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monday

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Washington Post: When President Obama unveils his deficit-reduction plan this morning in the Rose Garden, the proposal sure to draw the most attention is his call for people making $1 million or more to pay more in taxes.

And there are (smart) politics everywhere in it. Here’s why.

1. Polling: The numbers on taxing the wealthy are very clear. In a July Washington Post/ABC poll, 72 percent of those tested supported raising taxes on those making $250,000 or more as a means of reducing the debt …. In our 50-50 political world, those numbers are as close as you can get to a political slam dunk.

2. Populism: Obama is an awkward populist, at best, but if ever there was a time when populism could sell, it’s now….

3. Middle class: These earners are, without question, the swing vote of the 2012 presidential election …. and at a time when many members of the middle class are feeling more and more squeezed economically, the idea of getting the wealthy to pay more will seem to many of them like a political no-brainer.

…. Make no mistake: President Obama has picked a political fight on the most solid ground on which he has to stand at this turbulent time. Winning it would help turn around his political fortunes as the calendar turns to 2012.

Full article here

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Warren Buffett says he’s absolutely “fine” with President Obama calling the new plan to establish a minimum tax rate for individuals making more than $1 million a year the “Buffett Rule.”

….. the billionaire told the FOX Business Network the administration “asked me if they could use my name (on it) and I said, ‘Sure. It’s what I believe.'”

Buffett has long argued that the wealthiest Americans tend to pay a smaller portion of their income in federal taxes than middle-income earners because some millionaires and billionaires often get much of their income from capital gains, which are taxed at a lower rate than basic wages.

Buffett has argued that the “billionaire-friendly Congress” has coddled the wealthy and that that practice should end.

…. When asked if he’s heard complaints or gotten friendly jabs from his wealthy friends about the Buffett Rule, Buffett quipped:

“Well, I’ve employed a food taster, but other than that…”


86 Responses to “monday”


  1. 1 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2011 at 8:00 am

    AM I WATCHING THE SAME PRESIDENT AS OTHERS?

    Of Bully Pulpits and Magic Wands

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    The media are taking the American Jobs Act and President Obama and dissecting them for all they’re worth when they’re not busy following Sarah Palin to her latest gaffe. Memes are afloat! We’ve got the “He’s finally taking to the bully pulpit” on the Left to the “We can’t tax the rich because of Jesus” on the Right.

    Naturally, the disgruntled blame the President for his many failures and cynically eye up his next defeat, which they are sure can be blamed on his lack of balls, evidence of which they tell me is apparent in his capitulation to the Republicans.

    This self-defeating prophecy of doom feeds right into the Republican long term goal (recently admitted to in a must read article published on Truthout and written by a former Republican staffer) of causing Americans to hate and distrust government, so they can prove that contrary to the liberal belief (pardon me while I remind us of what we allegedly believe) that government has a role to play in the lives of the people, government actually sucks. Why not dismantle it since it clearly doesn’t work? It would be best to privatize government! The Koch brothers would do a better job for less money. Surely Wisconsin is proof of that. Yes, you’d all better just give up. Don’t vote. The Republicans will be so pleased and while it might pain us all to make them happy, it’s worth it just to spite the ball-less Democrats.

    Take that!

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    http://www.politicususa.com/en/watching-presidency-others

  2. 3 Fred
    September 19, 2011 at 8:02 am

    morning TOD

    f*ck the so-called “liberal” media for what they are doing to this great man.

    little George looks so f*cking giddy talking about that Sunkind “book”

  3. 4 ChristiMtl
    September 19, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD’ers.

    I don’t know if it was posted yesterday but it is buzzing this morning on twitter….what a liar,.

    Unhappy members of the Congressional Black Caucus “probably would be marching on the White House” if Obama were not president, according to CBC Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).

    “If [former President] Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House,” Cleaver told “The Miami Herald” in comments published Sunday. “There is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody
    wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.”

    Ok a less volatile reaction? They could have fool me.

    • September 19, 2011 at 8:17 am

      Good morning all TODers 😀 😀

      Bush was in the WH for eight years and the CBC sat silent for eight years.

      So they finally get a backbone when a black man is in office, I have lost all respect for the CBC!

      • September 19, 2011 at 8:37 am

        It’s the left wing special interests that want this president to play ball with them.
        So, they use congress critters to try and shape the presidents behavior!
        DC is a joke!

        • September 19, 2011 at 8:58 am

          Jovie, also when Bill Clinton instituted Welfare Reform there were crickets from the CBC, and I think because that system is no longer there for a fall back for families who find themselves jobless, you’re seeing poverty rates and hunger reach historic levels in the country.

          • 8 utaustinliberal
            September 19, 2011 at 9:51 am

            Exactly. Now all of a sudden they’re furious and breathing fire. They’ve been in congress for decades and haven’t done much to advance the working poor and the middle class and now President Obama is trying to change some of the regressive policies enacted by Clinton and GWB and they’re all over TV bashing him like there’s no tomorrow. Hypocrites!; the lot of them.

    • 9 Ladyhawke
      September 19, 2011 at 8:38 am

      I AM JUST FURIOUS ABOUT THIS CRAP…………

      I called Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office on Friday to let them know that I supported President Obama’s American Jobs Act 100%. And I gave gave them an earful about the many Democrats who are springing up like rabbits all over cable tv to stab President Obama in the back about what they don’t like about the AJA.

      I said it was humiliating and disappointing to watch Democrats air their dirty laundry on television. I said I didn’t expect every Democrat to agree with everything President Obama does, but they have channels to get their issues to the president.

      I told the call taker that I just didn’t see how this whining was helpful considering we can always depend on the GOP to criticize everything. Why do Democrats have to give the GOP cover? Who’s side are they on? The feckless media pounces on this nonsense.

      The call taker said she knew exactly what I was talking about. I said Democrats need to cut the foolishness and rally behind President Obama because their success is tied to his success. I followed up a detailed email to DWS expressing what I told the call taker. I also sent an email to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the White House echoing what I sent to DWS. I plan to send an email to Harry Reid today.

      • 10 a4alice
        September 19, 2011 at 8:56 am

        wow. good for you LH. Hey. In my contacting today I’m going to make sure I hit these guys first!

        l8r

      • 11 57andFemale
        September 19, 2011 at 10:16 am

        DWS got off to a great start, I thought. Then Boehner gave them August off, and the DNC lost all momentum on message. Frankly, the buck stops with DWS. Not what she says in public (has anyone seen her in public since the August recess), but how her congress critters work together.

        It’s as bad as it ever was under the anemic Tim Kaine. I’m furious at her (and have written to tell her so).

    • 13 Valerie
      September 19, 2011 at 9:15 am

      I just sent Emenual Cleaver a tweet (and it wasnt Nice) if anyone wants to tweet him he’s @RepCleaver 😦

    • 15 Fred
      September 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

      don’t remember Clinton doing shit for black folks while he was President during those 8 years but I do remember the CBC standing up for him when his ass got busted for getting his cajones sucked by Lewinsky 🙄

      • 16 57andFemale
        September 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

        Here’s what I do remember: Democrats supported Clinton like crazy through the Lewinsky scandal, as they should have. That Clinton made them defend him, and gave up the WH to GWB because he cared more about his gratification than he cared about the country, was one of the most damaging acts a President could do.

        I defended him against impeachment, because impeachment and the entire Ken Starr debacle was not about policy but a means of getting rid of a Democratic President. I would do it again. But had he not done what he had done, Al Gore would have been President. End of story.

        The CBC defended him, the entire Democratic caucus defended him, except for Joe Lieberman.

        But when you have a President facing more obstruction than Bill Clinton ever could have imagined, using filibusters in order to block absolutely everything, then it’s all Obama’s fault.

        I’m beyond appalled.

  4. 18 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

    IF OBAMA IS NOT YOUR BOYFRIEND, WHY ARE YOU PLAYING HARD TO GET?

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    Progressives, if he’s not your boyfriend:

    WHY DO YOU EXPECT HIM TO CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE WORLD? We hated the amount of power that George Bushz took for the Presidency. Why do we want it out of Obama? A unitary executive is dangerous to the country. We only need to look back two years to prove that fact.

    WHY ARE YOU SO EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED? He’s a politician. He’s not a miracle maker. It’s not personal. He has to make deals to get anything done. That’s how Washington works. You are one of 300 million citizens. He is President of all the people, not just the left.

    WHY DO YOU EXPECT HIM TO BEAT UP THE OTHER GUYS? We want a more civil Washington, except when we’re in charge, I guess.

    WHY DO YOU PLAY HARD TO GET? This one always gets me. There are a lot of Progressives who believe that the best way to get Obama to come around to our way of thinking is to withhold our support. Are you kidding me? Are we in middle school? Playing hard to get might work in adolescent love but it never works in politics. When you started threatening him and proclaiming your vote off limits during the beginning of his Presidency, he did what any mature person would do, he did his job the best way he thought he could. Adults don’t get their way by holding their breath, throwing a temper tantrum and withholding support. That’s how they get ignored.

    If you want to affect real change in Washington, you can…we can stay active. Call and write the President. Call and write your Representatives. Get out the vote. Help organize a movement to change campaign finance. Only when we take private money out of campaigns, will we see a truly Progressive President.

    The number one promise that Candidate Obama made to us was that we would be the change we were seeking. We are the ones that own the reset button. We have broken our own campaign promise.

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    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/09/18/if-obama-is-not-your-boyfriend-why-are-you-playing-hard-to-get/

    • 19 desertflower
      September 19, 2011 at 9:09 am

      FABULOUS,Ladyhawke!!! MUST READ FOR EVERYONE….hell, I’m going to email this to everyone I know! Far more in the story than Ladyhawke posted here…well worth the read.

    • 20 utaustinliberal
      September 19, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Interesting read. Thanks for this LadyHawke.

  5. 21 donna dem 4 obama
    September 19, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Good Morning TOD…I read an article over at McClatchy news last night that said that the Presidents call to action on the AJA is being met with tepid response. Represenatives in Congress said that they are only getting average calls for this bill. They said it is nothing like the overwhelming calls that brought the Congressional phone lines down during the debt ceiling debate. We had outstanding response to Boehner’s office last Friday but that was brought about due to organizing a lot of people to consentrate on just him for the day. We need to somehow get this to spread around the country so that everyone feels a sense of urgency. Today please tweet and share the message to make those calls.

    Call Congress today (202)224-3121) and ask your Senators and Reps to support the AJA (American Jobs Act)

    http://my.democrats.org/page/s/american-jobs-plan-call-report

    Thanks everyone. Off to work I go. Have a great productive O’Day!

    • 22 a4alice
      September 19, 2011 at 8:48 am

      thanks for the link Donna – I plan on emailing and tweeting. I’ll see if I can call on my lunch hour it’s really important to push not only our republican senators but our democrat reps as well!

      “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”- Margaret Meade

  6. 23 Fred
    September 19, 2011 at 8:20 am

    lawd hammercy 😆

    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) blames the recent Virginia earthquake on the Fourth Circuit’s decision not to credit the unconstitutional doctrine of nullification.
    http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011/sep/17/tdmet02-cuccinelli-rips-judges-health-care-ruling-ar-1316193/

  7. September 19, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I think that might be because the bill isn’t actually up for a vote and people don’t see the urgency yet. I think we need to pick one day each week to do the calling. etc. like we did last week. Friday is Boehner day, Thursday is Cantor Day,etc. and do it until it all plays out. By the way Donna, you are amazing. I always kept up with you on OFA and are happy you are here. OFA is really a mess with all the trolls allowed to comment. And thank you Chipsticks for this venue. I learn so much.

  8. September 19, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Did you all notice in the presidents debt reduction plan, 1.1 trillion in savings from ending the wars!
    But, let’s bury that bit of news! Lol!

    • 28 desertflower
      September 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

      No. Hadn’t seen that, Jovie! Some of those guys DON’T want to end the wars….you saw that right? Republicans make such a big deal about our money…so funny that they have no problem spending like drunken sailors when they’re in office.All it would take to correct our imbalance is to end the wars, tax the wealthy freeloaders,tweek a couple things, and get America BACK TO WORK!

  9. 29 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Here is a great post by Joy Reid of The Reid Report on the “Buffet” rule to be proposed by President Obama today. I love this line from the piece “Enter the Republicans, who are walking right into this particular bear trap with no shin guards.”

    HOW TO BEAT A BILLIONAIRE (or, enter the ‘Buffet rule’)

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

    For a party, the Republicans, who are already perceived as the party of rich people, pushing back on this one is going to be tricky. And for the president, there’s really no downside. The Wall Street millionaires already hate his guts. And since most Americans view Wall Streeters as the biggest villains of the Great Recession, Obama can pull an FDR and welcome their hatred, which aligning himself with the “fair deal millionaires,” like Buffett and Clinton and Michael Bloomberg. (Though that means the Obama campaign is going to have to double down on individual fundraising to make up for the corporate/Wall Street/rich guy money tsunami that will be flowing to his GOP opponent.) No matter. Obama can and very likely will run for re-election on a simple question: are you with the little guy who wants a job and basic fair play, or are you with the millionaires?

    And even as his Democratic team goes all knee-wobbly over the Jobs Act (because that’s what they do), Democrats are unlikely to defect from this proposal (except Ben Nelson and Joe Manchin, because, well, just because they’re them…) and even if they do, the president can effectively begin running against Congress for the next year, against the entire institution that’s failing to get done the “American Jobs Act” and that’s failing to make millionaires and billionaires pay at least the same tax rate as their secretaries. And he can run against the now fundamental, and unanimous, GOP proposition that the rich are too good to pay the same taxes as you and me.

    Not so dumb after all, Mr. Suskind.

    And by the way? Warren Buffett likes his new rule.

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    http://blog.reidreport.com/2011/09/how-to-beat-a-billionaire-or-enter-the-buffett-rule/

  10. 30 ChristiMtl
    September 19, 2011 at 8:45 am

    The emoprogs are still bitching this morning, they’ve been saying for months that President Obama wanted to raise the age of Medicaire eligibility, slash SS and whatnot. Now that the plan is out, they’re still whining.

    I’m sick of seeing them on TV representing the ”base”. They are libertarians more than anything.

    This description of emoprogs in Urban Dictionnary by JoyAnn is very accurate.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=emoprog

    Emo Progressive (or “emoprog”) is a self-described liberal or progressive, often with strong libertarian leanings, whose primary political orientation is to be angry, dissatisfied and unhappy with the state of the nation at any given time, because in their view, liberal policies are not being implemented quickly enough or articulated forcefully enough. They have particular contempt for Democratic presidents.

    I’m so sick of them,.

    • September 19, 2011 at 8:56 am

      Progressives who are libertarians are confused! They hear ron Paul wants to end the wars and legalize pot!
      Suddenly, about 20 percent of the so called base, are Ron paul supporters!
      Even though he does not believe in the federal government!

  11. 32 Bill R.
    September 19, 2011 at 8:55 am

    When the GOP starts yelling “Class warfare!” you know it’s a winning issue, and the right wing has painted itself into a corner.

  12. September 19, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Awkward populist? In what universe? I defy any candidate in either party to generate the love and enthusiasm this president does when he gathers crowds and talks to people one on one. Th WAPO just has to insert some stupid Republican talking point into their article. Who do they think is unawkward? Cardboard Romney, creepy Perry, looney Bachman, or heartless Paul? The president has been delivering populist messages since the day he appeared at the Democratic Convention in 2004. You think a non-populist got elected in 2008? Have these guys been listening? Or did the GOP close their ears and blind their eyes so long ago that they just stumble around in the dark, only rarely stumbling upon a kernel of truth? Guess I answered my own question.

    • September 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

      Because they say he bailed out the banks!
      No critical thinking, just knee jerk reactions!

    • 41 hopefruit2
      September 19, 2011 at 9:30 am

      Yes I was kind of disgusted by that term – it seems that these columnists just cannot refrain from inserting an insult/attack even when they supposedly are praising the President.

      “Yes We Can” is one of the most populist messages out there and has been adopted internationally. And the President remains by far the most popular well-liked politician out there. He has the highest number of Facebook fans and Twitter followers among politicians, and the 3rd highest in the WORLD! The data and evidence simply do not comport with “awkward populist” meme.

    • 42 FiredUpInCA
      September 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

      The “awkward populist” meme is a species of the ‘detached professor Obama’ meme. Neither of them were or are true. Tell me the U.S. politician in the last 50 years that became a global icon firmly associated with ‘HOPE’ That’s not a professorial connection to the people. But this is what columnists do. They make up memes to attach to people and then when the targets of their memes do not resemble their memes, they characterize it as a departure from their true character.

      When you consider the legislation and policies that have been implemented under this administration–credit card reform that favors the consumer rather than the credit card companies, creation of the first Consumer Protection agency, booting banks out of the student loan business, finally getting the health insurance companies to cover those with pre-existing illness, etc., there has been no more populist President in the modern era.

      This columnist, like many other progressives, does not really understand what they are seeing. They are looking for a Huey Long populist or a Give ‘Em Hell Harry populist. They don’t get that Barack Obama is an Obama populist. His approach will be a paradigm that is emulated in the future.

      He uses the language of pragmatism to sell progressive and populist ideas. He doesn’t gratuitously rabble-rouse and “welcome their hatred.” He want’s progress, not theater. That is what they are not used to.

      They are looking for a rhetorical progressive rather than a practical and pragmatic progressive who actually gets stuff done.

  13. September 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Does anyone has the CBC twitter contact?

    Thanks.

  14. 56 Valerie
    September 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

    this is Emanuel Cleaver’s twitter info @RepCleaver . if you put the persons name in the search box on the top of twitter it will give you there twitter contact info.

  15. September 19, 2011 at 9:35 am

    This was a by @StylishGurl

    Hmm… is the Media Parroting GOP talking points? #p2 RT @NBCFirstRead: Is President Obama engaging in ‘class warfare’? http://on.msnbc.com/qgwLpA

    Looks like msnbc parroting the GOP talking points

  16. September 19, 2011 at 9:37 am

    BJ has a post on PBO’s steady approval numbers by Gallup as compared to Clinton and Carter as presidents.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/09/19/obamas-approval-among-democrats/#comment-2784496

    How can I post a picture of exploding pl (pretend left / poutraged left) heads here ?

  17. September 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Of course, the CBC could just be throwing us off our game! Instead of cslling about the jobs bill, we are now calling about this crap!
    I say we can do both!
    Remember to mention the jobs bill.?

    • 63 hopefruit2
      September 19, 2011 at 9:49 am

      On the CBC’s website there is a statement that the CBC supports the President’s American Jobs Plan.

      • 64 lmrj
        September 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

        So if they support the AJA, why is Cleaver on MSM with verborrhea?

        • 65 hopefruit2
          September 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm

          Bcause the extra money he gets paid under the table to appear on TV bashing the President is too much to resist. When you essentially lack integrity, you engage in two-face behaviors ALL the time.

  18. 66 a4alice
    September 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

    OK kids so far have tweeted DWS, NancyP, whitehouse and reid to support AJA. Found out that there is a page where all the democratic leaders are listed so you can contact them too. Here’s that:

    http://www.house.gov/leadership/

    It has the democratic leader ship listed with links.
    Nancy Pelosi – Democratic Leader
    Steny Hoyer – Whip
    James Clyburn – Assistant Dem Leader
    John Larson – Dem Caucus Leader.

    I’ve also emailed DWS NancyP whitehouse, harry, steny and james. couldn’t find the right link for john L so I just tweeted him. will try to call later.

    l8r

    • 67 57andFemale
      September 19, 2011 at 10:49 am

      I would add Steve Israel to this list — he is a consistent spokesperson for Dem’s and quite effective, so he needs to know how we feel about messaging.

      • 68 a4alice
        September 19, 2011 at 11:44 am

        oh good! I’ll look him up too! it’s almost lunch here so i’ll have a bit more free time to pursue this – thanks 57!

  19. 69 desertflower
    September 19, 2011 at 9:48 am

    When will they get tired of taking the egg off their faces?
    http://www.angryblacklady.com/2011/09/19/breaking-president-obama-wont-throw-elderly-and-poor-under-the-bus/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AngryBlackLady+%28Angry+Black+Lady+Chronicles%29
    ********* NYT says that PBO will VETO any bill that comes to his desk for deficit reduction that doesn’t include individual tax hike on the wealthy!**** Are they embarrassed now?

  20. 72 Linda
    September 19, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Here is a list of the amounts of money “gifted” to the US Treasury to help reduce the debt. I would guess that it ALL comes from Americans who are NOT millionaires or it would be much higher.

    http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/gift/gift.htm

  21. 73 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2011 at 9:51 am

    BREAKING: President Obama won’t throw elderly and poor under the bus

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    Needless to say, the Republicans are now calling this “class warfare”. Paul Ryan of “kill Medicare” fame said “Class warfare may make for really good politics, but it makes for rotten economics.” Other prominent Republicans are using that phrase, “class warfare”, too, so you know it’s in a full of talking points strategy memo that was hastily sent out over the weekend.

    If this is class warfare, making the country’s wealthiest individuals pay a fair tax rate, I’m in. Bring it. I don’t know too many people that are crying for the segment of our population that has done so well these past few years when everyone else has done so bad.

    And DO NOT give me any crap about this being “job killing” or “attacking the job creators”. (A) They aren’t creating jobs. They are sitting on their wealth. (B) What we are talking about here is INDIVIDUAL TAX RATES. Not buisiness tax rates. Businesses have enjoyed scads of tax cuts from this administration. Individual tax rates have almost nothing to do with job creation outside of them maybe hiring a few less gardeners or servants and mansion remodelers or yacht builders. Individuals create few jobs. Businesses create LOTS of jobs. So don’t buy this crap about raising taxes hurting job creation. It’s bunk.

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    http://www.angryblacklady.com/2011/09/19/breaking-president-obama-wont-throw-elderly-and-poor-under-the-bus/

  22. 74 desertflower
    September 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

    ASS. http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2011/09/doof-quote-of-the-day-9.html Maybe we should get after this guy,too.Idiot.

  23. September 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

    YOU GET WHAT YOU VOTE FOR
    By Steven Benen

    It’s not uncommon to hear voters complain that politicians change after taking office. Candidates present themselves one way during the campaign, and then do something very different after the election.

    Generally speaking, the complaint falls short. On individual issues, officials will shift, adapt, compromise, and occasionally flip-flop, but it’s exceedingly rare for politicians to present themselves as having one ideology and agenda before the election, and a very different one once in office.

    The problem, then, is often with the voters themselves. James Surowiecki has a good new item that touches on public responsibility.

    [F]or the past year and a half, the Party has consistently gone for a do-nothing approach and voters have consistently rewarded it. In the run-up to last year’s midterms, Republicans were explicit about their opposition to past, present, and future stimulus programs. They won a landslide victory. And, just last week, in two special elections for the House, Republican candidates who campaigned largely against Obama’s policies won seats in Nevada and New York by margins that were much bigger than expected.

    Americans may be saying that they want the government to use fiscal policy to get the economy moving again, but the way they vote tells a different story. Perhaps fourteen more months of economic stagnation and no job creation will change that. But, for now, it’s not only our representatives who are to blame. It’s ourselves.

    There have been a couple of surprises this year, but in general, things have played out in a fairly predictable way. Republicans said they would reject compromise, push several government shutdown fights, demand fewer public investments, support a far-right austerity agenda, protect breaks for the very wealthy and oil companies, etc. And as it turns out, that’s what they’re doing.

    Americans seem to hate what’s become of Washington, but policymakers didn’t just wander into those offices by accident. Voters put them there, and the policymakers were fairly explicit about their intentions.

    I blame the dramatic radicalization of the Republican Party for most of the political systems’ ills, but on a more fundamental level, who rewarded Republican candidates despite their extremism?

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_09/you_get_what_you_vote_for032279.php#

    • September 19, 2011 at 11:16 am

      You also get what didn’t vote for since you had a fit of pique because you didn’t get your pony.

      One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors – Plato

      If only the “left” had some political reality, so many margianl rethug wins of 2010 could have been avoided.

  24. September 19, 2011 at 10:09 am

    MARINE ONE AND THE BEAST – LOVE IT

  25. 82 hopefruit2
    September 19, 2011 at 10:14 am

    BE PREPARED FOLKS:

    The MSM will be emphasizing the “cuts” in the Medicare, distorting what it really is and over-hyping it, just to discourage folks about the plan. There will be lots and lots of misinformation and disinformation that will be actively propagated and maintained by the media.

    BE PREPARED FOLKS. The media will invite Democrats from congress (Landrieu, and CBC I’m looking at you) and elsewhere to trash the plan because of Medicare “cuts” They will ignore virtually everything else in the plan and focus on that one aspect. They will have every new Black media darling come out and trash the plan as being bad for poor minority communities.

    BE PREPARED FOLKS. Starting today, the media will deliberately start muddying the waters and lying about what the President said or didn’t say. The GOP will hire paid trolls to infiltrate message boards all over the blogosphere and news websites to act as unhappy “Democrats” who are dissatisfied with the plan.

    BE PREPARED FOLKS. The MSM will begin trotting out slanted polls in the coming weeks and months showing that support for the plan has dropped. They will have lots of talk about the bad messaging from the WH communications team and the President.

    BE PREPARED FOLKS. The Republicans and the MSM are waging an all out war with this President and the American people. They want Wall Street to win. They want the corporations to win. They want the Tea Party to win. They want a Republican in the WH, and they will stoop to places where you never thought they could stoop.

  26. 84 57andFemale
    September 19, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I’m not exactly thrilled with the speech, unfortunately. I think the administration should make a huge deal out of the fact that the number of millionaires grew by 25% during this recession, that the wealthy got wealthy by the laying off of middle class workers and hoarding profits. I know the country is all for taxing the wealthy, but I think it’s important to understand why Americans aren’t yet back at work — it’s because the wealthy, who have not paid for two wars or their own tax cuts, have gotten wealthier while the middle class has suffered.


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