August 2, 2011

"The so-called 'right' or 'Tea Party' in this republic is being so thoroughly rolled and defeated..."

"... that I am struggling to come up with an adequate violent submission metaphor that does not involve prison rape . . . and they honesty think that they're 'winning.' Really? You call this winning?"

That's not a lefty. That's coming from the right.

166 comments:

Triangle Man said...

That's some pretty heated rhetoric from a livestock and grain commodity broker. Are the orange juice and pork belly people as high strung?

Hockey Bum said...

There's nothing quite like a sore winner.

Scott M said...

That's not a lefty. That's coming from the right....

...and a person that doesn't understand divided government or what can be achieved when you only hold 1/3 of the levers. Long-term strategy will win the war, but it's still built on tactic battles.

Original Mike said...

This was the first battle in a long war. The article should have been entitled "Me The Stupid".

SunnyJ said...

First, they stopped trading pork bellies a few months ago. Kinda sad. I used to just like asking, "where are pork bellies at today?" "Pork bellies up limit?"

Ann, this would be like picking the rhetoric of Bill Ayers or Code Pink to define the entire left/liberal anti war position. I'm sure there's a 75 cent legal term for doing this...on the farm we call it "all hat and no cattle" or "small acreage".

Hey, I'm a conservative and Patrick Henry is my favorite flame thrower, so I love diversity and the right to free debate. She's entitled to her own opinion. Framing it as typical of the Tea Party or the "right" as you said is intellectually dishonest.

You know if you keep going to the right, you end up left...right?

lyssalovelyredhead said...

Those last few paragraphs seemed pretty over-the-top. (guaranteed the economy will collapse? ensured nuclear war?) And, perhaps this is just a delayed reaction to Mick, but to me, the writer lost all credibility when she called President Obama a "usurper." What does that even mean in this context? (note- Mick, don't bother, because I don't care.)

- Lyssa

Tim said...

Uh, yeah, she's right, because before Obama, the US didn't spend the previous 70+ years accumulating debt, middle-class entitlement and public employee liabilities that it couldn't afford over the long haul...dontcha know?

Now imagine you're John Boehner having that viewpoint on the right in your caucus. I say the Speaker cut a pretty good deal, given all the facts.

Scott M said...

Dammit, Lyssa. If you invoke him, he will come.

Fred4Pres said...

Yep. It's a trap.

We went from the Ryan plan, to CC&B to this. This is not evolution, it is de-evolution.

traditionalguy said...

What Anne Barnhardt said. She is very to the point.

She analyzes clearly; however, we have an election to win in 2012 first.

A mutiny now would empower the Marxist/Dems faster.

Tank said...

Right it's a bad deal.

Wrong to think Tea Party doesn't get it. The Beltway right thinks it's fine, but they are the un-Tea Party.

rhhardin said...

Everything is co-opted by narratives because that's what the media have to talk about.

The Democrats differ from the Tea Party in trading on narratives.

The Tea Party constantly starts over again every time from grass roots.

The narrative is meant to discourage that.

The election interrupts that plan every now and then.

Fred4Pres said...

You think the slanders to the right after Gabby Giffords were bad, wait to you see what is coming when the economy tanks under Team Obama.

Don't say you were not warned.

Fred4Pres said...

Fold!

Republican Pragmatics backed off the Ryan plan, then backed off CC&B, and gave us this. Excuse me for not going "whoopie."

gerry said...

A screamer is necessary, just like those weighted thingies on pressure cooker valvess that blow off when the chicken is cooking.

The next election is part two.

Scott M said...

The election interrupts that plan every now and then.

Pelosi - "Elections shouldn't matter as much as they do"

Original Mike said...

Pelosi really said that, Scott? Do you have a link? Nobody's going to believe me if I don't have a link.

Hockey Bum said...

Pelosi - "Elections shouldn't matter as much as they do"

Video here. The comment comes just before the one=minute mark

The Crack Emcee said...

I read that and, while I respect the author as I respect all the disgruntled Tea Partiers, it's still a short-sighted, "I want it all" viewpoint, that's unrealistic in light of where we are. This is a ground game where we safely maintain control of the ball:

Short drives to the goal

Scott M said...

Short drives to the goal

If you can average four yards a carry, you'll win every game, it just might not be sexy.

edutcher said...

Another follower of the Stacy McCain-Erick Erickson faction.

It's all for nothing!

We're going down in flames!

Wolverines!

PS There's a lot to dislike about all this, but Little Zero & Co. did not get Stimulus III and the mother of all tax increases, which was the real objective.

Titus said...

Deranged.

Clouds

Hoosier Daddy said...

"...Dammit, Lyssa. If you invoke him, he will come.."

Don't you have to say it three times like Candyman?

Hoosier Daddy said...

I'm of the opinion that the zombie apocalypse is preferable to another term of President Shortpants and his sidekick Plugs.

MikeinAppalachia said...

edutcher-
Exactly. But they will still try for those.

Scott M said...

I'm of the opinion that the zombie apocalypse is preferable to another term of President Shortpants and his sidekick Plugs.

Yes, but the main problem with living through the zombie apocalypse is trying to forget how incredibly awesome it is.

NYTNewYorker said...

If I understand correctly, this debt ceiling increase is to pay for money already spent, no?

Pastafarian said...

ScottM said: "If you can average four yards a carry, you'll win every game..."

Marty Schottenheimer, is that you?

That's actually very wrong, Scott. If you can gain 4 yards on every carry, and if you never fumble, and convert every 2-point try, you'll win every game. Or at least tie. But there are plenty of teams that have averaged 4 yards per play and lost.

And this woman's rhetoric is certainly hot and spicy, but much of what she says is true. I agree that Obama's destruction of the economy hasn't been some accident through his own incompetence -- I think it's been intentional. Obama is Bill Ayers' biggest pipe bomb. And at some point people are going to realize how their wealth, not their income, but their savings, have been looted by devaluation of the currency.

Scott M said...

That's actually very wrong, Scott.

If you ever played football on any level above peewee, Past, you'll understand what that "average 4 yards a carry" actually means.

Pastafarian said...

It means you average 4 yards per carry, Scott.

So you might have 12 yards, then zero, then zero again, then 8, and then you have to punt because it's 4th and 2. In 5 plays you have 20 yards, but you've lost the ball.

Gaining 4 yards on every play is something quite different.

Or are the rules of the game different at different levels?

(As an aside, I'm only being a pedantic asshole here because you've acted like a grammar-Nazi to me before. Neener, neener.)

Joe said...

Fiscal conservatives actually got Washington to act differently. They also forced many Democrats to openly admit they were tax and spend liberals. That's failure?

Scott M said...

(As an aside, I'm only being a pedantic asshole here because you've acted like a grammar-Nazi to me before. Neener, neener.)

Guilty as charged.

Scott M said...

That's failure?

It's a tactical victory in a much longer war. We have to win or everything goes swirly.

Paul Zrimsek said...

Jesus. If this is the American Thinker, whatever must the American Emoter be like?

Alex said...

If I don't get an immediate balanced budget, I will stamp my feet like a petulant toddler and take my toys home with me. Yes I am the Tea Party. Bunch of fucking babies. Leave policy to the adults like McCain.

Scott M said...

Alex

How do you feel about elected officials actually fleeing the state in order to avoid a vote they know they're going to loose?

Alex said...

Scott - wah wah you Teahadists are are bunch of whiny cry babies.

rocketeer67 said...

To go against the grain and say that Nacy's right to say that elections shouldn't matter as much as they do. It's just not for the reason she thinks.

If government were in fact as small as it should be, and properly limited in it's power, elections wouldn't matter as much as they do.

The fact that they are increasingly critical is precisely because the scope and power of government is dangerously large.

Scott M said...

Please answer the question.

garage mahal said...

Teahadis have proven that kidnapping the baby and extorting ransom works. Wonder what baby they will kidnap next?

Alex said...

Teahadis have proven that kidnapping the baby and extorting ransom works. Wonder what baby they will kidnap next?

Exactly. They are ruthless and evil. They should not even be allowed in the democratic process. Can we pass a law outlawing them?

Alex said...

Oh and August 16th is going to send a message to the WI Teahadists. Don't mess with our unions.

Scott M said...

Teahadis have proven that kidnapping the baby and extorting ransom works. Wonder what baby they will kidnap next?

Maybe they'll just flee the state, Garage. You're on record here as saying you were fine with that as a means to fulfill their roles as elected officials. The big difference here is that the Tea Party reps were actually where they were supposed to be and heavily engaged in negotiations with the leadership.

Your people just fled the state and shacked up in a shitty hotel in order to fulfill their duties.

Jim said...

Still no proof at all that Biden called anyone "terrorists," yet the Althouse crowd continues to act as if they were in the room and heard it themselves.

Alex said...

August 16th fuckers.

Stephen A. Meigs said...

It may well be that as a commodity broker she is talking her book--trying to make people think that deficit spending will create a "massive debasement of our currency" that should be countered by buying commodities.

I think there has already been a fair amount of hoarding of basic commodities. Obama mentions we should eat our peas--well, around here in the grocery store dried split peas cost twice what they did before the financial crisis, even though most foods seem to be about the same price. I assume this is because the quantitative easing has lowered interest rates on (alternative) investments so much that durable food commodities are seen as a better investment, especially if eventually it is necessary to print money to the point of inflation to stimulate the economy sufficiently. And dried split peas are something poor people (and people like me who love pea soup) might tend to eat a lot of, since as a source of protein pea soup is still much cheaper than meat, and what with the government we have now, many are probably thinking the poor are going to get a good deal poorer. In fact, during the great depression, there were many fast food pea soup restaurants. (I have also read that pea soup was a popular fast food of the ancient Athenians.) Terrible that when the number of poor skyrocket, speculators would drive up the price of the very staples they most need, but I suspect that is happening to a certain extent (though partly it may be increased demand, inasmuch as more people may have to resort to pea soup from poverty). The third page of the Dried Peas and Lentils briefing shows that in July 2006, prices for dried split peas were $12.50 per hundred pounds. Now they're at $23.50. The big increase was in 2007 and 2008. In April-May 2008, prices peaked at $32.50 per hundred pounds!

I do think deficit spending is needed to escape recession. It will also probably tend to create inflation--necessarily so to the extent our leaders obviously lack integrity. Speculative forces will look at the extra money (that like all money will end up deposited in banks) and assume that when our economy recovers, our leaders, lacking sufficient integrity and strength, will lack the resolve to prevent our financial instiutions from once again lending (and thus creating money) very excessively once the bankers want to do so again; to the extent the speculative forces believe this, these speculative forces will create inflation. So it is very important in getting out of this mess painlessly (in particular, without inflation) to have leaders with an obvious integrity with respect to permanently reigning in banking institutions.

garage mahal said...

Your people just fled the state and shacked up in a shitty hotel in order to fulfill their duties.

They should have just stayed forever, until Walker agreed to all of their demands. That's what Teahadis do.

Stephen A. Meigs said...

Er, Make that "reining in" banking institutions.

Crunchy Frog said...

"where are pork bellies at today?"

Madison. Silly question.

To continue the tortured football analogy, this isn't matriculating the ball down the field (H/T Hank Stram). This isn't a courageous fourth down goal line stand.

We held them to a field goal. This in itself is an improvement over the way we were rolled on Obamacare and Porkulus I&II.

It's a moral victory, but we need to start putting points of our own on the scoreboard.

Scott M said...

They should have just stayed forever, until Walker agreed to all of their demands. That's what Teahadis do.

Admit that you're in favor of winning at any costs or shut the fuck up. Your one-sided bellyaching is really beginning to age poorly.

Freeman Hunt said...

I read that and, while I respect the author as I respect all the disgruntled Tea Partiers, it's still a short-sighted, "I want it all" viewpoint, that's unrealistic in light of where we are. This is a ground game where we safely maintain control of the ball:

Short drives to the goal


Exactly. Deal with reality, not magical fantasy.

Scott M said...

Still no proof at all that Biden called anyone "terrorists," yet the Althouse crowd continues to act as if they were in the room and heard it themselves.

His own spokespeople say he was just agreeing with other democrats in the room who called the tea party terrorists. Can you wedge a razor of distinction in between that and calling them terrorists? One that actually matters?

For the record, I don't give a flying fuck what Biden says outside the realm of hypocrisy. He's going to be irrelevant soon enough...if he ever had any relevancy to begin with...which I doubt.

Freeman Hunt said...

A political cartoon:

A donkey and an elephant sit playing poker. The donkey holds three aces labeled Senate, Presidency, and Press. The elephant holds deuces labeled Fiscal Responsibility, Tea Party, and Debt Reduction. DC poker.

The amazing thing is that the donkey never outright called the elephant's bluff.

Hoosier Daddy said...

"...They should have just stayed forever, until Walker agreed to all of their demands. That's what Teahadis do...."

Walker Akbar!!!!!!

Hoosier Daddy said...

"...Your one-sided bellyaching is really beginning to age poorly..."

It may be his time of the month.

Just sayin

Carol_Herman said...

During the 1930's, as hitler started to move in europe; Americans wanted NO PART in another world war! FDR watched. And, did nothing.

England almost became bankrupt, when FDR came up with lend-lease. He said in his radio address: When your neighbor's house is burning, you lend him your watering hose. And, you don't quibble about what condition it will be in when you get it back.

This time around, on this globe, we've watch the UN taking over! We've watch the myth of the euro reach the spot where it should have collapsed. And, did not.

We saw what happened in Oslo with a home grown lunatic, than never had to earn a single dollar! Yet, look at what he was able to do. Was his farm a drop off point for all the shit produced in Norway?

He had trees that grew gold coins?

ALL THE RETAIL CUSTOMERS HAVE LEFT!

The media labels things "tea party" ... without going, first, to Glenn Reynolds. And, what he said: ARMY OF DAVIDS. And, PORK-BUSTERS.

The lobbyists are still calling the dance in our congress.

And, what's really disgusting ... is that what Boehner wants to do by saying he's "cutting" ... is just running the numbers through a propaganda machine.

Oops. The plug fell out of the wall. And, the propaganda machine has met reality.

Reality in Alice in Wonderland is inside a tea cup.

But around this nation the reality is way different! Working people don't want to support the lazy sons of bitches that went to the government for jobs and welfare!

Take notice. This is true, too, in individual european countries.

You don't want to invest in dollars? Euro's are worth less.

And, we began having problems when congress lifted the minimum wage.

Like you'd give a kid $10 an hour just to mow your lawn. And, from this kid you'd have to collect his social security number. So you could report yourself as an employer.

Paperwork. Paperwork. You get buried by this ... as much as you get buried by dirt.

jr565 said...

Tea partiers. Until now we didn't have to tie spending cuts into any discussions of raising the debt limit. It was simply done. Even conservative hero, Ron Reagan raised the debt ceiling more than once, so, get over yourselves and get perspective.
You're not going to solve all spending issues with one vote and you're going to have to add the word compromise to your vocabulary so long as you are in the minority and only control the house.
Yes, we'd all prefer cap balance and trade and a balanced budget, but don't cut off your nose to spite your face. Geeze.

As the stones once sang, you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need. Now, I'm not 100% sure we are getting what we need with this compromise bill, but it doesn't invalidate the fist part of the verse.

Tea partiers did not get rolled. They've won the argument that we need to get our spending house in order. We've also seen how intractable the opposition will be in cutting down spending, so now the end game must be, get more fiscally conservative people in office.

Chess not checkers. Marathon, not sprint.

PatCA said...

Ever wonder why something that cost a dollar in 1900 costs $100 now?

This lady could tell you.

garage mahal said...

Admit that you're in favor of winning at any costs or shut the fuck up. Your one-sided bellyaching is really beginning to age poorly.

Your comparison falls woefully short. If the Dem-14 wanted to win at all costs, they would have not returned until their demands were met. But they came back and voted, and lost. The Teahadis on the other hand had their suicide vests strapped on and were willing to blow everybody up until their demands were met, which were.

Hoosier Daddy said...

"...Even conservative hero, Ron Reagan raised the debt ceiling more than once, so, get over yourselves and get perspective..."

Sure. How's this for perspective. The interest we pay on the debt is about what we spent on defense in 2011.

Perspective: Current and projected spending is unsustainable even raising taxes to Clinton era rates. Probably have to go to Kennedy era. We need GDP growth and that won't come with increased taxes.

If compromise means agree to spend trillions we don't have then I'm for being uncompromising.

The perspective is we are outspending our ability to pay for it and grow the economy.

Hoosier Daddy said...

"...The Teahadis on the other hand had their suicide vests strapped on and were willing to blow everybody up until their demands were met, which were..."

LOL!

Democracy sho do suck don't it!

LOL!

Scott M said...

Absolute crap, Garage. You're smarter than this normally.

You cite a summation of history describing what happened with the fleebaggers but lapse into wild exaggerations when discussing the tea party reps? Poor form and completely transparent.

"This is what democracy looks like"

Sucks when your chickens come home to roost, no?

Chip Ahoy said...

She's not complaining about not solving all spending issues with one act, so quit saying that.

She's staying focused. They want cuts. Actual cuts. And they're not going to stop until they see them. And when they see them they'll demand more until the country is in the black.

You've called them babies here. They were called terrorists yesterday and racists before that. And now I see Teahadists. Make up your goddamn mind. They're realists. Realists concerned about one single thing: debt. They would just as soon be out shopping at Walmart but they're seeing their future being taken away and they're mad as hell and now finally they're moved to doing something about it.

I still haven't seen an answer to how it makes any sense at all to continue this deeply in debt and to go deeper. You don't have a good answer, all you have is invective.

garage mahal said...

If we knew someone wanted to blow up the economy, and we didn't have a lot of time left to stop it, would we authorize waterboarding?

Original Mike said...

Thanks, Hockey Bum, for the Pelosi link. It is incredible the sense of entitlement some of these pols have.

Paul Zrimsek said...

If the Dem-14 wanted to win at all costs, they would have not returned until their demands were met.

Garbage is counting on us not remembering that the Fleebaggers didn't come back until they'd already lost. One of the disadvantages of being a serial liar is that people check up on what you say.

Original Mike said...

rocketeer67 said: "If government were in fact as small as it should be, and properly limited in it's power, elections wouldn't matter as much as they do.

The fact that they are increasingly critical is precisely because the scope and power of government is dangerously large."


Good point.

Tank said...

Apparently, the new adult thing to do is kick the can down the road a couple trillion more. Rand Paul has a pretty good take on it here.

We can't keep going in the same direction. Every opportunity should be taken to STOP the race toward the edge of the cliff. As Paul says, when you're racing toward a cliff, putting on the cruise control doesn't help.

We had an opportunity to do something big. We settled for practically nothing.

Sometimes the next opportunity never comes. Boner said he got 98% of what he wanted. Well, 2% more would have helped ------ not at all.

garage mahal said...

Actually Zrimject is correct, but they made sure by giving no notice that they could not vote in time.

I think you said you work for the FAA. How's that tea party shutdown working out for you anyway? Furloughed? Working for free?

DADvocate said...

If we knew someone wanted to blow up the economy, and we didn't have a lot of time left to stop it, would we authorize waterboarding?

Are you suggesting we waterboard Obama?

Phil 3:14 said...

As a centrist/RINO/moderate/ ________(insert perforative name here), this is a sign of success.

Pissed off far right AND far left? Check

Having said that,

THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE TEA PARTY!

I wish they were better @ seeing their success.

garage mahal said...
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garage mahal said...

Now that we accomplished killing hundreds of thousands of jobs and weakened growth, we can back to working on creating jobs and creating growth. Makes perfect fucking sense!

Paul Zrimsek said...

While your concern is appreciated, I'm in the Air Traffic branch of the FAA, which is not affected by the furloughs.

jr565 said...

Chip ahoy wrote:
You've called them babies here. They were called terrorists yesterday and racists before that. And now I see Teahadists. Make up your goddamn mind. They're realists. Realists concerned about one single thing: debt. They would just as soon be out shopping at Walmart but they're seeing their future being taken away and they're mad as hell and now finally they're moved to doing something about it.

I certainly disagree with the overheated rhetoric. Jonah goldberg has a great takedown on these hypocrites who suggested that overheated tea party rhetoric led to the shooting of the congresswomen, but then who routinely call their opposition terrorists attaching suicide vests to themselves. F those bastards.

But tea partiers have to recognize that the debt ceiling can be raised, and has been raised many times in the past. Govt has a problem reigning in it's own spending and will, if left to it's own devices continue to do so. So, considering this conversation we've been having, the tea partiers have already won the battle. But it's just the first battle, not the end of the war. It's the equivalent of getting our feet in the door. If there is a question about the bush tax cuts expiring, the next battle is fighting to make sure that they don't, or holding the dems accountable for the ranifications of higher taxes on the economy.
It may be disappointing that we didn't get more, but we have to recognize that we are negotiating from a disadvantage. Until we at least control both the house and the senate, we can't realistically expect tradeoffs to what we ultimately want. So then the battle really has to be winning elections.
Yes, I call this winning. But not won. And that requires us to not get all woe is me that we haven't won everything at once. Defeatism can come across as whiny.

Curious George said...

"Scott M said...

(To garage mahal) Admit that you're in favor of winning at any costs or shut the fuck up. Your one-sided bellyaching is really beginning to age poorly."

He already has:

"garage mahal said...
I could give a fuck if you believe it or not. I don't really care either. Have fun in the minority, that's all that matters to me."

7/29/11 12:24 PM

The one time he has been honest.

John said...

This is encouraging news from the Dow.

Right as the Senate vote was taken, the Dow was down 95 points for the day.

Just now, an hour and a half later, it is down another 90 points.

Gold is also up about $20 in an hour or 2.

John Henry

Original Mike said...

"Right as the Senate vote was taken, the Dow was down 95 points for the day.

Just now, an hour and a half later, it is down another 90 points."


Investors have stopped watching the side show are now back to the main attraction; the Obama economy.

traditionalguy said...

Congress spends the money they tax and the money they borrow.

Congress will never quit spending until someone metaphorically "holds a gun to their head."

The "Gun" used here was a threat to stop the Congress's use of foreign owned borrowed dollars by killing the dollar as an acceptable reserve currency.

Since that would have ended forever the golden flow of borrowed foreign owned money that Congress has been spending, it was an actual threat.

Meanwhile the Russian and the Chinese are gearing up to stop it anyway because they can.

The best action we can take too survive is to develop the heck out of the USA's natural resources.

That development is what Obama and his minions have done everything in their power to stop.

We have to elect an honest and energy savvy President. Where ever will we find one?

Bruce Hayden said...

Now that we accomplished killing hundreds of thousands of jobs and weakened growth, we can back to working on creating jobs and creating growth. Makes perfect fucking sense!

Garbage almost sounds like a conservative or Tea Partier there. I am not sure that he meant that, or suffered any sort of epiphany.

But, I think that he understates the case. I would put the damage by the Democrats in the millions of jobs lost, not hundreds of thousands.

wv: incystt - what the Democrats' crony capitalism is really about.

Pragmatist said...

Probably the most hysterically insane nonsense I have read in a while. There are many of us who have problems with Obama. And many of us had problems with Bush. While some refered to the latter as a fascist nazi torturing wing nut bent on world domination most of us were just as appalled at that idiotic rhetoric as we are at this. It would be nice if idiots like that, both on the Right and on the Left, were just left to howl at the moon. Instead they are taken seriously and quoted and debated. I started out as a conservative but the Right has gone so far off the grid that I have been pushed to the Left.

Trooper York said...

garage mahal said...
Now that we accomplished killing hundreds of thousands of jobs and weakened growth, we can back to working on creating jobs and creating growth. Makes perfect fucking sense!"

Hey that is a perfect history of the Obama administration.

You can replace Doris Kearns Goodin pal. Good show!

garage mahal said...

Garbage almost sounds like a conservative or Tea Partier there. I am not sure that he meant that, or suffered any sort of epiphany.

The debt deal, fool.

Trooper York said...

It is amazing how some people think cutting spending when we owe such much money is wrong.

I know. Let's make Teresa Gudice the Secretary of the Treasury!

Trooper York said...

By the way I met Caroline Manzo at the Accessories show yesterday.

She was very nice and very very short.

Scott M said...

started out as a conservative but the Right has gone so far off the grid that I have been pushed to the Left.

How much do you suppose your hide is worth? Being rare, it's got to be worth quite a bit on the open market.

Trooper York said...

Caroline's daughter Lauren is starting a business and was shopping for jewelry and accessories for her make up store. They have business experience with "The Brownstone" but running a small business in this economy is a whole other kettle of fish.

I wish them a lot of luck.

AllenS said...

Right now:

Dow 11,902.49 -230.00 -1.90%
Nasdaq 2,681.17 -63.44 -2.31%
S&P 500 1,258.51 -28.43 -2.21%

AllenS said...

I meant to say, that other people think we're being rolled.

Calypso Facto said...

Pragmatist said: "most of us were just as appalled at that idiotic rhetoric" and "I started out as a conservative"

Yet as far back as August '08 he was shilling for Obama and in October 2009, he also wrote (in his If You Need Any More Evidence blog): [Republicans are] "The party of gutless business buffoons who sit back and allow their party to be high jacked by reactionary demagogues, Christian Fascists, wacked out conspiracy theorists and other mentally ill and socially isolated nutcases."

So much for the consensus-seeking former conservative. Sorry to dash your hopes, Scott, just another spittle-flecked, dime-a-dozen, leftist hide after all.

garage mahal said...

You'd think with tea party flexing their muscles and finally injecting some fiscal discipline into Congress that the markets would react positively. Seems to be the opposite.

Scott M said...

You'd think with tea party flexing their muscles and finally injecting some fiscal discipline into Congress that the markets would react positively.

What economic training leads you to believe this?

Alex said...

garage - the markets are reacting negatively to D.C. passing the buck.

garage mahal said...

Aren't spending cuts good for the economy?

Alex said...

garage obviously believes all economic growth comes from government spending.

n.n said...

Since promises of instant gratification and emotional appeals are so often the winning tactics, the various members and groups of the Tea Party can only hope for strategic victories. Unfortunately, time is not in our favor.

Fiscal responsibility and accepting responsibility for one's own life is not at all a natural behavior when redistributive change is offered as an alternative.

Alex said...

Can you teabaggers calm down? Nothing happened of consequence yet.

Original Mike said...

"You'd think with tea party flexing their muscles and finally injecting some fiscal discipline into Congress that the markets would react positively. Seems to be the opposite."

Christ, you're a dumb fuck.

garage mahal said...

LOL

Alex said...

garage - prove the causality of the debt "deal" going down to the wire and the markets being DOWN today. You would think they would love Dhingy Harry's deal no?

Alex said...

BTW, garage was asked numerous times to SHOW HIS WORK. He's too much of a dumbfuck to comply.

Calypso Facto said...

Aren't spending cuts good for the economy?

Maybe if we ever got any we could find out.

Alex said...

What spending cuts? You mean spending $8 trillion more over 10 years instead of $10 trillion? That's libRUL math.

garage mahal said...

Boehner said they got 98% of what they asked for. Paul Ryan seems happy. But not investors.

Alex said...

garage - do you seriously think investors are upset at the prospect of LESS government spending?

Dustin said...

You have to play your game right.

It's never a good idea to try to win a war when you're outnumbered and weaker.

It's true, of course, that this compromise is bad. It makes America worse. It sends us into debt even farther. It sucks.

It's better than the alternative.

And Obama isn't Clinton. Part of the reason we were able to almost balance the budget with Clinton is that he is simply a different kind of guy. Obama isn't even in charge of his political party. Not by a longshot.

By all means, rally the right to win more elections. But don't do it to the point of dividing ourselves.

Right now, I think the focus should be on winning the Senate. If we can, we also will win the presidency and solidify the House.

That's what it will take.

Scott M said...

Boehner said they got 98% of what they asked for. Paul Ryan seems happy. But not investors.

The stock market tumbled harder after June's revised unemployment numbers came out too. Investors apparently not happy with your guy's handling of things...again.

Original Mike said...

"Boehner said they got 98% of what they asked for. Paul Ryan seems happy. But not investors."

Would you invest in the Obama economy?

Curious George said...

"garage mahal said...
Boehner said they got 98% of what they asked for. Paul Ryan seems happy. But not investors."

Of course not. Because while Bohner and Ryan are happy with what they got, it's is couched in the reality of what was possible with the Dems controlling the WH and Senate. Investors know the economy sucks, and will get worse, until 2012.

Peano said...

Democrats have a three-vote majority in the Senate; 21 Democratic senators are up for re-election in 2012 -- not to mention Zero himself.

Just sip your tea and keep your powder dry. More fights lie ahead, and they'll be fought on different terms.

Calypso Facto said...

garage yesterday: If Republicans hold up the deal, it will crash the economy!

garage today: The Republicans passed the deal so it's crashing the economy!

Michael The Magnificent said...

He has a point.

Until we are running a surplus (and paying down our existing debt), fiscal conservatives are not winning.

garage mahal said...

garage - do you seriously think investors are upset at the prospect of LESS government spending?

Upset there is no hope for growth anytime soon. Lousy GDP, job losses, falling consumption, fiscal drag, and nothing will ever come out of this congress that will help that.

Original Mike said...

"Upset there is no hope for growth anytime soon. Lousy GDP, job losses, falling consumption, fiscal drag, and nothing will ever come out of this congress that will help that."

Obama is awesome!

Scott M said...

"Upset there is no hope for growth anytime soon. Lousy GDP, job losses, falling consumption, fiscal drag, and nothing will ever come out of this congress that will help that."

If only "shovel-ready" would have actually been...

Original Mike said...

Government does not create jobs, though it does have a propensity to destroy them.

I heard Chuckie Schumer today say that now Congress can get back to creating jobs. I bet that was when the market tanked. Somebody check the tick-tock.

Scott M said...

Congress could create jobs if it declared a war and instituted the draft. Then it would be able to create a LOT of jobs.

...we have always been at war with yadda yadda yadda...

garage mahal said...

Obama is awesome!

Just need deeper and more severe cuts!

Shrink = grow

Original Mike said...

"Just need deeper and more severe cuts!"

You ain't seen nothing, yet. This fight is going to go on for a very long time.

Shrink government = Grow economy

garage mahal said...

You ain't seen nothing, yet. This fight is going to go on for a very long time.

yep, and we are truly and royally fucked. Austerity in UK = almost zero growth.

Curious George said...

"Pragmatist said...
Probably the most hysterically insane nonsense I have read in a while. There are many of us who have problems with Obama. And many of us had problems with Bush. While some refered to the latter as a fascist nazi torturing wing nut bent on world domination most of us were just as appalled at that idiotic rhetoric as we are at this. It would be nice if idiots like that, both on the Right and on the Left, were just left to howl at the moon. Instead they are taken seriously and quoted and debated. I started out as a conservative but the Right has gone so far off the grid that I have been pushed to the Left."

Probably the most hysterically insane nonsense I have read in a while.

It's as idiotic as this little gem I saw on a friend of a friends Facebook page.

Political Views: Progressive, Liberal and Fiscal Conservative. Because I care about the future society being created for my children.

No surprise he's a state worker, and his profile photo is the ole union fist with some asshat "Solidarity" slogan.

Original Mike said...

Borrowing our brains out = zero growth, too.

It's quite possible we've gone over the tipping point. Perhaps are so deep in the hole, we ain't getting out no matter what we do.

Obama is awesome!

Curious George said...

garage mahal said...

yep, and we are truly and royally fucked. Austerity in UK = almost zero growth."

Their austerity program included a tax increase. Let's see, isn't raising taxes and holding the line on spending the Democratic plan?

You will never spur growth through taxation.

Scott M said...

You will never spur growth through taxation.

Wrong. You raise taxes, institute the draft, declare war on your neighbors and subjugate them. Instant growth.

garage mahal said...

Thanks for all the debt, OBAMA

Dustin said...

It is nothing short of hilarious that a democrat like garage wants to blame the GOP for anything bad happening from a deal the democrats obviously were very much in control of.

We see how far this is from Paul Ryan's plan. It's just the best we can do when democrats control the Senate and WH.

Of course the best we can do right now is pretty bad and won't recover the economy.

Before the GOP regained the house we were looking at massive increases in the deficit and Obamacare. This is not nearly that bad. It's limiting the bleeding, but without the GOP House, we'd be seeing a huge tax increase sooner, more spending, and a much higher debt ceiling.

We have to primary RINOs with winning general election candidate, and win Senate seats too. It's not easy, and we won't win them all, but we will win a lot of them. That's why the democrats are screaming about how we are nazi terrorists now.

Original Mike said...

Don't waste your links on me, garage. I'm not biting anymore.

John said...

Garage:

What spending cuts?

There are no cuts. There are no cuts in the short term. There are no cuts in the long term. There are not even any cuts in the medium term.

There is, or may be, it is all a bit iffy, a slowdown in the rate of growth.

But there are no cuts.

John Henry

Original Mike said...

I caught a fish once. I little snake of a northern. I threw him back and continued to cast into the same hole. Damned if on the 3rd or 4th cast, I caught the same damn fish. I used wonder how dumb you have to be to get caught twice in the space of a couple of minutes. But here, for months, I’ve been doing the same damn thing with garage’s bullshit links.

Don’t Be That Guy!

Dustin said...

garage's link assumes all your money you earn is the governments, so if the government doesn't take it, that's a cost. So tax cuts are a huge cost.

This despite the NYT being wrong on the result of some tax cuts (which increased revenue) and being wrong in thinking we can raise taxes and get more revenue. And being wrong in blaming Bush for Obama's tax policy (he signed the bush tax cuts, they are really the Obama tax cuts).

It gets worse, of course, blaming Bush for the war in Afghanistan's price tag and not associating Obama with any costs of war despite bombing six countries.

It's just a lie, then. But that's what you get. The hard truth is that Bush had bad deficits, and Obama has had much worse deficits even though the two worst ones came with the democrats ran 100% of the government. They blame Bush anyway.

Blame blame blame. Not leadership.

Dustin said...

"There is, or may be, it is all a bit iffy, a slowdown in the rate of growth.

But there are no cuts.

John Henry"

that's right, but Garage and his NYT source assume a rate of nearly $10 trillion in increase spending is 'not a policy change' so they claim an increase in the debt of that much = nothing. You can't blame Obama for it. If we simply spend the same next year as this one, for the next ten years, without a penny in cuts, the NYT and Garage think that is nearly a $10 trillion cut.

It's a lie. It's convenient to the politicians, left and right, to pretend this lie is the truth.

And when you know that, and hear they might give us $2.5 trillion in cuts over the next ten years, you begin to understand why so many say that is a slap in the face.

But Obama isn't to be blamed for it. No no no. Poor Obama voted present.

Dustin said...

"Just yesterday, Joe Biden called the Tea Party "terrorists."

So today, I am writing to thank you for being a patriot. I have so much respect for you. I respect the work you do day by day, year by year, to defend freedom and promote opportunity. Your dedication to our cause is saving America.

Keep it up. Don't quiet down. Your voice cannot be ignored. Demand more from Washington. Demand more from those who represent you. At the RNC, we hear you - and we want to amplify your voice in Washington.

Over the next 15 months, all conservatives need to come together and focus on the only way to really fix what's wrong with Washington: voting Obama out of office and taking back the Senate. We are ready for battle. Are you?

Usually this is the part where we ask for money. Not today. In the last 24 hours you have given America something much more important than a donation. You have helped America take a step away from servitude and a step closer to freedom. We are proud of you. You are our heroes. You are true patriots.

You are Great Americans.

God bless you.

Sincerely,

Reince Priebus"

Pretty nice. Joe Biden is a small minded little asshole, and the GOP should keep bringing up his unhinged hatred of your mom, your sister, your brother, and perhaps you too. I hope to be reminded of it for the next ten years.

Original Mike said...

"So tax cuts are a huge cost."

Well, you know what Laura D'Andrea Tyson said; "A dollar in tax cuts is a dollar taken out of the economy".

garage mahal said...

I know you clicked on it O.M.

Matt said...

Democrats were to close a tax loophole for hedge fund managers (top 25 made @$880,000,000 each last year) that would've saved the govt $20 billion over 10 yrs - But with no tax increases, all deficit reduction will hit middle & lower classes

Yes, thanks Tea Party. Thanks Right wing. I now know you don't care about the middle class in America.

Original Mike said...

I'm not that guy, no more.

Original Mike said...

Well, you said it on Friday, Matt. We all want the poor and the old to suffer.

Dustin said...

"- But with no tax increases, all deficit reduction will hit middle & lower classes"

No it won't.

Because huge deficits are the most regressive tax on earth. It's why gas and milk and beef cost so damn much. It's why the rent is too damn high.

It's taking my middle class money and making it worth half a much via quantitative easing, and then using that money to buy debt used to pay a welfare queen, put illegals on foodstamps, give healthcare to drug addicts, and run 1000 BS agencies, some of which are arming drug dealers.

No, deficit spending hits the middle and lower class much harder than the rich, who can transfer their wealth to currencies, property, minerals, etc much more easily than the person whose income mostly pays for their day to day lifestyle and needs.

The thing is that democrats want to escape accountability for their horrible spending binge since 2007, so they much prefer inflation to spending cuts.

But let there be no illusion. There is a spending problem. Taxes are already too high, not too low, and there is only so much revenue you can possibly squeeze out of this economy before the economy shrinks.

garage mahal said...

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Dustin said...

^ LOL

Nice try!

Calypso Facto said...

"Democrats were to close a tax loophole for hedge fund managers.."

The only budget proposal that contained this provision was the President's. It was rejected 97-0 in the Senate. Why is that the Republicans' fault?

Curious George said...

"Democrats were to close a tax loophole for hedge fund managers.."

The only budget proposal that contained this provision was the President's. It was rejected 97-0 in the Senate. Why is that the Republicans' fault?"

And this is not anything new...why didn't the Dems...who has majorities in COngress and the WH for two years, do nothing about this?

The Crack Emcee said...

Sunny J,

You know if you keep going to the right, you end up left...right?

That's kinda how I got to where I am, but with the trajectory reversed. All my friends think I did some overnight Republican thing, but that was just the announcement, and then facing their bullshit reactions, that produced that effect.

Otherwise, I was just doing my thing - which I now can see was always conservative - and kept going Left until I came out the other side.

Then I exhaled.

Freeman Hunt said...

Otherwise, I was just doing my thing - which I now can see was always conservative - and kept going Left until I came out the other side.

Heh. Yeah, it is kind of like that, isn't it?

"Leave me alone. Be decent to each other. Leave me alone. Be decent to each other. Leave me alone. Be decent to each other. ... Hey, how'd I end up over here? Oh well. I'm cool with it."

Original Mike said...

Not gonna happen, garage.

The Crack Emcee said...

Freeman Hunt,

Heh. Yeah, it is kind of like that, isn't it?

Yeah. Almost everything I was doing, as a Leftist, was kind of like an investigation. I already had my values, and they were unshakable, but there were all these behaviors and rituals that I knew nothing about, that always took place in dark and smoky rooms with lots of hallways off of them.

So I tried things, always going further, until I was attracted to following a speck of sunlight, and then desiring warmth. I can still remember coming out of a club at 5AM and seeing a milkman - a milkman, after all these years - and thinking, "He's going to work and I'm going to sleep: something's wrong with this picture." I started getting up early just because after that.

It was only a matter of time.

I got up at 4:30AM today.

Jay said...

garage mahal said...


They should have just stayed forever, until Walker agreed to all of their demands. That's what Teahadis do.


Actually stupid, Obama could veto the bill.

You can grasp that, right, bozo?

PS, remember when you simpletons were carrying on about the climate of hate?

Nice to see you revealing the rank hypocrisy as always, imbecile.

Jay said...

garage mahal said...

Upset there is no hope for growth anytime soon. Lousy GDP, job losses, falling consumption, fiscal drag, and nothing will ever come out of this congress that will help that.


Government spending doesn't create economic growth or jobs.

Your incoherence and stupidity are mind boggling.

Jay said...

garage mahal said...

Now that we accomplished killing hundreds of thousands of jobs and weakened growth, we can back to working on creating jobs and creating growth.


I'm glad to see you admit killing jobs was the Obama plan all along...

damikesc said...

So, uh, garage --- if Obama spent so much less than Bush --- why are his monthly deficits higher than Bush's annual deficits?

And why are the wars and tax cuts under Bush only? Obama didn't sign a bill extending the cuts? He didn't double down in Afghanistan? He didn't launch attacks on Libya?

If he can't do anything --- why is he President?

...BTW, outside of the progressive jihadists, who buys the crap you posted?

garage mahal said...

Government spending doesn't create economic growth or jobs.

I'll take what actual economists like a Roubini or a Zandi say over your shit for brain observations. Wouldn't you?

sorepaw said...

I'll take what actual economists like a Roubini or a Zandi say over your shit for brain observations.

I doubt that robotrolls come equipped with code that will enable them to tell who's an economist and who's not.

Dustin said...

I think Garage Mahal's feelings are hurt.

Poor poor guy.

He'll cherry pick whatever democrat shill under guise of economist is stupid enough to agree with him, and ignore the facts.

But oh, I think 2010 shows what's going to happen in 2012.

sorepaw said...

If the Dem-14 wanted to win at all costs, they would have not returned until their demands were met.

Had the 14 fleebaggers stayed in Illinois until their demands were met, they would still be there as we speak.

What got the collective bargaining restrictions enacted was separating them from the budget bill—so it no longer mattered whether the fleebaggers were present or not.

And if they were still in Illinois, the 14 fleebaggers would be campaigning in absentia against being recalled.

Only the most expensive robotrolls come equipped with counterfactual reasoning...

Don said...

Finally, someone who gets it.

Jay said...

garage mahal said...


I'll take what actual economists like a Roubini or a Zandi say over your shit for brain observations. Wouldn't you?


Perhaps you and your silly "economists" could provide some actual real world examples, anywhere, ever, in recorded human history where government spending has created jobs.

I look forward to this.

Thanks in advance, clown.

Synova said...

"Teahadis have proven that kidnapping the baby and extorting ransom works. Wonder what baby they will kidnap next?"

Sounds like a television show where the kidnapper is acting all tough and making demands, thinking they possess the baby.

The punch-line is always that the good guys steal the baby away without letting the kidnapper know they've got the baby safe while the kidnapper goes on attempting to threaten no to pay old people their social security checks... I mean, threaten to hurt the baby, and then the baby is revealed and all the good-guys go, "Sucker!"

Alternatively, it sounds like Al Gore crying like a baby because he wasn't as good at "stealing" an election as Bush was, no matter how hard he tried.

Really... Obama's team attempted to kidnap the baby, including making threats and demanding concessions. Success, and rather *limited* success, does not make the Republicans guilty and Obama and the Dems innocent. It just makes them losers.

garage mahal said...

I look forward to this.

You're too stupid to follow along.

He'll cherry pick whatever democrat shill under guise of economist is stupid enough to agree with him, and ignore the facts.

Roubini and Zandi Democrats? Jesus that was dumb.

Jay said...

You're too stupid to follow along.

Notice you didn't answer.

Want to take a guess as to why that is?

Shouting Thomas said...

garbage, you are a fascist fuck.

Complete lowlife.

What's your criminal record?

Share it with us, thug.

Shouting Thomas said...

garbage is engaging in an absolutely vicious tactic.

The Tea Party has never committed an act of violence.

garbage apparently is planning to commit violence. Thus, he is inventing a mythology of crime committed by the Tea Party to justify revenge attacks.

Tell us about your plans to commit violence, garbage.

Synova said...

In my experience anything that is understood can be explained to some degree by the person who understands it.

For example, as much as certain AGW defenders around here are annoying, they generally dive right in and explain what they see as the situation. Others I've run into can't get past "I listen to the right people, and you don't."

It's one thing to say, "These experts are right." But it's not enough if it ends with that. Explain and give examples. We're all reasonably bright, here. An argument with substance should be possible from someone with the least clue *why* they agree with the experts they cite, if the reason is actually more thoughtful than, "I like what they say because it affirms my preconceptions."

(Note, please, I'm not arguing that anyone who understands an issue automatically has the right conclusions. That's the realm of the left, where "truth" is so obvious there can be no honest difference of opinion, and thus anyone not thinking correctly is evil.)

Shouting Thomas said...

I still waiting, garbage.

You've imagined that your political opponents are guilty of violent crimes.

What violent crimes are you contemplating in reprisal?

There is no other explanation for this kind of behavior.

Jay said...

Hey garbage,

could you or one of your "economists" explain this related to the unemployment rate and GDP growth?

Federal spending 2007: $2.73 trillion.
Federal revenue 2007: $2.57 trillion.
Budget deficit 2007: $161 billion.

Federal spending 2011: $3.82 trillion.
Federal revenue 2011: $2.17 trillion
Budget deficit 2011: $1.65 trillion.

(2011 estimates)

I look forward to it.

Thanks in advance.

Don't Tread 2012 said...

Jay, Shouting, there is NO point in trying to reason with hard-core liberals. They are incapable of thinking for themselves, which is why they are constantly citing and looking to pols for their marching orders. What they suffer from can be summed up with 1 word:

Groupthink.

Paul Zrimsek said...

Who you gonna believe, Roubini and Zandi or your own lying eyes?