November 14, 2010

"While the president has been on a trip to Asia for the past 10 days, all but a few of his top aides stayed behind to figure out what went so wrong and what to do about it."

WaPo reports:
One adviser said they spent the past dozen days "soul-searching."

Another said that, around the White House, "people aren't just sitting around doing soul-searching. They're gaming out the short, medium and long term."
Gaming out.... Am I wrong to hear that as electoral politics?
Advisers also said it will probably take months, if not longer, to develop a strategy for restoring some of the early promise of the Obama presidency, particularly the notion that he was a different kind of Democrat.

In a nod to that ambition, his weekly address Saturday focused on earmark reform, one way, Obama said, of "restoring public trust." 
Am I wrong to hear this as a repulsive desire to re-engulf us in a mindless hopey-changey mood? I don't care about a feeling of "promise." I see America's grim sense of reality as a hard-won accomplishment. We're awake now. The dream is over.
Over the next few days, White House officials said they will begin to gauge whether they can forge an alliance with any top Republicans, many of whom are scheduled to attend a bipartisan meeting at the White House on Thursday. Although Obama could benefit from a high-profile compromise - perhaps on extending the Bush-era tax cuts or on other tax initiatives set to expire before the end of the year - officials are also prepared to point out any Republican intransigence.
The medium and long term game plan is the Republicans will screw up enough to take advantage of. The short-term plan is to look willing to so something bipartisan and beneficent.

160 comments:

JAY said...

particularly the notion that he was a different kind of Democrat.

Um, it was all a notion (created by a fawning media) in the first place.

Had anyone critically examined Obama they would have seen that the notion was never true.

By the way, I love how dramatic and lacking in self-awarness these liberals are...

edutcher said...

English translation - hand-to-hand combat, just as The Zero promised.

If he wants to restore public trust, he can repeal stimulus, TARP, and ZeroCare.

Ann Althouse said...

Another said that, around the White House, "people aren't just sitting around doing soul-searching. They're gaming out the short, medium and long term."Gaming out.... Am I wrong to hear that as electoral politics?

No, Madame, you are absolutely correct.

ricpic said...

Obama's in trouble? Oh the humanity!

garage mahal said...

When is Obamacare going to be actually repealed as promised? Where is the ban on earmarks as promised? Where are the jobs as promised? What spending are we finally going to cut?

EDH said...

In a nod to that ambition, his weekly address Saturday focused on earmark reform, one way, Obama said, of "restoring public trust."

Why not, now that the Democrats don't control the purse strings.

Hagar said...

... without actually intending anything of the kind.

New "Hussein" Ham said...

The Obama Administration has exempted favored corporations from the requirements of ObamaCare.

If you donate to the campaigns of Democrats, you are exempted from the laws everyone else must follow.

Obama has exempted now 111 companies that have donated to Democrats.

It's going to be hard to convince people he's a different kind of Democrat when he's just as corrupt as all the rest of them.

And now that he has decided not to try Gitmo detainees we can call him Dictator Obama instead of President Obama ... since America is now a dictatorship where Dear Leader has the power to decide whether or not you get a fair trial.

Obama deserves to be tried and sentenced.

Maguro said...

Isn't this where Obama gives one of his brilliant speeches and makes everything right again? Or at least makes Andrew Sullivan wet himself?

Meade said...

The best thing for the nation will be for Mr. Obama to become a one-term president. It's of highest priority right behind spending and tax cuts. Real economic recovery, with real jobs, will follow.

Big Mike said...

Well, you're awake now. You have more than a few commentators who are still adrift in la-la land.

garage mahal said...

So I have to wait for my tax cuts because we have to concentrate on making Obama a one term president? How do we do that?

Big Mike said...

When is Obamacare going to be actually repealed as promised? Where is the ban on earmarks as promised? Where are the jobs as promised?

If you want all this right now, you'll have to contact Ms. Pelosi. She's still Speaker until January.

Or you can be patient. Did you not learn patience as a child? Perhaps your parents did not beat you enough.

Alex said...

Honestly the Republicans had 12 years of control in the house and 8 years of total RULE in D.C. They made a complete disaster of the nation in that time. Give Obama a few decades to sort it out.

The Crack Emcee said...

I see America's grim sense of reality as a hard-won accomplishment. We're awake now. The dream is over.

Now that's music to my ears. But I wish we'd start to run with it now:

Kick Oprah to the curb because that's what she sells, and sold, to us for decades. Go after all the charlatans. Clean house.

It seems to be lost on most that, if we went after the fraudsters, we'd turn up all kinds of dirt we didn't count on finding - because they work together. Screw the fears of engaging in a "witch hunt", or "McCarthism", or any of that, and just leave it at the level of "Has this person/entity/industry been honest with America or not?" and, if the answer is "no" kick 'em to the curb or throw 'em in jail. Period. No explanations, no sentimentality, no joke:

End. Their. Run. Now.

I betcha, if that were to happen, we'd be shocked at how fast our country got turned around.

Bob_R said...

@garage - In two years and six months.

SteveR said...

After two years of not giving a damn about anything republicans had to say, its the height of arrogance to think blaming them going forward is smart.

Of course they aren't smart.

garage mahal said...


Or you can be patient. Did you not learn patience as a child? Perhaps your parents did not beat you enough


Oh great, now we have to wait. For what? I want these pigfuckers to give me my tax cuts they promised. We weren't patient with Obama, why would we be patient with Republicans?

mesquito said...

I would pretend the Democratic leadership in the House of Represntatives doesn't even exist.

John said...

I think Obama sacrificed "the notion that he was a different kind of Democrat" the moment he got the stimulus and then handed it over to Congress to administer. He had sooooo much clout at that point right after his inauguration that he could have set up a bipartisan task force independent of congress and Pelosi/Reid would have just had to have accepted it. But he didn't--he did just what you would have accepted an entrenched partisan president to have done--worked with his party in Congress to completely circumvent the opposition.

I really wish Hillary had been able to squeak out a victory over Obama--she would have been so over the Democratic Party and its leadership that she probably would have felt no need to share any power with Congress, at least in the beginning.

garage mahal said...

I think Obama sacrificed "the notion that he was a different kind of Democrat" the moment he got the stimulus and then handed it over to Congress to administer.

We're past that, the people have spoken and historically swept Republicans into office to get something done. Republicans rightfully will get all the blame in two years, I hope they don't just plan on doing nothing until then.

New "Hussein" Ham said...

"The best thing for the nation will be for Mr. Obama to become a one-term president."

No, the best thing for the nation is to restore law and order and make Barack Obama a half-term president.

The first step in doing that is to investigate, to impeach and to give Barack Obama a fair trial in the United States Senate for the felony crimes he has committed during his first two years in office.

We are not a nation of men. We are a nation of laws. Barack Obama is a criminal. He deserves a fair trial

(Something, it should be pointed out, that he has thus far refused to give to the political prisoners he keeps chained up at his gulag in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba).

ricpic said...

Get out your veto pen, Barry. No way you can misrepresent yourself now.

James said...

Doesn't Obama claim that he gave a tax cut to 95 percent of Americans through the stimulus?

RebeccaH said...

Am I wrong to hear this as a repulsive desire to re-engulf us in a mindless hopey-changey mood?

I don't think you're wrong. This seems to be Obama's only strategy for dealing with a Republican majority in the House: jump into campaign mode so he can re-energize the base that got him elected in the first place, using his charm and silver oratory. The Demoleft will buy it (notably, Nancy Pelosi, who seems to think if she can keep her strangle-hold on the Dem leadership, the Republicans will screw up enough to make her Speaker again). But this time around, I think they'll be the only ones.

As you said, America is awake now, and in too much trouble to trust all that Obamahooey.

orbicularioculi said...

Hey, WE WON! What is it that you do not "get", President Obama? The WE, by the way, is the American People represented by the spirit of the Tea Parties.

Republicans and Democrats now have to realize that business as usual is OVER. Our representatives in Washington DC have to realize that they are going to govern according to Constitutional principles or they are going to be kicked out of office on their butts.

God Bless America! The folks in the White House still don't "get it". Well, too damn bad.

caseym54 said...

Well, when the President suggests areas of compromise, Boehner can remind him "We won."

Chef Mojo said...

@Garage:

Oh, you're so cute when you get all huffed up, Garage!

See. Here's the thing. If, by any chance, the House majority gets a bill in front of Obama to sign, chances are, Obama will veto it. This means the House Republicans can do just about anything they want in terms of presenting and voting on bills. If the Senate, controlled by the Dems, doesn't knock the bill down, then Obama will.

Win/win for the House Republicans. They'll say, hey, we did everything we promised to do, and, wouldn't you know it, that bastard in the White House vetoed it. Tsk, tsk.

Gonna be tough for the Dems to run against that.

Meanwhile, down at the state and local level, the Republicans will be laying the groundwork for the future.

And that's what's really gonna hurt you, Garage. But in the meantime, carry on with your hissy-fit.

wv: wight - I'm hunting wight wing wabbits! Be vewy, vewy quiet...

Big Mike said...

We weren't patient with Obama, why would we be patient with Republicans?

Well, you could wait until they're sworn into office.

New "Hussein" Ham said...

"Doesn't Obama claim that he gave a tax cut to 95 percent of Americans through the stimulus?"

Yes ... and it's true. He graciously returned to you $7.69 a week of your own fucking money.

And he think you should thank him.

That's how much Obama cut taxes ... $7.69 a week. But like douchebag morons, they implemented it by lowering withholding so slightly that nobody noticed.

Gee thanks Barack, for the $7 tax cut. To put that amount into perspective, you can't even buy half a haircut at SuperCuts for $7.

What Barack won't tell you is about the $2,000 a year tax increase you got to pay for ObamaCare.

So, he cut taxes $7 a week by lowering withholding by a miniscule amount. But then raised them on you $2,000 every year for health insurance you don't want, you don't need and that you can't afford.

He did this so he can tell you he cut your taxes and not "technically" be a lying sack of shit motherfucker.

But in reality, he's a lying sack of shit motherfucker.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/us/politics/19taxes.html?_r=2&src=me&ref=general

Omnibus Driver said...

You know, I'm really tired of the "hope"meme. Let's have a concrete plan instead of throwing a bunch of money against the wall to see if any of it will stick. Which it hasn't and won't.

AJ Lynch said...

We Americans have gotten too fat and too soft in several ways: fiscally, physically, emotionally and mentally. That is why Obama was able to get elected. Obama can't fix that because he can't even see it when he views everything thru his handy dandy social justice prism.

Jim said...

When is Obamacare going to be actually repealed as promised? Where is the ban on earmarks as promised? Where are the jobs as promised?

As soon as Nancy Pelosi delivers on the "draining the swamp" that she promised in 2006. Or Obama does on the "hope and change" he promised in 2008. You know, promisses that are now 4 and 2 years overdue at this point, THEN we can worry about what Republicans who haven't even taken office yet have delivered or not.

Your desperation is showing...

mesquito said...

When is Obamacare going to be actually repealed as promised? The day after Gitmo closes. Sometime in June, 2009, according to President Shortpants.

Bruce Hayden said...

Honestly the Republicans had 12 years of control in the house and 8 years of total RULE in D.C. They made a complete disaster of the nation in that time. Give Obama a few decades to sort it out.

Not sure how you calculate this. Yes, they had the House for 12 years, and the Presidency for 8. And the Senate for maybe 8 of those years. But that doesn't mean that they had control for 8. They lost the Senate once under Bush when Jumpin Jeffries switched parties, and then the Dems took both Houses in 2006. So, they really only had both Houses and the Presidency at the same time for a bit over 4 years. Which the Dems had the first two years of both Clinton and the first two years of Obama.

traditionalguy said...

The image makers are planning to roll out a Beneficent Obama 2.0. If that is to have a chance, the One will have to get a reputation for telling us the truth on most things. He probably cannot even do that since he has no idea what telling the truth means. Why should he, since the myth of The Brilliant Organizer has never met a reality test before

madAsHell said...

Gaming?!?
Na....I don't think so.
I think they are networking.
They want a new job before the glamour of this administration is completely tarnished.

Of course, finding a new job is problematic...

garage mahal said...

See. Here's the thing. If, by any chance, the House majority gets a bill in front of Obama to sign, chances are, Obama will veto it.

Oh fuck. I don't recall hearing anything about veto powers, being patient, or waiting until Gitmo is closed, or waiting for Pelosi to drain the swamp, or any of the other excuses I'm hearing. The Tea Party don't seem like patient people, and I don't think they're going to be happy hearing all these excuses.

Bruce Hayden said...

Advisers also said it will probably take months, if not longer, to develop a strategy for restoring some of the early promise of the Obama presidency, particularly the notion that he was a different kind of Democrat.

I don't think this is going to work. He isn't a different type of Democrat. Rather, he is worse than the average type of Democrat. The problem is that he is so far to the left, that there is little room for him to work with Republicans. How is he going to pull off the post-racial, post-partisan Presidency, when he cut the Republicans out of the discussion of all those major extreme leftist bills that he got through at least one House of Congress? Does he think that he can get the American public to forget about ObamaCare? The Stimulus bill? Cap and Trade? TARP? Giving GM and Chrysler to their unions? All the hopey changey talk in the world isn't going to overcome the reality of what he did when he had the power to do it.

New "Hussein" Ham said...

"Over the next few days, White House officials said they will begin to gauge whether they can forge an alliance with any top Republicans, many of whom are scheduled to attend a bipartisan meeting at the White House on Thursday."

Get me re-write:

Over the next few days, White House officials said they will meet with the moles they have planted in the Republican Party, the identities of whom will become apparent when those moles show up to a clandestine meeting at the White House on Thursday.

Tea Party activists will be writing down the names of any Republican moles who show up to that clandestine "bi-partisan" meeting ... so that primary challenges can be launched against those Republicans who seek to step across the aisle to work with the Democrat socialists bent on continuing the destruction of America.

You've been warned, Republicans.

Don't. Consort. With. Democrats.

We don't want "bi-partisan" Republicans.

Don't work with them.

DESTROY THEM.

New "Hussein" Ham said...

"I don't think this is going to work. He isn't a different type of Democrat. Rather, he is worse than the average type of Democrat."

He's not a Democrat at all.

He's a socialist dictator.

jamboree said...

IOW, he's delegated this task while he's gone. He's not participating because he doesn't have the capacity to contribute to the solution.

garage mahal said...

Rand already went back on his Tea Party pledge banning earmarks before he even was sworn into office! I'm sure we'll see a gathering of fiscal patriots "just concerned about money" outside Rand Paul headquarters protesting that?

edutcher said...

PB&J/Alex throws out whatever Kos/Puffington tell him. The idea that Republican control of Congress was complete for 12 years and they made "a complete disaster" is ridiculous. It was the current Congress, spending more in 1 year than the last 4 Congresses combined and adding more to the debt that all other Congresses before it combined that created complete disaster.

PS Repeal is not a realistic option before '13, garage. Even you know that.

shoutingthomas said...

Look, garage, we'll build you some choo-choo trains.

Go real fast! Zoom!

Will that make you happy?

PatCA said...

I don't know if I buy all this soul searching story. I just think these people don't know what they're doing. I think all presidents are playing it by ear a bit, but this administration has no experience from the top down!

HDHouse said...

ann said "We're awake now. The dream is over."

Now the nightmare begins. Boehner 2nd in line should make you absolutely quake your boots. Mitch McConnell feeling "empowered". Sarah playing even more of a role....

no wonder world leaders don't want anything to do with us..first George now this...

Birkel said...

So now Garage is telling everybody what the Tea Partiers are and are not.

LOL.

We've been pwned by Garage Mahal's superior debating skillz, in which he assumes the antecedent and declares "Suck it bitches, I won! eleventy thousand. !!1!!11!!1!1!!"

Touche, Garage. None of us are worthy.

Jim said...

The Tea Party don't seem like patient people, and I don't think they're going to be happy hearing all these excuses.

You're right. They're not patient people. They can't wait for November 2012. Then they can finally get rid of the Excuse-Maker-In-Chief and he can start looking for some to ghostwrite his NEXT book about himself entitled: "The Audacity of Throwing People Under the Bus"...or maybe it will be "Dreams of Dystopia"...or "One Born Every Minute: How Barack Obama Became President" (dedicated to his supporters, natch)....or maybe it will be something new and original like "ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME by Barack Obama.

Chase said...

no wonder world leaders don't want anything to do with us..first George now this...

Yea, we're all sure that's it.

Dark Eden said...

Granted I am not so great on debate etiquette, but shouldn't you wait until the Republicans actually take control of the House to start shrieking like a banshee that the dirty tea partiers haven't done anything?

JorgXMcKie said...

Am I the only one worried about Garbage? I mean, his always tenuous grasp on current reality appears to be slipping rapidly away.

If he starts ranting and yelling this way and wanders into traffic I worried about the outcome. I don't care if he's convinced that a hurtling 3000 pound automobile really can't hurt him, he's just as wrong about that as he is in his other flights of fantasy.

Jason (the commenter) said...

Advisers also said it will probably take months, if not longer, to develop a strategy...

I have to laugh at how incompetent that sounds--months of planning. At which point all the base assumptions will have changed and the plans will be useless.

They're admitting they have no idea how to improvise or think on their feet. If something isn't planned for months in advance, Obama and his hand picked team have no idea how to deal with it. And this man is President!

Kevin said...

Um, it was all a notion (created by a fawning media) in the first place.

...and fawning law professors...

Jason (the commenter) said...

Obama is dumber than Bush.

edutcher said...

HDHouse said...

ann said "We're awake now. The dream is over."

Now the nightmare begins. Boehner 2nd in line should make you absolutely quake your boots. Mitch McConnell feeling "empowered". Sarah playing even more of a role....

no wonder world leaders don't want anything to do with us..first George now this...


Don't know how to break it to HD, but the World isn't concerned about what Congressional Republicans might do. They're mad as Hell at what The Zero & Company are doing.

PS The world may not have liked Dubya, but they respected him.

PPS Halo Joe is second in line. That's what scares the world.

PPPS Last I looked, Miss Sarah was not a member of Congress. How can she play "more of a role"?

Kirby Olson said...

The healthcare debacle is a giant seamine in the way of the ship of state. Remove that, and the economy will move again, and they can have their popularity back?

AJ Lynch said...

Jason:
Say it another way. I suggest you say "I am disgusted that most of the commenters here have more brains, more experience and better ideas than the last two people we elected as president".

Roux said...

More Cow Bell....

Michael said...

HDH: Gitmo still open. DNDT still in place. Iraq. Afghanistan. Drones killing civilians. House lost to Republicans. Stimulus stimulating nothing. Shovels ready projects not.

Have a nice day.

Paul Zrimsek said...

One good way to convince people that you're a different kind of Democrat is to quit spending money like you're a same kind of Democrat.

DADvocate said...

I accidentally came across a page on narcissism the other day. It's quite relevant to the Obama administration.

Narcissists can put in a shocking amount of time to very little effect. This is partly because they have so little empathy that they don't know why some work is valued more highly than other work, why some people's opinions carry more weight than others'.

They do know that you're supposed to work and not be lazy, so they keep themselves occupied. But they are not invested in the work they do -- whatever they may produce is just something they have to do to get the admiration and power they crave. Since this is so, they really don't pay attention to what they're doing, preferring the easiest thing at every turn, even though they may be constantly occupied, so that narcissists manage to be workaholics and extremely lazy at the same time.

Narcissists measure the worth of their work only by how much time they spend on it, not by what they produce. They want to get an A for Effort. Narcissists lack empathy, so they don't know what others value or why. Narcissists tend to value things in quantitative ways and in odd quantities at that -- they'll tell you how many inches of letters they received, but not how many letters or from how many correspondents; they know the price of everything and the value of nothing.


Lacking "empathy, so they don't know what others value" sounds right.

"whatever they may produce is just something they have to do to get the admiration and power they crave." Yep

Roger J. said...

Seems to me the world leaders dont want anything to do with Obama because he's a feckless, ignorant, and narssistic idio.

Now, as I understand his tortured prose, Mr house is suggesting that the November 2 election was a referendum on republicans? really!
You do live in a bizarre world, Harry--really bizarre. Interesting analysis there Mr H--Mr Obama has been sized up by world leaders and has been found wanting.

And as was pointed out, Mr Biden is second in line, Mr Boehner is is actually third. Facts have never been your strong suit harry.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Jesus, garage, you're not funny, and. let's face it, just not sane. You think your one note samba is some kind of biting satire, but it really just bites the big one. Please think of a new angle or take your bat and ball and go home.

wv:disms-- garage mahal's comments since 11/3/2010

traditionalguy said...

On TLC @ 9:00 pm E.S.T. there will be a show on about Alaskan wild life to greet Obama on his return from his latest Surrender To The World Tour.

JAY said...

Republicans rightfully will get all the blame in two years,

For controlling the House of Representatives?

Ah yes, of course. Blame, from ignorant people like you who have never ever, held any elected Democrat accountable for anything.

JAY said...

Advisers also said it will probably take months, if not longer, to develop a strategy.

How's that for "leadership"!

JAY said...

and 8 years of total RULE in D.C.

Huh?

The Senate was 50-50 in 2002.

Get a clue.

JAY said...

no wonder world leaders don't want anything to do with us..first George now this.

I love that.

It is almost as if you're air-brushing the fact that Obama had a large house majority and 60 Senate Democrats.

Again, accountability is just not something you can bring yourself to when it comes to Democrats.

garage mahal said...

I don't know, it sure seems easy being a Republican. You can tell your supporters you are against earmarks, tell the voters you will ban earmarks, and then before you're even swore in you announce you will keep earmarks. Oh well. Maybe libtards were right when they said it's really not about the money at all.

Fen said...

Advisers also said it will probably take months, if not longer, to develop a strategy.

Good thing we're not at War.

shoutingthomas said...

I don't know, it sure seems easy being a Republican. You can tell your supporters you are against earmarks, tell the voters you will ban earmarks, and then before you're even swore in you announce you will keep earmarks. Oh well. Maybe libtards were right when they said it's really not about the money at all.

garage, got anything to say?

Apparently not.

You're just enjoying being annoying.

Why don't you STU if you don't have anything to say? Cause right now, you don't.

Just like the sound of your own voice?

Tyrone Slothrop said...

...and then before you're even swore in you announce you will keep earmarks.

Cite, please. And not some Huffpo bullshit about what they think McConnnell said.

Trooper York said...

You know what Jason (the commenter)?

Every time I see your new avatar I want to go out and smash a pumpkin.

Perfect for Thanksgiving dude. Thanks.

garage mahal said...

Cite, please. And not some Huffpo bullshit about what they think McConnnell said.

Type "Rand Paul flip flop earmarks", into your search engine.

Then of course we have McConnell pleading with us to keep these wasteful earmark pet projects "The problem is, it doesn't save any money," when we're trying to balance the budget. Tsk tsk.

garage mahal said...

I'd want to smash a pumpkin to if I were a Giants fan right now losing big to the worst team in the league!

Gregory said...

The President will not have the Treasury next time to dole out and buy votes.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

garage mahal said...

Type "Rand Paul flip flop earmarks", into your search engine.

Then of course we have McConnell pleading with us to keep these wasteful earmark pet projects "The problem is, it doesn't save any money," when we're trying to balance the budget. Tsk tsk.


I was sure you'd fail, and you didn't disappoint me. First, Rand Paul, whatever he said, is an incoming freshman senator and he can't "announce" anything binding on the leadership. Second, you truncated the McConnell quote, dishonestly I might add.You don't have the courage to include the complete quote You wouldn't know the truth if it bit you on the ass.

Trooper York said...

Hey did you ever hear from that great philospher Yogi Berra.

It's not over till it's over.

shoutingthomas said...

Type "Rand Paul flip flop earmarks", into your search engine.


Then of course we have McConnell pleading with us to keep these wasteful earmark pet projects "The problem is, it doesn't save any money," when we're trying to balance the budget. Tsk tsk.

The new Congress hasn't even convened, garage.

You don't have much to do tonight?

Evidently not.

You could trim your finger and toenails.

There must be something you could do with your time.

Penny said...

This Post piece might have been about facts. Instead they realize that so many of us would much rather read an article to find that little tidbit in there that "supports our side".

shoutingthomas said...

I'm doing laundry and getting ready for the week, garage.

Raked the yard today.

You must have a lot of time on your hands.

Nothing to do?

John Stodder said...

...officials are also prepared to point out any Republican intransigence.

The phrase "Republican intransigence" seems inapt here. The voters spoke pretty definitively in this election. No more Obama-esque initiatives and repeal or fix the ones already passed.

If Obama & co. don't go along with repeal of Obamacare, technically speaking, isn't it the Democrats who must wear the shameful horns of intransigence? And if Obama continues to propose new expansions of the federal government's authority in the face of the last election's clear mandate, wouldn't that also be Obama's "intransigence?"

Why does our journalistic language always presume the Democrats are trying to move us forward? Obamacare is seriously retro, almost anachronistic, in my view. It was a giant step backward. Those who opposed it for those reasons, were we intransigent? Can you be intransigent against regression? Or are those taking us backwards the intransigent ones?

Maybe for the time being, when the very idea of "progressive" is in dispute, journos should start using more neutral terms like stalemate or impasse, or when talking about one party versus another, words like "opposition" or "disagreement" or "differences of opinion."

The sentence in the story would seem much less fraught if it read:

Although Obama could benefit from a high-profile compromise - perhaps on extending the Bush-era tax cuts or on other tax initiatives set to expire before the end of the year - officials are also prepared to point out any Republican differences of opinion.

It doesn't seem so nasty. In fact, it would seems silly for Obama to even have to "point it out," since the party has already acknowledged its differences of opinion. But the way the story's written, "Republican intransigence" is like some kind of periodic illness that afflicts the GOP and causes them to lose their minds -- and something that despite the GOP's big win, the voters somehow still don't like.

My sense is, the GOP's popularity rises the more "intransigent" they are. The more agreeable they are with the Democrats, the lower they sink in the polls. Obama fighting Republican intransigence is therefore, also unpopular. Obama's smartest political play, if he only understood it, is to facilitate Republican intransigence.

John Stodder said...

...officials are also prepared to point out any Republican intransigence.

The phrase "Republican intransigence" seems inapt here. The voters spoke pretty definitively in this election. No more Obama-esque initiatives and repeal or fix the ones already passed.

If Obama & co. don't go along with repeal of Obamacare, technically speaking, isn't it the Democrats who must wear the shameful horns of intransigence?

Why does our journalistic language presume the Democrats are trying to move us forward? Obamacare is seriously retro, almost anachronistic, in my view. Those who opposed it for those reasons, were we intransigent? Can you be intransigent against retrogression? Or are those taking us backwards the intransigent ones?

Maybe for the time being, when the very idea of "progressive" is in dispute, journos should start using more neutral terms like stalemate or impasse, or when talking about one party versus another, words like "opposition" or "disagreement" or "differences of opinion."

The sentence in the story would seem much less fraught if it read:

Although Obama could benefit from a high-profile compromise - perhaps on extending the Bush-era tax cuts or on other tax initiatives set to expire before the end of the year - officials are also prepared to point out any Republican differences of opinion.

It doesn't seem so nasty. In fact, it would seems silly for Obama to even have to "point it out," since the party has already acknowledged its differences of opinion. But the way the story's written, "Republican intransigence" is like some kind of periodic illness that afflicts the GOP and causes them to lose their minds -- and something that despite the GOP's big win, the voters somehow still don't like.

My sense is, the GOP's popularity rises the more "intransigent" they are. The more agreeable they are with the Democrats, the lower they sink in the polls. Obama fighting Republican intransigence is therefore, also unpopular. Obama's smartest political play, if he only understood it, is to facilitate Republican intransigence.

John Stodder said...

...officials are also prepared to point out any Republican intransigence.

The phrase "Republican intransigence" seems inapt here. The voters spoke pretty definitively in this election. No more Obama-esque initiatives and repeal or fix the ones already passed.

If Obama & co. don't go along with repeal of Obamacare, technically speaking, isn't it the Democrats who must wear the shameful horns of intransigence?

Why does our journalistic language presume the Democrats are trying to move us forward? Obamacare is seriously retro, almost anachronistic, in my view. Those who opposed it for those reasons, were we intransigent? Can you be intransigent against retrogression? Or are those taking us backwards the intransigent ones?

Maybe for the time being, when the very idea of "progressive" is in dispute, journos should start using more neutral terms like stalemate or impasse, or when talking about one party versus another, words like "opposition" or "disagreement" or "differences of opinion."

The sentence in the story would seem much less fraught if it read:

Although Obama could benefit from a high-profile compromise - perhaps on extending the Bush-era tax cuts or on other tax initiatives set to expire before the end of the year - officials are also prepared to point out any Republican differences of opinion.

It doesn't seem so nasty. In fact, it would seems silly for Obama to even have to "point it out," since the party has already acknowledged its differences of opinion.

garage mahal said...

I was sure you'd fail, and you didn't disappoint me. First, Rand Paul, whatever he said, is an incoming freshman senator and he can't "announce" anything binding on the leadership. Second, you truncated the McConnell quote, dishonestly I might add.You don't have the courage to include the complete quote You wouldn't know the truth if it bit you on the ass.

Haha. Ok Ty. Whatever you say. Good little drone.

Michael Haz said...

An Op-Ed by pat Caddell and Doug Schoen in tomorrow's Washington Post will call for Obama to immediately announce that he will not seek re-election.

Here is an advance copy, courtesy of Greta Van Sustern.

garage mahal said...

That was an awesome Op-Ed by Pat Caddell.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Haha. Ok Ty. Whatever you say. Good little drone.

This is what passes for dialogue in garage's limited mind.

Trooper York said...

What John Stodder said.

Times three.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Trooper York said...

What John Stodder said.

Times three.


Hear, hear. Hear, hear. Hear, hear.

Big Mike said...

I don't know, it sure seems easy being a Republican.

It's even easier being a Democrat. All you have to do is keep throwing money at problems (and you can invent "problems" like the lack of high speed rail between Milwaukee and Madison if need be), and if things don't work out you just say that you didn't spend enough.

And don't forget to blame Bush.

Big Mike said...

@John Stoddard, excellent analysis. Just because one uses words such as "progressive" and "reform" doesn't mean that actual progress has been made or that the system as "reformed" is better than it was pre-reform.

Maguro said...

Don't be too hard on garage. He's still heartbroken over losing his choo-choo train to Milwaukee.

garage mahal said...

Don't be too hard on garage. He's still heartbroken over losing his choo-choo train to Milwaukee.

There just appears to be so much confusion about the rail project, grossly misleading and just plain wrong facts. And for some reason the group that is consistently wrong about facts and figures always seems to be from the right wing.

shoutingthomas said...

There just appears to be so much confusion about the rail project, grossly misleading and just plain wrong facts. And for some reason the group that is consistently wrong about facts and figures always seems to be from the right wing.

Jesus, garage, go do the dishes.

There ain't nothing going on tonight.

HDHouse said...

Meade said...
"...Mr. Obama to become a one-term president. It's of highest priority right behind spending and tax cuts. "

ahhh yes. tax cuts. if you don't have anything to say, then say tax cuts. the magic elixir. the creame that erases all blemishes. the one size fits all of the right wing.

Ok. I'll bite. Show me one time in history when tax cuts cut the deficit. I'll just sit over here and wait you out. I got all day.

Penny said...

"My sense is, the GOP's popularity rises the more "intransigent" they are."

"Sense"...Never enough of it to go around a square table.

Jim said...

What makes Obama/Pelosi/Reid even MORE retro is that every policy they have attempted to implement has been tried - and FAILED - before. Whether it's attempting to implement a command-control economy, Keynesian stimulus, social engineering or anything else they've done. Been there. Done that. It failed. That's why EVERY country in the world is moving away from it except TWO: Venezuela and the United States.

So who are the REAL "progressives"? The ones who are trying to move beyond the proven failures of Leftist policies, or the ones who are intent on dragging us kicking and screaming into implementing more of them?

Trooper York said...

Jeeez that speeding high speed rail of misfortune just hit the freakin Giants.

It's like the President was our defensive coordinator or something.

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Trooper York said...

Just shows you that you never know what is gonna happen. Even a down and out team can stand up and bite you.

That's why you have to keep the pressure on the tax and spend Dems so they don't kill what little of the economy that is still working.

I mean it doesn't look like Nancy and Barry want to stop until unemployment is 50%.

Michael Haz said...

Can anyone tell me what time Monday night Obama is holding the press conference to announce all the trade agreements he negotiated on his $2 billion road trip?

Tyrone Slothrop said...

HDHouse said...

ahhh yes. tax cuts. if you don't have anything to say, then say tax cuts. the magic elixir.


You have a point there. But then the real problem is that tax cuts are never accompanied by spending cuts, whether by Democrats or Republicans. The wind is blowing in a different direction now. While it might be nice to have a little more money in my paycheck, the real benefit to less government spending is that it then has less wherewithal to screw with me and my freedom.

stevenehrbar said...

[T]he Republicans had . . . 8 years of total RULE in D.C.

When, exactly?

I mean, January 2003-January 2006 was just four years. There were a few more months at the beginning of 2001, between Cheney becoming VP and Jeffords defecting to the Democratic caucus. Then not even a second between March 1930 and December 2000. So not even five whole years of uncontested control in the last eight decades combined, and you're spewing nonsense about eight years of "total RULE".

Mmm-hmmm.

Michael Haz said...

Ok. I'll bite. Show me one time in history when tax cuts cut the deficit. I'll just sit over here and wait you out. I got all day.

President Kennedy proposed across-the-board tax rate reductions that reduced the top tax rate from more than 90 percent down to 70 percent.

What happened? Tax revenues climbed from $94 billion in 1961 to $153 billion in 1968, an increase of 62 percent (33 percent after adjusting for inflation).

Tax cuts produced increased revenue which Congress could use, if it chose to do so to reduce the deficit.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Michael Haz said...

Can anyone tell me what time Monday night Obama is holding the press conference to announce all the trade agreements he negotiated on his $2 billion road trip?


Alas, no. This is the kind of thing that only gets released at 5 pm on a holiday weekend Friday.

stevenehrbar said...

Mea culpa. There were two years of Republican control 1953-1955. Still just 6 years and a few months in the last eight decades combined.

garage mahal said...

Can anyone tell me what time Monday night Obama is holding the press conference to announce all the trade agreements he negotiated on his $2 billion road trip?

They already announced a 10 billion dollar, 54,000 new job trade deal with India on his first day. Meanwhile, Republicans announced they are killing 10,000 jobs in just two states. And that 2 billion dollar figure you mentioned is, well, pretty whack.

Michael Haz said...

hey already announced a 10 billion dollar, 54,000 new job trade deal with India on his first day.

Will those jobs arrive after the KSM trial in Manhattan and the closing of Gitmo? Or are then going to show up after the end of DADT? Or the legalization of gay marriage?

We don know, of course, that India buys a lot of stuff from the US, and will now buy an additional 54,000 jobs-worth of stuff because it costs less to make it here than it does in India.

MayBee said...

They already announced a 10 billion dollar, 54,000 new job trade deal with India on his first day.

"They", of course, being the businesses that actually negotiated for and are creating the jobs.

Is Obama claiming credit for that? If so, how so?

John Stodder said...

One thing I learned from writing my prior post: There is an "n" nestled in the middle of intransigent I never noticed before. Thank you, Safari, for spellchecking my online mutterings.

Political issues are settled by relative strength within the government. There is no obligation by either side to be un-intransigent. Obama's spokespersons would like everyone to forget that their struggle to pass legislation in 2009-10 was their inability to get the crucial final Democratic votes without compromising. The Republicans weren't "intransigent" -- they were irrelevant, at least until Scott Brown's election.

Perhaps what Obama's really saying is that he plans to point it out when the Republicans exercise the power the voters gave them. Shame on the GOP for thinking the election gave them relevance or power. As the left's leading pundits have been saying for 10 days, Obama should ignore the Republicans! He should do exactly as he would have done before the election, indeed he should compromise even less, and if the Republicans don't hand over their votes at the appointed hour, shame on them! Shame on their intransigence!

former law student said...

What happened? Tax revenues climbed from $94 billion in 1961 to $153 billion in 1968, an increase of 62 percent (33 percent after adjusting for inflation).

Didn't Congress enact a surtax in 1967, to pay for the Vietnam war?

Tax cuts produced increased revenue which Congress could use, if it chose to do so to reduce the deficit.

Can you show the shift of the operating point on the Laffer curve?

Lowering the maximum marginal tax rate from 90% to 70% is unlikely to have the same effect on revenue as a shift below 36%.

former law student said...

I expect Obama to work with the Republicans just as hard as the Republicans worked with Obama.

Calypso Facto said...

Damn big of President Obama to suddenly be concerned about earmarks now that Republicans will control the House....

Jim said...

I expect Obama to work with the Republicans just as hard as the Republicans worked with Obama.

And I expect Democrats to have the same results in 2012 that they did in 2012 by continuing to pretend that Republicans don't matter.

Remind me again how long it took to have a meeting with Senator McConnell?

OOPS.

So much for the LIE of Obama trying to work with Republicans...

AJ Lynch said...

POTUS is basically not a very hard working president. I predict we will see a flurry of White House activity over the next 2-3 weeks then it will be relatively quiet until after the Super Bowl. Not having to listen to his blatherings will be good for the country.

Jim said...

Damn big of President Obama to suddenly be concerned about earmarks now that Republicans will control the House....

He's not concerned about them now either. This is just another case of Obama's "Me Too"-ism.

"Oh, is that popular? Well, I've always been for that. What do you mean I signed billions of dollars of earmarks into law? Let me be perfectly clear...I have always been against the earmarks which I personally signed. Because those Republicans were sipping Slurpees while I was denouncing earmarks and signing them. And we were down in the dirt figuring out which public union needed federal money the most and Republicans were saying 'Give us back the keys.' And we're saying 'No. There are more union pensions to fund.' But I've gotten the message from the shellacking: the American people are finally joining me in my steadfast opposition to all the earmarks I signed. They have always been wrong, and I have always been against them. We don't need to relitigate the past by bringing up the fact that I signed them, and that's not what the American people want. The American people want their chocolate rations increased, and that's what I have done since Day One!"

Fen said...

FLS: I expect Obama to work with the Republicans just as hard as the Republicans worked with Obama.

Libtard Ethics: lie about what the GOP has done, then sink to that level.

Seven Machos said...

FLS -- Why did Obama need the Republicans to work with him? What was obstructed, what with large House and Senate majorities?

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garage mahal said...

The Tea Party are a non ideological fiscally concerned group of citizens that are only concerned about the SPENDING, so I assume they are applauding Obama and his decision to work with republicans to eliminate all earmarks. And, stage a small protest against the republicans that for keeping earmarks. right?

Seven Machos said...

Garage -- If you are so concerned about the Tea Party types, and about spending and earmarks, you should join up. You should organize the protest.

Stop waiting for others to do the work for you. That's your inner-Obama talking there.

garage mahal said...

I'll have to wait a little longer to see if the tea party is as serious about holding Republicans accountable as they are with Democrats.

Seven Machos said...

Republicans were able to co-opt Tea Party types because Republicans are the larger faction in American politics that represents less government.

You'll never side with the Tea Partiers or the Republicans because, deep inside, you think money sort of kind of grows on trees and that increasing tax rates has no effect on wealth creation. How could it, when you just pluck the stuff from branches?

The Crack Emcee said...

DADvocate,

Thanks for that page on narcissism:

Any time spent with my ex is greatly appreciated. [*shiver*]

John Stodder said...

I expect Obama to work with the Republicans just as hard as the Republicans worked with Obama.

Consistent with what I said above, Obama has a perfect right NOT to work with the Republicans. I wouldn't even call him intransigent if he did. He doesn't agree with them. He owes them nothing.

However, I wouldn't be surprised if he made the purely political calculation that on economic and fiscal issues, he should see what accommodation he can work out. It worked well for the GOP to be "party of no." It might not work out as well for Obama.

The phrase we will continue to hear applied to Obama is "tone-deaf." I also think this is journalistic laziness. He knew where he stood politically and, I would submit, didn't care. He might have thought he could avoid the consequences, but he was willing to accept them.

Both sides were intransigent in 09-10. Both benefited from taking that stance, but in different ways. The Dems changed the country, dramatically. The GOP won a big election victory. If we're lucky, the next two years will be serious and fact-based as each side tries to persuade the public to support them in '12. It makes me feel some relief to believe that will happen.

WV: mihug As in, here is my hug of all of you:
((((((((((((((((((((((((()))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

The Crack Emcee said...

Garage - Stop waiting for others to do the work for you. That's your inner-Obama talking there.

G, did you read the article on narcissism?

garage mahal said...

G, did you read the article on narcissism?

If you mean the link in this post, no. It was to the WaPo, and it starts with "One adviser said..."

That was enough for me to know not to click on it.

dick said...

John Stodder,

Be interesting to see how Obama could cooperate less with the Republicans than he has in the past two years. He has done zip about cooperating with them so far. He says he wants to cooperate but his idea of cooperating is for them to throw their ideas away and agree with him totally. No cooperation there at all.

former law student said...

Jim said...
I expect Obama to work with the Republicans just as hard as the Republicans worked with Obama.

And I expect Democrats to have the same results in 2012 that they did in 2012 by continuing to pretend that Republicans don't matter.

Remind me again how long it took to have a meeting with Senator McConnell?


Three days, counting from Tuesday, January 20 (Inauguration Day).

From the NYT's "The Caucus" blog for Friday, January 23, 2009:
Yes, that was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell preaching the gospel of bipartisanship at a speech in Washington on Friday. And in case his remarks left anyone in the audience scratching their heads, Mr. McConnell advised them to suspend their disbelief.

“I realize that if you told most people Mitch McConnell was down at the National Press Club hoping for bipartisanship, they’d tell you that’s like an insurance agent hoping for an earthquake,” he said. “Most people don’t exactly view me as the Mr. Rogers of the Senate.”

Fresh from a meeting at the White House with President Obama, Mr. McConnell said he was ready to work with the White House, starting by hammering out an agreement on an economic stimulus package that he said should be ready for the president’s signature next month.

“Everybody believes that government action is necessary,” Mr. McConnell said. “This is coming out of the mouth of someone who doesn’t normally advocate government action as a first resort.”


And Fen, et al.: I only hoped for reciprocity. It's only your guilty conscience as conservatives that makes you interpret reciprocity as obstructionism.

Seven Machos said...

FLS -- Let's review:

1. Republicans opted not to work with Obama.

2. Because Obama was president and because Democrats had large majorities in the House and Senate, Obama and the Democrats did not need Republican support to pass laws.

3. Obama and the Democrats did pass laws.

4. In a recent election, Republicans got a majority in the House and made a big gain in the Senate.

A reasonable person would conclude from this information that voters did not like the results that Obama and the Democrats produced when governing, and that Republicans were right not to cooperate in the production of said bad results.

You are again being a lunkhead. It's not about cooperation. It's not about tone. Nobody gives a fuck about those things.

Politics:results :: business:money

You can get this. I know you can.

former law student said...

Arlen Specter ratted out the Republican Senators position against bipartisanship on Fox News Sunday, December 27, 2009:

Senator DeMint is the author of the famous statement that [health care reform] is going to be President Obama's Waterloo, that this ought to be used to break the president, so that before the ink was dry on the oath of office -- and I know this because I was in the caucus -- the Republicans were already plotting ways to beat President Obama in 2012.

Now, effective government in a democracy relies upon some bipartisanship, but there simply isn't any. And the process which was used was not good. The lead story today in the Washington Post is that after you reform health care, you ought to reform the Senate. And I would start with the process.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS8Y8G2aNpk

former law student said...

7M: If you'd like parliamentary government in the US, where we swing from nationalizing Microsoft one election to privatizing the post office the next, amend the Constitution.

Seven Machos said...

FLS -- So what? What is your point? Are you trying to demonstrate that there simply isn't any bipartisanship (your own words) in Washington? Really? Why?

You should bring up how Bush wanted to be a "uniter not a divider." I'm sure that would prove something, in your world. Probably something bad about evil Republicans who poop coal.

former law student said...

Republicans were right not to cooperate in the production of said bad results.

I'm tired of conservatives shitting on a plate and serving it as supper.

Seven Machos said...

FLS -- What's this about parliamentary government?

Please tell me what you are trying to demonstrate. Use small words.

Seven Machos said...

I'm tired of conservatives shitting on a plate and serving it as supper.

Why cooperate to bring about policies you don't want and the people you represent don't want, and that hurt the people you represent?

former law student said...

Why cooperate to bring about policies you don't want and the people you represent don't want, and that hurt the people you represent?

Who are the people the conservatives represent?

Because if Jesus Christ Himself came down from heaven and endorsed the Democrats' health care reform, Boehner and McConnell would still be against it.

Seven Machos said...

Who are the people the conservatives represent?

Well, all the people who voted for them, just for starters.

Get off your high horse, dude. Spare us all the bleat about how Democrats want to help people and all that bullshit. People don't want the help. They want jobs. They want an end to deficits. They want an end to runaway entitlements and massive public sector growth. Your side got voted out in a huge way.

Maguro said...

Yes...that Boehner has some nerve ignoring Jesus Christ's hypothetical endorsement of Obamacare. What a bastard.

He's probably going to hell, isn't he, fls?

Birkel said...

ALL:

People like "former law student" think a law about health insurance policy is a moral prerogative. That's why "Jesus Christ Himself (sic)" might actually come down from on high and support a health insurance bill.

To others of us a health insurance law is only about who might pay for medical services. It's simply a matter of "money" and in no way reflects "morals".

The "morality" of a law about health insurance creates the inability of the-religiously-devout-Leftists to depart from their orthodoxy. And it's why invoking Jesus Christ in this argument makes sense to a Leftist who sits in the front pew like "FLS".

(That and he/she/it thinks an appeal to religion will somehow silence conservatives -- who are all Bible thumping yahoos as everybody knows.)

Seven Machos said...

If real unemployment was well over 10 percent, the federal debt was incoherently large, American foreign policy was a mess and American global dominance fading, the dollar was down while at the same time American manufacturing was making no apparent gains, and there was a huge and lasting recession, I would hope that my fellow Americans would join me in kicking President Jesus's ass to the curb.

Jim said...

fls -

I'm tired of conservatives shitting on a plate and serving it as supper.

So when the Republicans take over majorities in the Senate and the presidency as well, you will of course get in line and DEMAND that Democrats vote for dismantling the departments of Education and Energy, instituting drastic cuts to welfare programs, repealing ObamaCare and all the other items on Republican wishlists, right?

According to your "logic," Democrats would be REQUIRED to vote for these things despite the fact that they are anathema to their political viewpoints.

Not unsurprisingly, a Democrat's idea of "bipartisanship" ALWAYS involves whining like schoolgirls when Republicans won't vote against their OWN ideology while simultaneously NEVER considering voting against their own when the shoe is on the other foot.

No thanks. We've had quite enough of your demands for bipartisanship. Maybe when you're ACTUALLY serious about compromise we can talk, but nobody is holding their breath waiting for that to happen.

Jim said...

Because if Jesus Christ Himself came down from heaven and endorsed the Democrats' health care reform, Boehner and McConnell would still be against it.

Jesus Christ was famously against all things earthly, and that includes using the force of government against people.

In case you don't remember, Jesus' last encounter with people using the force of government didn't work out so well for His earthly form.

The Crack Emcee said...

Garage,

If you mean the link in this post, no. It was to the WaPo, and it starts with "One adviser said..."

No, this one.

The Crack Emcee said...

FLS,

Who are the people the conservatives represent?

After the results of the last election?

Wow. Just,..wow.

yashu said...

Heh, Jim at 9:06 PM nailed the chronic speciousness of Obamaspeak. Well done. Those are the kinds of rhetorical loops he's always expected us to accept-- nay, applaud-- just because they're conveyed in His pompous drone.

But the hypnosis (with MSM protective layer) no longer seems to work.

lemondog said...

Is 'soul-searching' part of the job description?

Are salary hikes based on results?

Does the WH need to institute a pay-for-performance standard?

White House Staffers Got a Bigger Raise Than You Did Last Year

JAY said...

Ok. I'll bite. Show me one time in history when tax cuts cut the deficit. I'll just sit over here and wait you out. I got all day.


Um, how about in 1997?
The agreement cuts net taxes by about $95 billion, most of which is concentrated in a $500- per-child tax credit for families with children. The legislation also reduces capital gains taxes from 28 to 20 percent for most assets held for 18 months, and provides tax breaks for retirement savings, home sales and inheritances.


Guess what, federal revenues went up.

Um, how about in 2006? You know, after people like you said the Bush tax cuts would drain revenue?

WASHINGTON, July 8 — An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of hurricane relief.

On Tuesday, White House officials are expected to announce that the tax receipts will be about $250 billion above last year's levels and that the deficit will be about $100 billion less than what they projected six months ago. The rising tide in tax payments has been building for months, but the increased scale is surprising even seasoned budget analysts and making it easier for both the administration and Congress to finesse the big run-up in spending over the past year.

Tax revenues are climbing twice as fast as the administration predicted in February, so fast that the budget deficit could actually decline this year.

The main reason is a big spike in corporate tax receipts, which have nearly tripled since 2003, as well as what appears to be a big increase in individual taxes on stock market profits and executive bonuses.



See that? Corporate tax revenues tripled after the tax cut.

Are you really this ignorant?

This is very, very recent history.

As an additional point, the unemployment rate was 4.6% and federal revenues were increasing when Pelosi & Reid took over Congress.

That turned out swell, didn't it?

JAY said...

Because if Jesus Christ Himself came down from heaven and endorsed the Democrats' health care reform, Boehner and McConnell would still be against it.


And you would be concerned about the separation of church and state then, right?

Big Mike said...

The FLS version of compromise:

Democrats: Let's all jump off the top of an 18 story building!!!

Republicans: No, we don't think jumping off tall buildings is a good idea.

Democrats: Well, let's compromise and we can jump off the 9th floor.

Republicans: No, we think jumping from the 9th floor is still a pretty bad idea.

Democrats: [Loud whining noise echoed and re-echoed by MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Wolf Bitzer, etc.] You damned Republicans just don't believe in bipartisanship.

JAY said...

Arlen Specter ratted out the Republican Senators position against bipartisanship on Fox News Sunday, December 27, 2009:


And then what?

You do realize DeMint was right and you and Arlen are wrong, correct?

You can grasp that the country did not, and does not, want your version of health care reform, right?

JAY said...

Republicans announced they are killing 10,000 jobs in just two states

Your posts are parody.

JAY said...

Ok. I'll bite. Show me one time in history when tax cuts cut the deficit. I'll just sit over here and wait you out. I got all day.


Can you show me 1 time, just 1, in history when tax cuts did not reduce the deficit?

Big Mike said...

... if Jesus Christ Himself came down from heaven and endorsed the Democrats' health care reform

At any rate, he didn't.

former law student said...

Well, all the people who voted for them, just for starters.

So the same exact people who wanted all their fellow Americans to have health care in 2008 don't want them to have it now, and the same exact people who wanted tax cuts for families making less than 250K a year in 2008 want tax cuts for $250K and up earners now? Only one possible explanation: the modern Republican credo:

"To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word 'doublethink' involved the use of doublethink.'

JAY said...

So the same exact people who wanted all their fellow Americans to have health care in 2008 don't want them to have it now,

I love that.

It is heart warming for you to pretend that Obama and the Democrats provided "health care" to anyone.

And those evil tea party people want to take it away, doncha know!

JAY said...

the same exact people who wanted tax cuts for families making less than 250K a year in 2008 want tax cuts for $250K and up earners now?

You do understand that the Bush tax cuts were in effect in 2008, provided rate reductions to those making under 250K, and the Democrats are going to let them expire, right?

Your cognitive dissonance is rather staggering.

JAY said...

So the same exact people who wanted all their fellow Americans to have health care in 2008 don't want them to have it now,


Could you point us to the campaign speech or speeches by Obama/Pelosi/Reid where they say they are running on a platform of "health care reform" that involves: a health care mandate, a tax on "caddilac" plans, 2000 page legislation that the speaker said we would find out what was in it after it passses, and a resulting 20-40% insurance premium increases with some plans going away all together.

I'd love to see that.

It is always fun when you leftists pretend that what was enacted is what was actually talked about in the campaign.

stevenehrbar said...

Fortunately, FLS will be leaving us forever on December 25th.