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today

The interviews will be with stations in Nashville, Greensboro/Winston-Salem & Orlando

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45 Responses to “today”


  1. 1 Ladyhawke
    September 29, 2011 at 9:53 am

    The American Jobs Act Will Prevent A Recession – Pass It NOW!

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    Since President Obama announced his American Jobs Act, economists have almost unanimously predicted that it would boost GDP and create jobs. Here is a sampling of what has been said.
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    What this comes down to is — Republicans have to choose between politics and helping the American people, who are clamoring for Washington to do something about creating jobs. The GOP is up against a wall and this is a test of whether or not the Republican party cares at all about American workers. I think I know the answer, but I’m still clinging to a shred of hope that they will do what is right for the country.

    PASS THE BILL NOW!

    http://extremeliberal.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/the-american-jobs-act-will-prevent-a-recession-pass-it-now/

  2. 3 Fred
    September 29, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Mitt Romney: Flip-Flopping Just Makes Me The Private Sector Guy I Told You I Was

    Here’s how Mitt Romney is deflecting the flip-flopper charge this time around:

    “In the private sector, if you don’t change your view when the facts change, you’ll get fired for being stupid,” Romney told a town hall in New Hampshire, according to ABC News.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/09/romney-addresses-flip-flop-criticism-at-n-h-town-hall/

    That’s a ninja move right there.

    Romney’s radical shifts on issues like abortion and gay marriage — both intensely political acts that helped transition him from a blue state-friendly Republican able to win the Massachusetts governor’s race into a more conservative-friendly presidential candidate — have defined his political career in the eyes of his critics.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/09/romney-addresses-flip-flop-criticism-at-n-h-town-hall/

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,236499,00.html

    But now Romney, who is doing his darndest to make people think he never had a political career, is using his key political liability as part of his argument that he’s an outsider.

    We’ll see how it plays. Democrats and Rick Perry along with others in the GOP are spooling up a new round of flip-flop attacks on Romney, thinking his past weakness (namely the view that he’s a craven political operative, ready to say whatever it takes to win a vote) will also be his Achilles heel in the next election. Romney says changing his tune just makes him a man of the people.

    http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/09/democrats-fellow-republicans-join-bash-mitt-romney-flip-flopper/k6FgOee5nRnkNBS7WD804I/index.html

  3. 6 Fred
    September 29, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Mitt Romney Op-Ed On Spending Avoids Medicare, Social Security

    Mitt Romney has a new op-ed up on how he plans to control federal spending. Interestingly, two words never pop up: Medicare and Social Security. Romney has been increasingly running as a defender of entitlements for the elderly as part of a campaign to put Rick Perry on the defensive over Social Security.

    Here is How I Will Control Federal Spending
    http://mittromney.com/blogs/mitts-view/2011/09/here-how-i-will-control-federal-spending

  4. 7 Ladyhawke
    September 29, 2011 at 10:14 am

    This line from Steve Benen’s post this morning had me screaming with laughter. It’s Willard in a nutshell.

    “WAIT A SECOND. MITT ROMNEY IS FLIP-FLOPPING ON FLIP-FLOPPING. HOW VERY META OF HIM?”

    Romney addresses his Achilles’ heel
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    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_09/romney_addresses_his_achilles032505.php#

    • 9 carol in ky
      September 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      Great article!! I’m forwarding it to my repug friends!!

    • 10 Mel
      September 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      Yes plaster it all over job well done Bob Cesca, the people need to open their eyes before it’s too late.
      We should focus on the positve stuff of what PBO is doing I do not want to waste time in garbag.

  5. 12 donna dem 4 obama
    September 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Good Morning TOD’ville

    Today is Fax Thursday. Can you write a letter to Boehner’s office as well as any Dem who has not be supportive of the AJA? If you send it to me I will fax them over to their offices today. So all you have to do is write it and email it to me at donnadem4obama@gmail.com and I’ll get it off for you.

    Have a great productive day!

    p.s. as of this morning I am still on top of the leader board in the Fundraising Challenge. I guess its getting close to the time for me to allow myself to start thinking about questions for the President or VP. Get your thinking caps on…But until the final minute tomorrow night I must Press On for donations. Thanks again to all who have been supportive in words, sharing my donation link and with donations.

    You all are Super Stars!!!!

    • September 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      Who are the Dems who have not been supportive of the AJA?

      • September 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm

        I suspect the President wouldn’t give specific names in this forum. He’s far more likely to deal with them face to face, rather than ‘unleash’ us on them specifically..

    • September 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      With one sector of the government so persistently dysfunctional, how do you, and your administration, strengthen each other to be as productive as you’ve been?

      Apart from election 13 months away, how can Congress people’s salaries be docked when they refuse to follow their job description? I mean, how many workers can hold their bosses hostage and still be paid such exorbitant sums? How many workers can drastically limit their working hours and see no change in their salaries? Would a government shutdown affect their salaries, and if not, why not?
      (Oops! Trying to stick to one question on that topic was hard.

      How aware are you of the silent ‘base’ you have out in the country (really, in the entire world) rooting for you in the midst of the noise, and can you feel the support? (just kidding with this one)

    • September 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much, DF, for pointing me to this thoughtful blog (Hi, Tien!) I would never have found it otherwise.

      As we try to fine tune our campaign, otrainofthought has some very practical suggestions. For example,
      (wish I could highlight some of the sentences that resonated with me, but then most of it did)

      “Of the many beauties of Twitter, my favorite is that we get to control our own message. It also helps us think in fewer words. Consider it as a bridge from the thesis to the bumper sticker. Ultimately we do have to add speaking bumper sticker to our verbal repertoire to be effective in changing the political discourse to promote our message. We don’t have to limit ourselves to that technique, but master it we must. I think in time when it comes to the language of bumper sticker we actually hold the advantage because we have a better sense of humor. Twitter is a good place to practice.

      One of the barriers right now to writing effective messaging tweets is our tendency to immediately react to things the moment we learn about them. This is the emotional component of politics and as humans we are all vulnerable to it. Being first to broadcast the news about what a politician said, then repeating it endlessly because the comment was so sensational that we must all react to it in some fashion. The Oh My God Factor completely short-circuits critical thinking. A prime example of this was the reaction to Representative Eric Cantor’s assertion that he was going to tie the release of emergency funding for States impacted by Hurricane Irene to spending cuts. People went nuts over this and Eric Cantor’s name was on every third tweet I read. While the concept of holding the funding hostage is reprehensible, what was reinforced by these tweets is the idea that Eric Cantor actually has the power to do as he said. He doesn’t. He is only one Representative. If I recall correctly, in the Debt Ceiling negotiations he was told to go sit down and in the end got absolutely none of what he childishly demanded. He was knocked down several pegs in the eyes of the public and in the Beltway. His ‘power’ diminished significantly as a result of his actions. Sure, he can get a microphone and babble his radical rhetoric, but from my perspective the people guiltiest of carrying his message was us.

      The simple emotion-driven act of reacting sucked us into the vortex of their echo chamber. This was a perfect opportunity to smear the Republicans with the toxic waste of one of their own. Change the name Eric Cantor to Republicans and watch how it alters the tone of the statement. We were in an ideal situation to have just ignored his statement and waited until the Governors of the affected States weighed in on the topic and let them swat him down, so there was nothing to lose by diminishing him in this fashion.”

      The entire article really is good reading!

  6. 18 Ladyhawke
    September 29, 2011 at 10:35 am

    HERE ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT POSTS ABOUT”BULLYING”:

    1) WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON BULLYING PREVENTION

    Today, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention to bring together students, parents, educators, policymakers, non-profit leaders, and administration officials to address the challenges posed by bullying, to highlight successful efforts of those who are taking action, and to send the message we must all work together to make our schools and communities safe for all students.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/03/08/add-your-voice-white-house-conference-bullying-prevention

    2) CHRIS CHRISTIE – SHOULD A BULLY BE GIVEN THE BULLY PULPIT?

    What a dangerous combination, arrogant and a bully. I’m not sure if the people of New Jersey are into that sort of thing, but for those of us in the rest of the country, it is pretty obvious that this man IS a charlatan. We can only hope that he will be a one term governor and for those people who think he should run for president, I have to wonder exactly what drugs they are on, thinking this man would be a good national leader.

    http://extremeliberal.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/chris-christie-should-a-bully-be-given-the-bully-pulpit/

    • September 29, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Thanks for this. My daughter is dealing with a bully on the school bus–and she’s only in 1st Grade. I’m going to ask the school to move her so she doesn’t have to sit by her. Last night she said that the girl tells her every day that she doesn’t like her, that she’s weird, and that she is a crybaby. It’s nothing too deastating right now, but I don’t want her to have to put up with negative talk like that. She’s already starting to believe the things she is telling her.

      • 20 utaustinliberal
        September 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

        I’m so sorry to hear that. I hope the school complies and the situation gets resolved.

        • September 29, 2011 at 11:27 am

          Thanks. I think they will do something. She’s a really great kid and just wants everybody to be her friend. Of course, we all know it doesn’t work that way. I’ve already had to break the news to her about Republicans!

          Actually, I think President Obama is a wonderful role model for someone looking for a way to handle challenges and challending people without losing control of who you are and what’s important to you. I hope his good karma rubs of on more kids out there so they start being nicer to each other.

          • 22 theo67
            September 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm

            I’ve heard similar stories about bullying – it seems to be on the rise, but it could also be that we’re paying more attention. I have to believe it’s a bit of both. The problem is perpetuated because children now get a daily dose of adults in positions of authority demonstrating bullying behavior. Whether it’s the Republican women emasculating men with their 2010 calls to “man up” and other such nonsense. Or, if it’s people like Chris Christie being heralded as the GOP darling, simply because he’s a bully. Or palin inciting the worst characteristics of society. Or even the PL screeching for President Obama to use the “bully pulpit” – whatever that means. Or watching seniors bully Congress men and women, or the tea partiers screeching from the Capitol steps… Everywhere you look, we’re seeing examples of badly behaving adults, and children are seeing this and learning from it. It’s no wonder that kids in the 1st grade can behave this way – their parents are teaching them to do this. And instead of pointing to the President’s calm and dignified stance as an example to emulate, it’s belittled and called “caving” or “weak”, and he’s told to “grow a pair/spine”, bang on the pulpit – whatever. This next generation is in serious trouble if the right wing is not stopped in its track in 2012. They cannot be rewarded for bad behavior. I hope your daughter’s situation can be resolved.

            • September 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm

              I couldn’t agree more. Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, all those Right Wing guys are bullies. And, it’s very disappointing to se so many people on the left trying to get into the bully mode. I just can’t support that sort of thing, no matter what side they’re on. Then there are a bunch of relaity TV shows that tend to reward the “bully competitors.” Everywhere you look, you see that bad behavior gets you what you want, or it at least gets you famous.

              It’s very sad to see what terrible role models so many adults are these days.

      • 24 Linda
        September 29, 2011 at 11:25 am

        Are their cameras on the bus ? If it was me….I would ask for a meeting with the bully’s parents at the school.

        • September 29, 2011 at 11:30 am

          I don’t actually know if there are cameras or not. I should find out.

          A few weeks ago this girl was her friend, but now I guess she’s just making a lot of nasty comments. I hope that just keeping them apart will help, but, yes, if it does not I guess we’ll have to meet with the parents. She was at a Montessori-style Kindergarten last year, so our public school is a bit of a change.

          • September 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm

            Teach your daughter how to record a conversation. A recording of this girl (who you can be assured is being told those awful things by someone else, most likely a sibling or her parents) could be very sobering in a parent-to-parent meeting.

      • 27 desertflower
        September 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

        School should NEVER TOLERATE bullying of any kind! Keep on this….and make sure they listen to your concerns. If they dismiss them as nothing to worry about…go to the Superintendent of schools!

        • September 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm

          GYM, Something to consider – asking the school to move her alone won’t do it. This young bully will be empowered and what is to stop her from continuing across the aisle, at recess or wherever? If any moving occurs it should be the bully that’s removed! I know, from experience, that as a parent we want to solve the problems of our little ones, and rightly so. However, IMO it would be a more far reaching move to empower your daughter, and a first step in teaching her to fight back using the means available. If she’s not too shy, go with her to speak to the school, and have her state what bothers her. Let her, AND THE SCHOOL, know without a doubt that you are standing behind her in this, but don’t let her stand behind you (unless she is too, too shy at this stage). I encourage you to follow the channels, be respectful, BUT don’t let this go unchecked, and at the same time help your daughter to speak up for herself. It’s like walking, first you hold their hands, then you let go gradually – you don’t walk for them. [In my experience, my channel was teacher, then principal, then school superintendent, (who, after a lengthy and cordial discussion, sent me back to the principal who apologized).
          (Depending on the bully’s home dynamics, if the parent to parent meeting occurs your daughter might be able to politely tell little miss bully to cut it out to her face.) My offspring didn’t get the idea that not everyone was your friend until about grade 5! Lord was I ever a frustrated parent, being a creature who was clued into nuances myself!

          Sure hope both you and your daughter can get a handle on this before the damage goes much further.

          • September 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

            Thanks so much for that advice. We’ve really been hoping that this wasn’t really bullying as much as just kids disagreeing, but our daughter is very smart and she said that yes, she was being bullied. I do want to teach her how to stand up for herself–something I’m afraid to say I’ve never been particularly good at myself. It’s hard, but I definitely don’t want her to get pushed around like I did when I was a kid. We’ll get this straightened out, and she’s going to have a happy school experience!

  7. 30 Kris
    September 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Hi,

    I’m a lurker who really enjoys your website. A friend forwarded this link to a YouTube video urging Congress to pass the jobs bill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsmAKXLu3Cg&sns=em. Hope everyone takes a look and enjoys it.

  8. 32 carolyn
    September 29, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Looking at the president’s schedule…..while all the talkers and hopefuls are blathering, the president just keeps on working!

    • 33 Ladyhawke
      September 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

      Thanks for bringing this up carolyn. I have been fuming about that disgusting comment from Bully Chris Christie saying that President Obama has been a “BYSTANDER”. Can you believe that??

      If you just look at the roll out of the American Jobs Act, it has been exhausting to watch President Obama’s schedule. He gives a major speech to a joint session of congress, the next day he speaks about the AJA in the rose garden, he then takes the AJA on the road to the American people in the following states….

      – Richmond, Virginia
      – Columbus, Ohio
      – Raleigh, North Carolina
      – Cincinnati, Ohio (Brent Spence Bridge)

      He gave a powerful speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Awards that focused on the AJA. Then he was off to California and Denver where he continued to hammer home the need to pass the American Jobs Act. Today he is giving interviews to the local media on the AJA. And on and on.

      And Bully Chris Christie has the nerve to say PBO is a bystander. This comment is just repulsive coming from someone being asked to run for the presidency. His comments were beyond tacky. Totally classless. It makes sense that the reason he is loved by the GOP is because he is so rough around the edges.

  9. 34 nintendowii10
    September 29, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Eva Longoria talks Obama, calls out extremists, Tea Party

    • September 29, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Love her. She’s really been involved in the WH roundtables and has done so much good work for her charities. And I love that she speaks up for PBO whenever she can. BRAVA, sister!!

  10. 36 Fred
    September 29, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Contradictions In Settled Civil Case Raise Red Flags For Perry

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/a-civil-case-texas-gov.php?ref=fpa

    The case focuses on Perry’s alleged attempt to cover up $1 million in contributions to his 2006 campaign, and whether the Republican Governors’ Association, which Perry later headed, was used as a conduit to camouflage the donations, according to a report by Murray Waas in Reuters. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Perry’s direct competitor for the GOP nomination, even has a cameo in the suit because he was chairman of the Republican Governors’ Association at the time.

    Perry aides told different stories in lawsuit

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/28/us-usa-campaign-perry-aides-idUSTRE78R63120110928

    the DEPOSITIONS are here and here:

    Transcript Of Deposition By David Carney

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/documents/2011/09/transcript-of-deposition-by-david-carney.php?page=1

    Transcript Of Deposition By Deirdre Delisi

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/documents/2011/09/transcript-of-deposition-by-deirdre-delisi.php?page=1

  11. 37 Fred
    September 29, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Conservative Analyst Calls GOP’s Military Draft Claims ‘Nutty Talk’

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/09/29/331793/gop-military-draft-nutty-talk/

    The House Armed Services Committee — led by Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) — last week released a report meant to highlight the dangers of reducing military spending

    The report has all the standard baseless fearmongering, but it also claims that cuts will lead to a “hollow force,” compelling the military to institute a draft to fill its ranks. McKeon said this last week, and his colleague Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) had to talk him down.

    You Lie: GOP Rep. Wilson Informs GOP Rep. McKeon That Defense Cuts Will Not Require A Draft

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/09/21/325006/you-lie-gop-rep-wilson-informs-gop-rep-mckeon-that-defense-cuts-will-not-require-a-draft/

    the Hill reports that defense experts are weighing in, saying the report’s claim of a potential military draft “has little credence.” Even Jay Carafano from the conservative Heritage Foundation laughed off the report. “I think it’s nutty talk,” Carafano said. “It’s an idle threat. There’s not a practical way they could institute a draft. For starters, the country couldn’t afford it.”

    Defense experts counter GOP report: Budget cuts won’t bring on new draft

    http://thehill.com/news-by-subject/defense-homeland-security/184379-defense-experts-gop-warnings-of-military-draft-far-fetched

  12. 38 Fred
    September 29, 2011 at 11:17 am

    VIDEO: Herman Cain ‘Could Not Support Rick Perry’ Because He Is Insufficiently Cruel To Immigrants

    Today I could not support Rick Perry as the nominee for a host of reasons. Him being soft on securing the border is one of the reasons. I feel very strongly about the need to secure the border for real, the need to enforce the laws that are already there, the need to promote the path to citizenship that is already there. But, more importantly, empower the states to enforce the national federal immigration laws, because the federal government didn’t do it, can’t do it and they never will do it.

    GOP Contender Herman Cain Demonstrates Clueslessness On Middle East Policy, Confused By ‘Right Of Return’

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/05/22/168582/herman-cain-right-of-return/

    Lecturing Americans To ‘Reread’ Constitution, Herman Cain Confuses It With Declaration of Independence

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/05/23/168628/cain-reread-constitution/

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/09/29/331694/cain-against-perry-immigration/

  13. 39 Ladyhawke
    September 29, 2011 at 11:17 am

    GOP Elites Can’t Decide Between Perry and Romney. And It’s Hurting Both of Them.

    http://www.tnr.com/article/the-permanent-campaign/95407/perry-romney-christie-gop-primaries-florida-elites

  14. 40 Fred
    September 29, 2011 at 11:19 am

    VIDEO: Mitt Romney Describes Individual Mandate As ‘A Conservative Idea,’ Credits Gingrich For Supporting It

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/09/29/331824/mitt-romney-describes-individual-mandate-as-a-conservative-idea-credits-gingrich-for-supporting-it/

    “The idea for a health care plan [in Massachusetts] was not mine alone,” Romney explained. “The Heritage Foundation — a great conservative think tank — helped on that. I’m told Newt Gingrich, one of the very first people who came up with the idea of an individual mandate, did that years and years ago”:

    ROMNEY: It was seen as a conservative idea to say, you know what? People have a responsibility for caring for themselves if they can. We’ll help people who can’t care for themselves, but if you can care for yourself, you gotta take care of yourself and pay your own bills.

    In 2006, the Heritage Foundation — which attended the signing ceremony for the law — described Romney’s mandate as “not an unreasonable position, and one that is clearly consistent with conservative values,” claiming that it would reduce “the total cost to taxpayers” by taking people out of the “uncompensated care pool.”

    Gingrich also embraced the “ultimate conservative idea,” writing in a 2007 Des Moines Register op-ed, “Personal responsibility extends to the purchase of health insurance. Citizens should not be able to cheat their neighbors by not buying insurance, particularly when they can afford it, and expect others to pay for their care when they need it.” An “individual mandate,” he added, should be applied “when the larger health-care system has been fundamentally changed.”

    FLASHBACK: Heritage Touted RomneyCare, Key Elements Of Health Reform Heritage Now Opposes

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2010/04/10/90621/heritage-romneycare/

    Mitt’s Fit

    http://www.heritage.org/Research/Commentary/2006/01/Mitts-Fit

  15. 41 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    September 29, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Thankyou Chips for all that you do. Sometimes tears well up in my eyes when I think of what wouldn’t be if we Obamabots did not have this running blog to go to to get positive information on our Prez. Not only that but our regular posters provide informative links (good and bad) so we can stay abreast as to what is going on in our QUEST to re-elect the GREATEST PRESIDENT this nation has seen (sorry Franklin 😉 ). No sitting President has had to go thru the abuse and torcher this man has from all political spectrums and still has enough fight to get the job done. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • 42 Ladyhawke
      September 29, 2011 at 11:56 am

      I agree Keith. I like to think that the organization chart of White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer must have a box entitled “THE OBAMA DIARY”. Chips is our tireless travel guide and ace reporter. If you want to know whats happening with President Obama just log on to The Obama Diary.

  16. 43 utaustinliberal
    September 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Hey guys correct me If I’m wrong but isn’t tomorrow September 30th, 2011 the end of the 3rd quarter for campaigns to file their donations with the FEC. If it is; then please Money bomb! money bomb! for the Obama campaign and for Donna’s campaign. Spread on twitter also. Okay off to class to delve into the pysche of Vygotsky, and the complexities of parent-child relationships.

  17. 44 Fred
    September 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Just The Facts: Republicans Falsely Claim Obama Seeks Biggest Tax Hike In History

    The Republican vision — phasing out safety net programs like Medicare in order to maintain low tax rates on the same group of affluent people — is far less popular. So in their own tried and true way, Republicans recast Obama’s plan for “shared sacrifice” as “the largest tax increase in history.”
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/obamas-plan-is-the-opposite-of-paul-ryans-plan—-for-good-reason.php

    What a difference! But also untrue.

    Using historical data from the Treasury Department on the impact of past tax laws, and from the Office of Management and Budget’s analysis of Obama’s current proposals, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ran the numbers for TPM and found the claim to be false by just about any measure.

    Assessing new revenue as percentage of GDP, it turns out Obama’s tax proposals would rank below a law signed by President Ronald Reagan on the list of significant tax increases of the last five decades.

    Making a direct comparison is difficult. Treasury calculates the impact of past tax laws relative to what’s known as the “current law baseline” — in essence, analysts look at revenues after the law passed, and subtract what would have happened if it hadn’t been enacted at all.

    Under today’s “current law baseline,” the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, and other tax cuts Obama signed in 2010 to stimulate the economy, will soon expire. That means the “current law baseline” assumes a huge glut of revenue starting in 2013. Obama’s plan would actually make many of those tax cuts permanent. It would also allow the cuts that benefit wealthy Americans to expire, and impose a series of new taxes on high-income earners. Taken together, though, it would yield significantly less revenue than if Congress and Obama simply did nothing, and amount to one of the biggest tax cuts in history — $2.29 trillion over the next ten years. As a percentage of GDP, the third largest since 1968, ahead of both the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts and behind Reagan’s Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, and last December’s tax deal.

    That’s the apples to apples comparison, but it rests on a historical quirk — current tax law is teeming with tax rates and policies that are set to expire.

    When Republicans call Obama’s plan the biggest tax increase in history, they’re using a “current policy baseline.” In other words, they assume today’s tax rates are fixed, and complain that Obama’s plan would raise revenue thereupon by quite a bit — $1.57 trillion over 10 years. By this measure, as a percentage of GDP, Obama’s “tax hike” is smaller than Reagan’s 1982 Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act and the Revenue and Expenditure Control Act of 1968 but larger than Clinton’s 1993 tax increases and George H.W. Bush’s 1990 bill, as well as Reagan’s 1984 Deficit Reduction Act.

    To claim Obama’s plan represents the largest increase ever (or at least the largest in recent history) one has to look at all past tax increases in inflation adjusted terms. But this is a false measure that ignores the growth of the economy — we are way richer as a country now than we were then.

    None of which is to say that Obama’s proposing trivial tax increases. But biggest ever? Please.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/just-the-facts-republicans-falsely-claim-obama-seeks-biggest-tax-hike-in-history.php

  18. September 29, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Here is some valuable advice that I believe everyone here would wholeheartedly endorse in calm moments. In fact, I’ve seen it expressed here often, yet when we get riled some sometimes forget. I’m going to ask us to read it twice (I’ve read it three times already), 😉 because as the writer (one of our family members) suggests ‘Now is the time to BEGIN the PRACTICE’ and I add, what better place to practise how to engage voters that here?

    “The true key to helping people soften their attitude regarding the President is respect. There is precious little of it online, but we are in a position to change that, and we have no better role model than the very President we support. Anyone who works with voters on a regular basis will happily remind us all, that people in the online communities that follow politics are potential voters. As someone who has knocked on some doors and spoken directly with voters in person, I can tell you that the only way to promote the President is by making ourselves people who show everyone respect, especially those who disagree with us. We need to ask ourselves this: if we knock on a stranger’s door would we call that person to their face a moron, or make a barnyard reference to their sexuality if that stranger told us they didn’t support the President? If we won’t disregard the feelings of a total stranger in real life, why do we do it online? Why are we willing to create the impression that people who support the President don’t listen, are rude, mean, treat people poorly, etc.? That kind of behavior alienates people and keeps them from giving support to the one person for whom we want to secure a vote.

    At some point this internecine bickering has got to stop. They won’t stop it, so we must. We’re coming up to the time when we will be asked to start working in earnest for the President’s re-election. Now is the time for us to begin the practice of treating our fellow voters how we ourselves wish to be treated.” Tien Le

    The above was just the conclusion of the post, the rest is found here –

    http://otrainofthought.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/a-left-wing-hierarchy/

    I just thought of something as I was about to press the button…..
    What better time to brush away the dust bunnies, refresh the welcome mat, and … than in anticipation of our President looking in, AND visitors coming in response to his call and mention of the TOD name? After all, as Rev Al said recently, the Republicans’ recalcitrance has engendered an early start to the .campaign.


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