Debt Ceiling Advice For Republicans As The Obama Press Conference Publicity Stunts Continue

Fresh from golf courses and vacations and his next vacation in Martha’s Vineyard as well as raising money for himself, Barack Obama is making fey threats:

‘”I will not sign a 30-day or a 60-day or a 90-day extension. That is just not an acceptable approach. And if we think it’s hard now, imagine how these guys are going to be thinking six months from now in the middle of election season when they are all up. It’s not going to get easier, it’s going to get harder. So, we might as well do it now. Pull off the band-aid. Eat our peas. Now is the time to do it. If not now, when? We keep on talking about this stuff, and we have these high-minded pronouncements about how we’ve got to get control of the deficit, how we owe it to our children and our grandchildren. Well, let’s step up. Let’s do it,” President Obama said at his press conference today.”

Hardie, hardie, har, har. Stuff Obama up the kazoo with his own long list of cliches and make him eat his own pea words. Republicans should now move to totally humiliate Obama by writing a short term extension and only a short term extension as a direct slap to Obama’s face.

Ordinarily markets would be rattled by such a strategy of short term extensions and therefore this strategy should not prudently be pursued. However, by now even the most dull of managers and accountants are aware that Obama is a treacherous boob. So instead of a short term solution causing havoc, a short term extension might have a calming effect because this would tie treacherous boob Obama’s fiscal hands.

Instead of rattling markets, the notion that Obama promises will be examined every few months to verify they have been kept and that the accounting books will be reconciled several times a year, the markets should be soothed.

The markets and government officials as well as the private sector can remember when Obama last signed a deal which promised hundreds of billions of dollars in savings. Instead the savings amounted to a few dozen million dollars. Which leads us to our advice to Republicans:

“Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.”

The same advice applies to Obama Dimocrats but their cupidity, stupidity, and pusillanimity assure they will die with Obama no matter how many treacheries he stabs on their backs.

Some Republicans/conservatives know “Nobody Should Believe A Single Thing Obama Says About The Budget” or anything else. Obama Hopium eaters however will not abandon Obama even as he cuts Medicare by the hundreds of billions to finance his health scams and salivates like a wolf at the thought of gutting Social Security.

No one should believe him. All that decades long hatred of George W. Bush and his tax cuts were quickly abandoned by Barack Obama last December as he signed on for extension of the Bush tax cuts.

In 2009 Obama feigned to be against what he now demands:

“The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession, because that would just suck up, take more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole.”



Which is it Barack? Are raising taxes a good idea or a bad idea? We suspect the answer lies in the results of Obama’s fundraising (which will be published as required by law later this week).

At his publicity stunt today, Obama professed his desire to discuss football and assorted pie in the sky spending instead of the “tough political things.”

After three years of consorting with sweaty male sports teams, golfing with his male buddies, and fundraising with his rich boy pals, Obama now somehow believes he is man enough to demand “daily sessions” with congressional leaders until a “big” “deal” is reached on the debt ceiling. Go back to golfing you goofball – no one believes you are man or woman enough to get a $4 trillion deal or anything but what you deserve – a resounding slap on the face.

The last time Obama tried to pretend he was a man was when he fingernail swiped at Binyamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu slapped Obama’s face.

Obama knows he is in desperate trouble. The economy is in such a mess that even dollar stores are facing a downturn:

‘“I think what’s going on in those stores is that we are in a depression for 80 percent of Americans,” top retail analyst Howard Davidowitz told KNX 1070. [snip]

Davidowitz pointed to the weakness of the dollar and a gloomy consumer outlook as some of the factors behind the stores’ slump.

“In those stores, somebody comes in with $12 to do all their shopping,” said Davidowitz. “The person who used to come in with $12 now comes in with $8.”

“In other words, the economy is continuing to be worse, the Obama depression continues to explode,” he added.”

The economic rebound Obama promises every year are not bouncing in this year or next year either.

Whatever position on budgets and the debt ceiling anyone holds, there is only one caveat to remember the minute Obama walks into a room:

“Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.”

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478 thoughts on “Debt Ceiling Advice For Republicans As The Obama Press Conference Publicity Stunts Continue

  1. Which is it Barack? Are raising taxes a good idea or a bad idea? We suspect the answer lies in the results of Obama’s fundraising (which will be published as required by law later this week).

    —–
    I can’t wait to see that. My email box is stuffed every day with begging from the DNC, MoveOnDotCorruption, Van Jones and all Barry’s Bros, begging, crawling and crying for money.
    Only the big elites are bailing his butt out right now and he is desperate.

    How much more weight can Ubama lose before his hair is snow white?

  2. A new bumper sticker for Baracko:

    “If you’re ready to eat more peas – vote Obama 2012”

    (If you have eaten enough peas, vote for anyone else.)

  3. “The last time Obama tried to pretend he was a man was when he fingernail swiped at Binyamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu slapped Obama’s face.”

    “Obama knows he is in desperate trouble. The economy is in such a mess that even dollar stores are facing a downturn:”
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    When you cut through all the BS- Obama will cut SS and MC and raise taxes. Seeing he’s conveniently put Social Security and Medi-Care on the block as the sacrificial lamb Republicans have been salivating for- cutting the elderly and infirm in half jeopardizing the roof over their heads.

    Dump this jackwagon fast!

    He sure is one heck of a negotiator. Let HIM eat peas!

  4. Boehner basically told Obama in not so many words to go screw himself”, when Obama tried to get cute with him.

    Boehner to Obama in private meeting today: “Excuse us for trying to lead.”

    So what happened in today’s meeting between Obama and Congressional leaders after the presser today? Here’s the readout Democrats are providing:

    Cantor came in with a specific proposal that included cuts to Medicare without proposing a dime in savings through closing special interest tax giveaways. President reacted to the package noting that the principal of shared sacrifice is his bottom line. Obviously, the package did not include any shared sacrifice.

    * The readout on the meeting provided by Republicans includes this tense exchange between Obama and John Boehner:

    BOEHNER: It’s clear to all of us how big this spending problem is. Congress keeps voting for programs we can’t pay for. But look, entitlement cuts aren’t easy for us to vote for either. Our guys aren’t cheerleading about cutting entitlements.

    OBAMA: Your guys already voted for them [in the Ryan budget].

    BOEHNER: Excuse us for trying to lead.

  5. …all I can say is this post was worth the wait…

    After three years of consorting with sweaty male sports teams, golfing with his male buddies, and fundraising with his rich boy pals, Obama now somehow believes he is man enough to demand “daily sessions” with congressional leaders until a “big” “deal” is reached on the debt ceiling. Go back to golfing you goofball – no one believes you are man or woman enough to get a $4 trillion deal or anything but what you deserve – a resounding slap on the face.

    …priceless…and spot on! : )

  6. Admin, superb article again!

    64% of small business have no plans to hire anyone next year, 17% plan to cut, the rest, a measly ~15% plan to hire. This survey was from the Chamber of Commerce, what they arent showing and perhaps they will is the % of small businesses that will outright fold their small companies next year and especially in 2013 if Waffles is relected.

  7. Was it me, or did he just sound like a petulant kid at that podium, remember Bush’s line “Its so hard”, and then Waffles said something very similar “Its hard , its so hard to get people to do things”.

    Gee, they are more alike than I ever thought possible, except at least now after seeing Waffles I respect GWB many times more than Waffles, and with GWB you knew what you were getting, and the man at least respected the office of the presidency.

  8. from moon’s wp link:

    *… If Obama ends up proposing raising the eligibility age on Medicare to 67, as is being discussed, then how long will it take until it ends up in a Republican ad?
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    There it is… all about his re-election campaign.

    whataa-guy!

  9. Many of the comments are hilarious.

    “He’s rambling….

    Quick ! Somebody put another quarter in the Teleprompter!”

  10. LOL, and he called himself a “professional politican”, LOL, my word, this loser is so over his head, says “professional politicians” know more than the American people, who are apparently too stupid to understand monetary and fiscal policies, and need to be left to the grownups in the WH.
    This country is beyond screwed if this pathetic ignoramus is reelected, its one thing to be stupid & know you’re stupid, its another to be stupid & think you are a genius.

  11. hey, this is fun!

    PEAS for the PEA-brained because OBAMA CARES..

    {Earlier I saw a brand new bumper sticker ‘Obama Cares’ on a Prius driven by a female senior citizen on the DC beltway. At least he cares, right?!}

  12. I think Waffles meant to say “Eat your arugula”, peas are so beneath him, arugula is in his elitist league.

  13. I loved that little peas video Admin, just wished it were the entire song by John.

    ‘Give peas a chance.’

    ———-
    I bet pea farmers are ticked at the implication that their veggies are the dinner punishment.

    Now I would understand the meaning of, ‘Eat your damn lima beans!.

  14. Other than Hillary, who who can we vote for in 2012??? Can anyone name someone currently running that can actually beat pea-brains?

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    jbstonesfan
    July 11th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Other than Hillary, who who can we vote for in 2012??? Can anyone name someone currently running that can actually beat pea-brains?
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    At this point in the game, the thing we need most is Honesty and Trust in a new administration. That is the critical element missing in this administration. If Sarah Palin runs, she will have my vote- She has more administrative experience than Obama has going in- Her greatest qualities are she is honest and stands by her word. She understands what Americans need. She understands what Obama has done to the country and most of all she is an American and a Patriot.

    There isn’t anyone else I will feel comfortable voting for and I refuse to waste my vote on some assholean Republican jocking for possession protecting the rich.

  16. I still cannot get over Waffles saying that professional politicians know better than the public. This entire country was founded on the notion of freedom, that people would get elected, do their jobs, and then go back to their jobs.

    And then [paraphrasing]”We professional politicans are paid to worry about that”. WTF? So we in the general public are dumber than dirt apparently, I cannot in a million years imagine Bill Clinton or GWB saying something this disgustingly elitist and condescending.

    Will the Obot’s media say anything? Of course not, they think the same way.

  17. jbstonesfan
    July 11th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    First step, kick out Waffles and his Mrs Waffles in 2012, Second, if they do a horrible job, kick them out in 2016. There is no one at this point on the repub side I will not vote for, I like Palin, do not think she can win, but who knows, I voted for Reagan, did not think he could win either.
    America will not survive another Waffles term, it simply will not.

  18. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/44/post/michelle-obama-has-1556-calories-meal-at-shake-shack-outing/2011/07/11/gIQAgwPE9H_blog.html

    Oh man, this is going to come back and bite her in the butt.

    PEAS for you pea-brained suckers, burgers and fries and chocolate shake for me.

    Michelle Obama orders 1,700-calorie meal at Shake Shack
    By Natalie Jennings

    Update:We made a mistake in our original calculations. The calorie-count for the first lady’s order was actually 1,700, not the 1,556 we originally reported. Our apologies.

    First lady Michelle Obama ordered a whopper of a meal at the newly opened Washington diner Shake Shack during lunch on Monday.

    A Washington Post journalist on the scene confirmed the first lady, who’s made a cause out of child nutrition, ordered a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake and a Diet Coke while the street and sidewalk in front of the usually-packed Shake Shack were closed by security during her visit.

    According to nutritional information on Shake Shack’s Web site, the meal amounted to 1,700 calories.

  19. tim, the campaign refrain is ‘leave it us, you don’t worry your pretty little head with a pea-brain, just vote for us and we will ‘worry'(wink wink), about it’. It will be interesting to see how many fall for this shtick. I already saw one pea-brained woman with the brand new bumper sticker, Obama Cares.

  20. Oh, last week’s Bloomberg report came out, and S&P insider selling vs. insider buying is now at a ratio of 3,700 to 1.

    What that means is that the big traders who know stuff are getting out of the US stock market just as fast as they can. Selling off everything they can sell.

    But according to Ploofy and Obama, we peons out here don’t read Bloomberg articles around our kitchen tables, we are too busy worrying about how we FEEL, like dumb sheep. So ignore this, ok?

  21. SPIN METER: Obama, Dems skirt issue on tax hikes

    By Erica Werner
    Associated Press / July 11, 2011

    WASHINGTON—Call it eliminating an unfair break, or removing an unjust loophole, or even “taking a balanced approach.” Just don’t call it raising taxes.

    As they work toward a must-do deal with Republicans on paring trillions from the deficit in order to raise the nation’s debt limit, President Barack Obama and Democrats are saying almost anything to avoid the politically toxic pronouncement that they want to increase taxes.

    Republicans, for their part, are just as quick to declare elimination of the most rarefied corporate benefit a job-killing tax hike on the American people.

    It’s all about winning the public relations debate over the debt limit, and in turn, perhaps, gaining a more politically advantageous outcome in the resulting deal itself.

    “We’re at a point where there’s no good tax,” said Joseph J. Thorndike, director of the Tax History Project at the nonprofit group Tax Analysts. “The sort of value proposition of a tax has been destroyed, so nobody wants to say it, nobody wants to say in any fashion that they support it except, because it polls well, taxing the rich.”

    Taxes are hardly the only issue going through the partisan spin cycle — and emerging virtually unrecognizable — as the days tick down to an Aug. 2 deadline to raise the federal government’s borrowing limit or face unprecedented default. Take Social Security. Obama is insisting he won’t agree to “slash” benefits — a vague word the White House refuses to define, thus leaving room for benefits to be cut without ever saying it.

    Then there’s the debt limit itself. Listen to Republicans, and the whole problem was created by out-of-control spending that now demands to be addressed. Democrats, on the other hand, are more likely to cast the issue as a question of whether or not the U.S. will make good on its obligations.

    But it’s on taxes that the rhetoric is the most heated, and the most skewed. Analysts say that in recent decades Republicans have largely succeeded in turning taxes into a dirty word, and the government it pays for is increasingly viewed with disfavor, too. So that even while voters like some of the taxpayer-funded services they get — like Social Security — arguing in favor of taxes per se is a nonstarter.

    For opponents, “it’s an easy argument to win because nobody wants to pay higher taxes,” said Brendan Daly, former spokesman to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and now a public relations executive at Ogilvy Washington.

    Proposals under consideration include raising taxes on small business owners and potentially low- and middle-income families. You won’t hear about that from Obama. Instead the president focuses on the very rich, and speaks euphemistically. Here are a few of the phrases the president has used of late to talk about what amounts to raising taxes for some:

    — “What we need to do is to have a balanced approach where everything is on the table.”

    –“We need to take on spending in the tax code.”

    –“The tax cuts I’m proposing we get rid of are tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires; tax breaks for oil companies and hedge fund managers and corporate jet owners.”

    –“You can’t reduce the deficit to the levels that it needs to be reduced without having some revenue in the mix.”

    And here’s how Republicans respond:

    –“Tax hikes on families and job creators would only make things worse.” — House Speaker John Boehner.

    –“The focus for us is to make sure that we are not increasing taxes on individuals who are the job creators, and like it or not, the job creators are those who can be successful in a small business context.” — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

    –“Democrats seem to think the solution to our debt crisis is to ask taxpayers and struggling businesses to reward their economic stewardship with even more money to spend as they please.” — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2011/07/11/obama_dems_skirt_the_issue_on_tax_hikes/
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    Not a peep about Taxing corporations or something like the Tobin Tax on broker transactions. Taxing the Poor and Middle Class? What for? Tor reduce the Middle Class to (the people left who have jobs) the working poor. Ending with a two class system. The Rich and the Poor. Finally achieving their plan created for destroying the middle class and the American Dream. Thanks to Newt Gingrich in the 80’s. The plan created and subversively promoted by Republican Neocons, “The Contract with America”

  22. Re: Obama offering to cut SS

    Old and busted: The Catfood Commission

    The New Hotness: The Beneful Commission

    EAT YOUR DAMN PEAS!!

  23. Geither and Bernache have been feeding billions of dollars into the system staging the economy in preparation for all the Bad news coming our way-
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    The Biggest Fed Money Pump Since Lehman Went Under…

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    Submitted by Phoenix Capital Research on 07/11/2011 19:41 -0400

    It happened on the week of June 27 2011. If you’re looking for a reason that stocks have been ramped so much higher in the last two weeks. This is it.

    Indeed, for the week ended June 27, the Fed flooded the financial system with $76 BILLION in liquidity. Bill King of the King Report puts that number into perspective noting that it’s BIGGEST increase since September 22, 2008 right after Lehman Brothers collapsed.

    That’s right, the Fed just juiced the system as much as it did when Lehman Brothers went under. While a shockingly large single money pump, the Fed’s generally been flooding the system with liquidity at a pace equal to that of 2008 since the beginning of the year.

    In 2008, the Fed put roughly $1 trillion in liquidity into the system to try and hold things up. So far in 2011, it’s put in nearly $700 billion. You think that the recession ended and systemic risk has gone away? Explain this one.

    In simple terms, it’s clear that beneath his attempted calm, Ben Bernanke is in fact scared stiff. Why else would he be printing money night and day? If the financial system was indeed stable and secure, why is he pumping money at the same pace as 2008?

    This all ties in with what I’ve been saying for months now… that 2008 was in fact the warm up and that the REAL Crisis is fast approaching. And when it hits, the Fed will be POWERLESS to stop it. Because this time it will be entire countries, NOT just Wall Street banks that collapse. So what’s coming will be the equivalent of 2008 all over again, along with food shortages, civil unrest, outbreaks in crime, bank holidays, and the like. It will, in short, be like what’s going on in the Middle East today. (except this is the biggest Ponzi scheme ever run by the government and the Fed)

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/biggest-fed-money-pump-lehman-went-under

  24. Obama needs to go now and the government has to be taken over by the VP as president Pro-Tem. Please dear God make it happen!

  25. What the heck is going on… I just found this article from the CBO. Is the Aug 2 deadline a LIE? Or is the overage of revenue they are discussing is where the $76 billion of newly printed money by the Fed is going?
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    Federal Tax Revenues Have Exceeded Interest Payments 20-Fold—Since U.S. Hit Debt Limit

    Monday, July 11, 2011
    By Terence P. Jeffrey

    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama said last Friday that the administration and Congress needs to cut a deal by Aug. 2 to increase the legal limit on the federal debt “to make sure that America does not default.”

    Yet, the actual accounting done by the U.S. Treasury Department shows that federal tax revenues have exceeded interest payments on the federal debt by 20-fold since the Treasury announced on May 16 that the federal government had hit the current legal limit on the national debt.

    In fact, since the government hit the debt limit on May 16, the ongoing flow of federal tax revenue has been more than sufficient to cover the combined costs of federal spending on interest payments, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Veterans Affairs department and federal workers wages and insurance benefits (including wages and insurance benefits for military personnel).

    Specifically, according to the Daily Treasury Statements, as of the close of business on May 16, the federal government had taken in $1.333454 trillion in tax revenues since the beginning of fiscal 2011. By the close of business on July 7, tax revenues for fiscal 2011 had grown to $1.629630 trillion. Therefore, between May 16 and July 7 the federal government took in a total of $296.176 billion in new tax revenue.

    In that same time period, total interest payments on the national debt equaled $14.632 billion.

    Thus, the new tax revenue of $296.176 billion the federal government took in between May 16 and July 7 was enough to pay the federal government’s $14.632 billion in interest obligations during that period 20 times over.

    Also during that same period, the federal government’s combined expenditures for interest payments on the national debt, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Veterans Affairs department and federal workers wages and insurance benefits equaled $270.151 billion.

    Thus, since hitting the legal limit on the federal debt on May 16, the federal government could have spent its $296.176 billion in new tax revenues to pay for its combined $270.151 billion in expenses for interest, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Veterans Affairs and federal workers wages and insurance benefits and still had $26.025 billion in additional tax revenue to spend on other government activities.

    For another $2.198 billion, for example, the government could have covered all Justice Department programs between May 16 and July 7—thus bringing its surplus revenue for the post-debt-limit period down to $23.827.

    For another $11.233 billion, the government could have covered all its Housing and Urban Development programs between May 16 and July 7—thus bringing its surplus revenue for the post-debt-limit period down to $12.594 billion.

    For another $6.988 billion, the government could have covered all its Federal Highway Administration programs between May 16 and July 7—thus bringing it surplus revenue for the post-debt-limit period down to $5.606 billion.

    What it could not have done between May 16 and July 7, using the tax revenue that came in during that period, was pay the interest on the debt, maintain all the big entitlement programs (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security), plus veterans benefits, plus all wages and insurance benefits for federal workers (including military personnel) AND paid all the money that the government planned to pay Defense Department vendors.

    During the period of May 16 to July 7, the government paid $56.734 billion to Defense vendors, according to the Treasury Department.

    So if, from May 16 to July 7, the government had added the $56.734 billion paid to Defense vendors to the $270.151 billion in combined costs for interest, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Veterans Affairs and federal workers wages and insurance benefits, the government would have had total costs of $326.885 billion for the period.

    Given that it took in $296.176 billion in tax revenue for the period that would have put the government in the red by $30.709 billion.

    Still, $30.709 billion borrowed over a period of 52 days works out to a rate of $590.55 million in borrowing per day–or $188.992 billion in borrowing per year.

    That beats what the government is doing now by well over $1 trillion. According to the latest estimate of the Congressional Budget Office, this year’s deficit will reach $1.399 trillion.

    The calculations in this article are based on numbers reported in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Daily Treasury Statements for May 16, 2011 and July 7, 2011.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/federal-tax-revenues-have-exceeded-inter

  26. Mrs. Smith, the debt limit is not a lie. What is a lie is the idea that not raising the debt limit somehow automatically means default.

    It doesn’t. There is enough revenue to pay our interest payments to the bondholders, pay SS, federal salaries, Medicare, defense, keep the basics of govt running, etc for quite some time.

    BUT, it would force the govt to only meet the very basic needs. All the huge pile of extraneous stuff would have to be cut, and cut hard, BOOM, immediately. Whole programs and depts would have to go away. But failing to raise the debt ceiling does not mean automatic default.

    It’s like saying not getting an increase on your credit card limit AUTOMATICALLY means you default on your mortgage. No, it doesn’t. You have income. You could probably still make the house payment and utilities. But it would be tight, and you’d give up the second car and the dinners out, and start eating generic brands and beans.

    Saying “no debt ceiling hike = automatic default” is spin. It doesn’t. But it would mean paring govt waaaaaay down,

  27. H4T.. I’m off to bed. You can read the above article explaining how much surplus money had come into the Treasury between May 16 and July 7.. My question, in the previous article just above that one @ 11:40pm reported Obama has flooded $76 billion into the economy. I’m asking is the revenue they speak of coming from the Fed and not Tax revenues from Tax payers.. which in essence would be a Ponzi Scheme.

    You have to read both articles beginning at 11:40.

  28. I’m getting sleepy too, Mrs Smith, but will re-read the article more closely.

    As far as the Aug 2nd deadline – that’s the day that we will hit the point where we cannot keep spending exactly as much as we are projected to spend and not have to borrow more. Which we legally won’t be able to if the ceiling isn’t raised.

    I just find it amusing spin that they jump straight from “we’ll hit the debt ceiling” to “we’ll have to default”. No, we won’t. We could always drastically cut some spending to make sure we have the money to make the debt payments (the mortgage). But none of the talking heads ever discuss that option. It’s “unthinkable”.

    *shrug* It may well be that the cuts that would have to be made in that case are too much and too jarring. Maybe we don’t want to do that. But they should at least be honest about what the options are.

  29. I think Waffles meant to say “Eat your arugula”, peas are so beneath him, arugula is in his elitist league.

    =============

    He gets the arugula, the rest of us get spinich.

  30. At this point in the game, the thing we need most is Honesty and Trust in a new administration. That is the critical element missing in this administration. If Sarah Palin runs, she will have my vote- She has more administrative experience than Obama has going in-

    ================

    I agree. Sarah did a good job in Alaska. That’s more than anyone else can say.

  31. Timely post, admin. I’d been wondering, but I wonder no more. Thank you again and again. Via Bob Schieffer, CBS Evening News delivered some truth as to the effect Tea Party candidates who came in after November 2010 and now in Congress are having on the debt debate:

    (CBS News)
    On September 29, 2008 … CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer says that, even with the stakes in the debt negotiations so high, political leaders are willing to commit to a deal — but their followers aren’t. The reason House Speaker John Boehner backed away from a deal over the weekend is he couldn’t deliver the Republican votes needed to pass it. Additionally, he’s got nothing on the president. Mr. Obama can’t deliver the Democratic votes to make a significant deal because Democrats still refuse to touch entitlement programs, just as Republicans won’t touch anything that would raise revenues … leaders on both sides now having so little influence on their followers ….
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/07/11/eveningnews/main20078570.shtml

    I snipped out the gloom and doom stuff. That’s why it is a bit of a bumpy read. Obama says politics are in the way, but we know it is People in the way … specifically We The People being heard. It’s working!

  32. I should have snipped out the September date. The newscast referenced above is last night’s, 11 July 2011.

  33. The questions I have based on the information contained in the article at 11:40pm and the information contained in the article posted at 12:16am. When you combine the information from both articles you have this:

    @12:16am… “The Treasury announced on May 16 that the federal government had hit the current legal limit on the national debt.”

    From May 16 to July 7,2011 the government’s revenue income, the federal government had taken in $1.333454 trillion in tax revenues since the beginning of fiscal 2011.

    By the close of business on July 7, tax revenues for fiscal 2011 had grown to $1.629630 trillion. Therefore, between May 16 and July 7 the federal government took in a total of $296.176 billion in new tax revenue.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    My first question is- Is the revenue of $296,176 billion in new Tax Revenue the result of the government printing money as was mentioned in the 11:40 article. Where it said the week ended on June 27, the Fed flooded the financial system with $76 BILLION in liquidity.

    The comparison of the hole that is being filled by the infusion of the Treasury printing money is coming close to the money put into the system during the Banking Bail-Out in 2008. At that time, the Fed put roughly $1 trillion in liquidity into the system to try and hold things up.

    But when we are being told the Banks and the economy has been stabilized- and we are at the beginning of a slow recovery. The numbers coming into the Congressional Budget Office are stating so far in 2011 the Fed has put in nearly $700 billion of newly printed money into the system almost the same amount of money the Fed put in during the Banking crisis. The difference is we knew what the government was doing. They were going to shore up the economy during the Banking crisis with a Bail-Out using Tax Payer Money (Social Security figures printed in real money) But that is not the case now- It looks as if a Ponzi scheme is going on without the public being directly and correctly informed, leading us on, the economy is in recovery.

    If Bernie Maddoff is in jail now for basically doing the same thing- How can the government get away with doing it and it not be illegal.. Looks like a cover-up to me…

  34. Obama losing Florida

    A new Sunshine State News Poll in Florida finds that 54% disapprove of the job President Obama is doing while just 38% approve. That result tracks with Florida voters’ sour view of the economy, with 56% saying it has worsened in the past year.

    Said pollster Jim Lee: “Clearly, the bleak economic landscape is not good news for Obama. This is quite sobering when you consider that the recession technically ended in summer of 2009, which really shows that people don’t believe we are out of the woods by any stretch.”

    In a general election match up, Mitt Romney leads Obama in the state by four points, 46% to 42%.

    http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/us-jobless-numbers-dragging-barack-obama-down-florida

  35. Uh oh. Another lie unravels:
    …”I remember in the last month of her [Stanley Ann Dunham] life, she wasn’t thinking about how to get well, she wasn’t thinking about coming to terms with her own mortality, she was thinking about whether or not insurance was going to cover the medical bills and whether our family would be bankrupt as a consequence,” Obama said in September 2007.”She was in her hospital room looking at insurance forms because the insurance company said that maybe she had a pre-existing condition and maybe they wouldn’t have to reimburse her for her medical bills,” Obama added in January 2008.”The insurance companies were saying, ‘Maybe there’s a pre-existing condition and we don’t have to pay your medical bills,’ ” Obama said in a debate with Republican opponent Sen. John McCain in October 2008. It was a simple and powerful story, one Obama would tell many more times as president during the national health care debate. But now we’re learning the real story of Ann Dunham’s health coverage is not quite what her son made it out to be….
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/2011/07/fresh-doubt-cast-obamas-health-care-story

  36. Issa is going to war.

    July 12, 2011

    Issa Investigates White House Political Activities

    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) “is probing what he sees as signs of an unseemly overlap between President Obama’s official and political activities,” Politico reports.

    Issa sent a letter to Obama’s top lawyer last night asking for documents relating to what he termed as “an array of potentially illegal fundraising behavior.”

    Issa singled out a White House meeting in March between Obama, DNC officials and members of the business community — who were all Obama donors. The meeting was organized by the DNC.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58755.html

  37. Furthermore, if we aren’t dealing with real numbers (cooked books) than how can the Budget Talks between the Ds and the Rs arrive at a sustainable budget for the next year when the revenue has been staged by subsequent cash infusions i.e. the government printing paper money classifying it as Tax Revenue at the direction of the Obama administration?

  38. See- moons post matches up with the with my post this morning @ 6:55 am and articles I posted at 11:40pm last night and 12:16am… Something is very wrong here…

    “This is quite sobering when you consider that the recession technically ended in summer of 2009, which really shows that people don’t believe we are out of the woods by any stretch.”
    _______________

    People don’t believe it because they feel it innately when they go to the supermarket, the stores, who are shedding their assets (retail stuff half price) to cash out all of their inventory turning it into hard money essentially before the Big Crash cometh.

    As the actuaries said in the 12:16 am article. We could have paid the interest on the deficit 20X over because we had the money in the treasury and paid all our bills on time. Which would have lowered the next payments. Obama didn’t do it.. He has Geithner holding back the surplus funds and releasing cash infusions into the economy at his discretion.

    Oh, brother, this happening brings up more questions. If this is just paper money introduced into the economy it’s the same scheme the Nazi used during the war, counterfitting American dollars for purchasing goods from Europe and the US.

  39. moon I just read the Issa article all the way through to the end. Also read the comment section. Unbelievable as it may seem, the Obama defenders are still at it… When they say he is our president and MUST BE OBEYED.. Then calling Obama “our beloved Leader”, it makes one nauseous enough to puke.

    The good news is there were only 2 of them on the politico site. Must have been layoffs in the Obama platoon of paid bloggers.

  40. holdthemaccountable
    July 12th, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Uh oh. Another lie unravels:
    ———-

    yeah, trying to get disability insurance policy after becoming disabled! The race hustler no doubt used it and lied about it. His whole life story is one big rewrite for the campaign.

  41. pm317 @ 8:53 am: trying to get disability insurance policy after becoming disabled!
    ————–
    LOL
    ########
    Immigration activists switch tactics in All-Star game protest –
    July 06, 2011|BY CINDY CARCAMO
    Immigrant rights activists who for a year have called for a boycott of the Major League Baseball All-Star game in Phoenix are now changing tactics.
    Activists canceled a call for the boycott of the July 12 game, according to news reports. Instead, Somos America is encouraging attendees to wear white ribbons on game day to take stand against Arizona’s illegal immigration legislation, according to the The San Diego Union-Tribune. The group launched “Unite AZ: We Are All Stars Campaign.” The initiative calls for a “federal approach – not a piecemeal state approach – to fix our broken immigration system….*
    http://articles.ocregister.com/2011-07-06/news/29748818_1_boycott-immigration-somos-america

    *All we want is for the DOJ to quit profiling in favor of illegals and against legals. Jerks.

  42. holdthemaccountable
    July 12th, 2011 at 9:37 am
    —————-

    yeah, and the race hustler son turned it into a story of being denied because of pre-existing conditions..

    The media went after Hillary’s insurance anecdote and her Bosnia story but with this guy everything was off limits aaaaaand everyone around him who can vouch for his life story is dead and buried. How convenient! His whole story is a crock.

  43. holdthemaccountable
    July 12th, 2011 at 9:37 am
    pm317 @ 8:53 am: trying to get disability insurance policy after becoming disabled!
    ————–
    LOL
    ########
    Immigration activists switch tactics in All-Star game protest –
    July 06, 2011|BY CINDY CARCAMO
    Immigrant rights activists who for a year have called for a boycott of the Major League Baseball All-Star game in Phoenix are now changing tactics.
    Activists canceled a call for the boycott of the July 12 game, according to news reports. Instead, Somos America is encouraging attendees to wear white ribbons on game day to take stand against Arizona’s illegal immigration legislation, according to the The San Diego Union-Tribune. The group launched “Unite AZ: We Are All Stars Campaign.” The initiative calls for a “federal approach – not a piecemeal state approach – to fix our broken immigration system….*
    http://articles.ocregister.com/2011-07-06/news/29748818_1_boycott-immigration-somos-america

    *All we want is for the DOJ to quit profiling in favor of illegals and against legals. Jerks.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________

    Where do these asshats get the $ to do this crap? Is this more of our tax money going to support an ACORNesque operation?

  44. blowme0bama July 12th, 2011 at 9:57 am Where do these asshats get the $
    ————–
    Churches for one, I’m sorry to say. I suppose with them it is the humanity thing trumping legalities, or David vs Goliath. Then there are foundations too, and who knows where any of them get their money. Wherever it’s coming from it is a lot. Think of those parades across the country a few years back. Everyone of the thousands upon thousands marching had a nice flag to wave. They took the day off from work and were transported to the parades. Had to have lots of coordination, and bux. I recall my son-in-law told his several Latino workers “If you don’t show up for work on parade day, don’t show up the day after either.” He had no problems.

  45. holdthemaccountable
    July 12th, 2011 at 7:07 am
    This story indicates Obama lied about his mother or is too dumb to understand the difference between health insurance and a sick pay plan aka disability insurance. Her employer apparently provided health insurance (with copays and exclusions) but not a sick pay plan (or she elected not to buy it in a bennies package) that pays salary until the 5 month waiting period for Social Security disability is over and benefits begin. These plans must be approved by IRS for employers to offer them. They started being phased out by employers in the 1980s as they were increasingly expensive. Most people do not expect employers to pay for their living expenses if they are not working unless they expressively have this coverage or were on the job injured. Did he financially help his mom out?

  46. Did he financially help his mom out?
    ———

    well, he didn’t have a real job with real salary himself but he had Rezko. You know something occurred to right now. Why didn’t he have real job after his HARVARD degree? For an ambitious greedy guy, he didn’t try very hard to milk his Harvard degree. Why is that? What is in those Columbia transcripts? Did he even go there? In fact the ‘Burger Queen’ had a job and may have been the bread winner all along.

  47. Am now on the run – this just in at gateway, Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor:
    “I have little question that as long as this President is in the Oval Office, a real solution is unattainable,” he said on the Senate floor Tuesday. Adding, “This was not an easy decision for me.”

    Obama, he said, “has presented us with three choices: smoke and mirrors, tax hikes or default. Republicans choose none of the above.”

    McConnell added the Democratic budget plan would provide only “a couple of billion dollars in cuts up front with empty promises of more to follow.”

    ‘”I had hoped to do good, but I refuse to do harm,” he said.

    BBL

  48. OBAMA’S DADDY…MAY HAVE HAD MORE THAN ONE WIFE.

    NY Times article from Friday 7/8 may cast further doubt on his legitimacy as a “natural born citizen”.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/08/us/08adopt.html

    Father Discussed Adoption for Obama, Records Show
    =====================

    By SEAN COLLINS WALSH
    Published: July 7, 2011

    WASHINGTON — Before Barack Obama was born, his parents may have considered putting him up for adoption, according to documents obtained by a reporter for The Boston Globe.

    Mr. Obama’s father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., told immigration officials that Ann Dunham, whom he had recently married, would make “arrangements with the Salvation Army to give the baby away,” one document said.

    The revelation came from 1961 immigration forms obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Sally Jacobs, a reporter who has written a book called “The Other Barack, The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father.” An excerpt from the book, which will be released next week, appeared Thursday in The Globe.

    President Obama’s father, then a student at the University of Hawaii, was questioned about his marital status by immigration officials when he applied for an extension of his visa, which he had to do each year.

    An immigration official had become leery of his “playboy ways” and thought Mr. Obama might have more than one wife, which can be grounds for deportation. Mr. Obama said at the time — falsely — that he had divorced his Kenyan wife, with whom he had two children.

    The excerpt of the book says it is unclear whether Mr. Obama intended to have his son adopted or if he was fabricating the story to appease immigration officials. Mr. Obama often gave contradictory answers on the forms, sometimes leaving questions about his marital status blank.

    Additionally, Ms. Dunham, who was also studying at the University of Hawaii, talked optimistically at the time about a future with her new husband and their child, according to an interview with a family member of Ms. Dunham.

    Robert Gibbs, the former White House press secretary, who was also interviewed by Ms. Jacobs, said that the president did not know about the adoption question before the Freedom of Information Act request and that he did not believe his mother ever seriously considered it.

    The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

  49. Clinton to address world economy in Hong Kong
    (AFP) – 33 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she will address the global economic situation and American competitiveness in a pair of speeches including one in Hong Kong in late July.

    “In Hong Kong later this month, I’ll be speaking about the rules and values that support our global economic order,” the top US diplomat told the annual conference of the Washington Global Leadership Coalition.

    “And this fall, I plan to give a larger address on economics and America’s strategic choices,” Clinton said during a speech about the US foreign policy tools available to help create jobs in the United States.

    On Friday, Clinton begins a tour that will take her to Turkey, Greece and India through July 20. The State Department has not announced further travel dates at this point.

    The world’s two largest economies, the United States and China, have been at odds over exchange rates, with Washington urging Beijing to let China’s currency, the yuan, appreciate.

    The US economy suffers from a huge trade deficit with China to the tune of $273 billion in 2010.

    American lawmakers are presently in a bitter dispute over whether to raise the US debt limit, a move that President Barack Obama’s administration says would avert a catastrophic default.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hgHIjUefRIPuQjxWytO9suhuqVfw?docId=CNG.1a520310fd53287b78bc3c012e7eae10.1d1

  50. Secretary of State Clinton Calls for Investments in America’s Global Leadership to Strengthen U.S. Economy

    Top Business Leaders Release Economic Policy Brief Linking U.S. Job Creation to Development and Diplomacy

    WASHINGTON, July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today delivered a policy speech on the essential role America’s global leadership plays in strengthening the U.S. economy and creating American jobs. At the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s (USGLC) annual conference, Secretary Clinton joined business, military and political leaders to explain how the United States’ international engagement efforts directly benefit America’s economy.

    At the conference, top business leaders released a new economic policy brief, “America’s Global Leadership: A Strategic Investment for U.S. Jobs,” authored by nearly 20 business leaders from some of America’s top companies, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Caterpillar, GE, Walmart, Procter & Gamble and more.

    “With the bulk of future population and economic growth projected to take place outside the U.S. — and much of that in developing nations — it’s clear that building our presence in international markets is essential to economic and job growth here at home,” said Land O’Lakes President and CEO Chris Policinski. “International development enhances our ability to engage with our global neighbors, develop new trading partners, and expand global markets for American goods and services.”

    In the policy brief, these top business leaders call for policymakers to support a key strategic investment of the International Affairs Budget as a driver for growing American jobs, writing “the world is not standing still, and American businesses and workers run the risk of being left behind if the United States does not continue to play its traditional role in maintaining a level playing field and opening markets. The question is not whether the United States can afford to make this investment; it is how we could possibly afford not to.”

    Describing USGLC’s new economic policy brief, Mark Green, former Ambassador to Tanzania and U.S. Congressman, and now senior director at USGLC, said, “We need to tell the story of how American jobs are fundamentally connected to our investments in U.S. global leadership. When the United States helps other nations take on their development challenges, it gets American working here at home.”

    Also at today’s conference the USGLC unveiled a dynamic new video demonstrating the benefits of the International Affairs Budget to the U.S. economy. American exports support 10 million U.S. jobs, with exports to developing countries increasing three times faster than to developed countries.

    With the United States still facing a difficult economy, jobs and recovery are likely to be hot topics during the upcoming election cycle. At the conference, USGLC launched “Impact 2012,” its initiative to ensure discussions around U.S. global leadership are part of the 2012 campaign cycle. “Impact 2012” will provide a platform for candidates to articulate their positions and participate in a dialogue around international engagement.

    The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.

    SOURCE U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/secretary-of-state-clinton-calls-for-investments-in-americas-global-leadership-to-strengthen-us-economy-125416623.html

  51. Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton To Attend Betty Ford Memorial Service
    The first lady and secretary of state will fly to California for the memorial service, according to the White House.

    By Jessica E. Davis

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Palm Desert to attend the funeral of former first lady Betty Ford, who died Friday at the age of 93, according to reports.

    A memorial service is set for Tuesday at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert.

    She will be buried in Grand Rapids on Thursday.

    Former first lady Nancy Reagan will also attend. Clinton will be accompanied by her husband, President Bill Clinton, according to CNN.

    http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/articles/michelle-obama-hillary-clinton-to-attend-betty-ford-memorial-service

  52. painted cleavage….and the rest, they mysteriously lost quite a few pounds off her in that photo, she aint ever been that slim, only in her dreams.

  53. Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton To Attend Betty Ford Memorial Service

    ………………………………………..

    Barack could’nt be bothered to go to some old white woman’s funeral and Michelle is going for the cake.

  54. pm317
    July 12th, 2011 at 11:10 am
    Did he financially help his mom out?
    ———

    well, he didn’t have a real job with real salary himself but he had Rezko. You know something occurred to right now. Why didn’t he have real job after his HARVARD degree? For an ambitious greedy guy, he didn’t try very hard to milk his Harvard degree. Why is that? What is in those Columbia transcripts? Did he even go there? In fact the ‘Burger Queen’ had a job and may have been the bread winner all along.
    ___________________________________________

    No, he worked as an associate for 2-3 years in a big Chicago firm. You get those jobs with good grades at good schools. In 2-3 years, an attorney can write briefs, file motions, but they are FAR from being able to competently practice law. Basically, they’re clerks.

    So, essentially, he tried out law practice, I’m sure he found out it was far more work than he had any desire to engage in, and then sort of got sucked up into this community organizing bullshit. So no, he had a real job for about 2-3 years, which was an insufficient time to learn anything.

  55. MO has gained at least 50 lbs in the back end since she entered the WH- I’ve seen pictures of her during the campaign and 50 lbs could be considered a conservative estimate.

    Another thing- in the winter she wears sleeveless dresses. Summer is here, she covers up her arms with a sweater. Arms that rival the size of Mike Tyson’s now that she’s turned into Namu, the Killer Whale from all that healthy eating at Shake Shack.

  56. blowme0bama
    July 12th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    —————–

    Thanks for the correction. So he is basically lazy!

  57. BTW, guys, as you listen to the media talk about the budget, please realize that the terminology of DC is not the terminology normal people use. When we hear “spending cut”, we think that means spending LESS next year than we are now, right?

    That’s not what it means when they say it. NO ONE, neither D nor R, has proposed a major “cut” to overall REAL spending by that definition. They are only “cutting” from proposed spending. This is their definition of “cut”:

    We were planning next year to spend 3 trillion dollars MORE than we are spending now. So we will agree, under duress, to only spend 1 trillion more than we are spending now.

    Then the headline reads: Can We Afford This? Totally Unreasonable Deficit Hawks Propose TWO TRILLION IN CUTS to the budget!!

  58. New MaClatchy poll, only 43% of jewish voters would vote for Obama.

    http://www.secureamericanow.org/threat-of-the-day/2011-07-new-poll-of-jewish-american-voters-shows-great-conce

    93% are concerned about Israel being threatened by Arab nations and Iran that want to destroy Israel.

    81% are against Israel being forced to return to its pre-1967 borders.

    81% agree with the Administration as they oppose the UN recognizing a Palestinian State

    76% are concerned about Islamic terrorism committed in the US by American born Muslims

    73% believe Jerusalem should remain the united capital of Israel and only 8% support that the US should force Israel to give away parts of Jerusalem.

    88% believes that a prerequisite for Palestinian Statehood is their recognition of Israel as a Jewish State.

    And by a a 54-21 majority they feel that the Arab Spring has made the world more dangerous for Israel.

    That this divide may have political consequences can be seen in the answers to the following: Despite a job approval rating of 63% for President Obama, only two in five Jewish voters (43% ) say they would vote to re-elect President Obama. The plurality (48%) would consider someone else and 9% are undecided.

    Mr. Caddell commented on the results:” These most loyal of Democrat voters are very concerned about the future of Israel and the tense relations between the Obama Administration and the State of Israel.”

    John McLaughlin added “This poll adds to the growing evidence that right behind concerns about the economy are concerns about security, and among Jewish Americans voters growing concerns for the future of our ally Israel.”

  59. moononpluto
    July 12th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    —————

    This polling gives me hope for the first time in a while.

  60. Personally I don’t have a horse in the race for 2012.

    Hillary probably won’t toss her headband in, and who knows if Trump will ever run.

    All the rethugs want to destroy SS and Medicare, so for me…I just want Ubama out and none of the Rethugs in. I will vote the broken tea cup.

    In CA, you can vote for either party in the primary…

  61. LaRouche on the Debt Ceiling Negotiations
    July 12, 2011 • 11:23AM

    LaRouche had the following to say:

    … He is proposing austerity cuts that are tantamount to mass murder by effect of what he proposes. Obama’s policies are preventing people, en masse, from surviving. That is how his crimes must be characterized. Either we stop this process by a victory in the United States, which means Glass Steagall and Obama’s removal from office, or the world goes to Hell. This is happening right now. There is an immediate danger to the survival of civilization as we know it, and any denial of this reality is the greatest threat. More and more people are facing an impossible situation and they have reached the point where they realize they cannot submit.

  62. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20078789-503544.html

    President Obama on Tuesday said he cannot guarantee that retirees will receive their Social Security checks August 3 if Democrats and Republicans in Washington do not reach an agreement on reducing the deficit in the coming weeks.

    “I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, according to excerpts released by CBS News.

  63. admin
    July 12th, 2011 at 2:15 pm
    “I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd”

    That damned asshole. Then he and the madame do not get paid either. And none of their staff. And no more fatburgers or booze for either of them. Or cigs either Barack. And AF One is grounded so no vacay to the Vineyard. Try to terrify old people and the disabled why don’t you. What a POS.

  64. Interesting poll….I hope it is accurate. September will be his “IsraelZ” moment when he reluctantly uses the veto power on the PAL statehood resolution….then he will tell how great a friend he is to Israel and most Jews will buy it hook, line and sinker.

  65. This budget debate is the Government apparatus vs the people who put them there.

    It is time for the government to “eat its peas” by tightening ITs belt, not make the citizens suffer for the government’s irresponsibility by tax increases.

  66. Koch has a lot to answer for when he assured Jews in 2008 that Obama was OK. This is a good idea from Koch:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/blow_against_in_weiner_race_PJ8lsm6djIS7PIheUuhgPI

    In “a shot across President Obama’s bow,” Democratic former Mayor Ed Koch yesterday urged voters in Queens and Brooklyn to make “history” by voting for the Republican candidate to replace randy ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner in the Sept. 13 special election — as a protest against the White House’s policy on Israel.

    Koch — a staunch ally of Israel — said he would “vote for Bob Turner” if the Republican-Conservative candidate backs Israel and opposes cutbacks to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

    “If Jewish New Yorkers and others who support Israel were to turn away from the Democratic Party in that congressional election and elect the Republican candidate to Congress in 2011, it might very well cause President Obama to change his hostile position on the state of Israel and to re-establish the special relationship presidents before him had supported,” Koch said in his weekly commentary.

    Koch likened the situation to Republican Scott Brown winning the Massachusetts Senate seat long occupied by Ted Kennedy.

    “I want to put a shot across Obama’s bow,” Koch said in an interview.

    He is furious with Obama over the president’s public push to get Israel to use its 1967 borders as a starting point for negotiations over a Palestinian state.

    Koch also said he’s upset with Obama for considering trimming Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to get a deficit/debt reduction agreement with the GOP.

    Koch’s comments are an early headache for Assemblyman David Weprin, the Democratic candidate handpicked to replace Weiner, who resigned in disgrace amid a sexting scandal.

    As expected, Weprin yesterday received the endorsement of the union-backed Working Families Party. He got the backing of the Independence Party over the weekend.

    Meanwhile Turner, a retired media executive, launched his candidacy at the Forest Hills railroad station. He was joined by a bevy of party bosses, including state GOP chairman Ed Cox and state Conservative Party honcho Mike Long.

    GOP sources in Washington said Turner faces long odds because Democrats hold a 100,000-voter registration advantage in the district. Because of the disparity, the national party is reluctant to pour a lot of money into the race, but officials say they are monitoring the race to see if Turner catches fire.

  67. Koch also said he’s upset with Obama for considering trimming Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to get a deficit/debt reduction agreement with the GOP.

    ==================

    Now, wait a minute. Koch says vote GOP to punish Obama for trimming SS when it’s the GOP whom Obama is trying to please BY trimming SS????!!??

    The GOP is presuring him in private to trim SS, so he is going to take the rap in public — so we’re supposed to vote GOP because he did what they pressured him to?

    That sounds like some sort of Rove scheme….

  68. TurnDownObama, Barack Obama has been trash talking Social Security since we first wrote about him in 2007 and when we first covered his NYU appearance. The attack on Social Security at this time comes from Obama, not the GOP. Obama is not the defender of anything other than himself and his career. It is Obama who is pushing for Social Security/Medicare cuts – NOT the GOP in public or private (quite the contrary they do not want the “grand deal”). If anything, at this point some in the GOP are the potential rescuers of Social Security (see DireFog: http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/07/11/snowe-no-cuts-to-social-security-and-medicare-in-debt-limit-deal/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed ).

    As to the Koch proposal, note the second paragraph in the article we posted (“if the Republican-Conservative candidate backs Israel and opposes cutbacks…”).

  69. “I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd”

    That damned asshole. Then he and the madame do not get paid either. And none of their staff. And no more fatburgers or booze for either of them. Or cigs either Barack. And AF One is grounded so no vacay to the Vineyard. Try to terrify old people and the disabled why don’t you. What a POS.

    Obama is threatening to shoot the hostages if the GOP stops the spending spree.

  70. admin
    July 12th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20078789-503544.html

    President Obama on Tuesday said he cannot guarantee that retirees will receive their Social Security checks August 3 if Democrats and Republicans in Washington do not reach an agreement on reducing the deficit in the coming weeks.

    “I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, according to excerpts released by CBS News.
    ________________________

    LIAR! The Money is in the Treasury… We know exactly How Much and Where. Benacke has been printing Money Day and Night like a one armed paper hanger! Terrorizing the elderly, military servicemen, the disabled- Why he oughtta be….

  71. Sorry if JanH or someone has already posted this:

    The Rich and Taxes – Clinton’s lament
    Jul 12, 2011 12:24 EDT

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took what appeared to be a coded swipe at Republican refusals to consider raising taxes in U.S. debt limit talks, saying on Tuesday that all leaders must make hard decisions to put their countries on the right track.

    Clinton, a Democratic candidate for president in 2008 but now “out of politics” as top diplomat for her one-time rival President Barack Obama, sounded pointedly political as she recounted a meeting with an unnamed president facing serious fiscal challenges.

    “Often times leaders are struggling to get the political support they need to make the hard decisions,” Clinton said at meeting on government transparency at the State Department.

    “I met with a president of a country who’d been trying so hard to raise the tax revenues of his country and basically the rich of his country refused to pay anything for schools, for hospitals, for infrastructure. They just said no,” Clinton said.

    “And this president is trying so hard because he knows that he will never be able to lift his people out of poverty, put them on the right track, give them opportunities, have an open opportunity society, unless he can deliver results.”

    Clinton’s comments came as Obama and U.S. lawmakers wrestle over spending cuts and tax hikes to reach a formula that will allow a deeply divided Congress to increase the government’s borrowing authority by Aug. 2.

    Republicans, under pressure from fiscal conservatives in their party, have rejected any tax hikes, complicating efforts to make a deal to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.

    Clinton — who has described the ballooning U.S. budget deficit as a national security threat — has criticized countries ranging from Pakistan to Guatemala for failing to adequately tax their wealthiest citizens. But her comments on Tuesday carried plenty of domestic resonance as Washington remained focused on Obama’s debt talks with Republicans.

    Clinton, who is in a pretty high tax bracket herself these days, said it was important to get the business community — in the mystery president’s country — to support efforts to grow more equitably, saying in some cases business people “may not fully grasp how important it is for their own self-interest to help make these investments in a better life in the future for their fellow citizens.”

    A staunch defender of Democratic policies both as U.S. first lady and as a Democratic senator from New York, Clinton has at times dipped her toe back into the U.S. domestic political debate — most recently in hailing New York state’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

    http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/2011/07/12/the-rich-and-taxes-clintons-lament/

  72. lol…Shadowfax…no apologies necessary.

    Clinton Links Trade, Commercial Diplomacy to ‘Economic Renewal’ in U.S.

    By Nicole Gaouette – Jul 12, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is strengthening the link between foreign policy and U.S. prosperity, stressing the role of trade and diplomacy in generating economic growth.

    “Our foreign policy must be a force for economic renewal here in America,” Clinton said in an address to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a group of businesses that support international affairs budget today.

    Clinton has made commercial diplomacy a hallmark of her tenure, promoting U.S. trade interests and investment in the almost 600,000 miles of travel she has logged as secretary of state.

    As lawmakers and the administration seek to pare federal spending, the top U.S. diplomat is making the case that State Department resources must be protected so that the agency can continue to open markets for U.S. companies and in doing so create U.S. jobs.

    “The 1 percent of our budget we spend on diplomacy and development is not what is driving our deficit,” Clinton told the business group. “Not only can we afford to maintain a strong civilian presence, we can’t afford not to.”

    Clinton’s emphasis on commercial diplomacy reflects an awareness that 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S., according to U.S. Chamber of Commerce figures. It is also driven by her belief that economic engagement can promote political stability and more transparent government in countries such as Vietnam and Iraq.

    Strengthening Relationships

    “Developing our commercial ties, two-way trade, investment relations are ways of also strengthening our overall relationship with these countries,” Robert Hormats, under secretary for economic affairs, said in an interview. “Commercial diplomacy works hand in hand with strengthening ties in various areas of foreign policy and national security.”

    Part of that effort includes development aid, which Clinton described as “a major economic opportunity.”

    The U.S. spent about $110 billion in today’s dollars on the Marshall Plan rebuilding Europe after World War II, Clinton said. “We now export $240 billion of goods to the EU every single year,” she said.

    Those opportunities are growing, with half of U.S. exports already going to the developing world, Clinton said. And as urban centers grow by 65 million people a year “countries are building ports, stadiums and highways.”

    She pointed to India’s announcement of a $1 trillion plan to improve its infrastructure over the next five years and Brazil’s plan to pour $100 billion into preparations for the 2016 Olympics.

    ‘Positioned to Compete’

    “We need to make sure that American construction companies are positioned to compete for contracts and take part in this global construction boom,” Clinton said.

    As she urged U.S. companies to “lean forward” into overseas markets, Clinton pointed out that there are larger stakes, as economic strength often translates into political influence.

    “If we don’t seize the opportunities available today, other countries will,” she said in one of a few veiled references to China. Those countries will fight for their companies, promote their own economic models, win the jobs “and even claim the mantle of global leadership,” Clinton said.

    The effort to promote U.S. trade is being taken up across the administration, including the departments of Treasury and Commerce. Within her own agency, Clinton has announced the creation of a chief economist position, an Under Secretariat for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment and a Bureau for Energy and Natural Resources.

    ‘Reverse Road Shows’

    Clinton has also expanded the practice of “reverse road shows,” in which U.S. diplomats travel domestically to promote opportunities in the region where they are posted, particularly to smaller- and medium-sized businesses.

    Those companies willing to make the plunge will get the administration’s “full support,” Clinton promised.

    Clinton referred at one point to China’s procurement policy of favoring domestic companies, saying her agency will push back against such steps.

    “We work to protect intellectual property, resist favoritism for state-owned enterprises and protest discrimination against our companies in procurement,” she said. “And we insist on a level playing field for our investors.”

    Doing that will take resources, she said. “To win the resources, we need political will,” Clinton said.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-07-12/clinton-links-trade-commercial-diplomacy-to-economic-renewal-in-u-s-.html

  73. Plane problems force Bill Clinton to miss Betty Ford’s funeral

    July 12, 2011

    Former President Clinton will be unable to attend former First Lady Betty Ford’s funeral Tuesday in Palm Desert after his plane was unable to take off due to mechanical problems.

    Clinton was to fly from New York to Washington to meet his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and fly with her to the service, the Associated Press reported.

    Spokesman Matt McKenna told the AP that the Clintons spoke by telephone and agreed that she should fly to the service without him rather than risk arriving late.

    Along with First Lady Michelle Obama, former first ladies Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan and Rosalynn Carter will attend the service at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Former President George W. Bush also will attend, although his wife will not.

    Tuesday’s memorial will begin with a private family service in the late morning, followed by a second service for dignitaries and invited guests at 2 p.m. The Ford family has invited the public to pay their respects at the church from 5 p.m. to midnight.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/07/bill-clinton-wont-attend-betty-fords-funeral-due-to-mechanical-problems-on-plane.html?lanow

  74. Drudges headline in red:

    “OBAMA THREATENS TO HOLD UP SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS”

    Maybe that will scare the wimpy pea dispenser.

  75. Admin I agree that Barry doesn’t care about SS, Medicare or anything but himself.

    I did read that link you posted for turndown about some Republican’s not necessarily wanting to hurt these programs, but I have heard many Republican’s that are running for office say that something has to be done to these programs because the Gov. can’t afford them.

    I also know they do not want to be the ones that come out and take the hit from the public if these programs are reduced.

    So, my question is…why do you still think Republican’s will not hurt these programs any more than Barry will?

  76. JanH
    July 12th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Plane problems force Bill Clinton

    —-
    Thank God the Big Dawg is okay. I don’t want to think of life without either of the Clintons.

  77. JanH
    July 12th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Plane problems force Bill Clinton
    __________________

    Yup, I call that Divine Intervention. After watching admin’s Obama video- In some sick way Obama is enjoying saying he will cut SS and MC programs. THis Jackass has got to go!

  78. Looking for Ulsterman-

    Seems like his site has been taken over by a nutjob called Ulsterwoman…

  79. Obama probably begged Bill- Don’t Go!… Stay, to help me figure out a way out of the Budget Crisis..

  80. Mrs. Smith 4:11: enjoying saying he will cut SS and MC programs.
    —————
    Strange [NOT] that these are the first cuts that come to his mind….

  81. OT, but the Republicans are playing hardball. Their plan? Ok, Obama, you can have your debt ceiling increase, and whatever offsetting cuts you want.

    But you and you alone will own it. You’ve spent 2 years (really your whole life) trying to slide out of responsibility, make everything under the sun someone else’s fault (including your own party and base when convenient), so here’s the deal. It’s time for you to take a stand and own and be held accountable for a decision:

    here’s how the proposed plan would work: Republicans in Congress would agree to vote to authorize the president to propose three separate incremental debt ceiling increases, spaced over the remainder of his term. He would be required to couple each request with a corresponding set of spending cuts that exceed the dollar amount of his sought-after debt limit hike. These cuts would be of his choosing alone. The first pair of requests would come prior to the August 2 deadline. It would be for roughly $700 Billion. The next requests, for $900 Billion, would come in the fall, and the final tranche (also for $900 Billion) would be scheduled for summer of 2012 — in the thick of the campaign cycle.

    In all likelihood, on each occasion, Republicans would overwhelmingly vote to disapprove of the president’s debt ceiling increase request. This allows GOP members (and almost certainly some vulnerable Democrats) to technically vote “no” on raising the debt ceiling. If, as is likely, simple majorities in both houses vote to disapprove of the president’s requests, he’d be forced to veto each disapproval, pinging the issue back to Capitol Hill. If Congress can’t override those vetos with 2/3 majorities (and Republicans won’t have the votes, even with some Democrats), the debt ceiling will increase. But not without the exacting a substantial political price from the president and his allies in Congress. They will own the debt ceiling hike. Period.

    It’s a little complicated, but my reading of it is they are authorizing X amount in debt ceiling increase. The conditions they are putting on it are that:

    a) it will happen in 3 timed increments, each of which has to be requested by the president.

    b) the accompanying required cuts will be his to choose.

    b) because it is already authorized, even if congress votes no each time, all he has to do is veto to get both his increase and his cuts automatically. So he owns it. All of it. While they can still vote against each increase if they want.

    Solely from a tactics standpoint, this is fucking brilliant knife-fight politics. If they get this passed, they have just taken the entire debt ceiling/cuts debate and shoved it right down Obama’s throat and told him to choke on it.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2011/07/12/breaking_mcconnell_proposes_alternative_debt_ceiling_deal

  82. I’ll have to think some more on whether I think it’s a good idea economically. But the thought of Obama being required to publicly make a damn decision, all by his widdle lonesome, with no one to blame for the effects but himself, no deflecting onto either the evil republicans or the dirty hippies, is very appealing to me.

    McConnell said: Come on, Mr. Glib and Slippery. Take a stand. I dare ya. 😀

  83. The downside is that they risk pissing off some of their base with it, for sure.

    But if they really saw no way around raising the debt ceiling (which was going to piss off their base anyway), and were NOT going to either raise taxes or do suicidal cuts like Medicare, then this is a smart play.

    Do it, but make him own it every step of the way.

  84. Obama is not the defender of anything other than himself and his career. It is Obama who is pushing for Social Security/Medicare cuts – NOT the GOP in public or private

    ===============

    Interesting! But publicly attacking SS/M doesn’t sound like a very good way to defend his own career….

  85. I’ll have to think some more on whether I think it’s a good idea economically. But the thought of Obama being required to publicly make a damn decision, all by his widdle lonesome, with no one to blame for the effects but himself

    =============

    Might have a good effect — if it makes him call Bill Clinton.

  86. I feel like I am in the twilight zone…why does Admin not think the Rethugs are trying to tear down SS and Medicare?

    :Scratching head…:

  87. Great poll over at Uppity’s:

    Poll:
    Who has Barack Obama shafted the most?

    Gays and Lesbians
    Women
    Those annoying old people
    Jews
    Independents
    The Middle Class
    People looking for jobs
    What’s left of his base
    Doctors
    Moderates
    Stop with these difficult tests, will you?
    Border States
    Young people waiting for their ponies.
    Where is All Of The Above when I need it?

  88. BTW, Professor Jacobson has a smart analysis as to the damage Obama is doing to Dimocrats (other than himself as he intends to try to fool/appeal to independents and the great majority who want the deficit/debt addressed):

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2011/07/obama-throws-democrats-mediscare-campaign-off-a-cliff/

    Almost the entire Democratic Party theme for the 2012 elections at every level is that evil Republicans want to destroy “Medicare as we know it,” whereas Democrats want to save the program by raising taxes on the “rich.”

    As Michael Alan documented here, groups behind the “Mediscare” campaign already have started running advertisements against the Ryan plan to reform Medicare. This video of a Paul Ryan-like figure throwing Grandma off a cliff epitomizes the Democratic Party campaign theme:

    Yet at the press conference yesterday, Obama made an admission which directly undermines the Democratic campaign theme, and in fact reveals Democrats who want no changes to Medicare to be the real threat:

    And what I’ve tried to explain to them [Democrats] is, number one, if you look at the numbers, then Medicare in particular will run out of money and we will not be able to sustain that program no matter how much taxes go up. I mean, it’s not an option for us to just sit by and do nothing.

    What hurts Democrats the most is not even the part of the statement about Medicare running out of money, it’s the part “no matter how much taxes go up.” But isn’t that the Democratic plan, to raise taxes on the rich to save Medicare and other entitlements?

    So, according to Obama, the Democratic plan to save Medicare will not work no matter how much taxes are raised. That is a message which will resonate.

    Democrats are the party of Medicare failure. Just ask Obama.

    video at link.

  89. That Uppity has more darn funny stuff going on. Photos of humans ‘enjoying’ nature, and this:

    Obama 3-year Presidential Checklist of Recurring Tasks.

    Alienate Seniors. Check.

    Play golf. Check.

    Alienate women. Check.

    Have somebody use the Race Card. Check.

    Go on vacation. Check.

    Alienate Jews. Check.

    Break another promise. Check.

    Have somebody use the Race Card. Check.

    Give banks money. Lotsa money. Check.

    Behave like a petulant 10 year-old. Check.

    Play golf. Check.

    Alienate Christians. Check.

    Alienate Atheists. Check.

    Discuss Sharia Law with BFFs. Check.

    Play golf. Check.

    Receive the Nobel Peace Prize for being elected. Check. Enter two wars and extend a third. Check.

    Giggle on The View. Check.

    Print more money to give away to Wall Street sponsors. Check.

    Play golf. Check.

    Appear on Ms. Magazine cover as “What A Feminist Looks Like”. Put Stupak in an Executive Order. Check.

    Give failing motor companies money. Lotsa money. Check.

    Alienate Gays and Lesbians. Check.

    Go on vacation. Check.

    Read a speech to subjects. Be late. Check.

    Print more money. Check.

    Go on vacation. Check.

    Make America Shovel Ready. Pending…

    Issue infuriating executive orders. Check.

    Trot out dog. Check.

    Put dog back in kennel. Check.

    Go on vacation. Check.

    Tell border patrols they had better not have a gun when they are getting killed. Check.

    Have photo taken swimming in protected bay- pretend to be swimming in Gulf. Order seafood from Maine. Check.

    Warn against impending “Skyrocketing Cost Of Energy”. Check.

    Implement “Skyrocketing Cost Of Energy” and send some “Price Signals”. Check.

    Try to improve poll numbers by throwing Osama overboard. Check.

    Wear out tires on AF-1 every two weeks. Check.

    Read another speech to subjects . Be late. Check.

    Alienate Independents. Check.

    Tell everybody not to “Jump to conclusions” when an Islamofascist opens fire and kills silly Americans. Check.

    Have somebody use the Race Card. Check.

    Photo with sports team. Check.

    Invite Presidents of Shitholes to interfere with USA laws. Check.

    Giggle on The View. Check.

    Check fresh water lobster and Kobe beef inventory. Check.

    Pretend to care. Fail. Retry. Fail. Retry. Fail.

    Read a speech to subjects. Be late. Check.

    Have a party every Wednesday. Check.

    Race card. Check.

    Profile old white ladies and children for groping and intimidation at airports. Check.

    Alienate the Middle Class. Double Check.

    Fundraiser. Check.

    Screw Israel. Check.

    Shoot hoops. Check.

    Read a speech. Check.

    Watch the ballgame. Check.

    Vacation. Check.

    Alienate Moderates. Check.

    Race card. Check.

    Play Golf. Check.

    Fundraiser. Check.

    Shoot hoops. Check.

    Watch the ballgame. Check.

    Alienate what’s left of your foolish base. Check.

    Laugh at base behind their backs. Check.

    Fundraiser. Check.

    Secret meetings with Health Insurers. Check.

    Screw up health care. Check.

    Exempt a couple of thousand of your best friends and health care reform pimps from actual failed health care reform. Check.

    Photo with sports team.

    Go on vacation AND play golf. Check.

    Hide the real unemployment rate. Check.

    Tank the Democratic Party. Pending…

    Fundraiser. Check.

    Pretend the economy is improving. Check.

    Fundraiser. Check.

    Destroy Medicare. Partial Check. Remainder pending…

    Fundraiser. Check.

    Lunch with Wall Street. Check.

    Play golf. Check.

    Lose three wars concurrently. Check.

    Go on vacation. Check.

    Destroy Social Security. Pending…

    Run for re-election. Check.

    Did I leave anything out?

  90. Shadowfax, Obama is the one with the plan to destroy Social Security. It is the Republicans who want a short term extension without addressing Social Security. When Bush tried to destroy SS he failed because the Democratic Party existed. Now the threat is Obama. Without Obama Dimocrats Social Security is safe. The Republicans are not the problem.

  91. admin
    July 12th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    BTW, Professor Jacobson

    ——
    So Admin, are you saying Medicare can not be saved by either party?

    How about Social Security, is it doomed too in your opinion, by both parties?

  92. If he gets a 2nd term, he will be reckless with a vengeance. His passive aggression will kick in with steroids.

  93. Admin, so the Republican’s want cuts to spending for the short term, and even though they talk about ‘entitlement reform’, gov. is too big, it needs to be fixed…they could do nothing to destroy it until 2012 if they get into office?

  94. Yes, I noticed McConnell’s tone has changed-

    There is something afoot going on behind the scenes…

    The Rethugs seem to be in abeyance waiting for the other shoe to drop on Obama.

  95. Yes pm317, Baracko’s possible second term would need to change his logo to the middle finger salute.

  96. Admin, somehow I don’t feel confident that just because Bush couldn’t destroy SS and Medicare, that it can’t happen with these Repubs that are running. I sure hope you are right on this one.

  97. Shadow-

    I have been feeling sick all day..

    Not really sick sick… but how you feel when your gut is telling you something big or bad is going to happen. A feeling of dread you just cannot shake…

  98. No, Shadowfax, most Republicans do not want to see an end to SS and Medicare. Nor do they want immediate and useless cuts in benefits. They would, however, like to see it solvent for the future, as would many Democrats. Which will require a sensible and long-term plan to make it self-sustaining.

    Obama’s “cut SS and Medicare” crap was nothing more than a cynical ploy to try to hang that around the R’s neck, get them to vote for it, then claim THEY “forced him into it”.

    I had someone the other day tell me that Ryan’s plan is just an attempt to end the idea of SS altogether and blindly throw granny to the stock market wolves. Bullshit. Does anyone actually READ these proposals before they opine and get hysterical? Ryan’s plan does not force you to put your SS contributions into the stock market, and if there is a bad year and you lose your shirt, too bad.

    It gives people an option (they do not have to, they can stay on the regular plan) of sending their SS contributions to an invested pension fund (with several fund options). It is really not very different from the deal that federal employees get – it is a DEFINED BENEFIT fund, which means that even if there is a lean year, the govt makes up the difference, and you still get a check. If there are good years, you get to keep all the profit.

    The amounts that go into these accounts are actually progressive – i. e. they are weighted in favor of the low income folks.

    Low-income Americans are likely to benefit most from the personal account arrangement, should they choose it. They will have an unprecedented opportunity to join the investor class and increase their personal wealth, and also will be allowed to have larger personal accounts than others. Further, both those who remain in the current system, and those who opt for personal savings accounts, will receive increased benefits. All individuals in the traditional system who meet certain working requirements will be ensured that their minimum benefits are equal to at least 120 percent of the Federal poverty level, an improvement from current law. Those in the personal account system will be guaranteed a minimum of at least 150 percent of the Federal poverty level.

    The use of progressive price indexing for lower-income workers (see below) will also allow the benefits for lower-income workers to grow faster than those who have greater means to provide for their retirement. These changes will ensure the system favors those individuals who are most reliant on it for support. In fact, according to a distributional analysis by the CBO, lower-income workers should see an increase in their benefits above currently scheduled benefits.

    Are there some potential problems with the Ryan plan? Yes. And those problems ought to be discussed. But it truthfully makes more sense to me to allow people to invest their retirement money and actually make some interest on it, instead of just stuffing it under the govt mattress as we do now, gaining no interest at all. So long as the safety net is there, and you still get the govt back-up in case a particular investment fund bottoms out, where is the problem with that? The more the cost of SS is offset by investment gains, the less we as taxpayers have to chip in, AND people still get their retirement check. If this is so crazy an idea, how come all those govt employees who have EXACTLY this sort of pension setup are not screaming about being “abused” by it?

    Is there opportunity for unscrupulous fund managers to steal? Could be. Pension funds have been mismanaged in the past. There would have to be some serious protections in place. But the current “gain no interest at all, just stuff it under the mattress” SS plan has been stolen and robbed too. Keeping it all away from the markets is no guarantee of honesty and safety, as we’ve seen.

    I’m not at all gung-ho for Ryan’s plan. I think it has some issues that need to be debated. He has good points and bad points. But I want that debate to happen honestly, not just running around screaming that the evil Ryan wants to steal granny’s check for Wallstreet to piss it away and leave her with nothing.

    That is not helpful, and it’s a lie.

  99. Shadowfax, I think there are some out there on both the D and the R side who would like to screw us all over to serve their money masters. Those people will do it while claiming all along to be on the side of the angels. They exist. And there are a very few uber-libertarians who don’t believe in a govt safety net at all.

    But I do think most people, right and left, and many politicians on both sides, want to see it saved, even if re-worked somehow. We need to have conversations about what our options are at some point, without the mouthpieces cynically vying for political gain and votes shouting “You hate granny!” or “You’re a filthy communist” at each other.

  100. The GOP only want to cut SS/Medicare when they are in charge and therefore get a say in who benefits. That’s why they loved W’s fiddling with Medicare so that the Health Insurance companies benefitted.
    If they let BO fiddle with SS, they will be out in the cold when the kickbacks roll in.

  101. HillaryforTexas

    I honestly don’t know as much as you do about investing, I don’t have anything to invest ;-(, I just want something that can’t be taken away or borrowed by Uncle Barcko or any other Gov. jerk. I want to depend on what I have worked for. I don’t even expect profit, I just expect honesty and security for what I put in.

  102. ‘I have been feeling sick all day..

    Not really sick sick… but how you feel when your gut is telling you something big or bad is going to happen. A feeling of dread you just cannot shake…’

    Interesting. I have heard several others say the same thing over the past week, including my hair stylist.

  103. I agree HillaryforTX, that we need to have an honest conversation about options, I just don’t have a fuzzy feeling that any of these people are being honest.
    Wonder why – after 2008 I don’t trust most people in DC.

  104. Shadowfax, I think that is the biggest problem in the country today, from which all the other problems flow.

    Nobody, left or right, trusts the “other” side or even their “own” side.

  105. Mrs S and Basil

    ‘I have been feeling sick all day..

    I have been feeling this way for about two weeks, that’s why some days I don’t post much.

    I feel like I am at the bottom of a black hole and can’t find the way to crawl out. News is always terrible, things get worse and doom and gloom may be right around the corner.

    Some days I need to make shit up (to myself) just to feel better, like false hope is better than no hope at all. Like Hillary running for President again, or maybe Trump jumping into the race, or what ever seems hopeful.

    The mind can only handle so much negativity.

  106. Durbin: with Obie until the bitter end, I suppose. And Geithner won’t mind ir churches ‘dabble in advocacy’ as long as they don’t lobby.
    Sen. Dick Durbin is calling on churches, synagogues and mosques to carve out time this fall to discuss the so-called DREAM Act with their congregations, despite federal restrictions on lobbying that often apply to religious institutions. The Illinois Democrat is reaching out to the faith community as he tries to advocate for passage of the controversial proposal that would provide a pathway to legal status for illegal immigrants who attend college or join the military. A coalition of religious organizations — which see the bill as a humane immigration proposal — had already been pushing for what they call the DREAM Act “Sabbath.” Under the plan backed by Durbin on Tuesday, congregations across America would devote a Sabbath service this fall to discussing the immigration bill. The senator’s office, though, insists the exercise is completely above board in terms of IRS law. Durbin spokesman Max Gleischman said the churches are not necessarily being asked to advocate for the legislation. And, in the event these congregations do dabble in advocacy, Gleischman said it certainly wouldn’t amount to lobbying.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/12/durbin-urges-churches-to-discuss-dream-act-with-congregations/

  107. Basil, its that feeling something is in the air, that something is gonna happen, i’ve had that feeling for a while now, its like a feeling of dread, knotted stomach.

  108. The mind can only handle so much negativity.

    The last time I got like that I just took a complete politics break for several months. I played with my grandbaby, worked in the garden, chatted on facebook about books and recipes and family stuff, and never watched the news or visited a blog at all. I just lived my little life and refused to obsess. It helped, and I’ll do it again when need be.

    Sometimes you have to, or you’ll go nuts.

  109. Good advise, HFT-

    Just not now- Something is going to bust loose and this is not the time to take a break. I just wish it would get over so we can move on..

  110. HillaryforTexas
    July 12th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Excellent post, and I agree with you, I know many repubs, small limited govt types, they believe in a safety net, many of them had to rely on it at one point in their lives. So, far I have seen Ryan’s plan, there are some issues I have with it, but at least he is addressing that it has to be fixed, because it will get worse for seniors.

  111. Ok now for pure escapism, Dallas has been rebooted and is coming back next year and here is the first trailer for it.

    Sue Ellen looks fabulous.

  112. I also might add, I do know 2 very far righties, anytime I brought up gun control, they accused me of spitting on the Constitution. But those far righties are a small minority of the conservatives I know.

  113. The ironic thing is, if Waffles had not crammed down ObamaCare, and all sorts of other anti-business crap in the last 2.5 years, the revenues to the govt would be even higher, and we would have had more time to deal with the deficit. but instead he used the crisis of 2008 to enlarge govt more, and stangle businesses more, just were they were barely getting their confidence back. Obamacare, the threat of cap n tax, EPA going after manufacturers, “free” card check, and on and on and on.

    Kind of like pouring cement on a bunch of seedlings and wondering why no plants are growing.

  114. ““I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” ”

    LIAR. He seems to take great pleasure in saying this, just like he took great pleasure is seeing healthcare stocks plummet last year. He is one sick man.

  115. http://money.cnn.com/2011/07/11/news/economy/immelt_chamber_jobs_summit/index.htm?iid=HP_Highlight

    “GE Immelt lectures biz owners: ‘Stop complaining about government’…”

    Excuse my french, but what a PO$, small businesses like mine don’t have lobbyists and friends in the ruling class in the WH to get us out of paying no taxes, regulations that harm our companies. Want to talk about loopholes Waffles?? how about instead of those private jets you and your missus love to travel in, how about getting rid of loopholes for GE, who pay absolutely NO taxes.

  116. Grassley & Issa name Holder’s “Dirty Dozen” of Gunwalker conspirators at the DOJ.
    Issa names the goons he is going after. I’ve managed to get the full letter from elsewhere. This is gonna be fun, Issa is gonna crack heads.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-fast-and-furious-probe-20110712,0,3819584.story?track=rss

    July 11, 2011

    The Honorable Eric Holder
    Attorney General
    U.S. Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Avennue, NW
    Washington DC 20530

    Dear Attorney General Holder:

    As our investigation in Operation Fast and Furious has progressed, we have learned that senior officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ), including Senate-confirmed political appointees, were unquestionably aware of the implementation of this reckless program. Therefore it is necessary to review communications between and among these senior officials. As such, please provide all records relating to communications between and among the following individuals regarding Operation Fast and Furious:

    1. David Ogden, Former Deputy Attorney General;

    2. Gary Grindler, Officer of the Attorney General and former Acting Deputy Attorney General;

    3. James Cole, Deputy Attorney General;

    4. Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General;

    5. Kenneth Blanco, Deputy Assistant Attorney General;

    6. Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General;

    7. John Keeney, Deputy Assistant Attorney General;

    8. Matt Axelrod, Associate Deputy Attorney General;

    9. Ed Siskel, Former Associate Deputy Attorney General;

    10. Brad Smith, Office of the Deputy Attorney General;

    11. Kevin Carwhile, Section Chief, Capitol Case Unit; and

    12. Joseph Cooley, Criminal Fraud Section.

    These records should include e-mails, memoranda, briefing papers, and handwritten notes. Additionally, any records related to communications referring to a large firearms trafficking case within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or in Phoenix should be included in any production.

    Please provide this information no later than July 18, 2011, at noon. If you have any questions regarding this request, please contact Tristan Leavitt in Ranking Member Grassley’s office at (202) 224-5225 or Henry Kerner of Chairman Issa’s Committee staff at (202) 225-5074. I look forward to receiving your response.

    Sincerely,

    Darrell Issa, Chairman, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

    Charles Grassley, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary

    cc: The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

    The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy, Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

  117. Holy Mary.

    One lucky person or syndicate in Britain has scooped the entire EuroMillions jackpot of £166 million, the website for the lottery says.

    The £166 million prize for the draw, which took place on Tuesday night in Britain, was the biggest EuroMillions jackpot ever and the largest for a single winner, EuroMillions said.

    “This is amazing news,” a UK National Lottery spokesman told The Sun.

    ………………………….

    Thats a lot of dough for 1 person.

  118. We have plenty of time to deal with the deficit. This is a manufactured crisis. There is no there there. This is all political theater. We can actually borrow at zero percet interest right now. The debt ceiling will be raised. The richest country on earth will not and can not walk away from it’s debts. That is preposterous. Obama clearly does want to make cuts to SS and he wants to raise the Medicare eligibility age. He put these on the table during the phony debt ceiling debate of his own accord. These are the exact types of cuts the GOP would like to see to the New Deal, but clearly they don’t want to give Obama what they view as a political win. And, finally Ryan’s plan absolutely, unequivocally undoes the New Deal. Indeed, Ryan wants to write out most of the last 100 years of progress. If you didn’t understand that in his proposal, I suggest you reread. And, Obama has done nothing to hurt business. There is simply zero evidence of that. The stock market has rebounded wonderfully. Taxes are as low as they were under Bush, and little regulation has been enacted since Obama took office. What Obama hasn’t done is to actually provide enough relief and stimulus to the lower 80% of the citizenship to rebuild the middle class, which was decimated by the down turn.

    Politically, I think Obama completely screwed up by putting the New Deal on the chopping block, but Mitch McConnell seems to be ready to save Obama from himself, so there you go.

  119. #
    HillaryforTexas
    July 12th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    True, Mrs. Smith – I took my mental break during a bit of a lull!
    ____________________

    Oh- it’s not mental- It’s involuntary physical revulsion of pure evil that is making my stomach churn.

  120. but Mitch McConnell seems to be ready to save Obama from himself, so there you go.

    ————

    good to see you commenting. Explain this.

  121. Mrs. Smith
    July 12th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Good advise, HFT-

    Just not now- Something is going to bust loose and this is not the time to take a break. I just wish it would get over so we can move on.

    ——
    Yes, I think most of us are old enough to know when to go to outside comforts when things get too bleak.

    I keep wondering how bad it will get in the US before someone with real clout takes over the reins.

    Greece?
    Will things get like in the Great Depression where folks jump out of windows, or will DC grow the Hell up and start working for the citizens instead of their own damn, corrupt party bs.

  122. All I can say is Oh My God, if this is the way these people think, America is in so much trouble, so much trouble.

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/hhs-secretary-mandating-small-business-p

    “Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius told CNSNews.com on Monday that a provision in President Barack Obama’s health-care law that requires small businesses to begin buying health insurance for their workers when they hire their 50th employee–or otherwise pay a penalty to the federal government–”will actually be a great incentive” for businesses to grow.”

  123. Shadowfax, in reply to you at 5:59:

    When there was a Democratic Party with Democratic Party values nothing could destroy Social Security or necessary programs. A united Democratic Party could and would make the case that would save needed programs. Principles mostly guided the Party then and even with petty corruptions and the usual hackery things got done with the party principles as the loadstone. When needed, adjustments would be made – but the Republicans knew it [SS etc.] was a third rail and the honest Dems made sure that the big and small tweaks needed were made.

    Now there is no Democratic Party. Nothing is safe. There are Obama Dimocrats and Obama who utilize the iconography and verbiage of the dead Dem Party to their advantage but they have no core Democratic Party values. The more cynical and corrupt ones like Obama twist the heritage of the once great party for their own advancement. These crooks know SS is where the money is and they want their hands on it (TARP was not enough). The stupid variety of Obama Dim enjoy their membership in a cult and all the advantages/fun cults supply.

    Where there is a will there is a way, but principles are needed and leaders are required who are not so psychologically blistered by daddy wanting to put him up for adoption and mommy chasing men of all shades but her own that every act is a served on a narcissistic altar built on deceptions and delusions.

    We cited Professor Jacobson only to point out that for the sake of his reelection Obama has hurt others running for office by destroying the planned Mediscare campaign. Obama is also grabbing all the big donor money and leaving none for others running next year (he wants big donors to max out to him and DNC accounts set up only to help him).

    Our efforts post 2008 have been to get rid of Obama and his cult in order to restore the Democratic Party of FDR/Hillary Clinton. Until that resurrection takes place there will be no champions to cheer for. What we need is a Democratic Party that fights for its principles and a Republican Party that fights for its principles and all other voices heard as well. But so long as there is a party posing as the Democratic Party that steals elections for its chosen candidates (see, Hillary Clinton and also Paul Hackett) we have nothing. At least when the Republicans stole elections they stole it from Democrats.

  124. moononpluto
    July 12th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    sorry forgot the link

    ————–
    Dallas, with Bobby and Jr and some new eye candy.
    Hmmmmm, remakes are usually not as good, but worth giving it a chance.

    What the Hell is up with men as they age and the damned winged eyebrows? Down’t they know how to use scissors? Does he wax them like a ‘stache?

    Ick!!!!

  125. They may have trouble with scissors, but I seem to have trouble with typos…

    Sorry

    Down’t Don’t

  126. Shadowfax
    July 12th, 2011 at 1:14 pm
    Personally I don’t have a horse in the race for 2012.

    Hillary probably won’t toss her headband in, and who knows if Trump will ever run.

    All the rethugs want to destroy SS and Medicare, so for me…I just want Ubama out and none of the Rethugs in.
    ——-

    I agree!

  127. What is going on with Obama and the repub leaders is political brinksmanship with neither side actually planning to follow through with the threats. Obama claims we can’t pay entitlments if the debt ceiling isn’t raised. That’s a lie but meant to make the repubs look bad. They on the other hand, are trying to make Obama look bad by blaming him because they refuse to make a debt deal. Which one will blink? Probably both.

  128. I do not remember it being this bad during the Carter years, oh it was pretty bad, but there something that seems very deliberate and almost planned about all this.

  129. On Uppity’s list of who Obama has shafter the most, I added
    ‘the FDR Democratic Party’.

  130. My June horoscope said that on July 14th a major male world leader would step down or lose office. I posted this in June and been waiting to see what happens on or near the 14th.

  131. All the rethugs want to destroy SS and Medicare, so for me…I just want Ubama out and none of the Rethugs in.
    *********************
    That’s why I hoped Trump would actually run, but no such luck.

  132. ProudMilitaryMom, on July 12, 2011 at 1:47 PM said:
    imust- and he made that comment knowing full well Social Security is SELF FUNDING! Has nothing whatsoever to do with the damn debt- other than the money they stole from it and have not put back!
    ********************
    I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  133. Obama is lying out his ass, trying the scare seniors. There is enough money there to pay SS, etc, it’s just that all non-essential stuff would shut down.

    And BTW, whether I like their budget or not, at least the R House PASSED ONE. At least they put it out there, what their plan is, for the people to see and judge.

    I am still gobsmacked that we are 2.5 years into this, and Obama and the D Senate have yet to put forward a goddamned budget at all.

    How the fuck can the rest of Congress make these tough decisions about expenditures, cuts, taxes, etc, when Obama won’t even put forward a PLAN of what he wants to do? And how can he parade around talking like he is “the adult in the room” when his caucus has NO PLAN on paper whatsoever???? Who is the fucking “party of NO” here?

    If the R’s had a lick of sense, they’d be pounding on that nonstop:

    The Dems are the party of NO budget

    The Dems are the party of NO concrete plans

    The Dems are the party of NO responsibility for how to accomplish their vague goals

    “Stop talking in vague ideas and GIVE US A BUDGET, Mr. President, so we can even begin to MAKE these decisions.”

    Are the R’s just stupid, or inept, or what?

  134. Well, we know the money is in the Treasury to pay the bills- no matter what Obama says:
    _____________________

    Federal Tax Revenues Have Exceeded Interest Payments 20-Fold—Since U.S. Hit Debt Limit

    Monday, July 11, 2011
    By Terence P. Jeffrey

    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama said last Friday that the administration and Congress needs to cut a deal by Aug. 2 to increase the legal limit on the federal debt “to make sure that America does not default.”

    Yet, the actual accounting done by the U.S. Treasury Department shows that federal tax revenues have exceeded interest payments on the federal debt by 20-fold since the Treasury announced on May 16 that the federal government had hit the current legal limit on the national debt.

    In fact, since the government hit the debt limit on May 16, the ongoing flow of federal tax revenue has been more than sufficient to cover the combined costs of federal spending on interest payments, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Veterans Affairs department and federal workers wages and insurance benefits (including wages and insurance benefits for military personnel).

    Specifically, according to the Daily Treasury Statements, as of the close of business on May 16, the federal government had taken in $1.333454 trillion in tax revenues since the beginning of fiscal 2011. By the close of business on July 7, tax revenues for fiscal 2011 had grown to $1.629630 trillion. Therefore, between May 16 and July 7 the federal government took in a total of $296.176 billion in new tax revenue.

    In that same time period, total interest payments on the national debt equaled $14.632 billion.

    Thus, the new tax revenue of $296.176 billion the federal government took in between May 16 and July 7 was enough to pay the federal government’s $14.632 billion in interest obligations during that period 20 times over.

    Also during that same period, the federal government’s combined expenditures for interest payments on the national debt, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Veterans Affairs department and federal workers wages and insurance benefits equaled $270.151 billion.

    Thus, since hitting the legal limit on the federal debt on May 16, the federal government could have spent its $296.176 billion in new tax revenues to pay for its combined $270.151 billion in expenses for interest, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Veterans Affairs and federal workers wages and insurance benefits and still had $26.025 billion in additional tax revenue to spend on other government activities.

    For another $2.198 billion, for example, the government could have covered all Justice Department programs between May 16 and July 7—thus bringing its surplus revenue for the post-debt-limit period down to $23.827.

    For another $11.233 billion, the government could have covered all its Housing and Urban Development programs between May 16 and July 7—thus bringing its surplus revenue for the post-debt-limit period down to $12.594 billion.

    For another $6.988 billion, the government could have covered all its Federal Highway Administration programs between May 16 and July 7—thus bringing it surplus revenue for the post-debt-limit period down to $5.606 billion.

    What it could not have done between May 16 and July 7, using the tax revenue that came in during that period, was pay the interest on the debt, maintain all the big entitlement programs (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security), plus veterans benefits, plus all wages and insurance benefits for federal workers (including military personnel) AND paid all the money that the government planned to pay Defense Department vendors.

    During the period of May 16 to July 7, the government paid $56.734 billion to Defense vendors, according to the Treasury Department.

    So if, from May 16 to July 7, the government had added the $56.734 billion paid to Defense vendors to the $270.151 billion in combined costs for interest, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Veterans Affairs and federal workers wages and insurance benefits, the government would have had total costs of $326.885 billion for the period.

    Given that it took in $296.176 billion in tax revenue for the period that would have put the government in the red by $30.709 billion.

    Still, $30.709 billion borrowed over a period of 52 days works out to a rate of $590.55 million in borrowing per day–or $188.992 billion in borrowing per year.

    That beats what the government is doing now by well over $1 trillion. According to the latest estimate of the Congressional Budget Office, this year’s deficit will reach $1.399 trillion.

    The calculations in this article are based on numbers reported in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Daily Treasury Statements for May 16, 2011 and July 7, 2011.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/federal-tax-revenues-have-exceeded-inter

  135. The first thing that needs to be defunded, those turtle bridges!, then Michelle Anoinette’s french fry allowance!! then ObamaCare!, then 1/3 of the EPA!, then 20% of all congressmen/women, WH every federal employee’s salary. This all should save at least 100-150 billion for next years budget.

  136. After Obama’s presser the stock decline came as expected. Here’s the link:

    h.. w.. advfn.com/?adw=70002&kwc=Dow_Jones

    Obama did his best to artificially ramp up the market. Afterall, nothing is as it seems when everything he touches is fake… just imagine what the Markets would have looked like today without Obama’s covert Ca$h infusions .
    ______________________

    #
    Mrs. Smith
    July 11th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Geither and Bernache have been feeding billions of dollars into the system staging the economy in preparation for all the Bad news coming our way-
    _________________

    The Biggest Fed Money Pump Since Lehman Went Under…

    Phoenix Capital Research’s picture

    Submitted by Phoenix Capital Research on 07/11/2011 19:41 -0400

    It happened on the week of June 27 2011. If you’re looking for a reason that stocks have been ramped so much higher in the last two weeks. This is it.

    Indeed, for the week ended June 27, the Fed flooded the financial system with $76 BILLION in liquidity. Bill King of the King Report puts that number into perspective noting that it’s BIGGEST increase since September 22, 2008 right after Lehman Brothers collapsed.

    That’s right, the Fed just juiced the system as much as it did when Lehman Brothers went under. While a shockingly large single money pump, the Fed’s generally been flooding the system with liquidity at a pace equal to that of 2008 since the beginning of the year.

    In 2008, the Fed put roughly $1 trillion in liquidity into the system to try and hold things up. So far in 2011, it’s put in nearly $700 billion. You think that the recession ended and systemic risk has gone away? Explain this one.

    In simple terms, it’s clear that beneath his attempted calm, Ben Bernanke is in fact scared stiff. Why else would he be printing money night and day? If the financial system was indeed stable and secure, why is he pumping money at the same pace as 2008?

    This all ties in with what I’ve been saying for months now… that 2008 was in fact the warm up and that the REAL Crisis is fast approaching. And when it hits, the Fed will be POWERLESS to stop it. Because this time it will be entire countries, NOT just Wall Street banks that collapse. So what’s coming will be the equivalent of 2008 all over again, along with food shortages, civil unrest, outbreaks in crime, bank holidays, and the like. It will, in short, be like what’s going on in the Middle East today. (except this is the biggest Ponzi scheme ever run by the government and the Fed)

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/biggest-fed-money-pump-lehman-went-under

  137. “the Fed’s generally been flooding the system with liquidity at a pace equal to that of 2008 since the beginning of the year.”

    The problem is a million times worse, in 2008, it was a liquidity issue, there was not enough money in the system, and debts have to be rolled over could not be because there was no money. This time, its a solvency problem, yes we can lots and lots of money printed up swooshing around in the economy, but that money is debt, that money has to be paid back at some point. And now the debt is gotten so huge, people and businesses are scared, and justly so.

  138. Why do the rethugs have no ground army? I mean people on the street going door to door. I am not crazy bout the Ryan plan but it is nothing like I have seen on TV. Why not be out there with their own fact checks, Nothing zip. Middle America hears Vanderbilts grand twink lamenting the death of SS and they do zip but go on Fox to refute. Preaching to the choir. Take it to the streets. State what you stand for and deliver your message. Flock the media. Hmmmmmm? Sounds like someone out there.

  139. No doubt about it- Sm Business owners are scared with good reason. The Mom and Pop shops are the backbone of America. Lose them and America’s identity and it’s entrepreneurial spirit disappears.

  140. #
    pm317
    July 12th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    but Mitch McConnell seems to be ready to save Obama from himself, so there you go.

    ————

    good to see you commenting. Explain this.

    ===
    McConnell said he supports simply giving the President the right to raise the debt for the rest of his term provided he proposes nonbinding cuts to offset the debt. This is essentially a clean bill on the debt without having to go and raise ti again. Frankly, no one has ever lost a vote on raising the debt level. Again, this is a manufactured debate wherein Obama tried to ram through his debt commission recommendations, but since McConnell said the Senate Repubs will support essentially a clean bill, Obama won’t have his chance to enact his deficit reduction proposals. I think it would have been devastating politically for Obama and the Dems if a Democratic President had chipped away at the New Deal.

  141. cap and trade or its latest incarnation obliterates small business. How can a mom and pop restaurant compete with Applebee’s and their buying power?

  142. tim
    July 12th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Which businesses are scared? We’re borrowing at zero percent interest. There are no businesses scared of the national debt. If anything, they are scared that the American consumer has no purchasing power and refuses or can’t take on more personal debt. I wouldn’t necessarily say scared…more like realistic.

  143. All the businesses are scared. Drive though down town Main St.. For Rent- For Sale- Lease.. Selling to the bare Walls- Furniture Stores that have been in business for 50-60- yrs. Going, going, gone!

    Right on, Henry- Moms and Pops can’t compete with an Applebees or Wallys-

  144. Mrs. Smith
    July 12th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    —–

    That’s not fear. They don’t have customers. They don’t have customers because the American middle class consumer is broke.

  145. That’s not fear. They don’t have customers. They don’t have customers because the American middle class consumer is broke.
    ________________________

    Good thinkin’-

    Only business can’t borrow from the Banks at 0%- They can’t borrow at all because the Banks are hording their money and not lending… Real Estate agents are pulling their hair out by the roots because they spend spend spend on adverts but nothing is selling- Many sellers… NO buyers…

  146. “Which businesses are scared? We’re borrowing at zero percent interest. There are no businesses scared of the national debt.”

    Let me explain briefly. Lets say I have 20 employees, revenue about 20-30K a month, after 5 years of being in the red, finally in the black, barely, the business owner poured everything he/she has into that business, they have saved nothing for themselves. Now, lets say the debt, national debt is 14.5 trillion, that debt has to be paid off, see wall street companies were and are being propped up, corporations who have friends in the WH, ie GE, Google, pay no taxes, are subsidized (just because one massive company like GE pays no taxes doesn’t mean those taxes aren’t coming from somewhere else), all this accumulated a massive amount of debt, that debt has to be paid off.

    So, how does a debt get paid off? borrow that money or higher taxes (as Waffles likes to call it revenue generators). Now, take the first scenario, (the second one with the higher taxes is easy to see how this will stifle smaller businesses and those with no connections), to borrow that much money, eventually china, japan, any buyers of treasuries is going to say, America you sure have a lot of debt, we want a higher interest rate on the money we lend to you.
    (kind of like if you are deeply in debt, a bank will not lend you money unless you put up collateral or pay a higher interest rate)

    an interest rate hike of even 1% will be devastating to any servicing of rolling over a debt, especially for smaller companies that have margins of staying afloat very slim. So, why is it so low now? with a 14.5 trillion debt? Because we have been buying our own debt, kind of like if I owned a store, and I have a monopoly money printer, I print up that money to pay for my own store’s merchandise, this is what was known as QE, quantitative easing.
    Lots of money was printed up to make banks, not the local ones, the big ones, GE, etc, whole, but the taxpayer got stuck with the bill, there is no finite pot of money somewhere, that money is printed up, and then this new debt has to be paid off, either higher taxes coming down the road or if it is auctioned off (borrowed), then we will get higher rates, if there are still buyers for our debt.

    So, Mrs. Smith is absolutely correct, every and all biz are scared, and then add to this, massive new regulations from the EPA and the mother of all taxes, ObamaCare, which will structurally make it very hard to grow business in America.

    Demand is one thing, but a person with a job is much better idea and a way for demand in an economy, and businesses only grow when it is in their interests, not the govt, and they aren’t going to create new wealth just so Waffles can then “spread that wealth around”.

  147. My guess, is Bernanke and all will start asking for QE3, so more money printing, more stimulus, and the debt will continue to go up, the dollar will continue to get devalued, inflation will go up even more, those on fixed incomes will be hurt, middle class will the ones hurt the most.

  148. “every and all biz are scared, and then add to this, massive new regulations from the EPA and the mother of all taxes, ObamaCare, which will structurally make it very hard to grow business in America.”
    ________________

    Yes, I agree- Obama’s Signing Regs and Obama Care are business killers and every small business forced to close is not only hurting the sm business owner, but forcing former employees into the ranks of the unemployed. Could be years before they are employed again… and certainly not at their previous pay… and if they are 50 and over, they will most likely never be employed again.

  149. The domino effect continues… Job losses- no FICA witholding, No SS witholding…no one able to pay their mortgage, nothing going into State and local treasury’s, anemic RE Taxe collection, Cities and Towns go BK unable to sustain local PD, FD, Trash pickup services.

    The end result, CHAOS and BEDLAM!

  150. The R’s (and the public) are being asked to agree to tax increases while having no idea what use the money will be put to, or what the future plans for that money are, or having any clue whatsoever where that additional revenue will be going, because the Democrats have completely abdicated their responsibility to propose a budget for 2.5 years now.

    Personally, I would not support giving them a extra dime until they lay their budget plan out on the table so I can see it. I don’t do blank checks. Show me what your plan is, then we’ll talk. I’m more than happy to pay some more taxes if I like what I see. But I’m not agreeing to pay more for the sake of “Surprise Grab Bag Behind Door Number Two, To Be Revealed Later”.

    Show me your budget, Obama. Until then, talk to the hand.

  151. “Show me your budget, Obama. Until then, talk to the hand.”

    ———————–

    Brilliant bumper sticker material.

  152. Shorter version: Americans don’t want to just hand over their paychecks to a boob. And I don’t blame them. 😀

  153. JanH, the one at 1146 was great. She was actually echoing what the Donald said: China is laughing at us because we are so stupid in letting other countries stomp all over us.

    Gawd, were she in charge, she’d be fighting like a tiger for American business not to get bent over in trade deals. That was actually something she broke with Bill on – she counseled him at the time not to do NAFTA, that the promises wouldn’t be kept and we’d get screwed.

  154. admin
    July 12th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Shadowfax, in reply to you at 5:59:

    ———–
    Thanks for explaining your meaning Admin, I understand where you are coming from now.

    You rock Admin. 😉

  155. BigCatLover
    July 12th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    All the rethugs want to destroy SS and Medicare, so for me…I just want Ubama out and none of the Rethugs in.
    *********************
    That’s why I hoped Trump would actually run, but no such luck.

    —————
    I thought I was the only one that hoped that. 😉
    Trump did say if the Rethugs don’t put someone great in, that can beat Ubama, he would run as an independent. I also read that he went to a layer (?) to find out what he needed to do to run as an independent and what was the deadline to run that way…so, I have a morsel of hope he will do that.

  156. Jeeze Louise, my typos are crazy tonight and I can’t blame it on the iPad…

    layer (nope)

    LAWYER

  157. I was in a Goodwill store today, yeah that’s right, a Goodwill store today, and they had their radio playing when the radio personality mentioned how Michelle Øbama was caught stuffing her face in a Shake Shack in DC. The dj mentioned how she had a cheeseburger, fries, a chocolate shake, and a DIET COKE. The dj was laughing at the Diet Coke because of all the other crap she had ordered for herself. I chuckled to myself since it’s not the first time she’s been caught eating something that would increase the size of her keester. That meal was 1700 calories! So much for her let’s move campaign. Maybe she should have called her campaign, “let’s move to the Shake Shack and stuff our faces until we puke”.

    As a commenter to an article that I read tonight noted, this is something that Sarah Palin has said in the past… “Sarah Palin says, if it weren’t for double standards, liberals wouldn’t have any standards at all”. Man, she’s a smart lady, isn’t she?

    Here’s a story about that… http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/michelle-obamas-hamburger-calories-health

  158. nomobama,

    I’m wondering if they are sitting next to each other and looking over their shoulders?

  159. I don’t have anything to invest. I just want something that can’t be taken away or borrowed by Uncle Barcko or any other Gov. jerk. I want to depend on what I have worked for.

    ==============

    So how did the 401-k’s work out (for those who invested)? ;-/

  160. Actually there might be some sense in allowing people to put their retirement investments into something other than the one big SS fund.

    But does anyone have a good defense of Ryan’s Medicare idea? Vouchers which are admittedly insufficient, and get worse and worse?

  161. So how did the 401-k’s work out (for those who invested)? ;-/

    In the short term? Well for some, not so well for others, but if you look at them over a 20 to 50 year average they do much better than the “mattress-stuffing” investment strategy. Of course, if people were guaranteed a check regardless of what their 401k did (which is what Ryan’s plan does), then the 401k becomes more attractive, because you are letting the govt repay you for most of the losses and you still get to keep the profits.

    *shrug* Like I said, the plan has some potential problems. My only point was that portraying it as the evilest evil ever conceived by an evil evil man is not really fair.

  162. The SS plan at least makes some sense to me. I am not so crazy at all about his Medicare plan. He can keep that one. Our health insurance system as a whole needs to be addressed in this country, because it’s all tied together.

  163. The SS plan at least makes some sense to me. I am not so crazy at all about his Medicare plan. He can keep that one.

    =============

    Ok, so if his Medicare plan is as bad as it looks — why trust him to keep the good parts of his SS plan as it goes through the fine print process? I fear bait and switch. Too many chinks where dirty work could be slipped in (as there are with cap and trade).

  164. I understand the distrust issue, turndown – with both Dems and R’s. However, if we take the stance that “because not ALL of your ideas are good, I therefore have to reject anything you say” , nothing can ever be done about anything. No, I don’t “trust” Ryan. I don’t trust any politician.

    I mean, if we are waiting for one single person to be right on every single issue, then we are gridlocked on solutions forever. Me, I’m open to ideas that sound sensible, and I’ll reject those that don’t. And then I have to pay attention to the details of how it’s to be implemented.

    I’m a free American. I owe no particular party or ideological platform my full allegiance, nor my full scorn. I can pick and choose what I support or don’t, and change my mind if their plan and the country’s circumstance starts changing.

  165. Hey, if any of you guys are on facebook, go like and join this:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Weve-Got-Grannys-Back-Campaign/217367101639977

    A pledge to our seniors: Given that our govt and president have seen fit to threaten no SS checks in August if the debt ceiling is not raised, We The People want you to know that we have your back.

    We find it unconscionable that a threat to the elderly would be the first made in the event of a major money crisis, when there are multiple other areas where expenditures could be stopped or delayed first.

    This is not a partisan effort. This is not a call to pressure this or that politician to vote this way or that. This is not about THEM, it is about US.

    In the unlikely event that our government did do such a monumentally stupid thing, we pledge that we will take care of those of our elderly or disabled who rely on social security for their lives and well-being. We. Out of our own pockets. In whatever way we can. Coordinating with whatever charities and agencies and churches that can help. We. Us. Liberals, Conservatives, Moderates, and the completely apolitical. Your family, your neighbors, and your fellow-citizens.

    If they won’t do it, we will. We’ve got Granny’s back.

  166. From San Francisco Chronicle
    Clinton Links Foreign Policy, U.S. Economy as Companies Applaud
    July 13 (Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is strengthening the link between foreign policy and U.S. prosperity, stressing the role of trade and diplomacy in generating economic growth.
    “Our foreign policy must be a force for economic renewal here in America,” Clinton said yesterday in an address to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a group of businesses that support federal spending for international affairs.
    Clinton has made commercial diplomacy a hallmark of her tenure, promoting U.S. trade interests and investment in the almost 600,000 miles of travel she has logged as secretary of state.
    As lawmakers and the administration seek to pare federal spending, the top U.S. diplomat is making the case that State Department resources must be protected so the agency can continue to open markets for U.S. companies and create U.S. jobs. She is getting the backing of major U.S. companies as she does.
    “The 1 percent of our budget we spend on diplomacy and development is not what is driving our deficit,” Clinton told the business group. “Not only can we afford to maintain a strong civilian presence, we can’t afford not to.”
    The pressure to cut the international affairs budget, which makes up 1.4 percent of the federal budget, “is enormous and that’s why we’re talking about the importance of that 1 percent,” Chris Policinski, the president and chief executive officer of Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Land O’ Lakes Inc., the farm-owned marketing company, said in an interview. “In tough economic times, cutting this budget would actually be harmful to our ability to have jobs here at home.”
    Trade Benefits
    Clinton’s emphasis on commercial diplomacy reflects an awareness that 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S., according to U.S. Chamber of Commerce figures. It is also driven by her belief that economic engagement can promote political stability and more transparent government in countries such as Vietnam and Iraq.
    “Developing our commercial ties, two-way trade, investment relations are ways of also strengthening our overall relationship with these countries,” Robert Hormats, under secretary for economic affairs, said in an interview. “Commercial diplomacy works hand in hand with strengthening ties in various areas of foreign policy and national security.”
    Clinton has backing in her mission from the Chamber of Commerce and major U.S. companies ranging from Caterpillar Inc., the Peoria, Illinois-based maker of mining and construction equipment, to Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the Bentonville, Arkansas, operator of discount stores and supermarkets.
    U.S. Jobs
    Land O’ Lakes is a member of the Global Leadership Coalition along with Caterpillar, Wal-Mart, defense contractors and drug companies. The coalition draws a link between the State Department’s efforts to help them expand exports, the spread of political stability and democracy, greater access to markets and the creation of jobs at home.
    “We really do understand and respect the deficit discussions that are going on now, but folks need to look at spending in terms of its return,” Policinski said. “These development dollars that are spent are really dollars spent on U.S. jobs programs.”
    As an example of the importance of having a State Department that can advocate for open markets, Policinksi points to a Land O’ Lakes plant in Central Valley, California, that produces butter, cheese products and milk powder. With much of that going to Asia, the plant employs 2,000 people, making it the largest of its kind in the U.S., Policinksi said.
    “If you don’t have a market, you don’t have jobs,” he said.
    ‘Economic Opportunity’
    Clinton described development aid as “a major economic opportunity.”
    The U.S. spent about $110 billion in today’s dollars on the Marshall Plan rebuilding Europe after World War II, Clinton said. “We now export $240 billion of goods to the EU every single year,” she said.
    Export opportunities are growing, particularly with the developing world, Clinton said. As urban centers grow by 65 million people a year, countries are building ports, stadiums and highways, she said.
    She pointed to India’s announcement of a $1 trillion plan to improve its infrastructure over the next five years and Brazil’s plan to pour $100 billion into preparations for the 2016 Olympics.
    “We need to make sure that American construction companies are positioned to compete for contracts and take part in this global construction boom,” Clinton said.
    China’s Shadow
    As she urged U.S. companies to “lean forward” into overseas markets, Clinton pointed out that there are larger stakes, as economic strength often translates into political influence.
    “If we don’t seize the opportunities available today, other countries will,” she said in one of a few veiled references to China. Those countries will fight for their companies, promote their own economic models, win the jobs “and even claim the mantle of global leadership,” Clinton said.
    The effort to promote U.S. trade is being taken up across the administration, including the departments of Treasury and Commerce. Within her own agency, Clinton has announced the creation of a chief economist position, an Under Secretariat for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment and a Bureau for Energy and Natural Resources.
    Clinton has also expanded the practice of “reverse road shows,” in which U.S. diplomats travel domestically to promote opportunities in the region where they are posted, particularly to smaller- and medium-sized businesses.
    ‘Level Playing Field’
    Those companies willing to make the plunge will get the administration’s “full support,” Clinton promised.
    Clinton referred at one point to China’s procurement policy of favoring domestic companies, saying her agency will push back against such steps.
    “We work to protect intellectual property, resist favoritism for state-owned enterprises and protest discrimination against our companies in procurement,” she said. “And we insist on a level playing field for our investors.”
    Doing that will take resources, she said. “To win the resources, we need political will,” Clinton said.
    **************
    Perhaps Hillary should have mentioned that, while China favors domestic companies, (i) it has every right to do so and (ii) usually does so by encouraging joint ventures with foreign companies that have the technology lacking in Chinese companies; and these joint ventures constitute an opportunity taken up more and more by EU partners rather than US partners.

    For example, in China’s current massive investment in urban and inter-city rail, there are subsidiary markets for the trains themselves and for the electrification (catenaries). German, Japanese, and French companies are vying for the supply of these subsidiary investment goods, but no US companies are anywhere on the map.

    In this and many other examples, she cannot rightly say that the US should “resist favoritism for state-owned enterprises and protest discrimination against our companies in procurement,” because this favoritism and discrimination do not exist. It’s just sour grapes. In matters of railway construction, electrification, maintenance, or train construction, the US simply has nothing to offer the Chinese or anyone else.

    Working to protect intellectual property, though, is pretty important in dealing with China. I think the basic problem is ideological (the basic communist tenet of abolishing private property) and there may also be a cultural tie-in with the Asian mindset (because we used to have the same problem with the Japanese).

  167. http://www.zerohedge.com/article/rating-agency-wars-2-evil-empire-strikes-back-dagong-says-likely-downgrade-us-even-if-debt-l

    See, the issue is not the debt limit as much as it is paying back the US debt. If the Fed plans to pay the bills with devalued dollars, then technically it is a default.

    “the Democrats have completely abdicated their responsibility to propose a budget for 2.5 years now.

    Personally, I would not support giving them a extra dime until they lay their budget plan out on the table so I can see it. I don’t do blank checks. Show me what your plan is, then we’ll talk. I’m more than happy to pay some more taxes if I like what I see. But I’m not agreeing to pay more for the sake of “Surprise Grab Bag Behind Door Number Two, To Be Revealed Later”.

    Show me your budget, Obama. Until then, talk to the hand.”

    Completely Agree. No plans, its all just hopey changey crap, all to be resolved if Waffles is reelected, if America even survives until then.

  168. DU poster (U kno who)revolted at Obama’s threat as is the outrage throughout America.At the very least, I believe Obama will up the age for new SS recipients. This may become the elusive dream for many of us… We get close than oops, sorry- eight more years..
    ______________________

    Social Security is 100% self-funded: so why would Obama stop checks on Aug 3rd?

    If no deal by Aug. 2, Obama can’t guarantee Social Security checks will go out.

    This just blows my mind. No matter how fucked up things seem to be, they reach a new level of fucked up the next day.

    Obama’s telling us that he may halt Social Security checks on August 3rd if a budget deal is not reached. HOWEVER, Social Security is not part of the federal budget. It is separate. It currently takes in more than it spends. It has $2.6 trillion in the bank, and is growing.

    Unbelievable.

    Seniors (and everyone else) take note – elected officials of both parties have their eye on grabbing your Social Security retirement savings.
    ___________________

    In case anyone was wondering how SS pmts are paid out. Here is a simple summary:

    Funds are paid to SS, and SS buys Treasury Bonds with the money, and of course also gets interest on their money. When money has to be paid out to its members, the Treasuries are sold and cash is transfered from the general fund to support the checks that are written.

    Foolish as this sounds, it’s like if you have a billion dollars, and invests it all in one stock…say B of A. You are still worth the billion $$. You buy things, and write checks to pay for them and you sell some of your stock to fund the checks. Then one day, B of A declares bankruptcy. Your invesstment is GONE!

    SS info- actuarial guidelines

    http://www.ssa.gov/oact/tr/2010/tr2010.pdf

  169. ABC radio is reporting this morning that Obama has “record breaking” fundraising numbers for his campaign despite his lower popularity. How can this be? I’m sure some “spin” is going on…

  170. Its spin, 81 million but includes all sales , donation, dnc fundraising…..anything but the kitchen sink howeber to reach that elusive 1 billion he needs 142 million every quarter for the next 7 quarters.

    Dodgy donations again as usual.

  171. well, everyone was beating McConnell. But WSJ explains and H4T, you may be right.

    This may have been the President’s strategy all along: Take the debt-limit talks behind closed doors, make major spending cuts seem possible in the early days, but then hammer Republicans publicly as the deadline nears for refusing to raise taxes on business and “the rich.”

    This would explain the President’s newly discovered fondness for press conferences, which he has rarely held but now rolls out before negotiating sessions. It would also explain why Mr. Obama’s tax demands have escalated as the August 2 deadline nears. Yesterday he played the Grandma Card, telling CBS that seniors may not get their August retirement checks. Next he’ll send home the food inspectors and stop paying the troops.

    The reality is that Mr. Obama is trying to present Republicans with a Hobson’s choice: Either repudiate their campaign pledge by raising taxes, or take the blame for any economic turmoil and government shutdown as the U.S. nears a debt default. In the former case Mr. Obama takes the tax issue off the table and demoralizes the tea party for 2012, and in the latter he makes Republicans share the blame for 9.2% unemployment.

    This is the political context in which to understand Mr. McConnell’s proposal yesterday to force Mr. Obama to take ownership of any debt-limit increase. If the President still insists on a tax increase, then Republicans will walk away from the talks.

    Mr. McConnell would then let the President propose three debt-limit increases adding up to $2.5 trillion over the coming months. Senate Republicans (with Majority Leader Harry Reid’s cooperation) would use a convoluted procedure to vote for three resolutions of disapproval on the bills. Mr. Obama could veto the resolutions and 34 Democrats could vote to sustain. The President would get his debt-limit increase, but without Republicans serving as his political wingmen.

    Read the whole thing:
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303678704576442231815463502.html

  172. Unexpected good news for the GOP: In Ohio, Josh Mandell outraises incumbent Democrat Sen. Brown by $800K.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/271771/ohio-gop-challenger-outraises-sen-brown-800000

    Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel raised an outstanding $2.3 million for his bid against Sen. Sherrod Brown(D-Ohio), the Republican’s campaign announced Wednesday.

    Mandel raised more in the second quarter of this year than Brown, who announced last week that he collected $1.5 million during the same period.

    The Ohio Democrat also reported $3.5 million in the bank at the end of June. Mandel’s campaign did not disclose the candidate’s cash on hand at the end of the quarter.

    Brown boasted one of the most impressive hauls of any incumbent Democratic Senator in the past three months. But a release from Mandel’s campaign called his haul “the highest of any Senate challenger in the nation this quarter.”

  173. moononpluto
    July 12th, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    New MaClatchy poll, only 43% of jewish voters would vote for Obama.
    &&&&&&&&&
    a) that’s a very low number. What was the pct supporting OLoser in 2008, 75 or 80%?

    b) what the hell is wrong with the remaining 43%? Does Obama have to start a pogrom before they realize he doesn’t have their interests in mind?

  174. admin
    July 12th, 2011 at 2:49 pm
    Koch has a lot to answer for when he assured Jews in 2008 that Obama was OK. &&&&

    Back in 2007 and 2008, we here we’re writing that Obama could not be trusted, and that he was incompetent AND dangerous. But many Dems and centrists said, “He’ll be fine, he is super smart, yadda yadda”.

    Now these same people are saying, “Obama can’t be trusted, he is incompetent and dangerous”.

    Oy. NOW they finally realize.

    Sheesh. I hate being right all the time.

  175. UPDATE: Obama’s fundraising total for just his campaign: $47 million. So he has raised about two and a half times what Romney raised.

    Not 81 million, only 47 million way under what he wanted.

  176. UPDATE: Obama’s fundraising total for just his campaign: $47 million. So he has raised about two and a half times what Romney raised.

    Note that at this point in 2003, George W. Bush had raised $49.5 million, or about $58.5 million in today’s money $35 million, or about $41.3 million. (I made an error in using Bush’s following quarter’s figure; Bush raised the $49.5 million from July to September of 2003.)

    But that’s really not a fair comparison, and I hope Democrats will agree that Bush’s fundraising occurred during a time of relative economic prosperity, while Obama has been forced to raise cash in an economy where almost every American is worse off than they were three years ago, and has much less money to donate to their preferred cause.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: The Obama campaign declares 98 percent of their donations were for $250 or less, and that the average was $69.

    Note that under FEC rules, the Obama campaign is not required to collect information on donors of less than $200; The commission asks campaigns to report any donor whose cumulative contributions have exceeded $200.

    …………………..

    there’s those dodgy donations again

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/271768/alternative-headline-obama-2012-fundraising-behind-2008-pace

  177. NEGATIVE APPROVAL SPREAD

    Obama can’t get it up.

    46.5% approve
    46.8% disapprove
    -0.3% spread

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

    Florida’s polling for him is even worse, “disastrous”. Tell me, Mr. President, how can you win in 2012 without Pennsylvania and Florida?? Oh yeah, that’s right, you can’t.

    44.2% approve
    50.0% disapprove
    -5.8% spread

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/approval_rating/president/fl/president_obama_job_approval_in_florida-1503.html

  178. ANOTHER UPDATE: The Obama campaign declares 98 percent of their donations were for $250 or less, and that the average was $69.

    Note that under FEC rules, the Obama campaign is not required to collect information on donors of less than $200; The commission asks campaigns to report any donor whose cumulative contributions have exceeded $200.

    Money-laundering.

  179. I would think the ordinary person , Obama raising that kind of money and gloating about it while people are losing jobs, trying to buy food and gas and run a home might just look a tad disgusting.

  180. pm317
    July 13th, 2011 at 8:27 am
    Hillary and Bush Junior at Betty Ford’s funeral..
    &&&&&&&&

    Conversation between 43 and 45???

    W: “I stuck some gum under the Oval Office desk just to mess with you. With 44 hardly ever using that desk, it’ll still be there when you get the job”.

    H: “Now who ever put that silly thought in your head about my wanting that job…”

    W: “You’re also going to need the launch codes. The ones we gave to 44 were fake. We had to; it was a matter of national security.”

  181. RNC:

    “It’s obvious that despite his claims that he’s focused on creating jobs, it’s clear his priority is saving his own.”

  182. @rgb44hrc: W: “You’re also going to need the launch codes. The ones we gave to 44 were fake. We had to; it was a matter of national security.”
    ———–

    haha, LOL

  183. NEGATIVE APPROVAL SPREAD

    (earlier post with links to RCP is stuck in moderation)

    Obama can’t get it up. National polls:

    46.5% approve
    46.8% disapprove
    -0.3% spread

    Florida’s polling for him is even worse, “disastrous”. Tell me, Mr. President, how can you win in 2012 without Pennsylvania and Florida?? Oh yeah, that’s right, you can’t.

    44.2% approve
    50.0% disapprove
    -5.8% spread

  184. votermom
    July 13th, 2011 at 10:16 am
    ——————-

    yep, in this economy who would donate money to him this early? Maybe that one senior citizen I saw on the beltway with the bumper sticker ‘Obama Cares’. The fact that they have to trot out those stats which they don’t even have to keep reeks of desperation. What are the donor names? Remember those fake ones from his 2008 campaign.

  185. LOL! I love this idea!!!!

    I say Warren Buffet’s idea from last week makes more sense than anything I’ve heard in quite a while.

    “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of congress are ineligible for reelection.”

    Problem solved.

  186. rgb, that’s hilarious! I could imagine that conversation between Hill and the Shrub. 😀

  187. Here’s something from Michelle Malkin that you all might be interested in. If this is true, I learned something today that I did not know in the past.

    ..

    Rolling Back the Obamacare Banana Republic

    By Michelle Malkin | Michelle Malkin – 8 hrs ago…
    ……………………….

    A rising chorus of repeal-mongers, outraged at the Obama administration’s federal health care power grab, took over Washington this week. Nope, it’s not the tea party. It’s Democrats Against the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Yes, Democrats.

    What’s IPAB? A Beltway acronym for subverting the deliberative process.

    The 15-member panel of government-appointed bureaucrats was slipped into Section 3403 of the Obamacare law against the objection of more than 100 House members on both sides of the aisle. IPAB’s experts would wield unprecedented authority over Medicare spending — and in time, over an expanding jurisdiction of private health care payment rates — behind closed doors.

    Freed from the normal administrative rules process — public notice, public comment, public review — that governs every other federal commission in existence.

    Without the possibility of judicial review.

    And liberated from congressional oversight except through an onerous accountability procedure.

    Last month, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius touted IPAB as a “key part” of Obamacare. The president himself crusaded for giving the board even more regulatory “tools” to usurp congressional power over health care allocations. And he has the audacity to blame Republicans for creating a “banana republic”? Hmph.

    The conservative Arizona-based Goldwater Institute has filed suit in federal court to stop IPAB. “No possible reading of the Constitution supports the idea of an unelected, standalone federal board that’s untouchable by both Congress and the courts,” says the think tank’s litigation director, Clint Bolick. But it’s the growing opposition from members of the administration’s own party that may yet doom these health care czars on steroids.

    But look who’s not biting: According to Politico, “New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, of the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee, has zero interest in defending the board. ‘I’ve never supported it, and I would certainly be in favor of abolishing it.'” If that’s not clear enough, Pallone added that he’s “opposed to independent commissions or outside groups playing a role other than on a recommendatory basis.” Period.

    Another House Democrat, Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania, is one of seven Democratic IPAB repeal co-sponsors and is scheduled to testify Wednesday at a second House hearing blasting the board. And former Democratic House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt channeled the tea party in a recent op-ed when he decried IPAB as “an unelected and unaccountable group whose sole charge is to reduce Medicare spending based on an arbitrary target growth rate.”

    IPAB defenders demand an alternative, but that’s why the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission already exists. And for those unsatisfied with its woeful results, there’s the demonized GOP/Rep. Paul Ryan reform package that relies on individual choice and competition over bureaucratic diktats to reduce spiraling Medicare costs.

    Opponents of GOP structural reforms have now resorted to decrying Ryan’s choice of beverages as a way to discredit the plan. An apparently besotted Rutgers University economist and former Kerry/Edwards economic adviser, Susan Feinberg, accosted Ryan at a D.C. restaurant last week while he was dining with two financial experts over a pricy bottle of wine. “I wasn’t drunk, but I was certainly emboldened to speak my mind,” Feinberg told liberal blog Talking Points Memo. She gleefully described attacking Ryan for espousing government austerity while — gasp — dining out on his own dime.

    It’s the same unhinged and irrational sanctimony that has New York Times columnist David Brooks assailing entitlement reformers as moral degenerates; the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen likening them to Jonestown cult killer Jim Jones; and Daily Beast editor Tina Brown decrying them as “suicide bombers.” Ah, the days of whine and bozos.

    The good news: Thanks to sober bipartisan criticism (Where are all the cheerleaders for bipartisanship when you need them?), Sebelius and company are now downplaying IPAB as a harmless “backstop mechanism” with limited powers to do anything at all to control costs. At a House hearing Tuesday, Sebelius tried to paint the board as just another run-of-the-mill dog-and-pony panel that would be “irrelevant” if Congress so chooses

    It’s not quite an under-the-bus moment, but it’s certainly a nudge toward rolling back the Obamacare Republic.

  188. Mrs. Smith
    July 13th, 2011 at 6:49 am
    DU poster (U kno who)revolted at Obama’s threat as is the outrage throughout America.At the very least, I believe Obama will up the age for new SS recipients. This may become the elusive dream for many of us… We get close than oops, sorry- eight more years..
    =================================

    More like ooops, sorry, your dead and therefore no longer need the benefits.

  189. pm317
    July 13th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    —————–

    Very interesting indeed. Noticed as well the space between her and meme. Wonder what a body language expert would make of this clip.

  190. Obama, Clinton Holding Talks with Russian FM

    Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is meeting with U.S. leaders in Washington, just one day after saying U.S. missile-defense plans for Europe remain an irritant in relations between the two nations.

    The missile-defense issue could dominate Lavrov’s talks with President Barack Obama Wednesday. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is joining the White House meeting and holding her own talks with Lavrov afterward.

    Other issues in the White House talks likely will be Russian efforts to mediate in Libya, and Moscow’s desires to join the World Trade Organization.

    At the State Department, Lavrov and Secretary Clinton are to sign an agreement on child adoptions.

    The United States has long said Russia has nothing to fear from plans to build a missile-defense system in Europe. It says the system is aimed at countering a possible attack from Iran or North Korea, and is not aimed at Russia or anyone else.

    Mr. Obama scrapped a proposal by former President George W. Bush to concentrate missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic, near Russia’s borders, in favor of what is being called a phased-in approach. It would involve sea and land-based interceptors.

    Lavrov is in Washington on a three-day visit. On Monday, he participated in a meeting of the “Quartet” diplomatic group on the Middle East, which includes Russia, the U.S., the United Nations and European Union.

    http://blogs.voanews.com/breaking-news/2011/07/13/obama-clinton-holding-talks-with-russian-fm/

  191. US Secretary Of State Clinton To Visit Hong Kong, Indonesia This Month

    HONG KONG -(Dow Jones)- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Hong Kong and Indonesia later this month on a five-day visit to East Asia, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday.

    Following her two-day visit to India for the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, Clinton is scheduled to arrive in Bali on July 21 to take part in a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and also plans to meet foreign ministers from the East Asia Summit. She plans to meet with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to discuss bilateral, regional, and global issues on July 24, Nuland said in a statement.

    During her one-day visit to Hong Kong on July 25, Clinton will meet with the city’s chief executive, Donald Tsang, and lawmakers and will deliver a speech underscoring U.S. economic leadership in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the statement.

    http://www.nasdaq.com/aspx/stock-market-news-story.aspx?storyid=201107122321dowjonesdjonline000449&title=us-secretary-of-state-clinton-to-visit-hong-kongindonesia-this-month

  192. Re: the fundraising numbers: Yeah, but he is also claiming all of the DNC fundraising (over half that total) as “his”. Screw the rest of his party standing for re-election.

    It still makes one wonder: Why does he need a billion to get-re-elected if he’s doing such a fabulous job? I don’t think money is going to be a big issue, myself. The GOP will have more than enough money to compete – doesn’t matter if it’s not quite as much as him. I think we’ve reached a point where people are so sick of his face and his voice that more over-exposure via ads, etc is only going to hurt him. The swing voters and Independents are going to decide this election. Even if he does great, hopeful, upbeat ads, and soaring speeches, those voters will only be painfully reminded of how similar he sounded in 2008, and how stupid they were to believe him.

    Even being positive and hopey changey has a downside backlash for him now.

  193. I don’t find it surprising in the least that Barry is talking about not promising to pay social security checks as his hard line against getting a blank check in the spending debate.

    How many folks that collect social security are also boomers, bitter knitters and not part of his kool-aid, hoping for unicorn pixy dust?

    He is targeting not only the third rail, but also part of Hillary’s base.
    Is it his payback for not getting these people’s support?

    I think so.

    Go flog yourself, Obama!

    ——-
    BTW, just added Lynn Forester de Rothschild as a ‘friend’ on Facebook, and 15 of my PUMA friends are already following her. Funny because many of them use Hillary face as their photo of identification.

    Maybe I will change my photo to Hillary the rock star in the rain photo. 😉 Just to remind Lady Lynn of what we are really after.

  194. America Is Too Dumb to Know Obama Is Always Right
    By Michael Goodwin

    Published July 13, 2011

    When President Obama started talking at his news conference Monday, I listened intently for 15 minutes or so. Then I got fidgety as his half-truths about the debt grew into full-blown whoppers. As he droned on, I did something I never did before during an Obama appearance: I turned off the TV.

    Enough. He is the Man Who Won’t Listen to Anybody, so why should anybody listen to him?

    Tuning out and turning off the president does not fill me with gladness. He cannot be ignored.

    But for now, I will leave that unhappy duty to others. I am tired of Barack Obama. There’s nothing new there. His speeches are like “Groundhog Day.”

    His presidency is a spectacular failure, his historic mandate squandered by adherence to leftist ideology and relentless partisanship. His policies are crushing the prospects for growth and dooming the hopes of 24 million Americans who are unemployed or working part-time.

    Yet he is not going to change. He listens only to his own voice, which is why he has lost virtually his entire economic team.

    The biggest media myth is that he is a centrist. Oh, please. It’s a theory without evidence, for there is not a single example on domestic issues where he voluntarily staked out a spot in the American middle.

    Sure, on occasion, Obama will be to the right of the far, far left, but that is not the center. That just means he’s not Michael Moore.

    Nor is he a centrist because he’ll make a deal under duress with Republicans, as he did last December. All politicians have a pragmatic streak, otherwise they couldn’t get anything done in a divided government.

    But Obama’s default statist position remains unmolested by facts or last year’s landslide that was a rebuke to his first two years. He continues to push bigger and bigger government, higher and higher taxes and more and more welfare programs.

    He will compromise if he must, but he still wants what he wants and will come back for it again and again.

    That’s the subtext of the debt-ceiling talks and his press conference. He voted against raising the ceiling as a senator, calling the need for an increase a “failure.”

    Now he is not embarrassed to demand a hike of about $2.5 trillion, and more hair of the spending-and-taxing dog. He reveals his belief that your money is really the government’s and it will decide how much you can keep. The only cut he is comfortable with is in the defense budget.

    He says it’s time to “pull off the Band-Aid” and “eat our peas.” Translation: It’s time for Republicans to give him everything he wants. That’s his definition of being an adult and acting in the national interest.

    His only concession to public will is to pretend he’s got religion about the fiscal problems and wants a “big deal.” What he really wants is to get through the election.

    In answering a question about a poll showing that two-thirds of voters don’t want the debt ceiling raised, he blew off 70 million Americans by saying they aren’t paying attention.

    There’s a novel campaign theme: Elect me because you’re too dumb to understand how smart I am.

    Harry Truman ran against a “Do-Nothing” Congress. Obama is running against a “Know-Nothing” nation.

    He can never be wrong. You always are, unless you agree with him.

    That’s the story of his presidency. That’s who he is.

    Michael Goodwin is a Fox News contributor and New York Post columnist.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/07/13/barack-obama-our-groundhog-president/

  195. However, if we take the stance that “because not ALL of your ideas are good, I therefore have to reject anything you say” , nothing can ever be done about anything. No, I don’t “trust” Ryan. I don’t trust any politician.

    ==================

    Depends on HOW bad some of his ideas are, and how likely this seemingly-good idea is to go bad, and how much damage could be done if it does.

  196. In the unlikely event that our government did do such a monumentally stupid thing, we pledge that we will take care of those of our elderly or disabled who rely on social security for their lives and well-being. We. Out of our own pockets.

    ================

    But such a pledge would just encourage the politicians TO drop it on the pledgers.

  197. We find it unconscionable that a threat to the elderly would be the first made in the event of a major money crisis, when there are multiple other areas where expenditures could be stopped or delayed first.

    =================

    That part’s right! Everyone should come down on Obama for that “Aug 3” threat!

  198. owahawk is on a roll on Twitter:

    How to cut $1 trillion from the federal budget deficit: spend what we did 4 years ago.

    There’s only one man who can save the debt ceiling now: Shatner. #PricelineNegotiator

    The GOP put oil on the green shoots, and now the pandas are exploding in the lightning storm #BetterObamaMetaphors

    The GOP is eating the pizza & watching the animatronic bears while we’re working hard in the plastic ball pit #BetterObamaMetaphors

    I’m stomping down to Chuck’s Tap to lecture them about the irresponsibility of not raising my bar tab.

    Anybody who thinks you can’t be trusted with a light bulb probably doesn’t trust you with a ballot, either.

    Get government out of my bedroom light fixtures.

    When these idiots came up with the idea to ban light bulbs, what appeared over their heads?

    Breaking: Mexican drug lords warn of critical machine gun shortage unless debt deal is reached

    He freaking cracks me up.

  199. JanH
    July 13th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    pm317
    July 13th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    —————–

    Very interesting indeed. Noticed as well the space between her and meme. Wonder what a body language expert would make of this clip.
    ——————

    At some point Mrs. Carter is looking at MO maybe to strike up a conversation but MO dug her nose in the program. What struck me was Shriver’s intense glare on Hillary.

  200. So hows that hope and change working for you, well its not. Now that hope is gone for most I think its about time for change, and lets start with Obama stepping down give him what ever will feed his ego, his face carved on Mount Rushmore. He needs to go away and pray we still have enough grown ups on the play ground to step up and do the right thing by we the people.

    I to have that sick feeling and its growing. Hope hasn’t worked its now time for change.

  201. oh, come on.. he still cares! OBAMA CARES period. You just have to ask the Esquire guys..they are drooling all over him today (I won’t link).

  202. lets start with Obama stepping down give him what ever will feed his ego, his face carved on Mount Rushmore

    Can we spray-paint his face on Gitmo instead?

  203. OBAMA Lies with Impunity Chicago style-

    “Since pulling the plug on the deal, Boehner has been largely silent in the meetings, leaving House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to present details of the House’s position. On Tuesday, people in both parties said, Obama tried to reestablish Boehner’s primacy.”

    “Cantor, who is advocating a smaller deal, at one point demanded that Obama offer the details of his vision for a “grand bargain.”

    “Where’s your paper?” he asked angrily.

    Obama snapped back: “Frankly, your speaker has it. Am I dealing with him, or am I dealing with you?”
    ___

    “Boehner spokesman Michael Steel later said that the White House has not supplied Boehner with a detailed plan.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/debt-talks-show-growing-gap-between-white-house-gop/2011/07/12/gIQAbKuiAI_story_1.ht

  204. Barry is like the car salesman talking to you about his great deal but not showing you the paper with the actual price on it.

  205. Okay, this is interesting. My Mexican immigrant, middle-aged, broken-English speaking pool guy just had a 5 minute conversation with me about just how badly Obama has screwed up everything. And how we need jobs. And how he’s done nothing but make things worse. And how the government is killing small business owners with taxes, but mostly endless regulations and fees and requirements. “You cannot make a business now. Is too hard.”

    He talked about loving America, and how this was always the place where you could come and make a better life for your family, and how we are losing that. That there is no pride. That we are tearing down the things that made us a great country, different from Europe or anywhere else. He just got back from a trip to Mexico for a family funeral, and he said “everyone is laughing at us, other countries are laughing at us.”

    And then he says (and this blew my mind, because we’ve chatted before and he is NOT a Republican – I think he even voted for Obama) – “You know what we need? We need someone like Reegan (yeah, that’s how he pronounces it) He was a good president. He did some stupid stuff, but he was strong. (He did a quick muscle pose at that), Even if he was strong, but he still did not go do all these wars. You know? It was good. Nobody laughed. There were jobs then, people have their businesses, and people believe in America then.”

    It really struck me, because more so than just being disgusted with policy, it was evident in his voice and mannerisms that he really loves this country, unapologetically thinks it’s the greatest country in the world, and ought to fight to remain unique and <exceptional. And he seemed genuinely saddened and puzzled that the people currently running it don’t seem to feel that way.

    I took away two things from that:

    1) Obama’s boobery and seeming lack of understanding of our unique American culture is making people long for a Reagan. Just how bad do you have to be to accomplish that?

    2) If Rubio gets on the VP ticket, and starts echoing those very sentiments, in that engaging and heartfelt way that he has, Obama can kiss away a big chunk of the working class Hispanic vote.

    P.S. No I am not a rich suburban bon-bon eater living in the lap of luxury. I did almost all my own yardwork and pool maintenance until a few months ago, when the Lupus kicked my butt too badly to keep it up.

  206. @ H4T
    P.S. No I am not a rich suburban bon-bon eater living in the lap of luxury. I did almost all my own yardwork and pool maintenance until a few months ago, when the Lupus kicked my butt too badly to keep it up.

    ————–
    no need to be apologetic. I have a yard guy who is originally from El Salvador and excellent in everything he does and you can see how much he appreciates what this country has to offer. Hiring him is my way of spreading my wealth and small attempt at job creation.. 🙂

  207. pm317 – LOL! Yeah, we hired his wife as well for the hard stuff in the house, since I can’t cut bathtubs and toilets anymore. So we provided two jobs. 😀 Plus, we hire his teenaged daughter to do pet care if we go out of town.

    IIt was so evident as he talked how much he really loves America. Immigrants mostly GET how special she is, sadly often better than many long-time americans.

  208. There were three simultaneous bomb explosions in India today. LJ at NQ has a post and I can feel his anger in it and agree with him that it is time to call out Pakistanis and their state-sponsored terrorism. Make them the pariah they ought to be. let them go to China with their begging bowl. But Chinese are conniving and ruthless and will not be as useful to Pakistanis as the US is.

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2011/07/13/more-pakistani-terrorism-in-india/#more-60177

  209. SS … It’s more like, here’s a patient with minor problems, so they want to cut it open on an operating table and give the whole committee a knife….

    And with Medicate vouchers…. I cn’t eventhing of a metaphor bad enough.

  210. Hey, pm317 – I think that between the two of us, we likely saved or created about a thousand jobs. Let’s claim that, anyway. 😀

  211. The bots are still going ballistic over Sarah’s Newsweek story.

    After all the shit slung at Sarah, and all the endless fawning coverage of Obama, they are freaking out that she got one….ONE!!… positive story. They just can’t stand it. It eats them up.

    They remind me of a greedy little nasty spoiled child at his birthday party, who not content with the huge pile of presents for him on the table, has a full-blown temper tantrum that Susie got a fucking noisemaker and a sticker.

    WAAAAA! BUT IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!! MINE!!! TAKE THAT AWAY FROM HEEER!!

  212. HillaryforTexas
    July 13th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    ————-
    absolutely, we are joking about it but in reality, I don’t begrudge the money I spend on this and I am quite generous. The yard guy’s aunt does the house cleaning for me. So, yeah we are pumping discretionay moneys back into the economy (I hope I am using the terms right, I don’t have a head for economics or finance).

  213. ‘I read he raised 86 million this quarter far exceeding the 60 million goal………..”

    So what, jbstonesfan. And your point is …….?

    OH – – – don’t tell me.

    We’re DOOMED!
    Bo is gonna WIN in 2012!!!!!!!
    There’s not a damn thing anyone can DO ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!
    We all might as well give up and go home NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No thanks. I’d rather go down FIGHTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    👿

  214. Hey, jbstonesfan,

    Did you write this?

    “Before the fall brings us down, before the election season begins in earnest with all its nastiness and vulgarity, before the next batch of stupid scandals and gaffes, before Sarah Palin tries to convert her movie into reality and Joe Biden resumes his imitation of an embarrassing uncle and Newt and Callista Gingrich creep us all out, can we just enjoy Obama for a moment? Before the policy choices have to be weighed and the hard decisions have to be made, can we just take a month or two to contemplate him the way we might contemplate a painting by Vermeer or a guitar lick by the early-seventies Rolling Stones or a Peyton Manning pass or any other astounding, ecstatic human achievement? Because twenty years from now, we’re going to look back on this time as a glorious idyll in American politics, with a confident, intelligent, fascinating president riding the surge of his prodigious talents from triumph to triumph. Whatever happens this fall or next, the summer of 2011 is the summer of Obama.”

    Oh, wait, that was some guy from Esquire, Stephan Marche.

    As one commenter said.

    Peas be upon him.

  215. Sorry jbstonesfan, I wouldn’t normally post so many entries from HA of all places but you have exasperated me beyond description. This IS a HRC site, not a BO re-election one.

    From HA:

    WARNING: Today, you will see many ZOMG! DOUBLE-RAINBOW-ish headlines in the papers and much breathless gushing on the news channels about Obama’s fund-raising haul with barely veiled suggestions that his money will inevitably carry him back to the White House in 2012.

    First, take care not to aspirate your vomit; I’m rather fond of you.

    Second, take heart. The MBM is back in Designated Hero territory and that means the actual situation bears little resemblance to the Democratic fantasy. Here are the facts:

    Last quarter Obama’s campaign raised $47 million. Combined, the GOP campaigns raised about $35 million. Now that doesn’t sound so bad, does it? In fact, the $12 million difference is shockingly low, given that the Democrats already know who their candidate is and many GOP donors are waiting until the GOP field narrows to get in it.

    So where is the MBM’s $86 million number coming from? They’re adding the DNC’s haul to the President’s. Last quarter the DNC brought in $38 million from fund-raisers hosted by the President. It’s a bit apples and oranges, though, isn’t it? Much of the DNC money will go toward paying for things other than the presidential election.

    Third, take note of the left-wing flip-flop. When you went to bed last night, Democrats were insisting that money is a horrible evil when it comes to politics. Liberals were lamenting money’s influence in 2010 and cursing Justice Alito for daring to suggest that the President’s demagoguery against campaign spending was misplaced. When you woke up this morning, though, it turned out that campaign money is a very good thing. Liberals are more than happy to cheer the news that the President will have an enormous cash advantage.

    Finally, take this chart to any Democrat who buzzes about the President’s fund-raising. The President is underwater again and he’s fresh out of bin Laden’s to kill. So his ability to separate Democratic donors from their money will be used by the MBM as a proxy for his favorability among the public at large. Do not fall into that trap. Democratic donors are giving money to him because, err…they’re Democratic donors. It’s what they do. That Obama managed to raise “about three times the amount of his GOP rivals” does not signify that he is about three times as popular with the public.

  216. “I already saw one pea-brained woman with the brand new bumper sticker, Obama Cares.”

    Get out your markers. I can just see political maneuverings of new bumper stickers that read … “Obama Cares Less”

  217. This is just sick.

    It’s the scene every Friday at the cafeteria of Valley Park Middle School in Toronto. That’s not a private academy, it’s a public school funded by taxpayers. And yet, oddly enough, what’s going on is a prayer service – oh, relax, it’s not Anglican or anything improper like that; it’s Muslim Friday prayers, and the Toronto District School Board says don’t worry, it’s just for convenience: They put the cafeteria at the local imams’ disposal because otherwise the kids would have to troop off to the local mosque and then they’d be late
    —–

    The picture is taken from the back of the cafeteria. In the distance are the boys. They’re male, so they get to sit up front at prayers. Behind them are the girls. They’re female, so they have to sit behind the boys because they’re second-class citizens – not in the whole of Canada, not formally, not yet, but in the cafeteria of a middle school run by the Toronto District School Board they most certainly are.

    And the third row? The ones with their backs to us in the foreground of the picture? Well, let the Star’s caption writer explain:

    At Valley Park Middle School, Muslim students participate in the Friday prayer service. Menstruating girls, at the very back, do not take part.

    Oh. As Kathy Shaidle says:

    Yep, that’s part of the caption of the Toronto Star photo.

    Yes, the country is Canada and the year is 2011.
    ——-

    Some Canadians will look at this picture and react as Miss Shaidle did, or Tasha Kheiriddin in The National Post:

    Is this the Middle Ages? Have I stumbled into a time warp, where “unclean” women must be prevented from “defiling” other persons? It’s bad enough that the girls at Valley Park have to enter the cafeteria from the back, while the boys enter from the front, but does the entire school have the right to know they are menstruating?

    http://www.steynonline.com/index2.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4259&pop=1&page=0&Itemid=28

  218. basil, I looked for an email address for the drooling ass, Stephan Marche but could not find one. Surely, he must be mocking, right? It is satire, tongue in cheek, right? If not he should be embarrassed.

  219. Jbstonesfan,

    You FORGOT to mention the following:
    The Obama Victory Fund. (where all the money is going to be laundered?)
    OFA raided $47 million, not $86 million.
    DNC raised $38 million.

    According to the report you cite, the RNC is expected to raise $500 million.

    Here’s (the rather long) link to the Messina youtube fundraising clip.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/07/obama-campaigndnc-raise-86-million-in-second-quarter.html

    And if you believe all the cheery news from Messina, I have a bridge to sell you.

  220. Social Security is 100% self-funded: so why would Obama stop checks on Aug 3rd?

    If no deal by Aug. 2, Obama can’t guarantee Social Security checks will go out.

    This just blows my mind. No matter how fucked up things seem to be, they reach a new level of fucked up the next day.

    ———-
    So if we pay into SS out of our paycheck, then what are R’s and D’s fighting over? They both want to borrow or steal it?

    Just say, “No”!

    How does Barry or Congress have the right to steal money citizen’s have already earned, and by taking it from us, it’s already another tax that we have already paid taxes on.

    Why isn’t SS protected from this theft?

  221. HillaryforTexas,

    Disgusting. At least it’s not (yet) in the US but in Canada. Small comfort for us.

    Sorry to hear about your health problems. It’s terrible what some diseases do to our bodies – the weakness – hard to deal with.

    I know.

  222. Shadowfax,

    They are all lying. I can’t remember where I read it but one article said SS recipients should sue BO for stress if they become ill during this outrageous debate.

    He is pure evil.

  223. votermom
    July 13th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Barry is like the car salesman talking to you about his great deal but not showing you the paper with the actual price on it.
    ——

    More like a snake oil salesman that wants his money up front before you realize there was never a car to sell.

    Slick Rick the Poverty Pimp.

  224. oh that drooling ass Marche is a Canadian novelist. I don’t think he votes in 2012. So butt off! And he is like my newphews age..a typical obot, where do these people come from?

  225. ‘I read he raised 86 million this quarter far exceeding the 60 million goal………..”

    ——–
    What, me worry?

    Nope, that won’t even pay for his golf fees and one vacation.
    I enjoy knowing the obots just threw that much money down the dumper.

    I wish he would raise Billions……..then lose.

  226. basil, yeah I saw that article in the morning and alluded to it in a comment here but did not want to link to it. He has a web page and has a pic of him — it is written all over his face that he thinks he is cute. typical obot..

  227. BASIL99
    July 13th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Shadowfax,

    They are all lying. I can’t remember where I read it but one article said SS recipients should sue BO for stress if they become ill during this outrageous debate.

    He is pure evil.
    ——-
    Class action suit for all the SS recipients that are having to worry over being homeless or eat cat food.

  228. I guess Barry’s bro’s in the Middle East didn’t get enough love:

    Obama popularity falls in Arab world

    President Obama, whose standing abroad helped earn him a Nobel Peace Prize in his first year in office, has declined in popularity in the Arab world since his Cairo speech in the summer of 2009. From an American Arab Institute poll conducted by Zogby International:

    With the 2008 election of Barack Obama, favorable attitudes toward the U.S. more than doubled in many Arab countries. But in the two years since his famous “Cairo speech,” ratings for both the U.S. and the President have spiraled downwards. The President is seen overwhelmingly as failing to meet the expectations set during his speech, and the vast majority of those surveyed disagree with U.S policies.

    In five out of the six countries surveyed, the U.S. was viewed less favorably than Turkey, China, France—or Iran. Far from seeing the U.S. as a leader in the post-Arab Spring environment, the countries surveyed viewed “U.S. interference in the Arab world” as the greatest obstacle to peace and stability in the Middle East, second only to the continued Palestinian occupation.

  229. Shadowfax,

    Good idea.

    pm317,

    I haven’t seen a pic of him and don’t need to. His text told me everything I need to know about him. I don’t blame you for not posting the article – I only did it in response to JBSF’s incessant hand-wringing.

    BTW, that pic of MO sitting as far as possible away from HRC with her nose stuffed in a hymnal is priceless. She just NEVER looks like she belong anywhere although I bet a couple of shots of her in the Chicago Hood would show a more relaxed MO.

    It looks like she would rather be anywhere besides an old white bytch’s funeral.

  230. Shadowfax,

    I read it dropped from 13 % during Bush’s last months to 5 % now. Guess it’s time for another outreach-to-the-muslim-world speech.

    😡

    BTW, the lawsuit against the NYC GZ Mosque has been thrown out. Crickets.

  231. #
    nomobama
    July 13th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Mrs. Smith
    July 13th, 2011 at 6:49 am
    DU poster (U kno who)revolted at Obama’s threat as is the outrage throughout America.At the very least, I believe Obama will up the age for new SS recipients. This may become the elusive dream for many of us… We get close than oops, sorry- eight more years..
    =================================

    More like ooops, sorry, your dead and therefore no longer need the benefits.
    _______________________

    ….Got that right! 😆

  232. #
    votermom
    July 13th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    ANOTHER UPDATE: The Obama campaign declares 98 percent of their donations were for $250 or less, and that the average was $69.

    Note that under FEC rules, the Obama campaign is not required to collect information on donors of less than $200; The commission asks campaigns to report any donor whose cumulative contributions have exceeded $200.

    Money-laundering.
    ____________________

    You Bet! Remember I said when Meech went to Africa she would be coming back with a suitcase full of money…. well, there it is… Those phony, no trace debit cards sent to Africa arranging for MO to make the pickup-

    It would be interesting to see just where was the portal was for all these alleged donations coming in at Obama’s round robin of Fundraisers in the US.

    If someone put their mind to it, it should be easy to trace back exactly which fundraiser gathered all these $200 dollar donations-

  233. rgb44hrc
    July 13th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Conversation between 43 and 45???

    W: “I stuck some gum under the Oval Office desk just to mess with you. With 44 hardly ever using that desk, it’ll still be there when you get the job”.

    H: “Now who ever put that silly thought in your head about my wanting that job…”

    W: “You’re also going to need the launch codes. The ones we gave to 44 were fake. We had to; it was a matter of national security.”
    ________________

    Hilarious! Before Hillary arrived at the Funeral Mass when Bush was sitting next to Mrs. R, he was caught napping a bit in the video. He probably was glad to have Hillary sitting next to him someone he could converse with as the options sitting on either side of him were Mrs R and Mrs Happy Face.

  234. Vcal, yep, that is one interesting video.. as I keep repeating Maria Shriver sitting may be two rows behind Hillary is really an object of study. So are the other faces around these two. That MO in her uncharacteristic ‘drab’ black blouse/dress pretending to be interested in the program page to page, line to line and smiling to herself is completely ridiculous and not to mention rude.

    Thanks for the Reagan National Hillary pic.. wow, I would stop and gawk at her without shame if I ran into her in the airport like that.

  235. well you gotta laugh, the man has a sense of humour…..

    Boehner: Dealing With the White House ‘Has Been Like Dealing With Jell-o’

    In a meeting with a small group of reporters in his Capitol Hill office this morning, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, criticized President Obama and White House officials for their lack of resolve in negotiations. “Dealing with them the last couple months has been like dealing with Jell-o,” Boehner said. “Some days it’s firmer than others. Sometimes it’s like they’ve left it out over night.”

    Boehner explained that talks broke down over the weekend because, he said, the president backed off entitlement reforms so much from Friday to Saturday, “It was Jell-o; it was damn near liquid.”

    “By Saturday, they’d spent the previous day and a half just going backwards” on reforming entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    “The only thing they’ve been firm on is these damn tax increases,” the Speaker said.

    The Speaker also made it clear that he believes the President waited too long to get personally involved. When he phoned the president Saturday to give him the bad news about talks breaking down, President Obama seemed surprised but not shocked, the speaker said. The phone call lasted 35-40 minutes.

    Boehner said that the tax increases the White House has been pushing for as part of what the president calls “a balanced package” cannot make it through Congress. “What the president is asking us to do just won’t pass,” he said.

    The Ohioan said that he believes the public supports the GOP line in the sand. “The American people want us to hang tough,” he said. White House officials “know they’re not winning.”

    White House officials of course dispute this assertion and many others that the speaker made.

    One thing Boehner and Obama both agree on – they do not want the U.S. government to default on its debts.

    “Nobody wants to go there, because nobody knows what’s going to happen,” Boehner said. “It’s a crapshoot.”

    That said, according to both Republicans and Democrats familiar with the negotiating process, the path forward remains unclear.

    “We’re in a spot where we need to be,” said a Republican official. “It’s not a bad place for us to be” to get a deal done.

    Boehner said that since January, ever since he saw the president he urged him to lock arms with him and “go big” on changes to reduce the deficit. The Speaker said that he will continue to push for major reforms to entitlement spending and the tax code even if those provisions do not end up part of this deal.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/07/boehner-dealing-with-the-white-house-has-been-like-dealing-with-jell-o.html

  236. shadowfax,

    FWIW,

    Re: comments about SS. You are right. The money IS there and BO is lying, Surprise, surprise. I know others far more conversant with finances, government, cahs flow, etc. have responded about the “I don’t know oif the checks would go pout on August 3″ lie but this short article and the video accompanying it really helped clarify the situation for me.

    From HA:

    Stephen Goss, the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, couldn’t help but smile as Huelskamp asked for his help getting to the bottom of why Social Security checks might not go out Aug. 3, when the nation clearly has enough money — even under a debt limit budget — to cover the interest on its debt, Social Security and more (Huelskamp even had the chart to prove it!).

    Goss confirmed the decision to send out Social Security checks (or not) would, indeed, be a Treasury Department (a.k.a. the administration’s) decision.

    “The responsibility of the Social Security Administration per se, my boss, Commissioner Astrue, is to in fact determine how much in the way of benefit payments people are supposed to receive,” Goss said. “We send that information actually over to the Department of the Treasury. They are the ones who actually send out the payments, whether it’s electronic funds, transfers, or check.”

    At that point, Huelskamp called out — in an admirably wry, polite way (a question is far friendlier than an accusation!) — what everybody in that hearing room already knew:

    “I guess we’ll have to ask the Department of the Treasury and we’re having difficulty getting answers from them, but I see under no circumstances unless it was a political decision that the administration would refuse or withhold Social Security checks because there are sufficient receipts,” Huelskamp says in the video. “Can I ask you to ask the Treasury Department — because the administration just really doesn’t want to provide information and when you stand on the evening news and make a statement that 40-some million Americans are going to not receive their checks — would you ask the administration are they planning on withholding those checks and is there a reason they wouldn’t make those payments on Aug. 3?”

    Goss said he’d be happy to work with Huelskamp to find an answer to his questions. Can’t wait to hear ‘em.”

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/07/13/video-social-security-chief-actuary-confirms-a-decision-to-withhold-checks-would-come-from-the-treasury/

  237. !#@$!!!!

    I can’t believe I may need another new keyboard, already! It’s been less than six months. Honestly – it’s not me! I type everything correctly and the keyboard sabotages my words. Just like BO and his teleprompter.

  238. “Everyone of those comments is anti-Obama.”

    Well, that’s encouraging, as is the Brett Baier poll about whether the $86 mill BO reported (another lie – half is to the DNC) should worry those who plan on voting against him.

    Results were something like 65% not worried.

    I agree.

    Those who are already in despair over everything BO either can’t fight, don’t want to fight or are solidly in BO’s corner. IMHO, of course. It is far too early for doom and gloom. We’ve got 15 months before election night. A LOT can happen between then and now.

  239. President Petulant strikes again

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/13/us-usa-debt-idUSTRE7646S620110713

    Obama walks out of tense debt meeting.

    President Barack Obama abruptly ended a tense budget meeting on Wednesday with Republican leaders by walking out of the room, a Republican aide familiar with the talks said.

    The aide said the session, the fourth in a row, was the most tense of the week as House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, dismissed spending cuts offered by the White House as “gimmicks and accounting tricks.”

    …………………

    Yeah that’ll solve the problem, i’ll throw a strop.

  240. I’m guessing either….

    a : the golf cart was waiting.
    b : moochelle wanted another shack shake
    c : he needed a fix
    d : the slurpees were melting.
    e : the rent boy had arrived.
    f : all of the above.

  241. Bolton: Obama worst president for Israel – ever

    By HERB KEINON
    07/13/2011 02:14

    Former US envoy to UN tells ‘Post’ that Jerusalem should pay as much attention to PA’s UN bid as to the “grass you tread beneath your feet.”

    US President Barack Obama is “the most anti-Israel president in the history of the state, without any question,” John Bolton, the former US envoy to the UN and a man considering entering the presidential race against Obama, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

    “If you think that this is just a misunderstanding of where the green crayon went in 1949, then think again,” Bolton said of Obama. Bolton’s comments came during a meeting he had with the Post’s editorial board.

    Bolton, who is currently a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a Fox News commentator, said that Obama bought in to what he said was the “European line” that if you make progress between Israel and the Palestinians “sweetness and light” will break out in the region, and every other problem from Iran to terrorism will be easier to solve.

    “I think that is like looking through the wrong end of the telescope,” he said.

    Bolton, in the country along with former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar and Nobel Peace Prize laureate David Trimble from Northern Ireland as part of a delegation of international dignitaries involved in an organization called Friends of Israel Initiative, said he was considering running for the Republican nomination, and would made a decision by Labor Day.

    “The problem is that we haven’t had an adequate discussion of national security issues for two and a half years,” he said, explaining why he was thinking about entering the race.

    “It is not a priority for Obama, and I think that is a big mistake for the United States.”

    Bolton said he conducted extensive “due diligence” about a possible race for the Republican nomination, including talking to fundraisers, pollsters, and campaign people in different states, including Iowa, where he has visited in advance of the Iowa caucuses, the first test in the US election calendar.

    Some of Bolton’s harshest criticism of Obama had to do with the administration’s Iran policy, with Bolton saying he believed the Obama administration’s “real Plan B for the Iranian nuclear weapons program is that it can be contained and deterred, much as we contained and deterred the Soviet Union in the Cold War.

    “I think that is fundamentally wrong,” Bolton said, adding that the only way to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons was through military action.

    “Diplomacy and sanctions are not going to work,” he said unequivocally.

    “The Obama administration certainly isn’t going to use force against the Iranian program, and Israel is obviously very reluctant to do it as well,” he said.

    “If Israel is not prepared to strike, then get ready for an Iran with nuclear weapons, and you can draw your own conclusions. If you think Iran’s behavior is bad now, imagine what it will be if it gets nuclear capability. I think we are all sleepwalking past this.”

    Bolton said the US would have an easier time destroying Iran’s control of its nuclear fuel cycle than Israel would, but that Israel has the capability to do this, and has had it for some time.

    “If I had been in charge of the Israeli government, I would have attacked in 2008 for several reasons,” he said.

    “First, it was three years ago, so you are much more likely to have eliminated the key elements of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.”

    Secondly, he said, “in 2008 you had a president sympathetic to Israel – so you calculate the next time that is going to occur.”

    Bolton had equally strong words to say about the Palestinian bid for some type of statehood recognition at the UN in September, something he said should not – as it is in Israel and elsewhere – be getting more attention and energy than the Iranian nuclear threat.

    Israel’s proper response to the move, he said, is “not to pay any attention to it, and to care no more about it than the grass you tread beneath your feet.”

    Without referring directly to Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s oft-quoted comment that Israel faced a “diplomatic tsunami” in September, Bolton – who served as US envoy to the UN from 2005-2006 – said “if you make the General Assembly into something more than what it is, than you are giving it authority and legitimacy it doesn’t have.”

    His comments were made against the backdrop of what is almost certain to be a US veto in the Security Council, the body whose approval is necessary for a state to become a UN member. In that case, the Palestinians are likely to take their bid to the General Assembly, which has no binding authority.

    Bolton acknowledged, however, that the move did have political significance, similar to the “Zionism Equals Racism” declaration of the mid-1970s.

    Leaning on past experience when he was head of the international organizations department in the State Department from 1989-1993, Bolton said that the only way to get this move stopped in the UN was for the US Congress to pass legislation saying that if the move did go through, Washington would cut off funding to the international body.

    He said that a threat by former secretary of state and chief of staff James Baker, backed up by the first president George Bush, to cut off funds to the UN if the PLO was accepted into the UN system as a full member is what kept the PLO from gaining acceptance as a state in 1989.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article.aspx?id=229077

  242. moononpluto,

    I heard about that. That was Cantor’s version although someone on the dim side characterized it differently – of course.

    I HATE that fothermucking whiner. (BO – I mean). It’s the same tactic I am now seeing deployed (on a small local level) in the area I cover. The dims, when not portrayed as they would like, have gone so far as to try and get me fired (going to the editors) and threatening me with not granting building permits on my property. I know I could go to the state AG with some of the stuff but that would end my modest career in a heartbeat. What I am saying is the whiny “either- I- get-my-way-or-I’m-gonna-destroy-you” method has trickled down. It is not a pretty sight. I have zero respect for those who refuse to give and take their lumps like adults and instead try to argue their case in a special court stocked – they- hope- with their people.

    Luckily, so far the editors have been more ticked off by town officials trying to tell them what they can and cannot print and I’m hoping there’s just one complain-vociferously-to-the-editor card allowed per person. But I will tell you it has not been pleasant.

    The friggin’ repubs better hold their ground on this debt ceiling issue. BO rules by crisis, AKA the Cry Wolf strategy. If the repubs cave and give into ANY of BO’s demands I will – I will – I don’t know WHAT I will do!

  243. 13 July 2011

    On the road with Hillary Clinton

    By Kim Ghattas
    BBC News, Washington DC

    As US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels the globe, the reporters who join her can observe a small group of staff crafting foreign policy on the move – often after little or no sleep.

    The Cadillac stops by the nose of the plane. Diplomatic security agents spill out of three vans. Hillary Clinton emerges from the car and walks up the steps.

    After dropping off her handbag in her private cabin at the front of the plane, the US Secretary of State walks back to chat with the dozen reporters on the plane.

    Sitting on an arm rest, she tells us about her evening in the Rose Garden at the State Dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    The Secretary of State travels with an immediate entourage of up to 42 people

    • Senior staff include: one spokesperson, two deputy chiefs of staff, one senior media adviser, one Pentagon liaison and six to eight senior State Department or National Security Council officials

    • Seven diplomatic security agents travel on the plane – several dozen more are spread out at points where the plane lands

    • Up to 13 journalists join the bubble, along with between two and four communications staff

    • Others include: two line officers, one deputy executive secretary, one logistics person, and a staff assistant

    It was past 11pm on a recent June night, and Special Air Mission 883 was about to embark on a 30,000-mile journey to the United Arab Emirates, Zambia, Tanzania and Ethiopia, starting off with an Air Force catered meal of chicken wings and crudites.

    For the next eight days I would be in “the bubble” – “a caravan going from place to place”, as Mrs Clinton describes it.

    “Sometimes the dogs bark but we still move on. It is for me, a movable adventure,” she says.

    This was my 16th trip with this American Secretary of State, but being part of that bubble remains a special experience.

    The proximity to Mrs Clinton, the access to senior American officials and the unguarded moments on the road, provide a rare insight into diplomacy in action and the real people devising American foreign policy.

    Economy seats

    Watching them try – and sometimes fail – to control the messy world around them is a reminder of the limits of American power.

    On this trip I was given rare access to the preparations in Washington, the plane and pilots, and even to the “secure floor” set up in every hotel on the tour, with its guards, cameras and mobile offices.

    It is an impressive operation run by an army of often earnest staffers with a keen eye for detail who say they feel part of history, even when they are sorting out mundane practicalities.

    It can also be an unwieldy, invasive machine with diplomatic security agents, sniffer dogs and motorcades blocking off traffic in cities and disrupting people’s lives.

    We spend long hours in confined spaces, going from motorcade to hotel to presidential palace and back to the plane.

    The journalists at the back of the plane get the same food as the Secretary and her staff at the front. The journalists are crammed in the back, in economy seats. There are no boarding passes, so before the trip starts we draw lots to assign seats.

    We are separated from the front of the plane by a lavatory that marks an invisible barrier called “the line of death”. Beyond it are all the senior officials accompanying Clinton, usually poring over classified documents.

    The plane is not fancy, nothing like Air Force One. The 13-year-old Boeing 757 is part of a fleet of four which is at the disposal of Mrs Clinton and others like the Vice President and the First Lady.

    The private cabin is modest – a fold-out couch, two seats, a desk, a lavatory but no shower, a tall mirror, a map of the world and communications equipment so Mrs Clinton can speak to President Obama or other world leaders while in the air.

    ‘Evergreen’

    In the belly of the plane, there is a metal trunk on wheels packed with gifts.

    David Solomon and Katie Jack from the protocol office in Washington will not reveal what Mrs Clinton is taking with her for the presidents and prime ministers she will be meeting. It could cause tension if one leader felt his neighbour got a nicer gift.

    They do reveal that the lower level gifts include cufflinks, paperweights and key chains. Mrs Clinton’s autobiography, Living History, is apparently a favourite, and always comes with a personal handwritten note.

    America is still a superpower, so Secretaries of State get to see presidents and kings, unlike most other foreign ministers, who only meet their direct counterparts.

    But Mrs Clinton also has personal relations with world leaders dating back to her days as First Lady, so they “would see me under any circumstances,” she says.

    In the White House, the Secret Service called her “Evergreen”, and several incarnations later, the code name remains.

    The great advantage of travelling with the Secretary is never having to go through passport control or wait by the luggage belt. State Department staffers stamp us in and out of countries, and our suitcases are delivered directly to the hotel.

    The downside is that while we pay for our seat, we do not get air miles. And while we may go to a lot of exotic, interesting destinations, we cannot fully experience or understand a country while in the bubble.

    ‘Imperfect people’

    Exhaustion is guaranteed. Our bodies are vandalised by jet lag. On the road all day, on the phone to Washington at night, sleep deprivation takes its toll as countries blur into one.

    Grounded in Dubai The 13-year-old Boeing 757 used for this trip is part of a fleet of four which is at the disposal of Mrs Clinton and others like the Vice-President and the First LadyOn our return trip, a short refuelling stop in Dubai turns into a 15-hour stopover, because a cracked tyre needs changing – we check into a hotelIt is the third time the plane has suffered problems in two-and-a-half years – Clinton’s staff joke that her relentless travelling has got the better of it
    When I was talking to Philippe Reines from the communications team one morning, he had to pause to remind himself which country he was in – it was Tanzania.

    From the very first day on the road, Policy Planning Director Jake Sullivan is already sleep-deprived. The trips may be exhilarating, but how does one devise foreign policy for a superpower, on no sleep?

    “Foreign policy is being made by imperfect people who face imperfect choices and have to use an imperfect process to reach decisions,” he says.

    “All we can do is try to ensure that the decision that is finally arrived at is one that has been carefully considered – and we generally feel comfortable when we finally decide to pull the trigger on something.”

    Mrs Clinton, too, admits her gruelling scheduling takes its toll.

    “I won’t lie to you. I’m tired. My friends call and e-mail and say ‘Oh my gosh I saw you on television. You look so tired!’ To which I reply, ‘Gee, thanks a lot!'”

    In the mobile offices in hotels, staff have strict instructions as to where they can talk about what. But she feels “we are making a difference, and that keeps me going,” she says.

    She sleeps a lot on the plane to make up for lost sleep, and goes for long walks or does yoga to recuperate after a lengthy trip.

    The relentless travelling may seem unnecessary when the world is shrinking and everybody is a video conference call away.

    But the Chinese are everywhere, so are the Indians and the Brazilians, vying for a bigger share for world influence. So Mrs Clinton feels strongly that she needs to be everywhere, too.

    She has clocked almost 600,000 miles working to sell America to the world, since taking office in January 2009 – the equivalent of 24 times round the globe.

    And despite pressures on government spending, she believes it would be a great mistake for America to say: “Enough with the foreign involvement, let’s do nothing but stay right here and tend to our own garden”.

    Kim Ghattas is the BBC’s US State Department correspondent.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14062160

  244. Cantor: “The president told me, ‘Eric don’t call my bluff, you know I’m going to take this to the American people. He then walked out.”

  245. Cantor: “The president told me, ‘Eric don’t call my bluff, you know I’m going to take this to the American people. He then walked out.”

    Preach it, Eric!!!!! I have no doubt that’s exactly what the MF BO said. What a creep.

    BTW, I know you don’t get all programs where you are and I thought you would find it interesting that Fox news is now being demonized, by name, not only on shows like Tingles but also in the flick The Terminator as well as by Press Secretary Jim Carney, today.

    Honestly, have you ever heard of such selective targeting of media by the whitehouse, other media and in movies?

  246. kodachrome
    July 13th, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    “I already saw one pea-brained woman with the brand new bumper sticker, Obama Cares.”

    Get out your markers. I can just see political maneuverings of new bumper stickers that read … “Obama Cares Less”
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    Obama cares…about himself…(party of One)

  247. DU poster (U kno who)revolted at Obama’s threat as is the outrage throughout America.At the very least, I believe Obama will up the age for new SS recipients. This may become the elusive dream for many of us… We get close than oops, sorry- eight more years..
    =================================

    More like ooops, sorry, your dead and therefore no longer need the benefits.
    _______________________

    ….Got that right! 😆

    ————-

    …and, what the Hell happens to the money that folks paid into SS but didn’t live long enough to get it back? Who steals that money?

  248. LMAO!! Ooooo, Obama is getting huffy and insecure. Notice the Reagan comment? He wants so badly to be Reagan, not because of policy (Obama could give a shit about policy one way or another), but because he envisions himself as an iconic two-term president and has always vacillated between envy of Bill and envy of Reagan.

    He’s “going to the people”, too. Expect another 45 minute lecture soon.

    Cantor said he told the president that the two sides remain so far apart at this point that he doubted they could get to $2.5 trillion in cuts (to match the debt increase requested by the administration, enough to get through the 2012 election) given the time available. President Obama has said he will not sign any increase to the debt ceiling less than that amount, and Cantor had previously insisted that the House would vote no more than one time to increase the debt limit. Cantor said he was willing to abandon his position in order to allow some kind of short-term measure to increase the debt limit and reassure credit markets while negotiations continue, and asked the president if he would be willing to consider this option.

    At this point, Cantor explained, the president became “very agitated” and said he had “sat here long enough,” that “Ronald Reagan wouldn’t sit here like this” and “something’s got to give.” Obama then told Republicans they either needed to compromise on their insistence on a dollar for dollar ratio of spending cuts to debt increase or agree to a “grand bargain” including massive tax increases. Before walking out of the room, Cantor said, the president told him: “Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people with this.” He then “shoved back” and said “I’ll see you tomorrow.”

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/07/13/oh-my-angry-obama-storms-out-of-debt-ceiling-negotiations/

  249. Send this to Kerry who famously said electing Obuma would help in the Muslim world:

    I’ve written numerous times over the last year about rapidly worsening perceptions of the U.S. in the Muslim world, including a Pew poll from April finding that Egyptians view the U.S. more unfavorably now than they did during the Bush presidency. A new poll released today of six Arab nations — Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco — contains even worse news on this front:..

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/07/13/arabs

  250. BASIL99,I am on your side. I am as unhappy as anyone about the likelihood of Obama getting re-elected. My core issue is Israel’s secuirty, and as we all know there has never been a more hostile President to Israel than Obama. I do , however, agree with that writer regarding Rolling Stone’s guitar licks from the early 70’s(see the “Mick Taylor ” years 69-74).

  251. Some “no–more-taxes” folks are now suggesting that the R’s tell Obama that they are more than willing to go back to Clinton era taxes, if he agrees to go back to Clinton-era spending.

    Sadly, I think that would shut the current day Dems right up.

  252. thehill.com/homenews/administration/171403-obama-warns-cantor-dont-call-my-bluff-in-debt-talks

    …snip…

    He (O) said to me, ‘Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m going to the American people with this,’ “ Cantor said. “I was somewhat taken aback,” he (Cantor) added, with a smile.

    Democrats offered a different characterization of the meeting and the exchange, though House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told The Hill that the “gravity of the challenge” confronting negotiators “was weighing certainly on the president.”

    Pelosi said she had never seen a president more gracious than Obama, whom she described as trying to end a meeting he had hosted.

    “He stayed for two and a half hours and listened to what members had to say. It was his meeting and the meeting had come to an end,” she said.

    “The president could not have been more gracious. I have never seen a president spend so much time with the leadership of Congress day in and day out, respectful of their concerns,” Pelosi added.

    …snip….

    ************************************************

    …oh, give me a break…best laugh of the night…

    O – gracious….pahleeese…

    …call his bluff…

  253. about the “86 million”, the amount for the DNC does not count. The 47 million for waffles.

    1) the Obot-LSM keeps harping how much he outraised all the candidate, but they do it 1 to 1, well of course waffles will get more, there are 7 or 8 candidates, combines their totals is about 40 million. Waffles had 30+ fundraisers and still came at the same level of funds as the repubs combined.
    2) there are many people like me who will fundraise and contribute much to the evict-waffles repub opponent, but I am not giving anything in the primaries, maybe to Sarah or rick perry. In the general, that’s where my money and fundraising efforts are going. So comparing this money to how much will potentially is raised in the general is not a comparable thing to do.
    3) Finally, and this one is the kicker, I watched how on Fox with Brett Bair, idiots like Juan Williams and some lady from the hill? were going on and on about how the average donation was $69, and how there were 500K small donors.
    I remember speaking to some repubs and PUMAs in 2008 about this, unfortunately for Hillary, their team realised this too late, the repubs figured it out, but they really didn’t care that much to get Mccain elected. 500K donors of all sizes, only those over $200 have to be reported, so you can have 15K donors, each giving $2500, the max, that comes to 37.5 million dollar, so then you can have 485K giving $15 each, and that comes to 47 million raised,

    but here’s the main thing, the more donors you have, even if they give $5 (or $3) they are counted as a donor and used in the calculation to drive down the average donation. Remember 3 weeks ago the Prof over at legal insurrection showed how they-waffles-wanted even a $3 donation, its wasn’t for the $3, but to get another donor to their roll, so that then they can use that in the calculation for the “average” donation.
    The entire thing is skewed.

    and the Obot-LSM will lap it up just like they did in 2008, fortunately, more and more people have figured out this fame by Waffles and Ploffyboy.

  254. Waffles walked out? Maybe he needed to go to the restroom? Peas help with that. He needs to eat those peas.

  255. HEY, has Sarah been reading Big Pink????

    Palin to hannity:

    says she does not trust this president. we should not trust this president. This president has not earned our trust.

  256. “Some “no–more-taxes” folks are now suggesting that the R’s tell Obama that they are more than willing to go back to Clinton era taxes, if he agrees to go back to Clinton-era spending.”

    We will never hear “The era of big govt is over” from Waffles or these alinsky demcrats.

  257. The eminently confident Jacqueline Du Pré.. I love, love the way she sits there with her arms around the cello in supreme command..{just saw a French movie with this soundtrack and had to listen to the whole thing}

    Elgar Cello Concerto Op 85 I movement (look for other movements on the side bar}

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5C99JyP2ns

  258. Boehner said that since January, ever since he saw the president he urged him to lock arms with him and “go big” on changes to reduce the deficit. The Speaker said that he will continue to push for major reforms to ENTITLEMENT SPENDING and the tax code even if those provisions do not end up part of this deal.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/07/boehner-dealing-with-the-white-house-has-been-like-dealing-with-jell-o.html

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    WEll, there’s one Republican pressuring for cuts to SS/Medicare. And he must have other Republicans supporting him.

  259. After all the shit slung at Sarah, and all the endless fawning coverage of Obama, they are freaking out that she got one….ONE!!… positive story.

    =====================

    The story isn’t even all that strongly positive. Or rather, it’s mildly positive, but about a side issue. Look at its title and focus: It’s about her confidence, not her competence.

  260. I don’t find it surprising in the least that Barry is talking about not promising to pay social security checks as his hard line against getting a blank check in the spending debate.

    How many folks that collect social security are also boomers, bitter knitters and not part of his kool-aid, hoping for unicorn pixy dust?

    ===================

    Look at what he loses and what he wins. He doesn’t lose their votes because he never had their votes. He may get them (and some of their younger relatives who would have to support them) to write the GOP out of fear. I hope he has lost some support among well-informed people on all sides, for trying such a cheap cruel threat.

    The latter fact, that he is losing credibility and support by the threat, might mean he is desperate. But desperate for what?

  261. Foolish as this sounds, it’s like if you have a billion dollars, and invests it all in one stock…say B of A. You are still worth the billion $$. You buy things, and write checks to pay for them and you sell some of your stock to fund the checks. Then one day, B of A declares bankruptcy. Your invesstment is GONE!

    SS info- actuarial guidelines

    http://www.ssa.gov/oact/tr/2010/tr2010.pdf

    ===============

    The analogy doesn’t support his point. You don’t wait till the day before the checks are due before you sell the stock. You move a years worth of money into some stable liquid account long in advance of need. SS has surely got enough in their equivalent of ‘petty cash drawer’ to cover months or a year or more.

    An Aug 2 deadline for Aug 3 payments is beyond ridiculous! What kind of idiots does he think he’s talking to?

  262. Wouldn’t it be something if Obama went the Sarah Palin route and decided he has to quit because the opposition is making it impossible for him to do his job?

  263. Home loan banks seek voice in Bank of America mortgage settlement

    NEW YORK – Six federal home loan banks are seeking to join a case in which a judge will decide whether to approve an $8.5 billion settlement by Bank of America Corp. with Bank of New York Mellon Corp. over mortgage-securitization trusts.

    The six banks “have not made decisions whether to oppose the settlement,’’ the Federal Home Loan Banks of Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Seattle said in court documents. They seek to intervene because “the proposed settlement will not provide them enough information on which to make careful and informed decisions.’’

    BNY Mellon, as trustee of the 530 trusts, sought approval of the settlement. The agreement requires Bank of America, its Countrywide Financial unit, or both, to pay $8.5 billion.

    The request by the home loan banks came a day after it was revealed that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is seeking client information from more than 20 companies as part of an investigation “into certain matters related to securitization of residential mortgages.’’

    Investors have claimed that units of Countrywide failed to honor contracts, saying they needed to repurchase loans that never matched their promised quality.

    http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2011/07/14/home_loan_banks_seek_voice_in_bank_of_america_mortgage_settlement/

  264. #
    Jen the Michigander
    July 14th, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Wouldn’t it be something if Obama went the Sarah Palin route and decided he has to quit because the opposition is making it impossible for him to do his job?
    _______________________

    Obama attends a Budget negotiation with other people’s narrative making his pitch. When questions arise, he cannot answer amending that pitch comes the duh!! moment. Duh! turns into Grrrh! And that voice in his ear says… GET OUT- GET OUT NOW!

    Stage Left- even!

  265. “They seek to intervene because “the proposed settlement will not provide them enough information on which to make careful and informed decisions.”
    ____________________________

    They’ll have a long wait because BOA does not have the original paper work to the corresponding Countryside Mortgage Loans. Mellon Bank smells blood in the water and will capitalize on the measly $8.5 million dollar settlement.

  266. So he walked out on a significant meeting. Nothing he has not done in the past. I remember him walking out on a imprompted press conference during the primary , when it got to things he did not want to answer. I guess that was the way they handled things when he was a neighborhood organizer.

    I wonder what those people working with him back then thought about him. We have heard little from people that he worked with in the past. I remember a remark made by lawyers that had worked with him that he like to present cases, but for any negotiations he was no where around.

    So many flags, so much coverup, so little accountablilty from the press and the people who really knew he was not up to this. They thought they could finese this through. Instead, they have badly hurt the country. YET ALL OF THEM CONTINUE TO GIVE MONEY. We have no conscience in this country, and no respect for honesty.

  267. Obama overwrought having to make tough decisions. His sensibilities frazzled from yesterday’s negotiations forcing him to pick up his ball and go home.
    ________________________

    No yelling at Obama today

    Jay Carney silences press corp. No shouting questions at Obama.

    If you read the rest of the story at link- They have even silenced the video.

    “It’s an absurd reason to say that because we asked questions you’re not going to allow cameras in there. He’s capable of ignoring our questions. He does it all the time,” said Chip Reid of CBS.”

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0711/shout_of_bounds_729191ad-6922-4221-8711-77a68d3802df.html

  268. “I guess that was the way they handled things when he was a neighborhood organizer.”
    ____________________

    The media have no one to blame but themselves. They cultivated his behavior early on during the Primary when they could have nipped it in the bud. They did nothing- They ignored Obama’s reluctance to making hard decisions or even thinking about making hard decisions. They would have arrived at their conclusions 3.5 yrs ago- He’s in over his head and should not be elected president.

    You’ll get no sympathy from the people. He is your Franken-president. Now rollover and play dead-

  269. As a Chicago organizer all he ever organized was the corrupt Rezko political machine. As far as I know they have yet to try and sentence the crook for fear that they will sing and implicate the messiah and his donors.Soros at work.

  270. ABM90
    July 14th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I’ve often wondered if Obama’s intention was to pardon Rezko at the end of his first term. If Rezo hasn’t been sentenced, how can he be pardoned? Do you remember the end-all to Abramaoff?

  271. pm317, if you haven’t seen Jackie and Hillary, rent it! It’s about the two musical Du Pres sisters and their amazing talent.

    Jackie died in 1987 of multiple sclerosis.

  272. Jbstonesfan,

    Sorry, by I am NOT among those who think there is an insurmountable liklihood BO will be re-elected.

    “I am as unhappy as anyone about the likelihood of Obama getting re-elected.”

    In fact, I feel it’s the duty of all of us who KNOW and UNDERSTAND the damage he has done to spread the word. I don’t believe in rolling over and playing dead.

    Sorry if I got on your case yesterday but honestly, it would be nice if you would access your inner warrior and at least try to put up a fight against what you consider cataclysmic inevitability.

    Really.

    And I agree he’s the worse prez Israel has ever faced. That worries me. It should, it would seem, give a person of Jewish descent even more reason to battle the usurper. IMHO. I’m not Jewish and I would fight tooth and nail to keep him from winning in 2012.

  273. basil, yeah, I saw the movie when it came out. Hers is a tragic story, isn’t it? She was barely 42. Her husband, conductor Barenboim was such a pusillanimous guy that once her illness started to show he abandoned her — well, that is the movie but having seen him in real I can see what a wimpy guy he is.

    I am not big on English composers but she really made Elgar hers and shine.

  274. Voters not affiliated with either political party favor the Republican 46% to 38%.

    From AOS via Rasmussen.

    Eighty-six percent (86%) of GOP voters support a generic candidate from their party, while 82% of Democrats back the president.

    Voters not affiliated with either political party favor the Republican 46% to 38%.

    Male voters support the GOP candidate by 11 points, while females are evenly divided. Voters under the age of 40 favor the president, while their elders back the Republican.

    Voters not affiliated with either political party favor the Republican 46% to 38%.

    Ninety-three percent (93%) of black voters and 53% of voters of other races back Obama, while 55% of whites prefer the Republican.

    Voters not affiliated with either political party favor the Republican 46% to 38%.

    Conservatives (79%) overwhelmingly support the Republican, while 82% of liberals – and a majority (54%) of moderates – like the president.

    Voters not affiliated with either political party favor the Republican 46% to 38%.

    Needless to say if this was the scenario, the President would be pulling an LBJ. Some feel we are heading towards a major realignment re-election, and while the evidence is scattershot, polls like this give weight to that idea. Further, the party identification shift in New Hampshire and the consistently bad results for Obama out of Pennsylvania definitely show chunks of the typically blue northeast are itching to go red. Still, November 2012 is a helluva long ways away.

    Check map at AOS.

  275. BASIL99
    July 14th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    “This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this.”
    _____________________

    Someone must have warned him his attitude could be his Waterloo. I know it’s impossible for him to have thought of it himself. He’s the president, as he never forgets to remind us… therefore my words are golden and should be accepted as is with no discussion otherwise.

    BOINK!

  276. Of course he will cave, as he always has (again something the media ignores). Then he will declare victory, and all the little minions will throw flowers at his feet, and complain that he has done so much during his Presidency and he is not appreicated.

    Agree over and over again HE IS IN OVER HIS HEAD.

  277. Just because I want to counteract the negativity of some;

    John Batchelor on BO:

    Spoke Larry Kudlow, Jon Hilsenrath, Steve Moore, John Fund, and Devin Nunes, re the debt limit contest in Washington, and learned that the Democrats and GOP are farther apart now than when they started in June, and that there is no chance for a settlement by August 2.

    Devin Nunes added that the rumour in DC is that POTUS will back up the hysterical remark that Social Security checks will stop after August 2 by ordering letters sent out next week to the recipients. Social Security Babylon. And also the rumour includes a letter to the military personnel that they will not be paid after August 2.

    In sum, POTUS is out of ideas and plans. Still, all POTUS can do is threaten and sign and intimidate and pout.

    The polling from Florida shows that 54% of 1000 likely voters disapprove of the POTUS job performance. The White House is in denial. The jobs number last Friday 8 was so weak that it will take 300,000 jobs added each month for the next year to bring the unemployment rate down from 9.2 to 8.2 — and that is unacceptable ground for reelection.

    The debt limit contest is about the sinking ship of the Obama reelect. Asked John Fund, is there screaming at the WHite House. Answer: complete denial while blame-shifting onto the GOP. Will it work? Nah.

  278. ‘I know it’s impossible for him to have thought of it himself.’

    He is a world class Jack A$$.

  279. #
    NewMexicoFan
    July 14th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Of course he will cave, as he always has (again something the media ignores). Then he will declare victory, and all the little minions will throw flowers at his feet, and complain that he has done so much during his Presidency and he is not appreicated.

    Agree over and over again HE IS IN OVER HIS HEAD.
    ________________

    I’m surprised Obama hasn’t reminded Boehner and Cantor, “He Killed Bin Laden.” 😆

  280. BASIL99
    July 14th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Would it be a fair question to ask,

    Who is the bigger Jackass?

    The JackJenny or the Jackass himself.

  281. “I guess that was the way they handled things when he was a neighborhood organizer.

    I wonder what those people working with him back then thought about him. We have heard little from people that he worked with in the past. ”
    **********
    Very few have spoken about Barry “back in the day”. IIRC, Barry joked that he got more out of the organizer job than he put into it (quelle surprise) and the person who hired him said, in an oblique way, that Barry was pretty worthless.

    The only other person that I am aware of that has spoken up is a person who worked with Barry in NYC at the news clipping service. He basically said that Barry’s account of that time is a fabrication, (I am shocked!!)

    One other come to mind; a classmate in law school. Basically said that Barry was an insufferable ass who thought that he was the smartest person in the room and would ramble on for 20-30 minutes talking shit.

  282. @basil Devin Nunes added that the rumour in DC is that POTUS will back up the hysterical remark that Social Security checks will stop after August 2 by ordering letters sent out next week to the recipients. Social Security Babylon. And also the rumour includes a letter to the military personnel that they will not be paid after August 2.””
    ———————

    Maybe this is what he meant when he said to Cantor storming out of the mtg: ‘don’t call my bluff’.. you know flakes and fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

  283. I just listed to Cantor’s audio interview after the hissy fit of Obama. The WH with Obama as the point man is trying to run a shell game. Everyday he comes into the meetings and changes the points on which they made progress the day before. It is the old switcheroo and because Obama so much more intelligent than anyone else, no one is to ever call him on it. He blithely changes the rules at will. Cantor can follow it and said no. Obama is not used to working this long on anything and has clearly lost interest. He also is not able to run around raising money, plan his birthday party, watch sports, and go on vacation. He is also giving deadlines arbitrarily because he wants to be doing something, anything, other than working. Obama cannot concentrate as long as a gnat AND has no discipline.

  284. I talked to a friend yesterday retired from the Social Security Adm. She said SS checks cannot be stopped without a 60 notice. The checks cannot be adjusted in amount without a 60 day notice. Supplemental Security Income checks require a 30 notice to be stopped or changed. She stated this is federal law so people will not be caught without anything without advance notice. She also said notices take weeks to send out. So even if notices were sent out by order now, the soonest they would be delivered is 10 to 14 days or about July 23 with the first month not to receive benefits in October. And recipients have appeal rights. She said he does not have a legal leg to stand on and is spouting off.

  285. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor should not be part of the debt limit negotiations. He’s calling the Virginia Republican congressman “childish.”

    Reid says Cantor’s conduct during the sensitive White House talks have shown, in Reid’s words, “he shouldn’t even be at the table.” Reid says other congressional leaders are negotiating in good faith as an Aug. 2 deadline approaches for raising the debt limit.

    Huh? Obama stomps out in a snit because the doesn’t like what Cantor is saying and Cantor is childish? Supposedly Obama did not want Cantor talking in an earlier session and demanded Boehner do the talking and Boehner said no.

  286. Mormaer
    July 14th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Good to know- I’ll tell Mom… She thinks if they do this once, it will always be a sword they hold over our heads when things get too HOT in the kitchen…

  287. The speaker of the house is supposed to mediate and ensure legislation gets passed, Boehner should be letting the house minority and house majority leader do all the talking. Obama should stfu and all.

    Pelosi seems to have been totally sidelined and the Dems are being pushed by Obama alone, its ridiculous.

  288. Arrogance in full flow.

    Today Obama makes good on his threat to Cantor by sitting down with local TV reporters. Because those always go well.

    Here it comes:

    The day after telling House Majority Leader Eric Cantor he would take his case on the deficit “to the American people,” President Obama will sit down with three local TV reporters to do just that. In guidance to reporters, the White House said Obama will talk about “the economy and the importance of finding a balanced approach to deficit reduction.”The interviews will be shown starting at 5 p.m., the White House said — just after the fifth round of negotiations with congressional leaders starts in the Cabinet Room.

    Because when it comes to Obama discussing his budgetary priorities and philosophy of government, it always goes well with local television reporters:

    As you may recall:

    Obama grew testy with a reporter from a Dallas-Fort Worth TV station who at one point reminded him that he lost in the state by more than 10 points in 2008, not the “few percentage points” he claimed during the interview.

    The reporter, Brad Watson, also asked Obama why he “was so unpopular in Texas.”

    Finally, Obama responded: “If what you’re telling me is Texas is a conservative state, you’re absolutely right.”

    As the interview ended, Obama admonished Watson, saying, “Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?”

    Why do I suspect Brad Watson won’t be among today’s invited reporters?

    …………………..

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/271880/when-doubt-turn-local-tv-interviews

    o instead of decent nice discussion, Obama will run to the networks to bitch.

  289. Mormaer
    July 14th, 2011 at 10:34 am
    _________________

    I’m not a fan of Cantor’s. But in this case anyone that sticks it to BO is OK in my book. Obama insists he is the president- bow before me and my wife. OK- you got the title, now do the job expected of a president of our United States as in the past other presidents have shown their mettle when it comes to tough decision making.

  290. Obama looking to make $$$$ off his 50th Birthday

    WASHINGTON–President Obama returns to Chicago on Aug. 3 to mark his 50th birthday with fund-raisers at the Aragon Ballroom, with tickets ranging from $50 a person to $35,800 per couple, which includes VIP seating at a “Birthday Concert” where celebs will be performing and a dinner with the president.

    The fundraiser at the Aragon, the historic ballroom in Uptown, will be one of the biggest third quarter events, expected to draw in national supporters. Obama’s 50th birthday is Aug. 4.

    The Obama team on Wednesday reported collecting more than $86 million in second quarter fund-raising over $47 million directly for the Obama 2012 campaign and more than $38 million for the Democratic National Committee.

    On Wednesday night, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Obama 2012 campaign chairman Jim Messina headlined a $44 per person event at the East Bank Club.

    Obama’s birthday bash at the Aragon was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times Stella Foster.

    The event is multi-tiered: There is a concert at 4 p.m.–Foster said songstress Jennifer Hudson may perform–for the basic $50 contribution, of which there is supposed to be “limited availability.”

    For $10,000, a person gets a souvenir photo with Obama at a reception and preferred seating at the concert. For $1,000 a person gets seated in a “premium section” with a “hosted bar.” A general admission ticket is $200.

    The events are a benefit for the Obama Victory Fund 2012, a joint Obama 2012 re-election campaign/Democratic National Committee fund.

    ………………………….

    Let me guess Obama turns up for 5 mins, flips you the bird and then leaves to eat arugula in another room.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/07/obama_hits_chicago_for_50th_bi.html

  291. Sing Willie Run Hillary: “On The Road Again”

    Public Schedule
    Washington, DC

    July 14, 2011

    SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

    Secretary Clinton departs for foreign travel to Turkey, Greece, India, Indonesia and China. She is accompanied by Under Secretary Hormats, Assistant Secretary Gordon, Ambassador Morningstar and Director Sullivan. Assistant Secretary Feltman joins her in Istanbul for meetings of the Contact Group on Libya. Click here for more information.

  292. Obama wants to control who he talks with just like he wants to control who he runs against (rig caucuses and conventions, leaks of personal info to newspapers, signature fraud in qualifying, etc). He doesn’t like Cantor whom he cannot control so he will try to run him off via the press and the Obots. This is his modus operandi. It is the only way he knows how to win. He is demanding who speaks for the Republicans. Next he will demand what they can say to him. He is a tyrant.

  293. From Boehner spokesman: “The Speaker has told the White House he sees no need to go to Camp David this weekend.”

    translation…….i am not giving you a free pr stunt.

  294. “Don’t call my bluff. I’m going to take this to the American people.” Styrofoam Greek columns,fake townhalls, free concerts, come on then, do your stuff. Can we have flying rainbow unicorns fly out of your ass tooo.

  295. This could give Mitch Daniels a leg up….

    Indiana $1.2 Billion In Black, Auditor Says

    “Without raising taxes and by carefully watching spending, Indiana state government has continued to live within its means,” Berry said. “For those who believe that raising taxes is the only way out of a fiscal crisis, I say take a look at the Hoosier state.”

    http://www.theindychannel.com/money/28546263/detail.html

  296. It’s like this. This is the first time poor poor misguided and martyred obama has had to roll up his sleeves and actually pay the piper for his lavish spending on everything but the American people. It’s the first time he is being called to task for his zero leadership skills, his corrupt ideals, and his party-hardy mentality…i.e. let them eat cake.

    It’s really too too much for his ego to handle and he is soooooo close to either a brain freeze or the need for a total lobotomy.

    In all seriousness, what are they waiting for? There are so many areas of impeachment here and the repubs continue to sit on their asses.

    Such a shame.

  297. Obama’s “friend” is off again.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/post/kal-penn-leaves-the-white-house–again–for-how-i-met-your-mother/2011/07/14/gIQA2h4CEI_blog.html

    Kal Penn is leaving the White House for an acting job — again.

    The actor, who became famous for “Harold and Kumar” and “House” — and then a little more famous for leaving “House” to become a bureaucrat — will wrap up his job as his job with the Obama administration this month, a White House official told us.

    He’s going back to TV, for a recurring role on “How I Met Your Mother.” In that role, as first reported by TVLine.com last night, he’ll play a love interest for the sitcom’s Robin, played by Cobie Smulders.

    Penn first joined the White House in July 2009 as an associate director in the Office of Public Engagement. “We deeply appreciate his service,” said Shin Inouye, an administration spokesman, “and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

    But is this actually the end of his political career?

    Just last year, Penn looked like a short-timer when he left the job after only 11 months to shoot “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas” — only to cycle back to D.C. and his mid-level $41,000 job a few months later when filming wrapped.

    His unusual career path points to a little-known truth about showbiz: That even big-name actors have a lot of downtime between projects. It’s part of the reason you see many stars throwing themselves into campaign or celebvocacy work, with D.C. lobbying jaunts for favorite causes — though we’re hard-pressed to think of any others who took major pay cuts for public-sector gigs.

    The actor has kept a moderately low-profile in Washington, using his birthname Kalpen Modi in his government work and passing up interviews. On Wednesday, he hosted a session at the White House with young business owners promoting a “Buy Young” initiative.

    …………….

    Maybe thats why Obama’s in a huff again.

  298. uh oh, its getting worse.

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/13/did-operation-fast-and-furious-have-a-tampa-twin-operation-castaway/

    Did Operation Fast and Furious have a Tampa twin, Operation Castaway?

    Republican lawmakers are alleging that Operation Fast and Furious may have had a twin in Tampa: Operation Castaway.

    The new revelations have come to light as Florida Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis fired off a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and acting ATF Director Ken Melson asking them for answers about the newly discovered program.

    “In recent days, it has come to light that the ATF and DOJ have participated in the act of ‘gun walking’ beyond the acts conducted within the scope of ‘Operation Fast and Furious,’” Bilirakis wrote to Holder and Melson.

    “Recent reports have suggested that Project Gunrunner may not have been limited to weapons trafficking to Mexico and that similar programs included the possible trafficking of arms to criminal gangs in Honduras with the knowledge of the ATF’s Tampa Field Division and the Department of Justice’s Middle District of Florida through an operation known as ‘Operation Castaway,’” the letter read.

    The controversial gun-trafficking sting operation Operation Fast and Furious was managed out of the ATF’s Phoenix field office. Congressional Republicans are investigating whether similar practices were followed elsewhere.

    Bilirakis added that, as a member of the House Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, he finds it “troubling” that the U.S. government would “willfully allow weapons to be acquired by dangerous criminal and drug trafficking organizations in direct contravention to our strategic and national interests.”

    Specifically, Bilirakis asked them to confirm whether or not these new allegations are true, what monitoring and tracking processes the DOJ and ATF used to follow the guns after they were sold and whether or not Operation Castaway has been terminated.

    Bilirakis sent a separate letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton asking similar questions about ICE’s possible involvement in Operation Castaway.

    A spokeswoman for the DOJ didn’t respond to TheDC’s request for comment.

    …………………………………………………………………….

    The whole fecking house of cards is about to tumble. This is a disgrace.

  299. When it comes to the debt talks, Obama is no Bill Clinton

    By Tim Stanley US politics Last updated: July 12th, 2011

    Obama lacks Clinton’s economic boom and political skills
    It feels like history is repeating itself. In 1995, Bill Clinton was locked in negotiations with a Republican congress over how to reduce America’s spiralling deficit. They demanded big slashes in spending and taxes; he proposed smaller cuts in spending and none at all in taxes. Sixteen years later and another Democratic president is facing down another Republican bid to slash the debt with a package of savage cuts that he just can’t accept. So what are the similarities between the crises and what are differences? And what do the experiences of 1995 prophesy about the political outcome of the 2011 battle?

    The similarities are so strong that it’s tempting to call Obama “Clinton With Ethics”. In 1995, the Republicans had been handed control of Congress thanks to a conservative sweep in the 1994 midterm elections. The base wanted the GOP leadership to deconstruct the welfare state. Clinton found that morally unacceptable and offered a modest package of cuts instead. A game of chicken ensued as the country edged towards default. Neither side could give way: Clinton faced the wrath of his party if he caved in to Republican demands, while Republicans could expect primary challenges by more conservative candidates if they didn’t get spending and taxes down to 18th century levels.

    Perhaps the parallels are big enough to have convinced Obama to borrow Clinton’s negotiating strategy. Like Obama today, Clinton tried to triangulate his way out of the problem. He started by doing an ideological 180 and endorsed the message of the midterms that trounced his party. He declared that “the era of big government is over” and offered a debt-reduction package that stole the Republicans’ best ideas. But Clinton drew the line at cutting entitlements for the vulnerable. It redefined the battle as compassionate conservatism vs tight-fisted fundamentalism. It worked. The Republicans appeared to be the nasty party. When they eventually caved, they looked spineless too. The GOP’s presidential candidate, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, was tarred by the whole affair and Clinton sailed to re-election in 1996.

    But if Obama is copying that strategy by offering to negotiate on cuts but hold firm on social spending and tax increases, here’s his problem: this isn’t 1995 and he ain’t Bill Clinton. In 1995, thanks to Clinton’s wholesale theft of Republican fiscal and trade policy, the country was out of recession and unemployment was low. The underlying issue that year was how to share the proceeds of growth: expand services or shrink government and return the money to the people. The deficit was a totem in a standard partisan debate. Today, the deficit is a very real, very big problem that goes beyond party politics. How America deals with its mounting debt will affect business confidence, external investment, Chinese foreign policy, the solvency of Social Security, and the price of basic goods. America’s entire future as a world power is at stake. Government shutdown in 1995 meant that services were suspended and a few driving test examiners didn’t get their daily fix of failing people. Shutdown or default today could extend the recession for another 12 months. With unemployment already at 9.2 per cent (it was averaged just 5.6 per cent in 1995), that’s a risk that isn’t worth playing chicken over. Even Bill Clinton understands that, which is why he’s called for corporation taxes to be cut.

    Nor does Obama have Clinton’s charm – his remarkable ability to shoot a man square in the chest and then convince a hundred witnesses that it was suicide. There have been many different Clintons – the liberal, the conservative, the party lover, the devoted husband. Bill’s brilliance lies in his ability to inhabit each role totally, to believe that he is the part he is playing. In 1995, he masterfully turned himself into a conservative with a heart and the public bought it. In contrast, Obama (more a lecturer than an actor) has already stacked up a record as a big spender. It defines him: he is nothing unless he is superhero who bailed out the ghetto and brought health insurance to the needy. Without tangible social benefits, he’s just another Democratic turncoat travelling the country handing out false hope. Obama lacks Clinton’s ability to convince everyone that he is all things at once. It is his strength and his liability: the key to his re-election lies in convincing his hungry coalition that he’s remained faithful, not wooing big business.

    The budget battle of 1995 discredited the Republicans and re-elected a Democratic president. This time, it could do the opposite. The economy is in such a shambles that the GOP has no need to fear looking ruthless: most voters understand that a bit of ruthlessness is required to kick-start the market. This time around, it’s the Democrat incumbent who can’t afford to crumble and who will be ridiculed if he does. Yet he must. In the time that it took to write this article, America’s debt went up by 150 million dollars.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100096412/when-it-comes-to-the-debt-talks-barack-obama-is-no-bill-clinton/

  300. Gov. Mark Dayton just acceded to GOP budget demands in MN. accepted the GOP budget demands.

    Well well well.

  301. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, saying he “reluctantly” agrees to accept the Republican budget proposal from June 30.

    Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton offered Thursday to end a two-week government shutdown by accepting a Republican proposal to bring more money into Minnesota’s budget.

    Dayton announced in Minneapolis that he will agree to an offer legislative Republicans made just before the shutdown started, if they agree to drop a list of policy changes and a plan to reduce the state workforce by 15 percent.

    GOP leaders said they were reviewing the offer and had no immediate comment.

    The offer would raise $1.4 billion, half by delaying state aid checks to schools districts and the other half by selling tobacco payment bonds.

    lol, the new Gov there is obviously crap.

  302. moon @12:17

    GOOD! Dayton was being a total ass. MN has deficit problems, and it’s not like the R’s proposed some kind of draconian cuts. The legislature’s budget was a 6% increase in spending, and Dayton pitched a fit because that wasn’t good enough for piggie piggie govt, he wanted a whopping 27% increase. Really?? Glad he caved to sanity.

  303. its clear now, Pelosi is not on Obama’s fav list.

    Congressional leaders on Thursday resisted the idea of a weekend country retreat with President Barack Obama to break a budget deadlock that is threatening the United States’ top-notch credit rating.

    The White House said Obama may summon top Republicans and Democrats to Camp David, the presidential retreat in the mountains of Maryland, but the top Republican and Democrat in the House of Representatives said they were not interested.

    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said a Camp David trip could delay immediate progress at daily White House talks.

    “Let’s not say well, we don’t have to make any decision today on Thursday or Friday because we’re going to have s’mores at Camp David over the weekend,” Pelosi said at a news conference, referring to the campfire dessert treat.

    House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Washington, has told the White House he sees no need to go to Camp David, a spokesman said.

    Obama and top Republicans face growing pressure at home and abroad to reach a deal that would allow Congress to raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit before the Treasury Department runs out of money to cover the country’s bills on August 2.

  304. #
    Mormaer
    July 14th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Obama wants to control who he talks with just like he wants to control who he runs against (rig caucuses and conventions, leaks of personal info to newspapers, signature fraud in qualifying, etc). He doesn’t like Cantor whom he cannot control so he will try to run him off via the press and the Obots. This is his modus operandi. It is the only way he knows how to win. He is demanding who speaks for the Republicans. Next he will demand what they can say to him. He is a tyrant.
    ____________________________

    I know, but it’s such a treat to see him squirm.. guilty pleasure.. LOL

  305. “o instead of decent nice discussion, Obama will run to the networks to bitch.”

    Just like the dim supervisor who ran to my editor when I didn’t cover her mistake of “inadvertently” releasing the SS #’s and pension fund info of 54 town employees in a way that would cast blame at the feet of her former rival for the supervisorship – a councilman from the other party.

    In fact, she managed to get HIM charged with county ethics violation based on HER mistake! Sound familiar?

    I have zero respect for those who refuse to give and take their lumps like adults and instead try to argue their case in a special court stocked – they- hope- with their people.

  306. BASIL99
    July 14th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Voters not affiliated with either political party favor the Republican 46% to 38%.

    From AOS via Rasmussen.

    Eighty-six percent (86%) of GOP voters support a generic candidate from their party, while 82% of Democrats back the president.

    ——–
    This poll has to be a load of crap.
    If this were true, that would mean Hillary’s 18 million have all drunk the kool-aid.
    I don’t believe it for one second!

  307. The word is that Obama basically demanded to negotiate only with Boehner. Boehner told him NO, we’re putting Cantor at the table. So now they are trying to get the media to push Cantor out.

    I think that it’s not that Boehner is a pushover on policy, but that his manner is humbler and more low-key. I think that perhaps the R’s have discovered that for some reason, Cantor gets under the narcissist’s skin. They may be saying the same things, but Boehner is like your friendly bartender, and Cantor is the sharp Jewish accountant in manner. Obama doesn’t like him, and his peevishness shows more against Cantor.

    If the R’s are smart, they will have sharp-edged, pointy-headed little Cantor up in Obama’s grille with his little accountant glasses for ALL negotiations. Push his buttons, make him show his ass.

    Yep. Reid, Schumer, they are all over the news now bashing Cantor. It’s not because he is worse on the deals he offers than Boehner is.

    It’s that they are terrified that if he’s the R’s negotiator, Obama is going to at some point lose his shit entirely in public. The Dems are scrambling to protect their narcissist president from being pushed into going batshit.

  308. If its Cantor they are bashing, then the republicans need to use Cantor more in his face. So transparent.

  309. Heh. Obama has a huge fundraiser planned for August 3rd, his birthday. Giant $35,000 a plate bash, which I am sure will have fawning press coverage.

    I have heard rumors that TX governor Rick Perry may pick August 3rd to step into the race. He’s a showboater, so it would be really hilarious if Obama got a big ol’ Texan (a real one, not a fake one like Bush – Perry grew up dirt poor on a south TX farm and wears his boots like he was born in them) stomping all over Bambi’s birthday parade, announcing,

    “Hey, America, y’all want some jobs? We’ve been making plenty down here – now let me tell ya how it’s done…”

    I’m not a big Perry fan, but I’d get some popcorn and thoroughly enjoy that spectacle just to watch Bambi squirm.

  310. BTW, as much as I’d MUCH rather have Sarah as the GOP nominee, Perry could kick Obama’s ass too.

    I can see the sound bytes now: “You know, it’s funny, but I inherited an economy from George Bush too……”

    I’ve been predicting for a few months now that if Sarah isn’t in, then the ticket will be Perry/Rubio

  311. Was thinking if its Perry, more likely a northern VP candidate, someone like Ryan or Bachmann, even Cantor. More likely in my mind, Perry Daniels…2 successful Govs.

  312. Ryan or Cantor might be possible, as well as Thad McCotter. I seriously doubt it will be Bachmann.

  313. Hillary4TX

    I’m not a big Perry fan, but I’d get some popcorn and thoroughly enjoy that spectacle just to watch Bambi squirm.

    ——
    I don’t care for Perry either, but that showboat quality is one thing I like about Trump too.
    The more Obama is put in his place, the more the kool-aid drinkers see the real person they voted for, and the person we saw from the beginning.

  314. Shadowfax, if we are talking about GOP candidates (and we are, since one of them is going to have to beat Obama, we don’t have the option of a real Dem), my thinking goes like this:

    Sarah, IMO, would be the best overall R president, by far. And I hope she runs.

    Perry would be able to both annoy the hell out of The One, because he’s a bigmouth like Trump, and also POUND him on the economy. Perry would eat his lunch and HAMMER Obama on jobs, no matter what excuses he made. Because the jobs are undeniably HERE, in TX, and companies are moving here by the buttload. Whether or not that’s entirely due to Perry won’t really matter.

    It would be a simple matter of “Look at my results, then look at his results. Any questions?”

  315. As a matter of fact, that would make a great parody-styled ad for Perry:

    Cue lots of bad news reports, flashing on the screen, reporters reporting unemployment rising, foreclosures, food stamps, etc., and the voiceover says:

    “This is your country, run by Barrack Obama.”

    Then switch to articles, reports, news bytes: Texas adds 20,000 new jobs! Big employer Company X is re-locating to TX! TX housing market stable and weathering the storm well!

    Voiceover says: “This is the fourth largest economy in the world, run by Governor Rick Perry.

    Any questions?”

  316. Hillary4TX

    If Hillary doesn’t run, I think Trump is the best for fixing our economy. He would not tear down SS, he would work to bring jobs back to the US and he is fantastic at negotiation.

    He has a big mouth, ego and bad hair…which is something I could put up with over any other candidate. I also think he would be better at running the country than Sarah.

    I would love to have a female President, but that spot belongs to Hillary in my mind.

  317. GOP Debt Ceiling Ace in the Hole: Obama’s Birthday Bash

    by Keith Koffler on July 14, 2011, 12:09 pm

    Oh boy, this is going to look bad.

    The Republicans may not realize it, but they have an extra point of leverage in the debt ceiling talks: Barack Obama’s birthday.

    It’s on Aug. 4. The president is turning 50. He’s decided to have a quiet celebration with family and a few close friends.

    NOT.

    Instead, the president is planning an extravagant fundraising bash Aug. 3 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, including a birthday concert teeming with celebrities and – for couples contributing $35,800 – a private dinner with the president. All this just one day after the government is scheduled to run out of cash!

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/07/14/gops-big-debt-ceiling-card-obamas-birthday-bash/

  318. “while 82% of Democrats back the president.”

    I didn’t believe that, either, but because the poll in general shows BO’s weakness, I posted it.

  319. Basil

    Just goes to show someone is cookin’ the books on the polls or they do not represent the majority of voters.

    Maybe 82% is the black community, or all the working Acorn employees.

  320. I wonder how the ‘talks’ are going today?

    1/2 century b-day is coming up, so Barry must be wondering if he will lose the young ‘stud’ title with his bros.

    Barry’s mom was a dumbass, she should have pushed him into b-ball and left the role of King/Queen to someone else.

  321. Sarah, IMO, would be the best overall R president, by far.

    ==============

    Yes. She could hire Trump as a consultant and commericial envoy, or something.

  322. Eighty-six percent (86%) of GOP voters support a generic candidate from their party, while 82% of Democrats back the president.

    ——–
    This poll has to be a load of crap.
    If this were true, that would mean Hillary’s 18 million have all drunk the kool-aid.

    ================

    82% of Democrats back the Democratic incumbent against a generic GOP opponent? That’s not surprising, if those are the only choices.

  323. Obama wants to control who he talks with just like he wants to control who he runs against (rig caucuses and conventions, leaks of personal info to newspapers, signature fraud in qualifying, etc). He doesn’t like Cantor whom he cannot control so he will try to run him off via the press and the Obots. This is his modus operandi. It is the only way he knows how to win.

    ===========

    That seems to be his pattern, all right. Never allow a level playing field.

  324. The reason 82% of dems will vote for Waffles, and yet in the Gallup, all americans are looked at, 47% for the generic repub, 39% for waffles is because those who were not Waffles dems have already left the party, and so the concentration of waffles dems has been concentrated, hence the 82% support for Waffles within the “democratic” party.

  325. Jake Tapper of ABC appears to have found his journalistic gonads. First, he nailed Carney to the wall over Obama’s obviously political reasons for refusing the short-term debt ceiling raise Cantor offered (Obama does not wish to have that as an issue again during campaign season.)

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/07/which-is-worse-default-or-voting-to-raise-the-debt-ceiling-again-in-2012-todays-qs-for-os-wh-7142011.html

    Read the whole thing – Carney stuttering away is hilarious. But here’s an excerpt:

    TAPPER: The worst-case scenario here is a default, right?

    CARNEY: That is a bad scenario. I’m not sure — I mean —

    TAPPER: Is it worse —

    CARNEY: You know, there are things you could anticipate. But I — yes.

    TAPPER: Is it worse than voting on the debt ceiling again next year?

    CARNEY: The uncertainty created by regular votes on whether or not, for the first time — you know, and if you think it’s — there’s — there are political —

    Now, he is actually posting the latest news that the WH flat lied last year when they denied actively excluding FOX from a TARP roundtable with the press. FOIA documents just received prove it:

    At the time, Treasury officials claimed that there was no “plot” to exclude Fox News. In a January 2010 New Yorker magazine story, then-press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporter Ken Auletta: “This started over at Treasury, and when it got to the White House it was fixed.”

    That does not seem to be an accurate claim, given the paper trail. Indeed, it seems that Treasury Department officials wanted to include Fox News and the White House didn’t want the cable outlet included.

    At 10:33 a.m. that morning Treasury Department official Jenni Lecompte emailed other Treasury officials with a plan for Feinberg to grant interviews to ABC, CBS, NBC and NPR. Treasury official Andrew Williams asked for time to fit in CNN and Bloomberg.

    Lecompte emailed White House official Dag Vega at 11:10 a.m. noting that Treasury was trying to add more interviews for Feinberg to the schedule. She asked: “If we did do Fox in the mix, is that an issue? (understand you would not but if we do is that a problem on your end?)”

    Vega wrote to her: “we’d prefer if you skip Fox please.

    Most transparent, free-access president EVAH, dontcha know. No stage-managed propaganda at all.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/07/october-2009-email-from-white-house-undermines-claim-there-was-no-attempt-to-exclude-fox-news-from-i.html

  326. Harry reid is saying the Eric Cantor should be in the negotations?!? How the hell is Harry Reid to say this?? Cantor is the majority leader in the House, he has damn every right to be there. Sounds like he has more of a spine than Beoehner and gets in Waffles’s face all the time. Good for Cantor!

  327. Jake Tapper appears to have found his journalistic gonads. First, he nailed Carney to the wall over Obama’s obviously political reasons for refusing the short-term debt ceiling raise Cantor offered (he does not wish to have that as an issue again during campaign season.)

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/07/which-is-worse-default-or-voting-to-raise-the-debt-ceiling-again-in-2012-todays-qs-for-os-wh-7142011.html

    Read the whole thing – Carney stuttering away is hilarious. But here’s an excerpt:

    TAPPER: The worst-case scenario here is a default, right?

    CARNEY: That is a bad scenario. I’m not sure — I mean —

    TAPPER: Is it worse —

    CARNEY: You know, there are things you could anticipate. But I — yes.

    TAPPER: Is it worse than voting on the debt ceiling again next year?

    CARNEY: The uncertainty created by regular votes on whether or not, for the first time — you know, and if you think it’s — there’s — there are political —

  328. Also, Tapper is actually posting the latest news that the WH flat lied last year when they denied actively excluding FOX from a TARP roundtable with the press. FOIA documents just received prove it:

    At the time, Treasury officials claimed that there was no “plot” to exclude Fox News. In a January 2010 New Yorker magazine story, then-press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporter Ken Auletta: “This started over at Treasury, and when it got to the White House it was fixed.”

    That does not seem to be an accurate claim, given the paper trail. Indeed, it seems that Treasury Department officials wanted to include Fox News and the White House didn’t want the cable outlet included.

    At 10:33 a.m. that morning Treasury Department official Jenni Lecompte emailed other Treasury officials with a plan for Feinberg to grant interviews to ABC, CBS, NBC and NPR. Treasury official Andrew Williams asked for time to fit in CNN and Bloomberg.

    Lecompte emailed White House official Dag Vega at 11:10 a.m. noting that Treasury was trying to add more interviews for Feinberg to the schedule. She asked: “If we did do Fox in the mix, is that an issue? (understand you would not but if we do is that a problem on your end?)”

    Vega wrote to her: “we’d prefer if you skip Fox please.

    Most transparent, free-access president EVAH, dontcha know. No stage-managed propaganda at all.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/07/october-2009-email-from-white-house-undermines-claim-there-was-no-attempt-to-exclude-fox-news-from-i.html

  329. tim, see what I posted upthread. IMO they are terrified that Cantor gets under POUTUS’ skin, and he risks blowing up in public if he has to negotiate with Cantor.

    The man is not stable.

  330. HillaryforTexas
    July 14th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Good post, I agree. Boehner seems a humble man, but not a tough negotiator, Cantor seems to really get under Waffles’s skin, so I say put him there, and honestly, who the hell is Harry Reid to tell a majority leader of a House they aren’t welcome in the negotiations?!?!? Stupid man!

  331. You know what? I say put Paul Ryan in there as well, leave Boehner outside the room, put Ryan and Cantor in there, maybe Sarah as well, heck she may not be an elected official, but they attack her with the same verociousness.

  332. LMAO!!!! NBC employees are pissed that Comcast’s insurance does not do as much to meet their obvious and widespread need for mental health treatment. From the NY Post:

    Their new bosses are driving NBC staffers crazy. Since Comcast took over the network from General Electric earlier this year, some staffers are complaining that their new health insurance doesn’t offer the same level of benefits for psychotherapy.

    Geez, you’d think that with Olbermann gone, they’d have gone into surplus in the mental health kitty.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/therapy_deficit_5I8969J9jWaj8Z0cBJcdRK#ixzz1S7gtKYsu

  333. LOL, I am not that much of a fan of Cantor, his voice annoys me, but after seeing that presser, I’m calling his office tommorow to encourage him to continue on.

  334. So, let me get this straight, his birthday is on Aug 3rd, he is planning to rake in millions the same day he threatened seniors their SS checks?? Talk about chuztpah!

  335. “Cantor didn’t say a word the whole meeting” today from a dem source (via Althouse).. So much for Cantor.

  336. Okay, this crap just pisses me off so bad I want to SPIT and HIT THINGS. So the whole country is worried that we have so much damn debt that we are facing a default, and all the noise and furor is over budget cuts, and whether taxes go up, and how to get it all under control.

    So, in the midst of all this, guess what the Democrats tried to put into the debt ceiling deal? MORE fucking spending!! WTF??? MORE??? Are you INSANE???

    My former party has lost its fucking mind. And as a Clinton Democrat, I always laughed at the “right-wing meme” that Democrats were addicted to spending like a drug. But if they keep this shit up, that previously stupid meme looks truer and truer.

    In an interview with National Review Online, Senate minority whip Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) explains that even at the height of national concern over the country’s debt and deficit problem, Democratic negotiators are insisting that additional spending measures be included in a deal to increase the debt limit.

    In discussions this week, Kyl says, Democrats proposed extending unemployment insurance for another 99 weeks at a cost of $43 billion. In addition, they requested another $10 billion to spend on research projects overseen by the National Institutes of Health. Democrats have not, Kyl says, offered to offset the new spending with additional cuts.

    These measures come on top of the increased spending Democrats proposed in negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden, which included a $33 billion increase in Pell Grant funding and $27 billion — a number Kyl says was never explained and is much higher than Republican estimations — for the so-called “doc fix” to restore Medicare payments to physicians.

    So Obama is going to “go to the American people”, huh? Good luck with bringing them this. Because methinks that they might be inclined to throw it back in your face, slam their wallets shut, and tell you not another thin dime until you money crackheads get an intervention of some kind.

  337. HillaryforTexas
    July 14th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    There were never any spending cuts, they want every damn turtle bridge, everything, this is no longer the party of JFK, these people are raving lunatics, marxists, alikinites. No govt is too big, they have no clue just how bad the debt is and they don’t care, after all they are millionaires who became millonaires “being public servants” i.e. Harry Reid, they could not give a damn.

    Our debt to GDP ratio is 90%, it will be over 100% by next year, and 125% within 2 or 3 years, at 125% we have basically hit the point of no return, like Greece, because the debt is so massive, severe austerity is needed and massive growth is needed, hard to do both at the same time.

  338. GREAT ANALYSIS! And funny, too!

    ‘The reason 82% of dems will vote for Waffles, and yet in the Gallup, all americans are looked at, 47% for the generic repub, 39% for waffles is because those who were not Waffles dems have already left the party, and so the concentration of waffles dems has been concentrated, hence the 82% support for Waffles within the “democratic” party.’

  339. Carol
    July 14th, 2011 at 8:42 pm
    Off topic but I thought people would be interested in this…who knew?
    FAKE BLUEBERRIES

    We all know that real blueberries are full of antioxidants but look at what several BIG food companies are doing to make huge profits. QUITE THE VIDEO.

    Isn’t this something? Nothing but disregard and greed! Who would have thought Kellogg’s, General Mills or Betty Crocker products deceiving? Not blueberries, but sugar, corn syrup, high fructose and chemicals.

    Watch for yourself, they are killing us little by little. Here is the link http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=7EC06D27B1A945BE85E7DA8483025962

  340. Shadowfax
    July 14th, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    Hillary4TX

    If Hillary doesn’t run, I think Trump is the best for fixing our economy. He would not tear down SS, he would work to bring jobs back to the US and he is fantastic at negotiation.

    He has a big mouth, ego and bad hair…which is something I could put up with over any other candidate. I also think he would be better at running the country than Sarah.

    I would love to have a female President, but that spot belongs to Hillary in my mind.
    —–

    As usual, I toatally agree.

    It would really be a shame if Hillary sits this out and Michelle Bachman gets the nod.
    I do think however that both Sarah and Bachman are ultimately unelectable at this time. No matter what you think of Sarah the media hit job on her was thorough enough that she continually polls strong negatives. In order to beat Obama we must have a candidate that all who dislike BO can support. Sarah just does not fit those criteria.

  341. The reason 82% of dems will vote for Waffles, and yet in the Gallup, all americans are looked at, 47% for the generic repub, 39% for waffles is because those who were not Waffles dems have already left the party, and so the concentration of waffles dems has been concentrated, hence the 82% support for Waffles within the “democratic” party.

    ======================

    Makes sense. Something like that happened in summer 2008. Obama polled high among the REMAINING Dems, after many Hillary supporters changed their registration and went PUMA.

  342. Secretary of state embarks on another world tour

    Washington (CNN) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived Friday in Istanbul, the start of a 12-day journey that, in typical Hillary fashion, will straddle the globe, taking her to Europe, India and East Asia.

    The main event in Istanbul Friday is the Libya Contact Group. With the noose around Moammar Gadhafi continuing to tighten, the international community is intensifying its planning for the post-Gadhafi era.

    A major part of that is working the Libyan Transitional National Council, and preparing them to be an interim government after Gadhafi falls, until Libyans can hold elections. The head of the TNC Mahmoud Jabril will brief the group on the TNC’s roadmap for a democratic Libya.

    The conference will be looking at what kind of support the Libyans will need from the international community to run the country and the role the United Nations can play in the transition. The international community isn’t expected to fully recognize the TNC as an official government yet. While the TNC has impressed many with its plans so far, it is unclear how much support it has throughout the country and needs to demonstrate that it is including a wide variety of Libyans from all geographic regions and tribes.

    While in Istanbul, Clinton will also meet with President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu. There have been some disagreements with Turkey, in particular over Turkish ambitions to be a mediator between Iran and the international community over its nuclear program and the Gaza flotilla, in which Turkish nationals were killed by Israeli troops.

    But in the last year the relationship between Washington and Ankara has improved dramatically and, U.S. officials would argue, is in a pretty strong place. There are few major international issues where Turkey and the United States are not working closely together, such as the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, Afghanistan, counterterrorism, energy and the global economy.

    In addition to doing a post-mortem on the Libyan meeting, Clinton’s meetings in Turkey are expected to focus a lot on Syria. There are currently about 9,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey. And Erdogan has gradually been stepping up the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad. They will also have a discussion about missile defense. The new NATO missile defense system will involve radar systems and Turkey is one of the countries under consideration.

    From Istanbul Clinton heads to Greece, where she will meet with Prime Minister George Papandreoou and other political leaders. Greece is in the middle of a serious financial crisis, which has been accompanied by riots and unrest. Clinton wants to talk to Greek leaders about the government’s plans to get the economy back on its feet and how the U.S. can help.

    In New Delhi, Clinton will take part in the India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue, in which the world’s two largest democracies will discuss all aspects of their cooperation, including defense, energy, science and climate change. Her trip to Delhi comes on the heels of the latest Mumbai attacks, in which three bomb blasts killed 21 people, so she will be showing U.S. support but also talking about how the two nations can strengthen their joint counterterrorism efforts.

    India’s role in Afghanistan and its longstanding tensions with neighboring Pakistan will be high on the agenda, and Clinton will be discussing both how India can play a role in Afghanistan’s political transition and the importance of improving relations with Pakistan. Clinton also will stop in Chennai, the first U.S. secretary of state to do so. The economic component to the nations’ relationship has been growing exponentially, and the city of Chennai has emerged as a hub for trade and U.S. investment.

    Clinton is then on to Bali, Indonesia, for meetings with East Asian leaders and the Southeast Asian bloc countries of ASEAN. The Obama administration has been cozying up to the ASEAN countries for the past few years. In part, it’s a way to counter China’s rising influence in Asia, and there is likely to be intense discussion about China’s ambitions to dominate the waters of the South China Sea. But Southeast Asia is another region that has huge economic potential for the United States. When Clinton travels to Hong Kong, she will deliver some remarks about the desire to strengthen U.S. economic leadership in Asia.

    The last stop may be the toughest. Clinton finishes is Shenzhen, China, where she will meet with China State Counselor Dai Bingguo, a big player in the Chinese leadership.

    North Korea will be on the agenda, as it will be in Bali, but I suspect Clinton will have a good deal of post-Bali damage control over the barbs likely to be thrown at China during the ASEAN meeting.

    Dai is famous for his tirades with Clinton when China is mad with the United States. Her aides say she can handle it. She gives as good as she gets with the Chinese, they tell me. And Dai is no exception.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/07/14/analysis.clinton.trip/

  343. Clinton ready to retire from ‘merry-go-round’
    (AFP) – 6 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reaffirmed Thursday that she would retire after next year’s election, saying she was physically tired from the “merry-go-round” of public life.

    Clinton, in an interview with the BBC, said that “I love what I’m doing” and that she was in good health, thanks in part to exercise and yoga. But she admitted to fatigue as she jets around the world as the top US diplomat.

    “I am very interested in spending time with my friends and my family and not being on the merry-go-round all the time,” Clinton said in the interview, according to a State Department transcript.

    That “is one of the reasons why I have decided that I will move on and return to private life at the end of what will be a very intense period of activity and work in the next 18 months,” Clinton said.

    Clinton, 63, has been in the public eye almost without interruption since the late 1970s as first lady of Arkansas, first lady of the United States, a US senator from New York and in her latest job.

    Clinton narrowly lost the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2008 to then senator Barack Obama but has repeatedly insisted that she works well with him and has no interest in another bid for the White House.

    Clinton praised the Obama administration’s record, saying that many decisions by previous president George W. Bush “undermined America’s strength at home and abroad.”

    “What I am personally committed to doing is moving on a very steady path toward restoring America’s influence and leadership,” Clinton said.

    Clinton said that she still hears applause from audiences around the world when she mentions Obama, who is seeking a second and final term in November 2012.

    “I think there’s still a very good feeling about what the president and what this administration are trying to do,” she said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gLORULHT_6ZidcOzXypYdslpWQhg?docId=CNG.f3edbe74c041d1ba73856243f5647895.b81

  344. Hillary Clinton circumnavigates a sphere of diminishing US influence

    Clinton’s round-the-world tour is likely only to highlight how impotent the United States has become

    Simon Tisdall guardian.co.uk
    Thursday 14 July 2011

    Hillary Clinton’s 11-day round-the-world tour is remarkable even by the high-flying standards of US secretaries of state. It’s certain to make headlines around the globe. But paradoxically, this diplomatic tour de force may unintentionally highlight the apparently inexorable decline of American power and influence. It will be notable as much for what is not said as what is.

    Clinton’s first stop is in Istanbul on Friday, where she will join European and other foreign ministers in the international contact group co-ordinating the Nato-led intervention in Libya. The official line, promulgated by France, is that pressure on Muammar Gaddafi’s embattled regime in Tripoli is telling, and that the outlines of a negotiated settlement are beginning to emerge.

    While that assessment will be publicly upheld in Istanbul, behind the scenes Clinton may hear well-rehearsed complaints that the US is not doing enough, militarily and in other ways, to back up its Nato partners. Despite claims that Gaddafi is close to throwing in the towel, there is as yet no concrete sign that he will stand down – amid widening differences in approach between the US and Britain, France, Italy and Russia. To confuse matters further, Turkey will propose yet another “roadmap” to end the conflict.

    Clinton could give the interventionists a boost were she to announce US recognition of the rebel national council in Benghazi as Libya’s government and release more than $30bn in regime funds frozen in US banks. But Washington, worried in part about encouraging Islamist extremists, has so far hedged its bets.

    Clinton’s Turkish leg will include bilateral talks on Syria, Iran and the Israel-Palestine conflict. All three issues speak to American impotence, not leadership. In Damascus, Bashar al-Assad continues to ignore ever more shrill American criticism of the nationwide security crackdown. Clinton said this week that the Syrian president had forfeited the legitimacy to rule. But while China and Russia afford him diplomatic cover, and Barack Obama remains opposed to direct intervention, there is little more the US can do other than complain.

    Iran’s recent decision to dramatically accelerate its suspect uranium enrichment programme gives the lie to claims that the Tehran regime is retreating under the US-led sanctions campaign. And with the Obama administration’s peace plan torpedoed by Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, Clinton can have little to say on Palestine. The US is now reduced to the role of disgruntled spectator as a UN vote to recognise Palestinian statehood draws near.

    Clinton’s visit to financially stricken Athens on Sunday is unlikely to be of any practical assistance. The US is one of the few countries with a bigger national debt than Greece. Like the Greeks, Americans seem incapable of achieving a consensus on how to address it. And it is arguably US-patented transnational market capitalism that created the whole sorry mess in the first place.

    The next stop on Clinton’s grand tour – India – will take her into the sphere of superpower rivalries. The secretary of state will say a lot about strengthening ties through strategic dialogue and commercial collaboration. What will not be said is that the US increasingly views Delhi as a vital counterweight to a steadily more aggressive China.

    For this reason Clinton cannot be expected to dwell, for example, on India’s de facto support for the Burmese dictatorship, its unhelpful stance on Kashmir and its machinations in Afghanistan. Counter-terrorism will be high on the agenda following Wednesday’s bombings in Mumbai. In this context, Clinton will do well to avoid David Cameron’s mistake of indulging in gratuitous Pakistan-bashing on Indian soil.

    Clinton’s sojourn will be rounded off in south-east and east Asia, where the greatest challenges to American power are rising. A security conference in Bali is certain to touch on a host of territorial disputes between China and its neighbours, with another confrontation involving Vietnam reported only today. Clinton made waves last year when she warned China, in effect, to stop trying to fence off the South China Sea. Her words angered Beijing but did not alter its behaviour, which, if anything, has grown more belligerent. Much the same might be said of the effect of American strictures on North Korea.

    Clinton will finish her global circumnavigation in Hong Kong, where she is due to make a speech decrying protectionism. Given America’s own protectionist record, and its ever greater reliance on Chinese capital and Chinese imports, this piece of doorstep impudence is more likely to elicit smiles than snarls in Beijing. When you’re winning, you can afford to laugh.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/14/hillary-clinton-world-tour

    ——————

    This is the global mess that obama is responsible and that Hillary has to face up to because for now at least “she serves at the pleasure of the feeble-minded who spends the day playing video games in the oval office. That is when he is there of course.

    I’m counting the days when Hillary leaves this bozo behind. Maybe then she can tell the truth about his disasters in the making.

  345. There were never any spending cuts, they want every damn turtle bridge, everything, this is no longer the party of JFK, these people are raving lunatics, marxists, alikinites. No govt is too big, they have no clue just how bad the debt is and they don’t care, after all they are millionaires

    ===================

    An alternate explanation is that they know the current crisis/deadline is not as serious as Obama and others like to claim it is.

  346. Yes, H4T, the Obama dims have demonstrated the stereotype “tax and spend” exists for a reason. Boy, oh boy, is the Dem party an insular bunch of loons.

  347. Just saw whats her face Polosie try to justify why he walked out of the meeting. She said that they had been in the meeting for two hours, and no one leaves a meeting first, while the president is there.

    Is she kidding. What does she think he is some sort of a God or King? I guess so.

  348. from Still4Hill:

    http://still4hill.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/hillary-clinton-a-giant-shadow/

    Hillary Clinton: A Giant Shadow

    July 14, 2011 by still4hill

    Today, with Mme. Secretary traveling and not making public appearances, I thought I would take a moment to revisit a statement she released two days ago on the assassination of Hamid Karzai’s brother. What stands out about this statement is her tone. There were many stories out here in cyberland about Ahmed Wali Karzai, his “connections,” the nature of his dealings, implications that would probably amount to RICO predicates here in the U.S.

    Our Secretary of State is the one who reminds us here that the act that took him down resides within the confines of what we deem terrorism, and she condemns it, reminding us that this is not an episode of The Sopranos. These are people’s lives

    Press Statement on the Assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai
    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of State
    Washington, DC
    July 12, 2011

    I called President Karzai today to extend my deepest condolences to him and to his family on the death of Ahmed Wali Karzai. The United States condemns this murder in the strongest terms. For too long, the people of Afghanistan have suffered under the threat of violence, intolerance, and extremism. We join President Karzai in his prayer for peace and stability in Afghanistan and remain committed to supporting the government and people of Afghanistan in their struggle for peace.

    Corollary to this statement, and tragically, Foreign Policy led this morning with the story of an additional terror attack at the funeral. Kandahar’s chief cleric and three others were killed by a suicide bomber at the Red Mosque in Kandahar city. Suicide bomber attacks Karzai memorial service.

    No matter what you think of President Karzai, this is a family tragedy, and the Secretary hit exactly the right note in her message. No matter where you stand on our military presence in Afghanistan, here is something to bear in mind.

    A military draw-down will not terminate our presence there. The model for this is Iraq. We will remain in Afghanistan, but the operations will be transferred from the Pentagon to Foggy Bottom. The basis for this is what Secretary Clinton has called “smart power,” resting on the tripod of Defense, Diplomacy, and Development. These triple Ds are the Clinton Doctrine, and we see it working successfully in sharp contrast to “Obama Doctrine” of “leading from behind”.

    Secretary Clinton has forged a doctrine for the 21st century that ensures a leadership position for the U.S. by working cooperatively with many allies and, as her QDDR (Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review) has successfully organized, by allocating tasks appropriately among agencies within our own government.

    If Hillary Clinton does nothing further in the public domain for the rest of her life, she will have set this country on a viable leadership course for this century. She has transformed the State Department and placed it and the U.S. in a proactive rather than reactive position for the future as global issues arise. She has worked hard to accomplish this and leads wisely. That wisdom is apparent in her brief, powerful message on the death of Mr. Karzai. It is a strong, compassionate statement from a strong, compassionate leader.

    Thank you, Mme. Secretary for your brilliant, diligent, courageous service. God love you and keep you safe. You are a leader for our time, and you cast a giant shadow long into the future.

  349. I ran into this, posted as a comment elsewhere, and it’s so excellent…

    ————

    The current medical payment system is seriously flawed and has, over the past 40 years, grossly inflated our expenditures on medical care over that of every industrialized country. We spend about 2.5 times as much per capita than Canada, Britain, or Germany for medical expenses and we have far worse health statistics–much higher infant mortality, lower life expectancy, more chronic illnesses, etc. On every statistic I’ve ever heard comparing the U.S. is bottom of the advanced economy pack. True, there may be various complexities on each of these, but the bottom line is we’re doing grossly worse overall and spending far more for it. Projections that we can’t afford Medicare in the long run assume that we simply can’t reign in the huge inflation of medical costs that are occurring in this country.

    So, the question, again, becomes why can other countries do so much better than the U.S. and why can’t we enact policies that will do what is already being done elsewhere? Why, in effect, are we so amazingly stupid?

    I’m not an expert in health policy but my impression is that we ended up where we are because we have a continuing and unsettled battle between progressives who know perfectly well what needs to be done to fix the system and conservatives who block efforts to fix the system insist that we go back to the Medieval era, with no state involved social policies. Medicare possibly played a role in the huge medical inflation we’ve seen. It was passed because progressives couldn’t get conservatives to pass comprehensive national health care, so they settled for second best figuring that once people realize that Medicare does a lot of good everyone in the public would want to be covered by a Medicare-like program. Instead, conservatives have been playing off the elderly against everyone else to insure that Medicare doesn’t get expanded–they almost succeeded in undermining Obama’s health plan by telling the elderly they would lose benefits and they certainly succeeded in blocking the public option, namely a real expansion of Medicare to the general public rather than Obama’s mess–a hodgepodge of regulations that largely benefit the insurance industry and its anyone’s guess whether the public is better or worse off.

    The bottom line is that in any civilized country the public does not, on the whole, want to see people bankrupted by unforeseeable medical problems and taken advantage of by shifty insurance companies. We don’t want to see people dying in the streets because of a lack of a little medical care. This is true even in the U.S. The answer in most countries is some form of national coverage with spending controls that insure that medical spending does not explode. In the U.S., every effort to adopt a rational health care policy has been thwarted by conservative power holders who don’t want to see any health care policy at all, even though a majority of the public, even self-described conservatives, want to see sensible policies that help people in need. Every time we start talking about more sensible policies, conservative power holders start screaming about death panels, rationing, or patient choice. So, we ended up with a patchwork system in which people were covered by a variety of private insurance carriers through their employers, some people had ghastly expensive individual insurance, others through Medicaid and Medicare, and 1/5th to 1/4th of the public without insurance at all (by my vague recollection). With such a patchwork system, there’s little hope of putting in place effective cost controls, esp. if every time such controls are discussed the GOP starts demagoguing the issue. Because insurance defrays costs for those who have it, the market doesn’t serve as an effective cost controller–people can consume as much medical services as they like or, perhaps more accurately, doctors can prescribe that their services are used as much as they like, with little cost aversion on the part of patients to reign the system in. Medicare is clearly more efficient than private insurance–there’s little bureaucracy involved in cutting checks and about 30% of the administrative costs of private health insurance goes into finding ways, some devious, to not pay patients bills. For example, Medicare Advantage programs, which are private, cost the govt. 15% more than Medicare itself does–and the GOP wants to keep Advantage alive because, hey, its private and private is always better. Still, while Medicare has proved more efficient than private insurance, there are few overall cost constraints on the system, market or otherwise. So, big surprise, our health costs of skyrocketed.

    The bottom line is that there will always be rationing of economic goods. The whole idea of an economic good is that it is in scarce supply. The question for medical care is whether we want the market to ration the goods–in which case people with bad medical luck, the poor, and the elderly will be dying in the streets–or we want to reign in costs with state controls based on ethical principles and, I would hope, public consultation. I and in fact most Americans, if they thought about it without some PR firm spinning the issue, would want the latter. In addition, we would need to substantially reign in medical costs in the face of substantial opposition from the companies that profit so handsomely from the existing disastrous state of affairs. This may take some time and effort, but in the meanwhile, it should be feasibly to freeze medical costs and prevent bankruptcy of the system in the next 10 years. I think doctors are slowly beginning to realize the existing system is not sustainable.

    A serious solution to our Medicare problem is: a) universal health care under b) a public option with c) serious cost controls across the whole system and d) somewhat higher taxes on corporations and the ultra rich, who already pay far less than the average person. The effective tax rate on Warren Buffett is lower than for his secretary, a situation even he admits is absurd.

    That may be enough to save Medicare. More generally, if we want a decent social safety net, including social security, as well as public investments (infrastructure, research, education)–which we desperately need and are destroying our future by not providing–we need to expand revenues for government. In general, we need a social safety net because it is horribly wrong and unfair that 25% of children in the U.S. are born into poverty and simply do not have nearly the chances in life that upper-middle-class children have. We cannot do nothing in the face of this kind of injustice, which has been tearing the country apart for several generations.

    And, yes, just getting the rich and corporations to pay their fair share may not be enough. So, I am all for reasonable tax increases on the general public, which is now paying appreciably less in taxes than it was in the 50s, 60s and 70s. That, of course, is the ultimate wedge issue for the conservatives who will argue that any payment of taxes to be used to help other people is a form of robbery and will help those undeserving welfare queens. I think, however, the U.S. desperately needs to reacquire a sense of community, patriotism, and national purpose. We need to understand that we have responsibilities to our fellow community members, not simply ask what we can take or get away with. The country will not disintegrate if all we are is a collection of selfish strivers looking out for what’s in our own interests. And, yes, we do have a responsibility to our society–we are not atoms but are social creatures who should and do care about others and are partly what our society makes us.

    Posted by Peter From Texas | July 14th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

  350. Sign the petition:”President Obama: If you cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits for me, my family, or families like mine, don’t ask for a penny of my money or an hour of my time in 2012. I’m going to focus on electing bold progressive candidates who will fight to protect our Democratic legacy.

    197,122 signatures so far.
    http://act.boldprogressives.org/survey/survey_obamamedicaress/

  351. love it………………….

    Barack and Michelle are at the White Sox game…

    One of the Secret Service guys leans over and says something to the president. Obama stares at the guy, looks at Michelle, looks back at the agent, and shakes his head “NO!”

    The agent goes: “But Mr. President, it was a unanimous request, from the owner of the team down to the bat boy- and the fans would absolutely love it.”
    So Barack shrugs his shoulders and says, “Well, if that’s what the people want…” He gets up, grabs Michelle by her collar and the seat of her pants, and drops her right over the wall into the field. She gets up kicking, swearing, and screaming… and the crowd goes absolutely wild, cheering, applauding, and high-fiving.

    Barack is bowing and smiling, and leans over to the agent and says, “You were right; I would have never believed that!”

    Noticing the SS agent standing in shock with jaw dropped, Obama says “Hey, what’s wrong?”

    “Sir… they wanted you to throw out the first pitch!

  352. Oh-JOY!

    Memo to press corps: “If you pay to get in… you can shout questions at me”…
    _______________________

    President Barack Obama will hold a press conference at the White House at 11 a.m. on Friday

    Politico ^ | July 14, 2011 |

    President Barack Obama will hold a press conference at the White House at 11 a.m. on Friday, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer announced on Twitter.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/

  353. I’m going to focus on electing bold progressive candidates who will fight to protect our Democratic legacy.

    Great petition until I got to that line. “Bold progressive candidates” are mythical beasts. They should replace it with “real liberals”.

  354. Occasionally, Limbaugh comes up with a gem… for you, me and posterity. Today is that day-
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    Economic Terrorism: President Lies About Social Security Checks Is Obama Cracking Up?

    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

    RUSH: CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley talking with Obama. They’re gonna air it tonight. Scott Pelley said, “Can you tell the folks at home that no matter what happens, Social Security checks are gonna go out on August 3rd?” Remember, Mr. President, Ramadan is August 1st. There are about $20 billion worth of Social Security checks that have to go out the day after the government is supposed to go into default.

    OBAMA: Well, this is not just a matter of Social Security checks. These are veterans checks; these are folks on disability and their checks. There are about 70 million checks that go out.

    PELLEY: Can you guarantee as president those checks will go out on August the 3rd?

    OBAMA: I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue, because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.

    RUSH: That’s an out-and-out lie and if I didn’t know better I would say the White House gave Scott Pelley a script. If I didn’t know better, I would say Scott Pelley, new to the job, shows up and they handed him the script for this interview. That question is such a softball setup: “Can you guarantee, as president, those checks will go out?” “I can’t guarantee those checks will go out.” They will go out. Social Security is not part of this debt limit talk. It’s not. There’s not enough time, folks, to change the code in the Social Security computer system to have the checks not go out. The most frightening part of the answer, we don’t have this on the sound bite, but the whole answer is the president says the government sends out about 70 million checks. Seventy million checks, can you imagine having to reconcile that every month? I guarantee you they’re not using Quicken, which, by the way, is not being upgraded for Mac OS X Lion. Sorry for being distracted.

    This is an outrage here, because this is not true, and my God, it is the playbook. Hold senior citizens and military people hostages here. It’s not just the Social Security checks; it’s veterans checks. It’s right out of the playbook. I’ve been hearing this for 45 years, ever since I was 15. So after this it was time for Mr. Claire Shipman to hold the press briefing at the White House, and the AP correspondent, Ben Feller, said, “I’d like to get your reaction to something the Speaker said today, which he said the debt limit increase is the president’s problem and that President Obama has to put forward a plan that Congress can pass. What’s your reaction to that?”

    CARNEY: The president doesn’t have a vote in this. It’s Congress that has to act. The president didn’t stand up here yesterday and say, hey, show you a lot of charts and graphs about how previous Congresses under a Republican president accumulated enormous amounts of deficits and debt and that this is what they needed to vote to deal with and it wasn’t his problem. He didn’t say that because he doesn’t believe that. He believes it’s his responsibility as the president of the United States to lead, to work with Congress, to resolve these issues together for the American people.

    RUSH: If he doesn’t have a vote, why are we even meeting with him? Would somebody explain what Carney means here. I’ll tell you what the president’s vote is, is his signature. He does have a vote! What is this? So here we have the lie about Social Security and military checks not going out two days after Ramadan. Now we’ve got Jay Carney saying the president doesn’t have a vote. Well, the obvious reaction is, why is anybody talking to him, then? Why does what he think matters? Why are they going up to the White House to talk about this? He can veto any debt limit bill he wants or he can vote for it. He’s gotta sign any new debt limit law that they pass. He’s got to sign it, and he’s been threatening to veto anything without tax increases. That’s his vote. My God, these people are insulting us like never before.
    BREAK TRANSCRIPT

    RUSH: You know, back in February we were talking about another government shutdown (you may have forgotten it, folks, but we were) and on Tuesday, February 15th, Obama said in a press conference: If there’s a government shutdown, people don’t get their Social Security checks, and the military doesn’t get its checks. They use this during every crisis of this kind. Here’s Obama: “I think people should be careful about being too loose in terms of talking about a government shutdown because this is not an abstraction. People don’t get their Social Security checks. They don’t get their veterans payments,” and he said it again today, in an interview with Scott Pelley. This is how this plan unfolds every time. There’s nothing new in the way the Democrats conduct economic terrorism, holding a gun to the heads of seasoned citizens and our brave military veterans.

    BREAK TRANSCRIPT

    RUSH: Odessa, Florida, and, Tom, great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

    CALLER: Thanks, Rush. How you doing?

    RUSH: Great.

    CALLER: Yeah, this is a busy banking executive from Odessa, Florida, calling to say hi to Doug down in Sarasota. I know he’s listening. I think what really needs to happen for the Republicans here is, as Obama threatens to cut off the Social Security checks for the old people, the Republicans should list the expenses that are being paid at the detriment of our seniors to show how this is really just a political ploy on his part.

    RUSH: Wait, wait. What do you mean list the expenses that are being paid to the detriment of our seniors?

    CALLER: Yeah. He says he’s not gonna pay the seniors’ Social Security checks, but what about all those payments that are gonna be made? Let’s have the Republicans list what they’re gonna be.

    RUSH: Oh, I get you. Okay, yeah. It’s the same thing. At the local level, budget cuts in your town, “We gotta get rid of the cops and the firemen and the teachers,” and people go, “Oh, no, oh, no, you can’t do that.” Same trick here. So what you’re suggesting is Republicans put a list out of all the other people Obama is gonna send checks to.

    CALLER: Because you know it’s gonna be all his buddies and his cronies, and all the people that are padding his skids anyway, so —

    RUSH: Yeah.

    CALLER: — show what a snake this guy really is.

    RUSH: His union buddies are gonna get their money, and ACORN will get their money. That’s a great idea. That’s a fabulous idea. So you’re a busy investment banker?
    CALLER: No, no, I’m a commercial banker. I’m not an investment banker. That’s oil and water. We don’t like those investment bankers very much. They don’t work hard enough and —

    RUSH: But you’re still busy, you said?

    CALLER: Very, very busy.

    RUSH: That’s good. What, are you denying people loans?

    CALLER: Well, that’s what I’m in the business to do.

    RUSH: (laughing.)

    CALLER: Which don’t you understand, the N or the O?

    RUSH: (laughing) Thanks very much, I appreciate it. Tom in Odessa, Florida, who’s in business to say “no” to people who want to borrow money. That is a great idea. If you’re just joining us, Obama did an interview with Scott Pelley, who’s the new anchor of the CBS Evening News, and I don’t mean to insult Scott Pelley here. If I didn’t know better, I would say that the White House handed Scott Pelley the questions. They handed him a transcript of this interview in advance and he dutifully followed it. “Can you guarantee, Mr. President, that if there’s a shutdown, can you personally guarantee that Social Security checks will go out for seniors?” “I can’t, Scott, I’m glad you asked me that. I can’t guarantee, and not just the old people, Scott, it’s veterans, too. I can’t guarantee it. Those checks probably won’t go out.”

    “Can you guarantee, Mr. President, can you personally guarantee checks will go out?” No. He’s got a gun to the heads of seasoned citizens. Economic terrorism. And Scott Pelley couldn’t challenge Obama about his claims at all? Couldn’t challenge him? Is he really that uninformed? We only had the excerpt. We don’t know if he challenged him or not. What are the odds? But we haven’t seen the excerpts so we don’t know. Now, I ask you a question. Is Obama acting like the grownup in the room when he tries to scare senior citizens about their Social Security checks, is that being responsible? He’s been talking about how we need to be responsible and no ultimatums, and we need to stop all this childishness. Is that even being civil to say that you can’t guarantee that Social Security checks will go out? Okay, if he can’t guarantee it, it’s time for a commercial. Barack Obama pushing a woman in a wheelchair over the cliff.

    He wasn’t asked about the welfare checks. I’m sure they’ll go out. I’m sure the welfare checks will go out. Yeah. That’s the guy’s point, put out a list of all the people that will get their checks. Medicare. Will old people get their Medicare? Will old people get their health care, or is that gonna stop, too? Will the poor get their Medicaid? Will the poor get their health care? That’s what we need, folks, Obama pushing a grandmother in a wheelchair over the cliff. Just run that Ryan commercial right back at ’em.

    END TRANSCRIPT

  355. Clinton narrowly lost the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2008 to then senator Barack Obama but has repeatedly insisted that she works well with him and has no interest in another bid for the White House.

    Clinton praised the Obama administration’s record, saying that many decisions by previous president George W. Bush “undermined America’s strength at home and abroad.”

    “What I am personally committed to doing is moving on a very steady path toward restoring America’s influence and leadership,” Clinton said.

    Clinton said that she still hears applause from audiences around the world when she mentions Obama, who is seeking a second and final term in November 2012.

    “I think there’s still a very good feeling about what the president and what this administration are trying to do,” she said.


    If that is who Hillary really is then I am on the wrong site and truly have no where to go politically.

  356. Carol@8:33

    Hillary and Bill have no choice but to play that game, and will play that game, until and if something happens to take O out of the picture. They are loyal Democrats, and they have play the game well to stay within the confines of the party, until or if the Dems wake up and say they need them.

    Hillary and Bill are saying what needs to be said to keep the peace within the Dem Party, and nothing more. However, I for one would not blame them if they just walked away from this mess.

  357. This is my own non-astute take on Hillary’s comments. On the surface they are upsetting to me also. But I think she is just playing the role of loyal Democrat when she says these things. If she said something critical it would immediately be a front page story. She is a smart woman and her previous public statements and record in the senate show what kind of person and politician she is. Personally, I highly doubt she is pleased by Obama. But I think she wants to retain a connection and standing within the Democratic Party even though it’s overtaken by Obots. Unfortunately this may be needed should another political opportunity for her arise. And perhaps, as a loyal Democrat, she still wants to be able to have some possible influence within the party-something that would be difficult if she is seen as an enemy.

    And if she really is just interested in retiring to private life (which may be true given the current economic mess) she may have simply decided to let historians and current events tell the sad story of Obama’s disasterous reign. By not getting into any negativity she preserves her own well deserved standing and legacy without setting off a media firestorm. She would leave politics on a high note rather than being seen as some kind of Democrat traitor.

    I’m not as politically astute as all you out there but I wonder if this is what is going on….if it’s not then I really don’t understand what Hillary’s goal is in supporting Obama.

  358. I will translate Hillary’s statements:
    Clinton narrowly lost the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2008 to then senator Barack Obama but has repeatedly insisted that she works well with him and has no interest in another bid for the White House.
    “I got more votes than him in the primary but the corrupt DNC gave him the nomination anyway. It’s their mess, no way am I cleaning it up so just back off on trying to re-do the 2008 Obama vs Me campaign, ok? I’m done being the punching bag.”

    Clinton praised the Obama administration’s record, saying that many decisions by previous president George W. Bush “undermined America’s strength at home and abroad.”
    Cheney’s foreign policy was disaster and I am reversing that despite all the obstructions BO keeps throwing in my path.

    “What I am personally committed to doing is moving on a very steady path toward restoring America’s influence and leadership,” Clinton said.
    And I am doing a pretty darn good job if I do say so myself.

    Clinton said that she still hears applause from audiences around the world when she mentions Obama, who is seeking a second and final term in November 2012.
    “I think there’s still a very good feeling about what the president and what this administration are trying to do,” she said.

    Kool-aide is a heckuva drug. Sometimes I just want to grab these fools by the shoulders and shake sense into them but then I just take some calming breaths and tell myself that the GOP will get him out next year. 2016 can’t come soon enough.

  359. Speaker Boehner: “We asked the President to lead and put forward a plan – not a speech – and he hasn’t”

  360. Carol
    July 15th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    and

    NewMexicoFan
    July 15th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    In odd moments I have wondered if the Obama Democrat party has some sort of hold on the Clintons, if so there will never be a chance for Hillary. When Obama fails there will just be another shiny puppet to take his place.

    And I wonder if, when we rationalize Hillary’s statements in the light of our hopes, are we any different from WORM democrats? Sorry, if I offend anyone. I am sick at heart at what has become of our country under my watch. I trusted Democrats, for a long time, I wonder how many times I WORMed for them.

  361. You are right about the hold. HRC changed from the Reps to the Dems as a young women, and so she is convinced she has made the right choice. Converts are extremely loyal, as they chose. It is the same with religious conversions.

    I guess we will just have to wait and see as to how this plays out, as to what her course will be.

  362. I shouldn’t have posted that, I guess I am in a black mood today.

    I will never give up the fight, I just wish the fight was organized. We need a leader. For a while it seemed to be Trump, now I guess it is Sarah, as I totally believe that anyone of any rank in either party has been captured, excepting the newly elected tea partiers(for now).

  363. Hillary and Condi Do Budapest

    15 July 2011
    By Roland Flamini for World Affairs

    One thing Condoleezza Rice should try to avoid is speaking at the same event as her successor, secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. The study in contrasts does not work in Rice’s favor. Case in point: here in the Hungarian capital (of all places) recently, where officials had managed an extremely rare Condi/Hillary pairing—possibly unprecedented since the Obama election—to help inaugurate the Tom Lantos Institute, a tribute to the late, Hungarian-born congressman’s lifelong concern for human rights.

    At the June 30th inauguration, the two secretaries, past and present, sat at extreme ends of the same row in the wedding cake building of the Hungarian Parliament, with conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Annette Lantos, the congressman’s widow, between them. Both women wore trousers for the occasion, but while Condi’s elegant trews were a fashion statement, Hillary’s were her uniform.

    Even as secretary of state, Dr. Rice—as she was carefully referred to in Budapest—with her light, cultured voice and precise manner, always sounded more like a professor than the foreign policy architect of the world’s most powerful nation. Denouncing America’s enemies—Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong-il, Jacques Chirac—her voice would rise a pitch in asperity, but with no hint of any fire in the belly.

    In Budapest, Dr. Rice, correct as ever, was careful not to stray too far into her successor’s domain, which limited the scope of what she had to say about Lantos. Hillary Clinton, as usual, launched into her address with the verve and voice of a fairground barker, filling the ornate chamber with her energy. And—typically—she was all over the place.

    She began by describing herself as “a recovering former politician”—although in her discourse there was little sign of any recovery. Recalling that Congressman Lantos, a Democrat from California, was also a politician, she said he would visit her in her Senate office with “solicited and unsolicited” political advice, as she put it. She then took a swipe at African nations with poor human rights records and urged the international community to “show solidarity with those in the streets in Belarus and in Libya.” (Never mind that the United States has yet to recognize formally Libya’s liberation front, a step which the European Union, France, Italy, Qatar, and a handful of other states have already taken.)

    Clinton also prodded the Hungarians to share with the activists of the Arab Spring their experience in shaping their post–Cold War democratic system. With its own credibility nearly zilch in Egypt and Tunisia, the United States is vigorously pushing nations that successfully transitioned to democracies, such as those in Eastern and Central Europe, as well as Chile, to help the Arabs on their road to stability.

    Clinton even told a Jewish rabbi story, saying it was a favorite in Lantos’s repertoire. David Killion, a former Lantos aide and now US ambassador to UNESCO, told the same story in a speech he gave to pretty much the same audience that same week in Budapest. It’s the one in which the rabbi tells his students that the moment when the night turns to day is “when you see the face of a stranger and recognize him as your brother.”

    The Lantos ceremony, attended by a dozen members of the US Congress from both sides of the aisle, was a celebration of US-Hungarian relations. But it was one of two curiously juxtaposed events in Budapest that week. Tom Lantos (Lantos Tomas, in the Hungarian style), a son of Hungary in whose life the old world and the new come together, is a hero here.

    Another hero is Ronald Reagan, who never visited Hungary but who is revered by Hungarians as the man—in Prime Minister Orban’s words—“who changed, who renewed, this world and created in it a new world for us in Central Europe—a man who believed in freedom, who believed in the moral strength of freed people and that walls that stand in the way of freedom can be brought down.”

    Orban spoke those words a day before the Lantos ceremony, when he and Condoleezza Rice unveiled a seven-foot-tall bronze statue of the Great Communicator striding through Budapest’s Freedom Square. Originally, the statue was meant to face Hungary’s Parliament and the Danube River that divides this historic city. But the Hungarians decided to turn it round 180 degrees so that Reagan now faces toward the center of the square where a tall obelisk commemorates the death of Soviet soldiers fighting the retreating Nazis in the closing phases of World War II.

    To the citizens of Budapest, the obelisk is an emotional eyesore, and the symbolism of Reagan striding purposefully toward it is not lost on them. They would dearly love to consign the obelisk to some obscure part of the city, but that would break a commitment made with the Russians not to change its location. The symbolism would not be lost on Moscow either, but when this was put to Hungary’s Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi, he replied blandly, “You can’t please everybody. Besides, we have good relations with Russia.”

    Reagan and Lantos were elected the same year—the former to the White House, the latter to Congress. Given that they stood at opposite ends of the political spectrum, staging the two events as a 24-hour package seemed to require some explanation, even if it was practical for the large group of visiting Americans. Richard Killion offered that “Like Ronald Reagan, Tom believed the United States was a shining city on a hill.”

    Hillary Clinton said, “Tom believed that in our country there were partisan political differences, of course, between a President Reagan and a President Clinton, just to pick one. But Tom believed that regardless of our political party, we were fundamentally on the same side. We were for freedom. We were for democracy. And that through debate, sometimes contested, we would keep working toward what our founders set as the goal, a more perfect union.”

    Ah, the good old days.

    http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Current-Affairs/ISN-Insights/Detail?ord184=Start+Date&lng=en&id=131100&contextid734=131100&contextid735=131099&tabid=131099&dynrel=4888caa0-b3db-1461-98b9-e20e7b9c13d4,0c54e3b3-1e9c-be1e-2c24-a6a8c7060233

  364. The Bitch Paradigm: Why Women Still Can’t Win

    Laura Hibbard
    7/14/11

    Most of us have heard this riddle:

    “Ok, so, there’s a man and his son driving late at night. Suddenly, a deer jumps out in front of the car and causes an accident. The father is all right, but the son is rushed to the hospital and needs emergency surgery. He gets to the O.R., the surgeon looks down and exclaims, ‘I can’t do this surgery! This is my son! ‘”

    After a dramatic pause, the teller asks,

    “Now, how is this possible?’

    You know how the typical guesses go.

    “Uhhhh…the driver was his step-father?”

    False.

    “He has two dads! They’re gay!”

    Love it, but no.

    Finally comes the reveal:

    “You guys! The surgeon was his mother.”

    Cue some slight embarrassment, and finally, the sudden realization that while women hold some of the most powerful positions in the United States (see: Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Nancy Pelosi, Former Speaker of the House, etc.) we still haven’t really changed the way we think about leadership roles and women.

    And there’s proof, too. As EurekaAlert! posted, a new meta-analysis from Northwestern University’s results show that, even in 2011, power roles continued to be perceived as culturally masculine.

    Now, before you indignantly forward this blog to your husband, boyfriend, brother(s) or father, let it be known that men are not the only culprits. The cause of this calamity is very much a co-ed. (I should know: when I told the above riddle recently, it stumped quite a few of my lady friends.)

    Since a meta-analysis collects and studies done on a particular topic over a span of years (in this analysis, the first study used was from 1973), researchers have the advantage of seeing how the results have changed over time. It is here, as Alice Eagly, professor of psychology and a co-author of the study told me, where women can find a tiny ray of hope in the mostly disappointing results.

    “Women should be encouraged that leadership is culturally not as extremely masculine as it was in the past,” she said. “That’s progress because it makes leadership roles more accessible to women and easier to negotiate when in such a role.”

    Call me naive, but I kind of hoped that by now the traditional “leadership traits” (assertive, strong, competitive) would have become a little more androgynous. I don’t know why I thought that, though, when years ago a male colleague jokingly (it was funny to him) accused me of PMSing when I defended a creative decision I made on a project. Or after watching and re-watching the horrible cat-calling Australian Senator Penny Wong received during a debate a few months ago.

    At the end of the day, a woman who stands her ground in a position of power is still fairly likely to be seen as either a bitch, on her period, or a bitch on her period.

    No one experienced this first hand like Hillary Clinton. Back in the 2007/2008 presidential it seemed like she couldn’t do anything right. When she cried in Connecticut, people wondered if she was fit to sit in the oval office. When she was composed, stoic, and strong they called her cold, bitchy, robotic. Well, that’s just great.

    As I thought about what advice I could possibly give to women about this, Eagly provided a more comprehensive breakdown on the struggle Clinton faced.

    “Women such as Hillary Clinton are expected to act like good leaders — therefore, assertive, competitive, and strong (these are culturally masculine qualities). Simultaneously, they are expected to act like good women — therefore, friendly, compassionate, and nice (these are culturally feminine qualities),” she said. “Conveying both masculine and feminine qualities requires a difficult balancing act.”

    So what can be done?

    Maybe the only way to fix this is to continue to do what we’re doing, only louder and more often.

    Stand up for yourself when the situation calls for it, but know that change will ultimately come when we simply choose to ignore the double standard and hold ourselves to the same leadership standards as men.

    After all, those roles are supposedly “easier” for men because the traits associated with them are traditionally — though not biologically– male. Oddly enough, this gives me hope. After all, how are new traditions made? Through persistence. Through repetition. I think that’s something we can handle.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-hibbard/the-bitch-paradigm-why-wo_1_b_899363.html

  365. POUTUS giving another press conference now.

    I am really hoping that this time, they will let him be clear. A lot of the problems we are having is because no one will ever let him be clear.

    If he were just allowed to be clear for freaking once, things would be better.

    posted by: DudeBro Who Prefers Mom To Do My Laundry On Tuesdays Not Thursdays The Stupid Bitch

  366. I tried listening to the press conference and gave up after 20 minutes with the conclusion this guy is just plain STUPID!

    If anyone can follow his rambling nonsensical responses and actually write a coherent article about WTF he said, they are on autopilot either having already written the article with talking points intact of reading off a WH press release or an editorial cheat sheet.

    The presser is absurd, his “list” of those who get to ask questions is a dead giveaway and the press corps looks bored out of their friggin minds.

    Having sat through many a boring meeting I’m sure what’s going through the heads of many reporters is “How the F*** am I going to come up with a story about this????? WTF is this idiot talking about? What is the point? and plenty of WORM interpretations.”

    UGH!

  367. basil99 @ 11:33am

    You did better than I did. I had to put it on mute after 5 minutes, as I kept screaming at the TV set.

  368. NewMexicoFan
    July 15th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Betty
    July 15th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I have a leader right now, and it is Admin of hillaryis44.

    Yes!

  369. or we want to reign in costs with state controls based on ethical principles and, I would hope, public consultation.

    =================

    Is this what that poster thinks the European countries are doing, to get better results than ours? He praises the other nations, then gives his own proposals — but are his proposals really following what the other nations have done?

    I agree that other nations are doing SOMETHING right. But let’s look closely at what it is.

  370. Headline on Drudge: “Obama: 80% of Americans want tax increases”. LOL, where is he getting that from???

  371. I’m behind on reading here. Did you all know it is a big voter registration weekend for Obie? A phone call tipped me off. I searched Scranton including distances up to 40 miles away and got this:

    Hazleton Farmers Market Voter Reg Drive
    Saturday, July 16 Shifts begin at 9:00 AM , 11:00 AM (2 shifts)
    Downtown Hazleton (Hazleton, PA)
    Join the Souther Luzerne Chapter of OFA in their first event for Voter Registration! When? July 16, 2010 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Where? Broad Street and Wyoming Street For more information contact Megan Davidovich at megandavidovich@gmail.com of (570)582-5762
    Voter Registration Drive
    RSVP »
    Details »
    Scranton Voter Registration
    Saturday, July 16 1:00 PM
    Front of Everhart Museum (Scranton, PA)
    Nay Aug Park in front of the Museum
    Voter Registration Drive
    RSVP »
    Details »
    Day of Action in Albrightsville, PA Register Voters
    Saturday, July 16 3:00 PM
    Anthony’s House (Albrightsville, PA)
    The most important action we can take this summer is bringing more people into the political process- making sure that every voter who wants to exercise their right is registered in our communities. On July 16th, supporters will join a national day of action dedicated to voter registration. We’ll be…
    Voter Registration Drive
    RSVP »
    Details »
    Day of Action in Luzerne County
    Saturday, July 16 4:30 PM
    Gateway Apartments: Community Center (Kingston, PA)
    The most important action we can take this summer is bringing more people into the political process- making sure that every voter who wants to exercise their right is registered in our communities. On July 16th, supporters will join a national day of action dedicated to voter registration. We’ll be…
    Voter Registration Drive
    RSVP »
    Details »
    Phone Bank in Tunkhannock
    Saturday, July 16 5:00 PM
    Wyoming County Summer Organizer’s house (Tunkhannock, PA)
    Come help us reach out to fellow supporters of the Democratic cause as we contact previous volunteers and supporters of OFA for the 2012 elections! Bring friends , family and neighbors!
    Phone Bank
    RSVP »
    Details »
    Sunday
    JUL
    17 Day of Action in Blakeslee, PA Register Voters in Sierra View Complex. It Starts With Us
    Sunday, July 17 3:00 PM
    Sierra View Complex (Blakeslee, PA)
    The most important action we can take this summer is bringing more people into the political process- making sure that every voter who wants to exercise their right is registered in our communities. On July 16th, supporters will join a national day of action dedicated to voter registration. We’ll be…
    Voter Registration Drive
    RSVP »
    Details »
    Saturday
    JUL
    23 The West End Call A Thon
    Saturday, July 23 2:00 PM
    Corah’s House (Blakeslee, PA)
    Phone Bank
    Canvass
    RSVP »

    The first one is quite interesting – Hazleton where there are many illegals and much resistance to their being there via former mayor and now Congressman Lou Barletta. The scope of the whole process in this small area is depressing. The good news is that the called me to volunteer to help them, so I hope they are very short-handed. And regarding Betty(I think) and her dismay, I’ve had that too, but feel better about it now – think people have really had enough. Think he could still win but it would have to be by cheating. And I’m working on informing my little mailing group of that cheating which was perpetrated in 2008 as I type.

  372. “You did better than I did. I had to put it on mute after 5 minutes, as I kept screaming at the TV set.”

    You’re right! My patience is ingrained from sitting through 3-4 hour town board and board of education meetings. But even I couldn’t stand it.

    What an a$$hole.

  373. Let’s look at Hillary’s basic points here:

    vvvvvvvvvvvvv
    many decisions by previous president George W. BUSH “undermined America’s strength at home and abroad.”
    [….]
    Clinton said that she still hears applause from audiences AROUND THE WORLD when she mentions Obama [….]

    “I think there’s still a very good feeling about what the president and what this administration are TRYING TO DO,” she said.
    ^^^^^^^^^^

    She’s saying that audiences outside the US still think this administration is TRYING TO DO better than Bush did.

    And in the middle of the statement she talks about what SHE is “personally committed” to doing.

    She’s giving Obama credit for her work, because that’s what the audiences abroad expect. And because he’s not Bush.

  374. Headline on Drudge: “Obama: 80% of Americans want tax increases”. LOL, where is he getting that from???

    =================

    From the 80% who want tax increases ON THE 20%.

  375. Carol

    It would really be a shame if Hillary sits this out and Michelle Bachman gets the nod.

    —-> Oh yes, I would be really ticked off at that!

    I do think however that both Sarah and Bachman are ultimately unelectable at this time.

    —–> I agree, they have the support of the tea party folks and the religious right, but I think they would fall short like McCain did.

    No matter what you think of Sarah the media hit job on her was thorough enough that she continually polls strong negatives. In order to beat Obama we must have a candidate that all who dislike BO can support. Sarah just does not fit those criteria.

    —–> Yup, my hope is that the person that runs against BO is actually capable of running this complex country. BO proved that lack of experience is deadly. Being a senator or governor isn’t necessarily the skills to be President in this crisis.

  376. Being a senator or governor isn’t necessarily the skills to be President in this crisis.

    ================

    Being a governor is the closest thing we’ve got to the job of President. Chief executive of a state, responsible for EVERYTHING working right for the inhabitants, dealing with natural disasters, etc.

  377. Re the Obama adminsitration’s latest attempt to block ending DADT (from Crawdad):

    “This latest maneuver by the President continues a pattern of doublespeak that all Americans should find troubling. All this does is further confuse the situation for our men and women in uniform,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, in a statement. “Let me be clear – the president is asking the court for the power to continue threatening servicemembers with investigation and discharge, and the right to turn away qualified Americans from military service for no reason other than their sexual orientation. Even if the administration never uses that power, it is still wrong, and the Ninth Circuit was clear that there is no justification for continuing the violation of servicemembers’ constitutional rights. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is an offense to American values that should have been gone long ago. It is shameful that a president who has taken credit for opposing the policy is taking extreme measures to keep it on life support.”

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