Texas Two-Step: Rick Perry resumes his war against Social Security

Just a week after disowning his stated opposition to Social Security and Medicare he wrote in his own book, “Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington,” the Republican Presidential front-runner is back on the attack against seniors in Iowa, reaffirming his own words published nine months ago in “Fed Up!,” and calling Social Security a “monstrous lie” and “Ponzi scheme” and promising to bring his war against America’s seniors to Washington and end the critical programs if he reaches the White House.

There’s more on Rick Perry’s flip-flopping Texas Two-Step at Think Progress and at the Houston Chronicle.

Doña Ana County Democrats Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. On this 91st anniversary since ratification of the 19th Amendment we celebrate the historic achievements of women in our community and our party, including the many office holders of our nation, our state, our county, our local communities, and our local party organization who have done so much to work for the equality of all.

As Americans we value the equality and dignity of all.  On this August 26th we call on all of us to work toward those common values we most cherish. The Doña Ana County Democratic Party is proud to stand alongside all of the dedicated women of the American past who sacrificed so much for the civil and human rights of all, and we honor those Americans who continue to work toward that vision that we as an organization strive to champion.

We join Americans across the nation in remembering and honoring the historic anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment. While we celebrate the progress our country has made, we know the journey is far from finished. There remains much work to be done. We promise to continue to work toward that day when every American is afforded the same opportunities and freedoms regardless of gender, skin color, religious belief, income, sexual orientation, ability or disability, or place of birth.

U.S. Senate Candidate Hector Balderas Visits Doña Ana County

U.S. Senate candidate and State Auditor Hector Balderas brought his campaign to Doña Ana County yesterday, holding a local fundraiser at the home of Isabelle Dominguez in the North Alameda neighborhood of Las Cruces before addressing members of the Progressive Voters Alliance later Thursday evening. On Friday Balderas moved on to meet our fellow Democrats in Luna County.

U.S. Senate candidates Hector Balderas and Martin Heinrich will once again be in our County when they join Doña Ana Democrats at our 9th Annual Labor Day Breakfast on September 5, at Ramada Palms de Las Cruces, at 201 E. University Avenue, Las Cruces, NM, at 9:00 AM.

There’s more about the Doña Ana Democrats Labor Day Breakfast event on our announcement page.

The Latest Republican Line: More Taxes for the Middle Class

Republicans are about to make a novel argument. If a tax hike hits only the middle class, they’re saying it’s not really a tax hike.

Beginning in January, President Obama enacted a payroll tax cut for millions of Americans, ensuring that working Americans get to keep more of the money they earn. It’s a policy that helps families, but also pumps more money back into the economy to spur growth.

Now, President Obama wants to extend those low rates. And Republicans want to raise them.

The Associated Press reports:

“Many of the same Republicans who fought hammer-and-tong to keep the George W. Bush-era income tax cuts from expiring on schedule are now saying a different “temporary” tax cut should end as planned. By their own definition, that amounts to a tax increase.”

We expect the GOP to scrape and claw to defend taxes for the rich. And for years, we’ve watched Republican candidates sign a pledge “to oppose any and all tax increases.”

But in opposing the extension of this payroll tax cut, they’re suddenly ready to raise taxes on 160 million middle class families. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the words “middle class” haven’t been mentioned once in any of the three Republican debates.

When your only priority is protecting special interests, you just don’t have time to fight for the rest of us.

Source: Democratic National Committee

Rick Perry’s Extremist Ideology Gets a Closer Look

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry has come under greater scrutiny lately for his extremist book titled, “Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington.

In “Fed Up!,” Perry calls for the end of Social Security, Medicare, food safety, laws prohibiting child labor, and environmental protection, among other reforms of the past century. Nine months ago, Perry termed Social Security “a crumbling monument to the New Deal.” When pressed on the issue this week, the Republican Party’s latest “front runner”  is now claiming to have second thoughts about his own extremist views.

There’s more on Rick Perry’s radical flip-flops at the Los Angeles Times.

Maury Castro: Cut Him Some Slack

Maury Castro is a longtime member of our community and a Doña Ana County Democratic Party member, leader, and neighborhood organizer from Doña Ana.

There’s an old adage that seems applicable to the current situation in Washington, D.C. that says, “with friends like these, who needs enemies?”  After having been elected in the remarkable campaign of 2008, against improbable odds, and with the powerful  support of an effective locally-based grassroots effort, and a historic national coalition, including an energized and idealistic base of young voters, President Barack Obama inherited what can only be described, charitably, as a chamber of horrors in our nation’s capital. Regrettably all too many of us, particularly those of us who could be described as left-of-center, have fallen into the easy trap of striking out against this administration.

Yet this president has, in fact, accepted the challenge, rolled up his sleeves, and set about the task of leading the United States out of the morass left behind by the conservative leadership of the Republican Party and George W. Bush. Fortunately for all of us he has managed to stop the bleeding, and pull the ship of state out of its immediate crisis.

Regrettably, the short-lived optimism and unrealistic expectations for a quick fix to the problems left behind brought the positive changes set in motion in 2009 to a halt in the aftermath of the 2010 mid-term elections.  The entrenched banking industry, big oil, and other recipients of federal giveaways have responded to the shared challenges faced by all Americans by acting to preserve their special interests against the well being of the rest of the country, including the broad base of the middle class.

These are same special interests that caused the economic crisis in the first place. Yet since losing the White House in 2008, they have used the engine of a carefully tuned right-wing media “noise machine” to blame President Obama for the ongoing problems faced by the country. With the combined effort of conservative “think tanks,” and with spin and demagoguery; an effort that even goes so far as to stroke the ugly old flames of racism and national division, they have worked to turn the “herd” against the responsible leadership of the Obama Administration.

On our side, we often seem all too willing to unwittingly aid and abet that scurrilous right-wing crowd with a smug attitude of unconscionable apathy. We too become part of the problem when, rather than organizing in our own best interests, we walk away and resort to endless complaint, and even go so far as to fail to even bother to go out and vote, much less make the effort to hold our elected officials accountable.

To add insult to injury, those who claim to understand how the political and governmental processes work, simply react against every sound bite or strategic act in that complex process when the President finds himself in a contentious political situation. As we all should know, contention and obstruction are built into that system; obstruction that prevents the President from immediately running down the field, unimpeded by opposition, to score an easy touchdown.

When we find no easy answers after nearly a decade of mis-leadership that preceded his administration, we label the president as a sell-out, short on guts or conviction, and fail to remind of ourselves of those promises he has worked to keep, and those accomplishments he has, in fact, achieved, often against stiff odds.

Even worse, in the process, we place ourselves and our own interests in peril and bring aid to our enemies. One needs only to look to the year’s events in Wisconsin, or look at the current cast of leadership in Santa Fe, for a chilling example of what can happen when we simply walk away from the challenge and stay home on election day.

Far too many of us, and all of us should know better, simply parrot the right-wing framing of every issue that comes down the pike. I frequently shake my head in disbelief when some of my own friends, people I usually respect, come around wielding dumb political cartoon messages they get from the right-wing media machine.  But unfortunately, as the saying goes, repeat the lie often enough and it starts to look like the truth.

We’ve come way too far to turn back now. I caution all of us to make the effort to dig out the actual facts, and get back to supporting the forward effort of the president and, above all, cut him some slack. Considering how far we come from where we were only three years ago, he deserves at least that much.

Republican Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney Joins the ‘Tea Party’

Reuters is reporting that presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who once called himself a “moderate voice” in the Republican Party, has declared himself “in sync” with the extremist ‘Tea Party’ and its radical agenda. Romney, a former corporate raider, who prior to his present presidential bid,  has worked to break up American companies send thousands of jobs offshore, declared his allegiance to the ‘Tea Party’ at a campaign stop in Berlin, New Hampshire.

There’s more about Romney’s pledge of allegiance to the Tea Party at Reuters.

There’s more about Mitt Romney’s designs and plans for America at Democrats.org