Well, the proverbial s__t is now hitting the fan in our State Governments, and we're looking at struggles in State after State between newly elected Republican Governors scapegoating civil servants, while they insist that taxes can't be raised on the wealthy and large corporations during a recession. Put briefly, the moves to austerity and the resulting conflicts in Wisconsin and other States are partly Democrats' fault, because they failed to pass a State revenue sharing bill to close the gap in State budgets, so that no cuts in services, employee benefits, or jobs would be necessary. Read more about The Simplest and Best Way Out
I agree with Atrios that Republican destructiveness has reached a new level of ghastliness.
My theory is that the Republicans were really frightened in January 2009 that Obama really would be FDR 2.0 and therefore decided to block all his efforts to make the country better on the theory that if things got worse they could get back in power. It helped that neither Obama nor the Senate Democrats had any intention of doing anything for ordinary people.
Now I think they have expanded upon their strategery. I think they actually want to make the US as ungovernable as possible so that they will win in 2012. Read more about Republican strategery
Barney Frank suggests unemployment benefits could have passed without the Obama-McConnell tax deal. According to Frank, "It's totally unbalanced.... unemployment shouldn't be considered a concession they give to us." Unemployment benefits have been passed some four or five times since 2008. Frank reminds us what happened the last time a Republican tried to hold up an extension.
I've been watching these two flirting while pretending not to flirt since about 2002. The elephant would watch the donkey all the time, and the donkey would watch back, while they pretended to hate each others' guts. The donkey would pretend not to give a shit -- not speaking to him, not returning his calls, but the whole time she'd look for excuses to be around while the elephant was in the room. It got to be pretty annoying after a while -- the donkey would be flirting her ass off, and the whole time saying it was nothing, just a little bipartisanship, all in a spirit of compromise. Read more about Why Don't You Two Get A Room?
(This one's a bit of an "oldie", as it was done in April of '08, to be made into stickers for plastering on the streets during the party convention protests, but it's still apropos to the current mid-term fracas.) Read more about Blast From Yer Past: "There IS A Difference"
Here’s another piece inspired by an article I saw at one of my all-time favorite Leftie blogs, Stop Me Before I Vote Again — specifically, this entry, containing an especially pithy comment by another one of my Leftie blogozone faves, The Drunken Pundit, who comments:
Read more about It's What's For Dinner!
A downed phone line prevented Dennis Spisak from calling in, so tomorrow evening is going to be the interview that should have taken place on Saturday. Having been there before, all I can say is, “Yikes!”
Anyway, here’s the info for tomorrow night’s show.
2012: How U.S. Voters Can Wrest Control of Congress from Special Interests -- Part III. Why and How Congressional Elections . .
2012: How U.S. Voters Can Wrest Control of Congress from Special Interests -- Part III. Why and How Congressional Elections Can Be Won By Transpartisan Voting Blocs in 2012
[Ed. note: This series has been re-posted by Joe Firestone (a.k.a. letsgetitdone) on behalf of author Nancy Bordier with her express permission.]
There's this myth going around. It seems many people think the extension of Bush-era tax cuts on the first 250k in income per family exclude wealthy families. They do not. While policy makers are debating letting the Bush-era tax cuts exclusively targeting those with family incomes above 250k, these families would not be excluded from the Democratic proposal to extend these other tax cuts. Indeed, in dollar terms, the wealthy fair better under the so-called middle-class tax cuts, than the middle-class.
It used to be so much fun to bash the rightwing crazies like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Michelle Bachmann and Ron Paul. I used to love it when Keith Olbermann would fulminate in righteous rage over the latest horrors coming from "Mr. Bush." I used to laugh my butt off when Rachel Maddow would make fun of wingnuts, and when Al Franken would play "Bill O'Reilly: Lying or Stupid?"
But now, when I hear the latest outrage over Rand Paul or Sarah Palin or the Tea Party or some other alleged threat to the very fabric of our country, I just feel uncomfortable and slightly queasy. Why? Why don't I care anymore? Read more about Why Don't I Care Anymore?
“If a man could have half his wishes, he would double his troubles.” – Benjamin Franklin
When the so-called “grass-roots” Tea Party movement began back in 2009, most on the Right jumped at the chance to support the group and pander to its followers. Without shame, they openly supported many of the ridiculous notions supported by the Tea Baggers, like Obama being a Socialist and the Dems, in general, wantin’ to destroy our fine country.
Perhaps they shoulda’ thought just a wee bit more about the potential outcome of such a “movement” gaining national recognition and power. Read more about Bye, Bye Bennett
So, correct me if I’m wrong, but has’t it been the Right that’s bitched about Obama and the Dems turning this country into the next Nazi Germany????
But if you ask the the Arizona Senatorial candidates, apparently it’s a great thing that a new regulation virtually enacts World War II era Germany rules into Arizona state laws. Read more about Papiere, Bitte (Papers, Please)