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29 01, 2011

Can't Afford to Invest in Education? Good Luck to Our Future

By | January 29th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Republicans|2 Comments

This week, the Washington Post reported on a top-performing school in Montgomery County, Maryland that is failing under the warped guidelines of No Child Left Behind. It reminded me of a post I wrote about a year ago after another article talked about how other schools really are failing.  Read the recent story here and [...]

7 12, 2010

Five Budget Holiday Gifts for Congress

By | December 7th, 2010|Democrats, Economy, Republicans|2 Comments

As Congress and the President have been battling it out over who is getting holiday "gifts" of tax cuts and other legislative goodies, it's made me think that maybe we should be giving them a little something for the December holidays, as well.  Nothing fancy because, well, as much as they want us to think [...]

17 11, 2010

Things That Made Me Mad Today — Editing My Manuscript Edition

By | November 17th, 2010|Democrats, Equal Pay, Feminism, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

Man, this writing and editing a book is a lot of work!  While I'm trying to get things finished here, there are things I want to write about, but don't have enough time for.  So I'm putting them in my occasional series, Things That Made Me Mad Today! 1. Despite the assurances of the White [...]

10 11, 2010

Some Midweek Presidential Humor

By | November 10th, 2010|Democrats, Republicans|0 Comments

Looking for a little more PunditMom?  You can find me today over at my weekly column, Speaker of the House!

9 08, 2010

Are Obama Family Vacays Any of Our Business?

By | August 9th, 2010|Democrats, Republicans|19 Comments

Michelle and Sasha Obama are taking a beating for their summer vacation trip to Spain.  The media are salivating, constantly dissecting what some call an inappropriate trip that sends a "let them eat cake" message to the American people. I have two words -- lay off. Can't we just let them enjoy what little "private" [...]

21 07, 2010

Why is Barack Obama Afraid of Elizabeth Warren?

By | July 21st, 2010|Democrats|1 Comment

So as we are on the cusp of the president signing new financial regulation into law, I have to ask -- why does he seem to be dragging his feet on nominating Elizabeth Warren, the woman who almost single-handedly made all this monetary mumbo-jumbo understandable AND was our only real advocate in the Wall Street [...]

1 06, 2010

Obama Feeling Our Pain — Gulf Coast 2010 Edition

By | June 1st, 2010|Democrats, Republicans|4 Comments

Bill Clinton was famous for "feeling our pain" when he was President, but in the end that whole mantra ended up being something of a running joke -- so much so that today it's still prime fodder for Clinton impersonators and comedians. The downside of that whole feeling our pain thing is that ever since [...]

3 03, 2010

Nothing is Going to Change Until We’re in the Room

By | March 3rd, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans, Women in Politics|27 Comments

White guy, white guy, white guy, white guy, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, white guy, white guy, white guy who looks like he just ate a sour pickle. That's my one line description of the health care summit the president called last week to try one more time in the spirit of harmony and [...]

2 12, 2009

Will Increased Presence in Afghanistan Make Barack Obama a One Term President?

By | December 2nd, 2009|Changing the World, Democrats|9 Comments

Yes, we need a better plan for Afghanistan. But when I learned that more troops were headed there I thought, 'Barack Obama may have just lost 2012.' I listened dutifully to the President's speech last night, which you can see here. And there is some interesting follow-up chat on the plan for Afghanistan at "Rick's [...]

21 09, 2009

Mothers of Intention — Still Thinking about Obama’s Education Speech

By | September 21st, 2009|Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention|3 Comments

I may be a glutton for punishment, but I'm revisiting the Barack Obama school speech for this week's Mothers of Intention. I was FLOORED with the response my post about the speech got.   Some conservatives have claimed  it was the elusive first draft of the "stay in school/work hard/get good grades"speech they objected to, but [...]

8 09, 2009

Let’s Channel This Energy Over the School Speech

By | September 8th, 2009|Changing the World, Democrats, Economy, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Even as one of the biggest political junkies in the world, sometimes I'm still amazed at what's going to set off the Roman candles and create a political "debate." I wasn't surprised when some on the right started their effort to silence the President's talk to schoolchildren, but I have to say, I have been [...]

4 09, 2009

What are Conservatives Really Afraid of When the President Talks to Schoolchildren?

By | September 4th, 2009|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|31 Comments

Yesterday, I wrote a post at my blog that was something of a rant about the right wing's campaign to keep kids home from school on September 8 when the President is scheduled to broadcast a web event to talk with them the importance of education, working hard and staying in school. Brainwashing!  Indoctrination!  Filling [...]

3 09, 2009

What’s Wrong with This Country?

By | September 3rd, 2009|Republicans|18 Comments

I had many honest discussions with PunditGirl during the 2008 Presidential election about why her dad and I are Democrats, why we believed that the Bush administration was bad for our country and why we wanted a Democrat in the White House. But I also made sure that my then-eight-year-old understood that even though I [...]

19 08, 2009

Hitler and Political Speech

By | August 19th, 2009|Changing the World, Republicans|17 Comments

Mr. PunditMom and I have been talking recently about the apparent increase by so many on the right who seem to find nothing wrong with comparing Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler.  As someone who lost many family members during the Holocaust, Mr. PunditMom has been sorting through this recent phenomenon.  As we chatted, I knew [...]

24 06, 2009

Nico Pitney — Foot in the Door or Flunking Journalism 101?

By | June 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|15 Comments

President Obama made a really big deal out of calling on and highlighting the fact that he called on Nico Pitney of The Huffington Post at his news conference. Pitney asked Obama a question about Iran, which is really no big surprise, even though the point of the news conference was to discuss the health [...]

17 06, 2009

Greed Trumps Regulation Every Time

By | June 17th, 2009|Uncategorized|5 Comments

My friend David at It's Not a Lecture tipped me off last night that President Obama was going to announce new financial regulatory efforts to help prevent the Wall Street shenanigans that have put us in our current economy and to better protect American consumers.As someone who spent a bunch of years at the Securities [...]

8 06, 2009

Camels, Elysee Palace & Why it’s Cooler Than Ever to be President

By | June 8th, 2009|Democrats|0 Comments

As you can tell by the title of this post, my political brain has gone a little soft as I'm trying to sort out keeping up with my wonky stuff, a few new projects and "strategic alliances" as they call them in the business world, and managing a nine-year-old for 13 1/2 weeks of summer [...]

22 05, 2009

The Supreme Court Needs a Mom

By | May 22nd, 2009|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

Another woman on the Supreme Court of the United States would be good, but I wonder if a woman who is a mother might be even better! No, not one to make the grilled cheese sandwiches and make sure everyone remembers to wear their warm coats. But someone who can view cases through the lenses [...]

14 05, 2009

Can Obama Take the Heat?

By | May 14th, 2009|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

It's probably an understatement to say that the drumbeat has been building for years for another woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. And it's not just a beat anymore -- it's become a relentless pounding of women's fists on tables across the country.Common wisdom suggests that President Barack Obama will name a woman [...]

3 05, 2009

Embracing My Inner Joe Biden

By | May 3rd, 2009|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Poor Joe Biden. He was on the hot seat again this week for his comments about telling his family to protect themselves from the swine flu virus by avoiding planes, subways and small, enclosed places. That seems like eminently sensible advice to me, especially if, as for most Americans, you just can't take the chance [...]

1 05, 2009

What About the Next 100 Days of Obama’s Presidency?

By | May 1st, 2009|Democrats|1 Comment

Instant gratification. We are a nation of wanting the quick hit. That's one reason why so many of us have been following the coverage all week of the 100th day of Barack Obama's presidency.As we are marking those first 100 days of the Obamas historic move to the White House, everyone is dissecting what the [...]

29 04, 2009

Barack Obama: America’s Newest Sex Symbol?

By | April 29th, 2009|Moms & Politics|0 Comments

I have always been fascinated by presidential politics and the personalities of presidents. It takes a mighty big ego, plus a lot more, to wake up one morning and say to yourself, "I think I want to be the leader of the free world!"In terms of how else I've wanted to think about our leaders, [...]

24 04, 2009

White House Communications Director Ellen Moran’s 100 Days

By | April 24th, 2009|Moms & Politics|13 Comments

White House Communications Director Ellen Moran is bidding farewell to her plum appointment before Barack Obama has officially been in office for 100 days. Moran is one of just a handful of women in Obama's official inner circle and is the only woman in his communications shop.After being a political animal all her life, why [...]

3 04, 2009

Are We Closer to “Family Friendly?”

By | April 3rd, 2009|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

As the Obamas were campaigning for the White House, they were clear about their intent to make our country more "family friendly." Michelle Obama in particular was open about the fact that she would make advocating for families one of her main projects if she became First Lady.Well, here we are with the Obamas pretty [...]

2 04, 2009

The Politics of Mothering a Tween

By | April 2nd, 2009|Moms & Politics|0 Comments

It has come to my attention, rather abruptly recently, that there are some things I have been in MAJOR denial about when it comes to PunditGirl. First, I refuse to accept the fact that she is officially a "tween." But at 9 going on 30, I can't really argue with that anymore.Unfortunately, it looks like [...]

26 02, 2009

Did John Boehner Just Eat a Sour Pickle or is He Just Plotting his Revenge?

By | February 26th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

This picture of John Boehner and Eric Cantor during President Obama's speech to Congress really sums it up about the GOP -- sour pickle man and his note taker plotting the demise of economic recovery.Seriously, why is it impossible for them to even act a little bit like they'd be delighted to see the country [...]

19 02, 2009

Do We Really Need a Presidential Commission on Women?

By | February 19th, 2009|Uncategorized|4 Comments

So far American women are doing pretty well since President Barack Obama took office. He's only been President for a month, and already he's signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which will hopefully go a long way toward getting women equal pay for equal work in this country.But many are calling on the new [...]

18 02, 2009

Obama’s Mortgage Plan is Nice. Now How do We Convince the Banks?

By | February 18th, 2009|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

President Barack Obama has announced his mortgage plan that is supposed to save people's homes.Mortgage modification help is supposedly now on the way, he says. But the bad thing is that we've already seen that those getting taxpayer money to bolster the economy don't feel any obligation to do what government says. So I'm worried [...]

3 02, 2009

Get Yourselves Better Accountants, People!

By | February 3rd, 2009|Moms & Politics|9 Comments

Can someone please explain to me why there's another tax issue that is now causing the new administration's Chief Performance Officer to resign?Apparently, Nancy Killefer is stepping aside as her failure to pay unemployment taxes for household help has come to light. I'm just shaking my head over the fact that there can still be, [...]

31 01, 2009

PunditMom and MojoMom Strike Again!

By | January 31st, 2009|Equal Pay|1 Comment

When MojoMom (also known as Amy Tiemann) calls, I always answer! This week, she invited to me to hang out at her podcast to have a political chat about our new president, the newly signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Law and more!Stop by and hear what we think the new Obama administration ought to be [...]