiscal stabilization funds filled over 15 percent of the shortfalls facing the current state budget and 25 percent of the shortfalls in the previous one. The report also shows the breakout of fiscal relief funding by budget area.

"Virginia will receive a total of about $2.5 billion in fiscal relief funds from the Recovery Act," explained Cassidy. "The General Assembly used $1.6 billion of this funding to fill Virginia's FY2008-2010 budget gap, leaving $870 million to help meet Virginia's FY2010-2012 budget needs.  This funding helped close 16 percent of the budget shortfall and helped avoid further cuts to key areas like health care, education, and public safety."

This report comes as Governor McDonnell is set to address the General Assembly's budget committees August 19 on the current status of Virginia's budget.  "As we continue to grapple with the impacts of the recession, it's important to recognize that significant amounts of federal assistance from the Recovery Act have helped soften some of the fiscal blow from cratering state revenues and recession-related increases in the demand on state services, but the state has a long way to go before its budgets are back in healthy shape," says Cassidy.

The complete report is available online at www.thecommonwealthinstitute.org.