Posted 4 months ago on Dec. 31, 2012, 1:03 p.m. EST by WSmith
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Sufferers of amnesia and the "Both Parties are the SAME" ailments have yet another chance to safeguard against delusion: Bookmark and Remember the saboteuring role RepubliCons are playing in this "Fiscal Cliff"~Debt Ceiling~(and now) Sequester sequel to the GOP Hostage Crisis Series Day Number 1508!! They could not care less what harm they do to the country or its people in their Cult Worship for the Greed-Addled few in the 1%. This time, don't forget and/or miss the RepubliCon malfeasance and sabotage ever again!!
THIS IS CLASS WAR, WAGED BY THE 1%, AND WE ARE OBLIVIOUS AND LOSING!!!
RepubliCons ~ having been outed as the servants of Greed even to the least aware ~ are doubling-down on ignoring the 99% to hold out for all the tax breaks, public service cuts and any government sabotage they can muster for their beloved rich. With their ratings in the toilet, they have nothing to lose!!
Why tax the rich: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=S6ZsXrzF8Cc#!
Yet, bills have to be paid, taxes need to be collected, that's how nations work, and that's the extent of their cliff and debts. Cons just want to sabotage. The GOP Fiscal Hostage Crisis.
Blatant GOP Criminality and Sabotage Mildly Averted with last second "deals" and ignored by flaccid MSM.
Let's make this the RepubliCon death knell, and be done with their America and democracy hating asses!! Something to really celebrate a New Year and a New Beginning for.
The Resumption of Progress!!
8 Huge Corporate Handouts in the Fiscal Cliff Bill (see below)
It appears that the Republicans simply won't pass anything. Boner wants to keep his Speaker's gavel, so a deal is out of the question. If you thought the Dems were going to go for chained CPI that has been ruled out as Republicans offered that as a 'compromise' they could live with. Grandma can't, but they don't care. http://www.prairie2.com/ at Sunday, December 30, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
3-D Ludus latrunculorum (see footnote)
Initial unemployment claims dropped to a five year low last week, but save the champagne for New Years. Holiday weeks always end up being adjusted, usually upward when the disruption is straightened out. It is good news anyway since it didn't actually skyrocket upward as the right had predicted would be the result of the fiscal 'cliff' panic. The Republicans seem oddly concerned about the cuts to government spending that will kick in, with Boner narrowly squeezing through a bill that put off the cuts for a month. You would think they'd see any cuts as a good thing as it is their stated philosophy, but they're predicting the collapse of Western Civilization instead.
In another of his 3-D chess moves, Obama had his Treasury Sec announce unexpectedly that the debt ceiling has already been reached. They had put out that it wasn't coming until March based on juggling the government's books. The Republicans had refused Obama's request to end the unconstitutional limit on borrowing to pay for expenditures. Expenditures that the very same Congress has already mandated by law. It appears that he is simply going to call their bluff now, rather than allow them another go round in the Spring. He may choose to simply defy the weakened and foolish looking Republicans and let them sue him over the 14th amendment's requirement that Federal debts be paid, period. That's if they have the cōleī. (latin profanity)
Incredibly, the Republicans view of the negotiations is to sit and wait for the Senate Democrats to send them a bill that they like. They say that they won't write a bill of their own, that's another lie of course. Boner put out a bill, the fabulous Plan B, but couldn't find enough votes with the tea baggers against it. The House could vote on the Senate bill they keep insisting doesn't exist. He had planned to vote that down at the same time as his Plan B was voted in, but the Senate bill being reasonable might pass, so that vote won't happen.
So it appears likely that we will go off the 'cliff', at least briefly. It's possible that Boner will pass the Senate bill in the final hours of the year, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Most likely he will only allow anything to happen after his own re-election as Speaker. If he does it before, they will all gather for the symbolic 'dagger in the back' caucus, and make Cantor the new Speaker. (et tu Cantor?) So the dirty work of raising taxes on the rich will be done by Boner and he gets to keep the laurel wreath, at least until they can find some other excuse to perforate his toga.
Footnote - From the Wikipedia: Ludus latrunculorum, latrunculi, or simply latrones (“the game of brigands”, from latrunculus, diminutive of latro, mercenary or highwayman) is a strategy board game played by the ancient Greeks and Romans. It is said to resemble chess or draughts, but is generally accepted to be a game of military tactics. http://www.prairie2.com/
Saturday, January 5, 2013
It makes me nuts
There are 'liberal' economists and otherwise smart people going around saying that the Fiscal Cliff victory was really a failure because it made the Bush tax cuts permanent. Some of these people must be Koch brothers plants and the rest who fall for this 'logic' are not as smart as their media image would suggest.
To begin with you're only talking about the sliver between the 250,000 Obama campaigned on and the 400,000 number that passed. Sure these people get to keep as much as an extra $4500 a year that they should pay in taxes. Most people in that bracket are at the lower end and don't see much advantage at all. It cuts $20 billion a year from revenue, that's not really going to matter. We have bigger fish to fry.
It made the Bush tax cut permanent? They didn't amend the Constitution.
Republicans got nothing they wanted. Zip, zero, nada. Sure they had to give out some pork that amounts to a few ham sandwiches at the church picnic compared to the budget. Yes they went to some really bad people, but we got our sausage.
The really big win is that Obama looks good, the Democrats look good and the economy isn't harmed one bit. The Republicans look stupider every day in the eyes of people who were inclined to think they were the smart guys in the room.
We won this, it gives us huge momentum for the next battle. We will need that advantage to get the real reform we need and to get more Progressives elected. The 2014 campaign is only a year away. at Saturday, January 05, 2013 0 comments http://www.prairie2.com/