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Robbing Peter to pay Paul because Buffy and Biff need a new Yacht

Word association: Dick Armey

It is too early in the morning for this crap but here it is, splashed all over the NYTimes: Tax Deal Suggests a New Path for Obama.  Bull$@%#.  This is the same old Obama.

I can imagine how the “negotiations” with Republicans went:

O: We need more stimulus.

GOP: And that affects us…how?

O: Money’s got to come from somewhere.

GOP: Get it from Social Security.

O: Is that the best you can do?

GOP: Do you have any bourbon?  This coffee shit just isn’t doing it for me.  Wow, would you look at the time.  Gotta go.

O: Do you have to leave right now?

GOP: Yep.  I have a massage with a full release scheduled with my Lobbyist buddy from the oil bidness.  Write it up, send it to my guys.  See ya.

So, Obama wrote it up.  We get a break on our payroll taxes.  Woo-hoo!  That’s like eating our seed corn.  I can’t wait to explain it to my senior relatives some years down the road as to why we just slashed their benefits:

“See, back in 2010, Obama couldn’t think of anywhere else to get the money for the stimulus because he wasn’t as smart as he thought he was and he had no imagination.  So, instead of throwing a fit about the irresponsible Bush deficit increases or demanding that employers stop siphoning money away from the employees who work their asses off for them, or lobbying to get the Paycheck Fairness Act passed, which would have been a very popular way to add money to womens’ paychecks, he cut us working people a break and that pittance money went into the general economy and came back to the treasury as general revenue when the people who we bought stuff from paid their taxes.  And those taxes paid for stuff Republicans wanted like a huge bloated Homeland Security department and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  But it also meant that Obama could almost afford the money Bush granted to the rich with those irresponsible tax cuts.  So, that’s why you have to give up eating fresh fruits and vegetables.  Buffy and Skip needed a new yacht. Yes, I’d love to go to the beach this summer but I can’t retire.  Ever.”

By the way, Stuart Zechman, you shouldn’t be surprised at all about Obama.  You just weren’t paying attention.  And your obsession with the nefarious “Third Way” reminds me of the Da Vinci code.  If we listen to you and your friends, you would think there’s some mysterious, pagan cult that engages in group sex while chanting “D-L-C, D-L-C” to a fevered pitch.  Oh, sorry, that was the Obama supporters back in 2008.

I don’t believe in the Third Way boogieman (or woman).  But if there was one candidate in 2008 who embodied all you feared, It was OBAMA.  Here are a couple oldies but goodies from our archive:

The Audiology of Hope: Dogwhistle Economics- by Ronkseattle.  That was from January 2008.  Ronk was waaaay ahead of the curve.  He wrote another summary of Obama’s economic advisors which I am having trouble finding.  But when I do, I’ll post a link.

Here’s another from May 2008 called Friday Foibles, which cites Paul Krugman’s growing discomfort with Obama’s economic advisors.  By the way, I challenge you or anyone else to find anything racist about what we wrote back then.

Cokie Roberts Sees the Light.  When even Cokie Roberts is disgusted with the Democratic primary system, you know you’ve got a problem.  Oh, but she was just a stupid, old, uneducated working class woman, right?

That’s just a smidgeon of the stuff we posted on Obama in 2008.  I suggest you go back to the beginning and watch the transformation of this site’s authors from being mildly annoyed at Obama’s followers but not willing to write off Obama to full scale disgust with him and anyone who followed him.  I’d dig it up for you but the wordpress archive is flaky and our tags weren’t very precise back then.  So, please, be my guest Stuart.  Go back and read our posts and see what you were missing while Obama’s crack team of psychological manipulators and marketing specialists were messing with you.

And can the Third Way! hysterics.  No one here gives a flying F@#$.

In other news:

It appears that a some of the CEO’s in the Pharma industry have no background in the sciences.  Jeffrey Kindler, the guy who just got canned from Pfizer, oh, I’m sorry, is taking a sabbatical to rest his frazzled nerves after he laid off 19000 employees in the wake of a $68 billion merger with Wyeth, used to be CEO of McDonalds.  No, that’s not some pharma you’ve never heard of.  That’s the fast food chain.  And the guy who runs Glaxo Smith Kline used to be in the ketchup business.  In fact, there are pharma CEO’s who have never set foot in a lab.  It is very difficult to understand how people like Kindler make intelligent decisions about how to run a company based on R&D if they think there is even the remotest analogy to flipping burgers. See Derek Lowe’s blog, In the Pipeline, for more news on Jeffrey Kindler, and check out the comment section which just goes to show that even geeks have a sense of gallows humor. (Tsk-Tsk)

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143 Responses

  1. I’m so disgusted right now I just don’t have the words for it. I think I’m back to 2008 levels of disgust with Obama not that I’ve ever been a fan.

    I told you so rings really cold. It’s like I said to the bushbots six years ago but it really gives me no pleasure because we all are going to suffer under Obama just like we did with Bush.

  2. I do not care about the little Obots horror at the continuing Democratic treason of the hack from Chicago. As far as I am concerned they lost their right to have an opinion when they demonstrated the judgment of children (remember I am supporting O because my children just love him. There are reasons children are not allowed to make important legal decisions you fools), the inability to do independent research instead of believing everything paid shills dump for them to lap up, and hysterical emotionalism over a mediocre tent preacher posing as a philosopher king to fill the rotten little vapid lives of a bunch of nitwits. When you fuck up this badly you do not get a say in matters. You do what you are told so you cannot make it worse. If the Democrats do not understand this they need to just go away and let the grownups take over and I do not include Republicans. Democrats should be deeply ashamed. Why should I ever vote for people who are this stupid?

    • Honk!

      • Thanks. And they are defunding the Social Security trust funds so it will go to hell in a hand-basket faster! I do not think Obama is even trying to fool anyone any longer. I wonder what his cut of the graft is? Future goodies? Devalued dollars in a Caribbean bank? Board memberships for Michelle? Spite? Obama is being compared to Carter, Hoover, and Bush II. I think he is Warren Harding.

    • Honk. Double Honk!

      Lesson number one: Never let these people pick another presidential candidate.

      • Seriously!

        And while we are on the topic, I would like to complain about influential (sometimes non-political) bloggers who were always ranting about W, then gushing about BO, and yet who are completely mute after BO starts showing his true colors. Can we have some intellectual integrity please?
        If even Martha Stewart can call call out BO, I find the silence on the mainstream left just pathetic …

    • Totally agree. Makes me want to raise the voting age.

    • Wow. Perfect assessment.

    • Honk! Love this.

  3. One objection to the title: I would have gone with “Muffy” on that one, as Buffy is now associated with vampire slaying more than yachts.

  4. If This Is Working Together, I’ll Take Gridlock

    A weak economy is not an excuse to spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need.

  5. Just exactly WHO must approve this cut in the payroll taxes…

    I’m getting on the phone and heading to the office.

    This is the stupidest crap I’ve ever heard.

  6. Great rant, RD.
    Most CEOs are short-sighted selfish idiots whose goal in life is to die with the most money.

  7. Having looked at the details of the so-called deal, it’s a POS. I was especially alarmed by something Bruce Babbitt said:

    http://correntewire.com/buying_us_bogus_payroll_tax_holiday

    • Yup. Obama did say that he wouldn’t let the Catfood commission demise stop him from destroying Social Security. This will still be on your head. Just like the rax cuts are called “the Bush tax cuts” so will be the defunding of Social Security be the Obama deed.

  8. Think about it, we are here today because the print and broadcast media gamed the system three times.
    They tilted the playing field by repeating the lies and slanders about Al Gore, John Kerry, and any Obama opponent as fact. In some cases they made the stuff up as well.
    Some of them did it on orders from their corporate masters, others out of hatred.
    Before we can begin to think about returning the Democratic party to it’s New Deal roots we must neutralize the media so they can no longer do their mischief.
    Bob Somerby at dailyhowler and Media Matters are two voices against the roar, we need to come up with other methods of diminishing the media’s influence.
    I’d love to see a Jon Stuart or Steven Colbert type take on the media ala Bob Somerby on TV.

    • IMHO the media started it’s long tumble downhill with the appearance of Bill Bennett style “Professional Republicans” on cable TV. Since then we now have “Professional Democrats” appearing to spout talking points at each other. No information is imparted to the viewers, just their daily supply of brain mush. In all sincerity, I imagine the “Professional Reps” and “Professional Dems” are paid by the same people to put on their acts. It’s hard to imagine anything worse.

      • I’m not sure when Bennett & Co. made their appearance but from what I’ve read the opening shots of the print and broadcast media war were fired when Bill Clinton took office.
        They hated Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton because they were outsiders and not part of the Beltway clique like the Bush family and others.

        • Bennett started in the late ’80s. Prior to that is was some other weasels.

          • IMO it started back in March 1981, when Walter Cronkite “retired.”

            At the time few suspected anything–he was 65, after all–but much more recently I’ve read (maybe on this here very blog?) that he was forced into retirement.

            It’s been a long, slow slide since then, punctuated with sudden downturns such as Ted Turner’s sale of CNN in 1996 (I think it was) and the (figurative) tar and feathering of Dan Rather in the early 2000s.

      • Punditry is bad, but I think it’s media consolidation that is the real issue.

    • I’m late reading today, but agree. We need Stewart or Colbert to get the word out that whoever is the ‘Media Darling’ needs to be vetted more than the others. I’ll start writing emails. You never know.

  9. I notice Zechman never replied to those who took him on yesterday. (I loved the comments noting that, after saying repeatedly that Obama was light years to the left of Hillary, Zechman and his like now argue that the two are exactly the same! What intellectually bereft jackasses.)

    My rage is greater today than ever. I should never have considered unity. It’s way too early for that – unfortunately. These guys are not halfway ready to confront reality. For me, at this point, they’d have to admit not only that they were immature and unperceptive, but that they are nowhere near as smart as they think they are. They had a man crush. On a pompous self-centered over-pampered under-qualified boy willing to destroy any vestige of democracy remaining here.

    That is what is happening right before our eyes.

    How can anyone who claims to have a brain justify keeping tax cuts for the uber wealthy and the obscenely low estate tax when the deficit is supposedly such a big deal that we have to wipe out Social Security? This is insane.

    • How can anyone who claims to have a brain justify keeping tax cuts for the uber wealthy and the obscenely low estate tax when the deficit is supposedly such a big deal that we have to wipe out Social Security? This is insane.

      HONK! HONK!

    • What do you do with immature, deluded, not as smart as they think they are, pompous, clueless follow any conman over the cliff types? You do not read their drivel. You do not allow them to make decisions that can harm others. You do NOT allow them to handle money. And if they will not stop you may have to have them declared non compos mentis and get them a guardian. You do not listen to their hysterical blather justifying their ignorant laziness. You tell them they are not cute, clever or cool. And always doing what is wrong will not win the prize any longer. Enough with this shit.

  10. Jamie Galbraith on Barack Hoover Harding Obama

    Whose Side is the White House On?

    Recovery begins with realism and there is nothing to be gained by kidding ourselves. On the topics that I know most about, the administration is beyond being a disappointment. It’s beyond inept, unprepared, weak, and ineffective. Four and again two years ago, the people demanded change. As a candidate, the President promised change. In foreign policy and the core economic policies, he delivered continuity instead. That was true on Afghanistan and it was and is true in economic policy, especially in respect to the banks. What we got was George W. Bush’s policies without Bush’s toughness, without his in-your-face refusal to compromise prematurely. Without what he himself calls his understanding that you do not negotiate with yourself.

    • I like this from that article/rant:

      The Democratic Party has become too associated with Wall Street. This is a fact. It is a structural problem. It seems to me that we as progressives need — this is my personal position — to draw a line and decide that we would be better off with an under-funded, fighting progressive minority party than a party marked by obvious duplicity and constant losses on every policy front as a result of the reversals in our own leadership.

      It’s obvious to me that both parties (after the 2008 primary coup) are controlled by Wall St, the party leaders are bought crooks. So we desperately need a permanent opposition party whose purpose is to keep elected officials honest. If needed, with pitchforks and torches.

    • Interestingly, this was a speech given November 20, before many recent betrayals took place. Still, fits them all perfectly. I especially like he part where he finds himself comparing W favorably to Obama…

  11. “In fact, there are many CEO’s who have never set foot in a lab. It is very difficult to understand how they make intelligent decisions about how to run a company based on R&D if they think there is even the remotest analogy to flipping burgers.”

    Hmmm….sounds a bit like folks who have never stood at the head of a classroom trying to tell the teachers what they should be doing.

    • this one likes to poke bears…. juz sayin’

    • Or a pampered narcissist who’s never earned a real job or run a productive enterprise in his life who gets to be president against the will of the people, perhaps.

      Yep, sounds familiar.

    • It might seem *like* that – but where teachers are concerned… do they really make decisions of district policy?

      Aren’t the teachers kind of like the scientists subjected to the whims of the district leadership with their PHDs and supposedly deep theoretical knowledge but never stepped foot in a classroom except (*maybe*) to observe? IF they are even THAT qualified!

      In my experience, teachers are just like any other profession where there are great performers but there are also some that are terrible performers.

      It really sucks when we, as parents, discover that our child is stuck with a terrible performer and that alternatives either don’t exist or they are blocked so that we have to fight for the *right* things to happen.

      But that is a way different problem than pointing out when leaders of the company don’t care about the product or purpose of the company and are only in the business of making money.

      • I think that may be the larger point. Teachers aren’t responsible for policy however they are responsible for the “end product.”

        It seems analgous to me.

        • When they can figure out how to make the average 7 year old take their education seriously, all the problems will be solved.

          Teachers aren’t really responsible for the end product, parents are. You can tell by who has to pay money when things go wrong.

    • Just like a teacher who thinks students and especially their parents should have no say what happens in the classroom.

      Parent: I don’t think you should be beating my child’s head into the wall until it bleeds.
      Teacher: I’m the teacher, you have no idea what my job is about and how to do it. Just shut up.

      (real conversation by the way)

  12. AAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHH

    Had to get that off my chest.

    No, I do not feel better.

  13. PUMA Pac is back!

  14. Am I missing something? Why is this filed under “pagan sex rituals”?

    • You must have missed this in RD’s post (which almost made me pit my coffee, btw)

      By the way, Stuart Zechman, you shouldn’t be surprised at all about Obama. You just weren’t paying attention. And your obsession with the nefarious “Third Way” reminds me of the Da Vinci code. If we listen to you and your friends, you would think there’s some mysterious, pagan cult that engages in group sex while chanting “D-L-C, D-L-C” to a fevered pitch. Oh, sorry, that was the Obama supporters back in 2008.

    • “Pagan Sex Ritual” would be a GREAT name for a rock band! :mrgreen:

  15. I heard about the decrease in the employee portion of SS withholding this morning on the radio. Terribly clever, when you think about it — most working people will think this is great, they get more of their paycheck. Most won’t stop to think about the fact that they are de-funding the only retirement fund they have. If Obama wants a stimulus that will put more money in people’s hands, why not reduce the income tax withholding portion? Oh, yeah — that’s the Congress critters pin money. Can’t force them to stop handing out contracts to their buddies, because the bribes they take in return are their main source of income.

    This is the backdoor plan for destroying Social Security, and I believe that it will work like a charm. As for the media, we’ll find out during this next year which celebrican they are planning to pimp out for the next presidential election. My faith in the American voter is such that I know in my heart that whoever they throw out there will win in a landslide.

    But I’m not cynical or anything.

    • They have been stealing from Social Security for a very long time, but now they’re just doing it directly….

  16. Can we have a push back on this “compromise”? I think we can. Obama is colluding with the Republicans. Tell your representatives, house and senate, to send the “compromise” back to where it was cooked so that Obama can negotiate in good faith.

    The Democrats need to stand firm on the tax cuts for the super rich and defunding SS. They must never fold on that.

    • Call your representatives. It takes a minute. Make your point and say thank you at the end of the call. Emails don’t work as well as phone calls.

    • In California both senators have Southern and Northern California phone numbers. Local phone numbers are just or more effective than the Washington phone line which is much too busy.

  17. Word association: Dick Armey

    dick army = Obots

  18. I tell you what. This tax deal is a big watershed with the remaining Obama faithful, if the comments at HuffPo are any indication. Suddenly, O-holes have become oddities, like Flat Earthers.

    PS: If anyone has a name and/or address for any of the the Obots who called me a racist, please send it along. Perry just wants to talk to them.

    • Perry, I have an aluminum soft ball bat that is plugged to the maximum weight. Teeth don’t embed and DNA washes off unlike a wood bat.
      Just sayin’.

  19. Elizabeth Edwards has died. Peace to her and her family.

    • The only reason that I even considered John Edwards in the beginning of the primary season was because of Elizabeth. I figured if she loved and believed in him that there must be more to him than meets the eye.
      I wish that her children had celebrated one more Christmas with their mother. It’s so very hard.
      Bless you, Elizabeth Edwards, and good journey.

      • R.I.P……..

        If any of you had lost a child, you would have related to Elizabeth. I can remember shariing that fact with other mothers, and thinking how wonderful that he supported and loved her. Then along came the debates, and election, and he wasn’t good and decent. She should have stepped up to make things right, but she couldn’t.

  20. I am sorry but I have very mixed feelings regarding Elizabeth Edwards.

    1. She knew her husband had been having an affair and yet called and harrassed Andrew Young and his wife into Andrew claiming to be the “love child’s” actual father.
    2. She wrote an op-ed piece in the NY Times in which she claimed to have a more fulfilling and happier life than Hillary because she had given up her career. She went on to add that Bill Clinton might not have cheated had she (Hillary) stayed at home.
    3. Wrote disparaging things about Andrew Young being a sychophant (which he probably was in part) and blaming him in part for her husbands downfall and personal failings; claiming that she and John had not been careful enough with who they surrounded themselves with. Now, I don’t know Andrew Young but if grown adults of any stripe need handlers to be at their beck and call, only to sell them out when they get themselves in a bind, I take issue.

    I wish her children happiness and health and while I did not wish her any ill will, I do not hold her up as a beacon of strength for women, health care issues, or personal responsibility.

    • My sister feels the same way.

      • Yeah. She came down a notch or two in my book in 2008. Still, may she finally rest in peace. I feel for her young kids, especially.

    • I just don’t know why people feel so attached to her. I never wished her any ill, although most of what I knew about her was what she said about Hillary (not particularly nice), but I don’t know why people like her so much. What did she Do or even say that people connected with? I think I must have missed a step somewhere.

      • I think it was all the effort towards health care as a national issue…caring for the little guy which reminded people of the Clintons. Rather than talking down about the little guy the Edwards seem to see them and their needs were more than terrorist color codes.

        And the fact that she was a lawyer and a savvy political wife who essentially gave her life to have two more children after losing her son. She fought for her family and will use her smarts to fight for yours….type of thing.

        I do understand the mixed feelings towards her because I have them too, but at the beginning, she did represent a type of smart political couple that was reminiscent of the Clintons.

        • And no, they weren’t my choice in 2004…I was hoping for Gen Clark. He seemed like the only one who could take on Bush and win.

          • It was whispered in Clarkie circles that Kerry did give Wes the VP nod initially, just as he’d been hinting he’d do; then withdrew the offer and went with Edwards instead.

            Makes sense, in light of all that’s happened since. I mean, Kerry might well have won in 2004 with Wes–a proud and unrepentant Librul–as VP and we couldn’t have that, now could we? Nooo, we had to have another 4 years of Bush II while Bush III was positioned to take over in 2008.

          • It actually does make sense. Kerry would have won with Clark.

            That whole election cycle tracked weird. Even before he was the Dem nom, I suspected that Kerry would take a dive for fellow Bonesman Bush. I know, a bit tin-foil hat stuff, but hoped to be proven wrong. So, it was no surprise when he did take a dive or when he offered up Bush III to block Hillary in 2008.

            Yup, the writing was on the wall in 2004….kept looking for proof that Obama was a real Dem.
            Whatever that means now. And couldn’t find it.

          • Another Clarkie here (Robbedvoter?)I know for a fact that Clark was given the nod originally.
            That being said, even with the lousy Edwards as a VP, the truth is – Kerry did win but was too coward to fight for it. Ohio and Florida stank to high heavens and there were other strange states too. But I think a deal was made, not unlike the one Obama did or the one Pelosi did in 2006 – impeachment for Obama in the White House.

        • I lived in Canada until seven years ago. So, I wondered if it was because of stuff going on before she was on my radar.

      • She was on line a lot – and was definitely more progressive than John (for those still remembering the 2004 John). Not a fan, but she was the better half of that couple, by far.

    • Nobody is perfect. There was a lot of good in Elizabeth, and I can put aside whatever I she did to help her husband win the nomination. She’s left. When I look at everything that happened in the Democratic primaries, Elizabeth is not in the radar screen.

      Rest in peace Elizabeth.

    • I can’t help but feel bad about the last years of her life. Johnny had an affair and a love child which he denied was his while his wife of 30 years was battling cancer. I wish she had not went along with Johnny’s decision to run for president without thinking of the consequences that would undoubtedly unfold if he were to win. But I can also understand being in her position, she was likely pressured by Johnny to go along with his narcissistic plan. It isn’t unusual for a wife to protect her family’s reputation and support her husband’s lifelong ambition regardless of how stupid and selfish it may be. The way her lifelong marriage disintegrated in front of the entire world had to have taken its toll on her mental and physical well-being. As for her comments about the Clintons’ marriage…it was wrong of her to judge them, but I imagine she wrote that op-ed before finding out about her own cheating husband. Many people can’t sympathize until they find themselves in the same kind of unfortunate situation. I do know that she was a better advocate for health care reform than either Barack or Michelle Obama. After her husband dropped out of the race, I saw her on television openly supporting Hillary’s health care plan over Obama’s, but she couldn’t override her husband’s foolishness and stupidity to endorse Obama in the hopes of securing a place for himself in the Obama administration. Elizabeth did deal with the last years of her life with dignity and grace. I understand why so many identified with her and supported her. May she rest in peace.

      • I think Elizabeth supported John’s ambitions and her own. I liked Elizabeth. She made mistakes, well, who hasn’t.

  21. I am so bitter right now. A friend just emailed me a MOVEON petition against the extension of the tax cuts. This is a friend who wouldn’t listen when I said I would not vote for Obama; she would get very angry when I made the argument that he is not a real Democrat. Now I just want to email her:

    I TOLD YOU SO.

    And it does not feel good. I really wish I was just a bitter old low-information r*cist knitter.

    • Email her. And tell her, aside from “I told you so,” that we wouldn’t need some stupid petition from Move On, if they’d done their job from the get go. A day late, and a few trillion short.

      • HONK! HONK! HONK!

        These friends had no qualms about saying the stupidist things about us during the primary but want us to be understanding now! Screw that! That is like going back to an abusive spouse! All so-called adults have to come to grips and come face to face with their arrogance and naivity. If they won’t do it on their own, think of your role as interventionist.

        Plus you will feel really good afterwards!

      • Amen.

      • Honk!

        Email her.

  22. The Whiner in Chief was just on, and I haven’t listened him in months, and now I remember why. What an a-hole–I’m sorry. He’s is unbearable. He’s all pissy because of the criticism of yet another cave-in. He just said this (paraphrase):

    “If we are going to hold to what you’d call ‘core principles,’ then we’d never get anything done.” He went on to chide ‘purists.’

    In other words: HE HAS NO PRINCIPLES!

    Tell us something we didn’t already know.

    • I can hardly bear listening to him myself. Certainly not without wondering how on god’s green earth so many people were captivated by him. And you’re right, fif, he’s got no principles, except maybe the principle of self-promotion and -aggrandizement.

    • Dear Obama,

      Masturbation is only pragmatic if there’s nobody else in bed with you.

      No Love,
      Sandra.

  23. Spammy got mad because I swore–please rescue the comment about President Whiner.

  24. Question:

    T/F: No matter what Obama did, you were never going to throw your support behind you.

    T

    Obama woke up and realized that people who want everything all at the same time on their schedule are never going to support him. He has a chance to sway moderates. I say he should focus on those open to giving him a chance.

    I mean it’s not like myiq2xu was going to wake up one day, look at O’s accomplishments and give him any credit.

    Forget ’em.

    I thought it was awesome at the press conference when he called out those who still claim HCR is a complete failure.

    He was exactly right.

    • I guess I need to send you my health insurance premium bill, full of increases because of the “affordability care act”…

      Requires preventive care coverage: Increase
      No lifetime cap: Increase
      My deductible is also jacked up because otherwise they’d jack the premiums even more.
      etc.
      And it’s only just begun. And subsidies? Those will be whacked under the guise of “austerity programs,” all signed, sealed and delivered by Mr. Obama should he win in 2012 (I hope he loses).

      I pay my premiums but my deductible now is so high that I’ll never actually see any coverage under insurance unless I have a heart attack. Yes, insurance now covers preventive care. However, for people over 50, “preventive care” is quite limited. Once you’ve been diagnosed with a condition, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc, the screening is no longer considered “preventive”.

      So take your Obama awesomeness and shove it up your arse. And BTW, grow up and grow a clue. And WAKE up.

      Yes, I would reluctantly admit if Obama was doing anything right. But he is Bush III. Or maybe even MORE evil.

      • Yup, ‘turning it to eleven’ isn’t my version of doing it right either.

        When the corporate media start betting on/selling a new horse…I wonder how many Obots will flee to support Bush IV with their new instructions?

    • Yeah, what a big man 0 is, missing no opportunity to remind his audience that idiots still blather about all Hillary’s horrible shortcomings, while trying to couch it as defending her.

      What a jerk.

    • Yup, all those people from the center, who booted the Democrats in 2010 will vote for Oprecious in 2012 🙂

    • Not true. I was open to Obama proving himself, and given his level of experience, the bar was not set that high. I thought he would risk becoming Bush III. I never thought his real goal was becoming Reagan II.

    • Shorter Gooberhead McFailbot:

      “WAAAHHHHHH! LEAVE BARACK ALONNNNNE!!! 😉

    • It would help if Obama’s accomplishments were a bit more visible to eyes unassisted by hallucinogenic substances. Pity we didn’t have any idea of Kool-Aid’s hidden properties back in the 60’s

    • People told Obama what they thought of his HCR back last December in Massachusetts. All the exit polls showed that this was the reason Brown got in – he promised he’d filibuster it (they knew how great it was as they had the original Romneycare). I am talking here not Rs, but many Ds who voted for him – FOR THIS REASON.
      Obama was so determined to outdo Clinton (plus he had debts to pay to those funding him in his election) that he chose to ignore i and forged ahead.
      It’s the Heritage Foundation plan – a move backwards. A BAD LAW.

  25. ABG got through?

  26. We should start referring to Mr. Obama as:

    President Cave-man.

  27. What’s he got to be so angry about.

  28. Here’s one for RD,

    “I’m sorry, Hillary. Please come back.”
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/12/6/22314/5978

  29. Blood pressure up

    Lawrence O’Donnell = Asshat

  30. Clinton mourns ‘passionate advocate,’ Elizabeth Edwards

    I am deeply saddened by the passing of Elizabeth Edwards. America has lost a passionate advocate for building a more humane and just society, for reforming our health care system, and for finding a cure for cancer once and for all. But the Edwards family and her legion of friends have lost so much more — a loving mother, constant guardian, and wise counselor. Our thoughts are with the Edwards family at this time, and with all those people across the country who met Elizabeth over the years and found an instant friend–someone who shared their experiences and offered empathy, understanding and hope. She made her mark on America, and she will not be forgotten.

  31. HAL 9001’s (aka Spammy’s) knickers are twisted again. 🙄

  32. I wrote Senator Robert Casey Jr. about my fear that Obama is going to kill Social Security. I got a non-reply back. I wonder if Joe Sestak would consider primarying Bob?

    • I suggest you make a phone call. Emails are not as effective as phone calls. Here is the website with Casey’s phone numbers for the different areas of PA.

      http://casey.senate.gov/contact/offices/

      I suggest you find one that it’s closes to your voting address and call that number. Local numbers are no as busy as the Washington numbers and it’s just as effective. It only takes a minute.

  33. Could Obama make the future look more hopeless?

    • O would be seen as a benign president if an alien from another planet became our president and he has a cookbook “To Serve Man”

  34. Australia: US, Not WikiLeaks, Responsible for Leaks

    The Australian government on Wednesday blamed the United States, not the WikiLeaks founder, for the unauthorised release of about 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables and said
those who originally leaked the documents were legally liable.Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd also said the leaks raised questions over the “adequacy” of U.S. security over the cables. 
    “Mr (Julian) Assange is not himself responsible for the  unauthorised release of 250,000 documents from the U.S.  diplomatic communications network,” Rudd told Reuters in an  interview. 
    “The Americans are responsible for that,” said Rudd, who had been described in one leaked U.S. cable as a “control freak”.

  35. Who would have imagined that he’d be my friend:

    DeMint comes out against tax deal, says GOP must do ‘better than this’

    Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican who bucked his party leadership during the midterm elections, was back at it again Tuesday night, saying he would not vote for the tax cut deal brokered between the GOP and President Obama because it increases the deficit.
    “Most of us who ran this election said we were not going to vote for anything that increased the deficit. This does,” DeMint said, explaining his opposition to conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt.
    It could be the beginning of the deal’s unraveling, if DeMint’s public break with the deal and with his party’s handling of negotiations with the White House prompts others in his party to turn against it as well, especially over the roughly $900 billion the deal adds to the deficit and national debt.
    snip
    DeMint said the negotiating process should have been more open and inclusive of new lawmakers just elected, and even expressed a willingness to keep working on a deal into next year and allow taxes to go up on all Americans on Jan. 1.

    “So it wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all if we pushed this whole things into next year,” he said. “There are a lot of people advocating for it, saying this is the best that we can get. But I’ve talked to a number of the conservatives today who have grave concerns. I know a lot of them won’t vote for it unless it’s paid for. I don’t think the Democrats are going to cut spending enough to pay for this.”

  36. @jaketapper: NYT crunches numbers and lowest income earners will see taxes go UP under deal http://nyti.ms/gDe3Hw

    The proposal does not include an extension of Mr. Obama’s signature tax cut, the Making Work Pay credit, which provided a credit of up to $400 for individuals and $800 for families of low and moderate income. Instead, the plan creates a one-year reduction in Social Security payroll taxes, which are generally levied on the first $106,800 of income. For an individual earning $110,000, that provision would reduce payroll taxes by $2,136.

    Although the $120 billion payroll tax reduction offers nearly twice the tax savings of the credit it replaces, it will nonetheless lead to higher tax bills for individuals with incomes below $20,000 and families that make less than $40,000. That is because their payroll tax savings are less than the $400 or $800 they will lose from the Making Work Pay credit.

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