"If LBJ's rallying cry was an end to poverty
in the world's richest nation, Obama's is an end to the Reagan Revolution. With the proposed tax increases
on couples making more than $250,000, Obama has declared that trickle-down economics was a
fantasy. He denounced it in moral terms, declaring in his budget that 'there is something wrong when we allow
the playing field to be tilted so far in the favor of so few.'"
-- David Sanger, Link
Put another way, after eight years of having
"ghost jobs" that paid $3,000 an hour,
the super-rich are going to have to show
up and actually do some work under Obama.
Excerpt: Today, the Democratic Party controls both the
Legislative and Executive Branches. President Obama, through masterfully
delivered public addresses and carefully articulated
policy initiatives, now dominates the high ground of American politics.
Meanwhile, the GOP has been defending policies
only popular within its base to hold what it still has, which marginalizes
the party even further. The entire Republican
Party, it seems, has spent the last week bending a knee to Rush Limbaugh,
whose far-right grandstanding is leading the
GOP even further into darkness. Sooner or later the party will re-emerge,
for that is the way of things in American politics.
In the meantime, however ... hoo, boy, what a glorious mess this is.
Excerpt: The biggest potential pitfall for RNC Chairman
Tom Michael Steele was never about politics,
it was always about his competence -- or lack
But wait - why would you put an incomptent
in charge of the party? Because he's Black and you're tired of being
called racist pigs by voters?
Steele has a less-than-stellar history in politics
and business and now, thanks to
his brief moment of honesty about Rush Limbaugh,
his tenure as head of the RNC isn't looking so great either.
U.S. Whore & World Report's Paul Bedard says
some Republicans are talking about firing Steele.
"What is amazing is that Steele was elected because
of his communications skills, and it is those skills that are
damaging the Republican Party."
No, his temporary honesty damaged the child-molesting
drug addict and we can't have that.
Before people begin to completely judge him as
worthless, Steele needs to focus and knuckle down on building
a strong foundation at RNC so we can begin rebuilding
our majority," one "top GOP strategist" told Bedard.
"If his implosion continues, RNC members are
likely to call a special session to dump him for an effective chairman.
There is not much patience for failure."
"No patience for failure?" You just gave us eight long years of the Worst President Ever!
"Blagojevich, famous for saying of Obama's
Senate seat, "I’m not giving it up for fuckin’ nothing," will make some money off the deal after all. Blagojevich
has just scored a six-figure deal with Phoenix Books to write about picking Obama's replacement. Any remaining
lawyers on his legal team are cringing and popping Aspirin." -- Alex Koppelman, Link
I thought it was illegal to profit from your crimes...
Excerpt: Democrats believe they have struck political
gold by depicting Herr vulgar Pigboy as the new face of the Republican
a full-scale effort first hatched by some of
the most familiar names in politics and now being guided in part from inside
the White House.
The strategy took shape after Democrats included
Limbaugh’s name in an October poll and learned their longtime tormentor
deeply unpopular with many Americans. (You had
to take a poll to find that out?) Then the piece of shit emerged
as an unapologetic
critic of Barack Obama shortly before his inauguration,
when even many Republicans were showering him with praise.
Soon it clicked: Democrats realized they could
roll out a new GOP bogeyman for the post-Bush era by turning to an
Nazi pig called Limbaugh, a polarizing figure
since he rose to prominence in the 1990s by slurring Blacks and gays.
Paul Begala said they found Limbaugh’s ratings
were even lower than the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers.
Rush is less popular than the "God damn America"
guy and a "domestic terrorist."
“It’s great for Democrats, great for Rush,
great for the press. The only people he’s not good for are
the actual Republicans in Congress.” -- Carville, talking about
It's funny hearing John McCain complain about
earmarks in the congressional budget as if it was Obama's fault when
members of Congress are responsible for adding
them. About half of those earmarks came from McCain's fellow Republicans.
If McCain wants to fight earmarks I suggest he
get the Republicans to give up their earmarks and shame the Democrats
into giving up theirs. If McCain can't convince
his own party to give up their pork then he shouldn't be preaching
to others about it. It makes him look like a
hypocrite and that he isn't taking America's problems seriously.
Excerpt: The 2008 election sent many messages. At the
top: Americans wanted to turn the page on the politics of division
and partisan pettiness, and they wanted a government
-- and country -- that would put the middle class first.
Watching the Republicans operate this past month,
it would appear that they missed that unmistakable signal.
Instead, Rush Limbaugh has become their leader.
Limbaugh, of course, told his radio listeners
that he's rooting for President Obama to fail
"I hope Obama fails..."
-- and hoping Obama's ideas for bolstering our
economy fail with him. For many Americans, hungry for leadership
and cooperation, this sounded like fingernails
on a chalkboard. When Limbaugh reiterated the sentiment this weekend,
hundreds of Republican conservatives cheered
him on. But instead of rebuking the child lomester or charting their own
course, Republican leaders in Washington are
paralyzed with fear of crossing their leader. Less than 24 hours after
committing the unforgivable sin of criticizing
Limbaugh, RNC Chairman Tom Michael Steele was forced to publicly
apologize. He was not the first and will certainly
not be the last.
Limbaugh's voice could be heard in the words of
new Republican quarterback Eric Cantor, who says the GOP's
strategy will be to "Just Say No" -- not for
substantive or philosophical reasons but to advance Limbaugh's strategy
for failure. Independent voters, those who find
the ways of Washington particularly toxic, could be forgiven for
wondering whether the Republican minority has
any clue what is happening in our country.
Excerpt: Conservatives might be seeking a spiritual leader,
organizing principle and fresh identity,
but they at least seem to have settled on a favorite
rhetorical ogre: socialism.
As in, Democrats are intent on forcing socialism
on the “U.S.S.A” (as the bumper sticker says,
under the words “Comrade Obama”).
It seems that "socialist" has supplanted "liberal"
as the go-to slur among much of a conservative world
confronting a one-two-three punch of bank bailouts,
budget blowouts and stimulus bills. Right-leaning
bloggers and talk radio hosts are wearing out
the brickbat. Senate and House Republicans have been
tripping over their podiums to invoke it. The
S-bomb has become as surefire a red-meat line at
conservative gatherings as "Clinton" was in the
1990s and "Pelosi" is today."
Rethugs in the House and Senate have socialized medicine for insurance
but YOU can't have any because they don't want the poor to be covered.
Excerpt: The most eye-catching placard on a 120,000-strong
march in Dublin last Saturday against the Irish government’s
austerity response to the tottering of the capitalist
system was held by a teenager reading “Make Bono Pay Tax.”
The bail-out burden of the Anglo Irish Bank falls
on the tax-payers. Hence the mass fury expressed on the march
and the dismay of many at the nervous pusillanimity
of union leaders on the platform, whose main call was not to
march on another couple of hundred yards to Anglo
Irish headquarters and burn it down but to “exert pressure”
on the government to agree to reopen talks on
a “package of measures”.Hence, too, a new focus on tax-avoiders
who live high off the hog in Dublin while basing
their businesses in Euro-zone tax-shelters. Like U2.
So Paul O'Toole wrote a parody song:
I want to run, my money to hide I want build paper walls and keep it inside I want to seek shelter from income tax pain Where the accounts have no names See my tax bill disappear without a trace Where the accounts have no names
Instead trying to hard to be f-ing cute, the writer could have given
us some relevant information.
For instance, are Ireland's tax rates as screwed as England's?
If Bono is working real, real hard to save three perecent, the way the
Fascist dogs do when Obama
says he's going to raise their 36% taxes to 39%, then I would join
the criticism against Bono.
But remember George Harrsion's "Tax Man?" "One
for you, nineteen for me..."
Ireland is taking 95% of the money U2 makes, then I'd move to Holland,
But we don't know if Bono and U2 are being greedy because the whore
wanted to be cute and attack Bono instead of giving us some
Sidebar: What entertainer has given back more than Bono?
Y'know how the judges are always saying, "Don't
do Whitney, Mariah or Aretha? You're not that good and you'll just sound
stupid trying to pretend you are."
The criticism for Lil Rounds (they say that's her name) was that she
did Mary J. Blige
but she sounded so much like her, they didn't see enough of the real
If they went by singing talent and chutspa and "I'm
Aretha and you're not," Lil Rounds would already have this won - but like Simon says "Weird
things can happen,"
and there are some cuties in the pack and some guys who can sing, so
If I had Obama's ear, I'd tell him to prepare for a massive Mexgang
invasion on Texas this year.
This Mexican situation is a boiling pot that's about to start whistling.
(I'm a poet.)
Hillary should be sending Obama a PDB that says, "Mexgangs
likely to invade Texas soon."
These Mexgangs have nearly-unlimited money because they're dealing soft
Their M.O. is murdering the Chief of Police in whatever town they want
You the Chief of Police?
Your wife can claim your headless body in the morning.
Maybe these Mexgangs won't invade Texas this year, and by "invade"
I mean they send 300-500
handjobs with AK-47s into Brownsville, Laredo, McAllen and El Paso
to "teach Yankee who's boss," and we have a problem on our hands so let's not treat it like healthcare
reform in 1993
This is exactly like a high stakes poker game.
Odds are the Mexgangs won't launch an invasion with 500 AK-47s
in the next 9 months,
but are you ready to go "all in" with the lives of Brownsville, Laredo,
McAllen and El Paso citizens?
Shit, if nothing else, let's relocate 20,000 American-based military
personel to those towns.
We don't need a well-funded murderous Mexgang problem distracting us
from those 9-11 handjobs.
This is long overdue, I know, but you surly deserve
it (and much more, if I could).
You've been my home page and sanity check for
Living here in Colorado Springs, the 'Epicenter
means we Bartcop readers are few and far between,
but there's always hope.
Keep doing what you do
Greg in CO
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