A one-man roadblock to progress. It’s what I see when I look at Chris Christie.
Just look at the guy’s record as governor:
And he’s the first anti-choice governor of New Jersey since Roe v. Wade.
It’s right there in front of us — Chris Christie is the wrong governor for New Jersey.
Christie’s set on being a brick wall against New Jersey’s progressive values. So let’s beat this guy and elect a pro-choice Democratic woman in his place.
The guy only gets worse when you look at the company he keeps.
Scott Walker — Wisconsin’s dreadfully anti-worker governor — hosted a fundraiser for Christie, and Christie has called Walker “courageous” for his attacks on working families.
Mitt Romney called Christie the future of the Republican Party.
And fellow extremist-in-disguise Scott Brown fundraised for Christie just a couple months ago.
I’ll tell you what, I wouldn’t mind a repeat performance of a true progressive sending a faux moderate packing — just like Elizabeth Warren did to Scott Brown.
Barbara Buono’s spent her career doing everything possible to improve the lives of New Jersey’s women and families. She’s everything Christie isn’t: staunchly pro-choice, a true friend to workers, and dedicated to real service for the people of her state.
The people of New Jersey deserve better. They deserve a true reformer like Barbara who actually cares about the people she represents, not her own self-interests.
Make it happen.
Director of Campaigns, EMILY’s List
by Think Progress
As they have at every possibility opportunity since 2011, Republicans are once again manufacturing a crisis in order to demand policies rejected by the American people. This time, however, they are innovating by trying to manufacture two crises at almost precisely the same time. Speaker Boehner (R-OH) has warned Democrats and President Obama to prepare for “a whale of a fight.”
First, the government runs out of the authority to spend money on September 30 and will shut down unless Congress acts. Dozens and dozens of Republicans are calling for just such a shutdown unless Obamacare is defunded and millions of Americans are denied the security of quality, affordable health care. They are also suggesting that Democrats must agree to lock-in painful and economically damaging sequester cuts.
(House Republicans have responded to the urgency of this situation by taking a five-week vacation and scheduling just nine days of work during the entire month of September.)
It gets worse.
The Treasury Department announced yesterday that the nation’s debt limit, the authority to borrow money to pay for spending Congress has already voted for, will be reached sometime in mid-October. This is weeks or even months sooner than some had anticipated.
Just for the record: Congress already racked up these bills and it needs to raise the debt limit in order to pay them. Period. End of story. No argument.
Nevertheless, Boehner promised Republican donors yesterday that he intends to repeat the disastrous debt limit crisis the GOP manufactured in 2011. That crisis brought us to the brink of an economy-destroying default on our obligations, actually increased the national debt, led to the first-ever downgrade of the nation’s credit rating, and dealt a severe blow to the economy.
Boehner reportedly even acknowledged how bad things were last time the GOP took the economy hostage:
Recalling the 2011 battle over raising the federal debt ceiling, Boehner recalled negotiations that spooked financial markets, prompted Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the U.S. credit rating and angered ordinary Americans. He warned the audience to expect more of the same.
“I wish I could tell you it was going to be pretty and polite, and it would all be finished a month before we’d ever get to the debt ceiling. Sorry, it just doesn’t work that way,” Boehner said
As MSNBC’s Steve Benen noted today, Republicans are the only thing standing in the way of it working that way:
Well, it could work that way, and it used to work that way. Between 1939 and 2010, Congress raised the debt limit 89 times. In recent years, many of those votes were cast by a guy named John Boehner. Neither party took Americans hostage; neither party demanded a ransom. That was before the radicalization of the Republican Party, at which point threatening to trash the full faith and credit of the United States on purpose became acceptable.
In the past even Boehner himself has repeatedly said that he would not use the debt ceiling for political leverage.
Republicans are again willing to risk tanking the the entire economy in order to force Democrats to accept deep and unpopular cuts to programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Obamacare. These cuts would come on top of the job-killing austerity cuts to other domestic programs that Republicans are also demanding Democrats agree to keep.
As he laid out his hostage-taking plan to donors, even Boehner admitted that this tactic was “unfair.” He’s right.
The American people overwhelmingly rejected these policies last year when they overwhelmingly rejected Mitt Romney and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). Voters also expanded the Democratic majority in the Senate and even voted for a Democratic House of Representatives, which Republicans are only able to maintain control of thanks to the extensive gerrymandering they carried out after the 2010 census.
BOTTOM LINE: We can’t continue govern by crisis. Republicans should drop their irresponsible threats to shut down the government and Congress simply needs to raise the debt limit in order to pay the bills it already racked up.
I received a like & a comment from someone from the extreme right, well, a breitbart team member. I am not afraid of communicating with anyone who disagrees with me or me them but admit to debating whether to follow a blog that is so opposite of everything I believe in and wonder why would a breitbart follower follow me? I have no respect for what breitbart represented.
I also have issues with FOX being considered a news program that is actually a Republican station, so any use of them as a resource is just not going to fly. When it comes to Election2012, I am definitely concerned about the folks that Ryan represents the fact that he not only follows, but also quotes Ayn Rand while quietly plotting out a plan to overturn roe V wade. The top of the ticket is an even scarier thought because Ryan like Romney along with other Republicans have planned NOT to give Americans the necessary information to make intelligent choices. Though folks are starting to tune in this – is the most important election Americans have had to participate in and Republicans are doing whatever they have to in order that left leaning folks right to vote is suppressed in election2012. I am, particularly concerned about a woman’s right to choose as Republican Governors took it upon themselves to pass unacceptable legislation ,screamed about their religious freedoms have been violated. While women all over the World watched in horror as a panel of men who not only refused to listen to Sandra fluke, they denied Eleanor Holmes Norton a seat at the table as well. I don’t know about you but I was pissed, scared and determined not to let a group of men turn back the clock in a fight for by women who suffered from a lack of Equality in all its forms, I mean are these men serious? do they think women are too stupid to make their own health care decisions or is there another reason for the sudden need to ban birth control possibly trash roe V wade. Maybe. I know Women’s suffrage was about a whole lot more than reproductive rights and we all must remember VAMA and the Equal pay Act are bills sitting waiting to become laws. While those in Congress, specifically republicans have decided, no business is good for their Elections there is a lot of Republican talk out there about birth control and abortion, which should scare Women. As VP Joe Biden stated in the debate, roe V wade is only as safe as the Supreme Court justices allowed to sit on the court are objective. The Hyde amendment was a knee jerk reaction from a man or group of men who believed that had the right to invade a Woman’s personal space, life and their right to choose. Unfortunately, in the end it became a law. We all know 98% of women use birth control. I know plenty girls (women) who have had abortions at 18, some are now married , have kids doing quite well thank you… went to college have good jobs and some are in that 47% because they are single parents . As a person of colour and mom, I am more than scared to be governed by Romney/Ryan … imagine that finger wagging Gov. Brewer did ; only it will be Romney/Ryan after having eliminated all social programs warning all of us brown, black mixed and whites folks considered low life 47% that the time has come for the Rich to Rule America.
I grew up thinking America was a good place to live for everyone but given the push the have it all trying to buy Election2012 Votes, we must all stay the course, fight back with our votes to fight the mission to turn back the clock or change our democracy. I have some serious doubts, especially with what I am reading on your blog – Republicans have taken a big risk and those 47% include Vets, teachers, firefighters police …City County and state workers cut slashed burned by the GOP.
I know the write up was negative … Though it might be a good opportunity to trade information, find out exactly why ideology rates higher than the greater good … well, and at least ask.
FYI … from the Center for American Progress
The History of the Hyde Amendment - Click on the link below for more information
… birth control become controversial?” In some ways, we can thank former Rep. Henry Hyde (R.-Ill.) for setting us on this path. The attacks on contraceptive coverage can be traced back to an amendment of his that turns 36 years old today. The Hyde Amendment…
By Jessica Arons | Monday, October 1, 2012
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