National issues are taking a back seat to international affairs. The civil war in Syria is now on the minds of our leaders as President Obama has asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria for the use of chemical weapons against its own civilians. The president says he does not need congressional authorization to attack Syria, but he is asking Congress to give him the authority anyway.
Politics for today: Governor Jindal's column is published in Washington Post, his administration reports national media publications support his position after the Obama administration's lawsuit against his education reform, the Mary Landrieu continues to come under assault by the national republican senatorial organization, Louisiana U.S.Senate candidate Rob Maness says no on Syria as do the American people.
Yesterday, in speaking to members of the press outside of the White House, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), recounted a conversation with her five year old grandson. Pelosi said that as she was leaving San Francisco, her grandson asked “are you yes war with Syria, no war with Syria?”
Louisiana and US Politicians take cover.
If you are President Obama, you know you are not having a good week when some of your most crucial and trusted allies let you know through the media that your “legacy” legislative achievement is really getting under their skin.
Must America always fail to learn from experience???
As we mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, it is worthwhile to note the state of Black America. Sadly, we still have immense poverty, blight, broken families, crime, failing schools and crumbling infrastructure in the inner cities of this country.
It is really amazing what our federal government will tolerate from their employees. At the IRS, Lois Lerner is currently enjoying a paid leave of absence from her position as Director of Exempt Organizations. Of course, Lerner is under fire for her mishandling of Tea Party organizations and her notorious decision to take the 5th amendment instead of testifying truthfully before Congress.
In the same week that the Louisiana Republican Party and others released an internal poll claiming Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has skyrocketed to 50 percent favorable after falling to the mid-thirties this spring, and the same week that a conservative organization released its poll showing Jindal at 35 percent, another poll shoe drops.
During the month of August, Congress takes its annual vacation, and this year is no different. Not much has changed in a do nothing political climate that has become the norm for Washington and its politics. Important issues remain unresolved.