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Steven J. Gulitti

Steven J. Gulitti

Steven J. Gulitti
Location
New York, New York, USA
Birthday
March 27
Bio
I am a resident of N.Y.C., and a political independent. I attended SUNY Buffalo (BA) and University of Illinois (MA) and NYU (Professional Certificate). I am a retired commissioned Chief Warrant Officer and 25-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. I am member of the Iron Workers Union and a freelance writer who has been published in textbook, periodical and professional venues. I contributed a subchapter to the textbook The Tea Party Movement, part of the Current Controversies Series.

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AUGUST 2, 2011 10:32PM

An Inexcusable and Absurd Hypocrisy

There are those among us, who for the past several weeks have tried, ever so desperately, lamely and ultimately in vain, to make the argument that President Obama's main motive in the debt ceiling debate is that: "the president is more interested in politics than actually sub… Read full post »

Listening to all of the news surrounding tonight's debt deal vote in the House, one could not be unaware of the plethora of complaints emanating from both the right and left. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus were carping about what's coming down the legislative pipeline as were other libera

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In an earlier post, Ms. Bachmann a Migraine Headache for the G.O.P.? I pointed out that Michele Bachmann appeared to be the target of a "political hit" which emanated from within the G.O.P. establishment. Judith Warner in an Op-Ed published July 21 pointed out some related information that may u… Read full post »

As the potential defaulting on our national debt looms ever larger and comes ever closer, there is a rising chorus of responsible conservatives who are speaking up so as to drown out the radicals on the far right who think that default is not a serious problem. For one thing, the U.S.… Read full post »
Anyone who has been paying attention to politics and especially the politics of the Tea Party movement remembers how Sarah Palin, back in 2010, claimed that the "sleazy G.O.P. establishment" was out to derail her run for the presidency in 2012. Palin was reacting to an article in Politico that t… Read full post »
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JULY 20, 2011 9:33PM

Opening Win in Wisconsin Recall Elections Goes to the Dems

The much awaited Wisconsin recall elections got off to a favorable start for the Democrats yesterday. Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen trounced his opponent David VanderLeest by a 2 to 1 margin. Quoting Steve Contorno of the Green Bay Press Gazette: “The summer of recalls had its first defiRead full post »

A recent article by David Leonhardt, "Why Taxes Will Rise in the End", directly reinforces the points made earlier in: "The Looming Compromise on Revenues." Leonhardt paints a picture in which revenue increases of some sort have to be an elemental part of fiscal reform, whether they be clos… Read full post »

Right now I think the likelihood of Barack Obama being reelected is far from assured. Political commentator Mark Halperin thinks that concluding a deal on deficits and debt will greatly aid Obama in his reelection bid. With regard to how a deal will go down with Democrats on Capitol Hill Halperin… Read full post »

Against the backdrop of heightened political rhetoric among conservatives about not being willing to raise tax revenues as part of the deal to raise the debt ceiling, there is a growing acknowledgement among many Republicans in Washington as to the ultimate need to increase revenues. While many on Ca… Read full post »

As we head into the final phases of the debt ceiling debate, conservative columnist David Brooks raises an interesting and yet disturbing question. That question simply stated is: Has the Republican Party become so subsumed by the fanatics from within the Tea Party movement that America will miss out… Read full post »

South Carolina's Governor Nikki Haley is a Tea Party darling, a Sarah Palin favorite and touted as one of the most fiscally conservative public officials in America today. That said, it must have come as nothing less than a virtual thunderclap when here own Republican dominated state legislature voteRead full post »

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JUNE 28, 2011 10:09PM

Michele Bachmann’s New Normal: Damage Control

Michele Bachmann came out of the last G.O.P. debate of presidential hopefuls smelling like a rose having favorably impressed the national media with her serious demeanor and lack of excited partisan rant. Presently she finds herself in a dead heat with Mitt Romney among Republican voters in Iowa andRead full post »

What was supposed to be one of the great windfalls to the Republican Party resulting from the 2010 elections was the redrawing of election districts to the benefit of the G.O.P.  Now apparently this big advantage has been mitigated by a number of factors. According to political commentator Jenn

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A few recent articles on the subject of the Iowa caucuses, citing the influence of evangelical Christians in the process, suggest that the traditional Iowa caucuses may be losing much of their influence in the presidential selection process. Moreover, their fundamental role may be changing in an… Read full post »

Back in March of this year in an article on the Gingrich presidential campaign, "Newt Gingrich's Dream, Driven by the Winds of Folly?", I posed the question of why Newt Gingrich would even bother to seriously consider a run for the Oval Office.  Now apparently his campaign staff has come to… Read full post »

At some point all one can do is laugh at both Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann when either of them suggest that they might run for president. I mean after all, if you legitimately want to be this nation's chief executive, you might first want to exhibit a modicum of understanding of th… Read full post »

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MAY 26, 2011 12:02AM

Barack Obama on a Roll

I know this sort of summarization will set the fringe full mooners on the right all atwitter but the last month or so has been pretty good to President Obama: 
 
1. He received a rock star reception in Ireland and now in England Barack Obama has made history by becoming the fir… Read full post »

A key goal of the Tea Party movement is the reduction of the national debt and thus the size of government via spending cuts. However, it is highly unlikely that the federal deficit can be reduced through spending cuts alone. That said if the Tea Party movement harbors such a fundamental… Read full post »

MAY 22, 2011 11:28AM

The Gingrich Fallout

As events would have it there is a good follow-on to the post: The Winds of Folly Begin to Buffet Newt Gingrich on this morning's Meet the Press called the "Gingrich Fallout."; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032608/vp/43038275#43038280. It's also available on their Twitter feed.

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Back in March I wrote a piece on Newt Gingrich’s far fetched dream of being elected to the American presidency, “Newt Gingrich's Dream, Driven by the Winds of Folly?” In concluding the aforementioned I wrote:”Ultimately Gingrich's presidential aspirations will be blown by theRead full post »

MAY 3, 2011 10:34PM

Barack Obama Weak on Terrorism?

In the run up to the 2008 elections and thereafter one of the persistent criticisms of Barack Obama was that he would be "soft" on terrorists and likely to be ineffectual in dealing with the hydra headed threat of Islamic terror. We were told again and again by people like Rudy Giuliani tha… Read full post »

Odd how events work out and funny how today's release of Obama's long form birth certificate ties into yesterday's post. Thus it looks like yet another body blow to the full mooners on the right who have bent over backwards in trying to "prove" that Barack Obama isn't one of us. The Wh… Read full post »

Well it seems as if the Republican Party has come to a fork in the road as it relates to the issue of Barack Obama's birth and the decision they have made suggests that they are ultimately willing to throw the "Birthers" under the bus. It's a move motivated by the fact that… Read full post »

Those on the right who had hoped for a speedy review of President Obama's healthcare reform before the U.S. Supreme Court will be rather disappointed by this latest bit of news: "Supreme Court rejects call to put review of health care law on fast track"; http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/supremeRead full post »

For the newly elected Tea Party backed Republicans and their supporters, the easy part is over. Now that they have arrived on Capitol Hill and in statehouses across the country, the hard part is just beginning. At this early date, the news for the Tea Party movement has already become less… Read full post »