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1 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:33:57am
2 Bulworth  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:34:28am

re: #1 Lidane

Thank God. //

3 Bulworth  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:35:32am

I just hope we can keep all the Bush tax cuts that way we can get right to work on Fixing The Debt. /

4 erik_t  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:36:55am

re: #3 Bulworth

I just hope we can keep all the Bush tax cuts that way we can get right to work on Fixing The Debt. /

Ooh! Ooh! I've got an idea. Let's cut Social Security for some reason!

posted from iTank

5 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:39:18am

re: #4 erik_t

Ooh! Ooh! I've got an idea. Let's cut Social Security for some reason!

posted from iTank

But it has a projected deficit of 11 trillion between now and forever...we simply have to abolish it!

/

6 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:41:15am

Why won't the Republicans compromise? The president has compromised. Why did Obama compromise?!?!? //

7 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:42:58am

Uh oh. Who are these people?

8 I Am Kreniigh!  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:43:39am

Looks like it might turn into a musical.

9 Political Atheist  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:43:42am

Big crowd for bad news. Maybe a deal is done.

10 Decatur Deb  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:43:50am

re: #7 Gus

Uh oh. Who are these people?

OWS/Union Thugs/ACORN

11 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:44:04am
12 Charles Johnson  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:45:07am

Looks like there's a show planned.

I really hope Obama didn't give away too much to the right wing lunatics.

13 Interesting Times  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:46:20am
14 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:46:32am
15 The Mountain That Blogs  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:47:39am

h/t to @LOLGOP, this is Cantor spokesman Rory Cooper:

16 Decatur Deb  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:47:44am

Still applying The Squeeze.

17 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:47:59am

Because pumps, nylons and suits only exist for rich people.

18 bratwurst  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:48:15am

re: #14 Lidane

Because negotiating with Obama is like negotiating with Hitler!

19 Bulworth  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:49:30am

re: #5 watching you tiny alien kittens are

The Social Security debt is actually triple gazillion mega dollars from infinity to infinity. /

20 Mattand  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:50:00am
21 Bulworth  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:50:20am

re: #15 The Mountain That Blogs

Thanks goodness RWNJ are still snarking. It's been so terrible helpful during this period.

22 Kronocide  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:50:55am

Rep. Sam Farr: House hijacked

“It’s frustrating, because we think the institution has been hijacked by a small minority who just don’t want to solve problems and want to see us in chaos,” Farr said, referring to the conservative Tea Party faction in the House.

23 Charles Johnson  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:52:12am

Good grief. This is why the news media are so useless these days.

GOP spokesmen have been all over the news saying Obama has failed, he's lazy, he doesn't want a deal, etc., but Obama makes the mildest of jabs at the GOP and media tools start acting concerned. Facepalm.

24 Kronocide  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:52:16am

The Tea Party Hangover.

25 Bulworth  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:52:57am

re: #23 Charles Johnson

This is why we can't have nice things.

26 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:52:58am
27 Bulworth  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:53:40am

So what's the deal? (can't watch at work, etc).

28 erik_t  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:53:57am

re: #22 Kronocide

Rep. Sam Farr: House hijacked

Sorry, Sam. The House has been hijacked by the majority of the voters of the Republican Party. The Tea Party House faction is merely a symptom.

29 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:54:22am
30 I Am Kreniigh!  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:54:31am

Only 46 people watching this YouTube channel?

31 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:54:48am

And here's the dumbest dumbass on Teh Interwebz!

32 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:55:39am

re: #11 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

Former President Bush: Our policies probably created a depression greater than the great depression

but thanks for blaming it on the black guy...

BUSH SHOULD STOP BLAMING BUSH!

33 erik_t  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:56:10am

'Mocking' is the fucking least this utter joke of a Congress deserves. I wish Obama had roasted them for three hours on live television.

34 Interesting Times  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:56:16am
35 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:56:20am

re: #29 Lidane

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Depends. Can we deport Sean Hannity for being a goat fucker? Because that makes as much sense as impeaching Obama for Benghazi.

36 Decatur Deb  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:56:31am

Just gave the TPGOP a whiff of the shitstorm he's going to call in if they screw this up.

37 Bulworth  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:56:42am
: Thank goodness the president is about to speak. His speeches have been enormously helpful throughout
#fiscalcliff
process.
— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper)
December 31, 2012

I know I'm being petty, but I wish PBO would hold up a copy of this tweet to the assembled press hordes and then drop the mike before walking out.

38 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:58:06am

Oh noes he mocked the Congress. God imagine the fit the media would throw if Truman was around. He called his first Congress, a do nothing one and probably would have said a lot more today. Congress deserves all the criticism it can get. And the voters frankly are part of the problem when they give their own Congressperson a second chance. There is no good reason why the GOP should still have the majority in the House when Congress is at record low popularity.

39 Interesting Times  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:58:12am
40 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:59:49am

The RWNJ's are being reasonable again:

41 Bulworth  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:00:07am

In other news, I think every NFL team has just fired their head coach.

42 erik_t  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:00:54am

re: #41 Bulworth

In other news, I think every NFL team has just fired their head coach.

However, world-class punter John Boehner remains employed.

43 Interesting Times  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:01:24am
44 erik_t  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:03:11am

re: #40 Lidane

The RWNJ's are being reasonable again:

They've taken it to twelventy.

45 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:04:16am

re: #40 Lidane

Peyton has no mirror in his apartment.

46 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:04:30am

re: #40 Lidane

The RWNJ's are being reasonable again:

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So much for American exceptionalism. Oh wait, that's only when America is doing what they want. Deal with it idiots, you lost, and the president is able to get his way on many issues. And comparing him to Saddam is pathetic.

47 Kdizzle  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:05:17am

I guess this means that revenues will stay nearly non-existent until at least 2022 when redistricting of congressional boundaries will take full effect after the 2020 census.


Gotta love those "centrist compromises" from those very very serious people.

48 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:05:18am

re: #45 jaunte

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Peyton has no mirror in his apartment.

Yeah, it's rich. They always accuse him of doing what they do. Whether it's whining, narcissism, big government, whatever.

49 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:07:29am
50 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:07:42am

I wonder how many of the conservatives complaining actually make $250k and up a year.

51 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:08:44am

re: #50 jaunte

I wonder how many of the conservatives complaining actually make$250 and up a year.

the public ones? All of em.

52 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:09:35am

re: #51 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

I'm thinking more of the supporters and commenters at conservative sites.

53 makeitstop  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:10:46am

re: #36 Decatur Deb

Just gave the TPGOP a whiff of the shitstorm he's going to call in if they screw this up.

Details! I need details, dammit!!!

54 Mattand  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:10:59am
55 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:11:56am
56 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:11:59am

re: #52 jaunte

I'm thinking more of the supporters and commenters at conservative sites.

Very little of them I imagine. But then again, that kind of mentality goes back to the idiocy that gave us Joe the Plumber as a serious political commentator and this past year as Congressional candidate. Christ though, the way they talk about Obama's tax plans, you'd think he was Hollande in France.

57 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:12:45am

re: #55 Lidane

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Eric gets it. This POTUS more than any has suffered from damned if you do, damned if you don't.

58 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:12:59am

re: #55 Lidane

59 Kdizzle  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:14:36am

I wonder what a "centrist compromise" would have looked like in 1932?

Would we have any type of public pension programs like Social Security?

I suppose you have to define centrism itself to answer that question. Today we look at the New Deal as the American Left in the first time in its history up until that point flexing real electoral muscle to affect social change and better the lives of lower class Americans.

Of course at that time the center was probably much farther to the left than it is now. So who knows.

Centrism now is just a continuous repackaging of Reagan Era ideas, because our economic and intellectual elites are simply too lazy or too greedy to come up with anything else.

60 Dr Lizardo  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:17:45am

The butthurt of the RWNJ's is sweet, sweet music. My goodness, their incessant carping about the slightest of things is beyond parody.

61 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:17:51am
62 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:18:19am

re: #13 Interesting Times

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Featuring the hits "Games Congress Critters Play", "In the Real World", "Let's Talk About Me", and "Breakdown".

63 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:20:34am
64 Charles Johnson  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:21:15am
65 Henchman 25  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:21:55am

re: #64 Charles Johnson

They hate him a hell of a lot more than they love this country.

66 erik_t  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:22:51am

re: #64 Charles Johnson

@Green_Footballs The right wing hates Obama so much they'll actively try to harm the US just to get at him. This isn't politics, it's a vendetta.

But they will regularly, without a trace of irony, declare him guilty of treason.

67 allegro  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:23:18am

re: #64 Charles Johnson

Completely agree with the sentiment but I think "whiny tantrum" would be a more appropriate description than vendetta.

68 Charles Johnson  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:23:59am

John McCain's ranting away on C-SPAN2 right now.

69 Kdizzle  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:24:04am

re: #64 Charles Johnson

Can you really call it a vendetta when there was no event other than his twice being elected to the presidency, that would initiate a vendetta?

I thought vendettas are supposed to about taking revenge on someone who actually wronged you somehow?

This is just spite isn't it?

70 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:24:32am

re: #64 Charles Johnson

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It's like they think, who is this guy to have the audacity to get the majority of the votes from the American people? Assholes. Pathetic thing is they'd get worse if Boehner got booted since Cantor is an even bigger tool.

71 Awea  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:24:52am

Even if Senate gets a deal done. I find it hard to believe House will agree to it no matter what.

72 Kragar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:24:57am

re: #69 Kdizzle

D for Derpetta.

73 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:25:05am

re: #68 Charles Johnson

John McCain's ranting away on C-SPAN2 right now.

Let me guess, the "elder statesman" is bitching about tone.

74 wrenchwench  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:26:00am

re: #68 Charles Johnson

John McCain's ranting away on C-SPAN2 right now.

No video needed. I can just look at erik_t's avatar.

75 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:27:00am

How is it now?

76 erik_t  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:27:03am

re: #68 Charles Johnson

John McCain's ranting away on C-SPAN2 right now.

I refuse to use any verb other than 'rambling' in a discussion about John McCain.

77 Kragar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:28:23am

re: #76 erik_t

I refuse to use any verb other than 'rambling' in a discussion about John McCain.

Along with the noun coot.

78 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:28:39am

re: #73 HappyWarrior

Let me guess, the "elder statesman" is bitching about tone.

I think McCain turns up just over a minute in...

79 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:28:59am

Started listening to Francis Fukuyama, The Origins of Political Order last night.

So far, I think he is spot on. And, that means we are officially fucked.

80 Kronocide  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:29:49am

Remember, compromise is for pussies.

81 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:31:07am

Fuck Republicans.

82 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:31:44am

The inability of the extreme factions in American politics has forgotten the 1st rule of Natural Selection: the adaptable survive.

Of course, they make faux-science up as they go . . .

83 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:32:03am

re: #80 Kronocide

Remember, compromise is for pussies.

Or if you're Dick Mourdock, compromise is doing what the Republicans want.

84 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:32:42am

That's right, Obama is also responsible for the GOP civil war.

85 erik_t  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:33:26am

re: #84 jaunte

That's right, Obama is also responsible for the GOP civil war.

Party of personal responsibility.

86 Charles Johnson  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:33:46am

The GOP has whined and complained and wheedled huge concessions from Obama - setting the tax hike limit at $400,000 means throwing away more than a quarter of the revenue increase.

And still the right wingers are screaming and whining about it. This debate is incredibly revealing: the GOP truly is the party of the 1%, and they'll fight like cornered rats to defend their masters.

87 A Mom Anon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:34:51am

re: #84 jaunte

No Dana, they're unsuccessful at GOVERNING. As for the current cat fight in the GOP, no one can make you fight with your friends unless you were spoiling for one in the first place.

Jesus I am SICK of these freaking hateful shits.

88 Charles Johnson  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:36:11am
89 Political Atheist  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:36:52am

One detail, I think the current rates for the middle class become permanent? No more temporary status?

90 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:37:06am

re: #87 A Mom Anon

No Dana, they're unsuccessful at GOVERNING. As for the current cat fight in the GOP, no one can make you fight with your friends unless you were spoiling for one in the first place.

Jesus I am SICK of these freaking hateful shits.

Hey, it's a group that thinks all opponents will just roll over and welcome them. Invade Iraq - expecting flowers and wine in the streets. Social legislation to roll back changes over the last fifty years - expect other party to just give them what they want. Tax cuts expiring - expect other party to just extend them all while gutting all the social programs and spend more on military contracts. Nothing has changed in the mind set, just the issue being targeted.

91 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:38:20am

re: #88 Charles Johnson

There goes another $90 billion or so in unnecessary interest payments.

92 Decatur Deb  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:38:46am

re: #89 Political Atheist

One detail, I think the current rates for the middle class become permanent? No more temporary status?

More like "No more automatic sunset". Nothing is permanent in Congress except the derp.

93 Bulworth  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:38:49am

re: #89 Political Atheist

That would make the projections CBO does about the deficit look considerably worse. But I realize our media villagers don't actually care about the deficit.

94 Interesting Times  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:40:07am
95 Charles Johnson  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:44:18am
96 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:44:32am

Teahad!

97 Decatur Deb  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:45:04am

re: #95 Charles Johnson

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Is it time for the lamentation of their women?

98 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:45:55am

No eye-poking allowed!

ROTFLAMO

99 erik_t  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:46:06am

re: #95 Charles Johnson

Next thing you know Obama is going to make them sit in the back of the plane.

Twelventy!

100 Kronocide  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:47:51am

Weird. An ideological base that has complained about government being too large, out of control, and needing major reform has succeeded in mucking up the works.

They should be rejoicing at their success in what has been their goal.

101 A Mom Anon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:48:27am

So, has any wingnut ever bothered to explain what the hell the country would look like with a federal government concerned only with defense? I mean that is what they're after pretty much, right? So how is that supposed to work out? What about the Constitution that they claim to love so much? What the hell happens to all of us, including them if they overthrow the government with their guns and Jesus?

Thinking ahead isn't strength of theirs, I know, but WTF do they think would happen if they managed a coup? Then what?

102 Gus  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:48:39am

The Confederates are not pleased.

103 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:49:18am

re: #101 A Mom Anon

So, has any wingnut ever bothered to explain what the hell the country would look like with a federal government concerned only with defense? I mean that is what they're after pretty much, right? So how is that supposed to work out? What about the Constitution that they claim to love so much? What the hell happens to all of us, including them if they overthrow the government with their guns and Jesus?

Thinking ahead isn't strength of theirs, I know, but WTF do they think would happen if they managed a coup? Then what?

They have no imagination. Don't read fiction. Have no basis for reference except the myths of the past.

104 Kragar  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:50:40am
105 Decatur Deb  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:50:45am

re: #101 A Mom Anon

So, has any wingnut ever bothered to explain what the hell the country would look like with a federal government concerned only with defense? I mean that is what they're after pretty much, right? So how is that supposed to work out? What about the Constitution that they claim to love so much? What the hell happens to all of us, including them if they overthrow the government with their guns and Jesus?

Thinking ahead isn't strength of theirs, I know, but WTF do they think would happen if they managed a coup? Then what?

Word is it would look like Georgia.

[Link: wonkette.com...]

106 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:51:26am

Pass the tax-relief section now.

could it be --actual common-sense action?

107 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:51:50am

re: #105 Decatur Deb

Word is it would look like Georgia.

[Link: wonkette.com...]

The devil went down to Georgia. . .

:0

108 jaunte  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:52:03am

"The top 300,000 Americans now collectively enjoy almost as much income as the bottom 150 million."
www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/2011/apr/14/ax-facts-hardly-anyone-knows/

109 Kdizzle  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:53:21am

re: #108 jaunte

Cue Lee Greenwood.

110 Decatur Deb  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:53:24am

re: #107 Holidays are Family Fun Time

The devil went down to Georgia. . .

:0

They would have said "Alabama", but you know--We're Number One.

111 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:54:00am

re: #102 Gus

The Confederates are not pleased.

Fuck 'em. Let them whine.

112 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:55:31am
113 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:56:37am

re: #101 A Mom Anon

So, has any wingnut ever bothered to explain what the hell the country would look like with a federal government concerned only with defense? I mean that is what they're after pretty much, right? So how is that supposed to work out? What about the Constitution that they claim to love so much? What the hell happens to all of us, including them if they overthrow the government with their guns and Jesus?

Thinking ahead isn't strength of theirs, I know, but WTF do they think would happen if they managed a coup? Then what?

The masses would go into the street with flowers and wine to celebrate their newly regranted freedom.

Reality is that we'd be living in a police state with checkpoints and automatic weapons all over. Warrant-less searches and probably a continuous "state of emergency" with the protections of the Constitution temporarily suspended.

114 Kdizzle  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:58:44am

re: #113 Feline Fearless Leader

I'd also imagine that large segments of "political undesirables" would be lined up against the old wall and shot over a certain period of time, or however long said "state of emergency" would last.

115 Decatur Deb  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:59:04am

re: #113 Feline Fearless Leader

The masses would go into the street with flowers and wine to celebrate their newly regranted freedom.

Reality is that we'd be living in a police state with checkpoints and automatic weapons all over. Warrant-less searches and probably a continuous "state of emergency" with the protections of the Constitution temporarily suspended.

And Texans sneaking across the Rio Grande.

116 makeitstop  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:00:36pm

What in the hell did Obama actually say that caused such a mass pants-pissing?

Big conservative tough guys, crying about the mean community organizer.

117 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:00:55pm

One of my Senators, y'all:

God damn these people are stupid.

118 erik_t  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:01:59pm

re: #117 Lidane

One of my Senators, y'all:

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God damn these people are stupid.

JOHN FUCKING CORNYN, WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR ELECTION IN 2008?

119 aagcobb  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:02:13pm

re: #88 Charles Johnson

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I think the President shouldn't give an inch on the tax rates until he has a deal on the debt limit.

120 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:02:15pm

I wish they could settle on one term that means less tax and another that means more tax.

121 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:02:19pm

re: #116 makeitstop

What in the hell did Obama actually say that caused such a mass pants-pissing?

Big conservative tough guys, crying about the mean community organizer.

He didn't give the GOP what it wanted.

122 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:03:06pm

re: #116 makeitstop

What in the hell did Obama actually say that caused such a mass pants-pissing?

Big conservative tough guys, crying about the mean community organizer.

He didn't tell them they were right and bend over.

That is the only thing that would satiate them.

123 austin_blue  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:04:28pm

re: #117 Lidane

One of my Senators, y'all:

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God damn these people are stupid.

Yes, yes they are.

Oh, and in other news, it a pears that Commandante Chavez is soon to be Pinin' for the Fjords:

[Link: www.cnn.com...]

124 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:04:32pm

I need more coffee

125 A Mom Anon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:05:40pm

re: #103 Holidays are Family Fun Time

I'd really like to hear a tea party member or a follower of Crazy Uncle Liberty answer my question though. With all their whining and bitching, you'd think they'd at least have come up with something, even a fever dream.

126 Charles Johnson  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:06:19pm
127 erik_t  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:06:34pm

re: #123 austin_blue

[Link: www.cnn.com...]


"Everyone should pray, sending strength to our Commander to overcome this difficult moment," Jacqueline Faria, a Chavez appointee and top official in Caracas, said in a Twitter post announcing the concert's cancellation.

God, it's so weird and creepy to refer to your notionally democratically elected leader of civilian government as 'Commander'.

....

er.

128 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:06:52pm

Speaking of stupid people:

129 A Mom Anon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:09:40pm

re: #105 Decatur Deb

Oh yay. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, having lived here for so long, but damn.

130 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:10:08pm

re: #125 A Mom Anon

I'd really like to hear a tea party member or a follower of Crazy Uncle Liberty answer my question though. With all their whining and bitching, you'd think they'd at least have come up with something, even a fever dream.

It would be interesting. I don't think they'd ever give a direct answer. You'd get fragments of ideas, but nothing cohesive.

131 Awea  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:14:09pm

Looks like new talking points are being issues out.

132 A Mom Anon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:14:49pm

re: #130 Holidays are Family Fun Time

I doubt I'd get a coherent answer, but it would give me the chance to look at them and say"proceed little tea partier, proceed". And "Ok, so then what?"after they tell me how fun a coup would be, and libertyfreedomMOAR GUNZES!!!

133 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:16:13pm
134 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:16:55pm

re: #132 A Mom Anon

I doubt I'd get a coherent answer, but it would give me the chance to look at them and say"proceed little tea partier, proceed". And "Ok, so then what?"after they tell me how fun a coup would be, and libertyfreedomMOAR GUNZES!!!

I think that's it. The inability to think sequentially. First this, then this, then this . . ..

Add to that the lack of any understanding of human behavior . . .

135 Lidane  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:17:59pm
136 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:20:51pm

I think it's been so long since we've had dirt-poor homeless, shoe-less, eating out of garbage cans people everywhere and visible in this country, that the average citizen (especially the tea partiers) think it can't happen.

It wasn't until we decided to create government programs to help people that this happened. Churches and charities were there trying to do their best, but it took a Federal effort to truly help masses of people.

137 Kronocide  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:23:07pm

It's getting pretty easy to predict GOP talking points. Take the most cynical perspective out of any comment or action from Obama then go with it. When it comes to a tie between which cynical perspective is worse, go with both.

Hell, go with all of them. Something will stick.

138 lawhawk  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:26:15pm

This isn't the fiscal cliff.

It's the dawn of austerity as imposed by this same US Congress and signed into law in successive deals with Presidents Bush and Obama.

The tax rates will revert to the pre-2001 rates. The economy did just fine without the lower rates during the 1990s, but the GOP will treat it as though the sky is falling. Capital gains rates will revert to the older, higher rates (when the stock markets did pretty well for themselves too).

The income tax hikes wont take effect until you start doing your tax year 2013 returns starting after January 1, 2014. Withholding will change, but Congress could adjust the rates and tax brackets, which will reduce take home pay until an agreement is reached.

But know this. Congress will have an easier time to reach an agreement to cut taxes than it will have to raise taxes. It's in both parties interests to see the rates rise, even if it's for a day or two into 2013 before cutting a deal on cutting them to the rate in 2012 (or creating new brackets).

The optics of this suck, but the politics works.

The budget cuts are a worse deal, since they'll actually do more to harm the economy than help, but the GOP wants to severely curtain SS and Medicare/Medicaid and they're using this crisis to push for cuts, even though those programs are paid for through dedicated taxes (and Obamacare increases the Medicare portion starting in 2013).

When the GOP says that 1 trillion in tax hikes, they want people to think that that's all happening in one shot. That's a lie. It's the culmulative hike over the projected period - 10 years.

There are also more immediate hits to the economy, including the hike on dairy prices and the lack of the AMT patch that will hit immediately, but those are not insurmountable.

It's going to get more bumpy than we've seen, and Wall Street will not take kindly to this in the short run, but the long term will not be greatly affected, even if the higher capital gains hits. This is still about posturing and trying to lay blame. The GOP thinks that going over inures benefits to them politically, but polling suggests otherwise. It will actually strengthen the hands of the Administration since they don't have to do anything and they've gotten the top tax rate to rise - going back to what I said above. It's easier to get tax cuts done than impose higher rates.

But now the politics favors the White House since they only have to watch the clock run out and they've got the rates reset to pre-2001.

139 lawhawk  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:27:29pm

And then there's the debt limit - they're going to use the SS/Medicare/Medicaid as hostage to that - forcing changes in exchange for increasing the limits, or alternatively, using it to force lower tax rates.

140 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:28:07pm

According to the download CPH-L-163, the South has traditionally had the majority of people living in poverty.

Could it be that the tea-partiers and other whacko's from the South think the feudalistic disparities are normal? It seems to be normal for them. The North and the South have two different visions of acceptable socio-economic norms.

141 Tigger2  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:28:33pm

re: #19 Bulworth

The Social Security debt is actually triple gazillion mega dollars from infinity to infinity. /

The need to keep their fucking hands off SS I paid into that for 45 years.

142 dragonfire1981  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:29:54pm

It's days like these that make me seriously contemplate moving back to Canada.

143 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:29:57pm

My Mom's SS check is going down $11 per month according to her 2013 annual letter.

144 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:31:36pm

re: #139 lawhawk

And then there's the debt limit - they're going to use the SS/Medicare/Medicaid as hostage to that - forcing changes in exchange for increasing the limits, or alternatively, using it to force lower tax rates.

Why is it precisely the programs people have paid-into that they focus on? What about the programs that are truly entitlements?

I know, it's a political game. It's all about votes.

145 dragonath  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:34:40pm

re: #42 erik_t

However, world-class punter John Boehner remains employed.

Breaking:

Boehner has been announced as the Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns Oranges.

146 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:37:48pm

re: #145 dragonath

Breaking:

Boehner has been announced as the Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns Oranges.

Heh as a Steelers fan, I'd be happy if the Browns hired Boehner.

147 Varek Raith  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:38:09pm

re: #144 Holidays are Family Fun Time

Why is it precisely the programs people have paid-into that they focus on? What about the programs that are truly entitlements?

I know, it's a political game. It's all about votes.

Because they never liked SS and Medicare to start with.

148 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:38:32pm

From where I'm sitting, it's looking more and more like '11 again: Boehner is reliant on the Senate to move things forward because he's only leading two things (jack and shit), and McConnell's trying to extract more blood from the turnip because his ass is on the line in '14. Meanwhile, Obama and Democrats are getting ready to bargain away virtually all their chips on a temporary deal that will please the market but leave us facing another stand-off in a month's time, where there will be no chips to bargain with in order to avoid steep cuts to the poor and middle class.

149 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:40:02pm

re: #140 Holidays are Family Fun Time

According to the download CPH-L-163, the South has traditionally had the majority of people living in poverty.

Could it be that the tea-partiers and other whacko's from the South think the feudalistic disparities are normal? It seems to be normal for them. The North and the South have two different visions of acceptable socio-economic norms.

Hmmm it could be. What a lot of people don't know is during the Jim Crow period, Southern politics was often dominated by wealthy planters who did all they could to discourage the participation of the less well off- white and black alike. I attended a lecture by a professor from William and Mary who pointed out that due to the work of the Byrd Organization here in Virginia, fo the longest time Virginia consistently had one of the lowest vote turnouts in the nation.

150 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:41:17pm

re: #149 HappyWarrior

Hmmm it could be. What a lot of people don't know is during the Jim Crow period, Southern politics was often dominated by wealthy planters who did all they could to discourage the participation of the less well off- white and black alike. I attended a lecture by a professor from William and Mary who pointed out that due to the work of the Byrd Organization here in Virginia, fo the longest time Virginia consistently had one of the lowest vote turnouts in the nation.

I was thinking along those lines as well. Feudalism, in many ways, has not left the South.

151 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:43:01pm

I have to wonder if the whackos are looking at the world and seeing chaos. They may truly believe the only way to "handle" it is a return to feudalism. They seem to want a Sky God to make sense of it all for them.

Perhaps they truly want (opposite of their perceived Ayn Rand Individualistic Dogma) Monarchical order imposed on the world.

Lack of imagination, truly.

152 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:43:55pm

re: #150 Holidays are Family Fun Time

I was thinking along those lines as well. Feudalism, in many ways, has not left the South.

Right. Makes sense really given the kind of people who dominated the Southern political landscape before and after the Civil War really. The South never really I'd say with the exception of New Orleans had the immigrant machines that the Northeast had in Boston, New York, etc.

153 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:44:48pm

re: #152 HappyWarrior

Right. Makes sense really given the kind of people who dominated the Southern political landscape before and after the Civil War really. The South never really I'd say with the exception of New Orleans had the immigrant machines that the Northeast had in Boston, New York, etc.

New Orleans is it's own demographic entity, IMHO.

154 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:45:47pm

re: #153 Holidays are Family Fun Time

New Orleans is it's own demographic entity, IMHO.

Yeah. Unique place in an unique place. Really need to read All The King's Men and a good Huey Long bio one of these days.

155 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:48:25pm

re: #154 HappyWarrior

Yeah. Unique place in an unique place. Really need to read All The King's Men and a good Huey Long bio one of these days.

Another of the books in my eternal stack.

Another good one is Black Catholics In America by Cyprian Davis. It's more a history book than a "RC" book. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of the US. It has some especially good points about New Orleans and the South.

Truly 1/2 of our history has not been presented in the History Books.

156 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:51:25pm

re: #155 Holidays are Family Fun Time

Another of the books in my eternal stack.

Another good one is Black Catholics In America by Cyprian Davis. It's more a history book than a "RC" book. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of the US. It has some especially good points about New Orleans and the South.

Truly 1/2 of our history has not been presented in the History Books.

It was always annoying in history class at school that we'd rush through post WWII because it was at the end of the year and we had to prep for the standardized test mandated by the state. If one wants to know why I dislike standardized tests, that's a big reason why.

157 BongCrodny  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:51:59pm

re: #131 Awea

Conservative Is Cool

I think he misspelled "Tool."

158 A Mom Anon  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:53:04pm

re: #155 Holidays are Family Fun Time

I have a book here about quilts and the Underground Railroad that is fascinating. Quilts were used as a secret language, kind of like street signs to guide people along the path to freedom. Hung on clotheslines or front porch railings to dry or air out, they were a secret language. I never read that in any school history book, and I was a nerd who took every high school history class offered.

159 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:53:26pm

re: #156 HappyWarrior

It was always annoying in history class at school that we'd rush through post WWII because it was at the end of the year and we had to prep for the standardized test mandated by the state. If one wants to know why I dislike standardized tests, that's a big reason why.

I'm not a fan of them either, but how else can we evaluate large numbers of students and schools?

It seems the only tool we have currently.

160 HappyWarrior  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:54:41pm

re: #159 Holidays are Family Fun Time

I'm not a fan of them either, but how else can we evaluate large numbers of students and schools?

It seems the only tool we have currently.

True that. Just wish there was a better way. Most of my grade school teachers hated them.

161 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:58:14pm

Could it be a cold weather/hot weather thing?

In cold weather, people must cooperate or die. In hot weather climates, it really doesn't matter if you have a roof over your head (cept during the rainy season) or food put away for the winter)

It's easier to be a lazy person in a hot weather climate. Maybe more predators --explaining the need to always have a weapon and fighting men?

162 Mattand  Mon, Dec 31, 2012 2:58:27pm

re: #146 HappyWarrior

Heh as a Steelers fan, I'd be happy if the Browns hired Boehner.

There's no crying in baseball football!


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