The best part of the speech

Cross-posted from The Progressive Pulse:

It was obviously an excellent speech that the Prez gave last night. But one of the best parts was when he said this:

My budget does not attempt to solve every problem or address every issue. It reflects the stark reality of what we’ve inherited – a trillion dollar deficit, a financial crisis, and a costly recession.

Given these realities, everyone in this chamber – Democrats and Republicans – will have to sacrifice some worthy priorities for which there are no dollars. And that includes me.

But that does not mean we can afford to ignore our long-term challenges. I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves; that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity.

Richard Burr continues his Anti-American Worker Campaign

The good news?

Hilda Solis, President Obama's nominee for Labor Secratary has finally, after 66 days of Republican obstruction, been confirmed by the Senate for this position on a vote of 80 -17.

The bad news?

The Republicans in the Senate tried their very best to hold up this nomination due to questions about her ties to a tax-exempt group (American Rights at Work) that promotes unionization that might pose a conflict of interest regarding her nomination.
There was also a weak attempt to go down the "back taxes owed" by her husband on a business he owned in California.

In the end, the wrong party of the Right could not make anything stick and were in the majority when voting for Hilda Solis. However, one of the 17 dissenters was a notorious Labor hater by the name of Richard Burr. Senator Burr of our lovely state of North Carolina has been in the news recently opposing workers rights in what his fringe groupies have labeled "The Card Check bill."

Did you know NC's constitution bars atheists from holding office?

(cross-posted at dKos, Talk2Action and The Christian Dem Home Journal)

When I found out that an Arkansas state rep is trying to repeal a provision in his state constitution that bars atheists from holding office, I remembered that, sadly, North Carolina's constitution has a similar provision.

Article 6, Section 8 says that anyone who "shall deny the being of Almighty God" can't hold office in the state. And here's another kicker--this provision was carried over verbatim from the 1868 Constitution even though SCOTUS threw out a similar provision in Maryland just 10 years before the current constitution was adopted.

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