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November 10, 2014

Episode 516: No! No! These Entitlements Must GO!

2014 midterm elections

Do you think it made a difference whether you did or didn’t vote in the 2014 midterm elections last week? On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri take a look back at the midterm elections of 2014 and dispel some of the myths and folklore surrounding voting and the state of the economy.

Topics discussed include what Heit & Cheri have been up to over the past few weeks, midterm elections, candidates campaigning against Obama, lower and middle class Republicans voting against their best interests, Obama and Cousin Pookie, gas prices, Heit being racially profiled at Ulta, Mia Long, Loretta Lynch, and more!


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  • Heit & Cheri discuss what they have been up to lately. Lots of new features and other things under development.
  • Discussion about people saying that the reason the Republicans won control of the Congress is because people didn’t vote.
  • Heit & Cheri discussed the issue of whether the vote brings about change in their song, “Get Out the Vote”:
  • Discussion about the problems with representative democracy.
  • The midterm election was an election against President Obama.
  • Discussion about how politicians refused to allow Obama to campaign for them.
  • Discussion about lower and middle class Republicans voting against their best interests.
  • Discussion about Obama’s “Cousin Pookie” remarks.

    Well, President Obama, desperate to get out the black vote, has revived the folk hero that is Cousin Pookie once again. Here’s Obama at a rally on the South Side of Chicago for Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday night:

    “You’ve got to grab your friends, you’ve got to grab your co-workers, you know, don’t just get the folks who you know are gonna vote, you’ve got to find Cousin Pookie. He’s sitting on the couch right now watching football, hasn’t voted in the last five elections, you’ve got to grab him, and tell him to go vote.”
    Source: Washington Post

  • Discussion about the lie that the false indicators of financial well-being in the country underscores how well Americans are doing.
  • Discussion about Black joblessness.
  • Republicans and Democrats basically share their core ideologies.
  • Discussion about how everyone hates Obama–would it be the same for any president in his sixth year in office?
  • Are most Americans better off than they were before Obama took office?
  • Discussion about low gas prices.
  • Discussion about the first Black Republican female Senator Elected:

    The Republican Party made historic gains during this week’s midterm elections. Among their victories were three wins by black Republicans, who seem to be building momentum for diversifying the GOP ranks.

    Mia Love — who is Mormon and Haitian-American — is one of those three, and Republicans in Utah’s 4th District will be sending her to Congress next year.

    “Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black, Republican, LDS woman to Congress,” Love told a crowd on Tuesday. “And guess what? Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it!”

    Another big winner was Tim Scott, who was appointed to the Senate in 2012, but won a full term in his own right on Tuesday. He’s now South Carolina’s first elected black senator, and the South’s first since Reconstruction.
    Source: NPR

  • Discussion about Attorney General Eric Holder’s position possibly being taken over by Loretta Lynch, a Black Brooklyn attorney.

    New York U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch is President Obama’s pick for the next Attorney General, and if she’s appointed, she’ll be the first African-American woman to hold the position. But who is Loretta Lynch?

    Before she was an appointed to the top job, she worked within the U.S. Attorney’s office to helped convict the NYPD cop who assaulted Haitian immigrant Abner Louima with a broom handle, in one of the highest-profile police brutality cases of the 1990s. Louima is black and the arrested officers were white, but Lynch said she didn’t want the case to become “a referendum on race.”

    President Bill Clinton first appointed to be a U.S. Attorney in 1999, and she served until 2001. She was appointed again by Obama in 2010. In between her terms, she was a partner at Hogan & Hartson, which has since been renamed Hogan Lowells, focusing on criminal litigation and white collar criminal defense.

    When she returned to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the second time in 2010, she noticed that the job had changed, to include more work fighting terrorism–her office helped convict the masterminds of the thwarted al-Qaeda scheme to attack the New York subway system. But even though the job has expanded, “the energy, dedication and commitment of the people in my office has not changed,” she wrote in her Harvard 30th Reunion Class Report in 2011. “I truly love coming to work every day.”

    Earlier this year, Lynch charged Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican congressman from Staten Island, with perjury, wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and tax evasion for his dealings in a health-food restaurant he had operated before he ran for office. Lynch said Grimm was operating a “very simple scheme,” that allegedly involved under-reporting wages and earnings when filing his taxes. Grimm has pleaded not guilty.

    Lynch also found time for pro bono work–in 2005, she traveled to Rwanda to teach a trial advocacy workshop for the prosecutors at the Rwandan war crimes tribunal, to help restore justice after the genocide. “I listened to the genocide survivors as they told me how they were forced to hide under the dead to avoid capture, and watched as they showed me the machete scars they still carried,” she wrote in the Class Report. “But I learned the most as I saw how they carried on with life, reaching out to orphans to create new families, knitting together a future out of the scars of the past.”

    Lynch grew up in North Carolina, and was one of the only black students in her elementary school. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, she recalls being asked to re-take a standardized test after she scored higher than administrators expected. She went on to Harvard, where she studied English and loved Chaucer, and then to Harvard Law School. After graduation she went into corporate law, but took a massive pay cut to take a job at the Eastern District, because she wanted to do something “meaningful.” She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two step-children.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District declined comment for this story.
    Source: TIME

  • Discussion about Heit being racially profiled and harassed by a worker while shopping at Ulta with Cheri.
  • Discussion about how the store associates hover as you try to shop.


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