Daily Archives: July 29, 2011
Once again, Mario Piperni expertly calls out the “Teahadists Republicans” and their folly…
The plot thickens.
If the Republican bill loses today on the floor, or Boehner pulls it down, then Reid will take the lead, McConnell will cut a deal, and a Reid-McConnell bill will pass the Senate easily and then the House, with most House Democrats and lots of House Republicans voting yes. This won’t be an outcome that will destroy America, or end GOP hopes for 2012—but it’s not a good one either. The question is this: Will President Obama invite the House Republican defectors to the White House signing ceremony on Monday? They would deserve such recognition in honor of their role in weakening the Republican party in the House and the conservative movement in the country, increasing the chances of Obama securing a terrible Grand Bargain in several months when the Reid bill’s supercommittee reports, and making it harder to defeat Obama in 2012.
Again, for conservatives it all boils down to doing whatever it takes to defeat Obama in 2012. Nothing else really matters, certainly not the U.S. defaulting on its obligations and further destruction of the economy. But if there is a bright side to the ongoing crisis, it’s that a number of Republicans (and hopefully, voters) are realizing what happens when a party takes on a shitload of misguided, ideological nutjobs and gives them a say in Congress. You end up with mickey mouse politicians who are clueless to the fact that there is a time to play politics and a time to govern.
Teabagging politicians and the simple-minded folk who support them fail to understand that compromise is an integral part of the governing process. Remove that component and you are left with a legislative body unable to function, much like we now see in Congress. To hear Republicans in the House pounding their chests in glee over their refusal to compromise is to make a mockery of 235 years of democratic rule. Yet these people call themselves patriots. What a joke.
They fail to understand that they’ve already won this foolish battle. The White House and Democrats have conceded all to them. There will be no increase in taxes in whatever bill finally passes through Congress. The only thing the President now asks is that the debt ceiling increase run through 2013 so that this economy-damaging circus does not replay in six months time. As of this writing, the teahadists have refused that single concession.
One can only hope that Americans are paying attention.
- US Republicans try to save debt bill (bbc.co.uk)
- Dems to produce Boehner-McConnell plan? (hotair.com)
- Senate Dems to move ahead with debt-limit bill (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Dysfunctional Republicans spotlight Capitol Hill chaos (capitolhillblue.com)
- LIVE COVERAGE: The Boehner Non-Vote Fallout, Obama Set To Make Statement, Reid Bill To Move Forward In Senate (businessinsider.com)
- Debt drama continues with outcome unclear (cbsnews.com)
- Text of Sen. Reid’s Remarks (blogs.wsj.com)
I started reading P.J. Carpenter’s blog today and found it quite interesting.
For one thing, as demonstrated in his article posted here, he seems to understand what President Obama is up against in terms of the Tea Party and The Party of No (GOP in general.)
In the following article he talks about Judson Phillips, the Tea Party Nation Founder. The same guy, by the way, who was on the Al Sharpton hosted MSNBC Live on Wednesday, boasting how he put out a call to all his members to inundate Congress with calls to tell them NOT to raise the debt ceiling.
Phillips told Sharpton so many people called that they over powered the Congressional switchboard as well as their websites.
Of course Sharpton corrected him and told him that it was the POTUS that put out a statement for all Americans to call their Congressmen and tell them to stop playing games and to come to an agreement about the debt ceiling.
In today’s Washington Post, Judson Phillips, the Tea Party Nation’s founder, stakes out his organization’s historic commitment to ineffable ignorance:
We do not have a debt crisis. We have a spending crisis. There is only one way you get to a debt crisis — you spend too much money.
Let us review with haste: No debt crisis here, just a spending crisis; however we to got to this debt crisis — the one he just declared nonexistent — by spending too much money.
But let’s review in another way, shall we? Let’s say you, Mr. Phillips, have $100, and you spend that $100, perhaps imprudently, even recklessly. Do you have a debt crisis? No, of course not. You’re just broke.
The crisis, Mr. Phillips, comes when you borrow $100 for a tax cut, and borrow another $100 for another tax cut, and then borrow another $100 for a new entitlement program, and then borrow another $100 for a war, and then borrow yet another $100 for yet another war.
And then you skip town, you retire, let’s say, to Texas, on a government pension, and you leave your entire, misbegotten indebtedness to your unfortunate successor.
In a way, Mr. Phillips, you’re quite correct. You don’t have a debt crisis. He does.
You see, Mr. Phillips, we can quibble from now till next week’s apocalypse about the wisdom of all your spending; we can argue and differ and do both rather violently about the fiscal smarts or ideological stupidity behind all of it; we can both haul out charts and graphs and think-tank propaganda to defend our respective positions — but after all of that, one thing and only one thing will still be standing with a magnificent terribleness: We still owe all that money you borrowed.
This isn’t like your world, Mr. Phillips, which is to say, it’s not make-believe. These are real debts that we really owe. And beginning next month, unless we borrow more, we simply cannot repay them all. And that’s called default, defined by Webster’s as “a failure to pay financial debts.”
Catch that, Mr. Phillips? Webster casts no moral or partisan or ideological judgment here; he doesn’t on p. 300 of his tome point a finger at us and add: “because you spent too much money.”
- What’s the difference between a dictator and a tea partier? (atlmalcontent.wordpress.com)
- Tea Party Nation Targets John Boehner, Mitch McConnell On Debt Ceiling (huffingtonpost.com)
- Tea Party Patriots chief: Boehner should go (hotair.com)
- Video: Jeff Sessions Sticks Up For The Tea Party – “They Didn’t Start The Fire” (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
- Sarah Palin Eggs On Tea Partiers — Threatens To Get Them Fired If They Vote To Raise Debt Ceiling (businessinsider.com)
Last year I mismanaged my funds and this year my family and I cannot decide on a budget.
Until we can come to a unified decision that fits all of our needs and interests, we will have to shut down our check book and will no longer be able to pay our taxes.
I’m sure you’ll understand. Thank you very much for setting an example we can all follow!!!
This is how the debt ceiling should be handled. By the way, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell wrote this episode…
Earlier this month, 16 senators sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling for DOJ to examine whether the voter ID laws, which are the centerpiece of the GOP’s war on voting, violate the Voting Rights Act. Earlier this week, over 100 members of the House of Representatives wrote to Holder echoing this call for the Justice Department to take action to preserve America’s democracy:
Approximately 11 percent of voting-age citizens in the country — or more than 20 million individuals — lack government-issued photo identification. We urge you to protect the voting rights of Americans by using the full power of the Department of Justice to review these voter identification bills and scrutinize their implementation.
The Voting Rights Act vests significant authority in the Department to ensure laws are not implemented in a discriminatory manner. [...] [T]he Department should exercise vigilance in overseeing whether these laws are implemented in a way that discriminates against protected clauses in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
The VRA not only forbids laws that are passed specifically to target minority voters but also strikes down state laws that have a greater impact on minority voters than on others. Because voter ID laws disproportionately affect minority communities, it is difficult to see how many of the voter ID laws being pushed in GOP-controlled states could survive scrutiny under this law.
- Wisconsin: Walker Shuts Down DMV Offices in Democratic Areas after Passing Voter ID Law (news.firedoglake.com)
- NPR pretty excited about new Voter ID laws (hotair.com)
- More Voter Disenfranchisement in WI — Walker Closing 10 DMV Offices (crooksandliars.com)
- NAACP urges minorities to get to polls in 2012 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Are new voter ID laws Jim Crow by another name? (thegrio.com)
- GOP Voter Disenfranchisement Wisconsin-Style: First Pass Voter ID; Then Limit Access To Comply (crooksandliars.com)
- Bill Clinton Compares Voter ID Laws to Jim Crow (soulbrotherspeaks.com)
It had all the makings of a big time tea party rally: Presidential candidate Herman Cain, conservative Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah all showed up outside the Capitol Wednesday to urge members to “hold the line” against a deficit reduction compromise.
The only thing missing? A big audience.
At the start of the rally, which was organized by the American Grassroots Coalition and Tea Party Express, there were roughly 15 attendees waiting to hear the conservative lawmakers speak. By the time the senators had spoken there were still fewer than 50 tea partiers in attendance.
But that didn’t stop the conservatives from turning up the heat on the proposals Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are preparing in the Capitol. Paul panned the Boehner proposal, saying that it “would cut next year $1 billion dollars,” and eliciting jeers from the crowd. “That is insignificant and not meaningful reform,” he said.
As DeMint spoke, Cain, who did not address the crowd, told reporters, “I believe that president and the Democrats have created this crisis to gain leverage over a plan to raise taxes, and the American people are saying that’s a non-starter.” Cain said he hoped Congress would “do the right thing, and the right thing is don’t raise the debt ceiling, get serious about cuts, and don’t raise taxes.”
“I don’t buy that there is going to be a catastrophe,” Cain said when asked what will happen if a deadline isn’t reached by August 2nd.
Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Paul Broun of Georgia, and freshmen Joe Walsh of Illinois, also spoke. Walsh told the tea partiers his leadership deserved credit for their attempts to negotiate with Democrats.
“My Republican leadership in the House is doing a great job. Imagine having to negotiate with Barack Obama. Imagine having to negotiate with Harry Reid. Give John Boehner, give Eric Cantor all the credit in the world,” he said, “But embolden them. Let them know that the American people are ready for a real reform. They need your help. We need your help.”
Sen. Mike Lee, who authored the Cut, Cap and Balance bill, the said “We’re being attacked by the left for not having the right proposal, but they have yet to submit a single bill to address this issue. Ours is the only show in town.”
- How John Boehner is getting Republicans to unite behind his debt-ceiling plan. (slate.com)
- Thin crowd for Hill tea party rally (politico.com)
- Tea partyers rally for cuts, Boehner OK for now (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Tea Party Capitol Hill Debt Ceiling Rally Fizzles (outsidethebeltway.com)
- What Does The Tea Party Win If The United States Defaults? (bigthink.com)
- Memo to Tea Party: The US Government’s Budget is Not Like a Family’s (alternet.org)
- Tough week for Tea Party ends with fizzling rally (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
I wonder, were they looking for Jeff Gannon for Karl?
Conservative political group Crossroads GPS, co-founded by former Bush adviser Karl Rove, is notorious for spending millions on political advertising, most recently doling out $20 million for anti-Obama ads. It wasn’t until this week, however, that the placement of their ads drew as much attention as the content.
A tipster notified The Hill that one of the group’s “blank check” ads — with the message that President Barack Obama’s spending is out of control — have begun scrolling along the bottom of a smartphone app called Grindr. Grindr allows gay and bisexual men to locate other gay men in their immediate vicinity, opening the door to a sexually-charged encounter.
Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio told The Hill that the ad was distributed by a mobile advertising network, so the group probably has no choice about where the ads appear.
“Ads may run on thousands of websites and apps but are based on the user’s history and profile, not the platform on which the ad appears,” Collegio said. “So if an ad appeared on that platform, it was triggered by the user’s history and profile meeting the targeted demographic criteria, not the platform itself.”
This current article by p.m. carpenter talks about the troubles Abe Lincoln had with his political opponents and the comparison to Obama’s political opposition today.
Not since Abe Lincoln took office has a president’s political opposition been so ruthlessly determined to oppose — even to the point of national disloyalty, which is precisely what the GOP’s treacherous machinations over the debt limit represent. It is futile to look back on Obama’s first two years and speculate that he should have done this, or that he should have done that, and then this or that might have proceeded better; it is futile because whatever path Obama might have chosen, his opposition was acrobatically hellbent on obstructing it.
If Obama is to be properly faulted, then his fault lies in the rather incongruent criticism of excessive rationality. No one, least of all a chief executive of profound intellect and with a corresponding belief in the great and unifying power of Reason, could have predicted in January 2009 that the spiritually broken Grand Old Party would redouble its preceding madness, and then double that, and double even that again. No one could have predicted the right’s absolutely surreal hypocrisy on debt and spending, its Obama-as-Hitler posters, its “death panel” frenzies and its birther lunacy and its Socialist Dictator! dementias. Neither could anyone have predicted the activist left’s infantile behavior and ceaseless crankiness.
No one could have, and no one did.
Yet now we encounter the magnificent bounty of hindsight. And it’s pointless. Because the right was always determined to sabotage Obama’s presidency — if “unusually extreme and intransigent” methods, as Frum grants, proved insufficient, then what the hell; economic treason might do the trick — and with each passing day, it doubles down on its determination.
Again … not since Lincoln.
- Obama Invokes Lincoln To Urge Compromise On Debt Deal (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Meep Meep Watch? (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Op-Ed Columnist: Obama and His Discontents (nytimes.com)
- Who killed Abe Lincoln what happened to him where did Lincoln get killed when did l Abe Lincoln assassinated why did Abe Lincoln get assassinated (wiki.answers.com)
- David Frum: Obama is His Own Worst Enemy (delong.typepad.com)
- Hey GOP! Please Ignore David Frum! (alan.com)
- Sharpton: Debt fight about ‘your mama,’ not Obama (thegrio.com)
- An Un-Healthy Discourse about Washington, DC (americanage.wordpress.com)
- The Naivety of David Frum [Dispatches from the Culture Wars] (scienceblogs.com)