Adults In Government

Pete Souza: Photo of Pres Obama and VP Biden today after a  meeting in the Rose Garden

121 Responses to “Adults In Government”

  1. October 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Thank yooooooooou UT!

  2. 8 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Of course I posted this at the end of the last thread.

    I don’t agree with this guy often, but THIS!

  3. October 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    GE TOD. Congrats on first, Allison! ……….an interesting article

    …Just as a strategy is not a conspiracy, so it is not insanity. Ironically, American progressives, centrists and some Northern conservatives are only deluding themselves, when they insist that the kind of right-wing Southerners behind the government shutdown are “crazy.” Crazy, yes — crazy like a fox.

    Another mistake is the failure to recognize that the Southern elite strategy, though bound up with white supremacy throughout history, is primarily about cheap and powerless labor, not about race. If the South and the U.S. as a whole through some magical transformation became racially homogeneous tomorrow, there is no reason to believe that the Southern business and political class would suddenly embrace a new model of political economy based on high wages, high taxes and centralized government, rather than pursue its historical model of a low-wage, low-tax, decentralized system, even though all workers, employers and investors now shared a common skin color.

    So the struggle is not one to convert Southern Baptists to Darwinism or to get racists to celebrate diversity. The on-going power struggle between the local elites of the former Confederacy and their allies in other regions and the rest of the United States is not primarily about personal attitudes. It is about power and wealth……

  4. October 14, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    ….The best sign that these innovations are beginning to go viral is that they have caught the attention of some giant businesses. Drugstore chains like Walgreens and CVS are now partnering with hospitals or accountable care organizations to give patients convenient points of access and to coordinate treatment. Companies that spend heavily on employee health care plans are learning the best lessons of the Obamacare laboratory. Walmart, the country’s biggest private employer, will fly workers who need transplants or heart or spinal surgery to premier facilities like the Mayo or Cleveland Clinics to assure that their problems get fixed right the first time, avoiding costly readmissions.

    Obamacare has also had some important indirect consequences. According to Catherine Dower of the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California at San Francisco, since the Affordable Care Act states have become more aggressive about challenging some of the protectionist laws that prevent well-qualified medical professionals — pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians — from offering some kinds of primary care. California just passed a law that will allow pharmacists to check your blood pressure and cholesterol level and to dispense prescription birth control and antismoking drugs. Letting pharmacists perform services that don’t require seven years of medical training makes those services cheaper and more convenient, increasing the chances consumers will take better care of themselves.

  5. 12 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Love Bette!

  6. 13 jacquelineoboomer
    October 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  7. 14 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    This will make some of the Repubs smile.

    Michelle Obama’s White House garden a weed-filled wreck, victim of shutdown

  8. 21 carolyn
    October 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Also, my great grandfather from Vermont fought so that Confederate flag would never fly again. I learned about the Civil War from my grandfather, who was born only 10 years after Lincoln’s death. To him, Lincoln was a contemporary.
    He was a rather reserved New Englander, but his love of Lincoln was deep.
    One time he visited us in Chicago when I was about nine. My father was busy, my mother was busy, my sister was too young, so I was the one who got to go with my grandfather, ON THE EL!!!! a thrill for me, to downtown Chicago to the Chicago Historical Society to visit a Lincoln exhibit. I watched as tears welled in the eyes of my very reserved grandfather as he looked at Lincoln’s death mask, then at his rocking chair, the shawl we see in so many pictures, his top hat, and letters in his own hand. I have never forgotten that experience. He also bought me one of those little books of postcard pictures about Lincoln, which I had for a very long time.
    In our home, Lincoln was right next to God.
    Three years ago my husband and I visited Virginia and went to Appomattox. That was another thrill for me. My family was Union so deep, and that loyalty does not leave. My sister has my great grandfather’s discharge papers from the Grand Army of the Republic hanging in her house in California. We remember.
    At my age I’m much closer to that era than many people.

    • 22 idon
      October 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      What a wonderful and proud legacy. Thank you for sharing. Beautiful 🙂

    • 23 Mary Gray
      October 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      What a warm and important memory. Thank you for sharing. Wish more had a strong sense of history to help guide them now as they make decisions about the future of our country.

    • 24 theo67
      October 15, 2013 at 1:05 am

      It just goes to show that that tea party folks don’t actually respect the heritage of this country, or the group from which it collected its name – the true Tea Party. Thanks for sharing your story.

  9. 25 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm

  10. 28 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm

  11. 30 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

  12. 32 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  13. 33 vcprezofan2
    October 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Really BIG grin – just noticed I got a tweet among the stars in the last post. 😀 TY, CC (2 stars today – wooooot)!

    /calming down/ Okay, I’m off to see what the adults in government are doing.

  14. 34 Roberta in MN
    October 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    GE everyone, been gone all day. Took a day bus trip to a casino in Red Wing, MN to celebrate my 71st birthday with other residents in our building. Had a great time, ate a lot and lost some moola.:-) Not much, just a little. But we ha a great time and now just trying to catch up. Cell phone didn’t so so well where we were at. -:(. Love the picture of our two precious people in the White house. I can’t even say the horror I felt when I saw that damned flag in front of the WH. Don, got it right on his post/comment, Thank you Chips for repeating it in a main post.
    We need to get this USA back on a firm footing. Thank God for PBO.

  15. 46 jacquelineoboomer
    October 14, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Just a little dose of jokin’ around:

  16. 49 desertflower
    October 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm
  17. 51 desertflower
    October 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Do LIFE with passion!

  18. 53 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

  19. 56 jacquelineoboomer
    October 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    In speaking of the shutdown on Piers Morgan’s show, Rep. King of NY accidentally used the pronoun “We” but quickly changed that phrasing to “Too many Republicans in the House, led by Cruz in the Senate” are responsible … oh, yeah, King, like you didn’t vote in lockstep with the crazies.

    • 57 99ts
      October 14, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      He did similar on MorningJoe (which I watched last night in my world). When Boehner was attacked for what he was doing – King started saying what a great job the Speaker did in hard circumstances – pfffffft

  20. 62 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    • 63 Dudette
      October 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Here’s the correction:

      • 64 a4alice
        October 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm

        that is flippin despicable Dudette

        • 65 Dudette
          October 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm

          Some form of that foolishness goes on every contested election.

          • 66 99ts
            October 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

            Every election – regardless of how close – If Booker doesn’t win by 25 points the GOP will call it for their man. Why Christie is never called out for the stunts he pulls – this one was massive – having a special election 3 weeks before the Nov elections – cause he was scared of the democrats coming out for Booker.

            If Booker doesn’t win, the US in under water and the inmates have taken over the asylum.

  21. 67 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm

  22. October 14, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    This was favorited by BobFR, so hope it’s not a dup:

    • 70 vcprezofan2
      October 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      I find the notion that McCain and GOP cronies can be humiliated, given their unfailing antics since 2008, actually funny.

  23. 71 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    What matters in the end…

  24. 72 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:23 pm

  25. 73 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm

  26. October 14, 2013 at 9:32 pm

  27. 76 MightyPamela
    October 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Oh, okay, my dear TOD ~ I have just learned the house I have rented for the past 24.5 years is being sold. It may be I have only until the end of November to be downsized, and relocated. I have absolutely NO IDEA where I will go, and in my current state of disability, I am challenged to even pack up one room. So. I am asking for all your group Love and Light to pour all over me, for a blessed and manageable transition, for the right place to be revealed, and the right amount of assistance be made available to me to handle this. Also, I ask you to watch over me and my kitty, who as you know has been failing rapidly this summer. Sometimes it’s everything at once, isn’t it? Thank you and God Bless each and everyone. LIGHT THOSE CANDLES!! 🙂

    • 77 hopefruit2
      October 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      MightyP, so sorry to hear of your difficulty at this time. I hope you are able to find a suitable place to relocate where you and Kitty can call settle and call home. Sending positive vibes your way!

    • 78 desertflower
      October 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Oh, MP…do you have any family or friends that can help you out with this??? Goodness this is a lot to handle after all those years. SO sorry that you have to do this.

    • October 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Oh Pamela, I’m so sorry you’re going through this, what a horrible ordeal. Wow, after 24 years? Candles lit, thinking of you, keep us updated on how things work out. Love ya.

    • 80 a4alice
      October 14, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      I’ll put in a Good Word for you MP.

    • October 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Oh, MP, so sorry to hear this upsetting news. I will keep you in my thoughts for highest resolution……that it may be a very good beginning.

    • 82 Dudette
      October 14, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Oh honey, I’m so sorry! You’re down under in Australia, right? Wish I knew somewhere who could help you.

      Call on those wonderful family members of yours and I’m sure they’ll help you come up with a plan that will work well for you.
      I will light a candle for you. Sending you love, light and big hugs. {{{ Mighty Pamela }}}

      • 83 vcprezofan2
        October 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm

        MP is in Seattle; it’s her daughter who is in Australia. This is fast, unexpected, and quite upsetting. This is one of those times when it would help to believe that ‘when the Lord closes a door, he opens a window’. I’m not sure what to say, MP, but know that I’m thinking of you. {{{MP}}

    • October 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Pamela will be keeping you in my thoughts and hope family and friends will rally and help you.

    • 86 vcprezofan2
      October 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Maybe the house won’t sell as quickly as the owners anticipate. Crossing fingers that you’ll have the time you need and the resources and support to meet each stage of this new disturbance in your life.

    • 87 Roberta in MN
      October 14, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      How awful for you MP. Prayers are with you. I sincerely hope you have family near by to help you when you need it the most. (((hugs))) thoughts will be with you.

    • 88 Judith Fardig
      October 14, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      Dear MP – this comes as a shock! My husband and I will be In south Seattle for Thanksgiving. Let me know if you want any help packing up. She lives near the Mt. Baker light rail line. You can DM me @FardigJudith

    • 89 Cindy Sweatt
      October 15, 2013 at 12:57 am

      MP, so sorry this has all come at once. This will be like turning a page and starting a new chapter. Downsizing is always a good thing. It helps us remember what is important. I know you will find a new but different place to live. Keep your spirits high. Ask people for help. Keep us posted.

    • 90 MightyPamela
      October 15, 2013 at 12:58 am

      Thank you, very much thank you all. It is an interesting time, to be sure. I will keep you posted. I am certain God has this all worked out already, and I just need to recognize the directionals! Many blessings, and goodnight. Sweet dreams all around.

    • October 15, 2013 at 3:19 am

      MP do you want to stay on the West side? I live in Wenatchee, if U are considering this side of mtn. Let me know If I can be of any help to you.

  28. 92 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  29. 93 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm

  30. 95 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:40 pm

  31. 96 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm

  32. 97 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:42 pm

  33. October 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    In summary ….

    #TrustBarack …. or get paved ….

  34. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    October 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    We have no idea what kind of “deal” the House and Senate will present to the White House, really, but you just know some emothinkers are going to start up with the “kicking the can down the road” slogans, soon (the media already are). I say ask those furloughed workers if THEY mind kicking the can down the road to any date with a “2014” on the end of it, so they can get back to work now and earn a paycheck. I say ask the Head Start children, or the disabled veterans who need VA assistance, or those drawing on their EARNED federal pensions or military survivor benefits or Social Security benefits, if they mind getting some sleep between now and early next year. Ask anyone with a 401K or the world markets if they mind not having our economy, our personal finances, and the global market crash in 2013. Yes, it’s a precious few months from anybody’s viewpoint, but the first person who says the President caved should perhaps get past that thought and look at the wider picture.

  35. 102 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian TODers, lurkers, and friends!


  36. October 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    So far, as Asian and other ‘eastern’ markets open, the mood is positive ….

  37. October 14, 2013 at 9:57 pm

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