Proud to be an Independent Progressive. I am a progressive- a one time Eisenhower Republican (from 1965 through 2004)who is now a Democrat. I live in a very RED STATE and am a community activist with a very BLUE AGENDA. I was a professor of history, and am now a researcher and gentleman farmer. My political positions are mixed - thus my preferred identification as a Progressive Independent. I am conservative on matters of military intervention, in regard to abortion, immigration, the public school system, gun rights, taxation, voter ID. But I am a traditional conservative, a Buckley, National Review, Eisenhower Republican..... I am a liberal on matters of health care care, funding education, taxation (yes one can be both liberal and conservative on this), civil rights, and alternative energy development/climate change.
Mitt Romney tells his audiences that there are two things that recommend him for the Presidency: his career as a businessman and as a governor. The fact is that neither experience recommends him.
The Main Stream Media needs a tight race for the presidency to drive its reader and viewership. So coverage of the President's tax return has been muted because the President puts his money where his mouth is.
If the Court finds the mandate unconstitutional, will they find it severable from the rest of the law? If not, that would strike the whole ACA down. If so, can the ACA survive?
A powerful thing happened at the GOP's Missouri Caucus and it had little to do with the caucus. I met a Democratic Psychiatrist who drafted an extraordinary statement about Obama and how his remarkable qualities seem to have kept Americans afloat emotionally through the worst times in recent memory.
If you don't want to hear it- shut them down, keep them out.