Early Bird Chat

On This Day: Sen. Barack Obama stops to speak with school kids from Holy Cross as he departs after a vote on amendments to S.2284, the “Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007,” on Capitol Hill, May 13, 2008



105 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 COS
    May 13, 2014 at 7:45 am

    GM Chips and TOD.

    • 2 No Child Left Behind
      May 13, 2014 at 7:46 am

      GM COS and TODViille!

    • 3 COS
      May 13, 2014 at 7:46 am

      I think PBO is the only president known by all kids, including babies. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 4 vcprezofan2
        May 13, 2014 at 7:54 am

        I think you are right, COS! What I like is they are always happy to see him, AND they are not uncomfortable to interact with him. They generally seem very at ease with him while still showing their ‘awe’.

    • May 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Goooooooood mooooooorning COS, goooooood morning everyone!

      • 6 99ts
        May 13, 2014 at 7:50 am

        It’s not good and it’s not morning (in my RW world) – I shall be a grump for the next day or two.

        • 7 vcprezofan2
          May 13, 2014 at 7:55 am

          Hi 99TS. It’s hard, I would guess, but don’t let the Aussie RWs grump on your days.

          • 8 99ts
            May 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

            They can do a lot of damage in the next two years – think the poors go to the doctor too much because it’s free – so charging them – think ALL parents should work when the children reach school age so wiping out family benefits & think old folks should just work until they die so increasing the retirement age and reducing retirement benefits. I’m grumpy.

            • 9 vcprezofan2
              May 13, 2014 at 8:04 am

              Yes they do have the ability to do a lot of damage – that’s what those voting them in do not seem to get until too late! As a (human) race, we really are ‘slow’ learners, very cyclical – repeating the same mistake, taking a break, then repeating it again. Sigh. Hang in there, nonetheless.

        • May 13, 2014 at 8:03 am

          ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Good evening 99ts, it’s not like you to be grumpy – but you ARE allowed to be if it’s RW-induced!

          • 11 99ts
            May 13, 2014 at 8:47 am

            It’s budget night in my world – RW hate on the poor, the vulnerable, the disabled, the young and the old. They are removing all the safety nets that have been in place for the past 60, 70, 80 years. I apologize for raining on the parade of all that is good with TOP and PBO.

  2. 12 No Child Left Behind
    May 13, 2014 at 7:45 am


  3. 13 99ts
    May 13, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Only good thing this evening is TOD

    • 14 99ts
      May 13, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Blimey – couldn’t even win that one – last of three – by a nose or two.

      Our government has just announced that the non existent deficient – that they basically made up – will be paid of by the poor and the old. Why am I not surprised.

      • 15 jackiegrumbacher
        May 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

        99, it’s enraging and discouraging at the same time when voters act with such stupidity and blindness. In 2010, I wanted to weep with frustration and despair when so many states stupidly elected right wing governors and congressional reps. Unfortunately, we’ve all paid a very steep price for that stupidity.

        • 16 57andfemale
          May 13, 2014 at 8:14 am

          I think Illinois is headed in this direction, and Rauner will make the RW governors of 2010 look like liberals.

          A new ad I just saw this morning (Please sit down before you read this). The past head of ‘Latinos of Obama’ in Illinois just made an ad for Rauner. How IL is going in the ‘wrong direction’ and we need ‘fresh’ leadership and someone who will ‘tell us the truth even if we don’t like it.’

          Latinos for Obama. Now, I believe the Latinos of IL are smarter than that but this kind of power and money chips away at the truth. Quinn has many issues and is just not liked that much.

          Rauner is pushing for term limits but the referendum on the 2014 ballot is a Trojan horse. First of all term limits don’t kick in for another 10 years so all the current politicians are safe. But it also takes away state Senate seats, beefs up the House, and changes redistricting rules. The balance of power will permanently shift to downstate RWNJ’s. The population centers will lose all power.

          What people have to realize is it’s not about one governor – it’s about how power shifts and can have serious long term consequences. We are dealing with GOP redistricting right now.

          The real stupid of American politics is “I want something new”. We get more and more ignorant, more susceptible to fantasy as fact. It’s terrifying.

          Starting with my next paycheck I will send money to Quinn and maybe work for his campaign. This shit is getting serious.

          • 17 99ts
            May 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

            Our excuse for a treasurer keeps talking about “this is the truth even if you don’t like it” when in fact it is 80% lies and/or distortions. Nothing our fools have done will fix the supposed deficit.

            Example: Because of the increasing cost of health care they have put a $7 co-pay on a visit to a doctor. $5 will go towards medical research & $2 will go to the doctor – so the $7 will do nothing to offset the cost of health care but it may stop a young mother on a minimum benefit from taking a sick babe to the doctor.

            I don’t like their lies nor the direction of hate they want to take us – and yest the sh!t sure got serious in my world.

            • 18 57andfemale
              May 13, 2014 at 10:47 am

              They have no truth. here’s what’s so frustrating: they are so good at lying, buying up the media (I blame Bill Clinton for the Telecom Act of 1996, plus other things that ruined the country). They are masterful at convincing large swathes of people to vote against their interests, disregard science, facts or decent behavior. It’s breathtaking.

          • 19 rikyrah
            May 13, 2014 at 10:04 am

            He says he wants to turn Illinois into WISCONSIN.

            That is enough for me.

            Of course, I was never gonna vote for him, but this should be the ad for the Dems

            • 20 57andfemale
              May 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

              I lost it this morning, seeing that Latino sell out to Rauner. Methinks this asshat was a millionaire Latino who doesn’t give a damn about people, workers. It was stunning and I’m terrified that it will be effective.

              We have to get into this game, big time.

        • 21 99ts
          May 13, 2014 at 8:41 am

          As usual, many that will suffer the most, voted for this lot. I just listened to more – it seems if you are unemployed and under 30, you can go live with your parents – or die. Not sure what orphans – or those with spouse and children are supposed to do!

          They have removed virtually all foreign aid – and given the region in which we live – that is just selfishness beyond understanding. They are spending billions more on defence and border security – much less on education and health – I am truly dismayed

          • 22 MightyPamela
            May 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

            99ts, my heart is breaking right along with yours. In disbelief I read of these preposterous and quite horrific ‘changes’ being laid out in your beautiful country, where I was honored to reside and hold residence for many years. The quality of life was so very good, the burden borne equally and willingly by all. People were kind and friendly, welcoming, accommodating. To this day I feel those Aussie years are deeply and warmly imbedded in my heart and my psyche. It terrifies me that a group of supposed lawmakers would willing damage and destroy a humane system that takes care of it’s own. I hope an Australian revolution will come to pass, and quickly. I know it’s hard to rouse the Australian people, as ‘she’ll be right, mate’, is a predominant mindset. But this, surely the people see what is comng and what lies ahead? I hold you all very close in my prayers and my work with Light. God bless.

            • 23 MightyPamela
              May 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

              * its own

            • 24 99ts
              May 13, 2014 at 10:46 am

              I don’t know why a country degenerates into selfishness MP – it happened here in the early 80s & this is probably the worst we have had since then. Even Howard, at his worst, was not of this mindset.

              The PM is GWB dumb & a religious fanatic – it is those around him that want to hit on those with the least power to fight back & are so proud of there actions.

              Thus said, so many of those most impacted voted for these wolves who acted like sheep before the election. I blame Rudd for the train wreck of his party – the media aided and abetted his absolute stupid – to insure that the wealthy shall rule the land. Very sad.

              There are some personal impacts – nothing fatal – but some stress I could do without.

              And the reality – this budget has done virtually nothing to achieve the so called aim of reducing the deficit.

    • 27 COS
      May 13, 2014 at 7:47 am

      GM NoChild and 99.

  4. May 13, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Good Tuesday Chipsticks…TODers!

    Everyone have a great day and remember to smile. ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. 33 vcprezofan2
    May 13, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Good Day, TODobots!

    I guess the reason you guys didn’t tap me on the shoulder in passing is that you didn’t see me hanging out by the door, with my eyes half closed and my mind far away. Good thing I was in a safe neighbourhood. ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 35 jackiegrumbacher
    May 13, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Morning all. Last night’s thread was so interesting, I totally missed the morning door. Craziness and frenzy are mounting in PA as we near election day with intense competition among candidates and last minute write-in efforts. My in-box is flooded each morning with just in-county pleas. Can’t wait for it to be over.

  7. 36 vcprezofan2
    May 13, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Okay, I have just finished today’s desperate attempt to emulate that 70 yr old hip-hop dancer and I’m SO tremendously grateful none of you could see me. ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t think I’m ever going to learn the steps so that I’m not always a mile behind! Every time I think I’ve figured out how to do one move they have already gone two ahead. I’m going to keep trying for the month of May.

    My mantra is ‘If *he* can do it, a young thing like me can at least try’.

    • 37 vcprezofan2
      May 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Just did my second run through; just as pathetic as the first, but hey, that means I’ve done over 8 minutes of ‘aerobics’ this morning so you can imagine who is feeling pretty proud as she works on her cool down stretches while talking to you lot. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Tuesday!

  8. 38 57andfemale
    May 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

    OT: Oh dear. Trying to get Mr. 57 to use the tablet. He is 74 years old and willing to learn. I couldn’t understand why the tablet was so slow and timing out all the time.

    I use Firefox on the tablet and Mr. 57 was using the regular browser so I didn’t notice what he was doing.

    He must have had 30 windows open. On a crappy three year old Samsung tablet. We’re still working on the concept of a ‘window’ and how to close out one window instead of the whole browser.

    We need some remedial tablet classes. I must remember to use the same patience and positive reinforcement that I use with my quilting students.

    After the last ‘lesson’ on the computer, this is hard. He kept right clicking instead of left clicking and actually argued with me that it didn’t make any difference.

    Wish me luck.

    • 39 vcprezofan2
      May 13, 2014 at 8:25 am

      I do wish you luck 57F, while at the same time feeling extremely sympathetic towards Mr. 57. He’s more courageous than I. I’m building courage to acquire my 1st ‘tablet’ – maybe over the summer. We’ll see.

      • 40 57andfemale
        May 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

        You, at least, are computer literate. Mr. 57 really isn’t. My hope was that the tablet would be easier for him than the pc but I didn’t buy a good one and it’s quirky, even for me. I give him credit, though – he’s very willing to try.

        • 41 vcprezofan2
          May 13, 2014 at 10:48 am

          I suspect Mr. 57 will soon be as computer literate as I, since it seems he is willing to ‘practise’. ๐Ÿ˜€

          • 42 57andfemale
            May 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

            It was an office joke when he got his first smartphone. he would call me (when he was able to do it correctly) and ask the same questions over and over and over and over. I’d start to explain things – again – and everyone would start laughing.

          • 43 57andfemale
            May 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

            He still uses the touchscreen like he’s pushing a key on an old manual typewriter. But he’s willing, and that’s good.

            • 44 vcprezofan2
              May 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

              Willingness, IMO, is far more than ‘good’.
              I have not yet been willing to get a tablet, or a touchscreen, and my new smartphone only came along last year.

              Of course, I didn’t know it was a ‘smart’ phone until one of the teenagers around me commented on it. I mean, why do I need a smart phone when I’m smart enough? To date the only ‘smart’ part of it I’ve used is the texting….O, and the camera twice when I was renovating and the contractor suggested I take a picture in the store of whatever it was I wanted to show him. A lot of these gadgetry they include with a phone are just unnecessary IMO.
              ๐Ÿ˜‰ Did I tell you I only turn on my phone when *I* want to make a call and when my offspring is away from home (and therefore might call me)? Pretty basic stuff – no need for the phone to be smart. ๐Ÿ˜€

              • 45 57andfemale
                May 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

                Well, no way Mr. 57 could text! I do wish he could read texts like ‘don’t forget to pick up eggs’ but I have limited expectations.

                I’ve tried to get him to take photos of things he tries to describe to me from Costco. It’s not on his radar, and it’s barely on mine. I still prefer a camera for taking pictures.

                He is good at checking traffic on his phone. We both turn our phones off.

                I don’t check twitter or email from my phone. Seriously, there is nothing more annoying to me than people who must stay connected to absolutely everything at all times. A friend of mine totaled two cars, because he had to check his email rather than watch the road.

                That being said, it’s the real world and we have to participate somewhat. My 84 year old neighbor won’t get an answering machine and I worry…….

                • 46 vcprezofan2
                  May 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

                  Now you describe me…
                  ‘there is nothing more annoying to me than people who [expect me to] stay connected to absolutely everything at all times.’

                  I am extremely selfish when it comes to guarding my time. From way back when, I didn’t answer my phone when I didn’t feel like talking. It’s one of the reasons I never signed on for ‘call waiting’ or whatever because if I wasn’t in a talking mood, I wasn’t really interested to know who called (so I could call them back). My take was that if whoever called wanted to speak badly enough, they’d call back at another time when hopefully I’d be more inclined to talk. ๐Ÿ˜€ Except at school, I have always refused to be controlled by a ringing bell. ๐Ÿ˜‰

                  • 47 57andfemale
                    May 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

                    I admit – I want a cell phone on me when I’m out and about. God knows there aren’t pay phones anymore if you had some emergency.

                    That being said, I have precious little time to myself and don’t need to be hounded or checked up on. No one can be by themselves anymore, and yet they are more isolated than ever.

                    Did that just sound stupid or profound? I was going for profound.

                    • 48 vcprezofan2
                      May 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm

                      “I was going for profound.” ๐Ÿ™‚

                      You realize we are still on ‘Early Bird Chat’? I’m hopping over to the current thread. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      May 13, 2014 at 9:26 am

      57, you made me laugh because we have something of a reverse position in our house. Mr. G, who is naturally intuitive about technology, tries hard to get me up to speed. Sometimes I can tell he’s gritting his teeth, trying hard not to say what he’s really thinking about my ineptness. I have no aptitude in this direction, so everything has to be laboriously learned. When I was working we had full day training sessions for every new tech innovation and I was able to keep up. Now, it’s a struggle.

      • 50 57andfemale
        May 13, 2014 at 10:48 am

        I am so patient with my quilting students but have little patience with Mr. 57 and that isn’t right. So I have to take a deep breath, put myself in the same mindset and forge forward.

        However, I’m apparently a much better quilt teacher than a computer teacher – or I have a very frustrating student!

  9. May 13, 2014 at 8:34 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!! Happy Tuesday everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 54 hopefruit2
    May 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

    If you notice, whenever the GOP supposedly attacks Hillary it’s never on policy issues – because if the media focuses on her policies, she would never make it out the door in a Dem primary. The media (and GOP) are so baiting the Dems & HRC to run, and foolish Dem “strategists” like Donna Brazille who see Hillary’s candidacy and Presidency as their meal ticket, are jumping on that foolish train to no where.

    • 55 derbingleguy
      May 13, 2014 at 8:50 am

      If she runs more power to her and that goes for any Dem candidate. Not sure why her policies would stop her in the primaries but anything is possible I guess.

      Imo the bait isn’t so much about her candidacy but that talking up her candidacy is a perfect way to distract us from 2014.

      • 56 hopefruit2
        May 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

        If you’re “not sure why her policies would stop her in a Dem primary” then you’re not familiar with her policies. Her policies are precisely why the media and the GOPers who love her are pushing the coronation “its-my-turn” and sympathy vote thing while dissuading critical evaluation of her policies.

        And If you think she’s being used to distract us from 2014, just think of what her candidacy and presidency will look like – it will be one useless distraction after another while the GOP literally gets away with murder….

        • 57 derbingleguy
          May 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

          Policy wise I thought her and PBO weren’t really that far apart on a lot of issues. Both of them expressed that point more than once.

          As for the distraction there’s no telling about the future but I suspect the media and GOP would do it regardless of what Dem won the Presidency. Now is a perfect example. PBO is as clean and as disciplined as any President I’ve ever seen but that’s not stopping the media and GOP.

          • 58 hopefruit2
            May 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

            PBO has not allowed the media or GOP to distract his agenda: To name a few…

            DADT repeal
            Wall street reform
            Saving the auto industry
            Rescuing the economy from depression(job creation, stock market rebound)
            Environmental protections
            Finding and killing Osama Bin laden and many top Al Qaeda operatives
            Maintaining national security with relatively fewer deaths among our troops
            Restoring the international respect for the US
            Ending two wars while not starting any new ones

            • 59 derbingleguy
              May 13, 2014 at 9:21 am

              I’m not talking about the agenda I’m just talking about the distraction or should I say attempted distraction that the media and GOP will whip up for whichever Dem wins. Your list is good but unnecessary. I figured out in 2011 this guy should be on Mt Rushmore or his own mountain for that matter.

              • 60 hopefruit2
                May 13, 2014 at 9:27 am

                The distraction IS about the agenda. We were riddled with scandal after scandal after silly distraction when Bill Clinton was president – the result, a lot of harmful policies got passed unnoticed – while people were caught up with Monica, etc…

                PBO has had to do a whole lot of cleaning up…and not just from Dubya.

                • 61 derbingleguy
                  May 13, 2014 at 9:35 am

                  The distraction is not always about the agenda. The majority of the Clinton scandals were media manufactured. In spite of it Clinton rescued the economy after two Republicans just about wrecked it. A better working relationship with Congress would have helped imo but they had their own agenda as well. Hillary is not Bill so we really don’t know what would happen. Hopefully if by chance she happened to run and win she’d learn from not only what happened during her husband’s term in office but also from the best politician in generations.

                  • 62 hopefruit2
                    May 13, 2014 at 10:04 am

                    The distraction is ALWAYS about the agenda which is why it’s one of the commonly used tools by the media (GOP). And HRC’s current behavior suggests she has not learned any lessons.

                    • 63 derbingleguy
                      May 13, 2014 at 10:17 am

                      The agenda is about the votes in Congress. The distraction don’t help I’ll grant you that but if a President can stay focused and work the system their agenda will always pass no matter what the background noise.

                      Hillary must have learned certain things because she went out and hired some of PBO’s people. That doesn’t mean she’s graduated yet.

      • 64 hopefruit2
        May 13, 2014 at 9:07 am

        Another thing I meant to say was that political coronation has not worked in the recent past (just ask McCain in 2007/08, Romney in 2012 and HRC in 2007/08), and certainly won’t work in this current political climate. If it’s one thing voters hate is when they feel like one particular candidate is being shoved down their throats by certain factions in the media and political party elites – to the exclusion of other candidates.

        That was not the case for PBO- who had to work hard from scratch to sell his ideas, earn the public’s trust and confidence. For some reason, people are more comfortable hearing the same idea about a politician from their neighbor down the street or in the adjacent town who earns $9/hr, than some overpaid “Dem/Gop strategist” or pundit on MSNBC!

        • 65 derbingleguy
          May 13, 2014 at 9:14 am

          Yup. I felt the same way about Kerry in 2004. When he wrapped ity up early I remeber thinking “uh-oh. That can’t be good.” A good battle for as long as possible imo only helps the eventual nominee.

        • May 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

          Did you read that Bob Shrum “No Oneโ€™s Going to Challenge Hillary Clinton” crap the other day? OMG, I couldn’t believe it.

          • 67 hopefruit2
            May 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

            I didn’t read it – and would like to keep it that way. But it doesn’t surprise me one bit. They’re trying to dissuade other candidates from even thinking of running. And contrary to beltway CW, Karl Rove would be just fine with a Clinton presidency – no panicking there as some people want us to believe. The only time I saw Rove truly panicked was on Nov 6, 2012…

            • 68 Vicki
              May 13, 2014 at 9:35 am

              Rupert Murdoch and Michael Bloomberg are on board with Hillary. The 1% candidate and with the enthusiastic help of MSNBC, led by tweety, I’m not sure there is much we can do to quiet the Clinton noisemachine down.

              • 69 hopefruit2
                May 13, 2014 at 10:00 am

                I’m just saying we need to be aware of what this is all about..because some people seem to be buying the propaganda…

          • 70 jackiegrumbacher
            May 13, 2014 at 9:30 am

            Meta, Shrum is operating in his own self interest. He, like Donna B, expect big rewards from Hillary. He’s a full-blown Clintonista.

            • May 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

              Yes I know and that piece was an utterly unabashed exercise in full-blown revisionist history about BC and a full display of the arrogance of Hillaryland that I had to pinch myself. More of this tripe to come in the years ahead, to be sure. They and their sycophants are the absolute and complete opposite of PBO, his staff and his campaign. Revolting.

            • 72 hopefruit2
              May 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

              Indeed. It’s a narcissistic agenda. They see HRC as their future meal ticket – the country’s well-being be damned….

            • 73 derbingleguy
              May 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

              No surprise there. They want in.

    • 74 rikyrah
      May 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

      you speak the truth

    • 75 99ts
      May 13, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Apparently the latest attack is from Doctor Karl Rove – Hillary suffered brain damage in her fall.

      They want to talk about anything except the success of the current administration and it seems Karl Rove is trying to outwingnut the wingnuts – being as he lost alot of money for his backers in 2012 & needs to lift his game.


      • 76 hopefruit2
        May 13, 2014 at 9:15 am

        Exactly – this is a psychological ploy to gain sympathy for Hillary – by supposedly having the GOP focus on all kinds of outlandish and unprovable issues, they’re subtly trying to get people to “tune out” their criticisms of her – which if and when they do become legitimate, will simply be ignored and dismissed.

      • 77 derbingleguy
        May 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

        That’s it 99 in a nutshell. He wants to see if he can get back in their good graces by taking out Hillary. She may garner sympathy but not a lot of people are going to vote for a candidate with possible brain damage. I like Hillary but if that was the case I would surely look elsewhere for another nominee.

        • 78 hopefruit2
          May 13, 2014 at 10:27 am

          I think you’re completely missing Rove’s psychology here. No one is going to think that HRC suffered brain damage – that’s an outlandish claim that can easily be debunked and Rove knows it. If Rove really wanted HRC out, he would focus on her policies and force her to come out and state them. He would compare her unfavorably with other potential Dem candidates – not Barack Obama – who is not running in 2016.

          The GOP and media WANT HRC to be the Dem nominee because for a # of reasons including, but not limited to, the fact that she might be the only one capable of alienating the entire PBO coalition, thereby being actually easier to beat in the general than a new Dem like O’Malley – who doesn’t rely on these silly political games and cower to MSM’s whims by distancing himself from PBO.

          • 79 derbingleguy
            May 13, 2014 at 10:41 am

            I think Rove is trying to plant the seed of doubt. Nothing is wrong with Hillary but if you can raise enough question then even her most ardent supporters will think twice let alone a voter who hasn’t made up their mind. I don’t really believe Hillary is going to alienate the PBO coalition in any way shape or form. Her polices which in many instances aren’t that far from PBO’s certainly would not do it.

            • 80 derbingleguy
              May 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

              I should add he did the same thing to Kerry in 2004. Kerry was a war hero and by the time Rove was done with him you would have thought Kerry was on the first bus to Canada.

            • 81 hopefruit2
              May 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

              I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on this particular issue.

              Meanwhile, I’m hoping for and focused on a successful 2014 midterm, and a robust, democratically-driven, public-inspired, 2015/2016 Dem primary election.

  11. 82 desertflower
    May 13, 2014 at 9:13 am


    After decades of exodus, companies returning production to the U.S.

    In 2001, Generac Power Systems joined the wave of American companies shifting production to China. The move wiped out 400 jobs in southeast Wisconsin, but few could argue with management’s logic: Chinese companies were offering to make a key component for $100 per unit less than the cost of producing it in the U.S.

    Now, however, Generac has brought manufacturing of that component back to its Whitewater plant โ€” creating about 80 jobs in this town of about โ€Ž14,500 people.

    The move is part of a sea change in American manufacturing: After three decades of an exodus of production to China and other low-wage countries, companies have sharply curtailed moves abroad. Some, like Generac, have begun to return manufacturing to U.S. shores.

    Although no one keeps precise statistics, the retreat from offshoring is clear from various sources, including federal data on assistance to workers hurt by overseas moves.

    U.S. factory payrolls have grown for four straight years, with gains totaling about 650,000 jobs. That’s a small fraction of the 6 million lost in the previous decade, but it still marks the biggest and longest stretch of manufacturing increases in a quarter century.

    • 83 jackiegrumbacher
      May 13, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Df, this movement is going to make a long-term profound change in the US job market. It’s already revitalizing some of our cities. And all of this came about because President Obama has been relentless in pressuring businesses to come home.

    • 85 COS
      May 13, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Hmmm, I wonder who is responsible for this? Another thing to contribute to PBO.

  12. 87 Vicki
    May 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

    In my view the Clinton Camps primary objective is to keep the words “Hillary” and “Clinton” in the news every day by any means possible.
    If that involves Monica, Benghazi, Lady Walmart—whatever.
    The idea is to make an out-of-office politician seem relevant.

    They don’t care what we say as long as we keep talking about her.

    • 88 99ts
      May 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Something in common with the lady Pierce describes as “Princess Dumbass of the Northwoods”

      • 89 Vicki
        May 13, 2014 at 9:37 am

        You got it 99ts. It worked with Sarah, an idiot with nothing going for her.
        Hillary has at least a few positives.

        • 90 99ts
          May 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

          They are not really comparable – but the concept that any publicity is good publicity seems to be the common factor.

          I do wish Hillary could stay out of the fray until next year – the dems don’t need this at the minute.

    • 91 derbingleguy
      May 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

      I think they’ll take the free publicity. What candidate wouldn’t? But there’s no love lost between the Clintons and the media and both parties know it.

  13. 92 Ladyhawke
    May 13, 2014 at 9:29 am


    RACHEL MADDOW 05/12/14

    Obama extends winning record reducing deficit


    Rachel Maddow points out that while some red state governors are suffering harsh budgetary consequences for reckless tax-cut policies, President Obama is showing continued success at reducing the deficit faster than at any time since World War Two



    • 93 jackiegrumbacher
      May 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Good for Maddow. Somebody needs to keep pointing this amazing success on deficit reduction and we sure won’t get it from any other media.

      • 94 COS
        May 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

        I am not aware of any other pundits except Rev Al and Rachel who highlight PBO successes on tv. Am I missing anyone? I had hopes for Gibbs but he somewhat disappointed me.

  14. 95 amk for obama
    May 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Yes, I am pushing that meme.

    • 96 jackiegrumbacher
      May 13, 2014 at 9:36 am

      AMK, among many, many other fine qualities that team would run circles around any other candidate in a debate. Biden will skewer an opponent with his amazing breadth of knowledge, but he’ll do it in an almost folksy, audience grabbing way. Warren will skin them alive.

      • 97 amk for obama
        May 13, 2014 at 9:37 am

        Yup, both will do well in debates. Obama coalition will be mostly in tact, Warren can bring the rest of the left. And both are clean, afaik.

    • 99 Vicki
      May 13, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Uncle Joe/Julian Castro would be my choice. Think Poppy Bush and his handsome young veep.
      Julian is also handsome but unlike Quayle,very smart, competent, and charismatic.

      • 100 amk for obama
        May 13, 2014 at 9:43 am

        Castro and O’Malley have years on them. They can get groomed and be ready in 2020 to take over from this team. I am sure Uncle Joe/Warren will graciously step side.

  15. 101 amk for obama
    May 13, 2014 at 9:36 am

    For the first time, a woman will command a UN peacekeeping force, after Norway’s Major General Kristin Lund was appointed to lead troops in Cyprus.

    Maj Gen Lund, 55, has a distinguished military career going back 34 years and including postings in Lebanon and Afghanistan, a UN statement said.

    She will replace China’s Major General Chao Liu on 13 August.

    In Cyprus, she will command 996 soldiers and police officers as well as 149 civilian staff.


  16. 102 desertflower
    May 13, 2014 at 10:13 am


    S&P 500 tops 1,900 threshold for first time ever. Dow also hits new record, climbing above 16,732.

    ANOTHER thing that “His Fault!!” Damn Socialist…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 104 amk for obama
    May 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

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    The guy on the right? Most likely our next pm. Spot any similarities? #shudder

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