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This is the game being played in DC, today.
The GOP wants to utterly destroy SS and medicare. They just don’t want their totally white, geriataric base to see it.
*Some* Democrats are OK with this. *Some* Democrats are opposed to it. *Some* Democrats are “on the fence”; gimme some honey and I’ll vote with you.
So, the GOP is maneuvering to have Democrats cut SS and Medicare, and the Democrats are trying to figure out a way to let the cuts to defense, already in the sequester, take place without devastating the economy. (Don’t misunderstand this. MASSIVE cuts to defense, over night, will affect suppliers of defense contractors, so there’s a bit of dancing to be done on the part of “the left” to avoid further damaging the economy.)
SS and Medicare are dangling by a thread, and the POTUS (yeah, our current POTUS, Barack Obama) has said, and whether you realize it or not, continues to say, “Make me do it.”
Enough with the “Obama’s gonna sell us out” comments. “Make” him “do it”.
It’s really up to us.
The “game”, right now, is to get the Republicans/teabaggers to own the calls to cut SS and Medicare. Which they won’t do, so don’t lose any sleep over the default on the debt. Meanwhile, the GOP/baggers want the Democrats to name cuts to SS and Medicare. Which they won’t do.
The debt ceiling vote will come, and it will be raised.
The next big battle is the sequester. Which defense cuts will we keep? Which social programs cuts will we keep?
Put your pants back on and get to work. Educate yourself on the sequester. Decide what YOU want to do about debt (or quit bragging about Clinton running a surplus).
The sequester battle is the one that matters, but the Battle for America never ends.
(Video posted right after the.worst.president.in.history “won” re-election.)
I like the part where rMoney calls nearly half of Americans losers who are dependent on government because they are victims…who can’t be expected to take personal responsibility for their lives.
You know, given that it’s 47% of Americans, it’s AMAZING that I’ve never met a single one, so I thank the
stupid fuckers who hate Obama so much geniuses that are willing to vote in a way that let’s rMoney win, making sure this fictional 47% is denied representation. Because they threaten me so much.
As I watched a video of Mitt Romney scolding moochers suffering from a culture of dependency, I thought of American soldiers I’ve met in Afghanistan and Iraq. They don’t pay federal income tax while they’re in combat zones, and they rely on government benefits when they come back.
Jeb Bush noted earlier this year that even conservative icons like President Ronald Reagan wouldn’t fit easily into today’s Republican Party. President Richard Nixon, who founded the Environmental Protection Agency, would be a lefty. This year, Republican primary voters have been further purging the party of centrist remnants, like Senator Richard Lugar, a foreign policy heavyweight who deserves America’s thanks for helping make us safer from loose nukes.
For me, the saddest polls are those about facts. A Dartmouth poll this year found that Republicans believe, by a ratio of more than 3 to 1, that “Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the United States invaded in 2003.”
The same poll found that Republicans believe, almost by a 3-to-1 ratio, that President Obama was born in another country. Democrats also suffer from self-deception (such as a reluctance to credit improvements under a Republican president), but today’s Republicans seem disproportionately untethered to reality.
Another illustration of radicalizing self-delusion comes when the son of a governor and corporate chief executive says that “everything that Ann and I have, we earned the old-fashioned way, and that’s by hard work.”
Romney has proved himself right: We manifestly do have a problem with people who see themselves as victims even as they benefit from loopholes in the tax code.
One is running for president.
Tray Tables in the upright position.
There’s an easy way to cut the deficit nearly in half, the Congressional Budget Office said today: just do nothing when the various elements of the “fiscal cliff” click into place on New Year’s Day. Taxes will go up, spending will go down, and the deficit will be cut from $1.1 trillion this year to $641 billion in 2013.
There’s just one problem with that scenario – the country will also plunge into a recession, the C.B.O. said. Economic output would decline by half a percent over a year, and unemployment would rise above 9 percent.
The Republican answer to the fiscal cliff problem is to prevent all the tax hikes. That would reduce the recessionary impact of the cliff largely by providing enormous benefits to the rich. (Democrats want to raise taxes only on those earning $250 thousand and above.)
Fucking teabaggers are insane. EVERYTHING they stand for is either the ultra-fucked up religious right view of government, or the “neoliberal” “trickle down” bullshit that we’ve proven, on multiple occasions, doesn’t work.
I’m scared. The GOP gaining control of the Senate, keeping control of the House, or gaining control of the WH scares the crap out of me.
Vote, and vote in a way that defeats the fascists (the GOP). Please.
We can’t afford to go the way of Greece and enforce “austerity measures”, right now. We need an aggressively LIBERAL government, or we’re permanently fucked.
Not to mention the GOP wants Greenland and the ice caps to melt…
(He’s responsible for the “Vigilance, Perseverance, Justice” tagline/site motto. If you haven’t made the connection, yet, it’s the meaning of the blue in our Great Sea.)
h/t Jennifer Granholm (former Democratic governor of MI).