This post is a bit personal. About a month ago I was diagnosed with melanoma. As you might expect, I immediately began to look for information about the disease, its prognosis, treatment options, etc. As I sorted through the various websites such as the American Cancer Society I found a lot of pages with a lot of good information about what was coming for me over the next weeks and months.
I’m going to try and reinvigorate this site in the very near future. Please check back soon…..
Greetings LeftOfLiberal land!
You might be wondering where the posts have gone in recent days. If you follow me on Facebook you already know…I am writing for DailyNewsFinder, a new site started by Sarah Wood, who posts as “Opinionated Democrat” on Facebook. That’s a paying gig, and so far I have not realized any income from this site, so I have to follow the money. I’ll be sharing some of what I post there on this site as well, but most of the time you can find my posts over there.
Thanks for reading. This represents a shift in priorities, not an abandonment of this site.
Greetings from Sussex County Delaware! We have the distinction of being the most conservative county in Delaware, and the only one of Delaware’s three counties where a majority voted against President Obama and Vice President Biden (our Delaware native son) in both of the last two elections. But despite some of the negatives about living in the land of silly right wing rednecks who think that Delaware is a southern state, there are some positives. We have great beaches, for example. Rehoboth Beach is a popular summer spot for vacationers from the Washington D.C. area, and it’s also a hot destination for gays in the mid-Atlantic region. But one of the coolest things that happens in Sussex County takes place each election year, two days after the election: Return Day.
Once again, thanks to our archaic way of selecting the president by voting for a slate of electors whom we assume will vote the way the majority wants them to, our presidential election comes down to just a handful of “swing” states. Let’s take a look:
Here it is, my choice for the worst member of the current congress: Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Cantor represents Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, which stretches from the north side of Richmond towards the northwest and the West Virginia border. He served as Republican whip before the GOP regained control of the House in the 2010 elections, when he was promoted to Majority Leader when John Boehner became Speaker of the House. I don’t have a lot of videos of Cantor making crazy statements like I offered for most of the others on this list because he is in general much more subtle than the rest of them, and far more dangerous.
Some of you are asking “why is Allen West above Michele Bachmann on this list?” Others are asking “Why isn’t Allen West #1?” I’ll answer question #2 first. It’s because the person I have picked for #1 on the list is much more powerful and influential than West, and possibly more evil. West is ahead of Bachmann because his venom and inflammatory statements are much worse than hers. In some ways Bachmann is even a sympathetic figure–being a foster mother to a large number of children, for example. From everything I have read about him, Allen West has absolutely zero redeeming characteristics.
Barack Obama took office as president at one of the most precarious times in the country’s history. The economy was in free fall, losing 750,000 jobs a month. The stock market had tanked. The entire American auto industry was threatening to go under, taking thousands of jobs in related industries with it. People were seeing the value of their houses plummet and their IRA’s were collapsing with the stock market. In addition to these domestic concerns, Americans were still fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan, and international terrorism remained a constant threat.
Fast forward to 2012. The economy is adding jobs, albeit at a slower pace than most would prefer, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is over 13,000, General Motors is once again the #1 auto manufacturer in the world, housing prices have stabilized, and retirement accounts have rebounded. The American combat role in Iraq has ended, and American involvement in Afghanistan will be ending within the next few years. Osama bin Laden is dead, a number of other top al Qaeda leaders have met the same fate, and the country has not been hit by any large scale terrorist attacks over the past four years.
What? you say. Michele Bachmann only made number three on this list? Yes, in my estimation that is about where she belongs. There may not be many crazier members of congress, but remember that I compiled this list based on a combination of craziness and power/influence, and while Bachmann is the definition of “batshit crazy” I’m not sure that she really has that much influence in the Republican party.
Bachmann represents Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, which forms a semi-circle north of Minneapolis and runs northwest up the I-94 corridor towards St. Cloud.
Issa represents California’s 49th Congressional District, which is sandwiched between Los Angeles and San Diego. He currently chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, and has been a relentless critic of the Obama administration. On a number of occasions he has called the current administration one of the most corrupt in history, which makes you wonder where he was during the Nixon, Reagan, and George W. Bush administrations.