Archive for July 2011 – Page 2

PhotOh! Your "librul media" at work

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Brad Friedman of the excellent site The Brad Blog just tweeted the following:

Good catch, and yet another reminder that the so-called "librul media" are anything but.

And speaking of the Progressive Caucus...

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PhotOh! BREAKING NEWS! Fox has a special on TV tonight! Zomg!

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No kidding, ClusterFox Biz News sent me that "BREAKING NEWS!" email, and those are usually timely notices of actual breaking news.

This one was about nothing more than telling me to watch one of their shows.

Priorities, priorities...

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Progressive Co-Chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva: "Republicans can hold their breath long enough to get what they want."

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Sam Stein tweeted this...

...right after I got this:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2011

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, co-chair of the
Congressional Progressive Caucus, today released the following statement on the emerging debt deal:

"This deal trades peoples' livelihoods for the votes of a few
unappeasable right-wing radicals, and I will not support it.
Progressives have been organizing for months to oppose any scheme that cuts Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, and it now seems clear that even these bedrock pillars of the American success story are on the chopping block. Even if this deal were not as bad as it is, this would be enough for me to fight against its passage.

This deal does not even attempt to strike a balance between more cuts for the working people of America and a fairer contribution from millionaires and corporations. The very wealthy will continue to receive taxpayer handouts, and corporations will keep their expensive federal giveaways. Meanwhile, millions of families unfairly lose more in this deal than they have already lost. I will not be a part of it.

Republicans have succeeded in imposing their vision of a country
without real economic hope. Their message has no public appeal, and Democrats have had every opportunity to stand firm in the face of their irrational demands. Progressives have been rallying support for the successful government programs that have meant health and economic security to generations of our people. Today we, and everyone we have worked to speak for and fight for, were thrown under the bus. We have made our bottom line clear for months: a final deal must strike a balance between cuts and revenue, and must not put all the burden on the working people of this country. This deal fails those tests and many more.

The Democratic Party, no less than the Republican Party, is at a very serious crossroads at this moment. For decades Democrats have stood for a capable, meaningful government - a government that works for the people, not just the powerful, and that represents everyone fairly and equally. This deal weakens the Democratic Party as badly as it weakens the country. We have given much and received nothing in return. The lesson today is that Republicans can hold their breath long enough to get what they want. While I believe the country will not reward them for this in the long run, the damage has already been done.

A clean debt ceiling vote was the obvious way out of this, and many House Democrats have been saying so. Had that vote failed, the president should have exercised his Fourteenth Amendment responsibilities and ended this manufactured crisis.

This deal is a cure as bad as the disease. I reject it, and the American people reject it. The only thing left to do now is repair the damage as soon as possible."

UPDATE, from Sen. Bernie Sanders:

"The Republicans have been absolutely determined to make certain that the rich and large corporations not contribute one penny for deficit reduction, and that all of the sacrifice comes from the middle class and working families in terms of cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, LIHEAP, community health centers, education, Head Start, nutrition, MILC, affordable housing and many other vitally important programs.

"I cannot support legislation like the Reid proposal which balances the budget on the backs of struggling Americans while not requiring one penny of sacrifice from the wealthiest people in our country.  That is not only grotesquely immoral, it is bad economic policy."

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Guess the Quote: "I don't think we've been hurt at all."

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"I don't think we've been hurt at all."

Who said it?

Why, none other than Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), on Face the Nation (via Politico). According to the Turtle, the GOP is Teflon when it comes to the debt ceiling debate. In fact, everyone's been hurt, especially we the people.

Speaking of we the people, the BushCo tax cuts should be allowed to expire (that would be on December 31, 2012) of course; it looks like the Big Tax Cut Expiration fight is set to be in full swing during the '12 presidential campaign. That would be about the time that very wealthy anti-tax people will be donating huge amounts of money anonymously to the GOP. And by "people" I mean corporations.

Timing is everything.

Here's Digby's take:

Ezra's funny this morning:

Next year’s deadline offers Democrats their only chance to negotiate from a superior strategic position. Republicans will still be able to refuse to raise taxes. But if they do, it won’t matter. The only way they can succeed in keeping taxes from rising is if the Obama administration and the Democrats stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them to extend the Bush tax cuts.

Lol. Like that could ever happen.

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John Thune leaves V.P. door open

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John Thune has previously said that "fighting for America's future" in the U.S. Senate was where he could be most effective. He said that when he made the decision to not run for president. I guess a possible veep spot changed all that:

Washington (CNN) - When asked Sunday if he would consider the vice presidency, the South Dakota senator said, "I don't think you rule any options out in politics."

"When you're in this you want to serve your country and put your skill set to its highest and best use," Thune said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

His skill set priorities seem to have changed in the past few months.

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VIDEO- Barbara Boxer: Eric Cantor "took his little blankie and went home."

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I'm so grateful that I live in California and have Barbara Boxer as my senator.

"...Eric Cantor stalked out of the talks, stalked out! 'I don't want to be part of this!' He took his little blankie and went home." (At about 6:00)

"They want everything their way. My way or the highway."

"They don't want to touch millionaires and billionaires. God forbid they should pay $5 more a year to help us."

"Let's see, that's three branches: 2/3 run by the Democrats, the Republicans want it all."

"We've come a long way from where we want to come. Where have they come? They haven't come toward us."

"We are here in a man made crisis. This is unnecessary. This has never been done before. We raised the debt ceiling 18 times when Ronald Reagan was president."

"We have to pledge allegiance to the flag, not Grover Norquist." (At about 13:47)     

And there's this, via Digby:

For me this isn't a shocking disappointment. I have felt that this whole process was a disaster from the beginning and it really doesn't matter to me if the Democrats eke out a couple of concessions about defense cuts or close a few loopholes "in return" for these cuts. That isn't "shared sacrifice," it's asking the poorest, oldest and sickest among us to give up a piece of their meager security in exchange for the wealthy giving up some tip money and the defense industry giving up a couple of points of profit. It's stripping the nation of necessary educational, safety and environmental protections while the wealthy greedily absorb more and more of the nation's wealth and the corporations and financial industry gamble with the rest.

The idea that they are even talking about this at a time of nearly 10% official unemployment with the economy looking like it's going back into recession (if it ever left) makes this debate surreal and bizarre. To cut the safety net and shred discretionary spending in massive numbers at a time like this is mind boggling. That it's happening under a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate is profoundly depressing.

But it's happening. And sadly, I still think it will be mostly Democrats who end up voting for it.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Documentary about Doctor Who fans

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Pretty long for a vid, so if you can't watch it now, save it for when you have time. Must see for fans of The Doctor.

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