Mashed Potato Bulletin

A journal grappling with the mish-mash of American politics

Brian Carter

Brian Carter
Location
Northern, California, USA
Birthday
October 23
Bio
My professional and academic background is fairly broad including a Bachelor's in Cultural Anthropology, a Master's in Environmental Science along with a hefty injection of world history in the mix. Professionally, my experience is in public health and environmental health where I have been lucky enough to work with people from varied backgrounds and cultures. I started the Mashed Potato Bulletin to explore answers to questions not being asked and to insert, hopefully, a broader perspective into the current conversation. ----------------------------------- http://mashedpotatobulletin.com/

MY RECENT POSTS

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 6, 2013 4:52PM

How misunderstood is the US Constitution?

Shots fired at the President.

     It was about 2:30 in the afternoon on March 30, 1981 and Reagan was in the back of the presidential limousine rushing from a chaotic scene outside the Washington Hilton hotel. Within half an hour of the shooting doctors discovere… Read full post »

    This past week bore witness to some significantly outrageous claims by two very public and private figures. From a burgeoning battle between a legendary journalist and the White House to an outright dismissal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by an Italian-American Supreme Court Ju… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 25, 2013 2:04PM

The Sequester Blame Game Comes to A Head

    A not entirely new development in the sequester blame game reemerged this weekend in the form of Bob Woodward putting a damper on the Democrats' Speaker Boehner sequestration powerpoint, trump card. This not wholly unexpected wrinkle shifts the sequester's inception back on the Wh… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2013 1:59PM

Gas Prices Mounting Again…Why?

    Yesterday morning, reluctantly waking to the rude static of the clock radio I reach for the snooze but decided against ten more minutes of sleep. Instead I readjust the dial trying to find the local NPR station’s elusive, ever-shifting frequency. Squeezed in between the… Read full post »

    Both times in fairly recent years federal minimum wage was increased with the cooperation of Republican leadership. In 1996, the Republican-controlled House under Newt Gingrich, the minimum wage was raised from $4.25 to $5.15 over a 2 year period. The next wage increase took place… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2013 11:38AM

Drones are stealing my privacy!

     The rumor mill received an injection of new fuel after the release of Department of Justice memo outlining the Obama Administration’s legal justifications for drone attacks on American citizens. This led to worries about their use over U.S. soil and renewing big brothe… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2013 9:54PM

TAXES! How does the U.S. measure up?

    Taxes are always a political hot potato but over the last few years they have been the searing topic of choice as the Bush Tax Cuts’ expiration was debated by many a political pundit, each and every one of them apparent “experts”. Screams and wails about how much… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2013 2:56PM

Gun Control Debate: A few facts

    Given the numerous calls for the gun control legislation after the multitude of mass shootings this past year alone and the subsequent debates across the country taking shape now, it goes without saying many a gun control proponent has found themselves in an elongated back and fort… Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2013 7:18PM

What are Republicans’ Priorities Now?

In 2010, the Republicans’ leader in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, stated publicly that the party’s number one priority would be to deny President Obama a second term. This decision was made during a quiet, behind closed doors meeting of GOP luminaries both past and present on inauguraRead full post »

Once again the nation faces yet another mass shooting incident, this time leaving 20 elementary school children dead in small town Connecticut. This tragic even marks the 18th mass shooting this year alone resulting in the deaths of 99 people and the injury of 92 others. This, of course, only account… Read full post »

    Younger voters may pass on this years presidential elections. “It’s almost like if someone were voting in this election, it’d be like the lesser of two evils.” was the sentiment given by one Bowling Green University student in the swing state of Ohio. A… Read full post »

     I woke up this morning to NPR and yet another story about Lance Armstrong and the ever-unfolding doping scandal. The show’s guest was speaking about a book published a few years back by an Irish author whose claims of Lance’s doping fell on many a deaf ear which

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OCTOBER 18, 2012 10:10AM

Armchair Debating Mitt Romney

     The 2nd presidential debate last night was nothing if not exciting and tension filled. The Obama we knew from 2008 was back with fervor while Romney fought back hard to maintain his momentum and success from the first debate. There were several moments of clear disagreement o… Read full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2012 10:19AM

Obama’s Debate To Do List

    Given the President’s disappointing performance during the first presidential debate and Mitt Romney’s approval bounce, it is quite clear that Obama needs to regain his focus. He needs to locate the master debater we witnessed in the 2008 campaign. But what is also clea… Read full post »

In an interesting twist, after a poor showing by the President, a Reuters/IPSOS poll taken the day after the 1st 2012 Presidential debates between Romney and Obama shows a couple intriguing results.

Obama actually received a bump among independents while Romney’s support remained flat.… Read full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2012 11:21AM

And the Winner is...

The much anticipated, long pundit-ted first presidential debate of the 2012 election season finally broke over us all, energizing some and surprising others. The big 3 cable networks’ analysts set to work immediately after scoring the performance of both candidates. So who did win? Depe

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Newspapers in the battleground states of Florida and Ohio were riddled with ads from the conservative political action committee Government is Not God claiming the darndest things. Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize winning factcheck website, took notice and essentially gave what can only be desc

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A fellow blogger reminded me recently that this post from earlier this year is as relevant now as it was when first posted. As the election year enters full swing into debate season and as many of us engage others of differing viewpoints in in-depth political discussion,  I fRead full post »

   A few events over the intervening week held sway enough to make me ponder aloud, “Does John Boehner truly understand American governance?”; “Are the embassy attacks about US policy?” and “Does President Obama flagrantly advocate abortion?

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Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 10:50AM

Economy Worse Under Obama?

It’s been said before, many times in fact, but Senator Chuck Grassley’s recent reassertion that, “It [the economy] has gotten worse under Obama” continues to be a head scratcher for those with memories that span beyond the latest cable news cycle. The repetitious Republican ta… Read full post »

In light of the shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado this past Friday I felt it worthwhile to repost this article. From Columbine to the Red Lake shootings to Virginia Tech to Gabrielle Giffords to this most recent massacre, gun reform is repeatedly halted at the precipice of action. Gun right

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Editor’s Pick
JULY 9, 2012 6:01PM

Health Care vs. Politics: Who Wins?

      In light of the growing number of Republican governors’ refusals to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the most prominent of which being Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas, it becomes prudent to contemplate the trends of access to carRead full post »

      In a truly unexpected 5-4 decision with Chief Justice Roberts leading the way the Supreme Court ruled President Obama's Affordable Care Act, and its hotly contested individual mandate, was indeed constitutional. While the last 2 years were filled with court ch… Read full post »

     As the eve of the Affordable Care Act's fate fast approaches, both sides of the partisan divide eagerly wait upon baited breath to pounce on whichever decision is laid down. Republicans have vowed to settle for nothing short of complete elimination since the law's inception.… Read full post »

     Mitt Romney criticized the President's “Dream Act” executive order saying playing politics with the issue hurts the chances of long-term solutions. His assessment, however, serves only to highlight a twofold problem for the presumptive GOP candidate. The comment… Read full post »