It’s what it will cost you that you ought to think about.
I don’t know what age level you fall into, but knowing I’m being stripped of the money tobuy two years worth of groceries really pisses me off.
- Romney’s budget would require a 40% cut to everything but Medicare, Social Security, and defense (pattidudek.typepad.com)
- Obama: Romney plan for Medicare would cost seniors ‘thousands’ (thehill.com)
- Obama hits Romney with new Medicare study (miamiherald.com)
- Obama uses Medicare to court Florida seniors (washingtontimes.com)
- Romney-Ryan Want It Both Ways on Medicare – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Romney camp admits Medicare cuts will hit current seniors (dailykos.com)
After not being in session for over a week (when do these guys actually WORK?) our Congressmen and women are returning this week (of course, Monday, like Friday, is a travel day … when do these guys actually WORK?) and are going to take on the debt limit.
Geithner, the Treasury Secretary, says that the debt limit has to be raised in May or we will default on our debt payments by July. That will destroy our credit rating and make it impossible to borrow money which the country needs to survive.
Some Republicans don’t agree, however, as was made clear on yesterday’s talking head shows.
“The debt limit doesn’t really mean anything because we’ve always extended it. The Treasury secretary has the ability, even if this debt limit is not extended, to continue to pay interest on our loans. The idea that this is catastrophic is wrong — what is catastrophic is to continue to spend money we don’t have.”
And Coburn is a well-known economist..what? He isn’t? Sorry.
Representative Joe Walsh (R-Illinois) on Face The Nation:
“Over the course of those few months when the debt ceiling wasn’t raised, Armageddon didn’t hit, the government paid its bills — we’ve got enough government revenues to certainly pay, to service all of our debt. And the administration knows that. The administration’s got to get serious and recognize that we’re not just going to give them a vote to raise the debt ceiling unless they fundamentally change the way this city works.”
Walsh, as you may know, is actively campaigning to extend the Bush tax cuts… is that how we get enough money to pay the debts? Don’t think so.
It’s interesting that, during the Bush administration, that when the debt ceiling was raised 7 times, no Republican objected or said ANYTHING (when do these guys actually WORK?). That shows their collective economic knowledge must have been recently earned… perhaps they read about it in a magazine.
- Republicans Downplay Urgency Of Raising Debt Ceiling (huffingtonpost.com)
- GOP’s Kirk: Attach deficit plan to debt increase (cbsnews.com)
- Republicans Skeptical on Raising Debt Limit (blogs.wsj.com)
- Coburn: S&P downgrade a “warning shot across our bow” (thehill.com)
- Geithner Calling GOP’s Bluff? Secretary Says Congress Will Vote to Raise Debt … (foxnews.com)
- Geithner: ‘Congress Will Raise the Debt Ceiling’ – Fox News (news.google.com)
- World turns its attention on the U.S. debt problem. (genomega1.wordpress.com)
- Boehner: Obama born in U.S., but OK to think otherwise (ctv.ca)
- Boehner says facts show Obama a Christian citizen (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Speaker Boehner: “It’s Not My Job To Tell” Americans That Obama Is Not A Muslim (mediaite.com)
- John Boehner Claims Spending Cuts Will Create Jobs (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Boehner sees wide-open field for GOP in 2012 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- John Boehner’s Name Makes Him Inevitable Candidate For Next Sex Scandal (crushable.com)
The whole article is available at Talking Points Memo:
- Chuck Schumer: Seniors Could Have To Pay Government $250 If Health Care Reform Is Repealed (huffingtonpost.com)
- Eric Cantor Refuses to Call the Birthers Crazy (crooksandliars.com)
- “Eric Cantor: ‘It’s Not Nice to Call Anyone Crazy'” and related posts (nymag.com)
- Cantor: I believe Obama is a US citizen (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- It wasn’t a trick question (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Rep. Cantor: All Spending Cuts On The Table, Even In Cancer Research (mediaite.com)
“We need to redouble our efforts to resolve this impasse — in the next few days — to give the American people the peace of mind that their taxes will not go up on January 1st,” Obama said. “It will require some compromise, but I’m confident that we can get it done.” The White House is pressing the GOP to allow an extension of unemployment benefits and the tax breaks in the stimulus bill in exchange for an extension of income tax rates. According to the Huffington Post, Obama will allow the cuts to expire if the GOP refuses. On that score, McConnell claimed there’s no impasse.
- Mitch McConnell Foresees Deal On Tax Cuts, Unemployment Benefits (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Republicans, Democrats Indicate Deal Likely on Tax Cuts, Unemployment Benefits (politicsdaily.com)
- Senate’s GOP leader says tax cuts will be extended (charlotte.news14.com)
- Mitch McConnell: Don’t’ Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Won’t Happen This Year, Tax Cuts Will Be Extended (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Senate’s GOP leader says tax cuts will be extended (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- McConnell optimistic on deals with Obama (msnbc.msn.com)
“I think that birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism and some other things, but I think that basically you have a choice.”
– Ken Buck on Meet The Press.
I know a lot of gay guys who are thrilled that they now have a choice.
Commenting on Newt Gingrich’s recent suggestion that Obama was displaying anti-colonial Kenyan behavior, Powell, on Meet The Press yesterday, warned Americans to “think carefully” about Gingrich’s accusations and went on to debunk some of the right-wing’s conspiracy theories:
I would just tell my fellow Americans, think carefully about what was just said. Think carefully about some of the stuff that is coming across the blogs and airwaves. Let’s make a couple of points. One, the President was born in the United States of America. Let’s get rid of that one, let’s get rid of the birther thing. Let’s attack him on policy, not nonsense. Next, he is a Christian, he is not a Muslim…And I think we have to be careful when we take things like Dinesh D’Souza’s book, which is the source of all of this, and suggest that somehow the President of the United States is channeling his dead father through some Kenyan spirits. This doesn’t make any sense. Mr. Gingrich does these things from time to time with a big, bold statement. He did it with Sotomayor, she is a “reverse racist.” He did it with Elena Kagan, she ought to be taken off the nomination for Supreme Court justice. And he does it occasionally to make news and also to stir up dust.
It’s good to have a Republican comment on other Republicans when they are such schmucks.
Here’s the video:
- Colin Powell Knocks Down Gingrich and Birthers (themoderatevoice.com)
- Colin Powell decries attacks on Obama (msnbc.msn.com)
- Gingrich Draws Fire For Remarks About Obama’s “Kenyan Worldview” (outsidethebeltway.com)
… and his canceling out on Meet The Press:
“My feeling is that if a politician can’t handle an interview, they can’t handle the Senate.”
– Joe Scarborough
Gee, and from a conservative Republican!