"Obama's biggest problem is with his own party
which seems to be drifting away from what he wanted, which was for the package to include
at least 40 percent tax relief and to be earmark-free. He could end up with better support from us
than he's getting from the Democratic majority, at least so far..."
-- Mitch the Bitch McConnell, Link
Excerpt: Rising unemployment spared no state last month,
and 2009 is shaping up as another miserable year for workers.
Jobless rates for December hit double digits in
Michigan and Rhode Island, while South Carolina and Indiana
notched the biggest gains from the previous month.
A common thread among these states has been manufacturing
industry layoffs tied to consumers' shrinking
appetite for cars, furniture and other goods.
With tens of thousands of layoffs announced this
week by well-known employers such as Pfizer, Caterpillar and
Home Depot, the unemployment picture is bound
to get worse in every region of the country, economists say.
''We won't see a light at the end of the tunnel
until 2010,'' said Anthony Sabino, a professor of law and business.
Why won't Democrats say it - tax
cuts for the super-rich caused this - that and Bush's wars.
Bush took money from the poor and the middle
class and gave it to the super rich who aren't spending it.
Democrats don't have the brains to take advantage
of the facts in front of their faces.
"If the most popular Democratic president in
70 years can't stand up to an eviscerated GOP and say "You're wrong, people hate you, sit
the fuck down and shut the fuck up," then we're doomed."
-- Yellow Dog, Link
> Vertie Hodge was 30 when Blacks got the right
to vote. > 44 years later "one of us" is living in
The White House."
I don't know about any other black people in this
country, but I got the right to vote back in 1870
when the 15th Amendment was ratified. if
Vertie Hodges was actually born in 1840 (thirty years
before the 15th was ratified), she'd be 169 years
Just sayin', is all.
Excerpt: The Wimpy Democrats have launched an online petition
for readers to express their outrage at Rush Limbaugh
for saying last week that he wanted President
Barack Obama to fail.
The petition includes a sound byte of Limbaugh,
saying, “If I wanted Obama to succeed, I’d be happy the Republicans have laid down. I don’t want
this to work. So I’m thinking of replying to this guy, say ‘okay, I’ll send you a response, but I
don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.’”
Meanwhile, Obama advised Republicans to stop listening
to Limbaugh's oink
if they wanted to get along with Democrats and
"You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get
things done," Obama said to Fascist leaders
who met with the president to talk about the
This is a perfect corollary to the typical
Republican’t talking point on paying taxes: at some point in the
“conversation”, they will make some comment to
the effect that INCOME taxes are the ONLY taxes paid that count.
Of course they are—for the top 5% of incomes!
But for the vast majority of Americans, the PAYROLL tax
(FICA/Social Security/OASDI + Medicare/Medicaid/HI)
is their biggest tax burden.
They fought (my home state then-senator Don Nickles
led the charge) against making the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
“refundable”, i.e. if one’s income was low enough,
one could collect more income tax credit than was owed in income taxes.
Republican’t philosophy couldn’t be clearer:
if you’re poor, even though you’re working, you should just drop dead.
Eddy in OKC
Excerpt: George W. Bush maintained his manof-the-people
pose almost until the end. Facing history, however, he got twitchy
and defensive. Granted, it's hard to know how
a president who stampeded the nation into a disastrous war on a false
premise could stand there with a straight face
praising his own understanding of "the power of freedom to be transformative"
and his "great love for the human-human being,
and [belief] in human dignity."
The mask dropped momentarily, however, when a
reporter at his final press conference asked him about the personal
burdens of the presidency. Affecting a sing-song,
sarcastic whine, he lampooned people who imagine it's a tough job.
"Oh, the burdens, you know," he sneered. "Why
did the financial collapse have to happen on my watch?"
Hipster, too cool to care. President Punk. Oh,
so you're broke and out of a job?
Well, he's not. .
Polls show that somewhere between 22 and 27 percent
of the public continues to view Bush favorably.
Lincoln said, "You can fool some of the people
all of the time."
Now we know how many: roughly onequarter.
Hey Bart, good response to the Veronica Mars comment!
It’s too bad he didn’t hang around long enough
to see what a great show it was.
After you turned me on to the show, we bought
the 3 season DVD’s and have been through them twice.
In browsing for stories about the upcoming movie,
I saw where VM producer Rob Thomas has a new series
in March on the Starz network – whatever the
hell that is – that features several VM cast members and show
producers. It’s called “Party
Down,” about Hollywood wannabes working as caterers.
Doesn’t look like it will have quite the depth
of Veronica Mars, but probably good for a laugh.
And we’ll need to get our laughs somewhere else
now that Resident Moron is gone!
Excerpt: What’s up with the Republicans? Have they no
sense that their policies have sent the country hurtling down the road
Are they so divorced from reality that in their
delusionary state they honestly believe we need more of their tax cuts
rich and their other forms of plutocratic irresponsibility,
the very things that got us to this deplorable state?
The G.O.P.’s latest campaign is aimed at undermining
President Obama’s effort to cope with the national economic emergency
by attacking the spending in his stimulus package
and repeating ad nauseam the Republican mantra for ever more tax cuts.
“Right now, given the concerns that we have over
the size of this package and all the spending in this package, we don’t
it’s going to work,” said John Boehner on “Meet
the Press,” Mr. Boehner said of the plan: “Put me down in the ‘no’ column.”
If anything, the stimulus package is not large
enough. Less than 24 hours after Boehner’s televised exercise in obstructionism,
Caterpillar announced that it was cutting 20,000
jobs, Sprint Nextel said it was eliminating 8,000, and Home Depot 7,000.
Maybe the Republicans don’t think there is an
emergency. After all, it was Phil Gramm, John McCain’s economic guru,
who told us last summer that the pain was all
in our heads, that this was a “mental recession.”
The idiot Democrats - how f-ing stupid can they be? Why
don't they just say,
"We tried it your way and look where we are! Tax cuts for the rich bankrupted America!"
They are so totally brainless and clueless - how is that possible?
They don't even have the brains to list the facts.
If only the Democrats were as smart as Ol' Okie Bart.
"Maybe Obama's speechwriter should leave out
the Bush bashing. You did not see Bush take office and
constantly talk about what he inherited."
-- --Sandy Ennis, on the notion that Obama was mean to Bush in his inaugural
Hey lady, try to get a clue of what you're talking about.
Obama's inauguration was the biggest media event in the history
of the world.
Every country was watching live - it was a bigger event
than the Super Bowl and the world
wanted to know if America was going to change or be more torture
and more murder, etc.
Obama HAD to say America would stop the murders, tortures and
He HAD to reassure the world that the insanity was going to stop
And no wonder Bush didn't scold Clinton.
Clinton left him with a robust economy, peace and a budget surplus.
Excerpt: Halliburton will pay a $559 million fine to end
an investigation into their crimes if Obama approves the settlement,
the largest penalty against a U.S. company for
charges of bribery under federal law.
Cheney's Halliburton said it was awaiting final
approval from the U.S. Department of Justice and the SEC
to settle claims that KBR violated anti-bribery
laws by paying kickbacks to Nigerian officials.
Under the settlement, Halliburton would pay $382
million to the Department of Justice and
$177 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission
Gee, where can I get a deal like that?
You steal many trillions of dollars and then
pay back a half-billion in fines?
Excerpt: Pulling a collective Rip Van Winkle, the White
House press whores have awakened from theirs extended nap
just in time to aggressively press the new Democratic
administration, just as it dogged the last Democratic president
during his first days in office back in the 1990s.
Conveniently skipped over during the press corps' extended bout
of shut-eye? The Bush years, of course.
Suddenly revved up and vowing to keep a hawk-like
watch on the Obama administration ("I want to hold these guys
accountable for what they say and do") and all
of a sudden obsessed with trivia, while glomming onto nitpicking,
gotcha-style critiques, Beltway reporters have
tossed aside the blanket of calm that had descended on them during
the previous administration, a blanket of calm
that defined their Bush coverage."
Excerpt: Philippe Sands, a Queen's Counsel at Matrix Chambers
and Professor of International law at University College London,
has assembled a powerful indictment of the key
Bush Administration people involved in torture in his book Torture
Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American
Values. He explains the legal exposure of people like Alberto Gonzales,
Dick Cheney's counsel and later chief of staff
David Addington, former Office of Legal Counsel attorney John Yoo,
the former Department of Defense general counsel
Jim Haynes, and others for their involvement in the torture of detainees
at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and CIA secret prisons.
After reading Sands's book and, more recently,
listening to his comments on Terry
Gross's NPR show "Fresh Air," on January 7, 2009 I realized how closely the
rest of the world is following the actions of these former officials, and
was reminded that these actions appear to constitute
not merely violations of American law, but also, and very literally,
crimes against humanity – for which the world
is ready to hold them responsible.
Subject: Obama must stand
up to GOP on Family Planning
Obama is facing his first test as President -
will he be able to stand up to the Republicans?
If we are going to turn America around we need
a president who is strong.
That's Obama's job - to be strong.
Obama should not start out throwing women under
the bus by backing down on funding for family planning.
Instead of caving in to the Republicans he should
call on the people to back him up.
The Republicans are testing him. It's his job
to not fail.
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