Submitted by MontanaMaven on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 1:36pm
I've never supported Obama and my friends know that. They also know I am out of electoral politics and gone independently left libertarian. Last night I tried to stay out of a political discussion at a small get together of friends. But I did say that I thought it was unacceptable when Obama said he "suspected" that his position on SS was similar to Romney's. Although, I added, it was the most truthful thing he said all night. And then added that IMHO, he looked uncomfortable because he had to pretend he had a different economic philosophy than Romney and that was tiring for him.
Then my friend said, "What does it get you to be a purist?"
I said I'd rather drop the subject especially when labels got attached. Read below the fold...
Submitted by ubetchaiam on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 2:53pm
The next dog and pony is the Dem convention where the platitudes and non-specific proposals will fly fast and furiously across the tv, radio,net, and printed media.
And will change very few peoples perceptions.
And then, just to keep the commoners amused, that will be followed by what is called 'The Presidential Debates'. As someone who took a few course in argumentation, it truly pains me to have these scripted shows be called 'debates'.
AND, neither Dems nor Repubs will speak out about this:
OPEN DEBATES CALLS ON PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE COMMISSION TO MAKE SECRET CONTRACT PUBLIC Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Mon, 05/14/2012 - 1:04pm
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Submitted by Monkeyfister on Thu, 12/22/2011 - 5:18pm
There is no question that the Teabagged Republicans are intransigent assholes, but I cannot get my head around Democrats, Liberals and Progressives rallying around the de-funding of Social Security with this Payroll Tax Holiday.
Attaching it to the very needed Unemployment Insurance extension, and Medicare re-imbursement authorization was a recipe for disaster in the first place, with this gaggle of evil clowns controlling the House.
Here is the actual House Bill: via House.gov Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Sat, 05/07/2011 - 9:03pm
From Think Progress:
Exxon Mobil is by far the most profitable company in the new Fortune 500 list, riding “high oil prices to a staggering $30 billion in income” in 2010. Exxon made over $10 billion more than fellow oil giant Chevron, the third most profitable company (AT&T edged out Chevron for the number two spot). ConocoPhillips’ $11.4 billion in profits put it in the 16th spot, giving the three oil giants a combined $60.9 billion in profits in 2010. Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Thu, 03/31/2011 - 12:46pm
Democrats won in 2006 and 2008 because Bush messed up and the economy was a mess. Also Katrina and Iraq.
So what did the Republicans learn? When the economy is a mess the incumbent party loses power. So clearly to the Republicans, they needed to do whatever necessary to mess up the economy even more.
It seemed to me that initially the Republicans were worried that Obama would try to be FDR 2.0 and were determined to block his actions. Clearly they need not have worried. Obama does not seem to think that unemployment is a serious political problem for him and he might even be correct. Read below the fold...
Submitted by letsgetitdone on Thu, 02/24/2011 - 1:53am
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 below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Tue, 02/22/2011 - 6:07pm
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 below the fold...
Submitted by mass on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 5:46pm
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.
Via HuffPost: Read below the fold...
Submitted by mass on Tue, 12/07/2010 - 3:43am
After reading the details of the Obama/Republican tax cut deal, some Left leaning economists seemed at least not hostile to it. Read below the fold...
Submitted by mike flugennock on Fri, 11/05/2010 - 9:57pm
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 below the fold...
Submitted by mike flugennock on Sun, 10/31/2010 - 6:28pm
(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 below the fold...
Submitted by mike flugennock on Fri, 10/29/2010 - 4:39pm
(When I first published this one, it cause quite a wonderful shitstorm in the comments column when it was picked up by Stop Me Before I Vote Again.)
They range from borderline delusional to flat-out certifiable -- and they vote. Read below the fold...
Submitted by mike flugennock on Thu, 10/28/2010 - 8:32am
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:
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