The devil made me do it.
The devil made me do it.
In a perfect world we would block funds to those states whose rank partisan Republicans voted against the stimulus package. The folks who direct the money should insure that not a penny of the stimulus money flows to districts represented by the Republicans who worked so hard to obstruct the bill. Then the districts voters - who are affected by votes against relief - will understand the real value of their representatives in congress.
Funny how the R's who screamed loudest and denounced the recovery bill will be there with their hands out.
They're trying to have their cake and eat it too. They vote against it, blabber on the Capitol steps how they were against the stimulus package....but will take recovery money.
Many of them spent their President’s Day recess at home bragging about the programs they will be delivering to their home districts:
Gov. Pawlenty (R-MN) told Rachel Maddow he would nevertheless accept funds for Minnesota: "Our view is, if you buy the pizza, it’s OK if you have a slice."
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he would gladly accept funds for his state. "You don’t want to be crazy here."
Rep. John Mica (R-FL) voted against the bill...but gushed, "I applaud President Obama’s recognition that high-speed rail should be part of America’s future."
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) insisted that the recovery bill "would have exploded our national debt without providing meaningful job growth." But then Lance toured construction sites in his district...hoping for funds that would come from the stimulus bill.
Rep. Don Young (R-AK) boasted that he "won a victory for…Alaska small business owners" in the recovery bill he refused to vote for.
And the list goes on...
Republicans to the nation: I refuse to vote for this stimulus as it will ruin the economy.
Republicans to their constituents: I have worked tirelessly to recieve money to put the great workers of our state back to work.
Come next election, Americans are going to remember the Republicans who voted against relief in the short run...who voted against recovery just so they could return to power in the long run. Power they want so they can continue to stifle relief and wreck the country further - because a nation full of desperate, hopeless people is a nation full of people who will work cheap.
Come next election voters are going to remember who sabotaged every reasonable attempt to provide relief and salvage the economy.
President Obama and the Democrats want to take action - please, I don't want to hear whether or not that action is enough or to your particular liking - while the Republicans want to do absolutely nothing but sneer and gloat and root for the President to fail.
Ex-Senator Macaca pitches the GOP to minorities.
Dang, the Republicans have moved beyond parody.
Yep, this oughta show you how desperate they are...the Republican National Hispanic Assembly had former Republican senator George Allen - a man who referred to a brown-skinned American as a genus of monkey - speak at the Capitol Hill Club on “The Future of Hispanics in the GOP.”
Everybody remembers the YouTube vid of Allen during his 2006 re-election bid, disgracing himself by calling a young man of East Indian descent "macaca"...a racial slur.
Well, now he's trying to make the case on why Republicans need to be more tolerant on immigration. The washingtonindependent.com reported some of Allen’s remarks:
"I grew up in a football family. In sports, what you have is a level playing field…you don’t care about race, all you care about is who can help you win. Team America has to have that same competitive spirit!"
People at the event also joked that Allen was an “honorary” Hispanic.
This is a guy who used to hang both a noose AND a Confederate flag in his Senate office. He's a racist pure and simple...he should be thrashed with a copy of the civil rights bill until he has a change of heart.
This is Allen translated - "If we can’t fool immigrants and minorities to vote for us the GOP will become a permanent minority. I'm not asking you to abandon your racist principles, I’m just asking you to do a better job pretending you aren’t racist. We have to pander and lie to them to get their vote because they can help us win...then we can continue to support policies that aren’t in their best interests."
Hey, it worked with J.C. Watts...until he got a clue.
Ever notice how the GOP puts their tokens front and center to give the illusion they have more minorities in their camp than they actually do? Powell, Rice, and now RNC Chairman Steele...it’s doubtful they would have gotten nearly the exposure they did had they been white.
Meanwhile, the GOP makes up and spreads stories of widespread voter fraud...trying to disenfranchise minorities.
The R's clearly showed their views on tolerance and inclusiveness throughout the primary and presidential campaign. Remember how Sarah Palin kept asking where is real America? Code for mostly white small towns?
So, trying to switch horses now, just to stop the Republican train from speeding off the cliff, is blatant hypocrisy.
And having George Allen make the appeal is another Saturday Night Live skit in the making.
She's just not very good at it.
Sarah Palin is the crack cocaine of political junkies...we want to ignore her, but we just can't. Thank goodness that she's a gift that keeps on giving to Democrats.
Michael Leahy of the Washington Post notices this little embarrassment:"Back Home in Alaska, Palin Finds Cold Comfort...Scrutiny Has Been Intense Since Election
JUNEAU, Alaska -- A couple of weeks before the Alaska legislature began this year's session, a bipartisan group of state senators on a retreat a few hours from here invited Gov. Sarah Palin to join them. Accompanied by a retinue of advisers, she took a seat at one end of a conference table and listened passively as Gary Stevens, the president of the Alaska Senate, a former college history professor and a low-key Republican with a reputation for congeniality, expressed delight at her presence.
Would the governor, a smiling Stevens asked, like to share some of her plans and proposals for the coming legislative session?
Palin looked around the room and paused, according to several senators present. "I feel like you guys are always trying to put me on the spot," she said finally, as the room became silent.[..]"
Well goshdarn it...those nasty "gotcha" questions again! "What are your plans for the coming legislative session?" What a sneaky way to put a poor, simple housewife on the spot...just 'cause she's the Governor and all.
Geeze, Sarah. It's not like he asked you what magazines and newspapers you read.
Maybe the pounding she took on the national stage really spooked her if she thinks her own party is now out to get her.
Or are things going on behind closed door in the Republican party in Alaska that would make Sarah a little uneasy?
And, oopsie...seems that Budget Watchdog Palin just got caught not paying certain taxes...she rips off the Alaskan taxpayers by working in her jammies from home and billing them as if she were on the road.
Now, if she were an Obama appointee, she would be toast. Surely it's not OK just because she's a Republican. Surely not....
"Palin owes tax on per diem, state says"
From Anchorage Daily News: "Gov. Sarah Palin must pay income taxes on thousands of dollars in expense money she received while living at her Wasilla home, under a new determination by state officials.
The governor's office wouldn't say this week how much she owes in back taxes for meal money, or whether she intends to continue to receive the per diem allowance. As of December, she was still charging the state for meals and incidentals....
....The Washington Post published a story in mid-September that said she had charged the state almost $17,000 for meals and incidentals while staying in her own home. [..]"
The Rove-McCain campaign's selection of Palin for the VP slot was, for Palin, getting something for nothing. Now that she has tasted getting something for nothing, she wants more of it.
If the wingnuts actually get their way and nominate her for prez in 2012, it'll be a sign that the GOP money wing has left the building and the snake-handlers are now in charge.
Sorry, this post has little to do with that header...it just makes me giggle...
Seriously, the header should really be about Democrats losing the message war on the stimulus package...and how the success or failure of the stimulus could make or break Obama’s first term.
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece about what they’re calling Rahm Emanuel’s "wide ranging interview with reporters."
[...] Mr. Emanuel owned up to one mistake: message. What he called the outside game slipped away from the White House last week, when the president and others stressed bipartisanship rather than job creation as they moved toward passing the measure. …
They got that right. While Republicans latched on to the term "spending bill" and spun it into the ground, the White House was stuck with the "bipartisanship" talking point. Obama and the Dems seemed too concerned with getting Republican votes for the stimulus.
But then, Obama couldn't very well railroad the bill through and just hope for the best. At least now the lines are clear - the Republicans were more interested in obstructing for political reasons than for their principles. No matter what they say...it was plain to see.
Also...it's not a given that all Dems will fall in line...
With Judd Gregg pulling his name from Commerce (thank goodness), maybe Democrats can now sober up to the fact that bipartisanship is good in theory, but you just can't ignore your principles. That’s especially true when only one side is trying, while the other side simply plays charades.
I still admire Obama’s platform of bringing people together...I just hope it's not his first priority. He needs to concentrate on promoting the progressive agenda, for which he was elected...but that's never been an Obama strong suit.
Many on the left are still trying to come to grips with Obama the politician in action...as opposed to the idealized candidate they voted for.
There's little in Obama’s history to show a hard core Democratic partisan...he usually tries to compromise rather than go down fighting for ideological principle.
We lefties need to wake up to this harsh reality.
"President Obama, getting very tough now, has imposed a $500,000 salary cap for executives getting federal bailout money. And, listen to this: Now on weekends, they can only play miniature golf. No more 18 holes." --Jay Leno
"See, the whole theory behind this salary cap is if you're not performing well, and you're taking taxpayer money, then that should be reflected in lower wages. Of course, under that criteria, everybody in Congress should get like, what, 2 bucks an hour?" --Jay Leno
"The rest of the country might not know this: Today is Furlough Friday here in California. Furlough Friday, where 200,000 -- the state is so broke, 200,000 workers are asked to stay home without pay as a cash-saving measure. This is what I love about California: They make it sound like it's fun. Oh, Furlough Friday. What's the next big holiday, Selling-Your-Blood-For-Money Saturday?" --Jay Leno
"It looks like more than 13,000 people were caught up in that Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. You know what a Ponzi scheme is? That's where you throw good money after bad, or as the government calls it, a stimulus package. But very similar." --Jay Leno
"People are sick and tired of the cold weather. Here's how cold it was today in Washington, D.C. Vice President Joe Biden put his foot in his mouth just to keep it warm." --David Letterman
"Monday is the Westminster Kennel Club's 133rd Annual Dog Show. As you know, these just aren't regular dogs. These dogs are scrutinized and gone over, literally, with a fine-tooth comb. And they're judged, here's how they're judged: appearance, of course, appearance. Silky coat, silky coat. Firm hindquarters, firm hindquarters. It's also how John McCain chose his runnimg mate." --David Letterman
"So every dog is groomed, blow-dried and flea-dipped. You know, it's the same thing they did to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for the impeachment trial." --David Letterman
"President Brack Obama has relaxed the White House dress code. He's the first president to do that since Bill Clinton, who, of course, established 'Pants-Free Friday.'" --David Letterman
"They're giving a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys this year. The Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Aretha Franklin's hat." --David Letterman
"On Friday, the Senate agreed to an economic stimulus package of at least $780 billion, which I know sounds like a lot of money, but, remember, that's in American dollars." --Seth Meyers
"After two of his top Cabinet nominees withdrew their bids on Tuesday because of their failure to pay back taxes, President Obama said, 'This was a mistake; I screwed up.' That was your mistake? I don't know if you remember, but the last guy broke the world [on screen: photo of George W. Bush]." --Seth Meyers
"At a Groundhog Day ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo on Monday, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg was bitten on the finger by a groundhog, which means six more weeks of winter for us, and six pounds of fresh groundhog meat for the zoo's lions." --Seth Meyers
"Hi everyone, I'm Jimmy. I'm your late-night stimulus package. ... Word out of the Senate tonight is that a deal has been reached on a $780 billion stimulus package. It's said to include a mixture of tax cuts, infrastructure spending, health-care stipends, and ponies for everyone in America." --Jimmy Kimmel
Republicans are driving me crazy...no, not Margot Kidder hidin' in the bushes crazy...just yellin' at the TV crazy.
"Senate Debates $780 Billion Stimulus Deal"
The latest cuts from the stimulus package = Head Start, Child Nutrition, Food Stamps, Public Transit...aarrgghh!
Republicans have stalled until they got the best bill they think will actually FAIL to stimulate the economy...all at the nation's expense. The majority of this nation is being blackmailed for political gain.
Their economics come from multi-millionaires and billionaires...who will never worry about losing their jobs or their homes. After eight tears of wrecking America they are still not done yet...they won't be happy until the ultra rich and the working poor are the only classes left in the US.
They say funds for food stamps, education and unemployment insurance are “wasteful?
Why wouldn't they want to help the poor people who actually SPEND the money??
Republican proposals for more tax breaks are just giving gifts to the already over-gifted...their idea of "Country First." Tax cuts for the wealthy. The bill contains tax cuts...lots and lots of tax cuts. But those tax cuts provide LESS stimulus than government spending on things like food stamps and extending unemployment benefits.
Republicans want to cut food stamps because they don't think they're stimulus. But for every dollar spent in food stamps we get $1.73 back in stimulus spending...guaranteed. For every dollar spent on funding unemployment benefits we get $1.64 back in stimulus spending. See this:
"Extending unemployment insurance and expanding food stamps are the most effective ways to prime the economy's pump. A $1 increase in UI benefits generates an estimated $1.64 in near-term GDP; increasing food stamp payments by $1 boosts GDP by $1.73 (see table). People who receive these benefits are very hard-pressed and will spend any financial aid they receive within a few weeks. These programs are also already operating, and a benefit increase can be quickly delivered to recipients."
And this really got my goat - Republicans mocking Beekeepers Ins. - which they already voted to pass twice before in the last congress. It's actually livestock Ins. But there they stood on the senate floor laughing about it, without a clue how silly they looked...because they had voted for it twice before.
Sen. Diapers Vitter said, "Stimulus bill is just a spending bill." Well duh! That gave President Obama a laugh, which you'll see in the video below.
Here's Rachel Maddow's spot-on comments about Republican bullpucky:
I heard an economic expert on TV say that spending that is not stimulus is like cash that is not money. Spending IS stimulus, period...any spending will generate jobs.
It is that simple.
I had to giggle at the sight of Dick Cheney at President Obama's inauguration...sitting there in that wheelchair, looking like a dead ringer for Mr. Potter the evil banker in "It's a Wonderful Life"...or maybe Dr. Strangelove...
Also I'd bet good money that he didn't really need that wheelchair...I'm not the only one who thinks it was just his silly way of thumbing his nose at the new administration. Ah well, at least he wore dress-up clothes instead of a parka.
And now he's back in the news, trying to do what he does best - scare Americans.
Read about it here in in his interview with Politico.com:
Cheney attacks President Obama's policies - the plan to close Gitmo amid complaints about human rights - and warns that there's a "high probability" that we face "a 9/11-type event where the terrorists are armed with something much more dangerous than an airline ticket and a box cutter - a nuclear weapon or a biological agent of some kind" targeting a major city. Boo!
He came on acting all like if you knew everything that he knows, and when the secret documents are released, we'll see how "enhanced interrogation techniques" (waterboarding torture) actually prevented a terror attack. Boo!
Well say, Dick...is this more of a defense of your policies or some sort of information or intelligence that you have? Do you know something you're not telling the new administration? Should we try to waterboard it out of you?
Other former administration officials like Condi Rice and Sec. of Def. Gates have the same information as this political thug, yet they agree with the Obama administration's decision to close Guantanamo.
And most people think that because we now are on constant alert and have better communications, a better window into what terrorists are doing, that maybe the bigger threat is from some random lone attacker in America. Or attacks on our interests overseas. But Cheney says, based on his intelligence, he knows more than anyone.
Funny how a guy whose administration couldn't figure out the meaning of the presidential daily briefing - "Bin Laden Determined to Strike at US" - can now see the future so clearly.
Because, hey, Cheney *knows*. He *knew* Atta met with Iraqi Intel in Prague...he *knew* there were WMD in Iraq...etc. etc.
Cheney is always wrong when he blathers on about national security issues...so I guess this latest warning is a good sign.
The claim that Bush & Co. kept us safe because we haven't been attacked since 9/11 is bogus. What about how President Clinton kept us safe from terrorism? The dust had barely settled after the first World Trade Center bombing when, just six weeks after he took office, Bill Clinton tracked down, tried and jailed the bombers. For eight years there were no further terrorist attacks on US soil...until nine months after Bush took office.
The important fact is that we WERE attacked on the Bush/Cheney watch, and that they had been given plenty of warnings. They failed right off the bat and no amount of torture and war will ever redeem them.
Plus, if Bush/Cheney had gone after Bin Laden in Afghanistan, rather than going into Iraq, then maybe this wouldn't be much of an issue. Most of the big bad guys would be dead and we wouldn't have to worry about them now.
But no, the Iraq war bred more terrorists than Al Qaeda could've ever dreamed for.
Go away Darth Vader Dick, you've done quite enough damage to this country already.
I prefer to trust and listen to our smart, rational new President.
"Welcome to “The Tonight Show.” You sound happier than Barack Obama when he found out Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton both paid their taxes.
I think Barack Obama is a genius. I think this is part of the plan. Do you ever notice when Barack Obama nominates someone, the first thing they do is pay their taxes? He’s found a way to pay off the deficit. Nominate every single person in the country one at a time, until they pay off the deficit.
As you know, Tom Daschle withdrew his name to be in Obama’s cabinet, due to IRS problems. Yeah, he said, “I will not be a distraction.” See, distraction is Washington talk for, “Uh-oh, there’s a lot more crap you don’t know about yet.”
Wasn’t it just a couple months ago, these people were making fun of Joe the plumber for not paying his taxes?
Daschle says that his problems with the IRS were unintentional. Well, of course they were unintentional. He never intended to get caught.
I guess the Democrats think IRS means, “I’m really sorry.”
And you know that woman here in California who just had the eight kids and has six more at home?” Well, today, Tom Daschle proposed to her. He’s not in love, he just needs the deductions. “Please marry me, please!”
The White House issued a statement today saying that the reason their nominees are having such trouble is that the new White House has set the bar very high. See, that shows you what’s wrong with politics in this country. That’s what the government considers setting the bar high, having to pay taxes like everybody else in America.
And today, President Obama announced a salary cap of $500,000 for executives at banks and companies that have received taxpayer bailout money. And you know — it is good. But I’ll tell you something, you can tell a lot of these CEOs don’t get it. They said, “Well, that’s $500,000 a month, right?”
And Wells Fargo, who got almost $25 billion in bailout money, has canceled a pricey 12-day corporate trip to Las Vegas. And I think they learned their lesson, because they really scaled things back. They’re not doing Vegas anymore. Now, it’s a one-day pie eating contest in Laughlin.
And Citigroup, who received a huge bailout from the government, owns the naming rights to the New York Mets’ new stadium. It is currently called Citi Field, but because of Barack Obama’s crackdown on the Federal bailout money, Citigroup will legally have to change the name of the stadium to Money Grubbing Bastards Field.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently said that every month that we do not have an economic recovery package, “500 million Americans lose their jobs.” I think the Botox is starting to seep into her brain.
And the US Postal Service says they may cut postal service from six days to five days a week. They say they’re losing money because people aren’t using the postal service as much as they used to. If you’d like to complain, you can e-mail the complaint to uspostalservice.com.
The new US energy secretary predicts agriculture in California will disappear in this century because of global warming. He said people in California will no longer grow crops, except those who are growing them in their basements, attics, and garages.
Just vote for the dang thing...then sit down and shut up...
I’m ignoring those who bleat that President Obama is going to fail. Far from it. I believe that a stimulus package not vastly different from the one he proposed will pass the Senate next week. Not bad for three weeks work.
Yes, you just watch - the stimulus bill will pass. It might not look like what Obama started with, but think about this - maybe it looks like something he probably meant to end up with. Maybe he just loaded it up with some crap he didn’t really want...just so the Republicans could bitch, so that dropping that stuff counts as a "compromise."
Because if he started off with a bill he’s not willing to compromise on, that would mean he didn’t have the foresight to bring some bargaining chips to the table. I trust his political savvy and think he's playing it smart.
If Obama had just steamrolled them, the public would have been subjected to four years of whining about it...and it might effect the next election.
People have to be shown, in a crystal-clear manner, that Republicans would throw the country in the dumpster for political gain.
So remember that while you're bitching about him letting the Republican Party have too much say about how to save the economy. Besides, would anyone in their right mind seek advice from the ones who broke the economy?
If Republican tax cuts are good for the economy, we would be riding the gravy train rather than being thrown under it.
So let the Republicans pull their stale old BS and turn everything into nitpicking over details...all the while more jobs are being slashed every day and the recession grows worse minute by minute.
Anyway, the bill is supposed to be “temporary” and “targeted.” We need government spending to stimulate demand...why not immediately start to spend it on infrastructure and alternative energy? If they don't whittle out the pork before they sign it, they can do so as they go along.
With a stimulus package of this size, there's bound to be a little wasteful spending. There’s no way we can spend $800 to $900 billion quickly without a little waste...it comes with the territory. This is an emergency...the normal rules don't apply.
BTW--why can't Democrats have stronger Senate leaders? Neither Daschle nor Reid have had the requisite cojones to stand up to the bleating Republicans.
Remember that press conference when President Bush couldn’t think of a single mistake he had made? Well, there’s a new sheriff in town. President Obama told NBC’s Brian Williams ‘I screwed up,’ after Tom Daschle withdrew his name as nominee to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.
CNN) -- The White House insists that it was entirely former Sen. Tom Daschle's decision to withdraw his nomination, but some observers say he didn't have a choice.
Despite the controversy over his tax records and his work in a field that some consider lobbying, Daschle was expected to be confirmed. [..]"
Well, I must say I'm relieved that Daschle withdrew his nomination. Everybody says he's a great guy, but he just seemed to be too much 'in the pocket' of the health care industry...also his wife's connections to the HMOs. Defending Daschle's mistakes was not a battle worth fighting.
If Daschle would be so brilliant with healthcare, put him somewhere in the department not needing confirmation... in a not-so-public position. He can still help get healthcare reform through.
There must be qualified healthcare reformers who can lead HHS...who have no distracting issues. Why give Republicans a hammer to bash healthcare reform.
We need to find someone who actually has a medical degree, has worked in the health care field and knows first hand what needs fixing.
Former DNC chairman Howard Dean for example...he was, after all, a doctor and a successful governor who pushed healthcare reform through his legislature. He knows the evils of insurance better than most people.
But I doubt Rahm Emanuel would welcome Dean with open arms...there may be friction there. Dean is known as a maverick.
But hey, if Obama can appoint Republicans Gates and Gregg to cabinet positions, there shouldn't be any reason not to appoint Dean. Personally, I trust the guy...and he doesn't have the mountain of lobbyist baggage Daschle was carrying.
I'm not happy about Geithner either - a Treasury Secretary with tax problems in charge of the IRS? - like that's who we need to handle our finances in these dark economic times.
Here's what bugs me - the Obama team sent out a 66-page job application for these people that laid down the law pretty squarely. And yet Richardson, Daschle, Geithner and Nancy Kellifer all got to the point where it was the press, not the administration, who found them out.
Dang, it seems that Democrats come pre-wired for self-destruction.
I guess it's tough to find a clean politician or government official in Washington, D.C. I have to comfort myself with remembering that corruption and incompetence are always there...you have to consider the depth of it, and the true test is what you do when you uncover it.
Yep, American Express looks for patterns on how you spend your money and if they don't like where you shop, they will lower your credit limit accordingly. Without you missing a payment or anything. Like if you shop at "certain merchants" - say Wal-Mart - it must mean you're poor, so you pose a higher risk.
They call it a "risk management" technique, and to them it's the most sensible way of trying to weed out bad credit risks...but it's really snobbish discrimination against those who shop at places like Wal-Mart and K-Mart.
And now American Express has decided to hunker down and simply lie about doing this. Read the following news accounts and judge for yourself...
From the newyorktimes.com: "[..] Kevin D. Johnson, a 29-year-old Atlanta resident who runs a marketing and communications firm, received a letter from American Express last October saying that his credit limit was being lowered. One reason was that other customers who had used their cards at places where he had shopped were late in paying their bills.[..]"
Here's what American Express told the Atlanta Journal Constitution about this last December:
“We’re just doing this to manage risk,” said Lisa A. Gonzalez, an American Express spokeswoman. She declined to say which retailers or mortgage companies are associated with consumers with higher default rates. She said it makes sense to examine these factors because “customers who have loans outstanding with certain lenders or customers who make transactions with certain merchants tend to have a higher proportion of credit issues or a higher probability of default.”
And this is what they told the New York Times this week:
“The letters were wrong to imply we were looking at specific merchants,” said Susan Korchak, a company spokeswoman....Now, the company says that there never was such a list. So what about the language in its letters to cardholders, which calls out particular “establishments” where cardholders had shopped, I asked. Well, apparently that was all just a big misunderstanding, despite the number of people who must have been in on drafting the notes in the first place.[..]"
So...it was okay to monitor your transactions with "certain merchants" a month ago, it was a legitimate way of managing risk; but this month they're telling a different story, that they were never doing it in the first place. Yeah, you betcha.
And if you get pissed and cancel your card - don't forget, if you stop using a card it might be bad for your credit if you've had the card for a long time. Check your contract to make sure you won't have to pay a penalty for not using the card...and if you don't, then just let that sucker sit idle. I'd go out and make tiny transactions like $.50 of gas...which will cost more to process than they collect in fees from the merchant. But that's just me...vengeful.
But what do they care? The credit card industry is sitting pretty right now. Thanks to the rewritten bankruptcy law, they'll eventually get their money...with interest piling up in the meantime. Their customers will be stuck for a while until they make the transition to all-cash consumption.
That's how we should be living folks...paying cash. If we don't have the money for it, don't buy it. Save up for it. It worked well for our ancestors...they only borrowed money to buy a house or a car.
Look what living on credit, shuffling paper and plastic around from company to bank to company has gotten this country...
I refuse to be one of those poor schnooks on the treadmill of perpetual debt. I use my Mastercard because it's quick and convenient, but I pay it off every month, they've never made one penny interest from me. I would wonder why they keep me, but I read that they make a little money from the merchants.
For days I've been reading about how the rabid righties are frothing at the mouth about President Obama "picking a fight" with wimgnut radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Of course, those reports are wildly exaggerated. Last week when Obama was speaking to Republican lawmakers behind closed doors, he said in private, "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done." The message was simply that you can listen to partisan blowhards all you want, but it's time for serious lawmakers to put away childish things and focus on working together to do what's best for the country.
That's not picking a fight; that's just good advice.
In case you just woke from a coma, read about it here:
Anyway, it's beneath the dignity of the leader of the free world to engage in a 'fight' with a right-wing blowhard who's never held public office...sounds to me more like a slap at dittohead Republicans than at Limbaugh.
That said, if righties want to pretend Obama is mixing it up with Limbaugh, good. It makes Limbaugh the de facto leader of the Republican party, Obama can only gain by the implication that he is Limbaugh's polar opposite...contrary to what some may think, criticizing Limbaugh isn't going to lose Obama the support of anyone who doesn't already oppose him anyway.
Neo-conservatives really have no clue just how irrelevant they're becoming, do they?
Rush Limbaugh has a large audience of neo-con followers, yes...but those who think that he wields vast electoral power ought to remember how he invested quite a bit of energy and air time criticizing John McCain, imploring GOP voters not to give him the party's presidential nomination. How'd that work out?
Democrats have a hilariously good strategy--make Limbaugh the face of the GOP. Because he's about due for another breakdown, a drug relapse, or another Caribbean sex tour...just in time for the '10 elections...
If the Dems consistently put out the line that the GOP is in thrall to Rush Limbaugh, some Republicans, especially those with tight races, will feel pressure to show that they are independent of Limbaugh.
It's odd that the Republicans and their media lapdogs are playing up the Rush story. He's a danger to all Republicans who want to be seen as reasonable...and yet he doesn't even have enough influence to affect a Republican primary. Remember when he urged everyone to vote for Hillary?
If they judge Rush on what he builds rather than what he destroys, he's rather harmless.
Limbaugh has been around for a long time, helped the conservative movement gain the clout it did in the 1990's...but that was then and this is now. Obama and the Democrats are very wise in portraying an aging loudmouth extremist as the face of the "new" Republican Party.
It reminds the American public that Rush, and therefore the GOP, are wedded to the past, whereas Obama and the Democrats signify the future.
Rush is just a commodity now - his bluster is stale, he preaches to the choir and, increasingly, ONLY to the choir. And now that he has publicly proclaimed that he wants Obama to fail, those who follow his marching orders will appear to want our entire nation to fail. We'll see who wins this war...
If Rush had an ounce of guts, he'd actually run for office just to see how wide is his political support.
It's probably a mile wide and an inch deep.