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ONE MOTHER'S PERSPECTIVE

  • WHO WE ARE-Women did it again. The annual Memorial Day tradition of placing flowers on graves of fallen soldiers was begun by women in the South after the Civil War. Who knew? Who now remembers that it was originally Decoration Day? Or that it is a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who fought for a better future. Memorial Day is a great deal…
  • 453 Days Later...

    Tom Rubin
    OFFENSIVE BUT PROTECTED SPEECH-Welcome news this week from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. By a vote of 11 to 1, the court overturned its injunction against the controversial video called "Innocence of Muslims" that it had ordered off YouTube back in February 2014. Here's the background. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia (photo below) was…
  • What LA Educators Should Learn From Bell Gardens High School’s Shocking Turnaround

    Jay Mathews
    VOICES FROM THE SQUARE-Bell Gardens High School in east Los Angeles County was a sorry mess when science teacher Liz Lowe arrived in 1989. It was overflowing with trailer classrooms and graffiti. More than 3,000 students crowded into school buildings surrounding a concrete quadrangle with patches of grass and some trees. Expectations were low. Not…
  • The Clean Sweep Election Finally Happened

    Bob Gelfand
    GELFAND’S WORLD- A few years ago, a group calling itself Clean Sweep argued that the voters of Los Angeles should defeat all the incumbents and replace them with fresh blood. On Tuesday, the results came close. There are two distinct lessons, one of which is quite ominous for elected officials. This election demonstrated the end of voter patience…
  • What Did Tuesday’s LAUSD Election Results Prove?

    Paul Hatfield
    PERSPECTIVE-Did the LAUSD election results signal a change for charter schools? Perhaps. Possibly. Maybe. You can make a decent case that Ref Rodriguez’s victory in District 5 points to strong support for charters. It was a battle between two well-funded candidates with diametrically opposed views on the issue. The effectiveness and fairness of…
  • (Train)ing Ourselves to Confront Modern Mass Transit

    Ken Alpern
    GETTING THERE FROM HERE-It's great to learn that Metro has an excellent new CEO with the hiring of Phillip A. Washington who comes to us from Denver. Following in the footsteps of his predecessors, Roger Snoble and Art Leahy, Mr. Washington has a first-rate reputation to maintain--but his first job will be to pass Measure R-2. Measure R-2 (perhaps…
  • City Controller’s Grandstanding DWP Audit is the Real Waste of Ratepayer Dollars

    Dennis Zine
    JUST THE FACTS-City Controller Ron Galperin’s Grandstanding DWP Audit results were finally released. Unfortunately, the conclusion and political spin that came afterwards from the controller was misleading. Here are the FACTS: The DWP’s Joint Training Institute and Joint Safety Institute are administered by DWP managers and representatives of the…
  • A Place Where ‘Special Interest’ is NOT a Dirty Word

    Denyse Selesnick
    MY TURN-We need to have a new word to differentiate the villainous “Special Interest” that everyone is always complaining about and the “Special Interest” that almost all of politicians and civic and social activists have adopted as a cause. It is impossible to have passion about multiple issues. I know I have mentioned this before, but it seems…
  • Alert! America’s Small Businesses are Being Screwed by Big Business

    Robert Reich
    THE ECONOMY-Can it be that America’s small businesses are finally waking up to the fact they’re being screwed by big businesses? For years, small-business groups such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses have lined up behind big businesses lobbies. (Photo: small businesses in Studio City) They’ve contributed to the same Republican…

 

  • Can Strawberries Help Fight Cancer?

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-There have been a number of studies over the years that could show evidence of strawberries fighting off cancer. Tong Chen lead a study…
  • Study: The Best Way to Quit Smoking … Bet On It

    Francie Diep
    WELLNESS-Oftentimes, money speaks louder than words. Apparently, that aphorism applies to cigarettes too. A new study finds that money incentives…
  • Exercise Can Help Anxiety … Here’s How

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-Statistics show that over 3 million American adults suffer from anxiety and there is no evidence that number will be declining any time…




Memorial Day 2015- Freedom Isn’t Free

J. Cole raps on the Letterman show: “Be Free’

The Star Spangled Banner … like you’ve never heard it before

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

What Jeb Bush Really Said

GUEST WORDS - Tax-ayatollah Grover Norquist called it “foolish” and “bizarre,” but former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made a bid for party leadership with his calculated remarks praising Ronald Reagan and criticizing his party’s no-compromise leadership.

What got less attention was Bush’s implicit disrespect to his party’s nominee, Mitt Romney – as well as his apparent lack of confidence in Romney’s ability to defeat President Obama in November. “Back to my dad’s time or Ronald Reagan’s time, they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support that right now would be difficult to imagine happening,” Bush famously said, declaring Reagan and George H.W. Bush “would have had a hard time [in the GOP] if you define the Republican Party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement.”

Bush is attacking a point of view that Romney has essentially embraced. The presumptive GOP nominee has avoided every opportunity to stand up to Tea Party crazies, whether by distancing himself from birther bully Donald Trump, or being the only person during the Republican primaries who would accept a theoretical 10-to-1, spending-cuts-to-revenue deficit “grand bargain.”

(In fact, just last week Bush said he hoped Romney would accept such a deal as president, earning an earlier rebuke from Norquist, who called it an “insult” to Romney.)

Although his Reagan remarks got more attention, Bush was even more directly critical of Romney on immigration. “Don’t just talk about Hispanics and say immediately we must have controlled borders,” said Bush, who is a member of the candidate’s Hispanic Steering Committee (presumably because his wife is from Colombia?). “It’s kind of insulting when you think about it. Change the tone would be the first thing. Second, on immigration, I think we need to have a broader approach.”

Finally, Bush deflated the premise of Romney’s entire campaign, insisting there isn’t much any president could do to rev up the economy right now. “I think we’re in a period here for the next year of pretty slow growth; I don’t see how we get out, notwithstanding who’s president,” Bush said. “We’ve got major headwinds with Europe and a slow down for Asia as well.”

That’s a comment every bit as newsworthy as President Clinton suggesting Romney has a “sterling” business record, but it got little attention.

So while Bush has officially endorsed Romney, his remarks this week are a not-so-subtle vote of no-confidence in his November chances. These were not the comments of a party leader confident his team is going to rack up a big win in November.

Bush’s dire warnings are the kind of truth-telling – or political spin wrapped as truth-telling – more common in the week after one side is crushed in a landslide (as a Democrat, I recognize it from experience).

Bush himself is no profile in courage, however. His complaints might have made a difference in 2012 had he made them during the Florida primary, in the course of endorsing Mitt Romney. Romney won Florida anyway, and Bush endorsed him later, but the former Florida governor missed an opportunity to embrace the least right-wing 2012 candidate early, as well as chasten that candidate by delivering an endorsement that came with a warning.

A lot of people have raised questions about exactly what Bush is doing with his Reagan-Romney comparison, but I think it’s pretty clear he’s setting himself up for 2016, despite his wistful musing last week that he may have missed his window to run for president, and the time was “probably now.”

But if Romney loses, there will be a bloody battle for the direction of the GOP, and Bush’s argument won’t necessarily be the one that prevails. I’m sure he’ll be joined by mainstream Republicans like Dick Lugar, Olympia Snowe and others who’ve either been thrown out or driven out by the Tea Party.

But look for the far right to be just as critical as Bush, from the other direction.

No amount of Romney pandering can change the fact that he wasn’t the base’s candidate – together, the right-wing “not-Romney” candidates always did better than Romney when the primary field was more crowded.

If the former Massachusetts governor loses, conservatives are likely to denounce him as another John McCain, a “moderate” pushed on the base by the party’s establishment leaders who nonetheless couldn’t beat Barack Obama.

Another famous Texas politician’s son, Sen. Rand Paul, is likely to be as influential as Jeb Bush in a post-defeat blame game, if not more so.

(Joan Walsh is editor at large at Salon.com where this article was first posted. As a columnist for San Francisco Magazine, she won Western Magazine Awards in 2004 and 2005 for writing about local politics. She's written for everyone from the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post to Vogue and the Nation.  Salon.com is a leading progressive news site with the core mission: Our core mission: uncover what truly matters in the world of news and culture. We do this through three core areas of coverage (Politics, Arts, Life), and through our vibrant, reader-fueled blog network, Open Salon.)
-cw


Tags: Joan Walsh, Jeb Busch, Mitt Romney, politics, Ronald Reagan





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Vol 10 Issue 48
Pub: June 15, 2012

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