Daley’s View: IS SENATOR TED CRUZ UNDOCUMENTED? (File This Under Humor)

Sometimes you just need a good laugh.ted cruz AP

Please remember the attacks on the President’s citizenship. The “Birthers” challenged his legitimacy as a candidate because they believed he was born in Kenya, Indonesia or some other unnamed place, but not in the U.S. When Obama’s birth certificate showed that he actually was born in Hawaii, these attacks bombed. Clearly he met the qualifications for the Presidency.

Well Ted Cruz, the most flaming Tea Bagger of them all, actually may have a problem. The Birthers are after him.

Senator Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada. Read more

Daley View: WHY IS A RAVEN LIKE A WRITING DESK? and Other Musings

I was in the Hart Senate Office Building for a meeting with Senator Manchin’s staff that ended around 2:30 PM. 82655_600Normally I would have bolted for the door to get fresh air, but I was starving. I went into the basement to the American Grill and was putting mustard on my cheeseburger when the shooting started outside the building. They locked us in.

“Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring staff in all Senate office buildings to immediately shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, emergency supply kits and escape hoods; and move to your office’s assigned shelter-in-place location or the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows.”

Reports of just what happened are still being pieced together, but apparently a woman suffering through her own mental illness tried to ram through security at the Executive Office Building next to the White House. When she failed, she led the police on a chase that ended just outside the Heart Building. She had a child in the car with her. The woman was shot and has died.

She was unarmed. The police aren’t even being paid. Read more

Daley’s View: Bernanke Out. Who Steps In?

One of the great Inside the Beltway debates this August is about who should replace Ben Bernanke who is retiring as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

So who cares?

Summers: Silent on Wall Street Accountability

Well, you probably should.

Much of the talk is about Larry Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury, former Obama economics advisor, former President of Harvard

University, and current Wall Street investor.

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Food Stamps and Farmers: The House of Representatives Got it So Wrong

After failing to pass a Farm Bill that included farm subsidies and food assistance (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps) in June, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a skeleton of a Farm Bill on July 11—without the food stamps. The House effectively left 46 million Americans wondering how to feed themselves and their families.

The response from House Republican leadership? House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio shrugged and said: “If ands and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas. (check out an irreverent look at Mr. Boehner) You’ve heard that before. My goal right now is to get the Farm Bill passed. We’ll get to those other issues later.” (NY Times, July 11)

So the hungry and indigent just have to wait until pigs fly, or Christmas comes in July. Congressmen who own farms themselves will get their subsidies, along with family farmers who actually need the federal support. Meanwhile, those other issues like food security; will have to wait. Indefinitely.

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The Times They Are A Changin…

But Racism Stays the Same

There is no way to put a good face on it. The U.S. Supreme Court cut the guts out of the 1965 Voter Rights Act, one of the seminal achievements of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.

True, they didn’t throw it out entirely. They just made it useless. They eliminated the formulas that the U.S. Justice Department employed to determine where the Act should apply.

The ruling was 5 to 4, with the reactionary wing winning the day. Read more

Daley’s View: “This Week in DC, It’s About Placating Xenophobia”

There’s always something going on in your nation’s capital.

This week’s big show is in the Senate Judiciary Committee where they are processing Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  This is enormously important legislation and there appears to be reasonably positive progress — assuming one is willing to endure some shocking attitudes about immigrants as the price for a path to citizenship. Read more