If the latest poll is to be believed, Americans are crying out for change. They’re fed up with a Congress which almost forced a debt default, they’re appalled by the debt, the deficit, and now the downgrade, but most of all, they’re angry at President Obama’s inability to ease unemployment, despite his enormous economic stimulus package.
So forget what Obama used to say in 2008, if Republicans pick the right candidate next summer, 2012 will be the year Continue reading
Luke Cahill gives us the lowdown on the latest developments in the race to become the Republican candidate.
The quadrennial poll taken during the state fair in the little town of Ames, Iowa always makes headlines. The straw poll was won by native Iowan, Michele Bachmann with the libertarian Ron Paul, coming second. However, the report notes that of the 6,000 ballots that were handed out by the Bachmann campaign team, “only four in five of those who took them voted for her, meaning they either skipped the vote Continue reading
Barack Obama has been America’s president for over two years now. During his election campaign he was full of charm and excellent rhetoric. The appeals of “hope” and “change” won him support throughout America and the world. Has his presidency fulfilled its promise? Lena Miteyko investigates.
Barack Obama – a man hailed for his breathtaking oratory skills that eventually saw him come through victorious in the US Continue reading
Congress is in deadlock about raising the American debt ceiling. From the Founding Fathers to Bill Clinton via Barry Goldwater, Luke Cahill examines the history of American politics and diagnoses the current impasse.
As Speaker Boehner, puts his debt plan to the House, the lower chamber, the Democrat controlled Senate, has already decided that they will not allow it to pass. As Congress struggles to agree on how much to cut before they raise the debt ceiling, fatal weaknesses are yet again open for all to see. Continue reading
America is a country founded on Puritan morality and has always been viewed as a socially conservative country. However, with the changing opinions about abortion and homosexual marriage among the population, socially conservative politicians must adjust to these changes to have a chance of winning over the public, writes Luke Cahill.
One of America’s founding principles was that of religious liberty. The belief that a person could practice any religion they chose as long as it was not to the detriment of others. This was however Continue reading
The Republican Party is in disarray and its leading candidates for the 2012 elections are way behind Obama in fundraising. Obama’s image-management is far better too than anything the Republicans can manage. It will be even worse for the Republicans if the US defaults on his debt, writes Luke Cahill.
As the talks to raise the debt ceiling proceed before the 2nd of August deadline, the 2012 election cycle rumbles on, the first fundraising returns are in and they reveal a predictable picture. Continue reading
The American debt is significant enough to have global markets worried. Following Politics Preacher’s discussion of the debt crisis, Jason Holmes adds his cent to the debate.
There have been various discussions that country will soon have to default on government debts. Thus, the politicians and the economists have been discussing as to how to bring down the debt level and how to stop the country from defaulting. Mainly, the financial experts are of the view that the country needs a tax reform. Most are of the view that only a tax reform will result in debt reduction and thus will be able to save the nation from defaulting; the debt reduction process in itself is a Herculean task. Continue reading
The West’s defensive capabilities are exposed by the war in Libya. The Americans are losing patience, the EU is assuming control of from NATO – Could this signal the beginning of the end for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation? Asks Luke Cahill.
As the conflict in Libya drags on, what was hoped to be Cameron’s and Sarkozy’s Falkland’s – something that would get wide political support and lead to a quick victory – has become a typical Euro muddle. There are serious operational questions to be asked as to whether NATO can survive much longer, or will she rest in peace?
The involvement of the United States has been minimal, at least by the Obama administration, portrayed. This is partly due to an eye to next year’s presidential election, and partly due to the desire by the Continue reading
Uncle Sam is lumbered with a staggering debt and it’s not looking good. Obama’s going to need the Republicans to make the best of a bad hand, writes Politics Preacher.
There has been some rather scary talk of Greece defaulting recently, and the amount it will cost us as well as other countries, something which this blog has covered.
Something which has had a lot less coverage is the USA. They are in big trouble. They have something called a “debt ceiling” which is at around 14 and a half trillion dollars, a level for which they may not borrow above without approval. Their current national debt stands at around that level, and most analysts agree that between now and the 4th of August, that debt ceiling will be triggered.This will in turn lead to “selective defaulting” a tough thing to define, as no one has yet said who exactly they would be defaulting on. Continue reading
In the forthcoming presidential election due to take place in November of next year, the Democratic nomination is, barring any major upsets, certain to be President Obama’s. The question of who will receive the Republican nomination is anyone’s guess.
Aside from the major candidates that have already announced they want the GOP (Grand Old Party) nomination, such as frontrunner and former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney; former governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty; former Senator Rick Santorum and former speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich; there are a whole host of other candidates who are seeking the nomination for various reasons which can be broken two into roughly two categories: Continue reading