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Merry Fiscal Cliff(mas)! (via Red Green & Blue)
Hooray (kind of)!!! The so-called “fiscal cliff” has been averted (for now). A deal was reached at the very last minute, and, to save us all from their own manufactured crisis, Democrats and Republicans came together in peace and harmony (HAHAHAHAHAHA!) and voted to increase taxes on the richest…
Mitt Romney is getting desperate. Sure, national polling is close, with only a slight edge for Obama becoming apparent in recent days. However, the electoral college – that archaic remnant of the early days of our Union – not so much. Romney looks to have a depressing Tuesday night ahead of him. At least, if […]
Well, it was quite a debate. We laughed, we cried…we winced…we wondered “Did Obama really let that BS stand?”… We heard some surprising news from Mitt Romney too. It turns out that what he’s been saying all along about his tax policy was incorrect! Mitt Romney is going to cut everyone…
Is the long, dark cave-athon to the republican party over?
Its been tough, lo these last few years. Universal Health Care? No dice. Tax cuts for the wealthy? Maintained. Stronger clean air standards? On hold. Debt ceiling crisis solution? 100% spending cuts. Address to joint session of congress? Rescheduled.
Yes, pretty painful to watch. Compromise is great when the other side is willing to meet you halfway, but not when it means “we get everything WE want, and you get nothing.” Where’s the 2008 Obama? Where’s the backbone? How about some Democratic ideals winning the day every now and then? What, on earth, is your strategy, Mr. President?
Here it is: math.
Warren Buffett (why aren’t more rich people like this?) once complained that his secretary paid a higher tax rate than he does. (Buffett, whose net worth in 2007 was approximately $52 billion, paid just 17% on earnings of $46 million in 2006, his $60,000/year secretary? 30%.) He called out his fellow richies at a recent fundraiser for Hilary Clinton: “If you’re in the luckiest 1 per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.” Wow…just imagine the 3rd wealthiest person in the world saying that to a room full of rich donors.
Obama has (FINALLY) seized the moment. “Either we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share in taxes, or we’re going to have to ask seniors to pay more for Medicare,” Obama said on Monday. “We can’t afford to do both.”
In addition to inisting…err, again…that the Bush-era tax cuts for upper-income earners be allowed to expire, he has proposed the “Buffett Rule“: a minimum tax rate for millionaires and billionaires. This “controversial” idea that the wealthy should pay at least the same tax rate as lower income earners isn’t going to fix everything, but makes a powerful statement on priorities.
As expected, the republicans respond with cries of “Class Warfare” to any suggestion that the wealthy pay a little bit more of their fair share to help our country pay for what it needs. They fail to see the irony that by creating a system that favors the welfare of the rich and large corporations at the expense of social safety nets (which they call “living within our means”), they are merely…well, there’s no point using logic here, right? Elizabeth Warren, Democratic candidate for Senator in Massachusetts recently said “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own“. Its time to give back.
Anyways, its exciting stuff…or it could be. The public is on the President’s side: more than 2/3 of the country, including a majority of republicans (believe it), favor increasing taxes on incomes greater than $250,000. If you throw in eliminating subsidies and tax breaks for oil companies (some of which goes straight to Exxon Mobil, the MOST PROFITABLE COMPANY IN THE WORLD), and closing the loophole allowing hedge fund managers to claim their income as capital gains (this would raise $4 billion a year…from just 25 people), pretty soon, you’re talking real money.
Stand strong, Mr. President.
If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last 4 years in an absolute panic of doubt and suspicion, wondering, as I have:
Who the hell are the Kardashians? Was Barack Obama REALLY born in the United States?
Because if he wasn’t (and he probably wasn’t, especially now that Donald Trump has been talking about it on the the TV), then he MUST be a Kenyan Muslim socialist, intent on imposing sharia law on the United States and rounding up all the republicans in internment camps.
Of course, he released his “short form” birth certificate back in 2009, but who believed that? How could we possibly take him both at his word, and with definitive proof? Come on, give us something here. I mean, hell, even I have a fake short form certificate. What? You say you didn’t know my name was Max Burly, born February 30th, 1867 (oops, heh heh, that must be the hospital’s typo)?
Deeply respected attorney Orly Taitz, Esq., quickly exposed it for the mockery it makes of us all, shrewdly pointing out that, in a real birth certificate, the father’s race would have read “Negro”, not “African”, because that’s how folks talked back then. Go Orly! That is SO true! What does he think we are, stewpid?
Look, its not like we’ve got anything against Obama. I mean, we ask this of all the Presidents. Remember George W. Bush’s “Certificate-Gate”? Bill Clinton’s famous “I am NOT a Berliner” speech? Reagan’s heartwarming televised reunion with his Pakistani parents (OMG…awkward!!!)? And no way were we letting that Panamanian John McCain into the White House, are you with me fellas?
No, just like all the other times, this is just an honest attempt at getting at the truth. So lets not let this die, people. Until Obama builds a time machine and takes me back to the exact moment of his birth, color this writer skeptical. Of course, then I would need to review an extended series of photos over the course of his lifetime, taken at least once a month…because it could have been any old baby, right?
Hey, did you hear that Obama could be the Anti-Christ?
Just let him prove he isn’t…
I guess its time to relax and kick back. Government shutdown averted. 2011 budget “compromise” reached. The spirit of bipartisanship shines through the land.
And, as the media narrative goes, “In the end, all sides claimed victory.”
I’m still trying to figure out how that’s possible.
Just 4 months after forcing Democrats to acquiesce to extending huge tax breaks for the wealthy, republicans have now correctly identified all of our recent economic problems (geniuses!) as stemming from too much government spending. Overly-tanned
golf pro Speaker of the House John Boehner (r-OH), called for ambitious cuts of $32 billion to 2010 spending levels (mostly to social programs benefiting that selfish, overly-pampered margin of society, the less fortunate) as the solution to righting our Ship of State. Nothing creates jobs like cutting federal investments in infrastructure and science, right? RIGHT? Aghast, the new Tea Party caucus of the republican party forced Boehner to the bargaining table demanding more than $60 billion in cuts. This was about $100 billion less than Obama originally proposed back in February 2010.
Our line in the sand (yes, I’ve chosen my side, and I’m sticking to it…for now) was Planned Parenthood funding. After our “final” offer of cutting $33 billion from the 2010 budget (remember, this is more than republicans initially proposed), we absolutely would not budge on around $363 million for Planned Parenthood as part of Title X funding (signed into law by…wait for it…Richard Nixon, ladies and gentlemen, Richard F_ing Nixon). Republicans insisted that absolutely nothing creates jobs quite like eliminating reproductive planning for women. Fearing the consequences of a government shutdown, we “compromised” by cutting another $5.5 billion from the budget and allowing a rider to ban funding for abortions in Washington, DC (for the poor…once again, those damned less fortunate!) because thats how much we care about principle.
And both sides claimed victory.
Humor me for a moment.
Lets say you are approached by a strange man who LOUDLY demands your wallet and car keys. You hand these over quickly, because you want to avoid conflict (even though the man has no weapon, he does seem slightly crazy). Then the strange man demands your jacket. Thinking quickly, because its an important jacket and the only jacket you have for your family, you offer the strange man your shirt and pants, then your underwear, socks and shoes. Finally, the strange man agrees. When asked by a curious onlooker, both of you claim victory, the strange man because he got you to hand over your wallet, car keys and most of your clothes merely by speaking loudly, and you, of course, because you still have the jacket.
Next up: Another “compromise” on raising the debt-ceiling. Failure to raise the debt ceiling will have global consequences (bad ones). According to Eric Cantor (r-VA), House Majority Whip: “There comes at times leverage moments, a time when the president will capitulate to what the American people want right now.”
Never a dull moment, even when I’m too busy moving 1/2 mile away to write about it. But everyone loves lists, right? Well, here are my Top 3 stories (in no particular order) from the past…errrr…3 1/2 weeks? (sorry)
1. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: From towering inferno to worst environmental disaster ever, this poster-boy for the “safety” of offshore oil-drilling is still pumping about 200,000 gallons of oil into the ocean…and onto land (and birds and turtles and…) every single day. After an unsuccessful attempt at plugging the leak, all the finger-pointing amongst responsible parties began today at Senate Hearings. You see, it was the other guy’s fault…
Token Right Wing Talking Points Update: remember, former horse show judge and disgraced FEMA Director Michael “Heckuva job, Brownie” Brown of Hurricane Katrina infamy? Well, apparently, Obama wanted the oil spill to happen, because he secretly hates the oil industry… And upping the crazy ante a bit, former Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino goes so far as to suggest that Obama probably rigged it himself.
2. Times Square Car Bombing…FAILED! You know this story. Police find and defuse bomb in car left in Times Square. After a somewhat less than smooth operation, culprit nabbed about 53 hours later as he tries to board a plane to the Middle East. Culprit turns out to be American citizen who sings like a bird, AFTER being read his Miranda rights. But just to keep things interesting, republicans (predictably) go insane!
Insanity spokesmen: our favorite former-almost Vice President Joe Lieberman (i-CT) and bitter bridesmaid John McCain (r-AZ). How about this for patriotic? In response to this FAILED terrorist attack, Dumb and Dumber propose a bill stripping Miranda rights and granting the government indefinite detention authority for terrorism suspects. Keep in mind, dear reader, these are people suspected of terrorism. SUSPECTED of terrorism. Goodbye, Bill of Rights!!
BUT, just when you think republicans are digging themselves into a hole, that its the Obama Administration that stands for truth, justice and the American way…Attorney General Eric Holder drops this bomb. Come on, dude!
3. Okay, #3 isn’t exactly huge news, but its part of one of my favorite patterns amongst our right-wing “family values” heroes. Following in the footsteps of Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Ted Haggard…and this guy…and this guy…once again, yet ANOTHER rabidly anti-gay conservative activist is caught in the act, and turns out to be…GAY!
Now, in case you didn’t know, Mr. George Rekers co-founded the uber-conservative “think”-tank Family Research Council, which boasts nearly 1/2 million members with its “traditional family values” agenda. Calling Obama our “first gay president“, this groups champions “gay cure therapy” and is SO anti-gay they once attacked George Bush for “promoting the homosexual agenda”.
But not so anti-gay, that its co-founder can’t occasionally hire himself a male escort from RentBoy.com to “carry his luggage” while on vacation in Europe.
The party…never ends…