Rock the Vote and Celebrate!!!

Good evening, it’s Election Night, and you surely already know you need to vote. You need to vote because it’s how democracy works; you need to vote because today will determine which party is in control of the Senate, which in turn will help determine whether one gosh darn  thing will get done at a federal level over the next two years.

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So Rock the Vote and go celebrate your freedom!

It’s a great night!

Xoxo,

Polly

Patriotic Partying and What to Wear?

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If you do your civic duty and vote in the Midterm elections, you’ve earned the right to celebrate the time-honored electoral process with some patriotic partying. And, since it’s no use fretting about who will win and what will happen, the best thing to do is figure out what you’ll wear to those parties.

For all of you political zealots (or really anyone who gives a eff about America-the-Beautiful), the big day is coming- Election Day!!

No matter who you’re voting for, the important thing is to VOTE! I know some of you are thinking “meh-electorial college is a scam”, “meh- my state always swings (enter political party here)”.  But THINK about all the people across the world that don’t have the opportunity to vote. Think of those before us who fought hard for us to have the freedom to choose who leads our country (queue the patriotic music). Think about what happens if you DON’T vote, and the election doesn’t swing in your favor. Ya, I believe in conspiracy theories too (friendly nod to my jam Homeland), BUT let us not get dragged down by the “what if’s” of the electoral process.

Do your part and VOTE!!!

So with that said- I know the big question is, where am I partying to ring in the election? Ya that was totally on my short list today too. Hey, there’s nothing sexier than a girl with an opinion (and all her facts straight).

First up, the Local Bar Watch Party. You know where everyone slams back their favorite adult beverage, get a little loose lipped and ends up chanting their favorite candidates name over another throbbing Rhianna anthem.

What to wear to this watch party? Dress casual but partisan in statement jeans, loose fitting tops and sweaters, and a colorful nod to who you voted for.

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Going somewhere a little more highbrow? You know that, estate dinner, some last minute fundraiser with your parents, or maybe you’re dating a Senator’s son. Hey, I’d love me a Kennedy if they weren’t all cursed.

What to wear? Rep your colors in a chic dress that keeps your figure the center of attention. Layer a silk tank over a shift dress, or throw a fur or leather vest over your favorite work ensemble to bring it some night time edge.

 

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xoxo, 

Polly

 

Turn Down For What? Foreign Policy.

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President Obama’s had to deal with just a few international crises lately. But the one grabbing voters’ attention is ISIS — the Islamic militant group that’s been terrorizing its way through Iraq since earlier this year. Now, less than three years after the US left Iraq, the US is militarily involved again. Leading Obama to admit recently that the US “underestimated” ISIS. Say what?

WHAT THE RIGHT SAYS…

Too little too late. President Obama — and the Dems — have misjudged ISIS all along, and have been too slow to react to the threat. Now, we’ve got a Grade A terror group that could plan attacks on the West next. Also, my mother-in-law says ISIS is all over Minneapolis and they will probably kill me soon. Cheers!

WHAT THE LEFT SAYS…

This is soooo not good. Next question, please.

WHICH STATES COULD MAKE THE DIFFERENCE?

New Hampshire: Scott Brown’s (R) favorite issue. He says both President Obama and his opponent, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), are “confused” about the threat posed by ISIS.

Arkansas: One of the states the GOP would really love to take home on Nov. 4th. One of their recent ads warns of a “world in chaos,” and says the state needs someone who will stand up to President Obama.

North Carolina: GOP challenger Thom Tillis is hitting incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D) for missing many of her Armed Services Committee hearings this year, saying it’s another sign she missed the boat on ISIS (just like Obama!).

Xoxo, 

Polly 

 

Midterm Election Guide. The issues… You are welcome!

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We are not getting a new President this year, don’t care. But you still need to vote! Midterm elections are when we choose governors, congressmen, and senators. Governors are like the CEOs of states. And congressmen and senators literally lay down the law — they decide which bills pass and which don’t. So yes, it’s kinda important. Vote.

This year is all about the Senate. The Donkeys (Dems) have controlled the Senate since ‘06, and the Elephants (GOP) are ready to cut in. If that happens, the Elephants would control both houses of Congress. Aka–it could push through its agenda, which Obama and the Dems have mostly blocked nationally for the last six years. Revenge is sweet.

What are the issues on the voters mind?

Economy…as in the numbers have gone from worse to less-worse, but the economy still isn’t great. And it’s the issue where neither party is safe.

Immigration…as in it’s always an issue where there could be a better fix. But after a flood of unaccompanied immigrant children crossed the US border this year, it came to a boiling point. President Obama took a cool down lap and tabled the issue for now. But it’s still a big talking point — especially for Hispanic voters.

Social Issues…as in women and gay marriage. Women’s issues (think: equal pay, birth control) might be the X (chromosome) factor Dems need to hold onto the Senate.

Foreign Policy…as in President Obama recently looked up ‘obvious’ in the dictionary and admitted that the US “underestimated” ISIS. Now, the GOP’s leading the ‘told you so’ chorus, and tying his policies to their Democratic opponents.

President Obama…as in HealthCare.gov’s IT department is more popular than him right now. And the GOP is doing it’s best to make that bad image rub off on every Dem across the country.

xoxo, 

Polly

Jay Carney: Democrats are ‘Going to Have a Bad Election Day’

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Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney admitted on CNN today that Democrats are “going to have a bad election day” any way you look at it, considering how well the Republicans are doing and how likely it is they will make some significant gains in both chambers of Congress.

Carney said, “No matter how you slice it Republicans are gonna pick up seats in the Senate and the House, and they may win control of the Senate.” Jake Tapper pointed out the very strong “anti-Obama sentiment” that exists among the public and its relation to the more prevalent anti-incumbent sentiment over the country.

Xoxo,

Polly

Senior WH Official Calls Netanyahu ‘Chickensh*t’

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Relations between the United States and Israel aren’t terribly good right now. How bad are they? Well, an anonymous senior White House official called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu“chickenshit.”

And it’s not only that; Goldberg says that over the years, Obama administration officials have described Netanyahu as “recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and ‘Aspergery.’” As for the “chickenshit” charge, well, that has to do with a belief in the White House that Netanyahu is too afraid of angering his political base to do what’s right (something United States politicians obviously have no experience with).

This same official elaborated, “The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat… He’s got no guts.” And then there’s this:

Another manifestation of his chicken-shittedness, in the view of Obama administration officials, is his near-pathological desire for career-preservation… [and] clear signals by Netanyahu to his political base, in advance of possible elections next year, that he is still with them, despite his rhetorical commitment to a two-state solution. The public criticism of Obama policies is simultaneously heartfelt, and also designed to mobilize the base.

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The bad feelings are mutual, however, since Netanyahu has reportedly “written off” the White House and whatever he plans on doing with an Iran nuclear arms deal, he’s going directly to Congress and the American people. 

xoxo, 

Polly 

Michele wants to be the ‘next’ Newt; Newt is not feeling it

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Come next year, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will be out of Congress and figuring out how to be the next Newt Gingrich.

A Fox News profile looks at how Bachmann is winding down her days as an elected official (they’re mostly spent in her district, getting in some final face time with constituents) and her future aspirations. Though she recently floated the idea of running for president again, she now thinks being a cable news talking head and raking in speaking fees à la Newt is the way to go.

For his part, Gingrich isn’t so sure.

“I have no idea what the ‘next’ Newt Gingrich would even sound like, so who knows if she can do that?” he told Fox News.

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Whether you love her or hate her (and there are plenty of people in both camps), it seems as if Bachmann has been around a lot longer than her nearly eight years in Washington. The former tax attorney, mother to five children and 23 foster children, organized Congress’s tea party caucus, was a pugnacious voice on television, and proved a reliable source of traffic for liberal and conservative bloggers everywhere.

xoxo,

Polly 

Hong Kong Protests Turn Violent Once Again

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Confrontation between protesters and police turned violent once again early Sunday morning in Hong Kong. As Reuters reports, the pro-democracy movement, which has been demonstrating for the past three weeks, launched a new attack in spite of news that the movement’s leaders and members of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing government would meet next week.

According to Hong Kong authorities, via CNN, 9,000 protesters flooded the Mong Kok district early Saturday to reclaim it after police pushed them out the previous day. At least 33 arrests were made. Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority reported at least 240 injuries.

It was announced this weekend that talks between the movements student leaders and Hong Kong’s leadership would take place on Tuesday for two hours and be broadcast live. The protesters are advocating for free elections in 2017, a proposal that China has balked at.

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I don’t see this ending well. Yikes. 

xoxo, 

Polly

Presidents can get their credit cards declined, too!

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A crimson-faced Barack Obama was forced to defend himself to a waitress in a New York restaurant, after his credit card was declined when he went to pay the bill.

Perhaps in an attempt to show that he really is ‘just like us’, the President of the United States said his card was rejected at the upmarket Estela restaurant in Manhattan’s NoHo last month.

“It turned out, I guess I don’t use it enough,” Mr Obama explained on Friday at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“They thought there was some fraud going on,” he said. “I was trying to explain to the waitress ‘No, I really think that I’ve been paying my bills.”

Fortunately for the POTUS, Michelle Obama was able to produce a credit card they could actually use to settle the bill.

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Polly thinks even the Pres should be more aware of his current financial situation. Leave it to the FLOTUS to save the day! I doubt Romney’s card would have got declined but that’s neither here nor there….

xoxo, 

Polly 

Bill Gates: Don’t tax capital, tax consumption.

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Bill Gates recently read Thomas Piketty’s 700-page treatise on income inequality and wrote a blog post discussing the findings. Gates agrees with the main conclusions of the book but not with the solution, specifically a progressive tax on capital gains. Instead he feels that taxing consumption would be a better measure to put inequality in check.

Last spring, Thomas Piketty unleashed his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century onto the economic world, showing with mountains of data on historical trends that income inequality is bad, the capitalist system can’t fix inequality on its own, and government can play a positive role in correcting the problem.

Bill Gates frames his argument like this — if you have three wealthy people, one spending money on new businesses, one spending money on charity, and one spending money on luxury items for him or herself, the last one should be taxed more because the first two are contributing more to society.

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Ahhhhhh No. Actually, whatever, we get you are a really good dude and I guess it would weed out the D-bags. 

HOWEVER, Gate’s blog post doesn’t give much thought to how a progressive consumption tax would work. Although plenty of Americans live like IRS hoarders, collecting receipts for all expenditures to maximize their deductions, it seems unlikely that habit would continue if collecting receipts ensured a higher tax rate.

xoxo, 

Polly