Stephen Crockett No Healthcare Reform Equals No Senate Job
It mystifies this writer that many Senate Democrats have failed to understand that killing the "public option" compromise position being pushed by the Obama will mean the end of their Senate careers. Politics has changed dramatically in the last few years and many Senate incumbents seem to have missed the size and intensity of the paradigm shift.
Jun 24, 2009 - 1:59:49 PM
Stephen Crockett Delaware State Worker Pay Cut Fight: Part 2
The fight against the proposed 8% pay cut for state employees in Delaware has grown dramatically in scale and intensity in recent weeks. This week, the State Workers United for a Better Delaware coalition has scheduled a Legislative Commitment Rally on Thursday, June 11th on the Legislative Mall in Dover, Delaware.
Jun 10, 2009 - 11:53:50 AM
Stephen Crockett Reaching Out to the College Community
I believe that Democratic organizations, progressive groups and labor unions need to increase their outreach efforts aimed at American colleges and universities. Campuses provide a very large percentage of campaign volunteers. They are the source of nearly all future opinion-makers including journalists, book authors, officeholders, business leaders and policy experts!
Jun 2, 2009 - 11:56:28 AM
Stephen Crockett Delaware State Worker Coalition and Allies Fight Massive Pay Cuts: Part 1
Most states are facing tough economic times and having great difficulty balancing state government budgets. This is certainly true in Delaware and surrounding states. Pay cut proposals for state workers were floated in Maryland and Pennsylvania but quickly rejected. Other solutions managed to at least temporarily stem the tide of red ink were found without unduly punishing state employees.
May 23, 2009 - 11:00:42 AM
Stephen Crockett Specter Deserves A Democratic Primary Opponent
Most Pennsylvania Democrats are Democrats for good reasons. It is not because they like the letter "D" more than the letter "R". They are Democrats because they support the Democratic approach on a wide array of issues more than they support the Republican policy positions on those issues.
Apr 29, 2009 - 2:25:47 PM
Stephen Crockett The Jindal Lesson: Keeping Those Republicans Out of Power
After listening today to the Louisiana Governor respond to Obama's speech to Congress and the American nation on the economic crisis and healthcare, I suddenly realized that the Jindal-type of Republican should never, ever be placed in a position of governmental responsibility. Unfortunately, the Jindal-type dominates the national Republican power structure.
Feb 25, 2009 - 11:08:41 AM
Stephen Crockett Buying American-made Toys
I did not buy any toys for the many children in my life this year. Admittedly, money was very tight after the economy collapsed from eight years of Republican mismanagement. However, the main reason I did the scrooge thing this Christmas is that I simply refused to buy Chinese made toys for the American children I love so dearly.
Dec 29, 2008 - 3:37:04 PM
Stephen Crockett Is Senator Shelby a Threat to American Economy?
Senator Shelby (Republican-Alabama) has a very negative record when it comes to protecting the economic health of the American nation. He has routinely endorsed every major, so-called "free trade" deal that has been proposed for decades. Shelby has routinely stood in the way of government provided, universal healthcare proposal for decades. Now, Shelby (like most other Republican Senators with similar voting records) is blocking the federal bridge loans to the American auto companies designed to save the American auto industry.
Dec 10, 2008 - 11:27:59 AM
Stephen Crockett Biden Helping A Working Family: An Untold Story
Very early on the morning that Senator Biden flew to the nation of Georgia as the Russian-Georgian war was cooling down, I received a phone call from a labor activist friend of mine from the Eastern Region of the Laborers (LIUNA) union. The caller was Brian McGlinchey. He asked me if I could get in touch with a certain Laborers Local 199 member who was facing foreclosure and was trying to support a family of ten (now eleven as a new son was born two weeks ago). McGlinchey explained that the Senator Biden personally wanted to discuss the difficulty facing this working family to see if he could be of assistance.
Oct 16, 2008 - 2:30:13 PM
Stephen Crockett The "Being Stupid" and "Sounding Strong" Policy Connection
Developments in the ongoing conflict between the nations of Georgia and Russia grew very hot this past week. The conflict has very long historical roots and has been potentially ready to explode since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The comments of John McCain on the current outbreak of war has demonstrated the close connection between "sounding strong" for domestic political considerations and "being stupid" in the execution of American foreign policy.
Aug 19, 2008 - 10:23:48 AM
Stephen Crockett Building Alliances and Voting for Change in 2008
The American nation has an excellent opportunity to change the nature of politics in our country this year. We have a real chance to build lasting alliances that will re-define the political landscape at every level of government and permit us to take back our government by the average citizen.
Aug 12, 2008 - 11:04:51 AM
Stephen Crockett Future Liar-in-Chief McCain and his BS Express
The fear that Republican Presidential candidate will be soundly defeated by Obama in November has generated a massive barrage of outright lies and some very smelly BS. Some of the lies and BS come from the usual disreputable sources like Right Wing talk radio hosts, Republican bloggers, Ann Coulter clones and certain Fox News commentators. These are to be expected.
Jul 26, 2008 - 10:31:41 PM
Stephen Crockett Politics and the Insecurity Economy
The Bush Republican economic revolution has been fought. Working class and middle class Americans lost along with the nation. The result is the Republican insecurity economy of today. It is not a happy place for most Americans.
Jun 17, 2008 - 11:24:01 AM
Stephen Crockett Gas Tax Nonsense and Fundamental Energy Industry Change
The idea being promoted by both John McCain and Hillary Clinton of canceling the federal gasoline tax for the summer is a terrible idea. It fails to address the real issue of runaway fuel prices. It has negative consequences for the safety of our roads and bridges. It is essentially a campaign stunt and distraction. The oil profiteers have already gobbled up any benefit consumers might gain from the cut far in advance of the proposed summer suspension.
May 1, 2008 - 10:08:35 AM
Stephen Crockett For the Good of the Party and America, an Obama-Clinton Democratic Ticket
Hillary Clinton should end her bid for the White House. Obama should offer her the Vice Presidency. Clinton should accept the offer. It would be a bitter pill for both to swallow but it is what both the Democratic Party and the American nation desperately needs. Neither Clinton nor Obama should place their personal ambition, pride or emotions ahead of the needs of the American people.
Apr 30, 2008 - 12:07:41 PM
Stephen Crockett Sam Bennett: Democratic Hope in the Pennsylvania 15th Congressional District
If I had only one Republican controlled Congressional District to target in a key battleground state this year, it would be the Pennsylvania 15th. This is a proven Democratic performing District that could very easily take the swing out of the swing state of Pennsylvania. Turning the 15th Congressional District solidly Democratic along with the recent electoral gains made in eastern Pennsylvania by Democrats means the state will remain reliably "Blue" in upcoming elections.
Apr 2, 2008 - 11:40:29 AM
Stephen Crockett National Regrets and Paying for Reagan-Bush Policies Our current list of national economic difficulties and governmental failures is a direct result of nearly 30 years of failed Republican policies. We are paying the price in many ways for our national love affair with slick, emotionally appealing Republican political rhetoric and candidates. We ignore the harsh reality behind the deceitful words.
Mar 23, 2008 - 9:52:10 PM
Stephen Crockett Maryland Republicans Set to Lose Congressional Seat
Democrats have numerous possible opportunities to replace Republican members of Congress with Democratic challengers in 2008. Republicans are retiring at rates that must be alarming to the Republican Party. While it is difficult to keep up with the rapid pace of Republican retirement announcements, I believe that at least 26 Republican House members and 6 Republican Senators are leaving office. Only 6 Democratic House members are confirmed as retiring. Zero Democratic Senators are currently known to be leaving office. Some of the Democratic House members are seeking Senate seats.
Feb 5, 2008 - 9:40:57 AM
Stephen Crockett Medicare For All via H.R. 676
It is obvious that none of the major Presidential candidates of either the Democratic or Republican Parties are supporting the right approach to providing universal healthcare. Frankly, all the Republican candidates are going to be major obstacles to achieving this national goal. While the top Democratic candidates (Clinton, Edwards and Obama) do support the concept, they are all offering Band-Aid approaches for a life-threatening economic and health crisis in America.
Jan 1, 2008 - 12:31:00 PM
Stephen Crockett Edwards is FDR With a Southern Accent
The Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards is potentially the person most likely to realign the two major political parties for the next generation or two. Edwards is a Democratic political leader who is not only closely mirroring FDR as a historical figure but is doing so by following in the same political and economic traditions as FDR. The main differences are personal backgrounds and accents.
Dec 23, 2007 - 5:25:45 PM
Stephen Crockett Lieberman's "Nothing" Endorsement of John McCain
The media filled the airwaves and wasted tons of paper reporting on the endorsement of independent Senator Joseph Lieberman of Republican Senator John McCain. While Lieberman does have a stronger base in the Republican Party than he has among independents or Democrats, he has very little support anywhere.
Dec 18, 2007 - 10:22:22 PM
Stephen Crockett Policing Corporate Pricing Policies
Among the top priorities of the current and next Congressional sessions should be new laws to regulate corporate pricing policies. In particular, our nation needs strict new federal laws against price-gouging and predatory pricing.
Nov 29, 2007 - 8:51:46 PM
Stephen Crockett Waterboarding Republicans vs. Supporting Our Troops
You cannot honestly say you are supporting American soldiers if you support the use of torture techniques like waterboarding. By any objective definition, waterboarding is torture. The technique is a type of simulated drowning of a prisoner who has their limbs bound.
Nov 11, 2007 - 12:55:57 AM
Stephen Crockett No Fun Being A Republican
BB King said it best when he sang "the thrill is gone." It certainly is no fun trying to defend Bush Republicanism going into the 2008 elections. Bush has simultaneously radicalized and corrupted the modern Republican Party.
Nov 8, 2007 - 9:26:08 PM
Stephen Crockett Free Trade Policy Craze is Crazy, Like Healthcare
The most recent statements coming from Ford and General Motors, demanding massive cuts in the benefits paid to auto workers or those companies will move their factories to low-wage countries, demonstrates the complete failure of current government economic policies. The automobile manufacturers should not be able to make such threats nor should they need to make such demands. The failures of current government economic policy makes both a reality. Changes in government economic policies can quickly correct the situation.
Sep 4, 2007 - 6:24:14 AM
Stephen Crockett C.L.E.A.N. - Community, Labor, Environmental Action Network
The best ideas emerge unexpectedly from the grassroots in seemingly unlikely places. One of those ideas is an organization called C.L.E.A.N. which stands Community, Labor, Environmental Action Network. The story behind the creation of this group is both enlightening and interesting. The concept is very sound. I hope C.L.E.A.N. chapters will eventually be in every state.
Aug 22, 2007 - 10:45:55 AM
Stephen Crockett Karl Rove: Democratic Secret Weapon
Karl Rove gave the Republican Party the political equivalent of the credit card teaser rate! It sure seemed good in the short term but reality sets in over the long run. Yes, "political genius" Karl Rove is the Democratic secret weapon that spells many, many Democratic victories over the next generation.
Aug 15, 2007 - 8:59:24 AM
Stephen Crockett Misplaced Republican Spending Priorities
The kind of money being spent by the Bush Republicans can result in saved or lost lives. We all can see the results in the case of Iraq. Launching his optional war against Saddam Hussein, in the way he did, Bush has directly cost the lives of thousands of American soldiers and maybe a hundred thousand mostly innocent Iraqi civilians. We have failed as a nation to come to terms with the massive costs that are less direct and obvious but just as real.
Aug 3, 2007 - 10:54:14 AM
Stephen Crockett Impeachment and Preserving Our Constitution
The United States has been in a prolonged Constitutional crisis since the Supreme Court showed it had been corrupted by partisan politics when the Bush vs. Gore ruling was issued in December, 2000. The Bush Administration began by Republican politicians thumbing their noses at the rule of law. The past seven years have been an unending assault on Constitutional government, American political traditions and personal freedom.
Jul 31, 2007 - 12:03:58 PM
Stephen Crockett What The Pundits Are Not Saying About Vitter
This writer is surprised that the mainstream media seem to be controlling the political dialogue in America and (this is the surprising part) the political class is simply going along. The questions not being asked, the ideas not being reported and the serious problems not being addressed are much more important than those frequently available from the corporate controlled, mainstream media. The Vitter Sex Scandal is just one interesting example with a degree of sex appeal.
Jul 20, 2007 - 8:26:43 AM
Stephen Crockett Republican Rulers Are Out Of Control
"Out of control, elitist power mongers" would be the best phrase to describe the political mindset of the Bush Republican machine. The current Bush Administration and their Senate allies are completely unwilling to bend to majority rule on the Iraq War or the other major issues of today. In the Republican elitist world, the people are to be ruled over instead of represented by Republican officeholders and judges.
Jul 13, 2007 - 9:02:46 PM
Stephen Crockett Democrats Support The Fairness Doctrine
Corporate Media pundits and sell-out Democratic personalities are denouncing a return to the Fairness Doctrine standards in broadcasting eliminated by the Reagan Administration. They are falling into a trap set by the Republican Right and the largest corporations in America. Essentially, they are letting Republican political spin set the agenda for "acceptable" political views.
Jul 6, 2007 - 8:58:48 AM
Stephen Crockett Affirmative Action for the Poor
In the aftermath of the recent Supreme Court ruling gutting affirmative action to deal with the historical impact of racial discrimination, I propose that Democratic political figures should push for new laws promoting affirmative action on behalf of poor Americans of all races. Unequal educational opportunities are an important factor contributing to pockets of entrenched poverty.
Jun 30, 2007 - 8:44:58 AM
Stephen Crockett Political Corruption on Steroids
Corruption and dirty politics is nothing new in America. However, the level and scope of dirty politics within the Republican Party at this point in American history seems to be unprecedented! It increasingly looks like the Republican leadership has become a kind of mafia-style criminal gang pretending to be a political party.
Jun 28, 2007 - 7:06:13 PM
Stephen Crockett Time for Republicans to Choose: Bush-Cheney or America
The recent claim by Dick Cheney to have both executive privilege and not to be part of the executive branch of government seems to amount to a claim that Cheney is simply above the rule of law. It appears that both Bush and Cheney think they rule by divine right like the absolute monarchs of medieval Europe or the dictators of the old Soviet Bloc. Both need to be impeached. Until they are removed from office, the media, Congress and the courts should be aggressively investigating, exposing and opposing their abuses of power.
Jun 25, 2007 - 10:50:17 AM
Stephen Crockett Why Be Afraid of Filibusters or Vetoes
This writer fails to understand why Democratic officeholders in the US House and Senate are not actively seeking situations where Republicans resort to filibustering popular Democratic legislation and situations where Bush vetoes similar measures. The benefits in political terms for Democrats far outweigh the risks and good legislation might just get enacted into law.
May 30, 2007 - 4:48:04 PM
Stephen Crockett Just Say "Hell NO!" To More Unfair Free Trade Deals
It looks like the House Democratic leadership simply did not get the message in the last election. Working Americans want no part of more falsely named "free trade" deals. This is absolutely not an issue where grassroots Democrats want our elected representatives compromising with the Republicans. We want an immediate change in direction concerning trade policy.
May 19, 2007 - 6:10:45 PM