Well they have tried everything else so why not try something new to them but not new to the rest of us. The Republican party has struggles to get the minority vote since November and even before that as far as I remember. The problem could potentially get worse, but as an optimist myself the glass is half full and GOP-minority relations can always improve. Republican leaders, according to campaign consultants, need to make some timely decision and get a few breaks in order to regain some trust. The party need to draw more of the Latino vote and supports as it is a fast growing sector which if you remember gave Barack Obama 71 percent of the vote last fall. There are two potential opportunities coming: the first is by allowing the immigration changes to become law, the party could ease the anti-GOP feeling among Hispanics and the issue will fade from headlines and the second would be to nominate a Republican Latino, let’s say Marco Rubio of Florida, for president in 2016 possibly gaining millions of Hispanic voters. Another important group would be the black voters who support the Democratic party in overwhelming numbers, but even a slight inroad could swing one or two states in the 2016 election. Some strategists believe that the Republicans will make the situation worse among minorities if Congress blocks Obama’s bid to grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants. Democratic strategist Doug Thornell says for the Republicans to attract more Hispanic and black voters, they need to do more than nominate a Cuban-American for president and overhaul immigration. He believes they also need to get rid of the hostile language used toward these groups as well as get rid of behaviors that target these groups as in the last presidential election where they tried to limit voting in Florida and other states. Even Rubio, the potential “Republican Savior,” has said that it is delusional for the party to believe their Hispanic voters will double because of reform to immigration as the party has already made them feel unwelcome and reinforced the idea with words and actions.
All I have to say it is about time for both parties to work together even though I am sure not all members agree. On Tuesday, lawmakers revealed their first bipartisan bill to make firearms trafficking a federal crime. During a press conference the bill’s sponsors- Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Scott Rigell (R-Va.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)- said that the measure would create one federal code giving law enforcement the ability to prosecute gun traffickers and impose up to 20 years in jail for those who buy guns for people who cannot buy them on their own.This recommendations is among the gun violence package give to the President last month. Scott Rigell, a sponsor of the bill, said “As a lifetime member of the NRA, as a firearm owner, as a father … I’ve got a problem with people who break the law using firearms because it inevitably puts pressure on my rights…When we punish the bad guys, we’re protecting the good guys. That’s really the essence of the bill.” Another bill sponsor, Patrick Meehan, said he’s “glad to be able to reach across the aisle and work toward common sense solutions” like their gun trafficking bill, which he noted has a companion bill in the Senate. For some like Cummings the issue is personal since losing his nephew to gun violence a year and a half ago. The man obstacle to this bipartisan partnership is whether the bill will make it to a vote. There is support from both sides but it all depends on whether or not House Republican leaders will allow it through. The Senate, however, will be the first to vote on the bill and will have to pass. Hill aids and gun policy advocates expect something to pass in the senate but are unsure about whether this will happen or not. The goal is to get as many single measures passed toward a solution to the gun violence issue, but combining them with other measures may hurt their chance of being passed according to the bill sponsors. The NRA has not officially taken a position on the new bill yet but hopes to work with Congress as it passed through the legislative process.
And this is why I love Colin Powell he harkens back to the days of Eisenhower that no B.S. don’t care what you think attitude. The former Secretary of State has continued to criticize his own party on Monday, telling Republicans that they need to leave this “birther nonsense” alone and shift their attention to the nation’s shifting demographic by developing new policies. On ABC news, Powell commented that “Republicans have to stop buying into things that demonize the president…I mean, why aren’t Republican leaders shouting out about all this birther nonsense and all these other things? They should speak out. This is the kind of intolerance that I’ve been talking about where these idiot presentations continue to be made and you don’t see the senior leadership of the party say, ‘No, that’s wrong.’ In fact, sometimes by not speaking out, they’re encouraging it. And the base keeps buying the stuff.” Powell continues on to say that the Republican party needs to focus on how to win the next election instead of attacking everyone who doesn’t agree with the party including himself. He makes a good point since something is really wrong when your parties favorability rating is 26 percent and more and more people feel disconnected to the party itself. Scheming for the party hasn’t worked, so why not try doing some work instead of blaming everyone else. Powell offered up a suggestion to increase their appeal with minority voters by reflecting on where the party is heading and pursue policies to support that. He further criticize the repression of voters in the last Presidential Election. I think what he says next is true of politics in general right now but the comment was aimed at the Republicans. Last week, Powell had said that “a dark vein of intolerance in some parts” of the Republican structure does exist. Of course, the Republican strongly rebuke the claims Powell has made.
This is by far my favorite picture of the billionaire. He may look a little funny here, but when it comes to politics I completely agree with the man. Even though billionaire investor, Warren Buffett believes Obama’s biggest issue will be Congress, he still is confident that the country will overcome the poor decision-making of lawmakers. I could not help but laugh at this comment he made to CBS News in a recent interview,”What is right about America just totally dwarfs what’s wrong with Washington.” It is so scary and true that I cannot help but laugh at it. During the fiscal debate, Buffett encouraged Republicans to put country before party in order to reach a deal and prevent a $1.2 trillion automatic tax hike and spending cuts. Luckily, a last minute decision was reached and crisis averted for now. Why is Buffett not president? He makes a lot of great points, but I will chalk it up to the super rich not caring for his proposals to raise taxes on the super rich that would make them pay higher rates than the Middle Class which is the way it should be. As Buffett eloquently said, the debt itself is not a problem and it is not a goof thing it going up in relation to GDP. According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, if the Republicans only raise the nation’s debt ceiling in exchange for major spending cuts and does nothing, then the U.S. will not be able to meet its financial obligations by mid-February.