Responding to a hissy fit ginned up by a random Weekly Standard writer, and carried along by Fox News, Democrats just changed their platform a day after they adopted it, adding language saying that “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel,” and adding a reference to God.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 5, 2012 3:50 pm|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 4, 2012 2:05 pm|
A military intervention short of a regime overthrow would not actually divert the path of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, if they actually seek one. In fact, while currently it’s ambiguous whether or not Iran will ever want a nuclear weapon – the Supreme Leader claims there are Islamic prescriptions against it, and the consensus of the US intelligence community is that Iran has no active nuclear weapons program – striking at the country militarily will almost certainly push them in that direction. You don’t have to take my word for it. Just take a look at this quote from former Bush-era CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden…
|By: Pam Spaulding Tuesday September 4, 2012 12:00 pm|
I’ll take a party that is willing to put in its platform that I should not be fired for being LGBT and that I have the right to marry over a party that thinks women are incubators and rape receptacles and LGBTs, well, aren’t even given a shred of dignity never mind any legal rights heterosexuals take for granted. They like their homos in the closet (or just out to have great Homocon parties with) and with open wallets to help elect outright homophobes.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 4, 2012 9:20 am|
I gave a qualified decent review to the Democratic Party platform on the deficit and social insurance programs. I cannot come close to doing the same on housing. In fact, the platform plank on this issue is so disingenuous, it makes Paul Ryan’s convention speech look scrupulously honest. I have to go through this 285-word section line by line.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 29, 2012 2:50 pm|
The Republican platform is too large a document and covers too many issue areas for one person to dissect entirely. I covered my core competency by going through the housing plank. But for those who did have the time and resources to do a full overview, the picture becomes clear that this is a pretty extreme document that, contrary to the beliefs of a John Boehner, does have some import.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 29, 2012 9:40 am|
The housing plank comes in the “Restoring the American Dream – Economy and Jobs” section of the document. It’s five paragraphs long, and much of it is explanatory and flowery. Most of the first paragraph goes on and on about the importance of homeownership. It concludes, “Homeownership is best fostered by a growing economy with low interest rates, as well as prudent regulation, financial education, and targeted assistance to responsible borrowers.” Beyond that, there’s not much here; they blame government for the housing market collapse, citicize Obama for not fixing it even though it happened in 2006-07, and have no discussion of the current foreclosure and servicing crisis except to say that the government shouldn’t help homeowners with principal writedowns.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 28, 2012 3:41 pm|
The Republican Party has formally adopted their platform, amid a smattering of No votes and a bit of tension on the convention floor, which was for the most part safely shunted to the sidelines. The GOP platform would ban marriage equality and the right to choose. It would turn Medicare into a voucher program. It would inaugurate a commission to return to the gold standard. It would extend the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts. It would oppose limits or any restrictions on guns. It is an fairly full-throated expression of the right wing of the party.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 28, 2012 2:10 pm|
The Republican National Convention has been gaveled into order, and an already-hoarse RNC Chair Reince Priebus has begun the proceedings. The first day will include the roll call to formally nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for President and Vice President. What may have been an uncomfortable floor fight over the seating of delegates may or may not have been averted, but the key element today is the Republican platform to end Medicare as we know it.