On #CRomnibus and purity pouting

Well, a hint of the next 2 years has been washing over us.

The Continuing Resolution Omnibus, which will more or less keep government funded through September 2015 is slouching towards 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. And people are pissed.

It has giveaways to the banksters! It tries to gut Dodd-Frank! It cuts the EPA! It kills DC’s weed law!

Well, Charlies, what the fuck did you expect?

When a majority of the Obama Coalition, in its infinite stupidity, decided to sit out these past elections, the die wasn’t just cast, but bronzed and mounted over John Boehner’s wet bar.

Democracy is determined by those who suit up. If you’re home with a broken leg playing video games, you don’t get to factor in the score. And too many of the voters who propelled Pres. Obama to victory in 2008 and 2012 decided that other matters were more pressing.

If the first government shutdown wasn’t reason enough to get out and vote, then I have nothing with which to assuage your petulance. If the specter of Eduardo Cruz with a committee chairmanship wasn’t enough to make you turn out, hold your nose, and vote for Mary Landrieu, then that’s on you, not me.

Yes, Congressional districts are gerrymandered, blah blah blah. Guess what? They were gerrymandered in 2006 as well, and Dems swept to control House and Senate. And even then most people sat on their asses; it was just that the Bush regime was so tragically comical that even those who leaned Republican decided to give Democrats a shot. But you can’t count on those voters. What you can count on is that they’ll twist with the wind, and for the past 4 years that wind has been blown by the GOP.

The solution to this? Get out and vote. Democrats have an advantage in registrations. Those gerrymandered Congressional districts are drawn in part by voter participation. If Democrats who otherwise wouldn’t vote got off their Barcaloungers and trooped to the polls, the twisting district boundaries wouldn’t mean a thing.

But, you know, a good reality show was on that night.

Fuck me running backwards on a donkey, this country deserves every bit of shit coming to it for the next 2 years. We’re “the world’s greatest democracy” and freaking AFGHANISTAN has better voter turnout than we do. It was as if all of the generations which bled and suffered to expand the franchise did so for no discernible reason. Just give us our “X-Factor” and our celebrity news and run the country how you see fit. This may suit Russians just fine, but we’re actually in the middle of a 200+ year experiment in self-government. And that experiment is about to return the answer of “42”. (Douglas Adams. Look it up.)

So forgive Pres. Obama if he signs the decrepit CRomnibus in order to not fuck up a rather good recovery by shutting down the government. He, amazingly, has to think beyond air punching and foot stomping. Want to make sure that the next Democratic president doesn’t have to sign shit like this? Then maybe get out and vote. And not just in midterms. Vote for state offices. Vote for local offices. Make sure the damned dog-catcher has (D) behind her name. Otherwise just go back to playing “Call of Duty” and remain blissfully unaware of how the world is turning to shit.

100 Responses to “On #CRomnibus and purity pouting”

  1. December 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    No fucking excuses!

    I play video games AND vote ABSENTEEEEEEE.


    • December 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Tally, LL, I feel the exact same way. To all those who didn’t vote, who didn’t think their vote matter, well this is why it does indeed matter. And to the Americans who didn’t vote November 4th, don’t say a darn thing, you have no right to complain. Those who aren’t paying any attention, will pay attention when the Republicans slap the shit out of them, out of us all.

  2. December 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Sorry for the profanity-laced tirade, folks, but I’ve just about had it.

    • 8 forus50
      December 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      I so agree with you. Thank you for what you said and how you said it!!

    • 10 jacquelineoboomer
      December 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      LL is Fired Up and I agree with every word!

    • 12 Betsy
      December 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      I have been enraged since Nov 4th at my fellow democrats and Americans who will not inform themselves and can’t bother to vote, yet whine about what PBO does. It has turned me off all politics and I can barely go anywhere except this place. You are so right and it’s really hard for me, right now, to even care, except I do because I’m so angry I could spit. Your profanity laced tirade is the same one I’ve been having in my house. At least I voted.

    • December 11, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Geez LL I am not even American and I wonder ‘what the hell?’ 67% didn’t vote even with every reason in the world to do so. Two more years of a do nothing congress helmed by GOP? Rant on!

  3. 14 donna dem 4 obama
    December 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    The only problem with this LL is that the majority of people who are paying attention to politics do indeed vote. It’s the folks who don’t even understand what a mid-term election is that you have to preach too.

    That was my wake-up call in this past election. Sharing stuff on twitter and facebook is good to get stories out there in the mainstream and to get people talking about stuff or organizing rallies but twitter and facebook move very few people to the polls. Democrats need to think outside of the box and be more creative when it comes to politics. Eric was right on the last thread because the MSM is selective as to what they want the public to know and hear. We as a Party had better WTHU and learn how to engage our electorate or more of the same will be facing us for many years to come.

    My advice to PBO…do whatever you think you need to do…..!!!!

    • December 11, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      Dems need to become like a European party: massive grass roots education, working in the community, knocking on doors. That would be a much better way to spend our donations. The media is in hock to the RW. We have to get around that.

      • 16 donna dem 4 obama
        December 11, 2014 at 6:25 pm

        Exactly but what does Nancy Pelosi go and do….Pelosi taps Doctor Doom to head Dems’ messaging project

        Pelosi has asked Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) to run a new policy and messaging shop to craft a formula for returning the party to the majority.
        You might remember Steve Israel from such email greatest hits as:
        humiliating loss
        crushing defeat
        this could be the end:
        devastating blow
        It’s over. Zero chance. Goodbye.
        And my all-time favorite, two weeks before the election:
        Subject: Accept Defeat
        We are completely out of ideas.

        So the guy that spent an entire year telling its donors about how the DCCC was going to get crushed, and then told them close to Election Day that they had no clue what they were doing and “were out of ideas” is the guy who will now have ideas about how to win? He already told us he has no ideas!


        It’s like banging your head up against a wall!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • December 11, 2014 at 6:26 pm

          Read my comment below. I’ll lace into the party in another post.

        • 18 Vicki
          December 11, 2014 at 6:48 pm

          You are correct, in my opinion, Donna. Preaching to the choir and beating up the unengaged will not yield results.

          What I think has to happen is that we accept the awful truth that both parties work together on behalf of the rich and against the rest of us.

          We HAD a winning message and the DNC ran away from it as fast as they could. All the mumbling about “no bill is perfect. we’ll fix the ACA.” There will be nothing coming from Steve Israel or any of them that will save us. They play for the other team.

          Not much good news made it into Democratic campaign speeches. On TOD we read the excellent economic news every day. We probably don’t realize how very little of what we know is true made it out to the larger populace.

          The only light I can see is another charismatic extraordinary Democratic candidate—set of candidates. An inspiring brave leader.

          If the best we are going to do is boring retreads as candidates and imploring people who are disconnected and or brainwashed to vote 2016 will not be a good result.

        • December 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

          I haven’t read dKos in YEARS. REFUSE to go there. But Donna, lo and behold, I did follow that link you tweeted a couple of days ago and PRESTO, you’re absolutely correct. I couldn’t believe my eyes – Steve Israel in charge of communication. The idiot behind all those pathetic and offensive mid-term mailings. That must have been some payoff. I love Pelosi and would probably would have followed her to the ends of the earth BUT this is one hell of a blunder. It’s becoming apparent that DEMS have become too entrenched in their own inbred party politics and loyalty syndrome to see what the hell is really going on. Exhibit A: Hillary Clinton.

          Banging head up against the wall, INDEED.

  4. 21 desertflower
    December 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Did millionairess Chips, pay you? You need to be paid in gold doubloons or something….fucking idiots that bitch, moan and complain and can’t make time to vote are why we can never have equality and the things that most people freaking say they care about! Quit being fucking entitled shitheads and GO VOTE EVERY SINGLE TIME!!

    I’ve about had enough of stupid people to last me a lifetime. I HATE stupid!!

  5. December 11, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    And I may have another piece ready for tomorrow in which I lace into the Party. The fact is, Democrats never give folks a positive reason for voting for them. It’s always “Well, we’re better than them.” And I’m not saying that can’t be part of the pitch. But it has to be more than that. Much more.

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  8. December 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    LL, you expressed many of my frustrations.

    There were soooooo many reasons that should have motivated the Democrats — and especially the Obama Coalition — to GOTV. The President will have to work with the hand that he’s been dealt. Therefore, some bills will be signed that may include items that we don’t like. As you basically said, the President will be trying to keep from losing ground in what has been achieved over the past six years.

    For those who decided not to vote in order to make a point, then quietly watch the consequences of your (in)action and note that consequences are not always convenient and typically not pleasant.

  9. December 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I’m so glad The Dems are fighting. All the dead wood will be gone! What do you think the Presidents strategy is. He wants the bill to pass?

    • December 11, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Of course PBO would prefer a clean CR. The WH is on record wanting the riders taken out. But if it’s a choice between this and the govt shutting down and the economic recovery suffering, he’ll sign it.

      • 29 snowbird42
        December 11, 2014 at 6:45 pm

        Thanks, well said.

        • December 11, 2014 at 6:47 pm

          As I tweeted, we’re screwed for the next 2 years.

          • 31 99ts
            December 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

            And we’ve copped it for three years – AND everyone voted – they really think the RWNJs have something to offer – until they are impacted by that offer – well ranted LL – I wouldn’t really care but the impact of US politics on the rest of the world is massive – our RWNJs COPY anything the US does – my head hurts

            • 32 forus50
              December 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm

              Unfortunately 99ts I find your statement about copying the the US RWNJs a consolation of sorts. Lol, it’s somewhat nice to know we don’t exclusively own “stupid” here in the U.S.

              • 33 99ts
                December 12, 2014 at 2:40 am

                We have quite an amount to share – although we have only 2 or 3 true “loons” in the parliament! The things we copy that bother me

                – privatising government schools
                – giving overlong sentences to prisoners
                – allowing free reign on financial markets
                – making it extremely hard for young people to get unemployment
                – turning out “free” health care into a user pays system
                – private health insurance copying US ideas of not covering certain things & not covering ALL doctors/hospitals (this is very new to us)
                etc etc

    • 34 forus50
      December 11, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      POTUS is realistic. If there is a CR for just a few months then the following budget bill will be even worse. Any Dem in Congress knows this so they have to be doing it for show. Elections matter and we lost the last one.

  10. 35 nospin
    December 11, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Give ’em hell LL.

    That is my response to the latest fauxrages.

    Where the heck were these people during the mid term elections???? I say fugg’em all.

  11. 36 snowbird42
    December 11, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    The President is probably right. But I sure hate to see the bad stuff in the bill. The people who didn’t vote will regret it. I’ll hold my breath.

  12. 37 desertflower
    December 11, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    • December 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Whoa, JG’s spelling is way off for him.

      • 39 desertflower
        December 11, 2014 at 6:48 pm

        I noticed that, too:) Maybe too much whiskey and cigars:)

        • December 11, 2014 at 6:49 pm

          I plan to go home, cook, pour me a couple of stiff Manhattans, and enjoy listening to the rain.

          • 41 desertflower
            December 11, 2014 at 6:58 pm

            Enjoy:) We’re not supposed to get the rain you have until Saturday. Rain has a way of calming things down….hope this one fills the drought buckets for you:)

            • December 11, 2014 at 6:59 pm

              SF is getting HAMMERED. Hope meta is okay.

              • 43 desertflower
                December 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm

                me too:)

              • December 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm

                Thanks for a tremendous essay, LL. You captured my grief and frustration with our electorate perfectly. DAMN!

                WOW is all I can say about the rain today. WOW WOW WOW WOW. I live at the top of a tall hill and I had to go outside to witness this downpour – tons of water streaming down the hill. Lots of people just awestruck standing and watching this downpour. Flash flooding everywhere……lots of emergency sirens all day. Hard to imagine the damage in various parts of the Bay Area. Some reports say 2″ – 4″ of rain here with as much as 8″- 9″ in surrounding areas……..WE ARE DRENCHED.

                Hope you all stay safe as you get the tail end of this storm. It’s really something.

                • December 11, 2014 at 7:55 pm

                  Oh, and I forgot to talk about the WIND: In some parts of NorCal, the storm produced sustained, hurricane-force winds of 78 mph and one gust of 147 mph in the Sierra.

          • 46 arapaho415
            December 11, 2014 at 7:20 pm

            Forecast is for Ventura county’s rain to start at midnight, so you can expect rain after that.

            weather.com has a red exclamation point ! that says 100% chance of Heavy Rain at midnight, with SE wind of 27 mph.

            Drops down to 90% chance of rain at 5 am. @knx1070 had NOAA on, and the meteorologist said that we’ll get as much rain as last week, but in 5 hours instead of 12.

  13. 48 desertflower
    December 11, 2014 at 6:45 pm

  14. 49 desertflower
    December 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  15. 50 vcprezofan2
    December 11, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    O-ho, I see the lurkers’ comments about profanity in the village plus today’s news have totally released Lib-L’s restraint meter. I’ll pass on reading this essay I think.
    Here’s a story that is repulsive yet has a fortuitously happy ending.

    I remember vaguely someone saying that dash-cams for police was not really an answer to ongoing police brutality. It was an answer for this man! My blood ran cold at the deliberate evil of the officers beating him unnecessarily while yelling that he should stop reaching for their guns and stop resisting arrest, all while his hands were clearly raised. Check out how police could cold-bloodedly have sent a man to prison after assaulting him, if a second police car hadn’t been in play, and if he hadn’t been cognizant enough to get that fact out. I honestly think that the police often shoot to kill so that *their* story of events won’t be contested. If you ask me, the police force has become a place where vicious individuals go to get paid to practise their evil without consequence.


  16. 54 MightyPamela
    December 11, 2014 at 6:48 pm

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  19. 59 snowbird42
    December 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    @sahilkapur: Rep. Jim Costa (D) leaves Dem mtg saying he’s a yes on cromnibus. Says Denis McDonough encouraged Ds to vote yes, else they lose leverage.

  20. 60 Nerdy Wonka
    December 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm

  21. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    December 11, 2014 at 7:13 pm

  22. 65 jacquelineoboomer
    December 11, 2014 at 7:16 pm

  23. 66 FoxfireTX
    December 11, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Great rant LL. The problem is, I very much doubt that there is anyone here who stayed home on election day. Unfortunately, all the rest of us will pay the price. I can live with just about everything in this bill except the unraveling of Dodd-Frank. We all know this is only a first step. From what I’ve ready, the short term CR prepared by Boehner is only for two days. I would propose that Dems do their damnest to get this one provision out of the bill while they still have some leverage because you can bet the next time Congress convenes there will be none. Once the banks realize they can get this one provision through Congress, it will be only the beginning of the slippery slope. We paid too high of a price for this last time around.

  24. December 11, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    ****ing outstanding LL, thank you!!!!! 🙂

  25. December 11, 2014 at 7:18 pm



  26. 71 sjterrid
    December 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you so much for this, LL.

    I believe that the President will only sign this bill, if he thinks this is the best that the American people can get. I don’t think he would risk a govt. shutdown hurting our economy, and working families. Besides, we know that after January the next spending bills coming out of congress will be a lot worse. Thanks to all the people who can’t be bothered to vote.

    • 72 99ts
      December 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      It’s compulsory to vote in my world & they still voted for the right wing party. The media has everything to do with it – they blame the President and the administration for everything that happens – including the budgets and shutdowns etc etc – so the fools listen and go and vote for a GOP senate thinking that will solve the problem – more fool them.

      • 73 sjterrid
        December 11, 2014 at 8:13 pm

        I definitely blame the media for their blatant misinformation. I noticed in the midterms of 2010 the media only focused on the Town Halls when they were disrupted by a Tea Party “death panels” activists that probably wasn’t even from their district.

  27. December 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

  28. December 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    In addition to the usual suspects who did not vote in the midterms, we cannot forget the millions of folks have been disenfranchised by Voter Suppression laws..from Voter ID laws, to being purged from the voter rolls, to voter registration forms being lost…to provisional ballots not being counted….

    this has to be addressed…this assault on the citizenship of Seniors..and people of color…

    from the article:

    While the precise impact of strict voting laws on the results of the midterm elections is still being assessed, it’s clear that the number of people who studies predicted would face increased difficulties in voting often either approached or exceeded the margins of victory in important races. In Texas, a strict voter-identification law that was found to be intentionally racially discriminatory by a federal court but, incredibly, remained in place for November may have affected an estimated 1.2 million eligible Texans who lacked the required ID. A disproportionate number of those affected were people of color. Meanwhile, the Texas governor’s race was decided by 954,306 votes.

  29. 77 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm

  30. 78 Vicki
    December 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Oil is below $60 per barrel.
    This is a really big scare for the banks which have speculated on oil prices and have full tankers afloat. It’s not just Russia and Venezuela that are quaking in their boots.

    No wonder the last minute grab to get their hands on tax-payer funds again via the cromnibus..

  31. December 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm

  32. 81 Don
    December 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    People seem to be surprised that the Republicans are back to skull-fuckin’.

  33. December 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Boehner really is a useless prick. The country could get a lot more done if just stayed at the bar.

  34. 84 Don
    December 11, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    LL, with your permission I’d like to copy your opening statement at the top of this post and show it to these Republican fuckers that I work with that are now complaining that President Obama isn’t trying to save them from the very Republicans that they voted for in the first place.

      • 86 Don
        December 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm

        Guy, I’m so fucking pissed, people act like the Republicans weren’t going to go with the scorched earth option.

      • December 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm

        LL, brilliant post. I’ve just come home and am now getting a full dose of the news, topping them of course is the CRomnibus. I support fully what POTUS will have to do to avoid another shutdown and drama, and many civil service without a paycheck for the next few days or weeks. The GOP works for Big Oil and Wall Street. Wherever they are, that is precisely what they will do. Therefore, no one should be stunned about their latest staunch in hiding provisions for the benefits of their masters.

        Good Evening TODVille.

  35. 89 Dudette
    December 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Need something beautiful to calm you down? Try this…

  36. December 11, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Are the findings of an International Tribunal binding on the US….

  37. 95 desertflower
    December 11, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Unless you are part of the selfish 1% persuasion, regular Joe’s that vote for R’s need to get half a clue…they are being USED! They aren’t and never will be “part of the club.” What they are, are foolish sheep that hang on every word and believe the BS lies they are told…. because, as we all know, facts are non-existent in RW world. I think we all have to crash and burn…AGAIN! Because I thought we did that already back in 2008. I guess THAT clusterfuck wasn’t a big ENOUGH clusterfuck for them to get a clue!

    I just see these yahoos laughing at the country club somewhere…or 30,000 in the air in the Learjet, on their way to some private island…saying they fooled the idiots again! They’re so stupid they’ll never stop supporting us until they all have nothing!! HAHAHA. The water will be poisoned, the land useless, college will be only for the wealthy and connected, jobs will go back overseas again…healthcare? Gone. Women’s rights? None. Worker’s rights? None. Immigration? Surely you jest. White Makes Right! Everything will be privatized….water, trash, schools…No more Social Security (they will raid that faster than you can blink!) No Medicare. No Medicaid. No labor laws….so hope you don’t care if little Johnny can start working in that factory or that coal mine for cheap. I can keep going, but I think you get the gist. They’ve already told us this is their dream…this is not something I made up…..this is what happens when you don’t pay attention, don’t think for yourself, believe what they tell you to believe…and have fear and hate/suspicion in your heart. Wake up!! Wake up! Wake up! I am DONE with stupid!

  38. 97 Dudette
    December 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Cash crop

  39. December 12, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I sent a reply didn’t see it posted… However, I agree with you 100 percent LL. We’ve got a lot of work ahead for 2016. How do we wake up a population of people that don’t appear to value the blood stained right to vote? Will the results of their apathy be enough? I don’t know. It is so disheartening to hear the apathetic complain when they’ve done nothing to be the change they want to see. One thing that I think is the problem: I don’t believe that folks understand that democracy works from the bottom up. City council and local reps, county reps, state reps, US reps, Presidency. I don’t think that people understand–really understand– that lack of participation at all levels in the democracy is lack of participation in democracy. We build it one brick at a time all the way to the top. That’s part of the work ahead.

  40. 99 Stella
    December 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you LL….I’ve had it with the ‘purity pouting’ as well….very nicely done. And your colorful language in making your point is the icing on the cake. 🙂

  41. December 12, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Outstanding! It’s amazing to me that even in the face of continuous efforts to deny the franchise to those outside the “real ‘Murkan” demographic, there are those who would give it away without putting up a fight. Or worse, those who would sit on their hands in the name of “teaching someone a lesson.” At this point, I’m not sure what will – or could – wake these folks up…

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