According to Ben Franklin the turkey is a “respectable” bird. We’ll ignore the sage Dr. Franklin to take note of some people “turkeys”.
There are a lot of “turkeys” out there to guffaw at:
First up is Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post. In a laughable attempt to defend Obama, Marcus sinks him. Somehow, Marcus does not remember Obama’s oft repeated words/promises not to raise taxes on the poor or middle class. Marcus, to defend Obama, unwittingly calls him a liar by calling the entire health care mandate “a tax”:
Which brings us to the alternative source of congressional authority, the “Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises.”
The individual mandate is to be administered through the tax code: On their forms, taxpayers will have to submit evidence of adequate insurance or, unless they qualify for a hardship exemption, pay a penalty.
Obama lovers are busy defending Obama against the “tax and spend” line of attack. Obama lover Ruth Marcus just shouted “tax and spend Obama” – and she thought she was defending Obama. Ruth Marcus is a turkey today.
The DailyKooks are turkeys too. One of Obama’s strongest supporters amongst the Kooks is weeping.
But, it increasingly seems that you have decided that your “change” will be confined to eliminating the strangle hold that the Bush White House exercised over all branches of government.
You have stood back and let the bought and paid for Senate devise legislation that effects no real change in the health care system except around the edges.
You have allowed the financial industry to continue the very practices that drove the economy into chaos. You have filled your Cabinet with the very people who were instrumental in laying the ground work for the disaster, and given them free hand to prop up and protect the banks with no increase in regulation or protection for the system.
You allow the struggling Harry Reid to try to whip the Joe Liberman’s and Ben Nelson’s into line without any public effort to back him up.
Now, it looks as though you are going to accept the advise of General McCrystal, the man instrumental in the Pat Tillman cover up, to dictate Afghanistan policy.
Nothing is changing except the Disaster of the Day.
Yes, yes. I know that you have restored the image of America around the world. But really, Sir, was that going to be so hard after 8 years of Bush/Cheney? Just getting them out of office was going to spread a warm fuzzy feeling across the planet. Anyone could have done that.
I know it’s popular for those of us who supported you to list the many small changes you have shepherded. But in the big things, Sir, health care, climate change, using the stimulus package to improve infrastructure and generate jobs, forestall the foreclosure crisis, and address renewable energy, you have done little.
Where are those fine rhetorical skills, now? Why are you not devoting a great deal more time to explaining to us what you are doing. Transparency has become the cash word, of late. But, little real transparency can occur without a careful and full disclosure of not only high sounding phrases of “hope” for the future, but of a discussion of the issues, led by you.
I’m an old woman, Mr. President. And, after decades of disappointment, and frustration at the willful greed and blatant ignorance of the Beltway Bovines, I dared to think that you might actually offer leadership. Leadership by drafting the rough outlines of what you wanted in legislation rather than letting the high school clique that inhabits Capitol Hill play their mindless games while we, out here, fall over a cliff. Leadership in a little serious arm twisting to get the Democrats to fall in line. Leadership in by passing the mindset of the military and getting us out of Iraq and Afganistan.
Instead, Sir, I see the same old game, played in the same old way, with only the faces changing.
Age, it is clear, does not always translate into wisdom. Instead of leading the young into the wisdom of experience, that “diarist” enabled the flim-flam of the Chicago con. Hillary Clinton told the truth and did not deceive, but was lambasted by the Kooks.
The comments in that “diary” alone are filled with weeping and gnashing of teeth, along with more excuses for the false prophet from Corrupt Chicago.
One of the major defenses, repeated over and over, is the ‘we’ve never gotten this far before’ on health care. Larry O’Donnell, of late one of the biggest of Obama enablers, exposes the falseness of that defense. O’Donnell also unwittingly devastates the defunct Ted Kennedy for his role in the failure of true health care reform when Hillary was in charge. Here’s O’Donnell speaking in non-turkey:
Ted Kennedy loaded the Hillary health care effort with amendments he himself was forced to vote against and reject on the Senate floor. Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton with less votes available to them bought down the debt and eliminated the deficit. Congress did not dare defy Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton with 43 Republican senators got as far as the Senate floor. So much for “never before” arguments. “Never before” – except in 1994.
Even turkey Politico mocks and dents the “never before”, “unprecedented” argument.
The Obama White House is addicted to the “unprecedented.”
Perhaps it was a sign when President Barack Obama sat down in January to record his first weekly address and announced: “We begin this year and this administration in the midst of an unprecedented crisis that calls for unprecedented action.”
What has followed is declaration after declaration of “unprecedented” milestones. Some of them are legitimate firsts, like the president’s online town hall at the White House in May.
But others the president wins merely on a technicality, and several clearly already have precedent.
“Unprecedented” corruption and flim-flammery is what is going on. As bad as the Kooks, Josh Marshall’s piano players in the whorehouse are turkeys too.
I do not know a single person who is not disappointed by Obama’s first year in office. And the people I know represent Obama’s base. Pretty much all of them supported him in the primaries. They worked like dogs during the general. And they took buses, cars and planes to be at his inauguration.
Today much of their enthusiasm is gone.
And the reason for their disappointment is that they wanted a fighter, someone who would implement campaign promises (at least the ones a President can do unilaterally like gays in the military) and challenge the right’s lies. Instead they have a conciliator.
They wanted a “fighter”? Nonsense, they wanted a pet who would perform for them. We know who the fighter is – Hillary Clinton.
While the Kooks, former peaceniks who attacked “war-monger Hillary” today attack anyone who is against the Afghanistan “surge” (months in the consideration with great ostentation) some Dud turkeys are upset over landmines. Oh how they berated Hillary on the landmine issue! Now the Duds are weepy.
The Obama Administration announced late today that it will not sign an international convention banning land mines but would send observers to a review conference on the treaty in Cartagena, Colombia. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Tuesday that the Administration recently completed a review and had decided not to change the Bush-era policy.
Former Obama turkeys are now grousing. The old “Hope” poster is now on T-shirts in a tattered, faded version with the tagline “Hope Is Fading Fast“. Turkeys!
The former Obama turkeys, strung out on Hopium now call him “Emperor Obama” and list the many ways Obama is the Third Bush Term:
The World’s Got Problems has been careful to document the many ways in which the Obama administration has maintained continuity with its disgraced predecessor.
Hillary hater and Obama lover Howard Dean is now clucking at the Huff n’ Puff Obama enabler website in pessimistic clucks:
One of the leading progressive champions of health care reform is pessimistic about the state of the debate in the Senate, saying he sees virtually no path to passing strong legislation and predicting potential congressional losses for Democrats as a consequence.
Former DNC Chair Howard Dean told the Huffington Post on Monday that Senate Democratic leadership was “in deep trouble” on health care, even after Majority Leader Harry Reid cobbled together over the weekend the 60 votes needed to get legislation to the floor. The problem was as much about politics as policy.
“I think if you passed the Senate bill tomorrow it would be OK. But then the problem is they don’t have any defense for their members in 2010,” Dean said, noting that the public option would not become operational until 2014. “On the other hand, if they drop the public option [to placate moderate members], I think they lose seats.”
“So this is really tough. I didn’t anticipate being in this position. I thought it would pass. Maybe Harry has some magic up his sleeve. But I don’t see how he gets those four votes [Sens. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.)] without compromising the bill,” Dean concluded. [snip]
“If you have members refusing to vote for Reid on procedural issues you will have a revolt in the party,” Dean said. “What is the point of having a 60-vote margin? This is going to be death for the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] and the [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee]. Why would anyone donate to them if they’re supporting candidates who defeat the Democratic agenda?”
There are a lot of things you did not anticipate Howard. We’ve always known, and after George W. everyone should have known: If you elect a boob, expect boobery. Howard is not a duck – he’s a turkey.
Across the ocean, other turkeys are squawking:
Bob Ainsworth, the defence secretary, has blamed Barack Obama and the United States for the decline in British public support for the war in Afghanistan.
Time for an Obama speech in Great Britain we suppose.
The Israel haters, who now refer to Israel as “Israel-Palestine” finally realize Obama is a chump. A chump outwitted easily by wily Netanyahu.
In Israel-Palestine, Obama underestimated the damage of the past decade and has been outmaneuvered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
We suppose those years at the age of 6 in Indonesia will now cease to be touted as “experience” and “world wise” know-how.
And African-Americans who turned their backs on a true life-long friend, who attacked the many strong Hillary supporters as race traitors? We said they would be the most hurt. Now the hurt is here and no amount of “hope” will change the hurt to happiness:
Joblessness for 16-to-24-year-old black men has reached Great Depression proportions — 34.5 percent in October, more than three times the rate for the general U.S. population. And last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that unemployment in the District, home to many young black men, rose to 11.9 percent from 11.4 percent, even as it stayed relatively stable in Virginia and Maryland. [snip]
The jobless rate for young black men and women is 30.5 percent. [snip]
Young black women have an unemployment rate of 26.5 percent, while the rate for all 16-to-24-year-old women is 15.4 percent.
Hopium is not nutritious. Hope is not a strategy. Hope does not feed the hungry nor bring the dignity of work to the unemployed. The young are not feeling the hope either:
The economy’s seismic shift has been an equal-opportunity offender, hurting various racial and ethnic groups, economic classes, ages, and white- and blue-collar job categories. Nevertheless, 16-to-24-year-olds face heavier losses, with a 19.1 percent unemployment rate, about nine points higher than the national average for the general population.
Their rate of employment in October was 44.9 percent, the lowest level in 61 years of record keeping, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment for men in their 20s and early 30s is at its lowest level since the Great Depression, according to the Center for Labor Market Studies.
Unemployment among young people is particularly troubling, economists say, because the consequences can be long-lasting. This might be the first generation that does not keep up with its parents’ standard of living. Jobless teens are more likely to be jobless twenty-somethings. Once forced onto the sidelines, they likely will not catch up financially for many years. That is the case even for young people of all ethnic groups who graduate from college.
Hey, dudes, you could have had Hillary – and jobs – and health care. Hillary learned from mistakes and kept on going – making things better for all Americans.
But not to worry, dudes. Obama is having a grand old time with grand parties in the White House. Obama’s reflected glory will heat your homes. Obama getting the top job is worth you losing your jobs – for a long time. Obama has health care, dudes, so you don’t. But why worry – be hopeful and happy for Obama. Suffer in silence.
The feathers are flying in Obama land. The ax is landing on a lot of turkeys.