One day it’s Newt, the next it’s Ron Paul… then there’s a “surge” for Santorum, plus insufferable jabs at all of them from Bachmann. And, of course, Romney still polls in the 25% range and can’t seem to get major Conservatives behind him. Huntsman might as well be invisible and you wish Perry would be.
And without Herman Cain we no longer have the kind of comic entertainment which lets us ignore the rest of these clowns.
Add to all of this the need of all the news stations (and Fox) to keep all of this brouhaha on the air all the time without even making the least amount of difference. Not one candidate shows any sign of being able to serve all of America.
They all seem to have a view of the Constitution as a document defined by one or two articles… it’s easy to ignore the ones you don’t believe in. No matter how they comment on Obama (or in many cases each other), none of these folks would know a real Socialist if they tripped over one at a Karl Marx picnic on May Day.
The Parliamentary System is so practical. Too bad w can’t do it here…at least in the states with Tea Party Governors.
This from HuffPo:
- Canadian government collapses in no-confidence vote (guardian.co.uk)
- Opposition brings down Canadian government (msnbc.msn.com)
- You: Opposition Topples Canadian Government (nytimes.com)
- Canadian government collapses (telegraph.co.uk)
- Opposition Topples Canadian Government (time.com)
- PM Harper’s Government Dissolved , Canadian will go for Polls 4th time in 7 years (jafrianews.com)
- Gov’t likely to fall after Friday non-confidence vote (ctv.ca)
Ron Paul has got literally no chance of being nominated, much less elected President and CPAC calls attention to the real problems that Conservatives and, especially, Libertarians, have in relating to the American People. They do nothing to support the poor, nor do they have an ability to give us the kind of health care or social equality that we need.
It’s time to get on and find ways to support Obama‘s presidency and get him away from the military problems we have been strapped with… then apply that money to strengthening and improving the lot of ALL citizens.
- Embracing their inner extremist at CPAC: Ron Paul wins the straw poll again (crooksandliars.com)
- Ron Paul Wins Presidential Straw Poll at CPAC (themoderatevoice.com)
- CPAC Chaos as Ron Paul Wins Straw Poll (my.firedoglake.com)
- Ron Paul Wins CPAC, Loses YAF (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Palin? Newt? No, conservative conference chooses Ron Paul in presidential straw poll (sfgate.com)
- Ron Paul Takes CPAC Straw Poll for Second Year – DBKP – Death By 1000 Papercuts (news.google.com)
- In straw polls, smart money is on Ron Paul (politico.com)
The Chinese? After all, that’s what all the politicians, especially the Conservatives, are telling us. The fear that we will be taken over by the Chinese… or that the Chinese will no longer buy our bonds… or that the Dollar will no longer be the trading currency of the Chinese… such a fear is being used to keep Americans in line and ready to vote for a batch of idiots.
But it’s not true. We owe the Chinese 9.8% of our debt, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Japan has 9.6 %, England 5.1%… and other countries have much smaller chunks. In reality, foreigners own a mere 24.7 percent of our debt.
US individuals hold 12 percent of the country’s debt. Next under the domestic category comes the Federal Reserve, which holds 9 percent of US debt, then pension and retirement funds, mutual funds, and state and local governments.
So when the Congress starts filling us with the China fear, maybe we should send them OUR bill… cash in our bonds and mutual funds… get our city government to send in their invoices.
- The GOP’s kooky debt default plan (salon.com)
- U.S. Mostly Indebted to Itself (politicalwire.com)
- Should You Pay Off Debt or Save for Retirement? (money.usnews.com)
- The real debt ceiling ‘catastrophe’ (thehill.com)
- Who Owns the U.S. Debt (mint.com)
- China lowers holdings of US debt in November (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Who owns the U.S. national debt? (investmentpostcards.com)
- Republican debt repayment bill “unworkable”-Geithner (reuters.com)
- U.S. must stop the kowtowing (timesunion.com)
- U.S. report finds Chinese currency gains too slow (ctv.ca)
- China’s Creative Accounting: Using Debt As a Tool for Economic Development… (projectworldawareness.com)
In the midst of everyone trying to be more “Civil”, the Conservative Media have shown that they don’t know the meaning of the word.
This from Media Matters:
As of this morning it seems that Obama is ready to deal with the Right… extend the Bush tax cuts for a couple of years in exchange for one year’s extension of Unemployment funding. The tax cut deal is tentative. It hasn’t gone through Congress yet (although McConnell is probably dribbling with laughter in his office), but it probably will.
When even Conservatives like Joe Scarborough sees and comments on the fact that Obama is moving directly to the Right…
which will not increase job creation much, but will add at least a trillion new bucks to the deficit…we know it’s a lot of money. And who is going to lend it to us? The Chinese? Are we going to listen to Obama’s financial team that extending tax cuts are going to get us out of recession?
And now we won’t be able to blame this crap on Bush anymore. Obama owns it and is most likely making himself a one-term President. And a lot of very unhappy Democrats like me will probably help him to become a one-termer. As Joe Scarborough just said: “At least they can’t call him a Socialist any more.”
I think it is up to Nancy Pelosi (certainly not Harry Reid) to try to hold this arrangement off… and, as I have said before, it would be better to have this whole arrangement with the Right flushed down the toilet and get NO tax cut extensions for ANYONE, than to do anything like what is coming out of the White House. (Steny Hoyer, however, will go along with it… miserable power seeker… and will undermine Pelosi.)
So now we have to pay for increased troops in Afghanistan where we are getting nowhere even faster than before, we have to suffer increasing rather than decreasing unemployment making our tax revenues even lower, and we can look forward to a GOP-controlled future… amazing with a Democratic White House and Senate… which will take us further from the America that was built by generations of progressive leaders from Roosevelt (FDR) through Johnson.
If the Tea Party takeover has taught us anything, it is that we need a new grass-roots progressive movement. And we have to push from the ground up. It’s going to take 30 years.
Yesterday I had the lowest number of visitors (and by that I mean serious visitors, not quick check-ins pushed by Alphainventions, Blogitti, Blogiche or Blogsurfer) to Under The LobsterScope that I have had in the last couple of years. The number of SPAM postings that I have to look at and make a decision over has increased markedly as well. I’ll admit that yesterday I was gone most of the day getting my new old car in Silver Spring, but it is usually the evening that gives me my biggest amount of real participation.
I am now midway through my 64th year and rapidly heading to 65… tired, retired and mired in medication for diabetes, ADD, Depression and a new set of indications which they are testing for. I have the Radio Show to prepare for each week and the housework I’m now committed to as my wife is the full-time employed person. And I’m so low on physical energy that working myself up over the incessant trash dumped everywhere by the extreme right wing is becoming exercise I no longer wish to partake in. Plus, with the advances from Sustainable Shepherdstown working locally, the idea of creating a life that would mean survival if the Conservatives finally destroy our economy and and social structure now takes up a major portion of time and will only grow in the future.
I am quite depressed about the current election season, as I think, no matter what we reveal as the honest truth, America is getting ready to pull off a suicide vote this year and just the thought of John Boehner undermining health care as Speaker of the House and Rand Paul eliminating public schools for our growing population of poor children and Mitch McConnell gleefully putting party ahead of country for the next four years until he is up for election again (not that I think Kentucky will ever wise up) makes me shiver. Politics has become a lost cause, and since this blog is about 75% politics, it is not effective enough to maintain.
I’ll be deciding what to do in the next day or so (my wife and I are celebrating 32 years of marriage this weekend and I’d rather think of her than saving the country today and tomorrow) and will probably come out on Monday with a final statement on what will happen with UTL. Meanwhile, let me know what you think… if you are out there.
- Rand Paul to Jack Conway in Caustic Kentucky Senate Debate: ‘Be a Man’ (politicsdaily.com)
- Depressing morning… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- John Boehner: The timebomb who could be Speaker (capitolhillblue.com)
Sorry friends… can’t deal with arguing Conservatives or unsatisfied Liberals or friendly Progressives or even family or friends until lunchtime… I’m having the last of all these medical tests this morning. Since I have to use Elly’s car, I have to leave in a few minutes to drive her to work before I go over to Robinwood Medical Center. Under The LobsterScope just has to start later and there ain’t nothin’ I can do about it.
Cartoon(s) of the Week: Where do Conservatives stand when it is time to extend Unemployment Benefits?
Are you a Conservative Republican who has lost his or her perspective on life and the Party? Here’s the first paragraph of a terrific TPM aricle :
Dear Conservative Americans,
The years have not been kind to you. I grew up in a profoundly Republican home, so I can remember when you wore a very different face than the one we see now. You’ve lost me and you’ve lost most of America. Because I believe having responsible choices is important to democracy, I’d like to give you some advice and an invitation.
Now go HERE and read the rest.
I’ll give you a clip, but it is worth reading the whole thing:
Listening to the news reports and, quite predictably, the conservatives think yesterday’s Presidential Health Care Summit sowed Obama as a “bully” and the liberal press pointed out his fairness and gentlemanly attitude to the opponents of his Health Care Plan.
So, does this mean that there is ANY possibility of the two sides coming together on ANYTHING? Doubtful. Doubtful. Looks like the Congressional Dems will start the approach to a Reconciliation vote on Health Care… and the President will legitimately say he tried to bring them all together.
My final score is Obama 1, Conservatives 0.
This from The Daily Caller:
Just weeks after Florida GOP Executive Director Delmar Johnson was canned for spending party money on high-class steaks and planes, the Miami Herald reports that Senate candidate Marco Rubio did much the same thing, using a GOP-issued credit card to fix his family minivan, snag booze, pay a property management group, and buy “supplies” from a “a music equipment store.” Rubio defended his actions in a statement: “There was no formal process provided by the Party regarding personal charges.” While the party may not have been clear then, it sure as hell is now, with Florida GOP spokeswoman Katie Gordon telling the Miami Herald, “The RPOF American Express card is a corporate card and is meant to be used for business expenses.”
Gee… and his goal is to be on the Senate payroll… do they give him an Amex card?
A television series on the Kennedys that is nearly a year away from official release has already spurred heated debate and aggressive pushback over its treatment of the iconic American family.
On Tuesday progressive filmmaker Robert Greenwald released a short video preemptively calling into question the accuracy of “The Kennedys,” an eight-hour miniseries which will air on the History Channel and is being produced by Joel Surnow, the creator of the series “24” and a well-known Hollywood conservative.
Please sign the petition that Greenwald’s short links to and prevent “The Kennedys” from being released.
I was reading a comment on one of the blogs I visit where someone compared the Tea Baggers to the Know Nothings of the mid-19th Century.
As Wikipedia points out:
The Know Nothing movement was a nativist American political movement of the 1840s and 1850s. It was empowered by popular fears that the country was being overwhelmed by German and Irish Catholic immigrants, who were often regarded as hostile to U.S. values and controlled by the Pope in Rome. Mainly active from 1854 to 1856, it strove to curb immigration and naturalization, though its efforts met with little success. There were few prominent leaders, and the largely middle-class and entirely Protestant membership fragmented over the issue of slavery.
Sounds familiar, no? After hearing Tancredo’s rag on Hispanic immigrants last night, you can just substitute South Americans or Mexicans for Germans and Irish… or substitute Muslims for Catholics. It’s all the same kind of garbage.
BTW – In 2006, an editorial in the The Weekly Standard by William Kristol attacked populist Republicans for not recognizing the danger of “turning the GOP into an anti-immigration, Know-Nothing party.”
I guess they didn’t listen to him.
Read on, McDuff:
2009 was supposed to be different:
if this bothers you go HERE and help media Matters out.
… and how did they respond to other expenses? Especially, how will they
respond to comparably lower cost of Health Care? This from Truthsite.org:
|War in Iraq||$3 trillion||“No problem!”|
|Bush tax cuts for the rich||$1.8 – $2.5 trillion||“No problem!”|
|Bush bailouts||$9 – $24 trillion||“No problem!”|
|Military budget||$650 billion/year(about the same as the rest of the world combined)||“No problem!”|
|“Public option” health care||$1.1 trillion over 10 years*||“It’s not revenue neutral!”|
|Single payer health care||Would save money, improve care||“It’s socialism!”|
*According to the Congressional Budget Office, the health care reform bill passed by the House in November, 2009 actually saves $11 billion annually. See Deficit hawks attacking the wrong prey.
This long essay was found in the new Open Salon blog section. David Brin, a prolific scientist, lecturer, science fiction author and television commentator (The Universe, Life After People) has taken a view that the radical right has debased conservatism and is leading us into a very poor repeat of 1861.
Here’s a quick section:
But all right, Rush and Rupert and Sean and Glenn and Tafik. Go ahead. Push hard enough to finally wake up the real United States — the “Blue America” that seems all mushy because it always tries reason first. The citified sophisticates who have, for generations, sent vast net-flows of their taxes toward the red counties that then bit that generous hand with rants about the “decadent cities…” even though those cities have proved to be more moral, by far. (Compare rates of divorce, domestic violence, teen sex, STDs and yes, even abortion!)
Even though those cities are the front lines in the modern war on terror. Even though it was city folk who proved their courage and resilience, standing up for their country on 9/11.
Remember what finally happened almost a century and a half ago, Rush. Pushed too far, and as a last resort, those “decadent” Americans rose up. They donned that color blue and wore it proudly to defend the Union — and the dream — with their very lives.
If that has your curiosity going, you can read the whole article (and a lot of thoughtful comments) HERE.
Watching Teddy’s Memorial Service on MSNBC while I am surfing the web and discovering that the radical right web sites are using the occasion to say some of the nastiest things about him, about liberals and about and public option health plan. I’ve been looking at blogs entitled “It Ain’t America No More!” and “The Mary Jo Kopechne Right to Life Bill” and “Gun Grabbers Rush to Exploit Ted Kennedy’s Death” and “The Ted Kennedy moral whitewash peaks today.” I could go on (and I didn’t put in links, since, if you want to read this crap, you can go find it yourself.)
A lot of right-wing writing is trying to ward off the push that Kennedy’s death is giving liberals to pass Health Care. This, I guess, is to be expected.
At least we can make fun of the right’s anti- health care reform stand, as Mark Fiore shows in this animation:
It’s a good thing we have web sites like TPM to show us what’s going on when we’re competing for Health Care Reform during Congress’ August recess. Today they published the Teabaggers documentation that is being used to break up Town Hall meetings given by Democrats who support reform.
Go to http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/documents/2009/08/memo-details-co-ordinated-anti-reform-harrassment-strategy.php?page=1 and you’ll find the memo and support documents that came out of Conservatives for Patients Rights (they’re great at creating names that make you think they have the patients’ interests at heart… not the pharmaceutical and insurance giants that are funding them).
Use this to counteract them. When they say to pack the front half of the audience with their people, get there ahead of time and pack it with yours. When they hand out materials like the ones shown in the memo, have counter materials ready and make it clear you know who they are.
Most of all, support your Representatives and Senators who will strive for YOUR best interests.