Tuesday, January 26, 2010
He thinks he's getting the message. Unfortunately it's the wrong one. That the way out of the mess Bush and his enablers did is to continue to follow his policies: Tax Cuts to create jobs.
WHO.... Who in their right fucking mind hires someone because of a tax cut? People get hired because there is work to do. As long as companies get tax breaks for moving their work to China there will be no jobs.
Obama's leaked announcement of a spending freeze, means one thing to me: No money for us, the little people, working class. More of the same old trickle down pissing on our heads the refuckyoucans love so much. I don't understand the perceived PR benefit to the leak. Spread the loss in popularity over a few days,? So the drop after the SOTU won't be as bad?
I never liked him. Not since he committed treason by supporting FISA.
I still don't.
He's proving me right day after day.
He's a phony.
CHANGE.... yeah turn the Democratic party into the new refuckyoucans.
Brace yourselves folks.... Barack's bringing the refuckyoucans back.
I'm voting third party. I've fucking had it.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Right out of the box...
I apologize. I tried it their way. I was wrong. Just as they were wrong for the 8 years of George W Bush, just as they were wrong for their policies such as the deregulation of the banks, and free trade under Bill Clinton, just as they were wrong for the institution of Ronald Reagan's voodoo economic policies, otherwise known as supply side economics, they are wrong today
I asked for republican help on stimulating the economy. After all their input, after all the amendments they proposed being attached to our stimulus bill, they voted en masse against it. They wanted a bill consisting entirely of tax cuts. Tax cuts don't help people who have no jobs and no paychecks.
I asked for their help on health care. I ignored how they made a hero out of the woman from their presidential ticket, who fabricated a total lie about "Death Panels." I ignored how a leading Senator from the state of Iowa fabricated a total lie about how our plan would force people to "pull the plug on Grandma." The same Senator, by the way, who sat on a panel to hammer out a compromise, which again, contained every amendment his party proposed.
I offered a compromise. It's called "The Public Option." The people who elected me want a universal single payer system. They, the opposition, the Republicans, want the status quo. With the additions of MORE deregulation so that insurance companies can cross state lines and duplicate the same situation we have with banking: Institutions that are too big to fail. AND... they want to take away your day in court when you are mistreated or left untreated by these same institutions. They call that "Tort Reform." Or as another of their Senators put it, "My Waterloo."
I allowed health cre reform to become my obsession, to the point where I allowed a senator who endorosed my Presidential opponent, who spoke at his party's convention, to remain in my party's caucus, and I gave in to his demands and stripped out major components that would have benefited you. All to get his support. And he was not the only one who gained such concessions.
I lost sight of the goal, of the purpose for which I was elected: To change the course of this country. To undo, or at least begin to undo, the eight plus years worth of damage done by the opposition party. I was not elected to do what the opposition allowed me to do, I was elected to lead. I was elected to lead us out of the mess in which the opposition has placed us. Instead...
I have tried my best to include them in the process of government, to which they continue to respond with obstructionism through filibustering at a record pace. I have tried to govern from the center, only to be told that the center is the far left and that the true center is the far right.
America... I honestly believed there existed on the other side of the aisles of Congress, people who would want to work with me; people who would embrace policies that would benefit their constituents. I am sorry to have to admit that I was deluded.
America... You elected me on the promise of Change... Change we can believe in. The change you wanted: New and different policies, is not the change you got: Compromise.
There is a movement in this country, I'm sure you've noticed... They want their country back. There was an election recently in the state of Massachusetts... I'm sure you've heard... Congratulations, by the way, Senator Brown. Before that, there was an election in rural New York state... you may not have heard. I have heard from all three.
There is a portion of scripture that says, "...be ye hot or cold, if you are lukewarm, I will spew you out of my mouth..." We have tried the far right's way; that way was rejected in November 2008. I have tried the Centrist way of compromise; that way has also been, and continues to be rejected.
America, I'm back. The president you thought you voted into office, is the president you will get from here on out. Whether that goes beyond 2012, will be totally up to you. That is if the corporations against which we fight do not get their way as now allowed by the five supreme court judges appointed by the far right opposition.
Here's what we must do
in our dreams we're free.
h/t to a Mr Eric B. per the fine folks at C&L
Thursday, January 21, 2010
So when the Roberts gang took up "Citizens United vs FEC" naturally they would restrict themselves to the case before them. Right? It would be the liberals/leftist judges -- Ginsberg, Stevens, Breyer, and especially that loose cannon wise Latina, Sonya Sotomayor -- who would seek to reach beyond the confines of the case. Right? They would be the ones to overturn settled law and precedent. Right?
Seems as though the Roberts reactionaries looked at every case BUT the case before them, as they overturn roughly 100 yrs of precedent, and declare that we are entitled to the finest government corporations can buy. Insanity.
No, it's beyond insanity. This is a death sentence for government as we've known it. Remember who appointed this ass wipe. As a reward for coaching his lawyers as they prepared to argue before his former boss and SCOTUS in 2000. Can't get away from that slimeball's legacy.
Now before you go on and say something about how that's a good thing, seeins how government's broken, consider that the last time corporations were in control of things -- the 1920s -- we were able to elect a president and government that in turn shackled them and laid the foundations for a period of stability that only ended with the Reagan policies of voodoo economics with his massive tax cut induced deficits, further fueled by ideologically mandated deregulation induced financial instability. Oh....
I forgot. St Ronnie did no wrong. He's the one who ended the Roosevelt Depression. But I digress....
The Constitution has been turned on it's head. The Bill of Rights has been turned against us. I know there will be suggestions that we amend the Constitution to somehow redefine people or declare that it only pertains to natural born citizens or some such thing. Do that and the literalist knuckle dragging conservatards will then declare that it cannot regulate anything Non Living, Such as corporations.
I guess the big question now is, Who chooses the big cheese? Oil? Insurance? Pharma? Coal?
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
In 44 minutes the pools in Massachusetts will close. We'll no for sure who will be the next senator. The Irish money is on the conservatard. If he wins, I'm not so sure it's a bad thing. Unlike Ed Schultz, I think it might be the best chance at getting through to Obama, that we'll have, and keep his compromising, sorry ass from getting booted in 2012.
I know that when I get up and turn on the Scar and his trained seal Mika B at 5 am tomorrow, I'll hear him pontificate -- while Mika subserviently nods along -- about how this election is a referendum on Obama and his policies. He's right; it is. I think. On the other hand, he'll do what he does so often and totally miss the point -- if he indeed even aims for it -- while proclaiming that Obama's too radical and too far to the left and too partisan and how he has to get back to the center, and how he needs to concentrate on jobs, jobs, jobs... What can I say. He's a pundit, not a journalist, and he's paid by a corporation to do their bidding, so he isn't ethically bound to be honest or objective.
This health care bill is CRAP. Even the good things in it, don't kick in til years down the road. The back room deals with pharma and Ben Nelson and Mary Landrieu absolutely stink of corruption. The fines placed on employers who provide insurance that's good are dehumanizing. No more denials based on pre-existing conditions, just denials from overpricing when they find out you have one. No more life time caps on services, just yearly caps. Change? Stop jerking my weenie. He and his cronies, Rham and the Baucus Caucus, took something that could have been simple and they made it so complicated it makes the Gordian knot look like a half hitch.
So any way.... What happens if we lose this seat? We lose "our 60 seat, filibuster proof majority." No we don't. We never had one. It's been a myth. Lieberman's a refuckyoucan by any sensible measure and Nelson and the other blue dogs, are showing their true colors as well. The flip side of Dems not having 60 seats is that the assholes on the other side don't have 60 either. So.... no matter what sort of shitheadulousness this guy espouses, none of it will come to pass. Unless the dems roll over and allow it. You know, like they did with FISA. And Iraq. And tax cuts. and...
Obama's greatest fault as I've seen it has been his Quixotic pursuit of the mythical bipartisanship. The refucks simply have NO interest in dealing with the dems. Obama needs to pull his head out of his ass and acknowledge this FACT. He needs to realize that the people who elected him did not want him snuggling up with corporations. We want him reigning them in, kicking their asses. we want him to be a diplomat with other countries, and a hard ass here at home.
The dems will have ONE year grace to get their shit in a pile. To win (back) our trust. As it now stands, I am NOT voting for Patty Murray. She lost my vote when she helped kill the Dorgan amendment which would have saved us BILLIONS through lower prices on prescription drugs. I'm sure she was falling in line with Obama's wishes, but the vote was wrong. I don't know how she's going to undo that, but...? I'm sure I'm not the only disaffected liberal democrat with such a story. Obviously; look at Mass; and ignore Scar's analysis.
One year from now, if nothing has changed, there will be a MASSIVE bloodbath at election time.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Dear Pat Robertson,
I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks people when they are down, so I'm all over that action. But when you say that Haiti has made a pact with me, it is totally humiliating. I may be evil incarnate, but I'm no welcher. The way you put it, making a deal with me leaves folks desperate and impoverished. Sure, in the afterlife, but when I strike bargains with people, they first get something here on earth -- glamour, beauty, talent, wealth, fame, glory, a golden fiddle. Those Haitians have nothing, and I mean nothing. And that was before the earthquake. Haven't you seen "Crossroads"? Or "Damn Yankees"? If I had a thing going with Haiti, there'd be lots of banks, skyscrapers, SUVs, exclusive night clubs, Botox -- that kind of thing. An 80 percent poverty rate is so not my style. Nothing against it -- I'm just saying: Not how I roll. You're doing great work, Pat, and I don't want to clip your wings -- just, come on, you're making me look bad. And not the good kind of bad. Keep blaming God. That's working. But leave me out of it, please. Or we may need to renegotiate your own contract.
(The actual author is identified as Lily Coyle, Minneapolis.)
This morning I had to make the most painful decision of my life to this point: I'm going to have to euthanize Lacy, my dog.
I can barely hold it together as I write, and it makes me wonder all the more:
How can those bastards in the Senate, and House, sleep after signing death warrants on over 40,000 people per year? Make no mistake, that's what they've done.
In a sense, the Tea Baggers are right to wonder what's happened to our country:
You want to talk about death panels? Talk about yourselves, Sarah Paliin... Chuck Grassley.... Ben Nelson.... Patty Murray.... Maria Cantwell... Max Baucus.... Joe Lieberman...
Lacy gave up the ghost
Since my good friend from long ago, Camille, commented, I'm reminded of a post she made on Facebook. On her birthday, she asked people to make donations to the Desert Haven Animal Refuge. I'd like to think we gave Lacy a good life. Please donate and give other animals a chance as well.